Despite decades of success, the liberal class has disappeared as a defense against concentrated economic / political power structures. Long ago co-opted into the 'game' of corporately-controlled modern politics, the gradual corruption and death of the liberal class allows, without impediments, the corporate state to dismantle the final vestiges of protection for citizens once created by more powerful, engaged liberals.
This week Dave hosted open lines. Callers discussed various topics; from police issues to the TSA, to things they give thanks for.
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Micah White from Adbusters join us where we talk about culture jamming, Buy Nothing Day, and Carnivalesque Rebellion Week.
At the end of November, there is a week held aside for Carnivalesque Rebellion, which features Buy Nothing Day. This is an international week of resistance to the corporate culture that would have us all on hamster wheels. This is a week wherein all people are encouraged to reclaim their lives, dream big, and create action that supports a new way of engaging with one's life.
As of October first, 2010, Squatting is now illegal in the Netherlands.
As an answer to the new eviction policy roughly a thousand squatters and sympathisers demonstrated on the first of October in Amsterdam. Out of the demo a house got squatted and the group remained for a while to support and celebrate this first so called "illegal squatting action". They hung many banners, one of which said "With hollow laws you cannot fill empty houses".
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we will talk with Sonne, who has lived at her squat in Amsterdam for the past 7 years, and with Lisa Loving, Portland area journalist, KBOO Volunteer and former squatter in Amsterdam.
With corporate money at the wheel, whither then for the progressive?
As the populist wave that swept President Obama into office gives way to Business as Usual, Americans are waking up to the realities of life in a plutocracy. Both Frank Rich in the New York Times and Chris Hedges on Alternet reflect on this point in grand fashion. Rich, in a column titled "Who Will Stand Up to the Superrich?" writes that the issue is "issue is whether the country can afford the systemic damage being done by the ever-growing income inequality between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, whether poor, middle class or even rich."