On Militarism, by Way of the Newest Offering from Class War Films

(Warning: the opening photos are disturbing and gratuitously graphic.  Given that, if you click the video on, close your eyes and wait until you hear the end of this sentence on the meaning of ‘cancer’:  ‘A voracious, wildly self-replicating cell mass that feeds on and devours its host…if not identified, attacked, and destroyed, it will consume that body, and destroy it’.)

This is ‘Military Cancer’.

From Paul Edward:

Lanny Cotler and I lived the 60s. He was involved in the Berkeley Free Speech dust-up and I was Bobby Kennedy’s film crew director to the end in L.A. We were both in Vietnam, he in State and I for CARE, and saw that debacle in all its hideous depth. We were radicalized then, and it only deepened and matured over the decades of Nixon, Reagan, Clinton et al. The insane response to 911 under Bush and the congealing of Congress into an American Reichstag pushed us both into a sense that whatever we could do, however slight, we simply had to do.

Blogging seemed less than satisfying and we decided to use our expertise in film, which is considerable, to create a vehicle that would have the muscle and chops to get to a wider audience faster and better than prose alone. Lanny and I are the unit, along with my son who is an Internet entrepreneur.

Class War Films’ manifesto is here.

Those among you who are historians may have some objections to some of the claims; others may see it possible to have a standing military without looking for reasons to employ it, and if so, under which strict guidelines.  One day we’ll hopefully need to weigh in on that issue, so think about it, and comment at will.  I have quibbles with some of the stats, but they’re not altogether relevant.

You will have recognized the narrator’s voice if you’ve watched ‘Let your life be a friction to stop The Machine’.  They also produced ‘Political fraud’; great graphics accompany a strike at US propaganda and American mythology, including ‘democracy by electoral choice’.  Yes, the film will be preaching to the choir here by and large.

For me,  the narrative is a bit too hyperbolic, but that might be a useful device as a wake-up call for those who don’t see the many frauds being perpetrated upon an unwitting population daily.  ‘Stupid’ isn’t the only reason people believe the propaganda, imo, but that’s another subject too long for this post.  But the ending does offer hope, unlike the previous film.

I’d like to add some bits from John Pilger’s ‘From Hiroshima to Syria, the Enemy Whose Name We Dare Not Speak’, as it speaks well to our present situation in so many ways:

“On my wall is the front page of Daily Express of September 5, 1945, and the words: “I write this as a warning to the world.” So began Wilfred Burchett’s report from Hiroshima. It was the scoop of the century. For his lone, perilous journey that defied the US occupation authorities, Burchett was pilloried, not least by his embedded colleagues. He warned that an act of premeditated mass murder on an epic scale had launched a new era of terror.

Almost every day now, he is vindicated. The intrinsic criminality of the atomic bombing is borne out in the US National Archives and by the subsequent decades of militarism camouflaged as democracy. The Syria psychodrama exemplifies this. Yet again, we are held hostage to the prospect of a terrorism whose nature and history even the most liberal critics still deny. The great unmentionable is that humanity’s most dangerous enemy resides across the Atlantic. [snip]

The repetitive debate about whether “we” should “take action” against selected dictators (i.e. cheer on the US and its acolytes in yet another aerial killing spree) is part of our brainwashing. Richard Falk, emeritus professor of international law and UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine, describes it as “a self-righteous, one-way, legal/moral screen [with] positive images of Western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted political violence.” This “is so widely accepted as to be virtually unchallengeable.”

It is the biggest lie: the product of “liberal realists” in Anglo-American politics, scholarship and the media who ordain themselves as the world’s crisis managers, rather than the cause of a crisis. Stripping humanity from the study of nations and congealing it with jargon that serves western power designs, they mark “failed,” “rogue” or “evil” states for “humanitarian intervention.”  (read more here)


To create a humane future, our dead system must be resisted, rejected, buried, and replaced.  It is the only way toward a future in which the role of government is the defense and the nurture of all life, and of man as a part of it.  As Che said, ‘Let us be realists; let us do the impossible’.

And as David Swanson said, ‘The other Superpower that is winning is The People of the world’. Yes, there are more issues at stake than just rejecting war with Syria, but it’s a great start.  The Seeds of Truth are sprouting rapidly, as more and more government lies are being exposed as Sunight is brought to bear on them.  Tyrrany by conjoined corporate/governmental corruption is afraid for its life now, and it’s getting more desperate all the time, making mistakes by overplaying its hand in its haste to reassert control.   Let’s make our lives The Friction to Stop the Machine in all its guises as we can.

 “Don’t be a victim; unless you believe in reincarnation, you only have one shot at life.”

~ Saul Landau*

* link…and link

(cross-posted at My.fdl.com)

4 responses to “On Militarism, by Way of the Newest Offering from Class War Films

  1. As a former public servant, I can assure y’all that these Universal Sons of Bushs are themselves TERORIZED by the spirit of the sixties (e.g., “contumacious disregard reminiscent of the massive resistance movement of the 1960s.” – John Paul Woodley Jr.). So it truly is time for OUR PRISM-Break from the TYRANNY of this BarBarack Heinous Obamanable USchwitz! Rise, Eternal Flamers (aka ‘baby’ “boomers”)!

  2. http://www.uulyrics.com/music/john-gorka/song-war-makes-war/

    I am transitioning from a pc to an apple … my family thinks I have lost touch with reality, but that is par for the course and not the first time they have thought this of me (personally I have no doubts about my sanity)…. I hope you enjoy this little song, wd. So often have you gifted me with links to songs. Having no memory myself for song nor artist (my kids all know to answer to ‘George” even though I named each one of them, and none was ‘George’). And hopefully the link I put above will work. Took me a bit to figure out how the hell to just get it in there!! (The learning curve here is sharp, and I am old and slow.)

    The Mayan elders have, for a couple of decades, beseeched those of Turtle Island to “change the dream”. Our dream, which we inherited, is shallow, emotionally bankrupt, spiritually empty, physically unsustainable, and bereft of moral or ethical standards. If we are to change that dream, we must first recognize the nightmare it has turned into. I am of the opinion that we are in that process…. a process of revelations, uncoverings, discoverings, and integrations.

    I wish you, and all who do read here, sweet dreams … dreams of the world we wish to live in…. dreams of justice realized; dreams of our interconnectedness fulfilled; dreams of peace – both outer and inner.

    (And to Bruce …. “Prism Break” …. I love your wording.

  3. hallo, bruce. i’ll make the same comment here, too:
    now ya got me chortling out loud, bruce. loved it, and yes. had to look up ‘contumacious’, though. inconvenient people we must be!

    “It isn’t the rebels
    who cause the troubles of the world,
    it’s the troubles
    that cause the rebels.”
    — Carl Oglesby, SDS

    yeah! so there. motus!

    Added: I’d originally included a section that was augmented with a brief video. Had a terrible time embedding it. Finally I went back to youtube to get the full-size embed code. Turned out embedding had been disabled. But here it is:

    “I watched the film ‘The Constant Gardener’ again this week, and it reminded me that are other forms of metaphorical militarism that kills just as surely: BigPhrama whose tentacles are wrapped into the fabric of governments in the US as well as the UK, apparently. Not just as in the film, using hapless and desperate populations to test suspected killer-‘cures’, or over-charging for ones that actually may save lives, but every day, with FDA approvals of unsafe meds that have been discredited, but are allowed to stay on the market with a litany of announced dangers cynically but covertly announcing: ‘buyer beware’. Far too often now their approval processes are being fast-tracked, their true test results being hidden, class action suits against them being denied by judges. In some cases diseases have even been invented and advertised in order to get patients to ask their doctors to prescribe them.”

    The finale of ‘The Constant Gardener’.

  4. oh, thank you for the wonderful john gorka song, george. it’s wonderful, and his voice is fine. mr. wd is listening as i replay it, and loved the use of the mlk line ‘when justice comes down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream’ (biblical?)

    yes, yes, we are hoping that this is all part of The Light that’s got to be building. (o, hear my apatheistic prayers!)

    you did fine, the link worked fine. it also works if while the video on a page is playing, you hover your mouse in the lower right-hand corner until ‘play on youtube pops up, click, it takes you to the youtube page, ya copy past *that url* into the comment box. like this; it’s a humdinger of a song, and i thank you so much for it.

    and yes, to your point that we must know the dark, in order to bring the light. remember my.fdl ‘chebetts’? he used to email me telling me to stop calling out the dark cuz i was contributing to it…or something like that. ;~)

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