reply to post by caballero
I agree with Freeborn and Caballero's posts above. The ideal of Passive Resistance is a truly noble, intelligent one, but Passive Resistance only
works in certain scenarios. Passive Resistance certainly didn't work against Hitler's Germany or Stalin's pogroms. Even though the images went
around the world and caused an uproar earlier this year, I don't imagine for one second that the Chinese are suddenly aquiescing to the Tibetans, nor
the Burmese Generals the inherently pacifistic Buddhist monks, because we've all seen them 'doing it' on CNN.
When your Domestic Government enemy is already violent towards you, when your freedoms are vanishing at the speed of greed, and when one day you
suddenly realise you're living in a Police State designed to crush the already-cowering, frightened population, you eventually have to defend
yourself unless you can live with yourself with a jackboot against your throat every day for the rest of your miserable, worthless life. You'd have
no choice, because slavery is an offence to the Human spirit. Ask any North Korean. Most of THEM are passive, and their passivity is what maintains
that hateful regime.
I truly understand the idea that as soon as you raise your own fist against your oppressor you become as bad as he is, and in general I would agree
with that highly moral position, but... when you live in a culture which is already made numb to violence and the pain of others by virtue of almost a
century of Empire-building militarism and the constant national diet of divisive propaganda force-fed to the population through film, print,
television, computer games etc., then the window of opportunity for Passive Resistance to work effectively is ever-narrowing.
I'm not saying it's impossible, and I agree 100% that Passive Resistance must be employed first and for as long as possible out of the hope that
eventually enough of the military will revolt when they see their families being brutalized at home by the black-shirts, but we're staring into an
abyss, and the rules are different from any which have gone before in World history.
This isn't Ghandi going on hunger strike, protesting the British rule in 1930 because the Indian population was truly helpless against the Invaders.
This is angry, frustrated, massively divided America we're talking about, largely armed to the teeth, numbed to horror by Hollywood and gorged on the
blood of dead Iraqis, Afghanis and probably soon dead Iranians. Americans who are slowly, gradually realising that it's all been about the personal
enrichment of psychopathic Corporations who honestly don't care if they live or die as long as it doesn't affect Profits.
Look around you. Look at the emotional violence and bitterness spewed out of the mouths of so many people (including a huge number of those claiming
to be Christians) in the USA, directed at peace-makers, intellectuals, liberals, foreigners and any others who don't look, think or speak exactly
the same as THEY do. Kids are increasingly indoctrinated in Nationalist and twisted Mystical cant, have been largely educated by Fox, Bechtel and
Westinghouse and are hugely hooked on extremely violent mood-altering video games (which would have been unthinkable 25 years ago) from pre-pubescence
whilst their immature brains are still developing... and you only need to tune into Talk Radio to experience NeoCon hatred in all its venal,
I'm sure that there will be many, many courageous souls who follow that passive route, and some of them will surely become highly visible, poignant
martyrs whose experiences at the hands of the State will resonate hugely (which will enrage The Enemy), but I cannot make myself believe that America
is ever going to be united enough to take a common stand. I fear the worst.