Monks and Martyrs: A Controversial Perspective on Dissent in 21st Century America

Two months ago, I highlighted a powerful video from Warren Pollock in the post: Video of the Day – The Religion of Consumerism. Today, I am highlighting another one of his videos.

While this one is no less interesting, it’s likely to be quite a bit more controversial. He poses questions that philosophers have no doubt pondered from the very first moment human beings came together to organize into centralized political structures.

Namely, what is the responsibility of a citizen in a society in which the majority is ruled by a small minority? By living passively within this system has a citizen de facto given his or her consent to the minority? If so, is that citizen therefore ultimately responsible for the fate of the society as a whole?

Mr. Pollock has some very strong opinions on the matter. While I I wouldn’t have chosen the examples he did (Ferguson and Gaza) to make the point, it is clear what he is trying to do and who he is addressing. He is talking to people who are already awake and aware of the criminality and corruption of the current status quo, and he is trying to spark strong political action within them. He realizes something that I also recognize, which is that while a reasonable percentage of the population is already greatly dissatisfied with the status quo, only a tiny fraction of that minority are actually willing to make the sacrifices needed to usher in a paradigm shift. As a result, those who do make the sacrifices generally become martyrs while their fellow citizens play it safe. As long as everyone plays it safe, nothing changes.

I did not share this video because I agree with the way he presents the argument, but rather because the questions he poses are very important ones. Moreover, I believe that without a doubt “the powers that be” do adhere to this philosophy. They think that any population so apathetic about its collective condition deserves what they get. So they will continue to pillage everything in sight until enough people get together to stop them. Equally important, history does demonstrate that when enough people rebel the status quo always falls.

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

2 thoughts on “Monks and Martyrs: A Controversial Perspective on Dissent in 21st Century America”

  1. Yes, we need more martyrs to shake the foundation.

    And if this was 100 years ago, we might have a better chance.

    One thing we have to take into account, a great number of our population is INCAPABLE of deep thought and fully benefiting from the way things are now. No matter how many of us sacrifice our own lives, our own families, that is not going to change until it does.

    We, the aware, dismiss the very real condition of a large portion of our fellow citizens that have been intentionally dumbed down – from fluoride, to vaccines, to public schools and tv – and as long as the food and pills are in stock, will not listen to reason, or reality, or fears of the path we are on.

    I hate that I feel this way, but I do. I guess it is the way I’m coping with the nightmare. I know in my heart that anyone sticking out now is risking ruin with little reward. The time will come when the store shelves are empty and the FSA is hungry and THEN martyrs may have a chance of creating a movement.

    I just cannot in good faith look around at our current reality and believe that standing up, or sticking out, too far, is worth it. Not yet.

    We are a black swan, or twelve, away from the time. Pain is the only thing that will serve to wake up enough of us to make a difference.

    Look around, don’t you all think we have a ways to go?

  2. “Look around, don’t you all think we have a ways to go?”

    Those of us who “get it” don’t want to think so. But, upon reflection, I think you are unfortunately correct. Much more pain is required before something happens. TPTB will try to schedule, manage and direct that pain to heir desired outcome, as they have been successfully (mostly) since way before we were born. They do not have perfect control but are working to that point and, even then, perfect control will not be had.


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