there was an earthquake the other night, woke me up and I forgot about it just as easily. it’s the type of thing one understands happens in LA. it did, however, get me thinking about how easy it is to ignore a disaster once they’re understood as a common occurrence. (hell, the wiki of LA quakes doesn’t even show events under 5 on the Richter scale.)

i can’t talk politics these days—especially with liberals—for this reason. American society has built itself on a fault line called capitalism and until we deal with helping people with this incalculable disaster waiting to happen, there is little to no argument for anything else.

wealth has insulated monsters from repercussions throughout the history of this nation and will continue to do so as long as individualism and privatization are promoted as social goals. people talk about the 2016 election like it was some massive shift of the ground, but it was only a small aftershock: evidence of the system we live in. you live in LA and wake up when the walls shake; you live under capitalism and wake up when corruption gets elected (from time to time; it isn’t that other presidents haven’t been corrupt, but this one doesn’t hide it behind a charade of political correctness).

natural disasters are one of my favorite types of tragedy. the fact that no one can be blamed for them (i mean, up until some recent ones for sure) allows people to not take sides on an issue and just act. there is a complete and pure spectrum of human emotion: loss, grief, kindness, neighborliness, closure, opportunity, hope. disaster reminds us we are small parts of a larger system and one and all together is all we have.

in 1971, the san fernando valley suffered a massive earthquake which led to seismic standards for building development to be initiated in California. this is the function of government: a small group is decided by the public to provide safety and security for all.

yet that isn’t so much the case anymore, and there’s no shortage of examples. maybe it’s that ‘everyone knew‘ about Harvey Weinstein yet he remained rich and powerful for so long. maybe it’s that Exxon had their damages reduced for causing a massive oil spill in Alaska in 1989 or maybe it’s the socio-economic hypocrisy of the admissions scandal from last year. maybe it’s that Flint Michigan isn’t the only place with toxic water, just the one President Obama decided to patronize.

all this talk of the race and age and skin color of the people running for political office—instead of their actual politics—is cowardly in a time like this (especially considering how frequently ‘ageism’ and ‘sexism’ have been thrown around by libs for the past few years). equality is an absolute must for any free society and capitalists are, by definition, anti-equality. identity politics will only have true opportunity for discourse under a leadership ready to push money aside as merely a mechanic of trade and not the unimpeachable definition of value in America.

there is still hope in this country—ironically, though, i feel it will be those who are still confused and enraged by the 2016 election that could ruin this one. those who think that all supporters of Trump were racists, or those who can’t see outside of the institutions of media and their financial motivations to keeping capitalism as The American Way; they are the danger, because they only believe in the choices provided for them by those in power. it is, at best, exhausting to discuss. capitalists are self-described sharks, and Donald Trump saw blood in the water. he saw that the source of that blood was always the money and he gave news networks ad revenue and the internet attention. he saw America for its desperation and took it for a ride like every fucking capitalist does (including Elizabeth Warren, to her bones).

but if we don’t solve this—and by that I mean, if Bernie Sanders is not elected—we are all just waiting for The Big One, whatever is next, be it student debt or the empty high-end real estate or collapsing public infrastructure… whatever it is, it will be far worse than 2008 and the wealthy will keep making their speeches from perfectly comfortable and secure structures, well above the quaking earth, while most of us fall into the abyss, soon to be forgot.