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I'm a "Les Misérables" fan.  I've seen the play live quite a few times, and watched the 25th Anniversary Special countless times... Yesterday, Christmas day, I went to see the movie.  Despite some issues with some of the singing, I thought it was spectacular!

The story, of course, always brings parallels with what I believe is the type of dystopian world ALEC, the NRA, and the American plutonomy and their political puppets in the Republican party, and much of the Democratic party, want to takes us.

A more contemporary analogy of this type of hell-on-earth world (for the common people), of course can be found in SLATE's article published today, "Georgia's Hunger Games."

Yes, it's a familiar theme, where an entire political machinery in a state has been fully taken over by corporatist interests, who then proceed to dictate fascist legislation, word-by-word, written by ALEC lobbyists and their puppet politicians.

And what do they want?  Well, that's also obvious: They want to re-institute slavery.  Destroy the social safety net, plunge the increasingly growing number of vulnerable people into poverty and artificially create conditions for the poor so onerous, so hellish that people in desperation would do anything, anything at all, to survive.  And voilà, you (ALEC member corporatist members) have yourself an expanding pool of workers willing to accept subsistence wages.

And another bonus they get by moving their agenda forward is to keep the working class and the poor divided:

This allows state ideologues, she [Democratic state representative and minority leader Stacey Abrams] says, to pit the needy against one another in what she calls a "sort of Hunger Games of the poor," where the working poor are encouraged to look upon welfare spending as a drain on their own finances. " 'I'm poor because you took my money'—that's the dynamic that they set up."
These are the same old tricks plutocratic tyrants have always pulled off, and again, it kind of reminds me of the plight of the poor in 1848's France.

But having said all that, and having pointed out the true evil nature of what I consider to be a fascistic and dangerous corporatocracy in rapid ascendancy in the U.S., personally, I'm genuinely conflicted about what I detest more when it comes to very serious power struggles between a tiny but brutal and vicious plutocracy, and a dysfunctional, unprincipled, and cowardly left wing.

By now millions and millions of people know what's going on.  Much of the left wing "intelligentsia" knows about ALEC, and the Koch Brothers, and the fascist cookie-cutter legislation they are spreading, like a cancer, across the country.

And yet, a solid agenda fails to materialize.  One great hope, in Occupy Wall Street, fizzles away in the face of the corporatist propaganda machine (U.S. media), and due to their innate lack of organization, focus, and discipline (I attended several rallies in different cities, BTW).

And worst of all, you hear from so-called "moderate Democrats" who in the final analysis are willing to stake a position somewhere in between "right and wrong," as Prof. Robert Reich so succinctly put it in one of his latest tweets.

Think about that for a second... The majority of the people oppose the clearly fascistic and dangerous and oppressive legislative agenda by the current American plutonomy, and yet the NRA, ALEC, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Heritage Foundation, AEI, FowNews, and the myriad other miscreants associated with their agenda are able to ram through their "Hunger Games" world view, while on the Left we get dysfunction, division, fear, and the projection of powerlessness.

Have you notice that many "protests" organized by the left involved people laying down, playing dead, trying to show the results of some dastardly act by the fascist plutocrats?  During the heyday of OWS what was in vogue was showing videos of protesters being beat up by the brutal militarized police forces cum corporate goons, ad nauseam.

I know, I know, the narrative goes something like, if people see the brutality from the police against peaceful protesters, we'll get more public support.

The same goes with the mentality of many diarists here, who spent precious time reporting and writing about the latest dastardly and crazy and fascistic and oppressive act by this or that Republican governor, ad nauseam, also in the hope that by exposing them, it will generate public support which eventually will translate in political course correction at the ballot box.

But folks, it's not about public support for sanity, and for the respect of science, and empiricism, and a balance approach to politics.  That's already there.  The American people, by and large, already support the concept of a decent and fair society.

No, this is a power struggle with a thuggish and brutal enemy.  It will take more than complaining to take on these fascistic forces.  Who are you going to complain to?  The authorities?  They're in their pockets (here, and here).

What we need is a clear and united agenda (front?); we need to help create the conditions to help bring about a new crop of intelligent and brave leaders; to have clear goals and come up with strategies based on a clear vision, commitment and discipline.

And most of all, we need to drop the term "moderate Democrat" from our vocabulary.

Originally posted to Ray Pensador on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM PST.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  I agree with you, Ray. (6+ / 0-)

    You nailed it.  I, too, have been thinking about this for a long time.  Being a child of the sixties, I'm constantly disappointed in the lack of any organized plan.  Of course, the other side has money to implement their plans and they have been successful.  The liberals and progressives of our society have been too nice.  They think that it will somehow all work out because good wins out over bad.  News flash:  If you don't have a plan, you will get nowhere.

    I, too, tire of the same old diaries complaining about the same old things.  I'm especially tired of the Romney stuff.  It's been weeks already and the fella lost!  It's over - time to get over Romney!

    I do appreciate all the petitions.  I sign all the ones I agree with.  In addition, I email my Congressmen (no women from here) and the White House on a regular basis so that my voice will be heard.  I even call Boner's (sp) office!

    I had such hope for OWS, especially when they were organizing all over America.  But, the plutocrats won that one because there was no cohesive plan.

    being mindful and keepin' it real

    by Raggedy Ann on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 12:44:15 PM PST

  •  Parliamentary Cretins aka moderate democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill

    by Kvetchnrelease on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 01:21:35 PM PST

  •  What we need (3+ / 0-)
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    is a left wing with clout.

    What we've got is a bunch of Eisenhower Republicans.

    I'm all for liberal/progressive agendas.  I just don't see any politician pushing them.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 01:24:34 PM PST

  •  I'm not so sure Occupy fizzled away. (6+ / 0-)

    I think it accomplished a great deal in changing attitudes towards corporate oligarchy and defeating Romney's plans for completing the liquidation of the middle class. It prepared a lot of people to start thinking more critically about Bain and vulture capitalism. It may have helped bring out a lot of younger voters this year who would otherwise have been left uninspired by the past four years of compromise by Obama and Congressional Democrats. Obama might not have won re-election without the groundwork Occupy did.

    I think Occupy renounced tight centralized organization precisely so that it could move on to other targets and evolve-- as it is doing now by taking the initiative on Hurricane Sandy relief. And the recent arsons and police surveillance taken against it suggest it is still feared.

    If you really expect a united front, you'll need to welcome the disparate elements that combine to form a front.

    •  more like it was crushed (1+ / 0-)
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      in a nationally coordinated, federally sanctioned and supported effort. It was gaining momentum by the day and had to be stopped before it could cause any real disruption, civil rights be damned

      when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

      by bunsk on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:52:49 PM PST

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      •  The occupations were broken, (1+ / 0-)
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        but in the process their point was proved. The occupations can be mounted again, or the OWS movement can move on to other tactics. I don't see them as having been "crushed" any more than Bull Connor's hoses and police dogs crushed the Civil rights movement.

        We just need to prepare for tenacious protracted struggle, committed to continuing for years, engaging many different tactics and attacking multiple linked targets.

  •  We need to drop Democrats, period. (3+ / 0-)

    The brand is ruined forever. Weakness, cowardice, and greed to be just like wealthy Republicans destroyed the party.

    We need a third party, a truly LIBERAL party with a spine.

    Send conservatives to FilthyLiberal.com for re-education.

    by filthyLiberalDOTcom on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 02:20:44 PM PST

    •  oh, not yet. (1+ / 0-)
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      you've gotta wait for the upcoming "Grand Bargain," when the cuts to Social Security actually go through. At that point the brand will be ruined. Right now, the American people haven't yet woken up to the fact that Obama is trying to cut their social security benefits. they still think he is fighting the Republicans who want to do that.

      Once they find out both parties want to cut Social Security and Medicare, and neither party is interested in pushing for serious job creation---well, that's when it will get interesting. Or ugly.

      A thousand Sharkeys are invading a thousand Shires every day across our country.--James Wells

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:38:59 PM PST

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  •  Certainly there are some students of history - (1+ / 0-)
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    specifically political (or even military) - history here who can look back on what has worked in the past.  How can we get the attention of the factions, so far pitted against each other, and get them (US!) to drop our respective agendas long enough to work together to destroy those that work to oppress us.  I fear that in the not-to-distant future the things we fight each other over: abortion, immigration, race, etc. are not going to matter so much any more.  What will matter is who do we have to kill to protect our families?  What do we have to steal so that they'll be fed?
    Yes, they have more powerful tools to divide us than ever before, but we likewise are more powerful than our ancestors could have ever hoped to be.

    How do we break through the noise?!?!

    -7.38, -5.38 (that's a surprise)

    What is the sound of one hand clapping? Just listen!

    by 84thProblem on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 02:55:12 PM PST

  •  Do they really think this will accomplish a solid (1+ / 0-)
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    stable USA?   I think it would be just the opposite.

  •  well, the cops/blackwater goons/whatever (1+ / 0-)
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    started going after everybody with a camera or a laptop, so I have to disagree with your idea that photographing/videoing the police brutality was some sort of weird fetishizing of our victimization rather than a useful tactic.

    I tend to watch carefully to see what my opponents or enemies fear/respond to as a threat.

    A thousand Sharkeys are invading a thousand Shires every day across our country.--James Wells

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:32:21 PM PST

  •  I agree with a lot of what you say, though. (3+ / 0-)
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    I think, since we've seen state senates in NY and Washington go through elections in which the people give control of the senate to Democrats, followed immediately by the right-wing (aka "centrist"; aka "moderate") Democrats deciding they're going to caucus with Republicans instead, thus handing the chamber back to the Repubs arguably against the will of the people--I think it's time, past time, that we retire the "Big Tent" idea and admit who our allies really are--and who they aren't.

    A thousand Sharkeys are invading a thousand Shires every day across our country.--James Wells

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:35:48 PM PST

  •  lack of a message or agenda is the point (2+ / 0-)
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    corporate media needs a pigeonhole and a short phrase to define everything according to their established narrative. By refusing them that handle they're left to flail about and you get all kinds of crazy wingnut reactions and obvious distortions.
    When the people causing the problems being protested complain about the protesters' methods, they're the ones being threatened. They saw and dealt with OWS as a dangerous threat - one worthy of violent suppression. So, there's your signpost that points the way forward. The way of Gandhi and MLK and OWS. Non violent resistance, continued even in the face of overwhelming force and violence, until critical mass is reached.
    If OWS had continued, things would be very different right now. It's exactly because OWS changed the dialog away from the deficit that they had to be suppressed. The powers that be won't allow a true grass roots movement to force a national dialog about accountability for the 1%, or let such a movement gain momentum, which OWS was by the day, without fighting it tooth and nail.

    when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

    by bunsk on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 07:31:53 PM PST

      •  if you can get the narrative (2+ / 0-)
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        careening out of corporate control, then you're making progress - and - opening up opportunities for further progress. Their control of the narrative is what limits the discussion, keeps fucking republicans on TV, but most damaging, it's what keeps the masses ignorant, since most people look no further than corporate media of some sort. In Wisconsin the media can largely ignore the protests against the wingnut agenda. But Occupy was in  more highly visible places and spreading across the nation and gaining traction and with scenes like the college cop pepper-spraying peaceful protesters and other similar images starting to appear in the media, I believe it strained the foundations of the propaganda machinery or threatened to become the proverbial wrench in the gears. The best tactics are events the media reflexively covers but is at a loss to define. It allows the injection of a carefully crafted meme or theme, i.e. 1%. It's basically using the way the media works as a means to insert a catchy slogan into the national dialog that counters their efforts - a trojan horse I suppose - much the same method they routinely use to set narratives, oppress us, or control the scope of the discussion. One of the few ways to influence the dialog from outside the system is to get the system to help you.

        when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

        by bunsk on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 10:15:53 PM PST

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        •  I agree about the tactic of manipulating the (1+ / 0-)
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          corporate media, but my problem is why always do it by showing people being beat up, punched in the face by these fascist goons?

          Are there ways of creating media events by showing overwhelming power?  Somehow?

          •  the violence was the response of the system (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm saying just going there, in large enough numbers, and staying, and then offering no formal statement nor putting forward a leader or spokesperson was enough. The media covered it because they saw it as a spectacle or a novelty. But when they attempted to define it or asked for a plan, all they got was the system is broken and 1%. Later their violent suppression made its way into the media because it too was a spectacle or novelty.

            when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

            by bunsk on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 02:15:49 PM PST

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          •  Ray (1+ / 0-)
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            Not sure if you saw it on Democracy Now, but there was a FOIA release of fbi docs re their treatment of ows as a terrorist group, while acknowledging their non violence - basically being a tool of the system used against us; check their site if you missed it

            when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

            by bunsk on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:49:52 PM PST

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