March 2, 2011
For several weeks I had been thinking about writing a post comparing what has happened in Egypt and several other countries to what could happen here in America so easily. However, I procrastinated too long and someone more qualified than the Old Man beat me to it.
David DeGraw is well informed and obviously a great researcher. And he has a way with words. He used all that to write The Road to Revolution. He says ‘we are Egypt’.
A side note here: The only reason we have not become an Egypt, in the sense of mass protest, is because the plan was well thought out. For months we have been fed propaganda crap about how evil public and private workers are. (More here, here, here, here, and here.) It all began as early as last October before the elections. By the time the all-out frontal attack began, nearly one-half of all Americans had been convinced workers were the sole cause of the state of the country. This was not by accident. This is what they’re banking own: worker against worker.
DeGraw’s article is so in-depth that he broke it down into three parts, with several headings under each part. Rather than quote anything he said, I highly recommend reading it. But I will give you the parts with the headings.
Part One :: Neo-Liberal Economic Domination
I :: Centrally Planned Economic Repression
II :: Economic Imperialism: IMF Plunder of Egypt and Tunisia
III :: US-Egypt Economic Parallels: Inequality & Poverty
IV :: Debt Slavery: Unemployed, Underemployed, Underpaid, In Debt
V :: The American Dream Foreclosed Upon
VI :: A Recipe For Revolution: Tax Breaks for the Rich, Budget Cuts for the Poor
VII :: “Hungry People Don’t Stay Hungry For Long”
VIII :: The Empire State Rebellion
IX :: The Battle in Madison: A Sign of Things to Come
Part Two :: The Most Repressive Regime: US Police State
X :: Torture: Made in the USA
XI :: American Gulag: World’s Largest Prison Complex
XII :: Loss of Civil Liberties
XIII :: Internet Crackdown
XIV :: Silencing Dissent
XV :: Protected By Anonymous
Part Three :: Bring the Tyrants Down
XVI :: The Denial of Wealth
XVII :: Economic Death Squad
XVIII :: 99.9% Vs. 0.1%
XIX :: Join the Movement
As you might expect, the analysis is quite lengthy. But it is so very much worth the read. Just a caution: although the entire report is a single page, the jump links at the top open in a new window. And in case you don’t get to all of it now, just come back here and look for the link in the “Interesting Reading” scroll box on the left.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky