October 4, 2011 by 99percentspace
The structure of power rests on two pillars: force and words. Without dominion over both, the structure sags and crumbles. Until recently, the powers that be (PTB) controlled words as tightly as the use of force, but this monopoly has been ended by the ever-expanding blogosphere armed to the teeth with a veritable arsenal of words, words and more words: fragmentation words, heatseeking words, cluster words, MOAB words and even alien death-ray words.
In this War of the Words, the PTB are outmanned, outgunned, outsmarted and plain out of luck. Their only tactical advantage was the control over the distribution of words; ever since that front was overrun by hundreds of millions of bloggers, they’ve been retreating in disarray.
Just compare the casualties since Internet began, and since social networking took off. On the PTB side, secrets have been revealed, whistleblowers heard, lies unmasked and leaders fallen. On the 99 percent side, entire repositories of empowering information has been fed into the rapidly-expanding public consciousness. In this war we are legion; collectively, there is no amount of data we cannot crunch and no stone we cannot turn.
Things were easier for the PTB back when only aristocrats and clergy knew how to read and write, but times change and eventually they had to share the secrets of words with the general populace. However, they kept legal language outside common language in order to keep the population ignorant of how these words were being used to enslave them.
Today it seems kind of sad that all this time, for so many generations already, we’ve been standing under a bunch of words written in contracts and statutes and constitutions. Does anyone still think our natural rights are granted to us by words? Or that words give some the right to oppress others?
Does anyone really believe all those official words and numbers are worth the paper they’re printed on?
Force controls the body, words control the mind… but only to the extent that we are unaware this control is being exterted. Once aware, the words of slavery lose all power and become what they’ve always been: ink on paper, with no more power over a human being than a child’s drawing of a stick figure. It really is as simple as that.
The War of the Words is spreading, from Africa and the Middle East to Europe and now the Fatherland USofA. In New York right now, the words of justice and freedom are standing firm in the belly of the beast as the bought-and-sold whores in uniform make their futile last stand, trying to beat back ideas with sticks, mindlessly protecting the big lie as it sucks their soul into its black hole.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will devour my soul…
The massive armored destroyer words are bogged down under constant attack by small arms words and rocket-propelled words. Their Law & Order is under assault by Human Rights and Justice. Their Mandate is taking heavy damage from Truth, Transparency and Accountability. Their Free Market has been overrun by Public Awareness of Criminal Impunity. Their very Existence is coming under siege by the Arising of the 99 and their call to Words. For there is one thing mightier than the sword, it is the pen which writes the words, but only when these words make people stand and say enough.
The time of great men is over. There will be no leaders in the final march, because leaders symbolize the word, and the word now belongs to us all. Every single human being that stands up to resist against the system is the voice of the 99 percent; let them hear us if they dare, because now it’s our word against theirs.
Art Credits: worth a thousand words!
Power of the Word illustration http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs23/f/2007/323/1/c/Power_of_Words_by_estranged_illusions.jpg
Occupy Wall St signs photos from http://yfrog.com/user/OccupyWallStNYC/photos