[Thanks to Richard K Moore for sending this article along. Joe could just as well be a Canuck. The same idea applies to free people in any nation. Ed.]
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We DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Need Them
by Joe Carpenter
November 2, 2005
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious
of their own strength, would have no reason to conspire.
They needed only to rise up and shake themselves, like a
horse shaking off flies. If they chose, they could blow the
party to pieces tomorrow morning. Surely, sooner or later,
it must occur to them to do it? And yet . . .Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ — George Orwell, 1984
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never understood the idea of speaking truth to power. The truth, surely, is that in almost all countries of the world, political and economic systems are designed to benefit only the rich and powerful, at the expense of those with less money and power. This is how the world works, and I see no reason to think that the powerful donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t already understand that. After all, they designed it; they maintain it.
They steal our money, sacrifice our children in their wars, send the poorest and most victimized among us off to jail for petty mistakes, and crush those of us who might present a real threat to the arrangement. They know we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like it. They donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care. They donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to care. They also control most of our avenues of dissent. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a very simple, very elegant design.
Meanwhile, we get angry and toddle off to tell the truth to the powerful. We have been telling them the truth for centuries. We travel to their great palaces by the hundreds of thousands, to express our anger and despair. We shout and sing and stomp and whine. We threaten. We plead. Sometimes weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re beaten up, or sent to jail. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a tradition of great courage and personal sacrifice, no doubt.
We go to tell them to stop using our money and our children and our energy and intelligence to further rob and rape and murder us. We tell them to be more respectful and compassionate. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re like angry but terrorized children, anxiously scolding our stern, all-powerful parents. And, in the end, we look to the Democrats or to some congressional panel or to the Supreme Court and demand that they come to our aid. As my friend Harry puts it: Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re left in the terrible position of trying to decide which elite group will be less likely to prey on us.Ã¢â‚¬Â