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Posted by 0rganism in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue May 02nd 2006, 02:58 PM
I've been thinking about illegal immigration for a while, and the more I think about it, the sadder I get. Why? Because illegal immigration from our southern border is direct evidence of the failure of the American labor movements, environmental movements, and civil rights movements. We failed.

Wait, you might say, these people are here because those movements succeeded! We have better wages, better living conditions, better legal systems, precisely because of their success. That's why companies have to break the law to hire these undocumented workers, that's why the illegal workers would rather come here.

That's exactly the kind of success that will whisper loving words in your ear while it cuts your throat.

We, us and our ideological ancestors, failed to take those movements global, and now everything we accomplished thereby is in jeopardy -- if not from illegal immigration, then from perfectly legal outsourcing. The failure of labor, environmentalism, and civil rights in Mexico and Central America are our failures, and their poverty will become our poverty. And truly, it is my generation, the thirty- and forty-somethings who have fallen down the hardest. Our forebears did their level best, and gave us the leadership and inspiration to bring the benefits of fair wages, livable conditions, and reasonable work hours to the United States. It was our job, our destiny, to help these movements spread throughout Latin America, but instead we rested on our laurels while the Reaganistas murdered and tortured our Hispanic counterparts into submission.

Did we really think it wouldn't come back to haunt us?

In our defense, I'll say that not all of us were so apathetic. Some of my contemporaries were at least as involved in international movement politics as we were in getting stoned and fucking. You guys, you're off the hook, you know who you are. Take a bow. At least you tried. Not me. Not a lot of the people I know. We lived loud and large while the third world struggled.

The rest of us are now reaping the ill harvest we've sown. As the tariff barriers evaporate across the globe, and international commerce comes increasingly under the influence of the shadowy WTO, we will see our own economic situation come to reflect the reality of life in poorer countries that nominally house our competing labor markets -- nastier, a bit more brutish, and perhaps significantly shorter.

I would ask the local disciples of St. Dobbs to think for a minute about what life is like in those countries where poverty rates are 20% or more, where people live in fear of armed bandits or even their neighbors, where a significant portion of the jobs that are available are in maquiladoras which work people to the bone with little or no safety regulations. When crossing a border illegally into a country where you are widely regarded as a sub-human parasite fit only to clean toilets and pick crops for below-minimum wage is the lesser evil, you have a big problem at home. Do you really think that these Mexicans and Guatemalans and El Salvadorans would be leaving their homelands and risking life and limb to travel illegally into El Norte if their homelands were economically, politically, and environmentally sound? All else equal, I think they'd rather stay at home, and work in their communities. Given the choice, I know I would.

Like it or not, Mexico's economic problems are now our economic problems. President Clinton signed us up for this with NAFTA in 1994, and despite all the strife it's caused, maybe it's a good thing. Maybe now, we'll be forced to confront those circumstances face-to-face that we might have allowed to exist indefinitely otherwise. The true danger for those of us concerned at all with progressive ethics is that Americans would be willing to substitute the placebo of isolationism for a real global solution.

Let's face it, we have had people crossing the southern border illegally for decades. They have worked long hours in dangerous conditions for dirt wages, because to them it was prosperity, or at least the shortest path to it. Only recently, sensing the potential to aggravate racism and drive a political wedge between labor and Hispanic voters, has the GOP turned up the heat on illegal immigration. All too predictably, the public has once again fallen victim to the lie that we can control the supply of a resource without addressing the causes of demand. When I see our discussions focusing on the viability of increased border patrols, mass arrests, and the divine rights of victors, I know we've missed the point.

Who benefits most from having that supply of cheap labor, willing to work for a fraction of the minimum wage? Answer that question, and you will quickly see that the end result of a successful process of border enforcement, in the best possible case, will only be an increase in the availability of H1-B visas and outsourcing. We might be tempted to call for the revocation of NAFTA and GATT, the dissolution of the WTO, and a return to the import tariffs of the past, but that is at heart a reactionary tactic that gives only temporary relief. In the end, it will fail us as often as we enact it, until we take the logical preventive step: bringing labor rights, civil rights, and responsible environmental regulations to our trading partners. The owning class takes advantage of their absence to simultaneously increase economic profits and undercut domestic rights and regulations, it's win-win for the ultra-wealthy.

We must export opportunities for true prosperity to the world, or we will surely import poverty.
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Posted by 0rganism in Latest Breaking News
Sun Mar 26th 2006, 05:37 PM
CLOSE POLAR ORBIT, Sol 3 (Galatic News Service) - Antaran hunters started shooting and clubbing human babies on 50:_1846:_928576GST at the start of a millenial hunt that is the focus of a tech-savvy protest by alien rights groups.

This planetary year, 325,000,000 young humans will be killed on the continents of Sol 3, where the animals gather.

Unusually warm weather means the urban centers have been reduced to a fraction of their normal size and density, prompting hunters to kill the humans individually rather than kazorching them en masse as they cluster in their cities in pools of blood.

"It's slow going. The cities are not full of humans all over the place," said Rugyeity Smupty of the Antaran Federation's humanneries ministry, which oversees the hunt.

The crackle of charged particle beams could be heard continually as hunters in atmospheric harvester craft shot the humans as they lay in buildings and then dashed over to the bodies in hopes of retrieving them before they became too cold for infrared scans to detect.

Once the animals are killed, they are skinned and taken into the hunters' boats. The pelt is taken to make clothing while the rest of the carcass is usually left behind.

At one point, a hunter, frustrated at the activists' presence, picked up a bloody carcass of a skinned human and launched it at a small collapsible orbiter full of protestors and journalists. It hit the orbiter and sank into the atmosphere, where it burned completely during re-entry.

One humanning craft impulsed straight toward the journalists' orbiter and banked at the last moment, sending a gravitic wave crashing over the observers.

The Antaran Federation says the hunt gives the local star cluster economy a crucial boost and helps keep a human population of almost six billion animals in check. The Xenormative Society of the Andromedan States has chartered a Pleiades-class interstellar cruiser to follow the hunt and is putting holofilms and VR memograms of the killings on its Galactonet site.

"It's disgusting when you float out there and look at what the humans have been through already. They're clinging on for life as it is, thanks to the effects of global warming," said the society's Oyebnecca Diocoworth. "I'm really appalled the Antaran government continues to allow this slaughter. There's no need for anyone to be out here killing humans," she told Galactic News Service from the hunting zone.


Prime Minister Phenstep Perhar said Antares was behaving responsibly and would enforce rules ensuring that the humans were killed xenormatively.

"Unfortunately here we're to some degree the victim of a bit of an intergalactic propaganda campaign," he said on 49:_9910:_928576GST.

Celebrities such as former Vega 2 holo star Iglackise Trobnack and ex-Nognick Apnu M'Nartlob called on Antares this week to stop the hunt.

Diocoworth repeated calls for an intergalactic boycott of Federation planetfood to protest what she said was "incredible cruelty at the hunt, including dragging conscious humans across the surface with skyhooks, shooting humans and leaving them to suffer in agony and skinning humans alive."

The first part of the hunt, which takes place near the Ognicklok urban cluster on clockwise hemisphere continent #2, usually takes about 100 to 120 Terran solar cycles to complete. This year's quotes is just over 90,000,000 humans.

The second and larger stage, on counterclockwise continent #1, starts on 52:_1010:_928578GST.
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Posted by 0rganism in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Jan 19th 2006, 08:30 PM
A poll from earlier this year -- stunningly, nearly 70% believe the DOI still applies!
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
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