“Let’s talk about socialism. I think it’s very important to bring back the idea of socialism into the national discussion to where it was at the turn of the [last] century before the Soviet Union gave it a bad name. Socialism had a good name in this country. Socialism had Eugene Debs. It had Clarence Darrow. It had Mother Jones. It had Emma Goldman. It had several million people reading socialist newspapers around the country. Socialism basically said, hey, let’s have a kinder, gentler society. Let’s share things. Let’s have an economic system that produces things not because they’re profitable for some corporation, but produces things that people need. People should not be retreating from the word socialism because you have to go beyond capitalism.”—Howard Zinn (via mammalsmusicmusings)
“Get back into your cages, they are telling us. Return to watching the lies, absurdities, trivia and celebrity gossip we feed you in 24-hour cycles on television. Invest your emotional energy in the vast system of popular entertainment. Run up your credit card debt. Pay your loans. Be thankful for the scraps we toss. Chant back to us our phrases about democracy, greatness and freedom. Vote in our rigged political theater. Send your young men and women to fight and die in useless, unwinnable wars that provide corporations with huge profits. Stand by mutely as our bipartisan congressional super committee, either through consensus or cynical dysfunction, plunges you into a society without basic social services including unemployment benefits. Pay for the crimes of Wall Street.”—Chris Hedges (via azspot)
Atlas Productions LLC announced today its plan to replace more than 100,000 title sheets appearing on the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 DVD and Blu-ray versions sold through major retail outlets. These retail versions were packaged with an inaccurate synopsis of Atlas Shrugged. Not affected were the “Special Edition” versions sold online at AtlasShruggedMovie.com.
The 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, is known in philosophical and political circles for presenting a cogent argument advocating a society driven by rational self-interest. On the back of the film’s retail DVD and Blu-ray however, the movie’s synopsis contradictorily states “AYN RAND’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life…”
Harmon Kaslow, CEO of Atlas Productions and Producer of the film stated “As we all well know, the ideas brought to life in Atlas Shrugged are entirely antithetical to the idea of ‘self-sacrifice’ as a virtue. Atlas is quite literally a story about the dangers of self-sacrifice. The error was an unfortunate one and fans of Ayn Rand and Atlas have every right to be upset… and we have every intention of making it right.”
But the Occupy Los Angeles camp is literally across the street from the main LAPD station, and they’ve managed not to shoot tear gas, beanbags, or rubber bullets at anyone. They’ve also not maced, beaten, or arrested anyone to my knowledge. I pass by the encampment a couple times a week and it’s always peaceful.
Oakland & NYC could take some lessons here, I’m afraid.
Santorum wants abortion banned in all circumstances, even in cases of rape and incest; is opposed to all family planning programs; and believes that schools should be forbidden to teach students about contraception.
As senator, Santorum voted against funding pregnancy prevention programs for teens and voted for the “family cap” and the “illegitimacy cap,” which would have financially penalized low-income women for having children and penalized states for children born out of wedlock. And one of Santorum’s priorities as president, he has said, will be to defund Planned Parenthood, which he believes is motivated by racism and eugenics.
“I can’t imagine any other organization with its roots as poisonous as the roots of Planned Parenthood getting federal funding of any kind,” he told reporters in April. Source
So he opposes family planning programs and sex education and THEN wants to penalize poor
WOMEN (what about the MEN?!) for having children! Where is the logic in that?! Why would any woman even think about voting for this byproduct of anal sex?
Logic is not usually considered one of the Right’s strong points. Rick Santorum wishes to legislate from Leviticus, which hasn’t been applicable since, well forever. The guy is that worst type of idiot: the one who doesn’t know he’s an idiot.
(NEWSER) – It’s already stamped on our coins, but a group of lawmakers would like see our national motto get even greater play. The House will vote on a bill today that would strengthen the phrase “In God We Trust” and push schools and other government and public buildings to display the motto. The measure states that the phrase has been an “integral” part of the country; approving it would show that “In God We Trust” is “not only written in the halls of our federal buildings, but it is a bedrock upon which our nation is built,” said bill sponsor Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) in March.
The measure has 64 co-sponsors, including a few Democrats, but Politico reports that not everyone is on board. In one committee report, five House Democrats complain that the legislation “creates unnecessary and excessive government entanglement with religion. … The passage of this resolution would, as Justice [Sandra Day] O’Connor warned, send a message to the American people that our government favors religion, and specifically one type of religion over another, in violation of the endorsement test.” It will need a two-thirds vote to pass.