Fighting Capitalism One Essay at a Time
“No one is more effectively enslaved than those who think
they are free”. Charles Sullivan
By Angie Tibbs
Clearing House" --- An interview with Charles Sullivan,
social activist, writer, and photographer from the hinterland
of West Virginia.
Angie: Over the past year your voice has become one of
the most passionate and consistent in the fight against
capitalism and its accompanying evils. What prompted you to
rail against the "status quo"?
Charles: Even as a child growing up in typical small
town America, the things that I was taught about America, things
that are widely accepted because they are repeated so often, did
not make sense to me. For example, we are always told that
America is a Democracy, and nearly everyone believes that. How
many people even ponder the question or think critically about
it? From cradle to grave we are told that America is the
greatest Democracy in the history of civilization. The
statement is accepted at face value; it is repeated over and
over, despite all evidence to the contrary; and it becomes
ingrained in the public mind as a great enduring truth. But
what is the evidence for that view?
What never made sense to me was the fact that the original
inhabitants of Turtle Island (North America) were eradicated by
the newly established federal government -- this so called
Democracy. Today we might call it ethnic cleansing. Then there
was the issue of chattel slavery, and the fact that women could
not vote or hold office in government.
When I was young and went to the movies with my sisters, black
people were segregated from the white. Black people sat in the
balcony, which was the worst seats in the house; and the whites
always got the best seats. Public schools were segregated too
-- the blacks always getting the worst of it.
None of this made sense to me within the construct of a
Democracy. So it occurred to me that it must be something
else. As I matured and began to explore American history on my
own, things never quite added up for me. I was always
suspicious of authority, and rarely, if ever, gave my allegiance
to it. That is called critical thinking, and it is fast
becoming a lost art in my country.
Many years later I came upon historian, Howard Zinn, who
presented American history from an entirely different
perspective -- that of the Indians, the slaves, workers, women,
and other oppressed people. Zinn's, "A People's History of the
United States" is a wonderful narrative that contradicts the
'official' version of events, which I have since discovered was
based on some kind of self-serving mythology. The beauty and
genius of Zinn's book is that it is in the people's own voices,
and from their unique perspectives. It told a very different
story than the one I was taught in school. It got me
interested in labor history, which is a topic that is dear to my
heart; and which I continue to pursue to this day. Now I
understand that there are many reasons for the ‘official’
authors of history to suppress or distort the facts and to deny
all contrarian views.
It is about controlling people's perceptions not only about
their government but of themselves as a people. The critical
discoveries that came out of my explorations of history are that
we live in a society divided by socio-economic class, race and
sex; and that the upper class have always preyed upon the lower
classes and exploited them for selfish purposes; and they still
do. So I learned that we live in a Plutocracy rather than a
Democracy. I have always sympathized with the oppressed and
despised the oppressor. Of course, my views have never enamored
me with the status quo; and that is fine with me. If they did,
I would think I was doing something wrong.
Angie: You have written on more than one occasion about
the plight of American workers, their fight for benefits, decent
wages, and unionized work places. What is the labour situation
like in the United States today vis a vis even ten years ago?
What effect is outsourcing and cheap labour having on the
working class of America, and how effective are the unions in
protecting their workers?
Charles: Union membership has continued to decline
during the past decade as part of a longer trend. Some of that
decline is the fault of the unions, themselves. Many unions are
soft and capitulate to business; in other words, they are in bed
with business, and fail to fight for the workers. Some of them
are probably on the take. Unions, like individuals, need to be
strong and uncompromising in things that matter.
In the old days we had revolutionary unions that did not
compromise worker's rights, and railed against the class
divisions that have always characterized America. Not only did
they fight for the workers, they sought to remake America in the
image of the working people rather than the Plutocratic elite.
Those unions sought to bring Democracy to America and all of
them were met with violent opposition. Early on workers risked
their lives to form unions and to win many of the freedoms we
take for granted today.
Those unions were militant and the corporations feared them.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a good example of
that kind of unionism. The IWW not only fought for the working
class, they sought to put the economic engines of production
into the hands of the workers and to end the private ownership
of industrial production. They understood that if an individual
or a corporate entity controls another's ability to earn a
living, that person is, in essence, the property of her/his
employer — a slave. That is a lesson that has been forgotten
today as unions have sought to curry favor with business.
Though no longer what it once was, the IWW still exists and is
one of the few unions that continues to grow membership.
A worker could change jobs a hundred times, but the situation
would always be the same; and it still is. That is why the IWW
correctly labeled the capital system “Industrial Slavery” or
“Wage Slavery”, and sought to abolish it by any means. The idea
was to form One Big Union the world over, and I still think that
is the way to go. This was visionary thinking, in my view, and
it was revolutionary in that it sought to remake society.
Fight-back unions recognize that the system - in our case
capitalism - is the root of the problem. Workers will control
their own destiny only by doing away with capitalism and
replacing it with a more equitable and just system. That is why
unions must be revolutionary in nature if they are going to be
an effective tool for the workers.
Angie: It is, indeed, visionary thinking, and, for sure,
revolutionary, its aims for a just and equitable society
honorable, but just how do you see it becoming a reality?
Charles: Corporate Globalization must be met with global
worker solidarity. Otherwise, jobs will continue to be
outsourced as capital seeks the cheapest labor with the least
amount of regulation. The result is that corporate profits will
continue to rise, more jobs will be outsourced, worker will
compete against worker in the new world economy, and wages will
be driven down. And that is exactly what has been happening,
even as productivity has sharply increased.
Today's workers are mostly 'at will' employees. They have no
representation and few rights in the work place; they can be
terminated without reason at the whim of an employer. I know
this from experience -- it has happened to me multiple times for
attempting to organize the work place. Take-home wages have
been declining since 1974, while CEO salaries have skyrocketed.
Workers are losing benefits that were once guaranteed to them
such as affordable health insurance, paid vacations, sick leave,
and now even pensions.
Wal-Mart, the largest corporation on earth, does not pay its
workers a living wage, provides few, if any, benefits to its
employees, and encourages its workers to seek medical coverage
through government assistance. Why? Because the less money
that is paid to the workers, including benefits, the more wealth
that accrues to the corporation and its CEO.
The Wobblies used to say, "The working class and the employing
class have nothing in common." They also stated, "An injury
to one is an injury to all." That is a credo that all working
people should live by. Exorbitant CEO salaries and huge
corporate profits come at the expense of the working class.
Billions of tax-payer dollars are annually doled out in the form
of corporate welfare to companies like Wal-Mart, while the poor
are neglected and are forced to work for subsistence wages.
Since capital is privately owned, nearly all of the wealth
remains at the top of the economic food chain. Every one below
is left to fend for themselves.
In essence, this is the trickle down economics popularized by
Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Thus, the rich get richer and the
poor get poorer. I call it 'predatory capitalism.'
Angie: And predatory capitalism covers it aptly!!
Charles: It makes no difference if you are a working
class conservative or a progressive, Democrat or Republican.
In the capital system the working class is parasitized by those
at the top. So you can see that workers must organize as a
class against The New World Order—corporate globalization.
Let us not forget that the work day in America used to be twelve
to sixteen hours long, and the work week was six or seven days;
there was no weekend, and no paid vacation; and even children
labored under deplorable conditions in factories and coal mines
beside their parents. These conditions were vividly portrayed
in Upton Sinclair’s novel, “The Jungle.” It was unions that
changed all of that. The same conditions exist in other parts
of the world that used to be the norm here. That is what the
New World Order means to working class people, and that is what
free trade agreements are really about. It is also about
turning back the hands of time.
Angie: Capitalism has not helped the working class, and
now as globalization threatens to take over our planet, the
promotion of workers’ needs is a diminishing consideration. To
adhere to the "free trade" ideal, countries are forfeiting
retirement programmes and benefits, are unconcerned about worker
safety, and are putting the environment at risk. Surely there
is a better way?
Charles: Free trade is a very misleading term. When
that term is evoked it does not refer to human freedoms or
democracy; it refers to unfettered access to markets by global
corporations. Free Trade Agreements provide corporations the
means to operate without regulation. In fact, free trade is
nothing more than the spread of capitalism in its most virulent
form. The effects of capitalism are the same everywhere, as you
have pointed out, including environmental degradation and
destruction; reduced wages and worker benefits.
The real purpose of the Bush Agenda in the Middle East is about
corporate globalization, war profiteering, and brokering FTAs.
It has nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction or Iran's
nuclear capabilities. Those are simply marketing strategies
used on the American people as a pretext for war. Prior to the
U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, Iraqi oil was
nationalized. Proceeds from its sale provided free health care
to the Iraqi people, as well as higher education to anyone who
wanted it. All of that changed with the occupation. Since then
Iraqi oil was privatized and open to foreign investors. U.S.
oil companies like Exxon-Mobil have realized record profits; and
the Iraqi people get nothing but abject poverty and misery.
What could be farther from Democracy?
We have never had socialized health care and tuition-free higher
education in America because we spend our tax dollars invading
and occupying other nations and other forms of overt
militarization. We take care of the corporate bottom line by
neglecting the needs of the people.
Angie: We've seen the results of capitalism and its
manifest evils globally. It is obviously not the solution. Do
we embrace progressivism? Is that the answer? Part of the
answer? If so, how does the everyday person begin a
Charles: Progressivism is a start, and I like what I see
happening in Latin America, particularly in Venezuela. Hugo
Chavez is doing wonderful things for the people of Venezuela,
which the capitalists to the north must find troubling. Let us
not forget either that a revolution is under way in Mexico. The
masses have awakened. They are organized, they are militant;
and they are on the march. Populist movements are taking shape
to the south, while the U.S. military is bogged down in the
Middle East. The spirit of revolution is alive and moving
forward. Let us hope that it spreads north of the border.
Angie: There is also Brazil’s very effective Landless
Workers Movement, or in Portuguese, Movimento dos Trabalhadores
Rurais Sem Terra (MST), which is the largest social movement in
Latin America with an estimated 1.5 million landless members
organized in 23 out of 27 states, and its huge successes lie in
its ability to organize and educate. Would educating the masses
be a good first step?
Charles: Absolutely. Nothing can happen until the
people understand what is being done to them. That is the
primary difference between Latin America and the USA. South of
the border the people are aware whereas here they are
indoctrinated and controlled. Things are happening in Latin
America while the people here are watching Survivor and trying
to get out of debt. But the people are slowly (much too slowly)
awakening here too, and that is a good sign for Democracy.
Angie: One of your most frequent criticisms of the US
is the incredulous disparity between rich nd poor. The
percentages are staggering. What is the cause for this ever
widening chasm? Do you see it changing, and, if so, how?
Charles: Your point is illustrated by some recent
statistics. The top 1% of the American population averages $15
million in net worth. Middle class holdings are $81,000. 30%
of households have less than $10,000 in holdings, and 17% of
households have a negative net worth. And this is said to be
the wealthiest nation on earth!
What we have in America is the ideology of Robin Hood in
reverse. The rich are robbing the poor. No one should be
permitted to get rich on the misery of others. In Venezuela
people matter more than corporate profits. If the Plutocracy
could bring back chattel slavery, I am quite certain that they
would do so. Think about all that productivity without having
to pay wages or benefits! But, of course, the people might
rebel against that.
Angie: In your article, Victims of Creeping Fascism,
your focus centered on " the demise of the American experiment"
wherein you describe "the dreams of democracy, justice, peace,
and hope" as "receding into the dim recesses of ever more
distant memory" . Elaborate on what you see as America's
fall into fascism. Is it already too late? If not, what do
you see happening next?
Charles: In addition to its long-standing Plutocracy, we
are witnessing the emergence of the Gestapo state -- the police
state -- in America. Our hard won freedoms and civil liberties
are quickly eroding. The NSA, the FBI, and the Pentagon are
spying on law-abiding citizens, including religious groups like
the Quakers. People are being sent to prison without being
charged with crimes. They can be held indefinitely without
legal counsel, and placed on trial before military tribunals,
and even executed.
So if you speak out against war or any other injustice, the
president may be able to imprison you indefinitely by
classifying you as a terrorist. Speaking truth to power is
becoming an act of sedition. This follows the historical
pattern. Eugene Debs, a union leader and a socialist, was
repeatedly imprisoned for speaking out against war early in the
twentieth century. Then there was the era of McCarthyism in the
Now the neo-conservatives are in control of everything,
including the commercial media. The people are so indoctrinated
by the media that they are nearly comatose, and, hence, useless
as citizens. They have little intellectual curiosity about the
world, and they believe what they are told. The majority of the
people do not have a clue about what is happening to them. The
world is laughing at us. Why are Americans so damned obedient
and gullible? Their minds are programmed by the most
sophisticated propaganda apparatus ever devised, and they are
much too obedient to authority.
Elections are rigged and capital orchestrates the entire
process, rendering the vote null and void. These are dangerous
times. I fear that things are likely to get much worse, after
which one of two things will occur: America will descend into
the depths of hell or the people will awaken and revolution will
erupt. That is why I write -- to awaken the slumbering masses.
Angie: The United States has a curious government
structure with seemingly no real difference existing between
Democrats and Republicans. If the current administration were
removed from power, it would be replaced by another with a
different name but with the same mindset. The US government
reminds me of a house rotting from within. If it is not
dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up, it will disintegrate
because it is the system, itself, that is at fault here, a
system that allows for lost votes, stolen elections, and a
shameful lack of democratic process. You once described this
as a fault that lies in the unfounded belief that a poison tree
can bear edible fruit. Can it be fixed, and, if so, how?
Charles: Your perceptions are quite accurate. No, the
system cannot be reformed. It must be dismantled and built anew
as a Democratic institution. The system is riddled with
malignancy. The electoral process is controlled by special
interest money. It is little more than a legalized form of
bribery -- a sham that should never be mistaken for Democracy.
That is why I get so frustrated when people think they are going
to change the system through the vote alone.
We have a situation where industry is writing the regulations it
is supposed to abide by. Washington is swarming with corporate
lobbyists like flies around a pile of dung. The government is
infested with Dung Beetles, and that cannot be good.
Even on the local level the process is controlled by special
interest money. In Morgan County here in West Virginia it is
the construction industry and developers who place their people
in control of the county government. The result is that our
rural county is slated for extensive development, despite
widespread public opposition.
America did not achieve emancipation from England by voting.
Understand I am not saying that people should not vote, but they
must understand that voting can at best bring about only minor
reform, not the kind of sweeping change that is needed. Capital
will not allow it. The poison tree can bear only poison fruit.
When capital controls every aspect of the electoral process, it
also controls the outcome of the elections. So the working
class people have no real representation in government. If they
ever figure that out, things will change and probably very
Voting serves the interest of the people only where Democracy
already exits; and that is not what we have here. We must
change the capital system in order to make voting meaningful
again. Non-violent revolution is the only cure I see for what
ails this nation, and we are nowhere near that stage. So we
must continue to grow the resistance; to educate and cajole.
Angie: And how do you visualize a growth in resistance?
To make a difference against almost insurmountable odds, what
must the ordinary citizen do?
Charles: Regardless of the outcome, it is important to
fight the fight. Resistance to tyranny is all that keeps hope
alive, whereas capitulation, apathy and indifference assure its
continuation, and seals our fate as a people and as a nation.
It is important for people to know that individuals can, and
must, resist injustice. Resistance to wrong-doing makes
justice possible. Without it there is no hope, no possibility
of change, and the descent into fascism will be swift and
Ordinary people fighting back was how civil rights were won.
There must be a willingness to step outside of the system, to
disobey unjust laws, and to undermine illegitimate government.
That is what brought about the merciful end to the Viet Nam War.
Progressives and Socialists must stop behaving as if they are
ashamed of who, and what, they are. I am proud to call myself a
socialist. I like what Socialism stands for. But too many of
my colleagues are afraid to publicly state that they are
socialists for fear of being stigmatized. What chance do we
have of convincing other people of our arguments if act we like
we are ashamed of who we are? Let our works speak for
themselves, and let the world compare the results to all that
capitalism has wrought.
It is a country’s dissidents that make a nation great, not its
obedient conformists who always play it safe and obey
authority. A stubborn refusal to follow the crowd, coupled with
the ability to think for oneself, to question authority, and to
challenge its very premise is the underpinning of any just civil
society. Without these you have a nation of obedient sheep,
mere automatons who have given up their humanity and sold their
souls. Who would want to exist in such a place?
Mediocrity in government is always preceded by mediocrity in
citizenship. Conversely, good government is the direct result
of good citizenship. It is simply cause and effect. Output is
proportional to input.
Angie: With the United States continuing its illegal,
immoral, and unjustified occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and
threatening other nations; i.e. Iran, Syria, North Korea, I am
somewhat overwhelmed by the monumental double standards we
see/read about, the rhetoric loud, constant, and mendacious.
Young men and women are being sent to kill, and be killed, in
distant lands whilst the craven excuses for humanity who send
them are safely out of harm's way. The US has always operated
in an imperialistic foreign policy mode, but in recent years, it
has been virtually unstoppable with death, torture, destruction
the only game being played. What is behind this war
everlasting? Who is profiting from it, and, in the same breath,
let me ask you how can its global terrorist onslaught be halted
before the world, as we know it, is eradicated?
Charles: The impetus behind current U.S. foreign policy
is the same as it has always been, only it is becoming more
overt. That impetus is, of course, privatized profit and
insensate greed. Capitalists care about one thing — capital.
And they do not care who they have to kill to get it. They did
not hesitate to kill thousands of American workers in the
strikes of the 1800-1900s. So why would they think twice about
sending our soldiers to die in the Middle East or anywhere else?
Militarism is the iron fist of capitalism. You can think of our
Middle East policies as a way of socializing costs and
privatizing profits because that is exactly what they do. The
socialized cost is born by those who fight and die, while those
who lobby for war - the chicken hawks and their corporate
brethren - are raking in billions. I guess that makes the dead
the cost of doing business.
In essence, war is the most insidious form of corporate welfare
ever devised by the human imagination. As General Smedley
Butler said in the 1930s, "War is a racket." Also I think there
is a racist element to current Middle East policy and perhaps an
ideological one as well. I know no other way of explaining the
torture and humiliation of other human beings. I see it as a
continuation of the same Manifest Destiny that resulted in the
ethnic cleansing of the American Indian. Either the world will
unite and put a stop to this madness or the planet will soon be
rendered almost uninhabitable.
The real terrorists are in the White House, in Congress, and the
corporate boardrooms of America.
Angie: Much has been said and written recently about the
Jewish lobby in America and its influence on American foreign
policy; and, in fact, its domestic policy. When we look at US
politicians we are left with the unpleasant impression that
House and Congress alike are quicker to profess allegiance to
the terrorist state of Israel than to their own constituents and
to their own country. Just this weekend, for instance, former
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was in New York
telling an audience that Bush is "preparing to ditch the United
Nations to take on Iran alone and that American politicians of
all parties would do well to stop squabbling about Iraq and join
the president in focusing on threat from Tehran".  It
boggles the mind that a foreign politician would be in the
United States telling your government what to do. I've begun
calling your country the United States of Israel. Are the
American people aware of this unprecedented interference in your
government’s foreign policy?
Charles: I doubt whether they are. The people know all
about American Idol, but nothing of governmental policy.
Clearly there is a strong Zionist element influencing U.S.
foreign policy, especially in the Middle East. There are
Zionists in high places in the government. It is no coincidence
that the United States and Israel are the two greatest terrorist
states on earth. Both nations have histories of genocide and
Benjamin Netanyahu and George Bush are war criminals and some
day they will be tried as such. Those who carry out their
policies must take care not to implicate themselves in the war
crimes initiated by their leaders. However, I believe that it
is important to make a distinction between a government and the
people. This government does not represent the interest of the
people, and the same may be true of the Israeli government. How
could it be in the public interest to carry out such criminal
and atrocious policies?
Angie: US policies today are hardly in the public
interests of the American people; in fact, the only country
benefiting from US policies is the terrorist state of Israel.
People, and not just those in the US, are propagandized to the
point where they are incapable of independent thought. Thus,
it’s quite easy to hoodwink them into believing what governments
want them to believe and to keep them living in a constant state
of fear, all the more easy to manipulate them. And, of course,
you have the corporate media dutifully pushing the government’s
agenda as “news”. Do you see a “search for the truth” movement
emerging wherein governments will be held accountable by those
who they purport to represent?
Charles: In this age of corporate globalization
geopolitical boundaries no longer have the same meaning they
used to. Corrupt government will do its utmost to conceal truth
from the people because there is a clear conflict of interest
involved. If the people knew the truth, they might be moved to
do something about it. That is why they are propagandized.
If truth ever becomes widely known, the people would clearly be
able to discern the criminality of corrupt government and not
many would continue to support it. There would be revolt and
perhaps even revolution.
Corrupt governments fear ordinary citizens. They realize that
if the people are armed with truth, if they educate themselves,
and organize and mobilize, that government will lose its power
over them. It will lose control. Informed people are not
susceptible to lies and deception. They are able to connect the
dots and see the historical patterns of abuse.
It is ironic that so many individuals fail to realize how much
power they actually have. The government knows they have
power. People marginalize themselves by thinking they are
powerless. That power is amplified when the people organize and
mobilize against injustice.
That is why whenever dissidents emerge and successfully organize
the masses, they are either imprisoned or assassinated.
Thousands of courageous men and women in organized labor were
assassinated in this country: Frank Little, Joe Hill, Albert
Parsons and August Spies—the list is a long one; and of course
the names of Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm-X come to mind.
Truth is a thing that is carefully guarded by corrupt power. It
must be kept from the people at all cost. Of course, any
government whose operation is not transparent is a house of
cards that cannot long stand. It is not worthy of our respect
or our allegiance.
Angie: One last question, Charles. I've mentioned the
US war OF terror currently causing death, destruction, and
poverty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon and elsewhere.
People who pay attention are familiar with the neoconservative
document sinisterly titled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses:
Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century”. What that
title doesn’t reveal, however, is how closely “rebuilding
America’s defenses” is intertwined with those of the terrorist
state of Israel, and how warmongers, such as Rumsfeld, Cheney,
Bolton, Rice, and others are determined to pursue their
imperialist ambitions regardless of how much blood, as long as
it is someone else’s, is spilled. Global terror under the
guise of so-called “freedom”, fake “democracies”, bullying,
threatening, lying, and double standards – this is the United
States that the world sees, and it is not a pretty sight. What
will it take to allow the nations of the world their right to
govern and conduct their lives without US interference, threats,
and blackmail? No one is safe unless kowtowing the US of Israel
line. How did it get to this point, and, more importantly, how
has it been allowed to continue?
Charles: I believe that people must ultimately take
responsibility for what their governments do, but nothing can
happen until enough people care, pay attention to the issues,
educate themselves about them, and take informed action. As
things are now the only way the world will know peace is by
capitulating to America and her allies — by becoming capitalists
and taking orders from the global Plutocracy. All people have a
right to form governments of their own choosing, and that right
needs to be respected and protected.
What America is trying to do is rule the world by military force
and economic policy. That is the wrong thing to do, and I doubt
whether the majority of the people really support such
imperialistic doctrine. Empire and Democracy are mutually
We have become a rogue nation that does not respect
international law or treaties.
I do not believe that this issue can be resolved at the polls.
It is going to require massive citizen involvement, serious
economic disruption, boycotts, general strikes, and acts of
civil disobedience over a long period of time. We must throw
our bodies on to the gears and levers of the machine and make it
stop. The war makers must be driven from office, regardless of
their political stripes. I doubt whether they will leave of
their own accord. The same thing must occur not only in the
U.S. but around the world.
It is important to understand that men like George Bush, Bill
Clinton, John Kerry, Tony Blair, Ariel Sharon, Benjamin
Netanyahu and all the others are products of the capitalist
system. They are the fruit of the poison tree. You cannot
change the result until you change the system that produces the
result. Otherwise you are only treating symptoms as the disease
continues to progress.
I see Socialism as a far better alternative. Power and wealth
should never be concentrated in the hands of a few people. It
must be equally dispersed among the many and decentralized.
That is how Democracy works. Concentrated power is corrupt
power, and concentrated wealth is ill-gotten wealth.
Things got so out of hand because people became complacent and
they are misinformed. Everyone in America knows the political
system is corrupt, and many have dropped out of it for that
reason. We still have to participate in order to fulfill our
role as citizens. If we do not, our political enemies will
carry forth their agenda unopposed, but we must never accept
that voting is enough.
If enough people who care and know the issues do not come
forward and demand an end to this madness, dissent will be
criminalized. We are at a critical crossroads in our
civilization. We have a responsibility to future generations to
do better, and time is running out.
A lifetime of propaganda is not easy to overcome; yet that is
our task. We must establish our own media: printed word,
web-based content, including video (streaming and DVD), and
audio, in order to counter the lies purveyed in the commercial
media. We must support net neutrality and keep the Internet a
free and democratic medium. We must provide places where truth
can still be heard. We need more free speech radio like the
Pacifica Network, and more alternative newspapers and other
print media willing to challenge the status quo.
People must understand that the world is being run by a very
small clique of the wealthiest people. It is run to accrue
wealth to them by exploiting the rest of us. Their intention is
to rule the world through the establishment of the New World
Order, and overt militarization. They are a tiny fraction of
one percent of the global population, and they intend to lord
power over all and to subjugate.
The Plutocratic elite have enormous wealth, and they have access
to high-tech weapons with the awesome power to destroy. They
are driven by insensate greed and lust for power. They are
incredibly selfish and violent people, and they want it all.
On the other hand, we have superior numbers; well over 99.9% of
the population. Ours’ is a just cause, theirs is not. We are
builders; they are destroyers. But we must be willing to
struggle; we must organize and mobilize, and forge a viable
global solidarity movement. We must be willing to stand up for
our beliefs and to fight for them. It may be necessary for some
of us to sacrifice our freedoms and our lives. Otherwise we
will end up with a global Plutocracy run by corporations and
distinguished by two classes: master and slave.
Angie: Thank you, Charles, for your time and your
honesty. It’s been a learning experience speaking with you.
Charles: Thank you, Angie, for your thoughtful
questions, and for providing me a platform to state my views.
It has been a pleasure.
 Fruit of the Poison Tree by Charles Sullivan, Information
Clearing House, 21 May 2006
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