How can we expect, even demand, that the Russians provide suitable housing and toilets for the Sochi Olympics, when we do not even require our own government to honestly deal with significantly more pressing issues?
What of political surveillance of our own citizens? What about the witch hunting of whistle-blowers who would advise us of our politicians’ depravities and deviances? What about the ongoing covert imperial wars we wage against nation after nation, and tribe upon tribe, all paid for by our own tax dollars? What about drone assassinations and the death of innocents, those we execute across the globe, all anonymously, without reprisal and without repentance?
What about our own complicity in this Spectacle of global humiliation (a.k.a. globalization)… acting self-righteously and preeminently as enforcer of unilateral moral edicts and a planned cultural monopoly (monotony)? When do we get off of our high horse and recognize that the demands we make of this world, and the monoculture we stridently promote – unabashedly and uncompromisingly – is destructive not only of human cultural variation, but of life on this planet for all species… ultimately unsustainable and radically self-regarding?
Why do we insist upon finding fault with others – with the Other/Alterity – and yet refuse to look at the grave fault-lines running richly through our own psychotically obsessive cultural hegemony? Why can we not see through the propaganda of our own Madison Avenue approach to domestic or geopolitics, the emptying spectacle of our mockery-democracy, or even the chimerical and hysterical proclamations of our freedom?
Why do we care about Colorado Superbowls (of football or marijuana), yet not concern ourselves with the growing black-boot security apparatus of the State, the subtle reversal of our previously ‘inverted totalitarianism’… now righting itself, and baring its vicious and bloodied teeth? When do we demand the ouster of the entire Congress of the United States as well as the deposing of our present butler-in-chief and his lackeys to some third-world prison cell?
How can you be concerned, nay outraged, over the shooting of stray dogs at the Olympic village in Sochi, and yet not even feign concern for the lives of innocent women and children you are killing in Afghanistan or Pakistan with your drones? How can you continue to vilify the Other (Russia, Iran, etc), while refusing to admit the villainous within you and in your midst? How can you wake each morning, look in the mirror or check your Facebook page and continue to live comfortably without reconsidering your complicity in this entire charade, this Spectacle? How do you keep living your life, as is? How can Americans, and their fast-emerging commercial aliases peppered around the globe, continue to endorse the imperial economic and militaristic policies of a resource-gutting, egotistically managed, self-consumed lifestyle?
How can we continue to support the curriculum of the West as it manifests its own bankruptcy? How can you dance, if you still do not know how to walk? How can you eat, if you don’t know where to find food? How can you ask the world to stand and deliver, if all you know how to do is take?
When will the fairy dust be stripped from our eyelids, so that while “now we see but through a glass darkly,” then we will see things face to face? Let the games begin… err, continue.