Tag Archives: capitalism

Peter Dolack: Building a Better Movement

We do need to stop lamenting that we don’t know how to build an effective movement and start seriously discussing how we are going to build an effective movement.

Black Lives Matter | A Vision For Black Lives

Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving force pushing the U.S. towards the ideals it articulates but has never achieved. In recent years we have taken to the streets, launched massive campaigns, and impacted elections, but our elected leaders have failed to address the legitimate demands of our Movement. We can no longer wait.

Chris Hedges | The Algebra of Revolution (Video)

The [capitalistic] system is incapable of internal reform. I obviously want to see a revolutionary movement that is nonviolent.

Laura Flanders | Jeremy Scahill: Rising Up Against Empire and the Easter Uprising (Video)

Jeremy Scahill on drones, activism today, assassinations, and more.

Chris Hedges | Kshama Sawant: How to counter establishment politics (On Contact video)

Chris Hedges | Kshama Sawant: How to counter establishment politics (Video interview)

Capitalism Will Collapse Because Elites ‘Allow Poor to Rot,’ Tariq Ali Tells Chris Hedges (Video)

And so what we have is a protest against this center elite, which I call the extreme center, because whether it’s social democratic or conservative, they unite to crush.”

Henry A. Giroux | Anti-Politics and the Plague of Disorientation: Welcome to the Age of Trump

 In the age of Trump, truth becomes the enemy of governance and politics tips over into a deadly malignancy.

The Crisis: Where Is the World Headed?

Capitalist values are also antithetical to democratic ones. Like Christian ethics, the principles of republican government require us to consider the interests of others. Capitalism, which entails the single-minded pursuit of profit, would have us believe that it’s every man for himself.

Chris Hedges | Reform or Revolution

The killers, like the police who murder unarmed people of color in the streets of American cities, were tried in a court—in this case, a military court—that issued tepid reprimands. The state had no intention of punishing the assassins. They had done what the state required.

‘Why? And Why Now?’ Panama Papers ‘John Doe’ Steps Out Of Shadows

Shell companies are often associated with the crime of tax evasion, but the Panama Papers show beyond a shadow of a doubt that although shell companies are not illegal by definition, they are used to carry out a wide array of serious crimes that go beyond evading taxes.

Michael Albert, Noam Chomsky, et. al. | Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward

Around the world powerful and diverse possibilities are in struggle. We the signers of “Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward” think one high priority for progress is activists developing, discussing and settling on priorities around which to organize multi-issue activism in coming months and years. We hope this document can help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that, over time, come to a synthesis.

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers: End the Security State

As we have written before, infiltration is the norm, not the exception of political movements throughout US history. History shows how this growing security state is tied to the bi-partisans in government protecting big business interests and the unfair economy.

Chris Hedges and Michael Hudson: The Global Economy Is a Giant Ponzi Scheme

We should add that under this predatory form of economics, you game the system. So you privatize pension funds, you force them into the stock market, an overinflated stock market. But because of the way companies go public, it’s the hedge fund managers who profit. And it’s those citizens whose retirement savings are tied to the stock market who lose.

‘Outrageous and Totalitarian’: Mall of America Sues to Block Black Lives Matter Protest

Free speech and racial justice advocates are expressing outrage online under the hashtag #MOASueMeToo on Twitter.

Chris Hedges: Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Hedges: Parras and those who live near him are among the hundreds of millions of human sacrifices that industrial capitalism demands. They are cursed from birth to endure poverty, disease, toxic contamination and, often, early death. They are forced to kneel like bound captives to be slain on the altar of capitalism in the name of progress. They have gone first. We are next.

Sue Ann Martinson | Dissent, Activism, and Oppression in the 1970s and Today: An Exploration

Martinson: These actions for justice and peace, carried out with passion and love, are living demonstrations of moral indignation against a morally bankrupt system and of taking a stand in action in accordance with what should be our Constitutional civil rights and civil liberties.

▶ VIDEO | Noam Chomsky: Capitalism in Most Forms Is Inconsistent With Democracy

The renowned linguist and activist explains the only way that capitalism could be compatible with democracy. truthdig.com  August 11, 2015 —Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata Media for the people!  Click here to help Rise Up Times continue to bring you essential news you won’t find in the mainstream corporate media.  Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times […]

Chris Hedges: America’s Slave Empire

Without us the prisons, which are slave empires, cannot function. Prisons, at the same time, charge us a variety of fees, such as for our identification cards or wrist bracelets, and [impose] numerous fines, especially for possession of contraband. They charge us high phone and commissary prices. Prisons each year are taking larger and larger sums of money from the inmates and their families. The state gets from us millions of dollars in free labor and then imposes fees and fines. You have brothers that work in kitchens 12 to 15 hours a day and have done this for years and have never been paid.”

Chris Hedges: Karl Marx Was Right

On Saturday at the Left Forum in New York City, Chris Hedges joined professors Richard Wolff and Gail Dines to discuss why Karl Marx is essential at a time when global capitalism is collapsing. These are the remarks Hedges made to open the discussion. By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  May 31, 2015     A bust […]

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Mark Hand: Feeling Trapped in a Dead-End System? Cartoonist’s Affirmations Encourage Resistance | Stephanie McMillan

McMillan: There is a huge lack of inspirational literature to encourage and uplift people whose lives are dedicated to social transformation.