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How to act to defend Wikileaks.
Friday December 10, 2010 00:37 by john throne - Facts For Working People loughfinn at aol dot com
Capitalism is launching an all our assault to keep its secrets and lies behind closed doors. Activists must defend wikileaks .
The union and labor leaders should be leading the battle to defend the right of all of us to know what is in the cables of capitalism. But they are so much part of the system they will not. While continuing to point this out and to build opposition forces to these union leaders in the workplaces and unions we, the left and all activist and anti capitalist forces, have to act ourselves. We should join Anonymous which is coordinating the defense of wikileaks and its funding base. Boycott Mastercard, Visa, Amazon etc. At the same time we should seek to give more of a democratic structure to Anonymous so it can become a more effective and democratic and decision making body, with a leadership which is collective and has depth, and so is better able to replace itself when capitalism can arrest or otherwise remove more of its leaders.
Wikileaks, Assange, Acting. Capitalism. Socialism.
Wikileaks. Defeat capitalism's offensive to close again the doors to its dirty secrets and lies.
Letter to the left, anti capitalist and radical movement.
What should we do to contribute to the fight against US and world capitalism's effort to close down wikileaks and keep its dirty laundry from our eyes? Here are a few suggestions.
First of all the world's union and labor leaders should be leading a movement to defend wikileaks, for the release and the dropping of all charges against Assange and Manning. It should be using its resources to distribute all the material that wikileaks has available not leaving it up to wikileaks with its tiny resources. But this bureaucracy is so intimidated by capitalism, so convinced that capitalism is the only system, so convinced that the working class cannot build a new society, has itself so many perks from capitalism that it is paralyzed and refuses to act.
We must continue to point out the supine pro capitalist role of this bureaucracy and call on it to change its ways and to take on the system. We must continue to seek to build an opposition to it in the workplace and unions, to open up divisions within the unions and labor movement which will accelerate the possibility of it or some section of it acting, but in the meantime we must also act ourselves. It is not sufficient to complain about the union and labor leaders.
Capitalism is attacking wikileaks by trying to cut off its funds. Organizations like Mastercard, Visa, Paypal, Swiss Banks are leading on this. They are acting under the direction of US capitalism. This is a coordinated offensive. We are at war. Not a war against terrorism but a war against the effort of capitalism to keep the working class and people of the world from knowing how capitalism rules and acts.
The organization which goes by the name of Anonymous is leading the fight back against this onslaught. It has to be unconditionally commended for its leadership role. It is going after the websites and capabilities of these organizations that are attacking wikileaks. All of us who want to halt capitalism's efforts to keep its wars and exploitation secret should support this organization and its work. And not only support it but join it, become part of it. This is an important first step. This organization is coordinating the fightback. All strength at the point of attack or in this case all strength at the point of defense.
As part of being involved in Anonymous we should try to give it more structure and to democratize this movement. That not only should there be chat rooms and electronic facilities where the participants connect, and coordinate the struggle, but that all who are on it also organize regular person to person meetings in their workplace, unions, neighborhoods and in this way elect democratic representatives who can come together locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and create an international democratic structure. Build a democratic movement with structure.
Such a movement could mobilize the movement on a more than daily basis internationally but also call regional and international mobilizations and conferences to allow for democratic decision making structures and a democratically elected leadership to evolve. This should be what we aim for.
#Hands of Wikileaks. Release Assange and Manning.
#Boycott all organizations that are involved in attacking Wikileaks.
#Build Hands of Wikileaks committees in the workplaces, neighborhoods, trade unions, labor organizations, neighborhoods, regionally, nationally and internationally. Root Anonymous in the working class. Make it a working class organization. In this way give more of a democratic structure to the Anonymous movement. A democratic structure which cam make decisions democratically and which can have a collective leadership which can replace itself when and if capitalism removes some of its members.
#Explain within this movement that capitalism cannot exist without its secrets and lies, its capitalist diplomacy. The peoples of the world cannot afford these secrets and lies, this capitalist diplomacy. So we have to work not just to end the secrets and lies, we also have to work to end capitalism and build a democratic socialist world.
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