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Vox Populi - C17PLM's newsletter

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  1. Owain6521

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    These papers could easily be found among C17PLM stashes within City Seventeen, or disseminated to various camps, bulletin boards and underground railroad stations surrounding the city, and are clearly printed on some kind of press.

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    01/01/21
    EDUCATIONAL INDOCTRINATION!
    Our agents in City 15 bring us fresh news of Union atrocities! In one of the grim institutes of the Graduate Program within the region, the blind eye of the Civil Administration is revealed. They have turned their sight from the suicide of Jennifer Halwell (16), who was repeatedly abused by an authority figure within the ‘Conditioning Centre’ of the city. These institutes have repeatedly been shown by both insider sources, and ‘graduated’ members of the population to have been shams, merely directed towards the creation of an indoctrinated labour force, rather than any educational goal. They act purely as a tool of the bourgeois in the enslavement of the proletariat class, a tool by which they oppress and chain us to our labour. We should not be taught such. We should own our own labour, our own working skill. We should not slave away for some puppet government, out only for itself. The Union strives to indoctrinate our youth against us, against the free peoples of Earth.
    Reports from within the institution state, along with photographic evidence, that Halwell was both physically and mentally abused by staff. The evidence of physical force, the undeniable proof of emotional distress. Such cruelty should not stand. Such cruelty is against all human boundaries, against the very morals on which our society was once built. This photographic evidence is from our fellow publication, The Dissidents, who we thank for revealing the harsh state of these indoctrination facilities.
    These institutes have, for a long time, been known for their harsh treatment of ‘students’. The ‘mysterious’ death of Elijah Williams (13), discovered in a disused maintenance area of City 17’s own Institute a few short years ago, in 2018. Promptly covered up, an anonymous source of ours has stated that the boy was found with heavy bruising to various areas of his body, his autopsy revealing internal bleeding, seemingly due to a harsh beating with a blunt instrument. A separate source reported that the child was something of a troublemaker during sessions within the institution, regularly riling up ‘teachers’ through disagreement with party-line Union ideology. During the coverup, Elijah seems to have been reported as ‘much-loved’ and ‘a vehement supporter of the Union’, his death put down to the interference of Xenian wildlife, which was supposedly ‘promptly removed’, a clear cover-up of what was clearly harsh discipline taken much too far.
    The Vox Populi condemns the Voice of the Union’s lies in covering up this incident, and the thoughts of us, and the C17PLM at large are with this poor girl’s friends and family.

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    19/01/21
    THE IDEAL CITIZEN?
    A recent article in the Voice of The Union spoke on the matter of ‘malignancy’, a rather clinical term for what the Combine deems a social issue. It challenged the general body of dissident citizens, tarring them with the same brush they use on the more militant, aggressive fighters beyond the walls. That is not our movement. I know of many within, and outside of the city who resist in a way that is helpful to us all. Medical staff, who assist the freedom fighters outside of the city, in order to keep the movement alive. Writers and speakers such as ourselves, who attempt to bring the real news to the people of the city, and those outside.
    Ian Gardner, who writes under the pen-name Rendrag Nai (rather obvious, isn’t it?) has challenged us as terrorists, as destroyers and reactionaries. That is very far from the truth, in fact. In our time, the C17PLM has done nothing but assist freedom fighters within the city, it has laid stashes for the general population, it has written on topics relevant to those very people. No group within the movement has attacked ‘blanket’ factories. No group has attacked the civilian populace. These strikes, if they even occured, are outliers. Extremists, the mentally ill. The resistance at large strikes when required, but at better targets than Gardner suggests. Overwatch gun positions in the Outlands, which target refugee camps outside of City 17. Factories running on vortigaunt slave labour, so as to emancipate those very workers.
    To you, the citizen, who slaves in the factories, who bides their time in crumbling apartments, we have only sympathy. We struggle in order to free you, and wish only for your help in this goal. We are with you in these times, in all times. And to you, the Civil Protection officer, we have empathy. We wish only for you to see the truth, that the very people you oppress are our salvation. We of the C17PLM hold no grudge against you, officers. And the reason why? We realise that just like us, the citizenry, you are abused tools of the Union, of Breen’s puppet government, and you are key to our salvation. For if you would only assist us, we would have the ability to rise, to free us all from the yoke of alien oppression, the grinding heel of the occupier. I leave you with this, reader, In the words of Marx himself: ‘The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.’
     
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    PROPAGANDA?
    Today, Ian Gardner openly challenged Vox Populi. Through clear misinformation and a failure to even check his facts, he targeted us. Vox Populi, and this is a fact Gardner doesn't seem to grasp, is merely the news wing of the Proletarian Liberation Movement, a peaceful resistance force within the confines of the city. We regularly engage in the deployment of supply caches for the good of the citizenry, and spread of literature and medical supplies. We have not engaged in militant activity, and the targets he speaks of are questionable at best. Why would any group target a blanket factory of all things? To drive the citizens away from a movement reliant on them? We are here to help you, citizens. Our movement is from the people, for the people. We have not targeted anyone, or anything yet. We have merely supported, and taught. The Voice of The Union is clearly a biased publication, and completely capable of creating false evidence using Union equipment and materials, and as such should not be trusted, even with a trained eye. For example, looking over the recent events in City Fifteen. The truth is that the Union is stamping down incredibly hard on the population itself, engaging in mass-executions, but- the Union's mouthpiece, this loyalist publication? They merely say it was a terrorist attack, and they are clamping down for the people's safety. We are Vox Populi, and we wish you luck, citizens.
     
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    29/01/21
    MARXISM?
    What is Marxism? I hope to answer that in this issue, comrades. Marxism is an ideological and economical perspective, proposed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Marx argued that a society based on socialism would emerge with the decline of capitalism as the working class becomes aware of how it is oppressed and manipulated by the ruling class. Marx proposed two core classes of modern society. The proletariat, or working class, and the bourgeoisie, or the ruling class. The bourgeoisie were those who controlled the means of production, the industry and ability to produce and utilise labour. The proletariat are those skilled workers who work in said factories and places of labour, so as to produce commodities and other objects required by society. What Marx proposed was an outright revolution, in order to depose the Bourgeoisie and establish a state with equality for all, where the people provide to the state, and the state provides to the people.

    And you ask: How does this apply to us? There is no capitalism any more, just the Combine! This makes no sense! But it does, comrades. With the arrival of the Union came both tragedy, and opportunity. By their removal of the class structure, they have removed the class struggle of man against man. Our only opponent now is the removal of the Union, and the conversion of Civil Protection and their Administration to our cause, or their removal. In the absence of the Union, we will be capable of creating a truly classless society. There will be no reactionary bourgeoisie, no wage slavery, no man or woman left unassisted. We will have the ideal society. The pinnacle of Marx’s theory of Historical Materialism, in fact. Each will give their labour to the society, and in turn receive all that they need, the entire value of their work.
    OOC note from me!
    Hello, friends! If anyone's actually interested in getting involved with this, I'm willing to plan it out OOCly, because lets be fair, it's surprisingly hard to find people willing to RP leftist propagandists. Just contact me on Steam, or here on the Forums. Please. I'm so, so lonely.
     
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    // I actually found these quite refreshing and an enjoyable change of pace. Maybe we'll cross paths ICly...
     
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    I'd love to get involved with this also, through just writing or the on-server aspect.
     
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    i'm so proud :')
     
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    That actually looks pretty interesting. Maybe I'll join in if the opportunity arises.
     
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    Cheers to Ulala for making the new headers for the newsletter, they look pretty sweet. Should be writing up a new issue soonish, whenever I can get round to it. xoxoxoxo
     
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    18/02/21
    A Critique on Radical Posthumanism
    The esteemed Jenn Lowry of the Wallace Breen Society, this city's most successful loyalist group has granted us a gift! The compassion kit! In each of these little packs is a plastic face-mask and canister of poisonous gas, so as to take yourself out of this wonderful society! In all honesty, such methods are beyond awful. To push upon the citizens such a device, to call it the best way out, for the greater good of society is absolute degeneracy. This goes beyond simple human cruelty. To describe some as lesser, incapable of assisting the society in which they live?
    To suggest that they are so incapable that death is their only option? That is an awful prospect. One that would find itself much more at home in the lines of a Nazi pamphlet, an Orwellian novel or otherwise. 'You are taking proactive measures to remove a toxic element of society, namely yourself' said Lowry, from atop her truck in Precinct 45's central plaza. 'Do not take to violent or messy means, or to a life of anti-citizen activity... If you feel that you must take the easy way out, do so politely and quietly. Keep a kit on hand in case you are too weak, in case you are not up for the challenge that our Benefactors pose to us.' These are clearly the words of someone with a complete disregard for human life.
    Here's where I delve into theory. Miss Lowry's stance here seems to lean towards the harsher end of the post-humanist scale, really. Through destruction of humanity may a truly post-human future be achieved. She sees some examples of humanity as worthless, in a view that brings her into confrontation with the Administration at large's views. They themselves lean more towards a dissolution of the self, for humanity as a whole to resolve itself into a tool of the Union at large, a truly post-human entity. In this sense, post-humanity is a new form entirely, a greater view of reality than before.
    But in truth, this is just falseness and an attempt to guide us into further slavery. The Union does not function on a human scale, it does not see us as equals. For those who remember, they must only think back to the dark times of the war itself. Humanity's independence shattered in a matter of hours by overwhelming force, by monstrous, synthetic creations. That is the fate of humanity if we bow to the post-humanist's will. An endless march onwards, subjugating yet more innocents. Who among us has not seen Civil Protection arrive, and our neighbours disappear in the hustle of an apartment raid? Swept out of all existence, of all records.
    I hope that we can all stand against the clasping grip of the Union in solidarity, through subterfuge or otherwise. For without such action, we are doomed to the end of everything we know. It is not reactionary to struggle against the doom of your species, for we wish only for a newer, brighter future.
    Assisting the Citizen
    In recent weeks, the brave revolutionaries of the C17PLM have made efforts to lay out caches and supply drops within the confines of City 17, and it's outerlying sectors. In each, you may easily find such things as fresh blankets, undergarments and other necessities, like razorblades, hygiene products and food. Amongst these caches are supplies of Vox Populi papers, and in some are hand-printed copies of Marx and Engel's Communist Manifesto, so as to support the education of the citizen class in the ideals of our rising. We at Vox Populi hope such works will assist you, the citizen, in your struggle.
     
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    10/03/21
    DISSENT
    Today, Miss Elizabeth Jones of the Department of Culture arranged a discussion with citizens at the Department's offices. Her rhetoric more aggressive than accepting, she overruled the majority of conflicting opinions with posthumanist platitudes and faux-socialist fallacies. Her pleading for progressive thought seems to have been underlined with one thing. The dissolution of resistance. The growth of conformity.

    Her rhetoric was the most simple analysis of socialist thought. That the Union's invasion, the death and destruction, the genocide in the wake of the invasion itself, was almost revolutionary in its' change. That it had created the situation in which everyone is somehow equal in the wake of such tragedy. That is not socialism. Socialism is change brought through human hands and human ingenuity, through rising against an oppressive force, not the sudden arrival of some inhuman deus ex machina. Our salvation will not come from the hands of some god from the machine, but from the hands of man. The labour of the people.

    Jones follows a particularly toxic strand of posthumanist thought (not to say that it isn't rotten entirely to the core, of course) That of the puppet government itself, in fact. Posthumanist Social Utilitarianism. It proposes that the best action is the one that creates the best end result, once all options have been analysed, with the final goal of a spiritual, and- in the transhumanist view, a physical ascendance beyond simplistic, constrained human thought and material limits. I'd like you to think over the ramifications of that, comrades. A society in which the end goal is a removal of the human spirit, and the human form itself.

    The most obvious ramification is this: what is the best end result, if you take that view? The eradication of dissenting views, that which they decry as petty and self-centred? I'm sure all of you have your own tales of friends and family who fail to arrive for the industrial roll-call one morning, and are in fact, never mentioned again. Those very dissenters, disappearing beneath the stifling hood of a black bag and vanishing into a coffin-like pod, carried away on a midnight razor train. What's the next step?

    The removal of counter-advancement elements, an almost euphemistic phrase. Raids and massacres on the outposts of freedom fighters, on refugee stations and centers on the way out of the city's confines? Lets call it what it really is: murder. The puppet government which enslaves us here, which yanks on our leash when somebody finds the courage to dissent? They are committing murder. There is no greater good there. These are the very same platitudes and excuses used by countless regimes. Hitler and his Nazi Party, Mussolini's Fascists, Franco and his Nationalists. Each with an iconic figurehead, each a cult of personality dedicated to the destruction of dissent, of freedom and debate.
    Alongside each of these papers in their respective cache is a small, bound-by-hand handbook of sorts!
     
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    05/8/21


    ON LIBERTY AND YOU


    Socialism and its’ sister ideal, Anarchism, are rather contentious ideologies. The majority would refuse them on the grounds of failed states, of ‘human nature’ and ‘human greed’. However, I’d like to convince you of their role in our world, one oppressed and decaying. At its’ heart, socialism argues that the concept of classes should not exist. That every man, woman, and child, should be capable of having an equal right to a good life, from birth. That systems predicated on greed and repression cause societal issues, such as famine, poverty, and war.


    For an example of why greed isn’t the driving force in humanity, outside of a handful of societal systems, I would ask that you look to the resistance movement fighting inside and out of the cities, for human freedom. Outside of the walls, credits have no meaning to the majority of the fighters. They barter what goods others need for the goods they need, for arms and medical supplies and food for refugees. And it functions. Self-interest has been thrown away in favour of the greater good, in favour of the fight for human survival and human freedom. Those people who retain capitalistic tendencies, the ones attempting to sell arms and supplies to the refugees and partisans, are largely reviled outside of the cities as vultures and people undedicated to the survival of the species.


    The fighters aren’t being paid, they aren’t fighting for a wage or a ration. They are fighting because it’s right, and because they understand the importance of it. They understand that the struggle for survival is more important than any reward of valueless money, that it is reliant on shared materials and shared ideals.


    You may ask where I’m going with this. The purpose behind this article is to establish the case for a stateless society in the wake of the Union’s removal. Returning to a system of competition and greed is both counterintuitive, and most likely impossible. The world is much-changed from its’ state before the storms, and that world could not handle the changes thrown upon it. Anarchism as previously established in real-world terms (Catalonia 1936 - 1939) is based around workers communes and shared ideals. The idea that interests of survival and happiness outweigh greed, and that through communally-run industries a society can avoid pitfalls such as overproduction, poverty and starvation. Worker-management of industries and the necessities of survival ties the needs and abilities of the community without the need for exploitative presences such as managers, with the community acting in the best interests of the people, rather than finding a profit margin more important than the rights and state of the people.


    In the book Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell had this to say of Barcelona in anarchism:


    “Every shop and café had an inscription saying that it had been collectivised; even the bootblacks had been collectivised and their boxes painted red and black. Waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you as an equal.”


    And in summary, he described it as this:


    “There was no boss-class, no menial-class, no beggars, no prostitutes, no lawyers, no priests, no boot-licking, no cap-touching.”


    I don’t know about you, but the idea of a world based on human decency and the interests of people rather than greed rather appeals to me. Keep up the fight, comrades.

     
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    CULTURE AND THE CITIZEN'S REVOLUTION


    I’d like to raise you a question. When’s the last time you drew a picture? Wrote a poem, wrote a story, painted a mural? Graffiti? A journal? These are all tied intrinsically to our perception of culture. However, groups such as the former Department of Culture, or the Wallace Breen Society are utilised, ironically, for the suppression of such expressions of culture for anything but the goals of the state. The official reading material? Nothing critical of the state. The works of Marcel Giroux, the gathered letters of Dr. Wallace Breen. As for art, what is there to be found? A handful of pieces by Alsog Anderson, or Christine Evans, both zealous posthumanist social utilitarians.


    I want you, comrades, to write. I want you to save art, rescue it from the claws of the enemy. I want you to free the human spirit from suppression and destruction. The spirit of human expression and freedom is not dead yet, unless you let it die, for it really is in the hands of the people. It’s the people who create true art, who create true literature and true emotion. Nobody wants an objective society, like the posthumanists would push you towards. A society without emotion and expression is one without thought beyond survival, without pondering greater mysteries and the wonders of the world we live in, regardless of its’ pitfalls.


    Expression through art is part of what defines us as human, and now separates us from the Union. Look to the buildings of the city around you- their spires and domes and pastel colours, the bright Imperial mansions and the towering Khrushchevki of the Soviet era. Then look to any building created here by the puppet government, the blue metal facades built into crumbling houses, and warehouses. The towering citadel, impressive in height yet so dull in appearance. This is what we face. The destruction of individuality, of the city, and of the people, and of art.


    So go out, comrades. Write your journals, your stories and adventures, scrawl the words of the prophets on the subway walls, quote your favourite poem in big letters down the side of a warehouse or the margin of a page, anything. Preserve what makes us human, what defines us, and we can never die. But if we lose the spirit, and the feeling, then we’ll lose this war. If we lose what truly makes us human, what we’re really fighting for, for human survival and human independence, what we had before the war, before the storms, and what we’ll have once again. There’s a poem I find particularly fitting for out time, by the Norwegian Communist Nordahl Grieg, who died in 1943 in a bombing raid over Nazi Germany while acting as a war correspondent.



    To The Youth

    Faced by your enemies
    On every hand
    Battle is menacing,
    Now make your stand

    Fearful your question,
    Defenceless, open
    What shall I fight with?
    Where is my weapon?

    Here is your battle plan,
    Here is your shield
    Faith in this life of ours,
    The common weal


    For all our children’s sake,
    Save it, defend it,
    Pay any price you must,
    They shall not end it

    Neat stacks of cannon shells,
    Row upon row
    Death to the life you love,
    All that you know

    War is contempt for life,
    Peace is creation
    Death’s march is halted
    By determination

    We all deserve the world,
    Harvest and seed
    Hunger and poverty
    Are born of greed


    Don’t turn your face away
    From needs of others
    Reach out a helping hand
    To all your brothers

    Here is our solemn vow,
    From land to land
    We will protect our world
    From tyrants’ hand

    Defend the beautiful,
    Gentle and innocent
    Like any mother would
    Care for her infant.
     
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    VOX POPULI

    The words 'Vox Populi' is Latin in origin, and translates directly to 'Voice of the People', which I'd like to think is the purview of this newspaper. In this evening issue, I'd like to take you back to the use of the term 'Vox Pop' in the pre-war media. It was used to mean an interview with an average man on the street, to get an average view on the news. Here, I'm going to be using vox pops to give you a bit of knowledge about who's out there fighting for you, citizens, and who's out there alongside you, my fighting comrades. I hope you enjoy it.

    The freedom fighters I'm talking to, I'll be calling D and F to keep up anonymity for their safety. They're part of a group in the outer areas of Sector 17 who I've worked with in the past, and are genuinely good people, who really are fighting for you. Around last Christmas, they left a mural and a cache in a non-central district of Precinct 1, which was a pretty excellent message if you ask me. Don't forget what we had.


    How would you describe yourself as being before the war? And how would you describe yourself now?

    D: "I have always been a child of Tibet, and therefore a devout practicioner of Mahayana Buddhism. The war and the drastic world upheaval failed to shake my faith. As for profession, my doctoral abilities came out of a need for medical personnel during the Portal Storms, so I have been in practice for several years, out of necessity."

    F: "Well it depends how you mean, don't it? I mean, I ain't changed nearly as much as some. I was in for Forces before, and I had the same sort of ideals before... I s'pose it's just sharpened 'em, like. I'd always been political fanks to me upbringing and me family background, but I hadn't really gone anywhere with it until after. Seemed a good time for it, an' all.”
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    What are your thoughts on the current stance of many citizens, of apathy? What would you suggest they do?

    D: "Complacency is so common, due to a lack of hope. I advise that they never lose hope, that they continue to see light at the end of this dark tunnel of mankind. Everyone needs to do their part, working as equals to free mankind. The current state of greed and rampant superiority complexes will get us nowhere in the end, except further down this path of darkness. Anything is welcome, from helping feed starving citizens to tearing down propaganda. Anything."

    F: "It ain't good for noone, know what I mean? We've all 'eard the rumours about the water, but sod the water - worst thing for your mind is to just doss about all day doing nuffink and feelin' sorry for yourself. Get active, get to know the people around you. Organise. The Combine ain't gonna come fix up your flat or hire in a plumber, yeah? You've gotta look out for yourselves, for each other. Form committees, work together to keep everything smooth. If someone's havin' a rough time, don't just stand about with your thumb up your jacksy, 'cause you sure ain't gonna be 'appy if they do the same to you."
    [sic]

    What’s it like being involved in the fighting outside? Is there a sense of comradeship? Does it feel like the resistance is currently on the up and up, or how else?

    F: "It's... a bit complicated. The group I'm around now is a bit of a mess - there are loads of solid people, but it's just disorganised, yeah? No real unity. It's picking up a bit now, but it still ain't quite there. Everyone's still hangin' on to petty stuff, feels like the mindset just ain't sunk in yet. Prior to this I spent a lot of time working around other groups - they'd really got 'emselves sorted. Unified, common goals, the lot - y'could really feel you belonged. Even with this lot, though, there's comradeship. You look out for each other, and even if you don't exactly like each other you at least have to try. I think things are improving, but we need people to realise that when you come out here, it ain't no place for your ego or for schoolyard dramas."[sic]

    D: "There is definitely a sense of comradery, but with certain people. There are many who are content with stewing on a pile of weapons, and then doing nothing with them."

    VP: "How would you address them?"

    D: "I have tried to reason with them, that unity is necessary to truly free mankind, and defeat the Combine, but they refuse to listen to reason."

    VP: "Do they make up a majority, and have any real effect on the fight for freedom itself? Or would you say they're a non-element to the majority of fighters?"

    D: "They are outliers, usually. There are plenty of decent folk out here."


    What would you say to anyone teetering on the edge of rebellious activity within the city?

    F: "Don't overdo it. Tryin' to slot a copper or blow up a train ain't gonna help nobody - the Combine ain't hardly gonna care, it ain't nuffink for them to replace what's lost. Who is gonna care is all the poor sods what live in the same district, 'cause they're gonna cop it. You don't fight the Combine with guns and bombs, 'cause it don't work and it ain't about to start working. The single most dangerous fing in the eyes of the Combine is a free mind, a free spirit. Spread the word amongst the other citizens, bring in food and warm clothes and bring out the ones what ain't likely to survive their next barney with the coppers. This ain't no old-fashioned war - this is a war of the mind, innit? So use that mind. It's your best weapon."[sic]

    D: "Do not just get a firearm and murder others, it solves nothing. Perform other acts of rebellion, such as feeding the hungry or placing counter-propaganda. You do not need guns to help the cause."

    VP: "I'd agree with that heavily. I push a very socialist message, but anything- down to reproducing anti-authority propaganda, copying out verses of your favourite beat poem, or your favourite song is a push against them, y'know?"

    D: "Mm. Anything can be an act of rebellion, there are so many little things one can do."

    So, a bit more personal- since the article this is with is all about culture- what’s your favourite song? Or poem, or novel, or anything?

    F: "Oh, gawd... I ain't good with pickin' favourites, ain't never been. I've always been big on music, so I'll stick with that... s'pose I got a couple, songs-wise, ones what remind me of home or bring me strength when I need it. Common People is a no brainer, I grew up with it and it was me life. Really, anything that reminds me of home could go just as easy. Bit of a jump in genre, but there's this old German song me gran used to sing me as a kid - okay, so probably gonna need some background for this, me mum's family were refugees from the Nazis - anyway, it's called 'Die Gedanken sind frei', 'Thoughts are Free'. Whenever I'm in a bit of a rut that gets helps get me out. People used to sing it as a protest against the Nazis, though it's much older than that. I'd reckon it's more relevant now than ever."
    [sic]

    D: "I enjoy a medieval-setting screenplay, called the Seventh Seal. It relates to the Black Death, and is overall quite entertaining.The works of Padmasambhava, one of the men who introduced Budhism to Tibet are also one of my favorites."


    I think that'll wrap it up. Cheers for talking to Vox Populi, it all helps out.

    D: "Mm. You are most welcome."

    F: "Glad I could help, yeah? Solidarity forever!"

    VP: "Solidarity forever, comrade."





     
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    THE WALLACE BREEN SOCIETY

    I’d like to make a fairly short statement about a group that opposes the aims of the C17PLM, and the resistance at large. The Wallace Breen Society, a group of sympathisers, quislings and collaborators dedicated to upholding the oppression of the puppet government and its civilian side through propaganda and manipulation. They advocate for the ideas of ‘posthuman social utilitarianism’, a fairly euphemistic term for an idea based around the destruction of individuality, of the cutting away of enjoyment in favour of ‘greater understanding’.

    I’d like to call them out here. The WBS are quislings (who I’ll elaborate on, are named for Vidkun Quisling, interim leader of Norway during the Nazi occupation during the Second World War, and collaborator) and collaborators to an administration dedicated to the destruction of humanity as we know it. They want to destroy personality, and individuality, freedom and the human spirit.

    Their very ideology is tied to the idea of the destruction of the personal, of emotion, to replace subjective thought with objective. And in whole? It’s a cover. You’ve seen or heard what transhumanism entails. Posthumanism as advocated by groups such as the Society is little more than a screen for the conversion, or extinction of our species. Of humankind. And social utilitarianism? The destruction of friendships, of comfort, of culture and happy lives. To separate families and friends, scattering the survivors of our species across the world until we’re divided by language, by location and culture and hate, while they slowly pick at us.

    So, what do we do about them? My suggestion is to counter them, at every step. Write, speak, argue against their nonsense philosophy, paste posters, spread leaflets, broadcast your anger, but carefully. Temper it with care, don’t let yourself get caught, but don’t live in fear. The end goal of all of this is our inevitable freedom from the pressing boot of tyrants, sycophants and rulers, as free people. May the struggle carry on.
     
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    The Future


    I’d like to try and lay out Vox Populi’s hopes for the future, here. This may seem as though we’re jumping the gun, but for any doubters I’d quite like to reinforce the point that we’re not idealists getting all excited without a plan or a point to work towards. To many, our ideals, that of socialism, of anarchism and communism, don’t have a particularly tidy sheet.


    From the Red Scare of the 1920s to the McCarthyist era of the 1960s, Communism (internationally and at home!) has always been an enemy. Radicals set on destroying the established order, of tossing all people have worked for into the dirt! Despite being propaganda in itself, which I’ll elaborate on in another issue, I’ll ask you this. What status quo is there to destroy now? Only one that oppresses us and drives us down, into the death of our species, of humanity as a whole, through false ideals and the corruption and destruction of the world as a whole.


    We can only go on if we work together. There are no companies, no wage slavery, only unity. What we’re fighting for now is the survival of humanity, and our progress as a species. That can only be achieved, and we can only survive in the wake of it, if we continue to work together.


    In Paris in 1871, the Paris Commune declared its independence from the state for a short-lived time. But in that month they made a number of changes. They separated the church and state, made steps towards women’s rights in a way not seen regularly until late in the twentieth century and beyond elsewhere, the right of workers to manage themselves had the owner of their business fled, pensions for the families of revolutionary soldiers who had been killed, and other groups made moves such as feeding the hungry without payment, and actively fighting the government to defend what they had seized.


    In Spain during the Spanish Civil War, in 1936, the anarchist forces of Catalonia and the rest of Spain engaged in around ten months of such unity, before being suppressed by the Republican government. Farms and businesses were collectivized, and organised along lines where every single person involved had a choice, the opportunity to democracy. Nobody exploited by a rich man leeching off the work of another. Each receiving what they needed to live happily, and doing what they could to help others.


    In a similar state of affairs, we are without infrastructure at worst, and using damaged systems at best. If greed takes priority over survival, then we’re quite clearly doomed. What Vox Populi feels we need is a general reorganisation of post-Union society, a move to communal systems similar to the organisation of a number of groups in the resistance at large, of each person contributing to the group at large as best they can, and in return receiving what they need. This loosely-organised system, working with general planning between communes to repair infrastructure and utilise technology we can gather to build safer areas for farming and survival, can likely offer us a chance to reorganise and save the world we’ve been left.


    To some this may sound questionable. If there’s no hierarchy, how will anything get done? How will people know what to do, who will give the orders? While these questions may rise, I’d offer some counter-questions. Why wouldn’t people help each other survive? Humans are sympathetic creatures. We thrive on human happiness and human gain. If the group organises to better itself, why won’t it better itself? What use is laziness when it’s a matter of survival? Things will get done, through discussion on the best methods to achieve it rather than a strict, inflexible hierarchy. At the most, managers elected for a number of months to watch over the decision-making.


    Our age is one where true equality is possible, should we succeed. The ideals of the French Revolution, American War of Independence, Paris Commune, Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War and so many other struggles that came before may finally be evident in our time, at this place, and with us. We cannot return to the past, because the world has changed and it is lost to us. The future is in our hands, and if we are to survive, we must unite in camaraderie with our fellow men, women and vortigaunts. All people are our allies in the struggle we are facing.


    Another world is possible, and we are on the verge of it. It is up to me, you and all of us to seize the future for humanity, to establish something new, and better.
     
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    21/9/21
    Clandestine Operations: A Primer


    Editor's note: This piece was sent to us by a comrade in the outer precinct, who has our deep thanks. Assuming you know who they are from this, I really would go to them for advice. Solidarity forever, comrade.

    Whether you’re trying to smuggle refugees out of the city or seize supplies along a rail corridor, discretion is essential. You can’t do anyone any good on the next outbound Express, can you?

    I’ve been at this game for a number of years now, and still come across a lot of people who don’t really seem to know what they’re up against. I’d like to help arm you with some useful, practical knowledge for avoiding a barney with the local Civil Protection, or a rain of shells.

    BE THE GREY MAN


    The most important aspect of remaining undetected is not to make yourself stand out. This may sound obvious, but it does take some self-awareness and moral courage to pull off. As an old squaddie saying goes - never be first, never be last, and if nobody knows your name by the time it’s over, you’ve done well.

    This is at its most important in the city, where even small things can trip you up. Don’t wear anything unusual - a worn but passable set of blues will help you blend in. New or badly-torn blues will make you a target for a bored CP, and old-world clothes will immediately have scanners flocking to snap your mug. Slouch over, fold your arms or bury your hands in your pockets. Move briskly but never run. Don’t make eye contact, and don’t speak in the streets. Don’t hang around in a group, for any reason. There’s plenty of chance to do all that indoors - where there’s no scanners to eavesdrop and you can relax some.

    When you’re dealing with the coppers, remember that they’re as bored as you are. That’s what makes them dangerous. Don’t draw their attention - and don’t speak to them unless you’re spoken to and expected to reply. The moment you get their attention, you’re putting yourself in danger. If you were walking through a dingy alley at night Before, would you stop to chat with every shady figure standing and watching you from a doorway? Apply the same logic here.

    A SPANNER IN THE WORKS


    The humble scanner is something that causes a lot of drama, and mostly because people don’t understand how they operate. It’s not surprising; the following is all conjecture on my part, but it’s based on years of watching them at work and trial and error.​
    First of all, put any ideas about someone sitting in front of a bank of monitors out of your head. It doesn’t happen. The scanner’s camera - when it elects to actually snap a photo - seems to be fed into some sort of computer database for later reference. The tell is that they most frequently photograph new transfers, or people doing something ‘strange’; once or twice I’ve seen them start snapping away at birds that get too close, or pieces of litter on the ground. The robot is guided by some kind of artificial intelligence, and that means you can exploit it.​
    People go into the city wearing things over their faces out of some fear they’ll be recognised and snatched. I can tell you now that this is the absolute best way to guarantee you will be - the moment a scanner spots someone covering their face, or running around trying to avoid it, that’s when it’ll flag up the location for closer scrutiny. Instead, just blend in with the locals. Be the grey man. Scanners won’t stop to identify a citizen who appears to be doing nothing unusual or suspicious.​

    This also ties in with block counts. We’ve all been through it - the Tannoy starts off about a miscount, and before you can assume the position there are already coppers everywhere, kicking in what few doors are still on their hinges.​
    This is where listening comes in handy. The first report of a miscount comes from ‘Airwatch’ - this is the airborne element of the Combine Overwatch and it includes the scanners. From observation, I’ve noticed the Combine rarely respond if a few people are missing - but if a whole block is, or if there are even a handful too many people in a precinct, it all kicks off and the boots hit the ground (and before long, your door).​
    This is an important piece of information for fighters coming back into the city for whatever purpose, because it means that if you are seen by scanners, you will cause a miscount and the resultant cordon-and-search. There are two ways to avoid this, and one is to stay out of sight in the city’s underworld. There’s only so much you can do in the sewers, though, and so the more useful option is to liberate or at least conceal a similar number of local citizens while you’re in the area, to try and keep the headcount even.​

    The last point to note about fooling scanners relates to their environment. Much as they focus their attention on more ‘interesting’ citizens, a scanner’s reliance on pattern recognition means you can conceal things from it by making them blend in with the local environment. A scanner will get very, very excited if it spots a hydroponic farm in an open attic space. On the other hand, it will fly right past a tarpaulin Taj Mahal without any apparent recognition. Clever setting of a scene will mask whatever’s going on there from the little flying fiends, without being too difficult for any right-minded citizen to achieve.​

    CHECKPOINTS


    These are the most difficult parts of Combine urban infrastructure to exploit, because even if they aren’t manned by Civil Protection, the automated cameras do appear to scrutinise faces and discriminate against a central record of some sort, in order to determine who to allow past the barrier. The best solution is to find another way around - which there almost always is.​

    SOME FINAL WORDS


    When it comes to trying to avoid Combine scrutiny within the City Apron, the most common cause for failure is actually overzealous, paranoid attempts at being ‘sneaky’. Another old adage is your best friend here: hide in plain sight. It’s the last place they’ll look.
     
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    WHAT IS SLAVERY?


    If I were asked to answer the following question: What is Slavery? And I should answer in one word, It is Murder, my meaning would be understood at once. No extended argument would be required to show that the power to take from a man his thought, his will, his personality, is a power of life and death; and that to enslave a man is to kill him.


    - Proudhon, What is Property (1840)

    I’ve opened with that quote for a reason. It’s something of a recurring topic in our writing that the struggle against the CMB and their alien masters is more than just a struggle for freedom, but a struggle against extinction, of body and soul, of our current existence and of our spirit and culture and all those hangers-on.

    Where Proudhon was talking about this in its relation to property rights being defined as robbery, we’ll edge around that topic for the moment, putting our socialist credentials aside for the moment to talk more generally here, and coopt his phrasing for our own use, and our own situation. The struggle for human survival that we face is one against a trifold force of enslavement; all three of which are fatal to our continued existence. Physical slavery, cultural slavery, and existential slavery. To smash these swords hanging by a thread above our heads, we must face all three at once and unite to stop it.

    How do we do that? We do it firstly by identifying the traps laid for us by those faux-philosophers and scientific staff staggering on in the wake of Doctor Wallace Breen, the Lowrys and Emersons and Chessnikovs that are most likely well known to you from propaganda, from their actions, and from the result of their continued work.

    So, first of all comes physical slavery, the most obvious of the trio. You all know the heavy-handed institutes of state oppression, whether they’re purely state-backed muscle, or militarised transhumans, Overwatch and its underlings, Civil Protection and its double-edged meaning of protecting civil society against you- and the Transhuman Arm, those rather stoic boys who ransack the occasional outland settlement to put up a show of force. Their role is one of direct opposition and the creation of apathy. You are unwilling to resist physical slavery’s associates if you are unwilling to face the risk of death.

    Then follows cultural slavery. Groups such as the Wallace Breen Society or Conduist Party are dedicated to the cultural transformation and destruction of humanity, the philosophies they advocate being laid around that most obvious issue facing us- destruction. Where we see it as the dead end it is, they would have you think it is a revolution, a progressive change to become something better than we are now. But that’s clearly not what it is. It is an ideology tied entirely to giving in to apathy, or accepting the love of your oppressor. A societal case of Stockholm Syndrome, in short.

    And then to other collaborators, who might not be quite so obvious to you. The scientific and philosophic hangers on to Doctor Wallace Breen, who enable the majority of the atrocities we’ve witnessed in our lifetimes. Transhuman soldiers, the graduate programs, the rather questionable contents of rations, headcrab shells and their passengers, compassion kits, and many other atrocities you’ve heard of, or personally witnessed. The lives you’ve seen disappear, or heard disappear, or are afraid of disappearing are on the hands of these collaborators, and are the very target of these highly-visible shackles they’ve thrown on us.​

    So, what is slavery, you might ask? And I’d say slavery is murder.

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    We here at Vox Populi are including handbook copies of both Clandestine Operations: a Primer and The Cadre's Handbook with each drop of issues, and a good few are being distributed through lines out of the city. each rebound in a rather nice red paper with excellent (if I may lay a compliment on them) printing work by our staff, who work around the clock whenever we can find the materials to put this lot out.

    - The Editor
     
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    The newsletter seems to have reappeared, with a fresh article as well! Stapled to each is a small clipping of some kind of argument about apathy as an oppressive force, by an 'Elliott Thomas'.

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    What's at the End?

    “What is it that every one wants most in life? What do you want most?

    After all, we are all the same under our skins. Whoever you be — man or woman, rich or poor, aristocrat or tramp, white, yellow, red or black, of whatever land, nationality, or religion — we are all alike in feeling cold and hunger, love and hate; we all fear disaster and disease, and try to keep away from harm and death.

    What you most want out of life, what you fear most, that also is true, in the main, of your neighbor.”

    - Alexander Berkman, What is Communist Anarchism? (1929)

    I think Berkman put it fantastically in his short book, written in 1929. Despite its age, its points remain relevant, and it itself is a fantastic introduction to the kinds of beliefs we here at the press of Vox Populi propose. We all the want the same things, in the end. In our basest needs, we want acceptance, we want social cohesion and we want to be happy. We want to experience and be experienced, to understood and be understood, and to live. We all have differences, that’s humanity; and yet at the base of things we have these shared experiences, this shared consciousness of the world around us that only varies slightly in how we understand it.

    So, if we’re agreed that we all share our wants and needs, then I would say that under present circumstances, we need a change in the order of things to achieve them. In first, the removal of the Universal Union from our world. And then secondly? An overhaul of our society as a whole. We must keep in mind that for the most part, the oppression we undergo in the cities, the dangers in the outlands, in the hills and deserts and forests and coastlines in which the outcasts of the Union make their home, is a human creation.

    “It is very necessary that you get this straight. Most people have very confused notions about revolution. To them it means just fighting, smashing things, destroying. It is the same as if rolling up your sleeves for work should be considered as the work itself that you have to do. The fighting part of revolution is merely the rolling up of your sleeves. The real, actual task is ahead.”

    - Alexander Berkman, What is Anarchist Communism (1929)

    If we understand the majority of the flaws of our society, and those that came before it to be of human design, then we must set our minds to what comes after. In truth, I feel that a number of these flaws may only be resolved through a total reorganisation of society. There is no return to the world that was before, in fact. This is a fact, chronologically and physically. The world we face is not one in which the efforts of the many can support the few, but one in which we may only survive by the many supporting the many.

    Come the revolution, organisation must be begun for systems of medical care, of systems of collective work in favour of recovery and the revival of the species, of agriculture, of learning and of scientific growth. The world which our children may inherit should be one that they can thrive in, and one that does not hold in itself the flaws and mistakes that led us to this precipice.

    I read a fantastic piece recently by a Mr Elliott Thomas (which is hopefully attached to this newsletter!) who laid out that our present situation, that of the oppression of the CMB, finds its grounding in the almost postmodernist perspective of each person as an island, an already-evident problem in the pre-war years, in which people were regularly isolated from their peers, from family and from friends, with only the lightest of shared social goals and experiences. And please excuse my bias, but I do feel that in resolving this, our only solution may be a non-heirarchical, communal assembly of society.

    In doing so, by each resolving to do our best by those we know, we care about, and understand, we may build those bonds that were missing, and shall remain missing until we recover our cares for shared human experiences. Without one above another, without greed overtaking necessity, we may finally be capable of truthfully achieving our potential. Not the potential, as Doctor Breen would advocate, to be unfeeling, immortal, objective creatures; but our potential to truly live happy lives, to live in a way in which we experience our own happiness, and that of others.

    “What, then, must the preparation for the social revolution be?

    If your object is to secure liberty, you must learn to do without authority and compulsion. If you intend to live in peace and harmony with your fellow-men, you and they should cultivate brotherhood and respect for each other. If you want to work together with them for your mutual benefit, you must practice coöperation. The social revolution means much more than the reorganization of conditions only: it means the establishment of new human values and social relationships, a changed attitude of man to man, as of one free and independent to his equal; it means a different spirit in individual and collective life, and that spirit cannot be born overnight. It is a spirit to be cultivated, to be nurtured and reared, as the most delicate flower is, for indeed it is the flower of a new and beautiful existence.

    Do not dupe yourself with the silly notion that “things will arrange themselves.” Nothing ever arranges itself, least of all in human relations. It is men who do the arranging, and they do it according to their attitude and understanding of things.”

    - Alexander Berkman, What is Communist Anarchism? (1929)
     
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    by the way
    this thread is also open for criticism and comments rather than just posting these in a vacuum
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    // Is it possible for a loyalist to get ahold of these IC? Found during a raid or left on a bench or something along those lines?
     
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    Well, there's caches of them tucked away in places with basic supplies quite regularly, as well as distribution where they've just been dropped where they'll be found, out of the sight of units, witnesses or cameras. For example, in the entrances to housing blocks, alleyway, housing block courtyards, those kinds of places.