Power and the Internet

Bruce Schneierby Bruce Schneier

January 31, 2013

All disruptive technologies upset traditional power balances, and the Internet is no exception. The standard story is that it empowers the powerless, but that's only half the story. The Internet empowers everyone. Powerful institutions might be slow to make use of that new power, but since they are powerful, they can use it more effectively. Governments and corporations have woken up to the fact that not only can they use the Internet, they can control it for their interests. Unless we start deliberately debating the future we want to live in, and information technology in enabling that world, we will end up with an Internet that benefits existing power structures and not society in general.


America's Four Socioeconomic Classes

Charles Hugh Smithby Charles Hugh Smith

A titanic political battle is brewing between the parasitic aristocracy, the dependent class and the two classes creating value with their labor.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In the conventional view, America's socioeconomic classes are divided by income and wealth into various layers of Wealthy, Middle Class and Poor.


In Egypt (and the West), anarchists carry the revolution forward

Jerome Roosby Jerome Roos

The media may be puzzled by the emergence of anarchists in Tahrir, but the truth is that anarchism was behind the insurrectionary impulse from the start.

by Jerome Roos | January 28, 2013


The Untouchables: How the Obama administration protected Wall Street from prosecutions

Glenn Greenwaldby Glenn Greenwald

A new PBS Frontline report examines a profound failure of justice that should be causing serious social unrest

by Glenn Greenwald | guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 23 January 2013


URGENT: Demand the Senate Fix the Filibuster NOW, from Bill Moyers

Rev. Gail C-Rby Rev. Gail C-R

When a political party’s in the majority, it wants to change the filibuster… until it falls from power and winds up the minority. Then it suddenly becomes the filibuster’s biggest supporter. Bill says such hypocrisy “has cost the Congress its standing in public respect and cost our democracy the capacity to address the problems that threaten to overwhelm us.”


Latest Update on Saving Red Rock Canyon

Rev. Gail C-Rby Rev. Gail C-R

Dear Red Rock Canyon friends,

I am very excited to be writing of a positive development in the battle to save Red Rock! This Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the Clark County Commissioners are going to vote whether or not to:
"sign a resolution supporting efforts to exchange the Gypsum Mine Property on Blue Diamond Hill for federal land." full resolution
This today from the Las Vegas Review Journal:
"Developer Jim Rhodes' plan to build a 2,000-acre neighborhood overlooking the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area could soon be no more.
Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager is spearheading an effort to encourage the federal government to allow Rhodes to swap his land with a different, less controversial, piece of federal property...." full article
WHAT CAN I DO?


18 Top Climate Scientists Call on President Obama to Reject Keystone XL

Rev. Gail C-Rby Rev. Gail C-R

Jan 15, 2012

Nation’s Top Climate Scientists Urge President Obama to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

OAKLAND CA -- Eighteen of the nation’s top climate scientists released a letter to President Obama today urging him to say no to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

“Eighteen months ago some of us wrote you about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, explaining why in our opinion its construction ran counter to both national and planetary interests," wrote the scientists. "Nothing that has happened since has changed that evaluation; indeed, the year of review that you asked for on the project made it clear exactly how pressing the climate issue really is."


Aaron Swartz’s Politics

Matt Stollerby Matt Stoller

What I respected about Aaron is that he burned with a desire for justice, but also felt a profound desire to understand the system he was attempting to reorganize. He didn’t throw up his hands lazily and curse at corruption, he spent enormous amounts of time and energy learning about and working the political system. From founding Reddit, to fighting the Fed. That was Aaron.


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