Capitalism

Corey Dolgon on Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy

 

 How have powerful Americans convinced their fellow citizens to support policies beneficial only to the wealthy? Why have so many given up on public education, safe food and safe streets, living wages – even on democracy itself? 

 

Kill it to Save it lays bare the hypocrisy of US political discourse by documenting the story of capitalism’s triumph over democracy. 

 

As the Progressive Left tries to understand how President Trump came to power, Corey Dolgon documents his historical, political and cultural road map. Dolgon argues that American citizens now accept policies that destroy the public sector and promote political stories that feel right “in the gut”, regardless of science or facts.

 

 

Robert Jensen on Capitalism v. Christianity: A Tale of Two Cults

Challenging the conventional wisdom of many secular and religious folk. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Journalism, Dr. Robert Jensen argues that faith in the Cult of Capitalism is irrational and that a commitment to a reformulated Cult of Christianity (along with other religious traditions) is rational as we face up to the corrosive effects of modern life on human nature and the destructive effects of modern life on nature. As inequality and ecological collapse intensify, where do we look for values based on solidarity and sustainability? This talk is part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s weekly Public Affairs Forum. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756 Produced / Edited by Jeffry Zavala. Videography by Grace Alfar, Jeff Zavala, & Michelle Dougherty. An Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org

Interview with Robert Jensen on Capitalism v. Christianity: A Tale of Two Cults

In an interview with Robert Jensen on Capitalism v. Christianity, He challenges the conventional wisdom of many secular and religious folk. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Journalism, Dr. Robert Jensen argues that faith in the Cult of Capitalism is irrational and that a commitment to a reformulated Cult of Christianity (along with other religious traditions) is rational as we face up to the corrosive effects of modern life on human nature and the destructive effects of modern life on nature. As inequality and ecological collapse intensify, where do we look for values based on solidarity and sustainability?

This talk is part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s weekly Public Affairs Forum.
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756

Produced / Edited by Jeffry Zavala.
Videography by Grace Alfar, Jeff Zavala, & Michelle Dougherty.

An Austin Indymedia Production.
http://Austin.Indymedia.org

Great Zine On Collective Housing Strategies and Tactics

 

It's not the Federal Reserve, it's the system it serves

There are details, and then there is the big picture. Mistaking the former for the latter can send an activist down the wrong path. A good example of this are the often well-meaning people who resolutely demand that we "End the Fed."

But the problem isn't the Federal Reserve, it is the system that it serves. If you don't like the Fed, what you actually don't like is the capitalist system.

Wall Street Excess and Main Street Distress: the Apple Connection

 Apple’s march to market supremacy has been accomplished at tremendous cost to both American and Chinese workers

Feminist Flash Mob Protesting Larry Flynt & Sexual Exploitation Industry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3k5PAj8_mY

Larry Flynt was in Austin, TX on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 speaking at Book People as part of his tour to promote his newest publication, One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History.

Sexual Violence Free Austin joined allies and advocates who stand in opposition to rape culture and the commoditization of women's bodies, the sexualization of young girls. R.A.G.E. - Radical Action for Gender Equality was also an organizer for peacefully protesting this event.

Larry Flynt has made a 400-million-dollar fortune from his pornographic empire, including cartoons such as "Chester the Molester", which follows the life of a pedophile, and his infamous publication, Barely Legal, that features very young women portraying even younger girls in a pornographic manner. Want to learn more about his most famous magazine, Hustler?

Sponsored by Sexual Violence-Free Austin and Radical Action for Gender Equality

Check out this:
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
http://www.hustlingtheleft.com/

http://www.hustlingtheleft.com/CRAPP_E_LIB/russell.html

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=2678

Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala
A ZGraphix video production.
http://zgraphix.org

P. Sainath on Mass Media vs. Mass Reality

Video link here: http://blip.tv/file/5060225

 

Award-winning journalist P. Sainath - http://www.indiatogether.org/opinions/psainath/ - speaks on the failure of mass media to report and analyze the widening economic inequality in India and around the world. For the past decade, Sainath has been reporting on the epidemic of farmers committing suicide in India as a result of the collapse of the rural economy. Sainath's hard-hitting reporting for The Hindu newspaper forced other journalists to cover the story and government officials to act. A decade earlier, in the 1990s his dispatches from the countryside in the Times of India sparked a renewed interest in poverty in India. Those stories were published in his best-selling 1996 book, Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India's Poorest Districts. In a 29-year career as a journalist, Sainath has won over 35 global and national awards and been called "the conscience of the Indian nation" by other journalists. In 2007, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award -- Asia's most prestigious prize, often referred to as the "Asian Nobel" -- for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts for his "passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India's national consciousness."

The event is sponsored by the University of Texas School of Journalism, the South Asia Institute, AID-Austin, and the Society of Professional Journalists-UT.

Location: University of Texas, Austin

Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala.
A ZGraphix/Austin Indymedia Production.
http://austin.indymedia.org
http://zgraphix.org

James Galbraith on "The Great Crisis in the US and the World: Debt, Inequality, Fraud and Oil"

 
Economist James Galbraith discusses the roots and consequences of the financial crash and the ongoing economic crisis. A professor in the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs, Galbraith is the author of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too and Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay. In addition to his teaching and research, Galbraith has served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee. He writes for numerous magazines including Mother Jones, The Texas Observer, The American Prospect, and The Nation.
 
Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala.
A ZGraphix/Austin Indymedia Production.
http://zgraphix.org
http://austin.indymedia.org

Audio by Allan Campbell - 91.7 FM KOOP Radio
http://koop.org

Photos by Vanissa W. Chan - 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vanissa-W-Chan-Photographer-Illustrator/46564629287?ref=ts

Wisconsin: For a General Strike Now!

The Internationalist
March 2011

Defeat Governor’s Legislative Coup d’État
Wisconsin: For a General Strike Now!
Break with the Democrats, Republicans and All Capitalist Parties!
Build a Class-Struggle Workers Party!

A law challenging the very existence unions of government workers has just been rammed through the legislature in Wisconsin. In addition, wages have been slashed by up to 10 percent to make up for cuts to health insurance and pensions. The labor movement and workers nationwide and internationally are vividly aware of the stakes. There has been a lot of talk in the last three weeks about a general strike. The Wisconsin South Central Labor Federation even voted to authorize one. But now that the moment of truth has arrived, the union bureaucrats have gotten cold feet. They are doing everything to prevent strike action and instead to divert anger at this vicious law into a drive to recall Republican senators. To be replaced by whom? The Democrats’ “alternative” budget bill would also have drastically slashed wages and benefits.

We have said from the outset that “It will take nothing less than a statewide general strike to defeat labor hater Walker.” But we warned , “union leaders block militant action as they chain workers to the Democrats” (The Internationalist leaflet, 18 February). There should be no delay: this is the hour for powerful labor action. For a general strike to shut down Wisconsin now!

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