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..”
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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.
Cannard runs Green String [ . . . ]
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.”
– with Kevin Danaher, Ed Asner, Richard Gage and others
This program begins with an excerpt from the trailer for an upcoming movie by Engineers and Architects for 9/11 Truth about the destruction of World Trade Center Building #7, followed by a talk by Kevin Danaher about reclaiming our future. Danaher is co-founder of Global Exchange and executive producer of the annual San Francisco Green Festival, and husband of Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin.
This part covers Granny D’s arrival in Washington DC after her 14 months walk that ended with her cross county skiing along the C & O Canal into Washington DC because a snowstorm had made it impossible to walk along the roads. Also in this program references to her continued work against money in politics for ten more years which included her arrest in the rotunda of the Capitol building, and her campaign for Senate in NH. (Includes the voices of Jim Hightower, Molly Ivins, Amy Goodman and others.)
Doris “Granny D.” Haddock was the amazing, eloquent, funny grandmother who gave the last 15 years of her life to getting money out of politics. She embodied a populism that is fueled by love, compassion and a bright, clear sense of justice. Hear two speeches she gave in 1999.
Granny D. was best known for walking, in her 90th year, from Los Angeles to Washington DC to tell those she met along the way that there is a way to restore democracy by removing the privilege of money.
In this part TWO Parenti goes over details of the assassination and critiques The Nation, The Progressive, Noam Chomsky and Alexander Cockburn. Parenti analyzes the lone assassin theory and addresses the bitter question that haunts so many whether government agencies would murder an elected president.
The conclusion of this speech builds up to a timely and inspiring quote by William Faulkner: “The past is never dead and buried, in fact it is never even passed. If we are lied to with impunity we are robbed of the first condition of a democratic citizenry, how the present can help us understand the past and the past understand the present. How we can arm ourselves against the lies and calumny that are bombarding us all the time. And our history need not bore us, our history need not imprison us but it can liberate our understanding so that we might become not its victims but its active agents.”
Parenti quotes Winston Churchill who said to his fellow party members: “History will be kind to us because I plan to write it.” Far from being an objective account of events history bears the mark of its writer, the omissions of the censors, and the interests of those who benefit from making it. Parenti shows how to take the recording of history back from politicians, the media, professors, clergy, and business people.
Parenti criticizes the lone assassin theory and addresses the bitter question that haunts so many whether government agencies would assassinate an elected President. He examines what he calls “the gangster nature of the state” and goes over details of the murder.
This rebroadcast is part of the very popular and ever expanding series on what Parenti calls Real History, a different and intriguing reading of a surprisingly large number all too familiar stories. Includes a description of Caesar’s murder.