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

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Tale of Two Protests: Ukraine & Thailand

Click here to access article posted on Land Destroyer
When is a protest good, just, progressive, and defensible? One might think there was a single answer to this question based on an objective set of metrics. But in reality, according to the West, protests are only good so long as they serve their interests.
Well, of course, this is true of all activities of the 99 Percent all over the world in relation to Empire authorities and their agents in media, education, and entertainment.

The author provides alternative information in relation to these protests that are never found in the Empire's media to contrast with the information produced by the latter's media.
While the Ukraine protesters represent hooligans, racists, bigots, and literally entire parties promoting neo-Nazismsuch as Svoboda mentioned in this BBC article (Nazi background here), who cannot be guaranteed to not eventually resort to escalating levels of violence, the Thai protesters must remain peaceful. Police that are overwhelmed should be treated with dignity and reminded that they are fellow countrymen and not the true targets of the protesters nor their goal - but rather the goal of us all - the removal of corporate-financier interests dictated from afar.  
For more information about the protests in Ukraine over economic integration with the European Union, I also recommend reading this short piece entitled "EU’s bid for Ukraine is really Washington acting through ‘cat’s paw of Brussels’" by noted geopolitical analyst F. William Engdahl.