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Rethinking the Future

IMG_4581“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” -R Buckminster Fuller

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“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.

It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.

The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living.

We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist.

So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors.

The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” -R Buckminster Fuller

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unfamiliar with Malthus – nice short summary regarding his theory on population.
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All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. –Sun Tzu
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World Game “Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” – R Buckminster Fuller
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“Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit …”Marcus Tullius Cicero

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‘Capitalism is a religion – it has its books, rituals, ministers, institutions. If you are a heretic you will be shamed and condemned. If you go against its rules or systems you will be imprisoned or damned. If you becomes an expert in it you will be regarded as a high priest and richly rewarded. In the religion of Capitalism everything necessary to life on earth is regarded as a monetized resource controlled by a hierarchy, and through this hierarchy it will be decided how long you live or when you die. Capitalism creates inequality. One of its most regarded idols/deities worshiped in Capitalism is money.’ atrib. Russell Brand

In 2015 more than 90% of the world practice some form of Capitalism.

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just do it

“I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I  am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all means possible… except by getting off his back.”Leo Tolstoy

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.”Che Guevara

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“A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.” – Carlos Castaneda
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“The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.” ― George Bernard Shaw
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“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” – Emma Goldman

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“Presidents are selected, not elected.”Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“If Americans simply choose to vote for the person who has a D or an R by their name, we will get what we deserve, which is what we have now.”Dr. Ben Carson

“In times of war laws are silent.” -Cicero

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“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize”

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“The rhetoric of penalties is the pretext for war – the real enemy of the American Government; or any Corporate Owned Government, is its People.” – atsame

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“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”
“Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” “Workers of all lands unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains” Karl Marx

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What is commodity fetishism – it is the perception of the social relationships involved in production, not as relationships among people, but as economic relationships among the money and commodities exchanged in market trade. As such, commodity fetishism transforms the subjective, abstract aspects of economic value into objective, real things that people believe have intrinsic value. — Basically, when your STUFF is more important than people.

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In the economy ocean money is like a shark, if it doesn’t keep moving it dies.

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“Freedom is participation in power.”Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Zionism is a Racist Ideology a Culture of Death Driven by Saligia

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“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” -MLK

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“The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.” Hunter S Thompson 09/12/01

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“If any State in the Union will declare that it prefers separation with the first alternative, to a continuance in union without it, I have no hesitation in saying, ‘let us separate’. I would rather the States should withdraw, which are for unlimited commerce and war, and confederate with those alone which are for peace and agriculture.” -Thomas Jefferson

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“The Colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament, which has caused in the Colonies hatred of England and the Revolutionary War.” -Benjamin Franklin

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“The American People could have anything they want, trouble is they don’t want much of anything.E V Debs

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“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”H.L. Mencken

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“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” Upton Sinclair

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“The day I lost all faith in humanity was also the day I was no longer afraid to die.” -anon

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“That which is falling should also be pushed” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
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to find the time

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Anarchism

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What Is Freedom?

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High Popalorum vs Low Popahirum

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share the wealth

Huey Long – “Share Our Wealth Plan”  a program designed to provide a decent standard of living to all Americans by spreading the nation’s wealth among the people.

-Cap personal fortunes at $50 million each — equivalent to about $600 million today (later reduced to $5 – $8 million, or $60 – $96 million today)
-Limit annual income to one million dollars each (about $12 million today)
-Limit inheritances to five million dollars each (about $60 million today)
-Guarantee every family an annual income of $2,000 (or one-third the national average – $21k today)
-Free college education and vocational training
-Old-age pensions for all persons over 60
-Veterans benefits and healthcare
-A 30 hour work week
-A four week vacation for every worker
-Greater regulation of commodity production to stabilize prices

r u a hack?


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The Seven Basic Human Needs and Rights For Any Civilized Society
Clean and Safe Shelter
Clean Food and Water
A Balanced Ethical Education
Health and Physical Care
Productive Purposeful Work
Free and Open Communication
and like all of Nature and Heaven’s Creations Rest
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“Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.” – Henry Ford

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all creative work is derivative – all creative work builds on what came before
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Friendly Fascism; The New Face of Power in America, by Bertram Gross

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all you need is love and an empty cup

 

“I want to go far far away out into the country, smell the fresh earth under the morning dew, hear the birds chirp and coo, dig into the dirt, grow fresh food and come brillig watch the flowers bloom.” -ish
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seeds

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liberté, égalité, fraternité
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if money wasn’t the driving force in America, what would it be then?” -ish

“hope is a poor man’s deprivation” – ish

“You are on a big rock hurling through space with no particular place to go” -ish

“The universe is indifferent to your needs – stop worshiping a book – get along, at least don’t go out of your way to hurt others, build a fence if you must.” – ish

“public schools today are meant to:
warehouse children while parents slave at unimportant jobs filled with drudgery.
to instruct them on the rules, guidelines and policies of the larger institutions they will become reliant upon throughout their lives.
to deny them the ability of critical thinking by diverting them away from the skills of reason and logic.
to withhold the power of thinking freely.
to squash creativity.
to maintain the status quo.” -ish

 


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 “prison is the new plantation, debt is the new reservation, war is a culture of death” -ish

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“knowledge is power, but  it means nothing without the will to act” -ish

 

“An Observation:
Group A: individualist, doesn’t like collectivism until lead.
Group B: collectivist, relies on community until told what to do” -ish

 

“if you can’t take joy in hard work then it’s not good work” -ish

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Regarding Scott Walker In Wisconsin

June 1, 2012
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20050

Dear President Obama:

On June 5, 2012, hundreds of thousands of your supporters, including firefighters, police, nurses and teachers will go the polls to recall Governor Scott Walker, the arch-reactionary, the opponent of the basic right of collective bargaining and many other decent, established policies.

Political observers are saying that if the Republicans defeat your Democratic Party on Tuesday, it will have wide ramifications throughout the country and will probably cost you Wisconsin this November. Last year I noticed how quiet you were about the large and resourceful demonstrations in Madison that were so inspiring to many of your supporters around the country. You did not go to speak to these good Democrats. Your political operatives in the White House even turned thumbs down on the request by the Wisconsin state federation of labor that Vice President Joe Biden – a self-styled “union man”- address one hundred thousand working people and students before the state capitol in Madison.

So the main public organizations and demonstrations against the draconian Republican assault on your constituents and on long-standing Democratic Party policies – their rights and their livelihoods – were not supported by either you or an otherwise eager Joe Biden at any of those Madison turnouts.

Are you a leader? Or are you a calculator? Either way your status as “missing in action” in Wisconsin, as writer Paul Hogarth put it yesterday, is not even smart, expedient politics. It is one thing not to champion the priorities of your labor supporters – such as pressing to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2011, which you promised in 2008. It is quite another to betray these working and unemployed people to the cruelties of a massively funded Walker campaign which, if it wins, promises to turn Wisconsin into WisKochsin.

Perhaps you have private polls that support your absenteeism from the state. Perhaps you have other calculations not shared by the legendary calculator-in-chief Bill Clinton who is going to Wisconsin tomorrow to support the workers.

Whatever your hidden motivations are for inaction in situ, people will be asking over and over again whenever you go to fat cat fundraisers, to foreign countries promoting Harley Davidson motorcycles, to ESPN knowledgeably picking the winners for each level of the March Madness basketball tournaments, to business gatherings on Wall Street and elsewhere, this question:

Barack Obama did not have the time nor the interest to come and help us during the last days of our historic struggle against the cruelest, most craven, most corporatist-indentured Republican Party in history. Where was he?

Unless you fly to Wisconsin before Tuesday, you’d better HOPE that the polls CHANGE and the good people of Wisconsin turn out Governor Walker. Otherwise, you’ll be up against the memories of your abandonment all the way to November that will not be restricted to the boundaries of the Badger State.

Sincerely yours,
Ralph Nader
P.O. Box 19312
Washington, DC 20036

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Corporate Takeover of America

from 11/10
PART 1

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PART 2

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War Is A Racket Redux

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“War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

War Is A Racket
you know it too.
“TO HELL WITH WAR!”
Major General Smedley Butler USMC

when you keep poking a wasp nest with a stick what do you expect wasps to do?

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April 9, 2012 · 6:31 am

Attacking the US middle class

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Ralph Nader & Ron Paul Interviewed Together

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Ron Paul, Ralph Nader agree on ‘progressive-libertarian alliance’
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Ralph Nader and Ron Paul on The SITUATION ROOM 2008

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Ron Paul: “We Have Only One Party in Washington!”
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Is it a wonder that Wall Street Banks and Corporations have such a stronghold on our country and political systems that forming an alliance between a Libertarian and a Progressive candidate is now the right perhaps, the only thing to do?

We are long past party affiliation, it is about our core values and finding common ground in our philosophy.

What Unites Libertarians and Progressive?
Both Against the War.
Both Against Corporate Subsidizes.
Both Against Bank Bailouts.
Both For Auditing the Federal Reserve.
Both For Liberty.

Implementation may be different, but the following concerns are the same?
Affordable Health Care.
Better Educational System.
Good Living Wage Jobs.

How do we bridge the gaps?
I believe where we agree most; the end of war, corporate subsidies, bailout, central bank and protecting our liberties will guide us to sound resolutions on health care, education and jobs.

What the two party duopoly has to offer us, in fact what they have only offered us for more than 30 years are endless wars, corporate subsidies, more corporate bailout, hidden bank books, less liberty, gifts to a faltering corporate health care system, an unequal, failing and unaffordable educational system, low wages, meaningless and redundant jobs.

It’s a no brainer.

The World is waking up.

Nader Paul 2012
Paul Nader 2012

think about it

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Third Party News Conference 2008

Third Party Presidential Debate 2008

information is the currency of democracy

a campaign for reform

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In Depth: Ralph Nader

Future Airings
Ralph Nader
LIVE Sunday, August 1st at 12pm (ET)
Monday, August 2nd at 12am (ET)
Saturday, August 7th at 9am (ET)

Watch On C-SPAN

Ralph Nader ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket in 1996 and 2000 and as an independent in 2004 and 2008. He is the author of several books, including “Unsafe at Any Speed,” an indictment of the auto industry published in 1965. As a consumer advocate he has spoken out on a variety of issues, including health care, food safety, environmental pollution, worker rights, tax reform, civil rights, and corporate influence.

Ralph Nader is author or co-author of more than 20 books, including:
Unsafe at Any Speed (1965); Whistle-Blowing (1972); Action for a Change (1973); The Big Boys (1986); The Lemon Book (1990); Winning the Insurance Game (1990); Canada Firsts (1992); Collision Course (1994); No Contest (1996); Ralph Nader Reader (2000); Cutting Corporate Welfare (2000); Crashing the Party (2002); In Pursuit of Justice (2004); The Good Fight (2004); Civic Arousal (2004); The Seventeen Traditions (2007); Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! (2009)

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Political Bigotry

Will Nader Run in 2012

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The Giving Pledge

signers pdf

If sincere, a portion of these funds, from any of the families, should be given and set aside for civics education;  for both  high school and adult education in the US.

I’d like to suggest this book as part of a broader text.

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“When we were youngsters, our father would ask us provocative questions. One day he asked, ‘What is the most powerful, event-producing force in the world?’ We guessed and guessed.

His answer: ‘Apathy.’

What? ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘apathy, because huge numbers of apathetic citizens, or victims, allow bad guys to create all kinds of problems on the ground — from dictatorial regimes, to repressed economic conditions, to health and safety hazards, to corruption, to wars and so forth.’

Edmund Burke, the British conservative philosopher around the time of our country’s revolution, put it another way– ‘All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.'”

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Published in 1776, Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain.

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