05 March 2011

the capitulation in wisconsin

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Frightened Michael Moore so much he could not but go try to revive it.
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore urged Wisconsin residents Saturday to fight against Republican efforts to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, telling thousands of protesters that "Madison is only the beginning."

The crowd roared in approval as Moore implored demonstrators to keep up their struggle against Republican Gov. Scott Walker's legislation, saying they've galvanized the nation against the wealthy elite and comparing their fight to Egypt's revolt. He also thanked the 14 state Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to block a vote on the bill, saying they'll go down in history books.

"We're going to do this together. Don't give up. Please don't give up," Moore told the protesters, who have swarmed the Capitol every day for close to three weeks.
He should have gotten there a couple days earlier, when it might have done some good.
The latest arrest came Friday, when a Madison woman attempted to charge past a security checkpoint. She was charged with disorderly conduct.

Inside the building Thursday night, Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs stood in the center of the rotunda with the last remaining demonstrators around him. A hush fell over the crowd as he explained the court's order to vacate and pleaded with them to leave peacefully.

For more than three hours the protesters asked questions — even raising their hands to be recognized — and expressed their reservations about leaving. Tubbs said he didn't want to arrest anyone, but they had to leave.

Finally, they did — singing "Solidarity Forever," they filed out the door with Tubbs there shaking their hands and thanking them for their decision.

Some of those who left Thursday night returned the next day and were joined by hundreds of union members and teachers.
Where there had been thousands, plus the assertion of ownership of the capitol until just the day before... all because... because... well... because what? What changed from the police not arresting protestors to police begging protestors not to make them arrest them? A COURT ORDER. A fucking court order meant they'd lose their JOBS, not just their bargaining rights, and so they started begging.

And, given this out, those who were on the right track capitulated, ceded their sovereignty to the very people using it to take everything from them. Allow them to work for slave wages, if they're good and obedient, else fuck off and die, you grubby plebeian twerps.

Don't get me wrong! I love the people in Wisconsin, and the same would have happened anywhere in the United States. I'm not pointing my finger. I'm pointing out the problem. The capitulation was not just in Wisconsin. It was in the United States. We won't make the right thing happen. We'll only become agitated enough to dance around it, and then we will back down and salve our failure with notions like At least I tried.



We have to stop with our PATHETIC petitioning for redress. We must completely IGNORE this "governing". If we want to unionize, we don't have to ask anyone, and we don't have to heed their stupid and corrupt decrees. They try to fuck with our paychecks and benefits, we shut them down. We shut it all down when we don't FEED it. Don't protest. Don't petition. Don't ASK for squat. Don't fight. Just yank their power from them, and let them fuck off and die.

I'm giving up stumping for revolution.

All my hopes for the Second American Revolution—which was not my first choice, just the only one I thought feasible—represent wasted time. THE no-no. My reasoning was that, even though that's still reverting to the law of the jungle, not growth, or even really improvement, the indispensable benefit of it would be to break the lock of fascism and rejuvenate courage in the people. It wouldn't ultimately fix anything. Sort of like the pushbutton revolutions won't fix anything. The difference is OUR uprising would not result in MORE power for the feudal parasites, where all the rest of them we see popping up in the other hemisphere will. I was trying to be pragmatic, trying not to be so intent on perfection that I wouldn't settle for whatever might spare Sophia, Gaia, her life.


[1] You won't do it.

[2] Nobody good enough is near enough to the forefront.

[3] You won't do it.

[4] The lying and delusion and pleas from police insure you lose any courage you muster too quickly, anyway.

[5] You won't do it.

Do you hate yourself enough yet to work on yourself instead? Or are you too hypnotized to recognize that either? It's the way to become ungovernable. It's the way a true government arises organically. It has the potential to fix EVERYTHING. But you won't go there. Just as you won't rise up, you will not face yourself. Both options are still completely open to you, but you have been rendered too muddled and confused and frightened to choose either. Nope. It feels way better to fill with certitude about some harebrained polemic and fight like rabid dogs amongst ourselves. Never mind how clearly suicidal that is, they like it and you're "safe" from them when you're doing what they like. You've grown so used to warming yourself with your own traumas in this hall of mirrors we call the world—an entire society based on a trillion tailor-made excuses not to face either them or yourself—you won't ever face the difficulty of changing the architecture of your own brain to make a true life for yourself, let alone everyone... now will you?

You won't.

EVEN when you've gone so far as to set up a blog, or a social networking site, or join a club, or hire a shrink, with the specific goal of our betterment in mind. Still excuses, all. I can't get colorful enough to make you face it. I cannot be loving enough, or friendly enough, or strong enough to shove you into making the one indispensable choice.

You won't do it.

love, 99

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