The United States’ first civil war was a war of ideas, to what boils down to racists and their slave “property” against those who were less racist. And, even though the least racists won that war 154 years ago, many of those same issues still exist today. The next civil war, however, will more than likely be fought due to propaganda, ignorance, and misinformation.
For millennia the greatest gift of human beings has been the unprecedented ability to seek, document, and disseminate knowledge over great distances. We’ve been able to take those ideas, thoughts, and beliefs and turn them into a reality which propelled us forward. That same gift, however, has also, at times, been twisted and used as our Achilles’ heel and wielded with devastating results. Using fear, lies, and superstitions to pit us against one another.
We’ve evolved from insignificant creatures hiding in trees and caves to become the most formidable species the Earth has ever seen. From farming to housing to science and protection, we’ve taken this world and bent it to our will. Not only have we been able to dominate nature and every other creature on the planet, but we’ve also managed to break free from our world in search of others.
In the 21st century, we’ve been able to take those same gifts and supercharge them, for better and for worse. Not only are we able to transfer knowledge regardless of language barriers, but, we’re able to do so at the speed of light. Now, the sheer volume of information itself can be used as a weapon. The use of information for nefarious purposes may not be a new or novel idea, but the number of people who can be reached is.
#WeThePeople need to get a policy enacted that explicitly states, “No elected representative can legally lie to the American people unless it will directly & immediately cause harm.” It’s time to end the trope of the lying politician.
There once was a man named Cenk, Progressive, strong, I mean the man was a tank. He started a show in a really, small space, he took that show and put hypocrisy in its place. Out of the internet, he rose to television screens, where he told them to put up or shut up, the guests thought he was mean.
They Occupied Wallstreet, cheered the Sanders campaign, the Justice Democrats were born, uncorrupt and unchained. They were laughed at and looked down upon by the establishment reign. But, #WeThePeople thought differently it was time for a change. These are still early years with more battles in the war, can they be won? I say Of Course!
I owe @BernieSanders a debt of gratitude (or maybe a kick in the nuts) for making me believe that real change is possible. Before the 2016 election I, like a lot of people had been trained to think that, It is what it is & we’re powerless to change it.
He’s done more to change our country & the Democratic Party for the better than nearly all other politicians combined. All that aside, he is not the only Progressive & I feel that some folks are missing his message of #NotMeUs.
We are lucky to have both Bernie & @EWarren kicking ass leading up to the 2020 election. To all of those who are guilty of screeching, Only Bernie, do us all a favor & rethink your actions.
I would like you to take a moment to think about something. Imagine that we’re actually the first. The first species to have the knowledge and power to provide real stewardship of our world. The first species out of the hundreds of billions of galaxies, stars, and planets, to break free of their world and, see it from the outside. The first too travel to other planets and leave their solar system.
Everything that our imaginations have and or could have ever possibly think of is nothing compared to what the future of humans may hold. Blinded by our own mortality, unable or unwilling to fully embrace and work for a future that we will never see. What are we doing with this gift? Endless wars over resources, territory, religious beliefs and skin color, allow massive inequality, injustice, and despair. As far fetched as it may seem, we may actually be alone in the Universe. If it’s even remotely true, don’t we owe it to future generations to do better?
#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