- KINGSTON, NY -- Taxed
to death, angry at government bailouts, outraged by Wall Street greed,
and bitterly resentful of a system that rewards the undeserving rich, the
American public is ready to revolt.
- "The Tea Parties and Tax Protests sprouting across
the nation, which we had predicted, are harbingers of revolution,"
said Gerald Celente, Director of The Trends Research Institute. "But
they are not enough. Much stronger and directed action is required. Our
call for 'Revolution' will galvanize the people, destroy the corrupt ruling
systems, and produce a prosperous and more just nation."
- The Revolution Celente proposes is unique in concept
and bold in execution. It is about a lot more than just "taxation
- "Nothing short of total repudiation of our entrenched
systems can rescue America," said Celente. "We are under the
control of a two-headed, one party political system. Wall Street controls
our financial lives; the media manipulates our minds. These systems cannot
be changed from within. There is no alternative. Without a revolution,
these institutions will bankrupt the country, keep fighting failed wars,
start new ones, and hold us in perpetual intellectual subjugation."
- The country is restless, and ripe for radical reform.
There is no doubt protests will proliferate and intensify. In response,
the government will call out the troops and bring in the police. They
will use the Patriot Act to silence, detain, harass, persecute and prosecute
groups and individuals exercising their Constitutional rights.
- But Celente's Revolution need not degenerate into violence
or open warfare.
- "Intellectual Revolution"
- "I am calling for an 'Intellectual Revolution'.
I ask American citizens to free their minds from the tyranny of 'Dumb
Think.' This is a revolution about thinking - not manning the barricades.
It's about brain power - not brute force."
- For society to survive and grow, it must wake up and
grow up. Americans must acknowledge what their opinions are based on,
who they listen to ... and why.
- What are America's prime information sources? CNN, "The
most trusted name in news"? Fox, "Fair and balanced"?
CNBC, "First in Business Worldwide"? The New York Times, "All
the news that's fit to print"?
- Who do the people listen to? A closed circuit of familiar
faces guaranteed to take predictable positions. Authorities on nothing,
yet pronouncing upon everything; a cadre of media aristocrats, pretending
they're the people's voice.
- Bill O'Reilly, Steven Colbert, Rush Limbaugh, Keith Olbermann,
Sean Hannity, Jon Stewart, Chris Matthews, Jim Cramer, Joe Scarborough,
Anderson Cooper, Bill Maher.
- TV tough guys, broadcast big mouths and Beltway blowhards
have now been joined by featherweight comics throwing powder puff punches
at sitting targets.
- This new addition to the critical debate is celebrated
by the world's leading financial newspaper:
- Wall Street riveted by comedy clash
- Financial Times, 13 March 2009
- "A showdown between a comedian who has become one
of America's most challenging commentators and a news commentator known
for his comedic antics has shown the brightest spotlight on the media's
market coverage since the financial crisis began.
- On Thursday night, two cable television celebrities squared
off as Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show ... on Comedy Central ... confronted
Jim Cramer ... star of CNBC's Mad Money programme."
- Without a hint of irony, FT bestows the title of highest
American intellectual common denominator upon a clown. A pencil throwing,
screaming, wryly grimacing professional comedian has become "... one
of America's most challenging commentators"?
- "Wall Street riveted by comedy clash"? "The
brightest spotlight on the media's market coverage"?
- With the world financial markets in collapse, this rivets
Wall Street? Nearly two years into the worst financial crisis since the
Great Depression, this shines as "the brightest spotlight"?
- From Wall Street, comedy moves to the White House.
President Obama made history using comic Jay Leno's Tonight Show as a platform
to peddle his policies.
- World shaping decisions are packaged in sound bites and
pitched by the nation's Showman-in-Chief. There is no time or place for
debate or discussion. It's all entertainment.
- "The 'Intellectual Revolution' must be waged on
the battlefield of the mind," said Celente. "Americans are doomed
unless they kick the junk news habit, deprogram themselves from celebrity
worship, refuse to blindly follow political leaders and question all ideological
dogmas ... especially their own.
- "For the revolution to succeed, people must repudiate
the one-headed, two party system, and learn to think for themselves,"
- While the corporate-owned mainstream media and the government
still control the broad avenues of news and information, only willing and
lazy minds need be held hostage to it. The Internet world is awash in
data, facts, analyses and opinions (independent and mainstream) for all
to access and assess.
- THINK FOR YOURSELF. THE "INTELLECTUAL REVOLUTION"
- Trend Call-to-Action: What can you do? Participating
in an April 15th tax protest may be your cup of tea. Pester your politicians.
Make your voice heard, your discontent felt and your solutions known.
Band with others who share similar objectives and common goals.
- Laura Martin
- The Trends Research Institute
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