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Rules of the Forum
« on: June 24, 2008, 10:48:33 PM »
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« Last Edit: July 06, 2008, 12:30:27 PM by nestopwar »


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Re: Rules of the Forum
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008, 10:28:45 PM »
Recently had an interesting dicussion about this. Question of whether you should have rules or not. It is said that there shouldn't be any rules and that it is the ruling circles that make the rules and we are better off as a movement without rules or in this case a forum without rules. I think that this is looking at the question upside down because it is the ruling circles that break all rules - ours and their own that they have been forced to accept.  I would hold that once the content is decided then the rules that protect that content must be fought for. It is interesting to note that in society at large the ruling circles enact laws to break the rules that we have fought for to protect societies civilised values. So , without a modern constitution that protects legal  rights, for example, the ruling class can come along and break that with their laws for incarcerating somone without trial as they are doing breakind hundreds of years of habeus corpus.  Let alone their continuous breaking of the rights of people in a modern society  to a livelihood, to housing etc.  So, the question is fighting to defend and give rise to rules that protect the civilised values of the people is an important part of the struggle  to defeat the activities of the ruling circles to impose their reactionary policies.  They break the rule of law especially those laws that in some way protect the people.  As we have seen war criminals like Bush, Blair and his cabinet colleagues become protected by such law breaking of the state they control. 

So, I think it is important to have rules for our discussion which facilitate a forum like atmosphere where people can elaborate their views without fear or favour on all matters to strenghten the anti-war movement.  Having such rules is a blow to the warmongers.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2008, 10:56:22 PM by Roger »