Let me tell you something.
It isn't the proverbial Beast you have to worry about. That's the Creator's job. Your job is to tackle its minions running amouk and hiding in the Citadels you created.
Oh, yes. Your sweat and muscles built the Corporations. You built them to help you live the American dream and for a while, at least, they performed magnificently. You formed Unions to ensure your fair share of the profits. America shined because of you.
Then you took your eye off your own creation. Like the mongrel it became, when left alone, it bit you hard. Stealing your dreams and future.
It's your own damn fault.
What happened, exactly? Why did you get bit so hard by your own creation? That's easy to answer.
Corporations were designed to be guided from the bottom up. Workers progressed, shared ideas and the wealth, guided by those who worked their way to the top. It was your Union that kept the persons who made it to the top, honest.
When your efforts built the Corporation, that Corporation served you first and then the shareholders. It was you that was the heart of the Corporation. Your own Union was the heartbeat.
Your own negligence, as a creator, allowed the shareholder to become the heart. You now serve them. They make you an after-thought; a commodity to be used, abused and on a whim, discarded. This came to be because you forgot why the Union was created.
Citadels, by their very design, stroke the human ego. Looking out from the top floor of a corporation, a person begins to think they are a god. Why shouldn't they? Are they not the master of all that is below them? Isn't it their work that brings the shine to the Citadel?
When workers turned their backs on the Unions they built, they burned the only bridge that kept them connected to each other. The only creation that guarded their ability to share in the wealth of the dream.
Have you forgotten that the Unions were the primary shareholders? That was your most monumental error.
So, what do you do now? Again. Simple.
You rebuild the only thing that allows you true justice. Unions. Do this by following the example of the good people of Wisconsin and Michigan. Protest peacefully. Use the courts to try for justice. Use the sword of the ballot.
If these things don't work, then Strike. Be brave and bold enough to risk everything, because without doing so, you remain a mere commodity in the eyes of the minions that worship the Corporate / Government Beast.
Originally posted to Wendy's Wink on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 09:57 AM MDT.