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- Category: Skeptical Scott's Video Blog
- Published on Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:54
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On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges discusses the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms.
- Category: FFR Highlights
- Published on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 11:48
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http://www.filterfreeradio.com - Filter Free Radio speaks with Mark Taylor Canfield in Seattle, WA on this year's May Day 2013 activism, news, and much more! Mark Taylor Canfield is an Independent Journalist with Free Speech Radio News, a Contributing Blogger at The Huffington Post, and Blogger at The Daily Kos. Follow him on Twitter: @mtcanfield and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mtaylorcanfield
- Category: Jacob's Blog
- Published on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:02
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http://www.filterfreeradio.com - Jacob Dean covers a May Day 2013 action in Portland: Concerned Portland Citizen Jesse Hadden leads an early May Day 2013 rally at Terry D. Schrunk Plaza in front of Portland City Hall. This "non-permitted" event drew a few dozen participants, sign makers, a couple different speakers, at least three federal homeland security suv's and personnel, two local network television news crews, a local radio station reporter, and a local newspaper reporter. This event was separate from the larger May Day march and rally in Portland later on...
This from the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/369422376510766/
The FBI rolled an Armored Personnel Carrier full of federal combat police down the streets of SE Portland on Friday, to serve a sealed warrant, without explanation to the community. Meanwhile, they're continuing in a pre-May Day campaign of targeted harassment against local activists -- in Portland, Oakland, Olympia, and Seattle. They're shutting down entire city blocks with military hardware. They're harassing activists at home, at places of work, at school, even on their jogging routes.
This, after more than two years of coordinated nation-wide violence directed against peaceful protesters working for social justice. This is the face of terror in America, that threatens our freedoms and our way of life. We will neither be intimidated, nor baited. Instead, we reclaim the streets for radically-positive community action! These are OUR STREETS, and we claim them for peace and revelry!
JOIN US TO SAY, WITH ONE VOICE, THAT OUR STREETS ARE NO PLACE FOR THE FBI'S WEAPONS OF WAR!
While this event is permitted by our sovereign rights as free human beings, this event is not permitted by the city.
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- Published on Thursday, 02 May 2013 04:08
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http://www.filterfreeradio.com Filter Free Radio Episode #86 - Filter Free Radio - Happy May Day 2013! Get Active! Jacob Dean and Skeptical Scott broadcast live from Portland, OR and Washington, DC and bring you the unfiltered news corporate media won't tell you! On this episode of FFR its May Day 2013, Jacob attends an event in Portland, Mark Taylor Canfield gives the latest May Day news from Seattle and much more! Recorded live on 5/01/2013 in Portland, OR.
- Category: Skeptical Scott's Video Blog
- Published on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 08:29
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This is What Hope Looks Like
Hope will not come in trusting in the ultimate goodness of Barack Obama, who, like Herod of old, sold out his people. It will not be realized by chanting packaged campaign slogans or attempting to influence the democratic party. It will not come through our bankrupt liberal institutions-- from the press, to the withered stump that is the labor movement.
Hope will only come now when we physically defy the violence of the state. All who resist, all who are here today, keep hope alive. All who succumb to fear, despair and apathy become an enemy of hope. They become, in their passivity, agents of injustice.
If the enemies of hope are finally victorious in this nation, the poison of violence will become not only the language of power but the language of opposition. And those who resist with nonviolence are the last thin line of defense between a civil society and its disintegration.
Hope has a cost. Hope is not comfortable or easy. Hope requires personal risk. It is not about the right attitude. Hope is not about peace of mind. Hope is action. Hope is doing something. The more futile, the more useless, the more irrelevant and incomprehensible an act of rebellion is, the vaster and more potent hope becomes.
Hope never makes sense. Hope is weak, unorganized and absurd. Hope, which is always nonviolent, exposes in its powerlessness, the lies, fraud and coercion employed by the state. Hope knows that an injustice visited on our neighbor is an injustice visited on all of us. Hope posits that people are drawn to the good by the good. This is the secret of hope's power. Hope demands for others what we demand for ourselves. Hope does not separate us from them. Hope sees in our enemy our own face.
Hope is not for the practical and the sophisticated, the cynics and the complacent, the defeated and the fearful. Hope is what the corporate state, which saturates our airwaves with lies, seeks to obliterate. Hope is what this corporate state is determined to crush. Be afraid, they tell us. Surrender your liberties to us so we can make the world safe from terror. Don't resist. Embrace the alienation of our cheerful conformity. Buy our products. Without them you are worthless. Become our brands. Do not look up from your electronic hallucinations. No. Above all do not think. Obey.
The powerful do not understand hope. Hope is not part of their vocabulary. They speak in the cold, dead words of national security, global markets, electoral strategy, staying on message, image and money. The powerful protect their own. They divide the world into the damned and the blessed, the patriots and the enemy, the privileged and the weak. They insist that extinguishing lives in foreign wars, or in our prison complexes, is a form of human progress.
They cannot see that the suffering of a child in Kandehar or a child in the blighted urban pocket of our nation's capitol diminishes and impoverishes us all. They are deaf, dumb and blind to hope. Those addicted to power, enthralled by self-exaltation, cannot decipher the words of hope any more than most of us can decipher hieroglyphics.
Hope to Wall Street bankers and politicians, to the masters of war and commerce, is not practical. It is gibberish. It means nothing. And this is because they kneel before the idols of greed and money.
If we resist and carry out acts, no matter how small, of open defiance, hope will not be extinguished. If all we accomplish today is to assure a grieving mother in Baghdad or Afghanistan, a young man or woman crippled physically and emotionally by the hammer blows of war, that he or she is not alone, our act will be successful. But hope cannot be sustained if it cannot be seen.
Any act of rebellion, any physical defiance of those who make war, of those who perpetuate corporate greed and are responsible for state crimes, anything that seeks to draw the good to the good, nourishes our souls and holds out the possibility that we can touch and transform the souls of others.
Hope affirms that which we must affirm. And every act that imparts hope is a victory in itself.
(from W. H. Auden) Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.