We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Neo-fascists and police attack students in Naples (video)

Click here to access article and 3:09m video posted on Struggles in Italy
...almost all [mainstream media] sources unanimously introduce the video with the same caption, reporting a police intervention in order to divide two clashing group of protesters and presenting the incident as a scuffle between students and workers.
Yet the footage tells a different story: a group of protesters attacked the students’ rally unprovoked, with the complicity and support of the police, who charged and chased the students without identifying those responsible for the violence.
This strategy of promoting fascist thugs against left opposition continues to be a favorite weapon of the European ruling classes. So far, I haven't seen this employed much in the US in the current economic crisis. Probably because of the prominent influence of Israel-firsters in US institutions, US political operatives focus much more on playing up the "terrorist" theme and fear of Muslims by manufacturing terrorist incidents using Muslim characters. (See this, this, this, this, and this.)