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the onset of the capital punishment debate in the context of mumia.
before the kids with the giant toolboxes of ad hominem show up to give you an earful from which neither side grows, i would like to make some friendly commentary about this and related "truth about mumia" submissions. i would like preface the commentary by pointing out that i am an example (and certainly not the only) of someone who might be compelled to describe his beliefs as "anarchist" (although an educated audience would need to be informed that i actually believe: in the tendency for systems of authority to inevitably become entrenched and primarily oriented toward self-preservation; and in the potential for the insights of community and collective based experiments in "governance" which are founded upon the fairly well-understood principles of democratic accountability and the anarcho-syndicalist ethics of: personal responsibility; and goal-directed organizing --- which i take to both be inevitable results of the inability for an individual to sustain their own existence without the support of societal networks designed to distribute responsibility associated with the pressures of human need.) from this perspective i see the tendency toward cooperation as fundamental in human society following the agricultural revolution --- assuming that the self promoting and ethically ineffective mechanisms of state and corporate authority are removed from the equation. our willingness to accept employment offering wages which barely meet the demands of survival is indicative of this tendency. if a realistic non-assimilatory option were present, it certainly would be preferred to that of the inequitable systems of reward that seem to be promoting the permanent presence of a class of hard working people whose involvement in the economy is continually brought closer to that of a slave labor for the promotion of unporecedented wealth on the part of major corporate structures and the financial organizations which serve to preserve and expand those structures. given that this is where i am coming from, i am compelled by my own interest in the cooperative enterprise to express the belief (certainly not yet universal in the current movement for global justice) that your analyses are equally legitimate uses of the space offered here as those offered by someone more "in tune" with the beliefs of the community around which the imc project has been built. i would, however like to point out that the information provided in these posts is less than effective in promoting sympathy for the solutions which are (only implicitly) argued for in the "truth about mumia" posts appearing in the past few days. i do not personally feel that mumia is the most obvious example of the horrors associated with a state liscenced to take the lives of its citizens, but i would oppose his execution regardless of the clarity of the evidence against him. it is just the stance that my beliefs have compelled me to take on this issue --- the global one, not the one related to whether or not mumia is an asshole or is guilty of murder but the one related to whether or not the state should ever be authorized with the power to take life. in all honesty, i have had trouble getting behind the mumia-mania that seems to have swept through the activist community. however i still believe that the continued submission of statements such as this will not have the effect of significantly swaying opinion amongst the heaviest users of the imc --- many of the people with firm beliefs on the mumia issue have mentioned to me that none of the commentary in these posts has differed noticeably from that used throughout the controversy and that this commentary is largely flawed with regard to its accuracy. i understand the desire for extending the respect of ongoing vigilance to the memory of slain comrades, but it would take significantly more than stories about the unfortunate and untimely demise of a single individual to significantly effect the anti-death-penalty positions of the bulk of the present users of this site. i wish that i were capable of getting involved in the dialogue that could be promoted by your commited commentary, but i simply do not know the facts of the mumia case to any extent where i would feel comfortable attempting to do so. it is clear to me that you have lost a friend in this situation and this reality saddens me in a way that silicon cannot express. please understand that we honestly believe that taking someone else's friend will not right this wrong. furthermore many of us hold the sincere conviction that the placement of capital power in the toolbox of state will actually provide a situation which does little to improve the security of citizens in our society while doing much to destroy the faith in our institutions that is required for their well-functioning. just understand that, even if you convince everyone here that mumia did it, you still have a long, hard battle to fight in convincing the same people that this is enough to justify his execution. thank you for your participation in our little experiment in democracy --- and please try not to get offended or discouraged by the commentary that is likely to appear in response to your submission. and understand that factual errors and misrepresentations --- although i do not take a stance on their presence and absence in the submission --- will be diligently pointed out by those people in our community who do take a stance with regard to the "new trial for mumia" issue which seems to have gained a fairly wide base of support. but, again, mumia ain't really the point.