Ursula K. Le Guin: On Power, Oppression and Freedom

from Vox Populi

Vox Populi

My country came together in one revolution and was nearly broken by another.

The first revolution was a protest against galling, stupid, but relatively mild social and economic exploitation. It was almost uniquely successful.

Many of those who made the first revolution practiced the most extreme form of economic exploitation and social oppression: they were slave owners.

The second American revolution, the Civil War, was an attempt to preserve slavery. It was partially successful. The institution was abolished, but the mind of the master and the mind of the slave still think a good many of the thoughts of America.

The ruling class is always small, the lower orders large, even in a caste society. The poor always vastly outnumber the rich. The powerful are fewer than those they hold power over. Adult men hold superior status in almost all societies, though they are always outnumbered by women and…

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A Moment of Silence For The Dying

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A Moment of Silence

 

Update September 28.

I first posted this as A Moment of Prayer for People in the Path of Hurricane Irma.

We have since had Hurricane Maria and now a deadly humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico caused by racism and incompetence.

Americans are dying from stupidity, lies and the Russian attack on the U.S. election.

So I’ve renamed the post.


September 07, 2017

Here is the most recent update from the UK Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/irma-live-latest-updates-hurricane-news-storm-florida-caribbean-islands-damage-landfall-victims-a7931771.html

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Judy’s Sin

from eurobrat

eurobrat

They wouldn’t send real Americans away to be stored.  Radical Muslims, sure.  Illegal immigrants, yeah.  Maybe welfare queens.  But not just…regular Americans.

That’s what Judy had nervously told herself for that entire six weeks, between the day she was first called in for questioning and the day when she was, in fact, sent to one of the country’s resident storage facilities.

She was young and stupid when she took those pictures.  Since then, she had turned her life around.  She was born again and regretted the things she had done when she was lost.  She was no longer that woman.

But in President Pence’s America, that didn’t matter.  Pictures “of an inappropriate nature” like hers meant she was a defective citizen.  A friend found the pictures somewhere and submitted a complaint…because of course they did.  Everybody did that.  If the situation were reversed, she would have done the same.

Defective…

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Bigots on Parade: The KKK Celebrates Trump

First posted 12/07/2016

America’s corporate media is abuzz with hip Nazi’s and downtrodden alt-Whiteys who reportedly ‘repudiated’ Obama and Democrats by rigging the Electoral College and losing the popular vote by 2.5 million votes.

I thought we might go back a mere 36 years to the 1980’s, when reporters called a bigot a bigot.

This 1980 CBS News video examines the methods the Ku Klux Klan uses
to indoctrinate children.

As I watched this flick I wondered if the children in this video became today’s 50ish Red State Trump voters.

The video suffers some degradation but its worth watching.

#Resist

Photo of Ku Klux Klan rally.
If you blow the right whistle the dogs come running.

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