Personal Narrative (feel free to scroll down):
I have a proclivity to feel ‘abandoned’ and ‘powerless’ in social relations. I use these terms in inverted commas to reflect that there are no defined words for what I feel because these adjectives and emotions are reflective of human relations. What I feel is distinctly a product of human-state relations. As a ‘good’ citizen (see Rousseau, The Social Contract) and an academic in politics, political science, political economy, I have followed the rules, I have put faith in a ‘system’, and the ‘system’, embodied by the state, has abandoned me and left me feeling powerless to affect even the most minute details in my own personal life (see the traditional ‘American’ libertarian argument).
Is it clear yet that you don’t matter (the heart of this post):
So here’s my question to ‘Americans’: is it enough yet? Is it clear that despite your massive numbers, your political, social, and economic participation that you do not matter? Is it apparent yet that you have little control over your own lives if you do not conform and integrate fully into the systemic model of corporate, anti-privacy, anti-choice, U.S.A.?
That’s the academic question: are you ALL aware now that you do not matter to your government? Are you aware that they have violated the terms of contractual governance? Are you aware that the principle of ‘good offices’ or the clause of ‘full faith’ no longer exists?
On tumblr, most of you are. Well done you; unfortunately, this is not sufficient.
The activist question (yes, I’m setting up a dichotomy), therefore, is what are you going to do about it?
The U.S. government is making many forms of traditional political participation less accessible, in some cases even illegal (CISPA, NDAA, etc.). At this point, they are threatening ‘alternative’ lifestyles (gender, sexuality, colour, nationality and religion if you’re Middle Eastern…).
I think the question you should ask yourselves (if you are interested in remaining in the United States or lack the resources to expatriate) is why. Why are historic methods of social, economic, and political life now being restricted or reversed by your government?
I hope, I sincerely hope as someone who has a vested interest in many of the bodies in your country, the answer to that question will inform your response to the activist question I posed previously.
My very best wishes to you. I speak for all citizens of the world when I say we are all watching, we are all part of the ‘trickle down’, we stand in solidarity, and we fear for your safety and ability to lead your life as you see fit (without causing harm).
The Flaming Lips