Latest Arthur Silber: more on Elections, "Progressives", Lies and Stupidity
As I consider the stunningly trivial and monumentally stupid commentary offered by almost everyone in this election season, a season that already promises to be among the most ghoulishly and sickeningly dishonest of my lifetime (which is not short at this point), I am often brought up short by one question that forces itself into my consciousness many times a day: How did it come to be that so many people are so willing to believe and propagate so many lies? ... Lies would be bad enough; what is still worse is that the truth has been inverted completely. Obama has adopted every critical view of the ruling class, as he would have to since he intends to be the ultimate ruler of that class.
This election campaign will be especially awful for anyone still capable of the most minimal kind of rigorous thought, in significant part because we have the triple- or quadruple-twist of the Obama lies on top of all the lies that are regularly trotted out every four years (and on a lesser scale, every two). We are told about how "important" it is that we vote -- although for many of us (including me, since I live in California), our votes are altogether meaningless on the presidential level, to say nothing of newer voting methods, which make one wonder if all of this is nothing but a charade for idiots -- and we are told of the glories of "participatory democracy" and how splendiferous it is to hear "the people's voice."
These are the idiotically empty cliches and slogans of our civic religion, which serve to drug "the people" into apathy, into granting the ruling class still more power, into taking part in these vacuous exercises in "democracy," and into colluding in a massive coverup of the truth of what has transpired over more than a century and is now set in stone: this is government of the ruling class, by the ruling class, and for the ruling class. Barring severe economic collapse (more than possible), widespread global war (also more than possible), repeated natural catastrophes (similarly more than possible), it shall not perish from the earth -- until it implodes as the result of its own rot and corruption, as have all similar systems in the past. Assuming disasters on a massive scale don't occur, it's probably here for your lifetime at least.
This latest Arthur's post is a sequel to his earlier essay, "How Deeply Stupid Can Progressives Make Themselves?".
Arthur's come-back post after a 40+ day hiatus and an absolute must-read, the quintessential Silber in a way.
(P.S.: I am SO relieved Arthur is back, I was starting to really worry!)