Lady K is obviously beginning to understand the USian fantasy of “our democracy” has become the most self-destructive Big Lie in our species’ history. But her mindful astuteness – the acknowledgement of total defeat that is the essential precursor to effective action – tragically remains that of a tiny minority oppressed to futility by Moron Nation’s Moronic Majority.
For the past year I have hoped – foolishly it turns out – that some Trump/Pence Regime atrocity would finally provoke enough outrage that We the (ever-more-subjugated) People would at last pull our heads out of the sands of denial and recognize USian democratic process has in bitter truth been dead since 22 November 1963. But the far more hideous truth is we are such craven cowards, we steadfastly, even fanatically refuse to acknowledge the lesson of abject powerlessness so painfully obvious in the eight-decade succession of fascist (aka Neoliberal) victories that have afflicted us since the end of World War II – the most recent of which is the Federal Communication Commission’s sneering reduction of the Internet to nothing more than another element in the Capitalist propaganda machine.
Though only Marxists and a very few genuinely honest historians dare admit it, we of the 99 Percent are also sorely victimized by the destruction of the Soviet Union, which despite the USSR’s failure to create the worker’s paradise to which it aspired, was nevertheless our sole (and soul) defense against the infinitely murderous savagery of unrestricted Capitalism. As a result, global Capitalism is well into the final stages of its inevitable metamorphosis into fascism – into theocratic JesuNazism here in the imperial homeland – and without the courage and determination of a Red Army to protect us from the serial-killer malevolence of the Capitalists and their political, professional and executive puppets, the terrible downpressing weight of our shackles long ago become overwhelming. That’s why even the white population is cowed to abject submissiveness by justifiable fear of the empire’s police-state terrorism.
Thus, precisely as our masters have concluded, We the People will do nothing more allegedly revolutionary than participate in the pro forma sorts of protests that like the failed efforts to save net neutrality or halt genocide by tax “reform” merely underscore the uselessness and therefore pointlessness of protest already proven useless by the regime’s oft-protested but defiantly, relentlessly perpetrated atrocities against women and minorities. Now in the form of the far more devastating program of genocide disguised as tax “reform” and the total suppression of freedom of information and discussion implicit in the death of the Internet, our overlords are grinding our faces in the reeking dungheap of tyranny and corruption beneath which they have buried all our humanitarian aspirations.
In this context the end of net neutrality is scarcely more than a capstone victory for the forces that long ago began reducing us to de facto serfdom and/or slavery. As members of the 99 Percent, we are already a totally conquered, totally subjugated population. The FCC decision, like its companion Congressional tax proposal, should obliterate any remaining doubt as to our true plight – that our opinions are of no more significance to our overlords than the opinions of plantation slaves were to their antebellum masters 151 years ago. Our “sweet land of liberty” – a realm rightfully infamous for its white-supremacist exclusion of racial and ethnic minorities and its patriarchal exclusion of females and sexual minorities – no longer exists even as an oft-scorned ideal. To reiterate a point that cannot be made too often, our liberty has been slain by our Capitalist overlords and their vassals to facilitate global Capitalism’s inevitable transition to global fascism and to theocratic, most likely apocalyptic JesuNazism here in the USian Homeland. That is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth of our circumstances, and with the Internet now as subjugated as the rest of the nation’s mass media, we are denied any means of organizing effective resistance even were we so inclined – which obviously we are not.
Symptomatic of the selfishly self-protective dementia that spawns our denial, the magnitude of our hopelessness is revealed by the spate of utterly nonsensical, woefully false reports with which we are deluged on the day after (another) of our total defeats, each report engendering false hopes (and the nosedive into permanently alienated depression the final refutation of such hopes invariably brings) by claiming the net neutrality fight is “not over.” Save for symbolic protests (which because of their already noted ineffectiveness are politically and historically meaningless), the fight is indeed over. As Lady K says, there are not enough votes in Congress to restore net neutrality (which would require two-thirds majorities in both houses to overcome the veto of whichever JesuNazi ends up wielding the imperial scepter). And as I must add in support of her stance, even if there were sufficient congressional votes, the JesuNazi Gorsuch Supreme Court combines with JesuNazi domination of the lower courts – a prohibitive reality locked in place for at least the next 30 years – to guarantee any such legislation (or any judicial quest for such remedies) will be defeated.
Thus the notion the net neutrality fight is “not over” is not just a falsely comforting Big Lie, the clandestine purpose of which is to discourage any sort of genuinely revolutionary thinking. It is also a selfishly self-protective delusion deliberately intended to relieve each of us of any individual responsibility for reflecting on the fact literally all the (sorely limited) democratic processes that sustained the imperial homeland in the past have now been rendered nonfunctional and are therefore not only obsolete but meaningless. Hope in such a context becomes not only folly but an ultimate act of suicidal blindness, rather like knowing a venomous serpent has slithered into your sleeping bag but bedding down there anyway because you are more afraid of the temporary discomfort of a chilly night than you are of the deadly fangs of some intruding viper.
The ultimate lesson – the very lesson too many of us are obviously too deluded to ever learn – is that we are no less conquered and subjugated than the people of France were after the German Nazi conquest of 1940. Like the World War II French, we will eventually be tyrannized by our Capitalist slave-masters to an extent most of us cannot at present imagine. But unlike the French, our unbridgeable and ever-more-violently expressed divisions of race, gender, sexuality and religion combine with our infantile clinging to the monumental deception of “our democracy” to deny us even a fraction of the solidarity and insight prerequisite to mounting any effective resistance. In short, before we can begin to climb out of the cesspool in which we are being drowned, we must first recognize the true depth of our powerlessness. But our inability to do so is repeatedly confirmed by our collective history – especially our pathetically submissive response to the long decade of political murders, 1963-1974, that prefaced our present-day fate.
Thus it is increasingly improbable we will ever do anything more than (continue to) surrender to the One Percenters and their Ruling Class vassals, all the while hiding our surrender behind demonstrations and petitions and pseudo-Left election campaigns that are emotionally fulfilling but politically amount to nothing more than the proverbial farts in a windstorm. Meanwhile we are ruled by an ever-more-brazenly omnipotent cabal of Capitalist despots which, let us not forget (and as irrefutably proven by the Obama years and the outcome of the 2016 presidential election), most assuredly includes the Democratic (sic) Party. Thus too our submissiveness will always be encouraged by some variation on the meme the fight is “not over,” never mind the increasingly undeniable likelihood our subjugation is forever – whether the “forever” is defined by our species’ extinction in thermonuclear apocalypse that reduces Earth to a bug planet, or by the somewhat slower process of total environmental collapse that will in the long run prove just as terminally deadly.
Indeed the question of our survival may already be moot. The mysterious advent of patriarchy was more than anything else our species’ declaration of matricidal hatred not just for the female gender but for Mother Nature herself, and while the Earth Mother is demonstrably tolerant of her children’s misbehavior, she has no room in her household for those who, like the Abrahamic religionists, perpetually declare themselves her enemies. With the probability of our species’ extermination now weaponized by the JesuNazis’ life-hating, better-dead-than-Red yearning for the malignantly sexless oblivion they call “heaven,” the inevitability of apocalypse approaches 100 percent. Our choice was never socialism or barbarism; it is and always has been socialism or extinction. And with the advent of JesuNazi control of the Empire, extinction has a gained commanding lead so overwhelming that it, like its microcosmic representation in the murder of the Internet, will never be overcome save by the (infinitely improbable) occurrence of a genuine miracle.
Some of us, myself included, will undoubtedly fight on as best we can. As for me personally, at this writing only three months and nine days away from my 78th birthday and afflicted by all the life-threatening physical disabilities engendered by congestive heart failure, I will no doubt be among the first victims of the Trump/Pence Regime’s deliberately genocidal “reforms” of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – a euphemism-cloaked brand of murder by abandonment the Democrats themselves have repeatedly endorsed. But now after the FCC has enabled our Capitalist overlords to banish us from the Internet, destroying our social-media networks and thereby imprisoning us in isolated silence, all of us who dare continue to resist the JesuNazi juggernaut will do so knowing – as did the indescribably courageous Soviet men, women and children who died defending Fortress Brest against the German Nazi onslaught – that our greater cause is lost, and that the very best to which we can now aspire is our own individual and collective refusal to disgrace and dishonor ourselves by submission to the moral imbecility (and therefore absolute Evil) of our conquerors.