“…All we really have in the end is massive resistance. That is where we are heading–acquiescence or resistance. You and I will all need to make our choices about whether we will stand up against oppression in ways that a lot of our ancestors did not stand up…” – Erik Loomis
Tomorrow the Presidential Electors will meet in capitols to cast their votes for the President who will take office on January 20, 2017.
The individual who will take over the reins of government on that day lost the national popular vote (to date) by 2,864,978 votes.
The people currently planning on taking over the government also plan on dismantling every aspect of social, political, economic, diplomatic and environmental progress which has been accomplished over the last century.
The people planning on taking over will set the course of the United States Supreme Court for the next half century.
The people planning on taking over on January 20th are authoritarians.
You can acquiesce or you can resist.
Masha Gessen has some advice:
Autocracy: Rules for Survival
I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I have learned a few rules for surviving in an autocracy and salvaging your sanity and self-respect. It might be worth considering them now:
Rule #1: Believe the autocrat. He means what he says. Whenever you find yourself thinking, or hear others claiming, that he is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization.[….]
Rule #2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.[….]
Rule #3: Institutions will not save you. [….]
Rule #4: Be outraged. If you follow Rule #1 and believe what the autocrat-elect is saying, you will not be surprised. But in the face of the impulse to normalize, it is essential to maintain one’s capacity for shock. This will lead people to call you unreasonable and hysterical, and to accuse you of overreacting. It is no fun to be the only hysterical person in the room. Prepare yourself. [….]
Rule #5: Don’t make compromises. [….] In an autocracy, politics as the art of the possible is in fact utterly amoral. [….]
Rule #6: Remember the future. [….]
Donald Trump is uninformed, uncurious, and a narcissist. Believe it when he and his say they will dismantle access to affordable health care and cripple Medicare and Social Security. Believe it.
The national network infotainment complex and their local affiliates will promote the normalcy of it all. Old media will normalize the white supremacist right. Because they worship at the alter of false equivalence and false balance.
Don’t count on institutions to step up for you or others. Media? Forget it. They’re afraid of losing access. Our elected officials? Forget it. They worship at the alter of compromise with those who never compromise. Without the first two our other public institutions will fall into line.
If you’re still outraged you’re still noticing our institutions normalizing all of this. Old media will tell you that all is well. If you disagree by pointing out inconvenient truths you will be labeled, at best, as a difficult malcontent and, at worst, as an unstable person.
Be prepared to fight the good fights. Be prepared to lose. A lot. Be prepared for the people who you thought and hoped represented you pulling the rug out from under opposition movements. Because, for them, comity is more important than holding the line.
For now there are more of us than thee are of them. For now. There may be a future. There may not.
Sarah Kendzior also offers advice:
Write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others. Write about your dreams for the future and your hopes for your children. Write about the struggle of your ancestors and how the hardship they overcame shaped the person you are today.
Write your biography, write down your memories. Because if you do not do it now, you may forget.
Write a list of things you would never do. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will do them.
Write a list of things you would never believe. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will either believe them or be forced to say you believe them.
And, write down whether you will choose to acquiesce or resist.
If you resist, every thing you do, small or large, may save something, someone, and the world. If we all acquiesce we save no one.
I choose #resist.
Resist (November 18, 2016)
The more things change, the more they remain the same (November 23, 2016)
The more things change, the more they remain the same – part 2 (November 23, 2016)
The more things change, the more they remain the same – part 3 (November 24, 2016)
The more things change, the more they remain the same – part 4 (November 25, 2016)
#resist (November 27, 2016)
It’s like déjà vu all over again. (December 11, 2016)
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Electors (December 16, 2016)