Archive for February 28th, 2011

by lizard

Incrementalism can be thought of as a process of using tiny steps versus big leaps. When applied to the decades long domestic war by Big Money against the New Deal, the anecdote of the boiling frog comes to mind:

The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually

As a political strategy, incrementalism has worked pretty darn well for the predators of finance and those soulless, bottom-line thinking sociopaths known in their personhood as corporations. But their greed appears to be trumping their carefully measured assault. Maybe that’s because they have accumulated so much influence over our political system, they’ve decided to abandon the slow burn that cooks us while our national ADD keeps us preoccupied, and decided to go balls out against their sworn enemies, unions, and the rights workers have fought and died for.

But it’s bad timing for the GOP to shift into high gear. After the predominantly peaceful protesters in Egypt dethroned their authoritarian autocrat, the seed of people power has been planted around the globe, and as spring approaches, what will grow will depend on the direct actions of people, not the ethereal hopes that our elected officials are capable of withstanding the corrupting influence of corporate power on their own.

I may not have a lot of hope for the national, two-party political system we’ve got, which is broken, but I do have hope that on smaller stages, there is a populism capable of transcending seemingly insurmountable divides.

By going all or nothing; by trying to make Wisconsin the vanguard for the state by state GOP assault on public workers, Governor Walker has brought cops and firefighters into the fight, in solidarity with their union brothers and sisters. Big mistake.

One of the speakers at the 100,000 person rally this weekend was Jeff Skiles, a co-pilot on the no-fatality plane crash that became known as the miracle on the Hudson. Watch snips of his speech and others at Democracy Now.

In our bleak political environment, the resistance bubbling up gives me hope. Cops acting in solidarity with protestors is a beautiful thing. And it scares the hell out of the predators who won’t stop until they have everything.

by JC

Nice! Now let’s see him put it to work.

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