By karoli May 17, 2014 8:00 am – Comments North Carolina lawmakers announced strict new rules aimed at limiting Moral Monday protests, or even better, ending them. Conservatives in North Carolina really do not like the weekly protests in the state capitol…
This is the title track to my new album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. The first half of the album highlights and critiques the dire situation in which we live. The second half outlines the tremendous opportunity we have to re-imagine and reform our society. This song is an observation and a critique of our culture of death and murder. From actual war zones around the world to our own inner cities where this summer’s death rates rival war zones. I also address our national hypocrisy regarding violence. We have a zero tolerance policy of violence committed against us, but we’re a lot more lenient and patient when it comes to the violence we commit. “A life is a life and a killer is a killer”. -Brother Ali
As I’ve mentioned before, I try to stay away from politics. However, every now and then I can’t help putting a toe in. Watched tonight’s State of the Union and was pleasantly surprised by a seemingly liberated Obama. I think this was his best SOTU to date. It was simple and direct, but powerful. Here’s a few other reactions from my favorite blogs:
JOSH MARSHALL – JANUARY 28, 2014, 10:46 PM EST
I mentioned during the speech that the President seemed to have a bit more jump in his step than I expected, perhaps more than the dented poll numbers and sense of malaise hanging over the White House would suggest. The mere words of the speech are here. But the words of a State of the Union speech are like a libretto which is seldom the real essence of an opera or symphony. That’s the score.
What was the music the President was playing?
There was a lot of talk in advance about the President throwing down the gauntlet and doing a lot through executive action. And then more recently that the essence of the speech would focus on rising economic equality. Both were there. But I took a somewhat different message from listening to him deliver it.
I’d sum it up in two words: “Whatever, guys …” Continue reading
In What Then Must We Do?, Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about where we find ourselves in history, why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system to replace the crumbling one, and how we might begin. He also suggests what the next system might look like—and where we can see its outlines, like an image slowly emerging in the developing trays of a photographer’s darkroom, already taking shape.
He proposes a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else entirely—and something entirely American.
Alperovitz calls for an evolution, not a revolution, out of the old system and into the new. That new system would democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.
- Gar Alperovitz @ 2640: The Emerging New Economy (endinginequality.org)
- Book Salon Preview – What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution (my.firedoglake.com)
- The Big Banks Cannot Be Controlled (classwarinamerica.wordpress.com)
- Visions of a New World (jacobinmag.com)
- Everyday Socialism, Or How We Actually Pay for Things (classwarinamerica.wordpress.com)