“Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.”
The 2016 elections were the bow wave of change, the harbinger of a revolution to come. This time, voters were given a choice between a faux progressive elitist and a man who at least pretended to represent the people, while simultaneously appealing to hate, fear, greed, and ignorance. If the United States is to avoid the siren song of fascism, we will have to give people a real choice — one that explicitly seeks to overturn the Oligarch’s Coup and restore power to the people.
The bottom line is this: the genie is out of the bottle. The revolution may not be televised but it will not be denied. Indeed, we are in its midst now.The only question is, how will it end.
Martin Luther King said, “The arc of history bends toward justice.
But Fredrick Douglass said,
“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.”
It is the thesis of this book that sometimes history’s arc needs a little help if it is to continue its journey toward justice, and that now is such a time. In the coming years, we the people must generate some thunder and lightning, and we must take history’s arc in hand and bend it ourselves, because the alternative is continuing the march toward injustice, inequity, and fascism we are now on.
– John Atcheson, “WTF, America? How The US went Off The Rail And How To Get It Back On Track.” 2017 (pp. 184-185)