NSA leaks – the real divide is authoritarian vs non-authoritarian


Some supposed liberals and progressives are just shocked at that horrid Snowden fellow and instead chose to genuflect to their true king, the DC establishment. This comes as no surprise as liberals generally are enthralled by big government. However, this does neatly show where the real split is in the country. Forget left vs right. It’s really about non-authoritarian vs authoritarian.

After several days of revelations about the NSA from the Guardian and others, it’s clear that – as Zaid Jilani of Bold Progressives puts it – “there are only two political labels right now: authoritarian and non-authoritarian” when it comes to the issue of massive government surveillance. The usual party cleavages along an economic left-right spectrum don’t matter in this debate, as we see a “return of the liberal-tarians” and as even Dem-supporting DC establishment insiders in the media and think-tanks largely gather around the NSA flag in support.

We are at a watershed moment in our nation’s history now. It’s time to smash the monster. Don’t say it can’t be done. No one thought apartheid or the Iron Curtain would fall, but both did. If the monster isn’t stopped we will have a real life genuine police state in the US, and sooner rather than later. This is not paranoia. Choose to choose. Take the red pill.

Because if you take the blue pill, you end up in the endless, doomed political spiral so favored by the Republocrats, caught in a rat trap and you can’t get out.

Just as they did on being anti-war, anti-drone and anti-Gitmo, partisan Democrats continue to stick to the “my party right or wrong”Â line.

No, it won't be different this time
No, it won’t be different this time

The cancer in Chris Hedges analysis

I don’t recall Chris Hedges being voted Moral Compass of Occupy, do you? Yet his temper tantrum in Truthdig implies just that. He knows what is best for the movement and it sure isn’t those icky Black Bloc anarchists. Yes, I think the Black Bloc are often misguided. But saying Occupy’s problems are due to them is simply not true. He also seems to think that lying around passively waiting to get your head cracked is a fine strategy indeed. To me, this seems almost as pointless as tossing a rock through a Starbucks window.

There’s a cancer in Occupy, says Hedges, blaming the Black Bloc.

The presence of Black Bloc anarchists—so named because they dress in black, obscure their faces, move as a unified mass, seek physical confrontations with police and destroy property—is a gift from heaven to the security and surveillance state. The Occupy encampments in various cities were shut down precisely because they were nonviolent. They were shut down because the state realized the potential of their broad appeal even to those within the systems of power.

He almost seems to be saying if you fight back you might not get shut down but if you’re nonviolent you surely will. Well excuse me Chris, put what possible good is a movement that meekly waits to be shut down?

Chris Hedges’ very public meltdown

It doesn’t even make rational sense. For example, Hedges claims that violent police crackdowns on Occupy encampments came “precisely because they were nonviolent.”

And yet he and others make the contradictory claim that the police justified their violent crackdowns on Occupy encampments because of “the Black Bloc anarchists” and their supposed violence — which is patently false.

He attacks a writer for an anarchist journal that’s no longer published for criticizing the Zapatistas. He falsely asserts that Black Bloc is yet another of the innumerable Occupy Movement hijackers, yet he can point to no example of hijacking by Black Bloc — in a Movement that was founded by anarchists.

Anarchists are the ones who made the intellectual and initial physical space for there to even BE an Occupy Movement.

This is the crucial point. Occupy wasn’t started by Marxists (or the Democratic Party) operating through front groups. It came from anarchists, who exist in all shades and stripes, not just the Black Bloc. Marxists are mostly clueless about Occupy as are the Democrats. The standard attempts by both to jack a growing movement have failed. This is definitely a good thing.

Occupy is something new, a viral movement with no national leaders that has successfully resisted being jacked by the Democratic Party or the Marxist fringe. Sure, its’ got problems now but that’s hardly all due to the Black Bloc.

Polizeros Radio. Anarchism. IWW. Guest: David Buccola

Our guest was David Buccola, an Anarchist, Buddhist carpenter from New York City. He spoke about the basic tenets of Anarchism; horizontal organizations, egalitarian, taking direct action, and self-organizing. Many of building trades in New York City are now doing exactly this, whether they call it anarchism or not, in their spontaneous organizing against the threat of serious pay cuts. Anarchism is people coming together unhindered by hierarchies to get things done.

We also spoke about the unfortunate tendency of the Left, whether it be anarchist or socialist, to get bogged down in arguments over doctrinal purity. The real goal is to create genuine coalitions across the political spectrum organized on issues important to the members. The price of gas effects everyone, regardless of political affiliation. That’s what’s important, not arguing about Bakunin vs. Marx.

BTW, there is a worldwide organization that is truly anarchist in principle and organization, even though they may not know it. They have several million members and tens of thousands of groups. Each group is completely autonomous and self-supporting. No other group or any of the various regional organizations can tell a group what to do. You can start a group on your own, no permission is needed. There are no dues or fees and no membership lists. The organization has been hugely successful. Its name is Alcoholics Anonymous.

With Steve Hynd of Newshoggers and myself. Josh Mull will return next week. Thank you David, for being on the show!

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Polizeros Radio tonight. Anarchism. IWW. Guest, David Buccola

David Buccola is an Anarchist Buddhist carpenter in NYC, and is knowledgeable about Anarchism as a political philosophy and movement. You can find him on Authority Smashers, You Tube and Twitter.

With Steve Hynd of Newshoggers, and Bob Morris of Politics in the Zeros. Josh Mull is relocating from Huntsville AL after their catastrophic tornado and will be back with us next week.

The podcast is hosted on BlogTalkRadio. Call in to listen live at 626-414-3492 tonight at 8:30 PM PT (9:30 MT, 10:30 CT, 11:30 ET.) You can also download it or listen to the archive on BlogTalkRadio after it’s done.

Journalism is not an Attack, Wikileaks is not Warfare

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on Firedoglake or at Rethink Afghanistan. The views expressed below are my own.

Wikileaks is under attack!

Journalists and politicians are calling for the criminalization of Wikileaks, or worse, the assassination of its members. The US government is coercing companies into blocking access to Wikileaks, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is normally very strong on internet freedom, has been forced to “evolve” her positions.

If you’re a supporter of Wikileaks, or even a relatively dispassionate observer, you likely find these actions to be offensive, or even downright criminal. How dare the US move so arrogantly, so aggressively, against Wikileaks for what seems to be nothing more than the second coming of the Pentagon Papers? We believe in free speech, in transparency and accountability for our government. It’s outrageous that Washington would move so decisively to crush a project like Wikileaks.

But are Wikileaks’ supporters actually feeding this response from the government? In our rush to rationalize and defend Wikileaks and their actions, have we inadvertently opened the door to attacks by the US government?

The answer can be found in how we’ve chosen to frame the debate so far. Continue reading “Journalism is not an Attack, Wikileaks is not Warfare”