The first talk of 2012 by the social critic and noted author Michael Parenti fit perfectly into the debates of the time, that of the One versus the 99% and the finally no longer taboo question: What exactly is CAPITALISM? Parenti is debunking some of the myths of capitalism: That it creates jobs, peace, democracy and wealth – etc.
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WHAT DO THE ABOLITIONISTS TEACH US ABOUT CHALLENGING CORPORATE RULE
This program is in remembrance of Richard Grossman, who died of cancer in November 2011. He was one of the great uncompromising, courageous thinkers and activists in the unfolding project to define, limit and abolish corporate power. Ralph Nader called Grossman “the preeminent historian of corporations” and this speech, that Grossman gave at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in November 2006, shows what that meant.
Hitchens discusses whether Nixon and Kissinger stole the election of 1968, offers additional information on Kissinger’s role in Israel, Palestine, and Cyprus, and reviews some of the instruments of international law that may be used to bring war criminals to trial.
Hitchens died on December 15, 2011. His work on the war crimes of Henry Kissinger may be his most enduring. In this recording he describes Kissinger as a “a one man rolling global crime wave.” Acerbic, witty, fact and passion filled.
Begins with an intriguing archival speech on the history of corporations and ends with two important projects Grossman worked on just before his death, his contribution to the Occupy movement: A law to criminalize hydro-fracking and corporations as a class or group.
Richard Grossman said: “.. corporations don’t have rights. Rights are for people. Corporations only have privileges, and only those that we the people bestow on them.” In a nutshell that was the essence of his research and teaching for the last 20 years.
Richard died of melanoma on November 22nd, 2011, at a hospital in New York City, where he was born sixty-eight years earlier.
In this segment the little known role of the US Chamber of Commerce in the McCarthy witch hunts. Carey shows how the campaign against “Big Government” brings Reagan to power – with eerie similarities to today’s arguments. Also mentioned the famous secret memo by Lewis Powell, later Supreme Court Justice, that set in motion what Bill Moyers calls “the revolt of the rich.”
The Attack on Democracy
The 20th century, said Carey, is marked by three historic developments: the growth of democracy via the expansion of the franchise, the growth of corporations, and the growth of propaganda to protect corporations from democracy. Carey wrote that the people of the US have been subjected to an unparalleled, expensive, 3/4 century long propaganda effort designed to expand corporate rights by undermining democracy and destroying the unions.
This is a reading of Moyers’ concise and revealing mini history of the corporate takeover of America’s democracy, beginning with the infamous secret 1971 memo by Lewis Powell to his friends at the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. Powell soon became Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Moyers sums it up: “We look back on it now as a call to arms for class war waged from the top down..”
Keynote for Public Citizen
Moyers says: “Politics Today is Money Laundering and the Trafficking of Power and Policy” – and “why New York’s Zuccotti Park is occupied is no mystery. Reporters keep scratching their heads and asking: Why are you here? But it’s as clear as the crash of 2008: they are occupying Wall Street because Wall Street has occupied America.”
Bob Cannard calls for the founding of the Garden Party!
He recovers abundance where others have given up and has an immediate friendly rapport with those who want to restore their own relationship to earth and good food. Cannard proposes to build the Garden Party and lays out the principles of taking responsibility for one’s food on a personal and local level to a cheering audience. Those are the criteria for membership in the Garden Party.
In the description of the Bioneers he is: “Iconoclast, piano player, great cook, and an incredible farmer”. Bob Cannard is a frequent guest at their annual conferences. His produce and fruit are so exquisite that they are used in the most expensive restaurants, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley. His farm store is open year round and sells vegetables and home-canned goods at affordable prices.
As the cities are taking over the land Cannard is taking back what he can. He is acknowledged by Michael Pollan as one of the important members of the sustainable food movement, creating solutions to the growing crisis of the loss of farmland – caused by urbanization and the techniques of industrial agriculture.
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In Part TWO Shiva explains how biotechnology creates super weeds, poisons beneficial insects and soil microbes and only brings high yields when fertilizers, pesticides and abundant water are applied. Monsanto is using the patent rights they received via former Monsanto lawyer Clarence Thomas on the US Supreme Court to collect royalty payments and make it illegal to save and exchange seeds. She calls for the international abolition of GMOs and the removal of patents since seeds are a gift from nature to be shared freely.
On Genetic Engineering’s War on Life – Vandana Shiva came in September 2011 to the Heirloom Seed Expo held in Santa Rosa, CA, to give the keynote speech. 10,000 people had come on short notice to see plants and seeds that would already be extinct had not someone lovingly collected and bred them.
Shiva trained in quantum physics and became a seed saver and ecologist in 1982. She and her organization Navdanya resist the spread of GMOs into India. For her the imposition of GMOs is a war on life and the most recent wave of colonialism. She learned from Gandhi – as he chose the spinning wheel, Navdanya chose the seed as the vessel of life and dedicated themselves to [ . . . ]
Anodea Judith is founder and director of Sacred Centers. Her book, Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love, was the winner of the 2007 Nautilus Book Award for Social Change. She is a groundbreaking thinker, writer, and spiritual teacher. Her passion for the realization of untapped human potential matches her concern for humanity’s impending crises — her fervent wish is that we “wake up in time.”