Posts by Larry Gambone
Situation in the Ukraine 9:54 am / 26 January 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Death squads are also in action. According to confirmed information, two people were kidnapped from a hospital and tortured. One of them died in a forest. Special forces use pinpoint firing against protesters, and not only from traumatic guns. One of the killed, according to a photo of his body, was shot in his heart. According to all indications he was a victim of a sniper. In the morning of January 23 the number of the killed constituted from 5 to 7 persons. And we don’t know the real scale of violence.
The ideology of the ruling regime is a mixture of Putin-style nationalism, conspiracy theories and conviction in their right, as elite, to rule over stupid populace. Groups of support to Berkut (the main riot police force) in social networks are full of anti-Semitic articles which claim that the opposition leaders are Jews and want to vitiate the people by legalizing same-sex marriages. This hardly differs from the rhetoric of Ukrainian right radicals.
Over the last days not only the far right confront the government, but also people of more moderate views. And they constitute the majority of the protesters. Many of them are indifferent to nationalism or negatively predisposed to it. Many of them don’t support integration into the EU. People go into the streets to protest against police violence. And a significant part of them is unenthusiastic or even skeptical about the clashes in the Grushevskogo street. Often one can hear that right radicals are a “Trojan horse” of Yanukovych and special services, designed to discredit the protest. Certainly there would be many more Kievites participating in the protests if there was a way to take those idiots useful to the government out of the streets. Top of their demands is to give them jobs in the Security Service of Ukraine after the “victorious revolution”.
Anarchists ought to participate in demonstrations and pickets which are dedicated to defense of the rights and freedoms usurped by the laws of January 16th. It makes sense to take action at one’s workplace or neighborhood and to help sabotage the dictatorship’s decisions. There’s not much sense in participating in the activities in Grushevskogo street, which were meaningless from the very beginning. These activities only give the government pretty picture for television and enable it to identify radical elements by locating mobile phones and videotaping.
In the case of the opposition’s victory, as well as in the case of the government’s victory we’ll have to wage long and hard war against any of those regimes. This should be understood. We need to gather forces in order to start dictating our own libertarian and proletarian agenda in Ukrainian politics.
No gods, no masters! No nations, no borders!
Autonomous Workers’ Union, Kiev local
A True Revolutionary 6:22 pm / 10 January 2014 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Climate Change and Pascal’s Wager 10:35 am / 02 December 2013 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
If anthropogenic climate change exists and nothing is done to moderate it, you lose everything, you lose absolutely. (Some people claim human extinction, I wouldn't go so far, but it might be a ninety percent die-off)
If, on the other hand, anthropogenic climate change is not true, and yet we have changed our life styles as if it were true, you only lose relatively. You only lose the "shop-till-you drop" three car, McMansion North American consumer life-style. (Many of us would see that as a gain and not a loss,)
Therefore the better option is to consider anthropogenic climate change as real and act accordingly.
Labour Day Story – BC Labour History 6:48 am / 23 August 2013 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Colliery Dam Struggle – Leadership – Theirs and Ours 8:49 am / 23 July 2013 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
The Colliery Dams Dispute in the Larger Context 5:29 pm / 09 July 2013 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Austerity Equals Mass Murder 7:37 pm / 02 July 2013 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Occupy Continues! 8:30 am / 24 June 2013 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
Class War Over A Nanaimo Park! 8:49 am / 13 June 2013 by Larry Gambone, at Porcupine blog
For reasons we can only guess, the City bureaucrats and the Council majority wish to destroy this park by tearing out the dams. Many people fear that sleazy developers are behind the scheme, wishing to plant their crummy condos on the flood plain. (The stated reason is "safety" – there is a fear of earthquakes destroying the old dams) A mass movement, with probably 90% support has arisen to challenge this action.
This Save the Colliery Dams coalition, with almost 2300 members, has been very flexible dealing with the City, accepting their claim that the dams might need repair or replacement. The difference between the people and the City is how this is done. The people want the dams to be removed, replaced or repaired in a staged, organized fashion. They want something solid on paper. The City on the other hand just wants to tear the dams down this summer and makes vague promises of rebuilding next year. Given the history of governments and promises, you cannot blame the people for finding this unacceptable.