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Exxon/Mobil, the RNC & Widespread Nonviolent Militancy
13 Apr 2004
Exxon/Mobil, the RNC & Widespread Nonviolent Militancy

“Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” -- Benito Mussolini

“If elected, I will run the government like a business” -- George W. Bush

Forget for a moment that Exxon/Mobil (XMO) is the main proponent of greenhouse gas emissions…
Exxon/Mobil, the RNC & Widespread Nonviolent Militancy

“Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” -- Benito Mussolini

“If elected, I will run the government like a business” -- George W. Bush

Forget for a moment that Exxon/Mobil (XMO) is the main proponent of greenhouse gas emissions…
Along with Enron, the Exxon/Mobil corporation was the biggest monetary contributor to George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign. It has reaped the benefits of record high petroleum oil prices which have been brought about and sustained by G.W. Bush’s energy policies. One can easily make the argument that this latest war in Iraq was fought largely for XMO (and other oil corporations) -- their gas they sell is tainted with the blood of American soldiers and Iraqi “collateral damage.” But, whether you buy that argument or not, it is easy to see how closely interrelated corporate policy (particularly XMO’s) is with the government policy. If we have any ideals (or hopes for future generations) we must recognize this situation for what it is -- FASCISM.
It may not be the genocidal fascism of the industrialized Nazi’s, but this brand of Republican fascism must, nevertheless, be seriously confronted before it gets bolder and causes more pain and suffering around the world. This American fascism may not be the genocidal fascism of the Nazi’s, but it empowers the oil corporations and facilitates a global warming which could wipe out most species on Earth.
Greenpeace and Adbusters, along with some others, have already called for an international boycott of Esso/Exxon/Mobil (and there have already been international days of protest) but… we need to become evermore coordinated and vigilant. At the very least we should at least be able to get every Democrat to boycott the Republican-funding XMO and, at best, we should be able to put that fascist corporation out of business by means of widespread nonviolent militant civil disobedience. We need to fight to win and we need to add populist elements to the battle. Any one person or group can participate at their own level in this protest which can include, but is not limited to, sit-ins, leafleting, creative harassment of all types, and maybe petty vandalism like graffiti and stopped-up toilets. Don’t forget (and I’m not recommending this), Gandhi, on multiple occasions, advocated even suicide (by fasting, walking into clubs, and in response to Nazism) to draw attention to injustice. And Gandhi wasn’t even facing ecocide.
The RNC begins August 29th in NYC where up to 2 million people are expected to protest Bush and his policies. At that time, there and in cities around the world, a simultaneously coordinated protest of XMO can send a clear message that we the people are not fooled by oilman Bush and the corporate fascism he represents. In NYC all of the XMO stations can be protested throughout the week of the RNC while, in other cities, high-traffic stations can be engaged during peak rush hours (4-7 p.m.). The number and ambition of activists in your community will obviously determine the style and number of protests in your city, but make sure to write letters to the editor and contact other media outlets for best results. In some areas the “flash mob” style of protest could be most effective -- even with folks unaware of the protest beforehand. Whoever takes charge locally will largely determine the style of protest -- but everyone who shows up, literally and figuratively, is worthy of respect and is not to be dictated to. Leadership in this cause is largely to just get the ball rolling as effectively as possible -- so spread the word in your community and get creative with actionable plans. Learn your rights and take a stand despite the Patriot Act. True patriots revolt (against a true, clear, corporate fascist entity that we can destroy). Lay siege, conquer and destroy! Exxon/Mobil must die.

www.stopexxonmobil.org
pax.protest.net/event.cgi?ID=459252
www.pacificenvironment.org/stopexxonmobil/
http://www.greenpeace.org/international_en/news/details?item_id=439825
www.dontbuyexxonmobil.org/
http://www.vshiva.net/
http://www.amnestyusa.org/justearth/
http://www.gnn.tv/
www.webprowire.com/summaries/495562.html
www.thehurricaneonline.com/ news/2002/12/06/Opinion/Exxon.Mobil.Protest.Throws.Oil.In.Sadaams.Eyes
www.columbia.edu/cu/cssn/cssn-list/2002/12/00011.html
www.climateark.org/articles/reader.asp?linkid=22985
www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=395
http://www.geovrml.org/archive/msg01062.html
http://www.corpwatch.org/news/PND.jsp?articleid=28
www.adbusters.org
www.greenpeace.org
See also:
http://www.stopexxonmobil.org
http://www.greenpeace.org/international_en/news/details?item_id=439825

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