I have to agree his justification of capital punishment which you elaborated on subsequently is totally inexcusable.
Rank and class do not matter only in ideals which exists in books and in men's heads. In real life it exists in all societies, in all institutions, bureaucracies, religious sects. Infact I think the Western world has much more nuanced and hierarchal class structure than just about any other society, though we don't have the formal trappings of say feudalism. Just because class is determined on the lower level by schooling and the higher level by birth, being born rich or stupid luck and fortuitous circumstances(Gates, Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, etc.) does not mean it doesn't exist. And it will exist in any bureaucracy be it religious or otherwise. It is commendable to strive for the ideal, but ideals are just mental constructs of purity that cannot be translated into an impure world full of defiled people.
In the West the techniques of social control are still there, "free speech" or not. Infact it is only because the Western elites are so confident about their relatively new(historically) non-coercive means of social domination that "free speech" was granted in the first place. When you have every kid sent proudly by their parents to learn state and ruling class propaganda in school and "compete for their equality"(Ivan Illich) economically, you need less force.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers wrote:OCCUPY: Infiltration of Political Movements is the Norm, Not the Exception in the United States.
Infiltration is the Norm, not the Exception, of U.S. Political Movements
How many agents or infiltrators can we expect to see inside a movement? One of the most notorious “police riots” was the 1968 Democratic Party Convention. Independent journalist Yasha Levine writes: “During the 1968 protests of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, which drew about 10,000 protesters and was brutally crushed by the police, 1 out of 6 protesters was a federal undercover agent. That’s right, 1/6th of the total protesting population was made up of spooks drawn from various federal agencies. That’s roughly 1,600 people! The stat came from an Army document obtained by CBS News in 1978, a full decade after the protest took place. According to CBS, the infiltrators were not passive observers, monitoring and relaying information to central command, but were involved in violent confrontations with the police.” [Emphasis in original.]
Peter Camejo, who ran for Governor of California in 2003 as a Green and as Ralph Nader’s vice president in 2004, often told the story about his 1976 presidential campaign. Camejo able to get the FBI in court after finding their offices broken into and suing them over COINTELPRO activities. The judge asked the Special Agent in Charge how many FBI agents worked in Camejo’s presidential campaign; the answer was 66 agents. Camejo estimated he had a campaign staff of about 400 across the country. Once again that would be an infiltration rate of 1 out of 6 people. Camejo discovered that among the agents was his campaign co-chair. He also discovered eavesdropping equipment in his campaign office and documents showing the FBI had followed him since he was a student activist at 18 years old.
For those interested in more, Kevin Zeese did a podcast interview on this subject here.
When you imply someone who is "highly regarded by millions of people" should advocate to avoid the military draft, you don't think it will meet a backlash? And do you think Taiwan which confronts a hostile anti-dharma, inhuman, lunatic CCP is the place to pretend an ideal pacifist world can exist and to advocate untranslatable ideals? Do you think the People's Army will not rape, loot, pillage and murder those who have a certain idealism? Maybe I don't agree with his particular justification on this, but if I lived in Taiwan, I would not feel safe if most of the society was pacifistic draft dodgers. China has a real history of military aggression to annex or punish its neighbors and they openly claim Taiwan is a renegade province that will be brought back into an even more despotic fold.