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they need us…

By |2018-02-12T15:07:36+00:00April 27th, 2017|Capitalism, Commercialism, Corporations, Society|

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different [...]

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Obama climate legacy

By |2018-02-12T16:14:35+00:00November 5th, 2015|Animal Rights, Climate Change, Commercialism, Environment, Global Warming, Society|

Our hope was that we could inspire him (Obama) to keep those promises. Even then, there were plenty of cynics who said Obama and his insiders were too closely tied to the fossil-fuel industry to take climate change seriously. But in the two years since, it’s looked more and more like they were right – [...]

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Kim Kardashian is married

By |2018-02-12T16:45:23+00:00November 5th, 2015|Climate Change, Commercialism, Materialism, Society|

“Our media’s fixation on whether Kim Kardashian is married this week to the exclusion of the destruction of our planet is shameful,” Buck argues. I understand her frustration. As a women in media who writes about the destruction of our planet for a living, I work every day to try to get people to pay [...]

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total consumerism

By |2017-07-04T19:54:48+00:00August 14th, 2015|Commercialism, Corporations, Environment, Globalization, Materialism|

“But even in the much-publicized rebellion of the young against the materialism of the affluent society, the consumer mentality is too often still intact: the standards of behavior are still those of kind and quantity, the security sought is still the security of numbers, and the chief motive is still the consumer's anxiety that he [...]

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ensures that the corporations

By |2017-07-17T01:17:44+00:00June 24th, 2015|Authority, Commercialism, Corporations, Governments, Humanity, Materialism, Political, Society, War|

“The corporations that profit from permanent war need us to be afraid. Fear stops us from objecting to government spending on a bloated military. Fear means we will not ask unpleasant questions of those in power. Fear permits the government to operate in secret. Fear means we are willing to give up our rights and [...]

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most you can do is kill him

By |2017-07-21T14:01:42+00:00June 23rd, 2015|Commercialism, Culture, Globalization, Governments, Humanity, Materialism, Militarism, Philosophy, Political, Security|

“Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed [...]

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tell our own stories…

By |2017-08-01T09:20:55+00:00May 8th, 2015|Commercialism, Humanity, Reality|

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different [...]

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too far away to touch…

By |2017-07-17T01:06:07+00:00December 27th, 2014|Commercialism, Culture, Reality, Security, Society|

“Maybe it’s an issue of being unable or unwilling to realize that we can actually impact things sufficiently to change things, rather than seeing ourselves as being exiled to some distant side line of life where we can do nothing more than sheepishly root for a life that’s far too far away to touch.” - [...]

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Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu…

By |2017-07-17T01:16:00+00:00September 27th, 2013|Commercialism, Culture, Environment, Humanity, Society|

  "The preservation of one's own culture is such a natural thing. It is a matter of respecting oneself and one's own family and nation. It is a way of saying to your own people, as the Zulus do, "Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu." That is, "I am who I am because of you." Having said that, [...]

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