Can we make up for lost souls? Will we start to see what else has been happening in front our eyes for the last 20 years? Now that the most affluent 1% of the US population holds more wealth that the entire bottom 90% combined, why are we surprised to find Bangladesh in the backyard? Now that the top 500 CEOs make more over morning tea than their employees earn in a year, we enter the realm of a United States of Somalia <http://www.cipa-apex.org/toomuch> .When the cavalry finally comes to the flood, its the cavalry; not doctors, not generators, not Food Aid. Let them eat bullets.
FROM BLOW DRIED TO HAIR RAISING
The wealth gap is barely a subject of debate, not even when our leaders demand tax breaks for millionaires. Whats going on? Its like were stuck in a psychic jail, feeding on denial, greed, distraction and disinformation. Youll be safe in the superdome. The insurgency is on its last legs. The climate isnt changing. Widespread stop, question and search powers do not infringe freedom.
On the seventh day, New Orleans resembled an occupied city. Soldiers beat up reporters, police smashed cameras. <http://www.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2005/09/hurricane2.html>
Taking photos of the dead was forbidden. As in Iraq, no-one did body counts.
GONE WITH THE WIND
AS the anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we can reflect that the war to save civilization has resulted in rolling it back. As one of many who foresaw the war on terror as a war of disaster <http://www.richardneville.com/archive/2001/journal011001.html> , I take no pride in being prescient it was obvious. Still came the hate mail saying I was too dumb to get Realpolitik, the worship of power over ideals. During the chorus of claims that Iraqis would rain rose petals on the marines, I offered - if such happened - to eat my beanie. (Not that I own a beanie). One former Trotskyite turned Brownshirt, gloatingly blogged he would send me another two. By the time he got to the post office, insurgency bombs were exploding, as were his rose petal fantasies.
WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
How come so many well traveled bright sparks got it so wrong? Were they driven by blind revenge, or by the spin of Pentagon appeasers, or a gut aversion to emotional Arabs, or unadorned blood lust? One thing we now know for sure about Bush, Blair and Howard: Liars, killers and planetfuckers three. With a smile.
Where do we go from here? The future is threatened by several lethal beliefs, including Muslim Fundamentalism, Climate Change Denial, Militarism and Christian Fundamentalism. Three of these plague the White House and Canberra. (Also, under Australias imminent anti-terror laws you can be jailed for saying Iraqis have the right to resist occupation.)
It was Bush advisor, a 1988 Presidential candidate and the founder of the Christian Coalition, Pat Robertson who last month called for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. What is Chavezs crime, apart from sailing through seven unrigged elections? A few days before this effusion of Christian diplomacy, Hugo Chavez had warned a vast audience at the Festival of Youth and Students in Caracas, that the choice ahead for the world was stark - a future of barbarism or a bottom up re-invention of socialism, owing to the urgent need to save life on the planet (as well as his own life). Chavez told delegates from over 100 nations that they were confronted with the most cruel, aggressive and hypocritical empire in history, <http://www.ain.cubaweb.cu/idioma/ingles/2005/ago16festival-clausura.htm> and he urged young people to be revolutionaries and work for change, to show it is possible for the human race to teardown an empire. Which is probably why Bush wants to tear down Chavez.
Richard Neville email@example.com
has been a practising futurist since 1963, when he launched the countercultural magazine, Oz, which widened the boundaries of free speech on two continents. He has written several books, including Playpower (71), the a bio of a global serial killer (79), his sixties memoir, Hippie Hippie Shake (95) and his latest handbook of social change, Footprints of the Future. A social commentator and a professional futurist with a sharp tongue, Richard is based in Australia, where he continues to stir the possum. http://www.richardneville.com