by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 17, 2022
Finian Cunningham on Jul 11, 2022
Julian: Let’s Take a Stand, original song by journalist Finian Cunningham.
Dedicated to freedom for Julian Assange.
Song produced by John Rachel with video by Randy Martin.
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Finian Cunningham, is a columnist at the Strategic Culture Foundation, Sputnik, and a Writer on Dandelion Salad. He can be reached at email@example.com.
From the archives:
UK Home Secretary’s Certification of Assange Extradition puts Him at Risk + UK Home Secretary Approves Extradition of Julian Assange
Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, George Galloway, et al: If Wars Can Be Started By Lies, Peace Can Be Started By Truth
Certifying Julian Assange’s Extradition Puts Him at Great Risk + The Assange Family Struggle
John Pilger: The Supreme Court Refusal to Hear Julian Assange’s Appeal
Chris Hedges: Wedding Speech for Julian Assange + Craig Murray Barred From Attending the Wedding
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Julian Assange is one of my top heroes, perhaps the topmost one. And yet, being a contrarian, I can still find something to disagree with here.
All over the world, there are lots of people saying “let’s take a stand” for one issue or another. The phrase “take a stand” suggests a one-time thing, a final thing. The phrase “choosing a hill to die on” has recently become popular in social media. That phrase suggests you can only take a stand once; you can only do it for one issue.
Really, the many issues are all connected. But that fact is not obvious; on the surface the issues seem to vary widely. To be effective in taking a stand, we must be united, and for that we need to see how all the issues are connected.
As I see it, all our problems stem from a cultural wrong turn that happened 12,000 years ago, a shift from community to self and separateness. I have written about that in anthropological terms in https://leftymathprof.wordpress.com/simplified/. Our culture of selfishness is concretely manifested today in CAPITALISM. In https://leftymathprof.wordpress.com/primer/ I have written about the many ways that capitalism is the root of evil.
A simple example: Julian Assange is imprisoned for exposing war crimes (though the “official” reasons given differ slightly from that). The wars are based on lies to make a few selfish rich men richer — i.e., capitalism. I would recommend taking a stand against capitalism, and make the freeing of Julian Assange just a corollary of that.
Lefty, have you read many of Finian’s articles here on Dandelion Salad? He’s a socialist and points to the ills of capitalism often. This is a beautiful, supportive song for Julian Assange.