“Constitutional governments and aristocracies are commonly overthrown owing to some deviation from justice…the rich, if the constitution gives them power, are apt to be insolent and avaricious… In all well-attempered governments there is nothing which should be more jealously maintained than the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up a fortune.” – Aristotle, Politics, Book V. 350 B.C.E.
“The people — the people — are the rightful masters of both Congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.” - “Abraham Lincoln, [September 16-17, 1859] (Notes for Speech in Kansas and Ohio),” Page 2.
Occupy is a non-violent 2nd American Revolution. Revolution is from the Latin, revolutio, a “turn around” of political power. Occupy is turning around the 1%’s political power from criminal wars and rigged-casino economics to create policies for 100% of humanity.
Occupy will succeed because Americans are recognizing central factual claims are easily verified as objective data. Indeed, once obfuscating spin is removed, the facts are not contested and therefore uncontroversial.
Occupy’s victory will follow a sudden and resounding “emperor has no clothes” experience.
Occupy is overcoming “American exceptionalism”: the beliefs of “it can’t happen here” or we’re “too modern” for such criminality. This belief exists despite acknowledged history of every other developed country in the 20th Century engaging in wars of aggression disguised by government propaganda as “defensive,” and/or wars for empire. Abraham Lincoln empathized:
“I know the American People are much attached to their Government;–I know they would suffer much for its sake;–I know they would endure evils long and patiently, before they would ever think of exchanging it for another. Yet, notwithstanding all this, if the laws be continually despised and disregarded, if their rights to be secure in their persons and property, are held by no better tenure than the caprice of a mob, the alienation of their affections from the Government is the natural consequence; and to that, sooner or later, it must come.” – Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum Address, 1838.
Occupy is similar to the Civil Rights Movement if Dr. King asked you directly for your help, or ending parasitic imperialism if Mohandas Gandhi asked you personally for your help.
How you help is up to you. Look to your heart and mind’s best inspirations.
Occupy is of life-and-death importance, as the 1% lies for more criminal war on Iran (here and here, after this War Crime history, and at risk of false-flag initiation), tortures, assassinates Americans, legislated to “disappear” Americans under NDAA 2012, and continues year-after-year allowing 45,000 Americans to die from lack of health care and a million children every month to die from preventable poverty rather than invest 1% of our income to save their lives while decreasing population growth.
The benefits of Occupy’s victory are literally peace, trillions of dollars annually freed for constructive investment (yes, trillions), and the final breakthrough for humanity’s transformation of realized cooperation.
Understanding and speaking the facts why Occupy is with the law, and the 1% are psychopathically in violation will take time to learn. Investment of reading and purposeful discussion to command the essential facts makes Occupy exponentially more effective. But hey, art is also exponentially powerful, as PuppetGov’s video shows.
Occupy’s good news is that the factual claims are objective data anyone can verify. High school education provides everyone with the academic training to command and speak the facts.
More good news is Princeton’s Professor Frankfurt’s 2005 bestselling book, On Bullshi*, that describes the only form of communication available to the 1% because all the facts expose their crimes:
“Bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant… bullshi* is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.”
You will rightfully receive appreciation for your role in Occupy from family, friends, and the public upon critical mass of the 99% having an “emperor has no clothes” breakthrough (and perhaps receive fearful scorn before the breakthrough, as so many of you know). Your acts will also reflect in whatever spiritual spheres exist that honor love, justice, and intelligence.
Occupy respectfully reminds our brothers and sisters considering their roles of the ancient Greek word for those who chose non-participation in important policy; so powerful it remains un-translated today: idiot.
In respectful appreciation of the time we’ll spend together if you accept my offer for teaching law, economics, and history important for Occupy’s victory, please understand the art of my communication must balance respect for your time with the requirement for sufficient documentation:
“At first blush, a man is not capable of reporting truth; he must be drenched and saturated with it first.” - Henry David Thoreau, I to myself: an annotated selection from the journal of Henry D. Thoreau, 1837. Thoreau, like Abraham Lincoln in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, recognized claimed “reasons” for a “defensive war” against Mexico were obvious lies when inspected.
Here is my humble contribution. Parts 2 and 4 are from previous work in slightly different context; I’ll reformat to specifically address Occupy participants and supporters. I, too, scramble and adapt in this, our interesting “hobby” and vocation/calling that is not a career with money.
Part 1: Why Occupy? A government/economics teacher explains (you’re reading it)