Independence Day

 

As we head into Independence Day, I think it’s time for another revolution.

Not from England, silly, but from the feral elite who might as well be living in another country for all the ways in which their interests have diverged.

Our corporate media, which slavishly promotes the interests of the feral elite, will never state this obvious truth but it’s unmistakable.

Even our current villain de-jour, Vladimir Putin, has stated so in an unnoticed interview.

“What is happening in the West? What is the reason for the Trump phenomenon, as you said, in the US? What is happening in Europe as well? The ruling elites have broken away from the people. The obvious problem is the gap between the interests of the elites and the overwhelming majority of the people.

…We must never to forget that the purpose of the operation and existence of any government is to create a stable, normal, safe and predictable life for the people and to work towards a better future.”

Of course the wily Putin could be interfering in our precious democracy again but he makes an obvious point.

What’s amazing is that these used to be self-evident truths but we’ve gone so far down the rabbit-hole that now it sounds cray-cray.

It’s worth remembering the declaration that kicked the whole thing into gear.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Pretty radical stuff.

In this day and age we could certainly use more of that.

On that note, here’s a task for all the iconoclasts out there. While we celebrate with friends and fireworks and barbecue, contemplate how we can bring about another revolution by spreading radical notions like the Declaration of Independence.

Rogue journalist, Caitlin Johnstone, has a primer.

“If you want to pour your energy into making real change, and you want to make sure that your energy is as efficient and efficacious as possible, there is an easy target for you to fix your gaze on. Simply put all of your energy into getting dissident ideas into mainstream attention.

Stand in the public square and shove as many revolutionary ideas as far into the public spotlight as possible. Do it even if it means people you used to spend your time opposing start picking them up and using them. Do it with the goal of having your healthy anti-establishment ideas become the norm throughout your society. Do it with the goal of your worldview becoming conventional and boring. Do it with the intention of your activism becoming obsolete. Crave the absence of your own cool revolutionary self-image.

The goal of revolutionary political activism is to make revolutionary ideas so common that they become the new normal.”

Happy Independence Day!

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