31 July 2015

"We need more traitors"

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The American Center-Left need not call the GOP's anti-Obama crusaders "traitors" and should instead call them by their correct name: warmongers.


This is what is advocated by antistatist theorist Kevin Carson at the C4SS (Center for a Stateless Society) think tank in a recent post.

Carson argues that while it is tempting to turn Republican war hawks' own rhetoric about "traitors" and allegedly weak-kneed Democratic foreign policy back on them, the real crime of the war hawks is the mere fact that they support war. Any action in the interests of peace, whether disloyal to a regime or loyal to it, should be celebrated, and such is the triumph of the nuclear deal reached between world powers and Iran. On the other hand, any action in the interests of war, such as the campaigning by pro-Israel figures in US politics, should be considered a horrendous assault on the public interest.

In addition, Carson noted it is not very American to disapprove of "treason" in the first place, considering the United States was founded upon treason and committed the most famous act of treason in history, which it celebrates every year on July 4. This historic treason was also motivated largely by warrantless spying much like the NSA's, which Americans thought was outrageous enough to take up arms against the colonial administration. From his conclusion:
Indeed “traitors” like John Brown and Harriet Tubman, and New England juries who nullified the Fugitive Slave Law, found themselves at war with the federal government. We need more traitors like them, and like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.
Below is the trailer for the upcoming thriller movie Snowden, directed by Oliver Stone, which is likely to further build up the popular following behind Edward Snowden and challenge many who see the whistleblower as a traitor who put Americans at risk from terrorists.



American politicians continue to put US soldiers and civilians at risk throughout the world by perpetuating reckless policies of assassination, provocation, war, extortion, betrayal and torture behind a cloak of secrecy and hollow propaganda about democratic accountability. At the same time, the actions of Edward Snowden did not cause any loss of life while politicians accuse him of being irresponsible.


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UK's Cameron regime tries to ban truth

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The ruling Cameron regime in the UK now sees telling the truth about British war crimes in the Middle East as a form of extremism.


Saying anything compatible with the rhetoric of terrorist groups such as ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or Daesh as it's Arabic acronym goes) will now be considered extremist, including statements of fact. This was the analysis of antistatist writer Billy Christmas at C4SS (the Center for a Stateless Society), an antistatist think tank based in the United States.

The trend towards censorship and persecution of dissidents in the UK is especially worrying considering that UK subjects do not have any constitutional right to freedom of speech.

When asked what "extremist" speech is, Home Secretary Theresa May couldn't answer and suggested that it was vague and nebulous, left to regime officials to arbitrarily label anyone an extremist criminal and kill them if it doesn't like them. According to Christmas' analysis, this amounts to fascism, and it is all the more offensive because it is wrapped in rhetoric about "British values" while actively undermining the rule of law and even trying to erase people's inalienable rights.

The antistatist writer reminded his readers that the British government - like the US government - is hypocritical and responsible for atrocities in the Middle East. If Islamist extremists use this fact to justify their terrorism, that doesn't make it any less true:
According to Sean Gabb: “the British State is committed to an American-led campaign of war and destabilisation throughout the Islamic world, and shares responsibility for millions of civilian deaths and maimings there.” As Gabb says, the statement is not only reasonable, but “obviously true.” Yet to speak the obvious truth is now a heresy. We can soon expect to not be able to point out this simple truth, lest we offend “our British values.”
An even greater paradox lies in the fact that Cameron's desire to persecute dissidents is itself an extremist goal, and it is made all the more destructive because it has successfully captured control of the state machinery. Islamist fanatics may intend to kill people who criticize them, but the more apparent regime issuing such threats to the British people is Cameron's own government.

The Zionist parasite Cameron ranted in a paranoid speech that the millions of people, including academic bodies, who currently boycott and oppose the apartheid regime of Israel should be considered terrorists.


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28 July 2015

Evil symbol vs. evil symbol?

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While the elimination of symbols of the Confederacy may be a necessary, if belated, way of combating injustice, we must be careful not to be drawn into a battle of symbols that is ultimately as superficial as the symbols themselves.


That is the warning issued by top social scientist Immanuel Wallerstein. Alluding to the apparent distinctions between the flag of the US federal government and the former Confederacy, Wallerstein wrote, "It is all too easy in the struggle against one noxious set of symbols to install in our collective value system another noxious set of symbols".

Included was of course the recognition that "symbols matter", but what matters more is changing what the symbols stood for. The absence of Confederate flags would have done nothing to prevent the numerous police killings of unarmed Black people that continue to stain the reputation of the United States as a supposedly multiracial and tolerant society. Removing the Confederate flag does not guarantee "less racism" as racism is a deeper problem than the allegiance to a flag (a contagion that exists everywhere today including among government officials and is not unique to racists in any way).

Wallerstein reminds us that symbols, as with many institutions of the modern state, are designed to exclude and even kill people on an arbitrary basis. Dislike of something as trivial as women's headwear in Europe is now the basis for much discrimination and also political discussion in western countries now, which represents a fascination with superficial cultural trappings and scapegoats.

Ultimately, all people in the human family are part of multiple and overlapping groups and we have to make compromises about symbols rather than getting into some kind of match where one symbol of a murderous state is pitted against another symbol of a murderous state, as if one is really the antithesis of the other.

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Schoolboy lectures Americans on Iran

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Netanyahu has been publicly humiliated by the nuclear deal with Iran, but uses his airtime to further air his stupidity to the American audience.


Writing at Counterpunch, Andrew Levine notes that in Netanyahu's recent interview with with NPR, he milked his "American High School education for all it’s worth". In the radio interview, the Israeli leader "jabbered on like a befuddled High School principal telling the assembled student body how disappointed he was in them for some incident or other — and admonishing them never to do anything so dastardly again".

Netanyahu did all he could to scuttle the deal with Iran, and all his efforts failed. By going on an all-out assault on the Obama administration, Netanyahu and the Israel lobby group AIPAC risk losing the Democratic Party and losing the support of "all but the most retrograde American Jews."

Levine writes that Netanyahu's crusade against Obama is an "existential threat" to the prosperity of Israel by undermining the bond of political and economic cover that Israel has relied upon in order to maintain its policies of rampant genocide and war against Palestine. Further, Levine predicts, "if word gets out that Israel’s interests and America’s are at odds, even evangelicals awaiting the End Time will become less passionate about the self-declared “nation state of the Jewish people.”"

Noting that Netanyahu arrogantly overestimated the power of pro-Israel campaigners in American politics when trying to scuttle the deal, Levine sees that "the joke is on (Netanyahu)", and concludes about the Israeli leader:
the Israel lobby now has very little to work with beyond itself. And even if it putters on for a while, as it probably will given how obtuse American politicians are, the days when it can count on getting its way are coming to an end. 
Netanyahu has hastened that day. No wonder, therefore, that even if he does not yet have reason to despair for the regime he leads, he has every reason to despair of himself. 
This was the real meaning of that petulant, self-righteous rant on NPR

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24 July 2015

Iran nuclear deal vs. the lunatic fringe

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Opponents of the deal between Iran and world powers are the "lunatic fringe of world opinion".


According to the L'Ordre blog hosted at Beliefnet, the opponents of peace in the Middle East are "a group of isolated warmongers who despite humanity and want to unleash a holocaust on the world in their despair at the growing global chorus to liberate Palestine." The source of America's problems with Iran is Israel, the blog states in a brief analysis published last weekend.

Israel is a "parasite state" that has relied on committing crimes against humanity, annexing land and throwing innocent people out of their homes in order for this regime to survive. Its existence is even more parasitic when it comes to relations with the United States, with Israeli leaders demanding that Americans should die for them in wars against Israel's enemies so the "world's most cowardly regime" will not have to fight its own wars.

The L'Ordre blog took aim at Israeli influence in US politics, describing this as the "most bloodthirsty atrocity" Israel has committed because it has inspired American-led wars to be waged based on lies. However, the blog promises, this influence is shrinking as even the Jewish community in the United States is abandoning Israel, leaving it to be defended by Christian extremists who are "no less interested in starting a Third World War to bring about the Rapture".

Ultimately, the results of Israel's problem with the Islamic world may be of little consequence to Israel's survival, as this is a parasite state and could not survive the deterioration of relations with the United States or other important world powers.

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21 July 2015

Bruere on transhumanism as religion

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Transhumanism is more than a philosophy, but an idea dangerous to the current world order and the blueprint of a new, "final", and ultimately true religion.


This is the view advocated by transhumanist and occultist Dirk Bruere in a recent article published via The Wave Chronicle. Bruere is the author of The Praxis, a religious pamphlet advocating a new religion built upon the promises of science and technology to relieve humanity of the burdens of mortality and human intellectual limits.

Transhumanism is not just a set of philosophies as claimed, but a "declaration of intent" that enters the intellectual territory formerly dominated by the church. Namely death, resurrection, and the destiny of the universe itself.

Artificial general intelligence and eventual development of machine intelligence surpassing humans could allow for a "miracle machine" surpassing humans and capable of deeds we cannot explain or duplicate. It would be our last invention, capable of solving our problems for us.

As explained in a poll cited by Bruere, transhumanists favor not our biological children but "the children of our mind who would rise to greater heights than we could ever imagine" (i.e. AI, enhanced humans and other creations arrived at by means other than mere breeding). AI could be merged with brain-machine interfaces to enable "posthumans", super-evolved humans who surpass human current abilities and make direct use of AI to aid themselves and expand their own thinking ability. Such a goal is one way of avoiding inevitable defeat through an apocalyptic war with hostile AI entities as sensationalized in movies such as Terminator (the real thing, as Bruere predicts, would be far worse than the inane shoot-outs depicted in that movie).

From Bruere's article:
The PostHuman dream is of uncorrupted immortal bodies housing the minds of gods, as far beyond us as we are beyond cats and dogs, where all aspects of emotion, suffering and intellect are under conscious control. Our animal heritage finally jettisoned in favor of the new and immaculate conception. A world without suffering or stupidity or violence. There is even one project proposed by philosopher David Pierce to re-engineer the genomes of all life on Earth to eliminate suffering, or at least put a limit on the amount of pain or stress any creature (including ourselves) can experience. Obviously for the longer term, or perhaps on a smaller scale for farm animals…
Referring to Kurzweil's theory from The Singularity is Near, that all energy and matter reachable to future intelligences may be utilized by them, i.e. the universe will "wake up", Bruere makes comparisons to the eschatology of Christianity. The start of this wave of godlike intelligence is known as the Singularity and is much like a Biblical "end of days" both for its elusiveness and the inability for its adherents to predict its date accurately.

In a further comparison, Roko's basilisk, a thought experiment, is compared by Bruere with Pascal's Wager. He notes, however, that Roko's basilisk is more tenable as an argument because it refers to the real technological trajectory of the development of godlike machine intelligences:
The Basilisk, named after a mythological creature whose stare could kill, is one of those future AI gods, but with a rather traditional godlike vindictiveness. Everyone who knew it might exist, but did not help bring it into existence or indeed opposed it existing, gets resurrected into Digital Hell somewhere in the multiverse.
Concluding with a comparison of transhumanist belief to Gnostic Christianity's search for salvation through knowledge and rejection of the current world as miserable and false, Bruere explains a key difference between the emergent transhumanist belief system and Christianity. Namely, whereas other believers are prone to believe without evidence, transhumanists are far more prone to respond that "if it is not true (we) can (make it) so."

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Greece (and humanity's) alternatives

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The antistatist think tank C4SS has an explanation for the betrayal inflicted on the Greek people in their government's recent surrender to European (and US) financial power.


According to an open letter from C4SS social theorist Kevin Carson, the fault for the betrayal of the Greek people rests not with any person but with a misguided plan by left-wing politicians to achieve state power and revise government and corporate policies in order to accommodate the wishes of the people. History has proven that these actions lead to betrayal of the people, as the state's will can be bent by powerful institutions such as banks and corporations, as well as supranational oligarchy and foreign powers. Ultimately, any people who attempt to vote their way to a more humane and compassionate future using the dead end of the capitalist state will end up betrayed.

Syriza's failure to defy the European Union as intended by the Greek people who voted them into power is the triumph of institutions over people: a result that invariably results when one tries to play by the institution's rulebook. The C4SS think tank has an alternative view: Greeks should turn away from the state and focus instead on the development of their own alternative economy, stimulated by a climate of changing technology and increasing individual power. This result is inevitable, but foresight and proactive futurist approaches to Greece's economic oppression could prove to create a real exit for the Greek people from their collective economic misery.

As Carson writes, "hierarchical institutions like states and corporations are becoming obsolete", with piracy, encrypted currencies and the growth of micromanufacturing being the strongest evidence of this trend. Rather than seeing the state, courts, corporations and other monolithic institutions as possible allies, the body politic should instead focus more on circumventing them and ultimately destroying them. The institutions ruling Greece today are thoroughly corrupt, as is any politician who attempts to reform or even negotiate with them. Rather than being respected as authorities, these institutions directing Greece's economy should be regarded as backward or even obscene, and one should invest all effort into eliminating them rather than legitimizing them by trying to co-opt such institutions by starting at the ballot box.

In the conclusion of the C4SS open letter to the Greek people, an alternative economy for the Greek people and for the whole oppressed world is advocated in the following provocative, futurist-inspired paragraphs authored by Kevin Carson:
New, open-source production technologies like micromanufacturing are making high-tech craft tools affordable for individual workers and small cooperative groups — essentially a reversal of the technological shift from individually affordable craft tools to expensive large-scale machinery that led to the factory system. Raised bed, intensive horticulture can produce many times the ouput per hectare of corporate agribusiness. P2P networks with desktop technology can run circles around the old corporate information industries. 
The old corporate dinosaurs and the rentier classes’ large piles of investment capital rely entirely on state-enforced monopolies to stay relevant, attempting to enclose the new technologies of freedom and empowerment within their obsolete corporate framework. Fortunately, the same production technologies that render their capital and institutions superfluous — like file-sharing and encryption — are also rendering their monopolies unenforceable. 
These weapons for building a new society beyond capitalist control are freely available to you right now. And the Central Banks, the IMF and Angela Merkel are powerless to stop you because, unlike the government in Athens, you are not embodied in an official institution over which they can exert leverage. They are fighting a ghost.

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17 July 2015

America's reign of torture will backfire

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The use of obscene torture methods by American rulers increases global resentment toward this hypocritical regime and will cause violence against US interests.


This was the message in a recent Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) post attacking the flawed and naive analysis that informs the regime's rampant use of torture against detainees. In the post, antistatist commentator Nick Ford wrote:
A recent NDAA amendment passed in mid-June makes it a lot harder for the CIA to torture–a good step forward. But it’s also worth noting that torture isn’t “beneath us” as Oliver suggests. It’s never been “beneath” the US government to torture people, to wage unjust wars, to unjustly imprison millions of people for non-violent offenses, and so on. 
But it’s also not something that’s worked for the CIA. The alternative of rapport-building has been studied and found to be far more effective.
Ford predicts that the torture perpetrated by this criminal regime will be a key motivation in future acts of violence against Americans, noting that "the tortured are likely to hold resentments which may ultimately lead to the very acts the torture was trying to prevent. It also tarnishes America’s image abroad and creates distrust of Americans among foreign populations leading to the kind of blowback Americans suffered on 9/11."

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The continuum of the Mont Order

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The Mont Order bloggers' club is a new iteration of an old tradition, while conspiracy theories about the Mont Order are separate works of "fiction".


These facts are articulated in a new short essay published by L'Ordre, a Mont Order blogger, with Dissident Voice. The essay, titled "The New Mont Order Dissidents", breaks the Mont Order down into two different actors that must be understood as different entities but connected with the same metaphors and images common to the Mont Order.

The Mont Order's sickle-like emblem, which has no known meaning in the current Mont Order, is one of these features, as is the Mont Order slogan "Inheritance, Equilibrium, Order". L'Ordre claimed that he was using such features to shape the Mont Order and give it an enduring identity as a "dissident circle".

The "first Mont Order"


From L'Ordre's essay:
The first “Mont Order”, the ideal Mont Order, is not an existent organization. Several groups throughout history, including the Montagnards who brought about the French Revolution and a small 2010-2012 Religious Studies group I once helped appear to have used similar names and allegories to the Mont Order’s own. Whether they are really connected is not known to me. That Mont Order can be seen more accurately as a tradition that has worked inexorably towards building bridges of understanding among diverse people and groups, rather than isolating itself to form its own homogeneous culture in the way religions and cults do.

The "second Mont Order"


Also from L'Ordre's essay:
It is the second Mont Order that I know to be real, and it is currently reaching out to many bloggers to form a real community of diverse thinkers. Based on what we have talked about both publicly and on our internal threads, it is clear that we currently consider ourselves to be a new kind of pressure group that relies primarily on blogging and other forms of online publishing to promote a variety of progressive causes and other, more scientific developments such as transhumanism. Although we maintain as much coherence as possible in our message and we select members in the first place for their dissident credentials or their sociological foresight, the choice of causes supported by the Order is ultimately governed by the priorities of our incumbent members. Therefore, we have no set agenda and the Order answers to no-one but itself.
While the new Mont Order is still committed to concepts of global unity and pluralism, it lacks the obsessions with secrecy alleged in the conspiracy theories and other literature on the Mont Order "myth", as its current members "support absolute transparency". L'Ordre also encouraged people searching for information on the Mont Order to contact Mont advisers directly, writing "there is no substitute" for such communication.

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14 July 2015

The state, not "terrorists", censors you

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Describing Islamist attacks on people who don't share their beliefs as if their actions represent a totalitarian suppression of free speech is an absurd analysis.


That is the view put forward at the L'Ordre blog based with Beliefnet. In an analysis from the weekend 11-12 July, the blog drew attention to the following problem with anti-Islamists' half-baked claims about a threat to the constitutional right of freedom of expression (highlighted part selected by The clubof.info Blog):
Anti-Islam campaigners try to argue that Islam threatens freedom of speech but in doing so they misunderstand what freedom of speech is. Freedom of speech doesn’t refer to a right granted by gunmen, soldiers and terrorists to the public, but to a right granted by the state to the public. 
Claiming that terrorists threaten our freedom of speech is bogus even if they kill cartoonists and people who mock Mohammed, because freedom of speech was never contingent on what terrorists do or don’t do anyway. Terrorists were always able to kill people for what they expressed in public, as were any other members of the public. Everyone is at risk of being killed for what they say at all times and freedom of speech has never been about providing any protection from that threat, but only from such threats that originate from the ruling power of the state.
Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/lordre#ixzz3fbrAHU00
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/lordre#9ocB0WywIkvyHk8L.99
Shouting or ultimately assassination by members of the public cannot endanger constitutional rights because no such acts have any effect on the law and the laws guaranteeing free speech still hold even if people are killed for such expression. On the other hand, far-right figures who advocate the elimination of Islam and the rolling back of civil liberties in order to attack Muslims are indeed attempting to alter the law to curtail constitutional freedoms.

In this sense, anti-Islam activists such as Pamela Geller can be more accurately classified as enemies of free speech than ISIS terrorists such as those who killed cartoonists for depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Similarly censorship refers to state actions and not actions taken, however violent, by members of the public who feel offended by an image. Killings of cartoonists who depict Mohammed are neither a form of censorship, nor a threat to the right of free speech, and are simply acts of premeditated murder that have no relevance to at all to freedom of speech.

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The #MontOrder's growth in tweets

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The growth of the new Mont Order society can be seen on Twitter through the use of the #MontOrder hashtag.


New items on the Mont Order society are appearing frequently. The following are a special selection of tweets illustrating the current priorities and causes carried under the umbrella of the Mont Order society.

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10 July 2015

"Dread Pirate Roberts" can't be caught

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Whilst Ross Ulbricht was imprisoned for founding and maintaining the Silk Road darknet market, the threat he represents to the statist elite can't be defeated.


Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) writer Ryan Calhoun argued in a post on  that Ross Ulbricht, who allegedly used the shared pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts, defied the US state and that his trial was based upon the fears of the ruling political elite rather than any crime committed by Ross himself. From Calhoun's emotive account:
By placing him in your torture chamber known colloquially as the U.S Prison System you have broadcast your hatred and your fear of what he represents to the world once more. “Here remains The Dread Pirate Roberts, Defiler of the Narrative of Necessity”. He may remain there for a time, but his story cannot. The truth cannot. There are no cages that can hold the truth and I will do whatever I can to spread it. Ross was not the first nor is he the last. The people have been striking out against this bogus fiction since it was first taught to them. You called them criminals. You called their actions violent and you call your own violence necessity.
In many cases, the rationale for banning websites and services has more to do with conserving power in the hands of the state and traditional economic elites rather than actually preventing social harms. Calhoun sees this as the case in the prosecution of Ross Ulbricht. The analysis is in agreement with many other antistatist writers, who regard the Silk Road as one in a long projected trend of web-borne rebellions against traditional state power.

Describing the US prison system as a "torture chamber", Calhoun stated that the life imprisonment of Ross Ulbricht is no less than a cynical death sentence against a bright and principled man whose only crime was threatening the ruling US mafia state's grasp on power.

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Digital goods & roads to post-scarcity

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Digital products are essentially available for free and new advances in technology will make almost everything free, a Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) writer predicts.


Commenting on the music industry, James C. Wilson wrote of Taylor Swift's letter to Apple, in which she demanded that she still be paid for her artistic works even during free trial periods offered by Apple Music to customers. While the spirit of her letter is agreeable in fighting for the rights of individual artists to get what they are due, Wilson wrote that the current trajectory of technology will inevitably make all digital products free.

Further, even real products will be made free and a post-scarcity economy will eventually emerge where everything is free as a result of further innovation. From Wilson's analysis:
The increased ability to share and discover information will only help those seeking to finance music and other creative projects do so. Furthermore, the duplication of digital content is just the beginning as advances in three dimensional printing and other technologies are now allowing us to duplicate tangible goods as well. Patents and copyrights are only going to become more unenforceable to our benefit.
The prediction aligns with similar theories including The clubof.info Blog's primary information pamphlet, Catalyst, which predicts an explosion in ubiquitous emerging technologies will overtake states and create an unprecedented era of personal freedom and erosion of power structures.

Alluding to the same inevitable explosion in popular technology, Wilson concluded, "We are on the edge of a world of plenty, and government created artificial scarcity regimes are one of the few obstacles in our way... it is time to rethink the system entirely and embrace its post-scarcity potential."

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7 July 2015

The Assad chemical attack lie again?

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Commentators are returning to lying about Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons on his people.


This lie was already attempted and debunked in a 2013 debacle, now known as an abortive US-British attempt to preach excuses to attack Syria using Iraq-style disinformation to mislead the public again.

The L'Ordre blog took aim at this horrendous new campaign of disinformation in a recent post on Saturday, stating, "It was no secret that the US State Department believes the American people are so stupid that they will fall for the same lie every ten years after forgetting the previous one. It was not known that they believed the American people to have the memory of a fish."

The blog further alleged that Syrian rebels are to blame for the intractability of the conflict, as they are desperate to seize power and rely completely on foreign support to continue the war. It is also unlikely that a rebel "victory" in Damascus would end the war at all, and would likely only be the prelude to an even more violent conflict in the already flattened country.

Describing the Syrian rebels as "sore losers" in their battle against Assad, the blog gave a dark prediction of what would happen to Syria without Assad at the helm:
"The end they have in mind is what happened in Libya – a gungho US-led war based on sketchy evidence that eventually leads to Western leaders posing in the war-torn country with terrorists, dirt-bags and dictators while claiming that democracy has been served, before promptly evacuating their staff from the country and leaving it to drown in its own blood as the civil war continues. 
Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/lordre#ixzz3f0mS1VWh 
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/lordre#2fKjAGugt3YM2rQM.99"

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Wallerstein: Lat America creeps right

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The Latin American left may be in a state of self-destruction, social scientist Immanuel Wallerstein has explained in a recent analysis.


The problem originates in the fact that there are actually two "lefts" in Latin America:
  1. ... those persons and movements that wish to overcome the lower standards of living in the countries of the South by using state power to “modernize” the economy and thereby “catch up” with the countries of the North ... the modernizing left
  2. ... those underclasses who fear that such “modernization” will make things not better but worse for them, increasing the internal gaps between the better-off and the poorest strata of the country... the indigenista populations, that is, those whose presence dates from before the time that various European powers sent their troops and settlers into the Western Hemisphere. It also includes the afrodescendentes, that is, those who were brought in from Africa by the Europeans as slaves... These groups began to speak of promoting a civilizational change based on buen vivir – a translation from Incan languages meaning “living well.” They argued for a maintenance of traditional modes of living under the control of local populations
Wallerstein sees this rift as a terrible one for the peoples of Latin America. He laments that "Those persons and groups that have tried to encourage a meaningful dialogue between the two lefts have been seen as very unwelcome by both sides" but encourages that "it may not be too late for both sides to engage in intelligent reassessment of the situation and to rescue the Latin American left from self-destruction".

The problem is that many the poorer "underclasses" seem to be creeping towards rightist causes and groups who ultimately have contempt for them and no desire to safeguard their lifestyles, while the incumbent regimes of Latin America are pursuing increasingly rightist-type policies of repression and ecology-threatening modernization.

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3 July 2015

Invited to the Mont Order?

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Were you invited to join the Mont Order?


The Mont Order refers to two things. One is the group alleged to have existed in an Internet-borne conspiracy theory. The second is the group that really exists right now as a small online collective, a federation of sorts consisting of writers, activists and even whole movements.

That is the interpretation advanced by L'Ordre, Mont Order blogger, writing at the Mont Order primary website in an appeal to potential new candidates on 1 July.

I was invited to the Mont Order. What is the Order? What should I do?


Appealing to writers who receive invitations to join the Mont Order, L'Ordre pleaded for them to "take advantage of a unique opportunity now".

New members must be accepted by a body called the Mont Order Security Council before they can be added to the Mont Order's lists and included on the Order's internal forums. However, L'Ordre estimated that new candidates invited to the Order are "extremely likely" to be accepted at this stage as the Mont Order is in its formative state as an online collective.

New members will have significant influence over the kind of group that the Mont Order eventually becomes, L'Ordre asserted, adding that new members are granted with "the utmost respect and sovereignty by us".


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Obama doesn't stand up for trans people

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Despite the Obama administration championing the cause of LGBT rights, the administration's record in this area is far from perfect.


As illustrated in an article by Cory Massimino for the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS), the Obama administration continues to preside over the abuse of transgender detainees. This was recently pointed out to Obama by a heckler, transsexual immigrant Jennicet Gutierrez, during a White House Gay Pride speech.

Massimino points out that Gutierrez was ignorantly booed and shamed by other LGBT activists and members of the White House's crowd during the event, illustrating the emptiness of Obama's words during his speech "And then there's the kind of courage it takes to be true to yourself even if society doesn't always accept or understand you."

Much of Massimino's analysis addressed the mainstream media and the government's commitment to LGBT stereotypes and exclusivity that leaves much of the actual LGBT community continuing to be oppressed and denied their rights under the Obama administration. Although significant, the legalization of same-sex marriage is insufficient on its own and only "total queer liberation" would be acceptable if we truly seek to eliminate unjust power structures, Massimino writes.

Possibly the most notable transgender hero who has been persecuted by the Obama administration is Chelsea Manning. Despite openly claiming to embrace the transgender community, the Obama administration and associated media sycophants continue to cite Manning's gender reassignment as evidence of psychological ills affecting her.


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