Police Murders, People Rising Up: Now Who’s Afraid of Whom?
By Dennis Loo (8/21/14)
Contrary to much of the media coverage of Ferguson, the issue here isn't whether the protests are "peaceful" or not. The issue is whether or not the police will be allowed to continue to get away with cold bloodedly executing black people (and others). That is the question.
Officer Darren Wilson before he gunned down Michael Brown in cold blood: “I’m going to shoot you!”
"You're not going to talk to me that way!" -- Michael Dunn, before he fired ten shots at five black teens, killing Jordan Davis, while Davis and his friends sat in their car at a gas station.
“These assholes. They always get away.” – George Zimmerman, before executing Trayvon Martin
These are the words of arrogant racists who think – no, know – that the whole edifice of racism backs them up. These are the words of racist pigs who know that they can get away with murdering those treated as no better than dirt by the police and by the justice system.
They know what the “natural order” of things is. They know they are on the top of that order. They know that they can do practically anything to blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, the homeless, immigrants, foreigners, and women of all races, and that they will not be punished.
But their day is coming. They have woken the beast. They cannot continue to get away with rampaging and murdering indefinitely. They can bring in the National Guard. They can turn Ferguson, MO into Egypt or Gaza.
But they are scared out of their minds.
They are few. We are many.
We are gathering forces, as more people wake up.
And we are not going to back down.
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[F]ree market fundamentalism - also known as neoliberalism - makes us not more secure or prosperous: it tears the social fabric and undermines security, leading inevitably to disasters on the individual, regional, and global levels.
Neoliberalism is based on the mantra that market forces should run everything. It aims to eliminate job and income security, the social safety net (including welfare and other social guarantees), unions, pensions, public services, and the governmental regulation of corporations. It consequently undermines the basis for people to voluntarily cooperate with authority as almost everyone is increasingly left by themselves to face gargantuan private interests, with governmental and corporate authority ever more indifferent to the public’s welfare.
Those in charge of our collective fates in government and business personify a heartless system based on profit and plunder. They have been relentlessly instituting profoundly immoral and unjust policies even while they insist that they are doing the opposite. We, on the other hand, stand for and are fighting for a radically different system and set of values than this.
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Defeating the empire is not something that occurs only on the literal battlefield. It is also something that is determined throughout the continuum of battles over many issues, including: ideas; philosophy; forms of organization and leadership in economy, politics, and other realms; ways of arguing; ways of responding to and respecting empirical data; interest in truth as opposed to expedience; how people and the environment should be treated; the nature of relations among people (e.g., between women and men, different races and ethnicities, rich and poor countries, etc.); ways of responding to criticism and ideas that are not your own; ways of handling one’s own errors and those of others; and more, all the way up through how warfare is carried out. The contrast between the methods and goals of the neoliberals and those of us who seek an entirely different world is stark. (Globalization and the Demolition of Society, Pp. 326-7)