An excerpt from the above linked-to article (which I thank Straight Goods for) follows:
US citizens of all political persuasions are still reeling from images of unparallelled police brutality in a coordinated crackdown against peaceful OWS protesters in cities across the nation this past week. An elderly woman was pepper-sprayed in the face; the scene of unresisting, supine students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed by phalanxes of riot police went viral online; images proliferated of young women – targeted seemingly for their gender – screaming, dragged by the hair by police in riot gear; and the pictures of a young man, stunned and bleeding profusely from the head, emerged in the record of the middle-of-the-night clearing of Zuccotti Park.
But just when Americans thought we had the picture – was this crazy police and mayoral overkill, on a municipal level, in many different cities? – the picture darkened. The National Union of Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a Freedom of Information Act request to investigate possible federal involvement with law enforcement practices that appeared to target journalists. The New York Times reported that “New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers” covering protests. Reporters were asked by NYPD to raise their hands to prove they had credentials: when many dutifully did so, they were taken, upon threat of arrest, away from the story they were covering, and penned far from the site in which the news was unfolding. Other reporters wearing press passes were arrested and roughed up by cops, after being – falsely – informed by police that “It is illegal to take pictures on the sidewalk.”
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
Journos like Naomi do vital work. Another layer of the majority is the one I’m in, which consists of bloggers who are (actively and passively) politically active. I’ve been following politics for years and learning and teaching (not formally). Together, we are still a minority within the majority. And we are anxious as we watch our fellow 99%ers struggle to awaken – and get properly attacked for it.
Patience people. The solution? Care even more. You will find your solutions – and must allow for everyone to have input, which is messy – but they only stem from caring. Don’t let them murder that.
Proper, authoritative (not as in ‘special’) teaching includes learning. That’s because it’ democratic. You set up a dialog so that you can have feedback. You may be wrong about something or some part of your msg. Being open to feedback means that collectively the people benefit as knowledge, including knowledge about what our traitorous leaders are up to, increases. While corporate owned media pushes propaganda at us, which we unwisely accept, uncritically, the unsupported (by the powerful establishment) alternative media offers information that one must lift a little finger to find. But it can be done. Too many haven’t been doing it.
Capitalists (today’s sort) are a macho, uncaring bunch. And they like a fight, especially when they have the upper hand (lost governments also mean lost police, security agencies and military, no small thing). Threaten to speak up about their thefts (tax havens, unfair taxation generally, perverted ‘leaders’ making perverted legislation like Citizens United, without which they’d have to be harder working and less cost cutting than they are at present) and you doubly invite them to attack you. And the electoral system?!! The people have let things slide, mindlessly entertained in their Matrix-like entertainment bubble while fascists take more and more from them. It is, as they say, a big boat to turn around. We see the iceberg far, far away. But the boat is so big, the aggregation of problems (money in politics, sick laws, criminality from our ‘law and order’ governments, deficit terrorism, and on and on) is so huge, that turning the steering wheel all the way hardly registers in the dark water. The people bear some responsibility for this.
Being victims – who have found their voices sufficiently to squawk, if not engage in smart fightback – doesn’t make people righteous. Some of us are. Some of us aren’t. I only know where I stand personally. I care and encourage others to care. That’s how you’ll survive out of this soon to be destroyed wild beast of corporatocracy. Your behavior is more important than your situation. Take care of your behavior and eventually your situation will be fine – if you choose to believe that.
John Ralston Saul (Canadian philosopher) noted that at one time you had a few state secrets and everything else was known, but that has flipped. Now, The state (a front for corporate power) tells you, through privately owned compliant media, what to think and whatever secrets it decides you can know. What do you expect from fascists who are using you? What do you expect from autocrats and dictators? They teach in an authoritarian manner, telling the people that “This is how it is because I say so.” Period. Sheeplike (not bad) people have unwarily accepted that!
Can you imagine the ripple effect of democracy were it suddenly to flow from our elected leaders and the mainstream media? What would the outcome be of a demonstration of democracy, honesty, dialog and transparency by our elected leaders and private media, in a world in which corporations who that media serve, are nothing less than secretive, undemocratic (and proud of it) tyrannies? Corporations would start looking as bad as they are if people had good reasons to stop accepting their ‘take what you get whether you like it or not and even if it hurts you’ attitude. Corporations are psychopathic, as they experiment on humans and the environment, which they do when the law & order governments that they have redesigned to serve them allow them the freedom (from rules) to do as they wish. You get industrial, denatured food and a host of other evils (pharmaceuticals, cosmetics) all ticking away in our skins and soil and waterways, while we get the harsh end of law and order because, well, we are a scary, noisy bewildered herd that needs… herding. Those who caused the global financial meltdown clearly don’t need rules or herding. They’re special.
Call them the 666ers. And don’t focus on winning their game. Focus on not being like them. Winning in their evil game shouldn’t be our goal.
Efforts to address the democratic failure of major media and an establishment that only shares information when it’s profitable to special interests are sometimes met with great violence. Where was Obama when his partners in the private sector called for the murder of the people’s champion, Julian Assange?