This is some of what we are up against: 1) we are living in a fascist empire. Face it. This isn't just a recent development in which the right wing has gained the upper hand temporarily. The history of the USA is this: a country rises to global dominance based on three epic campaigns of genocide - eradication of over 95% of the indigenous population of this land.... enslavement and murder of 400,000,000 or more people from Africa... and the current pogrom of economic and military war against the poor of the world (including, but not limited to, the killing of 2,000,000 or more people in South East Asia from the 1950's-1970's, the use of death squads and paramilitary campaigns to maintain US hegemony throughout this hemisphere, repression of anti-colonialism in Africa, "humanitarian intervention" in Bosnia and Kosovo, Afghanistan, Indonesia, The Philippines... and Iraq). 2) This is truly a bipartisan effort. If you are pinning your hopes on the Democratic Party to save you, then you are waiting in vain. Democrats are just as complicit in all those crimes against humanity as are the Republicans. Both parties have the same philosophy of global dominance and both will use and have used all repressive forces at their disposal to ensure that trend continues. They work together folks. The only difference is perhaps this: in recent history it has been the Republicans who push the boundaries of what the empire can get away with, and when they meet resistance at home the democrats will step in to calm everyone down long enough to consolidate the power that has been gained. 3) The stakes in this fight could not be any higher. While these fascists plow forward with their global piracy, they are ignoring very real problems or actively sabotaging struggles to overcome them. Two big items come to mind. First is the spiraling global ecology. The empire's mad obsession with black gold has led us to brink of runaway global warming. Combined with that is the mass extinction event rivaling the end of the dinosaur age that is currently ongoing and unarguably our fault. Second is the end of the oil age. Rather that pursue real alternatives to fossil fuel as the lifeblood of civilization, the empire has decided to stave off oil starvation by conquering any and all nations with oil reserves.
So how have we been fighting this monster?
Well there are the street marches and protests. I've been there with you. Has it helped? No.
There have been the political campaigns. John Kerry. Get out the vote. Did it help? No. George Bush never had any intention of allowing a change of power. And I question whether the Democrats ever wanted to win either. First they chose a figurehead in John Kerry who is as status quo as you get, then he concedes the election as fast as possible, well before the votes are even counted.
Now it's the Recount. Recount! Recount! Recount! Do you really think that is going to help either? Can you imagine George Bush saying, "Gee, it looks like there really was a lot of fraud going on here. Maybe I should do the decent thing and hand over the presidency." Meanwhile John Kerry sits on $52 million rather than use it for legal battles.
We're spinning our wheels here people. We are well past the point of being able to reform this Beast. The time for that was 200 years ago. I advocate real revolutionary change. Not guns and masks, or rocks and bricks. That would be just as futile. The enemy has nukes and tanks and bombers. Besides, history has shown that violent revolution only results in just another brutal regime. Without exception. As I see it, there is one and only one solution. Massive, non-violent Gandhi style revolution. But let's face it, right now the masses are too blind to see what is going on. Maybe... maybe when the goon squads start rounding up millions of US citizens, then they will start to wake up. Right now they are content to think of those who have been rounded up as deserving of it. So what am I doing in light of all this? The only thing I can: live as ethically as I can, inform myself as much as possible, help others to do this as well.
Meanwhile this is what I really see happening: the empire will eventually collapse under the weight of its own hubris. The dollar is collapsing. The mighty US military is not as mighty as it would like to believe. The rest of the world is quietly lining up against the US. This week, Russia, China, India and Brazil formed a coalition together that can be seen in no other terms than an anti-US alliance.
Whatever happens, this is my one hope: that if we (the human species) can ultimately and collectively pull our heads out of our asses, that it won't be too little too late. That there is still an atmosphere to breathe, a food chain that hasn't been permanently broken by habitat destruction and bioengineering, and more selfishly, that my two children will survive me .