What do we mean when we say revolutionary Socialist?
We mean that the land shall belong to the landless, the tools to the toiler, and the products to the producers. I believe that if every man and every woman who works, or who toils in the mines, mills, the workshops, the fields, the factories and the farms of our broad America should decide in their minds that they shall have that which of right belongs to them, and that no idler shall live upon their toil. Then there is no army that is large enough to overcome you, for you yourselves constitute the army.
“What is a policeman? He is the active servant of the commodity, the man in complete submission to the commodity, whose job it is to ensure that a given product of human labor remains a commodity, with the magical property of having to be paid for, instead of becoming a mere refrigerator or rifle — a passive, inanimate object, subject to anyone who comes along to make use of it.”—
Guy Debord - The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy
This is a goal the power elite cannot comprehend. They cannot envision a day when they will not be in charge of our lives. The elites believe, and seek to make us believe, that globalization and unfettered capitalism are natural law, some kind of permanent and eternal dynamic that can never be altered. What the elites fail to realize is that rebellion will not stop until the corporate state is extinguished. It will not stop until there is an end to the corporate abuse of the poor, the working class, the elderly, the sick, children, those being slaughtered in our imperial wars and tortured in our black sites.
It will not stop until foreclosures and bank repossessions stop. It will not stop until students no longer have to go into debt to be educated, and families no longer have to plunge into bankruptcy to pay medical bills. It will not stop until the corporate destruction of the ecosystem stops, and our relationships with each other and the planet are radically reconfigured. And that is why the elites, and the rotted and degenerate system of corporate power they sustain, are in trouble. That is why they keep asking what the demands are. They don’t understand what is happening. They are deaf, dumb and blind.
“Once embodied in the power of the worker’s councils, which must internationally supplant all other power, the proletarian movement becomes its own product, and this product is the producer itself. The producer is its own end. Only then is the spectacular negation of life negated in turn.”—Guy Debord - The Society of the Spectacle
“The light bulb was always McLuhan’s first example when explaining what he meant by his famous mantra “the medium is the message” since it communicates no information itself but rather facilitates a range of behavioral possibilities: “The electric light is pure information,” McLuhan wrote in 1964’s Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. “It is a medium without a message…unless it is used to spell out some verbal ad or name. This fact, characteristic of all media, means that the ‘content’ of any medium is always another medium.” A medium, in other words, is always filled with (or, we might say, ‘contented with’) another medium, but it is also something distinctive itself.”—Rhizome | This is Marshall McLuhan (via wildcat2030)
Where: Columbus Circle, at the Merchant’s Gate entrance to Central Park When: Friday, October 7, 2011 11:30am-1:30pm
Join students and community activists in the New York City area in a demonstration celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This event is an opportunity for indigenous New Yorkers and their allies to raise awareness about the current condition of Native American communities in the United States and around the world. It is also a time to celebrate the rich cultures of First Peoples that have endured the legacy of colonialism. Issues to promote include:
Increased federal funding for the Tribal Law and Order Act (law enforcement in Indian Country)
Land rights of the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico
Land rights of Sioux and Cheyenne regarding Black Hills
Socioeconomic statistics, including Rosebud Sioux
Violence against women statistics, highlight non-Indian abusers
Health, including suicide statistics
This event is co-sponsored by the Indigenous Alliance (Fordham Law School) & The Native American and Indigenous Students’ Group (NYU)
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.