The Jaded Prole

A Progressive Worker's Perspective on the political and cultural events of our time.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Anonoymous Strikes Back At The Empire

Anonymous takes down US Sentencing Commission website

Hacking collective threatens to make public classified material and that when Aaron Swartz killed himself 'a line was crossed'

Hacktivist group Anonymous said Saturday it had hijacked the website of the US Sentencing Commission in a brazen act of cyber-revenge for the death of internet freedom advocate Aaron Swartz.

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From the persecution of Whistle blowers instead of torturers compounded by the immunity from prosecution of Wall Street thieves to the Prosecution of cyber protesters the rule of law has been turned on its head in defense of an increasingly fascist, capitalist National Security State.

While many of us do not have the skills to be hackers or the access to inside information to make public, we all suffer the consequences of a top-heavy system of corruption which robs us daily not only of our ability to make a living but of our future and that of life on earth.

The struggle for freedom and for life itself must no doubt escalate as the Empire metastasizes, becoming ever more intrusive and oppressive. That struggle takes many forms from online petitions to Occupations to national protests and Hactivism.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


According to reports in the Guardian, President Obama is 'seriously considering' hosting climate summit in hopes of launching a national climate action strategy. Will this be another photo-op moment by a President who has overseen the expansion of oil drilling, fracking, shale oil mining and who has all but approved the Tarsands Keystone XL pipeline?

Now that the record is clear that 2012 was the hottest year on record and with the memory and lingering destruction of superstorm "Sandy" still fresh, the climate consciousness of the public is turning. It is vital that we flood the Whitehouse demanding real action on the climate issue including the disapproval of the XL pipeline, an end to fracking and subsidies to big oil, and funding for research and conversion to ecologically sustainable public utilities.

What can we really expect from a corporate oligarchy? Honestly, very little. I am not naive enough to think that capitalists and the governments they own and control will sacrifice profits and control even to save life on earth. What is vitally important here is the building of a strong unified movement stripped of illusions and aware of the obstacles we face to our continued survival. That is what it will take to move beyond the destructive juggernaut of corporate dictatorship to a sustainable, democratic post capitalist system. As the history of political movements demonstrates, that awareness and unity can only be forged in the struggle.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

the crisis which could make all the others irrelevant

Yes, class and economic justice are central but the reality of climate change, if unaddressed, makes them irrelevant. At the same time, one cannot separate class from environmental issues. The only thing standing in the way of the survival of civilization much less life on earth is capitalism. The capitalist system has outlived its time and has become a juggernaut of global destruction.

We changed the conversation over the last two years bringing class, the reality of economic disparity, and the connection of wealth and power. Now it is vital that we connect the dots on the environment and take it to the streets.

We need to be doing everything we can to shut this deadly system down and rebuild it in an ecologically sustainable way and that requires moving beyond capitalism. We must replace it with eco-socialist systems. We have no choice. Failure to do so will result in our extinction. The world belongs to all of us. It's time to take it back from the insanity of profiteers.