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by A Little Bird
Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004 at 10:49 AM
Decentralized Direct Action Worldwide
Exxon/Mobil, the RNC & Widespread Nonviolent Militancy
"Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is
a merger of state and corporate power" -- Benito Mussolini
"If elected, I will run the government like a business" -- George W.
Forget for a moment that Exxon/Mobil (XOM) is the main proponent of
greenhouse gas emissions…
Along with Enron, the Exxon/Mobil corporation was the biggest monetary
contributor to George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign. It has
reaped the benefits of record high petroleum oil prices which have
been brought about and sustained by G.W. Bush's energy policies. One
can easily make the argument that this latest war in Iraq was fought
largely for XOM (and other oil corporations) -- their gas they sell is
tainted with the blood of American soldiers and Iraqi "collateral
damage." But, whether you buy that argument or not, it is easy to see
how closely interrelated corporate policy (particularly XOM's) is with
the government policy. If we have any ideals (or hopes for future
generations) we must recognize this situation for what it is --
It may not be the genocidal fascism of the industrialized Nazi's, but
this brand of Republican fascism must, nevertheless, be seriously
confronted before it gets bolder and causes more pain and suffering
around the world. This American fascism may not be the genocidal
fascism of the Nazi's, but it empowers the oil corporations and
facilitates a global warming which could wipe out most species on
Greenpeace and Adbusters, along with some others, have already called
for an international boycott of Esso/Exxon/Mobil (and there have
already been international days of protest) but… we need to become
evermore coordinated and vigilant. At the very least we should at
least be able to get every Democrat to boycott the Republican-funding
XOM and, at best, we should be able to put that fascist corporation
out of business by means of widespread nonviolent militant civil
disobedience. We need to fight to win and we need to add populist
elements to the battle. Any one person or group can participate at
their own level in this protest which can include, but is not limited
to, sit-ins, leafleting, creative harassment of all types, and maybe
petty vandalism like graffiti and stopped-up toilets. Don't forget
(and I'm not recommending this), Gandhi, on multiple occasions,
advocated even suicide (by fasting, walking into clubs, and in
response to Nazism) to draw attention to injustice. And Gandhi wasn't
even facing ecocide.
The RNC begins August 29th in NYC where up to 2 million people are
expected to protest Bush and his policies. At that time, there and in
cities around the world, a simultaneously coordinated protest of XOM
can send a clear message that we the people are not fooled by oilman
Bush and the corporate fascism he represents. In NYC all of the XOM
stations can be protested throughout the week of the RNC while, in
other cities, high-traffic stations can be engaged during peak rush
hours (4-7 p.m.). The number and ambition of activists in your
community will obviously determine the style and number of protests in
your city, but make sure to write letters to the editor and contact
other media outlets for best results. In some areas the "flash mob"
style of protest could be most effective -- even with folks unaware of
the protest beforehand. Whoever takes charge locally will largely
determine the style of protest -- but everyone who shows up, literally
and figuratively, is worthy of respect and is not to be dictated to.
Leadership in this cause is largely to just get the ball rolling as
effectively as possible -- so spread the word in your community and
get creative with actionable plans. Learn your rights and take a stand
despite the Patriot Act. True patriots revolt (against a true, clear,
corporate fascist entity that we can destroy). Lay siege, conquer and
destroy! Exxon/Mobil must die.
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