Racist Cops: Only a Symptom of White Supremacy (article)

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It appears the murderous and white supremacist behavior of so-called law enforcement agents from Ferguson to NYC to, well, everywhere may have inadvertently spawned an entire new generation of activists loosely working under the “Black Lives Matter” umbrella.

For anyone striving towards collective liberation and the smashing of hierarchical constructs, this is obviously a very good thing.

However, for those (read: white liberals) seeking only reforms and tweaks that do not challenge their inherent privileges, the myopic focus on racist cops is something to be exploited. For those same moderates wishing to preserve the system, this outburst of outrage is a golden opportunity to deflect a growing movement away from structural analysis.

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Racist Cops: Only a Symptom (video)

Cuba and the U.S.: Some Historical Context

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“I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one.” (Teddy Roosevelt, 1897)

February 15, 1898 was a muggy Tuesday night in Havana Harbor. Some 350 crew and officers settled in on board the USS Maine.

“At 9:40 p.m., the ship’s forward end abruptly lifted itself from the water,” writes author Tom Miller. “Along the pier, passersby could hear a rumbling explosion. Within seconds, another eruption—this one deafening and massive—splintered the bow, sending anything that wasn’t battened down, and most that was, flying more than 200 feet into the air.”

By the time the sleeping giant was jarred into alertness by the Maine explosion, Cuban and Filipino rebels were already fighting Spain for independence in their respective lands. The Maine was in Havana Harbor in 1898 on a purportedly friendly mission. “Yet,” writes Miller, “the visit was neither spontaneous nor altruistic; the United States had been eyeing Cuba for almost a century.”

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U.S. Torture: Old Wine, New Bottles

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“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?” (Orwell)

I very recently wrote about U.S. hypocrisy, vis-a-vis torture, and I’ve written about it as far back as 2002, but suddenly…it’s back in the news.

As if it’s news.

As if it’s surprising.

As if it’s an anomaly.

So let’s re-start this mini-history lesson by once again harking back to the Nicaraguan contras of the 1980s…

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The Red Party

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Mickey Z. on climate change

Mickey Z. (in English) at 3:59 and 5:18

(Yes, I spoke at length about animal agriculture…but they opted not to use it)

“Anarchists try to identify power structures”

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Like so many words and concepts, “anarchism” seems to mean something different to everyone who spouts it. As my vegan/anarchist/yogi friend Jessica once said: “Sometimes people think that yoga and anarchism is about ‘doing whatever you feel.’ but actually, it’s about taking great care of others, which takes a tremendous amount of discipline and courage.”

To which I add: Anarchism is not synonymous with violence. Capitalism is.

Capitalism (and most of its rivals) is a system based on the relentless exploitation of finite resources. Anarchism? Well, here’s how Noam Chomsky puts it: “Anarchists try to identify power structures. They urge those exercising power to justify themselves. This justification does not succeed most of the time.”

While the mainstream, the liberals, and the squeamish all take turns spouting uninformed slander about anarchists (and the now-mythical Black Bloc), the truth remains: It requires an incredible amount of optimism to be an anarchist.

Anarchists are the only ones with enough faith in humanity to believe we can co-exist with all species peacefully—without coercive institutions and hierarchies. How much more fuckin’ optimistic can you be? It never ceases to amaze me when I’m labeled “negative” for documenting reality, when the path I’m suggesting couldn’t be more positive.

This positivity, though, is based on action—both individual and collective—and perhaps therein lies the rub. Until the pervasive presence/threat of cultural violence is diminished and ultimately eradicated, we must never stop exposing it, factoring it into our words and actions, and finding ways to sabotage it.