Beyond cheap symbolism

Want to beat the rotten amalgamation of banks, politicians, hedonism and indifference to human suffering? Here’s how:

Dip into the movies and sport a ‘V’ mask. Yes that’s right! That’s gonna hurt ’em real guuuud, a second hand idea in the form of a tired old plastic mask.

Le masque, the weapon of choice for la resistance.

Information Clearing House, probably THE best real news hub on the internet (which appallingly only about 200 people bother to support with a donation) has a ‘must watch’ article:

The ‘must watch’ video shows the poor Spanish people on the streets, weaponised with the mask of power, really showing those Spanish fascists a thing or two about how to wrestle power back from people who abused it and sold your life in multi generational slavery.

Actually, the video is pants, as is the soundtrack, but that’s not important.

The real pants at hand is the fact that the people somehow think their mask invigorated street protest will actually make a shred of difference. Sorry to pee on your chips here, but I think modern history tells us exactly what these things achieve.

Diddley squat!

In this age, options for effective resistance can be counted on just two finders of your hand. The most palatable one is by individual economic means. You detach yourself from your economic links with the government. YOU STOP PAYING TAX. Try to detach from the banks, don’t borrow money/use credit, and help out catering for each others needs and encourage others to do the same.

Hopefully after you come home for the night and resume life as normal – which is actually part of the problem, you may get the feeling that you should throw the stupid mask (i.e. empty gesture) into the bin and hit’em where it hurts in the fiat currency gonads.

But that’s very very unlikely to happen, hence my confidence the Spanish protests like the Greek Protests, like the protests in Mesir, Tunisia, Syria, Washington D.C., Tienanmen square, the London 2003 protests … are doomed to failure, because you believe taking to the streets is enough, advertising your price that can easily be bought by throwing some fiat notes at you.

Reject empty symbolism. Do it today.

Historical note: The No Iraq War protests in Feb 2003 were by far the most significant and largest protest the planet had ever seen, something like 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 people demanding no war. The scene was repeats in numerous countries across the world but people like BuSh, bLiar and little jonnie coward totally ignored them and got to work to kill over one million Iraqi people on a back of utter lies. THIS event is THE flag that the age of street protests achieving anything has passed.

8 Responses to “Beyond cheap symbolism”

  1. 1 Anonymous July 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Absolutely! Marching alone will not get us what we want from our governments. When we look at history, there were always two sides to the coin, the ‘good cop – bad cop’ analogy. Take for example the civil rights movement here in America. Sure there were the ‘peaceful’ marches lead by MLK, but without the more ‘radical’ participation of groups like the black panthers, nothing could have been accomplished in the long run. They could have marched on until today’s date and nothing would have changed. So real change has to start with us. We have to make the mini steps, which often seem very radical, and defy injustice directly, so that real justice would eventually be served. Making a statement is part of the struggle, so I wouldn’t say the symbolism is completely empty, but we have to take the initiative and make small changes in our own lives if we want real change reflected in our broader societies.

  2. 2 nida July 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    PS: The anonymous comment above was mine. I forgot to sign it at the bottom.

  3. 3 lwtc247 July 8, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Salam Nida. I’d agree, symbolism and street protests have a role but they are the first most infantile steps. The problem is that people seem to think – very wrongly indeed – that those things are the final step.

    The moral stance on NOT paying taxes actually is been in force for many a time now. going to jail is surely the price we should be prepared to pay for acting on or moral voice.

    For those of a religious persuasion, look back at the sufferings of the prophets and their companions.

    There are prices worth paying. Jail is one. As long as British forces are overseas killing people in illegal pre-emptive wars, I will NOT pay one penny in tax wherever possible.

    And actually, that is not much far off initial activism as symbolism and street protests.

    I’m not so sure about the significance of the Black Panthers in the US Civil Rights movement. Perhaps the civil disobedience and withholding one ones labour – plus threats thereof – caused more sirens to flash than the low level of militant-ism, but my knowledge of the BP’s isn’t so strong. [although the association with Tim Leary was quite interesting]

    We must act as individuals AND have leaders worthy of the title. Today’s leaders are pathetic – ESPECIALLY the so called religious leaders – shame on them. I don’t but the ‘individual’ too heavily as it tends to detract from the responsibility of these self promoting ‘leaders’

    We seem to agree peaceful marching by itself is inadequate for achieving results.

  4. 4 Preterist1951 July 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    This is good. I liked your comment on Kev Boyle’s “AUSTERITY MEASURES’ ATTACK THE WRONG KIND OF DEBT” about Calvin and Calvinism bringing usury into the Christian Church

  5. 5 lwtc247 July 10, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Sadly, Kev didn’t put up my last comment which pointed out a number of serious defects with his proposal of a temporary fiat currency. But Kev’s dead right that this current system clearly needs a major overhaul.

    As for the Christian Church’s epoc-long resistance to Usury, it is surely one of the greatest moral achievements in the history of man. It’s all the more painful that it ended.

    There are Christians working to get it scrapped once more. Look up Rodney Shakespeare and have a chat with him. I met him at the 1st World Conference on Riba/Usury.

    Rodney believes it’s Muslims that are the ones who are at the front-line in combating usury for the benefit of all, but I feel Muslims are losing the battle, sadly being seduced a similar way Christians were.

  6. 6 Patrick Donnelly July 14, 2011 at 6:26 am

    You are clearly a thinker.

    You may like some of my BS?

    Recall that the harvests failed in Europe in the 18thC? Twice France suffered credit collapses in that century. Modern democracy took off from the seeds sewn there and in the Freemasonic USA. The Templars revenge….?

    The sunspots are again bereft and again harvests will fail,unless we modify weather as open policy. The superstate is coming, like or not? This has been coordinated to destroy many of the upstarts and to renew the social contract. Rupert is an example and there are others. Those involved often do not realize they have no freedom of action as they are merely units, described by formula a product of the consumer society and modern schooling.

    Why try to rescue those who are doomed to drag us down? I want to know as I am on the verge of giving up!

  7. 7 lwtc247 July 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Patrick.

    My personal view is we need less human meddling rather than more. Weather manipulation would just be too irresponsible.

    If Suns activity – which I feel is THE most significant factor by far in the earth’s weather – has been responsible for ‘bad’ spells of weather, then to think us poxy humans can do owt about it is simply unsustainable; The image of a midget jumping up to pull an apple of a tree comes to mind.

    If the Sun causes crop failure somewhere, what we are technically capable of doing is ship in foods to alleviate that area – as we should be doing now in Somalia if latest MSM reports are true (they usually are when it comes to famine so that some questionable organisations can raise millions and then… errrm….)

    The frenzy and jubilation that Rupert Murdoch isn’t able to completely take over bSb is simply stupid to me, an utterly meaningless victory of the same significance as the kid next door beating the other kid next door at marbles.

    The general population has indeed been ‘droided; but It’s been apparent lately that some of the so called ‘alternatives’ are pretty much made of the same stuff.

    If you feel you have done your bit, then I can only applaud you if you do decide to give up.

    I’m sure you appreciate my honest frankness.

  8. 8 lwtc247 July 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    P.S. the Marxist wet dream of a proletariat uprising is just that, doubtless to the great disappointment of those just itching to see some(one else) taking on the sinister forces of the state.

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