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Tunisia, Egypt ... Will the US Be Next?

It is truly scary as an American to admit that the U.S. isn’t really a democratic society at all.
Tunisia, Egypt ... Will the US Be Next?
Pooyan Tabatanaei

This post is an excerpt from a longer article written by Paul Cienfuegos available at his website.

Over the past few days, I’ve gathered the following quotations from Tunisia and Egypt which feel uncannily like they apply to America as well:

“People have grown tired of corrupt institutions and a stagnant political order. They are demanding reforms to make their governments more effective, more responsive, and more open.”
—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, issuing a warning to Arab rulers just as the Tunisian uprising was beginning, on NPR’s Morning Edition, 1/28/2011
“These are really local conditions driving this. You have poverty. You have issues of access. You have young professionals, middle class, educated people complaining bitterly about a lack of opportunity.”
—Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee, on Meet the Press, 1/30/2011
“Young people want to feel that they are participating: not only in their economic future, but participating in how they’re governed, participating in their future.”
—Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, on NPR’s Morning Edition, 1/28/2011

It’s surreal how well these quotes describe our situation in America. For example, the gap between the rich and the poor is wider here in the U.S. than in almost any other country in the world, including Tunisia and Egypt. And it’s growing wider by the day. The blossoming of authentic democratic structures in Egypt has been blocked for many years by a dictator calling himself a President. The blossoming of authentic democratic structures in the United States has been blocked for many years by an ongoing corporate coup, aided and abetted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Our mainstream press is almost entirely owned or controlled by a handful of giant corporations (including, tragically, PBS and NPR). Almost all of the key societal decisions are now made behind closed doors by corporate boards of directors, which have become the primary constituents of government and whose members now run most of our government agencies. Many of these outrages are legal only because We the People allow our corporate creations to exercise Constitutional “rights” as if they were real flesh and blood people.

It is truly scary as an American to admit that the U.S. isn’t really a democratic society at all.

Just two weeks ago, most Egyptians would have told you that they felt isolated from each other and scared to stand up for their beliefs. Then the people of Tunisia rose up in enormous numbers, (partially due to leaked U.S. Embassy cables from WikiLeaks), and their dictator fled. Young Egyptians started mobilizing themselves via Twitter and Facebook. And one week later, two million Egyptians burst out into the streets. The Egyptian dictator’s days are now numbered. And peaceful demonstrations are taking place in Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

From peak oil and climate destabilization to the real possibility of widespread economic collapse, There are so many crises facing us that require urgent attention. We need responsive governing institutions freed from corporate interference if we are going to have any chance of negotiating a sane, sustainable future. Do We the People of these United States trust ourselves enough to act as boldly as our Egyptian brothers and sisters? Do we really even have the choice?

Paul Cienfuegos is an educator and community organizer working to dismantle corporate constitutional “rights.” More info at PaulCienfuegos.com.

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Frank Snapp UnA...

The U.S. is not next. We're a lowest-context society, which means that we're utterly atomized socially. Unlike many other nations, in the U.S. strangers are quite on edge around each other and refuse to discuss political realities. Americans of the U.S. are under the widespread, if not nearly total collective delusion that capitalism is inevitable and that there even exists democracy here. How ridiculous as winner, money and usually majority take all has absolutely nothing to do with democracy. The U.S. is a proto-dictatorship with martial law at it's airports and with it's military and covert organizations parasitizing the planet for parasitic dominant U.S. corporations, in no less than 160 different nations. The U.S. is corporativist with the largest military/covert apparatus on the planet. This means that not only is the U.S. a fascist, socioeconomically parasitic terrorist, the worst in history, but it is with only 5% of the population of humans on the planet, the most troubling rogue state in all human history--this is not evenly remotely hyperbolic and can be easily supported with factual assessment of reality by following the money, military occupations, corporate parasitism. Structural functionalism is utopianism in the extreme and extreme dissociative pathology by despots. People who support Structural functionalism, most idiot U.S. citizens, are totally self hating, cowardly, arrogantly ignorance and selfishness worshipping dupes. This is too bad, as there are, perhaps, 40,000,000 non-human species that didn't ask to be exploited into extinction or diminished quality of life. We owe REVOLUTION in the U.S. The Egyptians have NOT accepted the CIA/SOA style musical chairs and non-solution of putting the torture master Egyptian military in charge of the "revolution"? More to come. Wake the hell up!

Frank Snapp UnA...

The U.S. is not next. We're a lowest-context society, which means that we're utterly atomized socially. Unlike many other nations, in the U.S. strangers are quite on edge around each other and refuse to discuss political realities. Americans of the U.S. are under the widespread, if not nearly total collective delusion that capitalism is inevitable and that there even exists democracy here. How ridiculous as winner, money and usually majority take all has absolutely nothing to do with democracy. The U.S. is a proto-dictatorship with martial law at it's airports and with it's military and covert organizations parasitizing the planet for parasitic dominant U.S. corporations, in no less than 160 different nations. The U.S. is corporativist with the largest military/covert apparatus on the planet. This means that not only is the U.S. a fascist, socioeconomically parasitic terrorist, the worst in history, but it is with only 5% of the population of humans on the planet, the most troubling rogue state in all human history--this is not evenly remotely hyperbolic and can be easily supported with factual assessment of reality by following the money, military occupations, corporate parasitism. Structural functionalism is utopianism in the extreme and extreme dissociative pathology by despots. People who support Structural functionalism, most idiot U.S. citizens, are totally self hating, cowardly, arrogantly ignorance and selfishness worshipping dupes. This is too bad, as there are, perhaps, 40,000,000 non-human species that didn't ask to be exploited into extinction or diminished quality of life. We owe REVOLUTION in the U.S. The Egyptians have NOT accepted the CIA/SOA style musical chairs and non-solution of putting the torture master Egyptian military in charge of the "revolution"? More to come. Wake the hell up!

Anonymous

We could live in a truly democratic world without money in a resource based economy. There are obvious problems with the current economic order but rarely we hear about actual, well though out solutions. This is the future I want to live in:

"The term and meaning of a Resource-Based Economy was originated by Jacque Fresco. It is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.

Modern society has access to highly advanced technology and can make available food, clothing, housing and medical care; update our educational system; and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy. By supplying an efficiently designed economy, everyone can enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities of a high technological society.

A resource-based economy would utilize existing resources from the land and sea, physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population. In an economy based on resources rather than money, we could easily produce all of the necessities of life and provide a high standard of living for all."

Watch the movies Zeitgeist: Addendum and Zeitgeist: Moving Forward at http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/ Then do some research on your own at http://www.thevenusproject.com/ and at http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/ Thousands of people around the world already support this idea. This new idea has given me hope for the future of humanity. It just makes sense!

Anonymous

We could live in a truly democratic world without money in a resource based economy. There are obvious problems with the current economic order but rarely we hear about actual, well though out solutions. This is the future I want to live in:

"The term and meaning of a Resource-Based Economy was originated by Jacque Fresco. It is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.

Modern society has access to highly advanced technology and can make available food, clothing, housing and medical care; update our educational system; and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy. By supplying an efficiently designed economy, everyone can enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities of a high technological society.

A resource-based economy would utilize existing resources from the land and sea, physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population. In an economy based on resources rather than money, we could easily produce all of the necessities of life and provide a high standard of living for all."

Watch the movies Zeitgeist: Addendum and Zeitgeist: Moving Forward at http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/ Then do some research on your own at http://www.thevenusproject.com/ and at http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/ Thousands of people around the world already support this idea. This new idea has given me hope for the future of humanity. It just makes sense!

Anonymous

I have to say I find this to be a ridiculous headline. As an immigrant who fully appreciates the rights our society grants us I find it insulting to the citizens of countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Iran. These people are being murdered on the street by their own governments simply because they want to have a fair electoral system in place. Whether you think the electoral system of the US is an unfair one is another question. To compare the situation in the Middle East to anything that could potentially happen in the US (anytime in the foreseeable future) is just ridiculous.

Anonymous

I have to say I find this to be a ridiculous headline. As an immigrant who fully appreciates the rights our society grants us I find it insulting to the citizens of countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Iran. These people are being murdered on the street by their own governments simply because they want to have a fair electoral system in place. Whether you think the electoral system of the US is an unfair one is another question. To compare the situation in the Middle East to anything that could potentially happen in the US (anytime in the foreseeable future) is just ridiculous.

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