Friday, April 6, 2018

The Silencing Of Assange Won’t Stop The Revolution

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In the last month, as the U.S.-centralized power establishment has all but removed the threat from Julian Assange by cutting off his internet, the world outside Assange’s prison has remained a threat to that establishment. The lower and working classes of the world haven’t disappeared, and neither has the misery they’ve experienced under corporate capitalism. Those who commit themselves to resisting injustice and exposing the truth haven’t gone away. And Assange is just one of millions of them.
On April 3rd, 1968, the day before Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by the U.S. government, he gave a speech that concluded: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land.” Assange and King have comparable stories, having both defied tyranny and exposed the truth whatever the sacrifices. This makes these words applicable to Assange’s situation, and to ours.
And yes, Assange has made sacrifices. If he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy, he’ll beimmediately detained, so he’s been forced to live in a slightly better alternative prison for seven years. This has severely hurt his health. He’s now partially blind, since human eyes need regular exposure to long distances to function properly. Interviewers have described him as coughing frequently, more evidence that his confinement is slowly killing him.
“The British government is breaking the law,” John Pilger has commented on this shameful event. “They participated in a 16 month-long investigation by the United Nations which came out with its report. They [the British] went along with it. They didn’t like the result, so they didn’t comply with it. It’s like walking out of a court when you don’t like the verdict…that’s what they’ve done.”
This man’s persecution by the U.S. intelligence establishment proves him right, like the FBI’s persecution of King proved King right. The story of political martyrdom is happening again with Assange’s experience. And we owe it to Assange to continue his cause.
We need to refuse the establishment’s attempts to assimilate us. We need to recognize gaslighting, the tactic the establishment uses to convince dissenters that their concerns are imagined. We need to recognize the myriad psyop methods the deep state’s propaganda centers use, including slogans, non sequiturs, forced associations, and astroturfing. We need to escape the trappings of war propaganda, which are currently being used to instigate a perilous new cold war with Russia.
Because when enough of us can’t be controlled through propaganda, the global oligarchy will be in trouble. There will be many millions of people working to free themselves, and political prisoners like Assange, from the corporate, military, and technological control centers. Assange’s actions have made this scenario much more likely. Now we need to finish what he’s tried to do.

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