Two pilots on a training mission, each flying a F5 fighter aircraft, tracked the object on their airborne radar.
Two pilots on a training mission, each flying a F5 fighter aircraft, tracked the object on their airborne radar.
Source: Our Fight Against Fascism
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August 16, 2017
When editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg asserted that “the struggle in Charlottesville is a struggle within our own civilization, within Trump’s own civilization,” and that in the wake of such events “an American president should speak up directly on behalf of the American creed, on behalf of Americans who reject tribalism and seek pluralism, on behalf of the idea that blood-and-soil nationalism is antithetical to the American idea itself,” who, exactly, can place his logic?
It reads nicely, and it seems a conscionable thought to have after a woman dies fighting Nazis on American soil. But, really, what history books has Mr. Goldberg been reading?
“Our civilization’s” ongoing genocide against indigenous groups and the violently enforced systematic oppression of Black Americans notwithstanding, the US government – of which Trump is now Commander-in-Chief – has a storied and bloody history of assassinating foreign heads of state precisely because, democratically, a body of citizens or voters “seeking pluralism” elsewhere in the world had commenced down an antifascist political path that did not suit Washington’s interests.
Ariel Dorfman, for instance, reminisces of the 1970s presidential inauguration of Salvador Allende in Chile: “[A]lmost three years later, a few days after the Hawker Hunter planes under the control of General Pinochet attacked the palace on September 11, 1973. Their bombs left a black yawning gap where the balcony stood. Where the president once waved his handkerchief, there is nothing. Allende is dead. And we can sense that outside the frame, below where the balcony jutted out, there is only emptiness…”
Oh, were it so easy to condemn Trump for failing to say the “right thing” at the “right time” and to have that be the end of it. Is this what the Liberal pluribus desires from America’s much-detested Caesar? It may be enough to keep Rachel Maddow employed, but, unfortunately, the reason for the president’s neutrality on fascism is much more serious than this—and let there be no doubt that he, especially, is unaware of the profound impetus for his proven Nazi-sympathizing.
As we are thoroughly living in an oligarchy, we should turn to Deleuze to elucidate a root cause of the Oval Office’s reigning fascist bent: “The administrations in charge never cease announcing supposedly necessary reforms: to reform schools, to reform industries, hospitals, the armed forces, prisons. But everyone knows that these institutions are finished, whatever the length of their expiration periods. It’s only a matter of administering their last rites and of keeping people employed until the installation of the new forces knocking at the door. These are the societies of control…”
Clearly, the rightward-leaning have shown a distinct susceptibility to every brand of hate-driven politics—and we should recall that the colonial residence of bigoted pilgrims did not predate the arrival of slave ships on American shores but followed one year later (1620 and 1619, respectively). Nevertheless, Liberals have their work cut out for them if they expect to right the ship of American democracy simply writing lukewarm editorials about “the American idea” and babyishly debating whether it is “ok” to punch Nazis in the face. In fact, our democracy is a ship that has always been listing! It has hardly been a democracy! And those who cry wolf because they think our political vessel is only now foundering really must have little-or-no experience with political organizing beyond the soothing environs of the yoga studio. Luckily for them, there is a very toothsome radical history they can get on board with.
Nearly a century ago, Spanish anarchist Buenaventura Durruti offered very valuable advice during an interview he gave with the Toronto Star: “No government in the world fights Fascism to the death. When the bourgeoisie sees power slipping from its grasp, it has recourse to Fascism to maintain itself. The Liberal Government of Spain could have rendered the Fascist elements powerless long ago. Instead it compromised and dallied. Even now at this moment, there are men in this Government who want to go easy on the rebels… We want revolution here in Spain, right now, not maybe after the next European war. We are giving Hitler and Mussolini far more worry with our revolution than the whole Red Army of Russia. We are setting an example to the German and Italian working class on how to deal with Fascism.”
Our fight against fascism requires that we also set an example for the world. Huffing and puffing about what Trump says or fails to say is superficial. Of course, it is much easier than mounting a revolution to fight fascism to the death. And just how many bourgeois liberals are willing to pony-up?
Not only the worst wildfires in decades are currently plaguing Chile. Yesterday, millions of dead sardines were covering the beach of Aucho in Quemchi, Chile.
The dead fish were first discovered by tourists visiting the region, then the unexplained phenomenon started to interest baffled local residents.
Here a small video about this catastrophic fish die-off.
A global ecosystem collapse is currently undergoing in Chile?
When fully integrated into the global resistance movement, the principles revealed in this image will prove invincible against forces of inhumanity.
A photo taken in Santiago, Chile freezes an intense moment between a riot policeman and a protester, capturing the compelling power dynamics at play right in the world at large and revealing how these dynamics will ultimately be defeated.
Worldwide resistance to the destructive paradigm of state/corporate dominion over all life on planet earth is taking many forms, simultaneously happening on many battlefields both macro and micro, both outside and inside of the self.
Many of us understand how power can be and is derived from violence, and how thoroughly the present paradigm has seized upon this script to relentlessly control us. But do we understand the nature of our own power? Do we understand how violence can be overcome without brute force?
The universe is held together and pushed ever-forward by the interplay between opposing forces. This is seen in every sunrise and sunset, and also by looking deeply into any aspect of life. It is happening in this photo, do you see it? In the very moment of this picture, a shift is taking place, something of vast importance that is not unannounced, only felt.
The false duality of the struggle and conflict in our world is fully exposed right here, laid bare in unspoken truth, communicated in a language more primitive than words. The confrontation is direct and up-close. So close, in fact, there is unity. Moreover, you have the masculine at odds with, yet connected to, the feminine, who is taking control.
You see here the strong against the weak, the big over the small, the dark face-to-face with the light, the old pitted against the young, the vulnerable versus the entrenched and fortified, the organized challenged by chaos. Courage trumping fear.
We are so entrained to see might as right, but you can see right here in this photo truth is revealed. Power based on violence is a facade, it is a mask covering fear.
In this photo is proof the facade is cracking, it’s in his eyes. And he represents the entire system. This is the exact moment where fear yields to love, caught on camera in a protest marking the 1973 coup of dictator Augusto Pinochet who was deposed in a long and heart-breaking process of resolve. A righteous resolve which is seen clearly in her face. The self-delusions of the wicked are blown apart with her conviction.
Before human communication became verbal it was primal. The creature to be feared now senses fear himself. He now has a decision to make for he has finally seen an accurate reflection of himself in this young woman. He looks down on her in stature, but his submission is guaranteed.
When fully integrated into the still incoherent global resistance movement, the principles revealed in this image will prove invincible against the forces of destruction and inhumanity. They will collapse when they are told to do so.
What more proof do you need that righteous can and will prevail in the end? What more encouragement do you need to never give up?
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
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Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A revolution can take many forms and methods to achieve its objective. Usually, dissenters could use anarchy to hammer down a point, or initiate an armed struggle to wrestle power from the government.
Either way takes great effort to launch and succeed.
One Chilean just used a matchstick to wipe out all students’ debt. This practical approach should be replicated all throughout the world especially in America where the student debts have reached $1.2 trillion as of 2014, and is still growing.
It’s not uncommon to hear that the growth in student loan debt is like a time bomb threatening to blow up the U.S. economy. Now, you can watch it tick.
The outstanding balance of the nation’s student loans is growing by an estimated $2,726.27 every second according to the clock above developed for MarketWatch by StartClass, an education data site. As policymakers and pundits debate ways to tackle Americans’ $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, this student-loan debt clock provides a window into the growing risks to the economy as well as to student loan borrowers and their families.
Chilean activist and artist Francisco Tapia, also known as ‘Papas Fritas,’ has stolen and burnt $500 million worth of “pagares,” or debt papers. He then uploaded the video onto social media, claiming he had “freed” students by setting the papers alight.
The artist made his claim in a video that went viral on May 12, where he says that debt owed to the Universidad del Mar is now worthless.
The ashes of the burnt legal papers were later confiscated by police after they were displayed at the Centro Cultural Gabriela mistral (GAM) exhibition.
“It’s over, it’s finished. You don’t have to pay another peso [of your student loan debt]. We have to lose our fear, our fear of being thought of as criminals because we’re poor. I am just like you, living a shitty life, and I live it day by day – this is my act of love for you,” Tapia says in the five minutes of the video, parts of which were translated by the Santiago Times.
The theft and subsequent destruction of the documents happened during a ‘toma,’ or student takeover, of the campus.
Authorities began closing down Universidad del Mar last year due to financial irregularities, and while most of the students had to find an alternative school, the university is still collecting student loan payments. Now the owners of the university will have to sue each of the individual students – a very time consuming and costly process.
Papas Fritas’ video comes after tens of thousands of students protested outside the National Comptroller’s Office of Chile (General Accounting Office). It also follows a petition by the National Association of High School Students which demands that Nicolas Eyzaguirre carry out his legal responsibility to sniff out and sanction educational institutions that are making a profit.
There have been widespread protests in Chile since 2011, with students calling for reform of the university system and for free, high quality education. Newly elected President Michelle Bachelet waged an election campaign promising widespread change to education – but two months on, tens of thousands of students have again taken to the streets demanding she follow through on her promises.
Eyzaguirre is under pressure to put an end to profits being made in public education establishments. Although profit-making in education is outlawed by law, more than half of Chile’s students now attend publicly subsidized universities, which are privately run and for-profit, making Eyzaguirre’s task all the more difficult.
Seven institutions are already under investigation by the education ministry and Eyzaguirre will soon reopen probes into four more, El Mostrador newspaper reported.
On Thursday, several students from Arcis University stripped down to their underwear and jumped into a fountain outside the presidential palace in protest that their university was heading down the same path as Universidad del Mar, where the debt papers were stolen from.
Students from Universidad del Mar may actually get away with not repaying a single peso, as attorneys representing them will argue that the contracts were fraudulent in the first place. And Tapia may also get away lightly, as a clause in Chilean law means that because he has admitted what he did, he may get a suspended sentence and serve zero jail time.
The educational system today is being used to train slaves on the right way to run the machines that enslave them. Worse, they have to pay for it for years after graduation… with interests.
We can end this madness through non-participation. Get a piece of land, study permaculture, generate our own food, and live off grid.
Or, use a matchstick.
Indeed, achieving freedom is not that complicated.