Mythical Beast: The Beast we ought to starve
Pseudo-parsimonious (how do they get so fat) righties love their clever little aphorism “Starve the beast.” The beast they mean to starve is not just the federal government. They also mean to starve “We, the People“, right along with all of our democratic institutions.
As evidence, the economic inequality between rich and poor, and between CEO and entry-level worker, has never been greater in US history. The latest US Census report on poverty shows what a good job the rich are doing at starving the poor.
We the people know who the real beast is: the predatory plutocracy that feeds on us.
The machinery of politics is being devoured by that beast because it hates the power of our votes. As a consequence, the political battlefield is becoming less important in many ways than the economic battlefield.
In my opinion, most of our political strength should be focused fairly narrowly on tax policy (ending corporate welfare and raising the upper tax rate, capital gains rate, estate tax, and so on); on ending “corporate person-hood”; and on regulating the mass media (mainly anti-trust and net neutrality).
The larger battlefront in the war against plutocracy is the economy. If we do not offer up our bodies and our coin to the predators, they will gradually starve. We are the food they eat and the air they breathe.
All we have to do is to stop feeding ourselves to the beast.
The political process is being turned into something to suck up our time and money. We need to be informed voters, but we need to redirect more of our time, money, and strength to three economic battles:
- We should stop feeding the beast our coin by boycotting its products and services. I don’t mean boycotting this or that beverage or that this or that retailer–I mean a general boycott of 90% of the corporate economy.
- We should stop feeding the beast our bodies and minds by refusing to work in its factories and offices. That means a general strike, or better, a general resignation of workers from authoritarian employers.
- We need to build a green, worker-owned economy of our own.
Not a single new law is needed, nor does a single law need to be repealed, for us to engage our enemies on these three fronts. All we need is the will, the intelligence, and the capital we already have among ourselves.
Listen to the story Bill Moyers tells about an Old Cherokee Chief and his two wolves at 6:20 into this video: