Sometimes people like Randall Amster are willing to tell the truth about our current situation. Unfortunately, those people are not allowed in the mainstream media.
Shall the candidates honestly discuss the perpetual resource wars that will dominate the globe for generations to come? Should they openly engage the realities of climate change and the manner in which we need to immediately change our way of life in order for life to continue at all? Would it be expedient to point out that the economy is a sham and we are but fodder for the 1%?
Perhaps the greatest tragedy lies in the persistent belief that our plutocracy is actually a democracy, that political power resides with ‘we the people’, and that the right electoral decisions will result in a better world. The salient point isn’t that the outcomes of elections don’t matter at all, but more so that they don’t matter enough. While the Obama presidency has lacked the full-on ‘dark clouds’ motif of the Bush years, and a smiling Biden might seem preferable to Darth Cheney, it remains the case that we continue our inexorable slide toward collective immolation regardless of who sits at the helm. Which presidential contestant will fix the economy? End war and halt ecological degradation? Side with workers vis-à-vis corporations, and distribute wealth downward rather than upward? (Maybe the Green Party candidate, but they aren’t booked on the show.) Not President Obomney.