The two songs referenced in the title of this post and embedded above are probably two of the most relevant songs from the era they originated from, and that poignant relevance is still very much alive today.
There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear
-Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” recorded 1966
The opening line of the song speaks it better than I could myself. What is happening in the world?
Here are a few things that are happening:
- Mass murder: Does it not seem that the more the federal government talks about gun control, the more mass shootings happen? This is not coincidence. I am not saying that mass murderers are doing so in response to federal threats of gun control, no. I am saying that the best way to prove a need for something, is to have something happen. For example: the best way to gain funding for fighting terrorism, is to prove there is a need for said funding. The best way to prove the need for the funding is to have successful acts of terrorism happen.
- Racial Tension: We see it in the news every day it seems. Some kind of racism is happening right now, or is it? The place where I live is very racially diverse. We have Whites, Blacks, Mexicans, and Asians of all flavors. I have never seen racism in my area, the people here work and live together, the only tension coming from drug addicts and non-drug addicts. This may be unique to my small part of Northern California, but somehow I doubt that this poor county is more racially progressive than the rest of the country.
- Mass Surveillance: If you haven’t heard about the crazy Orwellian surveillance that the U.S. carries out on everyone, including its own people, then you must have been living under a rock for the past four years. The alphabet soup agencies of the government (The NSA, DHS, CIA, FBI, etc.) basically watch us all, all the time. Ten years ago that was just a “conspiracy theory”.
- Police Brutality: A new story is in my Facebook news feed everyday about a person murdered by police. I say murdered because in many instances the individual who ends up dead was unarmed and not resisting. In one case, a video surfaced from a cop’s body cam that showed a man walking away from his commands. He looked back at the cop and then slowed his walking while reaching into his pocket. The man was shot in the back and when the officer approached him it became apparent he was not reaching for a weapon, but rather reaching into his pocket for the mp3 player that was attached to the ear buds in his ears. He likely did not even know the cops were yelling at him to stop, but we will never know because he died. This is just one story of many that are being brought to light every single day. The police brutality problem is not included in the racial tension, because while many black people are killed by white police officers, so too are many whites and Latinos killed by cops of any and all colors.
- Over-Zealous Political Correctness: These days if you say something the wrong way you are committing a thought crime. This has reached epic proportions of stupidity to the point where schools in some places may stop using the words “boys” and “girls”, California governor Brown even signed a bill that would strike the words “husband” and “wife” from marriage law wording. How ridiculous is that? Because someone is worried that gay people may get offended by these words? But wait a second, when two gay people get married they use those words! A gay man will introduce his husband as his husband, not his “spouse”. I am not sure about lesbian couples because I have actually not spoken to any, but I would be surprised to find that they did NOT use the word “wife” when introducing their spouse to friends or coworkers. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
- Mandatory Vaccine Laws in California: California made history in its decision to make a law that requires everyone, adults AND children, receive vaccinations or face fines and possible jail time. No more religious exemptions in Commiefornia. This is very draconian, especially in light of the fact that many of these vaccines are flawed and/or completely ineffective in some individuals. There have been cases of pertussis all over the country, and many of the children who are coming down with it have been previously vaccinated. Everyone knows that when you get a flu shot you are definitely more likely to get sick with the flu than if you decline it. I have not had a flu shot in at least ten years, and it has been about that long since I was sick with a flu of any kind. Other vaccines are just completely ineffective, such as the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). Growing up, my mother got me all my shots on schedule (yep, I have my pedigree and all my shots) but according to my current doctors I am not immune to Rubella (German measles). I allowed them to give me the MMR shots twice in the past ten years, one after the birth of each of my children, and after they told me it had not worked for the third time I declined any more. It seemed pointless to keep getting shots that obviously were not going to work for me anyway. So, the vaccines are not proven 100% safe and effective, but here in California it is now law, mandatory, punishable by fines and/or jail.
Those are just things that are happening in this country. I do not think I could cover the entire world’s laundry list of grievances in a single blog post. Greece is falling to pieces, it is likely going to be followed by the rest of Europe, one country at a time. China recently had some kind of catastrophe, although it is hard to determine what actually happened other than that we know something exploded. Terrorism apparently runs rampant across the globe, despite global efforts to stop terrorism for the past 14 years…you know, since September 2001?
The eastern world, it is explodin’, violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
-Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction” recorded 1965
That one is relevant for reasons that are pretty well self-explanatory.
Back to my own nation’s problems, which while vast, are not as overwhelming as world problems.
The very Constitution on which the United States was founded, the concept of personal freedom that has set the U.S apart from other countries around the globe for generations is being attacked by our own. Specifically the First, Second and Fourth Amendments.
The first ten Amendments to the Constitution make up our Bill of Rights. Read them, know them, value them, they are ours from birth and no law can take them away this late in the game.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
These three amendments are under attack every day in the former land of the free. You can read the entire Bill of Rights here, become familiar with your rights if you are not already. These rights are not privileges granted to us by the government, these are inherent rights born in each individual.
Tension is higher in this country, and around the world, than it was even at the height of the Cold War. Many people believe that World War III is imminent. Conspiracy theories have been being proved as fact more and more, and paranoia has rightly skyrocketed as we realize what is happening around us. These are just the “real-world” problems. I have not even delved into the other issues that are constantly popping up in my news feed. The rabbit hole will be delved into in a future post, and most likely will not be taken seriously by many who read it.
As an admitted anarchist, I am of the opinion that decent human beings (and we do exist in great numbers) do not need laws to tell us what is right and wrong. Right and Wrong are instinctual. Think about it. Do we need a law that says we should not rape, murder or otherwise attack other people? Do we need a law that says we can’t steal things that do not belong to us? Are we so dependent on laws to tell us what to do that we could not possibly exist without them? Anarchy is not chaos. Anarchy is defined by anarchists as follows:
absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
The Bill of Rights apply to every human being on the planet, we all deserve freedom.
I will leave it with two things. First, the United States has been at war for pretty much our entire existence. We have been a country for 239 years, and about 222 of those years have been spent fighting some war or another. Look it up, here let me help. Here is the Wikipedia list of armed conflicts involving the U.S.A since its founding in the Revolutionary War.
Now, here is this: