Shocking New Report: Bombing People Causes People to Hate You
gjohnsit · 8,993 views today · You better sit down for this one because it will blow your mind. You are probably aware that we on a global quest to rid the world of Evil, one smart-bomb at a time. Yet, for some strange reason, every place that we bomb Evil into oblivion seems to become more messed up than before.   You would think that our...
The Comprehensive Activist Guide to Dismantling Neoliberalism
Drew Serres · 8,921 views today · “The creation of today’s market society was not the result of a sequence of spontaneous events but rather of state interference and violence.” – Naomi Klein in The Shock...
In Praise of Short-Term Love
7 min · 5,583 views today · So much in our culture emphasises long-term love; it may be time to hear a word or two in praise of the short-term approach.
Henry David Thoreau on Happiness
Gavin Aung Than · 3,691 views today · Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American writer, poet, philosopher and one of the leading figures of the transcendentalism movement. Besides writing Civil...
Harry Patch: Anti-War Hero
6 min · 2,956 views today · Harry Patch had no time for, 'Thieving politicians lies'. Poem: Heathcote Williams Narration: Alan Cox Montage: Alan Cox and Margaret Cox
13 Wonderful Words About Love and Connection
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A Social Movement for Broken People
Joe Brewer · 2,790 views today · The world is a pretty screwed up place. So how do we fix it when we ourselves are broken? This is the question that rarely gets asked — and it is a keystone piece of the...
Neoliberalism - the Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems
George Monbiot · 2,648 views today · Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all.
Make Inishturk Great Again
10 min · 2,586 views today · Even in the best of times, escaping the grind for a small foreign island seems a preferred choice. And the 58 residents of Inishturk, a charming, heavily sheeped island off the...
90 Inspiring and Visionary Films That Will Change How You See the World in Profound Ways
Tim Hjersted · 2,524 views today · The world today is in crisis. Everybody knows that. But what is driving this crisis? It's a story, a story that is destroying the world. It's a story about our relationship to...
Welcome to Marinaleda: The Spanish Anti-Capitalist Town With Equal Wage Full Employment and $19 Housing
Jade Small · 2,169 views today · With virtually no police, crime or unemployment, meet the Spanish town described as a democratic, socialist utopia. Unemployment is non-existent in Marinaleda, an Andalusian...
While You’re Busy Mocking Abigail Fisher, the Powerful Racist Forces Behind Her Are Getting a Pass
Jon Booth · 1,859 views today · It might feel good to mock “Becky with the bad grades,” but focusing on her lets the real power players in her anti-affirmative action case off the hook.
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Oliver Stone: The Untold History Of The United States (2012)
570 min · 1,496 views today · There is a classified America we were never meant to see. From Academy Award®-winning writer/director Oliver Stone, this ten-part documentary series looks back at human events...
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
David Cain · 1,368 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
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3 min · 1,366 views today · If humanity came to understand this - everything would change. This is a clip from "UnVeiled & Lifted," which was released online for free by the film-makers in 2013. Watch...
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Phyllis Bennis · 1,253 views today · As ISIS loses territory, it returns to mass-casualty attacks against civilians. That's why military-first approaches to terrorism are doomed to failure.
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Jon Queally · 1,070 views today · Brexit win has much to teach Democrats about Trump threat, warns senator, and elites ignore frustrations of workers and the poor at their own peril
Yes Men Just Brilliantly Pranked The NRA
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As Brexit Dominates News, Investigatory Powers Bill Sneaks in Under the Radar
Kristopher Wilson · Days after Britain and the world reeled from the result of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, it’s back to business as usual for the House of Lords. This week the Investigatory Powers Bill was given its second reading, and it’s interesting to see how their Lordships approached scrutinising...
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