An Open Letter to Millennial and Gen X Americans

First, allow me to apologize for the mess my generation (Baby Boomer) dumped on your future. I won’t go into all of it here, but please know that I and many of my generation fully know of our part in the current disgraceful and dangerous situation the United States finds itself in at this point in history. It was inadvertent, to be sure; but, nonetheless deadly if something is not done to reverse the current sociological, political and financial situation We the People of the United States, and in fact, the entire world (thanks to globalization) are currently enduring.

Second, I’ve discovered, on a variety of social media sites and forums, a distinct lack of presence from young men and women of your generations. All I’m seeing are baby boomers, less than half of whom support Trump and his staff of fascists while being the most vociferous, and the majority of my generation decrying the raping of our country (her people and land) by spouting nothing more than outrage, signing petitions and agreeing with each other on social media with little ass and no fight to back up our words.

Despite our apparent helplessness… it’s not our fight, it’s yours. It is your future, the world you must live in, raise families, and hopefully enjoy peace, security and well-being. Baby Boomers will support you, but you must take up the banner and lead. It is your fight against an establishment that grew to become a monster from the establishment we helped build… an establishment we thought would “do the right things.” Well, they haven’t and on behalf of my generation, we’re sorry, and though we know how to fix it, we can’t do it ourselves. We need your help; rather, we need each other’s help—our sense of what needs to happen and your technical expertise, youth and energy to lead and follow through. Here’s what I think needs to occur. I’ll start with the most difficult, but necessary hurdle to establish and allow the rest of the actions to follow:

Set up and grow (FAST) a ground roots movement to establish a third political party. Senator Bernie Sanders showed us how to do it. His main supporters (those who drove the train, activated the internet and in fact, established his prominence across the country and the world) were from your generations. Yes, you made it all happen with your technical expertise in the world of IT, advertising, marketing and promotion, and you can do it again; but this time with a leader of your generation. As good as Bernie could have been, as great as Senator Elizabeth Warren could be—a Gen X or Y leader would be far, far better. Forget about the Democratic Party changing to meet your needs. There are not and never were two political parties in America… only one that appeared to show a choice by advertising themselves as opponents. They are both owned and operated by the highest oligarchical bidders. Even when it seems they are doing good things, saying the right things, they are simultaneously doing better things for their peers and keeping as quiet as possible about it as they go. The current administration and Congress is nothing short of a deja vu of Hitler’s Third Reich in 1933 when Hitler became chancellor. The Trump administration is following, almost to the letter, the plans established by Joseph Goebbels (in this case Steve Bannon). Be alert for a false-flag terrorist attack. Hitler had the Reichtag (the German Congress) building burned and blamed it on the Communists. His ratings (if there were such things at the time) would have shot up quickly, just as Trump’s will as the nation unites in flaming patriotism against a fake enemy.

The target is the 2018 elections—that’s what I meant by FAST.  The 2020 elections may be too late. I’m not crying wolf here, the 2020 elections may be too late! The aim is to place as many third party representatives, senators, governors and mayors as possible into office. It matters not whether these people replace republicans or democrats—remember there’s no difference in them.

Attain a majority in the House and Senate in the 2020 elections. This is the goal of the grassroots effort, the ultimate success of a third political party. From this advantage changes can happen. Primary among these changes should be:

Agreement to amend the Constitution or enact laws to:

Establish term limits for all Congressional seats, federal courts and the Supreme Court.

Repeal Citizens United and establish a fund that supports individual campaigns for future political offices. No lobbying, individual or institutional funding permitted.

            Establish a budget that reduces defense spending by 50% and channeling that money into programs that enhance the living standards of the homeless and poor, changes to the ACA that fixes current problems and bettering our public school systems with up to date technology and courses expedient to the current world economies, sciences and social standards.

            Step up efforts to slow and or stop climate change by shutting down old, fossil fuel energy sources and increasing sun, water and wind generators.

Stop privatizing prisons, water wells, schools and other heretofore social programs (fire, police, planned parenthood, etc).

Establish strict regulatory laws on banks and corporations while instituting a “flat rate” tax based on profit. Eliminate tax free laws for institutions like churches, evangelists or private foundations.

Eliminate the IRS/income tax and substitute those lost tax revenues with a nationwide sales tax on all purchases except food and medicine.

There’s more… much more, but you’ll have time to work on those things as you go. So, what do you say? Will you ignore my pleas or will you unite, find a leader and take charge of running the current ruling class from their lofty perches? Let us… the Baby Boomers see you taking charge and I promise, we’ll be right behind you in full support.

January 20, 2017 – The Day of the Trumpalypse

Guest Blog by Niklas Stephenson – a German-American millennial currently living in Germany. He is college educated in social work and politically active on the staff of Activism Munich an international, non-profit media organization.

January 20, 2017 – The Day of the Trumpalypse

Today will one day be called The Trumpalypse. Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, will be stylized to become the personification of evil politics and interest. But, it is not the end, merely an acceleration of a process begun almost a century ago.

Trump is not the devil. He is you, me, and all Americans. Trump results from a hyper-consuming and materialistic society. He is the personification of our lack of moral backbone and ethics. When you see Trump you are seeing a subconscious reflection of yourself: narcissistic, self-indulged, self-proliferating and self-contained in your own corner of the world.

The massive outcry of disingenuous politicians and so-called leaders will resonate over and over, accompanied by the overture of media sensationalism. Prominent leaders will call for a conjoining of movements behind party lines and persons. Don’t take the bait! Don’t drink the Kool Aid!

The two divergent paths in the political woods of American politics ultimately lead to the same result. On the left, a donkey tried to lead the way but the natural being of a donkey is obedience and its masters are—Wall Street, Big Banks, and the Military-Industrial-Complex. On the right, the Elephant now stands ready to smash everything in its path toward greed, religious bigotry and hate, without remorse and thus opening the gates to dangerous ideologies and a collapse of American society as we know it. The destination of either results in a further perversion of capitalism, neo-liberalism, and an increased concentration of wealth power and privilege for the chosen few while hundreds millions of people suffer.

Resist! Stand up and refuse to follow either of these perverted similes of democracy. Organize and find an ax to create your own paths stemming from a reality you see for yourself. Look inside to your subconscious mind and find the moral, ethical, truthful, honest reflections that are surely there. Smash through the dark forest of American politics with your ax and create your own path. This path will be hard, but it will be your path and you’ll find millions of fellow rangers seeking justice.

Resist and push for a paradigm shift in American politics, society and humanity… or perish. It’s that simple.

120 Years Past – Still Ring True Today

Guest Post by Niklas Stephenson

120 years ago Voltarine de Cleyre gave this speech in defense of Emma Goldman. Words that still ring very true, even today.
Please consider Anarchism in the philosophical sense and not sensationalist teenagers throwing Molotov cocktails.

“Understand me clearly. I believe that the term “constitutional right of free speech” is a meaningless phrase, for this reason: the constitution of the United States, and the Declaration of Independence, and particularly the latter, were, in their day, progressive expressions of progressive ideals. But they are, throughout, characterized y the metaphysical philosophy which dominated the thought of the last century. They speak of “inherent rights”, “inalienable rights”, “natural rights”, etc: They declare that men are equal because of a supposed, mysterious wetness, existing somehow apart from matter.

I do not say this to disparage those grand men who dared to put themselves against the authorities of the monarchy, and to conceive a better ideal of society, one which they certainly thought would secure equal rights to men; because I realize fully that no one can live very far in advance of the time-spirit, and I am positive in my own mind that, unless some cataclysm destroys the human race before the end of the twentieth century the experience of the next hundred years will explode many of our own theories. But the experience of this age has proven that metaphysical quantities do not exist apart from materials, and hence humanity can not be made equal by declarations on paper. Unless the material conditions for equality exist, it is worse than mockery to pronounce men equal. And unless there is equality (and by equality I mean equal chances for every one to make the most of himself) unless, I say, these equal chances exist, freedom, either of thought, speech, or action, is equally a mockery.

I once read that one million angels could dance at the same time on the point of a needle; possibly one million angels might be able to get a decent night’s lodging by virtue of their constitutional rights; one single tramp couldn’t. And whenever the tongues of the non-possessing class threaten the possessors, whenever the disinherited menace the privileged, that moment you will find that the constitution isn’t made for you”