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Christopher Phillips is the author of Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy and Socrates in Love: Philosophy for a Passionate Heart. He teaches in the graduate program in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. For more information, visit christopherphillips.com.
I am not for "communism." The present economic disaster has come about because everybody ignored the obvious fact that a nation that allows 1% to own almost everything, while 99% own almost nothing, cannot be free. The 1% exists because they have have accumulated so much power that they do not get taxed at all. Meanwhile, people with normal jobs, even minimum wage jobs (few are informed of this) are required to give up at least 25% of their income to taxes!
We are back in the Gilded Age of 1931; the 1% rich own it all; the 99% non-rich own virtually nothing. But there is a difference now. All of our productional industry has been sent off-shore, and our workers are without skills and sound education. Beware!
"George Washington famously said, 'Government is Force.'" Well he was as slave owner, wasn't he? But there is more to it than that. Force is not government. Owning slaves is real force! Property implies force, in fact. Too much property implies too much force! What right do the super-rich have to use GOVERNMENT FORCE to "protect" their extravagant wealth? Wealth is force without democracy. Money + information (about other people) = power.
Critical thinking and cultural shock have the power to turn the world upside down (like Jesus' parables and zen koans). Trivializing structural/systemic economic problems as motivational, psychological problems, bumps in the road or industrial accidents is a perversion like normalizing war and equating offense and defense. Destruction of language leads to generalized mistrust.
it is time to call for a general strike
These are important writings of Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People's Army (NPA) and current political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and Chairman of the International League of People's Struggle (ILPS)
I wrote this while studying with the Zapatistas in Chiapas last semester. I believe many aspects of the Anti-War movement apply to the Occupy movement in Portland. Let me know what you think.
On March 23rd 2003, only hours following the illegal invasion of Iraq, over 30,000 Portlanders had blocked off the majority of the city's bridges and Interstate Highway Five, effectively shutting down the city for several hours. Portland's anti-war movement was subsequently labeled as one of the most progressively radical movements in the United States by media outlets worldwide. During the next five years, I witnessed a struggle once recognized for its organization and strength deteriorate into a movement plagued by paranoia and the alienation of many different sectors of the movement. The text of this essay offers a critical analysis of the radical war resistance effort in Portland during this time frame and furthermore provides a prescriptive template to improve organizational strategies in future mobilizations. The basis of this essay emphasizes the importance of the formation of a collective identity through establishing alternative educational means, efficiently representing both sides of a dialectal praxis, maintaining an organized structure, and safely analyzing security culture as the underpinnings for any successful popular uprising.
Walking through the camp of Occupy Portland, it is hard to believe it has only been a few days since it began. The transformation of the space is nothing short of miraculous: from a few scattered tents, some cardboard signs, and a tarp or two, a miniature city has arisen, crafted with the energy, creativity, and good intentions of us all. Together, we are learning first-hand the difficulties, frustrations, and joys of democracy and of the experience of power.
I wish to speak on the significance and relevance of the Marxist-Leninist struggle against modern revisionism since 1956 and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR) since 1966. And I wish to deal with this large subject by examining the impact and consequences of the aforesaid historic events to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
A train loaded with green-painted military equipment is in the Portland train yard. marked with Red Crosses as some sort of mass casualty response system? They don't send green equipment to the desert.
Written for you, all of you, from some friends in Portland, Oregon.
Opinionators decry Susan Sarandons factual identification of thE Pope as a Nazi,
He WAS in the Hitler Youth
They say the claims are false because the pope wasn't personally responsible for "smashing babies against walls"
The acquisition and accumulation of wealth are based on many natural and social conditions. Many societies and generations worked so today's possibilities of acquisition exist. General civilization techniques and cultural talents grew over centuries. The so-called performance justice is often only a veil for great injustices.
Sort of a re-post, but not really
Occupy Wall Street
Julie and I wish to convey our most heartfelt condolences to the daughters and entire family of Comrade Gregorio Rosal, Ka Roger, and to all cadres and members of the Communist Party of the Philippines, all the Red commanders and fighters of the New People's Army, all adherents of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the broad masses of the Filipino people.
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Bank of America refuses to let customers close accounts
Bank of America debit card fee plan met with resistance and anger
For a Radical Presence at Tomorrows gathering.
Paul Chappell is a West Point graduate, an Iraq War veteran and the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. Paul is the author of two books, WILL WAR EVER END? and THE END OF WAR, with a third book coming out in the spring. He will be in Portland October 4 through October 7.
The Bolivrian revolution
If this is true, we are living in scary times.
The short answer to the question in the title is no.
The 9/11 truth critics have nothing but ad hominem arguments.
Let's examine the case against "the truthers" presented by Ted Rall,
Ann Barnhardt, and Alexander Cockburn.
Revisionism is the systematic revision of and deviation from
Marxism, the basic revolutionary principles of the proletariat
laid down by Marx and Engels and further developed by the series
of thinkers and leaders in socialist revolution and construction.
The revisionists call themselves Marxists, even claim to make an
updated and creative application of Marxism but they do so
essentially to sugarcoat the bourgeois antiproletarian and
anti-Marxist ideas that they propagate.
I said it would take me a while to post this.
There is some really good timeless stuff in here even though this was originally published in 1982. I would say it's hard to tell it's dated.
Plus some lyrics
A 'manifesto' that came with christ the album
Scanned in PDF, converted to lossy JPG
about 40 images, will be posted in two parts due to imc 30 img limit
If anyone can tell me how or where to post as a PDF (7mb)
Or a better idea for sharing this...I was sad when I wanted to read it again and couldn't find a copy ANYWHERE.
now it's on the net it will live forever.
"The sad legacy of 9/11 is that the assholes, on each side, won." -- Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com ---- no No NO --- The real sad legacy of 9/11 is the matrix which intelligent people like Chris Hedges et. al., have woven to keep the American public perpetual prisoners of the cave.
While the hyper-nationalists, religious/war fetishists, and ALL of media flog themselves stupid over the next several days, i thought it would be worth revisitng the scam that was Pearl Harbor, as it relates to current affairs.
Tony Blair ghost-wrote wrote Q's speeches! Who's on first?
John Ralston Saul's Book, "Voltaire's Bastards" gives us deep and connective insight into the nightmarish age of reason, and rational systems. His work is suggestive, stimulating and enlightening...A worthy read...
He was even renditioned & tortured by the CIA and thrown into solitary for YEARS Now he's the new symbol of Democracy in the Middle East? WTF?
Every description of IRV voting on the Internet seems to be woefully inadequate. The Wikipedia entry is quite inadequate as well. This is probably the first comprehensible explanation. A much different voting method, that would truly empower voters is also described.
Federal guidelines for 911 commemorations have been issued "Ignore Al Qaeda" theme
Michael Ruppert, author of "Crossing the Rubicon", "Confronting Collapse" and the subject of the documentary "Truth and Lies of 9-11" will be in Portland, OR on September 11th. This will be a benefit for KBOO Community Radio. Michael's lecture is titled "No Time to Focus on the Past, We Must Focus on the Crisis of Industrial Civilization and the Emergence of Post-Petroleum Human"
Learn the successes and failures of past organizing to help be more successful against the RNC!
"Karl Marx had it right. At some point capitalism can destroy itself because you cannot keep on shifting income from labor to capital without not having excess capacity and a lack of aggregate demand, and that's what's happening." --Nouriel Roubini
We will examine whether terror is institutionalized in the psychology of some religions—particularly focusing on a sense of justice. There are many interesting and provocative ideas discussed. Arguably, this work is as controversial as it is timely. Such an intelligence estimate, if you will, would not have been written had it not related to many important and critical political issues and crises of our day (particularly as related to dominant "cultural clashes" as so framed by various think-tanks). But this work also significantly relates to political theory, history, criminal justice, jurisprudence, as well as social and political psychology etc.
It's soooo symbolic that Perry kicked off his campaign just outside Fort Sumpter, where the Civil War began...
Some thoughts on the insurrection in the UK: the ongoing riots in England are profoundly political.
I'm not surprised. I think this means that equality is necessary for human sanity.
Discussion event at Reading Frenzy, Tuesday August 16th, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Special Guest Donny Gluckstein speaks on The Paris Commune: A Revolution in Democracy
Special Guest Donny Gluckstein speaks on The Paris Commune: A Revolution in Democracy
Tuesday, August 9th, 7 pm
Portland State University
Cramer Hall, Room 401
Alternet is sort of a softer progressive magazine so it was surprising to find this article here today. It discusses a new book which is out which discusses violence as a means to stop corporate destruction.
The Super Congress [...] gives 13 people the unprecedented power to push through any legislation without a single amendment.
So what if the debt ceiling is not raised? Don't worry be happy.
Before we can determine if America has succumbed to fascism, we first must have a good definition and understanding of what fascism really is.
Rightwing think tanks invented a threat to fill the threat gap after the Soviet Union imploded.
The 2011 Portland Anarchist Bookfair is happening on July 23rd and 24th at Portland State University. It will be hosted by Students for Unity and be completely free. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, being a vendor, or volunteering please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Revolution solution. We don't need no Constitution.
Fuck the courts. Fuck the executive. Fuck the prostitutional "Congress." We paid into this. You will PAY out of it.
No more voting computers. The stupid Supreme Court don't care about justice!
"For those in whom a local mythology still works, there is an experience both of accord with the social order, and of harmony with the universe. For those, however, in whom the authorized signs no longer work - or, if working produce deviant effects - there follows inevitably a sense both of dissociation from the local social nexus and of quest within and without, for life, which the brain will take for "meaning". Coerced into the social pattern, the individual can only harden to some figure of living death; and if any considerable number of the members of a civilization are in this predicament, a point of no return will have passed."
... Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God, Vol. 4: Creative Mythology
To just respond to Alan Hart's largely rhetorical question embedded in the title of his article, there is no real Palestinian power - people or otherwise. Disenfranchised masses, the wretched of the earth, like any other mob, are only power in the hands of Machiavelli. This is self-evident. It is even a truism. In the case of Palestinians on ground zero, they stand at the threshold of annihilation while those in Diaspora look on. The only recourse for Palestinians today to overturn that dismal existential state of affairs they have been brought to, is to clean their own house first of their house negroes and fifth columnists.
From New Internationalist issue 443
"Mindless, violent thugs, hell-bent on sowing chaos." - That's the kind of press anarchists often get. Uri Gordon provides a more sympathetic take on a growing yet still little understood political movement.
The following is an interview with Melina, a twenty-one year old member of the KOE's youth organization (KOE, pronounced "Koy" on the streets of Greece, stands for Communist Organization of Greece). Melina comes from Patras, a city with an occupied square simlar to that of Athens. Patras is also home to great polarization around the question of immigrants in Greece.
Anarchists try to identify power structures. They urge those exercising power to justify themselves. Then anarchists work at unmasking and mastering the structures, whether they involve patriarchal families or a Mafia international system in the private tyrannies of the economy, the corporation. Links to videos of R Hahnel, M Milstein and M Albert.
Awaken to the need for real reform to stop war.
Good overview, chronology, and analysis of the past few weeks at the encampment in Plaça Catalunya. Reflections on direct democracy vs. self-organization, the emergence of dogmatic pacifism and so-called "nonviolence", and the anarchist role in the struggle against electoral politics.
Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm. Hollywood Theater, NE 42nd and Sandy. $5 Suggest Donation, $10 Solidarity
ONE NIGHT ONLY
To brighten the present, one colors the past black. Brecht protested against falsifying the real course of history by making rogues of individual figures. Gaddafi nationalized the oil that Americans claim, expropriated banks and parts of big industry, abolished the education monopoly, organized free health care, reduced unemployment and created the highest living conditions.
Come be part of this evenings discussion on the Drug War with Allen Hines in Room 323, Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University.
In times of crisis, economic restructuring and political readjustment via austerity has an important relationship to both the content and form of policing and security mechanisms ... The end of austerity will come with the end of capital. This will necessitate a total social confrontation coupled with the complete undoing of capitalist relations. The antagonisms, confrontations and alliances to make this possible exist everywhere. Their coalescence will be insurrection generalized.
And just where and how did this, ha,brilliant Rhodes scholar(U.S. UN
Ambassador Susan Rice) come up
with her wild tale of Libya,Gaddaffi and Viagra ? She plagiarized it
from a VERY REAL CIA incident !
The stubborn Basel businessman Georg Hasler has a new economic system in mind. He joins two economic concepts that are often discussed these days: unconditional basic income and a radical change of property rights in ideas called free knowledge. Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by many, even by a whole society.
This is the last point I have in a long tangent along the same line of thinking, as to how we bridge gaps to fight for a common goal?
US gov't gives Osama the "Argentine treatment"
This is the video from the "Eva Golinger" event at the Unitarian Church on Friday May 6 2011,
See evidence of abuse of the global disease surveillance system by the fbi/cia and their operatives.
The people of the United States are currently unprepared to seize a revolutionary moment. We must fix that. How can we raise our levels of revolutionary consciousness, organization and struggle?
The Institute for Anarchist Studies and AK Press are proud to announce the release of the second book in their joint series, "Oppose and Propose: Lessons from Movement for a New Society," by Andy Cornell.
of these 4,
which was the best and most reliable story?
Wiki-leaks git-mo gulag MIA...
Vittorio Arrigoni ISM journalist and human rights defender murdered in Gaza on April 14 2011.
Demonstrations are a very important component of democracy. But elections are also crucial. Unfortunately, our plurality method voting system renders voting almost pointless because of the spoiler (black hat) effect. I suggest the approval with runoffs method, which would make elections meaningful. I am an equalitarian (this isn't France, so "egalitarian" is not the proper term, I say). I want to end the wars, bailouts, etc. And we need tariffs, etc.
Since there apparently are no significant alternatives to Obama the Stooge, I am now running for president. If my Free & Equal Party wins, we will give each and every citizen of age 17 on or after July 4, 2011 $10,000, tax free. To do whatever they want with (new cars, guns, drugs, whatever).
Imperial Mobilization of ruling states has the deep purse strings and the wherewithal to enact any macro propaganda they deem necessary and useful, permit Hegelian dialectics to be spawned within it covering the entire gamut of discourse with opposites alternately denying and affirming with truths, half-truths, and imaginative evidence-free story-telling, and can sustain it over long periods of time because while governments change, the Mighty Wurlitzer goes on forever. Therefore, understanding the Mighty Wurlitzer is essential for getting one's head wrapped around statecraft that defines itself as: 'Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State'.
Three-year old has a fit because he can't be governor. Video goes viral. Kid needs to see that a governor is a politician and all politicians are nasty, small-minded, small-hearted, selfish weasels who would rather eat you than shake your hand.
April 9th: Anthropology's Dissidents: Roberto Gonzales, John Kelly, David Price, & John Allison
(4/9) 8pm-Vollum Lecture Hall
3203 SE 32nd Woodstock BVLD
Tuesday, March 29 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Food for Thought Café
1825 SW Broadway (Basement of Smith Memorial Student Union)
From a spontaneous demonstration of 1500 ending with the interior minister himself apologizing to the crowd in Damascus, to thousands in Daraa facing live shots by security forces, to protests in the Kurdish areas: Syria is on the verge of boiling over into revolution.
Where the social contract vanishes, we become wolves to one another. Without a social contract, the state becomes a trough for the super-rich, checks and balances is replaced by revolving doors, public spirit disappears and cynicism and nihilism triumph. Justice as equal opportunities is replaced by justice as rewarding achievers. Without vision, the people perish.
No to imperialist intervention in the Libya! Saudi, UAE troops out of Bahrain!
Support Middle Eastern democracy struggles! End imperialist wars in Iraq, Afghanistan!
If History is a guide the outlook for Libya has worsen
We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle, express our most militant greetings to women all over the world and join you in the celebration of the centennial of the International Women's Day. The history and current trend of militant women's struggle must be highlighted in the midst of the global depression and chaos that pervade the various regions of the world today.
A letter to Chavez on Libya
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