Spy On This!

President Barack Obama has always been quick to censure detractors when it comes to his regime spying on the public. His common retort always involves some sort of no-nonsense, Freudian super-ego-ish condescension, like, “I’m sure the NSA doesn’t care about what you’re doing on your computer.” And then he drones on, indulging himself in his awfully homiletic and providential presidential address.

Really? The government isn’t at all worried about what the anarcho-socialist workers and students do on their laptops in their homes, or what they’re reading in local libraries? Could Obama really be telling the truth when he says that he and his NSA watchdogs don’t really want to know what this group of Americans think or what they feel about the status quo in the US and the world over? Highly unlikely. See, like so many, a strong swath of Americans desire a revolution, and while surely the government doesn’t want to hear anyone say it (let alone the already-radicals), they absolutely want to know about it when they do say it.

Why not make it easy for them?

Guess what, NSA. The revolutionaries are many, and they want the abolition of private property. You and your capitalist master class have driven a wedge between too many brothers and sisters: murdering them in the deserts with your fences and neo-bloodletting policies; packing millions like chattel on ships, enslaving them with chains and laws, and then marooning them without equal rights inside your borders for centuries; leaving their reproductive rights subject to religious fanaticism and perversion, and never constitutionally ratifying their equality due to a difference in chromosomal information; ensuring that no radical transformation in class dynamics ever take place because wealth gets concentrated in the hands of an extreme few while millions of wealth-producing wage-slaves work themselves to-death.

You know what? The days of heads of state are coming to an end. The days of dismissing public opinion are numbered. No one is impressed by bullshit domestic immigration maneuvering; none are impressed with misshapen and climate-crucifying emissions deals with other global criminal polluter-states. Soon enough, the pluribus will be holding its own elections independent of you, co-operating its own economy independent of you, and it will cease teaching a revisionist history of the US to future American generations because it hates your agenda.

For all their treacherous spying, embedded powers will have no idea why the sudden metamorphosis. But the people know why: Mass amounts of homelessness and hunger among children in the US (not to mention the depoliticization of the power of education) are not good ways to prevent a politically heterodox future. Only, the contrary is true. Oppression and systematic discrimination fuel the revolution. Yes, as a byproduct of oppression and alienation, the current system and current powers are carving the way for a deeply democratic revolution.

Why, many Americans would certainly like to buy most politicians for what they’re worth and sell them for what they think they’re worth. With that kind of wealth, just imagine what could be done. The kind of gross liberality and unprecedented amounts of charity would surely sound the doomsday alarm for the rich-world elites. “Oh, no!” the fascist plutocrats would cry, “the poor have their needs met, and they’ve spending money to-boot!”

In the Final Issue of the Neue Rheinische Zeitung (May, 1849), Karl Marx addressed suppression of publication. Americans may very well ask of their suppressors the same as Marx did so long ago, and beg an explanation that truly disabuses the matter: “Why then your hypocritical phrases, your attempt to find an impossible pretext?” A rhetorical question, his response may very well be the American pluribus’ own when time comes:

We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror. But the royal terrorists, the terrorists by the grace of God and the law, are in practice brutal, disdainful, and mean, in theory cowardly, secretive, and deceitful, and in both respects, disreputable.

It seems the powers-that-be are the ones who have not missed but misunderstood the writing on the wall. Certainly, the American public is wising-up. Today, it is a struggle for a 15-dollar minimum wage (though even that struggle is certainly less superficial than most reactionaries would believe). Tomorrow, though, many will sing in chorus what today their comrades hymn: No more pleading or bargaining for access, inclusion; no more groveling for table scraps; everything shall be made ready at the disposal of those who have not, like it or not!

Whether Obama and those of his ilk earnestly pretend that public outrage is all about the do’s and don’ts of surveillance is for the American media complex to troll. But let it be known that there is no amount of spying or repression that can stop the revolution. No, no, it is much deeper than that, and the masses know it far too well. Moreover, what ought to worry the now-oppressors, however, is how deeply so many feel these things in their hearts, and in every dividing cell of their organic and strong human beings.

Not so long ago, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, great iconic revolutionary and Third World patron saint, averred that the only true reason for endeavoring any kind of socialist efforts and revolution was, in fact, because the aims was communism, and the abolition of private property. Many Americans already realize that property—and the legal system that serves it above all else—are abolishable, and that very pillar of elite society will likely pass through the crosshairs of the people. A great Mexican revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata, once acknowledged the oppressed would sooner die on their feet than live on their knees. This is especially true for the American many today who live on their knees just to keep the few enshrined in extravagance. Yet, what the powers-that-be fear most about the 21st-century American Revolution has no real basis in what is beginning to take place. The people will have a place set for all at the banquet feast of liberation, because this breed of revolutionaries, and its radically democratic private-property-abolishing-anarchy, is already worlds beyond the scope of embedded power.

Mateo Pimentel lives on the Mexican-US border, writing for many alternative political newsletters and Web sites. He can be reached at: mateo.pimentel@gmail.com. Read other articles by Mateo.