on Native Thought
on Nukes, Nuclear, etc.
on GMO’s and genetics in general
On Capitalism, poverty
Alan Watts, What If Money Was No Object?
on drugs, the drug war, addiction, and responsible use
The Best Interview About Drugs: Terence McKenna in Mexico 1996 – (10:25)
Organizations I think that are worth supporting
on the environment, climate change, global warming
Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb
The Democracy Project by David Graeber
A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America
Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution—from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we—average citizens—make change happen?
David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today—from the birth of Athenian democracy and the founding of the United States of America to the global revolutions of the twentieth century and the rise of a new generation of activists. Underlying it all is a bracing argument that in the face of increasingly concentrated wealth and power in this country, a reenergized, reconceived democracy—one based on consensus, equality, and broad participation—can yet provide us with the just, free, and fair society we want.
The Democracy Project tells the story of the resilience of the democratic spirit and the adaptability of the democratic idea. It offers a fresh take on vital history and an impassioned argument that radical democracy is, more than ever, our best hope.
I’m not going to be perfect for you
on the economy
Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber
Debt: The First 5000 Years is a book by anthropologist David Graeber published in 2011. Graeber analyzes the function of debt in human history. He traces the history of debt from ancient civilizations to our modern-day economic crises, arguing that debt has often driven revolutions and social and political changes. The book has been connected to movements like Occupy Wall Street. The book won the inaugural Bread and Roses Award for radical literature, and the 2012 Bateson Award of the American Society for Cultural Anthropology. Read more at wikipedia
David Greaber on Obamacare health care a reading from his latest book: The Democracy Project page 91 to 95
on Mental Illness and Authoritarianism
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on encryption surveillance and privacy
on Civil Rights
Wait—what’s wrong with rights?
Much of the legal advocacy for trans and gender nonconforming people in the US has reflected the civil rights and “equality” strategies of mainstream gay and lesbian organizations—agitating for legal reforms that would ostensibly guarantee equal access, nondiscrimination, and equal protection under the law. This approach assumes that the state and its legal, policing, and social services apparatus—even its policies and documents of belonging and non-belonging—are neutral and benevolent. While we all have to comply with the gender binaries set forth by regulatory bodies of law and administration, many trans people, especially the most marginalized, are even more at risk for poverty, violence, and premature–or social–death by virtue of those same putatively neutral legal structures.
Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law raises revelatory critiques of the current strategies pivoting solely on a legal rights framework, but also points to examples of an organized grassroots trans movement that is demanding the most essential of legal reforms in addition to making more comprehensive interventions into dangerous systems of repression—and the administrative violence that ultimately determines our life chances. Setting forth a politic that goes beyond the quest for mere legal inclusion, Normal Life is an urgent call for justice and trans liberation, and the radical transformations it will require.
An attorney, educator, and trans activist Dean Spade has taught classes on sexual orientation, gender identity, poverty and law at the City University of New York (CUNY), Seattle University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a collective that provides free legal services and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. In 2010, The Advocate named Spade one of their “Forty Under 40.” Utne Reader named Spade and Tyrone Boucher on their list of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009 for their collaborative project Enough: The Personal Politics of Resisting Capitalism, an online journal focused on the personal politics of wealth redistribution. He blogs at www.deanspade.net.
Check out this short video by author Dean Spade for a quick overview of the work done in Normal Life: Impossibility Now
Books, Video’s, and infographics
Carlin on the Illusion of Freedom in the USA
Robert Johnson on Oligarchy
voting divides us and intentionally so. It is (according to David Graeber) “primarily a military institution” designed by the Greeks to force the losers into accepting the outcome of vote no matter how repugnant it might be.
David Graber has a great explanation of why the Greeks had already destroyed our idea of what democracy really is. Specifically, voting is not the only, nor is it even the best way to have democracy.
Earth at Risk part 1 Derrik Jensen philosopher poet author of Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet and co-author of Deep Green Resistance speaks “bright green environmentalism” vs. “deep green environmentalism,” the importance of creating a resistance movement to save the planet, his opinion of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and what nature is trying to tell us.
Earth at Risk part 2 Lierre Keith co-author of Deep Green Resistance, talks about the difference between liberal and radical world views.
Earth at Risk part 3 Stephanie McMillan author of The Beginning of the American Fall (comics journalism about the Occupy protests) and co-author (with Derrick Jensen) of The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad and Mischief in the Forest: A Yarn Yarn (children’s book with Derrick Jensen), talks about the need to end capitalism and in particular Biocentricism, the idea that humans are no more important than other life forms.
Earth At Risk part 4 Thomas Linzey explains exactly why the constitution is not what people are talking about when they say “constitution”, they mean the bill of rights, which had to be rammed down the throats of the “founding fathers” by the people that wanted real participatory consensus based democracy not what we got at all….
Earth At Risk part 5 Aric McBay
Earth At Risk part 6 Waziyatawin author of “For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook” Speaks at the Earth at Risk conference about indigenous issues and how that ties in with the global resistance that is rising in the world against capital and corruption.
Earth at Risk part 7 Arundhati Roy talks about revolution and democracy, suggests perhaps writing the play “Gandhi Get’s His Gun” and many other wonderful thoughts, as well as a reading from her new book Field Notes On Democracy
Noam Chomsky On American “Libertarianism”
Chomsky 5 On Fromm’s alienation of man
on barack obama
anarchism playlist on youtube
The dirty fucking hippies were right