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The natives are restless.  We used to get to come into the castle when the marauders and pillagers arrived at the city’s walls in exchange for our support and defense of the realm.  Not any longer.  This war is being fought in the realm of ideas and promulgated by the plutocracy through their public relation branches, aka the MSM.  The people have taken to the streets with amorphous discontent and amorphous demands.  The only given is that they’re not going to go away.  They’ve spied the little man behind the green curtain, dispensing aphorisms, misinformation, and advice, and have decided to call him out.  It’s become clear that no one in a position of power or wealth gives a fig for them.  The best plan the owners of the world can come up with is to discredit them, or failing that co-opt them and their movement.  With luck de-fuse the smoldering keg on the doorsteps of our moneyed class.    With more luck, that moneyed class will recoup all or most of the debt owed them from the 99% who don’t enjoy the economic clout to cause the renegotiation of their debt.  The most the 99% can count on is to have legislation introduced to forgive penalties on early withdrawals from their IRA accountsso they might pay back the bankers while risking their personal safety net.

It becomes harder to dismantle this social bomb as the people get closer to the edge of economic survival, but these are some committed flaks we’re up against.  As each day passes it becomes clear that any sense of noblesse oblige that may have once existed in the upper echelons of society has devolved into a cynical PR operation designed to sway public opinion toward the belief that someone, anyone still cares about those 99% of Americans who don’t belong to the club.  And to instill fear of changing the status quo.  Still, as resources dwindle and personal debt accumulates while the middle class strives to maintain a lifestyle before it diminishes to mere economic survival; it becomes harder to distract the unwashed masses from the underlying truths.  As a Buddhist might say:  Painted cakes don’t satisfy hunger.  And no matter how hard the economic elite spin this, the underlying reality that is sparking the public’s discontent remains the same.   I take heart in the way the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its’ failed ideas and implementations, for the same thing can happen here in the West.  All the PR in the political universe can’t spin away the level of unemployment and debt slavery that is the apparent goal of the plutocracy.

Eventually the oligopoly will call out the police in an effort to maintain order.  They’re all ready there with swinging batons and pepper spray here in the early skirmishes of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  This is just the beginning.  It will get worse, and maybe we’ll have our own “uniquely American” version of tanks entering Tienamen Square, and a few martyrs to rally around, but probably not.  The oligarchy learned that lesson pretty well at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.  More likely the movement will be baited, provoked into doing something that could ostensibly justify quick and decisive police action to shut it down, while a parallel slam by the MSM press discredits the movement.  As leaders emerge, there will be attempts to expose any flaws in their personal histories, and otherwise discredit any movement mouthpieces that emerge.  In the meantime they’ll be trying to trip the rabble up in beltway debates in which most sane non-policy wonks will end up in verbal quicksand sooner or later.  If not, they’ll seek a way to co-opt the movement, then sucker those who fall for it in the standard bait-and-switch following the election.

Still, I don’t see this going the way the oligopoly might want it to. We’ve reached a kind of saturation point at which there is no turning back.  We’re arriving at the point at which the spell has been broken in a sufficient number of American minds to carry the seminal desire for reform forward.  There’ a growing communal knowledge that no one in power is listening anymore, and that no one will do anything to stem the tide that is washing our citizenry out to sea, to sink to oblivion off the front pages of the remaining news outlets that would bother printing the demise of Joe Everyman.   There’s no telling where that will end, but I think the pre-manufactured ideas of the Kochs of the world will carry little weight when it’s you, your family, and your friends on the bread lines.  So in some ways the form of our discontent should stay just as amorphous and unfocused as it has been.  It makes it harder for the political and moneyed class to pin down and subsequently disown based on some manufactured intellectual abstraction.  Eventually they’ll snap to the fact that telling the people to eat those painted cakes isn’t gonna cut it.  Eventually they'll realize that they aren't the only ones who can break the social contract that has existed between the rich and the poor for most of human history, when we are at their gates.

Originally posted to miguelitoh2o on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 01:06 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  Change only comes when (1+ / 0-)
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    the oligarchy becomes seriously afraid for their own survival.

    •  the next logical question is... (0+ / 0-)

      how do you instill that fear?

      "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile." Hunter S. Thompson

      by Keith930 on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 01:20:38 PM PDT

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      •  Storming the castle (0+ / 0-)

        has been effective.

      •  How'd We Do It in the 30's? (0+ / 0-)

        A LOT of seriously impolite behavior, strikes, denials of service, disruptions of government and business activity, marches and encampments. Also there were formal socialist and communist parties who were making a good case for chucking capitalism entirely.

        The process is barely beginning this time. We've had union activity for over half a year, Occupy is just coming on the scene. There has to be a lot more.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 02:01:50 PM PDT

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        •  Agree that we will likely see a lot of (0+ / 0-)

          seriously impolite behavior before we see change.  I think that's a good thing, in that I don't see much changing until the very core of this "system" and its' leaders are threatened on a visceral level.  The 30s had a serious leg up on us today.  Back then as you said, the oligarchs were afraid the whole system could be thrown over to Communism.  Today, "Socialist" is a dirty word.  That's a huge chasm to cross.

  •  The next PR wave will be yellow ribbons (1+ / 0-)
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    for the policemen who mace us and hit us with clubs.  Watch the Right turn these modern day Pinkertons into folk heroes, and pressure Dems into stating on the record their unqualified support for thugs who suck at the public teat, and make a living of keeping the public in line.

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile." Hunter S. Thompson

    by Keith930 on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 01:19:27 PM PDT

    •  Did It 9 Years Ago for the Iraq Troops. (0+ / 0-)

      Soldiers of the global superpower invading a nonthreatening nation, and the homeland displayed the yellow ribbons of hostages for them.

      The big leap was taken back then. Ribbons for cops are a mathematical certainty.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 02:04:00 PM PDT

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    •  no, i don't think so. (1+ / 0-)
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      i think the next wave will be agents provocateur showing up and attacking the police in order to give them "cause".

      that's what's next. after that, it's anyone's guess.

      blink-- pale cold

      by zedaker on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 02:43:45 PM PDT

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  •  yeah, I think there's all ready (0+ / 0-)

    been some of that going on, in the portrayal the protesters have received in the MSM.

  •  Ive been trying to post this comment in reply to (0+ / 0-)

    the first thread here, but it keeps disappearing into the ether, so I'll try it here and see if it works out.

    I think what's going on in lower Manhattan and around the country is the metaphorical storming of the castle.  The longer we can persist with these demonstrations the more uncomfortable the oligopoly becomes.  So we keep that up, and remove any capital under our, (the little guys), control from their use, (calling all TBTF bank customers), and vote any elected official who is unreceptive to the precepts that the little guys deserve a break just as much as the oligarchs out of office, regardless of the Party they represent.

  •  We have to do our part, but (1+ / 0-)
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    it's true that the current system is unsustainable. PR won't save the oligarchy.

    What the oligarchs do, what this horrible system compels them to do, is destroy. Destroy our jobs, steal our life savings, seize our homes.

    And even complacent people like us good-hearted Americans won't sit quietly. We are increasingly jobless, homeless and getting hungry. The next crash is just around the corner, and it will increase the ranks of those who have nothing to lose.

    It's our job, and perhaps OWS' job, to hold us together while the old order collapses; to create new people-powered institutions and structures. There will need to be a new world order for, of and by the people of the nation...and the world.

    When a government violates the unalienable rights of the people, it loses its legitimacy.

    by Rayk on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 01:49:34 PM PDT

    •  The 40's-60's showed you don't need to throw (1+ / 0-)
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      out the entire order to hamstring the oligarchs.

      We didn't get it far enough but we had drastically cut them down to size. Most of the wealth of the country was held among the common people for the only time ever.

      The more radically you want to change the existing system, the bigger the problems you face about how to keep people fed, clothed, housed and healthy. If we just go after the truly sociopathic top end there are hugely fewer basic problems to solve at the outset.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 02:08:58 PM PDT

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      •  The problems are sociopaths. (1+ / 0-)
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        The CEOs are interchangeable. The problem is the system rewards banksters for destroying the rest of us.

        If that can be changed without overthrowing the whole system, I'm fine with it. But we can't have some superficial change.

        As I see it, change within the system has failed. The system is firmly under the control of the 1%.

        I don't know how good we'll do. But at least WE will TRY to keep people fed, clothed, housed and healthy. The 1% have NOTHING to contribute toward that end.

        When a government violates the unalienable rights of the people, it loses its legitimacy.

        by Rayk on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 03:31:36 PM PDT

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