Howl Now: The Beaten Masses & Mass Disaster


Here is a stream of consciousness riff inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s epic Howl poem…

The Beaten Masses & Mass Disaster

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by debt
Struggling to get by, dying to make ends meet
Shopping for an angry fix
Wage slaves burnin’ for the illusion,
a fleeting connection to the celebrity driven machinery of slow death
Assembly line souls who had no choice but to sacrifice themselves
to the false idols
of almighty mass consumerism as their only religion
Illuminated through the church of television
& every medium of ill communication
Force-fed into their head… mind raped, since birth
Overwhelmed, sound bite attention span
Over-prescribed, bi-polar ADD youth
Bred to be numb, a dumbed down mindless consumer drone
No depth of thought, untaught
As they slept walked through universities
Not realizing the cost of it will enslave them
in a never-ending vicious cycle of debt
Naive youth first time away from home, on their own
Targeted by credit cards & loans
& taxes… to pay for endless war… against themselves
Death by a thousand cuts
Nickel & dimed, every second of… all the time
A generation chained to a game not of their making
Rat racing, inner-self repressed, freedom denied
Thinking thoughts of suicide inside sanitized walls
Surrounded by electronic plasma radiating terror, cellular cancer
Diseased souls smoking & drinking & drowning in flashing light
Trying to escape their repetitive life
by popping ecstasy & snorting coke in a paradise of bass beats in the night
Filled with… emptiness
Having random meaningless sex, hoping not to get STDs
Searching… for any hint of love & life
as they go through the motions
Day after day more of the same meaningless game
Monotonous & mundane
Work, shop, TV, sleep
Work, shop, TV, sleep
Routine, repetition
Less than human
Nothing left to believe in…
Yearning… for a last minute escape, that never comes, from this madness
Flipping… through channels & tabloids
Vicariously living through the stars
Daydream delusions of fame
While eating… genetically modified, supersized fast food & drinking diet coke
Running on a treadmill in a plastic paradise of silicone & botox
Energy bars & supplements
Downloading / streaming porn & sterile music
Hoping to meet someone, anyone, online
Instant messages from distant “friends”
Like, LOL, OMG
Fractured family, holiday acquaintances, obligations
Travel expenses, gifts, time you don’t have to give
Got to keep hustlin’
Bills to pay, bills to pay, bills to pay
Pills to sleep, pills to take away the pain, pills to lose… weight, wait
Wrapped in a womb of insecurity
Giving off the illusion of prosperity
Fancy car lease, overpriced homes they cannot afford
Overpriced doctor bills, overpriced education, overpriced… everything
Runnin’ w/ the Joneses
White picket fences… & mouths to feed
The fake grass is always greener
There is no other side
Shopping malls & destruction
Chemical pesticide, pissing in the water supply
Gas pump pumping toxins into the sky
Ultra Violet rays shinning through ozone curtains
The shade recedes, the tides rise
Tanning under toxic skies
Human waste penetrates skin
Go take a swim in an ocean of pollution
Bathing in… raw sewage
Change in… the weather
A species with a disease
The pathology of greed
Race to the bottom
lowest common
Chewed up & spit out
Downsized & outsourced
Head hunting for temp work
Without benefits, no vacation, sickness unpaid, no health care
Home searching, showerless in underwear
Hiding behind a computer screen
Staring blankly, clicking madly
Burning bloodshot aging eyes…
Pounding veins & frying caffeinated brains
Who have ceased asking the big questions
Scampering for small lives
Bread crumbs from the table, circuses of distraction
A generation expelled from freedom, unknowingly
for being passive soldiers in the falling empire
Who know their vote doesn’t count
Disillusioned & marginalized, a systematic farce
Blanketed by lies & a four year dog & pony ritual
Watching plastic puppet politicians spew scripted words from tongues on a teleprompter leash
Watching shocking scandal after scandal
Watching unprecedented crimes go unpunished
Watching our future be sold & auctioned off to the highest bidder
A cancerously corrupted civilization
An entire generation born to conform & be blind to wider reality
& anything not repetitively projected on the TV
Who sit thoughtlessly & apathetically while surroundings burn
The silent & passive desperation of a defeated generation
The beaten masses & mass disaster
Denial & death
with little time left…




  1. David,

    Will read in full tonight, but read the firs paragraph where you say, “all too dormant US wing of the decentralized global Occupy movement.” You say that as if you are not part of that “all too dormant US wing.” Glad to see that you seem to be resurfacing, and get the leaderless, spokesperson free nature of the movement, but you built an incredible network of people and for the past year plus you have gone into hiding, just when your skills and network were needed most. So you’ve gone “dormant” just as much as anyone. Get your F’in ass back on the frontlines already!

    All said with love brother. Will check back in later.


  2. David,

    Non-Violent Solution to the Total Systemic Failure of Government

    I will first qualify by saying that it is not that I disagree with Taxation. BUT, the Taxes of the ordinary citizens are being impudently stolen and misappropriated and those within this government are the ones who are stealing it and brazenly using it for themselves to live high on the hog, right as they continue to cut public service programs. The U.S. government itself, as a quisling to the Corporate Whoredoms and the Banks, has become the main problem and there is no band-aid solution to total systemic failure.

    To be clear: I believe strongly in fair taxation if and only if the money is spent for the total abolition of Poverty in America; for the building and maintenance of infrastructure; Education for all citizens; Direct access to Health Care for all citizens, which will include the total elimination of “health care insurance;” And for the Programs that benefit the Common Good, that which has not been considered at all by this government.

    Therefore, I disagree with paying, in any way, or supporting at all, a government that clearly represents corporate interests over any interests of We the People, the tax-paying citizens of the United States. It is simply criminal and totally contemptible how these government “employees” are conducting themselves. And let us remember the fact that these “employees” are only there to represent the interests of the common good of the country and its citizenry. They are decidedly not there to represent corporate interests. In fact, it is indeed amoral what these “officials” are doing to the very citizens who entrusted them, not to mention the total and callous disregard for the poor, the elderly and the disabled among us. This is not civilized and I will no longer support or endorse such a disgraceful and corrupt government.

    My solution is as follows, but requires action of all citizens:

    1. Stop paying All taxes: Local, State, Federal
    2. Stop paying All Bank Debt , Student Loans, etc.
    3. Stop paying All “Insurance” companies
    4. Withdraw All Monies from Insolvent Banks
    5. Stop working for slave-wages

    Peaceful, non-violent demonstrations to Demand that each member, in each branch of this government, vacate their positions at once.

    Here is a sample letter to government representatives stating intent:

    Letter to Representative Lois Capps,

    Ms. Capps,

    You are included in the following statement, by your abject incompetence; your total refusal to address the systemic failure of this government; and your total and willful ignorance of any and all real issues, along with your continued insistence on focusing instead on trifling, insignificant non-issues. Thus, Ms. Capps, you are very much a part of the problem:

    It is abundantly clear that the U.S. government, including Congress, the Senate, the “Judicial” system, and all of it’s other useless agencies do not represent “We the People.” The U.S. government is clearly owned, lock, stock and barrel by the Corporations, including the Banks and Wall Street, that have enthroned themselves.

    I am, therefore, calling for you, along with every other member of each branch of this government, to remove yourself without protest, from your duties in this systemically failed government.


    Christina Marlowe

    And HERE is a quote:

    “What a majority of the electorate, including supporters of corporations/capitalism
    fails to understand is where we really are:

    Owned and operated by multinational corporations that hold absolutely no
    allegiance to any nation, Constitution or system of moral authority.

    Corporations who pick our leaders, buy our representatives, count our
    votes without oversight or confirmation, taint our food and foul our
    water and air, sicken our workers and benefit from their deaths. The
    corporations’ allegiance is to only money; nothing else.

    They pay little or no taxes, yet they impose policy and write laws to
    limit our power and unleash theirs.”


    • The really sad part is, if the majority of misinformed, non-educated amerikans understood the facts with regard to how a monetary sovereign nation could and should spend and create its’ form of money, they would be aware of the fact that federal taxes are not necessary for Government spending. Taxes simply remove money from the economy as a whole. Even with our convoluted current system in which our government is a mere facilitator for the private banking criminal cartel, the government spends first and taxes afterwards. However, since the vast majority of the amerikan public lacks even minimal knowledge of economics and money creation, they know only the lies perpetrated by the elite .01% to whom they are slaves for. Everything you are being told through mass media, your government and your educational system about this is fraud designed to increase the gap between those who dictate and you. Wake up serfs!

    • I have scant hope for these measures or any other measures, for that matter; the willing slaves will never awaken…
      They are all brainwashed, ignorant and wildly stupid. The “leaders” are insane.

  3. One of the most positive things going on in this country is the concept of public banking. The Bank of North Dakota and all the work Ellen Brown. Talk to your state representatives and get them involved. Educate yourselves regarding public banking. During the 2008 collapse up to the present, the state of North Dakota was economically untouched. Although a state public bank cannot print money like the FED, it can create credit. Thus, a public bank has the same power as the FED. Go to “web of debt” and tune in.

    This is the first real step in the right direction. Study it, understand it and spread the word!

    • Sorry mate, but you know not about what you parrot. North Dakota is a special circumstance, a low population, energy resource rich state. Those energy resources generate huge dollars and employ many of its’ citizens. And let the “low population” part and its’ wide open spaces requiring little infrastructure development, low state spending for services (especially when it comes to rectifying the horrendous conditions many of its’ indigenous population face) and homogenous population sink into your head. The state does not need to be in the banking business. The Federal Government should and could nationalize banking and take back its’ Constitutionally granted money creating powers instead. Finally, educate yourself about Post Office Banks; which are a much more egalitarian way to reach the same goal. Ms. Brown and the PBI are certainly not the be all and end all solution. They do not see the forest through the trees.

  4. Mr David, Journalist, Anonymous, Leaderless, 99%, Occupy,

    Congratulations. You are clearly emerging as the voice of your generation. Oh the exquisite irony! Hahaha…

    Now go do some interviews like these and get the party going again. We do not forget:

  5. Just took a swim in your divine stream of consciousness David. Cleansing and indpiring from start to finish. Bravo!

    Thank you for yet another gift.


  6. I HOWLED.

    2LT Dennis Morrisseau, USArmy [armor-Vietnam era] retired now but ready and able
    POBox 177 W Pawlet, VT 05775
    802 645 9726

  7. Please tell there is going to be an audio and video version of this. Fucking brilliant! The beats live again, you did Ginsberg proud. He’s dancing in the starry night.

  8. 3 thoughts:

    1) all you say is true

    2) Our ancestors left England and founded our country outlawing royalty. Ironically, however, how many of us try to live like kings? We set up our own little castles. $500 cell phones. $2000 HD TV’s. SUV’s and cars that cost us thousands/year. $100/mo for cable. $1500/mo for child care. Marble counter-tops in our kitchens and bathrooms. Jacuzzis and pools. 30-100 mile commutes. Garages packed with accumulated junk. Bodies overweight with too much food. Popping pills instead of taking responsibility for our own health. All of this on the backs of 3rd world labor. WE ARE CRAZY. Yes, the 1% has screwed us. But WE have our part to play, too. The rest of us need to go back to living within our means. Google “simple living”.

    3) Buckminster Fuller: – “In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.” Too many of my brothers and sisters in the Occupy and Union movements are trying to change the old problematic model. That’s an infinitely long fight. Try starting your own worker cooperative (worker-owned company). Not a fake with lip-service “employee stock plan”. A REAL one, which follows the 7 Rochedale Principles. These solve many (not all) of the above-mentioned problems. Google documentary, “This Way Out”, “Mondragon Experiment”, and USFWC (US Federation of Worker Coops).

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