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Every time I read a comment "reminding" me that there have always been people who think the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and that therefore today's Climate, Class and Terror War "Concern Trolls" are no different and so should just get over themselves for thinking that they and their worries are any different, I have thought of this diary. THIS diary. Well, I just re-read these remarks in numerous newly-minted, facile, inane comments, so, without further adieu...

Not at all times have the rich and powerful concentrated so much wealth. The surprisingly few times they have have been turbulent at best.

NEVER before have the lower and middle classes been so pacified by entertainment while concurrently being  misinformed and manipulated by sophisticated, instant, mass propaganda.

NEVER before since we became a species has life on this planet faced the threats of resource depletion and climate change we now face and which are advancing at warp speed.

NEVER before have the rich and powerful had so much law enforcement and military wherewithal so as to feel themselves impervious and unaccountable to the rest of the world.

NEVER before has individually deliverable terrorizing destructive force been so widely accessible.

NEVER before have we been at the stage where advances in genetics, robotics and nanotechnology will soon make possible an exponential growth in virtually undetectable, unstoppable delivery systems for miniaturized biochemical-mechanical weapons.

To which I add the following astute observation by CitizenOfEarth
Never has corporate control been so global in nature.

The US is under full corporate control (aka Fascism). The selloff of public assets to corps has accelerated (started by Bush continued by Obama). Citizen United ruling essentially was the final take over.

Corporations are 'men without a country'. So what is happening here is happening world wide.

It's almost comical that Obama said in his security speech that it is our "Duty" to spread democracy around the world.

Please also consider that the enormous forces running the plutocracy are against any sudden changes that might upset the status quo, and that their collaborators in society are legion.

The concerns of the Class, Climate and Terror War "trolls" are only extreme in relation to the vast masses who disregard them for reasons too numerous, dangerous and mostly self-serving to fully appreciate. If a lot more people shared our concerns over class, climate and terror and were working to address them as we are rather than seeking and accepting hopelessly insufficient increments of "change," our concerns would neither seem so extreme nor would we be so despairingly shrill, because there would be more progress and hope and less simple-minded complacency and fewer vast reaches of irresponsible wastelands of "serious" lemmings marching us off the cliff for "practical" reasons, because the garage door openers all work, the lawn is tidy, your 401K is heading in the right direction, and the suburbs are in order, at least those without too many foreclosures to keep up with...

So if you are laboring under the unhelpful, inaccurate notion that things aren't so bad that you and the rest of the world can't continue on with your current  lifestyle for the most part intact, for any reason whatsoever, or conversely that things are too bad to even try to help, at least do those of who us do have clocks and compasses and know the time of day and just where we are on that path to hell the favor of not standing in the way or, worse yet, aiding and abetting imminent disaster by sharing and supporting counter-productive people, organizations, and lifestyles. Try at least to be a little considerate about the future if not the present. And that would be in all ways and relations to the Class, Climate and Terror Wars. That would include (but not be limited to) Social Security cuts, kid gloves for Wall St, economic growth by consumption above all, the ever-increasing servitude of the 98% and laborers throughout the third world as the inevitable result of desirable globalization, KXL, fracking, endless war, omni-present surveillance, and warrant-less anything anywhere. These things are not to be treated like burnt coffee or spilled milk.

All the bad times in the past were imposters merely threatening to have the destructive potential of this time. None of them came close by virtually any friggin' measure that matters.

Please look around, re-consider, and at least try to tell the difference. Everything and everyone, including the things and the people you claim to care about, depend upon it.

Here. I'll throw in the globe.
clock compass and globe

This Memorial Day, perhaps we should also try to remember the value of getting and keeping a bead on reality, even when it hurts. After all, that's when it's most critical.

AFTERWORD

I am all for looking at the bright spots. But I am not going to engage in unrealistic optimism, false comparisons between the past and present, or false equivalences to glasses half full and empty. These aren't accurate or helpful. We can't avoid the truth in any way and expect to deal with it effectively. We need to be brutally honest about it to know what we are up against, what kind of time we have, and what direction we must take.

btw, one of the areas I look for bright spots, where people are talking, experimenting and developing pathways to solutions for the future is Yes! Magazine. Most of my recent diaries have been about such things and have been posted in the following groups: Affordable Sustainable Housing, Intentional Communities Research and Development, and Stuff That Really Matters. If you look at these groups and see that you can help cover these territories, I welcome your contributions as writers and/or commenters.


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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by Words In Action on Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:04:55 AM PDT

  •  I came across some data (7+ / 0-)

    At the coldest point in the last ice age period the world was only 12 degC colder on average than today.

    Shows how narrow a band of temperatures is required for environmental stability

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:17:37 AM PDT

    •  Hottest Point Some Millions of Years Ago Sea Levs (6+ / 0-)

      were at least 200' higher.

      Those were stable times; climate can be stable at any range all the way down to snowball earth.

      But the very narrow range that can support humanity in numbers within 2 orders of magnitude of ours is passing over the transom as we speak. Some humans --ownership and its favorites-- will always be able to survive.

      Most of us, not so much.

      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 Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:22:33 AM PDT

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      •  In the schadenfreude department, (5+ / 0-)

        I guess, Mother Nature I'm sure will find ways to pick off even the most protected plutocrats tucked away in their armored perches, partying like it's 1999...

        Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

        by Words In Action on Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:30:18 AM PDT

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      •  The socio-economic flush is ever quicker. . . (10+ / 0-)

        I get so depressed about the immediate future that I have little left for the 20-50 year future. I wish I could devote more time to climate change, unfortunately, the corporate fascism movement is going to devastate me and my family quite a bit quicker than rising sea levels and pollution.

        This will be my third year without a full-time, semi-permanent job. I am highly educated, have teaching, writing and legal experience, but I am 42 and nearly unemployable. I find myself wishing I could get a $12/hr job. I can't. "Overly qualified".

        My daughter is 5. My wife is working as a nurse assistant for the largest senior living "conglomerate" in the country. They pay her $11/hr. They mandate what she wears but only buys 2 shirts- period, rest comes out of her salary. Until a year ago, the employees paid $1 to eat good meals, no more, they pay full freight. No health insurance. No sick pay. A "work week" is 37.5 hrs a week and their time punch better match their schedule regardless of actual work or there will be trouble. She cries about having to shave an old man with a 50 cent plastic razor that cuts his skin. They purposefully schedule as least one person short to keep them running constantly. The company used to give $200 bonus to employee of the month, now they get 2 free pizza coupons. The company (and this I find incredible, even for them) goes to the residents to donate "Christmas bonuses" for the care staff! And the management of this national company makes millions for upper management. Executive officers will get bonuses of $7.2 million instead of $6.6 million b/c of all the "cost saving" to be had by pillaging employees.

        This IS America today. An over educated, unemployable father and a worked to the bone mother, who comes home and cries, not for herself - maybe a little, more for others.

        My daughter is 5. My dad was a doctor, her dad can't get a job. And day after day I have to read comments in the WaPo about society's "moochers" and the "job creators" - yeah, the fascists that turned America into their private banana republic 40 years ago are sitting on the biggest vault ever created and they will suck it dry.

        Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

        by 4CasandChlo on Mon May 27, 2013 at 11:11:02 AM PDT

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        •  Your story (5+ / 0-)

          kills me both because you are living it but also because it has become so common.

          I have a diary in the works on this, but I'll share the basic info with in case it might help...

          I don't know where you live but you might look to see if the area has a Time Bank. These are institutions that provide a way for people to trade services. Unlike Barter, the service you provide to one person gives you a credit you can use to acquire a service from any other person in the network. It won't replace a good paycheck or benefits, but it will allow you to leverage the skills you have in exchange for some of the things your family can use. And there's no applicable income tax.

          Here's the directory of time banks.

          In lieu of that you might look to start one or pursue similar exchanges informally through Craigslist. And then there are Barter networks in some places.

          Best regards and wishes...

          Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

          by Words In Action on Mon May 27, 2013 at 11:27:02 AM PDT

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    •  Yes. (5+ / 0-)

      And that creates one of the challenges of communicating the seriousness of the threat. People think it must take much wider swings to really change things...

      Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

      by Words In Action on Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:28:49 AM PDT

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  •  Thank you for this diary. (9+ / 0-)

    As a shrill alarmist, I am amazed at the poor logic folks use to refute my concern trolling.

    For example, the climate has always changed, therefore humans can't affect the climate and global warming is a myth. Okie dokie. Humans have always felt pain, so my foot up your ass isn't causing you discomfort.

    Or, people have been crying wolf forever, so wolves don't exist. I see, so I have been alive my whole life, therefore I can never die.

    We need to wake up now.

  •  One of these times is not like the others (5+ / 0-)

    That would be our time.

    Let's agree on this, as a starting point.

    Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by Words In Action on Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:42:37 AM PDT

  •  A corollary to the mass propaganda is that never (8+ / 0-)

    before have so few institutions owned so many media outlets. really helps to focus the mass propaganda..... good diary.... let the pie start flying.

    "None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps" Thurgood Marshall

    by UTvoter on Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:45:47 AM PDT

  •  p.s., there are some upsides to the genetics, (4+ / 0-)

    robotics and nanotechnologies, but there needs to be in place ethical standards that the scientists, not just the politicians, are consulted about. THere is far too little reliance on good science in this country when policy debates are engaged, despite the fact that we are pretty good at what we do.

    "None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps" Thurgood Marshall

    by UTvoter on Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:49:14 AM PDT

  •  Just saw this quote from Tim DeChristopher (5+ / 0-)
    Never in human history have potential catastrophes been so global; never have social and ecological crises of this scale threatened at the same time ...

    Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by Words In Action on Mon May 27, 2013 at 11:06:09 AM PDT

    •  this might be a good place to put this link (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Words In Action, UTvoter, JayRaye

      http://billmoyers.com/...

      DeChristopher — who was released less than a month ago — joins Bill to talk about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for justice, how his jury was ordered to place the strict letter of the law over moral conscience, and the future of the environmental movement. Bidder 70, a new documentary chronicling DeChristopher’s legal battle and activism, opened May 17. DeChristopher is co-founder of the grassroots environmental group Peaceful Uprising.

      “When I went into this, I was pretty focused on the direct impacts of my actions, keeping that oil under those parcels and stopping this particular auction,” DeChristopher tells Bill. “I think those impacts turned out to be much more important than just keeping that oil in the ground.”

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Mon May 27, 2013 at 11:42:52 AM PDT

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  •  "This is the fighting age." (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Words In Action

    Time to put on those fighting clothes and raise some hell,
    before it's too late.

    tip rec & repub to
    Hellraisers.

    Telling the cold hard truth!
    Thanks, WIA

    WE NEVER FORGET Aminul Islam, Bangladeshi Labor Martyr

    by JayRaye on Mon May 27, 2013 at 04:56:01 PM PDT

    •  Just like MJ said. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JayRaye

      And I don't mean Michael Jordan.

      ;^)

      Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

      by Words In Action on Mon May 27, 2013 at 05:59:42 PM PDT

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