Richard D. Wolff, Marc Armstrong, Omar Freilla and Alexis Goldstein: It’s Our Money: Making The Economy Work For Us + Q&A

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Joe Friendly on Nov 6, 2013

A forum about our economic system’s need for change with Richard D. Wolff, Marc Armstrong, Omar Freilla, and Alexis Goldstein, moderated by J.A. Myerson at All Souls Unitarian Church in NYC October 29, 2013, presented by Big Apple Coffee Party and The Peace and Justice Task Force of All Souls.

Videography by Joe Friendly

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus U. Mass, Amherst and Visiting Professor at The New School. Marc Armstrong is Executive Director, Public Banking Institute. Omar Freilla is Founder and Coordinator, Green Worker Cooperatives. Alexis Goldstein is an Organizer, the Other 98%. J.A. Myerson is an Independent journalist, activist, and author.

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Three Reasons Why Politics in the US Are Doomed by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Crossposted from josephnatoli.com and Truthout
November 5, 2013

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“The society that loses its grip on the past is in danger, for it produces men who know nothing but the present, and who are not aware that life had been, and could be, different from what it is.” — Aristotle, Politics

The title is an unapologetic P.T. Barnum hook. The three reasons? Why not a sacred ten? Or 350 million? Doesn’t everyone have his or her own take on Twitter? Isn’t reason what is behind our opinions, or my “whatever” about your reasons? Continue reading

The Story of Solutions

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storyofstuffproject on Oct 1, 2013

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The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.

In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy — more roads, more malls, more Stuff! — even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting.

But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better — better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet?

Shouldn’t that be what winning means?

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September 11: Forty Years Later by Carlos Torres

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Crossposted with permission from www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/

by Carlos Torres
Socialist Project
September 11, 2013

On September 11, millions of Chileans commemorate 40 years since the coup d’état in which the Palace of La Moneda in Santiago was attacked by warplanes and President Salvador Allende died fighting the conspirators. This event marked years of state terrorism and bloodshed in our country and the fortieth anniversary of the assault has been a political and emotional recollection for our friends and comrades from around the world.

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Noam Chomsky on Communism, Revolutionary Violence, the American Left and Slavoj Zizek

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Pax Marxista on Aug 15, 2013

Noam Chomsky interview with Christopher Helali of Pax Marxista (3/12/2013)

See the full transcript and article at: http://paxmarxista.org/noam-chomsky-on-revolutionary-violence-communism-and-the-american-left/

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The Ragged Trousered Comic Book by Martin Chomsky

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by Martin Chomsky
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 20, 2013

It was said in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death that, although she never understood art, she certainly inspired plenty of it.

Or, at least, so did her policies.

And so it is with my latest project, a kids’ comic book version of Robert Tressell’s ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’. [See video below.]

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Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1914)

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Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the inequity and iniquity of society, Tressell’s cast of hypocritical Christians, exploitative capitalists and corrupt councillors provide a backdrop for his main target — the workers who think that a better life is “not for the likes of them”. Hence the title of the book; Tressell paints the workers as “philanthropists” who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.

The hero of the book, Frank Owen, is a socialist who believes that the capitalist system is the real source of the poverty he sees all around him. In vain he tries to convince his fellow workers of his world view, but finds that their education has trained them to distrust their own thoughts and to rely on those of their “betters”. Much of the book consists of conversations between Owen and the others, or more often of lectures by Owen in the face of their jeering; this was presumably based on Tressell’s own experiences.

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Vijay Prashad: Questioning the Underlying Structures of Property and Power is “Off the Table”

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TheRealNews on Aug 8, 2013

In part two of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss the limits imposed on questioning the roots of inequality and how those who own the majority of property set the terms for everyone else. Continue reading

Socialism: Change Has to Begin at the Roots by William T. Hathaway

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
August 3, 2013

Terrorists, serial killers, domestic murderers — their ghoulish deeds fill our news and popular entertainment, interspersed with wars, riots, and brutal repressions. Violence surrounds us.

Where does it come from?

The answer propagated by the mass media is that violence is human nature. It’s just the way people are.

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Vijay Prashad: Marx and Tolstoy Helped Me See the Limits of Liberalism

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TheRealNews on Aug 6, 2013

On the second episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Vijay Prashad talks about growing up in India and coming to the realization that liberalism could never eliminate poverty. Continue reading

Chicago Factory Workers Take Business Over From Bosses

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NewsMediaOnline on Sep 21, 2013

Amid the precarious jobs market in the US, a group of workers in one Chicago factory have taken matters into their own hands. When faced with losing their jobs they decided to take the business over from the bosses.Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from the factory in Chicago.  Continue reading

Worldwide Social Activism Demanding Change by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
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London
July 19, 2013

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Change is afoot. Confronted with state corruption and corporate greed, abuse of human rights, environmental chaos and extreme levels of economic and social injustice, the people, overwhelmingly the young are taking to the streets demanding change, and a new political/economic system, that is inclusive and just.

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Chris Hedges: Make the Power Elite Frightened of Us, Part 4

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July 19, 2013

TheRealNews on Jul 19, 2013

On Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the American Left bears responsibility for the weakness of the mass movement; Hedges says the gravest mistake of the left is not articulating a viable vision of socialism. Continue reading

Socialism 2013–Glenn Greenwald: Courage is Contagious + Transcript

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WeAreManyMedia on Jun 28, 2013

Glenn Greenwald speaks via Skype to the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago regarding Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s mass surveillance program. Introductions by Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater and the filmmaker behind Dirty Wars, and Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism. #Socialism2013 #Snowden #NSA

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Check out more audio and video recordings from the Socialism 2013 conference at http://www.wearemany.org.

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Wal-Mart Workers Arrested at Yahoo! Headquarters After Civil Disobedience

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videonation on Jun 24, 2013

Five activists were arrested at Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, June 24, 2013, in a protest over the firing of eleven Walmart employees who this month went on strike. The planned civil disobedience action followed an hour-long demonstration in the Yahoo! lobby; about thirty workers and supporters gathered to demand a meeting with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, who joined Walmart’s board last year.

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