By Henry McRandall
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”
By Henry McRandall