Friday, May 05, 2006

Civil Disobedience, Not Demos, The Way To Go

In Malaysia,one day,people are on the way to a demonstration to protest the corruption in Proton Company and the skyrocketing oil price.Surprisingly,these people who are hating and ranting about PROTON ,drive their Malaysian-made Proton that is highly priced and of poor quality to reach there.Or do they drive their better-quality non-Proton car that has been heavily taxed to give Proton a competitive edge ? And I am sure, on the way to the demonstration, they filled up their fuel tank with the ‘expensive’ petrol that they are protesting against.

What is the purpose of these demonstrations? To express outrage? Bullshit! If you are really outraged, you would do more than just stand on the street corner for an hour and shout and scream. You would do something worthwhile if you are genuinely concerned and really angry.Why bother to protest? Is it because it affects your pocket?Well,that is called Pure selfishness!

Well,you can buy another brand at a more expensive price so that you do not support what you are opposed to.,this is called sacrifice .You just can not change or fight anything without sacrifice.Erm....what about sacrifice your life?Fuck that,you will not even sacrifice a small portion of your money.Don’t talk about your life.You are too weak to live,too cowardly to die. You are not even prepared to risk our freedom, our job, our salary, or the comforts that we have become addicted to.Because we are scared of retaliation and detention and all the Laws in front of us restrict our free display of human energy and expression of inner beautiful thoughts.

Sure, everyone wants the freedom to speak the truth and oppose transgressions. But they would do it behind the safety of their computers and use undetectable pseudonyms.Yes,you are a coward,and again I understand that,you are scared of retaliation and detention.So,if you are opposed to Proton, then don’t buy it, buy another brand. If you are opposed to the increase in fuel prices, then don’t buy petrol. If you know McDonald is evil,then don't eat it ! Simple as that!

If you are opposed to the government, then practice civil disobedience.And if you are not ready to do all this because you are not prepared to sacrifice, face the risk of retaliation, suffer the consequences, or lose your job and the comforts that come with it, then shut the fuck up and do the safe thing by not doing anything.

Article Inspired by RPK ;-)


Blogger SirDirge said...

Interesting post. You have good points but in practice, practicing civil disobedience does not solve the problem only worsen it.

If we all decided, for example, that Sony is evil and as such started to torch all shops who sell Sony products, where would we be? We would have killed what we worked to build up ourself. Or is it selective destruction? Do we only torch shops who have a Sony product range of more than 30 items?

In the current society we live in standing in a street corner and shouting for an hour pays of much more than landing in jail for a year. If you prove yourself to have something in between the ears people will listen, if you're a known jail-boy people wont really care what you say.

Sun Jun 04, 07:08:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous lolfighter said...

But if we all decided that Sony is evil and stopped buying Sony products, you can bet that Sony would react. I don't know what this has to do with civil disobedience, I know this as "boycott." And if enough people join in, boycotts work.

The drawback? You don't get to watch Blu-Ray movies.

Sun Jun 04, 10:52:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Sacrifice said...

Civil disobidience is not destruction...get your terms right. Destroying Sony shops because you think they are evil is terrorism. Civil disobidience is refusing to do, act, buy, use something you feel is wrong. Civil disobidience is a legal [in the the US] form of protest. But it is a form of protest that needs large masses to work effectively, and takes a lot more self-sacrifice.

"In life to truly accomplish anything get anything in return you must be prepared to sacrifice something of yourself."


"Civil disobedience encompasses the active refusal to obey certain laws, demands and commands of a government or of an occupying power without resorting to physical violence. Civil disobedience has been used in nonviolent resistance movements in India in the fight against British colonialism, South Africa in the fight against apartheid, in the American Civil Rights Movement in the fight against segregation and disfranchisement, and Europe as well as in the Scandinavian resistance against Nazi occupation."

So yea...blowing stuff up cuz you think is evil, is not civil disobidience its terrorism...or stupidty because what will you accomplish you will kill innocent people that work in stores, they are not the ones that are evil they work at minimum wage or near minimum wage jobs in those stores, they are at the bottom of the corporate chain, they aren't even part of the corporate ladder. So not only will you kill innocent workers, but probably bystanders as well. Therefore you accomplish nothing unless you can blow up every single store in the world simultaneously and in turn become a mass murderer. All you will do is cause a big hiccup in their money flow, but they will eventualy recover and the corporation will rebuild. Even blowing up a corporate HQ would be the murder of thousands more or less innocent people when in fact its only a select few people who actualy do the evil.

Terrorism does not accomplish anything useful, it is destructive and ineffective in the end. It is the course of action of ignorant and stupid people that blinded by extremist views.

Civil disobidience is a non-violent
yet effective as well as active and self-sacrifical form of protest.

See to accomplish anything in protest your goal has to be to gain a mass support in what you are protesting against. Killing, terrorizing, and being destructive, but blowing things up as ignorant extremists do, or in demonstrataions that turn into riots only creates a negative image in a large percentage of the population.

In history people like Ghandi sacrificed and devoted their whole lives to a single goal and actualy achieved it. In the vietnam wars Buddhist monks that were horrified by the war would burn themselves alive in city centres as a protest to the war. [A bit too much but that that is a truly noble thing to do- some might say what those monks do is no different from suicide bombers, both of them give their life to a cause, but there is a big difference, the buddhist monk sacrificed himself and only himself for an idea, while the suicide bomber killed innocent people for his ideals and that where the difference between them is apparent. The greatest gift a human can give is his/her life for someone or something. But in a way that does not destroy innocents.

Mon Jun 05, 04:03:00 AM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm, this guy needs to seriously mellow out. Yes, you have to sacrifice some, and civil disobedience can work within reasonable measures. BUT, dont put your life on the line...whats to be gained by dying for your cause? Live to fight another day. Honestly, if you want to learn how to protest and practice civil disobedience, look at the Yippie's. Look at Abbie Hoffman and the rest of the Chicago 8. They showed them how its done, and guess what? They didn't die. Yeah, they got the shit kicked out of them, but it just made the City of Chicago look like the fascists they were.

Mon Jun 05, 04:31:00 AM 2006  
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