Those of us who advocate for a less invasive, less authoritarian government presumably want to preserve democracy. If that’s the case, their reasoning is sound. They laudably want to resist a government that slips into an explosive tyranny. However, I believe they overestimate the power of government as it appears to lay prostrate to the whims of big business. In case we haven’t deprogrammed ourselves from our hypernationalism, it’s fair to say that we’re subjected to an inverted totalitarian government. This means our tyranny has no face, no creed, no color, not even a pulse. The only images representing our despot are the logos branded onto our clothes, cars, food packaging, gas stations, and credit cards. Corporations rule. Do we really believe that we hold equal political sway as a banking firm that submits bills to Congress? Is our participation in the democratic process illusory when monied interests capture the attention of legislators, and are we duped by the occasional display of decency as corporations and their associates, government officials, say they respect our rights, rights which we hold self-evident? Government and big business act as though they seek all pervasive and indefinite control. Expanding power and influence for the wealthy, not protecting the welfare of the people, too often guides policy making.
We’re complicit if we don’t delegitimize the corrupt hierarchy of power and refuse to cooperate with big business. We must tread carefully though, stay civil, and never lay the foundation for a Communist government to spring up, which is a tyranny that flows red with citizens’ blood. It’s a tyranny that chars hearts black as it offers a license to kill without repercussion. In fact, the richest among us, who guide the most powerful lobbying groups, which in turn, systematically engineers public policy, likely have contingency plans in case the public ignites an armed conflict against the status quo. History has shown that the rich and powerful foment wars, incite revolutions, and set forth streams of blood in the streets in order to acquire more power in the aftermath. History has proven that the rich and powerful fund both sides in war and their politicians receive huge payouts due to their exposure to sensitive information. The rich and their loyal servants exhibit opportunistic behavior, and we are foolish to think any politician will fix the rigged system when monied interests back nearly every politician. Politicians like Barack Obama protect the status quo. If he proves too difficult to control, the monied interests more than likely will find a way to remove him from office. Any significant deviance to their plans, if he’s led too astray, the monied interests could strike a gruesome, grisly fear of personal persecution in the man. Our “leaders” aren’t obligated to liberate us. We must ban together and liberate ourselves.
Our collective experience link us together; this cannot be denied. We see our “democracy” descend further into two classes, land owners and serfs. We’ve seen the brutality explode right in our faces under Chinese and Russian Communist regimes. The failures of both Capitalism and Communism can largely be attributed to corrupt, greedy megalomaniacs coercing too much slavery and seizing too much power. However, the wealthy megalomaniacs cannot seize power and struggle to not only keep it but to expand it, without a delirious, ignorant, and bogged down public. In fact, fascist societal systems, Communism and corporate Capitalism, are more alike than different. Both systems implement various ways to transfer wealth from the producers, the working class, to the nonproducers, the upper echelon of society. For instance, the wealthiest bankers produce nothing of value and yet, manage the Federal Reserve and even wealth itself. Even when their market speculation works in their favor, Wall-Street bankers reuse their capital for more wasteful speculation. When their gambling turns sour, whether intentionally or unintentionally, government, their cohorts in crime, will clear the pieces off the board, reset the game, and bail them out.
Politicians, although subservient to the wealthy, aren’t foolish enough to expect the wealthy to play by the same rules as the rest of us. Government may overtly reward failure, brazenly reward intentional incompetence, and wield restricted power under the dominion of the most prolific hoarders of wealth, but politicians cannot match the power money can buy. Bailouts for bankers demonstrate why preaching small government misleads the public. Government and big business should be small and should be held accountable to the people. Ideally, the people should afford very limited power to the government but as shown in the infancy of the 21st century, the roles are reversed, special and undeserved rights are granted to big business, lobbying groups can and will drown out the voice of the people, and government chips away at the Bill of Rights. It does not matter whether government controls every aspect of out lives if it’s only impotent like zombie computers on a network. Attacking government is akin to targeting one limb of an opponent, because federal bureaucrats serve the interests of the wealthy. The wealthiest among us have their tools, which are governments and banks, and their pawns, which are us. Haven’t we had enough of their chessboard?