new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

strange death of american revolution

on consortium news, by jada thacker.

fairly long, but worth the read:


we as a people seemed to forget how, in the generations before pearl harbor, thousands of american militiamen and deputized goons had machine-gunned and bayoneted striking workers from massachusetts to seattle; how corporate interests had conspired to overthrow the white house with an armed coup d’état; how differences in race, class, ethnicity, gender, and national origin had all been – and still are – exploited by the ruling elite to divide and conquer democratic challenges to its power.

the rebellious, democratic spirit that had survived centuries of suppression, violence and poverty would not survive the american retreat to suburbia, where americans traded revolution for revolving credit. for in this diaspora to the temporary economic fantasyland that americans now call home – for those who still have a home – we left our history behind us.

how the oligarchy – now the corporate-security state – finally triumphed over the last shred of hope in a democratic revolution is a story whose last chapter has recently been sent to the print shop of history.

let it suffice to say that it transpired while a majority of americans sat, conveniently stupefied, watching corporate-sponsored war news – on a television manufactured by an outsourced american job.

it would not have surprised jack london if the democratic revolution he envisioned had failed in its first attempt, as he himself had imagined in the iron heel. what he did not imagine is that state-sponsored violence would co-opt a peoples’ revolution.

amongst all the wars and the rumors of war, after the manufactured patriotism, the decades of incessant fear and profitable lies, it is no wonder that london’s revolution had not been defeated at the barricades. for in the end, it had simply been forgotten.

but let us remember the revolution was forgotten by a nation continually at war. if a vast multitude of us are today unemployed, debt-ridden, homeless and desperate, it is past time we recall the major reason why.


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