by Abby Zimet
A powerful, furious, concise look at the history of the American empire, then and now. From Class War Films.
I don't watch Fox News. Obama has cut the Social Security payroll tax collection by 32%. That is simple fact. How is that not contributing to the gutting of Social Security? Obama has greatly increased drone attacks in Pakistan, exactly as he said he would during the 2008 campaign. Attacks on wedding parties and funerals are documented fact. How is that not murder?
Don't be a drone Oily Bomber is just another tool of empire, the banks, corporations, MIC, etc:
1. The escalated wars even compared to overt war criminal Bush?
2. The continuation of the abrogation of Habeas Corpus just like Bush?
3. The continuation of military tribunals just like Bush:
4. The continuation of rendition to countries that torture just like Bush:
5. The continuation of a prison camp that tortures in gross violation of the Geneva conventions just like Bush:
6. Continuation of of Bush's TARP program to transfer money from the poor and middle class to unaccountable banksters rather than helping the mainly African American victims of sub prime loans?
7. The appointment of industry insiders in the industry that supported Obama in the Campaign shades of Cheney and Halliburton:
8. Obama's support for "clean coal," nuclear power and the first offshore oil drilling in 20 years which was only halted with a moratorium after the disastrous Gulf oil spill, update deepwater drilling resumed:
9. Obama's crushing of government whistleblowers of U.S. War crimes and other government malfesance like wikileaks:
10. Assassination orders against American Citizens overseas:
11. Support for expanding Bush's Unconsitutional surveillance of American citizens:
12. Health insurance reform that is a giveway of a trillion taxpayer dollars to the big insurance companies that broke the system in the first place with no price caps:
13. FBI raids on antiwar activists:
14. Vastly expanded TSA mandate that violates the 4th amendment.
15. Cave on fighting for progressive tax cut
16. Make illegal indefinite detention of prisoners of wars peranent after lying about closing down Guantanamo:
17. Cave on net neutrality after promising to fight for it:
18. Broken promise to walk with strikers in "comfortable shoes:"
19. Unconstitutional war of aggression not cleared with Congress as required by Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, on the side of Al Queda affiliated "rebels"
20. Extra judicial assasination of Bin Laden rather than trial in a court of law:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2652/noam_chomsky_my_reaction_to_os/
21. Persecution of NSA whistleblower who exposed spying on Ameican citizens:http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/05/23/110523fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=1
22. Balance budget on the backs of elederly by cutting Medicare, Social Security, and a 6 times budget cut for every tax raise.
23. Rendition and torture in Somalia:
24. Obama is the one pushing hardest for cuts to Social Security and Medicare:
25. Unconstittional extra judical assasination of an American citzen in Yemen: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2044404/Ron-Paul-attacks-unconstitutional-Obama-Anwar-al-Awlaki-death.html
(List of 200 Obama betrayals)
(Really excellent article on the coninuity between Bush and Obama with a detailed look at Obama's pro economic elite and pro war staff and cabinet)
Giant list of conservative polices by Oily Bomber
Large collection of articles on Obama's ecnomic, civil liberties, and war crimes by the consistently excellent David DeGraw of Amped Status:
Well done sir!
Hey, constitutional, care to comment? Or are you too busy watching Fox News?
My comment did not include democrats, look at the response, You people sure take a lot for granted, although I think a lot of the response is bull shit, I do think the democrats are guilty too. It would be impossible for Obama to change alot of the damage done by GW and Cheney in three years, but he could have done more fighting for the working class. My problem is, who would he be fighting, the republicans, so it will take years and years to undo the damage done by wall street, big corperations and the eight years of republicans beliefs. So yes I do care to comment, and I still believe the republicans would rather see all of America fail than to allow Obama to appear successful in the least.
He didn't try for the poor, or environment or to stop the wars any more than Bush did as I documented above. The only difference is O-bots like you abandoned the anti war movement once Oily Bomber oversaw the "surges" and attacks on new countries like Libya, shame on you!
You documented? Laugh, laugh!
If you care to dispute the policies that Oily Bomber enacted that I documented with over 20 separate articles in in liberal to activist left new sources then please do so, otherwise your Obutulism is starry eyed policy fact free Dim party talking points, in other words appalling propaganda spin for actions you correctly despised when Bush did them.
Meanwhile hack at the ranch O-bots have destroyed the anti war movement back when Bush was President we would get thousands showing up in Ann Arbor to march against U.S. government war crimes, but once Oily Bomber took over the reign our local peace group Michigan Peace Works ceased to organize despite Oily Bomber surging in Afghanistan, attacking the new country of Libya, expanding the drone war in Pakistan, and only withdrawing from Iraq at the speed negotiated in BUSH's status of forces agreement with the puppet government of Iraq. Now Michigan Peaceworks is defunct because shock of shocks no one wanted to donate to moribund and partisanly hypocritical faux "activist" group that was really mainly providing cover for Democrats. Now if Oily Bomber attacks Iran, or Syria it's going to be much harder to organize without a go to peace group in Wastenaw county.
SHAME on you for your partisan hypocrisy O-bots, deep SHAME!
Complaining about the republicans, GW, and Cheney, so I didn't mention the democrats, you write line after line about Bush, but blaming Obama, rather boring. No he could not pull off a miracle, it may take generations to repair the damage from the Bush Administration. Maybe the republicans will be back in office, and the majority of the senate and house after this election, then you will be able to write another two dozen reasons why the democrats are bad because they didn't stop the republicans from fucking us.
You act like Bush was something unique yet the triumph of corporatism and endless war has been in place for decades under both parties. Hint which parties President started Vietnam and escalated it? Which parties President attacked Serbia and ended Welfare as we know it? Which parties Presidents Sec of State said on 60 minutes that the death of 500,000 Iraqi children was worth it?
So no your partisan bullshit cuts no ice with me. The only difference between the Bush and Oily Bomber administrations is O-bots like you join the neo-cons in spinning for war against Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, etc, instead of opposing them when R does the EXACT same thing, SHAME!
You are super proof that TRUTH will out!
Excellent film. In an ideal and just world this film would be seen where most Americans receive their information and that would be in that medium called television. But it is extremely doubtful if the corporate media would allow Americans to be exposed to a point of view which dares to be critical of the capitalist system.
War is the Health of the State-Randolph Bourne
Always keep in mind that maxim from the 1960s which those in power are most fearful of and that is to always Question Authority.
Tears of Gaia - Movement in the Dead of Night (lyrics on screen)
“Free every life from its fucking cage”
Right now, anger is more important than love. Feel the rage of the holocaust and dying planet! Let it burn in your heart and soul and galvanize you to take radical action against the forces of capitalism, hierarchy, speciesism, militarism, and nihilism. "Civilization" is waging total war that will not stop unless we match their force with a greater counter-force!
There is no honor in devaluing, demeaning ANY life that isn't human.
What goes around, comes around.
The taking of ANY life for pleasure, profit, convenience, is NOT a respectable act.
We should stop mocking 3.9 billion years of the evolution of sentient life on Earth in order to inflate the value of human life.
What goes around, comes around
Challenging the conceit of human supremacy is no dishonor.
The mythology is based in your basic Christian mythology. Evangelism brought to the dark barbarians. And they are saving their souls to boot! It breeds the kitchiest insipidness ever known. Now we have magnetic ribbons on the cars. It is all Hallmarkianism. I never knew whatever the heck that nationalistic feeling was supposed to be.
I was thinking about Thomas Paine through this video and I was glad when he was quoted.
No one knows what became of Thomas Paine's body. He was much more loved by his followers in England who saw him as a Great philosopher and, after he died and was buried in New York State, his body was taken to England. There, he was so hated by the worshippers of religious monarchy, that his body disappeared.
His grave would have been a sacred site to the lovers of intellectual integrity and THAT was too much for the majority of people both here and in England.
He is known here as a pre-revolutionary patriot, but his great mind continued to challenge the various means of oppression after the war and so, he was too genuine for the new nation also. He was greatly hated by people in the US after the war because he continued to challenge the status quo.
His overall body of thoughts is not celebrated in this nation because it goes beyond what the leaders here see as acceptable.
There is no man who deserves more gratitude from this nation, but he is deliberately kept in a smaller frame.
Amen to that! TP was the best of the bunch, IMO - a true "patriot" of the human race. His atheistic sentiments are either what turned off many or were used to turn others off to his truly "revolutionary" ideas. Anyone who hasn't read his stuff should - it'll blow your socks off ... Preceded the standard "socialist" tracts by decades ...
thomaspaine.org or http://tpnha.keybrick.net/ has most of Paine's works for free. You just need to register.
Thanx a lot for that!
I quite agree, of the lot Thomas Paine was one of the few that was sincere.
Well said. John Nichols does an excellent job of informing the reader of who the under appreciated Paine was and what he stood for in his most well written book entitled:
"The 'S' Word: A Short History Of An American Tradition... SOCIALISM"
Makes me wonder if the proponents of reviving the concept of "socialism" as a respectable alternative might do a heck of a lot better in the good ole US of A to quote Paine instead of Marx :) ....
Tom Paine's body was tossed overboard in the Thames. As I understand the story,he wanted to be buried back home and the king didn't want his grave to be a monument to freedom.
Ya mean like Osama bin Laden?
"[Thomas Paine's] overall body of thoughts is not celebrated in this nation"
Not quite true. In his last pamphlet, Agrarian Justice, Paine advocated what amounted to a social security system paid for by an estate/inheritance tax on the wealthy, and the Social Security Administration acknowledges Paine for creating its foundation.
Paine's ideas on land as a common trust and legitimate property being limited to what we create with our own labor was later articulated by Henry George in his 1879 book Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth: The Remedy. That book was the second most read in America after the Bible.
When Henry George ran for mayor of New York City as the candidate of the United Labor Party, he came in second and got more votes than Theodore Roosevelt.
I'm a huge fan of Paine. I teach political science and make a point of assigning parts of Common Sense, Rights of Man, Agrarian Justice, and Age of Reason whenever I can. He was very right about very much.
There's a book about what ultimately became of Paine's body, called "The Trouble with Tom." http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Tom-Strange-Afterlife-Thomas/dp/1582345023/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330298867&sr=1-1
Funny how people's names not uncommonly reflect their destinies. Paine was surely a paine in the neck of the elites.
Thank you so much for posting this. You inspired me to make a donation to CommonDreams. Thank you.
'Twas a powerful film indeed ....
I have seen/heard over and over that the words of our founders were lies - but my question is were the ideas behind them lies? "All men are created equal ..." Is that a lie? I do not deny the fact that too often, far too often, those ideas were betrayed by many who used them - used them as a mask for greed and power grabs with all the atrocities those motivations entailed. But were the words themselves a lie?
Should we be sorry they were written - because they have been so ill used, should we bury them with the myths that have surrounded them? Should we insist that because they have been so consistently, persistently misused in the past that they have been irrevocably tainted to the point where they are irredeemable and should be relegated to the trash heap that is too much of our history? ...
Or should we perhaps pick them up - wash them off, hammer out the dents and take them up as our own - consider them not only as false descriptors of our past, but more importantly as laudable aspirations for our future ...
Those words, those phrases, those ideas, IMO, deserve considerably better treatment than they have gotten - they are powerful reminders of what some, at least, of those who wrote them thought we should be even if they/we failed in their realization, and some, such as MLK, have, indeed, used them as such reminders.
By the same token, we do, indeed, need to have our sins ever before us - but not as "reminders of the inevitable", only as reminders that we must continually critique ourselves lest we repeat them.
I am glad those words and ideas were voiced, written down and spread as ideals - that was a great service done for us by those faulty founders. It is our time to do a better job in seeing them bear fruit ...
Well said. Those words were not "lies", but highly-esteemed values that even those who propounded them knew could never be fully lived up to.
This video, as important is its message, falls victim (as do so many commentors here) of the black & white, good vs evil thinking that has dragged us down so often (and is the stock in trade of the far right and all fundamentalisms - both religious and secular).
There is much good in American history, overlaid and intertwined with much evil. Our job is to extirpate the bad and salvage the salutary so that we have some building blocks to use as we re-create our world.
The words written by the founding fathers may not have been lies, but we are talking about a myth here, the myth of America the Beautiful and Right, the myth of Manifest Destiny. If you go back into any country's history you will find both good and evil, right and wrong. We will never find the building blocks we need if we look upon American history through the veil of the American Myth.
"We will never find the building blocks we need if we look upon American history through the veil of the American Myth."
But neither will we find those building blocks if we look upon American history through the veil of the counter-myth. A counter myth of America All Wrong to the America Always Beautiful myth serves only to perpetuate our blindness.
I couldn't disagree more only by reading Howard Zinn's A Peoples History of the U.S. AND Libertarian Tom Wood's Nullification for example, can you find out what really happened that is left out of standard texts that act as nothing but boosterim for state and capitalist power.
Is it a lie that all men are created equal? That they are endowed with certain inalienable rights?
The "reality" that they don't match is the reality that our particular socioeconomic systems have produced - they have failed to facilitate or instantiate the implications of those "truths" -
Words and ideas have a way of getting away from their "creators" - does it really matter what the founders meant by "men", or by "equal", for that matter? Others have taken those words and those ideas and run with them - without even having to change the words .... Don't confuse the ideas with those who wrote them down ..
The power of those ideas is not diminished by any one group's failure to deliver on them...
Well, we sort of kind of know what they meant by "men". They surely did not mean "women" who were at the time mostly thought of as chattel although they had more rights than the slaves owned by the founding fathers who were, I'm sure, through careful genetic analysis, determined to be both chattel, and according to the greatest document ever written, three fifths of a human being. Of the rich, for the rich, by the rich, genocide and slavery, the CONSERVATIVE ETHIC, an ethic that Paul, Santorum, Romney and Gingrich would surely like to reinstate, as would the "black man" in the Whitehouse as evidenced by his murder of brown babies on the other side of the world.
I remember being taught decades ago that according to the Interpretation Act 1889:
"man embraces woman"
In other words, one does not need to constantly put “he or she” in legal documents, it is enough to put he (or him etc).
In more recent decades this has often attracted criticism from feminists as betraying a bad attitude towards women, but I was surprised to find on checking today in the Lincoln’s Inn library that these words are not in the Interpretation Act 1889. Instead it has in section 1(1)(a) the more pedestrian
"words importing the masculine gender shall include females"
If you trace back, the first Interpretation Act was the extremely short 1850 Act (13 and 14 Victoriae, Cap. XXI), section IV:
… in all Acts Words importing the Masculine Gender shall be deemed and taken to include Females … unless the contrary … is expressly provided;
The 1889 Act remained in force until it was replaced by the Interpretation Act 1978 which had in section 6 the more symmetrical:
(a) words importing the masculine gender include the feminine;
(b) words importing the feminine gender include the masculine;
One really should understand the language when studying history. We didn't have to include he/she/it over and over in every document. It was understood to be inclusive unless specifically separated. I.e., "Mankind" means the human race. At least it did until the women's lib movement took exception to it and seem to have changed the language.
You mightn't recall (since it wasn't as figural for you) but during the Second Wave, in the '70s, we demanded that the claimed impartiality be tested by using feminine pronouns in all cases. The test ran to completion almost instantly: men discovered that it really does matter which pronouns are used.
I also have gone back to Thoreau for inspiration lately.
Read "Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine" on Transition Times:
Every school teacher should show this film. A lot of kids would get it from watching this movie because it does a great job of blending the narrative with the visuals.
This film is a stirring piece of propaganda that is sincere and well-intended. It is superb technically, in terms of visual and auditory content, and is beautifully edited. A lot of professional skill has gone into the making of this 24 minute spectacle.
I am not, however, content with the historical interpretations in the first 25% or six minutes of the film. We in the 21st century are not more intelligent than our predecessors, we merely live in a different time zone. The rise of capitalism was a subject to which our forebears directed historical attention. We ignore their theses and conclusions at our peril. We examine the past through the lens of the present and presume our perspective must be better. That is arrogance, and it is arrogance that characterizes a considerable portion of this film. Not all of it. Some of it.
I have mentioned on CD that, in 1962, adults determined to give me a good grounding in the liberal arts and humanities obliged me to read the famous thesis put forward in 1905 by Max Weber: Die Protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus. This concept was not unique to Weber, who articulated the views of contemporaries. In 1926 an superb work was released in England called =Religion and the Rise of Capitalism= by Catholic academic R. H. Tawney (1880-1962).
My thesis, expressed here often, is that capitalism 1) has roots that are encoded genetically and express a reptilian psychopathy, and 2) physiologically expressed in production of the pleasure endorphins that make Gambling and Sex addictive.
I, too, want to see capitalism depart the human economic repertoire - but this will require as much understanding as possible of its nature and rise. I keep repeating it is not entirely based upon STUFF and STUFF and more STUFF. That is a childish precept of these insatiably-greedy times.
>>My thesis, expressed here often, is that capitalism 1) has roots that are encoded genetically and express a reptilian psychopathy, and 2) physiologically expressed in production of the pleasure endorphins that make Gambling and Sex addictive. <<
Or, more simply and concisely, 1)Greed, and 2)Lust are genetically encoded. However, genetic encoding does not make it okay. Our knowledge of this makes it imperative that we fight against these, and force nurture to overcome nature.
It would be more accurate to say that there's no encoding to prevent those traits...and even if there were, mutations happen all the time.
See, for example, http://www.homeworking.ws/children/juliannaatbirth.jpg. Julianna has probably the worst case of Treacher Collins Syndrome still consistent with life: she was born missing 30-40% of the bones in her face. The syndrome was evidently a spontaneous mutation.
You're quite right about the propagandistic nature of this excellent film. But you're equally wrong "that capitalism has roots that are encoded genetically".
If that were true, we would have invented competitive cut-throat capitalism millions of years ago. But for 2.4 million years (at least) we hominids evolved (like all other creatures) as predominantly cooperative entities with no notion of private property and a culture of sharing (which still exists in indigenous societies). Private property, personal wealth, political hierarchies, and consequent slavery/serfdom and poverty began after we shifted to sedentary agriculture quite late in our evolution. Both state socialism and industrial capitalism were much later developments of this shift.
Humanity had, in fact, long ago achieved a mature ecological status in the web of life. But, like all species and ecosystems under stress, devolved into a less egalitarian, more competitive and hierarchical, more growth-oriented and more wasteful state. The unusual element of this devolution was that it was induced by our own choice to sever ourselves from the natural gift economy and create an extractive, exploitative economy that creates wealth (excess production). This began with the plowing of the ground and reached its pinnacle on Wall Street.
Unless we achieve a deeper understanding of the roots of our malaise, we will do only what we have always done before: recreate the same problems under a different ideological cloak. A revolution merely overturns the existing order. The hard part is to build a truly new one, and that requires first knowing and then relinquishing or transforming the paradigmatic values and perceptions that brought us to this dysfunctional place.
"On the American Myth: Let Your Life Be A Friction To Stop the Machine"
A great lecture. Well written, reasearched and presented. The background collage of photos, posters, caricatures and images is exceptionally well collected and edited.
My hat off to the creators of this short history (22 min.s) of capitalism in the USA, and in the world.
This video proves how great the USA is, in this case at self-criticism, and could only be made in the USA...
NOT! - But that's how the myth works, sucking up any criticism to soon present the criticism as supporting the myth it criticizes!
Case in point: the civil rights movement of the 1960'ies. Remember that? - People wanting to overthrow the "Establishment"? - Now its results are presented as demonstrating how great USA is: there's a "black" man for president (never mind his policies, or that he's half white...), and a woman is foreign secretary (never mind her policies, or that she acts like a man - and talks like a man hyped on testosteron and adrenaline...), and "Martin Luther King"-day (3rd Monday of Jan) is a celebrated holiday like 4th of July. (And btw, 4th of July - another revolution - is celebrated like Christmas, which also was a revolution, far back...)
The US Capitalist Myth recuperates anything that moves against it in the blink of an eye.
The solution? - It's to stay true to our Source: the deepest feeling accessible of who each of us are, not allowing comfort and distractions to stop any one from seeking ever deeper into who we are, the Mystery we come from, and how fine life can be for humans as a collective harmonized with our origin Nature (both inside and outside). It takes work and the delicious pain of stretching continously for being alive. - And it probably takes a revolution world-wide.
To maintain the equality a revolution wins, takes what Mao (oops, not a popular reference these days, no matter how right he might've been on points) called a "continous revolution". - That must be a strife against excessive tendencies of the human emotions and mind, including as reflected in external conditions: the structures that are erected and evolves to run society. Today, these structures are in principle indistinguishable from those that caused the French revolution of 1789: an insatiable and self-dumbed aristocracy and a suffering mass of people - the 1 % against the 99 % .
A great difference now is that we, the human population on earth, has reached - and passed - the limit of sustainability of this planet's Biosphere. That means the forces of the Biosphere - our Source - are now supporting a "perpetual revolution". That's a mighty ally to have.
Aligned with wisely, a revolution based on the support of the Biosphere is unbeatable - and unavoidable.
"Case in point: the civil rights movement of the 1960'ies. Remember that? - People wanting to overthrow the "Establishment"?"
Perhaps you weren't around then, but the civil rights movement was anything BUT an attempt to "overthrow the Establishment". It was a movement to allow blacks INTO the establishment and into the American Dream.
Much of the rest of your comment similarly reflects a shallow and New Agey conception of the world. Your last point is far too naive and optimistic:
"Aligned with wisely, a revolution based on the support of the Biosphere is unbeatable - and unavoidable."
In fact, there is no certainty - and much evidence to the contrary - that humanity will survive its own folly. Gaia will self-correct, but that may well be without us.
Tnx for yr comment.
Perhaps the term 'counterculture' rather than a wide sense of 'civil rights' movement should've been used. The point remains - it was revolutionary.
Heterosexism can be cured. That's how to be the friction.
One heterosexist group burning another heterosexist group's flags and pointing fingers at all the bad people who make money, (except of course looking in the mirror,) will never solve anything.
The population increases at three additional people per second. The planet is finite.
You can have bad graphics and corball actors with gravitus voices all you want, but the fact is there no one has yet to define the line between need and luxury.
So keep having those kids and ignore the obvious and make more videos, wring your hands, and claim ignorance.
Heterosexism can be cured.
"Heterosexism can be cured."
Great video and well worth the time to watch. Will most likely watch again, and forward to some.
Really? Has it occurred to anybody that we already have a 'Party of No'? If you want to stop the machine, trust me, it's been stopped, and not by you. Real healthcare reform, real WallStreet reform, real democracy reform, REAL economic reform? Dead. These were all killed by people who don't frequent the pages of commondreams.org. So, now you want to 'stop the machine' until you get what you want? Have you noticed that, on the other side of this debate, they are stopping the machine until priests don't have to pay for their women employees contraceptives? 'Stopping the machine' is the PROBLEM. EVERYBODY IS DOING IT. Who knew that stopping the machine was the easy part?
How about: 'start the machine' instead? The machine I have in mind is a new currency, not a replacement to our present currency, but a new currency that represents our value system. This is the age of the internet, available at your fingers (thanks to that machine we are all supposed to be stopping). For every product and service out there, evaluate a cost that includes our values: the value of proper labor costing, the value of compassion, the value of clean air, and a stable climactic future. Make sure the technologies and laws are included so that our 'cost' is readily available for all people shopping in our capitalist economy to access the true compassionate COST of the product/service they are thinking about buying.
Then, insist that ALL politicans provide the value of their earnings, their holdings, and their consumption, in ALL currencies thus defined. That way compassionate Americans can check, first-hand, what value their politicians place on the true value of their actions. If Mitt Romney's job at Bain capital was to send American jobs overseas, trust me, in a true compassionate currency, he won't show that he's earned much.
Whats to stop the loudspeaker-married Christian Conservatives from creating a currency of their own? Nothing. We're the majority of the nation for the very good reason: our values are worth more, pure and simple. To the compassionate majority, solar energy was ALWAYS worth more than fossil-fueled energy. Once we express that compassion in 'our' price, compassionate people can buy products secure in the knowledge that they are acting on behalf not just of their immediate greed-driven future, but of the long-term health of their communities, their countries, and their planet. And, beyond that price, in a time-honored market-based capitalist fashion: may the best product/service win. In area's dominated by rightwing conservative thought, that means wholesale miss-investment in their future. Which, in case nobody has noticed, is something they've been doing anyway for decades. The advantage of defining alternative currencies for the discerning consumer is that rightwing communities can head into trailorpark-ville that much faster. And for anybody who thinks this constitutes 'manipulating the currency': wake up. What do you think the Fed is doing? At least manipulate the pricing of things to match your values, compassionate America.
The rest of us seem to understand what is meant, in this context, by "the machine", and "let your life be a friction" is a call to sabotage the current political/economic paradigm, since the word "sabotage" comes from throwing workers' sabot (wooden shoes or clogs) into the industrial machinery to create friction or to "clog" up the works. What you describe as stopping the machine is merely the use of the existing machine to slow, weaken or stop the reforms which do nothing but perpetuate the machine.
Blaming only the right or conservatives, is seeing the problem with one eye shut, as the machine is a bipartisan venture.
What you propose IS merely tinkering with the currency to make it somewhat more honest, but does nothing to eliminate a market-based economy in which, after all possible stuff has been commodified into "goods", all human and social relationships are now being monetized as "services". The problem is not the currency, but the mindset which makes us believe that we are little more than consumers (your word).
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