EDITOR’S NOTE: I actually wrote this a few months back, and didn’t publish it by accident. How fitting now, considering the Wall St. occupation that NO ONE is covering. Please read, ponder, and comment. Thanks! -RT
If there is hope, wrote Winston, it lies in the proles.
If there was hope, it must lie in the proles, because only there in those swarming disregarded masses, 85 per cent of the population of Oceania, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated. The Party could not be overthrown from within. Its enemies, if it had any enemies, had no way of coming together or even of identifying one another. Even if the legendary Brotherhood existed, as just possibly it might, it was inconceivable that its members could ever assemble in larger numbers than twos and threes. Rebellion meant a look in the eyes, an inflexion of the voice, at the most, an occasional whispered word. But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies. If they chose they could blow the Party to pieces tomorrow morning. Surely sooner or later it must occur to them to do it? And yet-!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the proles among us as of late. Watching the whole of American society crumble makes one consider the bleak future in a new light. There is so much naked treachery and corruption in our tarnished streets paved with gold, yet we 85% walk about with earphones glued to our heads, with the greatest hits from our local iTunes store blocking out the cold and crushing reality of The United Police States Of America .
Oh, you haven’t heard? The Senate changed the name last month.
Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
Herein lies the rub: Americans have become the predominant consumers of entertainment on the planet. Of all time. We are so busy crafting our own worlds and living out our fantasies through them that we pay no attention to what is being done to our brother, or in our names.
Regardless of your political bonafides, it’s easy to agree that our government is corrupt, and allowing (even actively engaging in) state-sponsored terrorism. That may sound harsh, but only because you haven’t allowed the reality of Modern America to permeate your bubble. Let’s be clear: United States military professionals are no-knocking civilian residences and shooting to kill (no remorse if they get the wrong address) both at home and abroad, world leaders are talking about deploying climate weapons and nuclear weapons to wrest mineral rights away from sovereign nations, the petrodollar economic pillars are crumbling under their own weight, it’s now considered within the rule of law that we go to war at nothing more than the behest of the CIC/Unitary Executive, the federal government wants to defund education and health care (while continuing to allow the rich to ignore their part of the ‘shared sacrifice’.) unilaterally, radiation is leaking all over the place and the majority of detection safety nets are being taken off-line, and people are getting arrested and beaten for protesting all of this in public.
Most importantly, the coming election of a new President is so clearly fixed, even at this early date, that all of Obama’s strongest opposition is just flat out refusing to run.
We The People need to abandon the idealistic residual self-image built during the halcyon after glow of “winning” the Cold War and face some hard truths about what we’ve come to represent and what we allow to occur for the sake of being able to install iPod docks in our Titanic branded deck chairs at competitive prices. If Americans are going to continue to talk about how they are the greatest people in the world, then we need to lead by example and do as so many others in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere have done; we MUST fight the corrupt regime here at home if we want to have any hope of defeating corrupt regimes abroad.
Or even expect to survive as better than a third world nation past the next half decade.