Flexible europe: in the street: 1 of may

May day Parade

 

Euro Mayday 2005
Euro Mayday 2005


Precarity is the most widespread condition of labour and life in Europe today. For the fifth time, the first of may, the worker's day, unenployed people, temporary workers, work on call people, chain workers, part timers, university researchers, which are part of the growing net of precarious work and which signed the Middelsex declaration, will recall to everybody that precarious work is actually the keystone of the production process. Street actions, and a big parade will be held in many europan towns: Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Barcelona , Hamburg, Liege, Ljubjana, Sevilla, Milano, Roma, Copenhagen , Leon, Paris, Amsterdam, L'Aquila, Marseille, Wien, London, Stockholm, Viterbo, Napoli and Palermo.

The unbeateable heroes of uncertainty are struggling for collective rights and social cooperation, because "atypical workers" are going to be very typical.

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Chants and Rants and Truth for May day

If we were honest 30.Apr.2005 01:25

drink up ye maties we need a bit of spike
drink up ye maties we need a bit of spike
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Are we but a waste land or a growing fierce movement
Are we but a waste land or a growing fierce movement
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Look for places that energy will leverage and tip the balance. Latin America is a milk cow of the empire and the US Hispanic vote could determine how severe the American right wing dares. Combining these two struggles with a new morality that combines social and personal responsibilities is the course.

Finding reputable new leaders to develop a new strategies and carry it forward is challenging. As you say, telling the truth is the first step along with admitting that our past actions and present direction are failures leading us to nowhere.

The pro-technology liberals who think of themselves as "progressives" are one of the most effective allies of George Bush. They steer the debate away from structural changes and over to flawed fantasies of global scientific applied industrialization for a globalized new world order. One that the rich will still dominate and bide their time in.


Mantras and Something Positive for The pitifully Trapped US PEOPLE

Given the limited value of politics, education or activism in the US, the audience for serious writers must be outside of the US. But even a small number of US supporters can make a real difference and begin the struggle to counter 40 years of curious education and organizing efforts by US Enviros and Narrow leftists (not to mention the bizarre isolation of many anarchists and supposed deep ecologists).

Few real debates about important issues take place. At this point, with people rising up without leadership or direction, we think that debate on ideology is irrelevant in that all attention should be towards strategies of building power to thwart US designs and to fight back.

TO Purpose or Not

If you care about or are focused on the short term:

1. Raise dollars for revolutionary groups in the Andes.
2. Encourage people working on fundraising to move to Oregon, Washington or Vermont to help take over the government there and thus raise taxes to give to the Andes.
3. (see C.3.)

If your focus is the medium-term time frame (2 to 8 years) you think that the first two ideas presented will not work:
1. Finish your petroleum engineering or alternative economics degree and get some of your friends and classmates to move to Venezuela or the Bolivarian Republic of Ecuador.
2. Raise dollars for the Andes and get people to move to Oregon, Washington or Vermont.
3. See C.3.)

If you foolishly believe that there will be a long-term (10 to 15 years) without millions of people doing all of the above then:
1. Join the debate on designing the Green Socialism for the XXI Century – the program that Latin America needs (soon) in order to complete the transition from capitalist neo-slavery and marginality to a full human and social potential.

2. Cry and curse your fears for spending so much time doubting and studying your eco-economics when you could have done all of the above and saved the world or a hemisphere.

3. Join the FARC guerrillas of Colombia if they have not been exterminated along with the 20-30,000 people that the US policies and drug abuse kill each year in honor of the Cross of Globalization and hypocritical drug wars.


To Protest Bush expecting the act itself to change anything is to miss the point of everything going on in the world. Go ahead and protest Bush as long as you are protesting all americans - or for sure the 56 percent who still think Saddam had WMDs and helped do 911 - or the majority of americans who think iraqis are better of now than 3 years ago - even the dead I presume - !

Protest all that you want as long as you admit it is only selfish - to feel good - to bask in the doing of something -

However if you really want to fight Bush - give money to the Andes - in fact everything else that you can do (non-violently) is evil...

Protest all you want )or can stomach) just admit it is selfish "feel-good" basking in the doing of something.

Want to fight Bush (few really do)?

Give to the Andes


A Morning Media Ritual To Chant – Death to US of Amnesia

(and post everywhere continuously – indymedia, foreign news – forums etc... keep it up till it is everywhere -- )

~ DON'T FORGET the Forgotten Prisoners of the US of Amnesia:
300,00 Africans, 250,000 Hispanics and 500,000 others domestically; 10,000 Iraqis, 5000 in Israel, and 1000s held secretly in the torture chambers of Guantanamo, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan and the kennels of the Saudi apostate dogs.

… Oh and there are over 100,000 children held in US prisons too ( http://www.hrw.org/prisons/united_states.html)

DON"T FORGET the Forgotten Crimes of the US of Amnesia:
Wounded Knee, Hiroshima, Global Warming, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala, Cuba, Chile, Iraq, Nicaragua, Colombia, Palestine, Nepal and Venezuela; The free market of US of Amnesia Death Squads, the CIA of espionage and assassination.

… Oh and the US drones, satellites and sensors that spy on the whole world, all of the time and more each year…

DON'T FORGET the Forgotten Diseases of Capitalism eating at the US of Amnesia: spiraling greed as religion, drug abuse, obesity, insanity, pervert priests, George Bush and an inability of the US to participate in the world: the World Court, the International Criminal Court, Kyoto Treaty, Convenetions on Women, Children, Racism and Weapons.

DON'T FORGET THE FORGOTTEN DUTIES OF ALL OF US WHO WANT TO WAKE UP FROM OUR OWN AMNESIA:
Pull the plug on USA predatory corporations and those of their capitalist friends – especially France, UK and Italy. Drive them out of all regions. Defeat Imperialism with realism – A Clean Slate for Rebuilding the World.

Dump the Dirty Dollar (even people in the US can hold Euros or gold).

… Oh, and don’t forget that help to the world never has and never will come from within the US where activism never really existed and is now worse than dead – a zombie more deadly than if it had never been born, selfish, confused and lost… rejecting and yet craving morality and truth.


Recognise that we need each other and must learn from each other. Internationalism is not about having exotic posters on the walls of one's meeting-place, but rather in having an ongoing interaction on effective resistance ideas and struggles across the globe.

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oh jesus fucking christ....

King Amdo 03.May.2005 05:43

Mayday is blagged from the Goddess fertility rite of Beltane (in English).

Blessed be.

seguir uniendo y luchando

co.bas 03.May.2005 11:45

1 de mayo del 2005-May Day en Barcelona

Es la primera vez que se extiende un debate entre muchos compañeros/as, jóvenes y mayores, anticapitalistas, que más o menos se resume así: ¿Vas a la paseada de la mañana con los 2 sindicatos burocratizados o vas a la mani alternativa de la tarde?

Muchos y muchas de los que deseamos transformar este injusto sistema decidimos agruparnos en los bloques de la mani alternativa de la tarde. A pesar del bloqueo mediático del govern tripartit y de sus dos sindicatos, trabajadores de prensa aseguran que había más gente por la tarde que por la mañana. Los que viven del sindicalismo liberados, organizaban el cortejo de la mañana, acompañados de muchos honestos que creen posible modificar el sindicalismo acomodado de CCOO-UGT. Claro que los actos minoritarios de CNT y CGT por la mañana no deben confundirse con el sindicalismo institucional así como los de otros sindicatos que siguen organizando comidas de hermandad. Pero creemos prioritario ir en la línea de recuperar la unidad y la lucha necesarias para frenar la precariedad y privatizaciones crecientes en la Europa neoliberal.

Desde co.bas, como impulsores entre otros de la Coordinadora sindical unitaria de Catalunya, y de la Xarxa contra la precariedad y los cierres (deslocalizaciones)de empresas, decidimos impulsar el bloque de trabajo de la manifestación alternativa, aunque también se difundió desde la xarxa el manifiesto alternativo por la mañana.

La prensa argumenta que la paz social y los pactos deslucieron las manis del sindicalismo institucional, pero oculta lo nuevo porque lo temen y no lo controlan.

Es peligroso propagar en los medios que para acabar con la precariedad, muchos ciudadanos antisistema se manifiestan pintando y encartelando bancos y multinacionales, y en vez del pacto social actual, plantean luchar por nuevos derechos que acaben con la precariedad, llamando a la autoorganización en empresas y territorios para ello.

Con matices y diferencias, la expresión del conflicto entre los precarios y la burocracia sindical se da en varias ciudades, surge en Andalucía, Madrid, Euskadi, etc. Es decir, algo se mueve desde que surgió el movimiento antiglobalización y le temen a la unión del movimiento obrero con los movimientos sociales. Los discursos por la mañana eran unipersonales de los 2 jefes, por la tarde la libertad y pluralidad de lemas contra la precariedad y contra la especulación eran acompañado por la creatividad de dj´s (músicos y cantantes), gritos de inmigrantes, performances, etc,.

Pero la diferencia la marcaban no solo los participantes sino la policía, con la represión efectuada antes de empezar la mani. Las detenciones de 6 compañeros del bloque negro y de su camión, la identificación de conductores y del camión de la xarxa y el de cabecera una hora antes, el registro de mochilas y bolsos a los que salían del metro, etc. Todo ello, con más de 70 furgones de policía acompañando todos los recorridos posibles. Los inmigrantes llegaron juntos para evitarse más problemas y a pesar de todo, la creatividad empezó a desbordar en la plaza Universidad.

Ahora nos queda lo más difícil, organizar la resistencia y la alternativa en la vida cotidiana. Ese si que es el reto, por más que empecemos a juntarnos todos los anticapitalistas honestos una o dos veces al año, lo realmente difícil es articular en el día a día con los que luchan aquí o allá, en el conjunto de ciudades de Catalunya. Por ello, es fundamental recuperar la solidaridad, apoyando las luchas reales, a los que mas lo necesitan, a los inmigrantes, a los represaliados en su empresa o barrio, por su acción sindical o política, apoyando a los que tienen un mal trabajo (etts, subcontratas, autónomos, sumergidos, acosadas, o las que hacen trabajo que ni siquiera es remunerado por cuidar a niños o mayores), y debemos hacerlo de forma antagónica al sistema, no conciliadora con el mercado, no colaborando con la competitividad y la flexibilidad que desea el capital, esta tarea es la que debemos profundizar. La incertidumbre de la precariedad cotidiana no tiene solución en este sistema por basarse en la explotación y en el máximo beneficio de los que poseen las propiedades. Esto debe quedar claro en cada acción unitaria de lucha, esa tarea es la principal, extender la conciencia solidaria y fraternal entre los seres humanos, repolitizar la sociedad con las asambleas y debates libres, con la democracia desde abajo y así, poder ir uniendo cada vez más personas a la red anticapitalista. Recuperando el primero de mayo, empezamos a reconstruir el movimiento de clase y de luchas que necesitamos.

Josep Bel 2/5/05 xarxacontratancaments


fascism grows daily

loeher 03.May.2005 19:48

In Guatemala, iraq, Lebanon, Mexico City, COlombia USA Fascist Projections mount
In Guatemala, iraq, Lebanon, Mexico City, COlombia USA Fascist Projections mount
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A sermon against the present and coming fascism.


You may wonder why anyone would try to use the word "fascism" in a serious discussion of where America is today. It sounds like cheap name-calling, or melodramatic allusion to a slew of old war movies. But I am serious. I don't mean it as name-calling at all. I mean to persuade you that the style of governing into which America has slid is most accurately described as fascism, and that the necessary implications of this fact are rightly regarded as terrifying. That's what I am about here. And even if I don't persuade you, I hope to raise the level of your thinking about who and where we are now, to add some nuance and perhaps some useful insights...

This is not America's first encounter with fascism. In early 1944, the New York Times asked Vice President Henry Wallace to, as Wallace noted, "write a piece answering the following questions: What is a fascist? How many fascists have we? How dangerous are they?"

Vice President Wallace's answer to those questions was published in The New York Times on April 9, 1944, at the height of the war against the Axis powers of Germany and Japan. See how much you think his statements apply to our society today.

"The really dangerous American fascist," Wallace wrote, "is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power."

In his strongest indictment of the tide of fascism he saw rising in America, Wallace added, "They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection." By these standards, a few of today's weapons for keeping the common people in eternal subjection include NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, union-busting, cutting worker benefits while increasing CEO pay, elimination of worker benefits, security and pensions, rapacious credit card interest, and outsourcing of jobs - not to mention the largest prison system in the world...

In the meantime, is there any hope, or do we just band together like lemmings and dive off a cliff? Yes, there is always hope, though at times it is more hidden, as it is now. As some critics are now saying, and as I have been preaching and writing for almost twenty years, America's liberals need to grow beyond political liberalism, with its often self-absorbed focus on individual rights to the exclusion of individual responsibilities to the larger society. Liberals will have to construct a more complete vision with moral and religious grounding. That does not mean confessional Christianity. It means the legitimate heir to Christianity. Such a legitimate heir need not be a religion, though it must have clear moral power, and be able to attract the minds and hearts of a voting majority of Americans. And the new liberal vision must be larger than that of the conservative religious vision that will be appointing judges, writing laws and bending the cultural norms toward hatred and exclusion for the foreseeable future.

The conservatives deserve a lot of admiration. They have spent the last thirty years studying American politics, forming their vision and learning how to gain control in the political system. And it worked; they have won.

Even if liberals can develop a bigger vision, they still have all that time-consuming work to do. It won't be fast. It isn't even clear that liberals will be willing to do it; they may instead prefer to go down with the ship they're used to. Read more...
Mussolini, who helped create modern fascism, viewed liberal ideas as the enemy. "The Fascist Conception of life," he wrote, "stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with the State. It is opposed to classical liberalism [which] denied the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts the rights of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual." (In 1932 Mussolini wrote, with the help of Giovanni Gentile, an entry for the Italian Encyclopedia on the definition of fascism. You can read the whole entry at  http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/mussolini-fascism.html)

Mussolini thought it was unnatural for a government to protect individual rights: The essence of fascism, he believed, is that government should be the master, not the servant, of the people.

Still, fascism is a word that is completely foreign to most of us. We need to know what it is, and how we can know it when we see it.

In an essay coyly titled "Fascism Anyone?," Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, identifies social and political agendas common to fascist regimes. His comparisons of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto, and Pinochet yielded this list of 14 "identifying characteristics of fascism." (The following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 23, Number 2. Read it at
 http://www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/britt_23_2.htm) See how familiar they sound.

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are
flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases
because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is
neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

6. Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes the media are directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media are indirectly controlled by government regulation, or
sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate
public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not
uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often
refuse to fund the arts.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a
national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from
accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government
leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the
media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.


1. The first stream of thought was the imperialistic dream of "The Project for the New American Century". I don't believe anyone can understand the past four years without reading "The Project for the New American Century", published in September 2000 and authored by many who have been prominent players in the Bush administrations, including Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz,Richard Perle and Donald Kagan to name only a few. This report saw the fall of communism as a call for America to become the military rulers of the world, to establish a new worldwide empire. They spelled out the military enhancements we would need, then noted, sadly, that these wonderful plans would take a long time, unless there could be a catastrophic and catalyzing event
like a new Pearl Harbor that would let the leaders turn America into a military and militarist country. There was no clear interest in religion in this report, and no clear concern with local economic policies.

2. A second powerful stream must be credited to Pat Robertson and his Christian Reconstructionists, or Dominionists. Long dismissed by most of us
as a screwball, the Dominionist style of Christianity which he has been preaching since the early 1980s is now the most powerful religious voice in the Bush administration.

:: Katherine Yurica, who transcribed over 1300 pages of interviews from Pat Robertson's "700 Club" shows in the 1980s, has shown how Robertson and his
chosen guests consistently, openly and passionately argued that America must become a theocracy under the control of Christian Dominionists. Robertson
is on record saying democracy is a terrible form of government unless it is run by his kind of Christians. He also rails constantly against taxing the rich,
against public education, social programs and welfare - and prefers Deuteronomy 28 over the teachings of Jesus. He is clear that women must
remain homebound as obedient servants of men, and that abortions, like homosexuals, should not be
allowed. Robertson has also been clear that other kinds of Christians, including Episcopalians and Presbyterians, are enemies of Christ. (The
Yurica Report. Search under this name, or or "Despoiling America" by Katherine Yurica on the internet.)

3. The third major component of this Perfect Storm has been the desire of very wealthy Americans and corporate CEOs for a plutocracy that will favor
profits by the very rich and disempowerment of the
vast majority of American workers, the destruction of workers' unions, and the alliance of government to help achieve these greedy goals. It is a condition some have called socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor, and which others recognize as a reincarnation of Social Darwinism. This
strain of thought has been present throughout American history. Seventy years ago, they tried to finance a military coup to replace Franklin Delano
Roosevelt and establish General Smedley Butler as a fascist dictator in 1934.

Fortunately, they picked a general who really was a patriot; he refused, reported the scheme, and spoke and wrote about it. As Canadian law professor Joel Bakan wrote in the book and movie "The Corporation," they have now achieved their coup Without firing a shot.

Our plutocrats have had no particular interest in religion. Their global interests are with an imperialist empire, and their domestic goals are in undoing all the New Deal reforms of Franklin Delano Roosevelt that enabled the rise of America's middle class after WWII.

Another ill wind in this Perfect Storm is more important than its crudity might suggest: it was President Clinton's sleazy sex with a young but eager
intern in the White House. This incident, and Clinton's equally sleazy lying about it, focused the certainties of conservatives on the fact that "liberals" had neither moral compass nor moral concern, and therefore represented a dangerous threat to the moral fiber of America. While the effects of this may be hard to quantify, I think they were profound.

These "storm" components have no necessary connection, and come from different groups of thinkers, many of whom wouldn't even like one another. But together, they form a nearly complete web of command and control, which has finally gained control of America and, they hope, of the world.

What's coming
When all fascisms exhibit the same social and political agendas (the 14 points listed by Britt), then it is not hard to predict where a new fascist
uprising will lead. And it is not hard. The actions of fascists and the social and political effects of fascism and fundamentalism are clear and sobering. Here is
some of what's coming, what will be happening in our country in the next few years:

* The theft of all social security funds, to be transferred to those who control money, and the increasing destitution of all those dependent on social security and social welfare programs.

* Rising numbers of uninsured people in this country that already has the highest percentage of citizens without health insurance in the developed world.

* Increased loss of funding for public education combined with increased support for vouchers, urging Americans to entrust their children's education
to Christian schools.

* More restrictions on civil liberties as America is turned into the police state necessary for fascism to work.

* Withdrawal of virtually all funding for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System. At their best, these media sometimes encourage critical questioning, so they are correctly seen as enemies
of the state's official stories.

* The reinstatement of a draft, from which the children of privileged parents will again be mostly exempt, leaving our poorest children to fight and die in wars of imperialism and greed that could never benefit them anyway. (That was my one-sentence Veterans' Day sermon for this year.)

* More imperialistic invasions: of Iran and others, and the construction of a huge permanent embassy in Iraq.

* More restrictions on speech, under the flag of national security.

* Control of the internet to remove or cripple it as an instrument of free communication that is exempt from government control. This will be presented as a necessary anti-terrorist measure.

* Efforts to remove the tax-exempt status of churches like this one, and to characterize them as anti-American.

* Tighter control of the editorial bias of almost all media, and demonization of the few media they are unable to control - the New York Times, for instance.

* Continued outsourcing of jobs, including more white-collar jobs, to produce greater profits for those who control the money and direct the society, while simultaneously reducing America's workers to a more desperate and powerless status.

* Moves in the banking industry to make it impossible for an increasing number of Americans to own their homes. As they did in the 1930s, those who control the money know that it is to their advantage and profit to keep others renting rather than owning.

* Criminalization of those who protest, as un-American, with arrests, detentions and harassment increasing. We already have a higher percentage of our citizens in prison than any other country in the world. That percentage will increase.

* In the near future, it will be illegal or at least dangerous to say the things I have said here this morning. In the fascist story, these things are
un-American. In the real history of a democratic America, they were seen as profoundly patriotic, as the kind of critical questions that kept the American spirit alive - the kind of questions, incidentally, that our media were supposed to be pressing.

Can these schemes work? I don't think so. I think they are murderous, rapacious and insane. But I don't
know. Maybe they can. Similar schemes have worked in countries like Chile, where a democracy in which over 90% voted has been reduced to one in which
only about 20% vote because they say, as Americans are learning to say, that it no longer matters who you vote for.

Hope
In the meantime, is there any hope, or do we just band together like lemmings and dive off a cliff? Yes, there is always hope, though at times it is more hidden, as it is now.

As some critics are now saying, and as I have been preaching and writing for almost twenty years, America's liberals need to grow beyond political
liberalism, with its often self-absorbed focus on individual rights to the exclusion of individual responsibilities to the larger society. Liberals will have to construct a more complete vision with moral and religious grounding. That does not mean confessional Christianity. It means the legitimate heir to Christianity. Such a legitimate heir need not be a religion, though it must have clear moral power, and be able to attract the minds and hearts of a voting majority of Americans.

And the new liberal vision must be larger than that of the conservative religious vision that will be appointing judges, writing laws and bending the cultural norms toward hatred and exclusion for the foreseeable future. The conservatives deserve a lot
of admiration. They have spent the last thirty years studying American politics, forming their vision and learning how to gain control in the political system. And it worked; they have won.

Even if liberals can develop a bigger vision, they still have all that time-consuming work to do. It won't be fast. It isn't even clear that liberals will be willing to do it; they may instead prefer to go down with the ship they're used to.

One man who has been tireless in his investigations and critiques of America's slide into fascism is Michael C. Ruppert, whose postings usually read as though he is wound way too tight. But he offers four pieces of advice about what we can do now, and they seem reality-based enough to pass on to you. This is America; they're all about money:
* First, he says you should get out of debt.
* Second is to spend your money and time on things that give you energy and provide you with useful information.
* Third is to stop spending a penny with major banks, news media and corporations that feed you lies and leave you angry and exhausted.
* And fourth is to learn how money works and use it like a (political) weapon - as he predicts the rest of the world will be doing against us. from
( http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/110504_snap_out.shtml)

That's advice written this week. Another bit of advice comes from sixty years ago, from Roosevelt's Vice President, Henry Wallace. Wallace said, "Democracy, to crush fascism internally, must...develop the ability to keep people fully employed and at the same time balance the budget. It must put human beings first and dollars second. It must appeal to reason and decency and not to violence and deceit. We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels."

Still another way to understand fascism is as a kind of colonization. A simple definition of "colonization" is that it takes people's stories away, and assigns them supportive roles in stories that empower others at their expense. When you are taxed to support a government that uses you as a means to serve the ends of others, you are - ironically - in a state of taxation without representation. That's where this country started, and it's where we are now.

I don't know the next step. I'm not a political activist; I'm only a preacher. But whatever you do, whatever we do, I hope that we can remember some very basic things that I think of as eternally true.

One is that the vast majority of people are good decent people who mean and do as well as they know how. Very few people are evil, though some are. But we all live in families where some of our blood relatives support things we hate. I believe they mean well, and the way to rebuild broken bridges is through greater understanding, compassion, and a
reality-based story that is more inclusive and empowering for the vast majority of us.

Those who want to live in a reality-based story rather than as serfs in an ideology designed to transfer power, possibility and hope to a small ruling
elite have much long and hard work to do, individually and collectively. It will not be either easy or quick.

But we will do it. We will go forward in hope and in courage. Let us seek that better path, and find the courage to take it - step, by step, by step.
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About Our Minister, Davidson Loehr, Ph.D.
His academic credentials include a doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in theology, philosophy of religion and philosophy of science, a master's degree from the same university in methods for studying religions, and a bachelor's degree in music theory from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Loehr is a regular contributor to the Austin American-Statesman and represents our church at
activities and events sponsored by the Austin Area Interreligious Ministries.

pictures from copenhagen

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there are not many pictures floating around the net from the euro mayday demos that took place in various cities, here are a few from copenhagen.

may day in greece

uknown employee 04.May.2005 09:50

kala mas douleuoune?? to upourgeio eswterikwn kurisei leei tin 11 mai (mera pou metaferthike i apergia-argia tis prwtomagias)ergasimi...Eleos! kairos gia alithini prwtomagia diladi apergia!

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rolloffle 26.May.2005 10:17

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rolloffle 26.May.2005 10:17

rolloffle says HY!