A Brief Manifesto Against Outrage

The time for outrage is over.

The time to go into the courts, into the boardrooms, as well as into the streets is here.

It is time to be as cold and implacable as those who seek to tear apart the United States and pocket the pieces.

It is time for the wealthy liberals and the rich progressives to put up their money to save our, and their, country.

They must massively fund legal challenges and electoral challenges.

They must fund a movement to take the press back from a handful of cold barons who care nothing for truth but will sell a tale of lies to the highest bidder.

They must fund the training of activists in the ways of business and politics so those activists can become true weapons of democracy.

And the progressive and liberal rich must turn on their wealthy peers who fund the destruction of the nation: they must fight them on the economic front and impoverish them so they can never threaten this nation again.

From the smallest schoolhouse to the largest university, wherever the deniers of science, the purveyors of hatred of knowledge, the pushers of myth and religious falsehoods parading as science, wherever and whenever they appear they must be met by economic and intellectual force and driven back into their darkness. They must no longer be allowed to throw their cloak of willful ignorance over our education system.

From the local candidate for a village or town office to the major candidates for state and federal offices, whenever and wherever the voice of authoritarianism, of fascism, of ignorance, of misogyny, of prejudice, of bigotry is heard, it must be met with a well-funded and powerful voice of progressive ideals and policies.

The nation cannot wait any longer.

The progressive voices cannot sit back and sign on-line petitions and feel they have done their civic duty. The progressive rich cannot sit back and dribble out their wealth a little bit here and a little bit there, or sit back from the fray.

The darkness is here: it rages in the voices of the religious right; it rages in the voices of men who deny the personhood of women and would reduce them to the status of farm animals; it rages in the voices of corporate princes and elected officials who deny the facts and the evidence of science; it rages in the Republican Party where the religious right, the misogynists, the corporate polluters have all found comfortable homes. The darkness is here, it is here now, and it is ripping down the edifice of democracy for which so many have fought and have bled and have died.

Outrage must give way to cold reason and hard cash. Outrage must give way to planning and execution. Outrage must be focused into a steel sword of intelligence and mind and if necessary, blood.

The time is now.


4 Responses

  1. Quite right. More government is the answer, I reckon. I’m happy to pay more tax to help the cause.


  2. Long time no comment,glad to see you are still gnarling and gnashing etc. Although from the other end of the poli-spectrum I will still say good points. I would also caution to be careful what you look for and ho you look to. As you touch on with:

    The progressive voices cannot sit back and sign on-line petitions and feel they have done their civic duty. The progressive rich cannot sit back and dribble out their wealth a little bit here and a little bit there, or sit back from the fray.
    You don’t want or need the Gates to dictate to you or others how to be or have Adbuster types stoke false realities.
    Fwiw good luck with that.


  3. Like Vincent Van Gogh stated “Nothing is more powerful than an Idea who’s time has come” The time has come but change comes in increments. It takes a while for society to move ahead and realize we are not attacking religion we are attacking the proposed establishment of a national church (by stating this country is only for people who believe like you). We are not killing babies because technically we are all “baby” killers under the conservative definition. For science says life starts BEFORE conception (i.e. Sperm and Eggs). Every time a man urinates or a women ovulates a baby is killed with that insane logic. We unfortunately have to allow more people to acknowledge the world as it is so that we can start to change it and that is going to take a lot more than those groups you mentioned waking up. Nobody has the power to overcome ignorance we can just reduce it with a little education.


  4. First of all I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t
    mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.

    I’ve had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Many thanks!


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