LOOK, HEY, SERIOUSLY NOW…!

I don’t do this just to hear the round-pear-shaped tones of my own voice, although I do suppose there must be some kind of egomania deep in there… hey, if I’m reaching your aural canal with sound waves, that’s great, and I would love to hear your variation of worldview from mine… but even if nobody else is listening, I’m still more than happy to have this record of my insane ranting in digital existence.

There are a lot of policy-makers who have been bought and sold like human slaves, our “elected” officials and legislators, passionately fighting and arguing for the beliefs and policies of the highest bidders in this country. Most of the donations given to presidential candidates are in the triple digits.

Intellectuals will argue amongst themselves as to which ones are in charge, why aren’t things run by the super-smart instead of the super-rich, a sort of Ayn Rand fascism of a different kind of elitism, deciding who gets educations and who doesn’t. As if intelligence alone, and not wisdom, confers rights over others. As if those who happen to get an education “win” or “deserved it” and others lose. Distinctions are made all through this… those who bought it and didn’t deserve it, those who are somehow “true intellectuals” but always define the word in such a way that it would always include themselves… so there’s no bias

And of course the rich, who often don’t even realize why they’re reviled, that they may be part of the 1%, that saying repulsive things about minorities or the poor would even matter, their sheltered, insulated lives preventing them from having any connection to the average American plight, let alone anywhere else in the world, nothing could possibly prevent them from using their powers to benefit themselves at everyone else’s expense.

I am a proud pseudo-intellectual. I don’t claim to be an expert, or a researcher, a or a credited journalist, or anyone of any note. We don’t have the power of money, or impressive degrees. But myself and other Americans who try to stay informed, read, converse, immerse in varied opinions and worldviews, and attempt (sometimes with difficulty) to cultivate a conscience, and who are unhappy with the state of affairs as they are, still have an important role. Our criticism, our skepticism, and our questioning are all vital to protecting what shreds of the Republic are left.

Many people will try to invalidate your opinions based on those arbitrary groups they have put you in. These people are fallacious, and can be regarded as such. People will try to argue that your position is invalid if you don’t have all the answers yourself. But that doesn’t logically follow. Our role, and my own as I see it, is to point out what is wrong and vile. We can fight tenaciously with peaceful protest, actions, journalism, social media organization, poetry, civil disobedience of the physical and digital varieties. Our importance is not defined by our volume, but by our basic desperate survival, factual support, common sense, and loyalty to liberty.

We don’t want to disparage individuals for being less privileged economically, or intellectually, or with regards to race, gender, social status, some ridiculous religious or political beliefs, or even their level of common sense or wisdom. Every person has the capability to form valid or invalid opinions at times, and can now more than ever assess a constant stream of information, sometimes including facts. They may end up right or wrong on particular issues, but their voices still matter! The genetic variation of our species alone determines who will be good at math, who will have the nicest hair, the best sense of direction, a mind for legalese or computer skills, who can type the fastest, run the fastest, jump the highest, shoot the most accurate… and all of them need hundreds of hours to be great at any of them, they should all be given the equal opportunity to find out for themselves, to live their life as they choose without hurting others. That combination of genetic prowess and hard work and skillful training need to be fostered in everyone, to bring out our full American potential.

Those  of us humble enough to note that we are merely voices clamoring in the darkness, you may not agree with us or think we’re right, and we may not even ever get our way, but we will have our say, and nothing short of total extermination will silence us.

PLAYLIST
In the Hall of the mountain king – Duke Ellington
When I Get Low I Get High – Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb
Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward & His Dominoes
Stormy Weather – Charles Mingus
Floyd’s Guitar Blues – Muddy Waters
Violent Love – Willie Dixon
Mean To Me – Sarah Vaughan
Southern Can Is Mine – Blind Willie McTell
Over The Hill – R.L. Burnside
Drone Blues – Jimi Hendrix
Fight The Power (Part 1&2) – The Isley Brothers
When I Want to Get Funky – Victor Wooten
Sugar Loaf Mountain – George Duke
Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
Love And Happiness – Al Green
Use Me – Bill Withers
Gentle Thoughts – Herbie Hancock
Here Comes The Sun – Nina Simone
We Can Work It Out – Stevie Wonder
Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield
Come On Feet – Melvin Van Peebles
Plumskinzz – MF DOOM
Potholderz (Feat. Count Bass D) – MF DOOM
The People – Common
Things Get a Little Easier – Biz Markie
Outer Spaceways – Sun Ra
Keynote Speaker (feat. Dave Chappelle) – Talib Kweli
Where Do We Go (feat. Res) – Talib Kweli

Stranger in a Strange Land 2012-02-04: Black History Month by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

*putting the 1% in a position where they’re paranoid and scared, ready to make mistakes.

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