by the Corbett Report
by Chris Hedges
ARTICLE FROM ZEROHEDGE
Simon Black Advocates Leaving America As The “Most Effective” Way To Fight The Battle With “The Mob-Installed Government Beast”
by Simon Black, Sovereign Man
Excerpt: When you think about it, what we call a ‘country’ is nothing more than a large concentration of people who share common values. Over time, those values adjust and evolve. Today, cultures in many countries value things like fake security, subordination, and ignorance over freedom, independence, and awareness. When it appears more and more each day that those common values diverge from your own, all that’s left of a country are irrelevant, invisible lines on a map. I don’t find these worth fighting for. Nobody is born with a mandatory obligation to invisible lines on a map. Read on »
Leaving America Redux: Sovereign Man’s “Next Steps” Guide To Expats-In-Waiting
Excerpt: The fact is, there is no enemy, there is no fight… there is only gradual erosion of freedom and opportunity. Unable to change what we cannot control, productive people will eventually reach a breaking point and leave. The “stay and fight” crowd who remain will congratulate themselves on their patriotism, chastise the “cowards” who have left, and resolve to go down with the mob-mentality, mafia-controlled sinking ship. Read on »
OPINION | FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
by Peter Berkowitz
Our universities haven’t taught much political history for decades. No wonder so many progressives have disdain for the principles that animated the Federalist debates.
Excerpt: They (universities) certainly do not teach about the virtues, or qualities of mind and character, that enable citizens to shoulder their political responsibilities and prosper amidst the opportunities and uncertainties that freedom brings. Nor do they teach the beliefs, practices and associations that foster such virtues and those that endanger them. Read on ».
by Jeffery Tucker
Enlightening and entertaining (is that possible?)…
from Journeyman Pictures
In times of crisis people seek strong leaders and simple solutions. But what if their solutions are identical to the mistakes that caused the crisis? This is the story of the greatest economic crisis of our age, the one that awaits us.
FROM GLOBAL RESEARCH
The People’s Movement has been Hijacked
by Michael Chossudovsky
In this article, we focus on a related concept, namely the process of “manufacturing dissent” (rather than “consent”), which plays a decisive role in serving the interests of the ruling class.
Under contemporary capitalism, the illusion of democracy must prevail. It is in the interest of the corporate elites to accept dissent and protest as a feature of the system inasmuch as they do not threaten the established social order. The purpose is not to repress dissent, but, on the contrary, to shape and mould the protest movement, to set the outer limits of dissent. Read on »
ARTICLE FROM ZEROHEDGE
Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform
“Out of the nursery into the college and back to the nursery; there’s your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries or more. School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts?” ~ Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury wrote his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 in 1950. Most kids were required to read this book when they were seventeen years old. Having just re-read the novel at the age of forty-seven makes you realize how little you knew at seventeen. It is 165 pages of keen insights into today’s American society. Bradbury’s hedonistic dark future has come to pass. His worst fears have been realized. The American public has willingly chosen to be distracted and entertained by electronic gadgets 24 hours per day. Today, reading books is for old fogies. Most people think Bradbury’s novel was a warning about censorship. It was not. It was a warning about TV and radio turning the minds of Americans to mush. Read on »
Critical Path by R. Buckminster Fuller
Author, inventor and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller first published Critical Path in 1981. It is one of Fuller’s most popular works. Critical Path suggests ways that we can re-invent our environment that are more organic and more conducive to human life. I’m a newbie to Fuller’s ideas, but find them appealing. The old system of economics and politics doesn’t work anymore and Fuller gives us a refreshing model to replace it. From Wikipedia: “Fuller describes his vision of the development of human civilization, economic history, and his highly original economic ideology based, amongst other things, on his detailed description of why scarcity of resources need no longer be a decisive factor in global politics. Read on »
. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth » Grunch of Giants » Credit to wepollock. His blogs turned me on to Bucky. .
More on Fuller
by Buckminster Fuller
by Buckminster Fuller
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth »
Grunch of Giants »
Credit to wepollock. His blogs turned me on to Bucky.
For over a decade, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s preeminent think tank, have tracked the march of economic freedom around the world with the influential Index of Economic Freedom.
What is economic freedom?
Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state. In economically free societies, governments allow labor, capital and goods to move freely, and refrain from coercion or constraint of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself. Read on »
(100 is a perfect score/change from ’09)
1. Hong Kong…89.7…-0.3
4. New Zealand…82.1...+0.1
8. United States78.0...-2.7
A related study with slightly different results can be found from the Fraser Institute »
4. New Zealand…82.1...+0.1
8. United States78.0...-2.7
This RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the unexpected truths about what really motivates us at work and at home.
by Adam Curtis for the BBC
A fascinating four-part series about Edward Bernays and how he helped shape consumerism in the 20th century. Based on political propaganda and Sigmund Freud’s studies in psychoanalysis as behavior models, Bernays created the public relations profession that helped turn productive American capitalism into a mercenary, debt-based culture. Part 1 below. The full series can be watched here »
THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR, JULY – AUGUST 2010
by Angelo M. Codevilla
As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors’ “toxic assets” was the only alternative to the U.S. economy’s “systemic collapse.” In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. Read on »
The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom
by Andrew Gavin Marshall
There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:
“For the first time in history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. Global activism is generating a surge in the quest for cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world scarred by memories of colonial or imperial domination.”
by R. Buckminster Fuller
There is no dictionary word for an army of invisible giants, one thousand miles tall, with their arms interlinked, girding the planet Earth. Since there exists just such an invisible, abstract, legal-contrivance army of giants, we have invented the word GRUNCH as the group designation — “a grunch of giants.” GR-UN-C-H, which stands for annual GROSS UNIVERSE CASH HEIST, pays annual dividends of over one trillion U.S. dollars. Read the book »
The Voluntaryists are advocates of non-political strategies to achieve a free society. We reject electoral politics, both in theory and practice, as incompatible with libertarian principles. Governments must cloak their actions in an aura of moral legitimacy in order to sustain their power, and political methods invariably strengthen that legitimacy. Voluntaryists seek instead to delegitimize the State through education, and we advocate withdrawal of the cooperation and tacit consent on which State power ultimately depends. Voluntaryists are exclusively committed to using nonviolent strategies to oppose the State. Read on »
I Must Speak Out
The Self-Sovereign Individual Project
A program to achieve freedom from government coercion for those who understand it, want it and are responsible enough to live it. Learn more »
Declaration of Individual Independence
EXCERPT: When in the course of his life any individual achieves a clear understanding that the realization of his human potential for the ultimate promotion of his Lifetime Happiness is being severely Constrained and UnPermittedly Modified by the regulations of those governing his life, and at the same time he appreciates that increasing his Lifetime Happiness is solely his own responsibility, then it becomes necessary for him to declare his refusal to sanction the necessity, Effect and the very Existence of such regulations over him, to unilaterally dissolve those Connection Attributes by which he has been Involved with his governors, and to assume his place among other Freemen with the independence of thought and sovereignty of Action which his and their nature entitles and requires of them as shown by the Theory of Social Meta-Needs.
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in under seven minutes
by Daniel H. Pink
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers Will Rule the Future is a book by Daniel H. Pink, author of Free Agent Nation. A Whole New Mind posits that the future of global business belongs to the right-brainers. Read More »