The Problem is Civil Obedience by Howard Zinn + Video

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on
November 25, 2013

Civil Disobedience at the White House to stop Keystone XL

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1970, from the Zinn Reader, Seven Stories Press

[By the latter part of May, 1970, feelings about the war in Vietnam had become almost unbearably intense. In Boston, about a hundred of us decided to sit down at the Boston Army Base and block the road used by buses carrying draftees off to military duty. We were not so daft that we thought we were stopping the flow of soldiers to Vietnam; it was a symbolic act, a statement, a piece of guerrilla the after. We were all arrested and charged, in the quaint language of an old statute, with “sauntering and loitering” in such a way as to obstruct traffic.

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Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva, Switzerland

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Dandelion Salad

Propaganda Alert!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 23, 2013

The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

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I is for Ideology by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 24, 2013

letter I

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Part I in the .

Ideology: A set of assumptions so appealing that one looks at their abstract logic rather than at how the world actually works. (See Insanity.)

Ignorance: Socrates said that ignorance was the source of evil, because nobody knowingly commits evil. But by pursuing their own narrow interests, the financial and property sector destroy the social unit, which is the essence of evil as viewed from an evolutionary vantage point. Thomas Hobbes wrote in Leviathan (1651) that “Ignorance of remote causes disposeth men to attribute all events to the causes immediate and instrumental: for these are all the causes they perceive.”

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