It was my goal to ensure that my first post here was going to be mellow and save the radical ideas for later posts after people got comfortable reading my columns, however, I feel that this message is too important to sit on: The governments of the world have collectively declared war on the Internet and, furthermore, on basic civil liberties and human rights.
It is the responsibility of us as creatures on this Earth to defend the our rights, the rights of our brothers and sisters, and to ensure a free and open society for the future. For too long we have tried to warn people about the dangers of blind patriotism, we said “ask questions of authority”. We were told over and over that we are just being paranoid, how many times have you had referenced the “tin foil hat”? But now, Sweden shuts down websites that are totally legal; There is the Digital Economy Act; France calling for a great world firewall; Nations are still working together to pass a version of ACTA. What’s worse is that the majority of the population wont even pay attention to how important it is because the governments have corrupted their education and the media industries are the ones pushing for this change so they are not covering it.
This is the first article from Travis McCrea. Travis is a 21 year old activist and entrepreneur, formerly an officer of the United States Pirate Party. He has since moved to Canada, and uses direct action to protect civil liberties and the internet.
Make no mistake about it, we are at war. Anonymous is working the front lines right now disabling access to websites of companies and organizations that work to damage the Internet. It is, unfortunately, not enough though. We must come together, and create an Internet Liberation Front. Humans are an inherently violent species, we kill each other, we destroy our environment, so to say that we should create a non-violent movement is against our nature. It would also be ineffective, there has never been a revolution that has been won through pacifism. I am not suggesting anyone harm another creature, that goes against everything I believe in. What I am suggesting is that we make it so the organizations and corporations who are funding the lobbyists and politicians no longer have a fiscal motivation to continue. I am suggesting that we ensure that smaller companies and organizations see no financial advantage of assisting the major industry players.
We should not feel bad about what happens to these corporations either, they are violating human rights. We are simply enforcing the UNs declaration for human rights, something governments wont do. Specifically:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
These are not just things that are being taken away, these are HUMAN RIGHTS that are being denied to ALL HUMANS by abusive governments being pushed forward by industries who are trying to force their dying business models on the new world. The world would not remain quiet if the Horseshoe Industry of America decided to make all cars illegal in the world, just so they can sell more horse shoes in the United States… so why would the world agree to allowing legitimate rights be taken away now?
When I had the idea for the Internet Liberation Front, it wasn’t to create an organization… but to create a disorganization, a bunch of groups acting independently of each other (while sometimes collaborating, of course) that would use it’s influence to push the lines back on this war for the Internet.
The simple fact is that freedom isn’t free. We cannot move forward while being stuck in the past. We cannot stay within the flawed systems to make genuine impacts on the laws that oppress us. One day when the governments of the world get their way, the day-to-day activities we participate in now, will be illegal. So when you think about taking action, you may have the fear of legal action… but victors write the rules, and victors write history. You can choose to stand on the sidelines in cowardice as the lines falter and more innocent people are fined and put in jail and more rights are taken away… or you can say “no” to oppression, gather your friends into a small group and start using direct action against those who oppress us.