Are You An Anarchist? The Answer May Surprise You!

Take this questionnaire.

David Graeber

Chances are you have already heard something about who anarchists are and what they are supposed to believe. Chances are almost everything you have heard is nonsense. Many people seem to think that anarchists are proponents of violence, chaos, and destruction, that they are against all forms of order and organization, or that they are crazed nihilists who just want to blow everything up.

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Anarchists are simply people who believe human beings are capable of behaving in a reasonable fashion without having to be forced to. It is really a very simple notion. But it’s one that the rich and powerful have always found extremely dangerous.
At their very simplest, anarchist beliefs turn on to two elementary assumptions. The first is that human beings are, under ordinary circumstances, about as reasonable and decent as they are allowed to be, and can organize themselves and their communities without needing to be told how. The second is that power corrupts. Most of all, anarchism is just a matter of having the courage to take the simple principles of common decency that we all live by, and to follow them through to their logical conclusions. Odd though this may seem, in most important ways you are probably already an anarchist — you just don’t realize it.
Let’s start by taking a few examples from everyday life.

• If there’s a line to get on a crowded bus, do you wait your turn and refrain from elbowing your way past others even in the absence of police?

If you answered “yes”, then you are used to acting like an anarchist! The most basic anarchist principle is self-organization: the assumption that human beings do not need to be threatened with prosecution in order to be able to come to reasonable understandings with each other, or to treat each other with dignity and respect.
Everyone believes they are capable of behaving reasonably themselves. If they think laws and police are necessary, it is only because they don’t believe that other people are. But if you think about it, don’t those people all feel exactly the same way about you? Anarchists argue that almost all the anti-social behavior which makes us think it’s necessary to have armies, police, prisons, and governments to control our lives, is actually caused by the systematic inequalities and injustice those armies, police, prisons and governments make possible. It’s all a vicious circle.

If people are used to being treated like their opinions do not matter, they are likely to become angry and cynical, even violent — which of course makes it easy for those in power to say that their opinions do not matter. Once they understand that their opinions really do matter just as much as anyone else’s, they tend to become remarkably understanding. To cut a long story short: anarchists believe that for the most part it is power itself,
and the effects of power, that make people stupid and irresponsible.

• Are you a member of a club or sports team or any other voluntary organization where decisions are not imposed by one leader but made on the basis of general consent?

If you answered “yes”, then you belong to an organization which works on anarchist principles! Another basic anarchist principle is voluntary association. This is simply a matter of applying democratic principles to ordinary life. The only difference is that anarchists believe it should be possible to have a society in which everything could be organized along these lines, all groups based on the free consent of their members, and therefore, that all top-down, military styles of organization like armies or bureaucracies or large corporations, based on chains of command, would no longer be necessary.

Perhaps you don’t believe that would be possible. Perhaps you do. But every time you reach an agreement by consensus, rather than threats, every time you make a voluntary arrangement with another person, come to an understanding, or reach a compromise by taking due consideration of the other person’s particular situation or needs, you are being an anarchist — even if you don’t realize it.
Anarchism is just the way people act when they are free to do as they choose, and when they deal with others who are equally free — and therefore aware of the responsibility to others that entails. This leads to another crucial point: that while people can be reasonable and considerate when they are dealing with equals, human nature is such that they cannot be trusted to do so when given power over others. Give someone such power, they will almost invariably abuse it in some way or another.
• Do you believe that most politicians are selfish, egotistical swine who don’t really care about the public interest? Do you think we live in an economic system which is stupid and unfair? If you answered “yes”, then you subscribe to the anarchist critique of today’s society — at least, in its broadest outlines. Anarchists believe that power corrupts and those who spend their entire lives seeking power are the very last people who should have it. Anarchists believe that our present economic system is more likely to reward people for selfish and unscrupulous behavior than for being decent, caring human beings. Most people feel that way. The only difference is that most people don’t think there’s anything that can be done about it, or anyway — and this is what the faithful servants of the powerful are always most likely to insist — anything that won’t end up making things even
worse.
But what if that weren’t true? And is there really any reason to believe this? When you can actually test them, most of the usual predictions about what would happen without states or capitalism turn out to be entirely untrue. For thousands of years people lived without governments. In many parts of the world people live outside of the control of governments today. They do not all kill each other. Mostly they just get on about their lives the same as anyone else would. Of course, in a complex, urban, technological society all this would be more complicated: but technology can also make all these problems a lot easier to solve. In fact, we have not even begun to think about what our lives could be like if technology were really marshaled to fit human needs. How many hours would we really need to work in order to maintain a functional society — that is, if we got rid of all the useless or destructive occupations like telemarketers, lawyers, prison guards, financial analysts, public relations experts, bureaucrats and politicians, and turn our best scientific minds away from working on space weaponry or stock market systems to mechanizing away dangerous or annoying tasks like coal mining or cleaning the bathroom, and distribute the remaining work among everyone equally? Five hours a day? Four? Three? Two? Nobody knows because no one is even asking this kind of question. Anarchists think these are the
very questions we should be asking.

• Do you really believe those things you tell your children (or that your parents told you)?
“It doesn’t matter who started it.” “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” “Clean up your own mess.” “Do unto others…” “Don’t be mean to people just because they’re different.” Perhaps we should decide whether we’re lying to our children when we tell them about right and wrong, or whether we’re willing to take our own injunctions seriously. Because if you take these moral principles to their logical conclusions, you arrive at anarchism.
Take the principle that two wrongs don’t make a right. If you really took it seriously, that alone would knock away almost the entire basis for war and the criminal justice system. The same goes for sharing: we’re always telling children that they have to learn to share, to be considerate of each other’s needs, to help each other; then we go off into the real world where we assume that everyone is naturally selfish and competitive. But an anarchist would point out: in fact, what we say to our children is right. Pretty much every great worthwhile achievement in human history, every discovery or accomplishment that’s improved our lives, has been based on cooperation and mutual aid; even now, most of us spend more of our money on our friends and families than on ourselves; while likely
as not there will always be competitive people in the world, there’s no reason why society has to be based on encouraging such behavior, let alone making people compete over the basic necessities of life.

That only serves the interests of people in power, who want us to live in fear of one another. That’s why anarchists call for a society based not only on free association but mutual aid. The fact is that most children grow up believing in anarchist morality, and then gradually have to realize that the adult world doesn’t really work that way. That’s why so many become rebellious, or alienated, even suicidal as adolescents, and finally, resigned and bitter as adults; their only solace, often, being the ability to raise children of their own and pretend to them that the world is fair. But what if we really could start to build a world which really was at least founded on principles of justice? Wouldn’t that be the greatest gift to one’s children one could possibly give?
• Do you believe that human beings are fundamentally corrupt and evil, or that certain sorts of people (women, people of color, ordinary folk who are not rich or highly educated) are inferior specimens, destined to be ruled by their betters?
If you answered “yes”, then, well, it looks like you aren’t an anarchist after all. But if you answered “no”, then chances are you already subscribe to 90% of anarchist principles, and, likely as not, are living your life largely in accord with them. Every time you treat another human with consideration and respect, you are being an anarchist.

Every time you work out your differences with others by coming to reasonable compromise, listening to what everyone has to say rather than letting one person decide
for everyone else, you are being an anarchist. Every time you have the opportunity to force someone to do something, but decide to appeal to their sense of reason or justice instead, you are being an anarchist. The same goes for every time you share something with a friend, or decide who is going to do the dishes, or do anything at all with an eye to fairness.
Now, you might object that all this is well and good as a way for small groups of people to get on with each other, but managing a city, or a country, is an entirely different matter. And of course there is something to this. Even if you decentralize society and put as much power as possible in the hands of small communities, there will still be plenty of things that need to be coordinated, from running railroads to deciding on directions for medical research.

But just because something is complicated does not mean there is no way to do it democratically. It would just be complicated. In fact, anarchists have all sorts of different ideas and visions about how a complex society might manage itself. To explain them though would go far beyond the scope of a little introductory text like this. Suffice it to
say, first of all, that a lot of people have spent a lot of time coming up with models for how a really democratic, healthy society might work; but second, and just as importantly, no anarchist claims to have a perfect blueprint. The last thing we want is to impose prefab models on society anyway.

The truth is we probably can’t even imagine half the problems that will come up when we try to create a democratic society; still, we’re confident that, human ingenuity being what it is, such problems can always be solved, so long as it is in the spirit of our basic principles — which are, in the final analysis, simply the principles of fundamental human decency.

THE REAL ANARCHIST WORLD ORDER [update]

THE REAL ANARCHIST WORLD ORDER [update]

everythingisfine

This weeks show starts off with .. Linda ranting about people who support the police or make comments such as ‘I don’t do anything wrong so I don’t need to worry about the police’. These people almost always are white and rich and their privilege leads them to have these views.

Which leads nicely into the 30th Rap News which is titled New World Order but really leads us on a path to explore the world order in a completely different way to what you might expect.

This theme of privilege continues and Anna gives us a bit of an update on Ferguson, then we discuss the difference in the reaction to the death/killing of a man and that of a woman.

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SCOTT MORRISON MP RETIRES DEFEATED AND SAD

SCOTT MORRISON MP RETIRES DEFEATED AND SAD

[UPDATE: Even though he managed to pass the bill it was through bullying and blackmail. No one is going to stop fighting for refugee rights = human rights. Read how Morrison used children as bargaining chips]

Let’s make this happen. Morrison has been trying to pass draconian legislation to introduce Temporary Protection Visas and other measures to make the lives of refugees even harder ever since he got into his position.

But he keeps getting stopped and is going to be stopped again with your help.

Since it looks like we aren’t going to be able to gather in the streets or in front of Parliament House in Canberra to urge all crossbench Senators to reject the bill sending letters and making phone calls will have to do.

The government is getting

So I sent this please feel free to change to suit your situation.

Dear Senator,

I write to urge you to vote against the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014.

While I have always supported the right of anyone to seek asylum in this country regardless of the way they arrive here, I am now closely affected by this bill because my partner is an asylum seeker from Iran.

I know first hand the difficulties people face when they must leave their home countries for fear the government will kill them.

It is incumbent upon you to be educated on the life and death matters contained in this Bill.

This proposed legislation is more harsh, more cruel and more internationally illegal than any other piece of legislation proposed in Australian history.

It legislates against refugees human rights and it will cause people to die.

The deaths at sea, the deaths by torture if the people are sent back to their homeland from which they fled… and the suicides that result if this legislation is passed – these deaths will be on your conscience if you vote for this draconian piece of legislation.

Here is an lawyer speaking on what the Bill means.

I earnestly urge you to watch it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eETzMYgEaM

Let us remember that those people who arrive here by boat, the ones we detain (ostensibly jail) commit to a island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, put into the community to live a life of destitution without work rights on Bridging Visas – for one and two and now, under the” no advantage policy” an undetermined amount of time, prevent from re uniting with their families in the future …these people just want to live, and not die… and to live a life that’s worth living.

They come from Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Burma, Palestine and many other places.

There is no way for people like my partner to seek asylum other than come on a boat to Australia.

There are no queues in these countries.

Australia is a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention.

We invite these vulnerable people here by being a signatory. As though we are their friends. And then, as they knock at the door, we open it and then slam it shut in their face. Except it s not really like this. It is much much much worse. It’s literally a matter of life and death.

These are people, just like you and me. Not political footballs for point scoring.

We need to find a solution to this problem which is humane and just. Please don’t just vote against this bill but also actively use your position to influence policy so people on Bridging Visas and those in detention can be processed. And Australia formulates a way of assisting the worldwide issue of displaced people.

Here’s some information from Get Up on this Bill.

What are the key implications of this bill?

Yours Truly..
bloodonyourhands
INFORMATION ON THE BILL AND CONTACT ADDRESSES

The Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014, is currently before Parliament. It is expected that it will be voted on in November. As well as the proposal to reintroduce TPVs, this bill contains a lot of very disturbing amendments to the Migration Act:

If passed, the bill will:
• Remove references to the UN Refugee Convention from the Migration Act and replace them with ‘Australia’s interpretation of international law
• Remove the ability of the High Court to challenge refugee policy and operations
• Exempt Customs/ Navy/ Border Force boats from maritime laws. This will allow actions such as removing safety devices, food, water and fuel from asylum-seeking boats.
• Allow the Government to send boats or individuals anywhere it chooses. The bill removes the need for Australia to have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with countries in the region, or for the country to be a signatory to the Refugee Convention. It also allows boats to be towed to a “place” that is not another country. It would allow boats to be towed beyond Australian waters and just left there without regard for safety.
• Establish a fast track assessment process which removes access to the Refugee Review Tribunal and provides very limited review processes. Fast turnaround processing was ruled illegal in the United Kingdom in July 2014 as it carried an “unacceptable risk of unfairness”.
• Classify children born in Australia, to asylum seekers who arrived by boat, as “transitory persons”, giving them no access to permanent residency or citizenship.
• Change the definition of ‘refugee’ to allow the government to deny a claim for refugee status if it decides that there is a ‘safe area’ in the country of origin, or that the nation’s police force is ‘reasonably effective’.
• Allow the Australian government to return / remove people regardless of non-refoulement obligations.
• Keep asylum seekers, currently living in Australia, in indefinite statelessness and uncertainty, unable to reunite with their families or move on with their lives.

We all need to write to our state Senators and to the cross bench Senators and tell them that if they vote for this bill, they will be voting for Australia’s domestic law to authorise human rights abuses. Ask the Libs to cross the floor, and ask the Nationals to think for themselves! Write to Clive and ask him what he was thinking when he helped Morrison craft this horrendous bill.

Use some of the points above, but use your own words. Include something personal about yourself. “As a parent of three children…” “As someone who is interested in history…” “As a twenty year-old with a long future of voting ahead of me….” Anything you can think of to give it a connection to a real voter.

Here are the addresses for the cross bench Senators and Clive Palmer. Paper letters in envelopes are best, but please email rather than doing nothing. Make sure you include your name and address.

Senator Bob Day AO (Family First)
Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices
100 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
senator.day@aph.gov.au

Senator Jacqui Lambie
29 Wilson Street
Burnie TAS 7320
senator.lambie@aph.gov.au

Senator Glenn Lazarus
PO Box 228
Brisbane QLD 4001
senator.lazarus@aph.gov.au

Senator David Leyonhjelm
PO Box 636
Drummoyne NSW 1470
senator.leyonhjelm@aph.gov.au

Senator John Madigan
17 Albert St
Ballarat Vic 3350
senator.madigan@aph.gov.au

Senator Ricky Muir
Level 4, Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3002
senator.muir@aph.gov.au

Senator Dio Wang
PO Box 6120
East Perth WA 6892
senator.wang@aph.gov.au

Senator Nick Xenophon
Level 2
31 Ebenezer Place
Adelaide SA 5000
senator.xenophon@aph.gov.au

Mr Clive Palmer MP
Palmer United Party
PO Box 1978
Sunshine Plaza, QLD, 4558

You’ll find the other Senators for your state here. You can search by state by using the map. Then click on their names for contact details.
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Senators

ANARCHIST AFFLICTION

ferguson

Now the G20 is over and the fever has passed we’ve got other afflictions to contend with .. such as

INSURRECTO-RIOTOSIS .

This is the name of the latest show from The Stimulator we play the first half straight up on the show.

We talk a little about the G20. We want to focus on the future now and how we can build a strong anarchist resistance in Brisbane.

One thing that is sure not to cure any anarchist related affliction you have is how you choose to spend your money.

To look into this further we play a short video by Savage Revival called Individualism vs Resistance.

This show aired just before the Furguson verdict was announced and Anna shares some of the background to the story.

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EXCLUSIVE G20 BLACK BLOC PARTY SETS BNE ON FIRE

EXCLUSIVE G20 BLACK BLOC PARTY SETS BNE ON FIRE

The event we had all spent years waiting for was finally on. The #G20 security ring of steel had been erected.

South Brisbane was in serious LOCK DOWN… the media said the barricades were intimidating, South Bank a fortress.

All year the media talked about a black bloc party in Brisbane so Megsie Lemon Grass and I went in search of it and to check the security arrangements.

Things started off well.... this dumpster looked like it was ready for the black bloc party...Things started off well…. this dumpster looked like it was ready for the black bloc party…

BLACKBLOCTOOLSYep we could have some fun with all this rumble…

We walked down towards the Convention Centre and found this sticker which seemed to be advertising the (black) bloc party.OMGG20WTFAfter this we saw 100s of the one time… the thin blue line looked rather plump as I asked them if they knew about the (black) bloc party but they just wanted to go and sit in the shade.

POLICE IN THE SHADE

Still that many police are a sure sign that a (black) bloc party is going to happen.

FALL DOWNMegsie tried to climb the barricades but fell down…

THROUGH THE BARRICADEI got to the other side but it was really boring… The ring of steal was no match for Megsie though as she kicked down a barricade to let me through

TIP OVER BARRICADE

KICK SIGNThis sign could be kicked over as part of the (black) bloc party… but there’s no one around to see it fall so does it really fall at all?

POSE WITH SECURITYThese drivers/security asked us to let them know if we found the party…

BEERBEERBEERThese would certainly start the party…

MOVEBINAll the police we asked about the (black) bloc party thought it sounded fun and wanted to come along…. it would be til they turned up so I tipped over this dumpster to make our own barricade..

PUNCH SECURITYThis security guard was not in the mood for a party so Megsie dealt with him true ninja style…..

LOOSE PROJECTILEAll the police I ask about the (black) bloc party think it sounds good luckily Megsie found a loose projectile to throw at them when they came to ruin our fun.

1511190_10152851116069596_91834903137370908_nSomeone’s planned ahead … this will be great for powering the sound system…

G20 police policing‘We’re looking for the G20 (black) bloc party, do you know about it? ‘ ‘Huh… no… black bloc… party .. no… er… der…. geetwenny … why don’t we have Segways?’

Abomination Maybe Lowkey is coming to the party…

movesignWho left this here? We heard Obama was coming so we blocked the street with it…

binbombBetter get this shield ready for the party…

molotovFinally we found someone else preparing for the (black) bloc party… Megsie gets ready to make (molotov) cocktails…

DSC_0135Quiet before the storm…

DSC_0023Fight for your right to party…. I mean party for your right to fight…

JLL 021The po po are wearing fluros to get in the party mood….

colours of genecideWe displayed the true colors of Brisbane

march 187This happy party goer missed the memo about prohibited items but somehow managed to avoid detection…

Kicking off

We gave an anarchist a cigarette and a Molotov cocktail and really got the party started

Burn baby burnWe warned the police to be careful where they parked their cars in this heat

Police car ruined

Tony angryTony is pretty angry about the mess we made and randomly mentioned something about the budget and $7 co payments

angela merkel partyAngela Merkel thanked us for rioting because it made her feel right at home…

putin offerPutin offered to arm us… can someone explain what these are? And if we need them?

Dragunov SVD, BM-27 Uragan, VPK-3927 Volk, S-400 missile system, A-100 AWACS, 6B43 Body Armor, MP-443 Grach, KSVK, ABCE, V0dKa 100P, OSV-96, VIT-B12, RPK-74, VLaD2000, GM-94

OBAMA SADAnd Obama was just really sad about how much C02 we would have released into the atmosphere because it’s going to put a huge dint in his target to reduce greenhouse emissions.

OBAMA GREEN HORNETWe reminded him about his zero emissions fighter jet and he calmed down realising how much it was going to help save the planet…

You may not hear about this on the news but it really happened. Brisbane isn’t that boring after all…

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This is another thing that rocked Brisvegas this #G20 weekend…

EXECUTE CAPITALISM

The count down is on to the G motherfucking 20 and the media is going wild over ‘Anarchists’ and the usage of black bloc style tactics in the sleepy streets of Brisbane.

We’ve also been warned to look out for anarchists with nail clippers. What terrifying things could anarchists do with nail clippers?

Apparently we bring them so we can escape from zip tied handcuffs. How can we used nail clippers while handcuffed I don’t know… but I guess it could work if one managed to de-arrest someone. Thanks for the tip Professor Clive Williams.

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On AAradio though we begin by looking further afield to Iran where the brutal Islamic government has executed a woman who killed a man who tried to rape her. As of October 22 this year Iran had executed at least 585 people.

Then to get a good perspective on the big gangster meeting happening in Brisbane next month The Juice Media break it down for us with the latest Rap News.

And continuing on with our look at what went on in the streets of resistance outside other G20’s we look at what went down in Mexico.

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Eedam feat. Shahin Nafaji – Execution info
thejuicemedia – G20 info
BAMBU – Minimum Wage info
Shining Soul – No Mercy info
DDM – Greve Generale info

BRISBANE G20 ANARCHY?

For a change from spreading fear about ‘Muslims’ the Courier Mail this weekend focused on ‘anarchists’.

The front cover for Saturday September 27 contains a beat up about plans for ‘anarchy’ at Brisbane’s G20.

So now is a good time reiterate that anarchy is not violence.

At the beginning of every episode of The Anarchy Show the introduction borrows these words from Alexander Berkman

“anarchism is not bombs, disorder, or chaos. it is not robbery and murder. it is not a war of each against all. Anarchism is the very opposite of all that”

Anarchism is love. Anarchist action stems from love. And that’s what puts us up against capitalism and economic organisations such as the G20.

Capitalism is not about love. Capitalism is about greed.

The result of capitalism is environmental destruction, poverty, an erosion of workers’ rights and war.

The focus of the article Brisbane G20 looms as security nightmare as protesters plan for mayhem
is a wordpress site planbg20.wordpress.com.

Apparently Plan B is a plan to unleash ‘waves of destruction’ during the G20 in Brisbane.

The Plan B site suggests actions, but gives no indication there are any groups or actual plans associated with it.

However no matter how much destruction or disruption an anarchist group might cause it will never equal the destruction caused by capitalism and the decisions made by the G20 and similar international organisations.

Bangladesh Factory Collapse
Unidentified bodies prepared for mass burial after a factory collapse killed more than 400 garment workers in Bangladesh. Decisions made by the G20 lead to poor work conditions and low wages for people in developing nations.

As I write this a war plane flies over head….. warming up for a display for Brisbane residents – Riverfire a ‘family’ event. Because under capitalism war is entertainment.

Yet according to the mainstream media, government and police anarchists – armed with a desire for equality and universal peace – are a threat.

The Plan B site does suggest some actions but none of those involve violence.

Property destruction is not violence.

And anyway there are far more important issues discussed on the Plan B site.

The violence, mayhem and destruction caused by neo-liberal capitalism which is at the heart of the G20’s agenda.

‘… neo-liberal policies lead to increased corporate control, and to increased levels of inequality between the rich an the poor – both locally and internationally. Neo-liberal policies include cuts to social services and support, a reduction of tariffs, and the privatisation of the public sector – including health care, education, social services and environmental protection.’

‘The gap between rich and poor is still growing. Children routinely die starving while hoarded food rots. The world moves daily closer to feeling the tangible effects of irreversible climate change. Profits flow through borders unimpeded (always into the pockets of the rich) but people are caught in razor wire traps.’

Oil Affected Pelicans
These pelicans wait to be cleaned after the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster in 2010. Environmental safe guards are ignored as corporations compete in the capitalist market place.

Bris-CAN is not Plan B

Saturday’s Courier Mail aims to draw links between the Plan B website and the Brisbane Community Action Network.

There are no links and the Courier Mail journalist David Murray was told this.

Robin Taubenfeld whose quote and photo was published inside the print version of the Courier Mail along side the article sent this message to David Murray –

“people have had concerns about past reporting and sensationalism from the Courier Mail. I request Courier Mail does not print any thing that implicate, incriminates or links me/briscan to plan b as you are aware that I/BrisCAN have not been involved. It would be irresponsible and unfortunate if the Courier Mail attempts to cast aspersions on me/us after I have commented in good faith.”

It’s not surprising the Murdoch paper choose to hype up the potential for so called violence during the G20 it once again reinforces that the mainstream media are part of the capitalist system and do not reflect the true interests of the community.

Trash

I’m including the article here so you don’t have to go to the Courier Mail website, and get sucked into the fear machine.

PROTESTERS are circulating a plan to unleash “waves of destruction” during Brisbane’s G20 summit.

The plot to mar the event — dubbed Plan B — is being distributed online.

It advocates destroying ATMs and other property and disrupting sport and social events. The plan cites an array of activist causes including globalisation, poverty and gay rights.

Attacks would be launched away from the heavily fortified security zones in favour of areas where police would be thinner on the ground.

Police yesterday extended the time and locations that would be subject to restrictions — security lockdowns will now begin on November 8, six days earlier than planned.

Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said police needed the extra time because protesters would be out in force earlier than first anticipated.

The changes also mean the public will be banned from entering the Southbank Cultural Precinct — including the Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Art Gallery — on November 15.

Gambado Hotel on Caxton St, the Intercontinental Hotel, Sanctuary Cove Resort and the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel have been added as hotels for the delegates with strict security measures and join another nine in Brisbane City on the restricted list, meaning they are for the sole use of the G20 delegates.

Streets around the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will now be closed from November 1.

Police Assistant Commissioner Katarina Carroll has condemned the plan for violence and said she would be “bitterly disappointed” if Brisbane’s G20 summit descended into the kind of chaos that has marred recent world economic summits.

“When we have got so much going on across the world in terms of terrorism ­issues, to push this out to ­various groups is irresponsible,” she said.

Placed online anonymously, Plan B adopts the motto “disrupt, resist, obstruct”.

Ms Carroll warned groups should be concerned about ­infiltration by “violent extremist protesters”, not police.

“Our biggest issue is people who want to lawfully protest and air their issues are ­infiltrated by violent people,” she said.

The Brisbane Community Action Network G20 (BrisCAN-G20) and Occupy Brisbane both shared the plan on Facebook this week.

BrisCAN-G20 organiser Robin Taubenfeld (pictured left), who is also with Friends of the Earth, said she did not know who was ­behind Plan B.

“I’m certainly not in a position to denounce or criticise Plan B,” Ms Taubenfeld said.

Plan B suggests people destroy billboards, “haunt” officials, occupy offices, strike, blockade and picket.

“Instead of gathering our strength and marching into the traps they have set for us, we are calling for disseminated disorder,” the plan reads.

“We are calling for people to form affinity groups in their home towns and autonomously organise decentralised direct action against the G20 and the capitalist occupation of our lives.

“Just imagine, while the pigs are helplessly patrolling the streets of Brisbane’s CBD in their ridiculous armour with their intimidating vehicles, decentralised waves of creation and destruction will ebb and flow right across the country.

“There is nothing more beautiful we can think of.”

Associate Professor Janet Ransley, head of the Griffith University criminology and criminal justice school, said groups prominent in previous G20 events in Toronto and London could be expected.

“It’s going to be a very difficult task for police. They’re going to be very concerned by this conflation of this terrorist risk with this volatile crowd situation,” she said.