By Paul Edwards
Tyranny... What is it?
Does the word mean anything any more?
Like so many terms it has been distorted
to serve the ends of powerful interests
until its meaning has been blurred. In
its dictionary definitions the common
element is the exercise of power without
accountability to the ruled.
High-powered academic research has established beyond debate that Americans have nothing to say about what is done in their name by the State. Their opus wasnít needed. Itís painfully clear by now that we are ruled tyrannically and if youíre not flaming furious about that, youíre dead.
Are You Tired Of The Lies And Non-Stop Propaganda?
Or maybe youíre like The Marchers. Maybe you are a Marcher. Marchers are good people, pushed to the streets by outrage and pain they have no effective way to express. They assemble in great numbers for unity and impact but tyranny ignores them. Their outrage--in the huge rally against the Iraq invasion, say--has no effect. Itís permitted for exactly that reason. Nothing will be done about guns and gun murder after the recent march because the peopleís will doesnít matter. Go ahead: resist. And then..?
the figurehead of our tyranny can order
the massive, blundering, wastrel
military machine that eats our money and
makes us hated the world over to destroy
victim countries, entirely against the
will of most Americans.
people are ignorant, pressured, and
credulous, because all major
information outlets promote the tyranny
and Americans are propagandized to
submit to it, their vast power is
confused, fragmented and neutralized.
this is new; tyranny did not begin with
Trump. Itís been Americaís reality for
lifetimes; what is new is that awareness
of it has spread widely.
What to do
with it? Marching does nothing without
blood and sacrifice and a broken,
intimidated America has no stomach for
that. And if it had, our gestapo state
is schooled in organized violence and
how to administer it.
no easy lines of action to reverse the
process that has taken our rights.
Voting does nothing. Both parties are
stupid, lying, clueless war mongers, led
by ancient, decayed whores for rapacious
Capitalism; senile, doddering cartoons
possessed by their own empty, outworn
cliches, with no idea what lethal
agonies and emotional horrors our
imperial blood hunger has inflicted on
millions of baffled, helpless people we
call enemies, nor the imagination to see
that such suffering could come home to
roost. But, it could. And, if they
pursue their blind provocation and idiot
bellicosity, it will.
appalling risks the tyranny and the Deep
State, its matrix, are running in
baiting, vilifying and insulting both
Russia and China--each of which alone
could inflict terrific destruction on
America--there is the yet greater risk
posed by climate change, which our
rulers, in their imbecility, elect to
deny and ignore, though it is as
certain, scientifically, as sunrise.
majority of Americans canít face the
fact that their situation and the fate
it dictates for them are now desperate
and inevitable. As long as they are
provided the means to live more or less
comfortably and divert themselves, they
ignore the undeniable signs of advancing
nothing surprising in this fatal
passivity. Empires are destroyed and
replaced not by popular rage and
coordinated mass uprisings but by
internal, organic disease, often sped by
wars they can no longer win. The Russian
Revolution and the Soviet Unionís crash
are prime examples.
American Empire, barely into what the
Neocons loopy braintrust touted as ďThe
American CenturyĒ, is a bitterly
conflicted, viciously class-stratified,
economic hollow shell, run on debt, and
led by sick frauds and sociopathic
incompetents toward what will be the
greatest system implosion in history.
It will be
said this is a dark and pessimistic
assessment. Those who think so need to
lay out their path to a brighter outcome
with more muscular ideas than getting
money out of politics, abolishing the
electoral college, creating organic
farms and worker co-ops, dispersing the
energy grid, and increasing the minimum
wage. Those are all admirable goals.
Along with seeking world peace... But
they have nothing actual to do with our
We had a
slick President who sold us happy talk
of ďhope and changeĒ he never meant to
deliver. Let him be the end of our
illusions. The one we have sells us
xenophobia, bigotry, sexism and war, and
we deserve him.
The deck chairs have been re-arranged too often. Leave them as they are. When the Titanic goes down, look sharp, and grab something that floats.
Paul Edwards is a writer and film-maker in Montana. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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