Truth to Power

Speaking truth to power and holding those in power accountable also requires deciphering the various dimensions of power. For one, there is the military dimension of power, which I have addressed extensively through my commentary on American global hegemony. There are also the economic and propagandistic dimensions of power, which have been addressed by others. Among those who have addressed the excesses and transgressions of those wielding the economic dimension of power in the United States is Vice President Kamala Harris. It is also important to note that both the military and economic excesses and transgressions of the early 21st century emanated and stemmed from the same cabal in the Bush 43 White House. Also, the adverse effects of the military and economic transgressions of the Bush 43 White House in the early 21st century are adverse effects which virtually all Americans are still reeling from.

            Harris rose to prominence as State Attorney General in California when she took on the big banks head on because of their involvement in the worldwide Ponzi scheme and scam that one cabal engineered from the White House during the Bush Administration of the early 21st century. In turn, Harris was rewarded for her efforts and struggle against the big banks, first by becoming a senator for the state of California in the U.S. Senate, and then finally rising to the rank of Vice President this year. Although Harris and others have taken on the excesses and transgressions of the Bush cabal from an economic standpoint, no one has really challenged this cabal on the military and propagandistic front.

            Aside from political and social activism, literature and writing is often another very viable tool that is used to prompt change and reform after excesses and transgressions occur in a certain economic, political, or societal realm. Some of America’s famous literary works that immediately come to mind which in turn prompted economic, political, and societal changes and reforms are Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” where she addressed the adverse effects of pesticides on the environment, as well as Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” which in turn brought national attention to the excesses and transgressions of capitalism as it pertained to the meatpacking industry.

            Both political and social activism as well as literature and writing are the most viable tools at hand in taking action against excesses and transgressions which have occurred through the various dimensions of power that were mentioned before. Although certain folks like Vice President Harris have been rewarded for their action by being given political office, others like myself who are addressing the military and propagandistic aspect of excesses and transgressions are not seeking political office. I was even offered an offramp of sorts by those in the military and propagandistic realm of power to join them instead of opposing them. But the rewards of taking on the excesses and transgressions of the military and propagandistic dimensions of power are greater than the bad luck and misfortune of joining hands with those who wield such power. Moreover, the reward becomes all the more evident and palpable as the efforts and struggle to address the excesses and transgressions are sustained.

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