Batons at the ready??

Once again a victim of police brutality ends up in court charged with violence.  Harvie Brown was charged as the ring leader of violence against the police at last years G20 protest. However it took the jury a mere 30 minutes to find him not guilty after seeing film footage of the police brutality against protesters. A glowing example of the need for protesters to film everything they see at such an event. Film evidence in court can be very powerful and can in some cases contradict the police evidence, as it did in this case. A mass protest with everybody armed with their video phones merrily taking film of everything in sight would be a clear indication that we are aware of what we are up against and are collecting the evidence. They may manage to confiscate some, but some will survive and “could be used  as evidence in a court of law.”

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Myth Of The Brave Soldier.


     An article written some time ago by Mickey Z but I feel is worth repeating as it is still relevant today.

        In a recent correspondence, Adam Engel wrote: “One of the greatest myths about America is that it’s the ‘home of the brave.’ Once, perhaps, prior to 1492. Now, it’s most likely the greatest collection of cowards in the Milky Way Galaxy.” Engel specifically mentioned our lack of response to losing habeas corpus and to being both “subject to eternal imprisonment for liberating animals from vivisection labs” and “complicit in the murder of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Palestinians, Lebanese, Afghanis, South and Central Americans, Haitians etc. etc. etc.”
        He could’ve also included our acquiescence in a frighteningly broad range of areas, e.g. access to health care, tolerance for voting irregularities, directly funding the Israeli war machine, and stomaching the groupthink behind saluting a flag. Americans talk the talk but when ordered to remove their shoes before going through airport security, it’s “yes sir” all the way.
For the purposes of this article I’d like to highlight another area in which American bravery is lacking…an area I have touched on before: supporting the troops. As John Kerry’s recent episode demonstrated, one cannot appear to criticize the men and women in uniform without paying a high price. There are many who identify themselves as “anti-war” who will vigorously defend the troops. Even when faced with documented evidence of criminality, Americans still cannot summon the bravery to condemn the military. The excuse-making typically touches on these two areas:

         1. They were just following orders 2. Those who enlist do so for economic reasons
          The first line of defence flawed argument. Principle I of the Nuremberg Tribunal (1950) states: “Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.” Principle IV adds: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.” And please don’t get me started on the Geneva Conventions.
        As for excuse 2, a recent New York Times editorial put that myth to rest. Authors Tim Kane and Mackenzie Eaglen “analysed demographic data on every single enlistee, not just a sample, and found that in terms of education, last year’s recruits were just as qualified as those of any recent year, and maybe the best ever. Over all, wartime recruits since 1999 are in many respects comparable to the youth population on the whole, except that they are on average a bit wealthier, much more likely to have graduated from high school and more rural than their civilian peers.” They also found that youths “from wealthy American ZIP codes are volunteering in ever higher numbers” while “enlistees from the poorest fifth of American neighbourhoods fell nearly a full percentage point over the last two years, to 13.7 percent. In 1999, that number was exactly 18 percent.”
           Are some of the American soldiers in Iraq there primarily for economic reasons? Sure. Did others sign up for a chance to shoot some towel heads? Probably. So, after factoring out these two relatively small groups and rejecting the immoral “only following orders” defence, the question remains: Exactly how are the men and women fighting in Iraq immune from any and all blame?

Mickey Z can be found HERE. 

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           Ask different people and you’ll get different answers, most will be of a negative nature, a media style stereotype. As far as I’m concerned, one thing anarchism is about is pleasure, about enjoying life, not about suffering. It is about removing suffering where and whenever we can, it is about being your real self and helping others to do likewise.

           So why don’t you have a try? Go out and do something creative, make your own free handout, start painting, write a poem, play an impromptu gig, build an art work in your garden, take the day of work and take the kids to the park. You should be the instigator, the creator, it doesn’t matter what you do, just make sure it is your thing and you do it your own way.

        We all have something to say, and what you have to say is just as important as what anybody else has to say, though the system will tell you different. If you do break out of the conformity straightjacket, you won’t be alone, on the periphery of mainstream culture, away from the empty fashion of everyday life, outside the national galleries, free from the blandness of our modern cities there is an army of people being creative, being themselves, join them.

        You know you have something to say, so get out there and say it in what ever fashion takes your fancy, just be creative, creativity is about expressing yourself, standing up and saying, “This is me.” Thinking for yourself and being your own person, even for a short while, is infectious, so go out and start an epidemic.

         To start to be creative forget all that you have been told and learnt, turn your back on the stifling, shallow life of consumerism. Imagine not how things are but how you want them to be. A new world is possible, but it starts with you, you have to want it enough. Imagine your utopia and start walking towards the vision.

            You could get involved in some of the current protest groups and campaigns in your area, you could start your own, that could be the first step to your new world. Tell ann arky what your idea of anarchism is?? annarky@radicalglasgow.me.uk