by Nick Hussong
Unless you are one of the growing number of government agents tasked with surveilling The Blowhard, you are reading this because you have an abiding interest in combating the ruling regime in the United States. That struggle is going to require vigilance, determination, and clear-thinking. Those in power will seek to confuse and divide the ranks of people arrayed against them. It will be easy for hopelessness to take hold and fester into apathy. Apathy is far more dangerous to resistance movements than tear gas, rubber bullets, or firehoses could ever be. One technique for staving off intellectual rot or fatigue is to constantly remind yourself and your comrades of a few key concepts. One of the most important is that the rules do not matter and are not there to protect you.
The primary motivator of people in positions of power is to stay in power. They will not admit this. The powerful will say they are acting in the best interest of the people or of the nation or of their business or their consumers or employees. That is a lie, and it will always be a lie. The powerful act on their own behalf and on behalf of the system which allows them to maintain power. Make no mistake, that system is the problem. Our struggle is not against one man, or a ruling cabal, or bigotry, or ignorance at large; our struggle is against the system that allows for the powerful to maintain their rule in flagrant disregard of the well-being of the people.
The system is not new. It was not elected on November 8, 2016. Donald Trump did not create it. The system has existed since the birth of the United States. This country was born of a Faustian bargain made with racist oligarchs. The Founding Fathers and the Framers of the Constitution crafted a Constitution with well-written, idealistic, egalitarian language that allowed the people to determine the future of their country. But, those words were put to paper and ratified with the clear understanding that the racist oligarchs would continue to operate unimpeded. That bargain has been repeated time and again throughout U.S. history. The powers-that-be may be less overtly racist than those in the eighteenth century, but they remain cold-hearted oligarchs.
Most of our rules and laws exist to perpetuate the system. The powerful have, over time, firmly, and legally, entrenched themselves at the top. The lives of ordinary Americans have, no doubt, improved since the eighteenth century. But that progress was enormously profitable for those in power. In that way, the material gains of ordinary Americans can be viewed as coincidental to the generation of incredible amounts of wealth. In some glaring cases, laws have been passed to reign in the excesses of the powerful. Without exception, these laws have been passed begrudgingly and only because a large enough group of angry people refused to stop fighting. But, make no mistake, before those laws are passed, the powerful figure out ways to undermine them so that the Faustian bargain which accompanied the founding of the United States is repeated. This is plain to see in the diminishing number of American workers who belong to unions and the lack of enforcement of existing anti-monopoly legislation.
So, constantly remind yourself that the rules do not exist to protect you. They do not exist to protect your comrades. They do not even exist to protect the people who voted for Trump. They exist to protect the least vulnerable groups in the United States: the ruling political parties and the oligarchs who fund their primacy. These groups are the enemy. The system which allows them to maintain power is the enemy. The rules which perpetuate that system are the enemy. Therefore, the rules do not matter. They should not be allowed to shape the struggle or govern its direction.
Steel yourself. This will not be easy. It will not be pretty. It will be a struggle. Think back to the major social movements which have been successful in the United States. Those who fought for abolition, temperance, organized labor, the vote, civil rights; in each case they disregarded the existing rules. Specifically because they recognized those rules were their enemy.
And they are the enemy still today. The rules do not matter and are not there to protect you. Never forget it. Never let those around you forget it.