…we’re now living in a world where both corporations and governments have us all under pretty much constant surveillance.
The rise of an oligarchic state offers a nation two routes, according to Aristotle. The impoverished masses either revolt to rectify the imbalance of wealth and power or the oligarchs establish a brutal tyranny to keep the masses forcibly enslaved. We have chosen the second of Aristotle’s options. The slow advances we made in the early 20th century through unions, government regulation, the New Deal, the courts, an alternative press and mass movements have been reversed. The oligarchs are turning us—as they did in the 19th century steel and textile factories—into disposable human beings. They are building the most pervasive security and surveillance apparatus in human history to keep us submissive.
"While the cocaine-exposed children and a group of nonexposed controls performed about the same on tests, both groups lagged on developmental and intellectual measures compared to the norm. Hurt and her team began to think the "something else" was poverty.
As the children grew, the researchers did many evaluations to tease out environmental factors that could be affecting their development. On the upside, they found that children being raised in a nurturing home - measured by such factors as caregiver warmth and affection and language stimulation - were doing better than kids in a less nurturing home. On the downside, they found that 81 percent of the children had seen someone arrested; 74 percent had heard gunshots; 35 percent had seen someone get shot; and 19 percent had seen a dead body outside - and the kids were only 7 years old at the time. Those children who reported a high exposure to violence were likelier to show signs of depression and anxiety and to have lower self-esteem.”
The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.
Sadhbh Walshe: The US and UK have pitifully low OECD test scores. They are also the countries with some of the greatest inequality
In an odd twist, protest movement Occupy Wall Street wants to join the prepaid card craze. Now it just needs to raise the money to launch it.
Society is running on a lot of operating systems. Not just Windows, Mac or iOS, but also on the Euro, corporate capitalism or christianity, these are all operating systems, too. If you are not writing them, then you tend to be passively living by them. That could be a problem. And again, I really do believe the first step is becoming aware that there are these rules, that this is not the natural order and we can change it! I don‘t think it‘s so hard after that. I‘d agree. But the majority of the people still believe in democracy and politics and now we find out that most of the laws and politic systems don‘t work anymore. What do we have to do in terms of democracy? I like the democracy as an idea and i think it‘s a good way to try to deal with things which are far away. Representative democracy is good, you send someone to parliament to do things. But i think our society is more stable, if you are less dependent on things that are far away. That‘s both in terms of your food supply and your power and all these things. The more locally you can source these things, the more locally you can administrate your government, your school, all these kinds of things. The more efficient they are, the less corrupt they will be.
We have elected the people sitting on hold, waiting for their moment on an evening drive-time radio talk show. We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen and outright frauds, a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government. We have elected a national legislature in which Louie Gohmert and Michele Bachmann have more power than does the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who has been made a piteous spectacle in the eyes of the country and doesn’t seem to mind that at all. We have elected a national legislature in which the true power resides in a cabal of vandals, a nihilistic brigade that believes that its opposition to a bill directing millions of new customers to the nation’s insurance companies is the equivalent of standing up the the Nazis in 1938, to the bravery of the passengers on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, and to Mel Gibson’s account of the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 13th Century. We have elected a national legislature that looks into the mirror and sees itself already cast in marble. We did this. We looked at our great legacy of self-government and we handed ourselves over to the reign of morons.
Truly tuition free public higher education is an achievable goal and a democratic right. We also need a radical rethinking of what society owes to current student debtors. A restructuring of education funding must include erasing the $1.2 trillion in illegitimate student debts that are already on the books. Free college and student debt cancellation will not be given by politicians without the backing of a social movement that may ultimately have to make its point through a massive refusal to pay illegitimate student debts. We believe that such a refusal is just and justified. Indeed, it may be the only democratic response in a society that is fast becoming ruled by the creditor class.
Like the idea that there is no alternative to capitalism, the neoliberal “solution” to the student debt nightmare deserves to be thoroughly discredited. Free education and a jubilee of all student debt is possible and making it a reality is a goal worth fighting for.
With all eyes on Syria, Abby Martin calls out the corporate media for failing to report on other important issues such as immigration reform and lawmakers attempting to extend legislation that shields Monsanto from future lawsuits.