“We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all—by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians—be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us. How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing.”
— Wendell Berry
11:12 am • 2 April 2014 • 95 notes
How the United States crushed youth resistance
Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.
5:27 pm • 29 March 2014 • 1 note
“We congratulate President Obama on his re-election. This is his opportunity to reaffirm our constitutional principles and the fundamental American values of due process, respect for the rule of law and individual freedom. It is a time to once again be a nation where we can be both safe and free. We urge President Obama to end warrantless surveillance, extra-judicial killings by drones, indefinite detention and other un-American practices that have become official government policy. Now is the time to make good the promise he made four years ago to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Closer to home, the president needs to end his administration’s discriminatory deportation policies, which foster racial profiling and do nothing to improve public safety, and remove the many dangerous abortion restrictions from the federal budget so that the right to a safe and legal abortion remains accessible to all women. With four more years in front of him and the history of his presidency yet to be written, President Obama has the opportunity to put us back on the right track.”
— American Civil Liberties Union leader Anthony D. Romero asks President Obama to work on his civil liberties positions after congratulating on his re-election bid. (Source)
6:49 pm • 9 November 2012 • 1 note
Letter from a Bahrain prison
If you read something today, please have it be this Storify of tweets from a letter by Zainab Al-Khawaja (@angryarabiya), a prisoner in Bahrain arrested for trying to visit her jailed activist father Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja. Curated and posted by NPR’s Andy Carvin.
4:53 pm • 23 May 2012