Retrieved from the memory hole: Our collective imagination


Here is a note from the memory hole, to jolt us back to a sense of reality: which means, a sense that all things truly are possible – with the will, the heart, and the passion, and the dedication, to create a better world for all.

Memory artifact one:

Henry A. Wallace, Vice President under Franklin Delano Roosevelt: wrote and executed the New Deal, developed and deployed massive aid to the farmers and the poor, developed the enormous scale economic recovery program and jobs program, lifted millions out of poverty, was pivotal in the plan that brought the world out of the Great Depression, sought peace with Latin America, Russia and China, and founded the Progressive Party. Not bad for a partial list of accomplishments.

And what did Reagan, Bush I and II, Obama and Trump do? That’s right: oversaw the massive build-up of an already bloated and murderous military industrial complex, gutted the New Deal safety net for the common woman and man, ushered in a new era of brutal and ruthless neoliberal class warfare, benefited the elite 1%, at the expense of a great blood-letting of the great majority, and began the transformation of the US into a fascist police state, shredding the Constitution and Bill of Rights in the process, of course.

And Biden? We are to be overjoyed simply that he is not Trump? Not remotely good enough. Biden means more of the same. Do we not have more imagination, and more boldness, than this?

Imagine something better. In the US, and around the world, a better world is not only possible – a better world is in our power to create. A world of freedom, ecological balance, peace, and justice for all.

Imagine.

Then act.

JTR,
August 3, 2021

Post-Script:

Henry A. Wallace also wrote a warning of the very real danger of American fascism – in the New York Times… in 1944. He was off by a few decades, but it is here now, as it is here now globally, and he was one of the brave few who had the courage to face both the beauty and the ugliness of reality, and hence, could deal with reality, and see what was coming. For that, and for the other things he did to aid the common woman and common man, and to help seed a future world of freedom and of peace, I cannot help but admire him, though I know so very little about him. In fact, I cannot help but to think of him as a brother. We need more good men and good women to step up. And now.

Here is his warning, from 1944. We failed to pay sufficient heed then, and in the decades since; and now we are reaping the bitter reward of our 75 years of sleep-walking and neglect. Maybe now we can hear his clear-minded voice. We had better.

“The really dangerous American fascist… is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power… They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.

~quoted in the New York Times, April 9, 1944”
― Henry A. Wallace


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