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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Punishing Free Speech

In the spirit of #Occupy, young warriors from as far as Cherokee Nation, Navajo Nation, New York City and New Orleans merged with the spirit of the descendants of Crazy Horse to defy the mechanized aggression of the petrostate. Met with militarized police, they've suffered concussions and loss of limb, and now they will have their day in court.

Represented by the National Lawyers Guild, they have filed a class-action suit, claiming they were the victims of excessive force by police. As Alleen Brown reports, "It argues that the tactics were retaliatory, punishing those involved for exercising free speech rights."

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Splitting Hairs

Perhaps the Milosevic regime analogy is more appropriate for understanding the Trump transitional government than the Hitler parallel promulgated by so many in the humanitarian blogosphere.

Maybe that's splitting hairs.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Making Sense of Nonsense

Secular Rapture on the wings of Golden Promises visits the Louisiana bayou to probe the depths of Tea Party bigotry and Biblical nonsense of Trump supporters was the mission of a Berkeley liberal. Her suggestion that we should all hold hands is equally nonsensical.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Displacement

In Beyond Vacationland: the Native American Cape Cod Story, photographer Matika Wilbur describes her 2015 encounter with Wampanoag and Narragansett tribal members in the region of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. We all know the story of these tribes welcoming the Puritans, only to be betrayed for their hospitality, but what interests me is the fact they carry a "unique burden of conscience" for everything that transpired afterward.

While it might not make logical sense for them to blame themselves as a people for being welcoming and generous, they nevertheless feel a "sense of complicity" in the horrific genocide that ensued.

Like other tribal peoples who struggle for cultural wholeness and identity in the face of globalization, the tribes of Cape Cod have a vital connection to place, that physical displacement from their homeland makes tenuous.

As non-tribal people are displaced today, due to the ramifications of venture capital, a possibility of empathy and understanding has arrived. Dispossessed of the ability to participate in cultural creation, due to this displacement that severs community ties, rent refugees become disconnected from American society in ways that can provide insight into what it means to be homeless in the greater sense of the word.

While modern states and international institutions still routinely annihilate tribal societies to expropriate their territories and resources, the American psyche--shattered by the tremors and upheavals of a civilization in collapse--can gain valuable perspective on displacement from people who have been coming to terms with this phenomenon for four hundred years.

Friday, October 28, 2016

BREAKING NEWS

MELANIA SECRET AGENT OF IRAN
Unconfirmed rumors from anonymous sources reveal Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's wife Melania has, since August of 2015, operated as a Iranian Government spy working with operatives from the Islamic State of Iran and its affiliated network of Muslim terrorists.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Law of Generosity

The law of generosity was not invented by humans. It exists as a natural law of the universe, and is expressed on our planet in the natural abundance that nourishes new life from the old.

Human civilization formalized this law of natural relationships first in stories, then rituals and ceremonies, and eventually in codified laws. From time to time, when human beings strayed from observance of this natural law--due to trauma and fear--corrective remedies and ameliorating narratives led them back to core lessons learned from seemingly endless trial and error.

Stories and narratives developed by sick societies to oppose the law of generosity have persisted for some time now, and they even developed cults of cruelty and cultures of insanity, but generosity keeps coming back. Opposing it is like trying to stop the tides and winds, or plate tectonics.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Domination or Liberation

Intentional communication can be used for either domination or liberation, for the love of power, or for the power of love. Each of us must choose.