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Anarchist Book Fair - Judson Memorial Church - April 16, 2016

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Despite a gloriously sunny day outside, the dim secnd floor of Judson Memorial Church was crowded with anarchy-minded book lovers browsing the tables. 

Anarchism needs  PR too, and I was invited to shoot the event.

Mark your calendar for April 2017 for the next annual Anarchist Book Fair. For more information http://anarchistbookfair.net/

For a great anarchist read, get ~An Epiphany On Wall Street~ into your hot little hands. http://po.st/EpiphanyLanding.html

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Bernie Sanders Phone Bank Improvised @ Zuccotti Park, NYC March 12, 2016

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"The problem is not the lack of a collective desire for a positive future but the lack of a collective vehicle for positive actions" Randy Powell 

Around the world there are hundreds of thousands of groups and organisations who have social justice at the core of their objectives, from large international organisations to small local community groups. Imagine if the millions of members of these organisations, recognizing their shared objectives, begin to connect and work together on a local level to take real, meaningful action starting in their own communities.

By joining this website you will discover neighbors throughout your community who share your desire to take positive action and create a better future.

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Hitler’s world may not be so far away
"Misunderstanding the Holocaust has made us too certain we are ethically superior to the Europeans of the 1940s. Faced with a new catastrophe – such as devastating climate change – could we become mass killers again?"

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"As Hitler himself knew, there was a political alternative to ecological panic and state destruction: the pursuit of agricultural technology at home rather than Lebensraum abroad. The scientific approach to dwindling resources, which Hitler insisted was a Jewish lie, in fact held much more promise for Germans (and for everyone else) than an endless race war. Scientists, many of them Germans, were already preparing the way for the improvements in agriculture known as the “green revolution”. Had Hitler not begun a world war that led to his suicide, he would have lived to see the day when Europe’s problem was not food shortage but surpluses. Science provided food so quickly and bountifully that Hitlerian ideas of struggle lost a good deal of their resonance – which has helped us to forget what the second world war was actually about. In 1989, 100 years after Hitler’s birth, world food prices were about half of what they had been in 1939 – despite a huge increase in world population and thus demand.

The compression of politics and science into Lebensraum empowered a Führer to define the good of the race, mutate German institutions and oversee the destruction of neighbouring states."
 
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/16/hitlers-world-may-not-be-so-far-away 

The above article is a must read, not just for understanding world history, but for the clear light it throws on science denial and politics today.

Below are my notes on the article as published in the comments section. (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/16/hitlers-world-may-not-be-so-far-away#comment-59634185)

There is nothing hyperbolic about this comparison of Nazi science denial and climate science denial, and their tinderbox proximity to each other in crisis and state upheaval. If anything, this superb treatment is too academic and not polemic or evangelical enough.

The only bone I'd pick is with the use of the word 'technology.' This is not the same as science. Technology is science through the lens of the culture or institution implementing it, and as such, can be wrought for good or evil, or neglected altogether. This latter would seem to be the preferred course of the laissez-faire 'free marketeers' so well described in this treatment.

For an ecological case in point, they could have replaced the hundreds of billions of plastic bottles used each year with hemp-based biodegradable full size bottles years ago, and haven't. [For just one site sample, see http://hempwaterbottles.tripod.com/home.html] It is not the technology, it is the absence of anything or anyone coercing industry to act. Neither investment on the supply side or awareness on the demand side are doing what those who worship 'free markets' believe. Science, through the lens of capitalism, leaves technology orphaned at the door of an indifferent market, not to say a callous and brutal one.

Why should we tout yet another 'techno-fix' that will never be implemented? Why keep the illusion alive that free market capitalism, the cause of all our ecological woes, can preserve itself through technological innovation that will resolve the existential problems it creates? Note the absence of any remonstration against industrialism itself in this otherwise masterful discourse, god forbid that mindless consumption culture and the industry that supports it should have to change their behavior. And note again the careful avoidance of any issue of industry inertia not to do the right thing at all, to do nothing in fact, or to do too little, too late.

I wish I could post an image here showing the oceans already jammed with plastic bottles, plastic of every shape and kind—whole mini-continents of plastic floating offshore in the pacific. See, for just one example of such websites, http://www.plasticoceans.net/. While biodegrade 'hemp plastics' themselves are not perfect (yet), they are a giant step forward over fossil-fuel plastic, yet nothing is done. The state is absent, co-opted by private capital and the free market myth, and sustainable technology is warehoused for extant profit streams.

Who among you has not been hearing about one ingenious techno-fix or another, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, while NOTHING in the mass marketplace changes ecologically? Ever wonder why? The whole point of articles like this should be to shake you awake from a pacified 'techno-hope' dream to the catastrophic social, political and ecological realities awaiting your children and theirs. Is there some 'fascist conspiracy' that is keeping eco-tech off the market shelves? That filters out truly sustainable science by reducing it to politics? Well, there is, hiding in plain sight.

It is the utterly self-absorbed, profit-god worship inherent to 'free-market' capitalism on the one hand, wedded to the modern state, its subsidiary in corporatism, a/k/a the Nazis state, on the other. Both freedom and justice are the short-term losers, the planet and humanity itself to follow in due course.

"Those who would pit liberty against equality understand neither to human scale. And scale is a matter I understand uniquely well." Sa from Nine Inch Bride, book one: An Epiphany On Wall Street. 
The long read: Misunderstanding the Holocaust has made us too certain we are ethically superior to the Europeans of the 1940s. Faced with a new catastrophe – such as devastating climate change – could we become mass killers again?
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Bernie Sanders Rally in Washington Square Park - April 13, 2016

There are many technically better recordings of this historic event here on youTube, this is simply our best hand-held effort. Filmed from the overflow crowd at the rear of the rally outside the park itself, there is little more than the Washington Square Arch to be seen, apart from the crowds in attendance of course. Some daylight still photos have been faded in and out over the video proper to alleviate some of the monotony of the shaky, nighttime shoot. 

The audio is excellent, thanks to the speaker system provided, however the sections presented here are by no means the entirety of the speeches made, whether by the introductory speakers or Bernie himself. 

Some 30,000 attended (official counts do not include those in the overflow outside the park proper), and the enthusiasm was electric, even after many hours of waiting in chilly weather. 

No matter that we had all heard the talking points before, hearing the man's voice live was a thrill, as was simply being there in solidarity with so huge a crowd at once respectful and loudly supportive.

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Braving freezing wind chills at least 5,000 Bernie Sanders supporters gathered to rally at Union Square and march down to Zuccotti Park near Wall Street. Chanting against 'corporate democrats' and 'the oligarchy,' marchers made their 'Bern' clear to all gathered along the Broadway sidewalks.

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Edible water bottle to cause a splash at EU sustainability awards
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/10/edible-water-bottle-to-cause-a-splash-at-eu-sustainability-awards

They could have replaced the hundreds of billions of plastic bottles used each year with hemp-based biodegradable full size bottles years ago [for just one example,  see http://hempwaterbottles.tripod.com/home.html], and haven't. It is not the technology, it is the absence of anything or anyone coercing industry to act. Neither investment on the supply side or awareness on the demand side are doing what those who worship 'free markets' believe. 

Why should these silly, apparently impractical, water balls be any different? Just one more 'techno-fix' to keep the illusion alive that free market capitalism, the cause of all our ecological woes, can preserve itself through technological innovation that resolves the problems it creates. Note the careful emphasis that mindless consumers will not have to change their behaviors, god forbid, and careful avoidance of any issue of industry inertia not to do the right thing, or to do too little, too late. 

I wish I could post an image here showing the oceans already jammed with plastic bottles, plastic of every shape and kind—whole mini-continents of plastic floating offshore in the pacific. See, for just one example of such websites, http://www.plasticoceans.net/. While biodegrade 'hemp plastics' themselves are not perfect (yet), they are a giant step forward over fossil-fuel plastic, yet nothing happens. 

Who among you has not been hearing about one ingenious techno-fix or another, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, while NOTHING in the mass marketplace changes ecologically? Ever wonder why? It seems the whole point of articles like this is to keep you pacified with 'techno-hope' against the ecological catastrophes awaiting your children and theirs. Is there some 'conspiracy' to keep eco-innovation off the market shelves? Well, there is, hiding in plain sight.

"There is only one conspiracy at the root of our ills, that is capitalism. And it trumpets bare-faced in the noon of day." Sa from An Epiphany On Wall Streethttp://po.st/Epiphany
Biodegradeable water packaging made from seaweed and new way of dyeing clothes have won joint award for new sustainable products
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POST-PAUL MASON'S POST-CAPITALISM: DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
Posted by _anonym on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 in Author Posts

It is inevitable there will be both reactionary pro-capitalist critiques of Paul Mason's theory of PostCapitalism, along with anti-capitalist views frothing in his support. There are too many beneficiaries of the system in the first case, and too few articulate anti-capitalists around, after all, in the second. 

To me his theories are devoid of specifics for mid-wiving an otherwise laudable post-capitalist vision, and therefore, more resembles dreaming, not to say fantasy, than prescription. I have real concern over his giddy optimism, and facing the daily capitalist grind of body and soul, I am tempted to say distracting optimism, bordering on 'laissez-faire' delusion—the revolution is already in progress, ye workers of the world, he seems to be saying, techno-determinism has replaced.dialectical materialism, just sit back and enjoy the ride. I'm afraid throwing in a few 'we must do this' and 'the state must do that' hardly mitigates this giddy obfuscation of class war and the more sanguine approaches to overthrowing capitalism. Hoping nicely, what dear Mason seems to be doing, albeit emphatically, doesn't bring about change any more successfully than anything else that has previously failed.

Ask the capitalist machine if they are ready to give up property, monopoly, and extractive profit for a network of peers and a 'project zero' transformation. Ask the governments they own, their wholly or partially owned subsidiaries pretending to act for 'the people,' whether they will not shoot you dead in the street rather than allow the dissolution of capitalism, bloodless or otherwise. As for his 'new man' notion, this seems to me the self-serving 'be the change you want to see in the world,' (something Gandhi never said, by the way), which egotistically and vainly supposes that personal lifestyle choices somehow mysteriously aggregate into social determinism, a fantasy to be sure.

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Understand the times in which we live through a daring fictional lens as relevant and powerful as the best non-fiction and journalism of today—Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges come to mind—then add in a bonfire of good imaginative fun.

Nine Inch Bride is a remarkably original and literate series of political novels, at once visionary and provocative in a way that will leave you with the wise and determined smile of the Guy Fawkes mask.

The literary antidote to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged? If you accept Rand's homage to capitalism and the ethos of live-and-let-die, you may find yourself converted by the end of the Nine Inch Bride series. The first book, An Epiphany On Wall Street, where revolutionary first meets 'The Street,' derails the modern Randist in a well-paced and intriguing 277 pages.

Working at many levels to recast today's big political questions in a fresh lens, the story grows from a psychological study, deeply revealing of our times and equally disturbing behind its gossamer veil of normal life, into a kind of meta-democratic polemic in a riotous dialog led by the perspectives of the unique and eloquent Sa.

Uncorrupted by financial dependencies or fear of legal retribution, the heroine Sahar, or Sa for short, confronts banking elites that are destroying America, co-opting daily lives, and scamming the people's democracy as they mold the world in their very image. She is one of a kind, a balletic young Arundhati Roy wrapped in American tights. If nothing else, her story in this series will inform, enchant and enthrall you with a renewed sense of the achievable.

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