The meaning of Swartz’s assassination

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

By all accounts, Aaron Swartz — Reddit co-founder, RSS pioneer, Internet genius, heroic champion of freedom and social justice, and, ultimately, martyr — was a gentle and generous soul. Motivated not by personal gain and empowerment — as is almost every other member of the Top2% — but by a visceral and intellectual desire to make Amerikkka — and the world — a better place for all, Swartz risked his health, his fortune, his freedom and, ultimately, his life so that in at least some small measure the world would be a better place when he left than it was when he arrived.
He sought no reward for his selflessness and his sacrifices. Nor, however, did he seek the horrific consequences that ultimately befell him. And what were those consequences? He was assassinated at the tender, young age of 26 by his own government — the government of the United States of America — the most powerful and destructive government in the world — the government that, more than any other, equates homicidal corporate capitalism with democracy.
Yes, democracy! It is to laugh. The United States of America and its most reliable partner in crime — the United Kingdom — playfully dispute which is the real “mother” or “father” of “democracy.” The simple truth is that, whatever either may have been at any particular time in the past, it would be ludicrous to suggest that either is a democracy today.
In all honesty, it is only possible to consider a single eight-year period — from 1960 to 1968 — in the 237-year history of the U.S. when America was a democracy. For the other 229 years, Amerikkka has always been a fascist, corporate capitalist plutocracy and oligopoly. Nor did the mysteriously worshipped “Founding Fathers” ever intend for Amerikkka to be a democracy.
The “democracy” foist upon Americans by early Amerikkkans — the so-called Founding Fathers, etc. — was a “democracy” in which the only people who could get elected to public office — or even vote — were wealthy white men. Every other group that won “the right to vote” over the next 200 years — women, minorities, the middle class, the working class, the poor, etc. — only ever got “the right to vote” because they fought like hell for that right. That “right” has now been transformed into a cruel hoax. Continue reading “The meaning of Swartz’s assassination”

Finally, some of us are ‘Idle No More’

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The ongoing struggles of the fledgling “Idle No More” movement of Canadian aboriginals grew even more challenging today after an arranged “leak” of top-secret documents by the Conservative federal government of dangerously deranged Prime Minister Stephen Harper spawned a massive corporate media assault on leaders of the movement. Even state-owned CBC-TV news, whose managing editor and principal anchor Peter Mansbridge is a closet right-winger who even attended the 2011 convention of the secretive and Satanic Bilderberg group in 2011, felt compelled to chime in — on the side of the established White order, of course.
The Idle No More movement sprung up quietly last September after the Harper regime introduced an extremely destructive omnibus Bill in the Canadian Parliament intended to undermine and water down many existing pieces of legislation that have thus far served the public interest and the public good very well. Among the changes Harper has tried to ram through Parliament through this omnibus Bill is a very significant reduction in environmental protections in order to serve the interests of mostly foreign oil billionaires and mega-millionaires exploiting Alberta’s Tar Sands monstrosity.
The savage reduction in protections for air, water and soil quality in vast regions of Canada that would follow passage of this omnibus Bill would have severely impacted the ancestral and treaty-guaranteed hunting and fishing rights of aboriginals. In addition to the public health impact of the reduction in environmental protections, it would also have a very negative effect on the already-very-low standard of living of most aboriginal Canadians.
But while most poor, working-class and even middle-class Canadians would also suffer severe negative consequences from the passage of this omnibus Bill, so far only aboriginal Canadians have managed to find the courage to rise up against it. Like their Amerikkkan brothers and sisters, most non-aboriginal Canadians are too sedated by prescription anti-depressants and other pharmaceutical plagues and too obsessed with their digital gadgetry to stand up on their hind legs. The aboriginals — or First Nations, as Canada’s real natives prefer to call themselves –, however, were no longer content to simply turn the other cheek and have the Top1% and their puppet political prostitutes slap it too. Hence, the emergence of Idle No More. Continue reading “Finally, some of us are ‘Idle No More’”