Looking back, it seems like I heard a lot of the R-word this year. I heard it all the time from Chris Hedges. I heard it from Naomi Klein. I heard it from people like Moyers.
2013 seems to have been the year when many sage people began talking about the need to revolt, the necessity and inevitability of revolution.
It wasn't like they wanted to topple some particular tyrant and install someone else in his place. It wasn't that sort of revolt they were after. No, their call is more akin to someone yelling "jump" or "duck" or "fire." There's a definite "save yourself and, more importantly, your kids" message in their call for revolt.
The system is broken but not by accident. Corporatism has captured the government of the United States and is spreading beyond its borders. Corporatism wouldn't stand a chance if it had captured only the Republican party, if the Democratic Party remained a stalwart of democracy. It needed them both and it got them both and, with that, it began squeezing the life out of democracy in America. It picked up their Supreme Court along the way to make the job easier.
Who needs democracy when you can watch Duck Dynasty and exercise the hell out of your constitutional right to buy a 30-round magazine for your AK or AR-15? If corporatist America transforms into Amerika it will have no trouble finding 'brown shirt' recruits from that crowd. Just tell them that the dissenters are fixin' to take away their guns and point them in the direction you want them to shoot. Can you picture it? I can.
Isn't that a hell of a thing to have running through your mind with Christmas Eve just a few hours away?
Update - Dana has provided a link to a thoughtful, upbeat end to this piece.
Update II - From Marie @ a Puff of Absurdity. David Suzuki's take on one of my regular rants, exponential growth. It's a novel way of looking at it and it will shake your sensibilities.