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The one who speaks the inconvenient truth to power is often targeted, repressed, materially and personally damaged, even to the point of death.

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Socrates said at his trial, which was immortalized in Plato’s dialogue,The Apology: “Be sure that if you kill the sort of man I say I am, you will not harm me more than yourselves.”  The one who speaks inconvenient truths to power is often targeted, repressed, materially or personally damaged even to the point, as Socrates was, of death.  The business of truth-telling is a dangerous one to be sure, and we must keep this crucial point in mind, which was part of the very birth of the Academy itself.  And make no mistake about it, this same tension remains inextricably bound-up in academic research in our time.

This explains why the Academy was founded…

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Noam Chomsky (2013) on “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”

Published on May 29, 2013
Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Noam Chomsky, Howard Gardner, and Bruno della Chiesa Askwith Forum.
On Wednesday, May 1, the Askwith Forum commemorated the 45th anniversary of the publication of Paolo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” with a discussion about the book’s impact and relevance to education today.

http://youtu.be/-SOw55BU7yg
(“the holy trinity” quote 1hr 29mins)

I have been reading reviews  written in 2010  on the “Eco Pedagogy movement” .It is basically a type of environmental Anarchist movement, with the idea to incorporate the natural environment and all species of life with the human culture (instead of  the current domination , destruction and exploitation of non human species of life), and combines this with the ideolog(ies)  of this author (Freire, Paulo) of “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”  as well as that of Ivan Illich and Herbert Marcuse (American culture from the eyes of the oppressed and the educational system , how that keeps the status quo).Of course, those in power rule public education to indoctrinate and subjugate people in order to  oppress people and to keep them oppressed, thus the great need for changing in the practices of our educational system, in order to make changes in society.

I’ve yet to get my hands on the book though and am anxious to get it, so hopefully I’ll have it soon.

I was excited to find this video as I did not know it existed.Currently Richard Kahn, and others  head  the movement.
The  (NY Peter Lang Publishers, 2010) book  “Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy,  and Planetary Crisis: The Ecopedagogy Movement” by Richard Kahn, The movement’s:
” roots lie within early environmental education and educators’ and philosophers’ teachings including those of:
Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed), Ivan Illich, and Herbert Marcuse.”
And… the Ecopedagogy movement :
” challenges educators to critically engage and join the nascent but growing international ecopedagogy movement.  and seeks  to cultivate and appreciate human beings’ collective and communal potentials in the struggle to achieve convivial life on Earth. ”
“Ecopedagogy as a potential Illichean social and  educational “tool for conviviality,” a tool that creates the possibility for “individual freedom realized in personal interdependence”

Richard Kahn, the nominal leader of the Ecopedagogy movement (as he expanded and bases on Freire, et al),  as stated above. is a Professor at Berkley in Calif. and  can be contacted on FB.

 

I am very grateful once again, another milestone reached 4,800 views. I hope to continue bringing content worth reading all through the coming turbulent year.

I’d like to use this opportunity to quote Noam Chomsky.

“I was never aware of any other option but to question everything.”
― Noam Chomsky

Love, light and peace x

Blwddyn Newydd Dda / Happy New Year to all my visitors

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In the tradition of Chomsky, we should question the award by Rupert Murdoch’s Times newspaper of UKIP’s Nigel Farage as Briton of the Year. I think the analysis has been perfectly assessed by Mark McGowan, The Artist Taxi Driver. There is an insidious agenda in the media to move the paradigm of politics dangerously  right-wing.

McGowan explains this right wing agenda perfectly

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BOmKb7VNyA8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pA-a_JjdtY

Revealed: Police using pre-charge bail to muzzle protesters
Exclusive Data obtained by the Guardian substantiates claims that hundreds of innocent people were banned from attending lawful demonstrations.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/25/revlealed-police-using-pre-charge-bail-muzzle-protesters

Since 2008 police have arrested at least 855 people in England and Wales and then released them on pre-charge bail, setting a date to return to the police station. Until their return, those bailed were prohibited from attending any demonstration.

However, 85 percent, or about 732 people, have never been charged, according to data the Guardian collected using the Freedom of Information Act.

the 500 arrests by the Metropolitan Police since 2008, only 15 people have been charged. In the same way the City of London, Essex and Sussex police banned 120 people. On average only one in seven has been charged.

Citing “additional research”, The Guardian assumed the actual number of bans imposed could be far greater as some of the bail conditions given by custody sergeants were not picked up by the scope of the newspaper’s information requests.

In the UK, no court permission is required for a custody sergeant to hand out a protest ban. Should a protester violate this restriction, an arrest for breach of bail could follow. However, people on pre-charge bail can appeal to a magistrate.

“Bail is becoming an instrument that is being used by people without recourse to the judicial process. It is essentially to punish protesters and curb their right to demonstrate,” Rachel Harger of leading human rights law firm Bindmans told the newspaper. “It is effectively the police conducting their own extra-judicial justice without going to court.”

In the meantime, police managed to prove that in 123 cases they had enough evidence to start proceedings against the suspects.

However, civil liberties and protest groups insist that using bail is just a way of “disrupting protest activity without the inconvenience of dealing with a formal legal process.”

“As a result of the police’s long track record of misusing pre-charge conditions against protesters in an irresponsible way, we believe the only solution is the complete withdrawal of this power for all protest-related offences,” The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol), a group which seeks to monitor public order, protest and street policing, said.

According to the policy officer of civil liberties group Liberty, Rachel Robinson, “the lack of limits on police bail make it liable to abuse and misuse, and can act to frustrate, rather than further, prosecutions.”

“Its use against protesters raises particular concerns, potentially chilling peaceful dissent for protracted periods without any prospect of criminal conviction,” she added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Christmas on CHRISTMAS ISLAND!
Whose main occupants are held in an Australian refugee camp where many have committed suicide or sewn up their mouths in protest at the conditions.
Their crime?
They are Iranian CHRISTIANS who fled religious persecution, torture and mutilation.
Happy Jesus’ birthday guys…
(I did art on this subject and had a first in my FDip)

 

The yellow sheet background – Oceania (Leap of Faith)

this artwork depicts acts of extreme distress spread amongst Iranians in Baxter IDC. It highlights the plight of Christian Iranian refugees who fled their homeland of Iran where there are over 70 forms of state sanctioned torture, for the refuge of Australia only to find themselves; men, women and children, detained indefinitely at Baxter Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island. One of the most remote islands of the Pacific. There have been rooftop protests where inmates have committed suicide by jumping to their deaths. Some of the most shocking acts of extreme distress were the teenage boys who sewed up their own mouths while on hunger strike. This case has been labelled “barbarity by omission”.

The shallow relief design that is reminiscent of a palm tree island is in fact a rendering of a close up photograph of the boy who sewed up his mouth in protest at being detained behind bars, his crime was fleeing religious persecution and torture.

https://discordion.wordpress.com/my-art/concept-artworks/development-works/structural-violence-page-under-construction/

 

 

What is the cost of free speech?

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“Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.” I.F. Stone

We have all heard Lincoln’s dictum,

“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

But we should add the political truth “But you can fool enough of the people enough of the time.”

Without objective information, there can be no meaningful free choices.
Most people believe they have a range of choices in their daily lives and that they may choose among them freely. That is, they intuitively believe that their choices are made autonomously and without outside interference.

How many individual daily decisions are determined by some degree of media manipulation?

Well, for many they can include what we eat, what we wear, how we entertain ourselves, how we groom ourselves. Those that use the media to try to sway our behaviour declare that they are simply providing information that allows informed choices: “advertising ensures that we don’t have to settle for second best. It helps us exercise our right to choose.”

However, this is problematic. Advertisers seek to restrict choice, not broaden it and ultimately they want to determine the choice for you.

So, generally, what you see as a range of choices is really limited options within a predetermined context – the context of the marketplace. (Termed elsewhere as the Overton Window)

And your freedom of choice?

Your choice may well be made on the basis of which product sponsor is most effective in manipulating your perceptions.

This is media determinism in action and it has proven very successful. U.S. businesses spend some $70 billion a year on TV advertising alone. And, as one ad executive comments, “companies would not invest [that much money] in something they thought didn’t work.”

This is discouraging news for those who believe in the everyday consumer’s freedom of choice.

There are, however, other categories of our lives where media determines our thoughts.
You would think that when it comes to choosing political leaders and deciding between war and peace, the public would deserve information approaching objectivity. This is exactly what they never get.

For instance, political campaign promises and party platforms are almost never scrutinized by the media, nor does the media point out that they are only rarely translated into post-election blueprints for action. Instead the media present manipulated information.

Yet such is the power of the myth of democracy that the charade is ongoing.
The mass media are quasi-governmental organs, predictably predictable and predictably dishonest. The truth is not in them.

You don’t need to ban or censor newspapers or critical books, because the only people who read them already agree with them. You don’t need to kick in doors at three in the morning to seize forbidden computers or duplicators. People might revolt against that sort of thing. Better just to keep prohibited topics off the networks and out of the papers with a well-placed word, a hint that access to government spokespersons will be withdrawn or that advertisers will go elsewhere. It is enough.
The alliance between government and media can be seen in what soon followed President Bush’s determination to attack Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9-11, led to an orchestrated campaign of misinformation.

In March of 2003, as the invasion took place, polls showed that between 72% and 76% of Americans supported the president’s war. In doing so, did they exercise free choice? Most of them would probably have told you that they did. Yet a strong argument can be made that because of the misinformation given them in the run-up to the war – for instance, misinformation about the Iraqi people’s desire to be rescued from Saddam Hussein and the notorious issue of weapons of mass destruction – they were in fact victims of the media.

This system is breaking down under the onslaught of the internet.

Papers are losing both credibility and circulation. So are the television and radio networks. We now have a press of two tiers, the establishment media and the net, with sharply differing narratives.

The internet is now primary. The bright get their news from around the web and then read The Times to see how the paper of record will prevaricate.

People increasingly judge the media by the web, not the web by the media. Before the internet, people who wanted a high level of intellectual community had to move to a large city or live on the campus of a good university. Magazines of small circulation delivered by snail mail helped a bit, but not much. Today, email, specialized websites, and list serves put people of like mind in Canberra, Buenos Aires, Bali, and Toronto in the same living room, so to speak. There exists now a decreasing ability to control opinion.

Because growing communication of voiceless groups to realize that they are numerous and have interests in common. It’s a new ball game.

The major media are not comfortable with intelligence. Television is worst, the medium of the illiterate, barely literate, stupid, uneducated, and uninterested. It cannot afford to air much that might puzzle these classes. They are dull because they have to be, bland because they must avoid offending anyone, controlled because they can be. They write to the least common denominator of their clientele because they have to be comprehensible to non-specialist readers.

A major component of the free press illusion is the notion that some media outlets are more liberal while others are more right wing. Widespread belief in this myth further limits the already limited parameters of accepted debate.

The media are as liberal or conservative as the corporations that own them.

Whether you label them liberal or conservative, most major media outlets are large corporations owned by or aligned with even larger corporations, and they share a common strategy: selling a product (an affluent audience) to a given market (advertisers).
Therefore, we shouldn’t find it too shocking that the image of the world being presented by a corporate-own press very much reflects the biased interests of the elite. That’s why every major daily newspaper has a business section, but not a labour section.

Links:
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Thank You all Four Thousand Seven Hundred Visitors

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda/ Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

It’s been a very surprising year, I never thought I’d get this amount of interest in the work that I’m doing or the items that I blog about. Next year it will be more of the same but zoning in on what I have termed in my M.A research paper as “the aesthetics of resistance”, the means by which we can all express resistance through use of art.


As a thank you, here’s today’s alternative Queen’s Christmas Message from Mark McGowan – The Artist Taxi Driver.

http://youtu.be/lqR44WVvUdY


Banker’s Xmas bonuses are up 20% on last year.
Wages are down 21% in real term.
Merry Fucking Christmas SHEEPLE!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXJBT-t3JB8