May 26, 2014

The Underground Memorial


This is a day where everyone’s talking about those who fought for freedom, which is odd because officially it’s a day to celebrate those who fought for empire and power. However that may be, I’m grateful for the reminder to celebrate the domestic activists – abolitionists, anti-corporate dissidents, community rights activists, farmer organizers, labor organizers, environmentalists, civil rights activists, suffragettes, civil liberties defenders, and others – who are the true fighters for freedom and democracy in American history. It’s lean times for us these days.
For the moment we still live in a society where as a rule one won’t be arrested and disappeared for saying something in opposition to the government. Nevertheless, the more I think about it the more it seems to me that the situation of real dissidents against the corporate state today is more like that of the illegal, underground Russian movement under the tsar’s regime than that of, say, the decriminalized and openly legal German socialist party under the kaiser.
True, unlike the Russian socialists we can openly and freely disseminate our blogs and social media presences and, if we can afford them, our newspapers. We can call public meetings and talk about whatever we want if anyone shows up. But while we won’t be arrested for this, we will be utterly swamped by the corporate noise machine and ignored by the inertia of the mass society. Wherever we become recognizable at all, we’re targeted not for direct repression but for misdirection and co-optation by a propaganda and organization machine of unprecedented skill and professionalism. This campaign is more insidious even than that of the tsarist secret police, which also had its wiles in addition to its brute violence.
Unlike the German party, which was massive, with its ideas and influence ubiquitous, or similar American mass movements, we struggle to consistently even recognize one another and communicate, let alone organize and carry out action.
If this assessment of true anti-corporatist dissent (as opposed to the innumerable forms of reformist compromise with evil, and the innumerable forms of de jure scamming and selling out) as a kind of de facto persecuted underground movement is correct, then what organizational, strategic, and tactical conclusions would follow?



  1. If there was a “Like” button, I’d hit it 🙂 Well, thank you for plugging away. I’ve learned a great deal from your writing!

    Comment by DualPersonality — May 26, 2014 @ 1:42 am

    • Thanks! You don’t see a Like button? There should be one.

      Comment by Russ — May 26, 2014 @ 2:01 am

  2. “…then what organizational, strategic, and tactical conclusions would follow?”

    Just want to remind everyone that the surveillance capabilities of the bad guys are pretty mind boggling.

    I’ve posted information in this blog about the history of government spying and sabotaging of grassroots movements. With so many things being illegal now, from lovemaking to gathering medicinal plants to merely swimming naked in a river… they have so many ways to go after good people.

    If you are in that small minority of people that is conscious and actually does things to help the cause, you need to realize your life is a filmed reality tv show. For example, I’ve made a lot of posts online blowing the whistle on government scams … and when I rented this small trailer home here last year, I learned later from the landlord that the utility company had came out and put a special digital electric meter on my unit, but none of the other ones have them. You can see thru the clear casing of all those units, but not with mine.

    I think it’s a safe bet it’s this “meter” includes some kind of state of the art eavesdropping technology. These people are unreal. What did that NSA whistleblower say, “they want to have every conversation on the planet recorded.”

    So just a reminder that good people need to always be paying attention to the smiling faces that appear in their lives, and be conscious of your actions.

    Comment by Tom M Culhane — May 27, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    • I’d be surprised if many dissidents were unaware of that by now. But if it’s simply something we must endure for the time being, then there’s no point wallowing in the fact. We have to view it like bad weather.

      It doesn’t much affect political strategy, since the food sovereignty and anti-corporate abolition movements envision only upfront, public communications and actions anyway, whether they be “legal” or civil disobedience.

      In case I wasn’t clear enough, by “underground” I didn’t mean covert. I proposed that dissent is so submerged today that in many ways we’re as if we were a persecuted illegal underground movement, even though technically we’re not.

      Comment by Russ — May 27, 2014 @ 11:23 am

      • I was just reminding people that they need to pay attention. I don’t wallow in this stuff, in fact I focus on my own life and barely keep track of the establishment’s doings. (I certainly don’t watch the media cartel and couldn’t even tell you who Obama’s vp is, or if he changed with the last election).

        I understand the principles at work and so don’t usually need the details, although someone on a different path might. When I check up on former whistleblowers, like Scott Ritter, the man who repeatedly blew the whistle on the fact that Iraq had already been effectively disarmed before Gulf War II, and so the government was lying… he ended up being set up in a govt sting operation because apparently he likes younger women. Cele Castillo, the ex DEA agent that blew the whistle on the fact that it is the CIA that is the real drug dealers, they went after him for not filing some paperwork for selling hunting rifles, and I’m not sure if he’s in prison now… so just a reminder to dissidents.

        Comment by Tom M Culhane — May 27, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

      • Quite right. There’s some people, though (I didn’t mean you specifically), who do nothing but go around saying versions of “it’s hopeless!” Obviously I don’t believe that the slightest bit or I wouldn’t be devoting my life to this action.

        Certainly it’s a timely reminder that dissidents need to be careful about ticky-tack “offenses” they can be harassed over. But as we’re seeing with the Snowden Spectacle, the whole fixation on surveillance easily leads to counterproductive, basically unpolitical attitudes.

        Comment by Russ — May 28, 2014 @ 4:41 am

      • Yeah I don’t even know what the Snowden spectacle is as I don’t follow how they are spinning things. I don’t read any of the media cartel, just a few small independent media… wasn’t that Snowden story originally published in a large British newspaper? That in itself is a propaganda technique (to create the illusion that major media in other “countries” is independent of “our” media.) Everything in that Snowden story is old news to anyone who understands real history and real current events.

        Comment by Tom M Culhane — May 28, 2014 @ 10:20 am

      • Yes, the Guardian and WaPo along with some other corporate media figures arrogated to themselves proprietarian possession of the leak delivery and have worked closely with the US government in deciding what the people should be allowed to see of OUR information.

        But it seems that’s what Snowden wanted, since he’s frequently affirmed his support for the surveillance state. He says he only wanted to check some “abuses”.

        By now the whole thing’s clearly a tawdry scam.

        Comment by Russ — May 28, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

      • Just did a little digging and yes these newer “electric meters” are set up to spy on us, and I’m sure it’s not hard to add microchips to enhance their capabilities. They’re called “smart meters” and there are lots of articles not only about their spy capabilities, but apparently they emit large amounts of discordant electromagnetic radiation. Here’s just one video, showing mothers being arrested for filming police and utility people coming onto their property to forcibly install these things. I can’t hear the sound too well here at the library, so only watched the first 10 minutes here, but looks like a lot of disturbing information in this Alex Jones video:

        Comment by Tom M Culhane — May 30, 2014 @ 10:47 am

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