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Justification for domestic terrorism

by Critical Commons Manager

Long before the Al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, a radical feminist group used a home-made bomb to blow up part of the physical infrastructure of mass media in Lizzie Borden's Born in Flames (1983). In this prescient scene, a mobile, decentralized network of disaffected women radicals use tactics of pirate media and low-tech terrorism to fight back against subjugation by the capitalist, patriarchal media establishment. How does this scene resonate differently in the pre- and post-9/11 eras? Was there ever such a thing as justifiable domestic "terrorism"? In the internet age, could there be any equivalent to this type of direct action against a corrupt media empire?

Feminists blow up the World Trade Center towers in Born in Flames

In the dramatic climax of Lizzie Borden's Born in Flames, a radical feminist group blows up the broadcast antenna atop the World Trade Center in New York

from Born in Flames (1983)
Creator: Lizzie Borden
Posted by Critical Commons Manager