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Je Suis a Goddamn Neoliberal Meme… Je Suis Charlie, Neda, Kony, Save Dafur

A million people mobilized in Paris, including 40 WORLD LEADERS!? How long have their limousines been queued? I usually brag that our corporate foes can't manufacture consent in the streets, except when they do. I AM NEDA, KONY 2012, SAVE DARFUR, now JE SUIS CHARLIE are purely neoliberal consolidations of public support. They're televised Nurenburg rallies masked as spontaneous demonstrations. Add "I AM ___" to "______ Spring" and colored revolutions as dead giveaways of psy-op inspired counterrevolution. With NYPD turning their backs on their mayor and Westboro Baptists making the protest of soldiers look unreasonable, the choices are narrowing for activists who want to define their struggle with tactics not splooged upon by the lumpen knee jerk Fascists. A woman approached me yesterday at an anti police brutality demonstration in solidarity with Ferguson. She agreed with the cause, but wanted to know why we weren't also speaking out for abused children, for example those thrown off bridges by deranged parents. While child abuse has its systemic causes, the answer highlights what differentiates insurgent demonstrations from the false. People take to the streets to challenge power, not to gang up with power to further its oppressive agendas. Duh. Except the lure of popular causes seems to be irresistable to social justice types normally starved for public support. I saw the "Save Darfur" project twist and fracture my local peace community. Obama Lincoln 2008 had the same effect, another socially engineered bandwagon. I'm not galled by the hypocracy of world leaders "marching" in Paris, pretending to stand for press freedoms. I'm upset my the millions of Frenchmen duped into attending their photo-op. Those millions of Frenchmen in the same street should have trampled the World Bank kapos underfoot, instead of pretending the corporate cabal were people too. (Remember when I AM NEDA protests failed to tie a viral snuff vid to false accusations of election fraud in Iran?)

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