…..As evidenced by today’s Black Friday violence:
The 99 percent can’t assume to hold the one percent accountable for their greed or the violence they use to maintain it if we’re no better than them. Already today, people have been shot and pepper sprayed in a melee of Black Friday foolishness. And all for what? A bunch of stuff? People are fighting for plastic trinkets that are totally devoid of any value outside of what we assign them.
As the top one percent fights over the right to maintain their designation as a privileged class, average Americans are fighting over scraps. As the top one percent battles with the 99 percent to ensure that their billions remain untaxed, average Americans pummel and spray each other over toys and flat screen televisions.
I’m willing to bet that there are more people Occupying Wal-Mart today than there are Occupying Wall Street. What does that tell you? It tells me that most Americans would much rather wade in their own nihilism than emerge from it. Anybody can talk about the big bad one percent, but actually working to curb their capacity at rendering us helpless, that’s another thing altogether. That requires that we be conscious consumers instead of Pavlovian drones. Obviously, we’re not there yet.
There are occasions in human history when people are just beyond help. Occasions when people are their own worst enemies. I find myself wondering if I’m now in the midst of just such an occasion.