The Investment in Doom

The Republican solution to the American problem is apparently to bring down the house on everyone—except the rich.
And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.—Revelation 14:18-20

By this point, after over a decade of an increasingly apparent and enabled declaration of open war by conservatives on American minorities and the poor, one might think that the cities of the USA would be thronged by daily, traffic-blocking, protests.

But no American Spring is to be seen. Why not?

As I have noted in the past, one problem is the intense moral exhaustion being suffered at this point by the leftwing in the USA. Essentially dormant for decades now, the left is a large but definitely minority segment of the American population. Its strong influence on the Democratic Party ceased after Republicans routed the Democrats in 1994, and Bill Clinton, never a leftist figure anyway, shifted to center-right in his negotiations with Congress to dismantle welfare programs.

Briefly, the left rose for one last widespread appearance in the 2003 run-up to Bush's Iraq war. Spontaneous huge demonstrations across the world only served to demonstrate that the international opinion of millions of people, including American citizens and those of many allied states, meant absolutely nothing to the the war-thirsty nincompoops in charge of the USA.

Peaceful, respectful, antiwar protests were meaningless theater—and utterly passé. And that is because the people being protested, the chickenhawk thugs hiding behind other people's children in uniform, were heinous monsters, who were prepared to kidnap, torture, and kill anybody they felt like, while they perpetrated one shock-doctrine crime against humanity after another.

The left was faced with some choices:

Confrontational civil disobedience—which might be treated in a time of war as treasonous, and if not this then disobeyers would be informally alleged, by various war-mongering yahoos, to be "giving aid and comfort to the enemy". Of course the actual goal of anti-war demonstrators was to give aid and comfort to American soldiers and their families, by bringing the US military home from slaughterpits where they were encouraged to commit war crimes against innocent people. But in 2003, for example, a sincere expression of shame on the part of Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines—one of the few Americans who actually apologized for inflicting George Bush on the world—brought the Dixie Chicks a dumptruck of denunciations as traitors and of course death threats from the country music fan brain trust (of turnipheads).

• Post a bunch of nearly invisible diatribes on the internet—and this was done by a lot of people, even people whose audiences were large enough so that they could claim some respectable visibility for their opinions. But all the electronic mounds of anti-war sentiment posted in all the years of the Terror Wars impacted the war masters not one iota. Even in the face of the most ghastly war crimes, such as those committed by the US thugs at Abu Ghraib, the American people, who were shaking their heads in disgust (once again), were not moved in great numbers to taking those feelings into the street. Everyone knew protests were not going to move Bush. The only thing that could move Bush, would be the boot of voters kicking his ass out of office. And in 2004, that boot came within a few votes in Ohio of connecting. The fact John Kerry couldn't defeat George Bush, easily, shows how strong the conservative, pro-war sentiment still was in the USA in late 2004.

• Blow shit the fuck up—Yes, the left had another choice—the 1970s style employed by radical groups like the Weathermen and the SLA. It was well understood by the left that old-school propaganda by the deed would be counterproductive. It would only serve to frighten and alienate most Americans (a state in which they were being permanently kept by Homeland Security's stupid terror-alert color code), and would achieve no change in policy since the war leaders in fact expected but never got a violent domestic pushback against their increasingly unpopular imperial war policy.

There are moments in history where people are confronted with choices, such as dying for some abstract cause, which seems no less urgent to be lived and died for because it is rooted in abstractions and ideals, instead of rough practical considerations (like submitting to tyranny and staying alive).

The American people as some kind of basic assumption are tearing apart at the seams, while they contemplate tearing each other and the nation asunder. The rich and the poor, natural enemies always, are accelerating away from each other ever faster in terms of their relative wealth and wellbeing. In the richest country in the world, the masters are throwing millions of Americans overboard so the rich won't have to be taxed to help their fellow citizens in an emergency.

As I will soon discuss, the nation should be full of righteous wrath, but it seems instead choked on a daily diet of nincompoop experts telling people essentially to be fearful of taking any stand, or on the right to take the most irrational and questionable stands, designed to pull the nation down as if its very pillars were being separated from each other by Samson.

I doubt, in these late, dark days that continuing to be angry at injustice, at murderous idiocy, at acts which if I still cared a whit about the dying empire would seem treasonous, will make any difference whatsoever.

People have a great deal invested in stupidity (stupid choices, stupid beliefs, the hope for stupid outcomes), and it is likely too much to hope that an appeal to even an average intelligence or concern about humanity will make the masters relent on collecting the full, destructive dividend of their investment in doom.