FREE THE JACKSON FIVE, NOT THE VANCOUVER FIVE!
First of all, I have to give credit to Bryan for the title of this article coz he said it at the DIRECT ACTION benefit. Not Direct Action the movement, but DIRECT ACTION the band. There are? were? these five people from the Vancouver area who decided that they would take action against some things that they weren't too pleased with. They robbed an IGA, messed about with a Brinks truck and fire bombed two porn shops, and bombed the Litton Industries plant where the cruise missile guidance system was hanging out. Now I'm not one to pick what goes. Sure, I hate porn, I sure as hell ain't in love with the cruise, don't have ouch to say about Brinks, but Christ, get those goddamned IGA stores off the street. The issue at hand is who gives them the right to play God. How many people were injured or killed? Heroes don't kill the people they're supposed to be saving. It is also the urban terrorist who enslaves Joe Average. I wanna know I can walk down the street and not blow up with somebody else's cause. Now we have a whole bunch of punks supporting these people. I thought this punk rock stuff had something to do with peace and freedom. Sure, maybe what their goal was involved freedom for the masses. But first of all, the masses don't want to be freed. They're happy in their home-made prisons, you can't force them to leave. Maybe you can show them the key to unlock their door, but don't give it to them. Then the old pacifistic protest seems to be pretty goddamn useless. Sure, you're letting it be known that you're there, but not much is achieved. Then we have DOA supporting these people. Maximum Rock & Roll has one of the guys from the five as one of their helpers. These people have seen too many revolutionary peasant uprising films. Won't work unless you plan to go all the way to dictatorship. That's your key to a better world; benign dictatorship. But who is gonna decide who will dictate? Well, these people have all been sentenced to something like 20 years in jail. But the way this bullshit system works, they'll be out in 4 on parole. One more time
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