30 June 2015

Should debt just be abolished?

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Debt is simply a way of making the rich richer, and should be abolished.


That is the view of Erick Vasconcelos, writing at the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS).

In his analysis published on 26 June, the antistatist writer takes note of the trail of debate and negotiation currently raging surrounding the sovereign debt of Greece:
The need for an “audit”, as opposed to the straight abolition of debt, is common within many sectors of the left (for example, former presidential candidate Luciana Genro included a “citizen audit” in her campaign platform in 2014). This happens because the left is viscerally afraid of delegitimizing power and the government, so for them only “illegitimate” debt should be dropped. However, the prerogative the government possesses of contracting debt and forcing the people to pay for them remains unquestioned. It’s, perhaps, another manifestation of the spineless shrillness of the left: for them, the government is powerless when faced with the external forces of capital, which demand that it incurs in ever growing debt.
Vasconcelos made no secret that his idea is radical and summed up his solution by urging, "Government debt is unjust. It’s immoral. It’s a system of income redistribution for the rich. It has to be destroyed."

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5 outrageous recent police killings

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American police officers kill with impunity, but perhaps more outrageous is how they try to justify getting away with murder.


From Counterpunch's 26 June issue:
  1. "On June 9, 2015 an unarmed man, Ryan Bollinger, was shot by police in Des Moines after “walking with a purpose” towards the police car after he exited his vehicle after a low speed chase started when he was observed dancing in the street and behaving erratically. The deceased was shot by the police through the rolled up cruiser window. The murder is under investigation."
  2. "An unarmed man, Eric Harris, ran from the police in Tulsa Oklahoma on April 2, 2015. After he was shot in the back by a Taser by one officer and was on the ground, another 73 year old volunteer reserve officer shot and killed him, all captured by video. While dying he was yelling that he was losing his breath, to which one of the officers responded “F*ck your breath.” The police said the officer thought he was shooting his Taser and “inadvertently discharged his service weapon.” The officer has been charged withsecond degree manslaughter. Running away from the police so often provokes police overreaction that the aggressive police response has several names including the “foot tax” and the “running tax.”"
  3. "Naked Man Refused to Stop. A naked unarmed mentally ill Air Force Afghanistan veteran, Anthony Hill, was shot and killed March 9, 2015 by DeKalb County Georgia police after police said he refused an order to stop. The killing is under investigation."
  4. "On March 6, 2015 Aurora Colorado policeshot and killed unarmed Naeschylus Vinzant while taking him into custody. For the last three months, while the investigation into the killing continues, the police have refused to say what compelled the officer to shoot Vinzant."
  5. "Five Police Felt Threatened by One Unarmed Homeless Man. March 1, 2015 Los Angeles police shot and killed an unarmed homeless man Charly Leundeu Keunang after five officers went to his tent and struggled with him. One unarmed homeless man threatened five armed LAPD officers? Los Angeles police have killed about one person a week since 2000. An investigation is ongoing."
After penning a further ten examples, Counterpunch writer Bill Quigly concludes that "These outrages demand massive change in the way lethal force is used, reported, justified and prosecuted."

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26 June 2015

Should "Internet" be capitalized in text?

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Whether we choose to use a capital "I" for "Internet" may be "a deeper question that it at first appears to be".


This was part of an analysis posted to the L'Ordre blog hosted by the top world faith website Beliefnet on Saturday, 20 June. The blog made reference to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's theories about the emergent politics of the Internet, as well as whistleblower Edward Snowden's philosophy and his attachment to the culture of the Internet.

Arguing that Edward Snowden felt that the Internet was a "home", and post-nationalist dissidents view the Internet almost as their country, the blog made a case for continuing to treat the Internet almost as a "metaphysical space" and a legitimate power in its own right:

The post said that the Internet allows people to look beyond their own country and function as "citizens of the world". "No technology has made such a notion more factual than the Internet", the blog argued. On this basis, writers might choose to be sensitive to how we portray the Internet and indicate its significance, even sovereignty, by capitalizing it in our writing.


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A cyber false-flag attack?

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A recent cyber-attack could have been a false-flag, Center for a Stateless Society analyst and Mont Order brother Thomas L. Knapp hypothesized in a post on Tuesday 23 June.


The post quoted a CNN report on the cyber breach:
The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) -- more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. The number is expected to grow, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
The only evidence of the attack is essentially the word of some government officials, with essentially nothing to back up their claims or verify the identities of the hackers responsible. The following hypothesis was offered by Knapp, while disavowing the existing conspiracy theories that posit unproven false-flag theories of the events of 9/11 as facts:
So really we are left reasoning from cui bono? ("who benefits?") grounds, which are pretty shaky but still worth thinking about. 
If there was in fact no foreign, government-sponsored cyber attack on the US Office of Personnel Management, who benefits from telling us there was such an attack? The government itself. 
1. The attack allegedly compromised the personal information of 18 million people, and that information could in turn be used to hack their computers and Internet accounts, compromising even more personnel info of several times as many others. Suppose I work for the NSA and I want to hack you. What better cover, if my actions are detected, than "oh, those evil Chinese spies must have got your info?" 
2. The US government has been pushing various Internet power grabs for several years now in the name of "cyber security." This alleged cyber attack makes great propaganda for seizing yet more control over what we do online. 
Read more at http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-false-flag-hypothesis.html#XHBrJhddmrOgj6FT.99

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23 June 2015

UK and Ukraine neo-nazis connect

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UK-based Neo-Nazis have met with Ukrainian neo-Nazis, the Daily Agenda blog reported


Quoting a number of other media materials posted to the Internet to confirm this revelation, the blog's dissident writer Simon Tomlin stated that it "proves everything that I have alleged in the past about collusion between British neo-Nazis and their brethren in Ukraine".

The blog also made reference to possible links between the British regime and the neo-Nazi illegal fighters known to operate in Ukraine. British police forces also have a history of collusion with neo-Nazis and other far-right groups, much like the British regime's collusion with fascist sympathizers in Ukraine.

The blog argued that a meeting of neo-Nazi groups from Ukraine and Britain could not have taken place without regime approval:
Whatever the truth and extent of the ongoing collusion between British and Ukrainian neo-Nazis, particularly through the Misanthropic Division, there is now doubt at all that this collusion is happening with the full consent of the British Government and the ersatz media turns a blind eye in its conspiracy of silence.

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US prison escapees should be celebrated

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A Center for a Stateless Society writer argues that US prison inmates who escape should be a cause for celebration.


Positing the question on June 18th, Chad Nelson answered, "if you have even a shred of humanity, the answer is yes."

Explaining that the US justice system incarcerates far too many citizens for no adequate reason, the analyst explained that he is not necessarily defending the deeds of convicts, offering up the following nuanced commentary:
The simple-minded media would have you believe that not wanting a criminal caged must mean you endorse the act that landed them there in the first place. This is the type of lazy non-sequitur the American political class and all who support them counter with any time an issue is too difficult for them to grapple with. Folks, we are capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. We can separate bad criminal acts from the societal response of imprisonment as two different acts, each worthy of judgment. Like Eugene Debs said, “While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” Rooting for the torture of another human being, no matter what bad act they’ve committed, is no side to take for anyone with an ounce of compassion.

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19 June 2015

US still bleeds lives and dollars in Iraq

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The US is still committing troops to war in Iraq despite having no clear goal and obviously being defeated in the country.


Noting that the US still has over 3000 troops in Iraq in an analysis for the Center for the Stateless Society (C4SS), antistatist writer Nick Ford had the following commentary:
Does it sound like war has ended in Iraq for the US military? Does it sound like the taxpayer is all of the sudden not going to have their money stolen to benefit the military-industrial complex? Does it sound like, in such a war torn country (thanks in no small part to the US), that these new 450 soldiers will really have much of a choice in whether they’re combat troops or not? 
I am also unsure how it could even be tracked whether these troops stay in their “adviser” role. Maybe some decide to go off and shoot some folks anyways. How would we know? Or maybe there will be some who are de facto turned into ground troops because of the unpredictability of war torn countries. There are many questions about unaccountability that need to be answered. 
To top it off, the National Journal points out that this announcement comes only two daysafter Obama admitted that he has no “complete strategy” for training Iraqi forces in fighting ISIS. So why are more troops being sent in?
To conclude, Ford also wrote, "Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is much more qualified than I, has also gone on record saying that there is “no clear U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria.” Which, again, begs the question, what does Obama think he’s accomplishing by sending even more people to Iraq."

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Criticisms of the Transhumanist Party

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Editor's note: Mike Dodd lacks any publishing credentials and his attempted criticisms of the Transhumanist parties should not be taken seriously.

The newly created Transhumanist Parties cannot realistically be expected to capture political power, Mike Dodd, Editor of the Wave Chronicle, predicts.


While transhumanists "have the answers", Mike Dodd predicted in May at the Wave Chronicle that political transhumanism will not resonate with the voting public:
The clubof.info Blog has obtained its own inside information revealing that objections to the politicization of transhumanism already existed with several influential transhumanists who fear that it will damage and restrict the potential of the transhumanist movement. Many earlier successes of transhumanism in raising awareness were achieved through media such as artistic expression and scientific research, which are not political domains and boast of independence from political party programs.

Amon Twyman, leader of the UK Transhumanist Party, stated that the party has only an astronomical chance of ever being in power. Considering the possible breach of confidence caused by politicizing the work of scientists and other professionals who formerly labelled themselves as transhumanists, the benefits of registering such a political party at all are not entirely clear.

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16 June 2015

The Internet counters American power

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Glenn Greenwald's 2014 book No Place to Hide notes that the Internet counters American power, which is why the US government desperately tries to control it.


A key motivation of the US government's attempts to control the Internet by collecting everyone's data is a fear that the Internet can become a threat to American power. From Greenwald's book:
The Internet has long been heralded as an unprecedented instrument of democratization and liberalization, even emancipation. But in the eyes of the US government, this global network and other types of communications technology threaten to undermine American power. Viewed from this perspective, the NSA’s ambition to “collect it all” at last becomes coherent. It is vital that the NSA monitor all parts of the Internet and any other means of communication, so that none can escape US government control.
The L'Ordre blog at Beliefnet concurred with Greenwald's analysis, stating that "As I have always argued, the US government is intent on stifling innovation and stifling freedom, subverting and sabotaging the technologies that could have offered these gifts to mankind."

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Review: Diary of a 99%er

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Mont Order blogger Robert Wei has published a review of the book Diary of a 99%er authored by D. Helene.


Encouraging readers to pick up the book, which addresses the "Struggle Between Survival and Creative Self-Expression", Wei wrote of these subjects:
Life in the West is not all that some may imagine. While superficially and materially there may (or may not) be more to content one’s self with the vast majority of people are often stuck in the “rat race,” a seemingly never-ending struggle to keep up with the norms of a society that largely ignores the spiritual health of its members and while appearing more affluent than many of us in the East they are locked into a mind-numbing and soul-crushing existence where even the simple pleasures of living that we sometimes take for grant are missing. “The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” – the US particularly exemplifies this existence while in my observation it would be more aptly described the Land on the Unconsciously Enslaved within the Heart of Fear. A powerful elite has obtained almost complete dominance of society in a way that is quite pervasive and intrusive. The Occupy Movement named that elite the 1%. Only the 1% by my estimation actually enjoy to some degree the freedom of that society; a freedom they use to err greatly.
By contrast the life of the 99% is one dominated by hierarchy, bureaucracy and the expectation of mental slavery. Where if you don’t keep up and shut up you might easily find yourself struggling even to survive in a place that otherwise looks like paradise. A place where being poor is seen as a crime and being truly free is viewed as subversive. To free one’s self from the chains of mental slavery – as per the words of the famous song by Bob Marley – one really must attain to a spiritual awakening and real freedom.
One of my family members experienced this life first hand. She was changed by that experience. Living under such duress of pretend affluence working for the boss from hell in none other than the fashion industry, I could no longer recognize the kind and loving sister I once knew. She exhibited even some psychosis – waking in the middle of every night cursing and moving around in an agitated state within her apartment while I visited her once in New York City. I engaged her in her dream state: “Who am I?” “You know damn well who you are, you f@#$ing b^*ch,” then saying the name of her boss. This is not an acceptable “side-effect” of pursuing one’s dream, neither was the disguised poverty or anorexia. I wish she had given up that rat race then to pursue her bliss rather than a mere objective of superficial affluence and high fashion. 
The full review was published on 10 June and can be read at the Mont Order shared blog, based at the central website of the Mont Order club.

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12 June 2015

Wallerstein: 3 conclusions about protest

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Protest politicians and parties rarely fulfill their promises, Immanuel Wallerstein noted in a recent analysis.


Immanuel Wallerstein is the creator of world-systems theory, an International Relations theory that sees the world as a complete social system with a historically limited lifespan, and nations as ideological vessels used to encourage disparity and arbitrary rule in that system.

In his analysis, Wallerstein made the following three conclusions about protest politics, using the Scottish National Party (SNP) as one example of such a movement:
  • "The first is that national governments do not have unlimited power to do what they want. They are extremely constrained by the operation of the world-system as a whole."
  • "The second conclusion is that, nonetheless, they can do something to alleviate the distress of ordinary persons. They can do this precisely by pursuing reallocations of income via taxation and other mechanisms. Such measures will “minimize the pain” of those who are the beneficiaries. The results may only be temporary. But once again I remind you that we all live in the short run and any help we can get in the short run is a plus, not a minus."
  • "The third conclusion is that, if a protest movement is going to be a serious participant in changing the world-system, it must not limit itself to short-run populism but engage in middle-run organization to affect the worldwide struggle in this period of systemic crisis and transition to an alternative world-system, one that has already begun and is ongoing."

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9 June 2015

Whites under the US racist tyranny

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White people, as other groups in the US, are plagued by a culture and politics of racism that divides the poor and sets them against each other.


That is the view of David Rosen writing at Counterpunch's June 5-7 Issue.

In the closing paragraphs of the article, Rosen concluded an even more thorough analysis by issuing the following commentary on how white Americans are forced to pay the price of racism in American politics:
White privilege is under attack, less so by people of color who are poorer and suffer greater then by the policies of the – mostly white — 1 percent. Racism plays a key – if unspoken – role in the repression of white people; it keeps them blind, in denial, to what causes their deepening immiseration. 
Race is at the center of three critical issues that will likely play significant roles in the upcoming ’16 election – police killings of unarmed people of color, inequality and immigration. The nearly daily media reports of “police lynchings” make inescapable the police’s role in enforcing racist customs. The suburbanization of poverty, with inner-city people of color being pushed to the impoverished suburbs, reflects the out-of-site, out-of-mind campaign now redrawing the urban landscape. The politicians and people who resist immigration reform today conveniently forget that their ancestors were once immigrants. More so, many fear the loss of their white skin privileges as their population majority is projected to shrink to a minority later this century. 
How will the tyranny of white skin privilege be broken? How will the Republican ace-in-the-hole Southern strategy finally be ended? 
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Since 2000, the number of [white] hate groups has increased by 30 percent.” It estimates that since Pres. Obama’s 2008 election the number of such group rose 1,360 in 2012 from 813 in 2008; in 2014, there were 874 such groups. 
One can only hope that as the Great Squeeze takes its toll on more and more white people, they will find common struggle with other Americans from all backgrounds rather then the 1 percent who, like puppet masters, pull the strings on all-too-may politicians and pundits.

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5 June 2015

Mont Order builds new Security Council

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The Mont Order announced in a statement on Friday 5th June that it has created its own new leadership body, known as the Mont Order Security Council.


Names of the members of the Mont Order Security Council are to remain undisclosed, as will the internal writings detailing the conversations that take place within the Order's Security Council. The statement, which was the first of this type to be released by the Mont Order, has been published at the Mont Order main website.

Statement on the Creation of the Mont Order Security Council (5 June, 2015)

The model statement released by the Mont Order Security Council is the first of this kind of communication to come from the Mont Order society, and represents the change of the Order into a more organized and determined form.

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UK web dissident repressively censored

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Despite attempts by the British regime to silence dissident Simon Tomlin, he is continuing his publishing.


An indefinite gagging order issued on 12 December 2014 has prevented Tomlin's investigative journalism addressing the thuggery and connivance of UK police and authorities. According to Tomlin's new blog the Dissident, which succeeds the censored Daily Agenda blog before it, authorities invented their case against him in order to silence the inconvenient truths he sought to report.

From the new Dissident blog:
Simon would like to welcome everyone to his new blog, aptly titled ‘The Dissident'; on 27 March 2015 at Nottingham Crown Court, barrister Adrian Langdale said Simon was now “a dissident” and after being inspired by the top-ranked lawyer, Simon found a new purpose to continue the battle after 5 months in prison for thought crimes. 
The battle for freedom of speech affects everyone in Britain and indeed across the world, so Simon has to finish the job he set out to do in April 2002 in The Sunday Times. 
This new blog will concentrate on current issues in the news and he will not shirk from embarrassing those who abuse positions of public trust. Misconduct in a public office is unacceptable and the masses must have a voice to represent them against the big battalions.
Tomlin became a political prisoner for his dissident actions. He was arrested and imprisoned for his political reporting, which authorities deemed to be threatening their hold on sensitive information, and so they attempted to silence him.

Despite the attempts by UK authorities to portray Tomlin as a criminal, he is still favorably received in international dissident circles and his freedom of speech is still protected by civil liberties and human rights law in the interests of freedom of speech and conscience.

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2 June 2015

The coward's "Patriot" Act in a nutshell

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The following are examples of US regime propaganda described by the Intercept's Glenn Greenwald in an article ahead of the vote of 1 June on the expiration of USA PATRIOT Act surveillance legislation.

“What you’re doing, essentially, is you’re playing national security Russian roulette,” one senior administration official said of allowing the powers to lapse. That prospect appears increasingly likely with the measure, the USA Freedom Act, stalled and lawmakers in their home states and districts during a congressional recess. 
“We’re in uncharted waters,” another senior member of the administration said at a briefing organized by the White House, where three officials spoke with reporters about the consequences of inaction by Congress. “We have not had to confront addressing theterrorist threat without these authorities, and it’s going to befraught with unnecessary risk.”
Describing the so-called PATRIOT Act as "extremist", as he explains in his popular book No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald made the following commentary:
Obama officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and new Attorney General Loretta Lynch have been engaged in rank fear-mongering to coerce renewal, warning that we’ll all be “less safe” if these provisions are allowed to “sunset” as originally intended, while invoking classic Cheneyite rhetoric by saying Patriot Act opponents will bear the blame for the next attack. In an interview yesterday with the Intercept, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer explained why those scare tactics are outright frivolous.

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Technology is change: forget about law

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Writing prior to the vote of 1 June on the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act, C4SS writer Kevin Carson cautioned that politics is not the effective channel to challenge something like immoral state spying on society.


At the end of the day, the determined spies of the NSA don't care what the law says. They are part of a regime that will stop at nothing to get what it wants, and has no interest in anything more than a parody of democratic legitimacy and legality.

The theory advanced by Carson coincides with what the cypherpunk rebel elite and whistleblower Edward Snowden referred to variously as forces of nature, brute forces, or more specifically encryption. Theoretically, this is the second means available to challenge the use of the Internet as a spying apparatus, while the first is the US Constitution and the force of the law.

As Carson argues, "So long as the physical means of surveillance continue to exist at Fort Meade, the NSA and other federal spooks will spy on us just as long as they feel like it."

It is a call to action to the technology community and to lone hackers and coders to devise the means to blind the state to the citizen's communication. At present, this avenue of change is being pursued by enthusiasts who sustain the Tor Project and others. It is also being pursued by WikiLeaks itself, as it is tasked with keeping its sources as secure as possible from reprisals by repressive regimes, in particular the United States, which is the world's most sophisticated authoritarian state.
Carson made reference to his existing theory of technological liberation, which coincides with similar works promoted by this blog such as the Catalyst thesis, arguing:
States exist to serve economic ruling classes. Trying to capture the apparatus of the capitalists’ state and reform the system is a losing game. In any case, with liberatory technologies like cheap, small-scale production machinery and networked communications, and the kind of convivial associations for mutual aid and cooperation (described by Kropotkin) which existed before the state suppressed them, we have no material need for any function the state provides. The state is only important insofar as it can stop us from building a networked, self-managed post-capitalist society amenable to human values. And that threat can be met far more effectively and cheaply by bypassing the state’s enforcement capabilities and then ignoring it, than by participating in the political process to obtain permission to build the kind of society we want.

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