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America's Authoritarian Turn

Speaking truth to power becomes a crime.

JOHN MINCHILLO

Ever since the rise of Occupy, corporatist authorities have been trying to figure how to squash our emerging social movement. First they tried a media blackout, but when over 700 nonviolent meme warriors were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge our Gandhian ferocity catalyzed a thousand encampments and the 1% could ignore us no more. Next elites tried the Bloomberg model of midnight paramilitary raids backed up by excessive force and sometimes-lethal munitions. That worked well to evict encampments in New York City, Oakland and nationwide … but it backfired when occupiers became diffuse, appearing at scripted events and interrupting the spectacle of corporate-funded politics with mic checks of truth. Now they are trying the new tactic of “lawfare” – using draconian laws to squash free speech in a last ditch effort to put an end to people power.

A week before the G8 Backdown, the US House of Representatives voted in near unanimous consensus in favor of an authoritarian law, H.R. 347, that makes it a federal crime to disrupt “Government business or official functions” or to enter any building where a “person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting.” In other words, to mic check Obama is now a federal crime punishable by a year in prison. And so too is the banner drop if it takes place in any building that a “protected” person might be visiting in the future, even if jammers don’t know it. And so is the anti-globalization tactic of blocking road access to a meeting of world elites, there is a special clause about that too. Obama signed the bill into law on March 9.

History shows that using authoritarian laws to silence the authentic, legitimate concerns of the people always boomerangs into a fatal loss of legitimacy. Governments derive their authority and right to exist from the people and when the people are ignored and beaten back regimes fall.

Read more about H.R. 347 at the dailyagenda.org and the lawfareblog.com and then brainstorm below on how Occupy can outmaneuver this new tactic of repression.

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Anonymous

how come not more on the impending doom of conservative canada and the greenpeace shut down of oil refineries? lets see more nonprofit merging. power it up!

Anonymous

Obama= captured pawn, puppet on strings held by Capitalist Class, lost doll, broken toy, useless playing card.

He's not going to help you.

Anonymous

because obama signed ndaa. indefindite detention. his policies are the same about israel. he's the same as all of them. just works for the rich.

Anonymous

Georgia lawmaker compares women to cows and pigs

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/09/georgia-lawmaker-compares-women-to-cows-and-pigs/

Just how stooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooopid
are these lawmakers?

Anonymous

You're right. Usually insults against farm animals don't bother me at all.

But comparing them to humans? No animal deserves that kind of insult.

Way over the line.

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