(21 min) Transcript at http://LeftyMathProf.org/awaken. We’re in “The Matrix,” except that when we awaken, what changes is not physical objects, but their MEANINGS. See below.
(0:19) Reformists believe the our fundamental principles are sound, and we just need to elect better leaders.
(1:08) Conspiracy theorists believe our leaders are puppets of other, secret leaders.
(2:07) Radicals like me believe the fundamental principles are wrong, and nothing is as it seems. Radicals are not confused by the surface of things or the mere symptoms, as reformists are. They look for the cause of social ills—inequality, war, endemic poverty, etc.— and aim to uproot them. That’s why they represent far more risk to the defenders (and beneficiaries) of the status quo, and consequently are bitterly opposed.
(5:45) Government has been lying about everything.
(9:10) Capitalism is all wrong.
(13:47) The ecosystem is closer to collapse than most people realize.
(18:48) Human nature is better than most people realize; we ARE capable of making a better world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eric Schechter is a retired professor of Mathematics.
In his own words: “I only had a few things that I really wanted to say, and by now I seem to have said most of them. I keep looking for better ways to say them, and once in a while I do find a better way, but that seems to be less and less often. … Anyway, linked below is the video version of my most recent essay, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BXd3ffJfNQ, 21 minutes long. The transcript, with a few related links embedded, is at http://LeftyMathProf.org/awaken/. Once again, it uses the metaphor of “awakening,” in an attempt to convey the enormity of the change of consciousness that some of us are hoping to encourage in society…”
Some links to additional related materials —
Analysis of authoritarianism
Video on economic inequality
Video on corporations
Lecture about competition
Lecture about motivation
Lecture about meaning in our lives
Video about warming math
Video about community
Video about empathy
Eisenstein’s beautiful world (free at bottom of page)
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