Sunday, December 16, 2007

If you stand for nothing you'll fall for anything

The response to the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" by progressives, particularly Lindsey Beyerstein and Dave Neiwert, both of whom like the basic idea of the act because they want right wing terrorists in the U.S. under control. What they ignore is that the big, huge, whopping fucking issue going on right now in the U.S. is the anti-war movement and the opposition to Bush. This is what will be labeled "Violent Radicalization" and "Homegrown Terrorism", when people take direct action to oppose the war, as happened in Olympia recently. Dave Neiwert of "Orcinus" Here (and I should mention that Orcinus is very good on immigration issues), and Lindsay Beyerstein in her article
for "In These Times" approach the thing as if putting more power into a PATRIOT-ACT enforcing Bush administration's hands to conduct domestic surveillance would just be fine and dandy because it would catch the Eric Rudolphs and Timothy McVeigh's of the world. So the same administration that wants to see what books you're reading now wants to make sure you're not participating in a potentially Violently Radicalizing organization, or surfing websites that might potentially Violently Radicalize you. The same administration that's intercepting phone calls en masse via the NSA in cooperation with the telecoms wants to ensure that you're not being radicalized for violence.

Which is fine because they'll only use it on right wingers, right?

What fucking idiocy. If you believe that you have no right to call yourself a progressive.

But getting published in "In These Times", as minor as it may be, makes a person feel that they need to act "professionally", right? Which means checking your brains at the door, even if the magazine is a lefty publication that would probably accept a more critical view of the legislation.

I've often wondered about bloggers who don't seem to come from any sort of political position, I mean beyond hating Bush. What do they stand for besides writing about politicians they don't like? Where do they come from in their writing?

The answer, it seems, is that they often times don't come from much, which means that they're infinitely pliable when it comes to positions they'll be lead to support.

If you stand for nothing, you'll fall for anything. War is peace, enhancing domestic surveillance ensures the health of the state by preventing right wing terrorism. Long live Big Brother.

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