Social Articles from 2017

The War On Cash — And What it Means for the Future of Privacy and Freedom

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The War On Cash — And What it Means for the Future of Privacy and Freedom
By Carolanne Wright
Posted February 1, 2017

war on cash = loss of privacyLike many, I too was enamored with the advent of debit cards and other technological advances to make shopping easier. The convenience of not needing to cart around cash and fumble for exact change seemed liberating in its own way. This was decades ago, of course, and much has changed in how I view electronic transactions. What once was a starry-eyed love affair with a new technology has now morphed into horror as the ramifications slowly come to light.

Regardless, nations around the world are hell-bent on herding everyone towards a completely cashless, digital society. Which begs the questions: at what cost to our privacy and freedom? Is such a move Big Brother’s dream come true?

Ignored are the repercussions of purely digital transactions on personal liberties. We trade privacy and freedom for electronic convenience. Every purchase — and consumer — is tracked. A data base of information is compiled each time you swipe a card. On the surface, this may not seen worrying — but if you dig a bit deeper, the implications are sobering. More…

Iceland Knows How To Stop Teen Substance Abuse. The World Isn’t Listening

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Iceland Knows How To Stop Teen Substance Abuse. The World Isn’t Listening
by Emma Young
Posted January 30, 2017

Iceland reduces drug and alcohol use among teensHave you ever tried alcohol? If so, when did you last have a drink? Have you ever been drunk? Have you tried cigarettes? If so, how often do you smoke? How much time do you spend with your parents? Do you have a close relationship with your parents? What kind of activities do you take part in?

In 1992, 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds in every school in Iceland filled in a questionnaire with these kinds of questions. This process was then repeated in 1995 and 1997.

The results of these surveys were alarming. Nationally, almost 25 per cent were smoking every day, over 40 per cent had got drunk in the past month. But when the team drilled right down into the data, they could identify precisely which schools had the worst problems – and which had the least. Their analysis revealed clear differences between the lives of kids who took up drinking, smoking and other drugs, and those who didn’t. More…

Unite To Change The Status Quo

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Unite To Change The Status Quo
by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeeze
Posted January 29, 2017

social movement is buildingThe broad social movement in the United States has been growing for a number of years, most visibly in recent years with the Occupy Movement and then immigrant’s rights, Indigenous, workers’ and Black Lives Matter movements, to name a few. As the inauguration protests, the Women’s Marches and the GOP protests in Philly showed this week, the broad social movement seems to be growing exponentially and some are escalating their tactics.
American Nightmare, militarized police at Trump Inauguration protest by Eleanor Goldfield of Art Killing Apathy

During the inauguration, there was a wide range of tactics used from permitted marches to peaceful blockades to property destruction. Eleanor Goldfield and Jason Yawn discuss black bloc tactics that included breaking windows, turning over trash cans and setting a limo on fire. They discuss why all tactics require consideration of whether the it will help to grow the movement or create blow black that strengthens the police and pushes people away from the movement. They raise the question of why people seem more concerned about broken windows than broken lives. To us, the use of tactics must always serve a strategy and goal. More…

These “8 Men” Own as Much as Poorest Half of the World, Oxfam Reports as Global Elite Hobnobs in Davos

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These “8 Men” Own as Much as Poorest Half of the World, Oxfam Reports as Global Elite Hobnobs in Davos
by Wolf Richter
Posted January 24, 2017

protecting the 1%As the global elite descend upon Davos for the World Economic Forum to rub elbows, Oxfam released a report today which it introduced in this way:

It details how big business and the super-rich are fueling the inequality crisis by dodging taxes, driving down wages and using their power to influence politics. It calls for a fundamental change in the way we manage our economies so that they work for all people, and not just a fortunate few.

Last year in its report, if figured that 62 people owned the same wealth as “the poorest half of the planet,” but this year more data became available. Had this data been available last year, it would have shown that 9 men owned as much as the poorest half of the planet. Now it’s down to just 8: More…

New World Order Pushing Cashless Agenda in India and Around the World

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New World Order Pushing Cashless Agenda in India and Around the World
by Makia Freeman
Posted January 23, 2017

cashless society is a threat to freedomThe cashless agenda has taken a giant leap forward worldwide in the last 2 months, mainly due to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi took the bold, detested and despised step of banning the 2 highest denomination notes in India (the 500 and 1000 rupee notes, worth around US$7.50 and $15 respectively). This wiped out around 80% of the value of circulating cash widely used by many segments of society for trade. His reason was to cut down on the black money circulating in India upon which tax is not paid.

However, from the broader perspective of the worldwide New World Order (NWO) conspiracy, converting the entire world economy to solely digital transactions is not just about extracting more tax revenue from the ruled populations; it’s about knowledge and power. It’s about surveillance on an extraordinary scale. The cashless agenda is about acquiring the capacity to monitor literally every single financial transaction that takes place on the planet. More…

When Fear Comes

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When Fear Comes
By Chris Hedges
Posted January 17, 2017

the enemy is fearWhen I returned to the newsroom at The New York Times after being booed off a commencement stage in 2003 for denouncing the invasion of Iraq, reporters and editors lowered their heads or turned away when I was nearby. They did not want to be touched by the same career-killing contagion. They wanted to protect their status at the institution. Retreat into rabbit holes is the most common attempt at self-protection.

The right-wing cable shows were lynching me almost hourly. Soon I was given a written reprimand and public rebuke by the newspaper. I was a leper.

The machinery of the security and surveillance state, the use of special terrorism laws and the stripping of civil liberties become ubiquitous. The lofty rhetoric of liberty and the reality of the chains readied for the public creates magic realism. Reality and the language describing reality are soon antipodal. The pseudo-democracy is populated with pseudo-legislators, pseudo-courts, pseudo-journalists, pseudo-intellectuals and pseudo-citizens. Nothing is as it is presented. More…

We Never Voted for Corporate Rule

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We Never Voted for Corporate Rule
by David Korten
Posted January 12, 2017

The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty.

As individual corporations grow in size, global reach, and political power, we see a corresponding shift in the primary function of national governments—from serving the interests of their citizens to assuring the security of corporate property and profits. They apply police and military powers to this end, subsidize corporate operations, and facilitate corporate tax evasion. They let corporations off the hook with slap-on-the-wrist fines for criminal actions. Rarely, if ever, do they punish top executives.

We the People never voted to yield our sovereignty to transnational corporations. Nor was the corporate takeover a response to public need. More…

The False Economic Recovery Narrative Will Die In 2017

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The False Economic Recovery Narrative Will Die In 2017
by Brandon Smith
Posted January 10, 2017

globalist vision is failingThe globalists (in their twisted view) seek to change lead into gold, and just as in alchemy, these elements are a metaphor for psychological evolution. For the globalists, social engineering is a form of witchcraft; they see it as creation, or a grand form of architecture.

But it is not creation. The globalists are incapable of such art because true art requires wisdom and empathy. All they know is how to deconstruct existing systems generated by nature and free men and rearrange the shattered pieces into something more oppressive and ultimately less interesting than what existed before. Give the internationalists a Mona Lisa and they will shred it, reconstitute it and regurgitate a paint by numbers coloring book. More…

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