Trump and Brexit are Distractions. What Are They Distracting us From?

During the 2016 US presidential election, the provocative philosopher, Slavoj Žižek made a leftist’s case for electing Trump, (please bear with me). Slavoj’s insensitivity to the plight of LGBTQ comrades, his positions and commentary on climate change and immigration are deeply problematic for me but his perspective on Trump and the state of ‘the left’ was right on.

(Very) basically, his analysis rhymed with that of Julian Assange; that the 2016 US election was like a choice between cholera and gonorrhea. To them and doubtless many American citizens, the Clinton mafia represented an inertia perhaps best exemplified by their unforgivable treatment of Bernie Sanders and his supporters.

Slavoj argued that Trump, while horrific, represented a shake up of the blatantly corrupt establishment. My interpretation of his point during the election was that ‘the Left’ needed a good kick up the arse. Or as he put it, “the awakening of an authentic left”.

After the election, he was absolutely roasted, most notably by Mehdi Hassan on Al Jazeera, where he offered this defence of and exposition on his thinking.

‘The Left’ certainly seems to have started getting it’s shit together in the Trump era. We’ve had a few big wins. #BlackLivesMatter has changed the conversation on institutional racism and white privilege. #MeToo has changed the conversation on patriarchy and toxic masculinity.

Sadly, ‘the Right’ are relentless in their destructive tendencies and tribalism is easily exploited. Fake NGOs and other useful idiots are still appealing to maintain ‘the Left’s’ static status quo, which has in my lifetime been concerned only with cosmetic change. Talking shops. Anything but directing actual change through action.

“If you can’t face Hiroshima in the theatre,

you’ll eventually end up in Hiroshima itself” 

–  Edward Bond

Noam Chomsky has made the case that Trump, being a master showman, is simultaneously a massive distraction and a wrecking ball, paving the way for the worst horrors of neo-liberal disaster capitalism in the US and around it’s worldwide empire.

Here in the United Kingdom of America, there are similarities and differences. Our equivalent of Bernie Sanders is Jeremy Corbyn, who has apparently succeeded in piercing the archaic, anti-democratic parliamentary structures. This is a win. Corbyn appears to be a genuine, lifelong ally.

The similarities are more striking though.  Treason Mayhem and her chums have been creating a terrifyingly absurd spectacle for over two years now. Brexit has not only succeeded in dividing all we who might otherwise be natural allies. It has also robbed people of their hopes, dreams and nightmares for the future. It is robbing them of their power, because the neverendumb referendum created such a convincing illusion of power.

UK Gov Plc announced last week that they intend to start distributing ‘packages’, ‘warning‘ (terrorising) UK citizens ‘on a weekly basis’ about the perils of a ‘no deal Brexit’.  Could this be because many people are now starting to realise that Brexit was a con? A black and white choice on a rainbow of options over which we have no actual say.

People tend to feel more powerful in a tribe and the longer they affiliate with that tribe, the harder the die casts. Nobody wants to give up their power, so if you associate your power with a tribe you will most likely defend your tribe against all logic.

So, having successfully divided and distracted most of us, what have Trump, the Tories and their chums been up to? What have they been distracting us from?

(The following list is not in order of importance. All these struggles are interconnected).

The Planet is Literally Burning

The exponentially accelerating effects of extreme pollution, climate change, ‘hyrdological extremes’ (drought, flood)  and the resultant 6th Mass Extinction. Wildfires raging in the arctic circle. 

I’ll just repeat that: Wildfires raging. In the arctic circle.

In the ARCTIC circle.

“This appears to be a trend as more and bigger blazes are reported in other far northern regions like Greenland, Alaska, Siberia and Canada.” – and in the North of England.

Class War

The effects of austerity on the vulnerable. The thousands of people who have committed suicide or died from preventable conditions after being found fit for work; The increasing numbers of uncounted homeless deaths on our streets, and in squats, and bedsits, and B&Bs, hostels, and other unsafe, temporary means of hiding the problem while lining the pockets of landlords and poverty property developers. The vast majority of the population reliant on the state and foodbanks for survival.

Fracking

The ecocidal fracking industry spreading across the country, poisoning our water, land and air for a short term injection of capital into the dying fossil fuel industry. UK Gov plc deploying the UK’s public police force to act as private security to ‘protect’ the fracking industry. From the knitting nanas of Lancashire. By throwing them around, arresting them and dragging them through the courts…

Proxy Warmongering and Fascism

Refugees and immigrants from poor countries fleeing the effects of climate change wrought on them by richer countries. Refugees and immigrants fleeing the secret proxy wars of a dying empire which is closing it’s borders, abandoning them to die and worse. These human beings are almost exclusively referred to in terms of the problems they present at the borders. The hostile environment. Those fucking ‘Go Home’ vans. The horror of Yarl’s Wood detention centre and Guantanamo. Trump locking children in cages. Trial runs for fascism in full flow.

The Rise of the Neo-McCarthyist Corporate Police State

Lush managed to pierce the established media networks with their excellent but much maligned #SpyCops campaign, shedding precious light on the undercover policing scandal, which otherwise nobody would know anything about. Undercover police formed intimate, long term relationships with activists, fathering children with them before abandoning the families they had co-created. Spycops apparently compiled blacklists of environmental, peace and human rights activists, members of Parliament and trade unionists, undermining union disputes. High profile victims of this scandal include the incumbent Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn.

The impetus for writing this little rant/blog/article is this week’s revelation, courtesy of Baroness Jenny Jones: UK Gov Plc are now deploying children as #SpyCops to do dangerous police work. If this isn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back I dread to think what will be.

This list is by no means comprehensive. I think it’s sufficient to make my point though.

We need to make earth great again. Whatever you’re doing to make this happen, keep it up. Do more if you can. Don’t forget to practice self-care, be kind to yourself and others.

Keep it lit.

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The Extinction Symbol represents extinction. It is quite important to raise awareness of the 6th Mass Extinction, particularly as corporate power invests so much pretending that it isn’t really happening…

SHAME OF UK’S ‘DICEY’ DSEI ARMS FAIR [The Occupied Sun]

Making an unsafe, unstable world less stable and less safe

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UK Gov.Plc sell weapons and equipment, including torture equipment to 22/30 countries on their own list of human rights abusers. At least 109 brave activists were arrested last week trying to shut this shameful shit show down. DSEI 2017 is an international terrorist convention profiting from death & misery.

Catch up with Occupy News Network‘s coverage of last week’s #StopDSEI blockade, here:

Here are some more reasons to #StopDSEI

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Inform yourself and take action:

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There are now over 100 The Occupied Sun and Daily Wail front pages, offering an alternative to everybody’s least favourite tabloid.

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Check out the Alternative Media List for better sources of information than the 1%’s malign media monopoly. 100+ recommendations for more interesting, useful, credible, relevant and reliable sources:

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FULL SOLIDARITY

FULL SOLIDARITY with everybody taking action against fascism; today, tomorrow and every day.

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From the brave water protectors resisting fracking bullies, Cuadrilla in Lancashire to the peace activists blockading and occupying to stop the DSEI arms fair in London,

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to workers on McStrike worldwide.

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Deep green peace, love and solidarity without borders; in the corridors of power, in the courts and on the streets.

Resistance is fertile.

One struggle.

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#StopDSEI because…

…the arms trade fuels fascism.

Stop DSEI because the men, women and children who survived the weapons sold at DSEI are starving to death in Yemen, in Gaza and all over the world, so a tiny number of rich people can get richer.

Stop DSEI because the global arms trade maintains an unstable, unsafe and unfair world for profit.

Stop DSEI because those able to seek refuge from the conflicts fuelled by DSEI’s weapons are persecuted and exploited if they’re lucky, or they’re abandoned to rot in detention centres, to drown in the sea and worse.

Stop DSEI because the revolving door between UK Gov. Plc and the arms industry reveals the absolute depth of hypocrisy to which our democracy has sunk.

Stop DSEI because Government ministers brazenly giving keynote speeches at DSEI this year include International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Security Minister Ben Wallace.

These men will almost certainly pass back through the revolving door to lucrative careers in the euphemistically described ‘defence’ industry.

Stop DSEI because their wars are fuelling the ecological crisis, through the war machines’ insatiable addiction to toxic energy sources and the politicians’ fear of the petrodollar’s inevitable demise.

Stop DSEI because the weapons manufacturers and deep states should be focusing their combined energies on mitigating the unfolding climate collapse, rather than facilitating unnecessary conflicts in an increasingly unstable world.

Stop DSEI because it is simply wrong to make vast profits from the unnecessary and indiscriminate murder, torture, censorship, surveillance and suffering of others.

Stop DSEI because even though London Mayor, Sadiq Khan; incumbent PM and peace activist, Jeremy Corbyn; the only green voice in Parliament, Caroline Lucas and many other decent MPs deplore the arms trade, WE are the ones with the power to actually stop it from taking place.

Stop DSEI because there’s another madman in  the whitehouse, talking about thermonuclear armageddon while the world burns and floods.

Stop DSEI because we may not get another chance.

Stop DSEI because another world is possible.

Solidarity with everybody taking action to shut down this grotesque carnival of death and suffering.

Join the blockade and occupation to #StopDSEI setting up. 4th-11th September, London Docklands.
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In case you missed it, Aaron Bastani’s list of reasons to Stop DSEI are well worth reading.


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One Week Today – #StopDSEI Blockade and Occupation

One week today, Occupiers will be joining Stop The Arms Fair‘s week long blockade, setting up camp to prevent the world’s largest arms fair from taking place.

DSEI (Defence Security Equipment International) gather once every two years, dripping in blood and oil. Arms dealers and governments buy and sell weapons which kill, maim and torture.

The peace movement have been dancing this dance against the festival of death since well before 2001, when DSEI first moved to the ExCeL Centre, London Docklands.

As comrades in Australia have demonstrated, it is possible to shut down an arms fair, but only with sufficient numbers of people prepared to seriously disrupt their setup.
  • Stop the Arms Fair 4th-11th September 2017.
  • DSEI Arms Fair 12th-15th September 2017.
  • ExCeL Centre, London Docklands.
There definitely seems to be much more momentum building this year. Various groups have been organising for months now all over the country. Unfortunately, I can’t be there. My health and finances are shit and I’m not up for getting arrested again. I’ll be in the back office doing my bit to reflect a truthful account of the spectacle; mirroring, ripping, editing, uploading and sharing livestreamed reports throughout the week of action for Occupy News Network.
Followers of this blog will know that I haz been making things and stuff to help promote this year’s blockade and Occupy the Arms Fair camp.
Here are some memes;

 

(9000 points go to whoever spots protest stencil‘s excellent subvert in one of these…) 😉

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(I pinched the skyline silhouette off the inspirational Stop the Arms Fair memes).

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Here are some #StopDSEI videos.

If they speak for you, please like, share, download and mirror this stuff, and all the other wonderful things everybody’s making and doing to help art the arms fair.

If like me, you can’t get to London there’s probably a weapons producer, military supplier or surveillance and security company somewhere near you. Why not pay them a visit?

Also. Let’s own the interwebz. #StopDSEI.

4th-11th September – NETWORK IT!

Please help share the things and stuff leading up to and throughout the blockade, however long it needs to last. Make and do and say the things. Find and sign all the petitions. Write a personal letter to your MP. Write to them again. Meditate. Pray. What ever works for you.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, stay safe, stay strong and look after each other.

Solidarity.

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#StopDSEI Week of Action – Occupy The Arms Fair [Video]

The world’s largest arms fair, DSEI returns to London’s Excel centre this September. Occupy The Arms Fair will be joining a massive coalition of civil society for a week of action designed to shut it down.

Video and animations by Ann Narkeh. Music: ‘Just War’, by Angry Band.

Read more about Stop The Arms Fair‘s upcoming week of action, 4th-11th September 2017, here.

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Occupy News Network are planning to broadcast LIVE throughout the week.

Here’s Tarpaulin Simon‘s video report from London Docklands on Friday:


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STOP ARMING ISRAEL Occupy The Arms Fair [meme]

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The world’s largest arms fair, DSEI have set up shop at London’s Excel centre every two years since 2001. Deals are struck at DSEI which destroy the lives of entire civilian populations. The UK Government exports weapons to 22 out of 30 countries on their own human rights watchlist.

Stop Arming Israel

Trading arms with Israel makes the UK complicit in Israel’s continuing violations of human rights and international law. The Israeli assault on Gaza in July-August 2014 killed 2,205 Palestinians (including 521 children). This was just one example of Israel’s ongoing acts of violence against the Palestinian people, however UK-made weapons and military technologies continue to be sold to and used by Israeli forces.

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The Watchkeeper Surveillance Drone has been developed under a £1 billion joint venture contract, awarded by the Ministry of Defence to Thales UK and Israel’s Elbit Systems. This allows the UK military to benefit from weapons that have been ‘field tested’ on the occupied Palestinian people.

Another world is possible.

The Asia-Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition (APDSE), the Australian equivalent of the British Defence and Security International (DSEI), has been scuppered three times, in 1991, 1986 and 2008.

Let’s make 2017 the year we finally turn this brutal industry the way of sustainable peace. Join Occupy The Arms Fair‘s direct action camp to stop the DSEI arms fair.

You can read more about Stop The Arms Fair‘s upcoming week of action, 4th-11th September 2017, here.

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More memes:

END TERRORISM, #StopDSEI [Video]

Join Occupy The Arms Fair‘s direct action camp to #StopDSEI, the world’s largest arms fair. 4th-11th September 2017, Excel Centre, London docklands.

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Video by Ann Narkeh for the Occupy News Network and Occupy The Arms Fair.

Music: ‘Instrumental’ by Adam Kidd.

More memes:


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End Terrorism #StopDSEI – Occupy The Arms Fair [meme]

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The world’s largest arms fair, DSEI have set up shop at London’s Excel centre every two years since 2001. Deals are struck at DSEI which destroy the lives of entire civilian populations. The UK Government exports weapons to 22 out of 30 countries on their own human rights watchlist.

These weapons are fuelling an unholy global war of error, which is escalating by the hour.

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Another world is possible.

The Asia-Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition (APDSE), the Australian equivalent of the British Defence and Security International (DSEI), has been scuppered three times, in 1991, 1986 and 2008.

Let’s make 2017 the year we finally turn this brutal industry the way of sustainable peace.

Join Occupy The Arms Fair‘s direct action camp to stop the DSEI arms fair.

You can read more about Stop The Arms Fair‘s upcoming week of action, 4th-11th September 2017, here.

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More memes:


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UK Government Sold Weapons to 22/30 Countries on Their Own Watchlist. Occupy the Arms Fair [meme]

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Since 2010, The UK Government has sold arms to 39 of the 51 countries ranked “not free” by Freedom House, and 22 of the 30 countries on their own human rights watch list.

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UK Gov. plc.’s own export statistics report shows that it’s principle customer is Saudi Arabia and it’s largest market (63%) is the middle east, where these weapons are escalating multiple deadly conflicts. Arms are free to cross borders, while refugees fleeing them are not.

DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is the world’s largest arms fair, where arms buyers and sellers get together to network and make deals, profiting from the death and suffering their weapons cause worldwide.

Every two years since 2001, the DSEI arms fair has taken place at London’s Excel exhibition centre and the peace movement has mobilised to oppose them.

This year the arms dealers will once again be blockaded by a massive coalition of civil society, who are determined to shut them down.

Another world is possible.

The Asia-Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition (APDSE), the Australian equivalent of the British Defence and Security International (DSEI), has been scuppered three times, in 1991, 1986 and 2008.

Let’s make 2017 the year we finally turn this brutal industry the way of sustainable peace.

Join Occupy The Arms Fair‘s direct action camp to stop the DSEI arms fair.

You can read more about Stop The Arms Fair‘s upcoming week of action, 4th-11th September 2017, here.


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