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Noam Chomsky on Everything: War, Capitalism, Racism, & the lies we tell ourselves...

This is a dense 20 minute interview with Noam by Laura Flanders. He explains how the US has never been a democracy, and brags about being the "World's Biggest Terrorist State." He also shows how we don't even have Capitalism, we have Corporate Socialism, sponsored by a Country whose economy has always relied on Slave Labor...Even Today. Also, China's Pollution is Our Pollution because they are our manufacturing base. Hope will come in movements that, unfortunately, have no institutional memory.

Chris Hedges on the Gaza Massacre

Chris Hedges tells it like it is...

Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges speaks with Professor Noam Chomsky about working-class resistance during the Industrial Revolution, propaganda, and the historical role played by intellectuals in times of war. Chomsky: "The system we have now is radically anti-capitalist, radically anti-democratic, opposed to markets, and in favor of concentrating wealth and power." Noam also says Occupy challenges the atomization of society, and also discusses how the media obstructs meaningful action to address climate change.

Movement Action Plan (MAP) - By Bill Moyer

Bill Moyer (September 17, 1933 – October 21, 2002), was a United States social change activist who was a principal organizer in the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement. He was an author, and a founding member of the Movement for a New Society. Moyer developed the Movement Action Plan (MAP) to achieve this end. Since its development it has been used to train hundreds of activists, most notably in the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe. Here is Bill Moyer's final talk before his untimely death from cancer.

Chris Hedges & "Mr. Fish": War and its Meaning...

For the first 32 minutes of the video Chris Hedges gives an impassioned & gripping talk on his personal, first hand, experiences in war and political thoughts on this topic. This is then followed by an amazing 25 minute Q&A period where both Chris hedges and Dwayne "Mr. Fish" Booth respond to several questions asked by the audience, and as always what is said is amazingly thought provoking. Both Dwayne Booth and Chris Hedges have been working collaborators and good friends for the last 6 years.

Chris Hedges - Our Only Hope Comes Through Rebellion!

Chris Hedges speaks on 3/29/2014 at the "One Nation Under Surveillance" civil liberties conference at CCSU in CT. He's introduced by Mongi Dhaouadi, Executive Director of CAIR-CT. Hedges was one of he plaintiffs in a suit against the government "indefinite detention" policy. Hedges is a former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times. He's written "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt", "What Every Person Should Know About War", "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning", "Death of the Liberal Class," "Empire of Illusion," other books. He's a weekly columnist at Truthdig.com and the personal favorite of Filter Free Radio. Here is Hedges on how "Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion."

The "Deep State" Hiding in Plain Sight - BillMoyers.com

Mike Lofgren, a congressional staff member for 28 years, joins Bill Moyers to talk about what he calls Washington's "Deep State," in which elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. “It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war," Lofgren tells Moyers....

The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight from BillMoyers.com

 

 

George Carlin ~ The Real Owners Of Our Society

"It's called The American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it."

 

Chris Hedges: Crisis Zones, Collapse, & the Antidote to Defeatism

Chris Hedges spoke with RT’s Abby Martin about the forces driving the acceleration of global decline.  It's the system that is, not so much driven by individuals but, fueled by profits & monetary value over all else.  Everything has a price & will be exploited until collapse.  Nothing is sacred.  We have lost our ability for empathy.  We can't talk about Hope without resistance.

 

Chris Hedges: The Myth of Human Progress & the Collapse of Complex Societies

All Species go extinct, and humans are no exception.  Like the Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians, Romans, Easter Island, etc, Our Civilization will inevitably collapse.  The only difference is that, this time, the whole planet goes down with us.  Chris Hedges has taken on the daunting task of explaining to people, who don't want to hear it, what is happening and what must be done to stop this insane spiral into collective suicide.  We are all on the Pequod and Mutiny our only salvation.

 

 

"HomoToxicUs" - or How we are poisoned everyday

Here is an insightful French Canadian Documentary that demonstrates one of the many reasons we have to cut ourselves off from the Corrupt Corporate State.  The Food, Pharmaceutical, & Petro-Chemical Industries are literally poisoning us.  Ever wonder where Cancer comes from?
Death by a thousand cuts...In our modern world our exposure to 150,000 different chemicals, in almost every product, may one day spell our doom.  It will be unchangeable, as it will be bound in our very DNA.

 

Chris Hedges & NSA whistle-blower William Binney on NSA Criminality

Hedges and Binney on Obama's NSA guidelines - Reality Asserts Itself Pt.1
Chris Hedges and NSA whistle-blower William Binney tell Paul Jay that there should be accountability, including the President himself, for the criminal practices used by the NSA against the American people:
"DEA created a separate division, a special operations division, to look into the NSA data to find information about citizens that were involved in drugs or other kinds of criminal activity, and then used that evidence to point state and local police to them to arrest them. And then, once they get them arrested, they had rules on how to manage this data. They weren't to tell the police who made the arrest or the courts or the lawyers defending or prosecuting or the judges, and no one was to know the source of the original data. They had to do a parallel construction, which was to go and find evidence that they would have accumulated in a normal police procedure to justify an arrest to begin with, and then substitute that evidence for the information that they really used to arrest."


Pt.2 Chris Hedges and William Binney answer the question:"What should the NSA policy look like?"



Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream

740 Park Ave, New York City, is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. Across the Harlem River, 10 minutes to the north, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US -- the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians for friendly bills on Capitol Hill


 

 

The Pathology of the Wealthy - Chris Hedges

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.



The Power & Potential of Nonviolent Struggle by Gene Sharp

Political power is not intrinsic to rulers nor is it monolithic. Political power is derived from the people of a place and will disintegrate when people withdraw their obedience and support.
Gene Sharp's books are available for order or free download from The Albert Einstein Institution, www.AEinstein.org - Including: "From Dictatorship to Democracy", "Self-Liberation', 'There Are Realistic Alternatives"

 

 

Reality Asserts Itself with Chris Hedges

This seven part series with Chris Hedges is a must watch first part of a brand new series from The Real News Network called "Reality Asserts Itself." Find more at http://www.therealnews.com

Part One

Part Two

Part Three 

Part Four 

Part Five 

Part Six 

Part Seven

 

 

 

6,000 lbs of food on 1/10th acre - Urban Farm

From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year! 

To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you can find them at http://urbanhomestead.org
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Growing Your Own Food is Like Printing Your Own Money

"Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do."
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.
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Capitalism Hits the Fan - Richard Wolff

Capitalism Hits the Fan, and Q&A - Professor Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis and traces its source to the 1970s, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a spiral of borrowing and debt. By placing the crisis in this framework, Wolff argues that proposals for government "bailouts," offers of stimulus packages, and calls for increased market regulation will not address the real causes of the crisis. He suggests that far more fundamental change is necessary to avoid future catastrophes. Richly illustrated with motion graphics, Capitalism Hits the Fan is a superb introduction to the unraveling economic crisis for ordinary citizens. - A MUST WATCH!!!
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Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield - Jeremy Scahill

WOW! This is riveting Spy Novel stuff!  Scahill is really good at telling stories that sound implausible, but are True Stories that "You just can't make this stuff up." - Moreover it's insanity on the Part of the Military Industrial Complex, all fueled by the profit greed of Corporate America.  An Absolute Must Watch if you want to just begin to grasp U.S. Foreign Policy.  Click below to go to the archived LiveStream Video.

 

Noam Chomsky: The Amazing Rise and Fall of Presumption Of Innocence

“Tell the truth, but make it so shocking that no one wants to hear about it.”

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Glenn Greenwald - The NSA Endgame

Glenn Greenwald speaks via Skype to the Socialism 2013 conference on 6-28-13 regarding his eye opening experience re: Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's mass surveillance program, death of Journalism, universal surveillance.  "Courage is Contagious."  "The rights that we have only exist if we exercise them." Fear is their game and we should not, and need not, be afraid.  Introduction by Jeremy Scahill

 

 

 

Capitalism IS The Crisis

One you grasp that it's not just a few bad apples and that our current economic system is itself the problem, then you begin to understand how we got here and what must be done to save ourselves.
"Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the "austerity" agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis. The film features original interviews with Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Michael Hardt, Peter Gelderloos, Leo Panitch, David McNally, Richard J.F. Day, Imre Szeman, Wayne Price, and many more!"

OBEY

What does it mean when our habits shape a world in which we can no longer live? "This is a film about you, me, and the routine of obedience." - "It's difficult to shift our behavior to anything that we are unfamiliar with." ~ But it is our only means of survival.

This short film charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.

The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognise the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity.
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'War is a Force that Gives us Meaning' with Chris Hedges

War Correspondent Chris Hedges is taking on a very tough job, telling the truth to people who absolutely do not want to hear it.  His first hand accounts of war makes this is his most compelling speach!
"In war, Truth is the first casualty." -"Violence is a disease, a disease that corrupts all who use it regardless of the cause.”
"We are tempted, maybe even encouraged, to reduce life to a simple search for happiness. Happiness, however, withers if there is no meaning. The other temptation is to disavow the search for happiness in order to be faithful to that which provides meaning. But to live only for meaning, indifferent to all happiness, makes us fanatic, self-righteous, and cold. It leaves us cut off from our own humanity and the humanity of others." - and his most famous quote, used in The Hurt Locker: "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.”
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You can follow along with the transcript here http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/chris-hedges-war-is-a-force-that-gives-us-meaning-2004-must-see/


Derrick Jensen - Endgame

Derrick Jensen asks some really hard questions and points out dichotomies in our unsustainable culture. Such as: "Do you believe that our culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living?" And what does that mean we have to do?
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Slavoj Zizek - Philosopher & Culture Critic

This is 90 minutes and heavy.  My head hurts.
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Who Owns the World? Noam Chomsky on U.S.-Fueled Dangers

If you don't know human history you are doomed to repeat it.  Noam's done quite a few media appearances lately...And we are all the better for it.  This is 42 minutes of Anthropology that's worth committing to memory, in order to better understand where we are as a society.  I first saw this on DemocracyNow! - October 28th.
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Slavoj Zizek - neither the Market nor the Gov't will fix our Crisis

[despite the opening credits not being in English, this video is in English]  Our current capitalist system, that everyone believed would be smoothly spread around the globe, is untenable.  We find ourselves on the brink of big problems that calls for big solutions.  Whatever is left of the left, has been hedged in by western liberal democracy and seems to lack the energy to come up with radical solutions
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Noam Chomsky: Activism & Hope

Kudos to Matthew Filipowicz for getting an interview with Noam and asking much of the same questions that I would've.  In this 1/2 hour interview Chomsky explains what must be done and, quite simply, how to do it.
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Slavoj Zizek - Why charity is fucked up & bullshit

I love these Animations! Zizek will blow your mind. He is talking about identifying the rot of the Global Capitalism system as a whole. Being able to re-imagine society. He can sure turn a phrase. "Charity degrades and demoralizes." "The worst slave owners were the ones who were nice to their slaves." And my personal favorite: “There is a certain type of misanthropy which is much better as a social attitude than this cheap, charitable, optimism”
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In this short RSA Animate, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving.

 

Julian Assange Urges Obama Admin to End "Regime of Secrecy"

Julian Assange tells it like it is...  No wonder they want to silence him, too much truth.
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/in_un_address_wikileaks_julian_assange
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Interview with NDAA lawsuit plaintiffs

March 29th, 2012 a group of plaintiffs led by author/journalist Chris Hedges brought a lawsuit against Barack Obama and the US government for section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which gives the US military the right to detain American citizens indefinitely without charge or trial.
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The clip features interviews with following plaintiffs during or immediately after the court date:
- Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winning author, journalist & former NY Times war correspondent.
- Tangerine Bolen, founder of RevolutionTruth.
- Alexa O'Brien, founder of US Day Of Rage.
- Kai Wargalla, founder of Occupy London.

Michael Parenti: Imperialism & the 99% Solution

This is a nice lecture outlining the depth of our Empire.  He points out that what is called a failure and ridiculed as such, are in fact sucesses for maintaining the status quo.  He's a little slow but looks good for an 80 year old.


 

Examined Life by Astra Taylor

Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today's most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas. Featuring Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor.
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“The unexamined life is not worth living.” —Socrates

Smiley & West on The Election & Why Calling Obama Progressive Ignores His Record

Thank God for Cornel West!  He calls BS, so elloquently.  Crypto-fascist is a term worth knowing.  Tavis Smiley is pretty good too.  Time to build movements...
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Michael Hardt on REVOLUTION

This is from one of my favorite documentaries of late and that's "EXAMINED LIFE" by Astria Taylor. This is the 9 minute segment with Michael Hardt where he explains a re-thinking of REVOLUTION. The artistic filler is distracting but the commentary is good.  It all starts with self examination. ~ Skeptical

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Five simple Questions - Derrick Jensen

Only 30 seconds long - yet worth hours of thought.
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John Nichols: The Power of the General Strike

I've been saying for a few years now that we desperately need rolling national General Strikes.  Through their labor, people create wealth.  So, the power IS the people.  And one way to exercise that power, is a Strike. - Scott
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Wondering where Occupy is today? - Just look at the streets of Chicago.

"Most Important Labor Action in Decades"
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“The teachers’ strike in Chicago is arguably one of the most important labor actions in probably decades. If it does not prevail, you can be certain that the template for the attack on the union will be carried out across the country against other teachers unions and against the last redoubt of union activity, which is in the public sector, of course—firemen and police.”


Chris Hedges & Occupy Debate Black Block Violence

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With the escalation of police tactics at many Occupations, some Occupiers argue for more active resistance. Chris Hedges and Kevin Zeese are questioned by DC Occupiers over future tactics.

Glen Ford: "Obama is a more effective evil"

Glen Ford: "Obama is not the lesser evil" - "President Obama has managed the crisis on behalf of the 1% more effectively than a Republican could have" - "Obama is a more effective evil" - "I am not afraid of President Romney"
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I agree...

Noam Chomsky: Elections Today – Uninformed People Making Irrational Decisions

MIT Professor Emeritus of Linguistics Noam Chomsky briefly explains the electoral process in America.
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Noam Chomsky on Austerity in US & Europe 7-12-12

Noam explains it all so well in just under 5 minutes.
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Noam Chomsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on July 12.

Gen. Wesley Clark - America's Foreign Policy "Coup"

2007 - From a retired US Four Star General: "The US will attack 7 countries in 5 years"
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You want the truth? - You Can't Handle the Truth!!!

The End of Capitalism? - David Harvey

The current situation is not sustainable. But what changes need to be made to overcome this mounting crisis of our world economic system? How radical an adaptation will be required? David Harvey, the brilliant theorist and scathing critic of postmodern society, looks at what the future holds for global capitalism.
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David Harvey: Professor of Geography & Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Chris Hedges: If Occupy Fails, We Are Doomed!

Filmed 2/7/12. A talk by Chris Hedges tying together the collapse of the liberal establishment (free press, church, unions, public education, culture) with the rise of the corporate state, and the Occupy Movement; Q+A follows. In regards to occupy wall street, Hedges reiterates his point that for Occupy to remain "mainstream" and non-threatening and welcoming to main street America, the movement has to remain smart, organized, disciplined, and above all, nonviolent.
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00:00 Chris Hedges - The Death of the Liberal Class
35:54 Chris Hedges - Occupy Wall St is a mainstream movement.
46:45 Q&A
54:24 Q&A on the importance of George Orwell.

 

Junk Thought - Death by Advertising

Adbusters editor and activist, Micah White, explains the concept of Junk Thought, and the story of Pierre Landry - a man killed by advertising.
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The American Myth: Let Your Life Be A Friction To Stop the Machine

A powerful, furious, and concise look at the history of the American empire, then and now. From Class War Films.
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Chalmers Johnson: "American Empire" is near its end

As the United States continues to expand its military force around the globe, the consequences are being suffered by each and every one of us.
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"A nation can be one or the other, a democracy or an imperialist, but it can’t be both. If it sticks to imperialism, it will, like the old Roman Republic on which so much of our system was modeled, like the old Roman Republic, it will lose its democracy to a domestic dictatorship." - Chalmers Johnson