Archive for November, 2011


by Denis G. Rancourt

Why should unelected and parasitic banks, insurance companies, and corporations run our lives? They shouldn’t but they do.

And why should politicians, lawyers and judges work for banks, insurance companies, and corporations? They shouldn’t but they do.

How can individuals obtain some measure of democratic influence? Tried voting? Surprise – doesn’t work huh? It’s like it’s a fixed game or something?

We are told that we “vote” with our “consumer choices”. Problem is the “choices” are pre-determined, like with political candidates and corporate media coverage, and the prices are fixed…

The next level beyond consumer choice is a boycott and we are told that boycott’s are legitimate. Problem is… the economy is quickly becoming a monopoly – so how do you boycott? Want to be a hippy living out of a dumpster and avoiding rent, mortgages and taxes, growing your food on the strip of land between the road and the sidewalk? (How come the working poor didn’t think of that?)

The purpose of a boycott is to inflict financial damage on a delinquent corporation to pressure it into compliance with moral behaviour.

Similarly, the purpose of targeted material damage to banks and corporations is to inflict financial punishment to force compliance with moral behaviour. History shows it to be vastly more effective than a consumer boycott. It is controlled directly by the individual in the purest form of democratic participation (you don’t need to be unionized), gives measurable immediate results, is psychologically empowering, and is a brave act for the common good with real associated risks. It also generates jobs and provides a visible public critique.

It is not a personal attack on personal property or livelihood. It is a political act; one that does not physically harm persons but instead aims to pressure undemocratic organizations towards change. It is an act motivated by love, vitality and self-preservation, not hate. It is not insane aggression. It is sanity. It is a noble form of taking one’s responsibility as a citizen. We have a duty to take back democratic control from the banksters and their corporate collaborators.

Any just legal process in prosecuting such cases would objectively consider the misbehaviour and criminality of the bank or corporate entity and would consider the mechanism whereby the property damage provides societal improvement. It would also consider the motivation and intent of the individual actor. It would then reward the individual actor for his/her risk, inconvenience, and service to society.

Similarly, when at G20-Toronto the police disregarded constitutional and natural rights actors had a duty not to let them and to resist arrest. Any criminal charge of resisting arrest in such circumstances, in a just legal system, would be disregarded and the resister would be compensated for his/her risk, damage, and service to society. WTF. The cops corral peaceful bystanders and protesters, intimidate, retain and selectively assault without cause or explanation, in the hope that some will resist in order to crush those with will. WTF. Those sane individuals are then to be prosecuted for resisting arrest – for questioning illegitimate authority? Violation upon violation in the true spirit of a fucked up system.

In these circumstances pacifism is pathology. Not the true pacifism of Gandhi but the pseudo pacifism of deference to illegitimate authority and deference to absurd context-blind and justice-blind laws that serve undemocratic power.

The only crimes at G20-Toronto were committed by the cops and their bosses.

It is not a crime, in a protest battle zone created by a militaristic police occupation, to spontaneously destroy police property offered as bait to encircled pro-democracy protesters for the benefit of corporate media propaganda that serves the police and its bosses in wrongly justifying tax-funded mass aggression and organized civil liberties dismantlement.

The division between “violent” and “peaceful” protesters is a divide-and-conquer tactic intended to neutralize and dismantle democratic expression and popular leverage. The crimes of the financiers, their corporate collaborators and their government servants, designed in secret behind closed doors at G8 and G20 and in all the boardrooms of power, are too great to let them divide us.

http://activistteacher.blogspot.com/2010/07/g20-toronto-property-damage-is-good.html

by T. Kelly (Truth.info)

The recent police crackdowns have brought an interesting new dynamic to the Occupy Wall Street movement. With scenes of blatant and unprovoked police brutality going viral on the web almost daily now, it is becoming apparent to everyone in the streets and even at home that Wall Street is just one of many institutions run amok in the American establishment.

OWS has now turned a corner; the movement may still be about Wall Street corruption at its core, but it has now exposed the existence of a police state that rivals the most authoritarian dictatorships in the world. This is a glaring fact that the entire activist community needs to recognize and point out to the world so that this police brutality can take center stage in the public dialogue.

In the past week we have seen an escalation of the American police state as Homeland Security Coordinated a 18-City Police Crackdown on Protests. In the crackdowns that have taken place so far there has been an obvious and aggressive effort to use intimidation and force on peaceful protesters, almost as if it were policy. As the whole world was watching veterans were shot at by police at critically injured, senior citizens have been assaulted, sit-in protesters have been showered point blank with pepper spray, women have been punched in the face and a pregnant mother miscarried a child after being attacked by police. These are just a few of the harshest abuses of state power that we have seen regarding the Occupy movement.

Even if you disagree with some of the politics that seem to be involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement, that certainly doesn’t justify the kind of violence that these protesters are being subjected to. I myself have been vocal about staying away from political demands, especially those involving taxation, but when I see this kind of force used against nonviolent people, all of those minor political disagreements automatically take a back seat.

History has shown us that tyranny marches ever onward, and this brand of authoritarianism will only get progressively worse if it is not relentlessly opposed by a large portion of the country. When you give the government or the elite an inch they always take a mile, so we don’t even want to give them a centimeter. This tragedy has played out many different times over the generations, as Martin Niemöller highlighted in his legendary poem “First they came for the Jews”.

All of the revolutions that have happened around the world in the past year have gained immense amounts of support because of the scenes depicting oppression and brutality that were filmed in the streets. The support that these movements gathered had very little to do with their demands or political agenda, but was simply a result of the empathy that people feel when they see goodhearted people being terrorized by their alleged “protectors”.

Unfortunately, many of these worldwide movements have been co-opted or met with harsh military force. However, there is certainly a lot that we can learn from observing what is happening in these other areas of unrest, so hopefully we don’t end up becoming victims of the same pitfalls.

by Dr. Steve Best

I. The Vegetarian Ventriloquist for the Flesh/Dairy/Egg Industries

“You’ll get freedom by letting your enemy know that you’ll do anything to get your freedom; then you’ll get it…when you stay radical long enough and get enough people to be like you, you’ll get your freedom.” Malcolm X

Despite the millions of dollars of cash, the endless campaigns, and the armies of activists on the beat, often it all seems like “sound and fury signifying nothing.” We are losing ground in the war to stop a ten thousand year reign of speciesism and hierarchical domination of every kind. Capitalism, a nihilistic, grow-or-die system of planetary plunder and seven billion members of Homo rapiens have precipitated the sixth great extinction crisis, the destruction of oceans, rainforests, and ecosystems everywhere, as the irreversible and rapidly accelerating effects of climate change begin to take their deadly toll.

Not only is the miniscule vegan/animal liberation movement outnumbered by carnivores and wholly dominated by the corporate-state-media-security-system complex, we are our own worst enemies and limit ourselves in even more debilitating ways. Far too many embrace the naive Socratic belief that people will stop doing wrong when they learn what is right. This view is erroneous and limiting enough without being extended to support being buttressed by the Gandhian myth that love is stronger than hate and that soul force (satyagraha) is more powerful than physical force. Obviously this is false.

The majority of people in the vegan/animal liberation movements, moreover, are far too tolerant of the ubiquitous forces of violence killing peoples, raping nature, devastating biodiversity, and perpetuating the animal Holocaust which spreads like a cancer across the planet. Pacifists quote the rhetoric of Gandhi and King without following their practice of civil disobedience and mass demonstrations. Today’s passivists betray the tradition they claim to honor in their tolerance of the ever-intensifying war against animals and the pogrom led by various industries, from agribusiness to Big Pharma that tortures and murders well over one hundred billion animals. Liberationists and saboteurs do far more to honor this tradition.

Without doubt, one of the most blatant examples of the Stockholm Syndrome, of internalizing the oppressor’s ideology, that I have ever witnessed can be found, in all its incomprehensible idiocy, in an essay by Mark Fergusson, entitled, “Respectful Dialogue and Education vs. Forcing Views on Others.”[1] This pacifist defense of speciesist violence, this default acquiescence to and refusal to stop it, was not penned by a soulless CEO of Conagra, trying to dupe the world through disinformation, propaganda, and Orwellian doublespeak, but rather was written by a touchy-feely, tree-hugging, aging tie-dye hippy, Mark Fergusson — “Chief Vegetarian Officer & CEO of “Down to Earth All Vegetarian Natural and Organic Stores” – in his blog, “Down to Earth News.”

While most reluctant to impose his values or demands on the Animal Holocaust Industry and its global army of corpse consumers, Fergusson has no problem telling the entire “vegetarian” community to obediently acquiesce. He implores vegetarians to abandon their ethical principles and yield to a higher norm of tolerance by steering clear of any possible “coercion” that might arise should we “force” agribusiness and its carnist clientele to honor, not destroy, life. Anything beyond polite discourse, such as protests and demonstrations, is dismissed as coercive tactics that “disrespect” the capitalist totem of “freedom of choice.” Championing tolerance and ahimsa Ȕber Alles, Fergusson urges every vegetarian to recognize the absolute need to “respect the right of meat eaters to eat meat (as abhorrent to us as that may be), and we respect the right of vegans to be vegan.” And though the vegan lifestyle itself is hardly pure and innocent of destruction consequences in its own ways, he never considers the obvious problem that vegetarianism spawns far more violence and destruction and that the very premises of his limited paradigm render him a hypocrite from the start.

Understand that the animal Holocaust has offered CEO Fergusson a lucrative niche within the consumerist paradigm: his franchise is the manifestation of his commodification of the cruelty-free ideology. And it appears that in order to perpetuate his business, he is bowing down before the altar of Profit, unwilling to stand on any principled position for the holocaust victims. Rather, he gratuitously sells them out in a concerted effort to be an inoffensive vegetarian who doesn’t offend his corporate board, fellow capitalists, peacenik and lifestyle veghead customers, and the complicit masses.

Live and let live is the message of this laissez-faire lunatic and pacifist protector of predation. If vegetarians expect the meat mob to honor our “freedom of choice,” then we must grant them their freedom in turn. Chief Officer of Fallacious Reasoning, Fergusson dwells in a spiritual darkness that precludes him from making crucial and wholly valid moral distinctions, and his covert love for oppressors leads him into a cul-de-sac in which all values, choices, and lifestyles are allegedly equal.

This relativist, morally and intellectually-bankrupt capitalist-determined passivism, so horribly scarred by self-interest, skewed ethical priorities, and internalization of the capitalist superego, is clear evidence of what twentieth-century critical theorist Herbert Marcuse called “repressive tolerance.” [2] Although normally admirable to tolerate the difference and diversity of other peoples and cultures, Marcuse showed how capitalist recoded this liberal virtue into an authoritarian vice, such that tolerance becomes repressive when it acquiesces to violence, domination, and murderous mayhem, and fails to act decisively against it. In this case as countless others, “non-violence” is transparently complicit in violence, and “violence” and aggressive resistance may be necessary to stop aggression; no cosmic law – despite pacifist platitudes — guarantees that violence only leads to more violence, rather than to peace, by taking necessary measures to stop the carnage once and for all.

I wonder if paragons of tolerant, respectful, and “peaceful vegetarians” like Fergusson, who drift aimlessly on lotus leaves in ponds of stagnant thought, support the rights of serial killers, rapists, and pedophiles as well, lest we “impose” our values on them to stop their barbarities as the only means to a safe and sane society. Since surely the Fergussons of the pacifist community would respond to this suggestion with a thundering “No!” they expose themselves as the speciesists they are, as Stockholm Syndrome hypocrites who apply two different moral and practical standards: a resolute interdiction against those who assault and murder human animals, and a respectful tolerance of those who torture and butcher nonhuman animals.

Like all dogmatic pacifists ignorant of the limitations of human nature and realities of social change, Fergusson works to limit our options and effectiveness by trying to palm off a false dilemma: we pursue either dialogue or resistance, education or agitation, legal or illegal tactics, and non-violence rather than aggressive defense against violence spiraling out of control. Of course education is an ideal path to social transformation, but, unfortunately, pacifist ideologues ignore the limitations of human nature the structural constraints blocking freed expression in schools and universities, and the overwhelming hegemony and ruthlessness of the corporate-state-media-military-industrial complex.

It’s hard to believe the mass delusions and denialism that inform “progressive” communities, their steel-reinforced dogmas and childlike naiveté, and the disempowering effects of their liberal values. Pacifists affirm the double disaster of the Socratic-Gandhian fallacy. Nonviolence should never be advanced as a tactic unto itself — as if gains in rights, justice, and democracy have been won voluntarily, without mass pressure and coercive actions of various kinds and degree – but rather as only one tactics in an arsenal of options necessary to bring about any possibilities for peace and justice.

To those whose who fetishize ideals and idols at the expense of strategic strength and flexibility, I reply that education, moral persuasion, and nonviolent resistance should be applied in any situation in which such tactics can work, but that the realities we confront demand that in some or most situations and contexts, resistance needs a sharper and bolder edge, such as requires sabotage, aggressive confrontation, and even armed struggle. If history shows anything, it is that people almost never “persuade” an exploiter to voluntarily end violence and murder when it advances their social and economic positions, and that coercion of one kind or another is indeed necessary therefore to make exploiters and violent killers end their reign of terror.

But Fergusson and countless other victims who internalize the oppressor’s ideology and code of “repressive tolerance” vividly demonstrate why our movement is pathetically week and ineffective and why total war and the animal Holocaust exact ever greater tolls on humans, animals, and the earth. It is a human right, after all, Fergusson informs us, to murder billions of animals, and the job of vegetarians and animal advocates is not to annul this right, but to respect it!

II. From Repressive Tolerance to Liberatory Intolerance

“Starve not your epithets against slavery, through fear or parsimony: let them be heavy, robust and powerful. It is a waste of politeness to be courteous to the devil; and to think of beating down his strongholds with straws is sheer insanity. The language of reform is always severe—unavoidably severe; and simply because crime has grown monstrous, and endurance has passed it bounds.” William Lloyd Garrison

I believe this movement would greatly benefit if it put down its dog-eared copies of Gandhi and King anthologies to learn instead from repressed, counter-voices such as Malcolm X and Franz Fanon. Against pacifists, I insist on the need for a discourse that includes terms such as “war” and “enemy.” I reject all promiscuous and vague definitions that conflate aggressive violence with defensive-violence. To identify, know, and fight against an “enemy” is not to reproduce the discourse of the dominator culture we need to overcome; the term rather is vital for staying awake and attentive, for destroying the illusion of unity and common goals and purpose, and to tune out the siren song of co-optation that seduces us into reform rather than revolution, into playing by their rules rather than inventing our own.

Similarly, pacifists renounce the discourse of “war,” as well as, of course, tactics of “violence,” as reactionary products of the dominator culture we must renounce through the “true revolution” of non-violence; against this I insist that the full-scale assault on the planet and all life can only be characterized as a bona fide war and that any term short of that (such as “conflict”) is a mystifying euphemism. It is only when we grasp the fact that oppressors and capitalists are waging an implacable total war of exploitation and annihilation that we begin to think straight about the tactics needed to stop their pogrom once and for all.

Against the totalizing distortions of history and the caricatured accounts of social change, along with the phony, feel-good fantasies that invoke the false utopia future of an undivided Human Family devoid of deep conflicts and contradictory purposes, I prefer the frank truths of realpolitik and a pluralist and pragmatist approach that expands rather than limits our options and understands that social change is the result of diverse tactics, including counter-violence and defensive force rather than education, moral persuasion, and non-violence alone, In an essay that refreshingly focuses on the insights of Malcolm X over the half-truths, at best, of the Gandhi-King paradigm, Denis Rancourt reminds us what pacifists intend we forget or never learn:

The oppressor by nature is your enemy. You cannot collaborate with your enemy devoted to your oppression and come out ahead. At best, you will be used and transformed into your enemy.

Malcolm X’s psychology of liberation is one where you recognize that the oppressor is an enemy that you cannot integrate, where you know that this enemy can only be deterred by your strength and your willingness to defend yourself.

In this psychology, like in [Paulo] Freiere’s, you do not fight the enemy in order to replace him in a hierarchy. You fight for liberation, not for an opportunity to create your own system of oppression. But you fight. You understand that this is an enemy and that all hierarchies can only violently oppress…

As soon as you lose sight that you are dealing with an enemy, then you are part of the oppressor. All the internal and external forces will make every attempt to confuse you on this point and to buy or to force your cooperation. [3]

In the guise of pacifism, truth, integrity, and principled non-violence, the Stockholm Syndrome has a deadly grip on activists’ thinking in virtually all contemporary social movements, and certainly dominates the vegetarian, vegan, and animal advocacy communities. Until we cleanse the oppressor’s values and superego from our minds, replace dogmatic pacifism with flexible pluralism, comprehend what the true urgency of global social and ecological crisis unfolding throughout the planet today, relate it to a dysfunctional, destructive, and unsustainable social system; and grasp the scale and intensity of the resistance we need to mount to transform Thanatos into Eros, we will always be prisoners of the dominator culture and the pathology of pacifism.

Totalitarians and tyrants know full well that dogmatic pacifism legitimates their effective use of double standards (we reserve the sole right of force and violence for our purposes and deny you everything that can undermine our hegemony). They know that it ensures a docile population taught to love not to hate their oppressors; that it masks escalating conditions of total war; that it sends the message corporate exploiters are not our enemies, but rather fellow humanity; and that the differences which divide us are misunderstandings we can resolve peacefully through dialogue and negotiation. Contrariwise, they know the dangers of an aware and enraged populace in solidarity against them, hell-bent on defending an entire planetary community under attack, fighting the war of all wars for total liberation, and by any means necessary.


[1] Mark Fergusson, “Respectful dialogue and education vs. forcing views on others,” February 4, 2010, (http://www.downtoearth.org/blogs/2010-02/down-to-earth-news/respectful-dialogue-and-education-vs-forcing-views-others).

[2] For his important 1965 critique, see Herbert Marcuse, “Repressive Tolerance” (http://www.marcuse.org/herbert/pubs/60spubs/65repressivetolerance.htm).

[3] Denis Rancourt, “Roundabout as Conflict-avoidance versus Malcolm X’s Psychology of Liberation” (http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/08/roundabout-as-conflict-avoidance-versus-malcolm-x%e2%80%99s-psychology-of-liberation/#more-21248).

Sick to Death

Fuck this corrupt, omnicidal, nihilistic, corporate-controlled, fascist world-system; you don’t reform evil, you destroy it. Not a chance in hell to create a culture of life until we destroy the culture of death. Disease has consumed the entire body of civilization. We live among ruins, we inhabit a graveyard, an apocalyptic wasteland strewn with corpses, carrion, and zombies. Live to resist, resist to live.

 

 

Vivisector Assassinated

From culmine, translated by war on society:

On November 8th of this year, biotechnologist Ernesto Méndez Salinas, who works in the Biotechnology Institute at UNAM in the city of Cuernavaca in Morelos, was assassinated by a shot to the head.

The murder sparked the outrage of the Head of Studies, who declared himself in mourning for the death of the researcher.

The Attorney General (PGJ) of Morelos state confirmed the next day (November 9th) that the man assassinated in the middle of Tuesday night was a recognized and awarded researcher at UNAM, whose death had not yet been confirmed.

According to initial investigations, Méndez Salinas was traveling in a car Tuesday night on Av. Teopanzolco (one of the busiest in Cuernavaca) when he was overtaken by persons unknown who shot him in the head, causing the vehicle to crash.

Méndez, 51 years old, who belonged to the National System of Researchers (SIN), with degrees in chemistry, pharmacy and biology, was also a doctor in biotechnology since 1993 and had carried out studies at [Washington University], in Saint Louis (Missouri, United States) in 1995; he was one of the most important researchers in the country with respect to biotechnology.

The two lines of investigation that have been initiated, according to Morelos state authorities, is an supposed failed attempt to rob his car or an act by persons unknown who wanted to hurt the scientist.

Some important information should be noted here–the second line of investigation refers to some threat that some persons unknown could have made, but to what does “persons unknown” refer? Perhaps they are speaking of some group of anti-industrial style who had previously declared that their hands would not tremble to harm or even kill some scientist?

Remember that the first lines of investigation when Monterrey Tec was bombed were inclined toward some disgruntled student or to some concrete group that was opposed to technological development. In the end, it turned out that the second option was the correct one.

The assassination of the biotechnologist was made exactly November 8th, and also remember that on August 8th there was an attempt against academics at Tec in the State of Mexico that left two technologists wounded.

So, after exactly three months, a biotechnologist is assassinated by a single shot to the head and that moreover, in the place there couldn’t be found the casing from the 38 caliber gun that was used to pierce Dr. Méndez’s head. It seems that the persons unknown did it so as to not leave a trace.

On September 21st, Individualities Tending toward the Wild (ITS) released their final public communique (claiming responsibility for sending a explosive package to director Pedro Bajcich of INIFAP and sending a incendiary package to the nanotech professor Flora Ganem of FES-C, in addition to giving an extensive analysis on various themes), declaring that they would continue taking actions but without claiming them; after this it was announced on October 3rd that a package bomb had exploded at the Multipack courier company in Guerrero Colonia of Mexico City while being handled by employees, three of whom ended up with various wounds, the press reported that there had been two explosions from two packages, although this hypothesis has not yet been confirmed, after several days prosecutor Miguel Ángel Mancera confirmed through a radio interview that Mexico City’s specialized experts had gathered information on who the package was addressed to, but the information has not seen the light of day.

After this, on October 18th an anonymous call warned of the placement of a bomb at “Madero Tec” in Tamaulipas. Although this all turned out to be a false alarm, it added to a series of bomb threats at Tamaulpias universities, the others being in the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT), in the Monterrey Tec campus in Puebla, and in the Polytechnic University of Pachuca in the city of Zempoala, Hidalgo (where there are nanotechnology researchers) where hundreds of students had to be evacuated. Security measures in universities have increased since the threats against UPVM (in Tultitlan), Monterrey Tec (in Atizapan) and FES (in Cuautitlan), all of these in Mexico state, and against INIFAP (in Mexico City) this year, later claimed by ITS.

The possibility that some group that opposes technological development fired on a biotechnologist on November 8th is one of the investigations that Morelos state authorities, and surely federal authorities, are following.

After the kidnapping of the researcher Yadira Dávila Martínez (August 5th of this year) of the same Biotechnology Institute of UNAM, and her body was found dead on August 9th, some pointed to ITS as responsible for the assassination of the researcher since that same day the claim of responsibility in Mexico state would be made known, but everything points to common thugs or delinquents of the area who, upon not receiving money for the kidnapping, ended the scientist’s life.

The assassination of the biotechnologist Méndez Salinas is completely different than what happened to Yadira Dávila. Care was taken to not leave traces, in being sure to fire a single bullet.

They have tried to cover this up with the supposed robbery of the scientist’s car, but by now in Mexico nobody believes anything; according to the government, all the fierce arsons that the CCF-Mexico and the CI-MSA have claimed are short circuits and the recent death of the Secretary of the Interior and other persons close to the president have been an accident.

Threatened universities, the assassination of the scientist, and an anti-technology group that has previously said it continues with the war against academics, scientists, researchers, or as they call them “technonerds,” is what is happening in Mexico.

From Canadians for Action on Climate Change

“Today’s youth have, not only a right, but a moral obligation, to rebel and destroy the current power structures that exist. This is necessary in order to salvage what is left of a raped and pillaged planet on the brink of ecological collapse. Martin Luther King once said that “you cannot commit an act of violence against a non-sentient object.” Today, police states and corporate controlled governments protect property, corporate interests, and industrialized economic growth over life itself. Drastic times require drastic measures; thus, our youth have the right to destroy the suicidal structures now threatening humanity. Echoing the words of Malcolm X, they must defend that right “by any means necessary”. And we must support them as they seize this right, for we have failed them.

Go forward in self defence. No longer can we passively witness the rape, abuse and desecration of our Earth Mother. No longer can we passively witness the exploitation, violence and oppression subjected on our brothers and sisters. In our fight for survival and for all life, love is the guiding principle, illuminating the centre of our struggle. We will not negotiate life. We reject all compromise. We will practise non-violence in the spirit of the Buddhist concept of aggressive non-violence understanding that one cannot commit an act of violence against a non-sentient object. Although we will exercise compassionate wrath, we recognize we have the right to defend ourselves and our Earth Mother. We intend to do so. Self-defence is not a crime. We will attack the economic system – as this is the only language it understands. We will collectively fight to reclaim our dignity and power. The burning flame at the heart of our fight for life will not be smothered, rehabilitated, co-opted, or psychologically marginalized. There will be no dilution of our fervour, no lowering of the flames, or any muting of our essential collective voice. And if our fire destroys, it is for the sake or protection and healing and bringing us together as one. Our love will burn brilliantly. The time is now.”

http://www.climatesoscanada.org/blog/2011/02/15/4376/

Posted by This is Primal War

“The modern American psyche craves violence because it is an act that expresses our inner rage. History vindicates the criminal. Folk heroes are nearly all bandits, thieves, criminals and miscreants. The true villains of history, and the present, are the law abiding citizens, the lawmakers and those that seek to uphold the laws in the form of policing, judging, imprisoning and punishing the outlaws. If we want to win hearts and minds, we must break the law, the standards and the norms. Violence does not alienate people, laws do.

We live in a profoundly violent society, both in America and in the world at large. To live within the standard American lifestyle is to bare witness to this violence, most times unwittingly, in every aspect of our social lives. We can not take part in market exchange without extreme violence having been part of the means of acquisition, production or movement of goods. It should not go without saying, as it must be repeated until it is truly understood, that our very way of life, including the land we occupy, is founded on a form of violence that is so complete that it is called a genocide. The efficiency to which we are violent only leads us to believe that the violence does not really exist, not as violence so much as progress. If headlines read of a workplace homicide, we shudder in cerebral fear, but of mass extinctions, oil spills, toxic poisoning of water, food and air, genocides and slavery, we react with political anger at best, never really able to comprehend the massively violent action that just took place. We may not digest, because the steady diet of it has numbed our senses, or because we have been alienated enough from the violence, that we can comfortably move on. Many of us have workplaces, and coworkers, who at any moment could let loose the final thread that binds them to placid existence, but we do not always live beside the killing fields of natural gas drilling, or oil fields so large they can be seen from space.

Distance makes pacifists of murderers.

The daily atrocities of civilized living have set the tone for complacency and dogmatic control. When things are at the tipping point, at the moment we begin to break, we can be reminded that we do not have it “as bad” as the other, without ever acknowledging that this way of life is holding the sword to “the others” throat. We are silenced, ignored, placated, marginalized and compartmentalized to the ends that we stroll along, allowing the abusers to work in “peace”, away from the rage they have worked so hard to dumb down within us. Make no mistake that this protects us from getting our hands dirty. This flow of violence will not stop, but build like puss under the scab and let loose upon any of us if we fail to recognize it’s source. The greatest trick of politics is to make you believe you are included, and your value then comes from the degree to which you participate. You will be used to meet the ends of the meme. The fervent nationalist does not just come with flags, but also with a dogma of superior non-violence. This could be called the outsourcing of violence, as the violent way of life has never been disrupted, only outsourced.
If we allow the norms set by society to funnel our violence, we will, without fail, attack the vulnerable, the weak, the oppressed, the downtrodden. We will continue to attack women, the indigenous, black people, brown people, animals, the land, and children. And we do, daily. If we take ownership of our violence, we can harness it to attack the oppressors, the abusers, the powerful, the controlling, the dominant, and those on top who have perpetrated the greatest violence against us in history. This explains the massive push by those in privileged positions to vilify the violent dissenter. If the attack on the oppressed were to be reversed, the oppressor is not the only one to feel it’s force, but also those that benefit from the violent stranglehold the oppressor has had on the world will be forced to come into account. Take a few moments to listen to the song “Suggestion” by a band called Fugazi.”

Posted by Biteback

anonymous communique, from ativismobrasil.net:

“It was a silent night in the early hours of September 20th 2011, under a fine rain at the Santa Catarina Federal University (UFSC), Florianopolis, Brazil.

The ALF broke into the campus after cutting open the fence that separates it from the avenue.

After visiting the location where goats, birds, mice and dogs are held in captivity to be tortured and killed we visited the new building, still unfinished, where the entire biotery ‘would’ be transferred to. Many torture equipments were already being stocked inside the new building.

This was not our first visit as this action has been planned during several months.

At 4AM of this glorious morning, we poured a few gallons of gasoline and querosene over the expensive equipment just like we would water a plant to see it flourish. Blessed for destruction, the morning was then lightened with a simple match, letting the fire perform its duty in destroying that vile building.

We were sheltered by the neighboring forest that for long had witnessed the screams of the animals tortured inside that complex. Today they know their voices have been heard and we left them with our promise to come back, soon.

You may try to find us, but you won’t because the ALF is nowhere but yet we are everywhere.

You may have the law on your side, but we are the ones making justice.

You may try to justify your thirst for money and greed even when that means taking the lives of sentient beings, but we are the ones acting in the name of the truth.

You may try to forget your guilt as you try to sleep at night, but we are the ones who are awake guilty to sleep at night, but we will be awake and knocking on your door when you least expect it, at your university, at your work, on your homes.

We celebrate with this September 20th 2011 action the recent release of Kevin Kjonaas, the last SHAC 7 to be released, and dedicate it to all those who risk their lives and freedom to fight for the freedom of others.

TILL ALL ARE FREE!

ALF – Brazil”3

Despite the many lies and distortions in this interview, it is valuable for its discussion of the increasing militarization of political repression by an alliance of federal and state authorities, increasingly aggressive responses to nonviolent protestors, and, most interesting, the growing and highly profitable industry of crowd control. As author Stephen Graham explains to Amy Goodman:

“We have to remember, this is a really big growth industry that military and security corporations are investing heavily in terms of new research and development…. the so-called homeland security market is a real—is in real boom town—boom time, excuse me. I mean, in a world where actual defense contracts are often being reduced, a lot of the big companies are moving into civilian applications. They’re moving into these non-lethal weapons, moving into all of the technologies of crowd control and civilian disturbance control. And that has to be added to, of course, the much bigger markets that are growing in terms of broader questions of surveillance and security for buildings, for cities, for special events, as we see these systems established more and more in terms of everyday spaces and everyday bits of cities. So, I haven’t got figures at hand, I’m afraid, but it’s multibillion-dollar markets that are projected to grow globally at very, very high rates over the next 15 years, according to some of the recent market research reports.”

And so we have the perfect dialectic of capitalism and repression, repression and capitalism, whereby cops and security forces not only protect capitalism, but turn fascism and repression into a highly profitable business, which of course is partnered along with the privatized prison-for-profit industry.

Dissent, repression, police brutality, violation of civil rights — just the lastest commodities for capitalism to exploit and the transformation of protest into a lucrative industry of the security-prison industrial complex.

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