Sunday, 22 April 2012

Dictatorship and spectacle

"DIAMOND JUBILEE - 60 YEARS", says the quaintly painted bus stop in my small Yorkshire town. To a degree, I appreciate the colourful aesthetic of this mural, if only because of its resemblance to Soviet realism under Stalin. But its malevolent aesthetic was the sense of ubiquity in this dictated devotion. Granted, in Britain we won't be imprisoned or tortured for not being hysterically excited about this cult of personality, or the mass Olympic games, like North Koreans are. But there is an apparent and government-enforced obligation that at least imposes itself with propaganda and stigmatization for non-conformity. To most people aware, there is a clear absurdity in terms of the £25 billion cost of the Olympic security's air-to-surface missiles, martial law and thousands of armed riot police. This is clear: any "unpatriotic" attempts of protest will be a criminal offence receiving at least a fine, if not imprisonment. How is this anything but totalitarianism? The aesthetic is, at least.

Like during the royal wedding hysteria, there is a particular lack of awareness, or outside media information, of Britain's socioeconomic realities. Especially in the United States. David Cameron spent much time during his travel to push and promote awareness of the Olympic festivities. But any context on the right-wing austerity agenda imposed on society in Britain is stark in Orwellian proportions. Easily comparable to only independent sources informing us about the daily realities of authoritarianism in China, where riots are apparently a fairly frequent occurrence.

The Cameron and Obama-supported Bahraini regime has failed in its attempts to suppress awareness of its brutality with the spectacle on the F1. Perhaps a "domestic terrorist" such as myself is advocating a mass protest movement against the rule of corporate collusion and its vested imposition of social devastation, comparable on the Bahraini opposition's movement against BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin client, and John Yates advised, King Hamad's rule. Though likely, as in Bahrain, the baton rounds, water cannon, kettling and tear gas would come out in full force from the UK state.

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