Why would you think peaceful protest is effective ?
Looking back - I don’t see that it has been. And I go back aways - I was thirteen when JFK was murdered.
Denial is a strange thing - it seems omni-present, even on a ‘progressive’ alternate-news site like Common Dreams.
We want to feel good - that progress is being made - that’s natural. And optimism, or hope, is gold - no need for Cassandras or Jeremiahs - the need is for leaders, or perhaps men willing to fight.
“A man does what he must… and that is the basis for all morality”. (JFK, “Profiles in Courage”, 1956)
‘Divide and Conquer’, said Julius Caesar - but this strategy is much older than Caesar - it is as old as the hills, and that is what the deep state has done. But it is not as simple as all that, for many in the ranks of the middle class and the working class, let’s include the consumer class, the 0.01 percent, and more - the very fact that we have strayed from tribal egalitarianism into larger entities, civilization and now some purported world order - well, if you think about it - just having a class structure consigns us to the divide and conquer strategy - we have lost before we even begin to fight.
If true - then our response must be a return to egalitarianism, even with institutions as large as nations and the United Nations.
Why not - as Robert Kennedy was fond of saying.
Obviously, at least I think it is obvious if we emerge from our denial, is that WE are not in charge - never really have been - although we have been at times more necessary and real than at present - think the revolutionary war. But Jefferson pointed out that once the conflict was over - we would lose ourselves to the pursuit of money - i.e., what we have now, classes of various sorts - consumers all - as Chomsky has pointed out.
In fact, WE have all the tools necessary to change things drastically - but right now we are in shock, have been for five thousand years - and it will require an even greater shock to awaken us to our common tribal humanity - writ large - all humans on the one and only Earth.
Why not dream and think and plan big ? Leaders are easily disposed of.
The many - not so easily.
I have read Laudato Si by Pope Francis a couple of times now - though I am a secularist.
I have boiled his entire manuscript down to a couple of lines:
“There can be no renewal of our relationship with nature without a renewal of humanity itself.” (118 - Laudato Si)
If you really consider this - the Pope is saying that we have lost our relationship to nature, something I am as certian of as it is possible to be, and - we have lost our basic humanity - which I see is also true.
Luther Standing Bear, author of “Land of the Spotted Eagle”, a Lakota tribal chief, said this - which is in effect the exact same conclusion the Pope has reached:
“the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s soothing influence.”
I returned to the mountains after a long absence - as I, like many others, made a living.
Both the Pope and Luther Standing Bear are entirely correct.
But - I have seen also that, as I alluded to earlier, the enemy is not only the deep state - or the 0.1 percent - or the capitaist corporation and MIC - the enemy is present in numbers right beside us - in the white supremacist with the tattoos waving his confederate flag, in the suburbanite middle classmen who wannabe the 0.1 percent, in the working class man who buys a lottery ticket and watches football, in the football players themselves who accept the money, and on and on.
These people are willing to go over to the Star Wars dark side - who will stand for share and share alike - who - and when will we fight ?