The Six Percent Solution Illusion
In less than a month, a small number of Americans will trek to the polling stations and vote for their preferred mobster, pederast, and warmonger, or all of the above. Oddly, millions of Americans believe their mobster, pederast, and warmonger is better than likewise in another district or state, and thus, once again, the criminal incumbency will thrive for another poisonous cycle, inflicting yet more damage on this former republic, now a unitary decidership.
Lord Acton was right, of course, when he declared: Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But let us dispense with run-of-the-mill clichés. Absolute power bears vile fruit because we, the people, allow it to do so. Most of us simply don’t care enough to exert the needed degree of effort to change this situation. Most of us are unaware of the fact the country was long ago compromised by corporatism and authoritarianism. In order to proliferate, corporate authoritarianism—the very essence, as Mussolini knew, of fascism—is obliged to appoint the most depraved, immoral, unscrupulous, violent, and, indeed, psychopathic individuals to government office. Nero and Caligula presaged the fall of the Roman Empire. Bush and Hillary Clinton will do likewise with Pax Americana, the corporate empire.
In late Rome, the Praetorian Guard, the private army of the emperor, dominated the selection process of new leaders. In 186 A.D., the army strangled the newly appointed emperor and instituted the practice of selling the throne to the highest bidder. In America, circa 2006 A.D., the assassination of leaders is not usually required—on occasion, though, it happens, as Kennedy was taken out, as were dozens of influential others, from Martin Luther King to Paul Wellstone—even so, with or without murder, the throne is sold to the highest bidder, invariably multinational corporations and criminal enterprises.
None of this will change come Election Day. It does not matter if Diebold voting machines can be hacked via blackdoor shenanigans, or if “soft money” and political action committees dominate electoral campaigns, because the problem is the American people, who are ignorant, intellectually incurious, and plugged en masse into the Borg Hive of corporate media.
It is said around five or six percent of the public at large made a difference during the Revolution. In fact, the problem was the British invasion and counterinsurgency was too expensive for King George. It had little to do with the surrender of Lieutenant-General John Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga and nearly everything to do with the fact that not even multiple Stamp Acts would be able to defray the cost of occupation.
It is said we can do the same, we can change things with five or six percent. Of course, this is delusional nonsense, for as Pogo said, “we have met the enemy and he is us.” It is not the British redcoats knocking down our doors, seizing our liberty, our birthright, but our neighbors. It is not a rapacious king stealing our wealth, but “duly elected officials,” fellow countrymen all who are selling us down the river toward fascism and the new feudalism. If the Brits had electronic eavesdropping, cellphones and computers and the ability to monitor them, if they employed the NSA, and spooks in the CIA, FBI, and the DIA, they may have stood a chance, even with twenty or thirty percent or more opposed to them. If the Brits had converted the colonies into a massive Panopticon, conveying a “sentiment of an invisible omniscience,” they may have stood a chance. If they managed to plug the vast majority of their subjects into the electronic Borg Hive of television and corporatized media, thus mesmerizing and brainwashing them en masse, the Fourth of July would be simply another day in the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar.
Most Americans live in the Unicomplex, foursquare inside the Delta Quadrant, and even if they wanted to resist, instead of following every libidinous gyration of Jessica Simpson, they are, with every passing day and every signing statement penned by our unitary decider, hard pressed and, increasingly, cast as treacherous enemies of the state, now a universal crime punishable by disappearing, torture, coerced confession via waterboarding, secret military tribunal, and possible execution.
All around, the voice of the Cybercontroller tolls, “You belong to us. You will be like us,” and “We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service ours. Resistance is futile.”
I exaggerate, of course, but only a little.
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