Lessons about resistance: Define your ideals correctly

 

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Spartacus, the Roman gladiator, appears to be the first known revolutionary who revolted against his owners and the Roman Republic. His and his peers’ struggle for freedom is called “war” (Third Servile War)

The first time humans fought for an invisible ideal like freedom was because of chains. Today we have (theoretically) evolved past that point. We agree that freedom is more complex, and “freedoms” are many, depending on how we look at it.

Is it important to define our invisible ideals correctly, adapt them to changed circumstances? Why?

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Ladies and Ladies. Gentlemen and Gentlemen

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After the recent SCOTUS decision to grant the right to marry to all GLBT members, in all U.S. States, here's how the community can repurpose its passionate activism to benefit all causes, in all nations, with 3 clicks of a mouse.

Ladies and Ladies. Gentlemen and Gentlemen... Maybe President Obama could have been inspired by the same opening statement when SCOTUS granted marriage equality to all U.S. states in June of this year.

With this opening statement former president of the Swiss Confederation Moritz Leuenberger welcomed a large crowd of cheering GLBT members on Christopher Street day in Zurich in 2001, when he promised to finally get action on equality and provide equal rights to the unmet grievances of equal rights under the law.

That was his way to recognize that the right to love is inalienable and had to be extended also to the GLBT community. Since 5 June 2005, Swiss GLBT couples have most of the same rights and protections as opposite-sex couples.

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Fast Track Derailed? House Deals Blow to Corporate-Friendly Trade Agenda

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Published on Friday, June 12, 2015 in Common Dreams byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer

But groups warn citizens to 'remain vigilant to ensure that future efforts to pass Fast Track and climate-destroying trade agreements are defeated'

Though it wasn't the resounding rejection progressives had hoped for, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday dealt a serious blow to President Barack Obama's corporate-backed trade agenda, while erecting a major stumbling block for proponents of Fast Track, or trade promotion authority.

After a tense showdown and multiple votes in the chamber, a final decision on Fast Track was ultimately deferred, affording a delay that critics say could further scuttle the trade authority.b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2015-06-14-at-1.32.56-AM.png

"Today’s votes to stall Fast Track and TPP are a major win for anyone who cares about climate change," said350.org executive director May Boeve. "This disastrous deal would extend the world's dependence on fracked gas, forbid our negotiators from ever using trade agreements in the fight against global warming, and make it easier for big polluters to burn carbon while suing anyone who gets in the way."

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