Here is a link to Vaclav Havel’s famous and inspiring essay ‘The Power Of The Powerless’, the source of what has become known as ‘second culture’. Basically it’s a (fairly) convincing manifesto of how having the courage to speak out for what you believe in -can- effect change . Havel correctly realised that the single biggest block to change is getting people to believe that it’s even possible.
Until recently, I completely avoided talking about this kind of literature a) because it’s all socialist junk that on its face has about zero appeal for most Americans and b) because he was fighting ‘communism’ which again causes much eye rolling. But the truth is: oligarchy is oligarchy. The only difference is -degree- and it’s time to stop kidding about the severity of the situation.
The first step in changing America back to a place with decent wages is to get a majority to believe that it’s =possible= to repair. I think most of us, down deep, think the fix is in and we simply refuse to ‘waste’ too much energy on pointless things like activism or legislation or, hell even voting. We’re just trying to save ourselves… or our kids and everyone else will also have to do the best they can on their own. A shame, but there it is.
This attitude, Havel points out, is -death- to a society. People like to delude themselves that by pursuing other efforts (volunteering for worthy causes or ‘referenda’)… all activities that only =sidestep= the root problems… we’re making a difference because again the -real- problems feel intractable. But no matter how many good works we put in on ancillary activities, unless/until we fix ‘the system’ no lasting happiness is possible… OK you may save -yourself… or your kid… by ‘going along’ but that’s not the same thing.
Well worth reading and not nearly as boring as it might seem at first glance. (There’s a ringing endorsement! 😀 ) Americans like to think of ‘Reagan’ as the bringer-downer of communism, but I’m pretty sure Havel’s efforts had more to do with it. He actually organised people on the ground for decades to build that requisite hope.