OK! Now I Am Ready To Close Gitmo!

Written by J.J. Jackson

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How could we, as a civilized society, justify as correctrepparttar condemning of these prisoners to bloodshot and droopy eyes? How could we, as a country that prides ourselves on our compassion, condemn these poor souls to wander around in a stupor for days as they become acclimated to getting up 6, 7 or even 8 hours earlier than they are used to? How can we, as a good people, accept this most cruel and hideous method of torture that plagues business travelers on a daily basis and causes them to show up late for work as they struggle to feed their families after red-eyeing back to New York from Los Angeles?

The answer my friends is that we cannot. We cannot justify this behavior. It is time to close Gitmo and it is time for us to pay restitution to allrepparttar 143779 terrorists aroundrepparttar 143780 world, withdraw from Iraq and let tyranny return to that country. What’s more I think that it is time that we not only close Gitmo, but also close downrepparttar 143781 United States government that allowed these terrible things to happen. We should submit blindly torepparttar 143782 International Criminal Court where all of our soldiers and even President George Bush himself can be found guilty of war crimes! And then we should allowrepparttar 143783 United Nations to come in and take over our obviously failed system and government that allowed this horror at Gitmo to be perpetrated. The UN can then allow rape rooms and torture chambers with acid baths to be opened and allow America to be lead by a form of government they think right and proper.

It was good run my friends and I am sorry to say that we have to give uprepparttar 143784 dream of America. But jetlag wasrepparttar 143785 last straw. Whomever isrepparttar 143786 last to leave, please make sure to turn offrepparttar 143787 lights. Go on ..

Arerepparttar 143788 liberals gone yet? Shh shh … hold on a second … let me check …

Ok I think they are gone now. Seriously though doesn’t this whole “Close down Gitmo” bull crap just get on your last nerve? Especially whenrepparttar 143789 bestrepparttar 143790 left can do is drag up nothing more than events that aren't even nearly as bad as half ofrepparttar 143791 fraternity pranks that get pulled on college campuses these days.

J.J. Jackson is the Owner/Founding Editor of American Conservative Politics (www.thelandofthefree.net) and Owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts (www.therightthings.com)

Anarchism for a Post-modern Age

Written by Sam Vaknin

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Consider crime. Anarchists of all stripes agree that people haverepparttar right to exercise self-defense by organizing voluntarily to suppress malfeasance and put away criminals. Yet, is this notrepparttar 143771 very quiddity ofrepparttar 143772 oppressive state, its laws, police, prisons, and army? Arerepparttar 143773 origins ofrepparttar 143774 coercive state and its justification not firmly rooted inrepparttar 143775 need to confront evil?

Some anarchists believe in changing society through violence. Are these anarcho-terrorists criminals or freedom fighters? If they are opposed by voluntary grassroots (vigilante) organizations inrepparttar 143776 best of anarchist tradition - should they fight back and thus frustraterepparttar 143777 authentic will ofrepparttar 143778 people whose welfare they claim to be seeking?

Anarchism is a chicken and egg proposition. It is predicated on people's well-developed sense of responsibility and grounded in their "natural morality". Yet, all anarchists admit that these endowments are decimated by millennia of statal repression. Life in anarchism is, therefore, aimed at restoringrepparttar 143779 very preconditions to life in anarchism. Anarchism seeks to restore its constituents' ethical constitution - without which there can be no anarchism inrepparttar 143780 first place. This self-defeating bootstrapping leads to convoluted and half-baked transitory phases betweenrepparttar 143781 nation-state and pure anarchism (hence anarcho-syndicalism and some forms of proto-Communism).

Primitivist and green anarchists reject technology, globalization, and capitalism as well asrepparttar 143782 state. Yet, globalization, technology, (and capitalism) are as much in opposition torepparttar 143783 classical, hermetic nation-state as is philosophical anarchism. They are manifestly less coercive and more voluntary, too. This blanket defiance of everything modern introduces insoluble contradictions intorepparttar 143784 theory and practice of late twentieth century anarchism.

Indeed,repparttar 143785 term anarchism has been trivialized and debauched. Animal rights activists, environmentalists, feminists, peasant revolutionaries, and techno-punk performers all claim to be anarchists with equal conviction and equal falsity.

III. Reclaiming Anarchism

Errico Malatesta and Voltairine de Cleyre distilledrepparttar 143786 essence of anarchism to encompass allrepparttar 143787 philosophies that opposerepparttar 143788 state and abhor capitalism ("anarchism without adjectives"). At a deeper level, anarchism wishes to identify and rectify social asymmetries. The state, men, andrepparttar 143789 rich - are, respectively, more powerful thanrepparttar 143790 individuals, women, andrepparttar 143791 poor. These are three inequalities out of many. It isrepparttar 143792 task of anarchism to fight against them.

This can be done in either of two ways:

1. By violently dismantling existing structures and institutions and replacing them with voluntary, self-regulating organizations of free individuals. The Zapatistas movement in Mexico is an attempt to do just that.

2. Or, by creating voluntary, self-regulating organizations of free individuals whose functions parallel those of established hierarchies and institutions ("dual power"). Gradually,repparttar 143793 former will replacerepparttar 143794 latter. The evolution of certain non-government organizations follows this path.

Whichever strategy is adopted, it is essential to first identify those asymmetries that underlie all others ("primary asymmetries" vs. "secondary asymmetries"). Most anarchists point atrepparttar 143795 state and atrepparttar 143796 ownership of property asrepparttar 143797 primary asymmetries. The state is an asymmetrical transfer of power fromrepparttar 143798 individual to a coercive and unjust social hyperstructure. Property representsrepparttar 143799 disproportionate accumulation of wealth by certain individuals. Crime is merelyrepparttar 143800 natural reaction to these glaring injustices.

Butrepparttar 143801 state and property are secondary asymmetries, not primary ones. There have been periods in human history and there have been cultures devoid of either or both. The primary asymmetry seems to be natural: some people are born more clever and stronger than others. The game is skewed in their favor not because of some sinister conspiracy but because they merit it (meritocracy isrepparttar 143802 foundation stone of capitalism), or because they can force themselves, their wishes, and their priorities and preferences on others, or because their adherents and followers believe that rewarding their leaders will maximize their own welfare (aggression and self-interest arerepparttar 143803 cornerstone of all social organizations).

It is this primary asymmetry that anarchism must address.


Sam Vaknin ( http://samvak.tripod.com ) is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , and Bellaonline, and as a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent. He is the the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.

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