We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, April 3, 2020

While sheltering-in-place these critical and independent thinkers offer their views on the current situation. I personally favor the posts about Connecticut workers from Left Voice, Caitlin Johnstone's weblog, and from Black Agenda Report.
  • How It Starts by Craig Murray from his weblog. (Note: One of Britain's foremost independent and critical thinkers expresses his views on the current crisis.)
                                                                                 Other recommended posts

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • Fired Amazon Strike Leader Has Powerful Message featuring Jimmy Dore (of The Jimmy Dore Show) interviewing Christian Smalls (via YouTube), the Amazon supervisor who was fired by Amazon for trying to protect his fellow workers, and explaining his experience related to the firing. If you liked this, you might be interested in Dore's post entitled "Workers Are Striking From Coast To Coast!!" in which he reports that workers are striking without union support all across America, and vents his anger.
My commentary: One thing I've noticed in both corporate media and government actions is that nothing has changed with either of them during this pandemic. They're both continuing as usual: media corporations like CNN, MSNBC, PBS, etc. are continuing their anti-Trump bias and Fox News is continuing showing various members of the Trump administration bloviating how great they are doing. Meanwhile, the government continues its assault on Venezuela, Iran, and China via increasing sanctions and threats. Domestically the Trump administration continues to weaken environmental protections. And, last but not least. the Fed is using the the crisis to bail out major banks while putting our nation (that's us) deeper in debt.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

My commentary to both above articles: To be sure, the pandemic is wrecking havoc on the capitalist system (neoliberalism is only the current developmental phase); but as effective as the pandemic will be in damaging the capitalist system, it looks to me that it is only a dress rehearsal for the inevitable extinction of most life on our planet Earth due to global warming caused by excessive and obsessive industrial that capitalism demands. The cessation of industrial activities during this pandemic will only hasten rising temperatures as explained by Guy McPherson. But at least this pandemic makes it possible in the near future for humans to gain greater dignity by realizing that their economic system is responsible for this cataclysmic end. I believe that this realization is the best we can hope for, and humans can partially redeem themselves if they can establish socialist institutions in socialist societies before their demise.                                                                          
  • Brave Republican Stands Against Stimulus ALONE. This post features an agitated Jimmy Dore who is struggling with disillusionment over so-called progressives in a political system that was constructed by the ruling capitalist class. But he is making progress to come up with some more effective strategies to attack this class and for the benefit of workers. If you like this post, you might be interested in another post by Jimmy Dore who shows what's now happening in Sicily could easily happen in the USA. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Monday, March 30, 2020

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The political spectrum in the USA has shifted significantly to the right since WWII . This is largely because our ruling capitalist class decided to build an empire in 1941 when the well-connected (to the ruling class) Henry Luce, owner and editor of Time Magazine, announced the "American Century". During the 1930s many in the ruling class throughout advanced capitalist countries expressed sympathies and actual deeds in support of fascist Germany and Italy. I have read many books (read, for example, Big Business and Hitler by Jacques R. Pauwels) that also support this fact. 

Since Luce's announcement, US intellectuals and propagandists have revised American history of the 20th century to reflect benign and humanitarian influences that the US has had on the world. This revised history has permeated all institutions of the USA including especially Hollywood films and education. The CIA has taken control over media and filled it, and the minds of Americans, with fake news such as Russia-gate themes and other fantasies. (See my commentary here.)

The effect that this has had on American society has been a marked shift in the political spectrum toward the right-wing. Another related effect is that during the current crisis of the pandemic, Americans are thoroughly confused and frustrated about how our masters are dealing with this crisis, and a wave of growing frustration and anger exists as is evident in today's post by Jimmy Dore.
  • Debunking clickbaits – expert: “not just a flu” and “not a bioweapon”. Joe Rogan interviews Michael Osterholm who "is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology" and based in Minneapolis. This is posted on A bird's eye view of the Vineyard. (I don't doubt his qualifications, but I'm not yet convinced that coronavirus is not a bioweapon. I wasn't convinced that the virus was a bioweapon. I just waited for further evidence.)