4th of july


CAN YOU IDENTIFY PROPAGANDA?



Don’t Vote?

Don’t vote? What does that imply? Not consenting through ballot to a corrupt system that imposes policy through physical, political, intellectual and economical force?

The first video posted is produced independently and contains an individual named Stefan articulately posing the challenge “don’t vote” with all earnestness. The second video is quite literally a government-produced propaganda piece with giant, Hollywood celebrities such as Jennifer Annistan and Ashton Kutcher posing the same challenge as the first video, but this time sarcastically.

My question is this: which video is condescending and insulting to your intelligence?  Which video makes you feel suspicious of the producer and speaker’s motivation?  Which one makes you feel truly hopeless politically and which one makes you feel optimistic about humanity and humanity’s future?  Which one makes you want to change your world?

Do not be fearful.  If we speak the truth, if we fill our hearts with love, hope, our minds with knowledge and enlightenment, we have nothing to fear.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Ghandi

“We cannot change the world, we can only change our world.”

Joseph Campbell



When We Furnish the Means By Which We Suffer

“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without a government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”

-Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

post script,

Thomas Paine used all of his profits from the sales of Common Sense to purchase mittens for the Continental Army whom were to invade English-occupied Canada in the cold of winter.