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New Media, New Lies

The YouTube community is at the forefront of contemporary Fascistic propaganda and has become a grand manipulator within the political play ground for a generation who have been decimated by the late stages of capitalism. Buried under fail compilations, pop culture trends and make up tutorials, is a propaganda machine that echoes western chauvinism, white supremacy and cultural and racial myths. Born out of the image board scenes and the so called new atheist movement, right wing pundits and reactionary forces have become a populist force within the platform.

Posing as “New media”, a self-aggrandising title for those not only tied to the old economic model, but mirror the libertarian mind set of the  1990’s too, many of these charlatans have been able to profit from misinformation, xenophobic views and outright racism, with very little consequence from the outside powers, while simultaneously portraying themselves as an alternative. The copy and paste motif of these right wing pundits follows a specific trend of  anti- feminist, anti-migrant & anti-Left commentary, normally under the umbrella of what they have titled “PC culture”, a ominous force concocted by the paranoid, that seeks to silent (white) men.

No doubt among militant circles, there is a real need for legitimate criticism ranging from optics to praxis within groups of marginalised people and progressive movements. Yet, one can not help but smell a familiar stench within the Youtube scene.  In the more potent circles of the right and recently regurgitated by Canadian, Psychologist and human dumpster fire, Jordan ‘lobster fucker’ Peterson in a Channel 4 interview (read straight from his book), the age old “CULTURAL MARXISM” myth reared its ugly head. Based off of a moral panic rooted in Nazi propaganda of 20th century with roots as far back to the 1860s,  the then named ‘Cultural Bolshevism’ was used by Nazi critics to shut down progressive media, art and literature. Today, instead of communist Jews infiltrating your glorious European nations, it is Radical feminists, Neo-Marxists and College safe spaces (or in other words “Pc culture”) that threaten our homelands. Despite very little evidence, this bogeyman is a threat to every spook western civilisation holds dear and anyone defending it is an enemy to your liberty ( or so they say).
This edgy commentary and often anti moralistic stance, has an obvious appeal to those alienated under liberalism and bust cycles of capitalism, one can sympathise with the struggle but can not condone the reactionary position taken, especially by those who seek to defend these snake oil salesmen, peddling soft core, racism to teens, for clicks.

Entrenched in the dogmatic defence of these commentators, is the neo-liberal individualistic belief that these are ‘independents’ and that this new media, is here to liberate us from our current shackles. An example of such blind faith is reflected within the American Fascists of the Alt right and the ‘Red pill’ meme, taken from 1999 film the Matrix. In this now infamous scene, protagonist Neo is offered a blue or red pill, upon choosing the red pill, Neo is able to awaken to the real world and abandon the old oppressive system of his life. This idea of Progress, rebirth and revelation is intrinsic to the western paradigm, the presumption that we are moving forward to our own awakening is embedded in our mutation of christian hopes, the idealism of progress works in favour of the political naivety of liberal Utopians & capitalists, who have bought into a revisionist idealism that they can save the world. However, There are no independents within the spectacle, and in reality the ‘Red pill’ is merely a plot device to allow the fiction to move forward, not a manifested destiny that awaits us and not real progress. It is therefore ideologically foolish to think individuals are devoid of the spectacle and even more so to think those in bed with tyrants of capital, have any interest in releasing us from it. The Californian ideology that Companies like Youtube and its parent Google, are based on, are the very definition of the status quo and very much part of the Capitalist realist project. This is reflected in the content produced as we see  Liberty, freedom and property rights as a consistent focus within this medium, despite these liberal phantoms rarely being applied universally within their own discourse. The liberal lie of meritocracy is potent within this content a childish beleif of a level playing field while unironically receiving a pay check from a corporate monopoly.

The tech giants of today that platform this culture of hate work hand in hand with exiting powers, from law enforcement to corporate structures. They have vested interest in bourgeoisie society and were built upon the neoliberal demon that plagues western society to this day. It is evidential that such agitators despite what they, or their cheerleaders may claim, are not as new or revolutionary as they say. Rather either due to their own historical revisionism or more likely lack of any real research or commitment to their stances, they are simply part of the same mechanism that has  kept Liberal society churning for the last 200 years.

The failings of Liberal press have an obvious role in creating this false god of new media. the inherent bias and inescapable lack of objectivity attached to much of western media produced, is well documented and culturally accepted among the masses. Despite the work of Ultra Nationalists & Anglo supremacists, the term ‘Fake news’ is not the modern phenomenon it’s narrated to be, but rather a systemic issue of our Media today. The struggle to find empiricism in media content is very much attached the to the current order, and should not be solely scapegoated to online trolls, tipping their fedoras for foreign states. The damage control within our currently perceived, political turmoil is to ignore the root of our crisis, that under the cultural domination of capitalism, journalists are castrated. It is therefore that our content must rely on bias or tainted speculation due to the very nature, that we are given no alternatives. There is only an apparition that presents itself, one that brands all alternatives Taboo or political naivety. Our media can only write spectacle because the very nature of Politics under capitalist Realism. The Realist Project is an insidious force that has appropriated everything. Journalists are not precogs & therefore cant see beyond the Phantasm Capitalism has produced. A System of symbolism to drive commodification is the very definition of fake, our news & media reflect that.

Those within the Youtube demographic are by far, the most socially conscious of main stream medias failings and have predominantly resisted traditional conservative narratives of church, state and god. Yet, despite the smug satisfaction of dispelling the myths of old, we have forgotten that such stories are a mere symptom of our cancer, that without escaping the shackles of the dominant bourgeois narrative, we are restrained in producing only imitations of what we already know.  History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce said Marx or in our case changing platform, is not the same as creating new content. The hope that alternative media will solve the problems of existing media, or in other words trying alternative forms of capitalism to solve existing capitalism, is utterly naive. Despite the radical personalities of Youtube’s content creators, these pundits & faux intellectuals  are the tamest among us, their middle class revolution a mere byproduct of the Liberalism they claim to reject. Their impotence and inability to free themselves, is the frustration vented in their media & their aspiration to challenge existing power is nothing but the libertarian pipe dream of their Californian predecessors.

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You don’t want Corbyn, you want Communism.

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When  Labour supporters in Britain call for the return of “Old Labour” they ignore the fact that the much of the celebrated Attlee government of 1945-51 that built the NHS, welfare state etc. did so through theft and genocide.( – mainly in Malaya but also in Iran and Nigeria). The burden of Britain’s post WW2 economy was pushed on to British colonies. The disingenuous colonial left in Britain, ignore the imperialist history of the Labour Party and make out its problems only started with the Thatcher eras & Blair. Revolutionaries should be aware  that Communism will inevitability smash the state & as pragmatic as it is to back Corbyn for now, many are under the delusion that the Labour Party are a good thing, they are not. At their root they are Trotskyist traitors & in their contemporary form they are revisionists.  If we are to seek a radical shift and liberate all peoples, it will be with the devolution of power, given to the people and their vanguard revolutionary party. Do not fall for the cult of personalities, the worker and common woman & man are the ones who should be lifted on pedestals, not career politicians (no matter how noble they are). Socialism is what is being offered not a messiah. Communism is not a dirty word & the spectre should not have wear the mask of a kind old white man to stake its case. If Corbyn’s economic view is popular,  Then Marxist economics is popular. If Corbyn’s view on housing the poor is popular, then communist views of property rights is popular. If Corbyn’s view on foreign policy is popular, the leftists view on imperialism is popular.  We neither want the party nor the man! We want revolution!

It is ALWAYS okay to Punch a Nazi.

Note: [The majority of scholars identify Nazism in practice as a form of far-right politics.Far-right themes in Nazism include the argument that superior people have a right to dominate over other people and purge society of supposed inferior elements.]

In light of Richard Spencer (goon of the Alt right & self-proclaimed messiah of white power) being punched while on camera; a debate has began to form around whether or not it’s permissible to use violence against Far right members? Well, the answer is simple, yes, it is always okay to punch a Nazi.

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Fascism and racism embodies violence; it secures itself ideologically & politically through threat of violent acts & violent beliefs. Parasites like Richard Spencer are not here to present discourse, they are calling people to take up arms for their cause. He buys into the reactionary, liberal left, knowing full well that they will give him the platform to shout his poisonous rallying cry. Scum like the “Alt-right” are nothing new. Fascists have been putting on suits & ties for decades in an attempt to normalise their tribalistic bullshit.

The National Front did the same thing throughout Europe in an attempt to legitimise themselves, as did those laughing stocks of Right wing Britain, Paul Golding & Tommy Robinson whose group of slobbering idiots ‘Britain First’ & the ‘EDL’ both attempted to enter the mainstream. Do you know what these groups have in common, despite their sickening ideologies? They were all dismantled by a violent visceral opposition of Antifa activists. These groups were met by huge counter demos that often broke out into conflicts & fights on the streets, resulting in property damage and injuries on both sides. Not only were these fringe groups physically wounded, but their morale was often broken too, by constantly having their demos dwarfed in size by the opposition that turned up to confront them. Not only this, but the state could not handle the pressure of such groups. It was costing local councils thousands and exhausting local police forces who could no longer guarantee people’s safety. It was this escalation of risk caused by violent direct action that suppressed these far-right groups & inevitably pushed them back into the fringe. Although the ideology still exists & once again the far-right is on the increase in Europe; it was violent protests, not liberal debate that destroyed the material threat from our streets & protected targeted communities from the far-right menace.

The liberal stance of trying to ‘understand fascists’ & give them a right to “free speech” is an historically flawed concept if one recalls the ironic slogan of German liberals before the Nazis took over: ‘We are so liberal that we even grant the freedom to destroy liberty’, and it was made very clear what Goebbels intentions were, when he stated: ‘We have come to the Reichstag in order to destroy it. If democracy is stupid enough to reward us for doing this, this is the problem of democracy.’

By offering Fascists platforms, you legitimise their point; by knocking their teeth out, you force their subjects to be taboo from society. If you attempt rational debate, you allow these cretins to swindle & manipulate their rhetoric & policy. We can see contemporary examples of this in the far-right parties of England, Hungary & France who have been able to do this very thing. Parties like UKIP, Jobbik & Le Pen have gained traction over the years, and increased in popularity amongst the right wing, to the point where they have been able to push policy & frame debates within their own political territories. This has resulted in a spike in hate crimes within the UK & has spread an anti-immigrant sentiment across European borders resulting in death and violence against marginalised communities as well as the abandonment of humanitarian help.

This moralist stance that we must rely solely on pacifism to prove our points is juvenile & ahistorical. Such pure notions do not deserve to be recognised as legitimate opposition or tactics to deal with Fascism. Anti-fascism can be both defensive & proactive. If Richard Spencer wore all black & spoke Arabic, the liberal press would not be debating whether or not it is okay to use violence against him, it would be cheering his defeat. You cannot live complacent in violent societies while simultaneously condemning violence against a system (or body) that perpetuates it. These are pundits who have praised Obama despite the mass civilian casualties which are a result of his drone program. These same people who call foul & give liberal sob stories over Spencer being punched, cheered when Saddam Hussein was hung. Unlike the contradictory take on violence liberals give, Anarchist and Anti-fascist militants do not use violence to reinforce themselves as a dominant ideology, but rather as theatre that co-exists with its theory. Anarchists & socialists are fully aware that punching Nazis one by one does not tackle the root issue of far-right ideologies. It fully recognises that it must rely on political organisation and propaganda as well as its physical resistance. The violent political dissidents of the militant left is as much of a performance as it is practical. A reminder to both the status quo, and the encroaching threats to people’s liberty, that people in large groups still hold real power over the systems & contracts that bind us to obedience.

This is not to say that we should enjoy violence; far from it. “militant anti-fascist violence is an unpleasant method to achieve a greater political goal. It is not fetishized the way that fascism fetishizes violence, and it would be much more preferable to rely on passive resistance; but we cannot guarantee that what Trotsky referred to as ‘flabby pacifism’ will effectively inhibit fascist encroachment. Fascism views passivity as weakness, not as a political strategy; it will crush peaceful protests and the will to resist, and their violence must be met head on.” (Militant Anti-Fascism: 100 Years Of Resistance by M.Tesa). Rather we should see it for what it really is a violent movement in a more violent world.

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Chelsea Manning soon to be free.

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Those who all of a sudden cheer Obama’s clemency today, are the same people who applauded when Chelsea was put in prison. It was the right decision & I’m glad he did it none the less but, freeing Manning, does not absolve Obama of anything.

Chelsea isn’t free yet & Obama has simply commuted a majority of her sentence, she may still have time to do. The Obama Administration leaned excessively on Chelsea, for exposing war crimes during an illegal war America orchestrated (All the while giving light sentences to Government agents who leaked Us Intel e.g General Cartwright who took the fall for Hilary Clinton’s fuck up & CIA operative John Kiriakou who got a mere 30 months down to 2 years). Chelsea’s 35 years was always an over zealous attempt to crush the dissidents of Hacktivism and protests happening in America & to cover up the illegal actions taken in Iraq & Afghanistan.

Don’t Thank Obama, Thank Chelsea Manning.

A response to the Ankara shooter:

19 Dec 2016 Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov is assassinated  

The consequences of war are never contained within the borders of said conflict. The attacker shouted “We die in Aleppo, you die here” this is not a terrorist, this is desperate man driven to insanity and unstable violent behaviour. A bloody reminder that actions have consequences rather than an intent to spread terror.

Moralists will reject the attack in Ankara calling it radicalisation. This is all to often spouted from pedestals of privilege. Deep down underneath the dominant ideology and the social constructs we have created, we are all Radicals. I hold no quarrel, nor shed tears for dead politicians what worries me is the consequences that were unforeseen to the shooter. Russia and “tough guy Putin” will retaliate hard & it will not be the shooter who receives these repercussions in which ideally he should. If you are to commit acts of violence and propaganda by the deed against violent states & their agents ensure you create an environment that you alone are to blame.

New-wave Fundamentalism and its demons

In the last couple of days we have witnessed two major terror attacks which have shaken social media and were widely reported on by media outlets across the board. One in Beirut, where we witnessed the capital’s most lethal bombing since the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1990 and where an estimated 44 were killed in two separate explosions. The first concealed in a parked motor bike and the second being a suicide bomber. The explosives were detonated in a predominately Shia suburb south of the capital. As well as killing over 40, the bombs injured hundreds putting emergency facilities on high alert and who had to put out a call to residents to donate blood. More than 200 people were wounded – many of them seriously, Health Minister Wael Abou Faour said when speaking to the BBC. These attacks rocked the country reigniting age old tensions between the various communities that cohabitant the region. Beirut was targeted due to there being a Hezbollah stronghold in the region, a controversial unit currently opposing ISIS and fighting them through out the middle east. Hezbollah vowed to continue its fight against “terrorists”, warning of a “long war” against its enemies.
The second attack came in Paris and happened between the late hours of November the 13th and now (14th) with attackers claiming the lives of 127 victims. It is still unclear and currently being reported on as I write but, what I can piece together is several gun men stormed Paris and took several hostages as well as opening fire into crowds. Reporters on the ground claimed they could see bodies in the streets and were unable to confirm whether they were dead or wounded. It was too dangerous for reporters to get any closer making reports slightly scattered and incoherent. From my understanding gun men held 100 music fans hostage in the Bataclan concert venue, 50 boulevard Voltaire in the 11th district. As police arrived on scene and began to approach, explosions could be heard, some outlets claiming attackers throw explosives at the hostages within the building. It should come to no surprise who the group claiming to be behind the attacks is. Yes, you guessed it, ISIS/ISIL (Islamic State), the death cult currently rampaging throughout the middle east and today’s bogeyman for the western world to fight. Saying this, the outlets I had been following when writing, could not independently confirm this. However, with a little bit of research, what we do know is that ISIS supporters and possible members (as we know their soldiers use media for online promotion and social engineering), took to twitter praising the attacks under the # ParisIsBurning (some refered to these men as ‘lone wolves’ suggesting this may of not be a commanded attack). This attack comes straight after western politicians were celebrating the death of Emwazi Muhammad (“jihadi John”) a former UK citizen turned extremist who left to join ISIS in 2013. This odd ceremony of rejoicing in the death of a young man (despite his crimes), seemed very much as a quick fix, knee jerk response to reinforce the ideology that we have moral superiority over “The Savages”. The irony being that it is this same self righteous neo-liberal delusion that created the very thing we are praising the destruction of.
Stating the obvious, these attacks were senseless, barbaric and inhuman but, I think it is important that we remember that these tragic events are a clear symptom of the masquerade that is ‘The War on Terror’ and our NATO actions within the middle east. Our current military actions abroad are directly linked to this new wave of fundamentalism. British media report that the attackers in the Paris had shouted “it’s for Syria”, before murdering the people within the music hall. Syria is currently being torn apart, not only by a bloody civil war between its brutal regime and various factions but, by our NATO allies US and Russia, who have been fighting over the land and bombing the nation in a pseudo-proxy war backed by a western coalition of military power. It is the constant destabilization that western powers insist on instilling that is breeding such creatures like ISIS. Yet, which is equally damaging is our justification and mantra that accompany our war-mongering in Islamic countries. I’m sure we will have plenty of political leaders who will come out and have various scripted speeches on the horrors of this event, but few who will address the neo-colonial ideals that led us here. It is this very denial & western exceptionalism, that has given birth to the misapprehension that our instigation of war surpasses ethical or moral judgement. Believing our conflicts are right and justified only reinforces the anti-muslim/Arab rhetoric that has been stemming out Europe since the early 2000’s. This stigma attached to Muslim and Islam itself is born out of ignorance and engrained fear of the “other”. I could poetically put it that terrorism has no religion however, I don think this justifies my point. Most of those killed by ISIS and most of those fighting ISIS are Muslims. Lebanon is 54% Muslim and 8 million Muslims live in France, each one a citizen. 
“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way, stop participating in it” – Noam Chomsky