Thanks for posting this.
I agree with all of this. Yet, I'd still support Ron Paul for President of the United States if the circumstances are right.
The one thing I strongly believe is that in trying to fight the corporate powers that run this country, we have a massive, uphill and very difficult fight in front of us. We need all the friends and allies we can get.
I disagree with Libertarians on the society I'd like to see in this country. But they seem to agree with me that the current government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations has to instead to being a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
It seems like we need each other to fight the power that is currently so strongly entrenched.
Give me a free country, with a democratic system of truly free and fair elections where principles and ideas matter more and money matters a lot less, then I'd be happy to debate the Libertarians on policy.
My general disagreement with the Liberatarians is that they want to take the current inequities of power and wealth, leave them in place, then say "hey, everyone's free to do what they want." The problem being when you remove everything that's been limiting power and wealth, those who don't have it at the start of the new system are just screwed.
But, I'll be happy to have that debate later. For now, I'm happy enough to see the Libertarians fighting the same forces I think need to be fought. They want to get us out of this war. They don't want a super-powerful President that spies on the citizens. There's enough there that I can agree that the enemy of my enemy might be a useful friend for awhile. We seem to be outnumbered, outspent and outgunned (figuratively). In that caase, a friend fighting your same enemies seems mighty welcome.
Thanks for the article. Provides a great overview.
See you at the DNC,
Comrade Ringo Kamens
Thanks for posting this, Left Hand Books is a local treasure. Its very important that we all step up to the plate and support local resources that we value.
In Denver another local resource is the Unity Infoshop at 1145 Santa Fe Drive.
I loved this article, thanks for writing this. An original passionate telling of the truth.
Comrade Ringo Kamens
It looks like there going to Be a cellphone Text listserve during the RNC. The DNC should do the same.
I think another thing to consider is communication. I know that one of the things that made the WTO action work so well was the great communication system that had been set up. What are we planning? We need one public communication system (which every three letter agency in the world will be jamming), one semi-secret one, and one secret one (for elected leaders of affinity groups, etc.)
Just my two cents. Oh.. and yeah.. SHUT DOWN THE DNC!
Theres alot of problems I'm having with the way shits going right now.
It seems as if Denver is shooting awfully low for the convention.
Statements like this are what root that feeling.
"Many people thought the idea of trying to shut down the convention was foolish with the heavy police presence and questionable motive involved since the convention is largely ceremonial, as opposed to a meeting in which real decisions are made"
If this is true, what does this mean for the RNC?
Are these people feeling the RNC strategy is foolish?
Their conventions are ceremonial but isn't what were planning the same? I feel like we need to send the message to these people that this is the point when we collectively need to say "no" to this bullshit and prove it by not letting them continue with their murder parties.
I think effectively shutting down the DNC would be an action that would "leave people revitalized".
We need to show people we can win, once they realize we can, that's when we will get momentum and some effectiveness going on in our collective actions.
Since I'm on the topic of revitalization , I think one of the greatest means the state uses to drain a movement of their resources and leave them feeling not so "revitalized" is by arrests and brutality that "hang over the city" for a long fucking time.
There needs to be mad fucking de-arresting workshops, action camps, and self defense workshops.
I agree heavily that it would be a much better idea (if the idea wasn't to shut the DNC down) to spread out amongst the city with direct action, rather then attacking where the pigs are.
If anyone has read "Derrick Jensen's" book "endgame", they'd probably know the point I'm trying to make.
In the resistance volume of endgame, Derrick points out an extremely important tactic. That tactic is "Hitting them where they ain't".
An example of hitting them where they ain't would be the fast moving arson squads that in a matter of 21 days torched 8000+ cars with minimal arrests.
Point being, that its far easier to do autonomous direct action when there isn't a police presence than it is if your surrounded by bulls.
Shutting down the convention would be the best idea I would think off to revitalize the people (IF PREPARED FOR CORRECTLY), unless people are planning on chilling out at the DNC so they can make it to the RNC and shut it down...
Which I think would be a let down...
From the occupied territories of Minnesota,
A middle class beneficiary.
Can't believe this made it to the front page of indymedia.us. I think this marks the first time the new COIMC has been there? Luckily, there was also a "related news" section where they linked to other, more deserving stories such as the pumpkin one. Bomb diggity.
Comrade Ringo Kamens
I am requesting help to get footage from inside most DSD buildings.Since 2003 i personally have been hampered with agonzing tactize from inside of facilities within the sheriff custody.Alot of illegal situations have happen in there eye sight from there order and is labeled stash.Would like help optaining video tapes from these places to prove case.
This looks like a great event. Sadly, I won't be able to make it. Can you post a PDF for flyering?
You kooks are at it again!
You made fools of yourselves on Columbus Day now you want to be more foolish.
MLK was not bad, but you are overdoing it. He and Columbus are the only two people with named holidays and you want to get rid of poor Chistopher. A man who bravely went exploring. Yes, the indians would have explored too, but they did not understand sea navigation, sailing, or the wheel.
By the way, the MKL estate owns the copyrights to his speeches, so be careful on what you quote.
sorry for the mistake.
I think it is rather rude to take a picture of someone who is telling you not to. You have not gotten anyone's permission to take their photo, I wouldn't like someone just taking photos of me, & I am a photographer. Also, it IS ILLEGAL that you posted this man's immage online when he expressly has denied you the right to even take the picture, let alone to use his image. Check it out. You are all huffed up over the RTD & in all your moral indignation you are acting pretty immature & rude. You act like this is some big instance where people should spend a lot of time harassing RTD on your behalf. People should look into real causes like Leonard Peltier before they waste any time on this drivel.
Sorry you were not treated like a little princess. There are worse wrongs in this world. Get over it.