Progressives People speak in the words of Bradley Manning
I sent you a moon email.
I’ve seen this video once before; it was good to see it again.
My only constructive criticism is that speakers should be ID’d the first time they appear. I know who some of them are, of course; but not all. I’m sure others are in the same situation and that the lack of ID’s makes them feel irritatingly unhip.
Will retweet although I’m already over my self-imposed allotment today.
Good to see. FDLers have had an opportunity to get info from Kevin Gosztola, but the rest of the U.S. probably hears only the version of the politicians. So, I hope this video informs people. I hope it doesn’t end up only preaching to the choir.
Wondering why you labeled the people in that video “progressives,” though?
My question would have been more to my point if I had asked; Do we know if all of them self-identify as “progressives” or if you are assuming that is what they are.
One of the main problems is that even an informed public in America… not that there is one… would not be able to change the policies of the national security state and even most laws. When polled most Americans, want single payer health care… they get ignored. Or they want the US out of Afghanistan.. they get ignored. Or they want election reform, they get the same old and worse.
What WOULD an inform public actually DO? Strike? Demonstrate? Tax revolt? America is lost as a democracy. Informed people knew that and bitch about it to no avail.
We are witnessing the behavior of “fascists.” In Nazi Germany there were few whistle blowers unless you were Albert E. I’m sure Nazis considered Albert a traitor to the Nazi party, which he despised.
America’s corporate fascist, are no better than crackheads…
Very moving and, dare I say, hopeful. What most here have long recognized is finally being named and spoken about more broadly.
Worth a read if you haven’t already: “There’s a New Fascism on the Rise, and the NSA Leaks Show Us What It Looks Like”
Also, e.g., TPP. Both content and process.
We’ve come a long way since RoevWade & Frank Church lulled us to sleep.
Thanks, Barry, for being the useful tool who may finally wake up the country.
Stay home and don’t buy gasoline for a week. Go after the cash flow and monopoly? There is only one problem as I see it.
American’s can’t say no. They can’t say no to booze, butts and pills. Can’t say no to lottery tickets. Can’t say no to corporations and politicians. Can’t say no to dope! Sill cant say no to artery clogging cheeseburgers! Yup that’s it… America’s “brain,” is fried like the “egg,” on the hood of the car……..
Kierkegaard might be right. That little “black box,” thing. America conditioned like Pavlov’s dog, “somarized” by the next generation of mothers little helper(s) while “paying” cable TV a month in advanced to be brainwashed by corporate ads after paying your “Life Tax,” in the form of a mandated health insurance premium to be paid under fear of a coercive punitive tax penalty to a state based tax exempt health insurance corporation?
America is an addict in a state of denial, played by opportunists.
Guess it takes a drunk now sober, as it once took a thief?
Stay home and don’t buy gasoline for a week.
I don’t buy gasoline anyway, but it has occurred to me that massive economic boycotts might work.
Stop buying anything that you do not absolutely need and for one week, don’t buy anything at all. (This would mean, of course, planning ahead for food.)
It would have to be a mass movement, though, enough to make a big dent; and we would get no help from the mass media in publicizing it and persuading people that it is necessary.
Any ideas on how to sell it to the nation without money or help from elsewhere. (That question is serious, not the least bit sarcastic or rhetorical.) Democracy Now? The Green Party website?
Also, as newcarguy once posted, making a point by voting to the left of the Democratic Party would not take much, only about 5% of the popular vote. We won’t have another Presidential election until 2016, though and the Green Party is not running enough other candidates. AFAIK, for example, no Green is running for U.S. against Markey and Gomez and that election is tomorrow.
“I don’t buy gasoline anyway, but it has occurred to me that massive economic boycotts might work.”
How about health insurance? Once the government can legislate “servitude,” to a specific corporate interest, you are trapped by the short hairs, as they say. So essentially any “boycott,” is rendered mute by economic leveraging, as a form of dissent or expression for the governed. As Butler said, “…its a racket.” Yes it is a racket not just limited to war.
I don’t pay for, or control, my health insurance, either. I don’t buy car insurance or life insurance.
But my reply did set out alternate boycotts in which I and everyone am able to participate. Do you have any thoughts on those or on the question that I asked about getting a movement of significant numbers across the nation going? That is the crux.
Good point, I changed it. I was wrong to presume that.
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