DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
ELITE UNDER FIRE
I do not agree with all attacks on the private life of
persons I have found in the media.
But occasionally direct attacks on the elite occur and sometimes they have some effect. Mostly more effect than traditional leftist actions. See also my First Letter of an Autonomous Thinker: " Leftist actions are not effective".
Actions against elitepersons are necessary to merge the eliteworld and massworld into one humane world in which all people have the same status.
Other actions against high placed persons can be found in my book The Power of the Autonomous Human.
In my books The Scarists and About Violence and Democracy I elaborate why it is necessary to look for other ways to get a fundamentally change.
From the few actions mentioned below the conclusion can be drawn that masspeople hardly intrude into the private living sphere of the elite even when the elite often intrudes the private living space of masspeople.
|CHANGING THE MIND OF LEADERS||Amsterdam
September 26 2002
After the murder of populist
politician Pim Fortuyn on May 6 2002 many threatening actions were
directed at political leaders. This had indeed some influence on the mind and
the behaviour of these leading people. The full article can be found
|CLOSE THE FUR SHOPS||Amsterdam
April 8 2001
ongoing direct action pressure is exerted on some shop owners who supply the
elite with articles only the elite can afford. The action takes place in front
of shops as well in the vicinity of the private living space of shop
owners and started at the end of last year. It cannot be expected that
the attacked individuals will comply to the demands after one or two
activities. Read the full article here.
|THE ARGENTINE CRISIS||Amsterdam
December 20 2001
Some citizens in Argentine know
where some of
the culprits of the financial crisis live that deeply interferes with their life.
Demonstrations took place in front of the house of the Minister of Economy
Domingo Cavallo who asked for special police protection. The car of president
Fernando de la Rúa was attacked with stones and eggs when he tried to escape
demonstrators. It was a pity the demonstrators did not start some years earlier
to attack high placed people who are responsible for the crisis. Maybe then
it had been possible to avoid the present hardship.
|CAMPING IN THE GARDEN||Amsterdam
September 5 2001
Cor Boonstra was CEO of Philips before he joined the Board of
possesses approximately 25 million dollars. He is still greedy. Last year he
sold about two million dollars of shares in Ahold while he knew from a Board
meeting that the share price should make a dive. When the bad figures were
published the price went indeed down by more than seven percent. Boonstra
excused himself by saying that “he just forgot that he was on the Board of
July 27 2001
|During a conflict with the direction of the Dutch Railways (NS),
employees distributed pamphlets in which passengers were asked to call or e-mail
NS director, Mr Huisinga. "Huisinga himself has to be put on trial", they said.
They published the private telephone number and the private e-mail address of their
highest boss. A NS-spokeswoman declared that only an insignificant number of people had
indeed phoned the director.
|PROTECT THE ANIMALS||London
July 4 2001
|Private banks as HSBC and Citibank stopped all money lending to biotechnological firm Huntingdon Life Sciences because of many actions of animal rights
groups that claim Huntingdon misuses animals in tests for the cosmetics industry. The firm
declares it only uses animals in tests for medicines against Aids, Alzheimer, cancer and
The factory buildings of the firm have been changed into a medieval fortress to keep activists from entering the premises. In February the director of Huntingdon was attacked in his private house and beaten up by baseball bats. Action groups deny any involvement. But they did organise actions around banks that had financial connections with Huntingdon. A New York banker was also attacked in his private home. Lord Sainsbury, the British Science Minister, announced that the government should now help Huntingdon with money. Animal rights activists declared they did not have any plans to carry out actions against the Bank of England.
June 13 2001
|Supporters of Amy Goodman who wanted the return of her "Democracy
Now!" column on the radio entered a ballroom where the organisation that was
responsible for the interruption of the column was having a lunch. Flyers were distributed
and from the podium in a short speech was asked that top
director Ken Ford
should resign. In this way the Pacifica Campaign has
brought the problem to the doorstep of guilty leaders (but an interruption of a private
lunch will have more effect).
|In January Prime Minister Tony Blair faced a barrage of rotten fruit. He
is not the only leader who is targeted by direct action. The Biotic Baking Brigade
propagates throwing of pies. In 1998 a first pie was thrown at the economist Milton
Freedman and later Clinton, Gates and many others were touched. It is only a pity that you
cannot throw again and again a pie at the same person. Other actions are needed to
increase the pressure on a leader. But it certainly makes clear that individuals
decisions and not institutions.
April 7 2001
|The Hong Kong tycoon Lui Che-woo, chairman of K.Way International Holdings
Ltd. was not amused when a home-made 'coffin' bearing his name was delivered
to his hotel in the tourist belt Tsim Sha Tsui in a stolen van. It happened in the early
hours of the day when Hong Kong marked the Qing Ming festival in which the Chinese
remember their dead by visiting and cleaning their graves.
|STEALING FROM THE RICH||New
March 27 2001
|Abraham Abdallah from Detroit was arrested on March 7 because he tried to
cheat America's rich and famous out of $ 22 million. Those affected included Paul Allen
from Microsoft, film director Steven Spielberg, CNN founder Ted Turner, the financiers
George Soros and Warren Buffet, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Disney director Michael
Abdallah broke into the account of 217 people who were listed by Forbes magazine as being among the wealthiest people of America. He used Internet and credit reporting agencies to obtain confidential information about his victim's accounts by pretending he was an unidentified Chief Executive Officer of a Manhattan-based corporation.
He now faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.
|THE INDIAN RICH||Bangalore
January 9 2001
|The conflict in Kashmir looks to expand from a struggle between the Indian
army and the Muslim mujahedeen who are supported by the Pakistan army. The Indian police
offered protection to Azim Premji, one of the richest men in the world and owner of the
Indian software giant Wipro following threats of one of the militant groups, the
November 20 2000
|The elected though authoritarian members of the
town council of the district
Old South of Amsterdam do not want to listen to the inhabitants. So the
citizens started to look for other means to get heard. A leaflet was distributed in which
everyone was asked to call the councillors by phone - at home and in the evening. The
newspaper tells us "that this had some effect because politicians had become more
careful because they were afraid someone will smash their windows". When one of the
councillors left the town hall, two men in a car made a photograph. "I found it
extremely intimidating", she said, "What are they going to do with
October 13 2000.
|An unknown hacker intruded into the website of the American newspaper The
Orange County Register. In a message about the arrest of a computer criminal he changed
the name of the suspect in Bill Gates. This is not the kind of publicity Bill wants. By
the way, I explain in my Third Letter of an Autonomous Thinker why
I agree with the hacker that Bill Gates is indeed a computer criminal.
September 18 2000.
|Eighty people demonstrated against the participation of the multinational
ING bank in the globalisation conference in Prague. The demonstration took place in front
of the private home of Godfried van der Lugt. It was only a pity that Van der Lugt, who
was not at home, had already resigned in May as CEO of ING. The demonstrators
under which members of the Squatters Movement, the People without Cars and the Green Front
threw pamphlets and small stones in the direction of the private house of Van der Lugt.
They also disturbed the Concertgebouwbuurt (an expensive living quarter in
Amsterdam) by the loud noise
of many whistles. I think some residents of this quarter will despise the fact that a
man as Van der Lugt lives so near.
June 15 2000
|A spokesman for the Dutch Animal Liberation
Front explained some of the action
ideas of the organisation.
1. Free animals that are imprisoned.
2. Never attack the police.
3. Never cause bodily harm to persons.
4. It is permitted to attack private possessions of the jailers, such as their caravans, their cars or their houses.
An example of the last action is the use of butyric acid. It is made from natural products as potatoes and gives a lasting penetrating and disagreeable smell.
In 1998 and 1999 the Front carried out a total of 35 actions in connection with the treatment of animals. None of the activists was arrested.
October 20 1999
|The Autonomous Centre has published on internet the names and the private
addresses of some civil servants who are harassing illegal immigrants in Amsterdam. Included
was also the car route the controllers took as they went home. Several civil servants were
followed to their houses by members of the Centrum in order to let these people feel how illegals experience never-ending controls. The municipality has decided that in the near
future these civil servants will work in secret.
October 17 1998
|After being threatened on the telephone, a councillor of the small Dutch
town of Haelen resigned from the municipal council. It is possible that the threats had to
do with an industrial development project.