This is a full and uncut interview with Vlad Teichberg, of Global Revolution TV, shot in December 2011 at the squat in Bushwick, Brooklyn where Global Revolution TV had set up studio space, just days before an NYPD raid would rout them from the space. Portions of this interview appear in the documentary American Autumn: an Occudoc (available on iTunes, or set your own price for the DVD).
A New Yorker feature article described Vlad and Global Revolution TV in the following way:
Global Revolution brands itself as non-hierarchical, but if anyone is in charge it is Vlad Teichberg, a thirty-nine-year-old former derivatives trader. (…) Teichberg was born in Moscow, and moved with his parents to Queens when he was ten. He attended Princeton, where he wrote a thesis on number theory, then headed to Wall Street, where he worked for Deutsche Bank. ‘I thought globalization was going to create equality around the world,’ he said. After 9/11, his views changed. ‘The politicization of it—using it to start wars, and the Patriot Act and everything—it was obvious we were heading down the wrong path.’ He left finance, helped found a grassroots media collective, and poured his savings into the resistance.
cross posted form Acronym TV | Stories covered in this Resistance Report:
Segment 1: Rejecting American Exceptionalism
In invoking American Exceptionalism as a reason we should intervene in Syria. President Obama is invoking the same principle that self empowers us remain “the greatest purveyors of violence on Earth today.”
Segment 2: Occupy Turns 2 (08:17)
An Occupy activist reflects on lessons learned from two years of Occupying.
Segment 3: TPP Protests Escalate (Margaret Flowers Interview) (16:13)
As the Obama administration seeks to Fast Track the TPP, activists and organizers are gearing up for a major battle to stop this “NAFTA on steroids.”
Segment 4: Code Pink’s Peace Insurrection (Medea Benjamin Interview) (23:17)This week, Code Pink Staged a round the clock Peace Insurrection in Washington DC.
When the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections commission that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government, many of us who care about the principles of Democracy (first and foremost among them that the people rule) felt as if we had been punched in the gut by Andre the Giant, kicked in the privates by the steel toe of a Gene Simmons boot, and Mike Tyson was making a meal out of our ear.
It is hard to imagine feeling worse than that, but President Obama is working to see that you do.
The Obama administration is brokering a secret global deal that combines all of the worst elements of NAFTA and Citizens United, shoots them up with steroids, sprinkles in a speedball and codifies these principles into a trade agreement that is in fact much more than a trade agreement. The trade agreement is the Trojan horse to bore you and put you to sleep so that when you wake up a global corporate coup will be in place creating a parallel system of justice where three private attorneys would oversee a kangaroo court set up to defend corporate interests that the laws all countries signing on to what is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be subservient to.
For now, let us focus on three things about the TPP:
1. It’s a secret. While parts of the TPP draft texts have been leaked, the Obama administration is brokering this deal behind closed doors & aggressively pursuing an agreement that, if the text were in fact shared publicly, the deal would be impossible to sign because that opposition to it would be so great. But who has time to sit down and parse through 24 chapters of legal babble, bicker and balderdash- that is what we have our elected officials in Congress for right? Yes, well, about that- as Lori Wallach and Ben Beachey wrote in a New York Timed op ed on June 2nd: “While Congress has constitutional authority to set the terms of trade, so far the executive branch has managed to resist repeated requests by members of Congress to see the text of the draft agreement and has denied requests from members to attend negotiations as observers — reversing past practice.”
This is congress we are talking about- these gals and guys are by and large total yes men for corporate interests. If you can’t find allies in that group of swine, than what exactly are you selling here? A few days ago, after navigating a labyrinth of red tape- Congressman Alan Grayson was allowed to read the text of the agreement.
With no aides present and under the conditions that no notes could be taken or copies made and that the contents are classified top secret.
2. The TPP makes corporations more powerful than governments. Say that out loud to yourself and let it sink in: The TPP makes corporations more powerful than governments. As Kevin Zeese points out, that even though the public and the media can not see the texts, and select members of congress only get very limited access 600 corporations have been advising the president and suggesting amendments as they have full access to the documents. This includes some of America’s worst corporate citizens: Monsanto, WalMart, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Pfizer and big Pharma, Cargill, Exxon-Mobil, Chevron among them. In other words, a corporate advisors to what Matt Taibbi famously called a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money gets to read and craft the text and you me and just about everyone we know, including our so called representative officials, are locked out.
3. The third thing you need to know about the TPP is the most important: we can stop it. Obama wants to fast track it through Congress this October. If you want to help stop the TPP, visit PopularResistance.org and sign up.
We have the capacity to communicate . And that capacity just expanded dramatically. Because we now have a film of our own.
This is not amateur hour. This is a movie as well made, in technical terms, as any Hollywood blockbuster with Pentagon funding. But this is a movie with us in it. I don’t mean our little group of activist friends. I mean us, the people of this country, our stories, our hardships, our triumphs, our injustices, our tragedies, our humor. This is radically different from what you’ll see at your local movie theater. (emphasis mine)
In addition to submitting this to various film festivals, I have decided to make the entire feature length available for free. If you enjoy it, please share it.
more at www.Occudoc.org
written, directed & produced by Dennis Trainor, Jr
Associate producer, co-editor, graphics & titles, Aj Russo
ABOUT THE FILM
What would a world look like that had a culture and an economic system that places human need above corporate greed, and how do we bring that world into being? Who cares what it is called. Call it Socialism, Call it Real Democracy Now, and Call it Chunky-Monkey-Cherry Garcia. The world needs to change radically, it needs to change dramatically, and it needs to change fast.
American Autumn: an Occudoc is an invitation for you to participate in that positive change.
With interviews and insight from key organizers, thinkers and activists including Medea Benjamin, David Degraw, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Lee Camp, Naomi Klein, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Sanders, Vlad Teichberg, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, Kevin Zeese and many more, writer/ director Dennis Trainor Jr weaves commentary and a fearless style that often puts the viewer right between police and protesters.
The film includes an original score by Goldi (an OWS occupier himself and key member of Guitarmy) with additional original music created by Mike Lawrence-Yanicelli.
The legendary punk band FUGAZI supplied additional songs.
Should Move to Amend be among the top priorities of the Occupy movement? In a word: yes.
In a few more words: the reason is that contrary to what Gordon Gecko (the fictional character of Oliver Stones tragically misunderstood satire WALL STREET) would have you believe as he embodied the ethos of the Ronald Reagan era, greed is not good. In fact, greed is homicidal blood sucking zombie maniac that has raped and pillaged its away from Compton to Gaza and all around the globe.
And greed long ago hijacked our culture and our political system.
And in many more words + video:
Sunday, October 8th – Nearly 1000 peaceful protesters were denied entry into a free museum (Smithsonian Air and Space). We intended to stage a die in under a drone exhibit. We don’t think a U.S. Museum should glorify weapons of mass destruction. We were denied entry, physically beaten back by police, and at least 12 of us (myself included) were hit with Pepper Spray. …. Join us in Freedom Plaza. #oct6 is in solidarity with #occupyDC, OccupyWallStreet and #OccupyEverywhere
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