Just Keep Blaming the 1% for Everything, Is Not Working

Saying that Activism is fragmented and lacks cohesion is an understatement. Despite plenty of engaged citizens, Activism is conflicted, competitive, and feels erratic. Of course, it's easier to keep blaming the 1% for everything.

 

In 2014, a renowned and awarded U.S. journalist said this about U.S. activism:

After worked hard in the anti-war movement in the US between 2002-2010, and having had direct involvement with several of the leading entities (names omitted), I’ve come to believe that the U.S. has become so fractured physically, psychologically, spiritually, intellectually, psychically, that there’s no way to have a coherent movement of any kind at this point."

 It takes courage to say that the problem lies in our own team, the 99%.

Indeed, it takes courage to shake up the complacency of traditional activism and tell organizations that their methods to organize are redundant, outdated, ultimately inefficient. It takes courage to say that there's no peace, because the biggest war, the most devastating conflict lies in our conflicted nature, and that Martin Luther King's call to "organize as efficiently as those who love war," remains unanswered. But if you consider the pattern of growth of Facebook pages, communities, organizations, petitions' sites and independent media, what transpires is competition. That's synonym with division, not unity. What wins is the affirmation of the self, not the bridging of differences, or the search for the glue that binds us into one collective mind.

As Howard Zinn's quote in the above image implies, repeace has been challenging the complacency of thousands of organizations, because it's time to stop blaming the 1% for lying, for being corrupted, oppressive and manipulative. That's what they do! It's time to look at our team and find a key to cohesion, able to transcend our conflicted individuality.

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The Psychology That Leads People to Vote for Extremists & Autocrats: The Theory of Cognitive Closure

in PoliticsPsychology | November 30th, 2016.

There's a political disconnect in the United States. We have two political parties, each now living in its own reality and working with its own set of facts. The common ground between them? Next to none.

How to explain this disconnect? Maybe the answer lies in the theory of “cognitive closure”–a theory first worked out by social psychologist Arie Kruglanski back in 1989.

“People’s politics are driven by their psychological needs,” Kruglanski explains in the short documentary above. “People who are anxious because of the uncertainty that surrounds them are going to be attracted to messages that offer certainty.”

He sips a soda, then continues, “The need for closure is the need for certainty, to have clear cut knowledge. You feel that you need to stop processing too much information, to stop listening to a variety of viewpoints, and zero in on what appears to be, to you, the truth.” “The need for closure tricks your mind to believe you have the truth, even though you haven’t examined the evidence very carefully.” And that, unfortunately, can be very dangerous.

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FINLAND: Local Basic Income test implementation is being considered in Finland

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Published on June 6th, BasicIncome.org by Andre Coelho

Local Finnish authorities at Åland, a Swedish speaking archipelago between Finland and Sweden mainland, are considering, within their territory, the creation of a special fiscal zone where basic income-like social experiments could be performed. The Åland Office of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland presently manages conditional basic income benefits for locals, but could be on the brink of taking the next bold step of turning these benefit schemes entirely unconditional.

The recently elected Center Party, which is presently the most represented party in the Finnish Parliament and supporter of Basic Income, is willing to regionally experiment its implementation. That is why Sonja Nordenswan, activist in basic income support group BINK – basinkomst Åland (Åland basic income), is confident about the possibilities of this government actually moving forward with this projet.

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Bernie Sanders May Run for President in 2016

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Americans are ready for a populist message like his, senator says

- by Common Dreams staff

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) told his hometown paper Friday that he is considering making a run for President in 2016.

The Burlington (VT) Free Press reports that Sanders may run if no one else with progressive views takes the plunge.

It is essential, he said, to have someone in the 2016 presidential campaign who is willing to take on Wall Street, address the “collapse” of the middle class, tackle the spread of poverty and fiercely oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Also, addressing global warming needs to be a top priority, not an afterthought, Sanders said.

“Under normal times, it’s fine, you have a moderate Democrat running, a moderate Republican running,” Sanders said. “These are not normal times. The United States right now is in the middle of a severe crisis and you have to call it what it is.”

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Energy Efficient Process Discovered to Turn Seawater into Freshwater

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Published by Nathan August on EcoWatch.com (here)

Seawater desalination with nothing more than a small electrical field? A simple new method of creating freshwater from seawater—that uses far less energy than conventional methods do—has just been developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany.

A prototype “water chip” developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with a startup company. Photo Credit: University of Texas at Austin

The new method—electrochemically mediated seawater desalination—uses no membranes, is considerably simpler than conventional methods, and is so low-energy that it can be performed with the energy provided by store-bought batteries. Those are big improvements on all fronts—if the process can be adequately scaled up, it’s a potentially revolutionary development. Freshwater scarcity is expected to become a significant problem in many regions of the world in the coming decades, but as it stands now, saltwater desalination isn’t particularly economical … A cheaper, simpler method than those currently available would be of great use—one which could be used on larger scales than simple solar stills are.

The new method/technology is patent-pending and is currently in commercial development by startup company Okeanos Technologies.

“The availability of water for drinking and crop irrigation is one of the most basic requirements for maintaining and improving human health,” said Richard Crooks of The University of Texas at Austin. “Seawater desalination is one way to address this need, but most current methods for desalinating water rely on expensive and easily contaminated membranes. The membrane-free method we’ve developed still needs to be refined and scaled up, but if we can succeed at that, then one day it might be possible to provide fresh water on a massive scale using a simple, even portable, system.”

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