It is morbidly ironic that the very thing Christians fear, a world-dominating movement that forces them to hide in caves awaiting the return of Christ, is the very thing they are promoting, only with the reverse effect that everyone of dissimilar opinion are increasingly having to watch what they say for fear of being persecuted. It is not socialism, whatever Tim LaHaye may rant, that is capable of undermining individuality and the power of the citizen, but fascism, the power of the corporate/government that would make us all workers without a voice. And fascism only works with a personally disempowering religious ideology to promote it and give it the perception of moral fortitude. Enter the wellness/wealth equals god's blessing ideology of the Christian corporate empire.
Faced with a continuing corporation-led election cycle, where Conservatives and Liberals only disagree on which companies to give money to, what is left to us? What resistance are we capable of pursuing? After the second election of George Bush, I attended a local democratic group in which the theme was essentially taking back the social institutions, a point the democrats have been harping on for years now, indicating a party so devoid of new ideas that they steal from their opponents. The problem with this is that these institutions; education, the courts, the FDA, etc. exist only because society at large feels incapable of anything but acceding to their will. Rational debate has succumbed to emotionalistic posturing, where town-hall meetings are not calm or even visceral expositions of well-thought positions, but bullet-point thinking, a group of cliff-note toting simpletons rather than radical philosophers. When force and power are looked upon as the means to gain access to the minds of society, the seeds of destruction are sowed and watered.
The growing influence of corporations and the religio-conservative mentality (hello Tea Party), the power of the individual is inexorably being belittled. Recently, after the Supreme Court declared corporations, created entities whose sole existence is because of legal paperwork, were somehow the equal of private citizens in the role of democratic participation, Democrats and even some conservatives rushed to decry the decision. However, none pointed out the issue that unfettered capitalism was to blame, that a goal of corporations, tied up in the very definition, is to create a homogenized society, where individuality is removed for the purpose of stamping specific "buy this" memes. Frankly, with the amount of money being spent on politicians, this realization has long since become impossible.
How is resistance possible? Only with the daily, continual exposition of our empathy to the pain of each individual, expressing with obstinate rational passion that in every sloppy picture created by a child taped to a fridge there is more beauty than any theological tome and in the smallest act of kindness there exists the notion that we are all brothers and sisters in humanity. We can give the world a view without hate, without demagoguery, without self-mortification, but only by resisting the influences that would make us forget ourselves.