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Methink We Protest…

If I were inclined to despotism, and in a position to indulge it, I would observe, with no slight amusement, the marches and protests for this, or that, self-identified fraction of the population demanding ‘equality’ and/or fairness of treatment by those who created the very systemic inequalities which they endure.

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Each ‘pop’ of tear gas, each baton charge, every broken shop window and every appalled tweet and minute of shaky, grainy phone footage would draw from me a wry, patronising grin.

Because none of it makes the slightest difference to what I had done, nor what I plan to do next.

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Does the farmer listen to the bleating of the herds as they are driven to market?

Does the trawler-man get a pang of conscience at the shuddering, flapping mountain of profit filling his hold?

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Tomorrow, the farmer and the fisherman will have fatter wallets and yesterdays flapping and bleating will be lost to the sound of frying and, soon thereafter, forgotten.

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If all you are going to do, as I openly add another link to your chains, is gather together and bleat between lines of my private, militarised bodyguards, then I have nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.

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Firstly, as powerful and effective as you might think your mini-uprising might seem in that moment – as sure as you might feel in the potency your ‘unified’ voices, witty placards and eye-catching costumes to change the world and force your masters to capitulate – by next week, it will have all but vanished from public consciousness and another group will be pursuing another, similar agenda in exactly the same way, in precisely the same streets and being dealt with in the same way.

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Social media battlegrounds will resound with a call-to-arms to fellow SIWs (Single Issue Warriors) and all the trolls, whether paid or just in it for the fun, will crawl out from under their collective bridges to mob the loudest ‘bleaters’ while the establishment media will point it out as an example of how these selfish and disruptive minority elements always try to spoil it for ‘normal’ people and that this is why ‘these people’ are marginalised in the first place and how they should be thankful that they live in a country that allows them the freedom they are exercising in such a wanton manner. Ungrateful plebs.

And then it won’t be mentioned again unless cherry-picked moments are required as a negative example of ‘disruptive elements’ and/or ‘too much freedom’ being allowed.

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As for the ‘politi-corp’ reaction…

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Well, the play book offers more than one choice, here. Some more common ones are: ignore, condemn or usurp.

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Ignoring is often the first tactic. Let it play out and rely on the previously described process to do its work. Populations forget very quickly.

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Condemning works if those who work for you, (i.e. est. media), do their jobs correctly. Denigrate the participants: “a minority of malcontents”, “agitators”, etc.

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Deny the reason for the cause: “Change takes time and look at how far we’ve come already and all the improvements on this issue under my leadership! These are just agitators employed by my (our) enemies, living in the past and trying to stir things up!”

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Usurp: “My tenure has seen huge improvements on this very issue, yet my (our) opponents make it difficult to make real change. Perhaps, if I could enact law X, I would have greater power to make the changes needed. Support me and I can go further.”

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So, all rather dark and doomy so far, yes?

Sure, we can gather to protest.

It’s all part of, (and, indeed, the essence of), democracy to gather and voice our wishes to those we chose to represent us.

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Why, then, is it now commonplace that ‘gathering’ is regarded, portrayed and prepared for as a threat-level event and any ‘peaceful’ part sabotaged by paid agitators and the selective focus of establishment media?

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Why are unified voices choked by tear gas and pepper spray?

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How many of those achieving the power to steer the course of our society are actually chosen by we, the people?

And when did the dynamic of them, supposedly, representing us, switch to us serving or, at least submitting to, their agendas?

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Why are the previously ‘inalienable’ rights to free-speech/expression, assembly, protest, self-defence and privacy under such concerted assault at this time?

If you harbour any belief that the curtailing of these rights ‘protect’ you, then I pray you haven’t, and won’t, be having children.

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The fact that we have only the ‘democratic rights’ allowed us by those who rule us, makes the term ‘democratic’ somewhat redundant, don’t you think?

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You see, the despots-that-are have finally learned just how fickle and forgetful, not to mention gullible, the ‘bewildered herd’ really are.

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For those who choose to look and those who have been paying attention, it appears that they hardly even bother to pretend to have altruistic, humanitarian or honourable motives any more. It seems they can get away with just about anything, impose any freedom-stifling law, commit the most heinous atrocities in plain sight of the entire world and get away with it, grinning smugly to each other.

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Because all they will get, at best, is a couple of days of outraged tweets from precisely the same bunch of people every time, (and they will deal with them, eventually).

Then, they go on national television, do a bit of PR and all is forgiven/forgotten. Because the next ‘thing’ will have happened to grab that brief, four-and-a-half-minute attention span and ‘outrage’ of the ‘normals’.

Rinse and repeat.

Ever onward and downward.

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So, if ‘marching’ makes scant difference, what would?

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Well, as always, I want to point out that I have no pretence to ‘guru-ship’. I speak from decades of experience of just being fallible, old me, warts an’ all.

And, while I loathe games of ‘compare the scars’, (or, as Paul Simon puts it: “…step out occasionally and speculate who has been damaged the most.”), I have been through some pretty shitty times and trials in my life – one or two of which were distinctly life-threatening.

I look at this world and the overall, general situation we are in and try to think of solutions I could propose or be a part of that my own children, and theirs, might thank me for when (if) I am remembered in later years.

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Here’s a thought:

If ‘they’ don’t fear us walking about in groups, waving placards and chanting; if they don’t worry about a few thousand retweets exposing their nefarious schemes, what do they fear?

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I think the only power they have is our commitment to play the game by their rules; our complicity in, and consent to the role they expect us to play in the world they have worked so patiently to create for themselves.

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What would happen if we finally realised that, instead of being outraged at how we, as individual women/blacks/gays/Moslem/middle-class, white males, etc., were being treated, we, all of us, however we identified ourselves, were being played by a bunch of self-serving shysters who get to operate their scams only through our constant disunity as human beings.

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We fail ourselves, as thinking, feeling, conscious, worthy human beings precisely because we won’t extend the courtesy of thinking of ‘others’ as worthy of the same consideration.

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When we take up the issues of identity politics, we ignore the fact that the causes of our discontent have common roots with those of other ‘identities’ crying for their, equally valid, slice of the pie.

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In essence, if we have to have ‘identity politics’, how about we all identify as The Scammed’ – those who the giggling elites have been playing like a fiddle for centuries. All of us.

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If we could do that – if we could unite and realise the potential awakening of this huge, combined group of human beings of every ‘identity’, then we could, together, truly bring about phenomenal, unprecedented changes.

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Imagine the impact, for example, of the threat of a truly worldwide, multi-million-strong, boycott of a multi-national corporation’s product. Just one day’s worth.

Imagine, even, the impact on the exports of an entire country or state if its exports were left to rot on supermarket shelves.

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Look at what those who would enslave you value and need the most: money and consent.

Withdrawal and disengagement by enough human beings in united purpose, even for twenty-four hours, would impact them more profoundly than all the marches, all the banners, chants and ‘colourful’ costumes and all the social-media rants ever employed to bring about change.

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With such numbers, success would be guaranteed and change, inevitable.

The issue, the real challenge, would be to awaken enough people and unite as human beings and trusting that we all have basic, common needs and desires.

And, in realising this spirit, peripheral agendas will, naturally, take care of themselves.

  1. Jake BrittainJake Brittain01-30-2017

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  2. W.S. DanteW.S. Dante02-01-2017

    Quite. There is a great deal I agree with here. Thank you.
    Ref. the blog piece you very kindly quoted, I attempt to address the specific futility of, (as you illustrate very well), the utterly hysterical outrage against specifics – symptoms, if you will – brought about, or exacerbated, by the political circus we have ‘enjoyed’ now for several decades..
    Or, perhaps, instead of ‘enjoyed’, I should say, ‘come to deserve’.
    Because my point, I think, is that we fail to achieve very much while we act from blinkered, partisan pockets against single individual initiatives or issues which only impact us, personally.
    It’s no longer just a rigged game; it’s an entire Las Vega casino. And complaining about the game you are sat in won’t alter the entirely self-serving and corrupt ethos of the company that runs the business.
    However, a mass walkout by the punters, awakened to this fact, would have a huge impact.

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