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“Nothing is more important than stopping fascism because fascism will stop us all.”

- Fred Hampton

“Fascism has temporarily succeeded under the guise of reform.”

-George Jackson

Like a mad bull, the corporate-owned political system in the United States today has run amuck, causing misery, pain, and horrible human disasters both inside this nation and throughout the world.

Everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people of this nation remain as the cannon fodder of the avaricious corporate / military elite. Meanwhile, the corporate-stream ‘news’ media continues to spew forth utter nonsense about economic, political, and social conditions supposedly getting better for the masses of people. It is as if the politicians and the media are living on an entirely different planet with nothing whatsoever to do with the daily real life occurrences here on Mother Earth.

Just what in the hell is going on?!

This corporate-owned U.S. political system, replete with its hypocritical and corrupt executive, legislative, and judicial branches, is feverishly attempting to re-invent itself under the guise of so-called reform.

In the name of reform we now have the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) indefinite detention law inside this country. This, combined with the ‘Patriot Act,’ have transformed the United States into a corporate police-state where corporations are deemed to somehow have ‘personhood’ while the needs and human and political rights of flesh and blood everyday people have been made null and void. In the very name of ‘hope and change’ [i.e. reform], 21st century de facto fascism has been ushered in by the corporate-owned Democrat and Republican party politicians, from the White House to the Congress and the Courts. The everyday people of this land of all colors have now been legally relegated to modern day economic and political slavery. Remember the words of Harriet Tubman: “I freed a thousand slaves - I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” It is the objective of this system to keep everyday people from recognizing our 21st century condition of enslavement. It must be our objective to recognize our actual condition so that we can change it.

As the U.S. government continues to wage bloody and violent wars around the globe, the violence inside this nation increases as does the fear, despair and distrust amongst the people. This is, of course, all part of the divide-and-conquer game that the surrogates and gate-keepers of this filthy corporate-owned political system have successfully used against everyday people for so very long. At all costs, the corporate-owned, U.S. government knows that it must keep the people distracted and divided in order to adroitly and effectively control them lest a critical mass of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people become aware of how they/we are being perpetually controlled and manipulated against our own best economic and political interests.

Racism, for example, is an integral part of maintaining this system. It is but one of many “isms” that are so effectively used to control, distract, and divide people. In fact, having a nominally black, ‘drone missile’ president, as head of the U.S. Empire actually serves, in many respects, to reinforce racism even as it gives undeserved legitimacy to this irredeemably rotten, filthy, corrupt, murderous system. The only way that this bloody, hypocritical system can continue to prevail is for its systemic gate-keepers to be able to hoodwink enough everyday people into accepting its legitimacy, which it neither merits nor deserves. As long as people are distracted by the “isms” of this system they fail to see that it the system itself that perpetuates these “isms” and is the root cause of the exploitation and pain of everyday people of all colors.

It does not matter who sits in the White House, for until it becomes the People’s House its occupant is but a willing puppet of those who exploit us all. The same can be said for the Congress and the Courts. This is why we must bring about real systemic change - and nothing less.

Despite the constant subterfuge, distractions, omissions, and outright lies on the part of the politicians and the corporate ‘news’ media of this nation, it is we - the everyday people - who must regain our own collective ‘personhood.’ So-called corporate ‘personhood be damned!’ It is time everyday people understand that the Democrat and Republican Party politicians are consummate liars and cannot be believed. And in any event, they are owned not by the people but by the corporate elite.

So, just what in the hell is going on?! The answer is simple: Deliberately manipulated systemic madness is what is going on, spawned by a political system whose primary purpose is self-perpetuation as it pimps the pain of everyday people.

The time is here now to intensify in our efforts in this ongoing long and protracted struggle for economic, political, human rights and justice. Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Organize now for the present and for the future of ourselves and our Mother Earth.

Onward, then, my sisters and brothers! Onward! Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil / political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.

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