The 21st century was the most violent and murderous period in human history to date. And with our current direction, the 21st century may well surpass it in violence and war. Have we forgotten the lessons of the past, or have we yet to learn them? Worse yet, not only has war not ended, but also, the threats to freedom have not ended, but only changed form, and grown stronger. Yet, the great majority of the people remain asleep, and live inside a bubble of illusion, or a dream.
I honour and respect those who fought to defend freedom against fascists and others who threatened it. But the irony is this. Not only have we continued the horrible tendency toward war, but we have also allowed fascism to arise again.
Although a great many still do not yet realize it, the corporate take-over of the economy, the financial system, the media, the political process and most governments of the world, and democracy itself, is nothing short of a fascist coup. It is the merger of business and the state: and that is corporatism, which as Mussolini himself said, is the proper term for fascism.
We are now faced with the duty to defend freedom once again. If we refuse this duty, this moral obligation, then our cowardliness and denial will result in the death of freedom, and the death of democracy, and a new and terrible era will begin.
The stakes could not be higher, nor the hour more late. What we do now, or what we refuse to do, will be decisive for the future of humanity.
What is needed, is a grassroots popular movement to reclaim democracy and freedom, and our human rights and civil liberties, all of which are being lost, and which are now under attack by a power-hungry business elite, and a political class which loyally serves them.
To be more direct, what we need is a second wave of democratic revolutions to sweep the planet, and to remove the power-mongers, the new tzars or pharaohs – the newly ensconced and presently ruling oligarchy of the global corporate elite – from power, and to restore power to the people.
The reality of our present situation is this. Either we will have a revolution, in which the people reclaim their power and reclaim their democracy and their freedom, and remove the presently reigning corporate elite from power; or we will see a new and more terrible dark age than the world has ever seen – and with it, not only a new form of fascism, and a new form of feudalism, with freedom and democracy destroyed and the great majority of the people reduced to serfs, or slaves, but also, a further acceleration of the rape and pillage mentality of this corporate-culture, with the result being a descent into the edge of extinction, and beyond, into self-annihilation. Surely these this latter trajectory, which we are now embarked upon, we cannot allow to come to pass in full fruition. Surely, the writing is on the wall, and we must stand now.
Lest we forget? The culture has already forgotten. Lest we remember, is more to the point. Unless we remember the dangers of any group of individuals becoming drunk with power or lost in an infantile grandiosity in which they seek to be rulers of the earth – as the presently ruling corporate elite have clearly become – then we shall be no more.
Amidst the parades and the honorariums, let us not forget our duty, not only to remember the past, but to respond to the present.
It is time to make a stand. Let the elders guide the young, or the young guide the elders, as the case may be, and whichever is needed, but let us stand now. We either stand now, and live in freedom, or we die slowly, and on our knees.
J. Todd Ring,
November 11, 2015
No more war. Here is a musical playlist that I made for youtube on the subject.
For those who still have doubt as to the nature and urgency of the present situation, here is a short list of must-read works that will remove all doubt:
A Game As Old As Empire – John Perkins
When Corporations Rule the World – David C. Korten
The Corporation – Joel Bakan
The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein
The End of America – Naomi Wolf
Year 501: The Conquest Continues – Noam Chomsky
Necessary Illusions: Thought Control In Democratic Societies – Noam Chomsky
A Brief History of Progress – Ronald Wright
Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed – Jared Diamond
The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies – Richard Heinberg
When Technology Fails – Mathew Stein
World As Lover, World As Self – Joanna Macy
Wisdom of the Elders – David Suzuki
Brave New World Revisited – Aldous Huxley
The Power Elite – C. Wright Mills
Escape From Freedom – Erich Fromm
The Ecology of Freedom – Murray Bookchin
On Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau
The Discourse On Voluntary Servitude – Etienne de la Boite
Enlightened Democracy: Visions For A New Millennium – J. Todd Ring