Jon Stewart of the “fake news” program The Daily Show mentioned something in passing during his recent interview of Tim Pawlenty. He said, “I would say that there is a whole political movement [Tea Party] based upon that [dangerous political rhetoric] that has come out of this that is based on a revolution fetish [pause for laughter] to some extent.”
Funny isn’t it? Is it funny because it’s true?
First let’s arrive at an acceptable definition of fetish – this is from dictionary.com:
1. an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or
habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency
2. any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence,
respect, or devotion: to make a fetish of high grades
3. Psychology. any object or nongenital part of the body
that causes a habitual erotic response or fixation
Now according to these definitions I think we can reach some satisfying conclusions. Consider that our country is the child of a revolution. We have all grown up learning about the origins of our country and know full well that our country couldn’t have existed without a revolution.
Now, Thomas Jefferson said that we need a revolution every generation. The implications being that periodic revolutions are necessary to remove corruption (of which we currently have plenty).
It is quite possible that all this talk of revolution in our youth is now coming to a head. We all know that revolutions are important, but we haven’t had any in too many years. In the language of fetish – we are collectively craving revolution.
While I hold dearly my God given right to revolt against the rich, I need to make it 100% clear that the revolution I’m advocating is non-violent. The moment that violence begins is the moment I cancel my involvement. And if you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that the only possible way to do revolt is non-violently. I firmly believe that we can expose the fiction of money and simultaneously redistribute the wealth without raising a hand to our “rich” brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers. All we have to do is begin shifting into a new paradigm.
Continuing with the psychological language: If our national psychology was somehow damaged by the evil of Sept. 11 (which was plainly friendly-fire
) then it is quite possible that we might achieve some national catharsis by the satisfaction of our revolution fetish.
Are you familiar with Naomi Klein’s book, The Shock Doctrine
? This book outlines the motives and goals of certain political leaders and how they are able to take advantage of certain catastrophes (9/11, Katrina). It is the behavior of these political and economic leaders that have so damaged our psyche and contributed in the belief that money was a good and helpful thing.
So, not only will your involvement in the revolution be a way to have your debt wiped clean, it will also be a nationally cathartic event. We will be able to collectively heal from the distrust that was created by our love of money.