I don't know why I bother. You guys (and yes, the majority of you have a Y chromosome) never listen to me anyway. But, being a pacifist, I feel compelled to do the best I can to ensure that the transition to a post-hierarchical world is as bloodless as possible, so I continue to try.
You think I'm indulging in hyperbole.
I don't. I think that en route to a world in which power is decoupled from wealth and invested in community, we will see some violence, and if it escalates not even your wealth will be able to prevent some of the consequences from being very painful for you.
Let's start with the fundamentals:
I am trying to be as clear as possible, here. Whether it is denial or ignorance or a need to whistle in the dark, you are in uncharted territory, and you don't even know it. So read carefully:
1. It does not matter that you control the monopolistic media congloms. The propaganda you are trying to catapult with these once-powerful tools is now irrelevant. You have lost control of communications. To regain it, you would have to shut down the grid that supports your wealth and keeps you safe. You cannot do this. We have our own channels of communication and we know how to use them. Better than you and your paid helots, shills, and hacks in the Old Media world. The balance has tipped. You cannot put this genie back in the bottle.
2. You cannot divide and conquer. You have no one to blame for this but yourselves. You chose to predate too indiscriminately and to do too much damage to the food chain that supported you. It may be difficult for you to hear this message from inside the bubble of paid flaks, sycophants, and enablers with which your power has encysted you. Nevertheless, if you wish to take any kind of constructive action, you would do well to pay attention, not to the "conventional wisdom" bleated at you by the crumbling shell of the "establishment," but to the voices in the streets.
3. You cannot "take out" our leaders. You cannot co-opt them. You cannot corrupt them. You cannot de-fang them with character assassination. You cannot lock them all up and silence them. You cannot buy them, bury them, or bait them into self-destruction. THERE ARE NO "LEADERS" in the sense you understand. That is what this revolution is about. The old model of "leadership" has failed. A new model is being shaped right under your unheeding noses, and it will take another generation or more for you to develop strategies to counter and/or control it.
4. The application of force will not help you. It will help us. See #1, above. We will not buy the spin your mouthpieces put on it if blood is shed. We will believe, not the spokesdrones and newsdroids, but the evidence that we, ourselves, will collect and review and examine. Dogs, firehoses, pepper spray and other "crowd control" measures will not make us go away. They might possibly overcome our best efforts to keep the revolution peaceful, but the results of that will not benefit you. Quite the opposite.
What, then, are you to do?
You can make a choice. This revolution is, at a core level, about the de-coupling of wealth and power. You may accumulate wealth, but you may not use it to control and degrade and deny those without wealth their basic human dignity and their share in self-government.
No matter how this revolution plays out, I can promise you this: Assuming you survive, you will never have less than one vote: your own. We may take away your ability to buy, subvert, or negate the votes of others with guile and deception and bribery and force. But we will not take away YOUR vote. You will have the exact same freedom that the daughter of a Latino field worker has to influence public process. You will have the same voice as the son of a Native American single mother on Red Lake reservation. You will play on a level field with a young Filipino-American college graduate and a gay African-American artist. If you accumulate or retain wealth in such conditions, good for you. Congratulations. Enjoy your yacht. It will no longer buy you the ability to control the infrastructure and social compact that support all of us, but you are welcome to it. Have fun.
Well, that will be a little more problematic for you. Because the way the revolution is playing out, no one will have much power, but everyone will have some power. Those who have more than others will have it, not because they are able to buy or bully their way to the top, but because their work, their actions, as seen by ALL OF US on a naked, uncontrolled media stage, result in all of us being better off, more free, more powerful, healthier, more secure-- we and our children and our grandchildren. This is not a thing you will be able to deceive us about. You no longer have control of the message, remember?
So, Beloved Oligarchs, it is time to strategize. The harder you try to hang on to wealth AND power, the more you will lose.
The way to retain wealth is to give up power.
The way to accumulate what power it will be possible to accumulate, is to relinquish wealth and pour it into building a new, just, equitable social structure that benefits everyone.
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