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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
srini n, Dec. 20, 2011

Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses every assault on the lives of the poor, every form of inequality and intrusion to which the 1% subject us. How did libertarianism, once a noble impulse, become synonymous with injustice?

In the name of freedom – freedom from regulation – the banks were permitted to wreck the economy. In the name of freedom, taxes for the super-rich are cut. In the name of freedom, companies lobby to drop the minimum wage and raise working hours. In the same cause, US insurers lobby Congress to thwart effective public healthcare; the government rips up our planning laws; big business trashes the biosphere. This is the freedom of the powerful to exploit the weak, the rich to exploit the poor.”

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  • Jessie Rhodes Jessie Rhodes Dec. 20, 2011
    Thanks for sharing this… A very astutely argued essay, which leads to a poignant conclusion…

    “Modern libertarianism is the disguise adopted by those who wish to exploit without restraint. It pretends that only the state intrudes on our liberties. It ignores the role of banks, corporations and the rich in making us less free. It denies the need for the state to curb them in order to protect the freedoms of weaker people…”

    The author, George Monbiot, whom I had never heard of before, is one of today's finest activist philosophers. I'll be reading more of his work!
  • srini n srini n Dec. 20, 2011
    I seem to have not given the correct link. Here is the link to the article in The Guardian

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Discussions Discussion Occupy Wall Street” Protests
Jenny Knuthsen, Oct. 30, 2011

Beneath the gleaming skyscrapers that house some of Europe’s most powerful banking institutions, a committed core of protesters have huddled together in a small tent village to vocalize their opposition to what signs posted across their makeshift camp call the “dictatorship of the financial markets.”

Inspired by the demonstrations on Wall Street in New York, thousands of sympathizers have joined the Occupy Frankfurt movement and taken to the streets of Europe’s financial capital to protest growing social inequality in Germany and throughout the 17 member eurozone currency union. They managed to pump up their morale this Saturday night with some great music.

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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Marco Masoni, Sept. 25, 2011

An enlightened regime in Saudi Arabia?

Marco Masoni
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  • Henry Hamilton Henry Hamilton Sept. 26, 2011
    This is mind blowing news! The Arab Spring has truly been a wake up call to the Saudis and has forced the issue of securing basic civil rights for their citizens. But the road to democracy is long.
  • Camilla Pashar Camilla Pashar Sept. 26, 2011
    Saudi women have also been given the right to run in the next election. This decision covers the following: first, the right of women to become members in the Shura Council and secondly, the right of women to announce their candidacy to become members of the local municipality councils. But the devil may be in the details. What kind of activities, and what kind of delegations will be given to women who become members of the Shura and municipal councils. Will they be left in the shadows within these councils?

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