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As global society collapses more people will seek vain forms of escapism and be gullible to
#FalseFlags Technology connects us.
As global society collapses more people will go insane, lose their basic bearings and start turning on each other out of fear.
As global society collapses more people will just be out to save themselves and their immediate family. Food riots will be common.
As global society collapses more will head for the hills and mountains to escape the hungry urban hordes in the inner cities.
As global society collapses more will seek false escape valves via sex, music and drugs. Street gangs will rule the streets.
As global society collapses more will seek to learn magic and the dark arts to empower themselves. Bible reading will be rare.
As global society collapses the class chasm between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ will become more raw and ruthless.
As global society collapses the armed forces will flex their muscles from time to time to assert the primacy of the reigning regime.
As global society collapses negative feedback loops in the environment long ignored will push us more towards the edge of extinction.
As global society collapses clean water, fresh fruits and vegetables will be seen as luxuries. Immune systems will break down.
As global society collapses the true predatory nature of the human animal will become more apparent. Many will ‘disappear’.
As global society collapses the
#Internet will become more curtailed, censored and controlled by corporate fascism.
As global society collapses there will be more wars and rumors of war. Dark shadows of the #psyche will come out into the light.
As global society collapses traditional support systems will collapse and basic infrastructure, sewage etc., will break down.
As global society collapses the urban inner cities will be hardest hit. People will fight over turf, garbage bins and dumpsters,
As global society collapses more folks will turn to the opiate of religion and kill each other over who has the true God.
As global society collapses more of us will turn to the serenity of meditation and get serious about spiritual practices.
As global society collapses more folks will burn paper and books in alleys to keep warm on cold winter nights. Gloves will be luxuries.
As global society collapses our natural survival impulses and defense mechanisms will kick in. Martial arts will be key,
As global society collapses friends will turn into enemies and enemies will become friends. New real alliances will be formed.
As global society collapses we will know and understand the mass psyche better and appreciate our actual interdependency,
As global society collapses we will see and value all the stuff, relations and interactions we took for granted before.
As global society collapses the poor will get poorer and the rich will get richer. Class struggles and classes at war will intensify.
“And you will know the truth, and that very truth will make you free.” ~ John 8:32
▶ Connect @Peta_de_Aztlan
First Posted 6/7/2014
“Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory:
1 He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
2 He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
3 He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
4 He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
5 He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Sun Tzu’s Art of War:
▶ The Art of War Sun Tsu Full Documentary. (Educational):
http://youtu.be/erZ2YidTZp4 ~Uploaded Dec 9, 2011
▶ A Brief History of GI Resistance During The Vietnam War: http://youtu.be/OBOTC1poC6w ~Pub June 6, 2014
▶ Why America Lost the Vietnam War (Full Documentary):
http://youtu.be/kB5h4Zt1L98 ~Pub June 16, 2013
@symplsymin @ParableJean I am first and foremost a Humame Being inside, not stuck on any form of nationalism. Born in the U.S.A.
In a way just typing my thoughts has therapy value. Sometimes I bounce back and forth between mania and despair. Sometimes I feel like I am in a huge madhouse. The lights are on but no one seems to be safe at home. Those brave souls who dare to share the truth as Whistleblowers are attacked and persecuted while those in uniform who openly lie before the U.S. Congress are left unharmed. Are we in an upside down world when it comes to our adherence to fundamental humane principles and the U.S. Constitution?
We should not be pathetic and paranoid under Amerikan fascism. Yes, the U.S. Federal Government has become an outlaw rogue state. Yes, chances are if you have spoken out against social injustice and in support of Occupy Wall Street you have been or you still are under special surveillance. Yes. the U.S.A. has the legal right to snatch you off the streets and make you mysteriously disappear never to be heard from again. We are confronted with the most advanced fascist state in all of known human history. We are up against Master Control Freaks who wish they could control every thought you think and every breath you take.
No matter how bad it all gets in times to come remember the Cause of Liberty and Justice is right. We have already won the core moral and ethnical battle. Total surveillance is impossible. Total totalitarianism is impossible. There are a lot of insane psychopaths roaming around in Amerika, including in the White House cabal. Who in the hell are your neighbors? At any given time one confused clown with a gun can take our lives or ruin our day. We are getting use to social mayhem and madness as a daily occurence. We are governed by mad monsters who are functional control freaks!
We need to promote basic spiritual health in this country. As humane beings, we need to have love, compassion and understanding for each other, not just in words but shown our inner values outwardly in our deeds. We need to promote the merits of spiritual liberation, spiritual wellness and soundness of being. Mental illness is an illusion for the billions in profits for Big Pharma. This social sickness is not just a figment of our minds hatched out of our imagination. As a country, we need to heal our inner souls. Our collective psyche as one people.
A huge threat to our so-called national security is the fascist police military state. We need to serve the basic survival needs of the people to ensure real social security, not applaud military occupation by official or unofficial mercenaries! Every day and night more and more people are getting more and more sick and tired of how this society is going downhill.
We are living under a rogue U.S. Regime that still perpetuates the myth of there being a real functional democracy inside the United States. For the zillioneth time, I say we are already living under a mature, scientific and sophisticated fascism inside the United States. Even worse the majority of the U.S. general population feels hopeless and powerless to do anything about it, so they do nothing to resist the Evil Empire.
Thank God we still have Internet Power to express ourselves online, though this power is always in jeopardy under the present fascist state. Maybe the Empire builders know that our expressions online serves as pressure release valves for our collective anger, desperation and frustration.
There are all kind of conspiracy theories about the Boston Marathon and other tragic incidents. We need to aware of any #FalseFlag Operation. For sure we need to take the time to do Fact Checks and not just swallow all the crap we are exposed to online. There is a lot that has already happened that the Amerikan public knows nothing about or simply believes because of the fascist propaganda lies we are told by the U.S. Regime and the corporate media. #911 #JFK
For the zillioneth time, we must exhaust all legal, peaceful and tangible tactics we can utilize to combat the evils of these terrible times. To live we must fight back. We must have the courage of principle to combat evil wherever it is and whenever it pops up. In line with this thinking we must also combat our own character defects and personal shortcomings. We cannot be naive and just blame all our woes and worries on asinine authorities. We ourselves must take direct responsibility to determine our own destiny in the spirit of liberty and become masters of our own fate!
Register to Vote! Help your neighbors, esp. if they are hungry. Get involved in positive volunteer work. Stay straight. Be thrifty. Arm yourselves with the truth. Share what extras you have with others in real need. Love one another. Give a damn!
Namaste!@Peta_de_Aztlan +Peter S. López
Sacramento, Calfornia, United Stasis of Amerika
▶ The Boston Marathon Bombing Shows Why Surveillance State Doesn’t Work via @TheRealNews:
http://youtu.be/-xaPwAbrqq0 ~Pub Apr 15, 2014
Who I Am via Peter S. López aka @Peta_de_Aztlan:
Update: Friday~ December 5, 2014
I AM First and Foremost a humane being living upon Mother Earth, before any labels of sex, race, nation, ethnic group, tribe, clan or other categories.
We should be leery of throwing certain labels on ourselves for self-identity, especially psychiatric labels, those that divide us from others and those that hide our true genuine nature.
We are ultimately complex living beings, not doings. An authentic humane being has tender care, general concern and loving compassion for all living beings.
In the overall context of connected reality today, we should strive for unity as one loving Family of Humanity. However, we should not fool ourselves. We are not now all truly one people. There are many divisions amongst us whose roots we need to understand for us to ever unify as one people of Mother Earth.
Present-day global society is class society caught up in the chaos of class struggles, class wars and cleavaged between two main economic classes: the 99+% of the ‘have-nots’ and the -1% of the ‘haves’. The ancient war between the forces of good and the forces of evil continues on today. Indeed, the potential for good and evil is in all of us. We must make our own conscious decisions as to where we stand in relation to the world. Each of us is a unique creature in our own way. We can describe ourselves in different ways.
I can relate to different self-identity labels about Who I Am, yet I am not stuck on any one of them. I also consider myself a Chicano de Aztlán. Change is a constant flux. I am not the same man now I was when I woke up at the crack of dawn nor will I be the same man later on when I go to sleep tonight.
Words are agreed upon symbols and sounds for our communicating with each other. Words can mean so much more than the mortal mind can fully explain or the naked eye can ever behold. Sometimes we have to feel our way with the inner heart from the known to the unknown without fear. We live within the vast infinite cosmos composed of countless galaxies beyond our vision. We are stationed near the edge of the Milky Way Galaxy. Maybe others who live on distant galaxies see ours and call it by another name.
As a conscious creature of the Creator, I believe in the Prime Creator of the Cosmos My primary intention in being here now is to strive to live in a conscious state of cosmic consciousness in communion with connected reality, help others as I can along the way and attempt to leave this Earthly existence a better place than when I first came into this world.
My creative work in life is a double-helix that spirals around fighting for Global Liberation in the outer world and at the same time seeking greater inner Spiritual Liberation within my own beingness. I strive to humbly help raise mass consciousness; as I work on deepening my own personal spiritual consciousness. In fact, working on my personal enlightenment is one of my main priorities in life.
Choose for yourself as to whether you are a believer in the Creator, commonly called God, or not. It is up to you, no one else. Live your own life inside your life. Your physical body hosts and belongs to your inner spirit, take care of it well. You only have one life to live in each lifetime. You have a divinely ordained free will. Use your own free will with conscious liberty, peace of mind and a humane conscientiousness.
Do not allow your authentic self to be bent, distorted or warped by anyone else, especially those in positions of power and authority. Be true to your self. Know yourself and be who you are, not want someone else wants you to be. Enrich your own beingness for your own inner joy, personal happiness and spiritual serenity. Do not be foolish and make bad karma for yourself. Do not harm anyone else if you can avoid it. Be at peace with others as much as you can. We are here to love, help and understand one another!
~ Background ~ I was born one rainy stormy night on November 15, 1951 in Sacramento, California. My personal ancestry on my Dad’s side goes back to Geronimo aka Goyathlay, the Chiricahua Apache Warrior Chief. I also have a great-grandfather a few generations back who was a Yaqui Chief of a tribe never conquered by the Spaniards in Sonora, Mexico. I do not know his name. So much of our old history has been destroyed by the Spanish Conquistadors.
My blood parents are named Pete Macias Lopez and Ella Perez Lopez. I love them both so much. My Dad aka Pops now lives in West Sacramento. My dear Mom passed over to the other side in 1991. I have one older sister named Linda Carol and two younger brothers named Steven Lopez, who ia mentally retarded as a result of getting TB Meningitis as a child. Robert S. Lopez, my beloved ‘baby brother’ sadly died April 8, 2013, due to bad health decisions.
I started Kindergarten at Washington Elementary School and was there up to high 3rd grade, when we moved across town by Southside Park. I went to William Land Elementary School up to 6th Grade; the old Lincoln Jr. High School for three years; then Sacramento Senior High School from where I barely graduated in June of 1969. A lot of other political activities were going on in my life at the time.
I got involved in the Movement or ‘Movimiento’ in the late 60s. For a bit, I went to Sacramento State College, but quit to go to work after I got married to Pauline Belen Gonzalez. Her and I created one son together named Camilo Esteban Lopez who was born on my birthday ~ November 15th of 1971. Her and I later divorced. I hope to reunite with my son between here and death. Sometime after his Mom and I split up I was no longer allowed to see him for no good reason despite early promises. She ended up with my ex-best friend from childhood Bicton Gee. I was OK with that and happy for the both of them. Her and I just drifted away from each other.
Life for me has been a long and winding road, with side detours along the way. Even since my teenage years I have been interested in the plight of oppressed people, progressive causes and political movements. I was an early volunteer with Friends of the Farmworkers in support of the United Farmworkers Union, was in the Brown Berets here in Sacra for a few years, the Chicano student organization called MECHA at Sac State and have been involved in numerous social groups, movements and political organizations over the years.
Employment-wise, I have had many jobs. A few of them were really good ones. Since my early teens I drank alcohol and it got increasingly worse over the years. My alcoholism finally caught up with me. I became a drunk, then a dope fiend for almost two years in the mid-90’s. I openly admit I became a low-life dope dealer lost in the darkness of sin out in the lowlands of Del Paso Heights. Predictably, I eventually found myself wandering in the streets without a home.
With the clarity of hindsight, I see my past indulgences in chemical addictions retarded my life progress, natural development and spiritual growth. Alas, I am still alive and learning! With no immediate blood family willing to give me shelter, I went into the local Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for homeless people where the roots of my recovery are. Becoming homeless turned out to be the best worst thing that ever happened to me. I sobered up, got involved with a Christian recovery group called CASA and then went to Mather Community Campus (MCC) around 2001 to 2002. MCC is a transitional housing program for homeless people in the Rancho Cordova area.
While I was at MCC I grew up a lot in my spiritual growth and developed my computer skills online. I mainly went there to maintain my sobriety as I already had good job skills. While I was at MCC I fell in lovely lust and got married briefly to one Sheila Jarvis for dumb reasons. I am still technically married. I do not even consider our marriage as a real marriage now. Long story short, I eventually became a Case Manager and Counselor at the local Salvation Army Emergency Shelter from October 2006 to September of 2010. Due to Sacra County Cutbacks in funding and not being a kiss ass, I was laid off by the Director Elizabeth Hudson.
Present Time ~ I am now on SSI Disability behind a Bipolar Diagnosis. I am OK with that for now. Labels are labels. I admit to having a few negative tendencies, such as, OCD and ADHD. I manage them as I do life ~ with consciousness, prayer and meditation, thus, they do not become all out disorders. I am glad to be out of the wage-slave market. It affords me the freedom, time and survival income I need to work on more important spiritual matters. I hope to get something published between here and death to share with others, get off SSI, earn a decent income and travel around. Plus, keep in mind that I am a recovered dope fiend and drunk.
In the past, I have helped coordinate CASA 12-Steps Meetings on Sundays at 7 PM at the local Salvation Army Emergency Shelter at 1200 North ‘B’ Street, Sacramento, California. I had been doing open meetings there for over 10 years. It is a progressive Christian recovery group, though I am not stuck on any one religion or denomination. It’s a little complicated. I make a point of staying away from any kind of fanaticism or cultism.
I am now a senior resident at the low-income Shasta Hotel in Downtown Sacramento, in the heart of the city. I am in a cluttered little room I refer to as my underground bunker. It suits me for now, but someday I want a room of my own with a good natural view, not the prison-like courtyard I see now. Nonetheless, I appreciate my blessings with an attitude of gratitude. I am not anonymous hiding. We can be as sick as our secrets.
My life has had a lot of twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and outs. This is just a brief sketch. As of this typing, I am now 63-Earth years of age. At times I feel so ancient and wise, at other times I can be so childish and ignorant. Life goes on within us and surely life goes on without us.
I feel there are many more awesome adventures and enlightening experiences to come ahead for me. I hope the best is yet to come for me in this lifetime. I have tried to be of help to others and not just take up space. I am single and on my own now. I am open to being involved in a committed intimate relationship with a beautiful woman one of these days, but I am not looking for one. I have had a weakness for beautiful women over the years from time to time. I am not sure I can be forever faithful sexually to any one woman now. I love women, their brains are different. Women are the better half of humanity. When the love is ready the lover appears.
Over the years I have learned better than ever who I really am in my own being and what I want to do with my life from here on out. I am a Truth Warrior who travels on a path with heart. I strive to be Honest, Open and Willing in all my relations: that is HOW my Spiritual Liberation Program works. As Don Juan said:
“Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path. A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.”
I am a humble helper here to help an endangered species called humankind achieve true Spiritual Liberation from unnecessary pain, misery and suffering. I continue to work on my own spiritual evolution. At the same time, I am a practical realist, not a naive idealist. I aim to help topple the Evil Empire and help institute justice in the world. Humanity is an endangered species already on the edge of extinction!
A relevant revolution on a global scale would be a global leap forward for the evolution of humankind. We need to unite together on a common humane rights agenda and destroy the Evil Empire by any and all means necessary! I prefer a Peaceful Revolution and to exhaust all peaceful methods of struggle, but if need be I will wage a war to the knife and take it to the graveyard!
“Let me be me: free to create, free to love, free to work and free to help others! ”Let me be free to be a man, free to travel, free to stop, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself – and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.” ~Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce.
Each of us must seek and find our own truth. When our truth merges together with others there can be agreement, when we differ with each other we can agree to disagree, yet still respect each other in our common humanity.
Let us love one another, shine the light of love and speak the truth in all our ways. Follow the truth wherever it leads without fear. Do not be swayed by the passing winds of dogmatic doctrines held by any fools or fiends. Be not be easily impressed by fancy words spouted by fast talkers. Seek no guru, have no mortal master. Be your own Spiritual Leader. When the student is ready the teacher appears.
Be master of your own life. Determine your own destiny. Call no man boss. My only boss is the Prime Creator, as I am inspired by the Holy Ghost. Seek the refinement of simplicity. Simplify the complex, do not complicate the simple. Love the Creator of the Cosmos, stay straight and help others make it through this modern wicked wilderness called civilization. Treasure your life. It is precious, sacred and yours to live! Discover your own spiritual truth on the Spiritual Journey of life. See that we are ultimately Spiritual Beings!
Namaste! Peter S. Lopez aka @Peta_de_Aztlan
Note: I will refine and update this central blog post from time to time. I share who I am and where I am coming from in my personal life. Sharing is caring. Let us care about all of suffering humanity. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ http://twitter.com/Peta_de_Aztlan ~ @Peta_de_Aztlan
We are all global citizens of the world, but this article is geared towards U.S. citizens and whoever else happens to stumble upon this spot.
We must overcome any denial of the truth and admit that there is now no true democracy inside the U.S.A. In terms of a functional definition, democracy means ‘rule of the people’, though there are different forms of democracy.
A legitimate democracy must be an inclusive participatory democracy that the masses of the people can participate in as a key component of their lives on a daily basis. It should be more than a superficial representative democracy as we have now. It should be obvious to us that so-called representative democracy does not work for us, especially when we have a U.S. Congress mainly composed of millionaires who have been bought off or co-opted by money or capital in its various forms. The whole electoral process in the U.S. is corrupt and rotten to the core as it is now. The Electoral Collage is not direct democracy. There is much that is in need of a few critical reforms for electoral politics to be relevant to the American masses.
▶ Majority of Congress Now Millionaires:
http://youtu.be/_NLxIKEMhzY ~Pub Jan 17, 2014 via @theliptv
In general, politics remains war without bloodshed and war remains politics with bloodshed. Thus, politics and war are intricately interconnected.
In order to help create control over our lives many of us engage in different forms of politics: local community grass-roots politics; online politics on various websites via the Internet; and electoral politics by engaging in official political campaigns for public office and ballot propositions. There are many other forms of politics that influence the ideas, feelings and opinions of the general population. Even speaking out loud and spouting a personal opinion in a coffee shop can be political. The clothes and buttons you wear can be considered political. Where is the dividing line? Is there a dividing line in connected reality? Are not all realities interconnected?
An authentic democracy must include our own direct personal participation in electoral politics and processes on local, state and federal levels, not just on Election Day but on a daily basis. We must keep elected officials on their toes and accountable to those who elected them. We must stay awake!
If we are ever to achieve a democracy defined as ‘majority rule’ we will need to be involved in electoral-democratic processes as much as possible from wherever we are in our own personal lives. Remember what is democracy for the majority could be tyranny for the minority. Exercising our right to vote helps to level the playing field. Electoral politics is only one major tactic among others tactics.
If we are eligible to vote we should be registered to vote and help others register to vote. We need to allow all ex-felons and prisoners the right to vote as a humane right. Be aware of current events, communicate to people in your own local community about these critical issues and be a transmitter for communal mass education. Each of us can be a communicator.
We must do a lot more than merely bitch, whine and complain in the Tower of Babel on the Internet. We must ‘walk the talk’ in our daily lives wherever we are, including in the living rooms of our own homes and out in our local community. We need to be active participants in life, not merely enslaved spectators. Think of future generations to come! Show proof of life!
If democracy is to be ‘for real’ it must be a lively participatory democracy with an active citizenry, not dumbed down addicted consumers. Democracy is always in jeopardy of being destroyed by dark evil forces in the world who hate us to exercise our humane rights. Fascism does not want to help bring about creative change. Fascism does not want us to share our ideas and ideals. Fascism does not want us to openly express ourselves without fear and exercise our communication skills. We can help safeguard any hope for a true legitimate democracy by exercising our basic humane rights, including our right to vote!
We are now existing under a mature brand of authoritarian fascism inside the United States. This has become more obvious with the revelations that came from Señor Edward Snowden about the #NSA mass surveillance that has been going on for a long time. Truthtellers are already being hunted down, caged without justice and persecuted by the forces of repression. Nonetheless, we need to honestly exhaust peaceful methods of protest, of struggle and resistance to fascist state repression. Have courage and fight back!
Remember that repression sooner or later builds up resistance from the people and further repression creates further resistance. The whole situation growing in upward spirals of resistance, repression, resistance. Complete repression is impossible. The totality of complete totalitarianism is the dream of tyrants but absolute totality is impossible. The people will sooner or later find one way or another to offer resistance to repression. A flower can grow through the cracks of a concrete sidewalk.
Sadly, many so-called progressive activists are turned off by electoral politics and politics in general. This is a closed-minded reactionary attitude. This attitude was not helped by the apathy of #OWS towards electoral politics, especially for blind #OWS supporters who barely got their toes wet behind their involvement in progressive aka radical politics during the heyday of #OWS. So much for the leaderless movement idea. We need bold vanguard leadership, those who are not afraid to break from the herd and take the lead, even if they basically function as local community coordinators.
Remember! Only the masses of the people can create any relevant revolution, not mere vanguard elements alone. U.S. citizens can understand and relate to regular electoral politics, especially when they do their civic duty and exercise their right to vote. Most folks are not caught up in intricate ideologies or obscure philosophies. The Left Wing Movement is lame and divorced from the basic concerns of the people.
Now there is a huge digital disconnection between comrades who are online with regular Internet access and those who are not so blessed. Let us not confuse our individual understanding with universal truth. We must put a computer with Internet access in every home and help others to be computer literate. I suggest you not surround yourself with only those who agree with you, but seek different opinions. Strive to be well-rounded. Diversify.
In summary, as global U.S. citizens we should participate in electoral politics, no matter what political party we happen to belong to now. For a long time I was a Democrat, then I quit after Führer Obama escalated the Afghanisnam War. I voted for Sister Jill Stein for President the last presidential election. Thus, I am now an independent voter.
It is up to you in your conscience. It is your freedom of choice. I am merely expressing my spin on stuff for you to accept, reject or ignore. It is your life and your future.
Additional Links to check out:
▶ Running For Congress with Marianne Williamson
~Pub Jan 19, 2014 via
▶ Marianne Williamson @marwilliamson The Politics Of Change on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/82162152#at=1102
▶ Marianne Williamson Announces Candidacy for Congressional Seat: http://youtu.be/fz_ijN3kS8s via @marwilliamson ~Pub Nov 19, 2013
#Latinos set to surpass whites in California in March
#Green Party’s gubernatorial candidate Luis Rodriguez @luisjrodriguez focuses on poverty
▶ What Would You Do If You Had Political Power? – Gar Alperovitz (5/5): http://youtu.be/fULKbSXLsiE
~Pub Jan 27, 2014 via @therealnews
▶ Legalize #Democracy | Full Documentary:
http://youtu.be/QFsq2WMxhzE ~Pub Jan 27, 2014
Venceremos! We Will Win!
Peter S. López aka @Peta_de_Aztlan
Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
Full Definition of RADICAL
1 : of, relating to, or proceeding from a root: as
a (1) : of or growing from the root of a plant (2) : growing from the base of a stem, from a rootlike stem, or from a stem that does not rise above the ground
b : of, relating to, or constituting a linguistic root
c : of or relating to a mathematical root
d : designed to remove the root of a disease or all diseased and potentially diseased tissue
2 : of or relating to the origin : fundamental
3 a : very different from the usual or traditional : extreme
b : favoring extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions
c : associated with political views, practices, and policies of extreme change
d : advocating extreme measures to retain or restore a political state of affairs 4 slang : excellent, cool
— rad·i·cal·ness noun
Origin of RADICAL
Middle English, from Late Latin radicalis, from Latin radic-, radix root —
First Known Use: 14th century
Labels being labels cannot fully describe the contents behind them, especially political labels for folks. Labels often divide people from each other when we want to use words to help unite people, without ignoring basic differences.
I myself am a straight up hard-core liberated radical in a reactionary world. I advocate and support revolution as a basic solution for our social problems, not mere surface reforms. The big difference between radicals and liberals is that a true radical will understand the urgent need for revolution, but a mere liberal is not willing to go all the way. I respect liberals, especially those who are open-minded and willing to consider the opinions of radicals. A liberal will support certain social reforms in society but will not support any real substantial change such as a fundamental revolution in power relationships or property relations in society between the -1% vs. the +99% or the ‘haves’ vs. the ‘have-nots’.
We still live in a class society whose two main classes are the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’. These two main classes are classes at constant war with each other because they have conflicting social-economic interests. The existence of one opposes the existence of the other. Despite any New Age distraction we are not all one people, though we are one human family, yet it is a family with great divisions among it that threaten its continued existence as a species. In fact, the human family is an endangered species facing extinction.
We need to stick to the basics of survival for us to get down to the radical roots of what needs to be done in our general situation in terms of our working together in global solidarity, dismantling the Empire and fighting for an authentic global democracy based upon our basic humane rights. All along the way we must keep in mind our basic survival needs as human beings: good food, proper clothing, decent shelter, medical care and quality education.
Many activists forget about the basic survival needs of the people in their understanding of politics in general. Many poor people cannot afford to have a computer at home with Internet access, thus, online activists tend to think the general population is more aware of what’s going on than they actually are. Thus, we should not confuse our individual consciousness with the present mass consciousness of the people.
There is a great digital-computer disconnect in the world and this is more obvious in so-called Third World countries. The truth is there is only one world. Many oppressed poor communities in the United States exist now in Third World-like living conditions. Google the facts and figures for yourself. Those of us in industrialized countries tend to forget that our relative wealth is the result of the centuries-old gross exploitation of the so-called Third World of Latin America, Africa, Asia and other undeveloped countries.
Many of us want to see a strong #Radical Movement in the U.S.A., but it will take a long hard time to bring one into being here. In general, we are dealing with a passive apathetic population in the U.S.A. that is trying to stay alive, not rock a sinking ship and lack faith in their own innate capacity to bring about fundamental change in this society. Many know that no matter how bad life can be in the U.S.A. we are better off than the hungry homeless masses in other foreign countries.
We here in the U.S.A. cannot do it alone with a divided Left-wing sectarian movement such as we have now that is divorced from the larger Global Liberation Matrix. We use the term ‘movement’ too loosely when our situation is more of diverse pockets of activists who are separated and scattered out around the country without a strong United Front working together in harmony as a coordinated movement. Get real!
We will have to link up with all authentic radicals in the world who see the need for basic reforms, yet know that surface reforms are not enough. The people of the world require Global Liberation, not the band-aids of reform as we bleed to death. Once again, we need to exhaust legal peaceful methods of resistance, relate to the people’s present level of mass consciousness and understand what protracted war is today. We must wage class-based struggles that the masses can easily understand, such as in the arena of electoral politics, before we can advance to sterner methods of struggle. This is why it is called a ‘struggle’. It is not easy and we should not lie to people about the real hardships we face in order to bring about any kind of relevant revolution.
It is the people themselves who must learn from their own direct experiences the practical necessity and logical possibility of revolution. It is the role of leadership to help guide the people, but only the awakened masses of people can make the revolution. At most we are just helpers.
We can discuss and debate our ideology (a system of ideas and ideals) until doomsday. I myself envision an intercommunal egalitarianism based upon democratic centralism on a global scale, in fact, a democratic globalism. Even democracy only on a local regional level can be democracy for the majority and tyranny for the minority.
We need to come together based upon a common humane rights agenda, settle any petty ideological differences and move forward in the Liberation process if we are ever to win final victory before possible extinction.
Liberation is a dynamic living process, not a fixed set of frozen conclusions. We must be flexible, do actual analyses of actual conditions, use creative imagination and have a bold vision for the future. For sure, we cannot advance onward if we are afraid of constructive criticism and fail to engage in creative self-criticism.
Be unafraid. Lose your fear. Get for real and get radical. Do not be naive. We are trying to topple the greatest strongest Empire in human history. In a valid revolution one wins or one dies, which beats losing and dying.
Those of us who struggle to topple the Evil Empire with its vast array of armies, spies and technology are up against the Beast. We will have to take the bull by the horns and ride it until its neck breaks!