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Liberation Requires Disobedience

We are complicit with our own repression. Our own stubborn allegiance to modernity that outsources all the pain and suffering to other peoples and the planet is a kind of mental illness of pathological narcissism and delusions of grandeur. It is a kind of suicide/ecocide.

S. Brian Willson

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In 1553 or there abouts, a young French lawyer wrote an amazing essay, The Politics of Obedience: Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, in which his study of the history of tyranny revealed that no matter how power is derived – kings, dictators or elections – men create their own tyrants. Whether domestic or foreign, tyrants rule as the people give obedience to them, usually from hopes of personal gain. Once this obedience is withheld, tyranny quickly collpases. Power is dependent upon massive obedience. It depends upon “voluntary servitude.”

Nearly 250 years later, William Godwin (1756-1836), the first to offer a clear statement of anarchist principles, commented in An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793), that if men are subject to tyranny it is because the great mass agree to be tyrannically ruled.

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Obama Memo Deferring Some Deportations Not a Victory For Latinos, Immigrants or Human Rights

  • Is this really a victory for all immigrants or just those on the way to college and the military?
  • Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act!

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report

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Last week's (June 17-23) presidential announcement that “prosecutorial discretion” would be exercised to halt deportation proceedings against young undocumented persons with spotless police records and honorably discharged veterans was neither a sign of growing presidential enlightenment, nor was it any kind of major victory for the human rights, Latino or immigrant rights movements.

First of all, it was not an executive order, a thing that federal agencies are bound by law to carry out. It was a presidential announcement accompanied by a low-level memo. Two similar memos have been issued by this administration before, with similar hype from the White House and identical celebrations by immigrant rights activists. Both were disregarded by ICE, the Bureau of Immigration, Customs and Enforcement, which just kept on deporting everyone it could lay hands on.

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Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act! Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI), in Change.org

  • Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI) supports higher education for all students both documented and undocumented; however, we denounce the military component of the DREAM ACT. Unfortunately, this deadly component is strategically excluded from the debate by many Democrats and organizations who support the DREAM ACT.
  • Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act
     

Dark Ages Redux: American Politics and the End of the Enlightenment

  • Republicans and Tea Partiers may be leading this retreat from reason, but they are unopposed by Democrats or the Press. And in the end, there is a special place in Hell for those who allow evil to prosper by doing nothing.
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left
  • These Low Information Voters Will Be Our Undoing

John Atcheson, Common Dreams

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We are witnessing an epochal shift in our socio-political world.  We are de-evolving, hurtling headlong into a past that was defined by serfs and lords; by necromancy and superstition; by policies based on fiat, not facts.

Much of what has made the modern world in general, and the United States in particular, a free and prosperous society comes directly from insights that arose during the Enlightenment.

Too bad we’re chucking it all out and returning to the Dark Ages.

Literally.

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George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left, George Monbiot, Guardian UK

  • Conservativism may be the refuge of the dim. But the room for rightwing ideas is made by those too timid to properly object.
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington
  • Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes

These Low Information Voters Will Be Our Undoing, David A. Love, Black Commentator / LA Progressive
Faced with hard times, people have clear choices. Either they join forces across racial and ethnic lines and fight their common adversary, or they double down on the dumbness, thrive on misinformation and assign scapegoats.

 

These Low Information Voters Will Be Our Undoing

Faced with hard times, people have clear choices. Either they join forces across racial and ethnic lines and fight their common adversary, or they double down on the dumbness, thrive on misinformation and assign scapegoats.

David A. Love, Black Commentator / LA Progressive

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The results of the recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tell you most of what you need to know about the state of politics in the U.S.

On the one hand, you have a governor who did not hide his desire to divide and conquer the unions, eliminate collective bargaining, decimate government services and serve a small cadre of wealthy, powerful and shady corporate interests. He was bought by the Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and other criminal organizations. There’s even a possible federal indictment for him on the horizon, in connection with an embezzlement investigation that has already ensnared six of his associates and aides.

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Paul Krugman | This Republican Economy

  • The Republican electoral strategy is, in effect, a gigantic con game: it depends on convincing voters that the bad economy is the result of big-spending policies that President Obama hasn't followed (in large part because the G.O.P. wouldn't let him), and that our woes can be cured by pursuing more of the same policies that have already failed.
  • For some reason, however, neither the press nor Mr. Obama’s political team has done a very good job of exposing the con.
  • GOP’s Austerity Chickens Come Home to Roost
  • Noam Chomsky: Suicidal Policies vs Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and Life!

Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

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What should be done about the economy? Republicans claim to have the answer: slash spending and cut taxes. What they hope voters won’t notice is that that’s precisely the policy we’ve been following the past couple of years. Never mind the Democrat in the White House; for all practical purposes, this is already the economic policy of Republican dreams.

So the Republican electoral strategy is, in effect, a gigantic con game: it depends on convincing voters that the bad economy is the result of big-spending policies that President Obama hasn’t followed (in large part because the G.O.P. wouldn’t let him), and that our woes can be cured by pursuing more of the same policies that have already failed.

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GOP’s Austerity Chickens Come Home to Roost, Progress Report, ThinkProgress

  • It’s time for Republicans to stop sabotaging the recovery and start working with the president to put Americans back to work.
  • Collapse At Hand
  • Special Project | America's Financial Crisis: Week of  June 10

Noam Chomsky: Suicidal Policies vs Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and Life! Laura Flanders and Noam Chomsky, GRITtv

  • We’re a nation whose leaders are pursuing policies that amount to economic “suicide” Chomsky says. But there are glimmers of possibility.
  • America's Economic Suicide
  • Gloomy Economic Prospects
     

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