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The American Revolution is No Picnic

Every election cycle we are treated to candidates who promise us "change," and 2008 has been no different. But in the American political lexicon, "change" always means more of the same; more government, more looting of Americans, more inflation, more police-state measures, more unnecessary war and more centralization of power.
- from The Revolution by Ron Paul



Five months from now, these folks will be doing
the same hanami, cherry-blossom viewing party.
Mao Zedong is often quoted as having said, "A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another."

If Mao were still around, he would say basically the same thing with one modification and one addition.

He would replace the word "dinner" with "picnic" because anyone in the 99% Club can't afford a decent dinner, let alone a gorgeous one, anymore. And he would add something to his long list of what are not a revolution: "and being glued to the computer all day long to splash 140 colorful words all over the cyber space." As Doyle McManus of Los Angeles Times reminded us when arguing against the notion of Twitter Revolutions, "a successful revolution continues to be low tech and still requires people to go into the streets and risk their lives."

Unfortunately, though, a good part of the occupiers of the streets of New York, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam still think a revolution is a picnic. The only peoples who seem to understand what Mao meant are the Greeks and the Japanese. You may wonder why you don't see a single me-too demonstration taking place in Tokyo. That's very uncharacteristic of the Japanese. I think the only reason Tokyo citizens haven't occupied the Imperial Palace or the streets of Nagata-cho and Kasumigaseki is because they know nothing is more fun than getting drunk and singing along to the karaoke tapes, ideally under the cherry trees in full bloom.

Needless to say, all members of America's 1-Percent Club are really terrified of the fact that there still is some possibility, albeit remote, that Texas Congressman Ron Paul becomes the 45th President of the United States. But it's interesting to know that most 99-percenters are also fearful of his victory in 2012. Astoundingly enough, even those who are behind the former obstetrician seem to flinch at his unwavering resolve to perform a risky Caesarian section as U.S. President.

Actually they are not exaggerating when they say if Ron Paul goes ahead with his bold plans to balance the budget by 2015, it will have a devastating effect on the entire nation. He has already made it clear that he would cut the government spending by $1 trillion in his first year in office. This would certainly send the already ailing U.S. economy into a tailspin. Simply it's next to suicidal. Under Ron Paul, America would look like a panic-stricken junkie on his first day of the rehab program.

Back in 1951, French novelist Albert Camus wrote a book titled L'Homme Revolte (The Rebel). It ignited a fierce rebuttal from the opponent camp. Its leader Jean-Paul Sartre argued that a rebel is a clown because he always needs his enemy to withstand his rebellious attack so he can remain a rebel. By contrast, opponents of Camus went on, a revolutionary destroys his foe to change everything including himself. Mao Zedong harbored a similar idea about revolutions. He once wrote: "If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself." The implication is that the pear is no longer there, but that's what a revolution is all about.

The same irony precisely applies to people called critics, as well. Just imagine what will happen to an anti-China ideologue in the U.S. when the country ceases to exist as he may have predicted previously. He will be out of work at least for a while. To make his monkey business a going concern, he has to have extraordinary skills to find a false target of his criticism one after the other.

For decades by now, the Americans have been used to the revolutionary foreign policies of their governments which all came down to the same, old "scrap and build" tactic. Contemporary Americans, however, can't see the threshold between a rebellion and a revolution when it comes to their own country. Although you may see an irony there, it's actually an inevitable consequence of the role of a busybody their governments have played in foreign countries.

Since childhood, Americans have all been indoctrinated not to internalize things. To them, therefore, it's always someone else's problem. That's why stupid Americans keep talking about change while staunchly refusing to change their own selves.

Quite a few Americans have already started to worry about the consequences of the Election which Ron Paul will most probably lose. According to these change-resistant people, the U.S. under the new administration will look more and more like the former Soviet Union or East Germany with more "police-state measures" taken by the President. They say these measures will include an enhanced version of the Total Information Awareness programs.


Don't take me wrong, however; I'm not begging the American people to do a thorough soul-searching, or anything else for that matter. I couldn't care less whether the post-Election scenario unfolds as they predict. It's their headache, not mine, how quickly America is headed for the final stage of its inevitable demise.

More importantly, the intellectual decline in America has now reached the point where people are totally disabled to do anything more than apes can do.

Technically speaking, I am a Japanese who can be dying anytime soon in this already dead country. So it's only that I think it will be nice if I can face my own demise while seeing on the horizon some signs that the country I used to admire is getting resurrected under Ron Paul.

If you don't take me seriously, as usual, the only thing I can tell you is that hospitable Japanese partiers will always welcome you at a karaoke joint or under the cherry trees.



POSTSCRIPT Oct. 21: I am aware that voting against an interventionist bill as a Congressman is one thing, and vetoing it as the President is quite another. But at a time when a revolution is considered the only way out of the impasse, it's not only useless but also harmful to create a long list of tasks which you think are all missions impossible.

At any rate, the moment of truth would come, if ever it would, only when the crowd of people moved over from Wall Street to Capitol Hill or Arlington County, Virginia, where Pentagon is located. ·

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The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Diogenes on Thursday, October 20 2011 @ 02:58 PM JST
Over the years I’ve witnessed all sorts of hypnotic spells being cast on people. The most notable are the Christian divines that claim that they can “heal” sickness in people by just touching the afflicted person’s head and invoking the name of Jesus. The most memorable case for me was a preacher named Oral Roberts. In the ‘50s he had a large circus tent that he used for his “healing ministry.” Well, one day he had a young black boy up on the stage and asked him what his medical issue was. The young lad replied, vaguely, that he had a “…hole in my chest that won’t heal.” Roberts never asked the stricken boy to remove his shirt to display this hole, but proceeded to “fill this hole with the power of Jesus.” After his miraculous “healing,” he then had the lad remove his shirt to show that the hole was indeed filled—a miracle if ever there was one. This kind of showmanship is still ongoing with such “healers” as Benny Hinn, who slaps people in the forehead and they fall, like bowling pins, to the waiting arms of God’s helpers—the power of suggestion being as strong as a placebo pill. Reason and a little help from professional hypnotists will not be able to awaken these people from their induced slumbers nor a snapping of the fingers when the count of three is spoken.

You accurately describe Americans in general as “change resistant.” How did this happen? They are, for the most part, under a spell, a hypnotic spell that is reinforced on a daily basis. The Oral Roberts model is only one of the many spell machines being utilized.

I wasn’t going to comment on this article, but events being reported in China on their citizens’ callous behavior are an important example of another “change resistant” people. In this article that includes video, a white van runs over a two-year-old child, stops, and then continues running over her with the rear wheels and leaves. Then another vehicle runs over the child as well. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10759957

[This report reminds me of the case of Kitty Genovese in New York City. http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2009/08/02/a-fascinating-intersection-of-true-crime-psychology-and-media-misinformation/ ]

As the article reports:
“Footage of a two-year-old girl being run over by a van and lying bleeding on the road as more than a dozen people pass her by has sparked outrage and soul searching in China.”

If you watch the video, I should warn you that it’s very high resolution and unambiguous.

The article continues:
“She is left bleeding on the road as passersby walk or cycle around her.
“After the girl is hit by a second truck, a woman pulls her to the side of the road and her mother enters the shot.
“Chinese hospital staff reportedly told media the girl was now on life support in a deep coma. However, some state media said she had died.”

There might have been outrage in China on blog sites, but that hasn’t stopped this behavior as this report from today’s news shows, which mentions other incidents that appear to have been ignored by the U.S. mainstream media.

http://www.businessinsider.com/weining-road-samaritan-2011-10

Business Insider reports:

“First there was the crazy man stabbing his mother at Pudong Airport, where the only person to intervene was a foreigner. Then there was the attempted suicide who was saved by an American woman in Hangzhou. Then there was the two-year-old run over twice in Guangdong, where no one stopped to help.
“People are suddenly paying attention to the trend of Chinese not helping other Chinese.
“Shanghaist found another incident today:
“Last Saturday afternoon on Weining Road (威宁路) in Xi'an, a Caucasian woman lifted a man lying on the street, while using her limited Chinese skills to ask for help from passersby. After she helped the prone stranger get off his feet, she led him to rest inside a small shop, whereupon the owner of the store told her: ‘Don't bring him into my store, it'll bring me trouble.’”

How to explain this? The BBC attempts to answer this inhumane behavior, rightly or wrongly. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15331773

We’re told:

“Some said they understood the dilemma for the passers-by - that if they helped out they might incur costs or be blamed for the accident.
“The China Daily reported incidents in January in which elderly men who fell in the street were left alone because people did not want to get involved. (See the Kitty Genovese story about “not wanting to get involved.”)
“It cited an earlier case in which a man, Peng Yu, who helped an injured elderly lady to hospital was then found by a court to be liable for some of her medical costs.
“Another case - in which an elderly woman believed to have fallen in the road accused a man, Xu Yunhe, who stopped to help her, of hitting her with his car - also attracted considerable attention.
"’There's been so many cases where people have been treated unjustly after doing good things,’ one comment said.
"I am not as rich as Xu Yunhe and Peng Yu are, we are all poor grassroots people," said another. "If we get caught in a scam, this is it. All we can do is to dial 120 (the emergency number)."

While we’re told that the Chinese bloggers are getting angry postings, they don’t seem to reflect the behavior of the average Chinese person. Will this shameful behavior change any time soon? Will the American people’s shameful behavior change anytime soon? Or the Japanese or the Europeans? While we see a few thousand people having a party revolution in New York City and elsewhere, we have to consider that the U.S. population is now over 300 million souls. Are these few thousands representative of this herd of hundreds of millions? If the average person sitting at home, currently watching the World Series distraction on television, can’t get involved with standing up for their rights, then what we’re witnessing on Wall Street will just be another futile blip on the media screen, Ron Paul or no Ron Paul. They will be just like these Chinese people’s response to the plight of these accident victims—indifferent and only concerned with what directly affects them. Strangers be damned. And, yes, this kind of indifference explains why a police state has been so easily implemented in the U.S., and how easy martial law might become a reality when it will be too late to effectively stop it.
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Thursday, October 20 2011 @ 04:06 PM JST

Diogenes,

I think I know why you brought up the story about the 2-year-old toddler here.

You know what, yesterday a smart cookie on NHK TV was commenting on the incident. She knowingly said this is an inevitable consequence of China's "urbanization." As you precisely pointed out, however, this has more to do with the resistance to change than with urbanization.

This reminded me of Chinese philosopher Mencius who said, "Anyone who accidentally spotted a baby crawling along the edge of a well will never hesitate to dash toward the well to prevent him from falling into it." I think what is happening everyday, everywhere in the world all stems from the lack of man's innate spontaneity.

And what I wanted to say in this piece, and the previous one as well, is that any revolution starts with this spontaneity. If a big guy is going to push the toddler into the well, you will most probably kill him without wavering for a split second over which one to save.

Yu Yamamoto
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Diogenes on Friday, October 21 2011 @ 07:10 AM JST
The two-year-old girl run over by two vehicles is now dead. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/10/21/toddler-china.html

This quote from a Chinese expert shows just how far out of touch these people are.

"Li Xiangping, a professor of religion at Huadong University, said on a Twitter-like service that it is too easy to blame others. 'What after all prompted such a sad phenomenon? Officials? The rich? Or is it our own cold-heartedness?' Li said on Sina Corp.'s Weibo."

He can't see the obvious?

There is a huge Chinese community in the Vancouver, B.C., Canada area. I was working with several other people on the outside cable television equipment in a town with a very high population of Chinese people near Vancouver. One of my good friends, who was working with us one day out there, parked his truck in an alley in a wealthy neighborhood where there were mostly Chinese people. None of us knew that he was suicidal, but after Roy parked his truck, he pulled out a hose and ran it from the engine exhaust to the inside of the truck, killing himself. All afternoon and into the next day, when one of my fellow workers found him after hours of searching, his truck sat there with the hose in the exhaust and the engine idling. Now you'd think that someone would have noticed that a truck was running all night behind their house and would have wanted to check on it, but, no, the guys found that these people opened their gates just a little, looked out, and quickly closed them. They didn't want to know because it didn't directly effect them, as far as we could tell. This and other examples I'd experienced in the Chinese community told me that this is a deeply ingrained behavior in the Chinese culture. I don't think this will change anytime soon, as one generation is conditioned by their parents to follow their example. Take care of the family and all others are outsiders that don't count.

Football/baseball watching Americans, the ones that don't read, the ones that are proud of their ignorance--ignorance pride it's called--are they any different? The big lie that "If we could only get women in power, there would be no wars," is now proven to be just that, a big lie. Margaret Thatcher, Condeleza Rice, and now Hillary Clinton--all black widows, killers. Clinton even stopped off at Libya a day or two ago and announced that Ghadaffi should be either dead or alive, that it would be best if he was murdered. And on the American home front, these beer-swilling sports fans won't even open their gates to see reality, and even when it is shoved in their faces, can't see it. They are like this Chinese professor, totally unaware of reality because they are fish in the deep blue sea asking: Where is the ocean?
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Diogenes on Friday, October 21 2011 @ 07:19 AM JST
This is the last word on this dead girl story. Mao called capitalists "running dogs." Well, this video shows us that even running dogs will help pull another dog to safety when run over by a car.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HJTG6RRN4E
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Friday, October 21 2011 @ 08:48 AM JST

Diogenes,

Thanks again. You are really good at video mining; perhaps better than I. I always believe that one's skills in searching relevant information, either text, audio or visual, show the level of his intelligence.

My take on your story about the suicide of your friend in Vancouver and the video that shows a dog instinctively saving another (perhaps its mate or child) is that you shouldn't overgeneralize things, as most "proud" ignoramuses in the U.S. always do. (I hope I'm not overgeneralizing here.)

There are many types of Han people: Mencius is quite different from Mao as educated peasant Mao is from gentleman Hu Jintao who actually murdered an unspecified number of Tibetans in the 1980s. Likewise, there are a variety of people in the U.S., from Ron Paul on one extreme to the monster in the State Department on the other. I didn't particularly like Gadhafi, but it was really sickening to see the Clinton bitch smiling from ear to ear at the news of his death. She is sick as well as sickening.

This is not a matter of ideology. Man's quality solely hinges on his/her integrity. That's why in my lexicon, an "ideologue" is synonymous with an "ignoramus."

An old Japanese proverb goes: "God never gives you two gifts." That means a beautiful woman can never be intelligent or good-natured while an ugly one tends to be intelligent or good-natured, but not both, etc. Actually my 75-year experience tells me the opposite. That's why this blogger believes more in physiognomy.

Yu Yamamoto
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: samwidge on Friday, October 21 2011 @ 08:45 AM JST

In the states, our system encourages new politicians to pose themselves as noble vigilantes busily righting wrongs. That is where we get this "change" thing. The pose is silly and, quite frankly, we commonly discover after elections that all competitors are good friends regardless of the mean things they say about each other during campaigns.

Our citizens who live away from the densely populated cities still think of each election as democracy's friendly alternative to revolution though that idea seems to be on its way out. Elections-as-alternatives-to-revolution was a nice idea while it lasted. Nobody can guess what will happen next. It is said that 200-years is all that a government gets and we are now at those 200-years. Allegedly, we are doomed by the 200-year barrier.

With regard to those occupiers and "picnic," your statement, "anyone in the 99% Club can't afford a decent dinner," may deserve a broader view. Many of those folks in the 99% are quite wealthy. In my town, they tend to be college students supported away from home by their parents. They have the time, the money and the health to camp out. In fact, camping out is historically one of the Montana's big hobbies. A picnic is always fun and sometimes expensive. These people are having fun and, even if they don't spend their own money, they are costing parents and officials plenty of money.

You may recall Hillary Rodham. She was the rich college kid who chained herself to others in order to form a barrier that prevented police from capturing a violent person. The violent person went on to kill, boil and eat his human victims. Hillary went on to marry Bill Clinton and become First Lady of the United States. This is why I point out that the Monica Lewinsky event was a diversion from serious issues. Those people are not like other people.

You are absolutely correct that, "Under Ron Paul, America would look like a panic-stricken junkie on his first day of the rehab program." His programs are needed but unlikely. That reinforces the 200-year limit theory. In the long term it might be said that war alone changes things. Perhaps we are headed for a war of insurrection.

When I was young I was incapable of understanding others. Now that I am old I am incapable of making others understand. There is no hope that Senator Paul or I will correct things. Life looks to me like a practical joke played on all of us: When we figure things out, we can do nothing about those things.
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Diogenes on Friday, October 21 2011 @ 12:26 PM JST
As far as Samwidge’s statement goes: “Many of those folks in the 99% are quite wealthy. In my town, they tend to be college students supported away from home by their parents. They have the time, the money and the health to camp out.” He must be living in the 1% bracket neighborhood. This USA article tells a different story.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/college/story/2011-10-19/student-loan-debt/50818676/1

Quote: “Students and workers seeking retraining are borrowing extraordinary amounts of money through federal loan programs, potentially putting a huge burden on the backs of young people looking for jobs and trying to start careers.”

And does the headline, “Student loans outstanding will exceed $1 trillion this year,” sound like people with “…the money and health to camp out?” These students have been sold a bill of goods, hoodwinked by their own folly in believing that even if they must pay back an average of $100,000 in loans, the cost/benefit analysis will be worth it because they will get a good salaried job. The cruel truth is that the good jobs are mostly going, going, gone, and every day they are getting less and less available. At some point, the mass of new students are going to wake up and totally boycott the universities, so that many of these bloodsucking institutions will face bankruptcy. This simple and quite legal act would only take one year to get the attention of all sorts of people in power. But what will more likely happen, more logically, is young people will come to realize that a university education is a worthless investment in time and especially money.

This Reuters article sums it up best. http://ca.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idCATRE79I2CH20111019?sp=true

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For decades, American workers and their machines advanced in tandem. As companies invested in technology, more workers were needed to operate machines.
“That relationship is now looking unsteady.
“Since 1999, business investment in equipment and software has surged 33 percent while the total number of people employed by private firms has changed little.
“The gap between man and machine widened even further after the 2008-09 recession, helping explain why the United States is struggling to bring down an unemployment rate stuck above 9 percent.”

There will be no hope for these young people if they try to continue the traditional work trajectory. And becoming modern day Luddites won’t help. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite And where to insert the monkey wrench?

The company in China, Foxcon—where Steve Jobs products are made—is massively investing in machines over the next 20 years, eliminating more and more jobs there, too. Machines won’t make a mess by jumping off the roof of the building to commit suicide and they never complain. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2364735,00.asp

Young people in every country are going to have to reinvent themselves. They are going to have to find creative ways to survive and thrive, blazing a new path to the waterfall.

As far as your last paragraph, I have to agree with Dr. Yamamoto. Just exactly what are you saying? What, exactly, didn’t you understand when you were young? What, exactly, are you incapable of making others understand? By the way, Ron Paul is not a Senator, he’s a Congressman, and your glib statement that he can’t change anything is absurd. Look where your Neocons have landed us and the rest of the world. This is no accident. They changed the conditions of not only our lives, but the lives of millions of people outside the U.S., and all in a very negative and harmful way. Nothing lasts. One look at a cemetery can tell us that fact. Even your Neocon maniacs will fade away in time. Hopefully, sooner rather than later to minimize even more damage.
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Friday, October 21 2011 @ 02:44 PM JST

Diogenes,

I mixed up Diogenes and samwidge because I was half-asleep. Now I'm glad you said there still is a ray of hope.

As to the plight these 99-percenters are going through, my way of thinking is that it doesn't necessarily make them wealthy just because they can borrow that much from the Federal Government. I didn't know there was such a scholarship program run by the Federal Government, but now I suspect that the ultimate goal of the program is to indoctrinate these guys into accepting the existing social order which divides people into 1-percenters and 99-percenters, just like in the similar programs in China, Japan or the former Soviet Union. If one lives up to the expectations of the "crony capitalism," he is given a prestigious membership in the 1% Club. Otherwise he has to stay with the career path for 99-percenters all his lifetime.

No Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak will emerge from this system to bring about a really disruptive change. In the IT industry I was working in for more than 20 years, the word "disruptive" is used when referring to a new technology that potentially enables a change in the way people interact with each other. As a matter of fact, we've had only a handful of such "change-enablers" in the last 100 years.

On the other hand, an "adaptive" technology means that although it's new, it only enables a more effective way of doing things within the framework of the existing social order - be it the tablet computer, the smartphone or the robot that can monitor the web traffic on behalf of the National Security Agency. This happens as frequently as every second year. I am reasonably sure that your government can expect more frequent "innovations" only as far as adaptive technologies are concerned.

By the way I am not a doctor although I believe my intelligence level is a little higher than that of a PhD in the U.S.

Yu Yamamoto
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Diogenes on Saturday, October 22 2011 @ 08:00 AM JST
Headline: The $1 Trillion Student Loan Rip-Off: How an Entire Generation Was Tricked into Taking on Crushing Debt That Just Enriches Banks

http://www.alternet.org/story/152809/the_%241_trillion_student_loan_rip-off%3A_how_an_entire_generation_was_tricked_into_taking_on_crushing_debt_that_just_enriches_banks/

This article affirms what I've said previously, that both university and trade school students have been suckered into taking mortgage-sized loans to pay for an education with questionable prospects for a good paying job. This quote from the beginning is telling.

"Some people have noticed that “student loan debt” comes up a lot among the Wall Street Occupiers and the members of the 99 percent movement. Often, older people, who either attended school when tuition was reasonable, or who didn’t attend college at all in an era when a high school diploma was enough of a qualification for a stable, middle-class career, tend to think this is all the entitled whining of spoiled kids. (Samwidge) They don’t understand that these kids accepted a home mortgage worth of debt before they ever even had a regular income, based on phony promises, and that the debt is inescapable, regardless of life circumstances or ability to pay.

"Thanks to the horrific 2005 bankruptcy bill, one of the most nakedly venal modern examples of Congress serving the interests of the rentiers and creditors over the vast majority, debtors cannot discharge student loans through bankruptcy. The government is shielded from the risk, and creditors are licensed to collect by almost any means they deem necessary, giving no one in charge any real incentive (beyond basic human decency) to fix the situation."

This is nothing more than slavery, debt slavery, slavery to lending institutions that have total control of the government. Their reign can't last. Perhaps, with this Occupy Wall Street movement, the beginning of the end for them is nearing. If not now, then definitely some day soon during our lifetimes. We shouldn't despair. Remember that nothing lasts, nothing, even slave masters.
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, October 22 2011 @ 11:43 AM JST

Diogenes:

Thanks for reminding us that this is the core issue when we talk about the protests taking place all over the U.S.

For quite some time, I haven't updated myself on the financial situation facing your country, but according to FRB statistics, the household debts to disposable income ratio was well over 120% as of 2005. And by the end of 2007, America's financial institutions had become indebted as much as 116% of country's GDP. This is how a good part of the 99% still can look "wealthy."

Also take a look at the statistics about personal bankruptcies. In 2008, roughly 0.46% of 2.9 million people living in Arkansas filed for personal bankruptcy while about 0.2% of 1 million people living in Montana went belly up. You may think these rates are relatively low, but from a Japanese point of view, they are quite high. Japan's overall rate for the same year was 0.1%. And I think these figures have jumped up everywhere in the last 3 years.

Americans say their way of life is unsustainable anymore. But to me this is a gross understatement. To be more precise, America is already an unviable nation because of what you know better than I.

Yu Yamamoto
The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Diogenes on Saturday, October 22 2011 @ 03:01 PM JST
This guy really sums it up perfectly.

http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/10/outside-the-box-occupy-wall-street/#more-38538

Some quotes:

"People are finally exercising their last peaceful option that might influence the system, protesting from the outside against a system rigged by the 1 percent to favor the 1 percent, to the bane of us 99 percent. And the elite are discombobulated, suddenly feeling the heat of intelligence surging from below—intelligence aimed right at them, point blank range. So, officially, they stick to why, insisting on formal issuance of demands. What do the occupiers want? What’s the problem?

"Why this is happening is obvious. People tend to eventually rebel if abused long enough, hard enough, and thrust into dire straits; the key for the elite is to render them incapable of connecting enough dots to get any glimpse of the picture. Throughout the history of government, cognitive impairment of the masses has been a dirty little open secret. Intelligence and awareness among the masses impedes government’s catering to its owners. Despite florid lip service about freedom and democracy, “justice for all”, rousing “land of the free, home of the brave”, “your vote counts” and all that, ownership of government never involves the masses."

And he ends with this:

"Thousands of courageous people are showing us a way; if the rest of us help the dream survive, make it stronger, maybe there still is hope in America? This is not a fad, a passing fancy—we are watching humanity’s last chance for dignity, perhaps even survival.

"Change we can believe in? It will only come from outside the system, outside the box. And the dream is alive. Corporatocracy does their worst to kill the dream; but again, how do you kill an idea?

"Surely, they are working overtime on that problem.

"The rest is up to us."

The American Revolution is No Picnic
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, October 22 2011 @ 05:07 PM JST


Indeed, the writing of this Rand Clifford is always convincing as well as heartening. I have bookmarked "Dissident Voice."

Once again, I am a Japanese, if only technically. So I just can't but believe it if an American individual, like yourself, who stays out of the "box" of the masses whose brains are fatally impaired, says Clifford's idea is realistic enough to work out in the U.S.

From an Asiatic point of view, however, it looks unlikely that his "last peaceful option" can be a workable solution in this part of the world. For the last 2 centuries, it's always been violence inflicted by the Americans that changed Japan or any other Northeast Asian countries.

That's essentially why we haven't seen a single me-too demonstration here, although it's very uncharacteristic of the Japanese. I still believe in Mao's method. (By the way, Maoism has nothing to do with Marxism.) Of course, it's not Clifford's fault.

Yu Yamamoto