It was as essential for Bernie to imbue the next progressive warrior with the right stuff

It was as essential for Bernie to imbue the next progressive warrior with the right stuff, as it was for this progressive to come forth to be inculcated accordingly. Unless I’m experiencing some perceptual myopia, I’m not aware of such a transformative convergence. We need a Joan of Arc, or a Jesus Christ, someone who’s character is transcendent and beyond the reach of material gain and the pitfalls of vice and vanity. Someone who understands that doing the right thing for the greater good of society and the planet, will ultimately be a suicide mission, disguised as a radical calling. Sooner or later, there will be a burning at the stake or a nailing to a cross. The-powers-that-be take extreme umbrage to the assertion that realty is broken, and that they broke it. They are proud of their machinated power through the usurpation of wealth. From their perspective, reality is conforming to the tenants of neo-feudal design; drafted at the conception of civilization. The American futurist and self-described social engineer, Jacque Fresco, envisioned a utopian world of energy efficiency, coexistence with nature, renewable resources, and sufficient and sustainable sustenance for body and mind. He couldn’t give away any of his multitude of prescience to social planners — who were beholden to the profitability projections of corporate-think and the short sightedness of their own bureaucracy — no less, capitalize on them. And so, he would be approached by a plutocrat who would ask: “You’re a smart man, why aren’t you rich?” and to that Fresco replied: You’re a rich man, why aren’t you smart?”. And in that interrogatory exchange lies the prevailing dichotomy, inherent to all materialistic, mass producing and mass consuming societies. The satisfaction of the immediate and quantitative want, at the expense of the sustaining, qualitative need. And from this political vacuum that Michael Wade Douglass has depicted, the question is begged: who will endure the political gauntlet to confront the rein of the megalomaniacal, self appointed monarch, obscenely naked before those who refuse to see? (jz) “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson-

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