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This Is What Insurgency Looks Like


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This Is What Insurgency Looks Like

Jeremy Brecher

In a small church in the Albany, NY’s low-income, predominantly African-American South End, forty people were gathered for a community meeting. They were organizing a protest against trains carrying potentially explosive oil – dubbed by the residents “bomb trains” — that were running through their neighborhood. City Counselor Vivian Kornegay told the group that many municipalities had opposed the bomb trains and other dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure, but had little power to protect their residents; it was up to a “people’s movement” to do so.


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Thank you, Mr. Brecher for documenting some of the many events taking place around the world aimed at thwarting the objectives of Big Power (Coal, Oil, Gas-fracking, Nuclear).

It's so encouraging to see so many upholding the Public Trust doctrine.

The following bears repeating:

"We have rights under a legal principle called the public trust. The public trust concept is old law – it’s been around since ancient Rome. In American law, it means that the government has a duty to protect shared natural resources, and to hold them in trust for the public and for future generations.

"But our governments are violating this obligation by failing to regulate fossil fuel emissions. They violate this right by subsidizing fossil fuels, by approving new dirty energy projects, and by locking us into further, deadly emissions."


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Peoples insurgency is demanding rights to clean air and clean water

Bernie talks in terms of rights, not policies.

Right to health care

Right to education

Right to have money out of elections

etc.

I should have noticed this months ago, or a year ago when Bernie entered the race

From an article

Should health care and education be rights, or products that those with enough money can purchase in markets? About seventy-five years ago, in response to the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt offered, through the programs of the New Deal, an expanded definition of freedom founded on economic security—immortalized as “freedom from want” in his famous speech of 1941. In our own time, severe inequality and the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression have once again brought the issue of what should count as a right to the surface of political debate.

One candidate, Bernie Sanders, has argued explicitly that health care and education—two things that the New Deal mostly left alone—should be rights and therefore accessible to all. While public policy pundits fight over the specifics, they miss that Sanders, by discussing these things as rights instead of just policies, has changed the nature of the debate. This key distinction helps explain why tens of thousands have turned out to Sanders rallies across the country—not to mention the millions who have supported him online and at the polls—demonstrating enthusiasm for a politics that he explicitly identifies as “democratic socialism.” But what kind of socialism?

Were you award of this? Realizing this is also a clue to Bernie's success as an orator.

The article quoted above is on Karl Polanyi who wrote a classic book on political economy published in 1946

The Great Transformation? What is that? A book about magic?

It’s a book about political economy. It’s one of the most important books on the topic, in fact, and should be viewed as part of the canon of left thought.

Here’s a story that we hear all the time. The free market is the most effective way of ensuring prosperity. We can ensure that the market is free by getting the government to simply get out of the way, or, at most, fix a few market failures here or provide some economic security. The more parts of life that become like markets, the better. That’s not just because markets are the best for ensuring the good life—it’s that free markets are also a foundation for liberty itself, because economic freedom is political freedom.

Polanyi’s work dismantles this argument in two important ways. The first is to show that markets are planned everywhere they exist. Economic organization is always the result of the state. “Laissez-faire,” he writes, “was planned. . . . [The] laissez-faire economy was the product of deliberate state action.”

Polanyi says that the economy is “embedded” in society—part of social relations—not apart from them. He believes that a pure free market society is a utopian project, and impossible to realize, because people will resist the process of being turned into commodities. In fact, he calls labor a “fictitious commodity,” along with land and money. And this process of turning fictitious commodities into market commodities can only be carried out by the state.

Interesting article and well worth reading now that capitalism has been outed as a frame to justify attacking mother earth

The title does not seem so strange now that you know a little about Karl. He died in 1964 but his ideas are alive and well in the Bernie movement

Karl Polanyi for President


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Yep-- And that number will increase as More Jobs are Outsourced to Technology.
Yep the wonder of Technology gives us both a paper-less and job-less world.
Does technology serve you? or do you serve technology?
If you work in a cubicle farm, soon you will be put out to pasture for one of those younger & sexier Apps.
What is the wise use of Technology?---- To earn money?... To eliminate jobs?...
Let us move into a new more human world.....No simple answers here.