We get what we deserves.
I have great respect for Spacey’s art, but I disagree with that statement.
It’s victim blaming. I think we should move past that.
We didn’t deserve this, for example. Or this.
And the same people ripping us off there are the ones who decide who’s going to be President.
And what did we do to deserve the wholesale destruction of our free and unencumbered press? We didn’t decide to commodify the news.
We didn’t decide to commodify healthcare.
And let’s not even get started on criminal justice/police brutality issues.
These things, and a host of others, were imposed upon us by an elite few. We didn’t deserve that. We deserve better. And instead we get screwed. Spacey is privileged to be removed from all that. Thanks in no small part to support from people who are continually getting screwed.
But does that mean we have no agency here? We’re just puppets in a play we didn’t write?
Our agency has always been limited, and continues to be systematically reduced to near nothing. SCIENCE! [PDF]:
The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.
The only choices we have are the choices we’re allowed to have. That’s not agency. That’s domination.
“You get what you deserve” is victim blaming. Spacey just elevates it to a larger scale.
I see your point, though I see his statement as a rallying cry. But then, I still have hope.
I have hope, too. No faith. Just hope that when the American people begin to actually revolt against that kind of domination, it won’t be through a Trump Brand® Populism.
But…I’m not getting my hopes up.
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