Chris Hedges starts the discussion of what would happen if the government remains subverted.
Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan examined 100 years of violent and nonviolent resistance movements in their book “Why Civil Resistance Works.” They concluded that nonviolent movements succeed twice as often as violent uprisings. Violent movements work primarily in civil wars or in ending foreign occupations, they found. Nonviolent movements that succeed appeal to those within the power structure, especially the police and civil servants, who are cognizant of the corruption and decadence of the power elite and are willing to abandon them.
Sort of the opposite of the Weather Underground.
The corporate state, meanwhile, is preparing privately for the world it knows is actually coming. It is cementing into place a police state, one that includes the complete evisceration of our most basic civil liberties and the militarization of the internal security apparatus, as well as wholesale surveillance of the citizenry.
Where is the country going? Right now, it’s unclear. But the corporate vampires are on the throat of democracy. This may not end in a place we have seen before.
Elephant political party throws shit in America’s face
Juan Cole on the Tea Party, its backers, and their successful shutdown of the government of the United States
Make no mistake, this is class warfare, and a naked move towards outright plutocracy. The few hundred superrich do not want a government regulating their pollution, and investigating their white collar crime. They do not need a government to provide schools, roads, bridges, fire protection, libraries and the rest. Juan Cole takes a shot at it, at Informed Comment:
There should be no confusion about who shut down the US government and why. It was shut down by billionaire backers of the so-called Tea Party faction in the Republican Party. They ordered their sockpuppets, like Ted Cruz, to defund the government so as to take a hostage for ransom. They don’t want to help pay for affordable health care for most Americans, because having $4.8 billion instead of $5 billion is just too humiliating. We don’t even know the names of Cruz’s biggest campaign contributors any more because of the corruption in US campaign finance. But Goldman Sachs and Berkshire Hathaway want him there, and we can bet that the Koch Brothers do, too. They should all be boycotted.
We don’t have a functioning government this morning because our super-rich are on the whole too stingy to help guarantee all Americans the basic human right of health care. They won’t share, even though their tax rates are low in world terms and they couldn’t have gotten rich without the infrastructure and legal latticework provided by the US government, and without the skills and labor of American workers.
Did millions of these working Americans not have affordable health care? Let them, Ted Cruz says, go to the emergency room. Except that it is impossible for ERs to handle all those millions, and it is mmuch more expensive to have them treated that way, and pregnant mothers can’t get prenatal care at ERs. The number of babies lost and infants who die goes way up when the mothers don’t see a physician regularly during pregnancy, and poor women couldn’t afford to do that before Obamacare.
In other words, Ted Cruz and his billionaire backers are telling us, “let them eat cake.”
The Scrooge Oligarchs want to go back to the age of Robber Barons in the nineteenth century.
A new report by the Xerces Society discusses the impact of a certain type of pesticide on bees and other important helpful insects. These chemicals are called neo nicotinoids. “New chemicals that are like nicotine.” They aren’t really new any more:
Neonicotinoids are now the most widely used group of insecticides in the world, and their use in the U.S. has been steadily increasing since their initial registration in the mid-1990s. Neonicotinoids have been promoted as low-risk chemicals: low impact on human health, low toxicity to nontarget organisms, lower application rates and compatibility with Integrated Pest Management. Unfortunately, the many studies completed since these compounds began being used have not born out the validity of these assumptions.
Europe has banned them to see what happens to bee populations/hive collapse, while the U.S. EPA has just approved them.
We really can’t get along without bees. But beekeepers are a pretty small lobbying force; probably nonexistent. And the poison makers are huge.
Apparently the Republicans in the United States House of Representatives (that’s a very important part of our, you know, government) are willing to cause the government to cease functioning; will this be enough to finally rid the world of these insane and corrupt GOP plutocrats? Will the American public finally get the idea that the great American experiment in democracy has been more or less purchased and repurposed to simply maximizing the fortunes of a few hundred individuals? And that the Republican Party is the enactor of this agenda? Will our citizens decide that children, the old, the poor people and those of color are actually not the enemy but are actually US?
Just thought I’d raise the question. It might be worth a try.
Every once in a while OTL,S! yoinks a complete post from somebody who can actually write, and hopes they take it as a compliment rather than a complete copyright violation. So far, we’re batting 1.000:
Road rage for dummies
This is exactly the kind of thing we can expect to see more of when the whole country is armed to the teeth.
“Police said two men died Wednesday after a shootout allegedly motivated by road rage, the Grand Rapids Press reported.
The initial police investigation showed Ionia, Mich. residents James Pullum, 43, and Robert Taylor, 56, pulled into a car wash parking lot after a confrontation on the road. They then exited their vehicles, drew handguns and exchanged fire, authorities said.
Police found both men at the scene with gunshot wounds, and the two were pronounced dead at an area hospital soon after, according to the newspaper.
Both men held concealed carry permits, according to police.”
With bullets flying all over the place it’s lucky they only killed each other. Usually we can expect a bunch of innocent bystanders to give their lives in these altercations. Even when trained cops start firing, it often ends up this way.
But there is a lesson in this for all of us. Behave as though any nut you come across in public is armed and willing to use his gun whenever he’s crossed. Because freedom.