Yeah, tell yourself that
“But we’re the 5th/6th biggest economy!”
“But you should be lucky to live here, it’s really not that bad!”
“But we’re a First-World Western Democwacy!”
Then tell that to the victims of the chronic genocide of the disabled and vulnerable
Then tell that to the victims of the exponentially-growing healthcare waiting lists
Then tell that to the people who can’t even afford or find somewhere to rent
Forget that for all of the wealth, it is locked up amongst the rich and their assets
Forget that none of what is promised on paper is actually available or serviceable
Forget that we are rapidly descending into fascism much faster than most people realise
Those who can, are surviving off ‘bank of mum and dad’
The poorest are simply dying
And it’s all going to come crashing fucking down.
If you have children, you cannot afford not to be politically active.
They are laughing at us whilst we readily fight amongst ourselves over the latest outrage-baiting, wasting our energies not focusing them where we need to.
Where to focus energy:
- Join a political party and sign up to their national and local newsletters
- Engage in local party activities
- Discuss things with people
- Buy political posters or badges etc.
- UK: Electoral Reform Society
- UK: Politics For The Many
- UK: Good Law Project
- UK: Trades Union Congress
- UK: The People’s Assembly
- Looking after yourself and people around you!
Democracy has to be actively maintained in order to survive.
12 thoughts on “Channel The Outrage”
This seems like a world wide movent to take our individual vote seriously because the governments have not served their people’s needs for a long time. People are fed up with empty promises and money keeping to the pocket of the overloaded rich
I think the most important message for me is asking ‘why’ and not shirking away from the problem-solving steps which the answers imply. So yeah voting is part of it, though it’s actually only a very small part of it when you realise how much other people and organisations are doing which protect our rights.
Voting itself can become quite worthless when education is underfunded or ineffective for example.
It needs to be a part of our everyday lives and thought.
Through my own learning about the Australia voting system, it was eye opening for me. It further emphasisd that individual vote counts, and writing to local MP and Senator to express my views count. Not all views I expressed were negative. I wrote about support to them and good wishes to them too.
Oh that’s great!
At the same time, mark my words, what we are posting here one day will be held against us and labelled us anti-government activists.
I don’t like to extrapolate in that way, I think it’s important to talk about things as they are now. Going too far can discredit your points, when the first thing to achieve is greater awareness of the current state of things and reduce apathy. We can’t know the future, so projecting ahead negatively can turn people off.
I guess the current media control and cancel culture do make me think that way. I wanted to have a public record so I can check back.
It later occurred to me which country you are coming from! So your fears are totally understandable considering these things actually happen there.
Thankfully we are quite a way from that in UK and Australia. It would take time to change a country that much as it needs to happen slowly so that generations grow up not noticing. There’s a big gap between our current societies and total dictatorship.
The cancel culture stuff only really applies to celebrities and people on social media, outside of that it doesn’t really exist. And the mechanism of it is very different to actual state censorship. There’s no cancellation of freedom of speech involved.
But, I guess if people get too comfortable with the idea of ‘shunning’ certain people or groups of people, they might be more accepting of actual state censorship later on. It’s a very interesting topic!
The cancel culture is a lot more widespread than just famous people..it extends to a group of people sharing same view. It’s like of you share a different view from the main stream, you are operating like a cult. 😄
I’m not the activist type personally, I prefer to await the end times. To me, here in the US, there is a total lack of respect for the governmental system that was set up. No one believes in checks and balances. People have no problem circumventing them to get what they want. I don’t care what side someone is on.
Yes in both our countries there is a dangerous level of apathy and disillusionment in the governmental system itself, which both has merits but is also a terrible side-effect of people in power increasingly taking the piss. They win when we become apathetic, it just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy then that ‘nothing ever changes’ etc. Anyway I know you know all that.
Oh believe me I’m just riding it out too and awaiting the end times! Lol. There’s no way in hell I am ever having kids, my own lifetime is going to be hard enough. But at the same time I only get my fulfilment through helping out and activism. I guess I simultaneously have pessimistic and optimistic perspectives. I can empathise with them all anyway.
Sometimes things only improve after they reach a low point— that’s one possible perspective which I draw optimism from! Right now the UK is pretty united in wanting the current government gone, at least. The level of division in the US is even scarier though I admit. Let’s see what comes of all the investigations into the capitol riot and other corruption stuff and possibly criminal charges, who knows, we can dream!
As an outsider, I watched your country went through a lot of changes, and they are at times radical. But whenever I read or heard the American people are focused on unity, it warmsy heart again.