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this was posted on the king blues appreciation page by marck anthony smith, i think it's worth discussing further, where do we go from here, how do we focus our rage, what is the most effective form of protest for us to take into the next decade?
It used to be so much easier to be anti-establishment.
Back in the 1970s, when the Sex Pistols reintroduced the word anarchy to the English language, it was born of working-class anger and frustration; and, better still, it had a single and well-defined target: Margaret Thatcher.
Between her union-busting policies and special relationships with US president Ronald Reagan, Thatcher represented all that was vile and corrupt; a portrait of upper class Englishness determined to keep the working classes in their place and downtrodden. And the longer she stayed in residence at Number 10 Downing Street, the more power-crazed and easy to hate she became.
It’s not like that today.
As Itch pointed out in his Christmas Day message, our distrust, dislike and hatred is spread thinner these days with everyone from the banks and the US and UK Governments to the BNP and globalised businesses being worthy candidates for our contempt.
Even more difficult is that one of the targets for protest should be Barack Obama, a man feted as the saviour of the world and who won a Nobel Peace Prize for little more than a few pre-elections speeches and some supposedly well-meaning sound-bites. How do you rail against a man who, for many, remains an African American Messiah?
I was always taught to pick your fights and to focus your anger. But, in recent months, I have been involved in protests against everything from the Afghan War and globalisation to fascism and climate change; and I am conscious that I (and many like me) am now fighting on too many fronts.
I am deeply pissed off about illegal wars, homophobia, growing fascism and racism, climate change and global warming, political corruption, police violence and a whole host of other current issues. And that’s just too much to focus upon.
That said, I’d rather be pissed off than be pissed on...
thankyou, a lovely sentiment, but i can tell you now - british and american losses in the so called \"war against terror\" far outnumber 2010, let alone the poor buggers who made the fatal mistake of living there. the true casualty figures would boggle the mind. thats why no fucker would tell them to us, even if we asked nicely...
So its 2010,
Wouldn't supprise me if thats how many men,
We lost in this war,
But dont forget the poor,
Wommen and children too,
They don't know what to do,
So they can just watch all crumble,
For this once beautifull humble -
Town of solitude,
Now is destroyed and Skewed,
So kick back on the money your earning,
but just remember its your consiouse that should be burning.
Fuck it, give up! Just follow the link in the first post for the photos!