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Commentary :: DNC
General Observances about free speech.
08 Aug 2004
Modified: 09:01:12 PM
an assessment of the structure of independent media
I have contributed to various response threads at IMC for a couple of years. I am a resident of Boston and involved in the local doings. IMC is a forum for discussing the state of affairs as regards advances or retreats in the world of human freedom. As such I contribute this assessment of the state of freedom as it exists at IMC itself.

Being interested in things of a radical nature, it weighs heavily on the conscience to subject ones own forum to the exceedingly high standards we place upon the commercial media and on our elected governments. Do we find that IMC passes the test?

Is it permissible to question the state of freedom as practicable in the very medium devoted to such? Or is so doing a breach of rules of conduct agreed to by a collective in fear of anything but group reassurance?

I put this question to the community at large and eagerly await a response. My experience heretofore has been that my qualifications -- I own a press, I sell products on the free market, I engage in free speech not whispered into a pillow but spoken in an audible voice to persons who may (gasp) disagree -- disqualifies me from that happy crowd of human beings who are above all acts of materialism, and who have no righteousness except collectively.

One may ask: What is the news this article brings? The news is, a local independent media representative finds it difficult to speak freely in a group of his alleged peers, because the Independent Media pedestal is too high to permit persons who do not accept the full measure of political and social correctness. What say you?

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Re: General Observances about free speech.
09 Aug 2004
Aha! Yes I like this topic. I can't remeber who said it, or the verbatim quote, but some now dead revolutionary once said "it is not neccesary for a revolutionary to be a failure in the world he rails against." Meaning, yes, I for one think it's OK to practice a little capitalism in a fucked up world, or even a lot. But then there are always lines people cross, like George Soros for instance. Everyone thinks he's such a great guy, but at one point he inflicted heavy damage on the british economy with his money trading schemes, and he's been associated with plenty of unsavory characters along the way, without a doubt. So does his philanthropism outweigh his capitalist greed? Tough Question. One way to answer it might be, 'well, at least he's an asshole for the left.' He may have been a pioneering money grubber but others are elbowing in on either side with less giving attitudes.

But aside from that argument, when I engage in individualistic capitalism I keep in mind that there is a better way to operate, and I work towards that. Indymedia itself is a good example. Indymedia is based on collective decision making- if you don't like how things are going you can get involved and try to push them in another direction. Indymedia is also an open collective, anyone can join. And as far as we can be, we are open post. Without these fundamental differences from the corporate media we would be doomed to repeat the mistakes they made. But since we operate with different intitutions we have a chance to make real, lasting change in the media and thus society.

If you are in anyway feeling like you are being kept out of our collective, please let me know using the email above. We are currently reaching out to everyone who would like to get involved. We currently have writers that also write for the corporate media, and they are some of our best. And to be sure, if you own a press, we will more than welcome you in, we will celebrate with some capitalist champagne!!!

And to address your comments about "no righteousness except collectively" I fully understand where you are coming from. Alot of consensus style meetings tend to stifle people (like me) with strong opinions. Some meetings err way to far to the side of Political and Social Correctnness, but at the same time there is a reason that that trend exists, and that is to try and equalize all voices. So in our meetings people take their stands and voice their opinions, and even get a little heated, but we try and keep it civil and make sure that it is reason that triumphs, not simply the power of individual personalities.