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Robert Scheer writes: "A 'working class hero,' John Lennon told us in his song of that title, 'is something to be/ Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV/ And you think you're so clever and classless and free/ But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see.' The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy."

Worker-protesters marching to the Wisconsin State Capitol, 02/26/11. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Worker-protesters marching to the Wisconsin State Capitol, 02/26/11. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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+11 # mtnview 2011-04-06 08:51
" the authors of our demise are equally marked as Democrats and Republicans".
Anyone who supports either party is complicit in their crimes against the people. Organize, vote for a minor party, to send a warning that we are no longer captive to the message of the Reps or Dems. Then re-organize in your communities, begin with a list of resources available, stop paying all nationalized bills (mortgages, insurance premiums to life, car, or health insurers, credit cards) move your money to local credit unions. Actively work with your local sherrif or police department, shop locally, and start your garden now. We can starve the beast if we work together. The longer we wait, the greater the oppression.
 
 
+2 # common sense 2011-04-06 21:39
Exactly,

Its rather simple. Remember the squirts who used to promote themselves to 'class president' in high school? Did they seem particularly god-like or post-Olympian to you at the time? Did they seem eternally above succombing to the well-crafted and persistent dreams & schemes of "the captains of finance, their lobbyists, and allies among leading politicians of both parties"? Probably not.

Its rather simple. THEY (elected politicians) have succumbed. They (Republicans & Democrats) have left us. It is just common sense that we should therefore complete the break by leaving them- that is if we're not "Stockholm Syndrome" of abused women and children.

We don't need John Lennon to tell us the game (and its players) is rigged- though it is a nice and wise song. We ALL (despite their efforts) have that voice within us, somewhere- some closer to the top than others. Let it be. Who cares what (abjectly) brainwashed people think? They'll come around eventually (ok for some, maybe the next lifetime).
 
 
+17 # BradFromSalem 2011-04-06 08:58
Also by John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth
" I’m sick and tired of hearing things From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics. All I want is the truth. Just gimme some truth. I’ve had enough of reading things. By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians. All I want is the truth. Just gimme some truth"

When significant portion of a nation's wealth is taken out of general circulation. That wealth loses its ability to generate general growth. And as that circulationg population gets smaller, the ability for growth generation shrinks.

Other than Bernie Sanders, can someone give me the truth?
 
 
+2 # rock 2011-04-08 08:29
Couple of really inspirational role models there, John Lennon and Bernie Sanders. Is that really where you look for truth?
 
 
-17 # Alturn 2011-04-06 09:21
The 'peasants' need to know that all the answers and support they need can be found in their heart. If we but came from our hearts and acted on what we found there the world would become a vastly different, loving and beautiful place.

"The last time He came, He was nailed to a cross. This time He cannot yet be found, but that does not mean He is afraid. “I cannot be destroyed”, the Master has told the politicians. “My army is everywhere, in every nation and individual, for I am in the hearts of one and all.”"
- World Teacher Maitreya through an associate as reported in Share International
 
 
+14 # Adoregon 2011-04-06 09:43
The peasants need awareness more than pitchforks. To understand how the American plantation is rigged, read:
"The Rich and the Super Rich: A Study in the Power of Money Today" by Ferdinand Lundberg. This meticulously researched and sourced work is as relevant today as it was when published in the late 1960s.
Don't get hung up in the myriad details, look for the patterns of control.
Savvy up!!
 
 
+26 # fredboy 2011-04-06 10:01
The problem is most peasants I know don't have the heart for the fight.

They won't even speak up. They just--I'm so sorry to mention this -- whine. Let's be honest, most don't give a rat’s ass when people whine about anything. So pick a new tactic.

Try this: Reach down in your ancestral soul and grab some courage. Every one of you had courageous ancestors. Their courage took them through wars, plagues, slavery, and Lord knows what else and they survived and even raised kids who survived.

So quit whining and stand up and speak out, or shut the hell up. If you are not brave enough to enter the ring and throw some punches quit whining about the likely outcome of the fight.
 
 
+9 # winstonbernard 2011-04-06 11:15
Amen, brother! Lack of courage and excess of fragmentation is what we lack.
 
 
+16 # fhunter 2011-04-06 10:10
Mr. Sheer is right, we going straight in to PLUTOCRACY. The tragedy is that all this could have been prevented, if we had a President who punished the bankster crooks and bailed out the hard working, honest citizens, not the other way around!
 
 
+9 # Capn Canard 2011-04-06 10:11
Got my pitchfork and I am with the peasants. The Dems will not help us, they are too busy trying to make themselves look good to the wealthy in this race to the bottom. Considering that we all the disinformation we have to overcome, that is disinformation that is promoted by the MSM, I fail to see the U.S.A. ever emerging out of this cesspool. In fact, I can only see it only getting worse before it gets better.
 
 
+4 # terre 2011-04-06 14:13
Quoting Capn Canard:
Got my pitchfork and I am with the peasants. The Dems will not help us, they are too busy trying to make themselves look good to the wealthy in this race to the bottom. Considering that we all the disinformation we have to overcome, that is disinformation that is promoted by the MSM, I fail to see the U.S.A. ever emerging out of this cesspool. In fact, I can only see it only getting worse before it gets better.

So what you are saying is that this whole mess is the Democrats fault?
Tell me, what planet were you living on between 2000 and 2009?
2009 is when Obama inherited the mess Bush and Cheney made. Bush even made the comment that it will be up to the next president to get this country out of the mess bush made.
 
 
-20 # e urdanoff 2011-04-06 10:21
ir we levied all the taxes you suggest, richie rich would simply move to Bora
bora; there are not enough taxes in the world to pay for our gov't and the all the goodiesd it promises as bait to stay in power
 
 
+5 # lisa d. 2011-04-06 15:17
Quoting e urdanoff:
ir we levied all the taxes you suggest, richie rich would simply move to Bora
bora; there are not enough taxes in the world to pay for our gov't and the all the goodiesd it promises as bait to stay in power


let them go, then! most of us are sick of their cr*p already ... and if they DO move to Bora Bora, they should give up their American citizenship, too!!!
 
 
-9 # Glen 2011-04-06 16:36
I think you are right, e urdanoff. I'm not sure why you have minus points. Our government is floating on air and dragging citizens along behind. Air is about all that is holding it up.

The wealthy know exactly how to deal, and yes, they would head for the hills if threatened with taxes.
 
 
+11 # liberalman 2011-04-06 11:16
Am in total agreement with Mr. Scheer's words..but..how does the average citizen go about righting this inequality? Picketing a bank or voting for this guy instead of that guy accomplishes nothing. The mass movement of the anti-Vietnam & civil rights marchers are needed now to add pressure to the politicians to start taxing the wealthiest & the corporations at a fair share. The GOP's blatant war on the middle class should be a wake up call for us to take our countries purse strings back. The capitulation of the Democrats to the loud voices of the Tea Bag contingent must be changed to reflect the still widening gap of income inequality.
Mad as hell but frustrated as to an avenue of rebellion.
 
 
+12 # DPM 2011-04-06 11:59
The "Rebellion" begins with each of us. We all have the ability to change things when we spread idea's and deeds. One protest doesn't change anything, but as they grow and spread, things can change.
As for me...most of my money is now in a credit union, I am paying off my credit cards with the goal of not having any. I have participated in 3 protest marches in the last month. I have gotten others to do the same and have gotten still others, usually uninformed and uncaring people, interested and paying attention. I boycott certain items. Not much, but I'm willing to do more. I engage anyone, that will listen, in conversation about our plight and what we have to do to change it. And, to make myself feel even better, I whine as well.
If anyone has some more idea's, I'm listening.
 
 
+3 # michelle 2011-04-06 16:38
amen, DPM, amen. Sounds like you are making good progress especially if you are involving others. I would add turn off the TV, support alternative news sources (RSN for example) and comment liberally. I am shopping at local farmer's markets and growing what I can in the yard. I have stopped consuming all non-essentials like clothing.
 
 
+3 # MidwestTom 2011-04-06 12:47
This country was very successful prior to having a Central Bank, and a Federal Reserve, and their power was limited until we left the gold standard. Eliminate the Department of Energy. Make it clear that there will NO MORE bailouts. As an example of banking power one company with 114 employees reported a $400 million profit for the last quarter---try to do that in any other industry. If Washington had let the banks fail the playing field would be more level today.
 
 
+1 # 3rdM-3rdE 2011-04-06 21:49
Quoting MidwestTom:
This country was very successful prior to having a Central Bank, and a Federal Reserve, and their power was limited until we left the gold standard. Eliminate the Department of Energy. Make it clear that there will NO MORE bailouts. As an example of banking power one company with 114 employees reported a $400 million profit for the last quarter---try to do that in any other industry. If Washington had let the banks fail the playing field would be more level today.


Yes of course, exept for one point. The GOLD STANDARD is easily rigged (perhaps even more easily than 'Federal' Reserve [Cartel] fiat), by those who simple control the quantity of it. It would be the same game (unaccountable financial power dominating society) with a different color (gold instead of green) for "Simon Says."

Someone has to control the QUANTITY of money in society. The question is should they be accountable or unaccountable? Accountable means "public", and I think we should start getting used to that idea.
 
 
+10 # todd williams 2011-04-06 13:09
Boycott something. Hmmmmm. I did grapes in the late 60's to support the UFW and Caesar Chavez. I still won't buy gas at BP stations. I grow organic food, raise chickens, cut my debt to nearly nothing except a small mortgage, drive a clean car. I vote for all the liberls I can find. Now what do I do? Who do i revolt against? I know two guys that are Repugs. Do I attack them or the local Repug office? Maybe I should march like I did against the Vietnam War. I'm frustrated, people. I WANT ANSWERS> WHAT THE HELL DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO?
 
 
+6 # terre 2011-04-06 14:21
Quoting todd williams:
Boycott something. Hmmmmm. I did grapes in the late 60's to support the UFW and Caesar Chavez. I still won't buy gas at BP stations. I grow organic food, raise chickens, cut my debt to nearly nothing except a small mortgage, drive a clean car. I vote for all the liberls I can find. Now what do I do? Who do i revolt against? I know two guys that are Repugs. Do I attack them or the local Repug office? Maybe I should march like I did against the Vietnam War. I'm frustrated, people. I WANT ANSWERS> WHAT THE HELL DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO?


VOTE BOEHNER AND THE TEA PARTY OUT OF OFFICE,
 
 
+2 # DPM 2011-04-06 16:11
Keep doing what you're doing! Tell everyone what you're doing, and do what "terre" suggests. That's a good start.
 
 
+5 # michelle 2011-04-06 16:30
I am rereading the Grapes of Wrath and find it even more relevant than ever. A small quote sums up our options.
"and the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed. The great owners ignored the three cries of history. The land fell into fewer hands, the number of the dispossessed increased, and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression. The money was sent for arms, for gas to protect the great holdings, and spies were sent to catch the murmuring of revolt so that it might be stamped out. The changing economy was ignored, plans for the change ignored; and only means to destroy revolt were considered, while the causes of revolt went on."
 
 
+6 # wfalco 2011-04-06 18:14
Perhaps the time is arriving where people stop playing it safe and start saying how they really feel. But besides the civil rights movement and the Vietnam protests in the 60's what recent example can we look at as a means to our end?
Historically it seems the young (particularly college students and African Americans) had to lead or be the focal point for a movement to take hold of a country. Is there a youth movement willing to step to the forefront.? If there is I haven't seen it. I suspect most article responders here and at similar sites are mostly 45-70 years old. Are we going to lead this revolt?
 
 
+2 # 3rdM-3rdE 2011-04-06 21:54
Rebellions fail
Revolts mixed bag
Revolutions win (real and lasting change/improvem ents); this is mostly because they have well thought out ideas.
 
 
+2 # angelfish 2011-04-06 19:38
"The rich get rich and the poor have children". THAT is the problem. People have so little pleasure in life that all they can look forward to is a little love and affection from a significant other, usually resulting in more hungry, disaffected, ANGRY children who turn into Anarchists. The cycle continues and NOTHING is ever fixed. WHY don't they see that sharing only a little of the wealth could be worth a FORTUNE in good will and higher productivity? WHY should anyone strive to better himself when the deck is so heavily stacked against him? Unwilling or too ignorant to learn from the past, these Mega-Wealthy "Me First-ers" will be totally overwhelmed when "le Deluge" washes over them. Hopefully, when it comes, it will wash them clean of their Greed and Selfishness. In reality, I doubt that it will.
 
 
+6 # BellBuoy 2011-04-07 09:07
Okay people, this is sounding good (you're all thinking!). I like the "beyond blame" messages and let's keep focusing on "what can we do". Yes; STARVE THE BEAST. Stop giving money to the Corporations and Elite (cut up those credit cards). Get involved in your communities. ORGANIZE. Grow your own food/secure your own water and power where possible. UNITE with all citizens: look for common ground, be willing to agree to disagree on the details. Then we must let the rich know, in no uncertain terms, what they stand to lose if they continue to wallow in their unlimited consumption. They will lose their security and be publicly shunned in their community, or worse. Let's keep working on all of this: YES!!!
 

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