Corporate Fear Rules Small Minds

Occupy Koch Town protest Feb. 18, 2012I recently had the pleasure of attending Occupy Koch Town in Wichita, Kansas on February 18, 2012. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about the disastrous effects large corporations are having upon our society, our government, our environment and our general well-being.

Organized largely through a Facebook post made 3 weeks previously, the event was essentially an open invitation for all concerned citizens to march in front of Koch Industries’ headquarters and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. Anyone was allowed to attend, to have a voice and to play a part if they wanted to.

It worked. People from as far away as South Dakota were there. In fact, more than half of the attendees weren’t from Wichita at all. This is a good sign.

Here are a few photos of my fellow protesters taken by Kansas City photographer Jerry Schmidt to help document our peaceful protest:


I’ve attended about a dozen of these events around the Midwest and one of the things that stands out over-and-over is the unusually broad-based support they achieve. No matter who you are or where you come from, you’ll likely see folks that resemble your friends, family or neighbors; all peaceful citizens exercising their civic duty to redress grievances through peaceful protest.

Unlike what gets reported in the media, these protesters are bona fide “regular” Americans, not satanic anarchists trying to steal your soul and brainwash your babies.

Why do you think there’s such a huge disparity between what actually goes on at these rallies and what gets reported? Could it be that somebody has a special interest in keeping the public fearful and ignorant?

Consider this movie trailer from Citizens United depicting their version of what the Occupy Wall Street movement is really all about:

This is no joke. Citizens United has actually produced this movie and intends to circulate it within echo chamber media outlets like Fox News and other mis-information sources that spread fear and ignorance to an under-informed and obedient audience.

In a little over 2 minutes they identify a dozen boogeymen on which to attach their fear and hatred:

  • Political humorist, Bill Maher
  • Former Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
  • Documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore
  • Democratic leader, Harry Reid
  • President Obama (black Satan)
  • Internet powerhouse Anonymous
  • Calling Tea Partiers “radical” or “a manufactured party”
  • Drug use
  • Violence
  • Rape
  • Anarchy
  • Militant or war-like tendencies

What’s wrong with these people? Are they so afraid that their ideas can’t stand scrutiny that they feel like they must create an alternative reality for themselves where truth, knowledge and progress are unnecessary and unwelcome?

Compare what is represented in that ominous trailer to this cell phone video clip from our Occupy Koch Town event:

Clearly, there’s a disconnect.

The sad part is that many of those Fox network watching sheeple will believe the garbage they’re fed and continue to support the very people who keep them down.

They’ll continue believing that right-wing nut jobs and corporate banksters are somehow protecting them from these “imaginary threats.”   As long as they obediently watch and obey, it will only encourage more corporate-sponsored fear.

After all, it’s what motivates the sheep.

Real Eyes Realize Real Lies

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This slogan may go down as the best 5 word description of the great awakening of 2011.

For the first time in human history, ordinary people took to the streets in over 82 countries in over 950 cities more or less simultaneously. Even though the people appeared to have little in common at first, it quickly became evident that they were nearly identical in so many ways.

One of the most interesting documents about this similarity is a study prepared by Tomaz Kure of Slovenia. Tomaz compiled the dominant slogans that protesters were chanting in each country and listed them month-by-month starting  January 2011 and ending December 2011.

In it, you can clearly track the protest’s spread from Tunisia to other countries as new voices join the list.

Even though the protesters themselves are very diverse, their complaints are eerily the same. Regardless of country, religion, political or economic system, these 12 topics appeared over and over:

  • The power of banks
  • Criticism of the capitalist system
  • Stock speculations
  • Lack of democracy
  • Poor regulations
  • Austerity cuts
  • Corruption of elites
  • Inaccessible education
  • High unemployment
  • High personal debts
  • Environmental problems
  • An increasing gap between the rich and poor

Could it be that human beings have an innate understanding that freedom, justice, fairness and compassion must not be compromised?

Is this internal compass powerful enough to overcome decades of unregulated power in the hands of central banks, large corporations and autocratic or plutocratic regimes?

The jury’s still out.

Check out Tomaz’s work. It is a fascinating read and I guarantee that you’ll immediately recognize yourself in the voices of others.

You can view Tomaz’s work online by clicking here.

You can download his paper by clicking here. 

Help Stop ACTA – Sign the Petition

What a surprise! Paid-off government officials around the world are once again crafting laws that are presumably designed to help their corporate crony buddies at the expense of everyone else. That, of course, is reason enough to start a revolution but there’s more to it than that.

ACTA, if allowed to pass, will essentially become another tool to be used against the free exchange of information between people of all nations and political affiliations. It will make SOPA and PIPA seem like mere distractions.

Who would want to do such a thing?

Governments. Political leaders and their monied puppetmasters know that we can’t outspend them in a propaganda war (television) but that we can discredit them and their outdated modes of thinking by sharing the truth broadly and with tremendous speed, agility and imagination with the help of the Internet and other “connected” devices.

To those in power, this is unacceptable and they will do whatever they can to stop new, emergent thinking.

If we act quickly and decisively now, we can shut down their evil plot – at least until they come up with yet another plan.

Sign the petition to stop ACTA by clicking here.

What’s All the Fuss About SOPA and PIPA?

This video does a nice job of explaining the SOPA legislation that Congress is now trying to ram down our throats.  They’re portraying this act as a necessary tool to protect original content creators in the music and movie industries.

Think about that for a second.  When have right-wing politicians EVER wanted to protect those “Liberal Commies in Hollywood”?

It is far more likely that this legislation will be one more weapon against free speech, assembly and organization by the people.

Government has seen how, on a worldwide basis, ordinary citizens are standing up to their governments and that one of the essential elements to this rise is the ability for the common man to freely exchange information and to quickly get the word out in their organizational efforts.

DO NOT BE FOOLED.  Our government knows that they will be thrown out on their asses and they don’t want to give up their power and return it to its rightful owners, We the People.

Expect this to be just one of many assaults on our liberties and freedoms as the ship of state swirls down the toilet.

ACTION ITEM:

Call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  He is responsible for scheduling the vote on behalf of the companies who are pushing for it.  In the face of mass public opposition, Congressional supporters are jumping ship and our messages could kill the bill!

Phone: (202) 224-3542
Email: http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Click here to post to Senator Reid’s Facebook page

Click here to automatically tweet: @HarryReid Save the free Internet—say no to #SOPA and #PIPA #wikipediablackout Pls RT

Tell him to remove SOPA and PIPA from the Senate’s schedule and to stand against Internet censorship.  Otherwise, your Internet may look like this.