November 28, 2009

Guest Column from The Philippines : "Disarm" by: Carlo Cielo, 28 Nov, 2009

Adolf Hitler: "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty."


The Arroyo administration kills us in so many ways.

Among other things since 2005, is psychological disarmament. The separation of people's mental and defense mechanisms from their bodies; the dissociation of people from their stimuli-reaction response. People's aggression capacities are not only suppressed but are made distasteful TO THEM. The very idea and fact of 'fighting back' - is systematically crushed and/or outright BANNED. The next target is COMPLAINT. All of which are facilitated and ingrained, in ways that surpass the Ludovican technique.

In this case, however, there is no machine, but our very mental functionalities being used against us, subverted and turned on its head, through appeals for calm as fascilitated by the co-opted media spheres and establishment Church, and the physical intimidation on the ground by the gestapo force. The goal here, after all, is not to visibly take down enemies one by one ( though God knows, they have tried ), but making the environment inhospitable to their actions. It's all in the service of creating condition, of forging an atmosphere against even the most basic irritability and anger, as people's capacities for resistance are kept trapped inside their hearts and minds. Covering all bases, all inclinations met with instant intimidation and abuse.

You may have heard of this slogan : " Sundin ang Obispo, Itigil ang Gulo' ( 'Follow The Bishops, Stop The Disorder' ). It is quite a slogan to use in a Catholic country weaned on silly superstition and putrid calm. One which has led people to perceive protest as unholy insubordination, and legitimate dissent as godless terror. Complaint here gets reduced to discordant 'noise' - and street rallies its worse manifestation. Probably one of the reasons why these - the clear and present threat to PGMA in the metropolis - have since been made to look like brigand things, thus setting the stage of the escalation of activist and media extrajudicial killings which have reached alarming heights this week. This has been the single byline the admin has used against its critics. The crux of her derelict policy. Her claim to infamy, in her bid for continued reign.

Ampatuan Massacre is that byline blowing up in her face.

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