George Lakey, on how to build courage and cohesion. Also, the dangerous assumption that violence keeps us safe.

A series of useful and thought-provoking articles by the wonderful George Lakey… A romanticized belief in violence renders people irrational to the point of hurting ourselves, over and over again. George Lakey February 26, 2022 The dangerous assumption that violence keeps us safe, Win Without War One of the most popular — and dangerous — assumptions in the world is that violence …

The Case for the EU Cutting Off Its Russian Gas Supply Now: Instead of waiting until 2030, Europe might as well rip the Band-Aid off

By Gernot Wagner February 25, 2022 The Case for the EU Cutting Off Its Russian Gas Supply Now: Instead of waiting until 2030, Europe might as well rip the Band-Aid off.  The European Union is poised to announce a strategy of weaning itself off Russian gas, part of an ambitious energy plan that includes cutting overall fossil-fuel use 40% by 2030. But …

Power, Workers, and the Fight for Climate Justice

https://www.midnightsunmag.ca/power-workers-and-the-fight-for-climate-justice/ 7. 12. 2021 by Tara Olivetree (Ehrcke) The power of the fossil fuel industry is massive. Fossil fuel companies are worth at least $18 trillion in stock equity, which represents about a quarter of total global stock markets. These vast resources and their outsized share of the world economy allow the industry to continually assert their interests, no matter …

Economic Exploitation – Rich Countries Keep The Poor In Poverty. Over half the world’s population are below a true poverty line, and therefore unable to meet their basic needs.

By Rod Driver, Global Research, May 31, 2021 | EDUCATE! “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings” (former South African President, Nelson Mandela)  The world’s population was about 7.8 billion people in 2020. About 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, and over 4 …

Militias Post a Serious Threat – Why it is so hard to stop them

When the media or government officials talk about militias, they’re talking about private armed paramilitary organizations that operate without government authority (so, not the U.S. National Guard). “Structure” refers to a clearly defined hierarchy within the group, often including military ranks and a chain of command. the Supreme Court’s 2008 landmark ruling that upheld an individual’s right to bear arms, the justices notably …

A Crime to Want Something Different: US countering democratic and reformist changes processes in 22 countries with leftist extermination

The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade & The Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World (2020) Vincent Bevins: The Jakarta Method is rounding up and killing huge numbers of unarmed leftists, in the service of establishing a specific type of social order. By eliminating these people, this potential opposition, you clear the way for authoritarian capitalism at home and the creation …

US Court of Appeals has found the program Edward Snowden blew the whistle on was unlawful – and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth

Reuters, Sept 2 2020, U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal, by  Raphael Satter (Reuters) – Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful – and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it …

Breaking with the Defunct Idea of Development: Re-embedding the economy in people and the biosphere,

By Daniel McCurdy, Alliance for Global Justice. October 3, 2020 | CREATE! A longer version of this article was included in the book “The Revolution Won’t Be Stopped: Nicaragua Advances Despite US Unconventional Warfare” published by the AfGJ. Go to p. 123. One of the particularities of tourism in Nicaragua is its democratization. Since the Sandinista government won elections in 2006 and came to power …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …