posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 04:56 PM
Firstly, it should be pointed out that Americas Founding Fathers were by-and-large, educated business leaders versed well in the concepts of Politics,
Rhetoric, and Philosophy—Rhetoric, a lost art today, is not about using haughty words. It forms the foundation of critical thinking and logical
argument, and is the diplomat of that Lost Queen of the Sciences, Philosophy. Indeed, some of the world’s greatest revolutionary leaders: Mao, Ho
Chi Mien, Castro, Guevara, Marx, Engels, and others were educated men. Many did not simply pick up a rifle, a Molotov cocktail, and march to the
capitol. Furthermore, one should explore some of the tactics and concepts espoused by these leaders if we are to have a truly useful discussion of
what constitutes an organized and successful revolution.
Americas Founding Fathers, Mao, and other would-be revolutionaries realized that any uprising demands the support of the lower classes; be it American
indentured-servants, Chinese farmers, or the Russian peasantry if the rebellion was to survive; and absolutely requires the dissatisfaction of the
Middle-Class—a realization that no doubt led to the apparatus of the Electoral College
We do not fight because we have substituted the time spent on scholarship for American Idol, Berkeley for soccer practice, and Descartes for Hawaiian
vacations. We do not fight, because what’s left of the Middle-Class is not terribly dissatisfied. Ask any freshman in college, or senior in High
School, to explain Rousseau’s Social Contract. Indeed, many Americans have forgotten that the Rulers and the Ruled have entered into a mutual
contract of support and governorship. Furthermore, America is not a pure Democracy—in my opinion—it is a republic built for, and in, an era when
land-owners and merchants capitalized the right to vote—universal suffrage was simply not on the agenda during this period.
Nor was the concept of the modern corporation. America is in a period of what I call ‘Corporatacracy.’ I believe Marx was wrong in his assumption
that capitalism will lead to socialism, which will lead to communism. Corporate power, what Ambrose Pierce in “The Devils Dictionary, 1911.”
called ‘an ingenious device of obtaining individual profit, without individual responsibility,’ is now at the economic/political center of power
in America today. What should theoretically be a period—if we paralleled historically European development—of society moving toward Universal
Health Care, state-run utility systems, and other more socialistic concepts; we’re actually beginning to discuss the opposite. Free-Trade, as
practiced by trade organizations around the world, is based on liberalized economics, and is terribly destructive to the quality-of-life for many of
the world’s general populations. For instance, a corporate move to another country where labor laws are weak, or exploitive, not only serves to
increase our unemployed, but encourages other countries to adopt and enforce sub-standard labor policies. It also forces our people in the first
world to relinquish those rights bought with blood—40 hour work-weeks, minimum wage, pensions, supportive wages, and other economic safe-hoods that
have defined our country since the crash of ’29.
Free-Trade forces a nation’s people to compromise with its values, or be wrought asunder by the ‘the invisible hand’—which is really just the
hand of economic extortion. This is just one example of the continued devolvement of our people and our values. While rants upon the erosion of
family values, the “Zionist conspiracy”, and other scapegoatish logic may satisfy the speaker’s inner-need to justify their personal values; it
is objective economic forces, and the human greed which drives them forward, that is to blame for our current crisis. It is also our
anti-intellectualism, and the intoxicating effects of modern advancement coupled with this “social-mobility” nonsense that bounds us like dogs to
the post of apathy and false hope.
[edit on 6-4-2006 by Dr_Faustus]