(articles, blog posts, website links, short reads)
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace (John Perry Barlow) from duke.edu website.
Offshore landownership frustrates police investigation from Andy Wightman Blog (19-Nov-2015).
"Basis for a Carbon Budget?" by David Wasdell: A Critical Evaluation of the "Summary for Policymakers" on apollo-gaia.org website.
The Koch Brothers’ New Brand article in The New Yorker (10-Mar-2016) by Bill McKibbon.
The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism article by Chris Hedges in TruthDig (9-Aug-2016)
The Militarized Budget 2020 on National Priorities Project, for US Discretionary Spending Budget 2020.
Federal Reserve and other central banks announce further measures to address elevated pressures in funding markets @ LINK on the Federal Reserve website.
Blue checkmarks are mourning bad careers in a broken industry @ Substack Article.
Changing Sources of Power - 1971 manifesto by lobbyist and Democratic strategist Frederick Dutton, one of the guiding forces on the McGovern Commission. The "balance of political power, from the economic to the psychological to a certain extent—from the stomach and pocketbook to the psyche, and perhaps sooner or later even to the soul."
The Problem of Artificial Suffering (24-Sept-2021) on greaterwrong.com website.
Afghanistan and the Defeat of the US Military article on the Green Left org website (18-Aug-2021)
How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism - Cory Doctorow long read article about Big Tech/State surveillance, monopoly; myths and existential threats.
Greek Economist Yanis Varoufakis May 2016 essay on Imagining a New Bretton Woods at project-syndicate.org website.
Jacob Weisberg of the New Republic [Centre-Left Corporate Democrat Magazine] fretted about the "increasingly cozy relationships between press, law, academia and government" that he saw there. "There’s rarely been a time when the governing elites in so many fields were made up of such a tight, hermetic and incestuous clique. The Clinton circle [and its successor like the Obamas on Martha's Vineyard] has a pronounced class consciousness that tells them they’re not just lucky to be here. They’re running things because they’re the best."
NOTE: the New Republic is now a mouthpiece of Democratic Party professional plutocracy.
Deep adaptation: a map for navigating climate tragedy (2018) by Jem Bendell, Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) Occasional Papers Volume 2. University of Cumbria, Ambleside, UK.
John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny excerpted from "The Great Nation of Futurity" The United States Democratic Review 1839 (vol 6, issue 23).
Ultimate Guide to Memory Palaces (24-Sept-2021) on metacognitive.me website.
Smashing Windows with Windows article on transparency design and Wikileaks. Openleaks, Metahaven and Jeff Khonsary.
Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us(Paul Verhaeghe 29-Sept-2014 in The Guardian)
The Lewis Powell Memo: A Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy - the text of the 1971 memo in which the future Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell plotted a conservative political awakening.
RECLAIM DEMOCRACY website fighting Citizens United (unrestricted political spending, i.e. legal corruption) including the "Hidden History of Corporations in the United States".
CHELSEA MANNING MEETS KEN KLIPPENSTEIN. The activist and whistleblower discusses prison, press freedom, and Twitch streaming @ The Intercept Article.
Vindicated Prada-Meinhof: Seumas Milne Interview (21-Oct-2012) @ The Quietus Article - Joe Kennedy speaks to the divisive political journalist - [seemingly] hailed and derided in equal measure - about the pressures and lessons of history and the ever-looming future.
Winning, Winning, Winning! The Genius of The Donald Trumpspeak article by Steven Poole in The Guardian (4-Mar-2016)
Susan Strange and the Future of Global Political Economy "Power, control and transformation" @ UCSB Political Science PDF overview study.
The Challenge of National Healthcare - President Truman versus the AMA @ Historical Documents direct from trumanlibrary.gov website.
The Safe Network Primer - an introductory guide to the world's first fully autonomous data and communications network (last update: August 2020) at safenetwork.org.
The Wombification of America blog long-read on the High Low Blog Jordan Mark Sandviig (26-May-2020).
The Obsessive Pursuit of Assange as UK Prepares Its Own Espionage Act @ ARTICLE LINK on popularresistance.org website.
"What Theory? The Theory in Mad Money" by heterodox economist Susan Strange (Dec-1998) @ University of Warwick PDF paper.
Looking Back on New Labour: Will Self article in The Guardian (4-Apr-2010)
Spoken in the House of Commons (18-Nov-1783). Based on the original lines in John Milton's Paradise Lost (Book IV, Line 393): "And with necessity, / The tyrant's plea, / excus'd his devilish deeds"
It's important to understand the motives of a Conservative movement versus what are the tools a Conservative movement may be using to get to where they want to be. Solely on root motivations, some will say: Conservatives at the very top, they're racist, they're anti black, they're anti semitic. They want an all white world And so that's what the objective is. And a current tool they happen to be using is voter suppression. Motivated by racism. Not wanting to raise the minimum wage, motivated by racism. Everything in American Conservative ideology is motivated by racism. And there's another camp that will say: We live in an oligarchy, people are very driven to protect elite financial interests. And since the dawn of America, race has been weaponized. It's an underclass signifier even when it's no longer a cheap economic engine (slavery, etc). To protect and perpetuate elite power, we will exploit factions that emerge along racial lines, we will create and teach people to Balkanize themselves in these ways and others. All in order to prevent them from noticing (and resisting) the ways that they're being exploited economically.
The New Class War: Saving Democracy From the Metropolitan Elite (2017)