Thursday, September 08, 2005

News from the big, bad world

In alternative news and publications, like Green Anarchist, both on and off the web, you can read about many things you never hear about anywhere else. Things that are hardly whispered about in established media are here shouted across the world.

You can read about extensive protests against road construction, against factories, against nuclear power and transports of nuclear material, about people jailed simply because they’re reporting on protests and radical struggle. About people gathering in nature, people at least making an effort to relearn how to live in humanity’s natural environment, people rewilding themselves.

There is a forest of news and events out there that most people don’t get to know about, because they don’t look, because they’re passive receivers of what the established media spits out. Because they’re even getting enraged when truly informed people tell them that they’re not informed at all, but belong to the dull crowd of inactive and useful idiots.

Is the news from Iraq news?

Is the news we’re shown daily in established media true information?

Or is it instead thinly veiled propaganda?

Is this important to us who want to change the world, change it head to toe, or is it hardly more than diversions taking attention away from what truly matters? Does it matter if fifty or fifty-one people are killed in traffic accidents the previous month? Does it matter who is prime mini$ter or pre$ident in a given country, who is executing a politic long since decided and unchangeable?

Of course not. The long proven truth of the matter is that close to a hundred percent of what we see on established news channels… is utterly meaningless.

The important news and events happens on the edge of and outside today’s established society, in the shadows and the night of what we have been taught is important, is essential. That’s where the true changes and potential changes begin, to perhaps grow to one day become a valid threat to the establishment. And at that moment it turns interesting. At that moment established press attack like wolves the people that are the driving force in that group. The distortions and attacks against those desiring justice and a minimum of freedom in the world begin. Statements, motives and goals are twisted to the point that they are hardly recognized, not even by the people that initially stated them.

Established media is lies, justifications, pretexts and propaganda. All else is unintentional or pure coincidence. Nothing even remotely related to the truth can be found sitting on a couch, watching television, at the breakfast table, by reading the papers.

So, those of us who are looking find it in unofficial forums. We find it at a construction site in Newbury, at a ravaged pelt farm or a burned-out factory somewhere on Earth. In a forest fairly unharmed by civilization.

In the many prison cells, in any country in the world.

The noose is tightening. New, more efficient laws are supplanting the old. Ever more people are put behind bars, many solely because they have dared to speak out against the increasing oppression. Imprisonment has already become Big Industry in many countries and is about to become so in the rest.

Green Anarchist, A-Infos, Earth Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Front, Green Anarchy, Indymedia and countless other smaller and bigger alternative sources give excellent information about all this, far better than established channels.

But, truth to be told, that isn’t really saying much.

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