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hydrarchist writes: "The following article was taken from the World Socialist Web Site."

Germany: Massive State Infiltration of Far-Right Party

By Marius Heuser

On October 8, a hearing took place before Germany's Supreme Court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht (BVG), to clarify whether to continue the government's proceedings to ban the right-wing extremist NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany). This legal action had ground to a halt following revelations that the German state had massively infiltrated the NPD.

The Limits of Electoral Politics

by The Bureau of Public Secrets

Roughly speaking we can distinguish five degrees of "government":

(1) Unrestricted freedom

(2) Direct democracy

(3) Delegate democracy

(4) Representative democracy

(5) Overt minority dictatorship

The present society oscillates between (4) and (5), i.e. between overt
minority rule and covert minority rule camouflaged by a facade of token
democracy. A liberated society would eliminate (4) and (5) and would
progressively reduce the need for (2) and (3). . . .

intheheartist writes:

This emerging figure, spoken-word artist, American Indian Movement speaker, is beginning to achieve a well-deserved respect. Unlike most of today's known demystifyers, John Trudell's insights and analysis goes much deeper towards demystifying what few, even Chomsky, have done in helping individual people understand the *War Games* played upon all of us systematically, and it's about time we started to understand, just like so many indigenous peoples of the world have been FORCED to understand.

Conscientious Objection and the US Military

MoveOn Bulletin, Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Editor: susan.thompson@moveon.org

Editorial Assistant: leah@moveon.org

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1. Introduction: Saying No to War, Drafted or Otherwise

2. One Link: All About Conscientious Objection

3. Conscientious Objection and the Draft

4. Conscientious Objection and Taxes

5. Conscientious Objection, the "War on Terrorism", and Iraq

6. Conscientious Objection in the Past: Some Examples

7. Actions, Organizations, and Links

8. About the MoveOn bulletin and MoveOn.org


Our readers may already be wondering why we've chosen to spend a bulletin on the topic of conscientious objection when US citizens aren't facing a draft.

It is important to remember that conscientious objection does not only affect draftees -- it affects anyone who is considering or is currently involved in military service. And it's more about determining one's personal beliefs and opinions that it is about legally qualifying as an objector.

But while we are not currently facing a draft, it is not outside of the realm of possibility. In every war since Vietnam, the US has managed to conduct military operations using the resources of the volunteer-based military alone. The campaign against Iraq may buck that trend. According to plans leaked to the New York Times, it's likely that after a war the US will occupy Iraq and put a military government in control for five years or more. And US military personnel remain engaged in operations around the globe, from the Philippines to Georgia. As the armed forces are stretched thinner, the likelihood of needing to find the personnel to supplement them increases.

nomadlab writes "This just came to me by email:

Raisethefist.com, Sherman Austin will be convicted on Monday,Sept
23rd as he pleads guilty to felony count: 18 U.S.C. 842 (p)(2)(A):

The plea bargain gives Austin a felony conviction with 1 month in
jail, 5 months in a half-way home and 3 years supervised
release.austin does not start his sentencing on Monday, but will
find out the exact date at his court appearance.The arraignment is
at the downtown federal building in LosAngeles on 255 east temple on
the 3rd floor at 8:30am Updates will be posted to RTF with more
information www.raisethefist.com "

The Question of the Revolutionary Anarchist Organization

A Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC) Position
Paper (adopted September 15, 2002)

0. The Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC) is still a
small anarchist federation and, in our mind, there is still a lot of work
to do in order to see the emergence of the type of revolutionary
organization we advocate in our region. Our federation is composed of
activists coming from different movements of resistance who identify with
the communist tradition within anarchism. Our activities are organized
around theoretical development, anarchist propaganda, and intervention in
the struggle of our class, be it autonomously or by direct involvement in
social movements.

Since our formation, in April 2000, we have based ourselves on a number of

New Statesman, September 16, 2002

The day when heaven was falling; Eric Hobsbawm saw the October revolution as the central reference point of the political universe. In this exclusive extract from his memoirs, he explains why, even when the crimes of Stalin were exposed, he could not bring himself to break with the Communist Party

Eric Hobsbawm

I am among the relatively few inhabitants of the world outside what used to be the USSR who have actually seen Stalin in the flesh. Admittedly, he was no longer alive but in a glass case in the great mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square: a small man who seemed even smaller than he actually was (about 5ft 3ins), by contrast with the awe-inspiring aura of autocratic power that surrounded him even in death. Unlike Lenin, who is still on view, Stalin was displayed only from his death in 1953 until 1961. When I saw him in December 1954, he still towered over his country and the world communist movement. As yet he had no effective successor, although Nikita Khrushchev, who inaugurated 'destalinisation' not many months later, was already occupying the post of general secretary and getting ready to elbow his rivals aside. However, we knew nothing of what was happening behind the scenes in Moscow.

The Imperialist Backlash on Empire

Antonio Negri interviewed by Ida Dominijanni

Translated by Arianna Bove/ Erik Empson

Empire's commercial success indicates how the interpretative proposal of the
book resonates with the reality of the present. The proposal has become,
through agreement or disagreement, a compulsory point of reference in the
debate on the global world. S11 intercepts it, is interrogated by it and
interrogates it: especially the relationship between the form of Imperial
sovereignty outlined in the book and the actual American policy. The latter
seems to be characterised as a traditional imperialist state that aims to
redesign the geo-political borders of the planet by mobilising national
identities more than as global decentred and deteritorrialised Empire that
administers hybrid identities and flexible hierachies with no recourse to
ethnic, national traditions and values.

Q. Empire came out in the US at the beginning of 2000 and in Italy two years
later. In between the two towers collapsed. One would have expected the
Italian edition to have an additional chapter on S11 like many other
political books that came out this year. You didn't add one, is it because
the event was not epochal or because it did not constitute a surprise for
your thesis?

A. The event was very relevant but it confirmed one of the fundamental
theses of the book i.e. the end of American insularity and the difference
between telluric and maritime nations. The fact that New York could be
bombed like London, Berlin and Tokyo confirmed that the process of formation
of the new global order was fully deployed. The fact that Al Queda had
attacked the symbols of American economic power was a sign of the 'civil war' for imperial leadership. What is absolutely new with respect to the book's
structure is the fact that the American reaction is configuring itself as a
regressive backlash contrary to the imperial tendency. It is an imperialist
backlash within and against Empire that is linked to old structures of
power, old methods of command, and a monocratic and substantialist
conception of sovereignty that represents a counter tendency with respect to
the molecular and relational characters of the imperial bio-power that we
had analysed. The gravity of the situation today lies in this contradiction.

Decades-old surveillance files surface


The Portland Oregonian, 09/13/02

A former Portland police officer decades ago removed more
than 30 boxes of police surveillance records and photos on
political activists and groups from the 1960s to early 1980s
that, by state law, should have been destroyed in 1981.

hydrarchist writes

War on Freedom and Democracy"

An Analysis of the Effects
on Civil Liberties and

Democratic Culture in the EU

by Tony Bunyan

The "war
on terrorism" has turned into an ongoing "war on freedom
and democracy" which is now setting new norms - where accountability,
scrutiny and human rights protections are luxuries to be curtailed
or discarded in defence of "democracy".


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