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

Monday, December 27, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, December 27, 2021

A number of renowned doctors and scientists have been sharing evidence calling into question the measures that health authorities have taken to combat COVID. Whether it be catastrophic harms of lockdown measures, vaccine mandates or science that calls into question the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines, both evidence and opinion have been shut down, censored and ridiculed.

Many experts in the field have been subjected to ridicule campaigns as well. The Great Barrington Declaration scientists are a recent example.

  • 💥UNCENSORED: RFK Jr. Tells Shocking Truth About Anthony Fauci featuring an interview with RFK, Jr. conducted by Jimmy Dore from Dore's channel on Rumble (1:04:39). (Note: There is an abbreviated (censored or self-censored?) version (44:49) on YouTube.) This is a best post. My reaction: RFK, Jr. gives a condensed version of his book. This is an illustration (need I elaborate?) of how the ruling capitalist class and their rich conspirators' corrupt individuals and institutions to serve themselves with wealth and, especially, power to rule much of the world. Read all about it in my essay here and recently corroborated by a Columbia University historian
Even though Barack Obama had explicitly campaigned against George W Bush’s foreign policy (as well as Hillary Clinton’s in the Democratic primary), he soon proved himself amenable to many of their ideas. Power was a key influencer, holding multiple positions in the Obama administration.
My reaction: This post, one of many, that demonstrates the fact that there is a Deep State or a ruling class that controls the government which has the effect of continuing policies regardless of which political party is in control of the government.
  • The Weather Underground & Political Violence featuring on RT's channel on YouTube (28:39), Chris Hedges in an interview with Mark Rudd, author, and former leader of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). (Note: SDS evolved into the Weather Underground, an organization that organized a violent guerrilla movement with the ultimate aim to take over the US government.) 💥My commentary follows:
 I cannot judge these people because, as is well-known, hindsight is 20/20, and especially nearly 50 years later. I think that many of the left organizers in SDS were reaching the height of frustration when organizing efforts did not seem to pay off in the face of widespread ignorance that infected the American people plagued by so many years of indoctrination and incessant propaganda. 
I think that if they had succeeded, we wouldn't be facing the twin threats of our demise that confront us today: nuclear war conflagration and the inevitable destabilization of the climate leading to the extinction of humans and most other species. If they were successful at causing the government to be in the hands of the people, they certainly would have restored peace in the world and we might have had a chance to solve the climate crisis. It was obvious at the time they were concerned with stopping the aggressive foreign policies that led to the Vietnam War and all the other wars in the future. 
Thus, they would have averted a nuclear war Armageddon, and we would have had a chance to avert the other threat--the climate crisis. Looking back nearly 50 years later by Hedges and Rudd at their unsuccessful attempt is hardly a criticism of them. They should be celebrated as heroes.