Ending Corporate Rule

So it's clear that corporations, since their 'modern' inception in 1600 where Queen Elizabeth first allowed the charter of East India Company, have sped the introduction of technology and fostered global trade. It's equally clear that they've outlived their usefulness.

When the United States was initiated, there were clear restrictions put in place to avoid the worst of European corporate abuses. This because our founding fathers were well aware of the abuse of power already being exercised by European corporations. 

The Totality of Now

The totality of now sounds foreign, even meaningless, to most of us. Putting the words ‘totality’ and ‘now’ together is almost incomprehensible to people all over this planet. We clearly remember yesterday and understand tomorrow is on it’s way. Which is exactly true. The past is gone, and tomorrow never comes. 

Yet we seem unable to get our heads wrapped around this central fact our biological existence. Very strange.

Live from Philly Dem Convention

My friend and fellow Occupier Jim Luken and I had a fine, if laborious, time yesterday at FDR Park in Philadelphia at the protest zone near the Democratic Convention. We had lots of interactions, giving away about 300 copies of the book to your right (if you read on). We, as in Jim Luken, had to dolly those puppies half a mile due to security.

Sorry Bernie, No Hillary - We Are Revolutionaries!

The great Fred Hampton, Black Panther leader that was murdered by Chicago police in cahoots with the FBI on December 3,1969, had a refrain he used in his speeches. "I am a revolutionary." Partly he was killed because of his oratory skills, partly because of his organizing skills. He was in the process of merging the Black Panthers with other activists groups of the day - and J. Edgar Hoover put a stop to all that.

Brand New Angle for Activists (by The Ox)

No one ever pulled off a "revolution" of any kind (or is going to)...

working 9-5 at it, taking the weekends off

voting without taking any direct action whatsoever

writing and posting articles or embracing the arts only

thinking that what happened to MLK won't happen to your radical leader

expecting a public plagued by cynicism, apathy, resignation and high tech gadgetry atomization to do something in meaningful solidarity (without a new ingredient being injected into the mix)

marching in circles with placards

Staring Down the Precipice: An Interview with Richard Oxman

Richard Oxman is an educator living in Santa Cruz County, California. After talking both on the phone and by email with him the past few months, he has already become a dear friend to me. As someone interested in revolutionary politics, peace, and in providing a livable world for our children, I grew more and more interested as he began to share his plan for social change in his home state, which he calls Transforming our State of California (TOSCA). The following are excerpts from our ongoing (never-ending!) conversations.

Jill Stein Rocks, Cincinnati

Jill Stein rocked the at Lydia's on Ludlow tonight (7/18/16), speaking about the critical issues we all face. The enthusiastic packed house cheered as she railed against a corrupt system and offered concrete, tangible solutions to the poor state of our lives and country.

She actually spoke passionately about Peace, and how our government perpetuates a bad system by being the marketing team for armaments manufacturers. She spoke of the plight of Palestinians as well.

Community Policing 101

Older folks will remember the Andy Griffith Show, where the Mayberry law enforcement team of Andy Griffith and Barney Fife maintained security through community policing. Okay it was TV, with a context of generally happy, middle class white folk living in small town America. But the idea was good.

It's still good. And it's an idea much needed at this time. We don't really need to review the symptoms. Folks, especially of color, are being gunned down left and right. We need to find answers. We need systemic change.

Go Green, Bernie! - or Be Left Behind

The duopoly that serves as our 'democracy' is again poised to install another corporatist into the White House. Oh goody.

If you believe corporate media, there's no point in resisting. And yes, we'd better support Clinton to keep Terrible Trump from becoming president. Especially now that, according to MSM sources, Bernie will endorse Hillary for president this week. I hope they're dead wrong.

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