Stop the US Government's Attempt to Criminalize Dissent!
By Dennis Loo (6/18/13)
See this story about the latest polls on Americans' majority opposition to the NSA-Obama spying and support for Snowden.
See this excellent analysis of the Eternal Surveillance State.
What the US government is attempting to do with its ubiquitous warrantless surveillance over all of us and the world is criminalize dissent. This cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. The importance of this fight can hardly be overstated.
In response to the NSA spying scandal that righteous hero Edward Snowden has dramatically revealed, a program that was called in quick order after this scandal broke will be happening Wed., June 19, 2013 beginning at 7:30 pm EST. It will be livestreamed from the Great Hall at the Cooper Union in NYC. For those who can come in person to the Great Hall, come! For those who can't come in person, you can watch it and participate live at ustream.tv/stopmotionsolo.
I will be a co-host of this along with Debra Sweet.
For more information, go to worldcantwait.net.
Those Who Cry Treason
By Dennis Loo (6/13/13)
When whistleblowers - such as Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden - reveal that Washington has been lying about what U.S. public officials have been doing for years, officialdom along with some pundits have declared it “treason” and demanded blood, both metaphorically and literally.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, for example, has accused Snowden of “treason.” Right-wing pundits like Jonah Goldberg have openly asked why Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange has not been assassinated by the CIA.
Apparently, telling the American people the truth can get you killed. This is the message these august leaders are proclaiming and busily realizing in concrete fact.
What these political elites are claiming is that the American people “can’t handle the truth.” Telling the American people what their leaders have been doing and revealing that the American people have been lied to systematically for years by Obama on down, that is what Snowden and Manning are being pilloried for.
What is the penalty for revealing the truth? Manning was tortured for years and faces a possible death sentence and Snowden confronts a similar fate.
What are the consequences, on the other hand, for lying to the American people and causing grave damage to the nation, its people and the world? These particular consequences are not penalties but rewards: the American presidency, Congressional seats, speaking tours, cushy privileges, and immediate access to fawning media outlets that treat your every pronouncements with high regard.
As Mark Twain put it, “It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.” To which we would have to add to Twain’s comment about Congress: the American Presidency and prominent punditry posts.
Let’s ask the central question here: what is it that al-Qaeda did not already know or had to assume to be true about U.S. surveillance that has been revealed by Snowden and Manning?
The NSA Spying Scandal: To Those Americans Who Say “I Have Nothing to Hide”
By Dennis Loo (6/11/13)
Many Americans think right now that they “have nothing to hide” and that if the government says that it’s necessary for them to be spying on everyone, then all right then, it must be the truth. After all, my government would not lie to me.
There are multiple dimensions to this issue but I’m going to confine myself to just one for the time being.
If you think that the Fourth Amendment against “unreasonable search and seizure” is trumped by the “War on Terror” and that there is nothing “unreasonable” about “search and seizure” and that the government’s searching and seizing everything about everyone is ok and that we may as well get rid of the Fourth Amendment, then you are also saying that you and everyone else in the entire society from now until the end of the "War on Terror" (which will last, according to Cheney, for generations) should give up entertaining, let alone acting on, a desire or need to dissent from what the government is doing for essentially ever.
Why is that?
This site aims to accomplish two related goals. First, it complements Dennis Loo's book Globalization and the Demolition of Society so that people reading the book can get more deeply into it. (See navigation bar above, labeled "GDS Book Annotations"). We believe that his book is a landmark, providing a solid foundation for politics of a new path. Taking such a path is critical to humanity and the planet's future. As his book's dust jacket states:
[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.
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)