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Empire Managers Explain Why This New Protest Movement Scares Them
“We think these things that are happening across college campuses are a sideshow. No, they are the show. If we lose the intellectual debate, you will not be able to deploy any army in the West, ever.” - CEO Alex Karp
Close-Up of Death Culture: 1,000 in Entertainment Biz Proclaim Support for Gaza Slaughter
Last week, Variety reported that “more than 1,000 Jewish creatives, executives and Hollywood professionals have signed an open letter denouncing Jonathan Glazer’s ‘The Zone of Interest’ Oscar speech.” The angry letter is a tight script for a real-life drama of defending...
Aaron Bushnell’s Divine Violence
Aaron Bushnell’s self-immolation was ultimately a religious act, one that radically delineates good and evil and calls us to resist.
“This Is What Our Ruling Class Has Decided Will Be Normal” On Aaron Bushnell’s Action in Solidarity with Gaza
On Sunday, February 25, we received an email from a person who signed himself Aaron Bushnell.
Tribute to Aaron Bushnell by Iraq Veteran Mike Prysner
The US military is presented as an institution that does protecting; defending; “saving.” But fundamentally, it is an institution of killing. Of mass killing. Throughout our country’s entire history there have been service members who could not grapple with that fact; who...
AI Prompt: Turn Lawrence, Kansas Into a Bioregional Ecocity With Indigenous Values and Wisdom
This is the unedited first response to the title prompt, using Copilot with GPT-4.
Unremitting Turkish Attacks Leave Rojava in Peril — and in Need of Solidarity
The future of this experiment is on the line as much of its civilian infrastructure has been destroyed since October.
Unitarian Universalism: The Seven Principles
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and...
From Citizens of Nations to Citizens of Cities
[C]itizens today no longer even approximate the high and eminently human standard of citizenship that was established in the Hellenic world—a meaning that must be recovered, as well as the personal and social training, or paideia, for producing citizens.~Murray...
The Needs of the Management Class Shaped Racial Pseudoscience
As we enter Black History Month, it is important to understand how management race science was developed to divide and conquer the workforce as it struggled against long odds to form labor unions.
Friends Don't Let Friends Destroy Themselves
In September 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, people gathered by the thousands across the country of Iran in spontaneous demonstrations and candlelight vigils to show support for America in its hour of grief. At one football match in Tehran, sixty thousand...
Building a Beloved Community in a Time of War
Sermon for MLK Day from All Souls UU Kansas City
To Defend Israel as 'Moral Society,' Knesset Member Backs South Africa's ICJ Genocide Case
"This is the true patriotism—no revenge wars and calls for extermination, no unnecessary bloodshed, and no sacrifice of kidnapped citizens and soldiers in false wars," said KM Ofer Cassif
14 Free Videos To Counter US Media's Dehumanization Of Palestinians
Over the past two-plus decades, the Media Education Foundation has produced and distributed documentary films, and organized a series of high-profile events and talks, to counter U.S. media narratives that have dehumanized the Palestinian people.
The Death of Israel
Israel will appear triumphant after it finishes its genocidal campaign in Gaza and the West Bank. But by the time Israel achieves its decimation of Gaza, it will have signed its own death sentence.
Let Israel Vote; Let Gaza Vote
In the Bible’s first semi-mythic story of what we now call the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Abraham dies decades after he has endangered the lives of his two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. His two sons come together to mourn and bury their dangerous father. As a result, Isaac...
This Is a War on Children, and 'Safe Zones' Are Death Traps: UNICEF
Gaza was a free-fire zone on Saturday and Sunday, with UN officials saying that no place in the Strip is safe. Hundreds were killed, almost all of them innocent noncombatants, and including a worrisome number of children. Although Israel tried to pull the stunt of issuing a...
Phase One of Israel’s Genocidal Campaign on Gaza has Ended. Phase Two has Begun.
It will result in even higher levels of death and destruction.
The Hamas Attack and Israel's War in Gaza
Like many other people in Israel and across the world, my first reaction to the attack on October 7 was of shock and horror. But that initial reaction was accompanied by rage, not only at the appalling massacre perpetrated by Hamas on women and children, the elderly and the...
War Is Always Justified
I just heard someone say, “One war crime does not justify another.” My reflex as a peace advocate is to agree with that statement, but something gives me pause. It starts with a grammatical issue but it doesn’t end there.
Wisdom from The Elders: An Open Letter to President Biden on Israel and Palestine
On 16 November 2023, The Elders delivered an open letter to the President of the United States, Joe Biden, on Israel and Palestine.
What I Learned From Reading Osama Bin Laden's 2002 "Letter to America"
Ironically, I didn’t even know about the letter until The Guardian removed it from their website last November after it started getting attention from semi-viral TikTok posts.12
To Save US Democracy, Tax the Rich at 90%
Wealthy people in America screamed and yelled when FDR said he would do it, claiming a hike from 25% to 90% would crash the economy, but instead that top tax rate kicked off the first middle class to encompass more than half a nation’s population in world history.
When Will We Learn That Violence Doesn't Lead to Security?
For the past month, Israeli bombardment of Gaza has been presented to the world as if it hasn’t already happened repeatedly (five times to be exact) since Gaza was put under brutal siege in 2007. “We will teach them a lesson that they will never forget” is a popular slogan by...
Patriarchy and the Patriarchal Woman
Despite the popular notion that only men can be patriarchal, the truth is that women can be patriarchal as well. In our society, patriarchy is internalized. It lives inside of us, in the psyche of both men and women.
Israel Hit Gaza Strip With the Equivalent of Two Nuclear Bombs
Geneva - Israel has dropped more than 25,000 tons of explosives on the Gaza Strip since the start of its large-scale war on 7 October, equivalent to two nuclear bombs, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said in a press release issued today.
Our Job Is to Speak Out Against the War Crimes of Our Own Government and Its Allies
Some people say our calls to #CeaseFireNow should be directed towards Hamas rather than Israel. But there’s a good reason for focusing on Israel, which I&
A Plan for Peace in Gaza
The reforms that could allow the PLO to lead and the Palestinian Authority to govern
The Button
A short play.
Hamas — Israel’s Useful Enemy
Despite its intention of creating a Palestinian state, Hamas has arguably provided Israel with ammunition necessary to further its strategic goals since the fundamentalist group’s conception — with support from Israel.
Israel is Not only Decimating Gaza with Airstrikes, It's Employing the Oldest & Cruelest Weapon of War: Starvation
Israel’s message, on the eve of a ground invasion, is clear. Leave Gaza or Die.
Israel’s Culture of Deceit
Israel, which always seeks to blame Palestinians for the atrocities it carries out, is the least trustworthy source about the bombing of the hospital in Gaza.
Identity Politics and the Professional-Managerial Class
"Raising the standard of living for the working class by increasing the minimum wage, creating stronger worker protections and job security, funding education and job training, making housing affordable, and socializing healthcare would benefit the entire working class, which...
The World Has Lost Its Humanity: UNRWA Warns of Unprecedented Humanitarian Catastrophe in Gaza
"The attack and the taking of hostages are a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. But the answer to killing civilians cannot be to kill more civilians. Imposing a siege and bombarding civilian infrastructure in a densely populated area will not bring peace...
Washington and European Governments are Cheerleading Israel’s Genocidal Campaign in Gaza
The failure to intervene to halt the carnage threatens to ignite violence throughout the region.
Hamas Speaks the Language of Violence Israel Taught Them
The indiscriminate shootings of Israelis by Hamas and other Palestinian resistance organizations, the kidnapping of civilians, the barrage of rockets into Israel, drone attacks on a variety of targets from tanks to automated machine gun nests, are the familiar language of the...
Break the Endless Cycle of Violence
A few thoughts on a Sunday morning.
What You Are Seeing in Gaza Is Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing
Seventy-five years of global inaction and Israeli impunity have led to this moment in which one of the most vulnerable populations on earth is pummeled by one of the world’s strongest military powers on a genocidal warpath.
Nonviolence Is a Light of Possibility in Times Like This: on the Current Escalation in Israel and Palestine
"Amid all this insanity, we are deeply moved by and thankful for all Israelis and Palestinians who remain committed to nonviolence, even now that another violent chapter is opened. True courage lies in breaking the cycle of trauma, in refusing revenge, in loving in spite of...
Murder and Hostage-Taking Will Not Bring Peace or Justice, and Neither Will Apartheid
The one change will be that hardliners on all sides will have gained support—with no lessons learned—thus sowing the seeds for another round of violence.
If Israel Reacts to Its 9/11 Like the Americans Responded to Theirs, Innocent Civilians Will Pay the Heaviest Price
The US achieved nothing in the Middle East, but millions of civilians paid the price – the same will be true now
Fascism in the Holy Land: A Revised Jewish Understanding of the State of Israel
"While Israel has had a right-wing government for much of the last 25 years, the government that took power in late 2022 has become a fascist government with little respect for the history and judicial processes of a democratic society."
Realists of a Larger Reality: The introduction to Here Be Monsters: How To Fight Capitalism Instead of Each Other
"Not everything that looks like liberation actually is, nor is every political idea which claims to help people actually helpful. Sometimes, we can dream up things which become nightmares. Sometimes, the left is actually out of touch with reality, with “larger reality.”...
Yes, Israel Is a Racist State
The structure of Israeli governance is embodied with discrimination against Palestinian citizens.
How Your Sacred Lovers Within Play a Crucial Role in Your Life
Throughout history, people have described the existence of two complementary yet distinctly different principles that make up our entire universe. Some call them Yin and Yang. Some call them Mother Earth and Father Sky. Some call them left and right brain, while others refer...
Why Your Inner Male and Inner Female Have Nothing to Do With Your Gender
Deep within you are two powerful allies: your inner masculine and inner feminine. These complementary aspects of your fundamental nature, distinct from your gender identity, are a potent source of love, healing and success in the world. Each plays a crucial role in your...
50 Paradigm-Shifting Documentaries for a Wise Earth
The human journey is at a crossroads. Authoritarianism is on the rise, the biosphere is destabilizing, and the capitalist global order is driving us towards the cliff with its head stuck in quarterly profit reports. From everything we've learned about climate feedback loops...
A Decolonial Critique of the Concept of White Privilege: Why Injustice Is Not a Privilege
Introduction Many progressive people use the concept of “white privilege” to analyze racism. Critique is an essential component of decolonial knowledge production. It is a way of improving our theoretical and activist work. A decolonial critique looks at the concept from the...
Utopia Isn't Just Idealistic Fantasy – It Inspires People to Change the World
Climate breakdown, mass extinctions, and extreme inequality threaten the earth’s rich tapestry of life and leave our own fate increasingly uncertain. At a time of such social, political and ecological upheaval, it&rs
An Open Letter: Why I'm Leaving the Cult of Wokeness
If there's one thing I'm NOT afraid of, it's being 'cancelled'.​
The Dangerous Fallacy of 'Democracies' and the Need to Reinvigorate Real Democracy
The democracies" is just the conventional term for that bloc of states. Internally, the democrat is an enemy  ~Jacques Ranciere[1]     Language is a powerful tool. This holds true for politics as much as for any other aspect of social life, if not even more. And there is...
Crisis Fatigue and the Co-Creation of Positive Possibilities
A letter to a community organizer and networker overwhelmed by the potential impact of global crises on his community
Independent Media Need You to Get the Word Out on Social Media
“Liking” a post on social media might not seem like a high-impact action. But nonprofit media groups actually depend a great deal on their readers’ online engagement.
Worker Self-Directed Enterprises: the Cure for Capitalism
“Socialism Sucks!” This blatant invective was hurled at me while I stood on a DC metro train reading Richard Wolff’s new book Understanding Socialism. I chuckled a bit, having heard this refrain from InfoWars or Turning Point warriors for years. “I suppose it depends on how...
Feminine Power Does Not Move the World Through Force
It Tethers the Masculine Powers to Life, Directs them Toward Love, and Keeps Them Grounded in Beauty.
The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble
In his landmark provocative style, Stephen Jenkinson makes the case that we must birth a new generation of elders, one poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species. Come of Age does not offer tips on how to be a better senior citizen or how to be...
Brotherhood is the Medicine: How Men are Reclaiming a Masculinity in Service to Life
I learned something important about myself at an event last month, the annual convergence of a men’s organization called the Sacred Sons. Though I was there as a speaker, I decided to experience it from the vantage point of a participant as well. That is how I found myself in...
Why Everyone Needs to Watch Inhabitants: Indigenous Perspectives for a Regenerative Future
Hey all, this is a shoutout for Inhabitants. If you haven't seen it yet, it's an inspiring documentary about the work many of our indigenous relatives are doing today to restore our world.
How to Defeat the Fossil Goliath?
The KEY question, I'm asked by students when I guest lecture about the #ClimateCrisis is 'but what can we do?' So I recently rewrote my materials to try & tackle that question head on. Feel free to adapt them. Buckle up - here's a LONG thread🧵about how we can fight back!