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They even came close to burning books in the OWS library!  Each day they reveal themselves more.  They have been there generation after generation.  They own the country and pass it on to others.  They are faceless because they are not people.  They are a system.  Oh yes we have names of some the recent manifestations.   Yet just who is in charge?  Who decided there should be a conference call before the Iron Heel squashed us once more?  Can you find someone in charge?  I doubt it.  Why are they so concerned that they can not identify single people behind the occupy movement?  Do you see the symmetry?  One system clashing with another.  No generals no dictators, just power versus a challenge to that power.  Read on below for more on this.

First of all the "system" is in trouble.  Just what system do I mean?  There's a good question if you believe the thing we are fighting has that kind of identity.  The faceless global system that takes and takes and reduces the source of what they take to pawns and servants of one kind or another.  They used to talk about the "Bosses" in the old days.  Things have changed in some ways but they basically remain the same.

Have you ever experienced the sneer that someone who feels "better" than you because they have learned to share in the process that robs you of the fruits of your work and thereby can lord what they have as a result over you?  That never changes.  

I, as a University faculty member, never lost my working class roots.  I was a pawn just like the janitors or the steel workers or any one else who was always on the losing side of the struggle to get a fair return for what I contributed.  I watched the State or the Corporation (Harvard) strip us of what we deserved.  Oh yes, the people who teach kids and the policemen and firemen all got even worse screwings as well, but the fact remains that wealth has accumulated in the hands of a very few.  The administrators and the entertainers (sports) some how got a better cut of the droppings if they kept us all in line.

There are no real exceptions that I know about.  The system pays CEOs to accomplish this.  Good management keeps the stockholders happy.  The pockets fill and all you need do is be good at gambling with other people's money.

That's the more familiar part of the system.  There is much more but you get the picture.  So now the system has at least a two pronged attack against it.  It was bad enough when things began to seemingly spontaneously unravel.  Yet every time there is a crash they come out better, what a strange set of coincidences.  Every chain letter scheme has and endpoint where the unstable relations that keep it going fall apart for one reason or another.

Now on top of that the great unwashed are playing in the parks.  how annoying.  Why don't they get dressed up in suits and ties and work for the system's candidates like they did to kill the sixties movement?  How long will they keep this up?  How much naked force will they endure?  Rubber bullets, tear gas, horses, whatever.  Kent state was real bullets.  Debs and Joe Hill and so many others were eaten by their power.  When will it stop?  It depends on you and I.  We can not let them be crushed.  We can not let them burn the books and erase the progress made these last few months.  The people are awake.  They see the ugliness of the system.  They want it over.  They will not turn back.  We do not need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.

Originally posted to don mikulecky on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM PST.

Also republished by Anti-Capitalist Chat and Postcapitalism.


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  •  Well said, Don (13+ / 0-)

    The Technocrats do the dirty work.  Not much as changed since Tolstoy's book Ressurection.

    Here's a formidable list

    THE INVISIBLE HAND: See Who Is Really Running the World

    Then there are the cabals like The Family, Sharlett.

    Of course old money holds the purse strings.  I grew up with them.  Heck, they were sauced half the time but how they loved to play, and play, and play.  Totally removed from the unwashed masses.  BUT the tax rates kept things more fairly balanced for decades, until first Johnson dropped high income rate to 70% and then Reagan decided the United States didn't need any more funding from the elites.

    It's late.

    Great article.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 10:18:26 PM PST

  •  The Machine Has Planned for This For Decades (4+ / 0-)
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    martini, don mikulecky, Pluto, a2nite

    This and pretty much any response organic beings might have to their conquest.

    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 Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 10:19:38 PM PST

  •  The 99%..... (8+ / 0-)

    We're like rabbits. Screw us and we multiply. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.

    Tnr- too

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 10:28:56 PM PST

  •  Well said (4+ / 0-)

    and regardless, I hope someone is going to FOIA  documents to find out who initiated the now infamous conference call, who were ALL of the the participants,  who coordinated the conversation, and what entity paid for it.

  •  Good job bud. We need more posts like this n/t (4+ / 0-)
  •  Portland Police Chief Mike Reese.... (1+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky a clubby person.  

    First he has his police club Occupy Portland protesters, now he collects checks from Portland's 1% at the Arlington Club.

    9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

    by varro on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 10:55:50 PM PST

  •  I think Keith said it all, too (4+ / 0-)

    Ignore the weird words that keep appearing across his forehead: this video didn't even hiccup when I played it (twice).  Special props to Keith for his use of "putz."

    Over the past 30-odd years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. --Bill Maher

    by Youffraita on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 11:59:13 PM PST

  •  We're nowhere near "dual power", but... (6+ / 0-)

    just power versus a challenge to that power.

    i don't think we're at a stage yet of being a challenge to the existing power.  But two thoughts. First, that for the first time in better than 30 years, there's some sort of glimmer of a prospect that we can build it, the vague outlines of a schematic of what it might look, sound and work like.  The other thought is that the damage of such a vast unchallenged hegemony going on so long is that restoring the status quo ante, the 20th century synthesis of business liberalism and soft social democracy simply isn't enough to undo the damage.

      We need to get to a point of dual power, where we can drive a new, 21st century social antithesis at them so hard they have to abandon their hegemonic aspirations, hit them so hard that while we may not yet have a means to replace the existing order, that we can make it impossible for the existing order to continue to rule.  And as I play through all these sequences in my head, I realize there are only two possible end states for any of them.  only by getting to a dual power condition much faster than has historically been the case when it does develop do we have even a chance to forestall the worse of the two endgames.  In other words, a huge amount of work to do, and very little time to get it done.

    If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. ~Malcolm X

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 01:16:29 AM PST

  •  This is what they do. (5+ / 0-)
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    alizard, Pluto, don mikulecky, Joieau, slatsg

    Why would anyone expect differently.  It isn't just the US.   Remember Tiananmen Square?  Remember the tanks?  Remember Iran?  Remember the cries of Allahu-Ackar in the night?  What happened?  What changed?  

    Fighting with the police is not our solution to the injustice of the world and the US in particular.  In fact that's exactly what the powers want for when while we are butting our heads against the same wall we are not organizing and attacking on a dozen fronts.  When we are fighting the police we get sympathy but that doesn't necessarily covert into furthering our goals.  Yes 10,000 turned out in Oakland because of the police brutality instead of 1,000,000 because their populist rage has been converted to action.

    If you somehow beat the police they will bring out the tanks and if that doesn't work then the attack helicopters.  

    There are 18 million unemployed in the US and 60 million seniors or near seniors who are watching their ability to even live let alone live the so called American Dream go up in smoke.  If anything the constant fear of police violence is doing exactly what it's designed to do make people afraid to organize.  

    We can't live our dream with wide open eyes to make it happen this way.  Holding ground isn't the objective.  Changing the system is.  If the people aren't outraged enough by loosing their homes, their jobs, the medical benefits, their pensions, their ability to be educated and educate their kids, they, the masses, aren't going to be seriously outraged enough to take action by pictures of storm troopers breaking a few heads.  People see violence constantly they are anesthetized to it.

     Populist anger put Obama in the WH and he immediately turned his back on his power source and has floundered ever since.  That anger is turning to rage and the power structure knows that.  They are afraid, very afraid that we will stop breaking our heads against the police barricades and organize the 150 million who are desperately effected by greed and injustice.

     There has to be a smarter way.    

    General Strike WA--Occupy the Legislature, Monday Nov 28--Olympia. Union Supported--10,000 expected to be here. Stop the cuts until the corporations pay their share.

    by YellerDog on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 01:34:36 AM PST

    •  We need to find pathways (2+ / 0-)
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      don mikulecky, Odysseus

      around the global power system.
      Thrive despite their effort to use us up and toss us away.
      Take what we need from it and leave the rest, the traps, like hyper-consumerism, by the side of the road.

      Of course, as we all know,  the root of it is the money.

      We need to control our money - starve the beast- for a good start.

      The reason OWS has been such a success is that it takes us out of the virtual world of blogs and brings us face to face.
      Those personal bonds are much more powerful than even the most stirring words on a page.

      Build this and we are unbreakable.

  •  Curious, Don... (1+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky

    ...what makes you different from this guy, or this guy, or this guy, or this guy or--rest his soul--this guy?

    A quant and damned proud of it.

    by Cera on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 03:21:21 AM PST

    •  Very simple. The American People paid for my (1+ / 0-)
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      education.  NROTC scholarship to undergrad.  NSF and NIH fellowships to PhD and postdoc.  I have spent my life in service to the people who made this possible.  The accumulation of wealth by your examples is theft!

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 07:40:44 AM PST

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      •  I ask... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...because you mentioned that you "[were] always on the losing side of the struggle to get a fair return for what I contributed."

        If you're not interested in capitalizing on your expertise--if in fact, you view it as theft--then why complain about how you've been compensated?

        A quant and damned proud of it.

        by Cera on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 09:09:19 AM PST

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        •  That is basic! Why should the 1% benefit? (0+ / 0-)

          You seem to miss the point entirely.  And my statement was not meant to be so self centered but to use myself as an example of another class of exploited people!

          An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

          by don mikulecky on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 09:45:06 AM PST

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        •  Your examples by the way have no relation to (0+ / 0-)

          those of us who chose to teach in the educational system at all levels.  It is owned and operated by 1% exploiters in one way or another.

          An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

          by don mikulecky on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 09:54:48 AM PST

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  •  Welcome to the B2B World (2+ / 0-)
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    One of the advantages of governments switching to MORE fossil fuel dependency for energy production is there's less concern about how much gasoline and coal slurry the flesh-people use.

    Basically we are seeing, in real time, the rise of entities that not only do not concern themselves with human consumer needs - they need consumer needs as marginalized as possible to function as effectively as possible.

    People, as we were born to think of ourselves as being, are moving from being a commodity to being an inefficiency that gets in the way of an entire new form of life - corporations - from doing their thing.

    Welcome to the midwife stage of the singularity. Want to know what AIs are like, and our relationship to them, should they arise?

    It's just like humans interacting with corporations. Very uncomfortable for both sides of the equation.

    Yet also... oddly enough... there is a symbiosis, up to a point. To have this modern life, humans and corporations cannot exist without each other.

    There just isn't as much need for the former in a corporation-run (or AI-run) cosmos.

    This is the future. Welcome, cells, to your new bodies!

  •  The pictures, info in the links below are not (1+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky

    new, but nicely aggregated :  (picture heavy) - city-by-city police brutality on the movement.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 04:14:11 AM PST

  •  Me thinks this is because Condi/Bailout Paulson (1+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky

    were afraid of being "mic-checked", in keeping with the patterns of the last week or so.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 04:18:15 AM PST

  •  Yet every time there is a crash (1+ / 0-)
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    Yet every time there is a crash they come out better, what a strange set of coincidences.
    ...and all the King's horses and all the King's men-
    came and had scrambled eggs for breakfast...
  •  I was struck by how all these separate... (0+ / 0-)

    cities with independent mayors all decided the same week to crack down on the protesters. I thought that was very spooky right away.

    Sometimes what looks like a conspiracy, is really a conspiracy.

    De air is de air. What can be done?

    by TPau on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 01:53:29 PM PST

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