you have to be ready to die to be ready to live

Globalization has swept the entire population of the planet into one labor pool that competes for the same jobs; mechanization is replacing those jobs, rendering us more and more disposable. In this context, those who set out merely to defend their positions in the economy are doomed. Look at the student movement of 2009-2010, or the protests in Wisconsin last spring: these rearguard struggles to preserve the privileges of a particular demographic could only fail. Today we can neither found our strategy on incremental victories — we are in no more of a position to win them than our rulers are to grant them — nor on our shared vulnerability: not on the basis of what we are, but of what we will not be.

The only thing that can bind us in this is our willingness to renounce, to defect, to fight to abolish the system that created us. This means altering our lives beyond recognition There are no guarantees in this undertaking; it will take self-destructive abandon. We must not celebrate this, but there is no getting around it.

Nothing is more terrifying than departing from what we know. It may take more courage to do this without killing oneself than it does to light oneself on fire. Such courage is easier to find in company: there is so much we can do together that we cannot do as individuals.

But imagine if people lived as though they might die at any moment, so every day it was as if they were born again! Imagine if no one let life become  a job for them or anyone else in the first place! Then how many people would kill themselves? People commit suicide when it is harder for them to picture breaking off their commitments than ceasing to exist – here again are our customs and investments, become cancerous and inorganic, riding us to early graves.

If we were brave or reckless enough for it, our despair could afford us supernatural powers.

Imagine being able to act without fear of the repercussions, to choose the unknown over the intolerably familiar, to withdraw from unhealthy obligations and relationships the moment you recognize them for what they are. It takes a ruthless mercy to discard sentimentality and remember all the things that never happened and still might never happen, all the dreams that never came true – to acknowledge that we can’t wait forever, there’s not enough time for that.

Let go of the past – all of the old battles and defense mechanisms, all the addictions and inertia you’ve accumulated and all the fears that bind you to them. This is going to be the hardest thing you ever live through– but let them go, let them die, have courage through the silent moments in the void as you wait, trembling, for your new life to be born. It will be.

 

 

images from “the books of magic,” words from crimethinc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ultramodernism: Man-infested

Ultramodern sovereignty does not reside within the nation-state, but is wielded by transnational entities; treaty organizations and financial institutions of regional and global scope. In many instances, the Master Race relies upon the state to enforce elitist dicta over the objections of the state’s own citizens, and in contradiction to its own laws. States are becoming increasingly unnecessary to the ruling elite, however.

The Democratic Republic of Congo exists only on paper. In the actual land delineated on maps as constituting the DRC, the federal government controls only a segment of the country around the capital. The rest of this vast nation has been overrun by bandits from Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, even as far away as Angola. In this region, a strong, centralized government does not suit the Master’s needs. The Eurocentric corruption at the heart of Capitalism has always prevented the development of DRC’s abundant mineral resources and potential agricultural production.

While one must not fall into the trap of romanticizing the many cultures and Peoples of Africa from pre-history to today, it is difficult to contrast the many horrors earlier peoples inflicted upon one another with the acts of genocide perpetrated by invaders from distant continents.

Most of the Peoples in the region designated as the DRC once enjoyed an easy life of gardening, fishing, foraging and hunting. They were too preoccupied by dancing and festivals to work for wages. In short, they had lives that were rewarding and satisfying, with little or no need for consumer goods. Any government which tried to change these circumstances met with resolute indifference or determined resistance, and eventually failed. Unable to access the DRC’s incredible bounty of natural resources through economic development, the Master Race fell back upon tried-and-true methods to get at them: conquest and plunder.

Since the invaders are not connected to the land and Peoples of the region, they have no hesitancy to clearcut the rainforests in order to plant coffee and cocoa, or to strip-mine the mountains and thereby poison the local water supplies. How many people have died during these most recent years of carnage? Three million? Eight million? Twenty million? It doesn’t matter, because these people were not producing anything of value for the Master Race and were therefore as expendable as they were irrelevant.

And where do those tiny, impoverished, neighboring nations acquire the military capability needed to invade and occupy a country five times their combined size and at least that much more populous? There are many billions of dollars being made through this holocaust. What the Master Race wants, it gets.

This sort of regressive behavior doesn’t fit into the Progressivist, neat little worldview of purposeful, linear development leading toward utopia. Unless one drops the pretension that this civilization is not based upon racism, that the utopia to be achieved will be enjoyed by the Master Race and their lackeys, and created by the sweat and blood of the rest of the world. The example of the DRC may be the most extreme, but it is hardly unrepresentative of how the Master Race functions in the Ultramodern Age.

Plan Colombia, a strategy developed by oil corporations and the US military-industrial complex, will bring about extraordinary political and economic chaos in Peru, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. This plan is based on two goals: the flow of oil through an actual, physical pipeline, and the flow of funds through cash pipelines.

Political and economic conflicts, like those in the DRC, will likely never affect the flow of either cash or oil from South
America, but will prevent the overwhelming majority of the people there from benefiting from either pipeline, or from having any say in the matter. Cocaine production is the big money item for most rural people in the region, the only thing that prevents many from complete economic destitution. This makes the future of the area look frighteningly similar to conditions in Afghanistan over the past 25 years – rival warlords fighting over control of coca fields, some controlled by leftist guerrillas, some controlled by the local state, some by foreign armies, some by organized criminals.

The willful naïveté of most Ultramodern dissidents is obscene. Their emphasis on dialogue and education will do nothing to change the Master Race, or challenge its existence. The Masters understand what they are doing. All the death and environmental ruin they cause are not a series of unfortunate events that somehow occur, unintentionally. Billions of people’s lives are not necessary for the Master Race’s purposes. If people cannot find some way to serve the Masters, or if they somehow get in the Master’s way, they will not survive.

This is as true for people living in areas flooded by megadam-building in China or India as it is for people living in the radioactive wasteland surrounding the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe complex, as it is for people forced off their land by mountain-leveling coal mining in Appalachia, and people starving in the former capitals of conquest because their economies of theft and plunder were ultimately pillaged by international banking cartels.

The creation of a consumer-driven economy initially made it appear as if the world was entering a post-scarcity era of abundance. In the post-capitalist, Ultramodern era, economies are built around the concept of downsizing. Industrialization in undeveloped countries is being carried out by and for the Master Race. The local people do not benefit from having their cultures, societies, land, families, individuality, and sense of dignity destroyed.

As factories disappear from what was once the First World, the former members of the proletariat take their places among the multitudes of unskilled, landless workers, whose economic viability is always in doubt. This multitude has taken the place of the various types of laboring masses. The castaways and those still experiencing economic viability have one, shared identity, one function – that of consumer.

The historic union of twin power shared by capital and state is a thing of the past. International capital needs no state support, unless such support better suits the Master’s needs. Corporations are wealthier, face fewer social or legal restrictions, and are not usually held accountable for their actions. Their institutions – the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, etc. – shape laws and regulate economic activity. If it weren’t for its function of protecting the Master Race’s interests from the retaliatory outrage of the many disregarded, dispossessed, displaced people of the world, governments would have little justification for their continued existence.

The Nationstates must sustain themselves through terroristic wars against their own citizens. The state is the muscle backing up the Master Race’s demands. In addition, the United Nations must maintain the illusion that lines on maps have relevance, or it loses its own relevance. Current political boundaries must be maintained, no matter how many Chechnyas, Darfurs, Kashmirs, Kurdistans.

UN peacekeeping forces enforce the lies of maps in order to keep the Master Race’s plans functioning smoothly. National identities must remain intact, not because they are just, fair, or even functional, but because we have reached the post-historic, Ultramodern era. Nation-states that exist now have always existed and will always exist, thus say the Masters.

World War One was an effort by the ruling elites of the industrialized nations to divide the world into permanent have and have-not
nationstates and spheres of influence for the Master Race. It also allowed them to crush the international solidarity rampant among the workers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

One of the war’s chief apologists, US president Woodrow Wilson, described it as an effort to make the world safe for democracy. What he actually meant was that the natural resources of the world would be made available for the benefit of the industrialized nations. This attempt was only partially successful, so it was repeated in the war over fascism (WWII – in which the Japanese fought their way into the 1st world), and further refined during the subsequent Cold War.

What the elite learned from their experiments was:

  • propaganda campaigns could manipulate the people within industrialized societies to leap to their deaths unquestioningly, upon command
  • a modern society will accept death camps, as long as “other [minority] people” were being exterminated
  • no atrocity committed against a civilian population is inexcusable, especially if the media and government act like it never happened.

Having learned this throughout the course of the 20th century, the ruling elite were ready to implement their Ultramodern vision upon a world traumatized by violence, and under the never-ending threat of imminent nuclear annihilation.

In the 21st century, we are living through a transformation in the way civilization functions. The wall of lies utilized to put a liberal face on the rule of the Master Race is beginning to erode and the vile face of fierce ruthlessness necessary to enforce its regime is becoming easier to discern.

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 1988, Bush the Elder proclaimed that we had entered into a New World Order. I was alarmed to hear someone drunk with power – and who knows what else – crowing over the seemingly unlimited authority the Master Race had achieved. The media tried to pretend it never happened, but the concerns of many, many people who – like me – were stunned into disbelief by Bush I’s proclamation of power, forced conservative political pundits to eventually address the President’s megalomaniacal ranting. Mostly, they stressed the “fact” that the NWO had been in existence for quite a while and was nothing new after all. Most lefty-liberals fell in line with the conservatives and even tried to outdo them by claiming that the NWO was just more of the same old capitalist imperialism. This isn’t so. The emergence of the Ultramodern world represents a new epoch in human evolution, an event so profound as to put an end to history. Not by negating it, but by bringing historical processes to their conclusion. This is IT: the ultimate fulfillment of human endeavor.

The great lie of Progress, the one which captivated Marx and generations of class warriors, was that liberal, bourgeois states and capitalism would create material abundance enough to enrich everyone, and provide us all with lives of material ease. Marx’s unrequited infatuation with industrial society prevented him from looking behind the smoke-screen of capitalism to see the fallacy of perpetuating its infrastructure, but under new management. So long as people still believe in the liberal lie of material abundance for all, they will continue to be subservient to the interest of the Master Race.

All cultural and social differences are now irrelevant, since the Master Race has reduced all possible identities to one; that of the consumer. This concept of the “multitude” is a disgusting attempt to create a sort of multicultural racism. Anyone of any race or culture is permitted to participate in the annihilation of social and cultural differences, and to share in the plunder gained. The Master Race buys out cultures, and discards what is unmarketable. Where it finds rich, varied Peoples with lovely folklore, obscure languages and customs, it develops plastic trinkets, travel brochures, and brothels for the tourists. The local languages die out, the old stories are forgotten, and everyone becomes an American.

With no place left to expand, Capital is forced to return to the same consumers time and again. New cars, new houses, new computers, are sold to the same consumers who had the old ones. With wages falling across the globe, there will be no expanding markets created through the spread of industry to previously undeveloped lands. Each abandonment of one country for another brings another downward movement in the global economy. More prosperous consumers – better consumers – will be forsaken to create lesser consumers somewhere else.

With this redundant economic system, we have not only entered a post-historic era, but a post-capitalist one as well. Capitalism is based on increase. Investing money to generate profits, thereby creating more money for more investments to increase production and generate still more profits. Where the post-capitalist economy fails this equation is in the increase of production. Production now remains stagnant, if it doesn’t actually decrease.

Capitalism has discarded its historical imperative to increase material abundance. The new goals of the Ultramodern economy are to boost stock values and rob the poor. Traditionally, stock values increased when a company increased profits through increased production and expanding markets. However, the dizzying heights reached by stock markets at the end of the 20th Century were created by downsizing rather than expansion.

Instead of building additional factories and manufacturing new products, corporations nowadays add to their bottom lines by firing their employees, closing old, outdated factories and building new, updated ones in abroad. Health benefits for the work force are cut, as are their wages. Retirement funds are robbed. The increase in profits generated this way gives stocks a false value. In order to keep inflating their stock values, corporations must continue to downsize, or juggle their ledgers. This is not sustainable.

People who act in the interest of the Master Race are absorbed into it. However, when industry flees from one country to a newer, more exploitable one, the economic contractions in the abandoned country ensure that fewer people will join the Master’s ranks. The movement of industry between countries may generate profits for the Master Race, but they leave economic ruin in the abandoned states. The sudden loss of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in exports can devastate most nations’ economies.

In addition, there are limits to Earth’s resources. Knowing this, the Master Race is placing limits on the availability of privileges, granted to few people. These select few, however, will have tremendous wealth at their disposal.

Those who still lead cheers for economic democracy have yet to get a clue about finite natural resources, or about Ultramodern economics. Argentina, a classic example of a developing state that built itself into a First World economy during the Postmodern era, had its economy crushed by the Masters. Argentinean prosperity doesn’t suit their needs, just as Iraq’s or Colombia’s don’t.

Ultramodern civilization’s definitive quality is its apparent omnipotence. It is everywhere and manifest in all our daily activities. It represents the triumph of the Master Race as embodied in capitalism. All cultures, ethnicities and other categorizations of human beings have been commercialized, turned into demographics. Our differences have been turned into marketing devices.

The nationalism that dominated the Cold War era has been forsaken for a borderless land of opportunity for economic endeavor. Regional differences are merely justifications for the hyper-exploitation of workers and resources. Whereas in the Postmodern era there were three worlds, now there is one that has absorbed all three and scrambled them in the process. Shopping centers, sports stadia, financial districts and industrial parks are indistinguishable in any country – Canada, Vietnam, Mexico or Nigeria. The same is true for shantytowns, homeless people’s camps, landfills, and ghettoes.

Human existence has become banalized to the point of meaninglessness, the alternative being horrific irrelevance. The former, present and future proletariat are offered the incentive of the shopping mall while menaced with the specter of homeless beggars. The Third World has migrated to the First, the First exported to the Third, while the Second is being destroyed. The mega-wealth being generated by these processes is being reserved for the Elite, who will invest it to further increase their own wealth, while less and less is left for the rest of humanity to compete over.

Capitalism isn’t dying, it’s dead already. Yet, its rotting, bloated corpse staggers on, and sustains itself by feeding on the living, consuming life in all its manifestations.

 

pacifism – the nice face of white supremacy

there’s a race war in the streets of america, and chickenshit white males and privileged peace activists want to debate the use of self-defense? 

what makes this truly disgusting is that many of them would turn in a comrade who practices armed self-defense, in order to preserve a system of privilege that allows THEM to dwell securely in THEIR homes. the middle class has NOT been there when cops slaughtered “colored” resisters.  and the rest of us – who are not willing to subject ourselves passively to the blows and bullets, chemicals and tazers the police use on us   – will not come to your rescue when you end up in one of those FEMA camps you don’t believe exist.

police hunt and kill black people for sport in the u.s., knowing they’ll not be held accountable for murdering unarmed black youth.  police are rarely put on trial for murdering people without cause.

INTERACTIVE DATABASE OF COP KILLINGS

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SCREENSHOT – see link above to view or add to database

the question of violence has NEVER been about US! the PEOPLE! 

the question is, how are WE going to respond to the violence the police, armed security assets, and any dipshit yahoo with a gun brings to US?

if we could dwell securely in our homes, in neighborhoods we grew up in, without having to worry if our next trip to the corner store would end in bloodshed or a prison cell, i’m sure we’d be peaceful people, too. this, however, is not something i have experienced.

KILLED BY THE COPS,  from Color Lines

About 9,500 people nationally were killed by police during the years 1980 to 2005–an average of nearly one fatal shooting per day (stats are only for cities of 250,000 or more).

And the failure to address unjustified shootings frankly is likely to lead both to greater community distrust of police and an increased probability that the hostile interactions that often precede the shootings will continue.

“There is a crisis of perception where African American males and females take their lives in their hands just walking out the door,” said Delores Jones-Brown, interim director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College in New York.

“There is a notion they will be perceived as armed and dangerous. It’s clear that it’s not just a local problem.”

The shootings may be explained in part by implicit bias on the part of police officers, according to research by University of Chicago Assistant Professor Joshua Correll.

A second significant point: Latinos are a rising number of fatal police shooting victims.

and even more numbers, from the Advocacy Center for Equality and Democracy:

The New York Times Should Balance Its Coverage of Killings Related to Law Enforcement

here are some statistics on arrest-related deaths of civilians.

  • From 2003 to 2009, 4,813 people died in relation to an arrest in “all manners of deaths.”  Each year ranged from 627 (2003) to 745 (2007).  Source – Andrea M. Burch, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Arrest-Related Deaths, 2003-2009 – Statistical Tables, November 2011.
  • Of those, 2,913 (about 6 in 10) were reported as “homicide by law enforcement.”  Each year ranged from 375 (2004) to 497 (2009). See Burch.
  • In the only year in which the NYT article and the Bureau of Justice Statistics report overlap, 2008, law enforcement killed roughly 10 times the number of people during arrests (404) than officers killed (41).  See Burch.
  • Since 2001, at least 500 people have been killed as a result of being tasered by officers in the United States alone.
i think the last point needs to be emphasized – police have pointed out their use of non-lethal weapons – which they often describe as “law enforcement tools” – as proof that they are taking steps to ensure the safety of all citizens, even crime suspects, but they use tazers to kill one person each week for ten years.

29 Black People Have Been Killed by Police/Security in 2012

First thing that needs to be noted is that we just had another police shooting of an unarmed man in Austin, Texas on Thursday night.. This happened after the report was compiled, so add another name to this grisly toll..

Twenty-eight Black People (27 Men and 1 Female) Killed by Police Officials, Security
Guards, and Self-Appointed “Keepers of the Peace” between January 1, 2012 and March
31, 2012

- 28 cases of state sanctioned or justified murder of Black people in the first 3
months of 2012 alone have been found (due to under reporting and discriminatory
methods of documentation, it is likely that there are more that our research has yet
to uncover)

- Of the 28 killed people,

18 were definitely unarmed.

2 probably had firearms,

8 were alleged to have non-lethal weapons.

- Of the 28 killed people,

. 11 were innocent of any illegal behavior or behavior that involved a
threat to anyone (although the shooters claimed they looked “suspicious”);

. 7 were emotionally disturbed and/or displaying strange behavior.

. The remaining 10 were either engaged in illegal or potentially illegal
activity, or there was too little info to determine circumstances of their
killing. It appears that in all but two of these cases, illegal and/or harmful
behavior could have been stopped without the use of lethal force.

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human sacrifice in the post-modern world

The lie of progressive development is a lovely one to believe, which is why so many people continue to believe it to this day.

During the late Modern era (the 19th Century), the ideologies of Progress (manifest destiny, historical determinism, dialectical materialism, et al) evolved – one from the other – in order to rationalize the horrific “sacrifices” made to further Progress.

Genocide, ecological ruin, slavery – no crime against Earth or its inhabitants was so great as to be unabsolvable through the anointment of wealth upon its perpetrators. As long as enough wealth was generated through plunder, slaughter and exploitation so that the Master Race could benefit, all sins were forgivable.

Such bloodthirsty corruption isn’t a symptom of Modernism, but is the cornerstone of its very existence. Indeed, it would not have been possible for the Master Race to stifle development, or exploit the Peoples and resources of distant lands, were it not for massive political and economic corruption. The global economy would collapse without periodic infusions of corrupt profits – dirty money.

In the past, dirty money came from privateers, conquistadors and other state-sanctioned thieves. Now, it comes from drug cartels and human trafficking.

In contrast to this corruption, the Russian Revolution was an abomination; an attempt to create a power-sharing arrangement between the ruled and their rulers. The Soviet Union had all the attributes the Master Race wished to implement worldwide, including a nationalistic doctrine that could lead people, in any country that desired to achieve Modernity through economic development, into the Industrial Age.

Communism’s corruption was based upon coercive power more than creation of wealth. Unable to generate vast amounts of reserve wealth via racketeering and shadow economies, the Soviet economy was unable to keep pace with America’s rampant militarization, which itself was fueled by economic and political corruption at the heart of American society.

The Soviet economy collapsed spectacularly. Suddenly, there were no more obstacles to the final implementation of the Master Race’s plans – the groundwork was complete. The project of reducing people to workers, forcing them off their land and into ghettoes, had been a monumental success. The urbanized masses had been transformed into proletarians, powerless people dependent upon industrial production for their survival.

Even agriculture became industrialized. Most farmers in industrial states now work for corporations, rather than farming land they own. They would be called peasants or campesinos in other countries, but that would be rude to point out in an industrialized, wealthy nation like the US.

The failure of Marxist revolutionary movements is the main indication for the alleged end of history. The workers did not seize control of anything and the proletariat has become irrelevant. If workers become uppity in one place, industry packs up and goes elsewhere.

Because of the immiseration of the vast majority of people around the world, there will always be workers willing to accept low wages, unhealthy working conditions, atrocities against human dignity – anything – in order to earn the right to live with a minimum of economic security.

The only reason this arrangement is acceptable to people is because the ability to provide for ourselves has been taken away from us. The point of contention between the masses and the state has always been over control of, and access to, land.

In the Russian, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese – even the American – revolutions, it was the desire of people to have land to grow crops and otherwise provide for their families that inspired them to fight against the old European elites – not the desire to control industry.

Industrialism itself would never have been possible if the aristocratic states had not forced people off their communal lands and into destitution. This made them dependent on wages in order to buy their food at markets, rather than grow it themselves. Until the Postmodern era, it was still possible for landowning people to live with very little utilization of money if they so wished. What their land could not provide for them, they could acquire through barter. This independent lifestyle is what people have fought for repeatedly, throughout the Modern and Postmodern eras.

When its rival imploded, the path was cleared for the end of history, the absolute, worldwide rule of the Master Race. People’s lives have been reduced to monotony, their allegiance to the Master Race unquestioned by minds too dull to conceive of any alternative. Loyalty to the Master’s institutions – schools, banks, corporations and states – is instilled in their minds. This is the time of the Digital Generation, the culmination of the historic march of Progress – the Ultramodern world.

this is the modern world

The historic conditions for the emergence of a single, all-encompassing, totalitarian social order were created during the Modern era. Rebellions against European imperialism in the Americas started historical processes which eventually led the world beyond Modernism into a new, nightmarish, Ultramodern social order.

Authority in the new American-style state was not based upon the divine right of kings, but allegedly on the popular will of the citizenry. By the turn of the 20th Century, the few nations which had not exchanged the rule of nobility for that of elected legislatures were suffering political turmoil. When the revolutionary forces of the masses finally succeeded in crushing one such regime, a schism formed which thwarted the Master Race’s plans for one-world hegemony for as long as the conflict remained unresolved. This was the Post-Modern, Cold War era, which began with the end of World War ll.

WWI had been an attempt to divide the world into permanent national entities and spheres of Euro-American influence for the benefit of the Master Race. The Russian Revolution upset the effort, by challenging the dominant form of capitalism (liberalism) with a socialistic one. And, by serving as an example of how even the most backward, underdeveloped nation could rapidly industrialize and grow into a powerful, Modernized state. This was not appropriate for the plans of the Master Race, which desired a single worldview, with every country appointed its specific place.

It was tragically naive of the non-Europeans to fall for the ideals promoted by the Master Race.

The lie was that each nation could develop its own economy along the industrial and economic paths forged by European and American states in order to gradually develop into societies identical to those of the First World. The reality is that the power and wealth enjoyed by the First World is dependent upon the exploitation of the resources and people of lesser developed places. In order to keep those resources available to the Master Race, lesser developed nations must remain so.

It’s very easy to see how the deliberate creation of social crises in order to justify increased state intrusion into peoples’ lives leads to the development of a corrupt civilization. It’s no surprise that people don’t seem to appreciate the extent to which this corruption infests civilization, since the officially sanctioned fairytales of history do not acknowledge how much such corruption has shaped civilization from its beginnings. However, historians don’t like to examine the rotten heart of ancient empires, and prefer to glorify them.

Brute force was deployed to bring “law and order” to places destabilized by the actions of the very same forces which later assumed power. This strategy worked as well for Akkadian warrior-kings as it did for Egyptian god-emperors as it did for fascist dictators.

At the beginning of the Modern era, almost everyone on Earth was a subsistence farmer, hunter, herder, fisher or forager. By the end of the Modern era, the Industrial Revolution had become the greatest force of the historic process. Industry turned agricultural people into proletarian masses, accelerated the urbanization of society and enabled European empires to force their cultures upon the rest of the world.

Whereas the various peoples of the European states had been welded into national identities – for example; Catalans, Castilians, Galicians and Basques were transformed into Spaniards – during the era of European imperialistic conquest, there was no real effort made to bring the conquered people into the imperial

realm as citizens. Once the newly-discovered Peoples had been relieved of the riches they had accumulated over generations, they were relieved of their lands, and forced to produce trade goods or otherwise increase the wealth of the Ruling Powers.

Imperial power was represented in the foreign colonies by administrators who were citizens of the realm. Those they ruled over were not citizens, and thus were at the mercy of the administrator’s whims. When the colonials revolted, they took over the administrative functions of their former rulers and offered citizenship in increments to the local inhabitants.

People eventually stopped identifying themselves as different Peoples, but instead as nationalities. Rather than remembering their ancestral heritage, the various Peoples of each nation were only taught about events and places within their local, national boundaries. This gave an illusion of permanence to the state, which in reality was only a recent innovation. With the concept of the nation firmly established, a sense of historic continuity was manufactured.

Technology and Progress seemed like they would give the world a future of unlimited abundance shared by all. The disintegration of the Soviet Union cleared the way for a newly unified global economic and social order. Now, we can all go about the business of fueling the engines of capitalism, as consumers.

However, wealth is being reserved for the Elite, natural resources are being used up, and it’s getting more
difficult to provide for oneself, economically. The promise of a world of material abundance was a lie, and many people didn’t fall for it.

From the 1950s through the 1970s, people all over the world rose up to challenge the established states for the control of their own lives. It didn’t matter if the states they inhabited were communist or capitalist: students, workers and peasants worldwide protested, organized and revolted against the pettiness their lives had acquired.

Here in America, people inspired by the civil rights movement and the determination of the people of Vietnam also rose up against our government. We fought a revolutionary war here in the U.S. from 1970-1972, though many fought on throughout the 1980s. This is where many of our current political prisoners originated.

Conquistadorismo – dreams of conquest never die

History Happens

To people who believe in destiny, fate, historical materialism, determinism, divine will, mathematical cosmology, or other such dogma, when events of significance occur it is proof of some sort of Grand Design.

The development of civilization is seen by many people as the crowning achievement of human endeavor, and Ultramodern convenience viewed as our reward for the fulfillment of some divine plan. However, it can also be viewed as an abomination
against life on Earth. At this point in the (end)game, civilization can also be seen as representing the triumph of the worst characteristics of human capabilities.

 Porgera Gold Mine, Papua New Guinea

Porgera Gold Mine, Papua New Guinea

After pummeling one another for a millennium, the Northern nations discovered distant lands inhabited by a wide variety of Peoples who shared one thing in common: their societies were not devoted to developing more efficient methods to slaughter their neighbors. This is not meant to suggest that warfare was unknown outside the North. However, most peoples had other things to do besides scheming up easier ways to massacre their neighbors.

The Northerners, on the other hand, were so adept at wholesale slaughter, Christopher Columbus salivated at the thought that his armored, heavily armed sailors could readily subdue the Arawak and Carib peoples he encountered on the islands he stumbled upon. He wrote to his Masters that these simply-living Peoples could easily be forced to “accept our ways.”

It wasn’t enough to rape, rob and massacre these other Peoples. Their cultures were to be obliterated and the unlucky survivors forced to live in a manner acceptable to their conquerors. This was the original shock and awe campaign. The Columbus brothers obliterated a People who numbered in the millions. Just them and their sailors. Before Pizarro, Cortes, “Mad Dog” Anthony Wayne, DeSoto, Fremont…

The Peoples conquered by the invading Northerners were forced to convert to Christianity, but – more importantly – were also forced to labor at the creation of wealth for their conquerors.

Diseases, wars and forced labor killed off an incredible, incalculable number of indigenous Peoples, wherever the invading
Northerners asserted their military superiority. It’s no wonder that most of the survivors came to emulate their conquerors. To many, the choice was to either adopt the alien civilization or face extermination. This is still the false choice presented to all of us on a daily basis: work or starve.

Tremendous amounts of wealth accumulated over generations, centuries even, were plundered from people around the world by European armies, mercenaries, and adventurers. This vast wealth was used to initiate capitalism. It funded the construction of massive factories, and the seizure of the commons. Having been born and grown up together, capitalism and the state are thus co-joined twins, each dependent on the other. The state created the social crises capitalism required in order to move into the Industrial Age. Capitalism rewarded the state with wealth. For instance, capitalists needed desperately impoverished people to destroy in their mines and factories. The state provided a ready workforce when it confiscated the common lands and thereby reduced subsistence farmers and prosperous peasants to destitution.

Evil Twins

Capitalism and the state were born and grew up together as a result of corruption and crisis. Crises helped to establish the dominance of capitalism, and were often created by the state. From the beginning of this alliance, the state and capital have depended on one another. If capital falters, the state intervenes on its behalf. When the state grows weak, capitalists recreate it in a manner more beneficial for the Masters and in a way that pulls the state through its political crisis. This happened in America during the Great Depression, the Reagan “revolution,” and is re-occurring again, now.

One of the greatest obstacles to overcome in the struggle against capitalism is the sense of dependency its methods of production have forced upon us. By forcing people to spend most of their time in productive, redundant and unskilled labor, people must depend upon the specialized production of other workers to provide the food, clothing, shelter and countless consumer gizmos that we’re trained to want.

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All of us are born as free beings in a thriving, dynamic world of abundance. All of nature’s plentiful banquet is ours for the taking – for sharing, for cherishing. This must be denied us – at all cost! – by the forces of the state and capital. Should we awaken to and demand our birthright, all industry and nationstates would vanish, made irrelevant by our refusal to accept their limitations.

Prior to the era of industrial enslavement, most households and families were considered functional or not by that households ability to be more-or-less-self-sufficient. Living, back then, was what people did throughout the course of the day, like preparing food and other things necessary for comfort and survival in the future. This has been true of societies from the time of nomadic bands through the ages of village communities. Now, however, people must earn a living.

Not only are we forced to make profits for corporations, but we are also compelled to structure our lives around our labor activities. Whereas life once flowed in gentle rhythms of light and dark, now we must construct our days according to regulations of the timeclock. Our society jumps according to the dictates of the workplace.

Most people accept this unquestioningly. Most people are not only unwilling to take a critical glance at these imposed conditions of our lives, but are actually incapable of doing so. All the institutions of industrial society serve one main purpose; to enforce a feeling of helplessness upon the masses. Their master stroke is achieved by convincing people to embrace their dependency upon the industrial nation-state by selling it to them as empowerment. Even the most intelligent, capable people of the modern societies have fallen into this trap.

we carry a new world in our heartsIn the times before the invention of Childhood, young people spent all their time in the company of adults, mainly their parents. Infants are observant and intelligent. They could see what their parents did during their day – cooking, grooming, creating things, working their gardens. By the time the young ones could walk, they were capable of helping their parents out, if only in very slight ways. The more the young person grew, the more the person contributed to the maintenance of the household and the well-being of its members. This was a source of pride for the young boy or girl. Is it any wonder then that a person raised in this manner would be capable of starting their own household at the age of 13, 14, or 15? Having encountered few limitations other than those of their physical and experiential development, these young folks grew steadily in confidence and ability until they knew they were ready to move on to adulthood.

Unfortunately, the machinations of industry are so entrenched into our lives that the denial of our birthright begins at the moment of our birth. Immediately, we are subject to the regimentation of numbers – weighed, measured, timed, classified, documented. While imprisoned within childhood, we are protected from the demands of the real world. Pushed aside, ignored and neglected, we are confined to one of the roles we are expected to play all our lives – that of helpless, drooling idiots, to be looked after, cared for, spoiled, tolerated, and eventually employed.

The straight jacket called childhood enshrouds us and few escape its bonds during our lives. Taught to be quiet, still and out of the way, children are left dependent upon the family, or – more often – total strangers, who take great care to stop us from growing, from realizing our abilities, from claiming our rightful place as living beings in a world of abundance.

Capitalism was manufactured in the English countryside when people, derided by the elite as “commoners,” were forced into destitution. Access to lands their ancestors had utilized for centuries (the commons) was denied them. Prior to that, most people were able to meet their needs through the efforts of their own hands. People did not give up their ability to live self-sufficiently and take up wage-slavery voluntarily. It was forced on them through overwhelming military power. Luddite rebellions against Industrialization didn’t come until later (1800-1820). The original, primary battle to establish capitalism was over access to land. Class-based “revolutionary” movements have yet to grasp this, the single most important aspect to the fight against capital. Yet peoples’ demands for land to utilize for their sustenance have fueled revolutionary movements since the 1640′s on every continent contaminated by capitalism’s touch.

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The Masters abolished common law. They refused to acknowledge the commoners’ ages-old rights because these rights weren’t recognized by written laws utilized by the Master Race. It helped their cause that the Masters were often the judges, too. It also didn’t hurt that the Masters had professional soldiers in their service, nor that factory owners and bankers would assist them to hire mercenaries, if necessary, and arm them in order to seize the common lands.

 The plundering of natural resources, traditionally utilized by people through common agreement, was legitimized through shady legal shenanigans. These legal sleight-of-hand maneuvers form the basis on which contemporary international trade treaties, and organizations that enforce and fund them, claim their authority. In addition to continued conquest of lands inhabited by indigenous Peoples with no “legal” title to their homelands, the WTO and IMF/WB demand that local laws – fully established and recognized by local courts and governments -be overturned in favor of the interests (primarily the creation of profits) of international corporations and banks.

The traditions of the commons were finally eclipsed by the cowboy economics of the American West, wherein the first person or entity to utilize resources for profitable enterprises could claim First Rights to them. Thus, a mining company could divert the flow of a river to wash away mountainsides and leave simple pastoral families and subsistence farmers downstream with little or no water for their use. What mattered was that distant banks and industrialists profited, not whether homesteaders could provide for themselves and their families.

Capital funded the voyages of discovery and conquest that brought about the Modern world. This benefited capital, but nowhere near the extent it benefited the Master Race of Europe and their military agents. Whereas the capitalists reinvested their earnings into colonial plantations and domestic industries, the feuding elites squandered vast fortunes on senseless continental and colonial squabbles over territory. The states used these wars to solidify their claim to legitimacy and, of course, capitalists profited from these conflicts. This rewarded the worst possible characteristics in people, and the Master Race absorbed those who would do anything for money.

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the world is coming to an end

Or, to put it differently, the world is always ending. What comes next is up to us. Every morning we wake up and sweat and bleed to put an exact duplicate of the previous day into its place. We need not do this, but we do – out of fear or despair or psychologically deluded petty ambitions or sheer stubborn lack of imagination. At any moment, we could all stop paying rent and going to work (NOTHING could stop us if we all deserted together!) and rebuild society from scratch, without landlords or loan payments. Heaven knows we have all had that daydream at least once. It’s not police or politicians that keep the wheels turning and the bodies burning – it’s our own compliance and complacency, not to mention our lack of faith in one another.

But, are we really going to live to see something else? Do we dare hold our breath for another world?

Despite the seriousness of our situation, the future isn’t one monolithic, inescapable doom. There are several futures ahead of us, just as today there are people who live side-by-side, but inhabit different worlds; which one you live to witness will depend largely on what you do in the meantime. This nightmare exists precisely to the extent that we invest ourselves in it. Every day that we work for it, buy from it, and stake our lives on it, we are buying into the protection racket that keeps it the only game in town.

When you really start to go for it, when your actions open a bona fide portal to another way of life, others will come out of hiding and join in. What – did you think you were the only one going crazy here? 

It takes an entire subjugated nation to keep things running, and there are plenty of others among that number who know how little they are getting from it. They are the millions who don’t get consulted for newspaper polls, who might pick you up hitch-hiking but never appear on television. Ten thousand sleeper cells wait for the point of critical mass to arrive, ready to spring into action with their own yearnings to breath freely, and with private scores to settle, desperate for a war to fight in that really matters, a love to fall in that can demand their attention – killing time and themselves with anorexia, alcoholism, dead marriages, and deadening careers.

It’s not too late to live like there’s no tomorrow. All hope for the future depends on it. Say your last words now, and start from there with whoever joins in. Dreams do rebel and come true.

words from crimethinc’s expect resistance, images from the books of magic

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