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

Friday, July 30, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, July 30, 2021

  • Ivermectin (an update) from Pheme. (Highly recommended by staff-writer Brad Fredricks.)
How is a citizenry to respond to Evil, to publicly made threats that they are now in a period where novel viruses, cyberterrorism, and food shortages may strike at any moment?

What about the fact that making threats to achieve political or ideological aims is the very definition of terrorism itself, or the fact that using the internet to do this is the definition of cyberterrorism? When we look at those who have benefited politically and financially from the lockdowns, and who will undoubtedly do the same with the coming cyberterrorism seasons, we are reasonable in asking: Is the World Economic Forum website in fact a terrorist website?
  • New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato featuring James Corbett in addition to Pilato covering their interpretation (25:40m) of this week's news from Corbett's website, The Corbett Report. My reaction: Notice that Pilato uses words like "system" but he doesn't explain what the word refers to. This is typical of anarchists and American libertarians (as distinguished from European libertarians): they can't see beyond the government but use terms such as "establishment" (Corbett uses) and "system", a holdover from the anti-Vietnam war protests, without ever explaining what they mean. However, the trends they see happening by governments, all of which are controlled by an ever-decreasing capitalist ruling class, are real. The use of legally mandated vaccinations designed by the ruling capitalist classes is real (and coming to America) in order to divide people and stir up dissension (the old divide and conquer strategy).
  • Congressman Dennis Kucinich Joins Redacted Tonight! featuring Lee Camp interviewing former Congressman Kucinich from the channel of Redacted Tonight on YouTube (19:08m). My reaction: Kucinich describes how all governments in the USA really work: to serve corporate profits and the capitalists who own them whether legal or not. He also explains how they ran him out of Congress and censored journalists and shortened their careers. In spite of numerous defeats, he still hopes that things will get better.
  • Going Dark by Craig Murray, a British dissenter, from his weblog. My reaction: When all else fails, capitalist governments through the dissenters in prison or insane asylum.
  • The Taliban go to Tianjin by Pepe Escobar from "The Saker" weblog. (Note: Escobar provides a complicated analysis of Afghanistan and the response to it by Russia and China.)
... in response to a well-thought-out decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the days of the Olympics rallies, the Russians launched the not quite tolerant hashtag #wewillROCyou (according to the permitted name of the Russian team – Russian Olympic Committee). The anger of ordinary Russian citizens is reasonable if we keep in mind that never in history has any country been deprived of its flag and anthem.

So we have to ask ourselves, all of us who love sports but also basic human rights, is it right to try to humiliate a country of 147 million inhabitants? Especially having in mind how much that country has provided to the world in the field of sports, culture, science.
(Note: You may also be interested in an article entitled "Why Is the Top Chinese Swimmer Not at the Tokyo Olympics?" from Global Research.)