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Pulp Poetry

Scraps of fascination are the building blocks of an interesting life.

This Is What Happened When Capitalists Asked The Dalai Lama To Endorse Capitalism



(Source: lazyyogi)

"Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty."
- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William S. Smith. Paris, Nov. 13, 1787. It’s interesting to note that Jefferson was President 20 years after the revolution (and this letter, both) and made no such calls for rebellion, and instead took more interest in trying to repair misconceptions from newspapers, as he saw them.
"A million years ago, the cave man, without tools, with small brain, and with nothing but the strength of his body, managed to feed his wife and children, so that through him the race survived. You on the other hand, armed with all the modern means of production, multiplying the productive capacity of the cave man a million times—you are incompetents and muddlers, you are unable to secure to millions even the paltry amount of bread that would sustain their physical life. You have mismanaged the world, and it shall be taken from you."
- Jack London, The Iron Heel, 1906.
General strike. Occupy your city. Occupy your home. Occupy your heart.

General strike. Occupy your city. Occupy your home. Occupy your heart.

Let Us Build A New Nation

"Let’s build a government that serves the interest of property owners. We’ll fight on their behalf against their oppressors, for promises of trinkets, fine speeches, and honest work. One that keeps all women, all non-whites, and poor whites outside the power structure as much as possible…."

A protester and a cop, just talking about issues. Human connections, fuck yeah!



Occupy talks with Oakland PD about NDAA

This is amazing stuff. The sergeant seems genuinely surprised that NDAA passed. He also seems genuinely surprised when the protestors tell him what some of his officers had done not an hour earlier. Maybe there is hope.

This is exactly how interactions between any protester and police officers should be held. Even the Sergeant was worried when these people saw the riot cops moving in, the officer reassured them that they were having a civil conversation (“Hehehe I’m talking with ya!”) Awesome video.

"Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street and for Wall Street…. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags…. the politicians said we suffered from overproduction. Overproduction, when 10,000 little children . .. starve to death every year in the U.S. and over 100,000 shop girls in New York are forced to sell their virtue for bread."
- Mary Ellen Lease, lecturer, writer, activist. From a speech given in Topeka, Kansas, 1890.

To do all that, in the complex conditions of control in the United States, would require combining the energy of all previous movements in American history—of labor insurgents, black rebels, Native Americans, women, young people—along with the new energy of an angry middle class. People would need to begin to transform their immediate environments—the workplace, the family, the school, the community—by a series of struggles against absentee authority, to give control of these places to the people who live and work there.

These struggles would involve all the tactics used at various times in the past by people’s movements: demonstrations, marches, civil disobedience; strikes and boycotts and general strikes; direct action to redistribute wealth, to reconstruct institutions, to revamp relationships; creating—in music, literature, drama, all the arts, and all the areas of work and play in everyday life—a new culture of sharing, of respect, a new joy in the collaboration of people to help themselves and one another.

There would be many defeats. But when such a movement took hold in hundreds of thousands of places all over the country, it would be impossible to suppress because the very guards the system depends on to crush such a movement would be among the rebels. It would be a new kind of revolution, the only kind that could happen, I believe, in a country like the United States. It would take enormous energy, sacrifice, commitment, patience. But because it would be a process over time, starting without delay, there would be the immediate satisfactions that people have always found in the affectionate ties of groups striving together for a common goal.

- Howard Zinn, historian, author, social activist: “The Coming Revolt of the Guard,” A People’s History of the United States, (pp. 639-640)
You Have Left Home. Welcome to Life.

You Have Left Home. Welcome to Life.