Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Thursday, August 04, 2011


The global corporate plan is to lock up the world. Put the people onto neo-feudal reservations and take control of all available resources (oil, water, minerals, etc) for corporate profit. The corporations plan is to maintain control of all available media to be used for control of public opinion. Control of governments is well underway. When opposition surfaces they would be smashed by overwhelming military control as the U.S. dominated NATO expands into a global war machine.

The European "debt crisis" war against social progress is also well underway. Last week's version here in the U.S. proved to be a victory for the corporate forces as they marshalled both political parties to stand with Wall Street to force through a plan that will over time lead to the dismantling of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other bastions of social progress. (See the story at Black Agenda Report called Barack Obama and the Debt Crisis: A Successful Con Game Explained)

I had an email from an old peace movement acquaintance the other day who took objection to me using Obama's name in vain in my recent email letter announcing the Global Network's annual Keep Space for Peace Week (October 1-8). The person ended her defense of Obama by saying she wasn't really involved in "activist things these days".

This is what has happened. Many "former activists" have gone into virtual retirement since Obama came to office. Because he is such a nice person, and speaks so much better than Bush did, they feel that they can trust he will just take care of things. By not being directly involved they lose touch with the day-to-day scorecard of foreign policy and domestic transgressions by his administration and his Democratic party lemmings. Thus, when one of us challenges the magician, we are called into question by these former activists who must justify their faith in the saintly Obama by challenging those of us who have stayed in the fray.

It reminds me of the Indian reservation system set up out west in the late 1800's. After the Native American populations were decimated by the onslaught of the U.S. Army "heroic" soldiers, the people were brought onto the reservations. But that wasn't enough. The government set out to next turn tribe against tribe and band against band. Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull were not directly killed by the occupying Army. They got other Indians to do the dirty work for them.

Thus today, especially on Facebook, you see many liberals trashing those who are critical of Obama. The left is being taken apart as an effective opposition force against corporate domination and this is being done under the stewardship of the Obama administration. (Recall earlier comments by various Obama officials trashing critics on the left. They set the tone and the direction for this attack mode.)

Just yesterday I responded to one thread on Facebook that asked the question "Will liberals abandon Obama?" In response to one vicious liberal attack on critics, I suggested that the man might want to be careful about trashing people on the left. When the clamp comes down we might be your only allies left, I wrote. The guy responded with: "The Anarchists, Marxists, Maoists, Libertarians, and Pacifists that make up the Radical Left & who MUST have their way or the highway, attempting to DICTATE to the rest of the country from 16% are no one's ally."

As I read these misbegotten words my mind flashed back to the recent reports that the Pentagon was assigning military personnel the mission to establish false Facebook accounts so they could spread lies, hatred, misinformation, distrust, and maliciousness. I couldn't help but wonder if this "gentleman" was in fact one of those "heroic" soldiers at work turning tribe against tribe.

We see the same tactic underway today on Jeju Island as the right-wing South Korean government is sending hundreds of retired military personnel to the Gangjeong village to protest "in favor" of the Navy base. These shock troops will be looking to provoke violence which would then give the government the excuse to "clean-out" the protest movement. It is a sign of respect in one sense, as the base opposition movement grows, but on the other hand it is further evidence how the corporate forces have a modus operandi (MO).

This MO can be seen in full swing in Washington DC today inside the Obama White House. He is a determined operative for Wall Street and the corporate agenda. Our job as citizens is to disconnect ourselves from the instruments of social control. Only when we do that can we have any hope of becoming real human beings again.


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