Re: This is How We Take Action
Smashing any system is not a desirable outcome. However:
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy [/quote]
Of course this is true. But is peaceful change impossible? If Ghandi could accomplish it, or if it could be accomplished in the Soviet Union, surely we could accomplish changes here, as necessary. Through utter apathy, the people have neglected to look after their interests in Washington, and we have allowed corporations (who have looked after their interests) to gain undue influence.
But how quickly we forget. For the better part of the 19th century, large corporations utterly dominated state, county, and local government in many parts of the country, and virtually owned many towns and cities.
This was a time when corporate interests were so strong that workers could be paid wages which resulted in literal starvation.
Criminal court practice was very technical, much of legal forms were written in Latin. An uneducated man hadn’t a hope of holding his own in court, yet there was no right to have counsel of any kind appointed to represent you, whether the criminal complaint was entered by the government, or by the agent of a corporation who might accuse a unionist of inciting a work stoppage.
A worker’s family voting for the company’s preferred candidate was an express condition of continued employment at many large companies (the company clerk will be pleased to mail your absentee ballot for you). This was an era when federal troops were sent to break strikes at mines and other large companies, and the militia would respond to riots by firing into the crowd with machine guns.
All things considered, I’d say that we’re in fairly good shape by historical standards.