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Posted by on Feb 18, 2010 in Economy, TG Roundup

This is Sad but May be How it Begins

This is not a major news event – but significant, nonetheless. If you take anything to an extreme, what we will be left with is a revolution. A revolution to change the status quo.  A classic example is the French Revolution of the 18th century when the monarchy that ruled France for centuries completely collapsed in 3 years. And then there was the collapse of Soviet Union in early 1990s due to the utter failure of Socialism.

With the exception of China, there is hardly any true socialist-republic in today’s world.  Even communism China has embraced capitalism to survive. Therefore, you can pretty much say that Socialism has failed. At the same time, there may not be any real monarchy in the western world, but oligarchs control governments of many of these countries. Example: the United States is nothing but an oligarchy of military industrial complex, giant corporations and most importantly – Wall Street firms. This oligarchy has been made possibly by taking capitalism to the extreme – especially in USA.

The following is a quote from Joe Stack, the guy who committed suicide by crashing a plane into an IRS building in Austin Texas. Joe Stack wrote a very long suicide note (Austin pilot’s suicide note) in explaining why he did what he did. His action is something justifies anarchy. But the most frightening aspect of this news is that what many people are thinking (both on the right and the left) were articulated very well in this note (here is an alternative source for the note). I am sure that this note will be take out form the internet very soon. Read it while it is available.The following is from his suicide note.

  • The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
  • The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

This is frighteningly similar to what I think. When I read the following, he may look like a right-wing nut.

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is…..

While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.

Wait, don’t judge him yer. The following is an excerpt that will make him look like a left-wing nut:

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

When governments stand for the rich and well connected rather than standing up for the little guy and when the conditions are ripe, there will be a revolution.

[The website where this note was originally found was shut down by the FBI:

http://embeddedart.com/

This website has been taken offline due to the sensitive nature of the events that transpired in Texas this morning and in compliance with a request from the FBI. If you want to see the original letter, please see the archived version at thesmokinggun.com: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0218102stack1.html

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[Update: I almost chocked at this line: “I was genuinely appalled at one point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all my substance from peanut butter and bread. I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made. I decided that I didn’t trust big business to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and myself.“]

3 Comments

  1. Mohan garu,

    You are right on that note, this is a world built on prejudice and double standards.
    A comment either way could land any in trouble!

  2. …desperate times require desperate measures…is what he said..I am worried if he has a likening to the Joker character from Batman.

    • Raj,
      The problem is this – a lot of us empathize with what he had to say. But none of us dare do, or even endorse what he has done. The mere mention of empathy for him could cause trouble for some people.