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The Post 9/11 Metaphor

photo credit: https://flic.kr/p/dDYM8J Before racial slavery was adopted by the Europeans, there existed the serf. The serf or peasant was a modified slave. The social contract between the serf and state gravitated, ideally, in protection for the serf from outlying forces. If you live in New York you can imagine what serfs felt like when seeing a castle on the ... Read More »

The Power of Nightmares

The BBC film series explores the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today. A fascinating and even handed look at the rise of neo-conservatism and Islamic fundamentalism. Published on Friday, 14 January, 2005, 12:07 GMT by BBC The Power of Nightmares: ... Read More »

Fireside Chats

FDR inherited an economy in which everyone was effected in some way. Where Hoover had failed FDR could not. In some cities the unemployment rate was over half while the national unemployment average teetered at a quarter. In his first one hundred days as president FDR hit the ground running making sweeping changes that would be called “new deal” and ... Read More »

Vietnam Propaganda Video

photo: Ho Chi Minh City during government meetings March 2006 by Ron Gluckman The following video comes from the National archive. “Vietnam Special” is a great example of how modern governments use propaganda. Low level propaganda is a waste of time for an industrialized country that needs its intellectual class to be something other then zombies. Tracking GDP growth since this ... Read More »

Motivation Monday VIII

Today’s Motivation Monday will only appeal to those who choose the path of love over the path of hate. To those who choose peace over violence. To those, like Martin Luther King believed, who believe that “love is a strong thing…that organizes itself…in direct action.” Today’s Motivation Monday features a debate between MLK and Malcolm X. Don’t judge Malcolm X ... Read More »

MLK: Race, Identity, & Image

In honor of yesterday’s Martin Luther King Day we present MLK’s appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press in 1965. School is in session as one lone preacher takes a mob of educated journalists and holds a clinic. Every one of the questions, including the questions of communist affiliation, is deflected with something other than point A to point B logic. ... Read More »

The Original Occupation

The Aboriginal or indigenous American was the first occupant of this country. As a child my parents did not insult my intelligence. They told me that the pilgrims had stolen the natives land. I dreamed about how to correct this injustice. There are no easy answers. Reservations have serious cross generational problems that don’t have any solutions. After I finished ... Read More »

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 »

Be Careful How You Invest Your Loyalty

  Almost a decade ago the Chicago Tribune published an article in their newspaper written by Mary Schmich. Her views on corporations ring true even more so today because it shows these issues have not been addressed by our elected officials. Ten years ago, before corporations were people, we had Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom. We now have Bank of America, ... Read More »

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