Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

Prof. Noam Chomsky discussed the history of the ‘special relationship’ between the U.S. and Israel, how the mainstream media manufactures consent for it, how it relates to the manipulation of language regarding factions like Hamas and Hezbollah, the U.S.-Israel ‘preference for expansion over security’, and the history of U.S.-Israel active rejection of establishing the Middle East as a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone with Kathleen Wells at Race-Talk (38:19):

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Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, the husband-wife couple behind Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story (2009) and Crossing Zero: The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire (2010), recently discussed the C.I.A connections with Afghan militant networks through Pakistani intelligence agencies with Paul Jay at The Real News Network.

Part One – WikiLeaks—The Pakistan Connection (13:15):

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Greek democracy—a very loooong history, a very short future.

What is next for them—and us (17:40):

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42 men interviewed describe similar accounts of being extensively tortured while in captivity at a Baghdad prison, secret until recently.

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Elinor Ostrom’s findings on behavioral theory’s relation to collective action are imperative to the formation and sustainability of a libertarian order.

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We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement—up to and including your own. From Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophy conversation in the world (13:10):

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It isn’t socialism and the status quo is most likely unjust when 95% of the whose who sympathize with the elite “clique that revolves around Washington, D.C. and Wall Street” prefer the corporatist president to the constitutionalist congressman, according to a recent poll.

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Carl Finamore’s report from S.E.I.U.’s civil trial against a California break-away union.

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The Service Employees International Union (S.E.I.U.) have spent a “an estimated $10 million to sue 26 individuals who are former officers, organizers and staffers of S.E.I.U.’s third-largest chapter, the California-based United Healthcare Workers West (U.H.W.)”—whose board voted to break away soon after the Big Labor giant seized control.

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Prof. Noam Chomsky on “Washington Report”, a Pakistani program, expands on how:

  • the so-called ‘War on Terror’ is a literal war of terror from the Reagan Administration’s declaration to the Bush Administration’s ‘re-declaration’;
  • the motivations behind the slogans of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ coming from little more than ‘selling toothpaste and why issues are marginalized in electoral politics;
  • Obama’s continuity of U.S. ‘consistent support of the militarization of Pakistan’ over liberating Pakis to ‘maintain control of the region’ using the Pak government as ‘one of its agents’;
  • Obama’s strategy in expanding the war into Pakistan will obviously radicalize the population;
  • the ‘methods of subversion’ imperial powers are reliant on the submission of occupied populations to deliberately ‘undermine democracy’.

Part One (9:53):

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2010 New Hampshire Liberty Forum hosted by the Free State Project: Consequentialist anarchist Professor Prof. David Friedman, author of most notably The Machinery of Freedom, discusses market failure—the real meanings of the commonly misunderstood terms ‘market failure’, ‘public goods’ and ‘externality’; why representative democracy ‘doesn’t work’ and ‘rational ignorance’ toward electoral politics is advantageous; the necessity of property rights for long-term planning and why it’s irrational for politicians to plan for the long-term; ‘market failure’ analysis in our daily lives.

Part One (10:15):

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Indian author and dissident Arundhati Roy calls democracy “the biggest scam on Earth” in a climate where so-called ‘democracies’ are the driving forces of war, poverty and disenfranchisement. She provides harsh, educated critiques of the American Empire and India’s U.S.-enabled occupation of Kashmir and oppression within in an interview with Amy Goodman and Anjali Kamat at Democracy Now!


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Darian Worden discusses the left-libertarian umbrella over libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism, mutualism and agorism—its history through the 19th century French Revolution at the inception of self-proclaimed anarchists, the early works of Murray Rothbard and Samuel E. Konkin III, the meanings  and significance of ‘left’ and ‘right’ prefixes—at the 2010 New Hampshire Liberty Forum Alt Expo (27:47):

Part One (10:01):

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