Issue #177, December 2011

Electronic Journal & Daily Report

WILL THE WORLD BETRAY BURMA'S PRO-DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT?
Cosmetic Reforms, as State Terror Continues
by Nava Thakuria, World War 4 Report

OCCUPY JUAREZ DEFIES REPRESSION
by Dawn Paley, Upside Down World

"THIS LAND IS OURS!"
Land Theft as Legacy of Genocide in Guatemala
by Frauke Decoodt, World War 4 Report

GUATEMALA: THE LONG SHADOW OF 1954
by Paul Imison, Upside Down World

BRAZIL: GUARANI LEADER SLAIN IN LAND OCCUPATION
by Bill Weinberg, Indian Country Today

iDIDN'T MOURN STEVE JOBS
by Michael I. Niman, ArtVoice, Buffalo, NY

We Lurch Resolutely into the Future...

"Order, as it is understood today, means nine-tenths of humanity working to procure luxury, pleasure, and the satisfaction of the most execrable of passions for a handful of idlers. Order is the deprivation for this nine-tenths of humanity of all that is necessary for a healthy life. Order is poverty; it is famine become the normal order of society. Order is...the worker reduced to the state of a machine. Order is a tiny minority, elevated into the seats of government, which imposes itself in that way on the majority and prepares its children to continue the same functions in order to maintain the same privileges by fraud, corruption, force, and massacre. Order is the continual war of man against man, of trade against trade, of class against class, of nation against nation. Order is servitude, it is the shackling of thought, the brutalizing of the human race, maintained by the sword and the whip. It is the sudden death by fire-damp [flammable gas], or the slow death by suffocation, of hundreds of miners blown up or buried each year by the greed of the employers, and shot down and bayonetted as soon as they dare complain. That is order.

"And disorder? What is this you call disorder? It is the uprising of the people against this ignoble order, breaking its fetters, destroying the barriers, and marching towards a better future. It is humanity at the most glorious point in its history. Disorder is the abolition of ancient slaveries, it is the uprising of the communes; it is the destruction of feudal serfdom, the effort to make an end to economic servitude. Disorder—what they call disorder—is all the ages during which whole generations sustained an incessant struggle and sacrificed themselves to prepare a better existence for humanity by freeing it from the servitude of the past. Disorder is the blossoming of the most beautiful passions and the greatest of devotions, it is the epic of supreme human love."

— Peter Kropotkin, Words of a Rebel, 1885

"[T]he social war, the war of each against all, is here openly declared... [P]eople regard each other only as useful objects; each exploits the other, and the end of it all is that the stronger treads the weaker under foot; and that the powerful few, the capitalists, seize everything for themselves, while to the weak many, the poor, scarcely a bare existence remains."

— Friedrich Engels, Condition of the Working Class in England, 1845

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