Sunday, May 20, 2012

Police organized terror plots

A couple of guys who used to be in the occupy fort lauderdale camp have been charged with attempting to attack a nato summit with molotov cocktails.  I can't help but note that the vast majority of these types of cases are virtually all set up by the government, usually the FBI.  And by set up, I mean the design it, provide the supplies, organize it, then find some poor sap to bite.  And since it's a pretty big country, there is always going to be somebody that does.

The Liberty City 7 case, which was a plot to be supposedly carried out, along with others you can read about here.

Ultimately, what I think is happening is that the law enforcement agencies have tremendous power.  Power of course is measured in economic terms by money.  If you have a business with massive sums of money flow or assets you have more power than the ones that do not.  And if you are an agency of the state then the ones with the largest flow have the most power.  Obviously, it matters how narrowly the money is distributed (i.e. 10 billion dollars distributed to a small agency compared to 100 billion dollars distributed to the entire society) but generally, money is a good metric to use to measure these things. 

The mechanics that differentiate a government agency from a business exist, but the underlying principles at the consumer psychology level are about the same.  And what these agencies are doing is legitimizing their existence by providing periodic propaganda examples for why they need to exist.  All large institutions require large amounts of money.  Large businesses and large state agencies.  And they end up inevitably using that money on employing people to occupy social roles of some form or another.  So if you are running a multi-billion dollar security budget, and you have idle hands, and you need to find things for people to do, then new social roles will be found.

And these social roles are basically built around setting up terror plots, then finding people to carry them out.  It's a public relations exercise that it can disseminate to the population at large in order to justify the continued power and ultimately the reason for the agency to exist in its current form.

They don't need to invent these plots per se, but they need to get results to demonstrate the necessity of their budgets. But it's fairly impossible for the agencies to disrupt real and actual threats because those, inevitably will remain secret. Anybody reading this could make a Molotov cocktail right now (gas+oil+bottle=molotov cocktail), and throw it at the next car they see--and there wouldn't be a damn thing that anybody can do about it except deal with it after the fact. So other than the leakiest of terror plots, which seem to be limited in number, there seems to be pressure on the agencies to mirror whatever the national propaganda imperatives are, and create these plots, and then recruit people to carry them out. The cold hard fact of the matter is that any REAL terror plot, is almost always going to be impossible to stop ahead of time, and only can be solved in traditional criminal investigations after the fact. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

We can't take power without taking power away from those who currently have it

The cold and hard reality is that we can't take power without taking power away from those who currently have it.  There are some, a naive few, who believe that politics is about suggestion, about making "your voices heard", compromise for the sake of posturing as a moderate and appearing to be a reasonable personality type.  This is nothing more than striking a pose.  And the time for posing must come to a close.  Not everyone can be a winner in the power game.  Those who bask in slots of extreme monetary decision making slots have the ability to force the economy to serve them--and not force them to serve the economy.  It is a relationship of power.  They are at the top, and those without money must independently figure out how to serve somebody with more money in order to survive.  This is the system of private domination.  A limited hierarchy where a small group owns the bulk of the economy, and the rest of the entire society exists to serve that group.  That is our economic system.  That has always been our economic system, though there have always been contestations over elite power which have forced compromises.  To "occupy" is nothing more than a tactic.  It isn't or should not, or cannot be, an effective "lifestyle", it is merely one tool out of the many more that we will require in order to be victorious.   

Power is about WHO gets to make decisions.  And the only serious broad freedoms that exist have come from people organizing and making demands.  An employer extorts an employee and pays an employee on the basis of the lack of leverage of the employee.  The employee can counter extort if they develop leverage, such as a skill set that allows them to bargain with the employer.  Naturally, on the grand scale, the aggregated advantage goes to the minority of the owning group, and the secondary minority of the coordinator class population (aka the top 20% or so).

To watch the protests of occupy develop--it has been inspiring only due to the relative inaction of dead obedience of the population for so long.  It's providing a degree of a role model for the broader population, as the clips circulate through various social networks, but it clearly has no demands, and we can't take power without taking power away from those who currently have it.

If somebody or some group is in the position to allow Israel to maintain an occupation based on ethnic supremacy and a jim crow styled economy, enforced with torture, and barbaric extra-judicial murders, then they will most likely carry this role out until somebody takes over the ability to make those decisions away from them. 

The bulk of daily life is governed by private power relations.  That is to say, the private sector dominates political life.  The clothes on your back are produced by the private sector.  The information is vastly controlled by the private sector (despite the fact that controlling the internet based social media is a work in progress), the food is controlled by private power, and so on.  When you drive down a commercial street what is on all sides of you?  Business.  We can't take power without taking power away from those who currently have it.  And that's the cold hard truth.  The private sector controls the propaganda system, owns the major newspapers, TV networks, and new media as well now.  If you believe, like all loyal subjects, in the power disseminated into your brain by a lifetime of propaganda, in the holy power of the private sector, then it is impossible to take power.  Because if you ideologically cannot believe in taking power away from the private sector, then you cannot take power for the simple fact that the bulk of decisions over daily economic life--every day politics, are made in the private sector, or are made by the state to protect the interests of the private sector.