Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize. One of the most striking aspects of his acceptance speech is the hope he expressed in humanity’s ability to overcome war. This was no mere idealism on his part. Less than five years earlier, the world had come to the brink of thermonuclear destruction because of Cuba. The United States and Soviet Union eventually diminished their threats and, in 1963, signed and ratified an agreement to end the open-air nuclear testing that was blanketing the planet with radioactive fallout. These were small steps, but to King, they indicated that human beings were capable of cooperation, even in the face of something as horrendous as the suicide of the human race.
The wretched enablers of the status quo are out in full force already, spewing fear-froth from their twitching little vermin mouths that we must Shill for Hill or doom is nigh!Its bad enough we have to celebrate Hallowgivingmas from September until New Years; the feeding frenzy of Capitalism become one long orgy of consumption and spending. But if I have to gag down three full years of POTUS Demopologia I am not sure my stomach will survive that many months of projectile vomiting.
Bill de Blasio’s stand against Reagan’s contra war on Nicaragua
The would-be New York mayor’s pro-Sandinista activism was in America’s finest tradition. Where’s that political courage now?
theguardian.com, Wednesday 25 September 2013 08.30 EDT
Candidates to run one of the world’s most important cities must address a host of issues. Voters want to know how they will handle problems ranging from subway service to income inequality. Now, a new and fully unexpected question has burst into the race for mayor of New York: what did you do in the cold war?
More than 10 million people in Egypt mobilized against a clumsy autocrat. Yet, their mobilization ultimately led to a military-judiciary seizure of power, with the support of centrist politicians and clerics. Call this what you like: coup d’état, elegant coup, or people’s power. None of these labels change the nature of the intervention and its aftermath: popularly supported military rule, by more or less the same military-police-judicial-business elements who were in power during Mubarak’s reign and who had struck a (shaky and incomplete) coalition deal with the Muslim Brotherhood.
What began as a means of retaining individual freedom can now be used by smaller states to fend off the ambitions of larger ones
The original cypherpunks were mostly Californian libertarians. I was from a different tradition but we all sought to protect individual freedom from state tyranny. Cryptography was our secret weapon. It has been forgotten how subversive this was. Cryptography was then the exclusive property of states, for use in their various wars. By writing our own software and disseminating it far and wide we liberated cryptography, democratised it and spread it through the frontiers of the new internet.