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what happened to indymedia. it seems like everything radical has gone dormant.
what happened to indymedia? i remember when it started twenty years ago there was a lot of energy going into it but in like a generation the whole thing has shifted. everything has shifted. it doesn't seem like there is much of anything going on anymore. there is lots happening online but it doesn't accomplish anything particularly radical. almost all of the online organizing is filtered through corporate social media sites. i'm just a ranty old bitch but i am trying to understand why the radical movements of the recent 20 years mostly just whithered up and disappeared and it seems like no one even noticed it happened.

"radical movements of the recent 20 years" Yeah, that's what happened. 02.Feb.2020 23:15

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it's all about having Lattes with your black clad friends and staking a Black Lives Matter sign in front yard, SE Portland.

( oh and, "those ****ing 'Nazis' / 'RAAAYY-cists' )


it is emphatically _NOT_ about fighting the military industrial complex, anti-capitalism or any of the other bases of Indymedia's founding in 1999.

Yeah, that's what happened Addendum. 03.Feb.2020 05:26

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2011 Occupy was the last gasp of a mass 'awareness' among the populace of Western nations that "something is wrong" and/or "let's do something".

Occupy was a spontaneous uprising. ( People can debate its lasting effect or influence but the fact remains that it was a spontaneous outpouring of progressive and agent-for-change social activist sentiments and platforms )

Additionally it culled together a wide range of fringe noncorporate philosophies and activism, not only of a left-leaning variety including the anti-central bank financial libertarianists (who recognize that the global fiat currency system supplied by central banks is a direct object of capitalism that needs to be relinquished to the people).

Problem was that both left, and right leaning forces attempted to Shoe-Horn Occupy and its spontaneous participants into their lockstep mainstream party politics. Which didn't work, or last.

Now (largely due to corporate-run Democrat Party browbeating from Clinton/Obama era ideologues), identity politics has become the banner of the "left" in the United States.

Effectively emasculating and STAMPING OUT 100% the last remaining vestiges of the Democrat-centered left politics in the U.S. which had any foundation or foothold in working CLASS struggles and movements.

Thus, the working class in the United States have absolutely zero political representation, presence or footprint. Class-based activism has been replaced by 'calling out' of "RACISM" and "GENDER-___________ " (which is now considered as the "leading edge" of progressivism or definition of being an agent of change).

the "Racism" etc. folks have no clue about, or interest in the Federal Reserve's chokehold over not only their lives in the United States but also the global economy and peoples of the world.

So here we sit. ( "RACIST!" "NAZIS!" "HATETRUMP!" but nothing of any substance whatsoever )

Political Movements and Protest Were Infiltrated By Government Spies 03.Feb.2020 07:55

John Jacob

Here in Oregon and Washington any effective movements or dissent against government activities were infiltrated and killed by government spies. Local activities are monitored by government agents and people are threatened and intimidated into silence.

According to a notice posted throughout the community by the JBLM Anti-Terrorism Office, if you post a flier or question government activity you are a "homegrown violent extremist", a domestic terrorist. They have been doing this since at least 2007  https://www.seattleglobalist.com/2014/07/25/how-to-prove-the-government-is-spying-on-you/27863 and it seems to have worked.

Occupy was the last major thrust of free thinking and sensible people trying... 03.Feb.2020 18:50

Tracy Mapes

...to affect change.

It scared the government into the sissy activities like in the JBLM poster above.

Protestors were taught thru prison, jail, fines, mental incarceration, and emf/microwave RADAR Weapons, that freedom, free speech and protest are a thing of the past, and price too high.

So, they hunkered down and suffer under the RADAR the life of tyranny and compliance.

Which immediately translates to the vigilant, "There aren't enough Caring and Compassionate Americans left to turn this Ship Around.

They would rather stare at their smart phones like Stepford Wives, and just carry on.

We should make like Posters for JBLM, and set up a Camera at their front gate telling them "ALL PERSONNEL ARE UNDER SUSPICION OF UN-AMERICAN LIKE ACTIVITIES".

( for further discussion... ) See also this recent newswire post, comments 03.Feb.2020 21:32

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[ May ?? have been a deliberate provocateur posting here but still some useful discussion and debunking of the Trolls ]

Is there anyone who still reads this that is antiwar?
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/01/438111.shtml

Oh, I noticed ... 10.Feb.2020 10:53

Jody Paulson

and it's all about the infiltration. But Portland Indymedia is one of the very few left standing and I sure as hell hope it won't go away. People have come to rely on compromised platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, and we know what direction those guys are going. Stay in touch with real-world friends you can really trust. Someday soon you'll be very glad you did.