activism, Culture

Post Scarcity Anarchism – Classic Murray Bookchin

Post Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin first published in the 1970’s looks at social change and how to participate in/achieve meaningful social change.

In case you’ve never read it or want to read it again, this book has never been so relevant.

It examines what our capitalist society is and what will eventually happen to it (which is what’s happening now!)

– from Baruch

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activism, Culture, Resources & Downloads

The Diggers – revolutionary ancestors!

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In 1649, near London, a rag-tag group of radicals staked a claim to common land and began to clear and plant it so it would be a “common treasury for all.”

The Diggers – an essay

Among our most interesting ancestors, these English revolutionaries were forerunners of groups like Food Not Bombs – claiming unused resources in the name of the community.

Here’s a short article about the Diggers of 1649 and their place in the revolution of the 1640s.

Click here for a bunch more history articles, including the 40-page illustrated essay “Our Magical Ancestors – available as free PDF or read online.

 

Culture, Music

Bitches Brew – 50 Years On

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I’ve never cared for the word “bitch.” When I was young, it got used on sports fields to suggest that someone was not being enough of a man (a challenging task at age 15).

Later it became a popular hip-hop epithet that made many great songs unplayable at parties.

Then again, in a parallel universe – it was the first word of one of Miles Davis’s greatest albums.

April 2020 marks fifty years since the release of Bitches Brew, which launched the most experimentally creative portion of Miles’ long career. Jazz fusion greats such as Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, and Billy Cobham guested on the double-vinyl set.

For fans of 1970s funk, Bitches Brew is perhaps the seminal work.

Here’s the full album plus a review from the Guardian:

Full Album

Guardian Review

Culture

The Betrayal Of Jesus

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We’re coming toward that time of year when we recall that Jesus was betrayed and executed by state authorities, in collaboration with religious leaders.

How fitting that American evangelicals are lining up to shine the shoes of Mr Two Corinthians himself.

Collaborationists par excellence.

Here’s a good survey of the evangelical landscape from the Daily Beast.

Reclaiming Jesus of Nazareth

I’ll lend my support to efforts to liberate Jesus of Nazareth from the evangelicals. Let them have their “Christ,” whoever that is.

Here’s Jesus for real – Luke 18: 10-14:

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get. (‘And I voted for Donald Trump twice!’)

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ (‘I voted for Hillary…’)

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other.

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Amen.

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activism, Culture, Music, Satires

Funky Nixons – Still Not Crooks!

Funky Nixons now on all streaming services!

Youtube | Spotify

The Funky Nixons – Berkeley’s Finest

Direct Action author Luke Hauser helped launch the infamous Funky Nixons, known in the Bay Area as the House Band of Peoples Park (ie, we played there a lot and provided backup for other performers).

Although Hauser – now a recluse living under assumed names due to unremitting pursuit by international espionage agents and British tabloid journalists – left the band years ago, the rest of the crew persists in their nefarious career, and perform several times a year in the Bay Area.

Songs include

Screw the Rich

L.A. Driver

Smoke a Joint with Jesus

We Support the Troops

Immigrant Man

Barbara Bush’s Dog

Funky Nixons now on all streaming services!

Youtube | Spotify

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Culture

Brexit – Trashing 200 Years of British Strategy

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What exactly is the strategic thinking behind Brexit? Not the emotions or the economics, but the geopolitical strategy?

Consider – Britain fought several world wars, beginning with the French Revolution, to prevent continental Europe from uniting against it. WWI and WWII continued the strategy – break up the continental bloc.

Whether it was the French under Napoleon or the Germans under the Kaiser or Hitler, the strategy remained the same – no sacrifice of life or wealth was too great to assure that Britain would never face a united Europe.

Indeed, Britain fancied itself the arbiter of the continent, able to throw its weight in one direction or another to prevent a power bloc from developing.

A Whimper and a Whine

Now, in 2020, Britain with a whimper and a whine hands the keys to the continent to Germany and France – England’s arch-enemies from 1700 to 1950.

Has the global balance of power so changed that a small island nation is best to go it alone while continental Europe’s economic and political power grows unchecked on its border?

Or has the decrepit British ruling class, bereft of its beloved empire, simply turned in to gaze upon itself as it fades into oblivion?

Demographic postscript – the voting on Brexit was strongly age-skewed. The young said no, the old farts said yes.

Safe to say, the decision will be eventually reversed, and this generation of Brexiteers will be scorned forever after.

Best source of Brexit and European news in English – the UK Guardian.

UK Edition – theguardian.com/uk

US Edition – theguardian.com/us

Image: Deposit Photos