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Exxon/Mobil, the RNC & Widespread Nonviolent Militancy

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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