Me being so remotely located, some of you may have come to miss my sometimes psychotic anti-Capitalist ranting.  Well, despair no more!  Lo and behold:

Occupy Wall Street (or anywhere) is going to fail and it breaks my fucking heart to think about another generation watching their soon-to-be desiccated dreams getting fucked to death by the lives that Western Society forces us into.  The really ugly part of it is that fashionable rebellion (sorry, that’s what it is) is part of acclimation into the “adult” world.

Being an adult is fucking great!

We all must feel as if we’ve rejected the values of those who were in power before us and believably build the illusion for ourselves that the things we are thinking and doing are fresh and new.  Unfortunately, what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

You might say, “But, what about the hippies and the 60s?  What about civil rights?  That shit was new, you dicknosed prick-face” and then, I imagine, smugly lean back in your chair enjoying the cushiony-support that your certainly-filled diapers provide.  The problem with you and your diapers is that hippies and civil rights were unrelated.  Hippies were listless disaffected youth following a trend.  Don’t believe me?  Well, where are all the the hippies, now?  Where’s all that peace and love that every single motherfucking dipshit was barfing about in the 60s?  It’s nowhere, man.  The change never happened.  People got to feel like they were a part of something bigger than themselves, they got high and they got laid (maybe not in that order).  Then the trends changed.  That’s all that any mass movement is; a trend (Eric Hoffer rules).  Nowadays, hippies have mortgages, cars, lawns, 401-Ks, responsibilities and they’ll be god’am’ned if they’re going to risk their jobs, their financial standing, their children’s well-being or anything else that they use to justify their investment in a broken system in the name of creating actual change.  All that shit they believed in before was just words.  “Life happens!” they might say.  “Fuck you, apostate.” I might say.  Punks got jobs, grungers got management positions at Target, emo-kids are getting marketing degrees and hipsters are building their investment portfolios and property holdings.  Occupiers will be the same one year from now.  And, thanks to cognitive dissonance, the more sacrifices they made to Occupy, the better they will feel about it after it evaporates and leaves them hopeless, dicks in hand.  It’s how shit works, man.  Whenever you have a group of 100 people protesting something, two of them want change and 98 of them want some combination of sexual gratification, buzz, profit and beer.  Freedom?  No.  No one gives enough of a shit to actually make a real sacrifice.  Economic equality?  That means I give up my money.  That ain’t happenin’.  All that shit is just words to 99.9% of the world.  And words ain’t worth much when it comes down to it.

Except one.  And that word is, “poontang.”

And before you try to suggest that hippies had something to do with the civil rights movement, I’d just like to point out that black Americans were responsible for that.  Not middle class, educated white kids.  Black Americans who made real, actual sacrifices in order to achieve their ends.  They were only willing to do this because they lived in a country where white people could kill any black person they saw fit without repercussion, they couldn’t use the same entrances to buildings, water fountains, public facilities or enjoy the same rights and freedoms as all other Americans.  Black Americans could make the necessary sacrifices to create change because their other option was smiling politely while some cracker’s boot-heel dug into their windpipes for another couple hundred years.  Easy choice.  Occupiers, on the other hand, have nebulous goals, potential that’d be squandered on sacrificing for change and no easily-apparent boot-heels.

My pants, for example

I mean, don’t get me wrong.  I fucking hate rich people.  I hate the Just World Fallacy.  I hate Randist/Objectivist idiots delusionally vomiting some bullshit about hard work, pulling one’s self up by one’s bootstraps and the American Dream.  Just over a year ago, I was condescended to by two aging, rich, idiots; a nearly dead trust-fund kid with bad hips, a train’s worth of failed businesses behind him (and several philanthropic, quaint, environmentally-friendly hobbies that he uses to assuage his conscience) and his failed entrepreneur, hair-dresser girlfriend who was riding him for every cent he was worth to keep her failing business afloat.  Not only did these douchebags have the audacity to extoll the singular worth and virtues of work while implying that economic failure was a matter of not working hard enough, but they also- over the course of our increasingly adversarial relationship- openly condescended to my parents (who are wonderful fucking people) and several other “poor” people whom I consider to be good, kind and worthwhile.  And these are the dicks who believe in the American Dream.  People who don’t have to struggle for it.  People who listen to classical music all morning while they walk around their million dollar home, puttering and finding things to do with their money and time. These cum-rags have too much to lose to engender the kind of change the US needs.  The Rich have no point of reference for what it’s like to be a regular human and cognitive dissonance has told them that they deserve the benefits that have, through good-fortune alone, landed in their laps.  And slimebags like the above aren’t even the real problem.

Even this douche-gallery isn’t the real problem

Relying On a Giraffe Filled With Whipped Cream

The problem is this: humans are all the same.  Homo homini lupus est.  The wicked win by appealing to what is worst in each of us.  Rich people know this and that insight allows them to play us like fiddles.  Rich people run America and the world at large; they have a “disproportionate influence over the nation’s political, educational, religious and other institutions” (William Thompson & Joseph Hickey, Society in Focus, 2005).  The 1% wields powerful sticks and carrots, my friends.  If you don’t want to toil your life away, leaping futilely to the soundtrack of the well-heeled clapping and giggling while you fall short of that carrot, then they can drop the act and beat you with the stick.  No skin off their backs and they make their money either way.

The scale of the problems plaguing the US is enormous, but still dwarfed by the cunning and self-sustaining nature of those with the money and power.  Occupy is not addressing this.  Occupy cannot address this without investing themselves in the system, and once you’re in, you cannot address these issues without making yourself irrelevant to the system you’re working to change.  Don’t worry, though, Occupy has got it covered:

“I want them to say it inside the Capitol,” said Berkeley political science graduate student Josh Green. He also said the next step is to turn the protest movement into a political movement. With his website, Green is hoping to recruit candidates to run for office.

Yes, Josh Green, America is a Democracy and a person who represents what you want, feel and think as a human will get elected.  Sure.  They’ll get into office based solely on merit and not on how much money is backing their run.  Ha, ha!  Sarcasm!  The lowest form of wit!  Seriously, though, if you do succeed, those who are elected will be hamstrung by those actually possessing the power, unless they want to play the game which is exactly what you’re fighting against.  Sorry.  And I’m not being a cunt.  I am actually more sorry about that fact than almost anything else in the world.

Greed, Hatred and Ignorance

Occupy will fail and in doing so will drag down with it the rebellious spirit and will of the disenfranchised that it is representing.  Through their pointless toiling those who were fighting will now be pacified.  It’s weird how everything shakes down to benefit the system as it stands.  Or not, I guess.  An ideal wherein we are not consumers and clients but citizens is admirable and necessary for the world to function to the best interest of the people, but until this scenario is in the best fiscal interest of those with the power, it will not manifest.  You see, we dreamed we were Men, but the truth is we’re consumers.

But it’s all right, Ma, it’s life and life only.

 

That’s a blog!

 

Two interesting poll results found while researching this mess:

The PRRI poll reports that 80% of Americans think that the gap between rich and poor has widened in the last 20 years.  It always bothers me when polls ask belief questions about facts.  Fuck you.  The gap has widened.  It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or believes.

The same poll found that half of Americans believe that The American Dream (hard work = success, in other words, The Just World Fallacy) is bunk.  All this says to me is that 50% of Americans are insightless fucking idiots who believe that hard work is all you need to succeed.  These people should be rolled out into the forest and left to the wolves.

And an interesting (but old) article about rich people not really being as charitable as they’d like us to believe can be found here.  Sure, 100 million dollars sounds like a lot, but when it’s less than 1% of your total wealth it’s bullshit to make like you’re Mother Fucking Teresa (who was a d’bag) when you use a charity as a tax dodge or whatever your bullshit end-game is.

5 thoughts on “Everything Is Burning

  1. I enjoyed this blog – rants and raves included. I particularly liked the inclusion of research. It makes you sound less crazy. 🙂 Sadly, if someone finds this blog in cyberspace a hundred years from now, I fear it will all STILL be true.

    1. Change is slow. Capitalism as it exists in the US is anathema to change because Capitalism depends on constancy and stability. More to the point, the Wealthy, which are the gears of the Capitalist machine, struggle to maintain constancy while, at the same time, pushing the cattle they suck their wealth from as hard as they can without breaking them. Particularly when you have businesses that are “too big to fail” and your government is beholden to corporate interests, you’ve fucked yourself into a self-sustaining hole. If the government represented people, they’d be adversaries to business rather than Corporate America’s concubine.

      I’d imagine this would still be true 100 years from now. Except, it’d be more relevant to China than it would be to the economic ghost-of-its-former-glory that the US is sure to be by then.

  2. Charles,

    I’d like to illustrate my conundrum about your views with the following question:

    What would have happened if George, John, Tom and the boys had adopted your point of view vis a vis the British control of the 13 Colonies?

    I’d further like to dispute your contention that hippies might be conflated with leading the civil rights movement. I totally agree that they (and by that I mean I) did not. They (including me) terminated the Vietnam War much quicker than the abominations in Afghanistan and Iraq that were (are) substantially fought with mercs (at ruinous cost to the USA but great profit to Cheney’s Halliburton and derivatives). The lack of inconvenient protests has led to the ridiculous length of Bush’s stupidity, greed and crime.

    1. Gary:

      I’m not a pessimistic defeatist; that is to say, I don’t presume that “evil” will triumph and that there is no point in trying. There are situations wherein change can happen. It’s all related to the dearness and the number of sacrifices people are willing to make.
      Your first issue (if I’m understanding you) was with British control of the 13 colonies and what would have happen had the founding fathers taken my attitude. I would argue that the founding fathers and I are of the same mind: A tyrannical government that does not represent the people and looks to them only for a source of funds needs to be destroyed and rebuilt using modern ideas. They did adopt my point of view. They saw the necessity of sacrifice (blood, time, lives, limbs, etc) in order to oppose what they saw as oppression. The British were squeezing too hard and the people they were squeezing were in a position to squeeze back. Rookie Capitalist mistake. Fortunately, rich people have learned much over the last couple of hundred years and no longer push things that far. In addition, given the rise of ultra-fast communication, these vast, trundling behemoths that corporations now are can change almost overnight in order to avoid the violent reprisals that they, in many cases, deserve. What sort of backlash did Goldman Sachs receive? Bank of America? Etcetera, etcetera, ad infinitum. What would those founding suckers have done with the Free-Speech Zones and protest registrations that Rahm (that’s the boss, now, right?) has instated in Chi-town? Have fun exercising your right to assemble peaceably and have a redress of grievances! Ha, ha!

      Anyway, they did have my point of view (the founding fathers, I mean). Likewise, those founding suckers never would have succeeded nowadays. This government is currently enormous and so close to being all-powerful as a body can get in this world that semantically distinguishing it as different from omnipotent is incorrect. (Again, look at the protest registration requirements: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/13/1054530/-Occupy-Chicago-s-Anti-Protest-Ordinance).

      Your second and more difficult to address issue is the notion that hippies terminated the Vietnam war (or The American War, as it’s called here).

      There were tons of protests over Iraq and Afghanistan. The media just didn’t/doesn’t cover them. The media is owned by the motherfuckers who profit from things being stable and calm (and the same motherfuckers who make the guns and bombs). The Chicago arrests in ’03 (the city just settled the suits from this; all the arrested suckers got paid) for the Gulf War are an excellent example. Those suckers were silenced. The media didn’t give a shit, nor did the public.

      But, to draw this mess back to the 60s, if the hippies worked, or represented a majority (they didn’t; recall Nixon’s Silent Majority), how did Eugene McCarthy’s run fail? How did George McGovern’s run fail (landslide-style failure, yo)? Nixon won the election; that fucker was a hawk. The antiwar movement had run out of steam by the time he got in. The only reason that the war ceased was because the RAND Corporation advised Nixon that there was no “win” scenario. The Vietnam war lasted three times as long as The Korean War, and I don’t recall reading about any protests for that one (there were some, though). A lot of literature suggests that the protests prolonged the war by paralyzing policy-makers who wanted to be re-elected; they had to appear to represent their constituents and simultaneously please their corporate masters, which created a difficult situation for them to deal with decisively.

      People protested the Afghan and Iraqi wars. That shit was suppressed and forgotten. Vietnamization in ‘Nam was not a result of protest, but rather a result of advice that Nixon received from RAND and his cabinet. The Credibility Gap was a result of military losses, not protests. The war was largely supported until the 70s when America’s military was undeniably losing the war. (Until the 70’s, support was between 50% and 40%)

      That mess I talked about in my blog: you guys (as Occupiers will be soon) were pacified. You were given the illusion of a say and then y’all lost interest. I mean, are you pushing peace and love until it comes to this day, or are you working and living? What did you do when you got rich all those years ago? Did you donate all your money to peace organizations or did you buy a house and a car and start a business? No crime in that shit, man. You lived your life. You no longer have a need to be a hippie, though. You had a wife and a family. You had different concerns that transcended your clothing choices and the fads that you followed.

      Additionally, the real reason, I reckon, behind the protest was the Draft. It wasn’t the justness of the war; it was the fact that you had to go and fight and die. Americans didn’t really give a shit until their nuts were tossed in the line of fire. So, as their peers joined the ranks of dissidents and made rebellion socially acceptable, more joined until a “conclusion” was “achieved” and then people disbanded and became adults. Y’all failed (I hope you aren’t taking this personally, because it’s not a sleight). The Corporations won. Consumerism won. Capitalism won. Humanity lost.

      Anyway, let me re-stress that this is no sleight to you. I feel crushed by these things I feel to be true. My happy times are limited to times I’m able to forget my worries and- not consuming alcohol or other recreational drugs- those times are few and far between. In addition, I owe $120,000 to the man back home. I’m exiled indefinitely and I’ll surely die somewhere strange and foreign, alone and without children to carry on my name or fight for things that I hold dear. I am a stranger in a strange land and that is true regardless of where I go. So, that’s just my position on the whole thing. I could be wrong. The world could just be food, sex and spectacle and we’re all hurtling towards apocalypse. Maybe there is a god and I’m being punished for my wickedness. Maybe there is a bog and I’m being rewarded for my hustling. Maybe there is a teapot and I am (period).

      Sometimes it rains and it makes me wet. Sometimes there is rain and there is wetness. Sometimes I am wet and it is raining. Relationships might be illusory. They might not. Sometimes. That’s all I’ve got to say, I guess.

      Yours,

      Charlie

  3. Charlie,

    The FF (NOT the Fantastic Four) were smart like you. They understood the hopelessness of their situation. To change things they needed to defeat militarily the most powerful armed nation on Earth. They didn’t go away to sit in a bistro and eat pho. No, they went to France to sit in a bistro and swill cafe au lait, but I digress.

    Ultimately we all fail because we are imperfect. But life isn’t so much about destinations as it is about journeys (sorry for the homily). Striving for an ideal is a pretty good journey.

    War is alway the last resort of the incompetent. It is also a very great opportunity to make money for the well-connected who frequently seem to be adept at cruelty. I believe that war must always be avoided if possible and finished quickly if not. What does this tell us about the Bush/Cheney gang who envisioned endless war in the Middle East and South Asia? (Ka-ching!)

    I agree that the well-connected have gotten very good at suppressing dissent. They are just as good at that as England was at war. Does that support the position of not bothering to dissent? I argue that it does not. Will the dissenters be placated at some time? Probably. Does that support the position of not dissenting? I don’t think so. Politics is all about compromise or accommodation. Nobody ever gets exactly what they want. Does that mean politics is worthless. Once again, I don’t think so. The idea is to get more than you would have had you capitulated without playing the game.

    Whether or not protest hasten the end of the the Vietnam (Not) War is a great debate. I would never argue that protest ended the war. The draft helped end the war a lot by providing incentive to protest. However, the Bush/Cheney gang manipulated that dynamic by using mercs instead of a draft in order to preempt dissent. Dissent seems to count for something, don’t you think?

    The Corporate Overlords are ramming “austerity” down the throats of everyone. It is the one sure thing that will continue to suppress the economy. Who will benefit? The Corporates of course. Does that mean the Greek unions shouldn’t be on strike right now? I think that they are doing the exact right thing.

    Have you read any Robert Anton Wilson? Boing Boing has been doing a tribute recently. One things he talked about was the difficulty of defining “good” and “evil”. He thought it was more doable and more useful to think in a “cruel” and “kind” dichotomy. I find myself using that structure now.

    I enjoy our dialogue my friend. It reminds me of the lyrics to an old Byrds song: “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” I was extremely pessimistic and defeatist when I was your age when Tricky Dicky was President. Things are better in some ways now than I thought was possible then. They are also unspeakably worse in some ways. In the immortal words of the HHGTU “Don’t Panic”.

Let me know what you think, yo.