Monday, November 28, 2011

OWS Teach-In with Douglas Rushkoff

Transcript from: Occupy Reality - Transcript
My name is Douglas Rushkoff
I am humbled and honored to be amplified by your voices.

You are not fighting against people, but against a machine.
It was put in place over 500 years ago.
By a wealthy elite - trying to repress a booming peer to peer economy.
Those people are all dead, but their program lives on.

They invented an operating system called central currency.
People who used to trade directly,
were now forced to borrow money from the king's bank.
At interest.

The elite also invented software for that operating system.
It was called the chartered monopoly. Today we call it the corporation.

It is a program designed to extract value.
It has legal monopoly over its industries.
We are legally prohibited from creating and exchanging value
unless we do it through the corporation.
We cannot work unless we have a "job."

We outsource our work, we outsource our savings, we outsource our borrowing, we outsource our investing - all instead of sourcing one another.

This 13th Century, printing-press era operating system
is incompatible with a 21st Century economy.
It is broken and dying. But it is still occupying our reality.

Too many are mistaking this operating system - for the way things are.
They see the Occupy Movement as the impediment.
We are not asking for wealth to be redistributed.
We are asking for the redistribution to STOP.

The Long Extraction is Over.

The peer to peer society is back.
We are ready to create and exchange value as people.

They say that the Occupy Movement has no leadership.
They are wrong.
You are the leaders

The rest of us are your followers.
What you do here - shows what we can do out there.

You are the classroom - we are the students

You are the experiment - we are the results.

You are the proposition - we are the resolution.

If you can sleep under tarps
the rest of us can tell your story to our children at bedtime

If you can resist the cops.
The rest of us can resist the market and the mall

If you can live on shared food
The rest of us can buy and grow local crops

If you can live with no money
The rest of us can start using alternative currencies

If you can stand firm in the streets
The rest of us can stand firm in our foreclosed homes
and stand with our neighbors in theirs.

If you can occupy Zucotti Park
The rest of us can occupy reality.

And by that same logic:
As the nights get colder,
as the Mayor grows less tolerant,
or as the police get more violent,

Remember that you have already won.

Whatever happens in this square,
the day you leave is not the day you have lost
it is not the day you have surrendered.

It is the day you have spread out.
It is the day you have declared a bigger battlefield.
It is the day you teachers and we students become the same.

It is the day we Occupy the World.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cookie Monster comment

 Cookie Monster has something to say here about occupying ....

Yes, there always going to be rich and poor.  But we used to live in country where rich owned factory and make 30 times what factory worked make.  Now we live in country where rich make money by lying about value of derivative bonds and make 3000 times what factory worker would make if factories hadn't all moved to China.

Capitalism great system.  We won Cold War because people behind Iron Curtain look over wall, and see how much more plentiful and delicious cookies are in West, and how we have choice of different bakeries, not just state-owned one.  It great system.  It got us out of Depression, won WWII, built middle class, built country's infrastructure from highways to Hoover Dam to Oreo factory to electrifying rural South.  It system that reward hard work and fair play, and everyone do fair share and everyone benefit.  Rich get richer, poor get richer, everyone happy.  It great system.

Then after Reagan, Republicans decide to make number one priority destroying that system.  Now we have system where richest Americans ones who find ways to game system - your friends on Wall Street - and poorest Americans ones who thought working hard would get them American dream, when in fact it get them pink slip when job outsourced to 10-year-old in Mumbai slum.  And corporations have more influence over government than people (or monsters).

It not about rich people having more money.  It about how they got money.  It about how they take opportunity away from rest of us, for sake of having more money.  It how they willing to take risks that destroy economy - knowing full well that what could and would happen - putting millions out of work, while creating nothing of value, and all the while crowing that they John Galt, creating wealth for everyone.

That what the soul-searching about.  When Liberals run country for 30 years following New Deal, American economy double in size, and wages double along with it.  That fair.  When Conservatives run country for 30 years following Reagan, American economy double again, and wages stay flat.  What happen to our share of money?  All of it go to richest 1%.  That not "there always going to be rich people".  That unfair system.  That why we upset.  That what Occupy Sesame Street about.

C-Realm Podcast #284

Stocks, Flows, and the MEGO Effect

KMO welcomes anti-economist Professor Steve Keen to the C-Realm to detail the limitations of neoclassical economics as well as popular misconceptions promulgated by advocates of alternative economics. Professor Keen disposes of the "moral hazard" argument against the inevitable debt jubilee and provides some advice for weathering the looming economic tumult. Music by Fernando Tarango.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Episode #35 - Genetically Engineer This! (Big Money, Bad Science #1)

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From Sat 4 November 2000
This week's panelists are author Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, an expert on the anti-democratic impact of international trade agreements; Dr Ann Clark, Associate Professor in the Plant Agriculture department of the University of Guelph; Dr Mae-Wan Ho, Director of the Institute of Science in Society in London, England; and Dr. David Suzuki, Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Police brutality against Occupy Wall Street protesters worse than in Ira...

PBS Frontline The Warning

A six part series ... had one YouTube video but it was yanked - Frontline site doesn't let you post the whole program like a normal video ... so

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Spontaneous Evolution- Our Positive Future

The Visionary Activist Show
December 17, 2009 Show
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Spontaneous Evolution- Our Positive Future

Caroline welcomes the return of Bruce Lipton, joining us from the future in New Zealand, and his collaborative co-author of Spontaneous Evolution- Our Positive Future (and a way to get there from here) - Steve Bhaerman, aka Swami Beyondananda, that we all may cavort in justified defiant good cheer (with full acknowledgment of bleakness.)