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Forum Post: Liberate! The Radical New Movement You Need to Know About

Posted 2 years ago on Aug. 11, 2012, 10:21 a.m. EST by agkaiser (1314) from Fredericksburg, TX
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Waging Nonviolence / By Laura Gottesdiener August 8, 2012 “. . . “Perhaps the question, then, is not whether the banks had the right to assert their individual contracts through mortgage repossessions, but whether they had the right to break social contracts through physical eviction. Yes, the individual houses functioned as collateral for the loans, but the survival of the neighborhoods did not. There have been moments throughout U.S. history when the courts have ruled to break contracts, including both mortgage and property-ownership contracts, when the public welfare is threatened.

“Even an afternoon’s tour of South Chicago will reveal that we are in one of those moments in which something will have to break. The city is cutting funding for shelters in order to spend millions tearing down vacant buildings. And at a time like this, a growing number of people are deciding that the most rational thing to do is — in the words of J.R. Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign — “play matchmaker to pair peopleless homes with homeless people.”

http://www.alternet.org/activism/liberate-radical-new-movement-you-need-know-about

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[-] 3 points by agkaiser (1314) from Fredericksburg, TX 2 years ago

Maybe the 'people' will never see thru the lies. And maybe we'll ultimately drag the liars into the streets from their Wall St castles and a worldwide 'French Revolution' will cut off their ugly heads.

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[-] 2 points by mserfas (652) from Ashland, PA 2 years ago

Dragged off to death or ransom the rich will be, but not by us. Truly we have little to separate ourselves from them, except an ideological awareness that something is wrong. But there are people who have lived the suffering they have made, and adapted to it, and developed the means of bringing about its end: the criminal gangs and cartels. From ghettos and homelessness, they have made wealthy empires; from cruel-hearted imprisoment crusades, they have made prison gangs; from our mindless resignation to a hopeless war on drugs, they have made a printing press in any basement or tiny plot of land. And the history of China, the most advanced nation of the world in the 1700s, tells us that their triumph can be absolute, no matter how powerful our country thinks it is. Yes, of course - just like the rich, we see these head-chopping cartels as monstrous, depraved, with good reason. But the righteous wrath of a just God is never a pretty thing to look upon when it is coming at us.

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1314) from Fredericksburg, TX 2 years ago

Blake said, "The vision of Christ that thou dost see is my vision's greatest enemy!"

I fear Mserfas' vision but feel we must embrace the possibility. Don't underestimate ordinary people. We're slow to face facts as we are to anger. But we can only be pushed close to extinction. When we see the truth as a community, our true instinct will take over.

That's the salvation I prophecy.

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