The news (mostly non-corporate of course) lately has been filled with story after story of non-violent activists being beaten, arrested and having their homes broken into and property seized, especially wherever the Democratic/Republic Conventions are taking place. (You've all seen the 2006 documentary "Chicago 10" right? If not, go rent/buy it.) And what's the supposed justification? "Conspiracy to start a riot." Thought crimes. But maybe they really were going to cause a riot, you might be thinking? This has clearly not been the case in the stories I've read about, these activists wanted to have a march, a sit-in, distribute pamphlets. And if a riot does actually happen, guess who's most likely to have started it? Some undercover government official! Have you ever heard of an "agent provocateur"? It's an undercover agent who disguises himself as an activist, usually an "anarchist", and throws something at the cops, or at someone's property, to "justify" the police breaking up the protest/march/demonstration, and also breaking peoples skulls/arms, etc.
I'm not saying every activist has realized the necessity of non-violence in defeating an empire based on violence; Some actually think violence has its place, especially in a country where the elections are corporately funded/run and have been rigged (and they have been, without a doubt.) What they need to realize is that they are doing the work of the government for free, they are basically volunteering for Homeland Security/FBI/CIA, etc. I imagine there must have been times at demonstrations, etc. where you'd have a genuine anarchist side-by-side with an agent provocateur, doing the same exact thing. If the government is employing people to throw bottles at cops, have you ever considered that it's in their own interest to do so? Every time there is an act of violence at a protest or demonstration, the government, and its 4th branch, the corporate media, will use it to further demonize all activists, discourage other citizens from showing up at future events, and to "justify" further "free speech zone" restrictions, police brutality and illegal searches and seizures in the hones and workplaces of activist-citizens. That should be one word, by the way. If you want anything resembling a democracy and free country, you have to incorporate some activism in your life, that's what being a citizen is all about. But that's not the message coming from the media. Anyone who takes to the streets, or even posts a blog against some policy/action, is now an "extremist". Don't buy that bullshit, speak/act out.
And when you do so, consider not avoiding an issue, like 9/11 Truth, just because Noam Chomsky does. It's so ironic... supposed radicals, who are all about non-hierarchical power structures and complete personal freedom and independence, becoming the unquestioning follower of a professor at MIT. Chomsky has written some great books about US foreign Policy and the media, of course. But the one issue that is actually the fuel of the current imperialism and tyranny he won't touch, saying, "There's nothing there." Nothing there?!?! WTF?! You actually believe the official story on 9/11? That bullshit fairy tale? Have you read/seen the following?
1. "Crossing the Rubicon" by Michael Ruppert