A study of how environmental NGO’s collaborate with large American foundations, government and industry to concentrate decision-making power concerning anti-tar sands campaigns. This is a detailed examination of the role of ForestEthics and other Environmental NGOs in the Great Bear Rainforest deal and in the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy. From there, it reveals the hidden structures behind the emerging “North American Tar Sands Coalition,” which seeks to keeps its decision-making body “invisible to the outside,” while funnelling millions of dollars to its preferred groups — to the potential detriment and sidelining of community organizers across North America. full report HERE
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Below is an in-progress compilation of resources that attempt to confronting pacifism’s monopoly of the “moral high ground” with some historical arguments and practical interventions.
How Nonviolence Protects the State – Peter Gelderloos
This book will show that nonviolence, in its current manifestations, is based on falsified histories of struggle. It has implicit and explicit connections to white people’s manipulations of the struggles of people of color. Its methods are wrapped in authoritarian dynamics, and its results are harnessed to meet government objectives over popular objectives. It masks and even encourages patriarchal assumptions and power dynamics. Its strategic options invariably lead to dead ends. And its practitioners delude themselves on a number of key points. full book here
Today, there are many well intentioned people who think they know the history of Gandhi and King. They assume that nonviolence won the struggle for Indian independence, and that Blacks in the US are equal citizens because of the nonviolent protests of the 1950s. Pacifist ideologues promote this version of history because it reinforces their ideology of nonviolence, and therefore their control over social movements, based on the alleged moral, political, and tactical superiority of nonviolence as a form of struggle.… Read more