I am one with the unemployed, the scholars, skilled, and service workers who only seek a job. Independent Laborers and Union folks, your pain is mine. Private Industry and public institutions converted to corporate holdings have hurt me as they have you. I too, have countless tales to tell. Consultants, your woes are mine. Gone are the days of companies being loyal to the workforce. Pensions went with the wind.
In spirit, I am you “Occupiers” of Wall Street. Homeowners, Renters, and those who have lost a place to live, let alone the will to live, I relate. After a score and eleven years, I purchased my first home. I did so during the boom. The cost was great, the interest high. I thought I could make do. Times changed and so too did my circumstances. Nonetheless, I soon discovered the Banks did not care. Even employees of financial institutions chose not to lend a friendly ear.
I hear you “Occupiers.” In many ways, on countless occasions, since Middle School, I have stood against the absurdity of Capitalism out of control. The Military Industrial Complex is as the Privatization craze. Each permeates and punishes society. The powerful have used our nations as their playgrounds. We see it in policies and practices. Political realities only further the reason for your, my, our rants and rage.
Indeed, Corporate and Civic Complexes have brought about fear and loathing. Conjoined, these have left our nation’s people poorer. Over and over again, Americans have done as President Eisenhower warned us against. We did not “peer into society’s future” when we acted on greed and immediate gain. When we allowed the affluent and those of authority to divest and divert funds necessary for the common good, we — you and I, and our government – did not “avoid the impulse to live only for today.” We plundered “for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow.”
Contrary to Eisenhower’s cautions, Americans “mortgage[d] the material assets of our grandchildren.” We did more than risk the loss of our “political and spiritual heritage.” We successfully vanquished what was ours, a “democracy” thought strong enough “to survive for all generations to come.” Our country has “become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”
The gloom and sense of doom felt by the masses who speak out is one I share, only the words differ. We did not “avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate.” That is why I ask for a reality once yearned for. May we be “a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”
Rather than “occupy” might we integrate ideas on an American Avenue, two or three; perhaps more. Let us “Tear Down Wall Streets.” We need not infiltrate, invade, or emulate the ways of Wall Street. There has been too much of this. Internationally, monetary and military Industrial complexes “Occupy.” We do not liberate, as is evidenced by Iraq. Nor will we bring freedom to Afghanistan or Wall Street. We occupy.
United States citizens speak of the German occupation of France, or of Europe. After World War II we spoke of Soviet-occupied Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and eastern Europe. It was the Nazis, and the Soviets, who occupied countries. The United States liberates all others from occupation. Indeed, today we are the occupiers. The number of small, medium and large oversea military installations combined, as documented in the Department of Defense Base Structure Report (BSR) 2003 Report, totals at least 702. Bases, buildings owned and leased, as stated a decade ago . . .”Ongoing additions to the base structure, including in- transfers, are often not officially recorded until well after the decision.”
Indeed, in recent years alone, the number of occupations has grown substantially. Some may say, we have been occupiers since settlers first colonized this land. Tim Wise spoke of this “truth” only days ago. Wise injects linguistics into the debate. Language, the use and abuse, or might I say manipulation of a message, looms large in our lives. I think of DoubleSpeak
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. ~ George Orwell. [Author of 1984]
Be it Corporate Doublespeak,political, or philosophical jargon. Euphemisms expand. This land is your land. This land is my land? What might the natives of this or any other territory think?
Might we reflect on the words, the wisdom, and our adopted ways? “Occupy” Wall Street. Instead, may we “Tear Down Wall Streets.” These exist everywhere in our country and outside our borders. It is mused worldwide we live within an oligarchy. Government Establishments and Corporate Enterprises, each and either, have been “Occupied” or “Liberated” [you choose] by an ideology that insists control must be granted to the few, the proud, the elite.
The notion of all, equality, and as a collective, is void. Equality has been marked “canceled” on bills of fare. Fairness is far from our reality, for worldwide, the rich rule.
We see this in our schools. Privatization has long been in progress. In 1995, the title appeared prominently, Public Schools: Make Them Private.Domination, the deed done, began decades ago in health care. “Markets” are closed. Economic and war policies are not “democratic.” The question is, has democracy ever been in action. Certainly, Main Street attempted to bring social equality about. However, classlessness has long been a cause never fully realized.
Thus, “Occupy” Wall Street, I rather not, thank you. Oh, I intend to travel to the location, from New York to New Jersey. I will stand on the streets and express my serious disco9ntnt. From Connecticut to California, I will walk, fly, drive . . . I will strive to speak in support of our shared contentions. North or South, I will be there. Midwestern missions will be, is as mine.
Indeed, I even now sit and take vigil. I “Tear Down Wall Streets.” Still, I desire to do other than was done to me. I will not “occupy.” “occupations” are all that I disdain. I would not wish to repeat the rape that is America’s history. Violent destructive doings, be these in words, or in deed, are not me!
Thus, I invite you to do other than inhabit an institution or an ideology that had destroyed democracy. “Democratization” might be nice; however, that word too has come to mean an occupation. Integrate, perhaps? Yet, to assimilate by force, or with the use of forceful language, is but an invasion. “Decolonize” what was captured, possibly? Yet, I ask, can we grant independence to what never was truly ours . . . Wall Street, Schools, Medical Services, Banks?
I will “Tear Down Wall Streets” regardless of the configuration. Please join me; expand horizons so that all might see a glorious vision. . Together, we can and will reach beyond the sky.
“The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – men who are creative, inventive and discoverers”
~ Jean Piaget [Swiss Psychologist. Pioneer in the study of child intelligence. 1896-1980]
“The purpose of education is to enable us to develop to the fullest that which is inside us”
~ Norman Cousins [Essayist, Editor associated with Saturday Evening Post 1912-1990]
“America’s noble experiment, universal education for all” may have become but an idealized theory. In practice it long seemed the impossible dream. However, for the hopeful this statement was a reverie, although the veracity was virtually unrecognizable at best. Still the notion lived on. The powerful prose marveled many. That is all but believers in a for-profit privatized educational system. Today, corporate aficionados have conquered. Commerce controls School District Administrators. It shapes decisions made. Countless elementary and secondary school campuses are transformed in accordance. Big business buys and sells city classrooms. Our forefathers would have thought present-day headlines could only appear in fictional accounts. Nonetheless banners blare, “This Class Is Brought to You By. [fill in the corporate enterprise of your choice]”
A formidable future has found novel ways to weave itself into our city schools. In Los Angeles the Unified District Approved Corporate Sponsors in their Schools.
The advantage, or what was posited as such, is shorter summers. “District officials said the plan would benefit students, who will be on a calendar that is more in tune with testing schedules and that mimics the college calendar.” Surely, the public is assured, every pupil prefers to synchronize his or her personal lives with assessment agendas. What child would not wish to coordinate his or her datebook with the desires of school Administrators?
After all, a little learner has nothing better to do than to take a standardized test at the behest of statisticians, test publishers, school staffers, and those policy brokers who sit in stuffy offices. This is the mindset of a society who has forgotten its mission.
Might we consider what occurs when we rely on the rote, the scores, and the easily observable gains? Some social scientists have. Pedagogues comprehend the corporate world’s involvement in our schools has already influenced or impaired our children’s creativity. The effect of our belief in efficiency, as extolled by a free enterprise system, has had a huge taken a huge toll on education. For decades, curriculums have been changed in order to conform to a company culture. Prospectus and pupil guidelines parallel what is evident in an industrialized economy. Every effort is examined, rated, and ranked; even originality is observed as though it too can be accurately calculated.
“Americans’ scores on a commonly used creativity test fell steadily from 1990 to 2008, especially in the kindergarten through sixth-grade age group, says Kyung Hee Kim, an assistant professor of educational psychology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. The finding is based on a study of 300,000 Americans’ scores from 1966 to 2008 on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, a standardized test that’s considered a benchmark for creative thinking . . .
Might it be true that an increased industrial presence portends further deterioration? Even creativity has become but a measure. Lest we forget as countless adults have; as children many were frustrated by a grade that assessed how we performed on a multiple-choice visual examination. [I know as an abundantly analytical audio-learner, I was. Indeed, I still am.] Nonetheless, as a society we insist that the invisible progression known as learning can be calculated in the details of single appraisal.
In our current educational system, stimulated synapses, or the electrical currents that race through the brain as we process information, are read as if they were currency. Count the change or experience it through an Educator’s personal transition. A Scholar, who studied with Theodore R. Sizer, a prominent education-reformer, Shael Polakow-Suransky once affirmed, “Until we start seeing assessments that ask kids to write research papers, ask them to solve unfamiliar problems, ask them to defend their ideas, ask them to engage with both fiction and nonfiction texts; until those kinds of assessments are our state assessments, all we’re measuring are basic skills.” . . if that. The soon to be second-in-command of New York City Schools in the past understood that what occurs in a young person’s life each day effects his or her performance on a standardized test.
Yet, as The New York Times reports, this same sage now thinks More and “Better” Testing is needed. Journalist Fernanda Santos writes after a lengthy investigation, “In his evolution from an idealist teacher to a data-mining administrator, Mr. Polakow-Suransky, personifies the seismic changes in education that were beginning to take shape just as he was drawing up his first lesson plans.”
Shael Polakow-Suransky had been an advocate for more authentic, observable, classroom performance and portfolio assessments. Today, as Chief Accountability Officer of the New York City Department of Education, Polakow-Suransky prepares for another supremely institutionalized position. As he steps on stage as second-in-command for the New York City School Chancellorship Shael Polakow-Suransky acknowledges that while tests are imperfect, standardized examinations are an essential measurement tool. “To put it very simply,” he said, “how do you know that the kids are learning?”
Perchance, lost in time and space, as is the idea [ideal] of a “universal education for all,” this Administrator, and America, has forgotten how creativity is born and articulated. Thankfully, there are a few who think imagination is invaluable. The construct is invisible. Then mind’s eye cannot be captured and scored, nay measured a stressful testing moment. Nonetheless, these experts fear that what was once considered fiction, corporate control of curriculums, is now the folly experienced as everyday life.
Researchers believe growth in the time kids spend on computers and watching TV, plus a trend in schools toward rote learning and standardized testing, are crowding out the less structured activities that foster creativity. Mark Runco, a professor of creative studies and gifted education at the University of Georgia, says students have as much creative potential as ever, but he would give U.S. elementary, middle and high schools “a ‘D’ at best” on encouraging them. “We’re doing a very poor job, especially before college, with recognizing and supporting creativity,” he says.”
In an earlier era, creativity was what we craved. In America, ingenuity and inventiveness were venerated. Innovations were highly valued. Instruction was intended to inspire. Education was a gift granted by the goodness of our fellow man. Long before we were an established nation, people in this territory thought it vital; government must “fulfill its responsibility to educate citizens.” However, over time, this notion has been altered.
Possibly, what was the worse of our educational practices has become the norm. In truth, equitable access to educational resources has never been veracity in the States. Now, it is not only thought to be other than viable, it is no longer envisioned as essential.
Privatization has become our newfound instructional priority. On every street corner people posit, schools cannot, must not, be “controlled” by the State. Innumerable legal residents of the country claim that only their child’s needs matter. Even these can come at a cost that countless people without children are unwilling to pay. “No new taxes.” “Cut all tariffs;” these are common cries amongst American citizenry. Teach the children?
Others believe the price is worth the rewards. These individuals think if we do not serve our children well, the commonweal will suffer as a whole. Those who endorse a hundreds years legacy feel certain that privatization would be the death of what delivers creativity and breeds curiosity. The destruction or deconstruction is already apparent. It has been verified as well as felt.
Education endorsed and encouraged can nurture the future. Privatization skeptics believe that the more powerful corporations become, the more commerce and calculations will dominate our school system. Indeed, it has. Yet, apparently, the Los Angeles Unified School District worries not. Therefore, Los Angeles Schools Sought Sponsors. Subsides were found.
What has been a common fear since the first settlers landed at Plymouth Rock is the newer truth in Southern California, in Wisconsin too. Indeed, in many ways the drift to corporate sponsorship in schools has been slow, subtle; yet, long present.
Some may recall a time when sports stadiums and arenas were named after a team. Long ago, highways were maintained by government agencies. At present, fields and portions of freeways are sponsored by for-profit businesses. So too are our schools. The times, they have changed.
Much of the public believes this newer reality is better. For them, the government is just too big. We must take the State out of our every endeavor. After all, in the United States, free enterprise is the way. An open market is trusted by most to be wiser than any other system. Businesses, it is said, balance books. The statistics a company gathers guarantee greater productivity and proof of greater success. Numbers rule. That is why people currently trust the federal, state, and local budgetary concerns must be our priority. We, as a nation have no dollars and near nil cents [sense.]
Creativity? Curiosity? Critical thinking? These are trends of the past. Progress? Only you can decide for yourself. We might all wonder; what will the children conclude.
I wish to present a glorious and comprehensive tome, written by Judith Moriarty. “Eve of Destruction” examines the state of affairs in America. In abstraction, the author contemplates the annihilation of this country. The original text was published at rense.com. I marveled as I first read this missive. I hope you will appreciate this deft deliberation. I am honored and privileged to share this thought-provoking treatise.
“The eastern world it tis explodin’,
violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction”
If I were given unlimited power, money, and the unknowing assistance of multitudes of pawns, players, shills, toadies, lap dogs, etc; to take down a nation, how would I do it?
Common sense says, first I would want to control that nation’s monetary system with the unlimited ability to tax the population (incurring massive debt) into servitude. I might name my monetary system with an official-sounding title that would fool the multitudes into thinking I was an official governmental agency – and not a private banking cartel.
I would institute various programs of entitlement to entrap and make the citizenry dependent on various handouts – thus killing their incentive to work, but most of all to control dissent. One doesn’t bite the hand that feeds them.
I would give robber barons, and various corporate entities, through lobbyists and campaign contributions to key legislators the power to write their own meal tickets, excusing them from various taxes, regulation, liabilities, and accountability. I would set up off -shore accounts and various trusts to protect the wealth of the favored elite. Only the working cogs will pay strangulating taxes.
I would kill unions. Unions are not cost-effective for companies whose sole purpose for existence is ‘profits’. Unions are a hindrance with their silliness of demanding livable wages, safe working conditions, medical benefits, pensions, vacations, etc. I would initiate a PR campaign to discredit and label those who had any thoughts of organizing. I would threaten to close down local industries and ship them overseas if workers balked at lower wages, or resented being mere cogs in the machine. In the event of a strike, I would call in scab workers and security guards to handle unruly vocal workers. Maybe I’d kill the leaders – just as a lesson.
Next, for quicker servitude, I would shut down the mills, the various plants, machine shops, manufacturing, auto companies (livable wage jobs), and send them to foreign lands, where labor costs (no benefits – no safety standards) are mere pennies. I would grant tax incentives, subsidies and create consulting firms to assist companies in making a smooth transition to less restrictive lands.
I would direct Congress to vote legislation (various visas) to import tens and more tens of thousands of foreign workers who would be paid one-half to one third of American wages (no benefits, no job security) to work at resorts, hotels, restaurants, in the medical field, engineering, teaching and in Information Technology. I would propagandize the gullible public, telling them that Americans ‘won’t do’ those jobs – or that there are not enough trained Americans to fill the positions. Congress will be instructed to reinforce this lie in various scripted messages (media – campaign trail – speeches in Congress).
Slowly and insidiously, I would remove most of the major decision-making to the Executive Branch under the guise of national security. Presidential Directives, and Executive Orders will replace the messiness of having decisions held-up, or argued in Congress. Most importantly, the public will remain mostly oblivious.
I would open the borders to allow millions of the dispossessed (due to trade agreements) south of the border/others; to work on corporate farms, as maids, laborers , construction workers, roofers, etc. I would encourage illegal immigration; so as to keep these unsuspecting people, in a constant state of apprehension – should they insist on a livable wage, or complain, when unscrupulous contractors leave them unpaid, or injured without compensation. I would organize massive marches (making them appear as grassroots uprisings) pitting victims (American workers) against victims (immigrants) – so as to keep the focus off of the various trade agreements (constructing a global plantation). The more venom, rancor, hatred, and chaos, the better. The workers of the world, must never see these issues as pertaining to class……but rather intolerance, racism, and bigotry. Victims blaming victims, never the elite behind the curtain.
I would limit any real choices in voting, keeping the field limited to a two-party (monied) system – where only the wealthy (poor candidates ignored) and chosen need apply. Again, I would encourage animosity between the reds and the blues, never revealing that they are playing (these political parties) good cop – bad cop (depending on who is in power). Both parties will be given their scripted talking points, which per usual, will promise the world…and deliver nothing. They must not address the real issues facing Americans and instead distract by sniping and snipping amongst themselves. I would turn over the responsibility (to assure the outcome) of voting to corporate entities with their easily-compromised voting machines with no paper trails (such as even local ATM machines provide).
I would keep up the pretense of a ‘representative democracy’ in Foggy Bottom with a lot of bickering, the blame game, and senseless tedious hearings (always after the fact) of scandals, the lack of response to disasters, sex, etc. This gives the ‘appearance’ of being busy and on top of things.
I would set up a dysfunctional Department of Education, that would dictate to the states (thus parents) various insane mandates, regulations, and policies, for the sole purpose of dumbing down (through tests, not teaching – whole language etc) the future generation. A dumb population is an easily-controlled population. These various edicts, will have the dual purpose of putting more and more costs on work-a-day property owners who are unable to absorb the demands for higher and higher taxes (to meet these demands). Thus, everyone will be made to work two or three jobs to keep up with the newest tax bills, and so on. All of this will result (as planned) in turning out functionally illiterate students, fit for the local Wigget factory, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, garbage man, prison guard or cannon fodder for war. None of these vocations demand calculus, or being educated in literature, or world affairs.
The teachers of old will be replaced with ‘change agents’ who will focus on group think, hive mentality behavior modification, and social engineering – not teaching. Pre-school will become mandatory. The younger the child, the easier it is to mold them into non-thinking dolts conforming to authority. Parents (unread – easily intimidated) will be convinced that little Johnnie or Jane is ‘learning disabled, or hyper active’, and thus needs to be drugged into compliance. Mental illness centers will become a major part of education – with soon nearly everyone being found at risk.
“There’s no earthly way of knowing
Which direction they are going!
There’s no knowing where they’re rowing,
Or which way the river’s flowing!
Not a speck of light is showing,
So the danger must be growing,
For the rowers keep on rowing,
And they’re certainly not showing any signs that
they are slowing . . .”
~ Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Drugs: – I would saturate the land with drugs, pills, LSD, marijuana, prescriptions, designer drugs etc; till the land was awash with mind-numbing, brain-damaging chemicals making crime rampant, destroying families/communities, and creating a private prison industry (the largest in the world). The costs, to states and various communities will bankrupt many – with peace officers, renamed law enforcers and gradually becoming militarized. People will be conditioned to FEAR the police, not welcome their presence.
I would allow the HMOs, Pharmaceuticals, and Insurance companies to ravage and destroy what was once an affordable medical system. They will write the legislation relieving them of any liabilities, and making doctors mere technocrats in the ‘machine’ dictated to by some HMO/Insurance drone in a far away cubicle as to what treatments their patients are ineligible to receive. The focus will be on ‘profits’ with ever more exotic drugs being offered in lieu of preventive medicine. Pollution, food additives, chemicals, and Frankenstein crops will add to create even more ill health. The Hippocratic Oath will become as antiquated as the Geneva Convention. Being on constant vacation and with their own (taxpayer subsidized) health insurance, granting them the best in prompt treatment (prescriptions), the people’s representatives will, as usual, protest feebly and do nothing. Pharmaceutical companies will be granted legislative authority, to charge top dollar for needed medicines, with Congress voting to prevent more affordable medicines (made by the same companies) from being imported to the U.S. from Canada and Japan. Profits over people is the corporate mantra of the land.
I would make (except for legislators and the judicial and executive branches with their obscene pensions) retirement an impossibility for seniors. On fixed incomes, or minuscule pensions (if not already looted), they will be unable to afford rising taxes, the cost of medicine, rent, food, home heating, or medical treatment. Many will die in the land of plenty of hypothermia, cancers, malnutrition, and once treatable medical conditions that they can no longer afford to deal with (while their well-to-do neighbors sing Amazing Grace at the village church). If they don’t die fast enough, they will be encouraged to embrace ‘death with dignity’ – an Orwellian term for execution.
War: – I would institute perpetual war, thus killing off the best and brightest, bankrupting the country (borrowing billions for destruction) while filling the coffers of corporate gangsters, the favored, and the military industrial complex. I would privatize most of the military, hiring mercenary troops at lucrative salaries for international and domestic crises. Soldiers when returning home (due to privatized bureaucracy) will be made to jump through hoops (for benefits) and forced to prove that missing limbs, depleted uranium poisoning, and brain damage will hinder them from living happily ever after.
“Don’t you understand what I’m trying to say?
Can’t you see the fear I’m feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no running away,
They’ll be none to save with the world in a grave”
I would see gentrification by disaster and eminent domain, tearing apart communities and making the dispossessed all wanderers in the land of their birth. With shuttered downtowns, concrete box stores, sprawl malls, fast food, plastic booth slop joints, consultants, and appointed committees replacing local government, etc, I would destroy the known and the familiar. Thus scattered, unity and the security of small town America (ethnic neighborhoods) makes strangers struggling to exist…not to live.
“I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation,
handful of Senators don’t pass legislation”
Travel: – The wealthy and chosen need have no fear. With private jets – they will not be subjected to the humiliation put upon the masses. Citizens held captive in rushing to business, a vacation, a funeral, or medical emergency, etc will be scanned, groped (by rent-a-cops) made to empty innocuous liquids, questioned, etc – not for security purposes but for behavior modification…conditioning them to obedience and compliance. No one will mention the incoming cargo containers not searched – millions of containers from foreign lands sitting on docks and then embarking on trucks to every corner of the unsuspecting nation. In a world of announced terrorists, all become suspect (minus the favored few)…even the babe and senior in his wheelchair. Examples will be made of those daring to question or object. Travel will thus be discouraged.
“Hate your neighbor next door, but don’t forget to say grace.”
Fear: – Waco, Ruby Ridge, school shootings, hijackings, serial killers, child rapists, imploding towers, danger stranger, assassinations, road blocks, taser attacks (by police), roaming gangs, identity theft, SWAT teams (getting the wrong address), invading Arabs (threat), color-coded fear days, video cameras, security alarms, schools invaded with police, and drug-sniffing dogs, beating/arresting dissenters, etc. All these and more will be used to cause confusion, anxiety, suspision, and paralyzing fear resulting in evermore draconian controls, laws, and violating the rights of a once carefree population. Who’s watching the watchers…is nobody’s business.
Media: – Information, education, rational discourse, and debate on all sides of an issue will be limited or prevented. Citizens will be encourage to take sides – i.e., abortion, gun rights, immigration, gay marriage, funding religion with taxpayer dollars, graphic sex education for young elementary children, etc. Issues will be kept to the superficial and emotional. Corporate control of the media (all media) is mandatory (thus Clinton’s Telecommunications Act – giving away the airwaves) with entertainers, not newscasters, giving their fluff and nutter reports of the day: OJ, Paris Hilton, pit bulls, Rosie O’Donnel, the runaway bride, the diapered astronaut, etc. PR hirelings will be presented as ‘experts’ be they mothballed generals or think tank suits. Citizens will be instructed what to think – not how to think. Limits will be put on speech, in public hearings, local council meetings/gatherings, letters to the editor, etc. Facilitators, stakeholders, and consensus will take the place of the democratic process (the outcome pre-determined).
Economy: – Trade agreements, unread (some are hundreds of pages) and not debated will be voted on with the results being massive unemployment, bankrupt farms, imported suspect food stuffs/products, echoing steel mills, foreclosures, homelessness, etc. Language in these various ‘agreements’ will take precedence over all local zoning laws and environmental protections. Elected representatives, (federal/state) will find these agreements almost impossible to understand with their legalese and loophole language.
Privatization: – I would give away the Commons to private industry and foreign investors including water, medical care, the infrastructure, roads, schools, utilities, bridges, rivers, waste disposal, and lands (under the guise of nature preserves, parks, heritage sites, biospheres and buffer zones, etc). As collateral for the trillions in debt, I would post the people’s land with countless signs reading “Keep Out” and “No Trespassing” and “Private” etc.
Religion: Religion being an anchor to the many, in a chaotic world, I would certainly want to tap into the support of those I could use for my own purpose ( evil v good) and brush up on a few Scriptures and religious terms. Good would be presented as white makes might – the brown God v the white God; in the ‘battle’ to bring peace, liberty, liberation, and abundance to the oppressed masses of the world (sob). Naturally, one wouldn’t be so presumptuous (or foolish) as to present a grasping God of mammon – traveling the world to check out His oil rigs, clear cut forests, draining of aquifers, Frankenstein crops, and starving multitudes (dispossessed for lakes of oil – minerals – gold etc).
Announcing ourselves to be a godly Christian nation – we would naturally want a leader who professes to have direct access (born again) to God’s directions on victory in war. The support of the tambourine, cymbal crashing, metal utility building congregations , the mega churches (be healed with that donation), and moneyed crystal cathedrals etc; damning the irreverent, anti-war, communist, homosexual, AIDS riddled, unbelievers; for bringing terror to our shores ——–and daring to protest a JUST and HOLY showdown, against the legions of the brown God (identified as insurgents, terrorists, extremists, and thankless hearten); will assure the needed voting blocs come election time and the future support for the billions upon billions needed for perpetual war ever seeking the white God’s Utopian peace.
It’ll work ——self-righteous religious hypocrites against the sinners, brilliant. The God of mammon and war will replace the antiquated syrupy God of ‘forgiveness, love the neighbor, do unto others, I was hungry, and love never sees a suffered wrong etc”. Tax exemptions and Faith Based Initiative monies, will be the carrot that keeps these Pharisaical multitudes loyal.
I would keep the multitudes entertained (distracted) throughout the years with ball games, gladiator (well-paid) sports, concerts, theme parks, shopping malls, expensive automobiles, theater, the arts, movies, various awards ceremonies, electioneering debates (senseless), arguments on war (to surge or not to surge, to invade or not to invade), liposuction, breast implants, Viagra readiness, exotic vacations, designer clothes, the newest must-have electronic gadgetry,
air-headed starlets doping and drinking it up, NASCAR, horse racing, soccer, golf, environmental activism (safe not threatening industry), etc.
Meantime, I would see to it that government agencies were slowly and inclemently dismantled with the work farmed out to private contractors. Positions of authority and decision-making will have corporate interests appointed to them. Food protections, health, and safety, and environmental regulations, will be under-funded or disregarded – favoring corporate interest (profits) instead. Federal and state environmental agencies will be mere rubber stamp mouth pieces for industry, paying no heed to polluters or to the protection of various community health issues (SuperFund sites).
All of this and more, I would do, if I were given permission (generously-compensated, of course) to destroy a nation. I would make sure that all of these various entities, and non-governmental agencies, were compartmentalized (thinking they were about the people’s business) with no one (even within these agencies) having a clue as to the final objective. It is comparable to the worker in the eastern European factory thinking he is building baby carriages. Stealing a piece a week (he couldn’t afford to buy one) for his expected child. He finally has them all and assembless it on the living room floor. To his surprise, he sees an M-16 in his hands.
The greatest conspiracies aren’t hidden – just fragmented into different pieces – like a puzzle. Right before people’s eyes.
Whistle blowers, of course, will be dutifully dealt with making an example for others. Most of the masses – worried about their jobs, promotions, benefits, and pensions – will ‘follow orders.’ The few who object and fail to conform to the dictated, carefully constructed ‘norm’ will be labeled ‘conspirators, crazies, fringe extremists, communists, queers, un-American and traitors’, etc. This has always worked down through the centuries – it’s the old herd instinct. Identified as ‘other’ has those protesting or objecting marked as ‘other’ and therefore blackballed, to be avoided and shunned. Nobody wants to be labeled ‘other’ – not in group-think. That would make him or her much like the mad cow discovered in a dairy herd – a turd in the punchbowl of society.