N17 was a farce of morality
"Peaceseekers" who refuse to redress their society's mass greed and wantonness are the Pontius Pilates of Today, seeking to absolve their own guilt of a crime that they are perpetuating. Simplistic blame on cops, Bush, and other arms of the people ignore the causal relationship of bourgeois participation in capitalism and oppression. We must all stop oppression!
I call those who protested the war but then continued in a lifestyle that causes war, guilty. Every bit as guilty as the vast majority of those who stayed at home and observed the protest in a convenient news package the same size as news about Michael Jackson's nose or the assassination of 'suspected Al Queda' members by a drone.
To all of those who pointed fingers at Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft and others but turned a blind eye to their brothers, sisters, and selves as they filled their SUVs with gasoline, encouraged sexual objectification, treated a waiter like a servant and performed a hundred thousand other acts of subsidization for violence: trace the footprints of the national violence with that finger and see if it doesn't end up pointing at you.
Goddamn it, I can see the blood all over the people's hands. Don't you get it? Don't you understand why a march for peace that ignores the real causes of war isn't good enough? Look at each other! Look around you! Look at yourself! You are guilty of the oppression of millions!
I stand in solidarity with other anarchists. It isn't up to some prince of peace to come save the people. People must become their own leader. People become free by realizing and assuming their freedom. We all must rise up above the oppression, breaking the chains that bind us and ending our own oppression of others!
Wake up and be free! Your freedom is a ruse until you assume it. And, then, suddenly, you'll find that you are in conflict with the nation, law, policies, status quo, economics, and culture because our society is drowning in bloody oppression.
It all goes back to the pestilent idea that oppression is virtuous. That to control, enslave, and terrorize another through aggression and violence is something that is to be admired. The 'virtues' of competitiveness, aggressiveness, hurtfulness (called 'power' in this society), greed, indifference, vengefulness (called 'justice' in this society), and exploitation are taught from childhood onward. All those 'virtues' can be observed being sanctified in school, work, home life, and social relationships throughout our society.
This is because our society is heir to a lineage of oppressive societies that invaded other societies, murdered, raped, and enslaved the populace of the more peaceful societies, and then pillaged the land. In this war-like atmosphere, 'strength' (defined by these societies as the ability to oppress someone else) became the capital virtue by which all other things were subservient. Because, whatever other good could come about, if you could kill and rob or enslave the producers, you would have it.
The world suffers continually because of this exploitative selfishness. What a lonely existence to think that your life is the only one that matters. What a misguided quest for happiness that destroys every creator of happiness. We must learn to love the unique creative potential of every life, valuing freedom, diversity, and coexistence. It is time to rebel against societies built out of violence and fear.
The socialization of rape and enslavement of women by oppression and degradation is certainly at the core of the patriarchal, militaristic societies. This type of aggressive dominance is also carried out towards children, minorities, foreigners, and nearly everyone at some level. Even the aggressors are or have been the victims of aggression by others. The predatoriness of this social effect creates a vicious circle where people, out of fear, anger, and opportunism, oppress each other with violence.
Not everyone who is a victim considers it justification to victimize others, however, and many seek to defy and destroy the power structures that allow victimization and oppression to occur. But they must fight against more than individual oppressors. Let's not equivocate; most laws exist to protect the existing power structures. From threats to property 'rights', machoism, racism, sexism, authority, corporate enslavement, and the 'way of life' of Amerikans, the military (police) provides itself with justification to enslave, murder, and intimidate discontents into submission
If this is all because George W. Bush Jr. is alive, I'd be working towards ending that condition. If this is because cops are 'demons', I'd fight against them without mercy. But, there are many layers in oppressive societies and we must revolt against any and all authority to oppress.
Yes, the small top of the hierarchy controls most everything, but this control is allowed not simply out of fear of the military. The propaganda and constant appeals to selfishness, classism, and 'power' trump those who are content to allow others to suffer in order to secure their own comfort.
Especially, I am speaking of the bourgeois middle class who exhibit their laissez-faire indifference to the millions of lives enslaved to support their 'way of life' every time they vote in this farce of a democracy. Just like the purchase of neat styrofoam packages of meat, killing is made much easier when we've paid someone else to pull the trigger.
If you think that it is enough to simply say that you want peace, but, are unwilling to stop exploiting other human beings and the world at large, you are mistaken. Be assured that the oppressed will know your selfish intentions. We must stop the oppression not just complain that the guns are too loud!
Where there are those unwilling to stop oppressing others, I will condemn and fight against their power. I heard a speaker at the protest telling people that, as in an airplane emergency, we should help ourselves with oxygen before we help others in the plane. Yet, we all share the same air. We must stand together or we will fall. Solidarity!
No more complicity with oppression! Take a stand!! Smash the state!!
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