Pissing on a Wildfire

Welcome to the post-truth world as it is.  Affluenza has become a legitimate excuse for criminal behavior.  We have replaced chattel slavery with convict labor in a for-profit corrections system producing goods for corporations.  Those of us who have escaped the enforced labor are indentured servants working under unending cycles of debt that can never be fully repaid from student loans, auto loans, mortgages, medical bills, credit cards….  A small handful of super connected transnational corporations and their owners control the bulk of the world’s wealth and resources.  They rule us and their rule is pushed upon us by force.  True dissent is demonized in the media and criminalized in the court halls providing more bodies to feed the greed of those who already have everything.

We struggle to survive in an environment of scarcity.  Actual scarcity of resources in some areas and artificial and/or psychological scarcity in others.  The powers that be use this artificial scarcity to set us against ourselves.  “Immigrants stole my job” – no, the manufacturing plant you once worked at was moved to another country to lower a corporation ‘s labor costs.

By setting us against each other it becomes easier for the powers that be to protect themselves.  They are the Empire and they are trying to turn us into their mindless droids.  If I am too busy either struggling to make ends meet for myself and family, or too engaged in conflict with the wrong persons I cannot rise up to change the system that forces me to work for someone else’s enrichment just to provide food, clothes, and shelter for myself and my family.  The threat of homelessness and starvation is very coercive.

When political protest can mean the loss of your subsistence, protest tends to remain minimal.  The question arises, of course, how do we fix this?

I was starting to write an article on “Anarchy Gardens” and trying to do guerilla farming on unused land in urban areas.  I still plan on that, but I discovered the abomination pictured above is a real thing.

This is a “let them eat cake” moment. I’m sorry but the last time such decadence started rearing its head with regularity, the guillotine was brought out.  As much as working on things like permaculture gardening, urban foraging, and sustainable living are good things, worthy of pursuit – trying to fix what’s wrong with this society through individual effort is like trying to piss on a California wildfire to put it out.  We need major systemic change on a revolutionary scale. The time for individual action is over; we must organize and consolidate.  We must work together to ensure all have equal opportunity and standing.

Seriously, let’s take a look at that $2000 pizza.  The USDA computes the cost of food in the United States on a monthly basis.   This is divided into four plans:  thrifty, low cost, moderate, and liberal.  The thrifty plan is what SNAP benefits ares based on.  The numbers from Nov ’16 (most recent information available currently) give the total minimum food cost for a family of four for one month to eat a minimally healthy diet as $636.40.  This means the funds spent on that one gold pizza could realistically feed a family of four for just over three months.

It’s time to go sharpen the pitchforks and soak the torches in oil.  We must fight against the 1% and their political puppets for the good of all, with the thought that “an injury to one is an injury to all.”  And a $2000 gold pizza is both an injury and an insult to every hungry person who cannot afford food.