The Movie Brazil (1985) And What It Got Right

#ThursdayThoughts While watching The Young Turks segment today regarding the treatment of workers at Amazon, I was reminded of the movie classic, Brazil (1985), directed and co-written by Terry Gilliam. The film centers on Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his dreams while he is working in a mind-numbing job and living in a small apartment, set in a consumer-driven dystopian world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines. Brazil’s satire of bureaucratic, totalitarian government is reminiscent of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Thinking about the movie with today’s realities and concerns that so many of us face, healthcare, workers rights/treatment, criminal reform and governments monitoring their civilians. Pair that with our always-on, connected lives, moving closer to an ever automated future. Seems a pretty accurate portrait of today. If you’ve never seen it or even if you have, check it out. The video below is by Georg Rockall-Schmidt titled: How Brazil Got Its Sci-Fi Dystopia Right

Real Peace

We humans need to change the path that we now find ourselves on. For better or worse the United States’ superpower is, to lead by example. It’s about time we started using that power for the greater good. The only way our species has a chance to survive, long into the future is by creating an equitable environment for all. It’s not going to be simple or easy but, it is necessary and it’s incumbent upon us in the United States to lead the way by example.
There’s nothing wrong with the saying America first, so long as it’s not just about taking control of the World’s resources for our own gains. The Green New Deal resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is an excellent example of a road map we should be following. From taking concrete actions tackling climate change and rebuilding our infrastructure to workers rights and dignity for all.

With our current spending on military defense greater than the other top 15 countries combined, claiming “national security” (jets, bombs, drone strikes and boots on other people’s ground), it seems to me that we’re setting a bad example.

What we do here at home will spread throughout the rest of the world. Whereas, instead of an arms race, we’ll have a sustainability race, an equality race. We should be that shining beacon on the hill that we’d like the rest of the world to see us as, rather than the militarized and force that they see us as now.

Peace is not just the mere absence of violence or disturbance. It's when there is a possibility of conflict, but you deliberately avoid violence and adopt methods to solve the problem through peaceful means. That is real peace.

— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) March 11, 2019

Sherrod Brown Gracefully Bows Out Of The 2020 Election

Glad to see Sherrod Brown will continue fighting for worker’s rights all across the country. Sherrod has dedicated his life in public service to fighting for what he calls ‘the dignity of work’ – the belief that hard work should pay off for everyone, no matter who you are or what kind of work you do.

That being said, I’m also glad that he’s taken himself out of the 2020 presidential election. His withdrawal only reinforces the polling that states: #WeThePeople want #MedicareForAll.

I will keep fighting for all workers across the country. And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020. The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate.

Believe me, we will fight.

— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) March 7, 2019