Direct Action and Velvet Revolution

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Every sane person on progressive blogs is boiling over with feelings of frustration, resentment, and betrayal as the Bushbama administration continues to feed the American people into the ravenous maw of the plutocracy. It was not enough for them to guarantee permanent war to fatten the Military-Industrial Complex. It was not enough for them to use hundreds of billions of future public wealth to assure the rich compensation of Wall Street bandits. It was not enough for them to continue the erosion of privacy and civil rights by making the whim of the President the supreme law of a national security state. No, they now want to create a massive permanent subsidy of a dysfunctional private health insurance system that combines the worst features of greed-based “disease management” with the unaccountability of massive Government spending.

The only way to get this increasingly dysfunctional hijacked government off our backs is direct action against its plutocratic puppet-masters. The Whole Foods boycott and the Glen Beck sponsor boycotts are, I believe, early manifestations of successful direct action that bypasses the profoundly corrupt Bushbama regime. It will take time to bring down the first targets, but once the people appreciate the power and precision of the direct action weapon, it can snowball into the velvet revolution our nation so badly needs.

I urge you to actively participate in any direct citizen action that strikes against the American Plutocracy. This is our only peaceful chance of stopping the subjugation of the American people by ruthless and sociopathic malefactors of great wealth. If we miss this chance, we run the risk of the violent disintegration of American society. It is time to rip the masks off the cancer men who buy our politicians and poison our society. It is time to strike at their wealth, the only thing that they care about, and thus to strip them of the power to destroy our future. Direct Action against the American Plutocracy is the last best hope of American democracy.


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  1. Give back to the poor – find a healthier and cheaper alternative. Make or grow your own! Join a co-op like Veggitrader.

    MAKE your own beer and stop buying McCain’s eight houses for him every time you pick up a Crudweiser.

    MAKE your own clothes. BARTER for what you can’t make yourselves with people you trust. Cruise Freecycle and Craigslist instead of going shopping for new stuff.

    Even MAKE YOUR OWN ENERGY and tell THOSE vampires to shove it.

    We CAN live without them. They CAN’T live without us.

    And be prepared to defend yourselves.

    • banger on August 17, 2009 at 21:17

    but we need to organize and structure this movement. Without clear goals and strategies we will be out-gamed by the highly organized fascist forces. It is still legal to organize an opposition movement.

    We need a place to meet and some kind of pledge of commitment, preferably monetary. It can be many headed but this movement must be linked so that boycotts and other actions can be coordinated and there’s someone for the authorities to negotiate with. Disorganized tossing back and forth like what we see on the left-blogosphere won’t do it anymore. It’s time to build something solid–then people will come.

    I would avoid narrow issues and concentrate on the imbalance of power and attack the corporations and the media propagandists. Potential issues that could bring people together: bailouts of bankers, the Imperial agenda and health-care. I would also move towards creating communities, coops, unions, public spirited corporations and businesses so that we can build an economic base.

    • ANKOSS on August 18, 2009 at 17:54

    We can piss, moan, and wring our hands all day about the failure of the credit rating agencies, but it is a very different matter to set about killing Standard & Poors, one of the three rating agency malefactors, dead. McGraw-Hill, the parent of S&P is highly exposed to direct action, because of the large retail base for its book and publication sales.

    We can wail about the bailout of the big banks, but a systematic, massive transfer of consumer balances that results in the destruction of one of them will do much more to secure reform than the futile diffusion of energy in unproductive generalized complaining.

    Capital punishment of corporations will work as a deterrent, and it is feasible. It worked in the S&L crisis and for Enron. All it requires is a concentration of effort sufficient to deliver a killing blow.

    • RUKind on August 18, 2009 at 22:28

    “They” don’t care. Why? Because you don’t know who “they” are. You can name some of their hired help off the top of your head but tell me some thing – who are “they”?

    Can you even define what makes a person “they” or “we”? Us or them?

    Here’s one small starting point: the Heritage Foundation. Run down each member of the board and the executives. Names, Addresses, Contact Info. Picket their homes and places of work. Make it personal for them. It sure as hell is personal for us.

    • ANKOSS on August 19, 2009 at 02:59

    Demonstrations, and even street riots, did nothing to end the Vietnam War. The worldwide demonstrations against the Iraq

    War were among the largest antiwar rallies ever recorded. They accomplished nothing.

    The only way to hurt the plutocracy is to cripple or kill its corporations. Direct Action aimed at this goal is the way forward. Both political parties work for the plutocracy. It is ludicrous to expect help from them. Direct Action is our only hope of stopping the plutocracy from turning America into a Third World nation.

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