Moral Conscience

When the moral conscience of a society no longer tolerates overt attacks on indigenous cultures by the dominant powers, the powerful have to resort to covert operations and public relations in order to undermine these most forceful opponents of globalization. This can come in the form of funding death squads that murder indigenous leaders, in the form of denying indigenous peoples a voice in official gatherings like Copenhagen and Cancun, or in broader attempts at censoring freedom of information online.

Extinguishing indigenous cultures worldwide through armed assaults by corporate mercenaries and proxy militariesĀ  is the most obvious way; less obvious methods of indigenous disempowerment are through fraudulent humanitarian initiatives like REDD, NED, and USAID. Confronted with government, corporate and media collusion, indigenous cultures find that free expression of their anti-globalization narrative requires allying with independent media and the creative use of the Internet.

After murder and censorship, the most effective technique in silencing indigenous dissent is assimilation. Co-opting indigenous leaders with bribes, bromides or empty promises allows power brokers to continue the annihilation of indigenous cultures with their apparent consent.

Destroying indigenous collective cultures by turning them into state-approved corporate entities is a very tempting form of cultural suicide.

As indigenous institutions and leaders in the US and Canada navigate the hazards of negotiation with two of the most devious opponents of indigenous self-determination in the world, they must not only keep in mind the difference between official rhetoric and reality, they must also monitor and expose that difference. The survival of their cultures and the lives of their indigenous relations around the globe depend on it.

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~ by Jay Taber on December 22, 2010.

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