What ever happened to political activism?
We are living in a day and age where there are plenty of things screaming in need of change, yet our society does nothing but simply watch. Our government has turned into a oppressive watchdog, seeping through our emails and phone calls, and we do not care one single bit. This is just one example, but what happened to taking to the streets, and letting your voice be heard?
@tuttankhamun, I don’t think it’s anything personal; people have this idea that the government has a person specifically assigned to watch them, that is insane, what you have is automated technology that scans for key words and phrases, but any real threat with half a brain can find their way around that. Generally to get personal attention from the government you have to set off red flags and get on a watch list, most people simply aren’t important or dangerous enough.
As for political activism; everyone knows that is pointless, the government is in the pocket of big business and it would take something enormous to encourage people enough to make an effort in life, it would have to effect them dramatically and personally in a way they don’t see as their own fault, but by the time it does it will likely be too late.
I’m of the persuasion that education is the thing that’ll incite university protests again, and it’s practically started now, but the media isn’t doing its job to make people realize the crisis that it is. Give it 5-10 more years and I can guarantee that the the 20 something year olds that need to be in power and have a voice will finally get that voice and spread the messages that need to be heard, not even just about education.
No worries, Raoul…These times are bringing about refined Understandings, esp. about the functionalities of Our concepts of being human.
Thru the adversities of the last 100 or so years, We can now See, in real time, that concepts & notions previously believed as ‘just & right’ are not working…not political stuff, not economic stuff, not religious stuff, not our ways of business, nor our ways of guiding future peeps, nor our ways of well-being for much of anything.
Knowledge is power, and We are learning…Slowly, but definitely, surely. And We are sorting…functional & sustainable vs. not so. Evolving is quite a process, yes? :)
NSA: The only government department that does listen… Crackup!
The reason people don’t act is because they are still numbed and conditioned by decades of brain washing and systematic dumbing down. Especially in the West. Politics is a farce, democracy and elections installed to keep the populations entertained and occupied – the real power brokers have always been international and global of scope, well centred in off-shore banking centres and have a global reach and understanding in pretty much everything. They don’t watch the six o’clock news – they make it, while you enjoy your supper and your Mrs puts the electric blanket on for the night after a day’s hard work.. These boys think you’re an idiot, nothing more, nothing less. They live life in the fast lane, while you learn to ride your bicycle on the footpath.
Revolution is a word “they” made up.
My dad spent his entire manhood engrossed in the political scene – for ZIP.. As his son I would have much more enjoyed him spending some time now and then with me instead. But he was idealistic. Nice. In his old day he has become so disillusioned that he stopped voting altogether, while I hark back to childhood memories of doing stuff with my dad I don’t have.
@tuttankhamun, Anyway, I think it is just a case of what I call “Logistical Evolution” people will inevitably develop more efficient ways to do things, especially with the communications revolution technology.
I remember they used to have a “suggestions box” where people could help the business in areas perceived as lacking, kind of like a “complaints box” except potentially productive. Well the internet is one big suggestions and complaints box, and there is a cascade effect where one person may read something and suggest it elsewhere, and so on, eventually the idea starts to take root, even evolve.
As long as people stay active in spreading ideas, they will be picked up and change will take hold, things that weren’t possible before will start to become more practical. So that is the real future for things, rallies are basically just a political show of numbers for something, but things like petitions and consensus reports are efficient and effective in propagating change.
@trek79, I think you underestimate the danger of having the government record all of our interactions. If at ay point the government wants to take you down for something..for the spirit of this thread lets choose a political activist for example… they can start pulling up random conversations you had that were not serious and maybe “what-ifs” and they can take it out of context. They can say well you were friends with this person on Facebook and visited this site. A lot of random events could be used to place blame on you for something completely untrue. And if te government is allowed to continue on the path they have been on.. in a decade or two. this is exactly hat they will be doing.
@fantasybeats, No, I don’t underestimate that, I have considered it, but I figure even if they didn’t do all this spying they could trump up what you are saying anyway. If the government wants to take you down they will, they don’t need real evidence to do it either, they take out bigger fish than you or I every day and it doesn’t even make the paper.
Haha. Political activism is everywhere! It alive, kicking and changing more than ever before! Just look not for protests on the street. That’s so 70’s and 80’s. The new activists are busy. Watch this movie (Blessed unrest) and you’ll understand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1fiubmOqH4
Check your facebook events, go to all the place where people discuss and start helping to make a difference in economy, ecology, city life, peace, life, education, money and everything else that matters.
And I checked the other answers: much about fear of NSA and government. Fear paralyzes. And both organizations (well one could doubt about the NSA ;-) are full of people who worry too. Many civil servants work with the organizations mentioned above (blessed unrest) or fund them. Many of the big issues are about everyone. Worrying about the bad guys, makes you stop acting and watch conspiracy shit all day. Protesting is not listened to. So start new ways and options or support those that do make a difference. The wheel, fire, steam engine and internet all came into culture by a few people, just as peace organizations, the organic and slow food movement, the hippie movement and global soccer. Where will you make a difference?
@fantasybeats, i wonder what comes up when someone with the power key-word engine searches the letters dmt, or lsd. lol. fear is their game, yet they have no aim or evidential blame. the statistic for compulsive liar’s is probably really fuckin high in the US. many, a’many factors.
we the people.