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Posted on February 25 at midnight
i accuse you of nothing, and don't presume to know you. i merely question the record of your perspective and respond to your reaction.
as long as you continue to merely make demands of the government to solve all your perceived problems, as long as you set yourself at odds with demonstrators who directly address needs and grievances you claim to recognize, yet fail to recognize the importance of individuals creatively and non-violently expressing their authority and power through instrumental action, as long as you passively accept systems of control, work hard, pay taxes, take vacations... until you live a life of pure and permanent resistance--an impossibility--you remain complicit.
in the words of friedrich nietzsche: "it requires a great deal of strength to be able to live and to forget the extent to which to live and to be unjust is one and the same thing."
Posted on February 24 at 4:27 a.m.
if you look into the future force (http://www.army.mil/fcs/) and icb (http://www.icb.ucsb.edu/about/faq.php#9) you may discover that the army is headed towards more automation and less accountability. in 2008, the military budget will exceed 1 trillion (http://zcommunications.org/znet/viewA...).
meanwhile, violent dislocation disrupts lives worldwide.
direct action may appear alarming, but the 'spoiled brats' obstructed the proliferation of imperialist thought and practices in a public institution that is implicated in some of the most heinous, imperialistic undertakings: direction of the development, testing, and production of nuclear weapons.
perhaps, the protester's understanding isn't so linear. perhaps, they ally themselves with all movements of people struggling against oppression and domination. perhaps, they are breaking from the cultures, traditions, languages, thoughts, and actions, which affix limits to vision and ambition. perhaps, their committment is infinite, along with their kindness.
instead of criticizing the actors, perhaps you should interrogate yourself. what rationality informs your reaction? paternalism? what moral undertone clings to your characterization of the protesters? you profess pragmatism, and a keen eye for making connections, but have you ever considered what it might take for you to deconstruct your own privilege and complicity?