The mask continues to slip off Milton Friedman’s ideology to reveal the violent anti-democratic right wing reality-
“The national government is looking for violence….if they do not let us freely express ourselves and manifest our discontent with the government via the voting box, they are looking for us to burn the city down.” 2008 Cato Institute Milton Friedman prize winner Yon Goicoechea
Do visit the link to BoRev for a lovely Blingee of the proto-fascist rich boy (ps. the prize includes $500,000) details of the supreme court decision that was a reaction to. I do love conservatives who appropriate human rights when they are talking about attacking democracy and impoverishing the already poor, bless ’em.
More reports of the police suppression at the Kingsnorth Climate camp. Did Gordon Brown Pledge £3 Million to the security forces to suppress the camp (and again please note- The owner of the land agrees with the camp’s activities– so by what right are the police surrounding the people there?)
There are over a 1,000 cops, the FIT are out in force, it is like a huge military exercise. Petty restriction is the name of the game, the shuttle bus for example was impounded yesterday, on apparently trivial grounds. Everyone is searched. The rumour is that Gordon Brown has personally promised £3 million for the policing in a number 10 show of official strength.
To be honest, in my early 40s and 5ft 5 I look like Mike Tyson compared to many of the campers, police in riot gear threatening young women in flora dresses, is loco. One person told me that he had seen a cop with tears streaming down his face after one confrontation, I don’t know what the police have been told to encourage them but it is not exactly a threatening environment.
Given the presence of representatives from the New Latin Left countries this looks at times like very political policing to squash global co-operation of leftist and environmentalists. Yet there is no conspiracy here, no clandestine meetings or terror cells!!!!!! they are meeting openly and debating openly, to oppose that is profoundly undemocratic.
To get us in the mood the police helicopter regularly flew over our discussion tent, drowning our Andy’s accounts of repression in Colombia.
Gareth Dale @ Lenin’s Tomb-
Upon arrival, I asked the copper who was searching me – time for such conversations was not rationed — why the chopper was in the air. “It’s because an incident is going on. Don’t worry, it costs a fortune to keep it up there, it’ll only be sent up when there’s something going on.” In fact, it was airborne about one minute in every three; deafening, menacing, watching. Even at night it hovered above us, and would sometimes swoop low – perhaps in case its clatter at normal altitude hadn’t yet woken a few of those below.
Now that is very true a helicopter burns up fuel like a bastard, so keeping it up is about intimidation and also a big fuck you to environmentalists as it pumps out exhaust into the atmosphere! Are the humans under the riot gear uniform proud of being paid bullies for government and corporations, does it make them feel big and strong and proud when they look in the mirror? What went wrong in their life that is the validation they crave the most?