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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.534

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 19 Feb 2003 09:55:13 +0100 (CET)


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NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ­ ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
"WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES" ­ EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854

NEW WORLD ORDER
The participation of nearly a million Australians and tens of millions
overseas in demonstrations against the imminent invasion of Iraq by the
United States and the coalition of the "willing" marks an important turning
point in world history. We are witnessing the evolution of a social movement
that has its origins in the collapse of the old world order. The collapse of
communism as an ideology was not a victory for capitalism, it was first and
foremost a victory for that great majority of people who are sick and tired
of having their lives controlled by authoritarian governments and
corporations.

People are not out in the streets because they support Saddam Hussein's
brutal government; they are out in the streets because they are concerned
about the new world order that is attempting to replace old world order.
They don't want to see the re-emergence of a political order that is based
on the might is right principal. They are not willing to sacrifice their
lives and the lives of others to create a new world order that is based on
fear, inequality and the domination of the weak by the strong.

Those protests are a direct continuation of the anti-globalisation movement,
a movement that has confronted the emerging new world economic order ­
monopoly capitalism. People are no longer willing to leave it to
governments, monopolies and the mass media to set the social, political and
cultural agendas. They have become suspicious of a system that promises the
individual everything, but delivers nothing. They are sick and tired of the
widening rhetoric reality gap, where they are told that they live in a
democratic society and that they make the decisions that matter, when the
governments they elect serve the interests of everybody else but the people
that elect them.

We are witnessing the birth of a social movement in Australia that no longer
believes the manufactured consensus that passes as informed analysis in the
corporate dominated mass media and the government gelded ABC. Once again the
mass media in this country has failed to understand what is happening,
preferring to report and analyse what they would like to happen, not what is
actually happening. The strangle hold that television, radio and newspapers
have had on people has been broken. The internet has provided a vehicle that
allows people to access a hundred different viewpoints.

The corporate dominated media and the government gelded ABC missed the
forces at work in the community that saw the rise and rise of Pauline
Hanson, they missed the emergence of the anti-globalisation movement, and
they have missed the emergence of a social movement that does not want a new
world order. People no longer work within the parameters set by governments,
corporations and the mass media. The internet has given them the power to
set agendas outside parameters set by others.

The corporate dominated mass media and the government gelded ABC are
becoming irrelevant because they are unwilling or unable to pull out those
few tired old perennials in their garden and let a hundred flowers bloom.
People don't want a new world order based on the same principles as the old
world order ­ they want no world order! They want to control their own
lives, not have them controlled by others.

CONFUSED?
Listening to the recent calls for a plebiscite or referendum, and discussion
about the will of the people and democracy, you could be forgiven for
thinking that Australians live in a democratic society. In order to have
control over your own destiny, you need to have both the power to control
your economy and the power to make decisions about the type of society you
are and want to become.

Australians have neither: they don't control their economic destiny because
the "commonwealth" does not belong to the people, it belongs to small groups
who ultimately make the decisions about how wealth is created and how it is
distributed; and Australians are not in a position to make decisions about
the most important questions that effect their lives because the Australian
constitution places power directly and squarely into the hands of
parliament. The constitution gives Australians the power to elect
representatives to parliament. The will of the people is limited to the
power to elect a representative for a three-year period to make decisions on
their behalf.

The person elected does not have to honour any promises made and cannot be
removed from power without a revolution. Representatives do not have to go
back to the people during their parliamentary term, unless they want to
change the constitution. If constitutional change is required, the
government of the day must hold a referendum that needs to be passed by four
States as well as a majority of electors. Only then can the constitution be
altered.

Only the government of the day in Australia has the power to call a
referendum and it also has the power to decide how the referendum question
will be presented. Australian governments have the power to declare war and
conscript Australians to fight those wars irrespective of public support for
their policies. Every time an elector casts a ballot to elect a
representative, they transfer the responsibility of making decisions from
the individual to the representative. Anarchists traditionally don't vote in
elections because they are not willing to give a representative a blank
cheque to make decisions for them over the next three to four years.

Representative (parliamentary) democracy is only one type of democracy. Like
the many colours of the rainbow, there are many types of democracy.
Anarchists support the concept of direct democracy because a society based
on direct democratic principles gives the individual the power to decide on
the major questions that effect them. The decision about whether a society
goes to war or not should not be made by parliamentary representatives. This
decision should reflect the will of the people and should be made by the
people.



DIRECT MARKETING
Pharmaceutical corporations concerned about diminishing returns are
transferring their advertising dollar from medical professionals to targeted
community campaigns. Traditionally, pharmaceutical products that have
potential side effects are restricted from open sale. Medical practitioners
have acted as gatekeepers, who, in consultation with the patient, decide
whether a medication can be used safely in particular circumstances and
particular situations.

Pharmaceutical corporations have traditionally targeted medical
practitioners, believing that if they can influence the gatekeeper, they
will be able to drive up sales and increase profitability. The increasing
pressure and scrutiny placed on medical practitioners to not be cajoled and
bribed into prescribing particular medications has placed pressure on
doctors to do the right thing by their patients, not the pharmaceutical
corporations that produce and market particular medications. Faced with the
prospect of diminishing returns, pharmaceutical corporations have focussed
their attention directly at consumers, targeting them with what at first
appears to be generic campaigns for weight reduction, chronic pain, erectile
dysfunction and a host of other medical problems.

Personalities are used to not only make people aware that potential
pharmaceutical remedies exist for their particular problem, but to create a
mass market for particular products. The campaign conducted by Pele during
the Soccer World Cup last year on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry
about erectile dysfunction was a classical example of the way to conduct
such a campaign. What at first looks like a generic community campaign has
been conducted to raise awareness about possible chemical solutions to
particular human problems.

Carefully using targeted marketing campaigns, pharmaceutical companies have
been able to create a market for a particular pharmaceutical product where
no market previously existed. Medical practitioners faced with the problem
of incessant consumer demand for particular pharmaceutical medications and
the threat that their patient will go elsewhere if they are not provided
with a script for that medication will in most cases acquiesce to their
patientıs demands. What may be appropriate techniques for creating a market
to sell potentially harmless goods are not the type of techniques that
should be used and tolerated when goods that have potentially serious side
effects are promoted on the open market. Allowing pharmaceutical companies
to exploit the current advertising loopholes to promote drugs and
medications that currently (because of potential side effects) can only be
prescribed by health workers who have the knowledge to tailor a particular
pharmaceutical product for particular individual problems is a recipe for
disaster. 

ROYAL COMMISSION?
Queensland had one, New South Wales has also had one, Western Australia is
having one now, Victoria had one in the sixties but urgently needs one now.
I'm talking about a Royal Commission into the Victorian Police, a police
force which the Police Minister continues to call the best in the world.
Considering the type of news that's been coming out of the Victorian Police
Force in the past decade, people could be forgiven for thinking that things
are not what they should be. Currently, around fifty police are awaiting
trial for crimes ranging from rape to drug dealing.

The Victorian Bracks Labor government, conscious of the electoral support
that the Victorian Police Association has extended to them, and Trades Hall,
conscious of the fact that the Victorian Police Association is a member and
that police did not over react when Patricks tried to break the Maritime
Union in 1997, have washed their hands of the whole affair and have decided
to stand on the side lines waiting for the smoke to blow away. The
allegations about what has happened and is happening in the Victorian Police
Force are a major problem Chief Commissioner Nixon needs to tackle before
she tries to rebuild the Victorian Police Force. The strength and scope of
these allegations are also a major problem for those honest police whose
reputation is being tarnished by the stream of allegations that are
surfacing about the conduct of the Victorian Police Force, especially the
former drug squad.

The information that has been leaked about the Victorian Police Force would
fill a dozen crime novels. In the case of the Victorian Force, truth is much
stranger than fiction. The current head in the sand approach, taken by the
Victorian Labor government and the Liberal/National opposition, is
compounding not solving the problem. The number of witnesses that would be
willing to appear before a Royal Commission into the force is a mile long.

The dark clouds that have gathered over the Victorian Police Force need to
be dispersed for the sake of the public as well as those honest police who
now find they are being tarred with the same brush as those charged.

The best way to clean up the Victorian Police Aegean stables is to hold a
Royal Commission into the Police Force that airs all that dirty linen that
has accumulated since the last Royal Commission in the 1960s. The Western
Australian Labor government has taken the bull by the horns and is holding a
Royal Commission into the Western Australian Police Force to test the
allegations of misconduct, brutality and corruption that have dogged that
force for years. The Bracks Labor government should clear the air and hold a
Royal Commission into the Victorian Police Force. Currently, it's highly
unlikely that a Royal Commission will be called unless the public disquiet
that exists about the Victorian Police Force is harnessed to shame the
Bracks Labor government into holding a Royal Commission that examines all
aspects of Victorian policing. The sooner a Royal Commission is held, the
sooner the allegations made can be examined and steps taken to rectify the
current unsatisfactory and unsavoury situation.

SURPRISE SURPRISE
In 1998, the Howard government claimed it had found the solution to the long
waiting lists for public hospital beds. Instead of increasing the Federal
government contribution to public hospitals, opening up more beds and
employing more staff, they, in their wisdom, decided to use taxpayersı money
to fund a 30% rebate to those Australians who took out private health
insurance.

Since 1998, a staggering fifteen billion dollars of taxpayer funds have been
allocated by the Federal government to provide a 30% subsidy to the fifty
percent of Australians who can afford to buy private health insurance, while
those Australians that can't afford to buy private health insurance are
forced to use a public hospital system that is understaffed and under
funded.

It doesn't take an intellectual genius to work out that the money that is
used to bolster the private health sector is impossible to justify, both
economically and morally. New figures that have just been released by
Catholic Health Care Australia have once and for all destroyed the
government's rationale for the introduction of this taxpayer funded subsidy.

In 1998, 53% of private Health Care subsidies were used to pay for private
hospital beds, 27% were used to pay for ancillary services (dental, optical,
tennis shoes and gyms etc) and 18% were used to administer the system. The
figures for 2002 have shown that the share of the rebate that is used to pay
for private hospital beds has shrunk to 47%, while the amount that goes to
ancillary services has jumped to 35%. Australiansı taxes are not only being
used to bolster the private health insurance industry and private hospital
beds, they are now being used to fund dental, optical, physiotherapy,
occupational therapy and other health care services for people who can
afford to buy these services.

This has occurred at exactly the same time that a significant proportion of
Australians are finding they can't afford to access dental, optical,
psychological, and ancillary medical services. The current situation where
those Australians who have the greatest need to use health services, but
can't afford to access them, are subsidising those who have less need to
access these services, but can afford to pay for them, is a national
disgrace that should be headline news in every media outlet in this country.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q.  What does the anarchist slogan No War but the Class Warı mean?
A.  Anarchists never tire of using that old slogan "No War but Class War".
What does it mean?  Does it mean anarchists are pacifists?  Does it mean
that the revolution will not be completed before the guts of the last
capitalist is strung up by the last bureaucrat?  The sentiments expressed in
the slogan are very simple.  If youıre going to become involved in a war,
donıt lose your life fighting for God, Queen and Countryı.
When you look at wars, people without power normally fight them.  The Osama
bin Ladens of the world are happy to see their followers sacrifice
themselves on behalf of a religious belief.  The John Howards of the world
are happy to sacrifice other peopleıs childrens on behalf of the nation.
The George Bushsı of the world are willing to use their overwhelming
military supremacy to destroy what they believe are threats to their
country.  While the Saddam Husseins of the world are willing to sacrifice
their people to maintain their grip on power.
Anarchists have said over and ver again, why sacrifice your life to promote
other peopleıs agendas and ideas?  At the end of the day, wars are fought by
workers at either end of a bayonet.  Any dispute or war that does not tackle
the issue of who exercises power and the economic inequalities that exist
between those who give orders and those who follow orders is a total waste
of human life and should be resisted.  If there is to be war, lets at least
direct our energies to destroying the structures that give the George F
Bushs and the Saddam Husseins of the world, the power to wage war.
While the structures that give people power to exercise authority over other
people continue to exist, war is an everyday possibility.  Whatıs the point
of becoming involved in a war that strengthens the hand of those who are
able to mobilise people to fight on their behalf?  The problem isnıt that
both Iraq and the US have weapons of mass destruction, the problem is that
both leaders are able to use the State apparatus to deliver those weapons of
mass destruction.
A Class War is a war that breaks down hierarchy and the very structures that
gives leaders the power to waste the lives of millions to pursue their
agendas.  It is a war that is waged to ensure that everyone, not just a
privileged few have access to the common wealth.  It is a war that replaces
the State with a federation of community and workplace councils, human
organisations that are controlled by the people they serve.  The
non-hierarchical links that lie at the very core of these federations make
it impossible on behalf of millions because no one person has sole control
over the levers of power.

ACTION BOX
"MOMENTUM"
Momentum is everything in a struggle.  The efforts of the hundreds of
thousands that marched against the war in Iraq in Australia will come to
nothing if they are not followed up by individual and group action.  Over
the next few days, the corporate dominated media and the government gelded
ABC will bury the momentum that was created by the peace marches in an
avalanche of trivia.  Action needs to be followed by more action.  The
spectular event needs to be followed by solid grass roots organising.
The 200,000 that unexpectedly turned up to the Melbourne rally on Friday
evening, did so in spite of a media campaign in favour of the war and in
spite of the Prime Minister trying to present the upcoming invasion as a
fait accompli by sending troops to the Middle East.  Those that participated
need to keep and build up the momentum against invasion.  All the great
advances that have happened in human history have occurred as a consequence
of people taking action.  The more people involved the greater the
possibility of success.
The tide against launching a war in Iraq can be turned by talking to other
people.  If everyone who participated in a demonstration talked to 10
people, over half of Australians would know the reasons why so many people
oppose the war.  Raise the reasons why so many people oppose the war.  Raise
the reasons at work, on public transport, in the streets, at your local
church, your pub, Tab, sporting venue or any other place people gather.  The
more people you talk to, the greater the chance that the newsprint curtain
that surrounds this country, is burnt.  Hold up a sign in a public place, at
the end of the street, at a sporting fixture.  It doesnıt have to be one of
those professional signs.  A piece of cardboard and a black texta is all it
takes to make a sign other people can read.  Organise local demonstrations
and public meetings.  Raise the debate in shopping centres, schools,
factories, restaurants and theatres.  The momentum created by the large
demonstrations that occurred on the weekend must be followed up by grass
root activity.  If itıs not, the tide will once again turn in favour of the
governmentıs agenda.
In any struggle, small or large, itıs important to capitalise on any
momentum thatıs created.  To stand back and wait for the opposition to react
is a mistake.  Social action is a little bit like a boxing match, if your
opponent is on the ropes, that is the time to take advantage of the
situation and finish off the job.  Letting them breath is a mistake.  The
first chinks have appeared in the governmentıs armour on this issue, lets
use the momentum created to sap the governmentıs desire and will to pursue
its pro war strategy.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE AUSTRALIAN WOMENıS PEACE ARMY
As hundreds of thousands of Australians take to the streets to protest
against the imminent invasion of Iraq, itıs important to remember that
Australia has a long tradition of anti war struggles.  Australia was not a
united country during WWI, it was bitterly divided about the war and about
the question of conscription.
The Australian Womenıs Peace Army was one of the groups that opposed the
introduction of conscription.  Its Australiaıs headquarters were based at
the Guild Hall in Swanston St, Melbourne.  It wanted to create conditions
that would lead towards permanent peace.  It aimed to do this by extending
Equality of Rights and Opportunities to Men and Women of All Nationsı.  The
Australian Womenıs Peace Army was active in all states.  One of the main
leaders of the Peace Army was Miss Cecilia John.  When she addressed a
thousand strong meeting at Centennial Hall in Brisbane, she started the
meeting by singing an anti war song that had been banned by the government
because it prejudiced recruiting.
"I didnıt raise my son to be a soldier".  She had been told that she would
be arrested if she sang the song.  As soon as she started singing, a
thousand people sang with her.  The representatives of the Army who had come
to the meeting to arrest her if she sang the song, decided discretion was
the order of the day.
The Australian Womenıs Peace Army was part of the Australian Peace Alliance,
a network of anti war and anti conscription activists that included women,
socialists, quakers, Catholics, unionists, some members of the Labor Party,
the I.W.W. and many others.  Two months before the first referendum on
conscription was held in December 1916, the Hughes government was so
confident of winning the referendum that they began calling up single men
for duty.  Only 5% of those called up went.  There was a huge outcry about
what was happening.  In Melbourne on the 4th October 1916, a mass stop work
meeting that was held which attracted over 50,000 workers.  Seventeen days
later on the 21st of October 1916, the Australian Womenıs Peace Army
organised a march from the Guild Hall in Swanston St to the Yarra bank in
opposition to conscription.  Nearly 100,000 people marched and listened to a
team of women speakers, talk against the war and conscription.  The
referendum, held in December 1916, to the governmentıs amazement was
defeated as a consequence of the efforts of the Australian Peace Alliance.

 BOOK REVIEW
"COMMONWAELTH ELECTORAL ACT 1918"
8TH Reprint, Reprinted as in force on 14th August 1998, Published by Aus.
Info. Canberra 1998,
ISBN 0642374805
What we can and cannot do is covered by a myriad of laws.  The Commonwealth
Electoral Act is the sum of the laws that cover the conduct of elections in
Australia.  If youıre involved in political activity that could bring you
into conflict with the law, itıs wise to get hold of a copy of the laws
covering the particular area you will be challenging.
In 1986 when I first stood as a Victorian Senate candidate and conducted a
vote informalı campaign, I was told by the Australian Electoral Commission
that the campaign was illegal and that I would be prosecuted and bankrupted
in the ensuing legal case.  I continued to openly conduct my vote informalı
campaign because I had examined a copy of the Commonwealth Electoral Act and
was certain I had found a loophole in the legislation.  I was not prosecuted
as my interpretation of the section of the act proved to be correct.  The
Australian Electoral Commission took up the issue with the Labor
Attorney-General who with the support of the Liberal National Party and the
Democrats, then passed legislation through parliament which made it illegal
to encourage people to vote informal.  This amendment was repealed in 1992,
as surprise, surprise our parliamentary law makers realised that you could
never prosecute anybody using this law, as voting in Australia is conducted
in secret.
The Commonwealth Electoral Act is divided into 23 distinct parts.  Each
chapter outlines the laws that govern a particular aspect of an election.
Part II covers Administrationı, Part IV Electoral Divisionsı, Part IX a
particular interesting section covers Objectionsı, Part XI a section of
interest to Vote Informal Today Direct Democracy Tomorrowı outlines how
political parties are registered.  Part XVII sets down the laws that spell
out the ıSpecial Provisionsı relating to the polling in Antarctica.  Section
252 is a beauty A candidate shall not take part in any way in the conduct
of the polling in Antarcticaı and the list goes on and on to Section 395
when mercifully the Commonwealth Electoral Act comes to an end.   The Act is
followed by Schedule 1, 2 & 3, Notes on Table of Acts and Notes on Tables of
Amendments.  The Commonwealth Electoral Act like any other body of laws, is
not a statistic document, it is littered by Amendments when you examine the
Table of Amendments.  Section 245, which outlines the laws covering
compulsory voting was added to the legislation in 1924 and has been amended
in 1928, 65, 66, 83, 90, 91, 92 & 1998.  It has been amended since then and
continues to be fine tuned by parliament in 2003.
The 1998 Commonwealth Electoral Act fills up 392 pages.  When you go to your
local government publishing office to buy a copy, make sure you ask for
copies of the amendments that have been passed since the copy youıve bought
was printed.  If you donıt, you may miss a choice morsel that has been
passed since your copy was printed.  There have been over 2000 amendments to
the Commonwealth Electoral Act passed since 1918.  Have I found any new
loopholes in the current Act that could be useful in a future campaign? I
think I have and will test them out at the next Federal election.  If you
find one, keep it under your hat till the writs are read, if you donıt, you
may find that parliament passes an amendment that could derail your
campaign.
The Commonwealth Electoral Act retails for around $25.00 (Yes, you have to
pay to get a copy of the law) and is available from your friendly government
information centre.
VOTE INFORMAL TODAY, DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Stop the Warı screamed the crudely written hand held sign.  An old man
thrust the hurriedly written black texta cardboard placard into the path of
the oncoming traffic.  He looked so frail, cars veered around him convinced
he would fall onto the road.  He looked about 80, frail, tall build, white
wavy hair hugged his skull his anaemic flesh glistened in the sunlight.
Dressed in a sensible jacket, long trousers and a plain shirt, he waved the
placard with the vigour youıd expect from a younger man.
He mumbled Stop the warı as he thrust the placard forward, Stop the warı,
Stop the warı, his eyes glistened in the sunlight.  People not familiar
with the plethora of eye problems that trouble older people, could have been
forgiven for thinking he had tears in his eyes.  Although agitated, he
showed no emotion, the tears in his eyes the consequence of a little time
exposure to the harsh Australian sun.  What was he doing here all alone in
the middle of the afternoon, begging someone, anyone to stop the war?  What
had driven him to take his protest to the world?  He was old enough to have
fought in WWII, he was old enough to have done more than his fair share of
killing for God, King and Country.  He was old enough to have known better.
Why wasnıt he sitting at home waiting for death to visit?
He swayed backwards and forwards, thrusting the placard out at every
opportunity.  Stop the warı, Stop the warı cried the tattered piece of
cardboard.  A few cars slowed, some honked, he kept at his task as
efficiently as a soldier placed on guard duty.  Sweat rolled down his neck,
he wiped it away with an open hand.  For a moment he looked lost, out of
place, he seemed to shrink before my eyes, he dropped the placard at his
feet and began panting for breath.
His physical exertions had finally caught up with his cardiovascular system
bringing him back to the reality that he was mere flesh and blood.  He
stepped back and rested, more mentally than physically.  He waited 1 minute,
2 minutes, 3 minutes, his stooped shoulders regained their composure, his
crumpled jacket filled out as he regained his normal height.  He bent down
picking up a corner of the sign that was lying at his feet.  Slowly he
raised it above his head and gingerly made his way between the cars,
stopping to let one through, refusing to let another pass.  Stop the warı,
Stop the warı, nobody rushed him, some smiled, others just waited for him
to move on.
I soon lost sight of him.  I assume he eventually made his way to
Melbourneıs city centre.  Around 200,00 protesters joined him later on that
day, old, young, male, female, retired people, workers, students, parents
with children in prams, they came from everywhere to voice their concerns.
By the end of the weekend, millions all around the world had followed his
example ıStop the warı they pleaded, nobody in power wanted to listen.  They
marched on regardless, they know they are right.

STOP PRESS
WHERE DID THEY ALL COME FROM?
A few years ago the people in Australia who were fighting against the
sanctions that had led to the deaths of over half a million children in
Iraq, would be hard pressed to fill a small lecture theatre.  Nobody seemed
to care.  Over the weekend between 700,000 and a million Australians took to
the streets because they were concerned about the imminent invasion of Iraq.
Despite September 11th, despite the Bali bombings, despite the corporate
dominated media rhetoric that stated the war to oust Saddam Husseinıs
government was a just war and that Australia had no other options, they came
in their hundreds of thousands.
They came from everywhere, they came to voice their concerns about the
slaughter of civilians.  They know that Saddam Husseinıs government is a
dictatorship.  They know that Hussein had been up to the Gulf War in 1991,
the westıs pin up boy in the region.  They know that what they are being
told doesnıt make sense.  They know in their bones that what they are
hearing, has nothing to do with reality.  They know that this is not a just
war.  Where did they come from?  They came from everywhere!!  Why did they
come?  Because they have learnt not to believe what they see, hear or read
in the corporate dominated media and the government gelded ABC.  Theyıre
sick and tired of the manufactured consensus that passes as information and
analysis.
They came from everywhere because they no longer need to rely on the box,
radio or newspaper to shape their opinions about the world.  The internet
provides an uncensored view of the world which an increasing number of
people in the west and the developing world are using to formulate their own
world view.  Instead of a uniform pedestrian, one dimensional view of the
world thatıs presented by a few in house commentators, people now have
access to hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of opinions about what
is happening around them.  Their views are not limited to the one world
order interpretation that passes as news.
The people on the street came as a consequence of individuals and groups
forming networks that are reclaiming our present and reshaping our future
from those in power who have hijacked it.  The rag tag army, that kept the
flame of resistance alive since the end of the Cold War, has been joined by
hundreds of thousands of others who are cynical and disillusioned with the
type of society we have become.  Once again the corporate dominated mass
media and the government gelded ABC have failed to pick the mood of the
people, they know that news has little to do with analysing reality and
everything to do with supporting the status quo.
Joseph TOSCANO/LibertarianWorkers
for a Self-Managed Society.

                   
ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
 LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1306 6th-12th FEB ı03,  145 Rue Amelot, 75011
Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859  (Le Monde Libertairte has had
a major makeover. It has been expanded to 24 pages, has numerous colour
photographs and looks more like one of these magazines that are inserted in
daily newspapers.  If you read French it is well worth subscribing to it)
 GET ACTIVE ­ 10th ­23rd FEB 03,Fortnightly calendar of grassroots
community anti-authoritarian events around Melbourne. Tel: 0417 137 792,
www.active.org.au  melbactivistcalendar@yahoo.com
 FREEDOM Vol.64 No3, 8th Feb 2003, Anarchist Fortnightly, 84b Whitechapel
High St, London E17QX, ENGLAND Email:FreedomCopy@aol.com

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 ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
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me, because I couldn't contact the email in your letter.
THIS WEEK'S STORIES: Police Corruption Enquiry To Be Doubled...ALP Wants to
Stop Compulsive Gambling & Lung Cancer - Sort of..Invasion of Iraq to Reward
US Oil Companies...Call Centres Get Worse...Insane Prisoner Can Be Forcibly
Medicated then Executed...Gap Between Rich & Poor Not Wide Enough Say
Employers...NSW Education Department Just Knew It Was Going To Fail, Didn't
Bother Turning Up To Test...Quotes of the Week.
A taskforce investigating corruption in the Victorian drug squad will be
doubled in size, after uncovering 80 claims of serious corruption. The Ceja
taskforce is investigating claims that police: - stole drugs, in once case
with a value of up to $400,000 - trafficked drugs worth millions of dollars
- allowed informers to sell drug chemicals for profit - falsified evidence
against drug suspects, & - in once case, took evidence from a crime scene &
planted it in the house of another suspect. (The Age, Feb 8).
Tobacco companies gave a total of over $43,000 to the Vict ALP over the 3
years to June 30 2002.  Gambling companies gave a total of $604,000. (The
Age, Feb 8).
The Iraqi dissidents chosen by the US govt to head a new regime in Iraq say
they will cancel all oil contracts given to companies from countries who
don't help in the invasion of Iraq. US oil companies would be expected to
win most of the contracts.  Many of these companies are linked to senior
officials in the Bush regime, including President Bush himself. (The Nation
(US), Oct 7).
Conditions in the Aust call centre industry are bad & getting worse. A
Primus Telecommunications employee has been fired for taking a
non-business-related phone call & claims that 50 staff have left AAPT in
recent months with stress-related illnesses. The chief executive of research
group callcentres.net, Martin Conboy, said the call centre industry's
workforce was growing at about 10% a year - but transaction volumes were
increasing by more than 30% per year. Although some of this increase is
handled by increased automation, Mr Conway said "all those people are
working harder". Mr Conboy said while mundane tasks had been taken away from
agents, they were now expected to offer a higher grade of customer service,
which put more pressure on staff. Aust's call centre industry consists of
approximately 3850 call centres & 22,000 staff. (Aust Financial Review, Feb
7).
A US court has ruled that an insane prisoner can be forcibly given
anti-psychotic drugs to improve his condition & then executed once he
becomes legally sane. Judges ruled that the drugs were 'generally beneficial
to the prisoner'. "Eligibility for execution is the only unwanted
consequence of the medication," they wrote. (New York Times, Feb 11 & 12).
Unions are seeking an increase of $24.60 per week for low paid Aust workers.
Unions say the pay increase last year for Aust's top 100 CEOs was enough to
pay the minimum wage increase for 59,000 low-paid workers. The Aust Chamber
of Commerce and Industry is opposing the claim. (Aust Financial Review, Feb
6).
The NSW State govt scrapped a review of Aboriginal education before the
State election. The Minister for Education, John Watkins, said he stopped a
review b/c he already knew that the State's education policy had failed
Aboriginal children. The NSW Teachers Federation says they believe the
review was cancelled b/c of damaging results that would've come out before
the State election. (Sydney Morning Herald, Feb17).
Quotes of the Week: "I spent 34 years & 4 months in active military service
as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. &
during that period, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man
for Big Business, for Wall Street & the Bankers.  In short, I was a
racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.  I helped make Mexico, especially
Tampico, safe for US oil interests in 1914.  I helped make Haiti & Cuba a
decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I
helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the
benefits of Wall Street". (Major-General Smedley D. Butler).
"Tony Blair is no longer PM of Britain, he is the foreign minister of the
US". (Nelson Mandela).
Global Politics Quiz 1) Which is the only country in the world to have
dropped bombs on over 20 different countries since 1945? 2) Which is the
only country to have used nuclear weapons? 3) Which country was responsible
for a car bomb which killed 80 civilians in Beirut in 1985, in a botched
assassination attempt, thereby making it the most lethal terrorist bombing
in modern Middle East history? 4) Which country's illegal bombing of Libya
in 1986 was described by the UN Legal Committee as a "classic case" of
terrorism? 5) Which country rejected the order of the Intıl Court of Justice
(ICJ) to terminate its "unlawful use of force" against Nicaragua in 1986 &
then vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on all states to
observe international law? 6) Which country was accused by a UN-sponsored
truth commission of providing "direct & indirect support" for "acts of
genocide" against the Mayan Indians in Guatemala during the 1980s? 7) Which
country unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty
in Dec 2001? 8) Which country renounced the efforts to negotiate a
verification process for the Biological Weapons Convention & brought an
intıl conference on the matter to a halt in July 2001? 9) Which country
prevented the UN from curbing the gun trade at a small arms conference in
July 2001? 10) Aside from Somalia, which is the only other country in the
world to have refused to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the
Child? 11) Which is the only Western country that allows the death penalty
to be applied to children? 12) Which is the only G7 country to have refused
to sign the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, forbidding the use of landmines? 13) Which
is the only G7 country to have voted against the creation of the Intıl
Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998? 14) Which was the only other country to join
with Israel in opposing a 1987 General Assembly resolution condemning
international terrorism? 15) Which country refuses to fully pay its debts to
the UN yet reserves its right to veto UN resolutions? Answer to all 15
questions: The United States of America.
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FILM REVIEW
"TAKING SIDES"
Time: 1945, Scene: Berlin U.S.A Sector.
Every segment of German society under the Nazi Third Reich was looked at by
the four occupying powers, the U.S.S.R, France, Britain and the U.S.A, from
the government, military, medical, cultural, scientific, judicial, in fact
all facets of German society.   During the film we see a snippet of what
looks like a 1945 US Government propaganda film specially made for U.S.
Occupation forces in Germany, in it they say Germans are Nazis until proven
otherwise. 
A US army officer Major Steve Arnold is sent to investigate Dr Wilhelm
Furtwangler, the great of the German conductors of the Berlin Philharmonic
Orchestra and of his era, also an unsung hero, who helped many people
including Jews escape the clutches of the Gestapo.
Dr Furtwangler was no exception to the rule that all Germans were Nazis, if
the US investigator could prove a connection, either as a Nazi or in
sympathy with the regime (Third Reich), he faced prison and his career would
be over. The part played by the US officer was that of an insurance
investigator in his previous pre-army life and did it show, his reputation
was that he never gave up till he got the right result for the company.
This time however instead of the company he was representing, he was working
for great, victorious, the most humanitarian, the just and all round nicest
country on the planet, the USA, although as we all know it depends on your
point of view.
If you happen to reside in the western, sociopolitical sphere, well of
course you could be forgiven for having that point of view.  But if you
reside elsewhere, especially in those parts of the planet that the USA has
imposed their approved brand of democracy with a cargo full of marines, well
you just may not see the difference between the Nazi Third Reich and the
USSA.
Back to the theme, one of the main planks of the charges against Dr
Furtwangler was why he never left Germany in 1933 when Hitler took power, as
other artists, scientists did and why he stayed as and conducted for the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the entire period of the Third Reich
1933-45.
In a discussion on the music program (Radio National) October 2002, their
foremost music historian, Andrew Ford asked this question of Istvan Szabo,
the director of "Taking Sides".  Szabo stated that on visit to Paris by the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1936, Dr Wilhelm Furtwangler asked Arnold
Shoenberg what he should do, should he leave like the rest did?  (Arnold
Shoenberg who was a German Jewish musician (composer) had to leave Germany
in 1933. The reply from Shoenberg was that he asked Dr Furtwangler to stay
in Germany and help preserve German culture in this dark time. Of course he
did and along with preserving he tried as best he could to keep art separate
from politics, a big ask you might say in the Third Reich, but he tried.
On other grounds, the investigating officer Major Steve Arnold tried to
implicate Dr Furtwangler to the Nazi regime and was accused by the Major of
shaking hands with Dr Geobles.  It was captured on film, but what was also
captured was that he wiped his hands afterwards. The example was just one in
the way the De-Nazification Tribunal treated Dr Furtwangler, as well as
other Germans who were just living there at the time (not Nazis).  He was
not allowed to work for 5 years, this came through in the film, as the power
the USA had over individuals in Germany, but of course there were double
standards.
There were other Germans who were treated differently.  Wernher Von Braun,
famous for his V rockets, was in 1945 shipped off to work for what is now
the N.A.S.A Space Program.  Unlike Dr Furtwangler, he was a member of the
Nazi Party.  Then there was Werner Heisenburg, the famous nuclear physicist
(not a Party member) who was used by the British for what he knew. So the
double standards were there when it suited the U.S.A and their allies, as
the Soviets gleamed their share of German scientists as well, but others
were treated differently.
So I suggest for the Melbourne readers in the next few weeks, to rock up to
the Lumiere Theatre at 108 Lonsdale Street or watch out for it at your local
flick house.
 - Steven Reghenzani

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
This weekıs prize has gone to the very sensitive and compassionate Senator
Amanda Vanstone for her comments that the pittance that many women received
after returning to work, after having a baby was "Far outweighed by the
benefits of returning to the workforce after having a baby"
-  Thanks to Alfred and Margaret from Tasmania for alerting us to the
comments uttered by the very sensitive and compassionate Senator Amanda
Vanstone in the Hobart Mercury - Friday 14th February.


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