By Chris Pratt
Our inaction, our passivity, our naivety and the ease with which we can be manipulated has fueled the forces of fear, power, greed and suppression. Most U.S. citizens now walk around in self-induced comas, too ignorant to question, too afraid to ask and too numb to feel.
Is our government capable of killing its own people? Look … at what we have done to the environment and the poor for oil. Look … at the brutal dictators we have brought to power and continue to fund. Look … at the wars we have manufactured.
The U.S. has become the 21st Century’s “Death Star.” We do not prevent war, we make war. We do not protect humanity and prevent atrocities, we kill people and commit atrocities whenever it suits our corporate interests.
Corrupt banking practices, oil and war have been the backbone of this economy for years. We have been a government by and for the elite for quite some time now. It is not about morality and freedom, it is about money, power and the shaping of the public mind by private media conglomerates to prevent us from realizing what is going on.
This “global economy” has enabled open season on the poor, as giant multinationals victimize unsuspecting countries and rape them for their resources. Outside of the public eye these corporations practice a predatory capitalism on a scale as brutal as one can imagine. Humanity and the environment are routinely sacrificed whenever profits are threatened. A business culture of bribery, threats and death is allowed to flourish under the auspices of the IMF and World Bank, which often play pivotal roles in the privatization of land, oil and water and the debt enslavement of the masses.
We must now open our hearts and minds to reality. Goliath must be faced, but not with our fists, with our minds. Calling for scientific analysis, dialogue and discussion are not subversive activities. Exercising one’s right to question, to assemble and to peacefully protest is not domestic terrorism. In fact awareness, reason, logic and critical thinking are signs of hope. They affect the choices we make today that will determine the people we become tomorrow.
Chris Pratt is a citizen journalist, President of the Awareness Initiative, filmmaker (deceptions), and publisher of the soon-to-be-released QC Magazine.