28 February 2021

Breaching Digital Rights: India’s Platform and Media Ethics Code

Having made something of a splash last month with the fuss over Australia’s News Media Bargaining code, Facebook, and the digital giants, are facing another stormy front in India.  The move here has nothing to do with revenue so much as alleged bad behaviour.  “We appreciate the proliferation of social media in India,” stated Ravi […] The post Breaching Digital Rights: India’s Platform and Media Ethics Code first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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SAATH Forum, International NGOS And Hybrid War Against Pakistan – 1

SAATH Forum, International NGOS And Hybrid War Against Pakistan – 1 By Ik Justuju  This is Part-1 of our video series on the SAATH forum. In this series we will share the role of SAATH and international NGOs in influencing... Read More › - Voice of East
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Marr just told one of the biggest lies of the pandemic, and it could impact all of us

Andrew Marr just repeated one of the biggest lies of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. What’s worse, it’s one that could help the Tories put … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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27 February 2021

Documentary: The Panama Deception

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26 February 2021

North Korea Steadfastly Resisting US Hegemony

I learned a while back to be especially skeptical of western mass media and their governments.1 My experience of life in China is nothing like how western demonization portrays it to be. Therefore, I looked forward to the chance to experience North Korea first hand. I traveled there with a Chinese group departing China. Starting […] The post North Korea Steadfastly Resisting US Hegemony first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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Now Keir Starmer thinks beating the war drum will win votes

Yet again, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is aping the Tories. And once more it’s shifted the rhetoric away from both the current leader’s previous … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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25 February 2021

Capitol Riot: Well Past Its Sell By Date

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel said in November 2008, shortly before becoming White House Chief of Staff in the Obama administration. Left unsaid: Even if you have to make something into a “serious crisis,” molehill-to-mountain style. There are plenty of real crises. There’s almost always something important that’s … Continue reading Capitol Riot: Well Past Its Sell By Date → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Exposed: Devastating DWP cuts have led to more people dying during the pandemic

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) welfare cuts have had a “direct” and “negative” impact on people’s mental and physical health. That’s the view … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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23 February 2021

Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook

The Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts to summon up courage.  The Australian government had been left reeling in the wake of Facebook’s decision to scrap and block Australians from sharing and posting news items on hosted pages. The company’s target of opprobrium: the News Media Bargaining Code. The Code’s ostensible purpose […] The post Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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22 February 2021

Picnic Video Exposes Both Faces of Israeli Apartheid

A short video taken by a family as they picnicked in the West Bank this month may be the best field guide yet to Israel’s complex apartheid system of state-sponsored Jewish supremacy. In the clip posted to Facebook, armed Jewish settlers arrive unexpectedly to break up the picnic of a Palestinian family – including grandparents […] The post Picnic Video Exposes Both Faces of Israeli Apartheid first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It?

The Jewish Virtual Library quotes Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as having said: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Yet that could be called a lie, or more kindly put, a misattribution. Wikiquotes provides the accurate quotation, albeit not as a Nazi stratagem: […] The post Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It? first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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Turkish Foreign Minister raises the issue of Kashmir at the UN

Turkish Foreign Minister raises the issue of Kashmir at the UN By News Desk Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Forum has expressed gratitude to Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister, Republic of Turkey for raising the issue of... Read More › - Voice of East
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Catalyst in detail: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 12:55:50

These words are worth consideration: “Despite it being offensive, let us imagine a hypothesis that techno-liberation is undertaken to its most daring levels and yet something goes severely wrong with the technology in the process. There is no reason to think such an accident is avoidable at all, or would violate the spirit of history and humanity’s eternal will to power even if it is avoidable. Perhaps terrible things can be predicted to happen if techno-liberation is poisoned by lack of government regulation or care for the environment… Risk may become high only because the stakes are high, but the current system is dependent upon scarcity and upheld by suffering masses, so we can already know it is doomed to end one day. What happens to our most perilous emerging technologies, the nano machines and bio machines, when the economic system that gave rise to them collapses because of its own internal faults?” Humans are no pinnacle, just as modernity is no end. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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21 February 2021

The Global Cry for Change

Change is in the air, it’s been hovering for some time, but thanks to Covid-19 festering social issues and inequalities have been highlighted, intensifying the need for a new approach. Talk of environmental action and reimagining how we live and work fills the airwaves; catchphrases abound, spilling from the lips of duplicitous politicians who claim […] The post The Global Cry for Change first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Confirmed: the Tories have caused destitution to explode

The number of households living in destitution has more than doubled in 2020. That’s according to new research. It shows nearly half a million … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Kashmir: Symbol of Multiculturalism

Kashmir: Symbol of  Multiculturalism By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai “…It is really difficult for me to distinguish between a Hindu Kashmiri and a Muslim Kashmiri. You people speak one language and have one culture. While the rest of the country... Read More › - Voice of East
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20 February 2021

Facebook Unfriends Australia: The Triumph of Epistemic Chaos

Creepy and ruthless Facebook has again impressed with its steely indifference to civic responsibility, as if a company established by a sociopath could ever be a model of human improvement. On February 18, Mark Zuckerberg’s antisocial company took aim at Australia by blocking those in that country from sharing local and international content.  As the […] The post Facebook Unfriends Australia: The Triumph of Epistemic Chaos first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Cancun Kerfuffle: In Defense of Ted Cruz

As Texas went dark last week, with much of the state’s population experiencing blackouts under severe winter weather conditions, US senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his family jetted off to Cancun for a warm, sunny family vacation. Mockery and outrage ensued. The mockery was quite fun and often on point given Cruz’s political positions (“heroic … Continue reading Cancun Kerfuffle: In Defense of Ted Cruz → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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19 February 2021

A report just slammed the Universal Credit £20 uplift as “inadequate”

The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Universal Credit is under the microscope again. This time, a survey of claimants found the benefit left … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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18 February 2021

The Eye of the Wolf: Measuring Myself through Death

If I were asked what I want to accomplish as a writer, I would say it’s to contribute to the literature of hope. — Barry Lopez, About This Life A passing. A death. Moving on. Back to earth. A new journey. He filled the air with lyrical words and ideas grafted to our role as […] The post The Eye of the Wolf: Measuring Myself through Death first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Joe Biden and “Open Borders”: As If

On February 9, more than 50 Republican members of the US House of Representatives sent President Joe Biden a letter decrying his “open border” policies. Of all the hyberbolic claims I’ve read regarding the Biden administration since Inauguration Day, that one takes the cake. In neither word nor action has the new president come within … Continue reading Joe Biden and “Open Borders”: As If → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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16 February 2021

India’s Serum Institute – Surrounded by Covid19 Vaccine Controversies

India’s Serum Institute – Surrounded by Covid19 Vaccine Controversies By Haleema Khalid Nearly a week ago South Africa suspended the use of AstraZeneca shots manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) and showed inclination to sell those doses to other... Read More › - Voice of East
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What Happened to “We The People?”

“The will of the people has been heard,” said President Joe Biden in his inaugural address on January 20, “and the will of the people has been heeded.” Later in the speech, Biden told us that “the American story” depends on “‘We the People’ who seek a more perfect union.” At some point on that … Continue reading What Happened to “We The People?” → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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15 February 2021

Why are Effective and Inexpensive Chinese and Russian Vaccines Unavailable in Much of the West?

In 2016, I attended an information session about First Nations in Lax Kxeen (colonial designation Prince Rupert),1 “BC.” During a break, I conversed with some fellow attendees. They expressed skepticism to colonial provincial authorities being behind the intentional spreading of smallpox among First Nations people2 and that a vaccine was withheld from infected Indigenous individuals. […] The post Why are Effective and Inexpensive Chinese and Russian Vaccines Unavailable in Much of the West? first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Kim Petersen
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Evolving Strategic Environment in the Indian Ocean Region and Significance of AMAN Exercise 2021

Evolving Strategic Environment in the Indian Ocean Region and Significance of AMAN Exercise 2021 By News Desk On 9th February 2021, Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad organized an Online Conference on ‘Evolving Strategic Environment in the Indian... Read More › - Voice of East
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Monthly Review, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:00:43

On this day our choice is Jason Hirthler’s “The Sins of Empire” (https://t.co/GMzonxDbap). Sins is a challenge to our prejudices, an intriguing contribution, and if we’re going to declare our praises with certainty we’re maintaining it on our lists. Here we found benevolent ideas that are exceedingly eye-opening in their understanding of the world. If you’re as good at recognizing it as us, you ought to begin by reading how politics readers reacted. In the words of an impressed buyer, “This is an honest critique of this country’s disastrous foreign policy. Mr. Hirthler pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. He excoriates a sitting president along with many other politicians and media hacks. The author uses wit and sarcasm to make his points. While this reviewer may not embrace all of the author’s opinions, Mr. Hirthler challenges me to rethink my own.” Well, now we’re done you might as well go the whole way and search for a copy of the book yourself. If not, you’ve upset us, so stay with us for the next book choice by subscribing for email updates.
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Catalyst in detail: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:53:06

The Catalyst Thesis makes a case that emerging technologies that have the potential to sustain welfare belong with the world’s poorest and oppressed countries. The Global North retains its status through high-tech monopolies. Freedom from oppression demands sharing new and powerful technologies with the downtrodden states of the world. Such nations must be allowed to enhance their industrial capabilities, to undergo the most radical and empowering changes that are possible. The greater the haste with which new technologies are transferred to the poorest countries and allowed to uplift them, the better are the chances that the oppressive states will fail to act in time to prevent the achievement of this justice. The dependency of poor countries on rich countries can be overcome through such means. We have seen the power in the DNA of our technology, and the sin is not to act boldly but to deny the human right to that power. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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14 February 2021

Vaccinations and Stimulus Packages Won’t Mend the Economy

The social and economic destruction engulfing the U.S. and dozens of other countries remains out of everyone’s control and more chaos, instability, and insecurity now mark the global landscape. The ruling elite have repeatedly shown their inability to tackle any serious problems effectively. They are at a loss for how to deal with current problems […] The post Vaccinations and Stimulus Packages Won’t Mend the Economy first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Why I’m Still Not Worried about Biden’s “Gun Control” Proposals

In a column last November, I dismissed worries that the incoming Biden/Harris administration would — or, rather, could — successfully implement a more aggressive victim disarmament (English for the euphemism “gun control”) agenda than previous administrations. On Valentine’s Day, Biden cynically exploited the third anniversary of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, asking Congress to … Continue reading Why I’m Still Not Worried about Biden’s “Gun Control” Proposals → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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More headache for Keir Starmer as yet another Labour group is looking to boycott the local elections

A group of Labour members is planning on not campaigning for the party in the upcoming local elections. But the problem for Keir Starmer … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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12 February 2021

Lib Dem leader caught-up in racism ‘cover up’ scandal

The Lib Dem leader Ed Davey is at the centre of a growing storm. It involves a councillor for his party accused of racially … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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11 February 2021

Same as the Old Boss, Julian Assange Edition

On February 9, the US Justice Department announced that US President Joe Biden, as in so many other areas, intends to serve Donald Trump’s second term when it comes to persecuting heroes guilty of exposing US war crimes and embarrassing American politicians. As Trump’s presidency drew to an end, some activists held out hope that … Continue reading Same as the Old Boss, Julian Assange Edition → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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Continuing Prosecutions: Assange and the Biden Administration

With changes of presidential administrations, radical departures in policy are always exaggerated.  Continuity remains, for the most part, a standard feature.  It is precisely that continuity being challenged by groups fearful of the continuing prosecution of Julian Assange. The effort by the US Justice Department to extradite Assange from the UK on eighteen charges based […] The post Continuing Prosecutions: Assange and the Biden Administration first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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10 February 2021

A staggering fact in the Universal Credit chaos just emerged

New research has plunged Universal Credit into further chaos. It involves the debate around the £20 a week uplift. A charity has claimed that … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Role and Responsibility of Global Kashmiri Diaspora

Role and Responsibility of Global Kashmiri Diaspora By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” Winston S. Churchill. The disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir stands apart as the most cantankerous... Read More › - Voice of East
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9 February 2021

Impeachment: Why the Senate Will Acquit Trump

As I write this, the US Senate is cranking up for its trial of former President Donald J. Trump. The House impeached Trump on January 13, a week before the end of his term, on one article charging him with “incitement of insurrection” in the form of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. … Continue reading Impeachment: Why the Senate Will Acquit Trump → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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7 February 2021

No, Tony Blair isn’t back. It’s just Keir Starmer clusterf*cking again.

You’d be forgiven for thinking Tony Blair was back as Labour leader. Because a leaked email showed the party tacking towards an “unashamedly pro-business” … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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6 February 2021

Dreams Outside the Hopes of the Neuronormal

The legacy of a society is, well, how it treats its young, old, frail, infirm, sick, poor and those hobbled by structural and environmental injustice. Some in urban planning circles also allude to how safe a community is based on the popsicle test – can a child or two walking from home to a store, […] The post Dreams Outside the Hopes of the Neuronormal first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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5 February 2021

Resolution Of Kashmir And Junagadh Issues Is Prerequisite To Peace In South Asia

Resolution Of Kashmir And Junagadh Issues Is Prerequisite To Peace In South Asia India is not a country but a region where every nation has the right to freedom By News Desk Islamabad: MUSLIM Institute organized ‘Solidarity Walk’ on Kashmir... Read More › - Voice of East
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Are people finally noticing CENSORSHIP hurts citizens and helps elites?

The alignment of US tech companies with US foreign policy is drawing more attention. Online political censorship is now impacting people who identify themselves as being on the American left, including those who mistakenly endorsed censorship because they believed it was aimed at hatemongering conservatives.

Many of us did try to point out the folly of supporting arbitrary censorship (against anyone, even if we hate them) early on, but we were ignored.

Now, we're in a situation where presidents and platforms are being removed from the internet with insufficient cause. The US has a pro-censorship administration that endorsed taking all opposition TV channels off the air in a country, as noticed in a US Embassy tweet in relation to a legally dubious decree in Ukraine.

Countries will take greater liberty to block or attempt to place limits on US entities, because they can point to the US government's zeal to suppress dissent and the censorship taking place on US social networks themselves. If US companies are censorship-prone, nothing will be missed if they get blocked or censored themselves.

Seen this way, the US is losing its "cold war" with Russia and China. It has compromised its ideology and changed tone away from "freedom" and towards state security, giving the initiative to countries like China and Russia to repeat the US's pro-censorship rhetoric back to it and block US influence.

Although it is consistent with the views of the state in China and Russia, blocking foreign interference in the US and not consistent with the US state ideology (capitalist liberal democracy). Effectively, the US is destroying its own ideology and system faster than any foreign adversary could do so.

Based on the US state ideology, the US is the "melting pot" of foreign interference; the Biden administration should welcome foreign interference and set up new agencies to accelerate it rather than prevent it. For example, Chinese students should be welcomed by Biden, rather than getting accused of being enemy spies as they were under Trump's revisionist policies.

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A BBC report completely disrespected Children’s Mental Health Week

The BBC has shown contempt for Children’s Mental Health Week. Because during one of its flagship news programmes, it repeated a piece of Tory … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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3 February 2021

Boris Johnson ‘clapping for Tom’ is the most twisted thing this week

Captain Tom Moore sadly died on Tuesday 2 February. And now, Boris Johnson and his government will be leading a national ‘clap‘ for the … Read more By Steve Topple - Steve Topple
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Examining The Ethics And Implications Of Twitter’s Censorship Policy In India

Examining The Ethics And Implications Of Twitter’s Censorship Policy In India By Andrew Korybko Twitter caused a stir by complying with the Indian government’s request to temporarily “withhold” access to dozens of accounts for users within the country in response to... Read More › - Voice of East
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2 February 2021

Biden’s Iran Dilemma: Serve Obama’s Third Term — or Trump’s Second?

Even before winning the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden began hedging his bets on US policy toward Iran. While correctly blaming Donald Trump for violating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the Iran nuclear deal, he tried to fob responsibility for restoring that deal off on the Iranians rather than accepting the job … Continue reading Biden’s Iran Dilemma: Serve Obama’s Third Term — or Trump’s Second? → - by Thomas L. Knapp
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If Twitter is loyal to the US, other countries should block it

Has Twitter started to act like a leading propaganda agency of the US state after the Democrats assumed power this year? We can speculate that it is going to support deadly US foreign policy objectives while also shielding the regime at home from criticism.

Views critical of the regime may be hidden, while many label them as treasonous. Parrots who praise the regime mindlessly might be bizarrely boosted on the social network, even while being mocked on the street (this could be proven by identifying a list of such users and analysing the way they talk about their IRL experiences).

As of today, Twitter still maintains its permanent ban on the current top US opposition figure, Donald Trump. At the same time, the social network is alleged to support the opposition figure and NATO stooge in Russia, Alexei Navalny, who begged for US and EU sanctions against his own country in a letter (imagine if Trump had written to Moscow for a package of sanctions on America in response to his election defeat!)
One way that Twitter obviously filters information is by shadowbanning popular accounts so users cannot find them, and by recommending headlines from the North American regime's preferred newspapers and broadcasters instead.
Twitter's excuses for banning Trump were related to preventing violence like the chaos at the US Capitol. Even if these excuses are valid, they resemble the same national security reasons given by governments (such as Uganda) when they block Twitter itself during sensitive political periods. Twitter's pompous managers are trying to use the same arguments for blocking information as far away as Africa, while condemning the actual government authorities in Africa for using these arguments or taking any action.

In using such poor arguments and being so glaringly hypocritical, Twitter has essentially given carte blanche for all governments in the world to block its services completely if they want. Twitter's own statements prioritising political stability and preventing interference actually support arguments for the social network to be blocked by governments during sensitive times.

And so Twitter should be blocked more regularly around the world, if it is going to be an arm of America.
In conclusion, we should be tolerant of any government choosing to block Twitter, as the website now heavily overrrepresents the views of a single state entity and its elite rather than a society.

When newly introduced, a technology will set many people free and let them punch above their weight. Perhaps when it reaches its maturity and the limits of its power, we then see excessively powerful monopolies (as we see now with social media). Around this time, there often are abuses and atrocities before states inevitably have to step in and restrict everything once again.

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1 February 2021

The Culture of Slavery v the Culture of Resistance

Inde etiam habitus nostri honor et frequens toga; paulatimque discessum ad delenimenta vitiorum, porticus et balinea et convivorum elegantiam. Idque apud imperitos humanitas vocabatur, cum pars servitutis esset. (They adopted our dressing fashion, and begun wearing the togas; little by little they were drawn to touches such as colonnades, baths, and elegant talks. Because they […] The post The Culture of Slavery v the Culture of Resistance first appeared on Dissident Voice. - Dissident Voice
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Catalyst in detail: Mon, 01 Feb 2021 12:46:38

Futurism forces us to master an understanding of the secrets of history itself. Technological predictions can have profound political implications. As stated in the 2013 Catalyst Thesis, “Because humans are only a transitory animal, being human at this time might necessitate being transhumanist in one’s hopes for the future – wanting to shape ourselves into something better. Nietzsche teaches that, as humans, we as a society must necessarily be in transit or we will regress to an inferior state of life. If we stop our journey and go against our transitory nature, becoming too comfortable in our shells, we fall. Even if we stumbled on our path, and produced calamity in our efforts to transform ourselves and the world for the sake of humanity’s own power and security, our nature as a changing society shall mean we are still right. Nietzsche’s ideas concerning human destiny and the risks entailed are quite clear. “Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman – a rope over an abyss”, Nietzsche says, drawing an analogy between a fatal stunt and the need for humans to find value in life by striving for perfection and power in the world. Nietzsche’s contention is that humans are transitional creatures. No person or society can claim to be perfect or complete in their current state. At best, they can claim to be pioneers towards a better state.” WE HAVE SEEN POWER IN THE DNA OF OUR TECHNOLOGY. http://www.clubof.info/p/catalyst.html
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High-ranking psychopaths are pushing for a nuclear war with Russia, seemingly intentionally

If the US leaders wanted to wage a thermonuclear war that would destroy America and the world, we would not be here to talk about it. Presid...

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