Fight for it

Congress just put a price stamp on our lives, $500 billion for large corporations, only $100 billion for us. We don’t matter. Our government has proven incapable of doing its job, that is, protecting its citizenry, but that was always a lie anyways, wasn’t it?

Governments exist to govern, to control, not to protect. Otherwise it’d be called a “protectorate” (ignoring the definition of that word more often used in the common parlance). The state serves to protect class interests, that class being the ruling class. Their stock options matter more than one million Americans, they’ve told us that.

Meanwhile a 17 year old kid died recently because he lacked healthcare, they (and their parents) were too poor to afford treatment for COVID-19, and they had to pay the ultimate price for being born poor, at 17 years old. Meanwhile Joe Biden is laughing onstage, saying “no healthcare for you, no, I don’t care if you die because you lack healthcare, I`m a capitalist shill and proud of it, no shut up and get in your place you damn pleb.”

The world is falling all around us, and those of us who want to do something about it, who see the urgency of the situation, are ridiculed and called “extremists,” “alarmists,” “radicals,” so on and so forth. May I put out there that the real extremists are the people wanting one million Americans to die for their stock options, the people who value profit over people, the people who fight tooth and nail against Medicare 4 All but then demand early access to vaccines?

This system needs to change, I`m not dying for some fucking billionaire, if anything, he should die for me. It’s time for a general strike, and by Jove it’s time for even more than that, it’s time for revolution, a complete societal overhaul. The planet dies but the people in power don’t care, they only care about what the next fiscal quarter looks like. Time is running out, and those who are responsible for this crime against humanity will get away with it if we don’t demand justice.

Freedom is taken, not given, now show some class solidarity and get out there and fight for it!

(excerpt from a book I just started writing)

Ozymandias

I feel like the poem “Ozymandias” by Mary Shelley sums up this global situation fairly well:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

We keep this shit up (especially with climate change) and that ruined statue in the desert will be all that’s left of us.

Coronavirus and climate change.

You know, I`m glad for the urgent response to the Coronavirus situation, it’s genuinely this bad, but it’d be a million times greater if these assholes in power did the same for climate change, which is a threat entire orders of *magnitude* greater in scope and danger than COVID-19. Things won’t be the same even after this pandemic’s over, I get that, but we have the chance of returning to some new kind of “normalcy.”

With climate change we won’t get that chance, we’re running out of time, the fate of the entire species depends on us acting on it *now*. I don’t want my descendants to be living in dirt hovels near the poles in the far future because of the actions of a few billionaires now.

Indeed, the response to coronavirus is essentially the response to climate change fast tracked, with pundits and politicians claiming it’s a “hoax,” then when that was no longer feasible saying it was “under control,” and then when the stark situation become all too apparent it was almost too late. Ring a bell?