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July 18, 2011

Post Apocalyptic America-- NOW!

By Rob Kall

I've been watching TNT's Falling Skies, based on the idea that aliens have attacked Earth, killed most humans, destroyed all major cities, and a rag-tag band of survivors struggling to stay alive as they deal with human-size, bug-like aliens and their elephant-sized battle robots. I got to thinking that in some ways, we're actually facing a reality that has some similarities.

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I'm a science fiction fan and have watched my share of post-apocalyptic movies and TV series.

I've been watching TNT's Falling Skies, based on the idea that aliens have attacked Earth, killed most humans, destroyed all major cities, and a rag-tag band of survivors struggling to stay alive as they deal with human-size, bug-like aliens and their elephant-sized battle robots.

Alien from TV show Falling Skies

I got to thinking that in some ways, we're actually facing a reality that has some similarities.

Think mega/multi-national corporations instead of aliens.
Think destruction of communities, of neighborhoods instead of cities.
Think extinction of the ligaments and ties that hold families together.

The attack has not come from explosive weapons. It has come from commercial efforts to commoditize life, to replace citizens of communities with consumers of things and services.

There are a number of people writing about and creating films about this "apocalypse," though they do not call it that. I've interviewed some of them:

Helena Norberg-Hodge; Economics of Happiness

Chris Hedges; Death of the Liberal Class and a Call For Rebellion

Arianna Huffington Third World America

The Abundant Community; John McKnight & Peter Block; Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

Robert Jensen, on facing an age of collapse, and about his book, ALL MY BONES SHAKE-- seeking a progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice

Naomi Wolf on teapartiers, transpartisanism, End of America Under Obama

Caroline Myss; Dark Times Require Transcendant Responses

I am sometimes accused of stretching a metaphor. That may be the case here.

Dictionaries define apocalypse as the end of the world, or some important ending of some aspect of the world. But wikipedia goes a different route, looking at the etymology of the word:

An Apocalypse (Greek: ἀποκάλ...ψις apokálypsis; "lifting of the veil" or "revelation") is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted. The Apocalypse of John (Greek Ἀποκάλ...ψις Ἰωάννο...) is the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. By extension, apocalypse can refer to any End Time scenario, or to the end of the world in general.

Apocalypse depicted in Christian Orthodox traditional fresco scenes in Osogovo Monastery, Republic of Macedonia (from Wikipedia)

In this latest apocalyptic TV show, Falling Skies, produced, by the way with the participation of Steven Spielberg's and Dreamworks operations, the aliens put some kind of bio-control thing on the backs of children they enslave and control the thoughts of. The few remaining "free" humans must kidnap these children, then surgically remove the bio-control things, which look like giant Helgramites.

flickr image By Kevin Matteson

So I propose to you that the corporate "aliens" have, using credit and mainstream media and pharmaceutical drugs and services that deconstruct neighorhoods and weaken family bonds, done many of the things that the aliens in Falling Skies have done.

The latest episode ends with a military leader betraying children, selling them out and delivering them to the aliens. We've seen countless examples of legislators doing this-- betraying constituents for corporate "aliens."

When the Aliens take over the brains and minds of humans, the humans side with the aliens. They defend the aliens. They even kill for the aliens. Sound familiar? Can't wait to see the commenters defending corporatism on this one.

We live in the era of "boiled frog syndrome." Our situation is getting worse as the war against the middle class, perhaps started under Ronald Reagan, if not earlier, proceeds into another decade. It's hard for some people to imagine the wealthy paying the 50% tax rate that were the norm under Reagan, let alone the 70% taxes that were the norm under Nixon. Boiled frog syndrome. We are being lulled into thralldom. This is not fiction. This is reality.

What's the solution to this apocalypse? The same as it always is in this kind of movie-- kill the invaders. Wipe them out. HG Wells showed simple human germs doing the killing in his oft re-told WAR OF THE WORLDS. We're not going to have it so easy. To extend the analogy, we're going to have to take control of and massively modify the functioning of the corporations and the machines of destruction they've been wielding, and also the humans they've enslaved or taken over. I'll again say that one step will have to include debillionairizing the planet. Billionaires serve the corporations and have no place on a planet for humans. I've written about how to go about debillionairizing the planet in my article "De-billionairize" the Planet.

The thing about apocalyptic movies is they always give the message that even if there are only a few humans left and the odds are overwhelming, there is always room for hope and ways to fight back.

Ditto for reality.



Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.

To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..  and here's an article on the Storycon Summit Meeting he founded and organized for eight years. Press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: Party's Left Pushes for a Seat at the Table

Here is a one hour radio interview where Rob was a guest- on Envision This, and here is the transcript. 


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