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The political system is just a brainless distraction. In the terms of American politics, it’s always been this way. Every four years everybody gets hysterical about politicians and who we are going to elect. We’re not really discussing the policies we should have, we’re talking about who should have power. That whole process is pointless because we’re not actually going to vote on issues, we’re going to vote on personnel and they are mostly marionettes. Politicians specialise in getting elected and once they get in they specialise in getting re-elected. It has nothing to do with the power that’s actually running society which is bound up with this thing called the Nation State, it’s imbedded with a perma-bureaucracy and mostly carried out in a form of a crafty legacy of laws that date back hundreds of years that we can’t seem to get rid of.
Jeffrey Tucker, On the Prison-Industrial Complex, Silk Road, Occupy, and more (via anarchei)

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1st Ever Online Presidential Debate - Oct. 18 @ 7pm EST

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royale-con-queso:

The first ever online presidential debate will take place Oct. 18 at 7pm EST/4pm PST and will include Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein.

This is a revolutionary idea that includes the use of social media to keep the people interactive.  It will be available through Google+ hangouts and the 5th topic of discussion for the evening will be determined based on user response.

Finally, the alternative (and stronger) options for presidency will be heard.  Spread the word.

6 p.m. Central Time Thursday, October 18.

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You might have thought that with the Arctic melting, the U.S. in the midst of what will almost certainly be the warmest year on record, and more than sixty per cent of the lower forty-eight states experiencing ‘moderate to exceptional’ drought, at least one of the candidates would feel compelled to speak out about the issue.
In today’s Daily Comment, Elizabeth Kolbert asks, “Why aren’t the Presidential candidates speaking out on global warming?” http://nyr.kr/QjBKBS (via newyorker)

fikira:

Jill Stein has proven herself not only a capable debater, but a strong, vital one—watching her against Romney in the 2002 Massachusetts Gubernatorial race is something special. We need a voice who can a) ACTUALLY ANSWER QUESTIONS (Democratic and Republican candidates alike will take one word from a paragraph-long question to prompt unrelated tangents that make their platform sound interesting, not to address an issue), and, b) intelligently oppose the corporatocracy of Obama-v-Romney, offering alternative solutions to the mainstream hoopla. If Jill Stein makes it into the Presidential Debates voters across the United States will be forced to confront the pick-your-poison-ism of the two-party system, and some will certainly realize that other options are available to them. Voting Green will catch on like wild-fire if only Jill got the media attention she (and her INCREDIBLE campaign) deserve. My series “A Case for Green” is ever-drafted and never published. I won’t let this election season go by without more updates, though, and in the meantime I urge you to help us Occupy the CPD.

proactivism:

—”You know, they always say, Piers, in the private sector competition is good, right? Isn’t that what we always hear? Well, how come competition isn’t good for president? Why has it been 20 years since we’ve seen any third voice in a presidential debate? Because these two parties will — they make the rules and they will not let anyone else win.” GOV. JESSE VENTURA
CNN Piers Morgan Sept. 17th, 2012

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The cant of our political theater, the ridiculous obsessions over vice presidential picks or celebrity gossip that dominate the news industry, effectively masks the march toward corporate totalitarianism. The corporate state has convinced the masses, in essence, to clamor for their own enslavement. There is, in reality, no daylight between Mitt Romney and Obama about the inner workings of the corporate state.

They each support this section within the NDAA and the widespread extinguishing of civil liberties. They each will continue to funnel hundreds of billions of wasted dollars to defense contractors, intelligence agencies and the military. They each intend to let Wall Street loot the U.S. Treasury with impunity. Neither will lift a finger to help the long-term unemployed and underemployed, those losing their homes to foreclosures or bank repossessions, those filing for bankruptcy because of medical bills or college students burdened by crippling debt.

Listen to the anguished cries of partisans on either side of the election divide and you would think this was a battle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. You would think voting in the rigged political theater of the corporate state actually makes a difference. The charade of junk politics is there not to offer a choice but to divert the crowd while our corporate masters move relentlessly forward, unimpeded by either party, to turn all dissent into a crime.

Chris Hedges, 

Criminalizing Dissent

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Here’s my result for the political compass test that has been going around Tumblr. I’ve done these tests before, so I wasn’t surprised by the result until I clicked the option to see my position along with the positions of the prominent candidates for U.S. President.

I am dismayed. I thought maybe somebody might be at least on the same side of one axis with me. You know, that “lesser of two evils” guy? The two party system is soooo far from representing my needs!

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