Sunday, July 02, 2006


The way things are going...

I often feel that the political situation in this country is beyond hope. The mainstream media are certainly lost as an avenue of information leading to change of heart, as this Media Matters post makes clear (thanks to Jessica Wilson for the link). The threat to the internet as a vehicle for other, alternative sources mounts, and despite the heavy hitters lining up to defend it, it seems clear that sooner or later, we will see some limits on effective use of this medium for the rest of us.

That's usually the first step in despotic takeover - shut down all avenues of dissent. As an Iraq attack veteran was pointing out recently, street protest and similar movement activity against the war has become nearly pointless, since the administration has declared itself to be above the law and immune to the will of the people. They literally don't care what the people think or want. Obviously, they lost the last two political elections, but maintained control anyway, so why should they care? They control the process to an extent that leaves them impervious to the will of the majority, and they control the media to an extent that makes it possible to maintain the illusion of democratic form and conceal the reality of control from most people.

We have passed the point that I expected to result in some real change, some real action against the administration. Enough serious, established people have spoken out and revealed the truth of the Emperor's new clothes. The June 25 statement by Ann Wright, for example. Fitzgerald's statement from my last post should have begun the unraveling of the Bush/Cheney robes. Something big, serious and radical should have happened by now. It hasn't. The PNAC has closed up shop, mission accomplished. The right wing has consolidated control to the point where they no longer even pretend to be concerned about the majority consensus.

I am now in transition to survival mode. Open resistance is futile. We must go underground and get safe, establish secure communications, and then procede to plan for the survival of true human values, progressive ideals, and alternative modes of existence.

If we wait for the crunch, much will be lost. We have a year, maybe two, to get it together and be ready the loss of much of our present freedom to communicate without fear of retribution. We need to make the most of it.

In this transition, we must begin building ways to protect our sanity and shore up our internal resources. We may need to begin memorizing important texts, as in Fahrenheit 451. We certainly need to establish networks of social, spiritual and economic support independent of institutions and technology.

I don't have much in the way of practical solutions for the problems this poses, and of course, I hope I'm wrong about its necessity. But I think it bears consideration. What if we knew that freedom of speech and communication, mobility, and exchange would be shut down as of some date, say January 2009? What would we do now?

I think it's time we began to think of those possibilities, began to make contingency plans based on that worst-case scenario.

Politically, organizationally, the progressive movement in the US is about as naive and unprepared, as in denial, as the society as a whole is about global warming. We just keep thinking, 'it can't happen in America' and pretending that we will be able to go on being the vocal opposition and that somehow that will change things. The realities don't seem to be tending that way.

As long as we do nothing, they're happy to let us rock along preaching to ourselves. As soon as we take any kind of action that really threatens corporate domination, we will become "terrorists" and dealt with in summary fashion. Like the seven guys in Miami.

As Glen and Peter say, "We are targeted." That we includes anyone who seriously becomes a threat to the mind-numbing control that the system currently has over this society.

So either we maintain our "harmless" ineffectiveness or we go underground. Seriously underground. It's transition time.