– Louis Nizer
We blame the victim. In this case, that’s the 99 percent.
It’s appropriate. Here’s why.
The 99 percent continually allows the swindle. Rarely have we not swallowed the bait, complicit as we are in our own oppression. Time and again we choose oppression over freedom.
We, the 99 percent (which includes this author) fail to see, understand and neutralize strategies oppressive governments use to divide us. By “governments” I mean powerful people who successfully concentrate power then use that power to control everyone else through force, fear, propaganda, fraud and criminal acts.
So we are The Confused. Dizzy Bat Players. Drunk on relative wealth, we spin around dazed, attacking each other instead of unifying to create a world where freedom truly rings. Just when we start to awaken, we take another swill of mind-numbing propaganda from the “right” or the “left” while relay racing on the hedonic treadmill.
What strategies has the 99 percent willingly ignored in return for crumbs?
Is it too far a leap, given all this evidence that all the assassinations in 1968, King, Jr., the Kennedy’s were orchestrated by government? Could 911 have been an inside job too? False Flag campaigns got us into major conflicts, including Vietnam, why would government stop in the 60s?
I was once part of the unbelieving masses. I once lived my as a dizzy bat player: I believed in our government as a benevolent force for good in the world. I served in the military.
Today we can see the world as it is. History seems clear. It’s time to disclaim victimhood in exchange for positive action leading to empowerment and permanent change. We don’t ask that you blindly join us. Just realize your apathy is compliance. Own it.
Granted, doing so requires self-confrontation. Not everyone is ready. Not everyone is needed. Not now anyway.
For those who are in action: there are things to be done.
Clearly, in days of old, demonstrations and public outrage failed. Had they succeeded we would not be seeing what we see today. Incremental change is one thing. When it happens under the hood of oppression, it is a crumb. Indeed, government has so powerfully rebounded, we now find the 99 percent nearly impossibly mired, unlikely to mount any meaningful revolution peaceful or otherwise.
Carl Herman lays out the Occupy agenda as succinctly as anyone to my knowledge. Going forward, the 99 percent will have to make some tough inner-directed choices:
Victimhood = power. Victimization begets opportunity to regain ones’ power. Shaking off powerlessness begins when you own your role in the perpetrator/victim dynamic.
Thus begins the first step to a new world. Calmly, but boldly is how we create the world we wish to see.