An open space for global conversation
So many terrific and provocative pieces are being written and recorded about #Occupy. Please Use this discussion to post your favorites. We can then convene conversations around specific ones that spark general interest, both here in the Occupy Cafe Forum and during our Cafe Calls.
Here's a powerful blog post on Occupy and the corrupt politics that are supporting the poisoning of our water via the tar sands industry, courtesy of activist Bud Wilson. An excerpt:
We know this to be true, individuals engaged in social change and evolutionary movements must know they are not alone. Advocates of change must also believe that proposed solutions have a good chance of succeeding. In spite of the corporate manipulation of our elected officials and their nearly complete control of our regulatory agencies, we must remember, there remains great strength in numbers. Only we can restore integrity and settle for nothing less than ethical behavior, based upon principles of justice, spiritual awareness and ecological sustainability. I’ve said it before, we deserve the government we allow. For me, this is at the heart of the Occupy Movement.
Here is a documentary that i feel anyone involved or interested in Occupy would benefit from. Many of you may have seen it already.
New article by Charles Eisenstein entitled "Where Next for Occupy?" here:
see the 16 minute point.
Two months ago the little known St. Petersburg (Russia) rock group RabFak came out with a searing, hysterical, and shocking anti-Putin song, Our Nuthouse Votes for Putin. (Note: the video is NSFW in parts; I make the choice of posting this kind of link here because I think the core message captures our global zeitgeist impeccably.
This song has particular resonance for me as I lived for ten years in Russia, was witness to the USSR's collapse...
The song has had such an effect that it may be in the running in the annual Eurovision contest.
I wonder if this song may serve as a source of inspiration for the US Occupy movement to put out a "Our Nuthouse Votes for Obama?"
As one American friend pointed out, perhaps we Americans are even nuttier than Russians if most of us still believe we have a democracy?!
Some laughter can be therapeutic!
This is an interesting item. Carne Ross being interviewed by Bill Moyers. Bill Moyers' only other guest that evening was Paul Volker.
Carne Ross is the founder of Independent Diplomat in New York City, and is very involved with Occupy.
http://www.carneross.com/ --- also has clip from the Colbert Report