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TO THOSE WHO DARE

This action and others call for counteraction by the public and select leaders who should recall the fate of many who dared sign the US Declaration of Independence.
This action and others call for counteraction by the public and select leaders who should recall the fate of many who dared sign the US Declaration of Independence.

............. five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. Twenty-five were lawyers or jurists. 11 were merchants. nine were farmers or large plantation owners. One was a teacher, one a musician, and one a printer. "These were men of means and education, yet they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured." And they were mostly 20- to 40-year-old men. Are there any leaders like these in 2002 who can grapple with the insidious leadership of the country and the sickness that pervades American society?
no... 11.Jun.2002 08:42

this thing here

... and here's why. it's not about freedom from oppression anymore. it's not about men with deeply held beleifs signing documents they have drafted by hand that will determine the freedoms of other men. it's about men signing trade agreements drafted by lawyers and printed by computers, determining the freedoms of other men. it's about unhindered, ceaseless production of capital. capitalism trumps all. capitalism eats all, like the center of a black hole. capitalism drives. every other ideal rides in the trunk. or gets turned into fuel for the engine, for the driver.

there is nothing noble about capitalism, hence it's inability to produce any leader, any campaigner, any rebel, any spokesman with anything to say worth a fricken dime. all it can point to are billionaires and the commodity efficency of the wal-mart empire. these are its "dear children".

all i wanna say is this. take this thing called the "American Way Of Life" and BREAK it into 2 sides. one: freedom of speech, freedom of press. freedom. period. the other part: capitalism, the "Economy", money flows.

the two parts are not the same at all. they are simply not the same. i defy any c.e.o., any apologist for the world market, to tell me they are equally important. one of these parts is using and abusing the other part. it's the most secretive and most abusive kind of co-dependency imaginable. ($...)

if there were enemy soldiers right outside my window, and i had to choose what it was i was willing to die for, i sure as hell wouldn't be fighting like hell for the economy, for the stock market, for the malls and for my own bank account. i don't think the economic part of the american way of living is anywhere close to being as important as the freedom to do, make, say and think as i wish. and for other americans to have that same freedom. not even close.

so all i'm saying, at least for myself, is that priorities help make the picture very clear indeed about what's deeply important and what's simply a bullshit get-up with loud music and a giant spotlight shining on it, at the end of the day.