We live in interesting times, and Iâ€™m glad about that. The past year reminds me of 1968, when George Wallace, the governor of Alabama, ran for President against Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. Now thereâ€™s been a fascist coup, wrapped in the flag that Sinclair Lewis predicted. And the revolution is being televised after all, and tweeted.
For me, the question now is how far ought people to go to get what we want? Resistance alone wonâ€™t cut it, short of a national strike. The federal government is capable of anything, from entrapment and terrorism to infecting us with syphilis and assassination. We know that, and Iâ€™m not counting on their good intentions. The FBI, CIA, and NSA seem to be the most corrupt businesses the feds run, maybe next to the military.
So I think violence from the feds on down is bound to
happen. Ask a Native American. We might not have to die for change, but we must be willing to die because governments at all levels are willing for us to do so.
The power elite are greedy and ruthless and rich. Research at the Berkeley Social Interactions Lab suggests that rich people have less empathy than poor people, so weâ€™ve got a lot to look forward to from the new cabinet.
One area that we could give some attention to is our sources of information. I canâ€™t think of a good reason to trust any for-profit corporate news. They donâ€™t serve us, they deliver us to their customers. So I subscribe to news sources that I think actuallyÂ want me to know the truthâ€”The Intercept, Democracy Now!, Z Communications, and KZFR, for instance. If Iâ€™m deceived, Iâ€™m inevitably deluded, and the stories I hear are bound to influence what I think about.
Meanwhile, Iâ€™m enjoying the hoorahâ€”45 makes me laugh every dayâ€”and Iâ€™m looking forward to his supporters waking up, as they will eventually. My wife occasionally used to repeat a saying of her motherâ€™s, â€œThe masses are asses.â€ And they are, or we wouldnâ€™t still have an electoral college and only two major political parties, both of them astonishingly corrupt, and a congress whose decisions affect everybody but them.
The Russian bits sound like an idea I heard first in the sixtiesâ€” that the Cold War was just a collaboration among oligarchs in the Soviet Union and the United States to make even more money, the reason for most wars.
What I still want mostâ€”next to a tropical getawayâ€”is a do-over, a constitutional convention. I want to rethink everything, from whoâ€™s a citizen and what that means to how laws are created, deleted, and enforced. Anarchism, to introduce a suitably radical note, doesnâ€™t mean no rules, it means no rulers, and I think some flavor of anarchism is worth a discussion.
Meanwhile I make sure I meditate every day, and you should, too. If weâ€™re anxious and fearful, we lose, no matter what side we think weâ€™re on.