Aaron Swartz, America’s Mohamed Bouazizi: We’re in the midst of a revolution, which side are you on?

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The United States is ripe for a revolution. People are pissed, and rightfully so. The only question that remains is if the restructuring will be peaceful, like what we saw happen in Iceland, or will it be violent, like what we see happening in Greece and Spain.

As Chris Hedges has implied on multiple occasions, the revolution is well on its way:

I have seen my share of revolts, insurgencies and revolutions, from the guerrilla conflicts in the 1980s in Central America to the civil wars in Algeria, the Sudan and Yemen, to the Palestinian uprising to the revolutions in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania as well as the wars in the former Yugoslavia. George Orwell wrote that all tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but that once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force. We have now entered the era of naked force. The vast million-person bureaucracy of the internal security and surveillance state will not be used to stop terrorism but to try and stop us.”

All of that has been used to essentially, in this reconfiguration of American society… into an oligarchic state, a neofeudalistic state—you criminalize dissent, because they know very well what’s coming, as they reduce roughly two-thirds of this country to subsistence level.”

The most revealing feature of our current economic and political model that points to a systematic failure is how the banks have been able to commit and profit from the most heinous crimes without being held accountable, while individuals have been relentlessly hounded for the most minor of infractions. Our society is full of such stories, from banks getting a slap on the wrist for laundering money for drug lords and terrorists while quadriplegics are arrested for smoking a joint and left to suffocate and die in prison, to our leaders having private hit lists and rebranding civilians as combatants and terrorists while peaceful civilians are incarcerated without being charged for any crime just because they refuse to take part in a witch-hunt.

Our current economic and political system is a joke and the latest victim of this corrupt system is Aaron Swartz. What Aaron accomplished by the time of his death at the tender age of 26 was astonishing, and the events that led to his final decision to take his own life will make your blood boil. The following two videos provide detailed information on what took place and who Aaron was. Keep this information in mind because the story of Aaron Swartz is very similar to that of Mohamed Bouazizi, the catalyst the gave birth to the Arab Spring.

“An Incredible Soul”: Lawrence Lessig Remembers Aaron Swartz After Leading Cyberactivist’s Suicide

F2C2012: Aaron Swartz keynote – “How we stopped SOPA”

13 Comments on "Aaron Swartz, America’s Mohamed Bouazizi: We’re in the midst of a revolution, which side are you on?"

  1. Except, of course, that the Arab Spring ended in a new tyrrany. I’m afraid that’s what will happen here, too.

    • Except, the Arab Spring hasn’t ended yet.

    • yes and it has all of the fingerprints of being orchestrated by the West. The “Twitter” revolution will be constrained to 144 characters.

      • I have a feeling that we of the West have no clue why the Arab Spring started, or how it has evolved, or what it is really saying now; we get all our information second- or (more often) third-hand from our media outlets of choice.

        For example, when you say “it has all the fingerprints of the West,” I’ll bet that’s an informed opinion you have constructed from your media outlets of choice. I wish I could be on-the-scene and could speak Arabic. Fuck.

    • mannyfurious | Jan 15, 2013 at 11:46 am |

      The general problem with revolutions is just that. “Leaders” are generally self-absorbed, self-worshiping, egomanical fascists, regardless of which side they are on. So in a “revolution” what happens is you replace one fucked up, incompetent form of leadership for another. It’s funny because we’ve had many, many revolutions throughout the history of our species, and things still suck, by in large, at least on a macro scale. If any single of those revolutions were successful, we wouldn’t be speaking of a need for another revolution.

      The best I can come with is that instead of becoming more involved with the mechanisms of the world, we need to withdraw. The true revolution probably needs to be something where people become less ambitious and less power-hungry. Can you imagine how nice the world would be if people like Dick Cheney said, “Fuck it, spending all this time and energy chasing after money and power is just not worth it. I’m going to go start a garden and write a spy novel or some shit.”

  2. BuzzCoastin | Jan 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm |

    too bad about his death
    but trying to confront these people head-on is asking for trouble
    subterfuge & feigned compliance is your best defense/offense

    I doubt the Amerikan people are on the verge of revolution
    unless switching from Coke to Pepsi is a revolution
    but there is an opportunity to live in it and not be of it
    a small, number of people will grab that option

  3. three57magnon@yahoo.com | Jan 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm |

    He is not America’s Bouazizi. Not even close.

  4. denverover | Jan 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm |

    There are to many that have the, “I’ve got to much to lose to join the revolution.” embedded in their heads. Until the dollar becomes worthless I don’t see it happening. I could be wrong, c’mon PROVE me wrong.

    • bingo

      The elite are actively setting up an infrastructure to ensure their own security, and they will pull the plug on the dollar when the time is right for them. They just have to use their “A.I. in the sky” computer social-network-analysis programs to sort out the people who are going to be un-willing to serve the true neo-Nazi world order from everyone else (the people who can pressured into it, bought for a low price, people that actually like being a part of an oppressive power structure, et cetera).

      Basically, they are setting up backup education and infrastructure institutions in the developing world and Asia for the day they pull the plug on the debt-saturated and economically useless people of the West. That’s why they will be all but giving out “smart phones” to the poor of the less-developed world, who want to join the consumer network while the brain-washed Western public pays vast monthly revenue streams in the aggregate for the same mobile services. It’s not about giving the consumer “what he wants” it’s getting people on the spy grid to learn the people, and having the right infrastructure and technology to manage it with as few insiders as possible. (Problem with civil unrest in the West? Well, the most profitable way to manage that is to knock it down with private security storm-troopers or super-soldiers and out-sourced drone control centers.)

      And the alternate consumer markets who pay a pittance compared to what the Westerners pay will give the same relative power (market shares, quarterly profits, are all relative things when you think about it) to the same corporations as who currently rule the world and who are setting up a new world order for themselves enjoy, after this West-based one dies.

      But it’s all a paper game of money and ownership which certain people (“conspirators”) use to stay on top of everyone else. And it drives me literally crazy (for now) to see what you see denverover, that fear and ignorance and myopic greed (in the longer view, it’s in no one’s interest to not revolt) that keeps people from taking the time to re-evaluate their conception of the world … waiting until the day comes when literally their own their own lunch is threatened. (TOO LATE THEN!)

  5. Ovomit is testing and tempting the American people…he will lose…

  6. Great post. Thank you. RIP to another victim of the system.

  7. "Big" Richard Johnson | Jan 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm |

    Which side pays better?

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