activism, Black Lives Matter, Climate Justice, Culture, Immigration, Video

Youtube: History of Direct Action

History of Nonviolent Direct Action in the US: https://youtu.be/s6XTNv2Caus

A brief excursion through 200 years of US activism, with a focus on post-1980 nonviolent activism.

I originally made this video in connection with my book “Direct Action,” and updated it following the Fall 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. 

It offers one version of the nonviolent activist lineage that helped shape today’s protest movements.

– George Franklin aka Luke Hauser aka…

Photo by Janet Delaney – Livermore 1983.
Culture, Satires

Trump Statue – Let’s Buy It!

Apologies for yet another Anarchist-A-Go-Go fundraiser – there’s so much to buy these days! – but really, this is the ultimate expression of the Trump presidency. It needs to be preserved for future generations.

Artist Tommy Zegan, a former youth minister who ironically now lives on the south side of The Great Wall, told Politico Playbook that he spent six months creating the golden idol, and previously attempted to donate it to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort but was thwarted by security.

Zegan is asking a paltry $100,000 for what art experts unanimously agree will be considered his masterpiece.

Sadly, the glistening gold-leaf skin tones don’t photograph well. But the flag-motif boxer shorts sure do!

Back in the day, my friend Larry got sent home from high school for wearing a flag T-shirt. It was considered “desecration” of Old Glory. Imagine the response if he’d paraded the halls in flag underwear?

So please – ante up now. Send small unmarked bills or large chunks of 70% dark chocolate to:

Anarchist-A-Go-Go@scammail.com

Photo courtesy NY Post, which probably thinks it’s a great work of art.

Culture, Satires

Launch Elon & Bezos Now!

I’m launching an Anarchist-A-Go-Go campaign to send Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk into space. One way.

It’s a win-win. Musk, as he has made sure we know, is devoting his prodigious hucksterist skills to lining his pockets by putting rich people, including himself, into orbit. And Bezos, that renowned tree-hugger, is close behind. Here’s his motto, from the BlueOrigin website: “Earth, in all its beauty, is just our starting place.”

Can you imagine a better slogan for cosmic imperialism? Teddy Roosevelt, eat your heart out!

Bezos, who got rich selling stuff, and Musk, whose sold us on Paypal, have allegedly made the world a better place – for capitalism, if not for humans. Probably they deserve our undying gratitude.

But I don’t anticipate any further social contributions of this magnitude. I think we can let them go. In fact, let’s give them a gentle assist.

It’s easy – take all of the money you were going to spend on Amazon or invest in Elon’s company and send it to my campaign instead! Any surplus funds will be used to send Trump and Giuliani along afterward.

Sorry, we do not accept paypal. Please email small, unmarked bills to our gmail account.

Culture

McConnell Makes a Hostage Video

The Guardian’s Lloyd Green calls Mitch McConnell’s belated criticisms of Trump for inciting the January 2021 DC riot a “hostage video,” spoken immediately after the KY Senator voted to acquit Trump of inciting the same riot.

Click here to read Green’s Guardian article

As usual, McConnell looks like a baffled caterpillar (see below). This is a man whose single political achievement has been to pack the Supreme Court with Trump-annointed mediocrities. I almost pity a GOP stuck with this toad in leadership for six more years.

Check out Green’s piece, which also refers to McC as “a rent-collector in a banker’s shirt.”

Confused Caterpillar photo: US Senate TV

activism

Proud Boy = FBI Informant = Big Surprise

From the UK Guardian – click for full story

Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters.

In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described his undercover work and said he had helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in various cases involving drugs, gambling and human smuggling.

Tarrio, in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, denied working undercover or cooperating in cases against others. “I don’t know any of this,’” he said, when asked about the transcript. “I don’t recall any of this.”

Direct Action comments: Right. Got it.

Photo of alleged FBI informant Enrique Tarrio by Gamal Diab/EPA

Culture, Satires

Barter a Pardon if Trump Admits His Lies

I hate the idea of putting Trump on trial. What a nauseating vision of “democracy.” Not only does it look like a banana-republic show-trial – he’ll be found not-guilty by his Senate toadies.

Show trials have a long and hideous history, from Henry VIII to Robespierre to Stalin. Although our predecessors tended to find their targets guilty, it’s still rotten company.

I have an alternate proposal that will far more effectively end Trump’s political career while sparing us this ugly spectacle – barter a pardon for a public admission of his lies.

Here’s my idea.

We make a list of the Top Ten Trump Lies (decided by audience vote after a televised contest), and he agrees to read the document aloud, with no alteration or addenda, on Fox TV.

In return, Biden pardons Trump and his family for all high crimes, misdemeanors, felonies, and parking violations committed during his term in office.

My guess is that such an admission would destroy Trump as a political actor, far more than a show trial which won’t even find him guilty. And it would spare us the sure-to-be-abused precedent of putting the previous administration on trial.

Henry VIII – all of his show trials ended in convictions

Music, Satires, Video

Radio Free Nixon – new show!

Episode #5 of Radio Free Nixon – now on youtube – cultural mashups featuring Tricky Dick, Barbara Bush, Ronald Reagan, and of course the notorious Funky Nixons, plus cameos by Daffy Duck, the Marx Brothers, Max Fleischer, vintage corporate commercials, social courtesy training movies, and more!

First created as audio soundscapes for Berkeley Liberation Radio around 1999, DJ Milhous has pirated video footage to create a fully immersive audio-visual experience!

Episode #5 of Radio Free Nixon – just posted on youtube.

Hear all of the shows, plus links to the Funky Nixons’ songs:

DirectAction.org/nixon

activism, Satires

Antifa Behind January DC Protests?

Rumors continue to swirl that the January 6 DC riots, widely blamed on right-wing agitators, were actually the work of a huge contingent of undercover antifa agents.

An email from the Antifa Central Committee has surfaced, sent just days before the DC events.

The coded message ordered all white antifa men to immediately grow a long beard and report to DC, where they would be outfitted with backwards MAGA hats and authentic made-in-China American flags.

If asked their hometown, they were instructed to say slowly and not too clearly: “Bumminham, Alabayama.”