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Allred-Alive and Well in the Belly of the Beast

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September 20, 2021 Words are going the way of the buffalo, though not yet extinct, the ones that are left are only for grazing the vast occupied plains of consciousness as items of interest to only tourists and natural cynics of environmentalism. A relatively few number of them have taken the place of hundreds of thousands of words and their distinctive meanings. Americans have been the least curious lot when it comes to technical jargon. We’ve handed over the specifics of our technology to experts who on the one hand have made it so difficult for ordinary people to utilize any sort of practical ideological or technological advancement. Cars are driven but no one knows how one works. Most people cannot even change a tire. From phones to nuclear weapons, from democracy to fascism, from computers to reading a book, knowledge has been driven over the cliff like the buffalo herds driven from the plains by slaughter and the natural sin of capricious violence Along with this invasion of

Old News/New News, Whats the Difference?

  Old News 12/16/15 The Pentagons recent decision to build a string of military bases in Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Middle East seems like a perfect opportunity for the United States to fully realize it’s world- wide domination and subjugation of everyone. Most countries can barely think about building a compost heap without going through the United States approval process, which usually entails sending John Kerry and a UN representative. Building more military bases is tantamount to acknowledging the eternal war concept but not really conquer any terrorist networks developing anywhere in the world. Back in the day, liberation philosophies were the order of the day so if not military bases to contain the presumed communist threat and developing CIA connections to contain the minority insurrections were the order of the day. Unfortunately, the US can no longer differentiate between liberation, democratic movements, public protest and the surreal definition they have of terrorism.

An Eclectic Study of the Mundane and the Profane

  “You are living in the free world and in the free world you must stay .” Phil Ochs     An Eclectic Study of the Mundane and the Profane By todd boyd   Paradise (Unbound)   I live in Sacramento, California, USA.   It’s early November 2018. On a Thursday, November 8th morning the people of Paradise, a northern California Sierra Nevada foothill town comprised of retirees and working class people, are waking up to the alarm of a fast moving fire, pushed by winds of up to fifty miles per hour, and their town is in the bullseye seat. In southern California, the same day, two wildfires begin to push their way to the sea, threatening the city of Malibu, an enclave of beautiful people and beautiful homes. A short distance, and seven days away from Malibu, a lone gunman kills 12 people in a crowded bar, just eleven days from the last mass murder (killing of eleven Jews) in America. For the past two years, fires have raged almost all year long in California and my city ha

As One Human Life Goes and the Atrocities Mount…

    As one human caused atrocity mounts upon another and nature seems to be zeroing in on the human dilemma of just keep on doing everything the same way, just in case the main truth in life is Repetition rather than Love, Truth or Justice, we'll either succumb to emotional overload or straight out overkill. The possibilities of some kind of war are increasing, and plausibility as well as redemption of an actual government that resembles whatever ideal we had of one seems unlikely. The fact of the matter with me is, that I no longer trust my government nor rely on it to give myself credibility. I've worked hard and earned my keep, nearly everybody has. And those who for whatever reason have not, then based solely on their existence as human beings they deserve to reap some of what the great majority have produced. That's simple. But I do not trust my culture either. It is a culture based on skin color privileges as well as a hierarchical system of justice. Within ea

Conversation and Change #4 by Kraig Scwartz History of World Social Forum

                              World Social Forum   After the Cold War ended neoliberal capitalism , no longer fettered by the Soviet Union, expanded to all parts of the world.   Whether it be farmland in Ethiopia, or the fisheries of our great ocenas, the world increasingly came under the control of unbridled “free market” capitalism and the corporations that serve and benefit from those markets.   Under the sway of neoliberalism, governments deregulated their economies, cut back or eliminated social spending,   pushed aside labor unions and promoted “free trade.” Perhaps the major economic hallmark of this post Cold War era was the expansion of world trade through the WTO, NAFTA and other regional trade organizations.  The yearly World Economic Forum held at Davos, Switzerland embraced the  world-wide neoliberal capitalist order.  Yet,  strong resistance to this push for the commodification of the world emerged in various parts of the world, most notably by the indigenous  Zapatis

Conversation and Change #3- by Todd Boyd- My Movement Criteria

  Hello Fred and Kraig Thanks for the input and articles. It’s clear we aren’t alone in this beginning of what we all should do-re-evaluate, re-tool, and re-build our movements through a different language, a language of our own making and not a reactive language of oppression, control, and manipulation. Trying a different way. I like the articles for saying some of the things we are saying. I like the economic equality project because of it’s basic ideas about how wealth is distributed. Since we are building this in situ, I took some of the wiipedia stuff and tried to illustrate some of it with my own thinking. How I see movements and building movements. The best minds of the new world, including Black Lives Matter, Poor Peoples Campaign and many other worldwide campaigns for change are all on the same path. Here’s a sample of what I believe is necessary for any progressive movement.   A  political movement  is a collective attempt by a group of people to change  government po

Conversations and Change #2 by Frederick Foote

  I t is my assumption that there are systems of repression, degradation, and profit masquerading as criminal justice systems in this country. Law enforcement, judicial systems employees, attorneys, prison construction and management industries, and state and local governments each have a vested interest in keeping these invidious systems in place, if not growing. I further assume that these counterfeit justice (or injustice) systems target black, brown and poor communities. Furthermore, I believe we all have a moral and legal obligation to oppose such systems. Historically, and unto this present day, violence has been employed as the government’s preferred method of dealing with aboriginal resistance, racial and labor unrest, and challenges to the status quo internally and externally. In this way, law enforcement has a license to kill with impunity and immunity from prosecution and this amounts to a long history of state terrorism against people of color. Those who are willing to