Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The DAPL Fantasy



When reality is too much to bear, we turn to fantasies to keep from losing our mind. When fantasies become our reality, we are liable to believe just about anything.

One fantasy currently circulating online is that Obama halted DAPL because he has strong emotional ties to American Indians. While he has helped tribes with issues like domestic violence and education, his strong financial ties to oil industry investors like Goldman Sachs have created a nightmare for many tribes across the country.

Standing Rock could have been avoided, had Obama not approved fracking millions of acres of Bakken Shale in North Dakota. The pipelines and bomb trains emanating from that disastrous decision alone will haunt us for generations. In the Gulf of Mexico, Obama’s executive order waiving environmental restrictions on risky deep-sea oil drilling resulted in the largest oil spill in history. 

While it is a relief that the stand-off at Standing Rock avoided a showdown, by delaying the pipeline over Christmas, the fact that it progressed to this point without interference from the White House suggests Obama’s interest is in his perceived legacy, since Trump is almost certain to forge ahead with its completion in January. 

Meanwhile, oil industry members of the Native American Affairs Coalition advising President Trump propose making Indian Reservations private property. As noted at Reuter's, "The plan dovetails with Trump’s larger aim of slashing regulation to boost energy production."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Moment of Truth

As Center for World Indigenous Studies chair Rudolph C. Ryser states in his op-ed at IC Magazine,

I have been working with indigenous leaders for decades and arguing that indigenous nations must take the initiative to take back that which is and always has been theirs: land, resources and freedom to move... Asking for rights from those who have no interest in recognizing those rights is a defeated policy. Taking back your land and resources they stole, as Chief George Manuel urged, is the only alternative to self-destruction.

He goes on to say,

During the last four years, many UN member states have switched from liberal democracy to reactionary fascism as global economic collapse stirs deep fears among the working class and billionaires who willingly give autocrats and dictators license to rule... Fourth World nations have three alternatives: become chameleon nation’s to hide from attacks; join the scapegoating; or form coalitions with other nations and with states to establish defenses and take control of lands and their wealth.

Sounding a note of dire warning, Dr. Ryser observes,

Virtually all of the work by indigenous leaders in the United States to build constructive relationships with states and central governments and the United Nations are now utterly at risk of collapse and reversal. Trumplicans will likely become the ultimate “Anti-Indian Movement” in the United States since leaders of that movement now hold seats in Congress, the Senate, the Supreme Court and the Executive Branch as well as thirty of the fifty states.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Exercising Free Speech

Woodstock Nation v Petro State

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Unchill

All the heat stroke religions* have barbarian sects justified by God the Father.
The only difference between Al-Qaeda, Haganah, and Aryan Nations is their couture.

*formerly known as 'desert religions'

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Equality and Justice

When it comes to the DNC and RNC, neither serves the American poor. As competing criminal enterprises, they pay lip service to the middle class, but their agenda always serves the 1%.

Since the Reagan era, looting the U.S. Treasury has been the primary objective of both national parties. Resentment by neglected Americans is reflected in reactionary presidential campaigns every eight years, but throwing one party out never achieves justice.

What the DNC and RNC share is a disdain for all but the 1%, and a sinister disregard for civil and human rights. The only area where they significantly part ways is that the RNC represents racial, religious and sex discrimination, while the DNC more-or-less screws us all equally.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Time to Learn

Liberal politicians and political pressure groups have expressed outrage over Trump's transition government-in-waiting. Socialists who supported the Sanders campaign are talking resistance and civil disobedience. Whatever you choose to do, take time to learn, and think about it.

1.For activist scholars focused on resistance development, two books provide insight on the topic:

Norwegian Resistance 1940-1945 by Tore Gjelsvik (operations and infrastructure)
A Quiet Revolution by Mary Elizabeth King (strategic opposition, education)

2.For those oriented toward understanding social movement development:


Analyzing Social Settings by John Lofland
To the Right by Jerome Himmelstein

3.For society in conflict:

Civil Wars by Hans Magnus Enzensberger (selflessness and self-destruction)
The Fall of Yugoslavia by Misha Glenny (communications and narrative dominance)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Titles We'd Like to See-2

White Frat Boy/Christian Jihad Team Earns Low-Life Redneck Vote

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