Category: Revolution

Oct 25

I Gaddafi-ling…

by fwoan | 6 Comments »
doodledubz collective via flickr
doodledubz collective via flickr

I’ve been against the Western intervention in Libya because I know that U.S. and E.U. interests are the only interests that will be served by helping the Libyan people overthrow their brutal government. The regime that takes over will be one approved by these interests and not the interests of the Libyan people. Their revolution has been co-opted in order to steal the wealth of the Libyan people while their lives change little if any. There’s also the broader idea that revolutions should be won and not handed over. The Libyan people cannot emancipate themselves if their revolution is won via American missiles, or as Eugene Debs would say, “I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition.”

But if I am being brutally honest, the videos depicting a beaten and terrified Gaddafi provided a mixture of emotions. A sick pleasure at seeing possibly the world’s richest person being torn from power after creating misery for decades. A revulsion at the blood lust in the Libyan rebels’ (and soon to be murderers’) eyes as they lowered themselves to the level of their former enemy. I didn’t take pleasure at human suffering, but rather the symbolism of it all, I suppose.

The Libyan people have traded one enemy for another in allowing for Western involvement in their struggle for freedom. Their land will be the new “breeding ground” and decades of chaos await them, if Iraq and Afghanistan are any example. I think it was Conan O’Brien I heard make the joke recently that the way Obama’s administration is handling itself, “healthcare” would be one of the last things Obama would be known for – what with his miles long kill list.

Despite these fears of what lies ahead for the Libyan people, the fact remains that with or without help they have removed their dictator and have made an important step towards liberating themselves and deciding their future for themselves. I wish them the best of luck and hope that my fears are mistaken.

Sep 29

A Beautiful Anarchy

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meeshypants via flickr
meeshypants via flickr

An article caught my eye on MSNBC today, with the sub-title “We’re the first generation to say that voting is worthless.” What a wonderful and important concept! It’s nothing new for us, but kind of surprising to see on a corporate media website and written by the New York Times, I’d say. The article connects the dots between many of the revolutions and protests around the world this year including the current Occupy Wall Street campaign, even hinting at the futility of capitalist democracy. But before I lavish too much praise, it’s not as if it isn’t lacking some of the dots that should have been connected.
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via Wikimedia
via Wikimedia

The Occupy Wall Street protestors have had a rough time of it so far, and I think that speaks to their potential for change. If ineffectual,  the protestors would almost certainly not be beaten, harassed, or attacked. The liberal culture might even co-opt their ineffectuality and make it their own, as is seen all to often within protest movements that wither and die. We can take heart (no easy task, watching the brutality against these brave innocents) knowing that we are scaring power, and hope that these voices aren’t silenced. Ironically, our society advertises a celebration of protesting the status quo – as long as one keeps it cosmetic. As soon as protest is born of an action that has the potential to cause change, those pretenses quickly fall away. As we’ve seen several times in the recent past like the Battle in Seattle, Anti-War protests leading up to the Iraqi Invasion/Occupation, and the latest being the Occupy Wall Street protests; when the working classes’ protests become mobilized to an extent that Power sees a potential for destabilization of the status quo – we see the so-called freedom and liberty of the state instantly wash away.
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Aug 26

Prepare Thyself

by fwoan | 5 Comments »
ratterrell via flickr
ratterrell via flickr

The “21st century” always sounded like a futuristic utopia to me as a child. Being in my late twenties now, I was certainly still a child when the tired 20th century finally gave up the ghost, but the utopia I had always imagined springing forth didn’t seem to be anywhere I looked. In fact, this century seems to be one characterized by constant war and bloodshed. I feel cheated somehow, because of all the promise and potential we as a species hold. Perhaps it is time I come to terms with the fact that this century will be an incredibly bloody century as we finally run out of oil and kill for strategic advantages over every last drop. America’s wars will increase and will always be resource based and involve permanent occupation as a strategy. These events ensure that I will die in a world much different from the one I was born in. The final question seems to be whether that world will be one I regret leaving or not.
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May 20

Wherein He Demands the Return of Profligate Sons

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Cau Napoli via flickr
Cau Napoli via flickr

The Middle-East governments long empowered by the U.S. government in order to maintain a carefully orchestrated status-quo are being clawed at and in several wonderful instances, have been torn down. Obama, now wants to give Tunisia and Egypt a shit-ton of money because they are the “best positioned countries to serve as role models for democratic reform in the area.” Since when has the U.S. government felt this way and why were they so cozy with the previous regimes? Why then, did Obama alone refuse to call for Mubarak to step down? Why then, did the U.S. government tacitly allow thugs to attack and kill nonviolent protests in Egypt, not to mention using weapons made by the U.S. government (or its industrious contractors)? No, this money is being handed out in order to water-down and dilute revolutionary forces by funding reactionaries that will return the region to a U.S. colony. To think otherwise is intellectually dishonest.
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sierragoddess via flickr
sierragoddess via flickr

I saw this article on one of the tech blogs I read. Turns out the State Department is working on a way to basically wipe your phone of its contacts’ information and be able to send out communications as if they are from your phone, you know, to “help” democracy advocates. I gave a guffaw at the notion that something like this could possibly be developed in order to help those that would topple the U.S. government’s favorite torture houses in the Middle-East. Imagine, all the U.S. government would presumably need to know is the identity of high profile revolutionaries, wipe their phone remotely so that any contacts they may need to communicate with are gone and finally they can send out fake texts to those contacts. Misinformation at its best is what it seems like.
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Chloe Dietz via flickr
Chloe Dietz via flickr

This post is inspired by a recent post by the illuminating Jack Crow, who if you don’t read at least occasionally – are doing yourself a disservice. It wasn’t so much the post itself that got me thinking but rather the comments discussion held therein where he has a rather interesting conversation with CF Oxtrot about authenticity and hypocrisy over these internets. It made me wonder how real everything we discuss on the left is beyond some “tough talk” – even from myself. Do I actually believe the things I talk about here or is it how CF talks, just a wish-I-were persona?
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Feb 23

Those That Would Bring Freedom

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~dgies via flickr
~dgies via flickr

A (usually comedic) blog I like to follow in my spare time recently published a post talking about the latest events in Libya to ask why conservatives are so against the pro-democracy uprisings of the so-called Jasmine Revolution, when a conservative Republican government undertook multi-billion dollar invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in order to “bring democracy” to those lands. An interesting question, no doubt, for someone stuck in the false dichotomy of conservatives and liberals. Wouldn’t this be a fiscal boon, with democracy flourishing in the Middle-East at no expense to U.S. coffers? For those of us living outside of the dichotomy, the answer becomes more obvious why these explosive events are so reviled by the power-brokers of the status quo.
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Feb 16

And He Says, “I Dare You.” (updated)

by fwoan | 2 Comments »
Truthout.org via flickr
Truthout.org via flickr

2011 is shaping up to be the beginning of a period of revolution and redefinition for the Middle-East. Governments that defined themselves by decades of inhuman cruelty to the most vulnerable of their citizens are seeing those very people rise-up and chasing them out of their palaces. The beginnings of these revolutions are being sparked by rises in food costs, shrinking wages, disgusting conditions, oppression, and a lack of real democracy. With these numerous examples being acted out every day, showing what the desperate masses are capable of, Obama hands down a budget proposal that only furthers strengthens these motivations and will make a desperate people more desperate.
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Feb 11

My Heartfelt Congratulations to All of You

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gwenflickr via flickr
gwenflickr via flickr

Congratulations, people of Egypt! You have done it; your courage and defiance alone toppled a dictator of 30 years. Egypt is yours. Never let anyone take that away from you again. You are a model to the world.