Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Prophetic Redoubt and the Prescience of Theodore Roszak

By Christopher Diamant, opednews.com

In going through my notes as I assemble the last edit for my forthcoming book's manuscript I came across some rather remarkable observations by the writer Theodore Roszak in the 1995  revamped introduction to his warmly insightful and profoundly thoughtful book "The Making of A Counter Culture"; and as I read and reread the lines I decided to make a little article for my favorite publication to see if perhaps those who were napping might be prodded into siddenly waking up: as I mean this article to be a "call to arms"; and for writers this means their pens: and their inner voice  or  voices; for "the Time is at Hand"; as the prophets used to say. And that time is Now; have little doubt of that.

As way of introduction it is our current situation politically which seems to have emerged from nowehere; but the roots of the current war on America being waged by the Upper Class against the disadvantged lower class show thes rich and powerful men have no class whatsoever: or morals or scruples or even a heart: they are simply economic beasts of the most predatory kind; fueling their acrimony by the love of themselves over and above anyone or anything else: but I have a message for them; and this article is my "message"; and the start of a lot more to come; believe me.

 Write off My Generation at your peril, "oh ye rulers of Darkness": I intend to start a Consummation; even a consumption on the face of the earth; and here is where it starts: with the 'Prophetic Redoubt' as of the prophetic regard I have for those who knew far in advance what is to come from those whose influence in the governmental corridors of vested power and pathological desire for ever higher profits would become the greatest present day threat to our democracy it has ever faced; and the enemy here is one that has nursed itself at the breast of Washington's corporate welfare even as they decry helping those who truly need the help that only the federal government alone can give in the socially protective bulwark it functions as to defend the public from the hidden vested interests and selfserving agenda's of the powerful but unscrupulous.

Those who take a look into the future with such clear foresight are those once called "visionaries"; as those who see into the future: seers of the times-to-come and plainly thus "farsighted" beyond their peers. But here the testimony is too accurate to ignore; too timely to overlook. 

In decrying the corporate treason of the Rich and their Superclass patrons who have raised the rabble with their calculated "Tea Party" cloak for the Racist and Facist Feudalism they intend to make us the grovelling Serfs to in their "new Amerika" it is Theodore Roszak who foresaw this as seen in one of his most memorable passages in page xxx of his Introduction to his book "Making of A Counter Culture" with these startling and prophetic  words: to wit,
"It is surely the bleakest measure of political cynicism that corporate elites, many of them Ivy League alumni and cosmopolital lifestylers, have been willing to bed down with throwbacks to the Scopes Trial. They have deliberately bolstered the most benighted and fiercely intolerant forces in our society, enclaves of smoldering resentment that would be burning witches and branding adulteresses if they had free rein.

Even more effective than it's collaboration with Bible Belt reactionaries, however, has been the coporate community's systematic repeal of the affluent society. Having seen what dreadful things result from fat paychecks and cultural permissiveness, business leaders have decided to rely on a blunter,  more traditional weapon: economic insecurity. They have exported the jobs that once promised to make affluence possible for all and busted the unions that defended high wages. This is turning out to be a far more effecient form of social control than corporate largesse.  Within the new global economy, American workers are being forced to compete with peons if they want to hold any jobs at all. The homeless who have filled our streets and our television screens since the early eighties are a constant reminder of how far one can fall in America.  The deficits that were run up under the supposed fiscal conservative of the Reagan years have shredded every social program that once promised an end to economic dislocation. "

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