Subject: Fear Pornography and the Corporate Practice of FEAR MONGERING.
20 August 2016
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
We are all Chelsea Manning bruised by the cyber winds and thrown into a black hole because we refuse to collaborate with “the lesser evil.” Even the best among us are afraid. We want to live, at no matter what price. We will renounce all that we have said and done in order to remain alive. One-hundred-thousand years from now it will make no difference to anyone; no one will remember! The octogenarian keepers of the gate want out, we all want out! We’ve seen nothing, we’ve heard nothing, we’ll say nothing . . . . In the long run we are nothing! But we’ve learned to reason, and this perhaps will keep us alive a little longer. The young Chelsea Manning, born Bradley Manning on December 17, 1987 at Crescent, Oklahoma, is an inconvenient truth for all of us, including Chelsea Clinton, also born of Hillary….
State terrorism is a fact of life. According to many political theories, the state should rightfully possess a monopoly on lethal force, which is to say that only state agencies are legitimately endowed with the right to inflict deadly violence on designated targets. No other agent is a legitimate practitioner of such power. This, according to Marxist theory, makes one central question all the more compelling: Who will control the state, the capitalist class or the working class? Will the interests of capitalist accumulation or those of working people be protected by this monopoly of state power?
Anarchists hold a different view, of course; they believe that force should never be monopolized, and that all physical coercion is ultimately self-defeating. While this may be true, “ultimately” can be a very, very long time! (Witness the relationship between the homo sapiens sapiens and homo sapiens erectus, like the Neanderthals, who were exterminated by the former after more than 2500 centuries of successful symbiotic living with their natural environment.) Meanwhile, contemporary state violence and the threat of state violence in defense of capitalist interests has a lurid history of collateral damages and unexpected results, including the very real danger of extinguishing our own species, after our relatively brief existence.
The 19th century Russian anarchist, Michael Bakunin, expressed the danger of state monopoly of force in his own words:
There is no horror, no cruelty; sacrilege, or perjury, no imposture, no infamous transaction; no cynical robbery, no bold plunder or shabby betrayal that has not been or is not daily being perpetrated by the representatives of the states, under no other pretext than those elastic words, so convenient and yet so terrible: ‘for reasons of state.’
The 6 items below speak to the violence we have inherited, a violence of epic proportion that threatens our very species. The corporate control over this massive violence is, of course, produced by capitalist private profit motives. The glib ideologues who attempt to govern this destructive force –either by ignoring it or by justifying it—depend on our willful self-deception to achieve their criminal goals. In the past, the cost has been repeated acts of genocide; the future promises the extinction of our species. Only the courage of those who have resisted, like Chelsea Manning, make this deplorable history visible.
See, also, John Pilger’s new documentary, Utopia at :
Two years in the making, John Pilger’s controversial new film Utopia reveals a shocking national secret behind the postcard image of the “lucky country”. As it premiers in the UK, the award winning documentary filmmaker talks to Australian Times about the devastating inequalities suffered by the Aboriginal community.
Professor of American Studies
University of Grenoble-3
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
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