Before Rogue resumes its regular commentary schedule next week, here are a few things that couldn't help but distract me from book-writing (and this was before I saw the New York Times' shocking story today on deforestation and climate change). Our perpetual state of war continues, moving more into Yemen and Somalia with secret CIA and DOD drone bases. Now American citizens can be targeted, without due process, for hellfire missiles. And while we may say al-Awlaki had it coming, one must wonder if hellfire missiles along with the entire security apparatus erected since 9/11/01 will not eventually be used in the streets and even cul-de-sacs of America. We're still leaving Iraq on George W. Bush's timetable. Did we "win"? Tom Ricks writes that somebody did, and it wasn't us, except for the "us" that's involved in the Military-Industrial Complex and D.C. real estate. We have become such a moral beacon to the world that Iran cited Gitmo in holding those U.S. "hikers" in solitary.
The economy is worse now than a month ago, and more analysts, economists and commentators are realizing a point I made some time ago: We're in depression territory. We don't have to be, but the cowardice of the Obama administration combined with the nihilism of the Republicans, all under the umbrella of the quiet coup of moneyed interests, have left us paralyzed and bewildered. The Occupy Wall Street movement is noble but small and mostly ignored by the corporate media. True, if the same numbers were Tea Party members, they would garner nationwide coverage.
Friends keep telling me of the coming working-class revolt (Mark Thoma writes about such here). I'll believe it when I see it. Civil insurrection is certainly likely as America continues its downward course, but it will play out with minorities burning their own neighborhoods and the whites and other better-offs retreating even deeper into suburban apartheid. The Revolution in a nation of dolts could only be caused by taking away television, video games, smart phones and cheap gasoline. Then, to the barricades!
See you Monday.