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Thu Dec 4, 2014, 11:45 PM

Listen Up, You Oligarchs and Your Helots: It's a Stark Choice

It's also very simple.

We are reaching a tipping point. Enough "unimportant people" are finally pissed off to be demanding change in no uncertain terms. We believe:

  • Black lives matter
  • Our grandchildren should have a planet that supports human life
  • There really ARE alternatives to fossil fuels and they CAN make our lives better
  • Wall Street does nothing connected with us except steal from us
  • The terrorists who are hurting us most are already here in America-- and they wear suits
  • Who marries whom is a private affair between the parties concerned
  • Health insurance should not be another cover for stealing from us
  • Health care should focus on making us well, not keeping us sick for your profit
  • The outcome of our elections should be determined by our votes, not your money


We don't all believe all of these things with the same fervor or passion, but enough of us believe some or all of them with enough passion to demand change.

You have two options:

1. Stop the smash-and-grab raids, prepare to give up some of your ill-gotten gains, consolidate the rest and begin paying a share of the infrastructure and community expenses proportional to the gains you've wrested from it; or

2. Keep smashing and grabbing, clench tighter around control and try to keep change from happening.

Choose "1" and you'll get to keep some things you value, you'll still be more or less at the top of the food chain, and you'll live to steal again a couple of generations down the road.

Choose "2" and blood will flow. Some of it will be yours. No one will be able to predict the outcome, who will end up on top, who the new oppressors will be, how things will shake out. It's a risk.

That's the choice.

There is no option 3.

The time is growing short, and if you don't choose the choice will be made for you. Another risk.

prognosticatorially,
Bright

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Reply Listen Up, You Oligarchs and Your Helots: It's a Stark Choice (Original post)
TygrBright Dec 2014 OP
calimary Dec 2014 #1
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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 02:10 AM

1. This is QUITE eloquent, TygrBright!

Can't help myself. I like it. Sometimes I wonder, seriously, if we're not on the verge of this now.

Ralph Nader, for whom I lost all respect back during Selection 2000, still said something back then that really rang true. Sometimes things have to get really too horrible for people to be forced out of their apathy and laziness actually to get up and do something about it. Riot, protest, grab the pitchforks and torches, drag 'em out kicking and screaming into the town square, whatever. I wonder if we are close to reaching that breaking point. I think about that a lot. How much will the people be willing to stomach - before it just gets a little bit too horrendously bad? What will it take - finally - to move us off our collective butts? When will that critical mass happen? When will enough finally and really and truly be ENOUGH?

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Fri Dec 5, 2014, 02:17 AM

2. K/R

!!

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 02:37 AM

3. Dear .01 percent: your long-dreamt race war is On. But...

The races are uniting. And the war
Is on you.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Fri Dec 5, 2014, 03:19 AM

4. k/r

well stated. thank you.

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