Amy Goodman arrested at the Republican National Convention.

September 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm 12 comments

In the video below, Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, is led away by the US policestate’s finest. Goodman was covering protests of the Republican’s national convention in Minneapolis.

In Beijing, reporters were recently packed into police vehicles for covering protests of Chinese human rights violations. Despite the condescension toward China in olympic coverage from the kept press, it would appear that the same abuse takes place at home.

The host of Democracy Now in prison provides an apt metaphor for the state of US civil liberties.

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  • 1. anaj  |  September 8, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Oh no. And according to recent polls that were discussed over here in Austria, McCain is considered the winner. This may not happen, please not!

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  • 2. skunkcabbage  |  September 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Please not, indeed! Apparently there is a new NBC poll coming out tonight that will suggest that the race is tied. Whatever. The pollsters don’t call people with cell phones. Most of Obama’s base is young voters, many of whom don’t have land lines. So, it would be more accurate to say that people who don’t only have cell phones are divided. Those who only have cell phones are with Obama.

    McCain has won nothing so far. We’ll try to keep it that way.

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  • 3. anaj  |  September 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Good to know… the situation really is absurd. It seems like Europe wants Obama to win (see: http://darrylwolkpolitics.blogspot.com/2008/05/europe-wants-obama-to-win.html) and I myself have joined the Obama/Biden Facebook group, and people here in Austria are putting messages in their email signatures saying they are pro-Obama – as it that really mattered. Actually, why I am beginning to gnaw my fingernails at the possibility of a president McCain and vp Palin, I am almost afraid that this anti-McCain sentiment in Europe might even be fuel to Republican engine. “It’s us against them” is a stance that has worked for the current government.

    It is silly, but at the moment, I am less concerned about the outcomes of the Austrian elections than I am about the ones in the USA. Who cares about Austria really? 8 million people a quarter of which all live in one city – there is only so much you can change, and both big parties suck:-)

    But the effects of the outcome of the US elections will be tremendous – can you imagine a bigger difference than might be expected from a choice between Obama and McCain?

    Btw, Austrian elections are on the 2nd of November, just two days before your elections.

    p.s.: Inneresting side fact – just looked at the history of Voter turnout – did one always have to register in order to vote? I suppose the turnout would automatically be higher if they just mailed the voting slip to the people, like they do in Austria and Germany. But Austrian’s have become lazier (actually: been identifiying less and less with politcs) as well…

    USA
    2004 215,694,000 122,295,345 56.69%
    2000 205,815,000 105,586,274 51.31%
    1996 196,511,000 96,456,345 49.08%
    1992 189,529,000 104,405,155 55.09%
    1988 182,778,000 91,594,693 50.11%
    1984 174,466,000 92,652,680 53.11%
    1980 164,597,000 86,515,221 52.56%
    1976 152,309,190 81,555,789 53.55%
    1972 140,776,000 77,718,554 55.21%
    1968 120,328,186 73,199,998 60.83%
    1964 114,090,000 70,644,592 60.92%
    1960 109,159,000 68,838,204 63.06%

    Austria

    1962 92,73 −0,17
    1966 92,74 +0,01
    1970 90,95 −1,79
    1971 91,42 +0,47
    1975 91,92 +0,50
    1979 91,18 −0,74
    1983 91,29 +0,11
    1986 88,85 −3,07
    1990 83,58 −5,27
    1994 80,24 −3,34
    1995 83,08 +2,84
    1999 80,42 −2,66
    2002 80,48 +0,06
    2006 78,49 −1.99

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  • 4. anaj  |  September 14, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    dang, I need to do a better proofreading job than I am doing now.

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  • 5. skunkcabbage  |  September 15, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    While democrats and the sane are delighted at the prospect of a rapprochement with the world, the republicans try to position Obama’s international popularity as evidence that he doesn’t share “our” values, is out of step, and may bring scary “foreign” change to your dinner table. It’s ludicrous, of course, but the republicans need to generate fear lest the population they systematically impoverish ask too many questions about why they can’t afford groceries or a mortgage to house their table.

    McCain’s smear campaign is still trumped by news that banks are failing and the economy sordid:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=azP7eKL6C9T0&refer=us

    I hope, and here’s where I’m biting my nails, that, the US having gone the route of reaction for the last 8 years (this of course more than the garden variety reaction that is always a component of capitalist hegemony), the population will vote for a change. People have a clearer sense of what a republican administration will deliver. And more xenophobia and faith in the market won’t meet feed them, won’t put clothes on their kids backs, or help them afford college.

    With regard to ballot access and voting, one must be registered to vote in the US and populations (read African American) that are thought to vote democratic are regularly disenfranchised. The war on drugs (incarcerating a disproportionate number of Africa-Americans) guarantees that prisoners won’t vote. In some states despite being released from prison, prisoners remain disenfranchised for life. The US loves to talk about democracy abroad, but those words ring hollow when we aren’t even close at home.

    I’m actually interested to learn about the Austrian elections, and appreciate your turnout stats. Both parties suck here, too, it’s just that the one is so enormously awful that the other can blackmail the rest of the population to vote for them as a lesser evil, rather than voting, as they should, for a party further left.

    I hope Obama wins. If he doesn’t the mood in the US (and it seems, in the world) will be very sour. If the democrats lose this election, I’m done with their party. I’ll support independent greens, or other formations, but if they can’t win now, then they’re moribund. And we need to move on.

    With our brothers and sisters abroad. In the context of an international party, call it the 4th international maybe there will be a way to move beyond the provincial horizons of our local politics to a moment when, since the US elections impact the world, Austrians, for example, can vote in those elections.

    We may not see it in our lives, but we’ve got to do what heavy lifting we can to build the kind of solidarity that can humble empires, and erect in their place a world we’re all proud to own.

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  • 6. anaj  |  September 16, 2008 at 7:50 am

    >It’s ludicrous, of course, but the republicans need to
    >generate fear lest the population they systematically
    >impoverish ask too many questions about why they can’t
    >afford groceries or a mortgage to house their table.

    I was afraid that was the case. I am not sure whether the scenario of, e.g., Austrians becoming involved in the US elections is very likely (with the exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course;-), but for starters the abolishment of the the Bush doctrine would be nice:-)

    Enjoy your time in Austin!

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  • 7. skunkcabbage  |  September 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Yes, the Bush doctrine is overdue to expire.

    Thanks! 🙂

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  • 8. anaj  |  September 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Well, well, Austria has cast its vote (btw, I cannot remember which calendar I consulted, but 2nd of Nov was rubbish); results are disastrous. Final results will be avalable on the 6th of October, but it seems as if this will be the result:

    SPÖ (Social democrats) 29,8%
    ÖVP (Conservatives) 25,6%
    FPÖ (Right wing conservatives) 18,0 %
    BZÖ (also Right wing conservatives, split from FPÖ) 11,0 %
    Greens 9,8 % (the only good news)

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  • 9. skunkcabbage  |  October 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Ugh! Why did the conservatives and right wing conservatives do so well? What’s happening in Austria?

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  • 10. digiom  |  October 11, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    We had a great coalition of conservatives and social democrats – which was a disaster, as they just kept blocking each other. And the social democratic chancellor had been a joke – a party soldier rewarded with the position, but unable to achieve consensus, and showing little to no instinct for internal/home affairs. When the conservatives cancelled the coalition, they sought to establish themselves as reformers – but nobody bought it. With people being so frustrated with both big parties, it seemed they just turned to the right-wing – I’d like to say that the Austrian rightwing isn’t the same as the right wing in Germany (meaning not as clsely related to miliant groups), but that is just a very weak consolation. What worries me most is that 40% of young voter (age 16-20) voted for the right-wing! I am afraid this is the result of celebrity culture – they right wing politicians campaigned in discos, and FPÖ’s candidate hat a rap video on youtube (animated) in which he was likened to Che Guevara (!!!!!).

    And with Jörg Haider having died today, I don’t know what is going to happen. He was BZÖ, and much adored in the state where he was governor – because, as a true populist, he knew how to speak to the “poor” people. And he boosted the Austrian economy by liasing with Middle-East countries (including the infamous visit to Saddam Hussein). BZÖ had split from FPÖ because they wanted a “more moderate ultra-conservativism” – but BZÖ politicians are a joke, with Haider, as extreme as he was, the only BZÖ politician absolutely accountable for his words and actions (in the good and in the bad).

    Bad times.

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  • 11. skunkcabbage  |  October 16, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Ouch! Young people voting right wing?! Sigh… I’m sorry to hear of this state of affairs. Have you been watching the American debates at all? I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.

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  • 12. digiom  |  November 5, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Oh, I have been watching them – but mainly through Youtube.

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