I’m copying below, verbatim, an essay I posted 9 May 2012. I’ve added a few introductory words and an embedded song. Please note the new classified ad at the bottom of the post, which is also copied atop the CLASSIFIEDS page. I’ve also included links to recent interviews.
“The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn’t really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: he wasn’t going to compose Beethoven’s Fifth.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut
The situation has worsened considerably, on every front, since this essay was posted four years ago. The trend will continue, on every front, until we gleefully grind the remaining shards of the living planet into dust.
Contrary to my previous writings, patriarchy apparently is the only way to live. This most horrific of civilizations is the only approach we’re willing to tolerate.
Fascism has come to the industrialized world, and the evidence is particularly clear in the United States. As I wrote in a book published in 2004 regarding the executive branch of the U.S. government:
[The administration] is characterized by powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism, identification of enemies as a unifying cause, obsession with militaristic national security and military supremacy, interlinking of religion and the ruling elite, obsession with crime and punishment, disdain for the importance of human rights and intellectuals who support them, cronyism, corruption, sexism, protection of corporate power, suppression of labor, control over mass media, and fraudulent elections. These are the defining elements of fascism.
The situation has progressed, and not in a suitable manner from the perspective of the typical self-proclaimed progressive. Along with fascism, we’re firmly ensconced in a totalitarian, surveillance-obsessed police state. We’ve been in this state for many years and the situation grows worse every year, but most people prefer to look away and then claim ignorance while politicians claim we’re not the people indicated by our actions. As long as you’re not in jail (yet) or declared a terrorist (yet) and subsequently killed outright (yet), you’re unlikely to bring attention to yourself, regardless what you know and feel about the morality of the people
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But why? Is fear such a great motivator that we allow complete destruction of the living planet to give ourselves a few more years to enable and further the destruction? Is the grip of culture so strong we cannot break free in defense of planetary habitat for our children? Have we moved so far away from the notion of resistance that we can’t organize a potluck dinner without seeking permission from the Department of Homeland Security?
I know many parents who claim they can’t take action because they want a better world for their children. Their version of a “better world” is my version of a worse world, as they long for growth of the industrial economy at the expense of clean air, clean water, healthy food, the living planet, runaway greenhouse, and human-population overshoot. I’ve come to call this response “the parent trap.” Trapped by the culture of make believe, these parents cannot bring themselves to imagine a different world. A better world. A world without the boot of the police state on the necks of their children. A world with more carnivores every year, instead of fewer. A world with less pollution, less garbage, and less lying — to ourselves and others — each and every year.
All evidence indicates we prefer Fukushima forever, if it means we can have electric toys. We prefer near-term extinction by climate chaos, if it means we can cool the house to 68 F in the summer. We prefer genocide, if it comes with a milkshake and an order of fries. Henry Ford was wrong when he pointed out, “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” On the other hand, General Omar Bradley’s sentiments from 1948 ring true: “The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”
Even though we’re willingly tapping six scary extreme energy sources to fuel the post-peak oil industrial economy, power outages have become exponential within the last decade, as indicated in the figure below. We clearly don’t care about the environmental consequences of our greed, so we keep soldiering on, wishing for a miracle and ignoring the evidence for imperial decline, human-population overshoot, runaway climate change, and a profound extinction crisis. Will the final power outage come in time to save us from our unrepentant selves?
Ultimately and sadly, I suspect it comes down to this: When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done. We simply can’t be bothered to contemplate a single issue of importance when the television calls or the shopping mall beckons. Political “activists” spend hours every day elaborating the many insignificant differences between the two dominant political parties in this country, but they cannot bring themselves to throw a wrench into the gears of industry. They continue to ignore the prescient words of Desmond Tutu long after the consequences of inaction are obvious: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
The only reason I can imagine wanting to retain this horrific system for a few more years is to safely shut down the nuclear reactors that are poised to kill us. But increasing the number of these uber-expensive sources of electricity, as President Obama desires, means shoving more ammunition into the Gatling gun pointed at our heads. One bullet does the trick. In classic American style, we prefer more. Always more.
How much of this is too much? When have you had enough?
McPherson was interviewed by Rick Chicago for The People Speak radio on 31 May 2016. Details and audio are available here.
McPherson was interviewed by Michael Welch for the Global Research News Hour on 2 May 2016. Download or listen here.
An invitation to come and live love and pursue a life of excellence as Mr. McPherson so eloquently puts it.
I have been entrusted with a piece of Mother Earth going on 22 years now. The property is located in Montana 30 miles North of Missoula Montana that I am wanting to share this most magical and abundant place with others.
Located 30 miles North of Missoula Montana
This 40 acre secluded property has very fertile dirt for gardening as I have grown huge organic gardens here in the past. It has some very large virgin timber ( fir pine birch aspen poplar cottonwood) a artesian spring as well as the back boundary has a medium size river which originates out of Native lands on the Flathead Confederated Reservation.
I have recently returned to this place I call home and wanting others that have a large array of skill sets to come and join me for the times ahead that have mastered being honest, reliable, loving-compassionate human beings.
My plans are to bring in an excavator and build a combination of Mike Oehler and other’s work in building underground homes. He built the first underground house for 50.00 in the 70’s. More info at http://www.undergroundhousing.com/
You as well can see many example pictures on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/
The power and well are in and I also brought in an older 2 bedroom 14 x 70 mobile home that has been used as a rental to keep the place attended to in my absence. That could be used as a living area while the underground projects are completed.
I reside in a old 60 plus year old cabin here on the property.
Since returning in April of this year I have planted a food forest/edible landscapes such as grapes, raspberries, strawberries, currants, plums, artic kiwi, cherries, goji-berries sea-berry to name a few, and the kitchen garden has been started consisting of watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, squash and greens.
I have also fell numerous large and small trees for the underground project and purchased some of the epdm rubber membrane for the roof of these homes.
A little about me. As long as I can remember I have danced to the beat of my own drum. I have most of the time gone against the grain and learned much in doing so. I was voted woman of the year in Missoula Mt in the 80’s, was the first woman to be hired in Montana for the State of Montana Dept of Transportation for driving truck, as well as the 2nd to be hired for the same in the 5 state Northwest.
I am not religious but I do believe there is a Creator. I am 60 years young.
Please contact me @firstname.lastname@example.org
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