Independence Day 2014

“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinion of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. ”

Such has been the patient sufferance of the truth-seekers in your midst; and such now is the necessity which constrains them to alter the prevailing system of thought. The history of the present King of Great Britain…

…is not a history that matters much anymore. We write our own history, that which is happening right now, by our own agency, in greasy smears of apathy. We can do better than this.

Have you made plans for this year’s 9/11 protest? Boston is where I plan to be, in front of the Statehouse, with the five-foot plywood “nanothermite?” sign.

I love fireworks as much as the next guy, but what exactly are we celebrating on this Fourth of July? Are we cheering the success of an Orwellian terror state in discrediting Newtonian physics, casting doubt upon the goodthinkfulness of those who might rise in defense of tested scientific principles and/or justice? What happened to World Trade Center 7?

The Declaration of Independence is two hundred and thirty-eight years old, cracked and faded. Though still one of the most solidly revolutionary documents ever written and preserved, it is held together now by little more than the patriotic prayers of a once-great nation. The crime of 9/11 was, first and always, a grave tragedy and an horrendous crime. But what beyond that? The void is represented in the memorial, by two bottomless pits where the towers once stood. Sadness.

9/11 was a gift. A sloppily committed crime that we now can point to and say, “This is what Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell address. This is ‘the military-industrial complex.’ This is the result of ‘defense spending.’ The taxes you payed to the Federal Government were used to commit the crime of 9/11, and have been paying for ‘The War On Terror’ ever since.  Everything that makes this country great is going right down the drain.”


We cannot leave the job of correcting 9/11 to our children, but we do need to talk to them. We need to have this conversation in the public schools. The perverted history of 9/11 will continue to provide false justification for the institutional mistrust of Muslims, the erosion of civil liberties and the certainty of war with no foreseeable end, as long as we allow the state-sanctioned myth to persist. Why do we allow the myth to persist, when we know it to be nothing more than a house of cards, ready to collapse as soon as we decide to stand in sufficient numbers?

Rousing 9/11 truthers to mass action is a little like herding cats. As a non-conformist, I can speak only for myself, act only as myself, inspire only myself to political action. I am distrustful of groups, skeptical of any body of thought that would call itself “concensus” (though the is a worthy endeavor).

Did I mention that Boston is where I plan to be on September 11, 2014, in front of the Statehouse, nanothermite sign, etc? There is a massive parking garage under the Boston Common, a rich, local tradition of dissent, a UV-resistant “nanothermite?” bumper sticker for anyone who wants one.

It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now?

Yes, I did just begin this blog post with the Declaration of Independence and end it with Rage Against the Machine. No apologies.



About marley engvall

peacefully dismantling the big lie.
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