The People Have the Power

Just in time for May Day, I have an important message to share that, despite the Coronavirus pandemic limiting its scope, remains relevant. I meant to publish this blog in March, but had to address the warnings for World War 3 first. I didn’t think this would be relevant again for a while, with the lockdown orders in place across the country stopping people from congregating in mass. However, after seeing news on labor actions and a major rent strike coming this month, I feel it is appropriate to post this blog now. With all of this talk about the election season being as horrible as it is, I think this is an important blog to post to counter such pessimism. I’ll post my visions for the election season sometime next month, since some interesting developments are happening that should be addressed. For now, though, this is important to get out first.

With all the talk of austerity, electoral rigging and people feeling powerless to change anything in our society, some optimism is in order. I mentioned this topic briefly in my 2020 predictions blog. To refresh your recollection, here’s what I wrote:

A collective realization that politics will not save humanity takes roots and ordinary people take leadership roles in fighting for what they believe in. It will be a year of grassroots power taking on, and winning, against big corporations and wealthy people. It will be a year where work is no longer seen as important to most people, as family, friendship and the pursuit of passion become a priority to more people. It will be a year where people lose their freedoms, but also lose their fear of their oppressors. If the elite think they can control the masses, they are in for a very rude awakening in 2020.

With the attacks on pensions, labor rights and work place safety happening as we speak, the long awaited spark that sets off a major working class uprising has begun. What millions of people around the world don’t seem to understand is that they are the ultimate arbitrators of their own collective destiny. It may not seem that way at times, with the way the corporate media and politicians make people think they are powerless to effect change, but this is the God honest truth.

Bernie Sanders had the election taken from him (though this may not be the end of the line for him just yet…I’ll explain why some other time). Regardless, elections mean nothing in the end anyway because, at the end of the day, wealthy people control the process regardless of the political party and they will not let anyone take office who directly challenges their power (though that only partially applies to Trump). To counter their influence and wealth, people need to be in the streets and putting their bodies on the line to resist what they are attempting to impose as we speak. Those who are touted as heroes by the media are doing bad things behind closed doors. If we want to stop them from imposing crippling austerity at a time of a pandemic, then we have to fight back. In other words, despite the health hazards and risks of violence from the state that is sure to come, it is important to remember that direct action gets results. Hence, why they oppose it so much.

It may seem like so long ago now, but protestors on January 31st in New York City gave us a preview of what we should expect should be done to take back power from the 1%. Fighting to make the subways free (in opposition to Andrew Cuomo’s attempts to privatize it), groups like Decolonize This Place expanded the consciousness of what can be possible using direct action to protest the fare. What the FTP protests showed was how one is supposed to challenge power when they refuse to relent to the public’s demands. They were condemned by the press and politicians at the time, but that’s why what they were doing was valiant. Actions are not supposed to be legal or endorsed by the elite. Otherwise, it is not doing its job in directly challenging power. It may be painful and it may require sacrifice from many of you, but it is necessary to counter the prevailing forces of wealth in our society who wish to return us to a time of feudalism.

Even though there is a fear of mass gatherings due to the risk of Covid19, actions are being organized that will be condemned by the system because it will shock it so much. The nation’s biggest rent strike is already gaining traction. It will soon be followed by a tax strike, a student loan default spree, a default on mortgages, a default on medical bills and major work stoppages that will be even more devastating than ever before. Labor strikes will become more common, especially as those anxious to get the nation back to work become less and less concerned for the safety of those who are working. All of this together will force the elite and its politicians to their knees.

Such actions are already forcing lawmakers to respond. Some are trying to placate the demands with platitudes, while others are looking to punish them for daring to exercise their rights. Regardless, these types of actions on a large scale basis will change the political calculation for the elite. The sheer volume of actions will overwhelm the system into an even bigger economic collapse than we are dealing with now. Over time, it will leave the US vulnerable to an overthrow, which should have been done decades ago. Either they will bend the knee to the will of the public no longer afraid of them or they will fall during attempts at a revolt of their governance by armed force. The choice is theres to make, but the people have the power here to force them to serve their will.

Take advantage of this moment in time if you want things to change for the better. Don’t wait for politicians to save you. Don’t expect the law or the constitution to save you either. Save yourselves, your loved ones and your communities. At the end of the day, as I have said countless times before, there are more of you than there are of them. Remember that and start getting active to fight back. It’ll make more of a difference than you think, especially in such trying times as the ones we are dealing with now.

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