End of a Disastrous Year

As I write, the death and torture by US personnel go on unabated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and in Guantanamo and the US black sites.  Israel, with US support, is slaughtering the poor people in Gaza whom they have been depriving of food, fuel, medicine, and other essentials.  The US blames the victims once again.  And this does not begin to look at the despair of many in Africa who suffer from US corporatism.

For me, the year has brought a slight increase in income, so I will be paying more in taxes.  It is horrible to me that I, just barely living above poverty level, will be paying the debt service on the “bailout” that is paying bonuses to those whose fraudulent activities have plunged the country and the world into economic chaos, as well as paying for the debt service on the torture and the wars.  I am not opposed to paying taxes, only to paying for crimes against humanity and fraud with tax money. 

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New  York Stock Exchange, the real center of the illegal US government

What this country badly needs is a tax revolt.  I have not the time nor the calling to lead that, but someone should.  Think what groups of us locally could do in the way of providing services and local income to our own if we did not pay taxes to our illegal and immoral regime.  Since this country has become a repressive state willing to wage war against its own citizens, this would not be something one would undertake lightly, but it might be well worth it.

In a recent article from Truthdig Chris Hedges quotes Orwell at length:

“Large sections of the middle class are being gradually proletarianized; but the important point is that they do not, at any rate not in the first generation, adopt a proletarian outlook,” Orwell wrote in 1937 during the last economic depression. “Here I am, for instance, with a bourgeois upbringing and a working-class income. Which class do I belong to? Economically I belong to the working class, but it is almost impossible for me to think of myself as anything but a member of the bourgeoisie. And supposing I had to take sides, whom should I side with, the upper class which is trying to squeeze me out of existence, or the working class whose manners are not my manners? It is probable that I, personally, in any important issue, would side with the working class. But what about the tens or hundreds of thousands of others who are in approximately the same position? And what about that far larger class, running into millions this time-the office-workers and black-coated employees of all kinds-whose traditions are less definite middle class but who would certainly not thank you if you called them proletarians? All of these people have the same interests and the same enemies as the working class. All are being robbed and bullied by the same system. Yet how many of them realize it? When the pinch came nearly all of them would side with their oppressors and against those who ought to be their allies. It is quite easy to imagine a working class crushed down to the worst depths of poverty and still remaining bitterly anti-working-class in sentiment; this being, of course, a ready-made Fascist party.”   Read the rest of the article here.

I also saw a report of the work of a Russian university professor who predicts that the US will experience a civil war triggered by economic and moral collapse and break up into sections that will be gobbled up by stronger countries like China and Russia.  I won’t link that article, for it seems very extreme, though not so much as it would have been even a short while ago.

For myself, I will continue to work for peace and justice and to look for alternatives to the current abysmal political options here.

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