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Excerpted from: NATO protests reveal need for nonviolent discipline by

This was the largest organized medal return since April 1971, when more than 800 veterans deposited their medals on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to dramatically repudiate the Vietnam War. Like that event four decades ago, Sunday’s ceremony was moving and powerful. It crystallized in a clear but visceral way the realities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the same time it spelled out the critical importance of undertaking deliberate and potentially risky resistance for healing and nonviolent change.

This riveting event could well have become the indelible image of this week’s NATO protest. Even more importantly, it might have prompted a renewed national focus on the realities and costs of the last dozen years of war-making.

So far, neither has happened. Although there was some media coverage of the medal return ceremony (including a piece on local television and extensive reporting on Democracy Now!), it was largely overshadowed by the clash between police and protesters that took place almost immediately after the vets exited the stage. The march permit expired and most of the thousands of marchers drifted away, but a couple of hundred people stayed put in the streets. Hundreds of police in riot gear then flooded into the area. As an Associated Press story reports:

Some of the most enduring images of the event were likely to be from the end — when a small group of demonstrators clashed with a line of police who tried to keep them from the lakeside convention center where President Barack Obama was hosting the gathering. The protesters tried to move east toward McCormick Place, with some hurling sticks and bottles at police. Officers responded by swinging their batons. The two sides were locked in a standoff for nearly two hours, with police blocking the protesters’ path and the crowd refusing to leave. Some protesters had blood streaming down their faces.

This description conveys little of the ferocity of the tense confrontation that erupted after the permit expired and a huge police contingent swarmed into the space, intent on pushing people out of the intersection and keeping them from moving toward the convention center. News accounts and video clips from the scene show that the police tactics were hugely confrontational and aggressive; the police attacked and pummeled many protesters. At the same time, video clips show objects being hurled at police officers, including a police barricade, and protesters pushing police. Both sides were confrontational, as this raw video indicates.

My spouse Cynthia and I brought our two-year-old daughter Leah to this march. (The coalition website said that this event would be “family friendly,” and we took it at its word.) We were one block from the stage, but left a couple of minutes before the permit expired because Leah was getting hungry and thirsty; it had been a long, hot day. As we walked north, a long phalanx of police officers in riot gear were trotting single file toward the intersection, where only a few minutes later they would be swinging batons at marchers unwilling to budge. Some would be bloodied; others arrested.

There is no excuse for the actions of the police. At the same time, the lack of nonviolent discipline among the remaining protesters contributed to escalating this confrontation. The media frame on this story shifted almost immediately from “peaceful march” to “street fighting,” and the powerful action of the Iraq and Afghanistan vets was largely lost in the inundating shuffle.

Well before all of this, Suellen Semekoski and I were asked by Iraq Veterans Against the War to co-facilitate the nonviolent action training that would support the vets in preparing for their medal return. We were happy to do so, and on Saturday afternoon and evening we plunged into this process with them.

In our six hours together, we sensed the depth of hope that this public action was generating for them as individuals and as a community. Throughout the day the participants repeatedly stressed that nonviolence was going to be crucial to this event and that they were committed to maintaining this spirit. In addition, we were joined by three members of Afghans for Peace who were collaborating with IVAW on this event. They were also resolute about the importance of nonviolent discipline. The success of this action, they said, depended on it.

These survivors of war — U.S. veterans and Afghan peaceworkers — were creating a rare public space where they sought to call on the nation and the world to reflect deeply on the reality of this past, present and future destructiveness. They were very clear that nonviolent strategies, tactics and atmosphere would be vital to achieving this.

Unfortunately, there was little infrastructure in place to support that possibility. While many of us led numerous nonviolence trainings in the Chicago area in the run-up to the NATO mobilization, there were no agreed-upon nonviolence guidelines to serve as a foundation for nonviolent action. (The “Chicago Principles” did not serve this function.) Nor were there adequate numbers of peacekeepers prepared to intervene in order to maintain this nonviolent atmosphere. (In January, some of us had offered to train 500 peacekeepers, who would be equipped to respond to outbreaks of violence. This was based on the experience some of us had had in Seattle in 1999 at the World Trade Organization meeting, where 200 peacekeepers had been an inadequate number. We were told that the coalition was already training peace guides.)

There are many reasons such infrastructure was not in place, including a sensitivity to the now classic debate between nonviolence and diversity of tactics. Nevertheless, I suspect that we are at a crossroads as a movement for change and, at some point, we must make a difficult but important choice.

From my perspective, people power depends for its lifeblood on nonviolent discipline.

Nonviolent action is more effective than violent action — including the kind of heated scrum that took place in Chicago this past Sunday — because it keeps us on message (focused on the issue, rather than the tired tit-for-tat narrative), it is more likely to alert, educate and mobilize the population (the lynchpin of successful movements), and it communicates a vision of the kind of society we want (veterans creating the space of transformative healing and social change rather than the push-comes-to-shove dynamics of retaliatory violence).

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The biggest illusion, delusion,  myth, class myth, dogma that ties all class deformed civil societies together throughout the whole of our class history, is the false belief that class parties, class politicians serve social ends, when they in fact betray them, corrupt them, co opt them, invert social forces into class despotism and tyranny through the historical degenerative class cycles from Patriarchy to Late Capitalist Fascism.   Expecting social outcomes from betraying class parties is LUNACY,  which compromise , degenerate endlessly to false centers, shifting centers until it devolves into totalitarianism, Fascism.


Here are two links which suggests this degenerating, totalitarian drift, one from Amnesty International which scolds ALL POLITICAL CLASSES, RULING CLASSES for their corruption and tyranny, linked to WESTERN FASCISM.   Glenn Greenwald reveals the same FASCIST DRIFT, TOTALITARIAN DRIFT by democrats and Obama, who EMBRACED BUSH FASCISM, and then made their own democratic party even more FASCIST:



Report 2012: No Longer Business as Usual for Tyranny and Injustice


http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2012/05/24


EXCERPT:


"WASHINGTON - May 24 - The courage shown by protesters in the past 12 months has been matched by a failure of leadership that makes the UN Security Council seem tired, out of step and increasingly unfit for purpose, Amnesty International said as it launched its 50th global human rights report with a call for a strong global Arms Trade Treaty later this year.


“Failed leadership has gone global in the last year, with politicians responding to protests with brutality or indifference. Governments must show legitimate leadership and reject injustice by protecting the powerless and restraining the powerful. It is time to put people before corporations and rights before profits,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International Secretary General.


The vocal and enthusiastic support for the protest movements shown by many global and regional powers in the early months of 2011, has not translated into action. As Egyptians go to the polls to vote for a new president, it looks increasingly as if the opportunities for change created by the protestors are being squandered.


“In the last year it has all too often become clear that opportunistic alliances and financial interests have trumped human rights as global powers jockey for influence in the Middle East and North Africa,” said Salil Shetty. “The language of human rights is adopted when it serves political or corporate agendas, and shelved when inconvenient or standing in the way of profit.”......"


YES WESTERN FASCISM HAS GONE GLOBAL AND ALL OF ITS RULING CLASSES ARE TOTALITARIAN AND CORRUPT


Warrantless spying fight


Obama officials demand full, reform-free renewal of the once-controversial power to eavesdrop without warrants


http://www.salon.com/2012/05/24/warrantless_spying_fight/singleton/


excerpt:


"In 2006, The New York Times‘ James Risen and Eric Lichtblau won the Pulitzer Prize for their December, 2005 article revealing that the Bush administration was eavesdropping on the electronic communications of Americans without the warrants required by the FISA law (headline: “Officials Say U.S. Wiretaps Exceeded Law”). Even though multiple federal judges eventually ruled the program illegal, that scandal generated no accountability of any kind for two reasons: (1) federal courts ultimately accepted the arguments of the Bush and Obama DOJs that the legality of Bush’s domestic spying program should not be judicially reviewed; and (2) the Democratic-led Congress, in 2008, enacted the Bush-designed FISA Amendments Act, which not only retroactively immunized the nation’s telecom giants for their illegal participation in that spying program and thus terminated pending lawsuits, but worse, also legalized the vast bulk of the Bush spying program by vesting vast new powers in the U.S. Government to eavesdrop without warrants (in his memoir, President Bush gleefully recounted that the 2008 eavesdropping bill supported by the Democrats gave him more than he ever expected).


It was then-Sen. Obama’s vote in favor of the FISA Amendments Act that caused the first serious Election Year rift between him and his own supporters. Obama’s vote in favor of the bill was so controversial for two independent reasons: (1) when he was seeking the Democratic nomination only a few months earlier and needed the support of the progressive base, Obama unequivocally vowed to filibuster “any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies,” only to turn around once he had secured the nomination and not only vote against a filibuster of that bill but then vote in favor of the bill itself; and (2) the bill itself legalized vast new powers of warrantless eavesdropping: powers which the Democratic Party (and Obama) had spent years denouncing...."


 


YES, THE DEMOCRATS EXPANDED BUSH'S FASCISM AND MADE IT EVEN MORE ORWELLIAN, TOTALITARIAN, AND FASCIST.   DEMOCRATS, LIKE ALL CLASS PARTIES DEGENERATE INTO TOTALITARIAN, POLICE FASCIST STATES, WHICH NOW HAS BECOME GLOBAL. ONLY THE SOCIAL CLASSES CAN REVERSE FASCISM AND WAR BY ENDING ALL SUPPORT FOR CLASS PARTIES, WHETHER IN RELIGIOUS OR SECULAR CLOTHES.   VOTE ONLY FOR SOCIAL PARTIES, GREEN PARTIES TO FREE SOCIAL FORCES FROM CLASS DEFORMING HIERARCHIES LINKED TO PATRIARCHAL CLASS MECHANISM.    SOCIAL FORCES THAT DISMANTLE ALL CLASS HIERARCHIES WILL END CLASS HISTORY AND MAKE SOCIAL POWER INDEPENDENT AND INDIVISIBLE.


 


 

Amnesty International has confirmed that all institutions, all ruling classes have degenerated into totalitarianism, tyranny, corruption and Fascism. It has called the U.N. a FAILED INSTIUTION, reflecting Western corruption, co option, inverted totalitarianism, the generic class, Orwellian , totalitarian principle linked to the whole of class history since Patriarchy.  Western Fascism has polluted the U.N. through its Fascist Nato, and loyalty to FASCIST ZIONISM.   YES,MANY SOCIAL THEORISTS ARE CONFIRMING THE FAILED CLASS STATES, THE FAILED RULING CLASSES, THE FAILED CLASS HISTORY FROM PATRIARCHY TO LATE FASCIST CAPITALISM.


They are confirming what the social Enlightenment and Socialist movements have always said, that ending class tyranny, class corruption REQUIRES COMPLETE INDEPENDENCE, INDIVISIBLE SOCIAL FORCES, free from the corrupting class hierarchies linked to the generic Historical class mechanism, Patriarchy.   The social masses have squandered their social power , like Egypt, and all class states by voting for religious, secular class hierarchies , class parties, ENSLAVING THEM, BETRAYING their revolutions into more class corruption and class tyranny. ONLY THE COMPLETE REJECTION OF ALL CLASS PARTIES AROUND THE WORLD WILL END WARS AND FASCISM:


 



Amnesty Report Slams UN as Failure in the Wake of Global Uprisings


Amnesty International Secretary General: “The language of human rights is adopted when it serves political or corporate agendas, and shelved when inconvenient or standing in the way of profit.”


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/24-4


YES WESTERN FASCISM AND ITS PARALLEL DEFORMED TYRANNIES HAVE PRODUCED MASSIVE CORRUPTION AND DESPOTISM, SOCIOPATHS AND PSYCHOPATHIC CLASS POLITICIANS AND POLICE FASCISTS, ALL PART OF WESTERN FASCISM



Constable 728 (video)


http://www.commondreams.org/further/2012/05/24-0


excerpt:


"Cops have sprayed (peaceful) students amassed at a school entrance and   (entirely innocent) patrons sitting at an outside bar. And, in an astonishing video, Stéphanie Trudeau, a clearly agitated female cop, sprays several young people not just once, but, finger twitching, twice. Can you spell s-o-c-i-o-p-a-t-h?...."


 


 


BUT THEN THESE SOCIAL THEORIES AND MY  SOCIAL MANIFESTO, ARGUING THE ABOVE POINTS, WERE MADE TO MANY SOCIAL SITES, NEWSVINE, COMMON DREAMS, READERS SUPPORTED NEWS, TRUTH OUT, ALL LIBERAL GROUPS WHO REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE NOTION THAT ALL CLASS PARTIES, CLASS IDEOLOGIES, INCLUDING LIBERALISM HAVE MORPHED , DEGENERATED INTO FASCISM.    THAT WILL GET YOU BANNED, LIKE MARX AND TROTSKY, KICKED OFF SOCIAL SITES FOR CALLING THE U.S., ISRAEL AND NATO FASCIST, AND POINTING OUT THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE BECOME WORSE THAN EVEN BUSH'S FASCISM, AS GREENWALD ARGUES HIMSELF.


I MADE THESE SOCIAL ARGUMENTS, SOCIAL THEORIES, IN 2006, ON NEWSVINE, AND THE ZIONISTS, NECONS DROVE OUT DOZENS OF SOCIAL ACTIVISTS FOR TELLING THIS TRUTH, THAT LIBERALISM HAS DEGENERATED INTO FASCISM, PART OF THE FAILED NUMBER OF OUTCOMES THROUGHOUT CLASS HISTORY.


 


A SOCIAL MANIFESTO AND HISTORICAL THEORY


http://asocialmanifestoagainstclasshistory.com


 

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