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An Open Letter to the Winter Patriot

Mitch Green’s open letter appeared New Economic Perspectives on November 21st of last year. We believe it to be as true now as it was then. There are elements of Occupy that seem to be slowing down but the sluggish winter weather is only a test of fortitude. On the other end it produces hardened warrior activists that will prosper through ... Read More »

Motivation Monday VI

Today’s motivation Monday comes from a child. Severn Suzuki speaks on behalf of the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO) to the UN’s Earth Summit in Brazil. Raised in Vancouver and Toronto, Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been camping and hiking all her life. When she was 9 she started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and ... Read More »

Victory & Abolition

The victory of the West Coast Port Shutdown is cold and calculated proof that the Occupy Movement, as a cumulative idea, has been shown as victorious and strong. Congratulations to everyone who participated even in the smallest way. The simplest act of observation and awareness makes this victory yours. The observer has reached across the great divide between mainstream and ... Read More »

Post Office Evicted

Did you know that the post office doesn’t run on tax dollars? It runs on stamps. The cost of stamps pays for the entirety of the USPS operations. The post office is guaranteed in the constitution. As of September’s cutbacks the USPS and analysts project a slow down in first class delivery service. The USPS’s position is unique because it does not receive federal subsidies ... Read More »

Happy Accidents

‎’The first deterrence, nuclear deterrence, is presently being superseded by the second deterrence: a type of deterrence based on what I call ‘the information bomb’ associated with the new weaponry of information and communications technologies. Thus, in the very near future, and I stress this important point, it will no longer be war that is the continuation of politics by ... Read More »

Hooverville Re-Occupied

  What is Hooverville? During the Great Depression, shanty towns popped up first in New York then all over the country almost spontaneously: “…the episode of the encampment at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, demolished by the city on Aug. 17, recalls the ‘Hooverville’ of shacks housing more than a score of homeless people in the emptied Central Park ... Read More »

Woman Injured by Horse at Occupy Philadelphia

During the 2008 campaign trail I went to see Obama speak at Franklyn and Marshal College. The Lancaster, PA Police Department controlled the crowd with horses and I remember thinking to myself that this was an incredibly bad idea whose time had evaporated. First of all, in a normative situation, its intimidating and the horses are defecating. Secondly, it is ... Read More »

Signs of Martial Law

When parallels are made between the Egyptian Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street the cult of difference shakes its collective head. But as the National Defense Authorization Act (2012) is debated by bipartisan groups there is a reminiscence of exactly the same issue that the Tahrir Square protesters raise. Civilians should not be tried in military tribunals. The bill targets 9/11 conspirators and alleged terrorists ... Read More »

Motivation Monday III

If you are like me, you have received a fair share of tough love in your life. What can I say, sometimes it motivates me more than any amount of kindness could. The following speech was given by Bobby Knight to his players. Bobby Knight, outside of his crude methods, loved his players and most of them loved him. Sometimes in ... Read More »

Voting Fraud

As the 2012 American elections loom on the horizon, the legitimacy of electoral process stands in question. At the same time, in Egypt, citizens are calling for oversight and even boycott of the elections following the recent violence. The GOP in the United States has comparative points with the Muslim Brotherhood who is projected to gain many seats in the Egyptian parliament. Both of ... Read More »

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