Day, July 3, is the official celebration day for what supposedly happened on the 4th of July. Well, at least it's the day given for people to take off from work-- those who work for government or some industries.
I suggest that we reinvent independence day as a day of mourning-- a remembrance of good intentions, when courageous people fought a good fight for good goals-- against a top-down monarchical and highly exploitive corporate (East Indies Company) entity.
People died for freedom-- at least freedom for white men.
Today we live under a heavily exploitive corporate, top down system where we get to vote for one of two corporate parties chosen candidates, or token third party candidates with next to no chance of winning. This sham is worsened by heavy gerrymandering of districts, which lead to state legislative bodies and districts and a congress led by people elected by a minority.
Our media-- the major ones-- are owned by the big corporations. They help maintain the illusion of Democracy, when what we really have is a blend of plutocracy and corporatocracy.
We have parades that celebrate American exceptionalism, and scores of millions of Americans who actually think the USA is the best nation in the world. Best for what? Corporations? For selling arms? for spending more per-capita on health care while serving the smallest percentage? There are dozens of measured indicators where the US is not longer in the top twenty. The fall from greatness doesn't matter though to a poorly educated mass of ignorant people whose prime religion is consumerism, or to a small handful of people who are riding high as members of the one percent, buying their Mercedes, Porsches and million dollar plus big city apartments.
Chris Hedges says we're edging closer and closer to the state peoples reach when the rebel or engage in revolution. Maybe. Meanwhile, this July, shed a tear for a dream that people fought and died for, which is being taken away by corrupt politicians and judges who routinely betray the interests of we-the-people for the sake of corporations and the ultra wealthy.
Talk to someone about the problems with the system. Take some action today in memory of all those who died fighting for independence. Celebrate the new rights given for marriage equality, and take that as a sign that there are still things we can do to move towards greater freedom. Make a list of things you can do. Share them below in the comments.
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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 (more...)