Civil Disobedience and State Propaganda

February 23, 2009

This British news article  is worth deconstructing, as it highlights the nonsense and misinformation so common in the Western media.  It also serves as a warning for what may well be coming to the United States.

 

Britain Faces Summer of Rage – Police

 

Superintendent David Hartshorn, who heads the Metropolitan police’s public order branch, told the Guardian that middle-class individuals who would never have considered joining demonstrations may now seek to vent their anger through protests this year.

 

Who can blame them?  Taxed to the brink, lacking the bail-out compensation of failed financial corporations that dominate the UK economy, and devoid of any true representation in parliament, it’s a miracle there hasn’t already been widespread civil unrest in all Western nations.

 

He said that banks, particularly those that still pay large bonuses despite receiving billions in taxpayer money, had become “viable targets”. So too had the headquarters of multinational companies and other financial institutions in the City which are being blamed for the financial crisis.

 

Again, it’s only a matter of time before banks and financial firms become targets for demonstrations.  The only surprise is that it hasn’t happened already.

 

Here’s where it gets interesting:

Hartshorn, who receives regular intelligence briefings on potential causes of civil unrest, said the mood at some demonstrations had changed recently, with activists increasingly “intent on coming on to the streets to create public disorder”.

Intelligence briefings on civil unrest?  Sounds like the UK has a more robust domestic intelligence operation than a Western state would like to admit.  For anyone who thinks this is unique to the UK, think again.

Intelligence reports suggest that “known activists” are also returning to the streets, and police claim they will foment unrest.

And here we have it: “known activists”.  Whose name is on the United States’ list?  Yours?  How would you know?  Are these lists made public?  How do domestic intelligence agencies gather such data and determine who is a ‘known activist’ or ‘enemy of the state’?

His comments are likely to be met with disappointment by protest groups, who in recent weeks have complained that police are adopting a more confrontational approach at demonstrations. Officers have been accused of exaggerating the threat posed by activists to justify the use of resources spent on them.

Police were said to have been heavy-handed at Greek solidarity marches in London in December and, last month, at protests against Israel’s invasion of Gaza. In August 1,000 officers, helicopters and riot horses were drafted to Kent from 26 UK police forces to oversee the climate camp demonstration against the Kingsnorth power station. The massive operation to monitor the protesters cost £5.9m and resulted in 100 arrests. But in December the government was forced to apologise to parliament after the Guardian revealed that its claims that 70 officers had been hurt in violent clashes were wrong.

First, understand that the state has and will plant agents amidst the protestors to stir up violence and riots.  There is ample precedent for this – it is a known strategy of the state.  Next, police will react to signs of violence with the full force and power of the state.  In the example above, it included 1,000 ‘officers’ and helicopters.  Finally, the state will lie about what started the violence, how they reacted to it and how many injuries or casualties the agents of the state suffered. 

“Potentially there will be more industrial actions … History shows that some of those disputes – Wapping, the miners’ strike – have caused great tensions in the community and the police have had difficult times policing and maintaining law and order.”

Ah, the old stand-by: ‘maintaining law and order’.  Understand that when you’ve finally had enough and decide it is time to make your voice heard through demonstration then you too will be an enemy of the state, standing in the way of ‘law and order’.

Both “extreme rightwing and extreme leftwing” elements are looking to “use the fact that people are out of jobs” to galvanise support, he said.

This is priceless.  So in the middle we have the state.  Any opposition to the state is then labeled as ‘extreme rightwing’ or ‘extreme leftwing’.  I suppose ‘moderates’ simply show up at parliament (or congress) and make speeches.

A particularly worrying development was the re-emergence of individuals involved in the violent fascist organisation..

Is this serious?  ‘Violent fascist organization’??  The only violent, fascist organization that exists in either the UK or the USA is the state.  The state at this point is unabashedly fascist – look up the definition, there are many free resources on-line.  The corporatist state is bleeding the public coffers (and, by definition, private income) to support large corporations that whose business models have failed.  The corporatist state is sacrificing the future of private savings by attempting to inflate the fiat currency.  The corporatist state has, and will use, its monopoly on violence to tax income, property and privately held wealth, jail resistors at gun-point and, as we have seen, with its armed agents and helicopter, crush any dissent. 

And so we have yet another gem from the mainstream media which, even when attempting some divergence from pure state propaganda, is hopelessly stuck within the dominant, corporatist state paradigm. 

It is only a matter of time before the demonstrations begin in the United States.  When the unemployed realize there are no new jobs to be had, when unemployment benefits run out, when the employed grow weary of seeing their tax dollars transferred to corporations and when laid-off, middle aged, white-collar workers find the only jobs ‘created’ by Spendulous are infrastructure construction jobs, Americans will have finally had enough.  They will then reclaim the title of ‘citizen’ and shrug-off the statist label of ‘tax-payer’.

But be forewarned – the state will use it’s virtual monopoly on force to crush dissent.  It will lie.  It will plant moles in the crowds to incite violence.  DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA ONCE THE PROTESTS BEGIN.  Use your head.  And, if you attend a demonstration, do not trust anyone you don’t know, be prepared for the eventuality of state-initiated violence and be sure someone you trust knows where you are in the event you are arrested or otherwise detained.  Finally, think twice before condemning protestors.  While it is true many misinformed, stoned, wannabe hippies attend protests, not all who attend protests are misinformed, stoned, wannabe hippies.  Many are simply Americans – outraged at the collapse of our representative Republic, our Constitution and the institutions of implied consent.

 

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