This is long overdue. Millions of Americans have woken up from their fifty years of slumber, but they don’t know where to go, what to do, what is really going on, and that we could build a Star-Trek-like utopia in our lifetime… if only they knew how. And the few, like me, who do know, are struggling to make ourselves heard.
And what are all the awoken doing to get the word out? Close to nothing.
We have amazing electoral victories here and there – like just now in Virginia – but they will only be blips on the radar screen soon to fade away if we, the people, don’t begin to understand the dark forces in our corrupted system, don’t have the vocabulary to talk about them, and don’t have the bold vision of our true potential.
In fact, there are millions among us, possibly growing, who are lost in fascist radicalism. Suffering folks (at least many of them have long been suffering) who aren’t skilled at critical thinking and who therefore let themselves be convinced by demagogues that it is immigrants, not CEOs and corrupt politicians, who have ruined their lives by sending jobs overseas, cutting wages and benefits, and by replacing us in the workplace with machines as they buy up ever larger chunks of the country that rightfully belongs to all of us.
These dim minds need education, from their friends and family, for they sure won’t get it on Breitbart or Fox News. And their friends and family won’t get it either, be it on MSNBC, CNN, or even PBS & NPR (with occasional rare exceptions such as we had with Bill Moyers). And as for the more informative sources, people like Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp, Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff, David Graeber, and little ones like me — we have comparatively small audiences, easily contained as inconsequential echo chambers. These audiences need to grow and overlap in order to replace the propaganda-spewing mainstream, or the American Public will remain in the dark.
That’s why I avidly wrote throughout the 2016 Bernie campaign, and why I set myself the goal of a post a day since a year ago. I did this to be an additional voice, because different people have different styles and get through to different people. Therefore we need a lot more voices than the few I just mentioned and the few more I didn’t. Also, I have an uncanny ability to learn quickly, to see connections others miss, and to create solutions most people won’t discover until someone like me explains them to them. I can chart a path from the hell we are in, which is far deeper than most folks will ever realize, to the Star-Trek-like utopia we could have but which few consider possible. However, what good does that do when my writings are seen by few, and those few don’t use them to make a difference?
Take yesterday’s article, for instance. It’s been two years in the making and has several days worth of man-hours invested in it, wherefore it probably should rightly be read by millions, or at least tens of thousands, like an article in a major newspaper to which I have no access, and – yet – when I published it on my little blog and, as usual, spread around links to it on Facebook, it got less notice than some minor comment on Facebook by other folks whose posts for some reason, some secret Facebook algorithm, are always seen by a lot more people than anything I post. Authors and sites like me and mine desperately need promotion, or all our discovery, thinking, and innovation may come to naught, humanity staggering along blindly as before, and over the cliff. People may know pieces of the puzzle, but if they don’t know the whole puzzle and the one to replace it with, we will be lost. Activism will be just for activism’s sake, accomplishing nothing in the long run.
I just saw a report on how “micro-influencers” in Japan are becoming great advertisement vehicles for businesses. These “micro-influencers” come in the form of teens who post wardrobe-testing selfies on sites like Flicker and who – at their young age and with their totally trivial posts – have already accumulated 50,000 followers. (Addendum: the other day I even heard of millions!)
It is so frustrating that I am ready to give up.
I have always been telling myself that, if only one right person at the right place and the right time gets the right idea from me, my efforts will have made an impact, and I won’t have lived in vain.
But what are really the chances of that when my reach is so much smaller than that of empty-headed, narcissistic teenagers and establishment-paid trolls? Possibly the Facebook groups I visit are simply not frequented by folks willing to read articles, no potential readers in other words. I may be spreading links in the wrong places. Perhaps I am just screaming into the void?
And while I write these lines, probably some poor working class white guy, who has been struggling in our corrupt system all his life, just like me, but who can’t think very well and hasn’t opted to become politically active and hasn’t heard the right voices to snap him out of his situational, mental, and emotional impasse, is loading his gun to shoot some random people as his way of screaming into the void.
I am asking you: don’t be that void!
While I can research, analyze, and create perfect solutions, and while I can write about them at least fairly well (or maybe even really well?), I suck at marketing and monetization. I lack connections and social media followers. I haven’t even yet found a single student for my revolutionary online science course (that could help people who struggle in school or simply want to gain scientific literacy), even though I am now offering it for free! That’s how hopeless I am in matters of marketing, connections, and social media followers. (I was born too early for the latter. My teenage years simply had no social media.)
What about you, though?
If researching facts, framing news meaningfully, doing deep system analysis, building a bright and bold vision for the future we can achieve, and writing about all that, are not the things you are good at, what about the many other things that you may be good at and that are required for necessary voices to be heard by the many so they stop groping in the dark and expending their energies in futile, doomed maneuvers; voices and messages they need to hear so they can overcome the obscene wealth and political power of the plutocratic few?
I am talking about all the ancillary things I must try and do but lack time for and am not good at: making royalty-free graphics, finding large outlets, seeking pay for my work, getting way more reach on free outlets and social media. ..
So, if you are not, like me, spending every spare minute on analyzing our rigged system down to the smallest nuts and bolts and spreading understanding and ideas that a people’s movement desperately needs, perhaps you can help in other ways like sharing my articles on your social media, telling me about some great outlet you know about where articles are read by many people (or where authors even get paid – the holy grail!). Or perhaps you know a wealthy but good-hearted person (perhaps the only one in human history) or someone who holds a key position in a sufficiently funded activist or philanthropic organization and whom you could talk into creating a syndicate for the people’s voices (another holy grail!).
Or maybe you can’t do any of those things but have enough money to spare that you could become a patron of this site? At the time of this writing you would be the first one and your donation could become the seed money for more to follow.
Any of these things could do wonders. Even just commenting on my articles here to get a discussion going would be great. You could also help by submitting good, fitting articles of your own on my contact form here to maybe reduce my journalistic workload which I have to juggle with pointless day jobs (or currently with the search for one). Alternatively, you might be able to refer me to a telecommuting job vacancy that would actually be in harmony with my politically educational writing instead of being its exact adversary like my jobs have always been? Or maybe you could connect me with like-minded people I could work with and vice versa, so we are less alone and can spread out the work a little and breathe?
The fact is, we – the people – have a giant monster to overcome, a deep, systemic corruption interwoven with a thoroughly manipulated, ignorant, deluded, misled, and defeatist public mindset. The establishment has the institutions, the access, the connections, and all the money, plus generations worth of cultivated public stupor. We have only each other. I plead with you: Do… your… part!
To highlight it, among the cost-free, simple things you could do, and for which you need no special connections, there is this quick and easy thing: simply sharing the posts here on your social media. For this you probably should sign up for automatic notification when posts are published (right side of the screen, at least on computers) or regularly visit our associated Facebook Page: The People’s Platform (USA) where most posts are announced.
Thanks for putting up with this rant (or pledge) all the way to the end. I ask you, please do your part to help!
Addendum: Originally, my plan for today was to publish a peace on an amazing radical alternative to the traditional economic models people know of, one which would be an essential pillar for a Star-Trek-like marvelous society; but I asked myself what good it would do if I published it into a void.
Independent media are critical! Let us help each other! Share articles. Comment. Submit guest posts. Help in other ways. Or beat your cryptic and boring science classes with Beanstock’s help for a mutual win-win!