Some friends and I will be meeting at Shelby Park in Old Louisville at 1:30pm, Sunday, for a General Assembly of the new Louisville Socialists political group. Come for a great discussion of some new ideas for collective action. You can RSVP at Meetup.com and become a new member. Hope to see you there!
A short excerpt from the “Minimanual of the Urban Guerilla” by Brazilian guerrilla fighter Carlos Marighella, died 1950. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.”
It is necessary to turn crisis into armed crisis by performing violent actions that will force those in power to transform the military situation into a political situation. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against the army and the police and blame them for this state of thing.
A writing by Mao Tse-Tung, the late Chairman of Chinese Communist Politburo. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.”
The revolt of the peasants in the countryside disturbed the sweet dreams of the gentry. When news about the countryside reached the cities, the gentry there immediately burst into an uproar. When I first arrived in Changsa, I met people from various circles and picked up a good deal of street gossip. From the middle strata upwards to the right-wingers of the Kuomintang, there was not a single person who did not summarize the whole thing in one phrase: “An awful mess!” Even quite revolutionary people, carried away by the opinion of the “awful mess” school which prevailed like a storm over the whole city, became downhearted at the very thought of the conditions in the countryside, and could not deny the word “mess.” Even very progressive people could only remark, “Indeed a mess, but inevitable in the course of the revolution.” In a word, nobody could categorically deny the word “mess.”
But the fact is, as stated above, that the broad peasant masses have risen to fulfill their historic mission, that the democratic forces in the rural areas have risen to overthrow the rural feudal power. The patriarchal-feudal class of local bullies, bad gentry and lawless landlords has formed the basis of autocratic government for thousands of years, the cornerstone of imperialism, warlordism and corrupt officialdom. To overthrow this feudal power is the real objective of the national revolution. What Dr. Sun Yat-Sen wanted to do in the forty years he devoted to the national revolution but failed to accomplish, the peasants have accomplished in a few months. This is a marvelous feat which has never been achieved in the last forty or even thousands of years. It is very good indeed. It is not a “mess” at all. It is anything but an “awful mess.”
As the situation in McKinney continues to play out over the disgusting and disgraceful assault on a minor by former officer Eric Casebolt, I couldn’t help but notice there was an act of bravery seen in the now viral video. No, it wasn’t Casebolt and he clearly was not in danger of losing his life, as one recently removed principal suggested. It was a reflexive reaction of courage. It just wasn’t performed by any of the people in uniform.
The country has watched the number of incidents of police brutality continue to mount across the country as cellphone and security video has been opening up a world of violence to white America that many either chose to ignore or didn’t know existed. The ease with which video can be taken and shared is exposing the reality that racism is far from dead and there are widespread systemic problems with the justice system in the US in regards to its treatment of minorities.
The problems have been there for a very long time and now we are getting an increasing number of first-hand looks at it. Some in the privileged white community may think things were not like this or better in the past but not everyone was able to so easily film the Rodney King-like police offenses of yesteryear. Whether it’s police shooting children, someone running away, or someone doing exactly what was asked of them, it’s gone on forever and ignoring that reality is simply stupid.
That said, the onus is heavily on the police to change their ways and mend the fences they continue to destroy. One way they can do this is commending citizens for recognizing when their officers are committing a crime and using their words (and not violence) to try to stop it. And this is exactly what some of the brave kids at the pool party clearly tried to do.
When Casebolt begins his assault on the child, some of her friends instantly react to what was clearly an act of brutality. One of the young male teens even ends up in handcuffs for having the audacity of recognizing a crime and getting near ex-officer Casebolt when he was manhandling a child half his size. Casebolt maniacally responds to this offense by pulling his weapon.
And that’s why it was so brave for these teens to even step near an out-of-control officer when he was clearly overreacting to the situation. It had to have crossed their minds at that point that they could end up being the next Tamir, the next Akai, or the next Freddie. That fear was put aside to stop an act of violence. It was put aside for what most of us recognize is a thing called morality. They saw their friend being hurt and they simply wanted it to stop. Even at the potential cost of their young lives, they tried to non-violently step in and do what was right and what was just.
And there is no defending what Casebolt did in any way. His near-immediate resignation spoke volumes considering the lack of justice other officers have received in various incidents around the country. That resignation would not have happened so quickly if his actions were, in any way, defensible.
In light of this, the McKinney PD should schedule a ceremony with all the bells and whistles they would bestow on their own. They should put on their fancy uniforms and line up in front of a stage to honor the courageous teens that recognized a crime being committed when they saw it and reacted appropriately. It’s the least they can do to begin the necessary repair of their now tarnished image.
A statement by Robert G. Ingersoll, American lecturer and free-thought spokesman. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.”
Whoever produces anything by weary labor, does not need a revelation from heaven to teach him that he has the right to the thing produced.
This episode of Frontline entitled “Secrets, Politics, & Torture” is a must watch. It covers the entire CIA torture history since September 11th, 2001, and all that surrounded it in the political world.
It explains how torture techniques did not lead the CIA to any actionable intelligence and how the film “Zero Dark Thirty” is a piece of propaganda portraying torture methods as effective.
Must Watch! Here’s the link.
“‘Gunmen in West Virginia” by an anonymous Paint Creek Miner written during the terrible strike of 1911-1912. This is one of my favorites in the “Social Protest Lit.” series. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.”
The hills are very bare and cold and lonely;
I wonder what the future months will bring.
The strike is on-our strength would win, if only–
O, Buddy, how I’m longing for the spring!
They’ve got us down-their martial line enfolds us;
They’ve thrown us out to feel the winter’s sting.
And yet, by God, those curs can never hold us,
Nor could the dogs of hell do such a thing!
It isn’t just to see the hills beside me
Grow fresh and green with every growing thing’
I only want the leaves to come and hide me,
To cover up my vengeful wandering.
I will not watch the floating clouds that hover
Above the birds that warble on the wing;
I want to use this GUN from under cover–
O, Buddy, how I’m longing for the spring!
You see them there, below, the damned scab-herders!
Those puppets on the greedy Owners’ String;
We’ll make them pay for all their dirty murders–
We’ll show them how a starveling’s hate can sting!
They riddled us with volley after volley;
We heard their speeding bullets zip and ring,
But soon we’ll make them suffer for their folly–
O, Buddy, how I’m longing for the spring!