Finally been pointed at the site for the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) again. This is quite possibly the scariest thing I can think of on the net (apart from that "Letters with Serial Killers" thing I was reading last night), with ths on the first page:
The [PNAC] is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle; and that too few political leaders today are making the case for global leadership.
Check out the Statement of Principles too. Seriously, these are the people deciding not just where America wants to go today, but how the world should think. Note the names at the bottom of the SoP that include all our favourites: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz...
The problem here is that these people are intelligent, and know what they're doing. Without equal intelligence to counter it, and the infrastructures to use it, the sheer level of power and influence that is wielded here will swamp any other attempt to define ideologies. We cannot simply rely on protests, paintbombs and all of the other low-culture, grass-roots arsenal that the people who care currently rely upon. This is an intellectual, ideological battle, and we currently stand on the wrong side of the balance. Everything that we are as a society is so heavily tilted towards those in power, that to change anything we must dismantle what we are so used to.
We cannot force people to change, we cannot expect them to suddenly see an alternative as if they were all Saul on the road to Damascus. We must analyse what we have, realise what is lacking, and offer alternatives on all fronts. We need to pick apart our own society from every possible angle, make it transparent and give people the opportunity and motiviation to look into it with their own eyes. The powers that are want us to accept what they offer, and we should have none of it, until these powers are who we are.