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The 99% And Revolution

There is no doubt the level of unrest across the globe is escalating, as unregulated Capitalism becomes more abusive of people and this planet in its ceaseless quest for power and profit.

Greed and corruption have instigated uprisings in the Arab world that have overthrown a succession of governments. In Europe massive street protests have unsettled the ruling classes in Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Ukraine and let’s not forget that supposed doyen of democracy, The United States of America.

Indeed, a recent poll by Real Clear Politics found that 63% of Americans are seriously dissatisfied with how their country is being governed for a third consecutive year, placing government credibility at an 8-year low.

This 8-year deterioration has been covered up with government propaganda, no more no less, as the abuses of the people continues and a watershed is fast approaching, in my opinion. The support for corporations over electors is becoming more obvious, enslaving people in vast tranches of debt and no signs of increasing employment opportunities with which to repay that increasing debt – a situation reflected around the world.

Global levels of discontent are high as this common abuse grows and anger is mounting. Here we get to the nuts and bolts of revolution, as people feel increasingly abused and frustrated by the lack of support provided by their elected representatives.

Whilst we are in a whole new technological era, that is rapidly bringing our species together for the first time in our history, the common denominator for this unrest remains what it has always been. The collapse of bankrupt ruling belief systems that rely on suppression and control rather than involvement and encouragement.

21st century suppression now takes the shape of increasingly invasive surveillance and the gradual arming of security and police forces in anticipation of revolt. Edward Snowden made us fully aware of the abusive nature of this surveillance and here we find an interesting spotlight on how frightened the ruling classes are now becoming.

He was able to show us that in America everyone in high office, from the President to the Director of National Intelligence, had lied to the peoples elected Congress and the people themselves about the surveillance of Americans. Governments around the world also reeled in shock and horror when they discovered their phones were being tapped! His was an act of the highest moral integrity, which put him in hiding from his own government as they sought to shut him up.

Here we see evidence of the State apparatus in all its grisly reality, as it tried to manipulate popular opinion and divided Americans on whether Snowden was a hero or a traitor. The sacrifices he made, to make us aware, were fudged by the corporate media and excitable prose used to incite hatred towards a man who had acted with the highest of moral integrity, on a par with Mandela, Luther King and Mother Teresa.

Over the ensuing years, as the truth has become clear, the weighting in favour of Snowdens actions has increased as the popularity of governments has reduced. The 99% are no longer an illiterate rabble. Indeed, many of the younger members have benefitted from an expensive education they cannot now repay! Their growing question is “What is the point of handing our power over to people we have elected to manage our Society, when that Society is no longer of concern to them?”

In this dire situation government thinking (something just as outmoded as our traditional religious beliefs today), is to anticipate social insurrection and prepare for forceful suppression by martial law. This aggressive and undemocratic action follows the identical persecution of Edward Snowden. It’s reasoning is simple . . . the unaccountable power of government is under threat and that power must be preserved at all costs.

The arming of security forces is not in anticipation of conflict but rather a means by which to ensure conflict and justify repression! Ghandi showed how non-violent protest was able to take a whole sub-continent away from the British Empire. Nelson Mandela repeated this strategy, avoiding what was anticipated as a certain bloodbath in South Africa after decades of inhuman apartheid.

If you have peaceful protest, attention is not diverted from your demands and respect is earned by the security forces there to police your actions. If you resort to violence, respect is lost and retaliation and violence destroy the authenticity of the demonstration.

Isn’t it interesting how large demonstrations are quickly stifled when a few commit acts of violence and destruction. With Snowdens revelations still ringing in my ears I become more cynical about who sponsors those few hooded protagonists, whose actions bring a powerful demonstration quickly to a close through supposedly “necessary policing actions to preserve social order”.

Successful revolution has always been achieved when the men and women of the security forces can see that the revolution has values that are common to them as well and they throw in their lot with the abused. Government then loses its ultimate power over the people and change takes place.

But not all is plain sailing as history has shown us. If the revolutionary leaders are just after the power and using the people as the tool with which to get it, Society has come out of the frying pan and straight into the fire. Ask the Russians!

I am convinced we are moving ever closer to global insurrection because the abuses of the rich and powerful are becoming wholly intolerable. In the end we are an evolved Society with a higher self-esteem than even just 100 years ago. Our intelligence and vastly increased ability to share and compare our experiences across the globe is uniting us in a global contempt for the abuses of the rich and powerful.

New technology is changing forever how we live Life on Planet Earth. Corporate sponsored government uses it to support their outmoded ways of suppression and control, whilst it liberates and empowers the 99% to fight the clever fight of an enlightened species.

Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds change. QED!

 

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

The 99% ARE The ‘Elite’

Greed is effectively the fear that exists within corporations,
governments and the very rich. It is a fear that
humanity will succeed without them. — Capt. James Welberry

I have always been absent-minded. Indeed, my son enjoys telling our friends how I once took him and his fiancé for a pub lunch in my carpet slippers! As the years roll by there has come a point where I question whether my memory lapse is turning into something more worrying.

As my concerns turned to action I suddenly realised what a fantastic collection of people Society comprises and how we take ourselves so much for granted. Here am I concerned about my health and able to go to a service that has thousands of experts, with all the latest medical skills, all of whom are readily available to us.

It is the thinking and concerns of the collective that bring these support services into being. One individual, or small group, may be the driving force for their manifestation but it is with the collective effort and support of the majority that they take shape and are maintained.

This goes for all of our support services, from education to social services, pensions to wider care for the elderly. It is the result of evolution nurturing a collective effort of care and concern about how we, as a species, can best cope with the constant challenges that Life sends us.

If we look at this from a broader perspective, there is a balance within Society that is directly attributable to the variety of those services. It reflects our differing needs and the acceptance by the majority that we all share the same challenges. Our commitment is such that we raise taxes to finance them and accept the payment of those taxes for that very purpose. (The political abuses of that money is for another day!)

It is when the needs of the few are manipulated upon Society that the problems of abuse and imbalance occur. Throughout our history the primary abuse has come from the lust for power and greed by the few, inflicting untold hardship upon the many.

To start with this abuse is tolerated but with this toleration the abuse escalates through the creation of vast Empires of power, be they sovereign or corporate, until they manifest such barbaric behaviour that the majority revolt and seek a rebalancing of Society.

This happened to the great Empires of Ancient Greece, The Roman Empire and all the way up to recent times with the French and Russian Revolutions. All power feeds the human fallibility to abuse, which then has to be contained and destroyed, only then to manifest again in some new shape and form.

In this 21st century the narrow demands of the few are once again inflicting untold damage upon the greater Society but this time not with armies and violent conflict, as has been the case in the past. This time it is with far more devastating effect through the exercise of financial power and the enslavement of Society in debt and corrupted financial systems that threaten our future survival.

Control of the money supply, now created out of thin air, is increasingly withheld from the majority. Instead it is directed to friends in high places, enabling the rich and powerful to further corrupt both the financial and political systems for gain. The primary responsibility of the latter being to regulate the excessive behaviour of the few, by oversight and legislation, to maintain a healthy and balanced Society.

Increasingly alienated by the growing abuses of the few, mistakenly referred to as ‘The Elite’, Society is having to turn to its own resources.

The powerful are aware of this and so they repeat the mistakes of the past by becoming more domineering and suppressive in their handling of Society. By this very stupidity they fuel the flames of revolt, through an arrogant and insulated belief in their own omnipotence . . . and of course they are not!

Revolution is an interesting aspect of Society and can take decades to mature before bursting into action. Nobody can predict when this will happen but when it does its speed and ferocity is quite breath-taking in the release of pent up frustration.

(If you want to read an excellent in depth study on this subject I can thoroughly recommend Chris Hedges “Wages of Rebellion” which has been the inspiration for this piece and many more to come I suspect. http://tinyurl.com/jemnn6a .)

History supports my belief that the majority, in the shape of Society, keep our species in balance over the long term to ensure our very survival. Frustrating and worrying as it seems in times of crisis, such as the growing financialisation of Life now taking place, there is much anger and agitation now erupting across the planet.

What has changed from the past is that the abuse is no longer contained within a sovereign state or country but has become global. As the powerful continue to pursue the myth of global domination, which has previously eluded them, they are convinced they are now closer to it than ever before.

Sadly, they lose sight of the anger and determination that is now uniting people, also globally, which will return us to balance as it has in the past. Social media is just one of the many new globally empowering tools now used by the majority in fighting media propaganda and supporting people driven initiatives, like the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring.

Because the corporate media do not cover them it does not mean these initiatives are obsolete, far from it. Indeed, we heard only last week of huge suppression being attempted in Egypt to contain the 5th anniversary of that uprising.

In Mexico last year Pedro Kumamoto became the country’s first elected MP who was not a member of a political party. His actions emerged from Mexico’s version of Occupy Wall Street, intent upon growing political power whilst maintaining complete autonomy from governments. Occupy has spawned many such initiatives with its now global reach.

Nearly 3.5 million people have signed a European Citizens’ Initiative to end the negotiations involved in launching the sinister and democracy smashing TTIP trade deal.

People are awake, getting angrier and doing something about it!

Society and the 99% ARE The ‘Elite’. They are the balancing energy that automatically comes into play through their sheer diversity of beliefs and needs, empowered by their overwhelming numbers. The few know this and hence their more extreme behaviour, which is adding to their own downfall.

Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds change through rebellion. Exciting times my friends.

 

Until the next time