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Commentary :: International
Imagine a country without Wall Street and the Pentagon!
29 Jun 2017
July 1 is Canada Day, the 150th birthday of our great friend to the north. Crisis and opportunity are represented by the same Chinese letter. Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people. Another economy is necessary where people can experience generalized security.
Another world is possible when we analyze how this world ticks!
The time is right for alternative economics, for discovering a third way beyond the state and the market.


By Marc Batko

Imagine a country without Wall Street and the Pentagon,
where people are filled with thankfulness and the Canadian spirit,
where the government can do wonders in health care and transportation,
where people are protected from cradle to grave as a fruit of being human.

Imagine an economy of the third way,
where community centers offer three hours of free Internet everyday and casserole dinners are only $4,
where the self-healing market that can do everything doesn't mire people in illusion and narcissism,
where people are more than cogs in a celebrity and feudal-corporate culture,
where political leaders offer more than incoherence and chronic lies,
where the future can be open and dynamic, not closed and static,
where all life isn't determined by the financial markets and the gains of productivity only flow to the top 1% or the top 10%

Diversity is a strength, not a threat. Faith is more interruption than custom. Life is more than longevity and suffering is not sin. "When the state trusts citizens, citizens trust the state" (Justin Trudeau).

Imagine countries learning and cooperating with other countries,
where solidarity eclipses survivalism,
where interdependence is lived and celebrated,
where one world includes many worlds and everyone has a place,
where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,
where the present is more than the present since it includes hope, promise and anticipation.

The 26 community centers in Vancouver B.C. have multiplying and cushioning effects and serve as surrogate counseling and classroom opportunities. The mosaic of interdependence can lead to enlightenment and new interdependent consciousness.

The Sky Train, the Canada line, and the Evergreen line in Vancouver BC are computer-operated light rail lines that connect the whole city, magic trains running without any human operator every four minutes some since 1986.
When will the US recognize and congratulate Canada and Vancity and break out of its insular, exceptional hubris?
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Fight Fascism!
06 Jul 2017
The following are excerpts from Chris Hedges' address "Fight Fascism" in Portland OR, June 2017.

We are entering the twilight phase of capitalism with a cannibalized government, wealth by manipulating prices, casino capitalism and a long tale of plunder and murder by the white race. War becomes a critical business of kleptocratic states. Then we are to blame; the system is not to blame.

Resisting evil is lifelong. Ruling institutions mouth the language of democracy but serve power. Institutions collaborate with radical evil. Life dedicated to resistance is vital. To be a rebel is to reject the mantra "I come first." The cross is paradoxical. Hope comes by way of defeat (James Cone). Faith is only possible with humility and modesty. The cross is God's critique of white power. If justice perishes, human life loses its meaning (Hannah Arendt).

Rebels ultimately triumph over the state and military power. Living in truth exposes the corruption, lies and deceit and is the refusal to be part of the facade. We must live in truth and not be complicit. Every act of resistance passes on another narrative. In resistance, there is a balm that leads to a strange transcendent job.