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One theme I'm always focusing on in my writing and activism is that unless there is a concerted effort to bring together disparate progressive-minded groups and people into a nationwide coalition capable of developing the type of strategic mindset necessary to act in concert against the Corporate State, the abuses we are now witnessing are only going to get worst at an accelerated rate.

That constitutional rights will continue to be eroded with increased speed; that the for-profit corporate-controlled total-information-awareness police state is going to continue to be imposed and entrenched; that trade agreements will continue to be negotiated in secret, and one passed we're going to find out that our rights and economic security has been eroded further.

I also argue that the entire political system is corrupt to the core, and that includes both major political parties (although I have no problem admitting that the Republican party is much worst, exponentially).  And because both parties are (ultimately) beholden to the same corporatist paymasters, at this point voting and participating in partisan politics is not going to be enough to reclaim our democracy.

Some people take that to mean that I'm advocating for people to not participate in the political process.  That's hardly the case.  In fact, in the more than 25 years I've been voting, I've never missed one single election (including mid-term and special elections).

That's not what I mean... What I mean is that since the entire political system is corrupt, our votes are not going to be enough to help bring about any meaningful change, or course correction.

We need to vote AND unite into a powerful and cohesive movement capable of organizing and acting against the Corporate State.

Sometimes I feel that this prescription is so obvious and so self-evident that any progressive would understand it without much trouble.  But I often find that when I suggest it, some people are offended by it, or can't even understand what I'm talking about, of why there would be a need for such social justice movement.

And so, in one more attempt to communicate how urgently important it is for the formation of what is essentially a peaceful (but resolute and united) resistance movement against the American Corporate Oligarchy, I'd like to propose that people think about North Carolina's Moral Mondays as a template for what needs to happen nationwide.

The action against the American Corporate Oligarchy has to be highly organized, consistent, non-stop, strategic, and cohesive.

Please take a few minutes to watch the following two videos.  Although I'm not a religious person, I found the words of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, stirring, an inspiring.  I connect with his message especially when he mentions that when people have united against injustice, they've never been defeated.

In the second video Chris Hedges talks about the nature of the American Corporate State, and about ways people can organize to protect themselves against it.

I'm fully aware that there may be some reading these words who still don't know what I'm talking about, and I'm sadden by that.  One suggestion I would offer to them is to start by turning off the TV--and tuning into the movement.

What needs to happen?  Moral Monday-like rallies in multiple cities nationwide, on an ongoing basis, indefinitely, relentless, week after week, month after month.  General strikes, rolling strikes, slow-downs, work stoppages, counter-propaganda campaigns (outreach) to educate the population about not only what's happening, but about ways of joining the peaceful resistance movement.

Bottom line: what the American Corporate State Oligarchy is doing is extreme and nothing short of a massive (peaceful) uprising is going to deter it.

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  •  The cynic in me asks, in regards to: (4+ / 0-)
    The action against the American Corporate Oligarchy has to be highly organized, consistent, non-stop, strategic, and cohesive.
    Will the government's spy/surveillance apparatus respond in kind?

    Not that anyone can answer such a question, I know. Just wondering aloud.

    And it certainly doesn't mean we shouldn't try, of course.

    Thanks for the diary, Ray.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

    by DeadHead on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 11:08:42 PM PDT

    •  Of course the corporate state will respond in kind (5+ / 0-)

      Once again (and I've said this many times), if you really study the way the oligarchs control the population you will notice that they spend an extraordinary amount of time, money, and resources in spreading propaganda and misinformation in order to prevent people from, number one, figuring out how the system really works, and number, uniting against it.

      The oligarchs are not really worried about a violent uprising at this point; they are worried the most about people uniting in solidarity (in large numbers).  I'm telling you; that's what keeps them awake (if anything does).

      But as the reverend said... We the people are millions strong, and the oligarchs are a tiny minority of the population.  If we unite, for real, nothing will be able to stop us.

      •  The tools they have at their disposal (6+ / 0-)

        Are rather extensive, as we're coming to find out more and more with each passing day.

        That's what makes it so disturbing, and makes the resistance to the NSA/surveillance revelations all the more frustrating.

        I know your diary is focussed on action, and that's good thing.

        Which makes my nearly reflexive return to the surveillance topic all the more unfortunate.

        I just can't help but think about the crap that happened to OWS, I guess.

        And yet I realize that's exactly the result they're likely hoping for -- discouragement and, as a result, inaction.

        Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

        by DeadHead on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 11:58:53 PM PDT

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  •  Like, more and better corporate paymasters (2+ / 0-)
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    lostinamerica, DeadHead


    Kudos for the free publicity in the Chris Hedges diary.

    "America no longer has a left-wing." -- Paul Craig Roberts

    by Cassiodorus on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 05:08:27 AM PDT

  •  Analyze very carefully what (1+ / 0-)
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    ...Moral Monday is doing, who is doing it and the issues that bring out people.  It is not coincidence that the crowd in the photo is in Asheville and that at the end of the North Carolina legislative session, the state confiscated Asheville's watershed through special "local" legislation.

    Moral Monday has been achored by the resources of the NC NAACP and led by Rev. William Barber, organizing through a network of clergy, union, and progressive organizations.   And getting social media support and turnout from various Occupy veterans.

    It has emphasized civil disobedience from the start and built momentum as more innocent people have been arrested and mishandled by the authorities.  Over 900 arrests in the 13 weeks in Raleigh.

    And during the time between events, the organizers have been traveling around the state broadening the movement geographically.

    Finally, there likely will be an electoral effort to oust the GOP from the legislature in 2014.   The local pool of available challenger candidates will determine how progressive those campaigns will be on issues unrelated to voting rights.  Hanging away from it because it looks like establishment co-option is probably the wrong strategy.  Failure to dislodge the GOP from the NC legislature will accelerate their wingnut tendencies.

    IMO, it's time for a 50-year anniversary re-enactment of Freedom Summer all across the country.   Getting the IDs, getting the registrations, building a movement to go to both major conventions in 2016 and telling them to cut the crap.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 10:37:06 AM PDT

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