Sunday, May 06, 2012

Unwelcome Guests: Episode #593 - Let Your Life Be A Friction (To Stop The Machine)

Episode #593 - Let Your Life Be A Friction (To Stop The Machine)
Unwelcome Guests

We start this week with a brief except from Mario Savio's 'Odious Machine' speech, followed by the soundtrack to a video by ClassWarFilms which retells the myth of American exceptionalism. It concludes by recalling Thoreau's injunction to 'Let Your Life Be A Friction To Stop The Machine'.

We then hear from UK anti-nuclear activist Angie Zelter on how she started the ploughshares movement which has inspired thousands to damage nuclear weapons and other oppressive military equipment. She reports that juries are increasingly finding in favor of those who put their lives on the line with such direct action.

Then we hear from Gwen Schulman on how she broke the story of Canadian Environmental NGOs teaming up with the largest mining companies. Next a section by John Stewart on his experience opposing airport expansion -- and his summary expulsion from USA.

We conclude with another reading from chapter 7 of David Graeber's Debt, The First 5000 Years.

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