What Five-letter Word Can’t You Live Without?

Frances Moore Lappé Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/07-1 Here it is: Power. Now, quick, before reading further, close your eyes. What associations come to mind? If your list is full words like coercion, force, guns, oppression, domination, money, you could be in big trouble. Turns out, our very idea of power can rob us...

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Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century

Ira Chernus TomDispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175728/tomgram%3A_ira_chernus%2C_i_have%28n%27t%29_a_dream/#more Where Has It Gone?  All right, I confess: I have a dream. I bet you do, too. I bet yours, like mine, is of a far, far better world not only for yourself and your loved ones, but for everyone on this beleaguered planet of ours....

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Locking Out the Voices of Dissent

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/15-0 The security and surveillance state, after crushing the Occupy movement and eradicating its encampments, has mounted a relentless and largely clandestine campaign to deny public space to any group or movement that might spawn another popular uprising. The legal system has been grotesquely deformed in most...

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Protesters Shake Up North Carolina Legislature with Moral Monday Demonstrations

By Phoebe Zerwick The Nation http://www.thenation.com/article/174679/protesters-shake-north-carolina-legislature-moral-monday-demonstrations Winston-Salem, North Carolina— By 12:30 Monday afternoon the vans parked outside Emmanuel Baptist Church were loaded up with bottled water, bag lunches and rain ponchos for a long day of protest against the Republican-dominated state legislature. Emmanuel Baptist, an African-American church known around town for...

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