What's Wrong with the Dissent in US?
26 Aug 2006 12:15 GMT
Comments upon the activity of the dissent in US: its targets, ways to achieve them and the real results.
It's already some time I have a strange feeling when visiting these independent web sites and blogs - it's like watching windmills: From a distance it seems that everything is ok: wind is blowing, blades are turning, the machine inside is roaring, from time to time a person approaches a window or walks near the mill. ... It's quite sure that "something is being done".
But is the dissent really doing what is necessary to do? And what is it?
When facing a problem we have to:
1. Analyse the problem and find its cause.
2. Suggest solution.
It is a standard procedure, that everybody of you knows well. We can see it everywhere and everyday: when repairing cars, correcting errors in computer programs, when doctors treat patients. We can see very complicated cases like for example after space shuttle crashes.
We have to follow this procedure also in case of problems in society: find the cause and then suggest solution. Just at the beginning we face a serious problem: There are TOO MANY problems! Like:
- Fake terror (like 9/11 or OKC bombing)
- Rigged elections & black box voting
- The loss of constitutional rights (like Patriot Act, wiretapping)
- State approved torture & killings
- Silenced mainstream media
- Wars (Iraq, the looming war with Iran)
- No real political opposition
- Political assassinations (JFK, MLK)
- Diseases (like AIDS) developed and spread by pharmaceutical companies and doctors
- Loss of public control over research (GM foods, HAARP and who knows what else)
- Privatization of social insurance
- Loss of jobs due to globalization
They are usually not new, but they became a lot more grave in last years as if some force which opposed them was removed. If these problems were independent, we could solve them separately, one by one. But it is not so: at least some of them depend on others. This means that to find the cause we have to analyse the whole situation in society.
Some independent web sites (like www.GlobalResearch.ca) present analyses, but they analyse only separate problems like 9/11, Iraq war, black box voting. Some articles talk about society as whole and suggest causes of problems, but it is usually a guess or opinion. I found no real analysis of the situation in society: why this and that happens, which problem is the primary one and which problems are secondary.
Here are some opinions and solutions (with my comments):
--- Sam Hamond [ http://legitgov.org/essay_hamod_thinking_outside_box_061503.html] (June 13, 2003) talks about where to start:
"There are so many things wrong in this land ... that it is hard to find out where one must start. It is easy to say, become involved-but, involved in what? You can’t turn to the major two parties-both are corrupt and complicitous ..."
(Why a new party was not yet built? It would be easy to win elections if there are so many discontent people.)
He suggests: "... we must form delegations ... to go to the United Nations and the IC at the Hague." (UN accept dictators, why not accept Bush? He was elected.)
--- Valenzuela [ http://valenzuelasveritas.blogspot.com] (Land of the Puppet People) describes his view of the US society, but it is not possible to take his interesting article as a real analysis. It seems he thinks the main problem is, that people are brainwashed by TV. (But every TV set has a switch!)
Here is something he says: "Television is the greatest addiction we face, a malignancy that controls entire populations, becoming a drug infiltrating all regions of the brain, altering brainwaves in children, thoughts in adults, creating a population easily controlled and programmed, becoming, over the course of a lifetime, the human antenna receiving the endless stream of propaganda disseminated by government and corporate entities."
--- Some people say that politicians are bribed or blackmailed. (Why better ones were not elected?)
--- Livergood [www.hermes-press.com]:
- "Beyond all this individualistic action we must create a broad-based, all-encompassing organization with which to fight the Bush junta." (But will the next government be better?)
- "... fight for the rights of all Americans." (But this is the job of democratic institutions.)
- "We may not be able to stop Bush now, but we sure as hell can throw him out of office next year at the ballot box." (This was written before the elections in 2004. Now it seems almost ridiculous.)
- Unified Activist Citizen Taskforce [www.hermes-press.com/restore1.htm]: "... we must have a general program, a plan for reforming this country." (If there is no plan why to talk about it?), "This informed activist group would respond to crises as they unfold ..." (When Fake terror or martial law occurs, it's too late to respond.)
I like Livergood's articles for his ideas, but his list of "what to do" is misleading.
--- Patricia Goldsmith [www.dissidentvoice.org/Feb06/Goldsmith13.htm] says it straight: "I'm tired of playing the self-defeating electoral game. We have no reason to expect that in 2006, after six years of rigged elections, everything is suddenly going to work. In 2006 ... our situation could well be worse."
--- Clean Money/Clean Elections [www.commondreams.org/views04/0716-06.htm]: They support candidates by public funding. Candidates must agree to accept no private money beyond the $5 qualifying contributions. "Clean Money/Clean Elections is a structural reform that will make other reforms possible." (But because candidates financed from private sources are not banned, the danger of rigged elections remains. Anyway, this is the best idea (already in use in few states!) I have found.)
When I noticed their "2006 Election Plan" I hoped to find something really important, but they only collect money for Democratic party. Here is what they say: "The 2006 elections are only months away-and if we keep our eyes on that goal, we're in a position to win big. Democratic control of Congress will mean we can finally move forward with big ideas like health care for all Americans or energy independence, and make sure the troops get home safely and soon from Iraq."
(This is a plan for 3 000 000 of discontent people who support them! And do Democrats really say what is in the last sentence? And would they do it?)
Some time ago MoveOn.org asked people to help them find the most important problem in US society. Thousands of messages were posted on MoveOn.org pages and people were voting. Instead of looking for causes of problems, people vote! 2+2 will never be 5 even if everybody votes for it.
--- In [www.hermes-press.com/restore1.htm] Livergood lists important partial victories:
1 - recent worldwide anti-war demonstrations
2 - women's rights movement
3 - civil rights struggle
4 - Vietnam war resistance
(Anti-war demonstrations didn't stop wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and will not stop the war with Iran. Patriot Act was a big defeat for civil rights movement. So it seems that only 2 and 4 were victories, but it's already long time ago.)
Previous list of opinions and suggested solutions of problems in society reveals a sad true: these people do something, but it seems they do not care about real causes of problems. It's no surprise that their victories (if any) are small or temporary. They concentrate on secondary problems and even if they succeed, new problems are already piling up because the source of the problems remained untouched.
What happened to these people, that they are not interested in going inside problems to find their causes? They spend a lot of time by getting, evaluating and spreading information, but they do not think about it. This is simply unbelievable!
The strange behavior of dissent characterized by the absence of analysis of problems in society and the absence of critique of its own activity is probably the key problem of the US society which makes solution of other problems impossible.
(Already posted on Portland Indymedia and www.SmirkingChimp.com)