Activism

Empire Files Interview

A conversation between Abby Martin and Peter Joseph

Peter Joseph is the founder of the Zeitgeist Movement, a grassroots, worldwide organization that advocates an alternative economic system based on sustainability, cooperation and human need. His most recent book, The New Human Rights Movement delivers a startling exposé about the violent oppression that defines our economic order, while issuing an urgent call for global activism to unite to replace it.

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In a conversation with journalist Abby Martin, Peter Joseph describes the contradictions and crises of capitalism and what he advocates to save the future of the planet from catastrophe. Joseph describes the disappearance of humanity—real people—at the hands of those seeking to maximize profit and power. If we pay attention, we can see the slow but steady dissolution of our own humanity as a result of abuses by advertising, manipulation of stock markets, and a systemic subjugation of common people. Ms. Martin elicits descriptions of many of the topics covered in Mr. Joseph’s most recent book The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression. Some of the topics addressed in the video include:

  • advertising and consumption-based society
  • technological efficiency requiring generation of artificial demand
  • the true nature of the stock market (83% of all stocks are owned by 1% of the population)
  • “dead peasants insurance”
  • the presence of artificial intelligence within the economy
  • the money making-machine and your retirement funds
  • debt-based currency
  • influence of the financial sector on political control

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For many of us, these topics seem dry, obscure, too technical or just plain boring. Yet have you ever considered, the relationship between advertising and humane behavior, for instance—behavior you expect in a civilized society and yet which is lacking with regard to you and the way you and your loved ones are treated? Without a lot of technical jargon, Mr. Joseph paints an infuriating picture of abuse by the wealthy and corporations. This abuse is not aimed at somebody else, at those other people, but at you—at most of us.

If you are not angry already, perhaps you should be. The video lasts about 45 minutes. Take your time. Listen repeatedly. Get the gist of what he is saying. As an example, if you have never heard of “dead peasants insurance” that concept alone should have you reaching for your pitchfork. In general, presuming Joseph’s story is accurate, decide if you really want to be the victim of such systematic cruelty.

TZM logoYou can listen to a talk from November 2017 given by Mr. Joseph in which he speaks about his ideas about the “new human rights movement”. Additionally, you might also want to take a deeper look at the Zeitgeist Movement. This movement, founded by Mr. Joseph in 2008 advocates a transformation of society and its economic system to a non-monetary system based on resource allocation and environmentalism. You can also download The Zeitgeist Movement Defined (PDF).

Free Tea in the South

Human freedom is not freedom from conditions,
but freedom to take a stand and to face whatever conditions
might confront [us]” ~ Viktor Frankl

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Remember the nomadic Giusepi Spadafora, the Tea Man? Instead of going west last fall, it turns out, the Tea Man and Edna Lu (the traveling Tea Bus) went south.  You can read a detailed account of what he has been up to the last few months on his blog.

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A Little Gratitude

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While a follow-up piece around Tim Snyder’s book On Tyranny was planned for this week, given the tragedy unfolding in the Houston area (and the general tragedy occurring in the U.S. in general), perhaps we should pause and give thanks for some instances of Good and the people who initiated them.

Jennifer-Hofmann (small)This week, on her weekly Action List, under the “Acts of Gratitude” section, Jen Hofmann posted the following entries (appearing here verbatim, but be sure to check out Jen’s list).

Acts of Gratitude
Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail.
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Us Helping Us

I am only one, but still I am one. 
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
~ Helen Keller

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Help! We Need Help!

Who is “We”? We is you, me, all of us. In particular, part of our community living in the Houston, Texas area is in need of assistance, now and in the near future. As of Tuesday, August 29, the hurricane might make land fall again on Wednesday in Louisiana. With heavy rain and possible tornadoes expected, more folks might be in need. Reach out and help create the community many of us want to believe in. Here are some opportunities.


Make a Donation to the Red Cross

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Some have balked at the notion of donating to the Red Cross, proposing that the organization is not up to the task of large-scale disaster relief or that they do not actually need the money.   Whether such claims are true or not, folks still need our help (here-now and in the near future).  Second, we need to express, if only to ourselves, that We are the those who will offer such assistance when anyone of us needs it.

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Beyond the Red Cross

The New York Times has put together a list of other places to help.  Take a look.

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More Motivation

ABC News (with commercials) offers this encouragement as well as other opportunities to help.

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In case you missed it, you can simply
text “HARVEY” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross.

Make a difference for US.

 

 

What is helpful?

What socio-political issues are most relevant to you? Jen Hofmann (who’s Action List and blog have been frequently mentioned here at seekingGood) is requesting input regarding your interests.  Essentially, Jen wants to insure the relevance of her Action List relative to our common good.

Jennifer-Hofmann (small)In her own words:

In August, my Action Checklist will have 7 actions per week–one for each day–to lighten the load during the vacation/back-to-school month. Knowing which issues are most important to you helps me plan.

Here is a link to her survey (confidential, of course).

Not signed up for Jen’s weekly action list?  You can do so here.

 

Three for the Left

Given the 2018 midterm elections and the desire of many to move the U.S. Congress back towards balance by electing more Democrats and progressives, here are three sites that might aid that effort.


swingleft.PNG  Swingleft.org – if you are interested in moving the current US congress back towards a more Democratic (that is, non-Republican) direction, you might find the swinglife.org useful.  This site lists swing districts which could be massaged (worked by you and others) to help sway voters in a more progressive (or at least Democratic) direction. Find a district near you.  If this is the way you might want to change things, get to work!


sisterdistrict.PNG  Sisterdistrict.org – similar to swingleft.org, sisterdistrict.org seeks to help organize folks in order to swing the voting outcome of specific districts in a blue (Democratic or progressive) direction.  “When you join the Sister District Project, you will be connected with your local home district team…. Anyone can join. When you sign up to volunteer, we will (1) connect you with your local Sister District team, (2) assign your team to a race that is both winnable and strategic to support, and (3) give you specific action items to carry out that have been vetted with the campaign.”  Just go to this link and type in your zipcode to find the SisterDistrict nearest to you.


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Runforsomething.net – As reported by Mother Jones, one of the problems of establishing a more progressive government is to promote progressive candidates.  The goal of this organization is to promote and support would-be candidates for political office. Specifically, Runforsomething, composed of various people active within the political area, is specific about who they want to recruit. The target candidate is under 35 years old.  The ultimate goal is to “…recruit and support talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench…. We’ll take a chance on people the usual “institutions” might never encounter. We’ll help people run for offices like state legislatures, mayorships, city council seats, and more. We’ll do whatever it takes to get more under-35 year-olds on the ballot.”

Perhaps you want to run for office.  Perhaps you know someone who should. Perhaps you merely want to stay informed about how this initiative is building a new generation of progressives.  Perhaps you want to volunteer to aid the effort.  Take a chance. Make a stand.