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How to respond to misuse of NVC?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark E. Smith Jun 24, 2012. 44 Replies

We have a NVC practitioner and teacher here, so I'm starting this thread to ask about something that has been troubling me for a long time.I am a member of an immigrant solidarity mailing list and…Continue

Of Cabbages and Kings: Why the US Needs a New System

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark E. Smith Jan 4, 2012. 4 Replies

King Leopold of Belgium enslaved the entire African Congo for his personal profits. It was called the Belgian Congo, but was actually the personal property of Leopold, not of Belgium. He never set…Continue

Tags: globalization, colonialism, imperialism

Why the opposition to the Occupy movement keeps demanding demands.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark E. Smith Jan 3, 2012. 8 Replies

 I'll be giving a teach-in on this at Occupy San Diego on Wednesday and again on Sunday. The discussion will be based on my own analysis along with Prof. Robert Jensen's teach-in at Occupy Austin on…Continue

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Mark E. Smith commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"Anarchists aren't lemmings and have no need to join the herd. Read Kropotkin and Bakunin, There are many anarchist book clubs anyone can join--I belong to one on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/41424-anarchist-radical-book-club…"
Jan 7, 2013
Mark E. Smith replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Confronting Climate Change: theme for the week of 12/9/12
"I help others teach anarchism, an aboveground system to benefit everyone. If people can move away from ancient fascist texts, and prayers to nonexistent war gods, Armageddon won't be necessary. Strange how so-called positivists and proponents…"
Jan 7, 2013
Mark E. Smith replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Confronting Climate Change: theme for the week of 12/9/12
"Bingo!"
Jan 7, 2013
Mark E. Smith commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"Jerry writes: "Check out your deities from the past and you will see all of them waged war." That's why they're not my deities. I don't worship war gods. They're all war gods, so I'm an atheist. In fact,…"
Jan 6, 2013
Mark E. Smith commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"When Occupy Wall Street began, it recognized that Wall Street was not acting in the interests of the people. What Occupy Wall Street failed to recognize is that Wall Street, funds, owns, and controls the government, and that therefore government…"
Jan 6, 2013
Mark E. Smith commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"When I came to Occupy Cafe I was not an anarchist. Then I met some true anarchists, began reading anarchist literature, and found out why anarchists, unlike their statist neighbors, are such good people. That's when I became an anarchist. The…"
Jan 6, 2013
Mark E. Smith commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"Voting to make decisions on issues, not to elect mandarins to make decisions. Voting where the votes actually have to be counted. Voting where money cannot influence the vote. Voting among people with a common purpose on the best ways to achieve…"
Jan 5, 2013
Mark E. Smith commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"Jerry writes: This is just new management, some were raised over others, the capital was brown noses instead of green backs. No, Jerry. In collectives, decisions are made collectively. People are not opposed to war, not in the beginning, just when…"
Jan 5, 2013
Mark E. Smith commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"Jerry, I do have hope for the people. I don't think a revolution or a savior is necessary. You see, I happen to have some very healthy houseplants. I bought them to purify the air in my apartment because I live in a city and I smoke. I got ten…"
Jan 5, 2013
Mark E. Smith commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"I'm referring to the big multinational corporations whose interlocking boards of directors are directly or indirectly controlled by the same Rockefeller interests that control the Rockefeller founded policy making bodies that, by indicating…"
Jan 4, 2013
Mark E. Smith commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"The documents were obtained by Jason Leopold and TruthOut, so that's probably the best source: http://truth-out.org/news/item/8667-department-of-homeland-security-releases-another-batch-of-ows-files-to-truthout Somehow, people understand that…"
Jan 3, 2013
don carlin commented on Mark E. Smith's blog post Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy
"Hi Mark - guess that's something we all 'know' but its good to have the chapter and verse - thanks - any chance you can point me directly to that FOIA release so it can be used as a verifiable and credited source in my own writings? -…"
Jan 3, 2013
Mark E. Smith posted a blog post

Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy

Due to a FOIA release, we know that Wall Street didn't even bother to pretend that the government puppets it spends billions electing were in charge, and met directly with the FBI to plan the suppression of Occupy. After Wall Street coordinated the DHS violence against Occupy, Occupy responded by helping to get out the vote for the Wall Street owned government.See More
Jan 3, 2013
Mark E. Smith replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Confronting Climate Change: theme for the week of 12/9/12
"Humanity is not a failed experiment, Wendell, civilization is. Surveys show that most voters are comfortable with wars of aggression, one of the biggest drivers of climate change due to the huge amounts of fossil fuels needed to wage eight wars…"
Dec 17, 2012
Mark E. Smith replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Confronting Climate Change: theme for the week of 12/9/12
"Wendell, what I've found is that rational argument, logic, and emotional appeal, even when the emotional aspect is already strenuously engaged, will always fail when tribalism is involved. People have loyalties to other people and identify with…"
Dec 16, 2012
Mark E. Smith replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Confronting Climate Change: theme for the week of 12/9/12
"A balanced ecosystem sustains itself forever. Disrupt it, and it is no longer a balanced system, no longer perpetually self-sustainable. The disruptions we have caused in our ecosystem are driving climate change. They are serious disruptions.…"
Dec 15, 2012

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Wall Street Directly Ordered FBI To Crush Occupy

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 5:54pm 10 Comments

Due to a FOIA release, we know that Wall Street didn't even bother to pretend that the government puppets it spends billions electing were in charge, and met directly with the FBI to plan the suppression of Occupy. After Wall Street coordinated the DHS violence against Occupy, Occupy responded by helping to get out the vote for the Wall Street owned government.

"Tis the Season

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 9:49am 0 Comments

When everyone who voted for a war criminal starts wishing me peace on earth.

And accusing me of negativity when I say in return, "Bah, humbug!"

Legislative Reform School

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 12:12am 0 Comments

Many voters believe that voting can bring about social progress through legislation, but I've been unable to find any concrete examples of this happening in the United States. There has often been legislation that appeared to have the intent of reform, but such reforms have proven useless or merely temporary at best. That's because legislation is subject to interpretation by the Supreme Court and to selective enforcement by the state. We're told that the reason…

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Giving Thanks for Nothing!

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 9:54pm 0 Comments

This is the message I sent out to the Election Boycott community for Thanksgiving:



This Thanksgiving, in addition to all the many things I have to be thankful

for, like having a roof over my head, food to eat, not being in the middle of

a war or natural (these days often more properly described as man-made)

catastrophe, and having a computer where I can connect with wonderful friends

and colleagues like you, I cannot help but also be thankful for nothing.… Continue

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At 12:55am on December 19, 2011, Gisele Theriault said…

You saved the best for last. That was a very powerful post. I didn't want to comment in the thread because as I said, you deserved to have the last word.

Much respect,

Gisele

At 4:15pm on November 27, 2011, Sobey W said…

Thanks for your valuable input. It's given me some things to think about.

At 12:48am on November 21, 2011, Lindsay Newland Bowker said…

Thanks for the invite, Mark.  I will join you there..most likely not until next Sunday..( Away for Thanksgiving)

At 1:35am on November 12, 2011, Raffi A. said…

Maybe i'll recognize you next time we see each other! Frightening, though, how memory goes woolly with the passage of time!

Delighted that there is at least one more SanDiegan here! Have you been spending time at the Civic Center?

 
 
 

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