[Debate] (Fwd) 100, 000 new Anonymous protesters added to the cadreship each year!

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Mon Aug 29 16:41:10 BST 2011

The Anonymous may be regarded as a virtual version of the "Combat Organization."

Leon Trotsky
The Bankruptcy of Individual Terrorism

. . . . .

Before the very idea of destroying absolutism by mechanical means
could acquire popularity, the state apparatus had to be seen as a
purely external organ of coercion, having no roots in the social
organisation itself. And this is precisely how the Russian autocracy
appeared to the revolutionary intelligentsia.

. . . . .

Whereas in the older bourgeois societies of Europe revolutionary ideas
developed more or less parallel with the development of the broad
revolutionary forces, in Russia the intelligentsia gained access to
the ready-made cultural and political ideas of the West and had their
thinking revolutionised before the economic development of the country
had given birth to serious revolutionary classes from which they could
get support.

. . . . .

Under these conditions, nothing remained for the intelligentsia but to
multiply their revolutionary enthusiasm by the explosive force of
nitro-glycerin. So arose the classical terrorism of Narodnaya Volya.

The terror of the Social Revolutionaries was by and large a product of
those same historical factors: the “self-sufficient”despotism of the
Russian state, on the one hand, and the “self-sufficient”Russian
revolutionary intelligentsia on the other.

. . . . .

Of course, one can easily collect a dozen odd quotations from Social
Revolutionary literature stating that they pose terror not instead of
the mass struggle but together with it. But these quotations bear
witness only to the struggle the ideologists of terror have had to
conduct against the Marxists – the theoreticians of mass struggle.

But this does not change matters. By its very essence terrorist work
demands such concentrated energy for “the great moment,” such an
overestimation of the significance of individual heroism, and finally,
such a “hermetic” conspiracy, that – if not logically, then
psychologically – it totally excludes agitational and organisational
work among the masses.

For terrorists, in the entire field of politics there exist only two
central focuses: the government and the Combat Organisation.

. . . . .

Engendered by the absence of a revolutionary class, regenerated later
by a lack of confidence in the revolutionary masses, terrorism can
maintain itself only by exploiting the weakness and disorganisation of
the masses, minimising their conquests, and exaggerating their

. . . . .

And no matter what sort of subordinate role terror is relegated to by
the “synthetic” theoreticians of the party, it always occupies a
special place of honour in fact. And the Combat Organisation, which
the official party hierarchy places under the Central Committee,
inevitably turns out to be above it, above the party and all its work
– until cruel fate places it under the police department.

And that is precisely why the collapse of the Combat Organisation as a
result of a police conspiracy inevitably means the political collapse
of the party as well.

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM, Alan Murphy <ecopeace at gmail.com> wrote:
> If you are intent on imitating an incompetent religious
> fundamentalist, you can make your own mask -
> http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/need-graphic-printable-guy-fawkes-mask.34051/
> On 8/29/11, Patrick Bond <pbond at mail.ngo.za> wrote:
>> (Damn those unintended consequences... But where can we get V masks in
>> Durban? - may need them on Wednesday at the US Consulate, rush hour...)
>>   Masked Protesters Aid Time Warner's Bottom Line
>>             By NICK BILTON
>> <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/nick_bilton/index.html?inline=nyt-per>
>>             Published: August 28, 2011
>> New York Times
>> SAN FRANCISCO --- Anonymous, the hacker group, has jostled with the
>> Iranian government and the Church of Scientology and has briefly shut
>> down the Web sites of Visa, MasterCard and other global corporations.
>> Enlarge This Image
>>             Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
>> A protester in a Guy Fawkes mask at a rally in San Francisco on Aug. 15.
>> Time Warner earns a licensing fee on the sale the masks.
>> When members appear in public to protest censorship and what they view
>> as corruption, they don a plastic mask of Guy Fawkes
>> <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/f/guy_fawkes/index.html?inline=nyt-per>,
>> the 17th-century Englishman who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
>> Stark white, with blushed pink cheeks, a wide grin and a thin black
>> mustache and goatee, the mask resonates with the hackers because it was
>> worn by a rogue anarchist challenging an authoritarian government in "V
>> for Vendetta," the movie produced in 2006 by Warner Brothers.
>> What few people seem to know, though, is that Time Warner
>> <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/time_warner_inc/index.html?inline=nyt-org>,
>> one of the largest media companies in the world and parent of Warner
>> Brothers, owns the rights to the image and is paid a licensing fee with
>> the sale of each mask.
>> The hackers wear the mask when they protest outside of Scientology
>> buildings. And they wore it during a short-lived protest this month in
>> San Francisco of the Bay Area Rapid Transit's decision to cut off cell
>> service to thwart an earlier protest inside train stations.
>> "It's a symbol of what Anonymous stands for, of fighting evil
>> governments," said one of the mask-wearers at that protest. The
>> Anonymous member declined to share his name, noting that the entire
>> concept of the mask was to remain anonymous. "You can get a mask and
>> join the fight, too! But I heard the costume store is sold out until
>> Friday," he said.
>> Indeed, with the help of Anonymous, the mask has become one of the most
>> popular disguises and --- in a small way --- has added to the $28
>> billion in revenue Time Warner accumulated last year. It is the
>> top-selling mask on Amazon.com, beating out masks of Batman, Harry
>> Potter
>> <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/complete_coverage/harry_potter/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier>
>> and Darth Vader.
>> "We sell over 100,000 of these masks a year, and it's by far the
>> best-selling mask that we sell," said Howard Beige, executive vice
>> president of Rubie's Costume <http://rubies.com/>, a New York costume
>> company that produces the mask. "In comparison, we usually only sell
>> 5,000 or so of our other masks." The Vendetta mask, which sells for
>> about $6 at many retailers, is made in Mexico or China, Mr. Beige said.
>> Mr. Beige said he did not know why the mask was so popular until
>> recently. "We just thought people liked the 'V for Vendetta' movie. Then
>> one morning I saw a picture of these protesters wearing the mask in an
>> online news article," he said. "I quickly showed my sales manager."
>> Guy Fawkes is not well known in the United States, except perhaps
>> through the movie. But in Britain, the foiling of his antigovernment
>> plot --- he was put to death --- is celebrated as a holiday, Nov. 5 or
>> Guy Fawkes Day, and is commemorated with bonfires and fireworks.
>> Although the Time Warner-owned image of Guy Fawkes appeared in 2006, it
>> did not take on its new life until much later. That occurred after
>> members of an online message board known as 4Chan showed a crudely drawn
>> stick figure known as "Epic Fail Guy" peering into a trash can and
>> reappearing wearing the mask.
>> Then in 2008, Anonymous embraced it, explained Gabriella Coleman, an
>> assistant professor at New York University's department of media,
>> culture and communication. "Thousands of members came out from behind
>> their computer and went into the streets to protest the Church of
>> Scientology," she said. "Anonymous knew if they were going to meet in a
>> visibly public space for the first time, they needed to conceal their
>> identity. They inevitably chose the 'V for Vendetta' mask to do this."
>> "It had a chilling effect. There were literally thousands of people
>> standing silently in front of the Church of Scientology wearing the same
>> Guy Fawkes mask," Ms. Coleman said. "The photos and videos that appeared
>> in the news from the protests cemented the mask as the symbol of
>> Anonymous."
>> Warner Brothers did not respond to a request for comment on the mask's
>> newfound popularity as a tool of protesters.
>> Alan Moore, the author of the graphic novel on which the movie is based,
>> could not be reached for comment, but in a 2008 interview with
>> Entertainment Weekly, he expressed how proud he was of the mask's role
>> in the protests of the Church of Scientology.
>> "That pleased me," he said. "That gave me a warm little glow."
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