Archive for August, 2009

3P-041 Undermining Empire with Vivek Chibber

Undermining Empire: Quotes from Chibber’s review “The Good Empire” on Niall Ferguson’s book Colossus, which suggests that America should take lessons in empire-building from the British. Examines puppet governments that start thinking they’re a real boy: Saddam Hussein, Israel, and the military coup in Honduras.  Reads a message from Tom Louden, who led an international delegation to Honduras, about the possibility that the children of activists are being tortured.  Examines Marxism’s centralization of power and its lack of resiliency to totalitarian coups.

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Songs and/or Music Videos

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3P-040 Sovereignty: The Right to do No Wrong

Sovereignty: Presents Wikipedia’s imperialist definition of sovereignty. Quotes David Cobb and David Korten on the current disaster of corporate sovereignty. Questions whether the state and federal government can both be simultaneously sovereign. Defines the key to sovereignty as the right to do no wrong. Discusses a plan for a confederacy of counties and an incremental Jubilee through gradual relocalization of taxes. Prioritizes use of reclaimed taxes to fund the right to do no harm and to restore foreign communities that we’ve deprived of their sovereignty.  Also talks about roosters that find their crow and the need for an Urban Slaughter Support Group. 

Poems:

  • Yuan Mei, “Writing What I’ve Seen” 
  • Thomas Centolella, “Veiw #45”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Bobby Torres Ensemble, “On Burnside”
  • Chris Pierce, “Keep On Keeping On,” concert video
  • Derby, “If Ever There’s a Reason,” super-cute video

Audio Bonus: 

  • Interview with Scott James, founder of Fair Trade Sports, who talks about child labor in sports balls and his Newmanesque business model that donates all profits to charities.

3P-039 Zeitgeist Continued

Zeitgeist Continued: Using the movie Zeitgeist as a springboard, examines the parallels between Old Testament patriarchs Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Makes the case for Josephus as the author of the New Testament, and for the Old Testament as a reverse-engineered invention of the Roman Empire. Asks if the God referred to in the Bible resembles Caesar. Reviews the cartoon autobiography of Marjane Satrapi called Persepolis.  Uses audio clips from Zeitgeist, including Bill Hicks. Quotes research from Josephus scholars Steve Mason and G. J. Goldberg, and from Joe Atwill’s book, Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Plot to Invent Jesus.

Poems:

  • Joan Murray, “Her Head” by Joan Murray
  • Tereza Coraggio, “Walking the Sierra”

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Julia Kent, “Idlewild”
  • Bad Religion, “The Answer”

Informational Videos:

  • Zeigeist, Part I: The Greatest Story Ever Sold
  • Zeitgeist: Meaning of Life Quotes

3P-038 Don’t Make Me Hit You: The Rationalization of Violence

Don’t Make Me Hit You: Discusses the blaming of Zelaya, the Honduran President, for the violent acts of the coup regime. Looks at US and Canadian corporate interests in Honduras, such as Fruit of the Loom, Russell, Hanes, Gap, Gildan, Adidas, Nike, Dole, and Chaquita, and their response to Zelaya’s 60% raise of the minimum wage. Role-reverses Hilary Clinton and Mel Zelaya. Analyzes the question of whether morality is relative in terms of torture, terrorism, or killing, contrasting the zealots and the Q’uran to the Ten Commandments. Looks at military recruiting and the falsehoods and artificial choices presented to HS seniors.

Poem:

  • Demetrice Anntia Worley, “Feminicide/ Fimicidio” on the disappearances of women and girls in Cuidad, Juarez. Won the Split This Rock contest sponsored by Foreign Policy in Focus. 

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Sting and Peter Gabriel, Spanish version of “They Dance Alone” on the disappearances of men and boys by Pinochet. Performed in Argentina in 1998.
  • David Ippolito, “Torture is Wrong or We Can Do Better Than This,” great video
  • Sting, English version of “They Dance Alone”