Originally, this website was intended to be a response to the relentless right-wing propaganda of the Leesburg Daily Commercial, a Central Florida regional newspaper. Over time, its focus evolved, partly due to a recognition that a response to a particular media outlet limited the scope to address crucial concerns that receive scant attention in the corporate “free press.”

Today, this website’s purpose is well-expressed by the following extract from a 1990 essay by the Kentucky author and poet, Wendell Berry, entitled A Poem of Difficult Hope:

[T]he distinguishing characteristic of absolute despair is silence. There is a world of difference between the person who, believing that there is no use, says so to himself or to no one, and the person who says it aloud to someone else. A person who marks his trail into despair remembers hope – and thus has hope, even if only a little….

We are living in the most destructive and, hence, the most stupid period of the history of our species. The list of its undeniable abominations is long and hardly bearable….

If protest depended on success, there would be little protest of any durability or significance. History simply affords too little evidence that anyone’s individual protest is of any use. Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.

This website’s animating philosophy is further clarified, in rather different ways, by the three videos presented below.

First, because it is the shortest (which is not to say that it communicates the least knowledge of our condition – far from it) is a classic piece by the late, great American comedian George Carlin. [Language advisory.]

Second, we have a magnificent speech by the late British playwright, Harold Pinter, accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. (The transcript is available at NobelPrize.org.) Showcasing the power of peerless elocution (no profanity here), Pinter denounces (starting around 10:46, after a discussion of truth in art) American imperialism.

Third, because this is by far the longest, is a three-hour interview, conducted by Chris Hedges, of the late political scientist Sheldon Wolin. Drawing on two of Professor Wolin’s remarkably prescient books, Hedges asks Wolin to explain our descent into a new form of totalitarianism – an “inverted totalitarianism” that hides the reality of immense and untouchable corporate power behind a facade of democratic rituals. Wolin was 92 at the time he gave this interview; he passed away in October, 2015.

 

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