The stunning reality of President Trump has amplified the fear of millions and not without reason. With his ‘victory’, and his emerging choices for key posts showing a Basket of Deplorables, we may well find ourselves in a deplorable state as well.
The long list of issues leading us down this path are now clear, and it’s the hands behind our mega corporations and long standing bankers like the Rothchilds that are intentionally destroying us and our home planet for power and control. They’re sick in the head.
It's really quite a conundrum to 'talk' about the totality of now, because the very act of using words - thinking - keeps us from keeping up with This Totality. We can only experience this totality when we are like the rest of the species on this planet, which is constantly present to their personal experience.
We humans developed language and intelligence and all sorts of crafty technologies, but in the process we lost the ability to just 'be'. Our little heads are way to busy.
So it's clear that corporations, since their 'modern' inception in 1600 where Queen Elizabeth first allowed the charter of East India Company, have sped the introduction of technology and fostered global trade. It's equally clear that they've outlived their usefulness.
When the United States was initiated, there were clear restrictions put in place to avoid the worst of European corporate abuses. This because our founding fathers were well aware of the abuse of power already being exercised by European corporations.
The totality of now sounds foreign, even meaningless, to most of us. Putting the words ‘totality’ and ‘now’ together is almost incomprehensible to people all over this planet. We clearly remember yesterday and understand tomorrow is on it’s way. Which is exactly true. The past is gone, and tomorrow never comes.
Yet we seem unable to get our heads wrapped around this central fact our biological existence. Very strange.
The great Fred Hampton, Black Panther leader that was murdered by Chicago police in cahoots with the FBI on December 3,1969, had a refrain he used in his speeches. "I am a revolutionary." Partly he was killed because of his oratory skills, partly because of his organizing skills. He was in the process of merging the Black Panthers with other activists groups of the day - and J. Edgar Hoover put a stop to all that.
No one ever pulled off a "revolution" of any kind (or is going to)...
working 9-5 at it, taking the weekends off
voting without taking any direct action whatsoever
writing and posting articles or embracing the arts only
thinking that what happened to MLK won't happen to your radical leader
expecting a public plagued by cynicism, apathy, resignation and high tech gadgetry atomization to do something in meaningful solidarity (without a new ingredient being injected into the mix)
marching in circles with placards
Richard Oxman is an educator living in Santa Cruz County, California. After talking both on the phone and by email with him the past few months, he has already become a dear friend to me. As someone interested in revolutionary politics, peace, and in providing a livable world for our children, I grew more and more interested as he began to share his plan for social change in his home state, which he calls Transforming our State of California (TOSCA). The following are excerpts from our ongoing (never-ending!) conversations.
Older folks will remember the Andy Griffith Show, where the Mayberry law enforcement team of Andy Griffith and Barney Fife maintained security through community policing. Okay it was TV, with a context of generally happy, middle class white folk living in small town America. But the idea was good.
It's still good. And it's an idea much needed at this time. We don't really need to review the symptoms. Folks, especially of color, are being gunned down left and right. We need to find answers. We need systemic change.
The duopoly that serves as our 'democracy' is again poised to install another corporatist into the White House. Oh goody.
If you believe corporate media, there's no point in resisting. And yes, we'd better support Clinton to keep Terrible Trump from becoming president. Especially now that, according to MSM sources, Bernie will endorse Hillary for president this week. I hope they're dead wrong.