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How US law was & is formed of/by/for the rich - Thomas Linzey pt1

Thomas Linzey discusses how, throughout history, U.S. law has almost always been formed to favor corporations.
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Real Solutions - Thomas Linzey pt2

Thomas Linzey Talks about actual, practical, Legal Solutions to our Crisis. It all starts Locally with:
"Collective Nonviolent Municipal Civil Disobedience Through Law Making"

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Is it Time to Look Beyond Capitalism?

In this RSA Animate, renowned academic David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?

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John Pilger - Giving Up on False Hope

Author, journalist, film maker John Pilger speaks about American Exceptionalism and Collective Denial.
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Jeremy Rifkin - EMPATHY

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.

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We Have a serious lack of empathy in the world!

Chris Hedges' Empire of Illusion

The United States is an EMPIRE, and the elite's maintain their Empire through deception.

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99% v 1%: The Data supporting the Occupy Movement

Is the US really split 99% v 1%? As poverty and inequality reach record levels, how much richer have the rich become? This animation explains what the key data says about the state of America today
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HOPE - By Chris Hedges

 

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.

Noam Chomsky explains Socialism in under 5 minutes

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Lifting The Veil - Documentary

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HORIZONTAL DEMOCRACY - by Sheldon Wolin (Part 2 of 2)

The US doesn’t have a democracy.... Because all of our institutions are hierarchical in structure, and hierarchies are fundamentally anti-democratic. Boo-Ya!
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Brilliant minds are often prophetic. Sheldon Wolin is a political philosopher, professor emeritus of Princeton University, and a writer on contemporary politics. This interview is from 1989 and it couldn't be more relevant today.

HORIZONTAL DEMOCRACY - by Sheldon Wolin (Part 1 of 2)

The US doesn’t have a democracy.... Because all of our (so-called) "democratic institutions" are hierarchical in structure, and hierarchies are fundamentally anti-democratic.

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Brilliant minds are often prophetic. This interview is from 1989 and it couldn't be more relevant today.

Robert Reich on Class Warfare in America

This Memorial lecture honors the memory of the late Mario Savio, a spokesperson for Berkeley's Free Speech Movement (1964), and the spirit of moral courage and vision which he and countless other activists of his generation exemplified.

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“An unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates

Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets...

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Examined Life is a 2008 documentary film directed by Astra Taylor. The film features eight influential contemporary philosophers discussing the practical application of their ideas in modern culture.

The Mentality of the Rich - Must Watch!

The Top 1% 
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Chris Hedges Feels Hopeful

Occupy TVNY has this interview with Chris Hedges, who, during the major global protests on Saturday October 15th, compared Occupy Wall Street to the other movements he’s covered around the world, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East.

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Chris Hedges interview at the October 6th Occupation

Between Occupy Wall Street, in New York, and the other cities it's spread to, as well as the October 2011 movement that just began here in D.C, something seems to be happening in this country. On October 6th at Freedom Plaza Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author, tells us what this could lead to.

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Chris Hedges on The Dead Liberal Class

Journalist and author Chris Hedges delivers a lecture on his book Death of the Liberal Class. He argues that the pillars of the liberal establishment - the press, liberal religious institutions, labor unions, universities, the Democratic Party, and the arts - have failed the constituents they purport to represent.  They now only serve to perpetuate their own status quo.
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Chris Hedges "Death of the Liberal Class"

At The Sanctuary for Independent Media 10-17-10
This lecture is older than the other one. Here he tells the background of how he came to write the book and that too is interesting. He also mentions several things that are not in the other video, so it's not exacty the same speech.
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Michael Moore & Cornel West on OWS & the Progressive Discontent Obama Faces

Michael Moore & Cornel West EXPLAIN Where we are and Where we are going. A Really good conversation!! You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

Scott interviews Chris Hedges at October 2011 protest in DC

Filter Free Radio's Skeptical Scott interviews author Chris Hedges in DC at the October 2011 protest!