Week 411 // When the Monster Bites

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All the officers missing
From their stations
From their places
Who are we meant to turn to?
Tired faces

Looking over your shoulder
Making plans
Make contingency plans
Looking over your shoulder again
And again
And again

What are the reasons?
All of our reasons
Any of the reasons
To bite back
When the monster bites us

And it should stand to reason
In your bones
In your dusty bones
That if you beat them you join them
You should know

Look out over the water
At the land
At the land as it shrinks
As it sinks far below the horizon
Making plans

What are the reasons?
All of our reasons
Any of the reasons
To bite back
When the monster bites us

Notes
It has never been so clear to me that we are living through a period during which the acquisition and maintenance of power is primarily achieved not just through efforts to stoke public fears, but by deliberately encouraging people to feel elementally unsafe in bodily and existential senses. I think that fear has typically been stoked by those in power in America in order to encourage loyalty through the promise of protection from the other. Today, fear is stoked in an attempt to get the populous to cower, to try to make us to submit, to dominate the people. We have a regime that is openly hostile toward the people it governs. What should we be doing about that? Who has plans in November?

~M.E.

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