I empathize with these people. I really do. They’ve lost jobs, homes, their entire way of life is being turned on its head. They’re looking for someone to blame. They’re looking for their government to fix it. Like small children at their mothers knees, staring up wide eyed, begging for some sort of relief from the reality of the situation. A situation they never believed could happen in the USA, a situation that they had no part in creating.
They have every right to be angry, and they have every right to be extremely vocal about their anger. In short, I believe they have every right to protest for as long as they want to.
But it won’t solve a damn thing.
It won’t help them find employment, it won’t help them avoid foreclosure, it won’t erase their debt, it won’t pay for their education, and it won’t put food on their table.
Many, if not most, of these people still don’t even understand the real cause of the problem. If they really did, they wouldn’t be protesting, they’d be working their damnedest to undermine the system. Those few protesters that do have an understanding of the underlying causes of the global economic crisis we’re facing are still trying to combat the problem by appealing to the very people responsible for it! They still believe in the illusion.
So when I see what is happening in cities across the US, I am sad. I’m not surprised. I’ve known this day was coming for many years, and I know it will only get worse from here (continued inflation, more unemployment, food shortages, riots, rising crime, government crackdowns, curfews, and war, war, war). But knowing a terrible thing and actually seeing it come to pass are completely different. I am saddened by what I see. Because I know that so many will suffer needlessly.
Why do I say they will suffer needlessly? Because instead of preparing themselves for what is coming, they are clinging defiantly to the hope that politicians can save them—that if they just get the “right guy” in office, if they could just get this policy or that regulation passed, everything will change. They are still trying to bend the spoon.
They will fail.
But there is a way out of this mess. And it doesn’t involve global or nationwide top-down plans. It doesn’t involve political “Job Creation” schemes, or financial reform, tax reform, or any of that. All that is needed is for people to look to themselves, to form their own support networks, trade and work for each other, outside the system. The more people do this the weaker the illusion becomes, until the Counter-Economy eclipses the State-Economy and it finally loses all power over us and collapses. Then we will have a new world.
Just Occupy Yourself
It won’t be a perfect world for certain. But at least it will be free.