It will never change through the existing political system. American democracy as we thought we knew it is dead. It has been moving towards this end for several generations. This is the bad news, in fact horrible. However, the silver lining, if one can see through the smoke, is that Hegel was correct--History is nothing more than mans march towards freedom. It is just that Jefferson was also correct and freedoms renewal may need to arise, Phoenix-like from the flames of the old order. We are in the midst of a massive tectonic disruption and as with all major (forgive me the use of this overused word) paradigm shifts, in order to be so defined it must be a process that is a force against overwhelming convention--real and delusional.
Out of the chaos of the destruction of the ancien régime a new order will emerge, in fact it is already well under way. It is just that most of us cannot perceive it and may not understand its full implications and breadth during our lifetimes. As in quantum processes, the uncertainty principle makes even the most prescient seer incapable of describing our future. But, I do know one thing or at least I believe that it will be so, and this is that it will be a future based on a true level of individual freedom never yet achieved in scale and on mutually agreed to moral and ethical restraints under a decentralized system of governance or humankind will no longer exist.
The experiences of the human race have been recorded, in more or less detail, for some four thousand years. If we attempt to study such a period of time in as many countries as possible, we seem to discover the same patterns constantly repeated under widely differing conditions of climate, culture and religion. Surely, we ask ourselves, if we studied calmly and impartially the history of human institutions and development over these four thousand years, should we not reach conclusions which would assist to solve our problems today? For everything that is occurring around us has happened again and again before.
----Sir John Glubb
Noam Chomsky has pointed out that there are two main audiences the media has to deal with when addressing American issues. One is the 20% of the population that is somewhat well educated and involved or interested in politics. The other 80% of the population are merely spectators. They are the herd of people who are not expected to become involved in important issues. They are the target of the real mass media. They are the demanding audience for tabloids, celebrity gossip, soap operas, and televised sporting events. The major media of the United States function as a diversion for the mass herd of spectators. Through this diversion, major media reinforces such American social values as passivity, submissiveness to authority, the virtue of greed and personal gain, lack of concern for others, and fear of real or imagined enemies.
The goal is to keep the masses distracted, ignorant, and obedient, and not burden them with the reality of the world. This is the way the powers that be want the masses to live. If the people were exposed to too much reality, they may take it upon themselves to change things.
==Land of Hypocrisy (Kennie Anderson)
What was once one of the world’s liveliest and most robust democratic systems has lapsed into a sham democracy uncomfortably reminiscent of the old Eastern Bloc states, where everyone had the right to vote for a preselected list of candidates who all support the same things.
==Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America (John Michael Greer)
Military hardware still flowing to local police after Ferguson -
The federal government shipped nearly 4,000 more assault rifles to local law enforcement agencies in the three months following the Ferguson riots, marking a huge surge in the amount of lethal firearms being doled out to police and sheriff’s offices.
The Ferguson riots drew attention and criticism to the massive firepower state and local police are now able to bring to bear on their citizens, and earned scrutiny for the Pentagon project, known as the 1033 program, that helps arm many of those agencies by making surplus military equipment available to them.
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Many Americans were shocked to see the militarized police response to public protests this summer in Ferguson, Missouri. Of course, many working on police reform issues have identified the growing militarization of police tactics and equipment as a problem for over two decades. What is less observable but equally dangerous to American civil liberties is the increasing militarization of domestic law enforcement intelligence operations.
The American tradition of prohibiting military involvement in domestic policing is designed to ensure that we maintain democratic and civilian control over an extraordinarily powerful fighting force. An army designed and equipped to protect Americans should never be turned against Americans except to quell active rebellion. But just as the drug war fuelled increased military participation and militarization in domestic policing, the war on terrorism is driving the militarization of domestic intelligence operations. Unlike the purchases of armored vehicles, military weapons, and SWAT gear, domestic intelligence activities take place mostly in the dark and neither the public nor policymakers really know what is happening.
Military intelligence officials are trained for war against hostile enemies. Their tools, tactics, and attitudes reflect that mission, and are completely inappropriate to a domestic application.[gview file="http://www.troutinmilk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Why-Police-Spying-On-Americans-Is-Everyone’s-Problem-Defense-One.pdf"] via Why Police Spying On Americans Is Everyone’s Problem - Defense One. The Militarization of Police in America: ''Active Shooter Training'' Now Massively Federalized
As mass shooting events become ever more common throughout the United States, so too has their direct coordination under Department of Justice and FBI auspices. Aggressively publicized by a submissive corporate news media, the continuum of such incidents over weeks, months and years is an essential socialization process for the public’s unquestioning acceptance of the growing police state.
An under-examined facet of this broader trend is how “active shooter drills” have become massively federalized in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Alongside the militarization of police under the Pentagon’s 1033 Program, which provides high-powered weaponry and armored vehicles to state and local law enforcement agencies, officers are receiving military-style training funded and supervised by the US DOJ and government subcontractors.