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Joe Rogan & Duncan Trussell on the National Defense Authorization Act

Alan Watts

Religion of No Religion

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Chief Raoni crying when he learned that the President of Brazil approved the Belo Monte dam project on the Xingu indigenous lands. Belo Monte will be bigger than the Panama Canal, flooding nearly a million acres of rainforest & indigenous lands. 40,000 indigenous and local people will be forced off their lands (as well as millions of unknown species & plants).


Anyone who’s heard me discuss economic development knows that I do not like Brazil (nor do I like Latin America in general as an economist, but that’s a rant for another time). This is a pretty good summary of why. Brazil’s impressive ‘development’, warranting its inclusion in BRICS as an up-and-coming country (as an economic power), has been driven primarily by heavy ISI strategies and generally large government, which allowed human development to lag embarrassingly behind economic growth (I never harp on income inequality, except in Latin America, in which case, it is the largest gap in the world and is caused almost exclusively by corruption and clientelism (whoa, I just realized that I wrote about that exact issue today on my LA Politics exam)). At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you miraculously created a competitive government-owned oil company (Petrobras or PBR) or a solid aeronautics industry; property rights and, in turn, human rights, are destroyed through big government and its ability to transcend accountability and responsibility. Violations of indigenous peoples’ rights are almost always at the hand of the government… Less than 100 years ago, the US government separated ‘mixed’ Native American/Whites from their families, to prevent cultural assimilation with the ‘uncivilized’—my mother was actually afraid to record her ethnicity on any kind of government documentation until recently. Not to mention the government shoved all of these people into Oklahoma, which has got to suck, in and of itself (I apologize to any followers hailing from the desert).

Government at its worst.

misesman:

thecheekylibertarian:

Chief Raoni crying when he learned that the President of Brazil approved the Belo Monte dam project on the Xingu indigenous lands. Belo Monte will be bigger than the Panama Canal, flooding nearly a million acres of rainforest & indigenous lands. 40,000 indigenous and local people will be forced off their lands (as well as millions of unknown species & plants).

Anyone who’s heard me discuss economic development knows that I do not like Brazil (nor do I like Latin America in general as an economist, but that’s a rant for another time). This is a pretty good summary of why. Brazil’s impressive ‘development’, warranting its inclusion in BRICS as an up-and-coming country (as an economic power), has been driven primarily by heavy ISI strategies and generally large government, which allowed human development to lag embarrassingly behind economic growth (I never harp on income inequality, except in Latin America, in which case, it is the largest gap in the world and is caused almost exclusively by corruption and clientelism (whoa, I just realized that I wrote about that exact issue today on my LA Politics exam)). At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you miraculously created a competitive government-owned oil company (Petrobras or PBR) or a solid aeronautics industry; property rights and, in turn, human rights, are destroyed through big government and its ability to transcend accountability and responsibility. Violations of indigenous peoples’ rights are almost always at the hand of the government… Less than 100 years ago, the US government separated ‘mixed’ Native American/Whites from their families, to prevent cultural assimilation with the ‘uncivilized’—my mother was actually afraid to record her ethnicity on any kind of government documentation until recently. Not to mention the government shoved all of these people into Oklahoma, which has got to suck, in and of itself (I apologize to any followers hailing from the desert).

Government at its worst.

why would you ever do a thing like that?

why would you ever do a thing like that?

From cover to cover you will find nothing but the cheapest sort of patriotism, the inculcation of the most unquestioning acquiescence in the deeds of government, a lullaby of rest, security, confidence – the doctrine that the law can do no wrong…shameless falsification of all acts of rebellion, to put the government in the right and the rebels in the wrong, pyrotechnic glorifications of union, power, and force, and a complete ignoring of the essential liberties to maintain which was the purpose of the revolutionists.
Voltairine de Cleyre on Public education (via liberationfrequency)
There is only one difference between dictatorship and democracy. In a democracy, you vote and then take orders; in a dictatorship you don’t waste time voting.
Charles Bukowski (via liberationfrequency)
liberationfrequency:

“The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
- Joseph Stalin

liberationfrequency:

“The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

- Joseph Stalin

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Perfect Storm: The England Riots Documentary

This mini-documentary film looks at the initial causes and wider context surrounding the recent England riots. Politicians refuse to acknowledge their role in creating a deeply unfair and failing society, a perfect storm of police brutality, city poverty and austerity measures, that will only get worse unless the root problem is addressed.

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That’s our problem.
Howard Zinn (via zeitgeistmovement)

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