Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Why Saul Alinsky's Social State Is Here to Stay in America

For good.


Have y'all seen this one yet? A little meme floating about on the interwebs amongst our more conservative American patriots:

"How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky: 

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important. 

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people 

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live. 

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty. 

4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state. 

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income) 

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school. 

7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools 

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor. 

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States?"


Now, let me ask a similar question: does this memetic device above look familiar? Any of you out there receive this note as an email from an upset, confused parent or lonely grandparent recently?

If so, then you'll notice that following the last ominous question--"Does any of this sound like, etc"?--a typical paragraph concludes the meme by declaring what we brave Americans have to do to "take our country back."

For "November 14th, 2014 will just be the beginning!"

Hardy-har-har-har! Suck it up, conservatives! It's over. Even if your boys busted through the walls of reasonable, rational expectations on election day and won back the Senate, made gains in the House, and even won the White House in 2016--even with a Rand Paul win!--there's still no rolling back "Progress".

Why? Well, for the same reason you pussies don't have the balls to roll back the 1964 "Civil Rights" Act is one reason. For the same reason Eisenhower institutionalized the New Deal, and for the same reason that Baby Bush and his Republican Congress simply governed in a style I like to call "Progressive-light". For the same reason there are no conservatives who speak up at dinner parties about the loss of individual liberty, or Republicans who lament the loss of property rights. For the same reason no one, not one of your Republican neighbors or friends, I imagine, would honestly speak out loud about why your right to discriminate against whomever you want, no matter their sexual orientation, skin color, religious beliefs or lifestyle, on your own property is a fundamental right that in no way should be infringed upon by any local, state of federal authority figure. For the same reason that there are no popular Republicans earning points in the press for speaking out against the Nanny State or your right NOT to discriminate against people you may not wish to discriminate against on your own property. For the same reason that no Republicans make an effort to roll back street cameras or smoking bans or seatbelt laws or sin taxes or payroll taxes or property taxes or, dear God, "public education."

Alinsky's Social State is here to stay, boys and girls. Get over it. And it's only gonna get worse. Now, there are actual socio-political reasons for why the system works this way. If you're a Progressive, Alinsky's program is here to stay because you actually buy into your own metaphysical bullshit, the same way fundamentalist Christians believe that every natural disaster is the sign of the "end times".

But if you're not a true-believer, then we can explain in one word why Saul Alinsky's Social State is here to stay in America:

Democracy.

Quite a problem, n'est pas? Your vote to "take your country back" will only strengthen the same system that robs you of your income, that brainwashes your children in K-12 schools, that assumes the power to regulate every aspect of your life. Your vote strengthens that system by cloaking it with a shabby blanket of legitimacy.

Why lick the hand of the master that beats you? When our masters strangle us, we should neither cower in fear nor employ a sycophantic smile, slobbering over whatever morsels and scraps they toss us, hoping that next time things will be different (the typical conservative Republican strategy for the last hundred years).

Instead, we should run as far away as we can when our masters aren't paying attention. Maybe hide out in the back yard somewhere if you can't escape the fence. Or, if it's totally hopeless and you're cornered, bite back.

Or, you could lean back and relax instead, pour a dry martini, light a cigarette, flip on some Lynyrd Skynyrd and Enjoy the Decline. Maybe you're even lucky enough to be on the dole by now. Collect medicare, medicaid, social security, unemployment, welfare, food stamps, or any other free goodies? Super! The more, the merrier. If not, that's okay, too. But Alinsky's Social State is here for good. Better get used to it. And, since you can't reform Democracy through democratic means, if you vote for Republicans in 2014, you have no one to blame but yourself for Alinsky's successes. His ideal Social State is entirely compatible with the logic of mob-rule.

In order to defeat Alinsky, you have to defeat Democracy without playing by Democracy's rules. Alinsky's rules are the same as Democracy's. Alinsky is Democracy. And Democracy is America.

In other words, if you vote at all--all you conservative Republicans out there--Alinsky's Social State is here to stay because of you.

So, thank you. Congratulations. And cheers!

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