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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 replied to Vic Desotelle's discussion IS "THRIVE" A SIMILAR MOVEMENT? MOVIE PREMIERS ON 11:11:11
"I agree with Anna Harris. I'm of the "live simply, so that others can simply live" school. Technology is the problem, not part of the solution. In order to "thrive," western civilization needs copper, cobalt, coltan,…"
Jan 11, 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…


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,


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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Regular Calls are no longer being held.  Below is the schedule that was maintained from the Fall of 2011 through Jan 10, 2013.

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"Happy Birthday Occupy Wall Street ... thoughts on Year One"

Fifteen years ago, I ran across a book, "100 Most Influential People in History," during one of my dalliances to my local Marin County bookstore. "Influential People" was one man's assessment on exactly that. But how he determined his rankings was the interesting part. They weren't always the reasons you would think. But after thinking about it, they made complete sense. For example:George Washington was ranked in the top 40 of all time. Understandable. But the reason why ... not so much. You…See More
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When a Leadership Ecology occurs, a web of relationships emerges revealing each person’s authentic leadership qualities through the transfer of their power to others. When done in a conscious way – a shared collaborative awakening happens.See More
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