The Left Should Celebrate Brexit: The UK Just Kicked Neoliberalism in the Nuts
Matt Ellis · 48,281 views today · It is a sad and ironic indictment on the state of the global Left and the progressive agenda, that the very compelling reasons to support a Brexit have been lost amongst the rightful consternation with the racist views and actions of far Right political forces in the UK and Europe, and their conflation with the...
Liberal Elites Hate the Left
Jake Johnson · 18,819 views today · In 2013, President Obama, speaking at a fundraiser in Medina, Washington — home to a small community of wealthy donors — expressed a sentiment that has become all too common...
Britain Is Leaving the EU. Here's What That Means.
2 min · 11,190 views today · Voters have voted in favor of Brexit: British exit from the European Union. That means that in the coming months, British and European leaders will begin negotiating the terms...
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4 min · 10,602 views today · Physician Dr. Gabor Mate began his interview by addressing the 'myth of normal' that divides us into the normal and the abnormal with pathological traits. Dr. Mate mentions...
Why Global Capital Fears 'Brexit'
Helena Norberg-Hodge & Rupert Read and Thomas Wallgren · 8,095 views today · While the leadership of the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ camps portray their positions as fundamentally different, neither side is challenging the stranglehold of corporations that run...
Healthy Love Vs. Toxic Love: 14 Core Differences
Light Shifter · 7,728 views today · Love: Development of self first priority. Toxic love: Obsession with relationship.   Love: Room to grow, expand; desire for others to grow. Toxic love: Security, comfort in...
Brexit and the New Global Rebellion
Richard Eskow · 7,078 views today · Things are changing. A major crack has appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that has dominated the world’s economy since the end of World War II...
Grieve Now If You Must - but Prepare for the Great Challenges Ahead
Owen Jones · 6,371 views today · A working-class revolt has taken place, and frustration is spilling out in all sorts of directions. If Britain is to have a future, the escalating culture wars have to stop
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Paul Mason · 5,568 views today · What now for the radical left in Labour and beyond?
F*ck That: A Guided Meditation for the Realities of Today's World
2 min · 5,556 views today · Just acknowledge that all that sh*t is f*cking b*llshit — you're here now, in this place, with your inner stillness. Take in a deep breath ... now breathe out. Just feel the...
L.A. Voting Official Opens Door for Approximately 580,000 More Independent Californians’ Votes to Be Counted
Liam Miller · 4,802 views today · Almost 600,000 previously disenfranchised independent voters in California may have their votes counted, after all.
rEVILution: Rise of the Christofascists (2016)
31 min · 4,439 views today · The following documentary examines the roll Christianity plays in American right-wing politics and the radicalizing affect it has had. Republicans often say that a handful of...
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Lucy Purdy · 4,089 views today · Lucy Purdy explores how the concept of ‘rewilding’ could be applied not just to the natural world, but to ourselves
15 Ways to Get Someone Out of Your Head
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Meg Ten Eyck · 3,391 views today · 1. The first Pride was a police riot. We hold Pride each summer to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969. At the time, most states had laws banning LGBT people from...
As Britain Exits, the Need for a Strong Climate Movement Remains
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Yao Xiao · 3,103 views today · Appreciate others for what they have done, don't apologise for simply existing.
Conspiracy Theories Fuel Climate Change Denial and Chemtrail Beliefs
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Why I'm Leaving the Democratic Party
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