user preferences

New Events


no event posted in the last week

On the suicide plane attack on the IRS offices in Austin

category international | miscellaneous | news report author Saturday February 20, 2010 01:28author by Gavin Gleeson - WSM - personal capacity Report this post to the editors

The Death of Joe Stack

Joe Stack recently committed suicide by crashing an airplane into the IRS offices in Austin, Texas. He left a manifesto describing the long path which had finally led him to this decision.

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

The perspective is one of someone lonely in their despairing of a system over which they have no control. However, while lonely, he was not alone. He is quite right in describing a system of immense power that literally kills people for profit: a health care system run by health insurers with no purpose except to take money and deny care, and an IRS that is sucking the money from the working class and handing it over to the Wall Street bankers and military contractors.

Joe Stark was driven to commit a horrible crime. It was terrible in that he endangered and possibly injured others, but also that he allowed himself to be victim.

He was not a political philosopher. This is apparent in his manifesto, which does not develop a coherent solution to what he viewed as a hopelessly corrupt system. Instead it displays a resolution to take some action - a drastic and final action. His decision isn't surprising as the only channels of communication to which most people have access is an endless cheer-leading session for the system that is chewing us up and spitting us out.

Such methods come to the fore when the populace is weak and the few are extremely powerful. It is the product of not just Joe Stark's defeat, but the defeat of the American wage-earning class.

"Propaganda by the deed" was once a common occurrence. It was in a time where power was focused and the workers and had little or no hope and very little organisation. It was through the organising of the working class that the conditions were changed, the scales tipped, and the working class was able to win the 8 hour day, the 5 day week, and living wages.

We are again in a period in which we can no longer afford to defer the question, but most seize the reins of destiny ourselves. The antidote to the spread of the poison of desperation is for the wage earning class to come together, organise, and once again present a real challenge to the stranglehold that capitalism now has on us.

Related Link:
This page can be viewed in
English Italiano Deutsch

Front page

Reflexiones sobre la situación de Afganistán

Αυτοοργάνωση ή Χάος

South Africa: Historic rupture or warring brothers again?

Declaración Anarquista Internacional: A 85 Años De La Revolución Española. Sus Enseñanzas Y Su Legado.

Death or Renewal: Is the Climate Crisis the Final Crisis?

Gleichheit und Freiheit stehen nicht zur Debatte!

Contre la guerre au Kurdistan irakien, contre la traîtrise du PDK

Meurtre de Clément Méric : l’enjeu politique du procès en appel

Comunicado sobre el Paro Nacional y las Jornadas de Protesta en Colombia

The Broken Promises of Vietnam

Premier Mai : Un coup porté contre l’un·e d’entre nous est un coup porté contre nous tou·tes

Federasyon’a Çağırıyoruz!

Piştgirîye Daxuyanîya Çapemenî ji bo Êrîşek Hatîye li ser Xanîyê Mezopotamya

Les attaques fascistes ne nous arrêteront pas !

Les victoires de l'avenir naîtront des luttes du passé. Vive la Commune de Paris !

Contra la opresión patriarcal y la explotación capitalista: ¡Ninguna está sola!

100 Years Since the Kronstadt Uprising: To Remember Means to Fight!

El Rei està nu. La deriva autoritària de l’estat espanyol

Agroecology and Organized Anarchism: An Interview With the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro (FARJ)

Es Ley por la Lucha de Las de Abajo

Covid19 Değil Akp19 Yasakları: 14 Maddede Akp19 Krizi

Declaración conjunta internacionalista por la libertad de las y los presos politicos de la revuelta social de la región chilena

[Perú] Crónica de una vacancia anunciada o disputa interburguesa en Perú

Nigeria and the Hope of the #EndSARS Protests

© 2005-2021 Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by [ Disclaimer | Privacy ]