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Started by Toots, February 24, 2006, 12:33:57 AM

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Cain

No, they really dont care.  You want to know about the complete amorality of our leaders?  Kissinger and Rumsfeld.  And it will take bastards who think like them, only better and on our side, to be able to beat them.

Toots

This is why I am trying to convince a local marketing company that promotes ethical products and NGOs to start a PR arm.

I think things can only change by using the very system to fuck itself over.

The business lobby has the ear of the govnmt? We need a BETTER lobby group.

Spin doctors covering up truth and skewing media reporting? We need better spin doctors to skew media reporting right back the other way.

I don't think the only way to promote beliefs and ideals is through chaining yourself to a tree.

There is something Michael Moore says in "The Corporation" that puts it well.

He says:
"The reason major studios are willing to put out my movies even though those movies are trying to take down the corporations that support the studios is that there is a market for my films. Capitalism doesn't have any beliefs at all, you can exploit that." (not 100 % exact wording I'm writing it from memory)
I'm laughing, but it's a laugh of impatience.

If you can take the hot lead enema, then you can cast the first stone[/b]
Lenny Bruce

Cain

We need money.  We need media exposure.  We need people on the inside who can tell us things which will allow us to politically nail the sons of bitches to the walls before they do it to us, because thats exactly what they will want to do if you get the first two.

fluffy

I was an idealist. Back in the 60s. Organized anti-war rallies, marched on
Washington, broke windows, got teargassed, etc. Thought I was making a difference.

But when I got higher up in the anti-war organizations, I realize that
the people at the top were just expoliting the people below for their own
political gain, be it recruiting for their socialist cabal, or building a base
from which to run for office as a Democrat.

So for years I just plodded along, making a living, hauranging my friends
with my anarchist bullshit (they laughed and thought I was humorous.)

Recently I decided that I can make a difference, by influencing other
people. Become a writer I said to myself. Infiltrate their minds with ideas.
Maybe one of them will be in position to make a difference. Maybe one of
them will be President someday and will remember something I wrote.

Of course, a lot of the stuff I read in the past was extermely subversive.
Lots of SF is extremely radical and anti-state, anti-corporation,
anti-elitist.

And look where we are today. In deep shit.

Still, that literature did produce me. So, maybe I can help produce
others like me.

Maybe.

Don't give up, Toots.

Just prepare yourself to be seriously disappointed.

Iranon

Just for the record, wondering whether or not you're right is silly. How do we convince people that if they think they're right, they have a right to fight for their beliefs even while acknowledging that there's a chance someone else could be right too? 'Cuz it would be cool if we could do that... people would start fighting for their own causes, rather than sitting around bitching about somebody else's that they hate but won't do anything about.

In any case, I try to be an idealist. I try really hard to believe we can fix whatever's wrong with the universe. Because I don't think it's just us, somehow I think it's everything... but we can start with us.
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Toots

Quote from: fluffyBut when I got higher up in the anti-war organizations, I realize that
the people at the top were just expoliting the people below for their own
political gain, be it recruiting for their socialist cabal, or building a base
from which to run for office as a Democrat.

I'm not surprised a bit.

When I started working I was a journalist. I even thought for a while about being a foreign correspondent. Of course the longer I worked in the media the more unpalatable it became. I learned more and more about the politics of newspapers from colleagues who work there and thought that there was no way in hell I would be willing to get my head chopped off for one of those papers.

But you brought up the 60s. Activism didn't get us everything it should have maybe, but we got a LOT anyway. Where would race relations be without the stuff you guys did in the 60s? Where would women be?

We're stupid animals, it takes knocking us over the head over and over before we finally get something.

I'm not expecting total victory. I'm just expecting not to give up.
I'm laughing, but it's a laugh of impatience.

If you can take the hot lead enema, then you can cast the first stone[/b]
Lenny Bruce

gnimbley

Quote from: TootsBut you brought up the 60s. Activism didn't get us everything it should have maybe, but we got a LOT anyway. Where would race relations be without the stuff you guys did in the 60s? Where would women be?

Yeah, when I was a kid, "coloreds" couldn't drink out of the same
drinking fountains as me. I remember that kind of thing sometimes
when I see blacks and whites mix (here in Indiana) without anybody
batting an eye. We've come a long way. Still, we could lose it all
tomorrow. And the problem stills exists. It's just no longer spoken
out loud. It's just "understood."

Toots

Quote from: gnimbley
Quote from: TootsWe've come a long way. Still, we could lose it all tomorrow. And the problem stills exists. It's just no longer spoken
out loud. It's just "understood."

We just need to keep going. The balance does swing eventually towards the side that has the most momentum, and I really think it will be the good guys. Eventually shit HAS to change or we go extinct along with everything else around us.

And I know it looks like we're well on the way to the big fade out, but I'm not so sure.There is a World Peace Summit happening in my city this year. People are living in eco-villages, Monsanto got shamed into backing away from its Terminator seed...There is still some fight in 'er I think as long as we keep talking and thinking about it.

<--chipping away at the stone
I'm laughing, but it's a laugh of impatience.

If you can take the hot lead enema, then you can cast the first stone[/b]
Lenny Bruce

Cain

And yet people are still dying all over the world from perfectly curable diseases, not to mention global war that makes you long for the good old days of MAD!

:lol:

Toots

Quote from: CainAnd yet people are still dying all over the world from perfectly curable diseases, not to mention global war that makes you long for the good old days of MAD!

:lol:

Just means we need to be doing more than we are currently doing.

We need to grab bigger chisels.

People are dying because we are not putting enough pressure on our governments to mandate pharmaceutical companies to provide them with meds. We're also letting our politicians walk away from the responsibility Europe and the US has over the state of the place where most of those people are dying-Africa. Our ancestors fucked it up. Unfortunately they left it for us to fix. We're dooing a piss-poor job of that so far.
I'm laughing, but it's a laugh of impatience.

If you can take the hot lead enema, then you can cast the first stone[/b]
Lenny Bruce

Cain

Humans = cave men in suits.  SNAFU is the normal state of existence.  The only changes are more sophisticated forms of repression, shinier weapons and more complex power games.

Iranon

Quote from: Toots
Quote from: CainAnd yet people are still dying all over the world from perfectly curable diseases, not to mention global war that makes you long for the good old days of MAD!

:lol:

Just means we need to be doing more than we are currently doing.

We need to grab bigger chisels.

People are dying because we are not putting enough pressure on our governments to mandate pharmaceutical companies to provide them with meds. We're also letting our politicians walk away from the responsibility Europe and the US has over the state of the place where most of those people are dying-Africa. Our ancestors fucked it up. Unfortunately they left it for us to fix. We're dooing a piss-poor job of that so far.

I'm sorry, the idea of the government mandating that a company give away free product doesn't sit well with me. What if we bought the meds and sent them over? Then everyone's happy.
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East Coast Hustle

Quote from: TootsECH I hope my answer didn't come off snarky cause that's not how it was meant.

I really have been thinking a lot about this lately though. I think our problem is that whatever shit is going on in the world that's wrong seems totally huge and we seem pretty tiny in comparison. Then most of us throw in the question of how do I know if what I think is right is right. And I think that's how people who think some things should not be happening get stuck doing nothing.

That plus laziness.

And I totally accept that some of us, most of us actually, are content doing nothing and thinking about nothing but their own comfort. But I find so many people who know better, who are aware and still don't do anything because a) they are too jaded by now to try b) they'd rather talk than have to do.  

But I think we all know that the "wrong" things/people/ideas are so. Just like the CEO of a farm concern dumping pig piss and shit into the river and poisoning it knows that it's wrong to do it. They might still do it anyway, but I'm pretty sure they know.

Know what I mean?

Rabid Colostomy Hole Jammer of the Coming Apocalypse™

The Devil is in the details; God is in the nuance.


Some yahoo yelled at me, saying 'GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH', and I thought, "I'm feeling generous today.  Why not BOTH?"

AFK

Quote from: TootsAnd I refuse to admitt defeat until the very last trace of the fight goes out of the great beast that is homo sapiens.

You had me until there.  Just remember, dinosaurs were considered "great beasts" too but couldn't hack it forever.  Of course Atomic War and an Overpopulation-fed negative feedback cycle will be our cataclysmic comet.
Cynicism is a blank check for failure.

Toots

Quote from: Rev. What's-His-Name?
Quote from: TootsAnd I refuse to admitt defeat until the very last trace of the fight goes out of the great beast that is homo sapiens.

You had me until there.  Just remember, dinosaurs were considered "great beasts" too but couldn't hack it forever.  Of course Atomic War and an Overpopulation-fed negative feedback cycle will be our cataclysmic comet.

Ok, but Rev, look at it from my point of view. Even if we go extinct, what's the worst thing that could happen if we try to fix things? The whole place might still do the big kaboom but at least we'll know we tried to do something.
I'm laughing, but it's a laugh of impatience.

If you can take the hot lead enema, then you can cast the first stone[/b]
Lenny Bruce