7/4/7 All About Freedom

In The Name Of Freedom
There is a verse in my language that goes like this;
Chaand uss raat bhee nikla tha magar uss ka wajood,
Itna khoonrang tha jaisay kissi masoom ki laash.

In English it means;
The moon ascended the skies that night too,
But was as bloody as the corpse of an innocent man.

Ladies and gentlemen, steel your hearts for this 12 minutes video. Click here for a guided tour of hell and then shout from the rooftops.

What the Flag Means To Me: 'Old Gory,' red represent the blood, white, the bones, of my murdered ancestors."
by S. Brian Willson
July 4, 2000
http://www.brianwillson.com/awoljuly4.html

Commentary: FREEDOM
What's the reality behind the word freedom? Whose freedom, to do what, to whom, how, why? Does freedom mean the same thing for the rulers and the ruled? For whom are 'bombs bursting in air', whose and what kind of freedom do we pledge allegiance to by celebrating July 4?

Freedom for 'us' and 'them' worldwide is diametrically and dialectically opposed. Imperialist capital is free to wring profits and power out of our hides through brutal exploitation and oppression, to wage terror, tyranny and perpetual war against the world, the planet and human beings.

Freedom has different faces because it is class - based, the property of the ruling class with state power.
For most of the world It is a desperate struggle to survive capitalism's white supremacist freedom to secure global 'full-spectrum' dominance, 'manifest destiny', to expand its basis for further maximizing capital accumulation, profit and power.

Freedom and life for capital means death and destruction for millions. Peoples' freedom worldwide means revolutionary resistance against capitalism. All the heroic freedom fighters called "terrorists" for impeding imperialist freedom are our sisters and brothers, our allies and inspiration in the struggle for freedom.

Fascist state terror, 24/7 racist "perception management" psywar, torture and death, nothing can destroy the reality born out by history: oppression breeds resistance. Reality will trump rhetoric. We will decide our friends and enemies based on their actions. Here in the "homeland" class and race privilege buys the loyalty -- the enslavement -- of many who betray their true allies and interests for blood-soaked crumbs.

In a world-historic conjuncture such as this, contradictions reach a boiling point that presents rare opportunities -- as well as exceptional dangers -- for making fundamental global shifts in the balance of forces of political power. Individual political positions too are shifting under pressure, becoming clarified into powerful active forces for the revolutionary change necessary.

This is a rare historical moment: U.S. imperialism's predatory life is on the line, in deep capitalist crisis, increasingly vulnerable--and dangerous-in the face of defeats it is suffering from growing international resistance and unity. Karl Marx examined why democracy is the best shell for capitalism. V.I. Lenin analyzed how capital's geostrategic nature, its necessity to eliminate rivals and resistance to expand its basis for capital accumulation, drives capitalism to unjust imperialist wars to redivide the world to restructure capital under its global control.
Desperation drives it to crimes that reveal its inherent predatory nature, even to those 'normally' protected and blinded by class/race privilege. The state's 'free' press/media, essential propaganda organs, along with education, religion and 'culture', perpetuate north america's founding white supremacist patriotic myths --- freedom, democracy, equality -- blaming the victims especially of racist oppression for capital's crimes against them.

The scales are tipping: our common enemy is strategically weak, desperate and ever more deadly. The enemy will never admit or accept defeat. To tip the scales for good all of us committed to justice and peace must take responsibility for doing what is JUST and NECESSARY for the peoples' and the planet's future-- RESIST -- seize the rare opportunity this crisis and reign of terror presents. Capitalist fascism will be defeated only when capitalism is: pretending capitalism and fascism are divisible is as opportunistic as pretending zionism is divisible and independent of capitalist imperialism.

The greatest human challenge and opportunity faces us now: to take a stand, decide what must be done and do it. To join the struggle with our Palestinian, Iraqi, African, Latin American, Black and Chicano sisters and brothers worldwide to end the barbaric reality of imperialist democracy, to become part of the material force that will transform the enemy's freedom of terror and tyranny into a new reality based on cooperation, justice, peace and freedom. The choice for the peoples', the world's and the planet's future is freedom from capital -- capitalist freedom is killing us.

"We are the ruling race of the world. . . . We will not renounce our part in the mission of our race, trustee, under God, of the civilization
of the world. . . . He has marked us as his chosen people. . . . He has made us adept in government that we may administer government
among savage and senile peoples."
Sen. Alfred Beveridge

American Hypocrisy: This Fourth of July is Yours, Not Mine
By Frederick Douglas, 1852
Fellow citizens, pardon me, and allow me to ask, why am I called upon to
speak here today? What have I or those I represent to do with your national
independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural
justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? And
am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national
altar, and to confess the benefits, and express devout gratitude for the
blessings resulting from your independence to us? ...

This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must
mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of
liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman
mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by
asking me to speak today?..

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that
reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice
and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.

To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy
license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing
are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted
impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your
prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious
parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception,
impiety, and hypocrisy, a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace
a nation of savages.

There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and
bloody, than are the people of these United States... Go search where you
will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World,
travel through South America, search out every abuse and when you have found
the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this
nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless
hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13837.htm

IMPERIALIST FREEDOM
“We are on the verge of global transformation. All we need is the right
major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”
David Rockefeller 1994 Statement to the United Nations Business Council

"We have about 60 per cent of the world's wealth but only 6.3 per
cent of its population. In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of
envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a
pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of
disparity. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury
of altruism and world benefaction. We should cease to talk about such vague
and unreal objectives as human rights, the raising of living standards and
democratisation. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in
straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic
slogans, the better."
George Kennan, ex-US State Department Policy Planning Staff Chief, Document PPS23, 24 February 1948

THE GLOBAL IMPERIALIST WAR for a U.S. 'NEW WORLD ORDER'
World events since the attacks of September 11, 2001 have not only been predicted, but also planned, orchestrated and - as their architects would like to believe - controlled. The current Central Asian war is not a response to terrorism, nor is it a reaction to Islamic fundamentalism. It is in fact, in the words of one of the most powerful men on the planet, the beginning of a final conflict for total world domination by the United States... This, says Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member and former Carter National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, will lead to nation states being incorporated into a new world order... the alternative, a world in chaos unless the U.S. controls the planet by whatever means are necessary...
Dr. Johannes B. Koeppl, Ph.D. a former German defense ministry official and advisor to former NATO Secretary General Manfred Werner told FTW, "The interests behind the Bush Administration... have prepared for and are now moving to implement open world dictatorship within the next five years. They are not fighting against terrorists. They are fighting against citizens of all countries... creating so much fear that people don't know how to respond. But they must... This is a move to implement a world dictatorship within the next five years. There may not be another chance."

"If the people are not convinced (that the Free World is in mortal danger) it would be impossible for Congress to vote the vast sums now being spent to avert danger. With the support of public opinion, as marshalled by the press, we are off to a good start. It is our Job - yours and mine -- to keep our people convinced that the only way to keep disaster away from our shores is to build up America's might."
Charles Wilson, Chairman of the Board of General Electric and Truman appointee to head the Office of Defence Mobilization, speech to the Newspaper Publishers Association, 1950

increasingly despised and defeated, still hell-bent on global conquest, U.S. is sowing seeds for new 911
with phony "al-Qaeda" & Iranian "terror threats"

"Terror Spectacular" coming soon says DHS
LA VOZ DE AZTLAN
Los Angeles, Alta California
July 1, 2007
Brian Ross of ABC News, a "front man" of the Bush Administration, is reporting that a secret U.S. law enforcement report, prepared for the Department of Homeland Security, warns that al Qaeda is planning a terror "spectacular" this summer.  The attack will be of a magnitude similar to 911 said the senior official with access to the document.  "This is reminiscent of the warnings and intelligence we were getting in the summer of 2001," the  unidentified official said.
U.S. airports and mass-transit systems are tightening security before the Fourth of July holiday, and more air marshals will travel on overseas flights because of concerns about potential terrorism threats... not because of a specific piece of credible threat information, but because we are going into a holiday season..." Chertoff said. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003770720_marshals02....

11/21/03 Franks, who successfully led the U.S. military operation to liberate Iraq, expressed his worries in an extensive interview he gave to the men’s lifestyle magazine Cigar Aficionado. Discussing the hypothetical dangers posed to the U.S. in the wake of Sept. 11, Franks said that “the worst thing that could happen” is if terrorists acquire and then use a biological, chemical or nuclear weapon that inflicts heavy casualties. If that happens, Franks said, “... the Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we’ve seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy.” Franks then offered “in a practical sense” what he thinks would happen in the aftermath of such an attack. “It means the potential of... a terrorist, massive, casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western world – it may be in the United States of America – that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass, casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of our Constitution....
Already, critics of the U.S. Patriot Act, rushed through Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, have argued that the law aims to curtail civil liberties and sets a dangerous precedent. But Franks’ scenario goes much further. He is the first high-ranking official to openly speculate that the Constitution could be scrapped in favor of a military form of government. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5267.htm

"you're either with us [US] or you're with the terrorists"
GWB

Into the Dark: The Pentagon P20G Plan to Provoke Terrorist Attacks
According to a classified document prepared for Rumsfeld by his Defense Science Board, the new organization--the "Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)"--will carry out secret missions designed to "stimulate reactions" among terrorist groups, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to "counterattack" by U.S. forces.... the classified Pentagon program puts it this way: "Their sovereignty will be at risk."[...]
by Chris Floyd, November 1, 2002
http://www.counterpunch.org/floyd1101.html
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/

“We face an enemy that has an ideology, they believe things. The best way to describe their ideology is to relate to you the fact that they think the opposite of the way we think.”
GWB

Conquered states that have been accustomed to liberty and the government of their own laws can be held by the conqueror in three different ways. The first is to ruin them; the second, for the conqueror to go and reside there in person; and the third is to allow them to continue to live under their own laws, subject to a regular tribute, and to create in them a government of a few, who will keep the country friendly to the conqueror
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

  "The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media"
former CIA Director William Colby in Bernstein's 10/77 Rolling stone article

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years . . . It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated now and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto determination practiced in past centuries” David Rockefeller. Bilderberg meeting, Germany, June 1991

Ordinary people in the United States have been manipulated into imagining they are a people under siege whose sole refuge and protector is their government. If it isn't the Communists, it's Al Qaeda. If it isn't Cuba, it's Nicaragua. As a result, this, the most powerful nation in the world - with its unmatchable arsenal of weapons, its history of having waged and sponsored endless wars, and the only nation in history to have actually used nuclear bombs - is peopled by a terrified citizenry, jumping at shadows. A people bonded to the state not by social services, or public health care, or employment guarantees, but by fear. This synthetically manufactured fear is used to gain public sanction for further acts of aggression.
Arundhati Roy

"The United States must cultivate a mental view toward world settlement after this war which will enable us to impose our own terms,
amounting perhaps to a pax-Americana."
U.S. Department of State - Source: Minutes S-3 of the Security Subcommittee,
Advisory Committee on Postwar Foreign Policy, 6 May, 1942, Notter File, Box
77, Record Group 59, Records of the Department of State, National Archives, DC.

"War is nothing but a continuation of politics by other means."
von Clausewitz

'Strategic nonviolent struggle is all about political power.' And I thought, 'Boy is this guy speaking my language,' that is what armed struggle is about."
Col. Robert Helvey, Washington's New World Order "Democratization" Template
b Jonathan Mowat, http://globalresearch.ca/articles/MOW502A.html

The Secret History of the American Empire
 Author: John Perkins
 Video:
 John Perkins talks about his follow-up to his 2005 book, "Confessions of an Economic Hitman," at Barnes & Noble in New York City. In his new book, Mr. Perkins argues that the United States uses its foreign policy to further U.S. business interests around the globe, often to the detriment of poor countries.
http://www.booktv.org/program.aspx?ProgramId=8345&SectionName=&PlayMedia...
 

Imperialist freedom...
"Free" & Ruined Lives
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues - Reflections in a sealed bottle...
July 1, 2007
...Free, Freedom, Democracy. I shudder at these words. I want to burn Plato's Republic and spit on your Constitution, on your Founding Fathers, on your Laws...

Free limbs, detached, solitary limbs, scattered to the four cardinal points and a bleeding heart in the middle, like a compass.
An arm to the West, a leg to the East, a head down South and a torso up North...And that damned bleeding heart in the Center.

Free, so free...
Free, free in Prisons. Free, so free in Detention centers...
Detention centers in the Mnistry of Interior, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Justice!
Crammed, packed, jammed... The smell of blood, urine and feces...covering the infected wounds. Wounds of torture born on transparent skins covering rib cages...
Free, so free.
Tortured and Free in American camps. Sodomized and Free - American democracy flavor. Tortured and Free, whipped by sectarianism - Iranian flavor. Oh so Free.

Free to die. Free to cry. Free to mourn. Free to flee. Free to escape. Free at the borders...jammed, packed.

Two thousand "free souls" flee a day. They amass at frontiers, waiting for a stamp on that damned Green passport...that cursed passport.
The passport with a broken winged eagle as an emblem. Clipped wings of Freedom.
It reads "Republic of Iraq."
Republic of whom? Iraq? What Iraq?

Two thousand a day. Grave faces, desperate eyes, lost voices...
A forgotten, abandoned people. A despised, humiliated, tortured, stolen people.
A raped people.
Lost voices in the wilderness of your indifference. The Lost voices of Freedom and Democracy...
" I have 8 children. Look at how I am living. Has anyone asked me how I feed those kids. I have been without a job for 2 years. I tell you how I feed them...I can't feed them. I spit on the U.N. I spit on the thief Bush. If I ever return to Iraq it will be to free my country from those criminals. I will either kill or be killed by them. There is no other way " says this worn out father who looks 3 times his age...
The father wipes his tears and you can see the look of being stuck in "Freedom".
Ah the look of America on his and his son's face. The look of " Freedom ".
Another one plays the lute. A melodious tune that makes your heart quiver. A languorous tune of longing that fills the empty space like smoke. A smoke soon dissipated into that nothingness of " Freedom ."
A couple with a paralysed little girl who needs urgent treatment. They have been there, waiting since the crack of dawn, at the gates of some embassy or the UNHCR. Others take to the pavements. They sit and wait some more... Long hours of waiting in the space of " Freedom ".

Free, Freedom...
Free comments on a blog.
And the rats crawl from the gutters...Rats droppings, Albert Camus's "the Plague". The same kind of rats that rule Baghdad with their droppings...Rats everywhere, crawling the streets, crawling on this page, leaving behind them a trail of excrement wherever they pass.

Rats on the go. Rats exiting. Rats entering again through a different door. The rat with the grey steel eyes. The eyes of lies and deception has exited only to re-enter again after having ruined our lives with Freedom. Now another rat has taken up his place. The fat rat of Baghdad. The rats of Iran. The rats of America...
The plague of Freedom.
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=34147

Post-9/11 Reflections on Multiculturalism and Racism
By E. San Juan, Jr., Co-Director, Philippine Forum, New York City
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_13554.shtml
"...This racial genealogy of the empire followed the logic of capital accumulation by expanding the market for industrial goods and securing
sources of raw materials and, in particular, the prime commodity for exchange and maximizing of surplus value: cheap labor power. This confirms
the enduring relevance of Oliver Cromwell Cox's proposition that 'racial exploitation is merely one aspect of the problem of the proletarianization
of labor, regardless of the color of the laborer. Hence racial antagonism is essentially political-class conflict'." 
E. San Juan, Jr. (1948, 485)

WHERE DWELLS THE ENEMY?
By Zdzislaw Zmijewski
http://zzmijewski.blogspot.com/
Sep 20, 2005
Their liberty is libertinism. Their freedom: the unbridled Capitalism perniciously plundering the planet and its people.

"As democracy in Iraq takes root, the enemies of freedom, the terrorists, will become more desperate, more despicable, and more vicious ..."

"We can expect such atrocities to increase in the coming months because the enemy knows that its greatest defeat lies in the expression of free people in freely enacted laws and at the ballot box."
G.W. Bush Aug 28, 2005

"No cause, no movement and no grievance can justify the intentional killing of innocent civilians and noncombatants...This is unacceptable by any moral standard." ... while Americans bombs have killed millions of civilians and non-combatants for the last 60+ years, even to this hour in Iraq and Afghanistan....

Virtually all major terror attacks, especially 9/11.are State initiated, sponsored, fabricated for the benefit of the War Machines
Mr. Bush without respite invokes the "Enemy" to further the programs of his true constituencies. Let us search for the enemy that he grandiloquently mongers before our unconscious and acquiescently negligent minds. There must now be an earnest attempt at clarity and understanding by most human beings, because we all stand at the edge of the collapsing precipice overlooking a pit that is without bottom, terrible and terminal. Only when we answer these questions can we wisely and accurately discriminate about the true distinguishable nature of "who is the enemy?"

These questions must be answered before we all go marching meekly - pulled like white buffalos with ropes and rings in our noses - to the doom concocted by the authentic enemies in our midst....in the context of current world events, it must be precisely understood what forces and groups are the main antagonists - against what do they fight and what motivates this vicious, vibrant and seemingly infinite lust for death and destruction. Only then, with an awakened, compassionate and adamantine consciousness, can we begin to disarm and eradicate the long entrenched, habitual lunacy ruling over nations and Western Civilization. This discernment - with actions - must happen now!

The true enemies are emboldened and empowered - even daily - by our numb unconsciousness, unbearable stupidity and silence.

The PNAC: Project for the New American Century is the primary intellectual foundation and inspiration for the Empire of "Lily Pads". The authors (who now run things) openly pined for another Pearl Harbor, which then serendipitously happened on 9.11. Within a few hours/days of the attacks, an orgy of pre-prepared plans, Patriot Acts, Carte Blanche resolutions and military mobilizations were executed. The orchestration was breathtakingly vehement. The 9/11 production, the greatest spectacle beyond even Cecile B. DeMille's wildest visions, stunned Americans into stupefaction....

Where dwells the enemy?
Exquisite as well as utterly buffoonish ironies abound every time Bush spouts forth: "we", "terror", "evil", "homeland", "they", "safe", "freedom" "democracy", "enemy" and a host of hackneyed cants. Watching the propaganda machine promulgating his speeches to groveling elites and nescient, distracted Americans, is a sickening and disorienting experience for persons who are half-conscious of what is really happening....

Since 9/11, the terms "Ground Zero" and "Homeland Security" have been slipped into the American lexicon and taken on sinister connotations: Amy Kaplan, Homeland Insecurities: Reflections on Language and Space Radical History Review 85: pg. 82-93 "Freedom" as belched forth from the maws of the Bush puppets is true slavery, the dingy gouache smeared across the Big Lie blinds.

Their liberty is libertinism. Their freedom: the unbridled Capitalism perniciously plundering the planet and its people.
"Terrorism" is a tactic, not an enemy to be vanquished by War. War itself is the debauched revelry of terror. To destroy terrorism with terrorism is an oxymoronic paradox. It is beyond belief that millions of intellectuals and academic scholars and their like have bought the sham…rather… they have sold out for 30 pieces of silver.

Virtually all the major terror attacks are State initiated, sponsored, fabricated and for the benefit of the War Machines - especially 9/11.
As "Operation Gladio", demonstrated, State sponsored terrorism is a tried and true technique to instill fear and corral the masses into submission.
"Almost three-quarters of the (British) public believe that it is right to give up civil liberties to improve our security against terrorist attacks" as reported by the Guardian on Aug 22, 2005. This poll of course followed the 7/7 contrived bombings in London. It works every time. How incredibly piteous it is. The mass medias are now the mass herders for the Plut-Oligarchs.

Where dwells the enemy?
The United States has morphed into the purest form of Fascism the world has yet to suffer, its delineations now so plain as to be parodic were it not so grave. Totalitarianism is being carefully crafted by thousands of Executive Orders, Congressional Resolutions, and Judicial Decisions.

..the covert CIA has caused the deaths of millions of civilians while it also thrashed about thirty (publicly known) democratic countries.... budgets amounting to more than forty billion annually are kept secret even from Congress - this with the full and continuous consent of Americans and their tax dollars. Thousands of billions of taxpayer dollars have been feeding the CIA Underworld since 1947 alone. This does not include trillions more of illicit dollars off the books....for lack of just a meager fraction of these sums, billions live/ed indigently and die/d in misery. Each one a sentient human being, wanting only happiness and freedom from extreme suffering....

American foreign and military policies exist for and serve the agenda of the Elites. There is little "National Security "at stake from foreign attacks. The wars of the 20th century were feasts for the warmongers and weapons manufacturers. The unimaginable suffering and blood letting of millions upon millions gives the Elites opportunity to create more wealth and consolidate power. The more blood, deprivation and depredation their great machines of death can havoc – the better. Viet Nam’s lessons cast aside! Iraq is now the newest playground with cannon-fodder suckers abounding....

By the force of blades and barrels of fire, the Elites rose to the top, lording over, abusing and exploiting the people. Tears and toil, blood and bones were and are their feasts and fat. The systems they instituted more than 2000 years ago, rot and stink like the waters of New Orleans. Truly, they are the overlaying scum of the Earth. Their citadels to self are crumbling. The veneer of civilization is peeling fast....

...snippet from one doc. of U.S. imperialist freedom....
The Pentagon's "Joint Vision 2020", blueprint the United States Department of Defense.
http://www.dtic.mil/jointvision/jvpub2.htm

"The label full spectrum dominance implies that US forces are able to conduct prompt, sustained, and synchronised operations with combinations of forces tailored to specific situations, and with access to and freedom to operate in all domains - space, sea, land, air and information. Additionally, given the global nature of our interests and obligations, the United States must maintain its overseas presence forces and the ability to rapidly project power worldwide in order to achieve full spectrum dominance."
"Vision 2020" has just been updated in recent days with the insistence that the State has the right under the puissant guidance and wisdom of the Commander in Chief G.W. Bush, to inflict a nuclear pre-emptive attack against any enemy groups or countries - even on the suspicion of malevolent intentions that he deems to be a threat to the "Homeland".
In more than 300 American Universities and thousands of corporate factories and labs, hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars are expended by millions of scholars, intellectuals and the most educated and trained America professors and professionals for one sole mission - satisfying the Pentagon and the weapons merchants' insatiable lust for profits. The statistics are mind-boggling. The same story occurred before the Two World Wars....

PENTAGON'S JOINT VISION 2020
Joint Vision 2020 builds upon and extends the conceptual template established by Joint Vision 2010 to guide the continuing transformation of America's Armed Forces.
Joint Vision 2020 has been broken down into two parts for download (PDF version):
Joint Vision 2020, Part 1 - 1.12M (jv2020a.pdf)
Joint Vision 2020, Part 2 - 2.03M (jv2020b.pdf) Text only version of Joint Vision 2020:
Joint Vision 2020, text only - 97K (jv2020.doc)
Joint Vision 2020 Briefing- 417k (2020briefing.ppt)

Confronting Empire: Freedom Next Time
Today, two-thirds of Americans want their country out of Iraq, according to the polls. To achieve that, they voted for the Democratic Party last November. And what did they get? They got the usual bipartisan bullshit, and Bush got another $124 billion to extend the war. There have been some great demonstrations against the war, but the so-called liberal Democrats have been allowed to confuse and divide the forces of dissent, and not for the first time. This was the same party in government that attacked Vietnam, then produced a carpet-bagger, Robert Kennedy, and a false prophet, Jimmy Carter, and clever, head-wagging Bill Clinton, who rained bombs on Iraq and destroyed its children, while ending the last decencies of the New Deal.

It’s surely time to abandon wishful thinking, the lesser of two evils, and the Democrats completely...And it’s surely time for the antiwar movement to address the alienation of ordinary Americans, and express their dissent and anger and frustration. It’s simply not good enough for certain groups to claim their own territory. This week, in Los Angeles, the theme of the gay pride celebration was being who you are. That’s fine. But was there anything said about the 655,000 Iraqis who have no choice ever again to be who they are?

I believe people are never still, and that human renewal is not a phenomenon. Yes, the continuation of a struggle at times appears frozen. But there’s always a sea beneath the snow....Look at countries where it seemed hopeless--where people had nothing except their will and courage, like South Africa, East Timor and many others. Look at Latin America today. The sheer ferocity of the propaganda coming from the American media tells us that something good and exciting and hopeful must be happening down there, and it is....Witness the triumph of indigenous people in Bolivia--the poorest of the poor. Remember Sánchez de Lozada running for his plane to Miami. Look at Venezuela, and the tens of thousands of people who came down from the barrios to rescue their president. Witness the Venezuelan children who no longer die from preventable disease.... at the Middle East, where every day, Palestinian families get their children to school against odds that we can’t imagine. Look at the ordinary people, who, unarmed, marched toward the Israeli army in southern Lebanon last year, and saw them off.

And of all the headlines about Iraq, the one we never read is that a popular Iraqi national resistance is defeating the most powerful invader in history.

I believe, in conclusion, that our task is straightforward. It is to reject outright the notion that collusive liberalism sets the limits of free debate. It is to end indulgence of parliaments and congresses and governments that commit and sanction crimes in our name. It is to persuade people that their precious freedoms were not handed to them, but won by the struggle of people just like them... never believe that ordinary people are as conservative as you might think they are. Remember always, how isolated people often are. And as activists, be brave. Always speak your mind in the face of the most casual bigotry, bullying and hypocrisy.... those who regard humanity merely as useful or expendable should be warned. People all over the world are rising. Indeed, I would say that their resistance never stopped--and is unbeatable...
Video - John Pilger http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17944.htm

FOOD FOR THOUGHT & ACTION: SOME REVOLUTIONARY MARXIST POLITICS AND PHILOSOPY
"Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism", V. I. Lenin
LCW vol.22, http://www.marxists.org/glossary/frame.htm
Lenin analysed the following five features characteristic of the epoch of imperialism, the final stage of capitalism, when
imperialist nations go to war against each other, as well as against oppressed nations, for global dominance:
"Production becomes social, but appropriation remains private. The social means of production remain the private property of a few. The general framework of formally recognized free competition remains, and the yoke of a few monopolists on the rest of the population becomes a hundred times heavier, more burdensome and intolerable." p.205

(1) the concentration of production and capital has developed to such a high stage that it has created monopolies which play a decisive role in economic life; (2) the merging of bank capital with industrial capital, and the creation on the basis of this “finance capital”, of a financial oligarchy; (3) the export of capital as distinguished from the export of commodities acquires exceptional importance; (4) the formation of international monopoly capitalist associations which share the world among themselves, and (5) the territorial division of the whole world among the biggest capitalist powers is completed. Imperialism is capitalism at that stage of development at which the dominance of monopolies and finance capital is established; in which the export of capital has acquired pronounced importance; in which the division of the world among the international trusts has begun, in which the division of all territories of the globe among the biggest capitalist powers has been completed.
[Lenin, Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism, LCW Volume 22

MATERIALISM and EMPIRIO-CRITICISM, Critical Comments on a Reactionary Philosophy
V.I. Lenin
The Theory of Knowledge of Dialectical Materialism and of Empirio-Criticism, ch.3

Freedom and Necessity
[Dialectical Materialism] ... [Engels'] recognition of the objective reality of the external world and of the laws of [that] external nature, and of the fact that this world and these laws are fully knowable to man but can never be known to him with finality. We do not know the necessity of nature in the phenomena of the weather, and to that extent we are inevitably slaves of the weather. But while we do not know this necessity, we do know that it exists. Whence this knowledge? From the very source whence comes the knowledge that things exist outside our mind and independently of it, namely, from the development of our knowledge, which provides millions of examples to every individual of knowledge replacing ignorance when an object acts upon our sense-organs, and conversely of ignorance replacing knowledge when the possibility of such action is eliminated....
For Engels all living human practice permeates the theory of knowledge itself and provides an objective criterion of truth.... [...] http://marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1908/mec/three6.htm

"Freedom is the recognition of necessity" Friedrich Engels (1820–1895), in Anti-Duhring, http://www.bartleby.com/66/17/21617.html