Posts Tagged ‘Dictatorship’

Many years have past since I started “The Manic Rambling of A Swede” and I have covered a lot of news both good and bad (mostly bad), now I have grown tired of it. This endless stream idiots that think they have what it takes to rule the majority. I have learned a lot from “The Manic” that I will bring with me, to my other projects.

I leave this last video for your viewing pleasure.

WOG out.

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Sweden government is picking a fight with the EU over plans to monitor and store all telecom and internet traffic, when every call, every text, even every email will be watched if the EU has its way.

For the fist time since we where a superpower Sweden is showing some balls and what do we get for it? We get sued, well I say lets not pay it, I mean what are they going to do, start a war? The only thing they can do is to stop the trade with us but there is a lot of other countries that would probably want to trade with us instead.

So in closing, from the bottom of my heart a great big FUCK YOU to the European Council, fuck you.

WOG out.

Sorry but I´m not cutting this down.

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An 82-year-old former bomber pilot I met in the street the other day said: “Supermen. Ha! If Hitler had come over here we would have given him a proper kick up the jackside.” As Michael White suggests, British people are fond of the myth that they won’t tolerate dictatorships, despite the fact that there were many fascist sympathisers in Britain in the 1930s.

Yes, we do live in a relatively free and secular country – just ask any young Afghani woman studying at a college here for her opinion. But there is also evidence around us that the British government is engaging in repression. And not just in Iraq or Afghanistan, but here in Britain. Perhaps those of us who have lived for a time under dictatorships can spot some of the warning signs:

  • Inconvenient elections are avoided in the name of getting on with the job.
  • Leaders of the opposition are character-assassinated by the state media.
  • Institutions like the legislature begin to lose their independence and traditional role.
  • Citizens are increasingly afraid to speak openly on certain issues.
  • Citizens are observed and monitored on cameras and the government can tap into their conversations at will.
  • Governments can snatch anyone from their homes or off the street and detain them without trial on charges of treason or terrorism.
  • Ethnic and religious minorities are persecuted and are made into scapegoats.
  • The state increasingly intervenes in family and community life in an attempt to control citizens’ behaviour.
  • The focus of discussion moves away from the issues and into a narrative of political rivalries and gossip spreads.
  • Governments use bread and circuses to shut people up and distract attention away from their increasing political impotence.
  • Public spaces for demonstrations are closed down and restricted.
  • Large and ridiculous monuments are built to impress the citizens.
  • Individuals have to carry ID with them at all times and the government holds large amounts of information on every citizen.

How does the British government rate on the dictatorship scale? How close are we to Zimbabwe under Zanu? How far away are we from, say, Norway?

I suppose we must trust the security services when they say there are dangerous Islamist extremists on the loose who want to do our society harm: we saw the proof on the July 7, 2005. But the measures the British state is taking “to protect us” are beginning to give a tangibly different feel to our society. Britain is slowly creeping up the pH scale from democracy to autocracy.

Aesthetically, at any rate, it does feel as if some of our science fiction dystopias are gradually coming true. In an estate near me, George Orwell’s CCTV cameras are actually trained on the residents’ doors and driveways. Ray Bradbury’s wall-sized TVs flicker in small living rooms. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New Labour government pushes through a bill allowing experimentation on embryos and all British citizens will have to carry an expensive ID card with biometric information on it linked in to humming computer databases in anonymous buildings.

There was something extremely familiar to me about this week’s events. The way they closed down the whole of Whitehall for George Bush’s visit reminded me of how, in Havana, they close the main highway every time Fidel Castro crosses from one side of town to the other.

There was also something unpleasant about the way many in the BBC turned the discussion away from the loss of civil liberties in Britain and instead began to present David Davis as an egotistical oddball, pulling a clever stunt simply to spite the leader of his party. Soviet TV attacked dissidents in the same way. This kind of media character assassination is even more reprehensible because once you destroy a politician’s reputation, you might as well put him down – like a racehorse with a broken leg.

And then, while Labour berates African nations for not adopting Tony Blair’s gold standard for liberal interventionism, Labour itself avoids holding the referendum on Europe it promised.

One gets the feeling that the current crop of neo-monetarist technocrats in power in Britain regard see the whole democratic processes as an irritating stunt, not just David Davis’s upcoming by-election. Certainly Labour politicians show very little respect for the electorate. Any appeal over their heads to the willful and ignorant population probably feels like insufferable interference to them.

So this is the thing. If I, as a citizen, and people like me, don’t agree with the way we are being governed, where do we go to withdraw our consent to be governed? I don’t want to simply switch to the Tories or Liberal Democrats, I want a new contract with my state as a citizen, one that respects my civil liberties.

Everyone that is a regular here know that I don´t believe that terrorists are everywhere as Mr. Bush wants us to believe and when I read articles like this I get really freaked out because people don´t seem to care about their own lives, they only seem to care about what some stupid ass celebrity has done on there free time.

You are walking into a fucking trap! Can´t you see it?

I´m I the only one who does?

I hope not, because if I´m the only one we are fucked people…..

(I would really like some comments on this, please. I just want to know that someone is reading.)

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WOG out.

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.

1984 by George Orwell

This Monday October 15, the 27 foreign ministers of the European Union will meet–and decide whether to keep their word on Burma.

More than three weeks ago, the day before the junta’s brutal crackdown began, the EU warned that it would “not hesitate to reinforce and strengthen the existing sanctions regime” if the government resorted to violence. As atrocities in Burma worsen, the EU must act. By threatening the generals’ economic interests, targeted sanctions can squeeze the military and push them into negotiations without hurting the Burmese people. That’s why the democracy movement and Aung San Suu Kyi are asking us to act, saying “Please use your liberty to promote ours.”

Let’s stand with the Burmese people and urge our foreign ministers to strengthen the sanctions – while offering aid and incentives for progress.

Continue your stand with Burmese Protesters,

Write your message to the EU here!
WOG out.

After decades of military dictatorship, the people of Burma are rising – and they need our help. Marches begun by monks and nuns have snowballed, bringing hundreds of thousands to the streets. Now the crackdown has begun…

When the Burmese last marched in 1988, the military massacred thousands. But if the world stands up and supports their struggle, this time they could succeed. We’ll send our petition to United Nations Security Council members (including the dictatorship’s main backer China) and to media at the UN, while also alerting the Burmese to our support:

To Chinese President Hu Jintao and the UN Security Council: We stand alongside the citizens of Burma in their peaceful protests. We urge you to oppose a violent crackdown on the demonstrators, and to support genuine reconciliation and democracy in Burma. We pledge to hold you accountable for any further bloodshed.

Sign the Petition here.