The White Man in That Photo
Riccardo Gazzaniga · 34,066 views today · Sometimes photographs deceive. Take this one, for example. It represents John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s rebellious gesture the day they won medals for the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and it certainly deceived me for a long time. I always saw the photo as a powerful image of two barefoot...
Eckhart Tolle: Your Facebook Ego, That's Not Who You Are
2 min · 23,078 views today · “Identification with thoughts and the emotions that go with those thoughts creates a false mind-made sense of self, conditioned by the past: the "little me" and its story. This...
How Prison Labor Is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support It
Sara Burrows · 23,034 views today · If you buy products or services from any of the 50 companies listed below (and you likely do), you are supporting modern American slavery
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Sara Burrows · 21,767 views today · Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from...
Law Professor's Epic Response to Black Lives Matter Shirt Complaint
Social Design Notes · 18,954 views today · A first year law school student wrote a complaint about her professor having worn a Black Lives Matter T-shirt during class. The professor’s response is priceless. Scans of...
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into A Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley · 12,749 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made.  Pabl
How The Elite Stay In Power
5 min · 12,615 views today · In this video we break down in simple terms the only way "those in power" can stay in power. It's not as complex at it may seem. They need us more than we need them.
I Stopped Eating Animals Because of Human Rights
Andy West · 9,115 views today · What does the meat industry do to people’s mental health?
Why Donald Trump Is a Gift to Democracy: No, Seriously. Hear This Out
6 min · 6,795 views today · They say things have to get worse before they get better. Well, here's our inflection point, if we seize it. 
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Various · 5,146 views today · Some clever folk have been replacing precocious 6-year-old Calvin, from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, with Donald Trump and the results are, well, take a look...
A World War Has Begun - Break The Silence
John Pilger · 4,663 views today · I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, "Where is...
Dear Democrats: An Open Letter from a Sanders Supporter to Democrats Calling for "Unity". This is What it Looks Like from My Side
unknown Redditor · 4,440 views today · Dear Democrats, As the absurd Trump convention grinds on, somewhere in Philadelphia I imagine there is an army of volunteers inflating one hundred thousand colorful balloons...
Frequently Asked Questions about Scientific Pantheism
Paul Harrison · 4,306 views today · Why do pantheists believe in pantheism? What's the evidence for pantheism? How do you know the universe is worthy of reverence? If I accept pantheism, what difference would it...
RSA ANIMATE: Economics Is for Everyone!
12 min · 4,100 views today · ‘Economics is for everyone’, argues legendary economist Ha-Joon Chang in our latest mind-blowing RSA Animate. This is the video economists don’t want you to see! Chang explains...
I am Not a Label Invented in the 15th Century, Made Up to Divide Us - And Neither Are You
4 min · 3,907 views today · Human Beings Were NOT Meant to Be Labeled! - Prince Ea Want to watch more on this topic? Watch Plutocracy (2015) to see how race has been used to divide us economically. Watch...
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