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You Think You Know Someone, and Then He Gets on a Stage and Blows Your Mind

Matt Damon isn’t asking you to start a revolution, but when you hear this, you might anyway. If you don’t love what you’re hearing after the first 29 seconds, jump to 3:31 for a nugget of truth that every American can stand behind.

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  • brandollars

    You should give credit where credit is due. He’s reading a piece of writing by Howard Zinn

    • Vernersdatter

      They did, it says so on the banner :)

    • Hilary Koe

      But not in the headline, or the introduction to the piece. These make it sound as if it is Damon who will “blow our minds” not Zinn.

      • Sue Cain Gordon

        That’s true, but sadly, Howard Zinn is not widely known in this country (should be) but Matt Damon is … I applaud him for leveraging his celebrity in a positive direction. How many more people will watch and start to consider the words because they come out of his mouth?

    • http://voodoowarez.com rektide de la fey

      Seriously low dog journalism:
      “YOU THINK YOU KNOW SOMEONE, AND THEN HE GETS ON A STAGE AND BLOWS YOUR MIND”
      Could hardly be a more direct way to let people think this is Damon’s words. 4th estate seriously complicit in fooling us into false ends.

  • Blake Stanton

    This sounds good and inspirational. I would like to see the framework to implement such ideas into actions. Unfortunately, all you have to do is follow the money to know where we are going to be taken. Collectives of well-intentioned people are better at discussing rather than achieving such lofty goals.

    • Chris Bacher

      So let us start discussing achieving.

      • Blake Stanton

        I am currently unavailable to reply to your message, however I will contact you as soon as possible. Have a great day. Thank you.

    • PithHelmut

      There are numerous things we can do. We don’t have to wait for laws. Let’s just do the right thing now. For example, take your money out of the big banks and use credit unions, buy only organic, don’t buy anything new, buy used, don’t buy from big box stores, use cash for making purchases locally because they pay a fee to the credit card companies. Use credit cards only at gas stations and supermarket chains. Buy organic because that supports good farming practices. Sometimes I think of others but there’s a whole lot here.

      • Blake Stanton

        I am currently unavailable to reply to your message, however I will contact you as soon as possible. Have a great day. Thank you.

      • cleverinwa

        “Big banks” give THOUSANDS of people jobs, not even just the people that work for them. Think about the construction workers that build for them, the software companies that help develop their products and the service sector that cleans them. Walmart hires people that noone else will. Credit unions ALSO do good but do not have the capacity to support the needs of mass amounts of people and their needs ( which is why there is a migration BACK) I have both! I need both! I also choose organic food myself, but know that currently we could not possibly support the nation’s food needs with only organic food. Maybe we just need the right people working in the right places to make a difference with the resources we already have. These extremes are what cause so much damage! Seek balance and seek to make a difference no matter where you work or who you work for. It IS in our hands! So shut up and go to work!

        • Healthy Mom

          If everyone moves to credit unions, the credit unions will need to hire the bank employees who lost their jobs because the corrupt banks were shut down. If everyone buys organic foods, it will cause the demand for the family farm to once again rise above the farms run by big business that are intentionally poisoning us all with products that are full of chemicals, medicines, and sickness. It isn’t the extremes causing damage, it is the corruption. You are right, it is in our hands to make the world right once again. Several European countries have seen the light and are moving away from the corruption. May we do the same before it is too late.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      Voting 3rd party in conjunction with other forms of activism is what’s needed. Another puppet republicrat will continue the same BS that Bush Jr. and Obama have done. Another installed republicrat will continue to finance foreign aid operations like the U.S. funded rape holocaust in the Congo.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szEu9Ag

      • Blake Stanton

        I am currently unavailable to reply to your message, however I will contact you as soon as possible. Have a great day. Thank you.

  • DL

    I agree with Blake. It sounds good on paper and in this speech, but how do we obtain that kind of control back when Americans stand threatened by their own govt and live in fear of retribution? Were is the backbone of America from the 60′s and 70′s where we stood up for the rights with boycotts and large rally to promote peace? Is this America gone for good?

    • PithHelmut

      We don’t have to go along with everything so much and support those who go against the rules. Even in driving. We sit at a red arrow in the middle of the night with nobody around for miles. We obey arrows! We obey anyone that purports to be “in authority”. We consent. Well cancel that contract and just know that we adhere to universal law not laws made by criminals. Here’s a guy who did it and it’s inspirational: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=714094318618828

      • Steph

        PithHelmut- Thank you for sharing that video- It was great! :)
        From an Aussie girl :D

        • Charlie

          Hey Steph, are you an actress?

          • Steph

            No? Why is that?

          • Charlie

            Oh I know someone in Syd who is an actor, same name and loves MatT Damon as a person and actor etc.

    • TMakonnen

      Any mass demonstrations will be dealt with severely…..if they are allowed at all. The tactics will include: surveillance of any organizers up to and including arrest in the middle of the night (on charges that will later be dismissed) to quash the event, “corralling” or splitting up the demonstrators to keep them from amassing, arresting them for (a) standing on the sidewalk (b) not standing on the sidewalk (c) not “moving” (d) moving (e) *not* doing anything at all they are told to, despite the legality or even the sensibleness (f) ad nauseum, because by now you are getting the picture. Some have been arrested on felony and/or terrorism charges for holding signs which say things comparing banks to crimes with guns.

      The only way to win? Well…as I see it: Mass non-violent civil disobedience. If 100,000 people all were to sit down in the street at the same time, what could the “authorities” do? They can only arrest so many.

      I believe that this tactic would quickly break the death-grip the Rulers have on us. (As far as keeping us from demonstrating.) Once it caught on, the Rulers would either have to capitulate, or escalate, with escalation being the more likely. They’d call it a “threat to national security” and water or sound cannon all the demonstrators.

      Am I wrong?

      • lindi

        knowing how things are i would assume if anything like that were to happen the government (obama) would try and declare martial law and use whatever powers he could to use our military (even though the Consitution Bans this), our Guardsmen, our law enforcement to come out against us. He has prepaired for this. Guardsmen are suspose to be under the control of the Governor of the State in which they are. There are currently only 7 states inwhich this is true anymore. Changes have been made without alot of people knowing this already. That is why Obama fired over 200 High ranking military command officers this year already. Because they would NOT follow his orders blindly. He has been setting up the world stage for this. Check it out. Im not joking. And I am prior USAF myself. I personally cant say how many of our own military would stand up and fight against the American People but it is a scarry thought. This is why all our guns are registered our bullets are accounted for and it it hard to get more now.

        • Trish House

          People need land, shelter & a food supply to stave off homelessness. Our government holds in “trust for” us nearly 30% of our land which is equivalent to 1,115,344 square miles and is equal to the combined land masses of Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Greece, New Zealand, Ireland, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Liechtenstein, the Cayman Islands, Anguilla, and Bermuda. Combined these countries support populations of 383,502,896 people which is 66,533,896 MORE PEOPLE THAN THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES in the 1/3 of the land mass the U.S. government controls. yet the poverty rate in the U.S. is higher than ever with these stats available – “Higher recent rates of unemployment mean the lifetime risk of experiencing economic insecurity now runs even higher: 79%, or 4 in 5 adults, by the time they turn 60.

          The banks hoard 18.6 million homes to protect the market while throwing the families in them out onto the streets. We must protect PEOPLE, not profit.

          What we the People need to do is agree that through taxation, mortgages based on invented money and usurious interest rates, bailouts, etc. that we have PAID IN FULL FOR AMERICA. Then hold a debt jubilee so we no longer have any obligation to the creators of fake money and so that all homes are owned outright by their occupants. Then make sure that every American has a free and fair share of the land and its resources so we each have bootstraps to pull up on. This will likely end all wars, most crime, violence and real suffering in our society. Who wouldn’t choose this?

          • Jane Farmer

            Then bad weather comes, who do you call? stupid…

          • David Palmer

            each other silly

          • Jane Farmer

            Oh yea, your friends will send millions to fix you up!!

          • Trish House

            No, we would not call you because you cannot think in solutions….

        • Nellie Price

          Then get the word out to the military,cause all of them come from a family that would be fighting back,they will definitely not come and shoot their own family ,would they?

          • Jordan Breon

            Many would, if history is any indication. This is why the government has been undermining the family unit. People who depend on the State for healthcare, food, clothing, water, and shelter are more likely to passively allow the State to accrue illegitimate power because they fear not doing so will result in a loss of those giveaways. The first loyalty is to the provider, which is increasingly not your family unit but your State government. It has already destroyed black families and whites are on their way.

            Add in an educational system dominated by the State and an economy so badly corrupted that the only real option for young adults is government/military jobs, and you’ve got a recipe for trouble. Would a 22 year old infantry Sergeant with 2 kids fight on for the State against his fellow Americans if choosing not to resulted in a loss of benefits and being tossed out into the sea of unemployed? I certainly fear that answer.

          • Nellie Price

            Yes they will,for the simple reason of survival!!!Can anyone blame them? NO!!!It is to late to try and change the “system” because we slept while they were implementing the “system”! All that is left for us (the public of the WHOLE world) is to go with the flow and at least SURVIVE!!!I for one will NEVER let my family suffer for the good of my fellow man,because 9out of 10 times they WON’T do that for you,BECAUSE they also say the same as I survival is foremost important!!!!!

        • Janster12

          I am not to much of an Obama fan, but you my friend have been completely brainwashed by the Koch-pac machines. Either that or you are just plain ignorant. All our guns are registered???? IF ONLY! Bullets accounted for???? lol The same people pushing these lies (The gun manufacturers and their lobbyists, the NRA) are busy cranking out millions of rounds of ammunition a day, and have made it impossible to have even the most pathetic tea party lunatics and the criminally insane register their guns. Even murderous assholes like Zimmerman own unregistered weapons. Nope, sorry Mr. ex-USAF but the only things you have to have ID’s and registration for these days is to Vote (a democratic right) and to drive a car.

          • Elizabeth Bell

            He was talking about the rifles and guns on military posts and bases. They are all locked away from the troops. You don’t use them usless you have authorization…he was not referring to privately held firearms. BTW most crimes are committed by illegally obtained firearms. The second amendment is the only thing holding our Leviathan gov. at bay.

          • anna

            you my friend are a lier and not too bright. GZ gun was registered. and he was found not guilty.

          • John Humphreys

            How do you spell “liar”, and do you consider yourself to be bright? BTW, data is not the plural for anecdote.

        • samtzurr

          The president doesn’t declare martial law. The Supreme Court ruled Lincoln’s declaration illegitimate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_parte_Milligan

          But Congress certainly can, under Article 1, Section 9, and they did alongside Lincoln. That act was never repealed, and thus, martial law has been in effect for over a century and a half.

        • sdgrant71

          Are you kidding? You think the US govt using the military to put down uprising of US citizens started with Obama???Then you know nothing of labor strikes, antiwar movements and civil rights movements. Not to speak of the Patriot Act. How old are you?

      • AaronGill

        Yes. You are. What then? The mobs have no patience. They will believe they get what they want and go home.

        Then what? That is why things end up the way they do, time after time. It takes everyone being willing to always fight for each other’s freeman rights.

        Why do you think they (rulers) advocate a disarmed society?

        • TMakonnen

          Concur about the Rulers wanting an asymmetrical power balance. I am very pro-2nd amendment, AND I’m a flaming Liberal. (There should be no more rights takenaway from the people, certainly not such an explicitly deliniated one)

          What I’ve noticed is that there is almost no change in the Status Quo regardless of which bought-and-paid-forr party occupies the White House. Studies show that our elected officials do not represent us; they represent those with money. What will it take for Americans to shrug off the people who are suppposed to represent them, but instead are f%#*^%g them?

          • Elizabeth Bell

            Amen, you sound more like a libertarian than a dem. If you are a dem, maybe it’s time to start checking out the libertarian circles.

      • Nellie Price

        No you are not wrong you are living under DICTATORSHIP posing as a Government for the people by the people!!!

      • Matthew Wilson

        They have Fema camps placed all across the country to accommodate the ‘civilly disobedient’, and ‘prolonged detention’ to ensure they change nothing.

      • db1db2d

        You could be wrong.. or right. But I think the KEY is to remain open to other options. I think it possible that the “over-reaction” to mass civil disobedience tends to unleash a sometimes a more unified and greater mass of disobedience. Early protestors will bear the brunt of violence by the “state” (or city) but serve the purpose of sacrificial lambs. i.e. the Kent State massacre was a more “powerful” event than all the other demonstrations put together. Why? Human nature. Revulsion changed a lot of minds. Anger and disbelief changed even more and also activated sympathy for the anti-war movement.

        BUT…. If that doesn’t produce the desired result, consider introducing a new paradigm that might produce the desired result in a freaking hurry. Civil disobedience can also take the form of withdrawal, of NOT SHOWING UP. Given that the “Forces of Evil” that we are facing are Banks and other Multi-National Corporations, who’s lifeblood is the flow of money,.. get their attention by interrupting the flow of money. Make the necessary preparations in your own life to sustain you for the short amount of time it will take to produce the desired result, and STOP SHOWING UP. Remove yourself from their equation, from their economy. The bastards are living in a delusion in which WE are only consumers, not an integral part of their survival as institutions. Remove your money from their institutions, remove your debt payments and divest yourself of investments in their economy, then remove yourself, by not going to work, by not patronizing big box stores and the products of the Multi-nationals. The politicians will see a huge drop in “Withholding” cash flow. The are three primary labor unions that could shut down the flow of product (and a lot of people) in this nation in ONE DAY if they got in on the act.

        As in any movement, the biggest hurdle is to get large masses of people off their asses, even if each is only going to take baby steps like boycotting, while others do the confrontation part.

      • tailpipe05 .

        NAZI TACTICS ARE IN FULL USE RIGHT NOW !!!

    • Joshua Rastra

      stand up for what you believe. All the doubts will go away.

    • Michael Lee Kunschner

      By 70′s you mean the 1770′s? where a war was started for a 2% tea tax? Where is that backbone indeed!

      • James

        The Beacon of Light has had the color of the bulb changed.
        Those people made a clear and open Declaration of Open Rebellion.

        Today, EVERYTHING is Taxed, and we take it in stride. The hours of our lives, our very value is up to arbitrary “minimum wages” aimed at appeasement.

        Everyday that passes by more and more children are being either indoctrinated or turned against the very nation they are being raised in.

        So many social divides, this country cannot be United through one rallying cry alone

        There is no enemy without, there is only the enemy within.

        If we truly are the “99%” I shed a lone tear, for we resign ourselves to defeat as we are 99% powerless.

    • guismo37

      You should search about the civil problem in Michoacan México. There an example of civil disobedience and people control is taking place, really inspiring for the entire country. It can be done, the only problem is the state of confort that every one has. Revolutions starts in dead ends.

    • paul_23

      “We” start by first eliminating the word “we” from our vocabulary, followed very closely by eliminating “have to”. When “we” finally acknowledge that it’s OK for “ME” to be LEFT THE F*** ALONE! by “we”, it’ll be a better world. Because a world in which “we” leaves ME alone, “We” will leave YOU alone, too.

    • mrempty

      Uhhh, hate to break it to ya bud, those of you that were protesting etc are the voting force now. Your generation is responsible for this mess.

    • David Cleinman

      It’s not the gov’t that is pulling the strings of the nation. It is the super rich a la the MIC, the O&G industry, the banks (especially the FED), and the giant media establishments (Fox is the most dedicated to social control, but the rest are close behind)… these giant corporations and financial institutions have commandeered our democratic process. The media, owned by large conglomerates and super wealthy individuals is spreading a unique misinformation campaign where they share only some relevant information, twisted to push an agenda, and ignore other information that is far more significant, but contradicts their agenda. We can stand united, but united to some means that others must go. Our world is all we have. When people see that, they will make better choices (and they better see it soon, because it needs our help to survive!).

    • Brian Klein

      The problem is compliance. Americans can be held in fear of retribution simply because we have no association with unity. We let our day to day lives divide us. MSM uses all the tools they can to create a divisive culture in America: racism, politics, religion, etc. As long as we let the Gov’t and MSM work in unison to divide and conquer the will of the American people to be seen as one, we will never achieve the power in ourselves to stand up against Gov’t. When we strip the labels they give us, the camps they want us to be in, and we start to care more about our fellow man more than the Kardashians, we will be able to stand together and fight any retribution the Gov’t puts upon an individual, for they will be acting against the whole of US! Freedom wasn’t easy to gain back in 1776, and it sure as hell isn’t going to be easy now, but I’m ready for the fight.

    • Mark

      I’ve been asking this for years. We seem to have lost our balls as a society somewhere in the last 40 years or so, and that makes implementing the spirit of this speech nearly impossible. My parents’ generation would have revolted rather than allowed their government to behave the way it does today. Cameras on every street corner, the Patriot Act, things like that never would’ve happened. We’re happy nowadays to sit back, get fat, and hope the government is “taking care of us” at whatever cost (and believe them when they say they are), and barely raise a stir when they behave badly.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      We have to vote 3rd party or the republicrats will just support more foreign aid operations, like the U.S. funded rape holocaust in the Congo.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szEu9Ag

  • gena123

    drivel

    • PithHelmut

      I just wonder why you think it’s drivel gena. Please elaborate.

  • Mark Reis

    And yet… let a “Repuglican” disobey, and watch this shallow, myopic little jack wagon call them “obstructionists”.

    This guy is the furthest thing from the nuanced, erudite thinker the left credits him as being.

    • Raymond G. Whitham

      Go away teabagger. The citizens of this country are tired of your lies and holding the country, the Republican Party, and the citizens of this country back. By 2016, your “leaders” will all have slithered away back to oblivion along with Sanitroium, Palin, Bachmann, and others.

      • Mark Reis

        Now, come on Raymond. Surely you can be more tolerant than that.

        Take a civil rest.

        • Raymond G. Whitham

          I am not tolerant of ignorant idiots that try to discredit a hero because he was not perfect and never said he was. OK, now you can put your head back up your ass.

      • Jeff Adamson

        yes…you dont agree with me so go away. I will call you a name to boot! Ah, the tolerant left

    • WileEColi

      He’s criticized the left multiple times. These are not left vs right issues he’s talking about.

      Look past your tribalism. I know you can do it if you try. I believe in you.

      • Mark Reis

        Oh yeah. Real centrist guy, that one.
        A quick perusal of your prior posts reveals that you’re every bit as left leaning as Damon, EColi. And that quick perusal further reveals that you’ve previously used your trite little “tribalism” soliloquy as well.

        It may not be the literary gem you apparently think it is.

        • WileEColi

          I wasn’t soliloquizing, I was telling you directly: You’re blinded by tribalism.

        • Christopher Lairdriver

          Maybe you should try viewing his statements from a bi-partisan unbiased viewpoint instead of trying to bottle him into one thing or another. Be honest with yourself, do people express their beliefs from a Political standpoint all the time? Or do people express their beliefs from a standpoint of their own that might relate to politics. I heard Matt Damon talk about the problems of the World. Not a partisan attack.

          All of the problems are our problems. We created this massive mess. We feed a machine that would die without us. We want cheap goods from China, but want to ignore that Americans aren’t getting the jobs that we should be giving them to make these products. Everybody is guilty of profiting off of the backs of the poor – and now it is coming back to haunt us.

          The Wealthy elite aren’t the only problem out there. There is greed everywhere. The system is unbalanced, we will never have economic freedom and stability in the World until everybody has the same opportunities that we have in a first World nation. Damon’s opinion is just one opinion.

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  • Joe Bobby Van Vactor

    Matt Damon, the one percent condemning the one percent. Anything for attention and to make people think he is something he really is not.

    • WileEColi

      Yeah. If he wanted to have an opinion on wealth inequality in the country, he should have never made any money. Because we all know that you shouldn’t have opinions about things that you know about.

      • Joe Bobby Van Vactor

        You miss the point all together. No sense in talking to you.

    • Annie Tee

      I had this thought for a fleeting moment. Then I realized that condemning him for recognizing that the wealth distribution is fucked and agreeing something should be done about it, even though he benefits from it, is like saying white people who are against racism are hypocritical. Its not his fault he came out on the upside of an unbalanced system, and he didn’t earn his immense wealth through corruption, fraud, crime, exploitation and/or greed, nor does he use his wealth that way now, like the people who are accountable for fucking up the system did.

      • PithHelmut

        Yeah but even the rich can keep their carbon footprint low. They don’t have to live in fancy houses. They can start a foundation with the money over say $1M. That’s enough, that’s more than enough. Even living at that level is extravagant. If you’re an environmentalist then you should be living within about a 60K income level. That is comfortable (not if you jet around in fossil fuels everywhere though) Even the famous must be held to a low carbon footprint. It is still comfortable but there is no place for extravagance anymore. It’s just obscene with seven billion on the planet.

        • Christopher Lairdriver

          Carbon footprint is a ridiculous term. You could be a fat slob living in a 2000 sq foot home that drives a massive SUV and leave a larger carbon footprint then a ultra rich person. We don’t live in China or Cuba – you don’t get to tell people how much money they can have or how they can level. Everybody wants to be rich. Being rich gives you the freedom to do the things you want to do and live the way you want to live. If everybody was rich we wouldn’t have the problems we have now – because everybody would be equal.

          There are many many Billionaires out there right now donating entire fortunes to help the poor, to fight disease etc. The kids have been left out of the Will. Buffet and Gates left an undisclosed amount to their kids, I am sure it is a handsome some. But not Billions.

          Just because a person has money – doesn’t mean they are evil or the villain. I know somebody who is extremely rich – he is nicer then pretty much any other half assessed person I work with. He is humble and helps others. You wouldn’t be able to tell he is rich. He drives a Nissan Ultima and is worth over $100 Million. He lives a modest house.

          Money isn’t the problem. People are the problem. People create money problems. The root of all evil is not money – it is the people that control it.

          • Linda Harvey

            Greed, Power, Self interest.

          • STaeLTH

            With that being said BILL Gates, is one of those Evil people, whom earned his money stealing from others, backstabbing others, not to mention the biggest advocate for poisonous vaccines.. HE should NOT EVER be lumped into a group of do gooder billionaires.. Although i fully agree with the rest of your statement :D

    • Kaylasa

      Matt didn’t steal money. It’s not a crime to be rich. One extreme is to become a criminal in order to get money. The other extreme is to believe being rich is a sin.

    • Christopher Lairdriver

      Lawyers and people making over $200,000 are 1%. The real people you are talking about are the 0.01%. The Billionaires, Kings and Elite. He is trying to do his part. He earned his money the right way. Off his back not off of others.

    • Rachel Collier

      really? compare Matt Damon’s career to that of his former Boston room mate. Never remember Matt donning a super hero costume for box office sales…unless acting in the movie the Green Zone, which questions if WMD ever existed in Iraq, to be selling out…Yes, he’s an actor, making money, and also trying to make a point…why should it be wrong for someone to use their popularity to draw attention to a problem or issue? Is it any different than FarmAid, BandAid or the 2012 concert to benefit survivors of Sandy?

  • Hillary 2016

    Matt adored you in the Bourne Identity series after that you started to suck..dude what happened?

  • Simon Ross

    “obedience is the knife that guts the will of man” Joseph of Cupertino”

  • Mary

    How do we start.. By taking back control.. Control of who we allow to be elected into office. Who we allow to vote for us in the house and in the Senate. Who we allow to work for us and install the programs and laws that we as Citizen through vote allow them to enact. We make it very clear to any and all politicians, you work for us and if you go off track to work for corporations or to be swayed into voting for issues that are not in the best interest of us, the citizens of this country, that politician we will demand their resignation and they will leave office. We have the right through voting to take this country back and not put up with the crap thats going on.. Any employee of companies in this country to fail drug test are terminated. We have a congressional officer who needs to be relieved from his duties permanently. This is the time for the Watchers to be watched..

    • Spelunker4Plato

      Voting third party in conjunction with other forms of activism is what’s needed. Another installed republicrat will just continue financing foreign aid operations like the U.S. funded rape holocaust in the Congo.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szEu9Ag

  • David Frank

    How can we get this New Plan for America to Matt Damon? A plan to give All Americans A Real Voice on the Issues Affecting Their Lives…We Now Have the Necessary Communication Technology to Bring the Collective Consciousness Together..Let`s Use It..THE “FRANK’ ANSWERS TO OUR ISSUES ARE THE “PEOPLE`S ANSWERS TO OUR ISSUES…HERE IS THE PLAN TO ASK THE “PEOPLE.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QsguUPA_z7k

  • InalienableWrights

    He got a lot right. He understands the symptoms, but he is myopic.

    He
    has no clue about what is causing the symptoms nor the full solution.
    He is awakening and headed in the right direction. I do not think he
    is a capitalist nor does he understand capitalism.
    He seems to think that weath is a zero sum game. That is very scary.

  • Sabo

    AGAIN WITH NIXON AND MCCARTHY! HAVE ANY OF THESE CELEBUTARDS EVER HEARD THE NAME OF THE GUY CURRENTLY IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND IF SO WHY DO THEY REFUSE TO SAY HIS NAME? ……. REPEAT AFTER ME HOLLYWOOD RETARDS, “OBAMA.” REPEAT AFTER ME, “OOOOOOOOOOOOOO BAAAAAAAAAAAAA MAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.”

    • mike

      it says he’s reading from a Howard Zinn speech.
      Reading comprehension skills. Repeat after me, “READING COMPREHENSION SKILLS”

    • Jen Stewart

      He’s reading from one of Zinn’s speeches from 1970… so Nixon was very relevant. Did you not read the title before going off on your tirade?

  • SPiet

    obedience is NOT the problem, the problem is who we choose to be obedient too, if people chose to be obedient to God and follow his ways than we wouldn’t have the imbalance in society to begin with. the world says: “me first then everyone else” God says : “treat others as you would treat yourself”. if you want to be disobedient choose to be disobedient to hate, be obedient to love; but what is love truly? Love is to be patient, love is to be kind, love is to put others needs before your own, love does not envy, love does not boast, love is not proud, love is not rude, love means you are not angered easily, love is not self seeking, love keeps no records of wrong, love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. love protects, love trusts, love hopes, love perseveres and love never fails. again obedience is not the problem, because you are always going to be obedient to someone or something or else there will be anarchy, since we agree the ways of the world is NOT working why not choose to be obedient to God’s ways and no not man’s ideas of what God’s ways is or choose to be, but rather what He himself has penned in the book about himself he has left us….. read the bible for yourself and stop listening to the false ideas you might have about God and if you at first do not understand it , read it again… after all Oprah will still be there in the morning, but life as you know it might not.

    • Raphael

      The bible has been used to keep my best friend obedient to an abusive husband for far to many years, he uses it in anger for control, he uses it to crush her hopes, he uses it and his silver sharp tongue to boast that he is more godly than she and therefor she must repent her sins for wanting to leave a marriage that has torn her down and almost erased every last bit of who she is. I’ve read the new testament. Shortly after Jesus was killed a community was formed. The spiritual leaders demanded the community tithe. One couple did not. God smote them to the ground instantly with lightning. That is not love and understanding. That is malice, greed and control. So please excuse me if I do not share your ideals.

      • A&S

        Raphael, you plainly read the New Testament a long time ago, while drunk.

        Firstly, they were not struck down with lightning so stop embroidering.

        Secondly, you miss the point entirely. They were not struck down because they refused to tithe. They didn’t even have to join the early church: if that were the compulsion why didn’t God strike down everyone who didn’t respond to the apostles’ preaching?

        They were struck down because they lied to God about what they had tithed. They were given a chance to ‘fess up and they didn’t take it. Please get your theological facts straight.

      • SPiet

        well a Godly man would love his wife as Christ loved the church, so no from what you are saying does not sound like he is a man of faith at all, a man of religion maybe but not faith. As for the incorrect quote, no God does not demand us to tithe that is old testament ! When it comes to giving you give what God has laid on your heart to give and you do so joyfully; and according to Matthew you are also not suppose to tell anyone what you gave or did,is between you and God. The couple you are referring to chose to give all the money from their land to the church but then deceived the leaders by telling them that they gave everything which they didn’t. Besides if you read carefully you would see the reason they died is because they thought they could buy their way into heaven. We are not saved by work or money but by faith. In both examples you gave it shows your negativity comes from church leadership and not God. Well then why are you allowing people to give you a distorted view of who God is; reality…99% people professing to be christian , are not.There are many false teachers pretending to be men of god , it is imperative that we study the bible for ourselves, in the new testament in nearly all of Paul letters you would see him warning against false teachers.A true mature Christian leader is supposed to be (according to Ephesians)be a carbon copy of Jesus; like I said there are very few true believers in today’s world.Get to know God on a personal level before choosing to right Him off. As for a Godly man you will know one when you meet one; and he would not need to tell you he is a believer in Christ.

        • Raphael

          I do agree with much you are saying but not with some. I do know that if more who proclaim to be men of god carried traits of Jesus then the world would be a much better place. Sad fact is, through my life, I have encountered very few that actually do. I agree that the world needs to find more love and understanding, the exact kind you speak of and the exact kind Jesus demonstrated. I believe that if it could happen the worlds problems would simply wash away like some bad dream. But I do not agree that if a man, who knows nothing of god or the bible, who spends his hole life through kindness, compassion and good deeds, can have his goodness and kindness claimed by a god he never may have known, let alone one god from one particular religion. I judge gods in the same light I judge men. It is demeaning for any religion to step into a persons life and claim responsibility for all good they have done. As I would not go to a charity that is feeding the homeless and claim that I am the reason these people are doing good, neither can god. It is from within the individual to choose to do those things. When I read the new testament, which I did and excuse me for not remembering the exact situation to a tee, Jesus while alive was a wonderful kind man who was the embodiment of compassion, understanding, selflessness and so much more. I wish all who claimed to be christian demonstrated that. But I know far more who use the bible to meet their own ends, bolster their own self righteousness, and control everything around them. It makes me intensely sad that a story of such a wonderful man is used in this way. In regards to tithing lets look at that section of the bible, which IS in the new testament.

          Acts 5:1-11

          Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
          Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.”
          When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
          About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
          “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
          Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
          At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

          So if god, from the bible, is responsible for all things then it is gods work that they died right then for no other reason apart from holding money from the church and lying. So they betrayed god and therefore deserved to die in the eyes of the church leaders. If you had a child that went and worked at a job, then came home, would you demand part of his pay check or else he deserves to die. If we are to embody godly traits then we would kill that child for lying to us. The church’s leaders were gifted with silver tongues to twist and manipulate the situation to make Ananias appear as the worst kind of human, as well so did the men who wrote the bible. The men who wrote the bible made an example of Ananias to show this is what god will do to you when you lie to us and with hold money from the church. Would you treat a child you claim to love like this.

          This is just one of countless examples of abusive and controlling church leadership. The bible does not have the right to do so and nor does it or any god have the right to claim responsibility for the kindness and love in the hearts of people. The compassion and empathy of people is to be celebrated above all else in my belief, I agree. But, I believe it is found within us, not some book.

        • Raphael

          I do agree with much you are saying but not with some. I do know that if more who proclaim to be men of god carried traits of Jesus then the world would be a much better place. Sad fact is, through my life, I have encountered very few that actually do. I agree that the world needs to find more love and understanding, the exact kind you speak of and the exact kind Jesus demonstrated. I believe that if that could happen the worlds problems would simply wash away like some bad dream. But I do not agree that if a man, who knows nothing of god or the bible, who spends his hole life through kindness, compassion and good deeds, can have his goodness and kindness claimed by a god he never may have known, let alone one god from one particular religion. I judge gods in the same light I judge men. It is demeaning for any religion to step into a persons life and claim responsibility for all good they have done. As I would not go to a charity that is feeding the homeless and claim that I am the reason these people are doing good, neither can god. It is from within the individual to choose to do those things. When I read the new testament, which I did and excuse me for not remembering the exact situation to a tee, Jesus while alive was a wonderful kind man who was the embodiment of compassion, understanding, selflessness and so much more. I wish all who claimed to be christian demonstrated that. But I know far more who use the bible to meet their own ends, bolster their own self righteousness, and control everything around them. It makes me intensely sad that a story of such a wonderful man can be used in this way. In regards to tithing lets look at that section of the bible, which IS in the new testament.

          Acts 5:1-11

          Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
          Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.”
          When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
          About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
          “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
          Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
          At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

          So if god, from the bible, is responsible for all things then it is gods work that they died right then for no other reason apart from holding money from the church and lying. So they betrayed god and therefore deserved to die in the eyes of the church leaders. If you had a child that went and worked at a job, then came home, would you demand part of his pay check or else he deserves to die. If we are to embody godly traits then we would kill that child for lying to us. The church’s leaders were gifted with silver tongues to twist and manipulate the situation to make Ananias appear as the worst kind of human. Would you treat a child like this.

          This is just one of countless examples of abusive and controlling church leadership. The bible does not have the right to do so and nor does it or any god have the right to claim responsibility for the kindness and love in the hearts of people. The compassion and empathy of people is to be celebrated above all else in my belief, I agree. But, I believe it is found within us, not some book.

    • Sue Cain Gordon

      Obedience to god is at the root of some of the most egregious crimes in history – the crusades and the inquisition, burning witches, the genocide of the native Americans, the religious wars in Europe prior to the renaissance, the partisan civil war in Northern Ireland, the modern crisis in the Middle East, slavery in virtually every country in the world (condoned because the enslaved people were heathens), the suppression of women and women’s rights, the persecution of homosexuals, …. and on and on and on. There are 7 Billion people on earth right now – how many gods are represented? Why is your version the correct one? Most people “believe” only what they were taught to believe – and never question, or see that those beliefs are being used to suppress and marginalize others.

  • Daisee

    It’s universal now. There is no stopping the 1%, we are lost.

  • http://theUniverse.name/ Alexander Braun

    Right On Matt! God Speed! <3 :)

  • robertdavidhummel

    Fact…President Obama’s, FAILED and LYING LEADERSHIP….on multiple
    issues, “IS”, the PROFOUND DISRESPECT to the Office of the Presidency.
    The
    People’s opine, “is not”, whether Obama is of any color,The difficulty “IS”, his
    “BEHAVIOUR”, in Obama’s faulty declaration , “To Fundamentally Change
    America”,… “IS”,… the din and angst of “We The People”.
    May our Creator
    continue to Bless, Lead and Guide the Christian Leaders and Patriots, of our

    Great Nation, to Demand Government Compliance, as a minimum, with ALL that
    Our Fore, and Founding Fathers have woven into the Fabric of our America’s
    Foundation.
    May our “Congress, and our Judicial Branches” , provide a rapid
    and resolute solution the present “Disparaging State of Our Union”,…. that WE
    may PREVENT a Literal and Physical “CIVIL WAR”.
    I pledge my Allegiance that I
    will again place life on the line to the cause… “When the Dawns early light,
    and Rockets red glare may be the Call to regain the Freedoms”, that are being
    “Socialistically Stricken”, from this Great Nations Constitutional
    privileges.

    MR Obama…Sarcasm falls out of my mouth like Disrespect to Our Creator
    falls from yours. Some people just need a High Five in, In the Face…With a
    Chair, “Lord Give Me Patience, Because if you give me STRENGTH, I’m Gonna
    Need BAIL MONEY to go with it.”

    Robert David Hummel USA RET

  • Madeline Elizabeth Hutton

    It isn’t the fact that there are laws that’s the problem at all! It’s who’s making them – the corporations & bankers. We can reclaim the People’s government and make laws that protect us like Anti-GMO, Anti-Fracking, Anti-Lobbying, etc. Let’s make sure we keep the focus on who’s really running things and not shoot ourselves in the foot by stripping what protections remain by toppling the government, we need to weed out the corruption and get it back to We The People, as intended and written.

    • cloud_buster

      I doubt the people who make their livings farming GMO crops, or fracking for natural gas would feel “protected.” I doubt all the businesses that run on clean energy produced by fracking would feel “protected.” I guess all the people who aren’t starving to death because of GMO crops wouldn’t feel “protected.” I guess the people who feel like they’re not getting a voice in their government because they’re not allowed to petition the government for redress of grievances (otherwise known as lobbying) wouldn’t feel protected.

      There are vast swaths of people out there who don’t share your values and goals. Will they feel “protected” when you force your plans on them?

      • Az

        To be quite honest, cloud, you describe short-term job losses with transferable skills. A GMO farmer can easily revert to conventional farming. All frackers have previously done conventional gas and oil exploration.
        How can energy from fracking [the most destructive and wasteful method ever devised] ever be described as clean?
        Who has been saved from starvation by GMO?
        I tend to agree with you on lobbying but you must admit it needs drastic change in some way.

        We must think long-term here and not allow short-term discomfort to prevent positive long-term change. The vast majority of people in the West blithely accepted our “bad medicine” of austerity because we were promised it would all get better. Has it? Will it? Look at the world – short-term a GMO farmer or fracker will be just fine financially, meanwhile many millions of people live on less than a dollar a day. Now is a time for change. A new set of demands. The people taking control once more.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      That’s correct. Government officials are corporate proxies. Wall Street infiltrates government, not the other way around. There is no law enforcement division, no government acronym that specifically investigates white collar crime.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szEu9Ag

  • imddawg

    If I may throw in my 2 cents. We ALL need to become ONE. Not Rep. or Dem., nor Tea Party or Occupy. Not Christian or Muslim, nor American or European. These distinctions are our chains, they bind us to the floor. We need to become humans for humanity. Then and only then can we become a significant force, equal to the task. ONE.

    • Dave

      So true.

    • Mark S

      four legs good, two legs bad

      • David L

        Animal Farm?

        • Luther J Koostachin

          four legs good, two legs bad…and corrupt politicians are the fat wealthy pigs.

          • Jan Flint

            Ha but the 4 legs became bad too. It’s all about power. It corrupts people. Isn’t that what Animal farm was all about. We all think we can do it better and usually fall into to same greedy traps. The problem is knowing who is greedy or will be greedy once in charge. .. Just a thought… Love to you all .

          • Tom Ubl

            Animal Farm could be argued as a power exploration expository. Most find the Prince by Machiavelli to be the main take on the corruption that is coupled with power. Animal Farm had an array of personality types it really had an amazing way of depicting the various characters and the interactive forms and how each was part of the overarching system.

            I can answer your question, 99.9999% will become greedy. The DOJ declines to take 85% of all fraud cases filed. If they intervened and prosecuted that alone would generate over $1 trillion a year in recovered tax dollars. By example Pfizer returned over $2.3 billion as one Qui Tam case, stats per Taxpayers Against Fraud.

            I really try to serve others when those rare instances present. I try to do the right thing all the time, even though I fail and fall often. I understand ethics and morals and traditions and the importance of these virtues within society. I constantly will put my own feet to the fire and will burden myself with standards that far exceed those which I expect of others.

            However, even me, and go Google my name I am a whistleblower and fraud fighter, even me has been put in a place that tested the greed and corruption. It was a small contract, but boy did I go there and start to believe my own PR. Self will consume you like a maggot on a dung heap.

            Here is some insight to those who never had been seduced by the cup of power, it is not the wealth or the money or things, I am a minimalist. The idea that I deserved it because my unique way and well known high flying standards deserved what was coming. I just imagined the sign of my corporation raised high on a building in Crystal City.

            It was the separation from the rest of you, the rising above, the distinction, the appreciation, the recognition that I, me, self, was somehow, even though I produced and delivered was somehow entitled or deserved.

            The expectation and assumption of the expectation is the kernel of the cancer called pride. This is wisdom and this is key.

            The good news was the option periods were cancelled, I had to eat more humble pie and was thrown back into the swill with the rest of you.

            Jan, even the most introspective person, who most anyone would perceive as a person of virtue, standard or “goodness” is susceptible to becoming ugly.

          • Abi

            Interesting post, Tom. I’m just following intuition here, but what if that says more about where we get our sense of worth from within society (and as individuals) rather than it saying something about our innate tendencies towards corruption? I’d be much more inclined to agree that we have innate tendencies towards needing a sense of worth, which often results in harmful pursuits of power. I’d be interested to look at how society (I include in that not only the people within it but also the monopoly-like structure in which we exist) defines worth – how able we are to attain that worth – which avenues we go down when we cannot attain it – and what to strive towards in the future. Big questions I’m afraid, and I don’t pretend to hold the answers…

          • Tom Ubl

            We are on the same page. Read the post mine was in response to that held Animal Farm out as a expository on power and corruption. What leaps out at me is the need to perpetuate the species, the need for the masses for the ability to usher in the science. At what point, from a humanist vantage is enough, enough? If mortality was not contingent on the biological and was only subject to a stupid person mishap, if death by disease or other physical malady was taken off the table, how much need for that worth would there be and how much would be a hive, singularity or other form that we would evolve into with life not being challenged while in the meat wrapper. This notion, as supported by Kurzweil, would not require much to sustain. Most if not all of our societal and geopolitical framework would collapse under lack of need. Then what? Would self worth dissipate into the ether? Would individuality be considered vogue or renegade? Being afraid is logical!

          • Holly

            This is rather random, and only partially related to this, but there is a book, “There will be Dragons” by John Ringo. And it is about a futuristic society, and what would happen along the lines of this post. I don’t know if your interested in Science fiction but it definitely explores your questions…

          • Tom Ubl

            Thanks Holly. I will look into Ringo. In the past I have read Job by Heinlein and The Singularity by Kurzweil.

          • Patrick Reynolds

            The basic problem i see in this thread is that none of you are honestly looking at yourselves or even getting to KNOW yourselves. I was raised in a home where we KNEW exactly who we were every day of every week of every year. We knew because we were taught to look our own faults and limitations in the eye and either accept them or conquer them. We knew who we were because every day we started over with a clean slate and a new vow to be the very best person we possibly could be. we didn’t make said vow to the world … we made it to ourselves. We didn’t make that vow to ourselves out of a sense of humility or shame … we made it out of a sense of PRIDE in the person we were and PRIDE in the person we wanted to be that night when we laid our heads down to rest. Our vow included a promise to do ONE thing that was decent and good for ONE of GODs creations that day. (the reason I say GODs creations is because I was raised on a cattle ranch and at times my exposure to humans was pretty limited). You all keep talking about books to read and exposes to postulate on … yet none of you bother to talk about the one single thing you have complete control of … yourselves! How can we ever expect to change the world if we dont KNOW ourselves; our limitations; our failings; our own personal GOD given greatness? I know some of you probably think what I am saying is ridiculous or just plain stupid and redneck (esp. since i told you I was raised on a cattle ranch) but the truth is the truth. You can’ expect to change ANYTHING or set the world on fire until you know the person who’s skin you’re living in. Mother theresa was a good example of a person knowing themselves and their limitations and greatness. Winston Churchill was another. Ronald Reagon was another. Norman Schwarzkopf was another. There are literally HUNDREDS of examples of people truely knowing themselves and their abilities that you can read about and study. LEARN THE YOU THAT YOU ARE! PLEASE! Our only hope lies in that! If you don’t know that person you look at in the mirror every day then you will never be able to achieve the greatness that’s inside each and every 1 of you!

          • Chris

            No….what you’re saying is KEY actually….

          • Nellie Price

            CORRECT!!! 100% CORRECT!

          • fetchin

            I’m totally printing that out, Patrick, and putting it on my fridge! Seriously, that inspires me! Words to live by….

          • Lisa Wain

            Amen to that Patrick Reynolds! I have raised my children in the same way because filling their heads full of bullshit every day was never going to help them. Know your faults, use your talents to overcome them and understand your limitations. Life really is that simple! Give up the ego trip and the delusion that life has become, take a big sigh of relief and enjoy the rest of your days being comfortable in your own skin :)

          • Madravenspeak

            You mean that ego trip that has us eating billions of animals and their misery? The ego trip that says that all species that are not human are just to be used and abused, killed and suffer because of humans? That one? Look a little deeper and watch the documentary EARTHLINGS on youtube and review yourselves one more time.

          • Lisa Wain

            Well Madravenspeak, we are beef cattle farmers and also own and operate a meat processing plant and butcher shop…..so I guess I wont be agreeing with your views. And you know what….that’s ok with me …. maybe you should read “The vegetarian Myth” and review yourself one more time.

          • Ian Mcdonald

            Winston Churchill once said in a speech that he didn’t understand the squeamishness some folks have with the use of chemical weapons against the enemies of his particular corrupt, savage empire. Ronnie Reagan (zap) Was a lousy actor, a Cadillac cowboy and a total tool for the corporate elite and the main reason we have no “real” regulation of the corporations, banks or the military. Some Heroes!

          • Hefailed

            Oh no, Patrick…that cannot be! You want me to look at myself? No, no and a thousand times no!! It is much easier to blame “them,” because it is “them” that are controlling me, controlling the world, making me spend money, making me a sheep. It is the “elite” that is the root of all evil and therefore I am not responsible. It is “them” I tell you…”them!”

            Good post, by the way

          • Light_of_Bass

            Hefailed — Youpassed. They are the root of all evil. Why you say? They are the elite, classified specifically by money. And money is the root of all evil. Greed. Deception. Abuse of Power.

            There was no problem until they created the problem. It is only in due time that a population will become aware that the same idealistic and freedom seeking forefathers are quite literally, a thing of the past. The people are no longer being represented. We are sheep to them because they chose to not listen to our voices. When we come together to revolt, we will be as ONE. And they will HEAR OUR VOICE.

            I am good. And I am not afraid. But I know the elite are shaking in their boots.

            They got sloppy. Someone found a rat. Game over.

            [humanity vs. world/govermental elite] – pending.

          • Light_of_Bass

            thank you. eloquently put. :)

          • Madravenspeak

            Ronald Reagan? You have got to be fantasizing. He set up the economic system that has channeled the wealth to the few. He was as corrupt and stupid a tool of the elite as you could find. UGH.

          • Madravenspeak

            One more HUMAN review for you: the documentary EARTHLINGS on youtube – and the “best speech you will ever hear” by Yourofsky on Youtube.

            Then view the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth and ALL BEINGS : http://pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/draft-universal-declaration-of-the-rights-of-mother-earth-2/ and think through the homocentric philosophy of righteousness that you espouse while ignoring the massive destruction of earth and her innocent non-human life that support human life:

            http://www.mysterium.com/extinction.html:

            UN: ACCELERATING BIODIVERSITY LOSS A “FUNDAMENTAL THREAT” TO “SURVIVAL OF HUMANKIND” (U.N./IPBES– 2013)

            UN: EARTH’S ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS PUSHED TO BIOPHYSICAL LIMITS– SUDDEN, IRREVERSIBLE, POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC CHANGES LOOMING (CBS/United Nations– 2012)

            SCIENTISTS WARN EARTH’S ENTIRE BIOSPHERE NEARING CATASTROPHIC “TIPPING POINT” (Nature– 2012)

            2012 RED LIST: 41% of amphibians, 25% of mammals, 13% of birds, 30% of conifers, 20% of all plants threatened (IUCN– 2012)

            OCEAN ACIDIFICATION AT HIGHEST LEVELS IN 300 MILLION YEARS– MASS EXTINCTION “MAY BE INEVITABLE” (U.K. Guardian– 2013)
            A little more humility please.

          • Mara

            Suggested reading; Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, Orwell’s “1984″, Lord of the Flies, There are other good Books that are pertinent

          • Nellie Price

            This whole discussion and speech by Mat Damon bears down to one thing only! ONE WORLD ORDER! World Domination by the elite ONLY!!!!

          • Craig Mcintosh

            We all ready being controlled by the elite for several several years elites have the power they own almost every country bar 3 , our elected leaders are merely puppets or spokesman to a higher body , we just get forced propaganda every day , we buy the latest clothes the new technology basicly keeps us on a sleepy trance blissfully unaware what’s going on around the world or even in our own land

          • Nellie Price

            Summed up 100% correctly!!!!!!Craig.

          • mannychooch

            rothchilds

          • rockclimberscott

            We are predominantly being controlled by jews. http://thezog.info

          • Judah Ben

            Your an anti-semetic pig!

          • Allen Soucie

            good work craig…consuming is what we do best..they want us drunk and busy with minor shit so it is easier for them to control…

          • jacjoe

            I agree. But isn’t that our nature as humans? From the beginning of time, we took the easy path, allowed someone else to lead, complained when they didn’t lead well, were too tired or disinterested to stand up and fight for what was right when there was injustice. Occupy Wall Street was lauded as a “revolution”. Seriously? The people that organized that movement or participated, could have used the forum and media coverage for true change, but it never happened. People are still losing their homes to foreclosure because modifying their mortgages are not mandatory for the banks. Injustice is all around and until someone steps up as a champion of the poor and disenfranchised, or groups of people get together to do it, no real change will ever happen. Craig you are right,technology has made us isolated, lazy, unskilled at real communication and negotiation, so it looks bleak. One starting point; we need to start by teaching character education in Kindergarten. Morals, values and compassion can go a long way in the fight.

          • Steve Filson

            .!

          • Jerry777

            THE “FRAUD” IS THE DIS-”OBEDIENCE” TO “THE CREATOR” and HIS “SON”! “THE BLASPHEMIES”!! And “THE RANK PAGANISM”!!!

          • txannie1955

            Ahh, yes Jesus teaches us the best of Civil disobedience. He had nothing good to say about leaders of religions nor politics.

          • Jeffrey

            We’re there. See how difficult it is to run as a third party in the US. Libertarians who advocate personal freedom cannot even have a voice in our political system. You would think an American political party based on Freedom would be popular.

          • YuryPol

            “political party based on Freedom” is oxymoron. The goal of each political party is getting more power for itself, or rather its leadership, thus limiting freedom of all others. That’s why we need more than one.

          • Nellie Price

            We here in South Africa have the very same problem with the exception that we are at this very moment being killed off like flies(if your skin is white only)and we have NO way out of it!Genocide is going on and the world is not interested at all TV stations are ordered NOT to air ANY of this to the world and newspapers are told NOT tpo print !! BUT you can only herd people for a little while then that herd breaks free! All hell breaks loose and it is civil war!!! So yes we have a great deal that we are coping with,with corrupt leaders!!!!

          • John

            Hi Nellie – I’ve just seen this discussion, and that u are from SA – so am I, and I think this is one of the most eloquent/interesting conversations I have seen on FB/internet – ur welcome to be in touch with me – we might be on the same side of the thinking divide, or we might not be :)

          • John

            ps [Nellie] I’ve just seen that the discusssion happened 2 months ago :(

          • MatthewScheller

            Its coming.

          • Nellie Price

            It has been in the making for the last 200 years my friend and the Illuminati KNOWS what they want!!Always have always will!

          • Carolina G.

            You are aware. This cult of people want all us poor people to “revolt, fight back, take back rights” etc etc… which all leads to Martial Law.

          • Nellie Price

            Then one will FIGHT for your right to be a human being,not wait like a sheep for the slaughter Carolina! I for one have already suffered under their hands,I am alive BECAUSE i fought back!! They act as if they are sovereign on this planet but they do not know that SOME countries on this planet is waiting to come and put them in their place!!

          • Joanne Dunn

            tisn’t Matt’s speech. He’s reading an excerpt by another author

          • Nellie Price

            He is doing what ALL politicians and Presidents do the speech is being prepared for him…BUT HE delivers it!! Nothing new,I take my hat off to him for doing it in the first place,just shows that one of the ELITE is ACTUALLY partaking in trying to change the world for the better!!!!

          • Hessian Little Joe

            No shit! It says that in the title… DUH!

          • VanPastorMan

            And I guess Damon,in his mind is part of the elite. There is more common sense in farmers and their wives than many people who think they are elite.

          • Madravenspeak

            Farmers? you mean the ones subsidized to murder billions of farm animals while the Farm Bureaus propose killing all wildlife to kill all tame animals and destroy our beavers and water systems. Those farmers? the ones who have poisoned our food systems because they do not want to till? The ones who are 51% of global climate change cause because slaughterhouse production is 51% of climate change cause? The very farmers who have moved to GMO crops to destroy our health and the health of the land and water systems…
            You have got to be ignorant or a farmer. Or both.

          • VanPastorMan

            I gotcha. Farmers are of the Devil. Never thought of that before. How come you call it Climate Change? Why not call it Global Warming like you used to?

          • Dudley

            What this all bears or boils down to is, are you willing to accept this situation believing you are powerless to do anything about it or are you prepared to stand up, speak out and do something. Matt Damon has used his ability and prestige to do something about this continuing concentration of wealth and power into the hands of the few.
            These few are able to do what they do because the vast majority of those being dispossessed are believing they are powerless, but we are all able to do something, even if it is just starting a conversation about this situation and seeking out others with whom to more effectively respond. We are all responsible, that is we are all response-able and some of us are more response-able than others. What about you?

          • Nellie Price

            Yep for sure!

          • GracieandTink

            Right on! Yes, I know I’m betraying my age but I have stepped up. Many groups have organized around some of these issues. Look them up – you won’t hear about them on MTV, national media or Twitter unless you seek them out. Try MoveToAmend.org, 350.org, Robert Reich producer of the film Inequality for All, Bill Moyers, Public Citizen, Common Cause or http://www.alecexposed.org.
            Read their information, judge for yourself if what they are advocating makes sense to you. If it does, join them!

          • Can’t wait to say I told u so

            I’m appalled by this Damon character. He used his prestige to endorse gun control, yet he reads Howard Zinn’s 1970 speech?? Help me out here. What does this mean?

          • Madravenspeak

            It means that most of us are tired of the NRA and the violence perpetrated by the gun nuts – that we are tired of having our wildlife murdered out for the FEW who control our state wildlife agencies in totalitarian control raping out our PUBLIC lands and private lands and destroying our peace. Of course Howard Zinn was against the control of gun nuts perpetrating gun violence on the rest of us and THEIR totalitarian control by violence.

            That is what it means.

          • Can’t wait to say I told u so

            wow.. it’s clear to me that you are not even on the same planet. This speech has nothing to do with gun control. This speech is about RESISTING TYRANNY! How do you resist???? I can tell you it ISNT going to happen with pencils, keyboards, discussions, protests, nor pitch forks, or shovels. wake the f up

          • Can’t wait to say I told u so

            after reading a few of your posts it is even clearer to me that you are one of those animal loving folks. That’s great and all, but really, come on. What is more important, human survival or animal survival? If you pick animal, then you should be put out to pasture. Or you could drop all your possessions and go out into the forest and live like an animal. Otherwise… STFU

          • Ferhat Saglam

            You are so right! Thats exactly what I thought throughout the whole thing. It may be a conspiracy but dont they choose the ones who are acknowledged by the vulgar many -95% of the society- and push the idea, making it popular. Get them all independent by the fancy “western civilization who saved people from feudalism “…. jesus!! And Are you kidding me! Why dont you call it a “western colonization” that made everything better for “west” while absolutely destroying the others’ culture, religion, goods, values, merits, souls everything…by the MEDIA? that you are holding a major role in it which dictates ideas to others? Especially Matt Damon, who is mostly in politically manipulated stories created by Hollywood! I love the guy, I really do and respect his amazing acting skills but it takes more than a reading from a paper. If he was sincere he wouldnt take this position. If he did, he wouldnt take this piece of reading

          • txannie1955

            Western Civilization is an oxymoron

          • GracieandTink

            Interesting take on the discussion.
            While the video was compelling, how many realize that it was part of a series of readings of the writings of the late Howard Zinn, historian. See https://www.facebook.com/VoicesofaPeoplesHistory for more about him and his writings.

          • James Clay Garrison

            Wnt to know about OUR society?? Not a futuristic dystopian one?? Blood for Oil “Dreaming War” by Gore Vidal

          • not Kidding

            Being afraid may be logical, understandable, but not desirable. People are driven. People are driven to create, to destroy, to investigate, to quantify, to build, to dismantle, to celebrate, to decry, to rejoice, to struggle. If you remove the need for some endeavor, there are already many others. How much is enough? This is the question of our age? Enough to realize that we don’t work together only out of necessity for survival but because many can accomplish more than one. Enough to realize that mortality doesn’t have to be feared but rather revered as an inescapable limit to how much. The more that survival is a non-issue, the more important worth is but , i think, the question of how much becomes ever more important.

          • Chris

            Y’know it’s good to see an elevated standard of discussion.
            So I read ur post and you have explained how you yourself got caught up in the ego of chasing success, but is that bad? You haven’t distinguished success from corruption. Your experience? Was it one wherein you were offerred the vision of success along with a caveat of breaking laws, exploiting others, denying masses of people their personal power or stealing money? Cos if not, then….. go for it! It seems nieve to NOT see that there is a jungle out there and that striving to innovate and succeed is neccesary. One doesnt HAVE to see it as stepping on the person below you as you rise. If a buncha folks make fancy shoes and you invent fancy shoes that fly, and thereby become a fortune 500 company, then the shoemakers below you can prosper working in the new ‘flying-shoes’ industry that didn’t used to exist. Capitalism does work somewhat well. Its the corruption we are talking about; is it NECCESARILY a part of capitalism or of a ‘success-based’ society? Is a two party system where we are constantly distracted from seeing how much they are two sides of a same coin while they fleece us of our perosnal power, NECCESARY?
            But as for you? I hope you get GREAT success but dont allow it to corrupt you…..

          • DamnTheWarGods

            I think you may be misinterpreting Kurtweil. Please look deeper. His concept is eugenics clear and simple and goes as far as Artificial intelligence to replace biological human beings.

          • Dudley

            Yes Abi, you have put your finger right on it. It is so much about the sense of self worth. This phenomena of greed that seems to pervade our world today arises out of the cultural program that tells us we are worth what we own, what things we appear to possess, coupled with the program that there is not enough of what we need (and more programming that we really need what in fact we are stimulated to want). It is this endless grasping for more things we are being told we need, for the sake of our self worth or to ensure our well being in an uncertain future, that produces greed and, importantly for the power elite, keeps us all providing the profit they gain from our programmed excessive consumption.
            All this will change when we return to earlier cultural norms where we were valued for what we contributed to the well-being of others. Or even more positively when as in a truly loving family or community, we are valued for just being who and what we are.

          • Deliverance

            Tom Ubl, I did not google you, I don’t know who you are, but I like alot the self reflecting, truth honoring man you write as here, and the “now” tell all I need to know.

          • Tom Ubl

            What is your need to know? My story is just another blimp on the radar in passing that has equally less meaning than the noodling of others. Nothing special just a story of what was, past tense. The likelihood of me ever rising from my health issues are possible, but the probability is stacked heavily against me.

            I suspect my adrenals will fail me some day soon and then I will go into adrenal crisis and because those around me will not have a clue to hit me with a bolus dose required to keep the lights on I will go into extremis. You have 6 hours max, then you slip into a coma and die. That is the most probable scenario. I am spent, but it does not mean I don’t keep trying to “deliver” the day.

            I really do not know why I was compelled to spend so much time in here. I guess I will know the reason in hindsight that is usually how it goes. I live in a 12 x 12 space the better part of my days now because sound and light are so intense from compromised adrenals. I ran a hard game and paid for it. I hope someone else reads this and puts the brakes on their hard charge and learn early on to stop and smell the roses. Unfortunately, youth knows best.

            So what is your need to know?

          • C.M. Phillips

            In many ways I understand your health problem perception Tom! I don’t know you, nor do I know what you suffer from but I do know what it is like to die slowly and incredibly painfully and to have given up on any foreseeable future because of my own many health issues!

            I let it take me down for a while but now I know that while I’m still alive it must be because I have something to offer. Not usually a believer in fate or destiny other than that which we don’t create for ourselves, however I have nearly died so many times that it has rattled me to think that maybe, just maybe, there is a reason I am still here, alive, aside from dumb luck.

            I like to think that just passing on one simple insight to a young person…something that resonates with them and maybe helps them in turbulent times in their future then for me, it will be worth it! Call it ego, crazy or arrogant but it was not something that came easy for me to understand and to me it seems to be true..why is a question that I can not answer for it is not something I can grasp even now. Maybe you are still here because your not finished…you maybe still need to pass on what you have learned Tom! Either way…I’m glad I had the chance to read some of your thoughts and share in this post with you my friend!

            Much Love and respect!

          • Tom Ubl

            Thank you. A great boost that was needed right now. Isn’t it odd when we have our greatest capacity we are all about self and when we have issues that set us down and dent our effectiveness is when I have an overwhelming compulsion to want to serve those less fortunate. So odd and so wrong of me not to have done more when I was cresting. I no one to call what is right or wrong, I get in here and stir the pot with the hope to get people thinking, even if an antithesis, I don’t care. Just have an opinion, get your face out of your phone and let your mind go and ask yourself the difficult questions. I can understand a counterpoint I can’t understand apathy. Thanks for the love I am sure you are in the paths of those who need you, I was!

          • Graziana Barsocchi

            C. M. Phillips, I’m not a young person but I really appreciate your words. Precious. Time does not exist, just a perception in our dimension, so, we only have the NOW, and in the now we are doing our best, to share goodness and love with those who are there to receive them. Thank you, love and light

          • Graziana Barsocchi

            Tom Ubl, I’m glad you spent time here on this page where I arrived by synchronicity. Than you for sharing your precious and personal thoughts. I send you love, light and energy, be well Tom.

          • Cubie7

            Lord of the Flies…

          • Jeff

            So the problem, ultimately is the ego. If everyone in the world read and applied the ‘Power Of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle, this problem would be eradicated. Think about it, no ego; no inclination towards the recognition you mention, to see ‘your’ (ego) corporations sign raised higher than everyone else’s, your animal farm better than any one else’s… it’s an addiction that is perceived as normal, and it’s the perception of normality upon that which is insane, yet common, that is our common enemy.

          • wideEyedPupil

            Reading Eckhart Tolle or any other teacher will not make one enlightened. The conditioning is deep and from countless lifetimes, any book is not going to dissolve it. That’s why a practice of meditation is required to work with our sub-conscious conditioning. It’s a shame to me that Eckhart Tolle downplays the important part of meditation in his own journey (as I read his book ‘Power of Now’ he does anyhow). It’s also not customary for Buddhist monks to claim enlightenment in public. The Buddha taught that if one claims enlightenment and has not reached the final goal, then this is transgression against his teachings. To make false claims about one’s attainments is a serious thing. I’m not comfortable with Tolle’s claims, clearly he is further along the path than me but if he were fully enlightened I doubt he’d be telling Oprah that.

          • LeeLee

            But – it was a lesson. You won’t allow yourself to go there again, correct? Can we not assume the same of others?

          • Joshua Sumer

            You can’t assume that others will follow in his footsteps either. Some will go there again and some won’t go there at all.

          • zabelisa

            I tend to agree with what you are saying but “susceptible to becoming ugly”, is a lot like saying susceptible to become temporarily insane. The true self would eventually show up… So why worry about it. In order to have a sound judgement, we need to know all the variables at play (past/present/future), which is rarely the case. Especially if large amounts of money is involved. Goodness is a very relative term and have no real meaning without a context to contrast it with. If you had pride, and became humble because your expectations were not met, you never really had any humility. The standards you talk about seem to be of the narcissistic kind, not of the altruistic kind. That was the problem, and the lack of wisdom. They say “intent” is everything in some circles. It sets the frequency of the action in motion, like a ripple

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          • John

            Hi Tom – I’ve just happened on this discussion on Facebook, some 2/3 months after it happened, but I love your comments & thinking, and just thought I’d say hello, from South Africa :)

          • musecal

            You’re spot on Jan. I also think Mark S’ initial comment was a suggestion that becoming wholly “united” is actually one of the underpinning ideals of communism… and Animal Farm shows us how that works out.

            As to the video, I like Matt Damon alot, but i’m not sure what his message is here? Are we meant to promote riots, crime and disobedience simply because the government uses law as a method to restrain us? Because in countries where “civil disobedience” is high, the death tolls are also higher from general crime, corruption and gang hierarchy, and the wealth is even more poorly distributed. I get that conformity is a bad thing in many ways, but surely it is better than chaos? There must be some middle ground somewhere.

          • Slade Rockwell

            This country was founded on civil disobedience and the constitution supports it. Your examples are WAY off. Use your own country’s history.

            Whats not to understand?

            Why don’t you know this.

          • Dylan Starks

            Get off your gentrified, white fear pedestal. Go to Olympia, WA–first Westside where they have Evergreen College, etc. Then go to Eastside Oly. Then continue to articulate the bullshit you are suggesting which is that wealth disparity is greater anywhere but here. Because it isn’t. The United States has the singular greatest chasm in wealth allocation.

            Your statement seemed to be advocating for the notion that obedience to the State would lead to less wealth disparity. Was it Mitt Romney or Adolf Hitler that you learned this from?

            Anyways, rioting would be infinitely better than this white-washed complacency. Break windows, smash cars, tear down gated communities. Tired of this police state.

          • richard

            idiot go to china or cuba get your tongue out of oblamebushes anus

          • No

            have you ever been to china or cuba?

          • bacchusfa

            You sound like an idiot dude.

          • Bryan Ragle

            I think the problem does not lie in obedience or disobedience. It certainly doesn’t help to destroy a bunch of property like a five year old on a temper tantrum. First, the claim is true, there is greater disparity just about anywhere else. In the US, the poor people (welfare reciepients) have on averages 2 tv’s per home and they have cable. In all of the third world, our poor would be the village rich.
            The main problem is in how people see the world. If two people have the same education, the same job and income, but one lives with more discipline, saving 15% of his money for retirement. That person DESERVES to have a rich and fulfilling retirement even if the other one is poor. He made good decisions. The only problem with capitalism is that some people don’t participate (and through giant power structures like governments and to some degree corporations victimize individuals).
            I can prove my assertion by asking you to tell me what would happen if you took all the money and all the stuff away from everyone and distributed it perfectly equally…what would happen after say 20 years pass? I would argue that we would be on the fast track to a chasm between the rich and the poor again. It has to do with delaying gratificationa nd personal pleasure and planning the future you want. Anyone can do it, including anyone from Eastside Olympia. You just have to realize that where you start has no relation to where you finish, and overcome whatever obstacle is in front of you.
            There has never been so much free medical care, free tuition, public assistance. I say with conviction that ANYONE who has a strong desire to get ahead in life (and works really freaking hard for it) can do just that. There are struggles. There are trials. There will be problems. If a person wants it bad enough, they can get it. Period.

          • Pilar Grant

            I agree the US may not show the mass poverty of other nations, but the depravity still exists in one form or another; the feelings of desperation are just that, despite if someone may have it worse. And I can tell you from experience it is not a negligible state. And your theory that those ‘in the know’- as in the people fortunate enough to have the conditioning to persevere and remain diligent in their savings and vision for the future, this is likely more a product of upbringing and personality type than a choice. If it is a choice, it’s not a clear one. When you are down, boundaries and the vision become clouded. If you have children, passion overwhelms you to make them happy, sometimes the everyday poverty becomes so desperate. We drink, spend money on things we shouldn’t. It isn’t such a neat package for some, it comes with the human condition. And the yes, some “work hard for it” and get it, but that is rare from what I have seen.

          • Deborah Morera

            You are my Comment Crush of the day. Well written and spot on.

          • Joan Lee

            I loathe people who say “spot on”.

          • design8gr33n

            wow, typical white man bs. you really drank the kool aid didn’t you? Why do you even bother reading stuff like this when you obviously don’t have a clue how reality for anyone other than the self-righteous white man lives? Sure, anyone can what they want if they are willing to break laws, have no morals like the psychopaths who become CEOs.

            Really, quoting that tired old cliche about how redistributing wealth would all go back to the same rich/poor distribution is such crap. get an original thought once in awhile.

          • William Daniel

            race card lol, go figure. This is America where anyone can excel if they pull their head out of their ass and the govt gets out of their way. Now you wont excel if your idea of success is working Mcdonalds waiting for some wealth redistribution. so take it how you want but each of us is responsible for ourselves its on you to succeed

          • John h

            that’s bs William maybe at one time but not anymore most jobs don’t pay enough to even begin ,,,my daughter has 2 degrees and cant find a job

          • William Daniel

            There is always a way, it may not be instant but eventually if you continue to try it can happen. I have been in that position as well, headed back to school and trying again.

          • Deborah Morera

            William, that is the line we’ve been fed despite a lack of evidence. Not everyone can or will make it. Some won’t try and others will try and fail. The real issue is whether our culture believes in providing the most level playing field it can. Priviledge in this country begets priviledge and some can simply stand still and receive respect and wealth while another can work everyday and get neither, simply because of our entitlement mentality surrounding priviledge.

          • William Daniel

            We wont argue entitlement because there certainly is that. But if you give up just because you arent one of the entitled then you wont be the next Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, etc etc. Hell even the person that made sham wow had an idea and ran with it. Just because you aren’t entitled doesn’t mean you don’t have a playing field at all. Small business makes up the majority of jobs in this country. Why? because they have a chance and take it. Sure some will fail and they will try again and again. Others find a niche. However the 51% will be right where they are when they die still crying about it not being fair and denigrating those that want to improve themselves. Or not taking a job because it’s beneath them or doesnt pay what they think is fair. In the end you only get out of life what you put into it, if that means I work 2 jobs so my children can succeed then I have been a success. Besides that privilege you talk about makes up a Very small percentage of America <2%

          • Joshua Sumer

            You are making huge assumptions about broad populations of people. Have you ever tried walking through town and talking to as many people as you can? Even if you did this your entire life you wouldn’t have talked to enough people to apply your views globally. Talking to people that you wouldn’t usually talk to is a good way to put things in perspective and realise the incredible variety of people.

          • Patrick Reynolds

            John … notice that William said government gets out of the way. The government has been crippling the employment and sales sector for DECADES with rules and sanctions and laws and crap like that. YOU do realize that if the government hadn’t imposed a minimum wage law back in the day that low payed workers now would be making a wage of somewhere in the mid teens now don’t you? The minimum wage wasn’t created to protect the worker … it was created to protect the corporations. By setting a bench mark for low skill jobs … like burger flipping … they in essence told the American worker that’s all he deserved in pay, and told the corporations that’s all they needed to pay. Had the government let capitalism run it’s course employers would have been forced to bid on workers through wage negotiations. Yes … an employment application is in essence a wage negotiation. People piss and moan constantly about wanting government to step in and solve the jobs problem … government isn’t the solution … they are the impediment! Free market capitalism is the solution. An economy based on capitalism is vibrant, strong and rich in it’s abilities and power to produce. An example of this is America during WWII … This country produced more machinery in less time than ALL other countries combined. And the population that stayed at home to help produce these goods were payed a VERY good wage in compensation for their extreme efforts. Women employees in factories were making somewhat equivalent sums to most men of that time. The men were making better wages due to the fact that most of the work was hard physical labor and the women for the most part couldn’t keep up. (I know this because BOTH my grandmothers were factory workers during WWII and they BOTH said the same things to me when I used to talk to them about their younger years).

          • Tom Madison

            “An economy based on capitalism is vibrant, strong and rich in it’s abilities and power to produce.”

            There it is again, societal organization by economic theory as opposed to political theory. I hold that the political values of democratic equality be the primary way to order society. Every citizen, regardless of wealth, will get a minimum safety net (food, shelter, education, jobs). A socialist society puts people ahead of concepts of productivity and efficiency. We are a society of people and we should treat each other as people – not commodities. Support labor-ism, screw capital-ism.

          • design8gr33n

            Race card label = white man’s way of dismissing truth. btw, I’m white. I know better than to falsely believe white men do not have an attitude of “entitlement” more than anyone else. “Work hard and you’ll succeed” ha. crap. If you believe people are “waiting for wealth distribution” you must like in an ivery tower, certainly not in the real world. 3/4 of people on food stamps WORK and don’t make enough to BUY FOOD.
            so sick and tired of those who “have” blaming those who don’t for the way this society is rigged. If you’re the beneficiary of the system, then shut up when those who aren’t get screwed and complain. deal with it.

          • Mitchell Vackar

            Ok tell what screwed you. You say you got screwed tell us how.

          • William Daniel

            you sound too bitter, race card is the race card. If you throw race out there and dont throw out facts it means you have no argument but race. Truth is truth

          • Joshua Sumer

            No it just means one of their arguments is race and doesn’t invalidate any of their other points. Hitler had many valid points but he also had many more invalid ones. Many of Hitlers good ideas revolutionized the world and are still used in modern day.

          • Tom Madison

            The problem with your opinion is that the children of poor families do not get the same educational advantages as the kids from wealthier families. Its just not the schools but the home life where lack of heat, food, pencils, paper, tutors, etc. are factors that make it so that the lower classes produce more relative lower class citizens based upon previous history. Why should somebody’s child go to Harvard/Yale while a poor child only have opportunities/resources for high school? The problem with the capitalist system is that each new generation is held to their parent’s social/educational/economic strata where upward mobility is possible but is not the normal case. Socialism can do a better job at making sure that the starting points for individuals are more equal.

          • Nellie Price

            You are spot on Design,BUT…. This is NOT about race at all it is about the RICH and the POOR!!No one have to be poor if the politicians keep their word and the elite stop getting preference when it comes to making money!!They should give the small man black,white ,asian,chinese I don’t care WHO they are an equil CHANCE in making their efforts to cope with poverty WORK! But they won,t,that is not the reason they became politicians and Presidents in the first place it was about THEMSELVES and using the masses to get where they want to go!!!!

          • Mitchell Vackar

            No, people do have to be poor, if they make the wrong choices. What chances did you not get.

          • imddawg

            The chance to go to an Ivy League school because we didn’t grow up privileged. The chance to get subsidies from the government because my our company didn’t make over a $billion this year. Generations of people oppressed due to the color of their skin, religion or sexual orientation. I’m not taking a stand for the re-distribution of wealth. We live in a country where WE are SUPPOSED to equal. Did you know that when our government was formed it was a civic duty for all Americans to serve in that government. You now have to have a law degree to even enter the current form of federal service. It is also supposed to be a privilege to serve NOT A CAREER. Long term Senatorial and Congressional service begets the corruption WE are all experiencing. A collusion of law makers being financed by the rich and powerful are beholden to their masters. When big banks are writing their own regulatory laws, they aren’t going to write them to hinder their fraud. Who would you side with a lobbyist lining your pockets with gold or your constituents trying to block the lobbyists cause? Most of our reps. take the money and run. WE are ALL suffering those consequences. The upper middle class will quickly become lower middle, and so on until we are ALL forced to live at the feet of these corporations and to big to fail financial institutions.

          • Deborah Morera

            The problem, Mitchell, is that the “punishment” of poverty is experienced by many that have either not made a wrong decision or have made the same errors as others who have not ended up poor. And for those that “deserve it,” the effects can become a hole overly diificult to climb out of regardless of any future good decisions. And as far as race and poverty and opportunity, being poor is bad enough, add in being black or hispanic and the numbers are worse. But poverty in general needs to be addressed because it brings all of humanity down. Also, do you think a child should have diminished odds of success because his/her parents made poor choices? If you do, then please see the definition of “privilege” and the negative effects it has on American citizens.

          • Joshua Sumer

            To answer that question you must ask yourself what chances you did get then consider every possible chance you didn’t get. Not a single person will have more chances than lack of chances but some will have more than others.

          • Nellie Price

            No Mitchell , I USED to be poor I am not poor anymore! I got myself 2 jobs,peeling potatoes in a Portugese chips shop(there were no other jobs available at the time)which I did from:)07:00 to17:00 and then went home to feed my kids then right away to a cinema where I ushered seats until midnight!!!I kept this up for the longest time while looking and waiting for a job suitable to my qualification!! It pitched a year later and I still kept the ushering job and saved like a mad dog!!! Hence when I say one does NOT have to be poor or STAY poor!The politicians promised that they will create jobs when we vote them in and they did NOT! I had to do it for myself!!!!I had to walk 28Km per day because I did NOT have a car!Hence ,people do NOT have to STAY poor!!!!

          • Holly

            I believe in part of what you say, but not all. If we evenly redistributed the wealth, I believe it would eventually lead to the same way it is now and people would cry again that life is unfair. I am poor as dirt, as is my entire family. I still believe that the rich will become rich again. It is true that the poor people in the United States make more money then many people in other countries but they are not poor just because they bought objects with it, or did not save for their future. The gap is caused by more then just that. Those with money have different tax breaks, get differential treatment in many ways. And not only is it because they have money but because they have the KNOW HOW. They understand how the laws can work in their favor. In fact, there are many laws that are incredibly bias in this area. But I do also believe that a person from a poor family can become rich. They just have to work a bit harder.

          • George C. Nash

            I agree but probably because I am older & less functional. But while we do have a larger divide between the rich & poor in the U.S., and there are enormous problems to deal with here, our poor are rich by almost anyone else’s standards. I know this because I am one of the poor, yet I have most everything I need most all of the time. I’m not making any money, being disabled. I’m not selling anything valuable, never having had any. But I get medical attention when I ask for it & food. I can get a ride if I need it. And there are other poverty perks – that I paid for when I was working. Or did I pay for my grandmother? ——- Too many people DON’T want to rock the boat or stick their necks out or tell the truth of things, but there are also too many people now loaded & ready to pull the trigger on anyone that disagrees with them. Neither person is being very damn patriotic. I think it’s patriotic to help your neighbor, to vote, to be voted for, to suggest remedies (loudly), to blow the whistle on thieves, to recycle, to give blood, to be a good person, to protest (loudly), etc. To ‘fix’ the government, one bit at a time, one problem at a time, one agency at a time, how about working for it! And get the old geezers out of the Senate who have been doing the same stupid things the same stupid way for decades! It’s amazing how many people gripe & moan, and then vote the same dummies right back in. You keep doing what you’re doing & you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.

          • Ruth Snowflake

            If you lived in other first world countries you would not have to worry about the cost of healthcare, education nor post secondary education. You would have a strong social safety net. Then you would be getting on with living a good life with less poverty and crime. You would not be having this discussion.

          • Joshua Sumer

            “There has never been so much free medical care, free tuition, public assistance.”
            Actually there has never been so little government assistance for the needy and such great population of needy. You have to remember that increasing the worlds net GDP decreases the worth of each dollar. More money is being spent on the needy but the worth of that money is the least it has been in recent history. More doesn’t necessitate any improvement it’s manipulation through interest rates and money-printing. Your points do not apply to many people as it is rare to find any two people with the same education, job and income. But even when you do you will find they live in the same wealth bracket. A teacher or mechanic is never going to become a millionaire through their occupation alone. Even if they move up to management or buy their own warehouse/school they immediately become a part of a different wealth bracket and you would be then comparing them to people who the even fewer people who have also moved up to that bracket.

            It would take bounds longer than 20 years for equal wealth to become as disproportionate as it is today. It is not the right move nor the move many others including myself are advocating. We need the removal of debt/credit and the return wealth to its original form of physical currency. Or possibly even the removal of money altogether and the development of a more complex barter system. Determinism is a dying dogma as though determination is necessary for survival it will never guarantee wealth. In this sense you do not deserve to have everything or nothing, you simply do not deserve. Deserving is a paradoxical belief that stems from envy and pride. To see ourselves as owners of anything or anyone but ourselves is egocentric. We are born into this universe from the energy of the sun and fertility of the earth yet claim to own parts of them throughout our brief existence. In this sense it is insanity to see ourselves as deserving when we have all been provided for. To fight over the ownership of earth is like bacteria fighting over the functioning of humans. We exist for a time inconceivable to bacteria just like the earths existence to us.

          • txannie1955

            I use to believe the same thing. I pulled myself out of a poverty ridden family, worked two jobs putting myself through college. Did all the things I was told would make me a success in this country, but they leave out one thing……. illness. Before I turned 50 I had to stop working due to autoimmune disorder. Lost everything, including health care since you have to wait two yrs after getting SSDI to qualify for medicare and my SSDI was just enough to put me above any type of assistance yet not enough to really live on. Also, the earliest your first SS check comes is 5 months, that eats up all your savings.
            I spent years as an ER nurse and had seen how in one moment a persons life can change from an active productive one to disabled. But never really knew the reality of it until it happened to me. One heart attack, stroke, car accident, or like my son in law cancer at age 32 will rip all those things you have built up right out of your hands. Bank accounts, IRAs, lose your home, car, all of it gone. Then be regulated to living on a small portion of what your salary use to be.
            So your belief system is flawed, the American Dream can suddenly turn into the American Nightmare regardless of how well you follow the rules.
            No one has said one word of taking away others things and distributed it to others, that is not socialism. What most of us want is real socialism, where everyone starts with decent housing, healthy food, medical care, and good education through college. From there every one has the real chance for a Dream to come true. If disease hits at least you are not regulated to substandard housing, medical care, only afford unhealthy foods, and your child(ren) will still have chance for college vs staying home to care for you because medicare nor medicaid no longer pays for full time care.

          • Bryan Ragle

            Txannie,
            I can certainly see your position, and I do appreciate you telling me that my belief system is flawed. After reading your response and reflecting for a few minutes, I must still be flawed because neither do I take anything back nor do I believe that any socialism, including the utopian one you suggest is either possible to maintain or advantageous.
            The socialist countries in Europe that provide healthcare and housing also have a remarkeably higher employment rate (people understand that the system fails without 80%+ people working), have to grapple with how much value an elderly or disabled person’s life still has before spending money on their further care, and surprisingly, they have far fewer freeloaders than we currently have here. Understand I am not talking about the infirmed, but people who are actively avoiding work they are capable of because it is not better for them to work the jobs they could get (at least so they think).
            I applaud any person who has overcome generational poverty to become anything of significance. That said, every person should be required to take a class in high school about what social tools are available for maintaining security in one’s standard of living if the awful happens. If someone had educated you about the cheapness and value of long term disability insurance, you would be receiving your full income now and for the rest of your life. It is too late, I understand, but if people did what they needed to do to take care of themselves, it would not be the government’s job to take care of them. I know it sounds cold and unfeeling, but you should understand that there is not a better feeling than knowing that you are fully able to withstand what life may throw at you. It is good to be self-sufficient.
            To specifically address the Medicare/Medicaid thing; Medicare is a right, an entitlement. We pay for it to be there for us later. It has withstood a ridiculous amount of fraud and waste, and would be strong if not for politicians constantly robbing it. Obama is by far the worst offender. He is stealing 50 Billion to fund Affordable Care, which is the total opposite of its name! Medicaid should simply go away. It is the worst side of Socialism. Take money from people who pay and give it to people who can’t (spare me the you don’t love people speech. I believe, like Jesus that teaching a person to fish is of infinitely more value than giving them fish).
            In summary, your situation is truly unfortunate. It is more unfortunate that you were not shown how to keep from ending up in it than that there is not more help for you. I believe that my American Dream is also turning into an American Nightmare because I get to keep only about 45% of the income I make. The rest is stolen from me by social programs I didn’t vote for, don’t believe in, don’t want, and don’t need.
            If it is wrong to believe that I deserve something the moment I am able to pay for it, and not one second sooner, than I concede that I am wrong. Anything that is given or awarded without paying for it is through grace (a strong and good Christian principle), but in my opinion nobody can make the argument that grace is deserved or should be awarded through legal decree.
            I do wish you the best of luck, and I hope that you can find something productive to do. I understand that autoimmune disorders limit your exposure to people or public places, but certainly you are not an invalid. You can improve your situation, and if you aren’t willing to, nobody else should be forced to. It is my opinion, and is not wrong, just as your opinion is not wrong.

          • txannie1955

            Well, I just hope you are able to maintain your flawed thinking. The reason I lost my long term disability is once symptoms became to obvious it could no longer be hidden I did a stupid thing and instead of applying for SSDI right then, I left the hospital I worked at losing my ltd, to continue to work for a little longer. I grew up in the era of if you don’t work your a bum mentality. And since you have no clue as to the autoimmune disease I have your statement of “improving my situation” is just ignorant. I was basically forced onto SSDI by my neurologist and employer. My father died at 45 from our autoimmune disease, but today medicines and treatments (some I can not take due to high cost and medicare does not pay) I am already long past his life expectancy and could remain many more years before dependent on equipment for breathing and eating. So if you count on LTD along with SSDI, keep in mind it really depends on how the economy goes and how long you live after diagnosis. If not for my kids and grand kids I would stop all treatment today. Or at least move overseas as many of my relatives and friends want me to so I could have better living conditions and medical care.
            I have too many relatives and friends who live in those countries who you claim have higher unemployment then we do and know it is not true. My cousin has been an English professor in Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa, Japan over 25 yrs, health care free, no utilities to pay, and both daughters free college; yes he says he pays more in taxes but overall has far more disposable income then if was working here in US. They have a very low unemployment rate compared to ours, with the exception of possible Tokyo. My daughters sister in laws family live in Germany, they visit yearly and again the perception we are given here is not the reality. When WalMart decided to move into the German market they were told they would have to abide by state union rules, pay is triple what it is here, 3-6 wks pd vacation, pd sick days, they of course have socialized medicine so that offsets some the workers there are living well and WalMart is still making a huge profit. They also do not have a huge unemployment rate, very strong national union laws. I could go on and tell about friends who left US to work in Belgium, Denmark, and Italy. But would just be repeating same things. Yes, every country has unemployment, there is not one in the world who has enough work for everyone. But how we measure unemployment and they do is very different, also how those who are unemployed are treated is far better yet they still fight for jobs disproving the idea that people who receive decent living without working prefer that to a job. Also not one of those nations base their decisions on the worth of elderly or disabled when it comes to health care, they actually have longer life expectancy then we do since population with health care get treatment before something turns fatal or long lasting. Elective surgeries and treatments esp cosmetic are low on list but nothing to do with health or life. So they do not grapple with the cost. Unlike here where if medicare does not approve a life saving treatment, or even (as in my case one that would increase quality of life) then we don’t get it. We are not worth much in this country.
            As for Social Security being used by the government that is another lie which I have proof. In fact that statement you would not believe the amount those of us who have worked over 30 yrs have in (and this is straight from a SS document I has to sign) “Trust fund amount paid by employee ‘gives amount’, employer ‘gives amount’, and interest accrued ‘amount’ then total amount in trust fund is (mine was high six figures). The amount I am paid divided into the total I would have to live to be 184 yrs old to use it up and that is if it is not still accruing interest. .
            Medicare is what is screwed up, I began working less then 10 yrs after it began, almost 40 yrs paid ‘premiums’ out of my income every month though never could use, still pay premiums which is increased almost every year, plus a out of pocket amount at beginning of year.
            Back to my Long term disability which was provided by the hospital I worked at, it would have paid the difference between my SSDI up to 80% of my base salary which today, yes would be more but after ten years would still be difficult. Problem is neither of those give any real cost of living increases so eventually anyone even with both will feel the effects of a fixed income with a rising cost of living. Just depends on how long you live. Say those with MS who can live 30 yrs or more, or spinal cord injuries at upper Cervical areas, Parkinson’s, etc…….. Of course if you are still wealthy enough after the initial money drain, you could afford equipment or like Micheal Fox special treatments not covered by insurance to give you a little off and on working time.
            One of the great things about the ACA is people such as you and all others will not have to live without insurance for that minimum of 2 yrs like all of us before you or a family member. Also, my youngest daughter still has coverage under fathers union plan until she is 26 for free. Though he died when she was just 5 months old, she still gets benefits from his union job, a couple hundred a month income plus the insurance. He had probably the only union job in Texas and was a great help during the kids growing up. We do not have medicaid any longer here except for disabled children. Even those who do not income qualify for ACA and should receive medicaid can not.
            I really want people to understand what really happens if an illness or trauma leaves them disabled. Very few get qualified first time, usually third or more applications so be sure you have enough saved to pay all bills, food, medical care, etc….. for well over a year with a good amount left over to help through the years. There is a short list of automatic disability approvals for certain diseases such as mine, but most will be have a long wait and several disapproval. It is not as easy to get as many think. You will not (at least in TX where we have no state assistance) qualify for food stamps, or any other help. Unearned income disqualifies you on the federal level.

            Did you have relatives living before medicare or medicaid? I took care of my g grandmother when I was 6 yrs old, entire summer until she passed away with liver cancer, alone all day on a farm 30 minutes from closet town and to far to walk to nearest neighbor. Good thing is we got very close, bad is I accidentally broke her leg and arm moving her onto the beside toilet. Both grandparents worked off the farm, to old to farm but needed income, my mother worked two jobs during years when women were very limited in employment. My father had left after my younger sister died in an accident on the farm when we were toddlers. Neither of my grandparents retired until 75 yrs old because that gave them the number of yrs to have social security and finally medicare. My parents were both born before SS, as of course was grandparents and g grandparents. And now here we are back where while we have medicare and medicaid we will have to have our children care for us and that has nothing to do with any president, but congress since president can not pass any bills. And it happened before last two elections.
            And as a Christian find nothing Christian about any of this. None of His teachings align with not providing for the children, widows, elderly, nor any age. Maybe need to review Matthew and the judgement of Christians.

          • C.M. Phillips

            Dylan…chill, just wait, watch and absorb as much knowledge as you can!

            Right now is possibly the last time, our last chance at a peaceful and meaningful Revolution! If we fail then chaos will inevitably ensue however if we fail the violent insurrection then humanity will be thrown into such oppression and Hell that it will make anything in human history before it look like a beautiful dream in comparison!

            I am just as angry and tired of this world my friend but the masses are not ready…WE are not ready unfortunately, so if we don’t work on this correctly and do it the right way, rushing into a battle most people won’t understand will ensure that the whole thing will fall around us! We have allot of work to do and enlightening the masses is essential to making this all possible!

          • Pop

            Agreed. We aren’t ready, because everything we see around us, good and bad, is a mirror of our inner selves as a species. WE are not perfect on the inside, so the physical world we create and live in, will have the same flaws at every level. If we want to see any lasting change, we need to start by changing ourselves from the inside out. Be kinder, aim to understand instead of judging, know that what you hate about the world is most likely present in you, etc.

            I noticed that I became a much more compassionate and caring person, once I stopped thinking in terms of “what’s in it for me?” and more like “what can I offer others? How can I make other people’s life better?”… and the more you help others, the more other people help you, and the more they will be inspired to do the same to everyone else.

            We live in a world that was created by the ego: competition, individuality, shiny things… and we need to move on to a world of selflessness: recognize each other as ONE/whatever we do will affect other people, care for the planet because it’s our only home, etc.

            It’s actually a pretty exciting time to be alive :)

          • Nellie Price

            There was a movie about this that ACTUALLY inspired people to do just that! I think it was called”Give it forward”!

          • Nellie Price

            So guys start enlightening us! We are more than eager to learn!!

          • Time To Ask More Questions

            We may have the highest GDP, but we are in the top 10 of countries with the highest wealth inequality. THere are 27 countries ahead of us for a healthier middle class. So, I ask why? Why do our corporations make so much more? Could it be because they get away with murder? Could it be because the leading corporations barely pay their corp taxes after their accountants use every loop hole? Instead of being proud of the wealth and consumerism, perhaps we should ask ourselves why do American companies do so well while more people are reaching closer to poverty?

          • Nellie Price

            Cause you have assholes for leaders!!!

          • William Daniel

            Why do our poor have cell phones and big screen tvs? cable tv? internet? they may not be able to pay for food but i bet they have their beer, cigarettes and phone. We can;t call it poverty if you want to compare us to other nations.

          • Kurtis D

            I can see that there are problems. However, lets look at some simple facts. There are several organisations that rank Social Mobility and Prosperity by country, that is, the ability for an individual to better their position in life through education, welfare, and income; no matter their starting position. The US consistently ranks in the top 5. That means that through hard work and dedication, so long as that work is applied toward constructive ends, ANYONE can better their station in life. To argue otherwise is bitter, cynical, and/or short-sighted.
            What if we did redistribute all the wealth in America so that everybody had the exact same net worth? Lets look at a real world example: China. Some decades ago, almost all the wealth in China was redistributed in their People’s Revolution. Yes, there were a few corrupt party members that kept more than their share, but even after a policy of maintaining an equal standing amongst all their citizens, today they have almost as wide a wealth disparity as we do. A massive lower class, a growing middle class, and a few super rich people at the top. The same thing would happen here in the States if we attempted the same thing, just much more quickly because we don’t pretend that everyone deserves to be equal.

          • Tom Ubl

            Isn’t anyone else seeing the knock out game, the rebel rousing by Alex Jones and the rest for what it is? If AJ was so true why doe she pay taxes into a corrupt system. All that stand and rally to his hype are all so easily identified. Anything to incite division anything to move martial law that much closer.

          • Luke Newman

            im sorry im gna hve to correct you on one thing there, when u said ” Because in countries where “civil disobedience” is high, the death
            tolls are also higher from general crime, corruption and gang hierarchy,
            and the wealth is even more poorly distributed” no there is no other country on earth with wealth as unevenly distributed as the USA, if u feel differently id be happy to go and source the data and come back with it.

          • Cubie7

            Try living in Cuba where the Castro Dynasty rules, then the Nomenklatura (made up of party officials and Armed forces Generals) then the rest of the people who have gone from a prosperous nation 50 years ago to a subservient way of life living like animals and under terror and wait then there come the Cuban Blacks whom the Castro consider a sub class and enjoys incarcerating.
            I suggest you travel, we might not live in the perfect place but in the whole world we have the best system. Everything I have heard as comp[laints is straight out of the progressive handbook and the only ones who would believe that would be the low information Kool Aid drinkers.

          • Randy Hyle

            You actually have no idea what Cuba was like 50 years ago do you? Prosperous? The majority of Cubans were dirt poor. Working on sugar and tobacco plantations owned by wealthy landowners who were either related to, or friends of, the Dictator, Batista. The nation was prosperous because of money poured into it from U.S. companies investing in resorts, hotels, and casinos in Havana. Batista and his henchmen got rich from kickbacks paid by these companies to them. Cuba became a great place for mobsters to run when they got in trouble in the U.S. (no extradition) and many of the hotels and casinos were owned by the mob. Tell me, if Cuba was such a prosperous paradise for the average Cuban, WHy did the people back Castro over Batista and his cronies?

          • Damaso

            I do have quite an idea, I was born there, you on the other hand serve as a mouthpiece of communist, a Castro apologist. I suggest you acquaint yourself with UN data and learn what Cuba was like before repeating leftist propaganda. People like you give intelligence a bad name.
            Next you are going to tell me I can keep my health plan and my insurance, a delusional throll.

          • Nellie Price

            Reading the conversation between you too I rest my case,humans CANNOT stand together on ANYTHING whatsoever! That is also the reason why you are not worth saving!! I am an Alien!!!!

          • ebg

            Musecal, don’t listen to these idiots who responded to you. First off, this video clip is from a series where different famous people read the words of Howard Zinn (see under the video it says “For more voices reading Howard Zinn, click here” . I believe what Matt Damon is reading here is from Zinn’s book The Zinn Reader. The passage is not saying that we need civil disobedience, but rather it points out the dangers of civil obedience (going along with everything and not questioning anything). Mark S’s comment is a reference to the book Animal Farm.

          • pdxsays

            I believe your “idiots” attribution misplaced. Musecal’s inability to digest the source and intention of the piece – clearly and obviously available prior to watching Mr. Damon – as qualifying so much more as”…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

          • ebg

            I have no idea what you just said, but musecal responded and said he/she hasn’t really read the source material. Doesn’t mean he/she doesn’t have the ability to digest it.

          • musecal

            Haha thanks for both the info and the support ebg ;) I’m not trying to spout some kind of rhetoric here, (unlike virtually every other reply here..) I was just musing aloud!
            I don’t believe there was anything particularly wrong about what I said however- but I totally agree with people’s right to disagree with me.
            I come from a military background, so I guess I see order as a sensible and effective way of approaching the world, and I feel I need to mention that obedience is not always the wrong thing to do. That isn’t to say it always is. In many cases (Nazi Germany, North Korea, and many many more examples) unquestioning obedience has been devastating. But that doesn’t mean it has never worked or cannot work. Did the Romans not found much of civilised Europe?

            But then what do I know? I clearly haven’t read much of the source material and came here (as many others have) from social media sites.

            I’m also not American, sorry folks. But it does tickle me to see people from america acting like they have it so tough and are constantly oppressed by the state. Do some Travelling, and when you find Utopia, send me an email- i’d love to know where it is (and if there is any form of government there!?) ;)

          • William Daniel

            it isnt that we feel we have it so tough, however given our ideals of freedom we are feeling the weight of oppression. Our idea of Oppression may be different from your view of the rest of the world, but that is why we are Americans. We have a higher standard

          • Nellie Price

            If one has no order there is chaos! It is as simple as that but the law makers,the ones that are supposed to institute order have lost their calling through greed! Money talks and bullshit walks!! As simple as that!!

          • Patrick Reynolds

            Nellie … I HIGHLY disagree with your statement. And I can offer proof of order within chaos for you. The American west during the 1800s. VERY little organized law. VERY little control structure, VERY little order … yet a low rate of violent crime then than now … on a per-capita basis I might add. The reason being … RESPECT. RESPECT in 2 forms … 1. people were naturally more respectful then than now. 2. ya just gotta respect a guy that is carrying a gun and is MORE than willing to turn your head into a canoe if you don’t show him, his family and his property the respect they are due! Another example or order within chaos … American Indian tribes of that same era … there were no laws. There were no policing forces. There was simply love and respect for each and every member of your tribe FROM each and every member of your tribe. One of our most severe down-fallings has been the loss of mutual respect. Through respect we learn civil discourse. Through respect we learn how to properly treat not only others but also others family and property!

          • Nellie Price

            I stand corrected Patrick! I was not thinking about the past I was actually thinking and living in the here and now! Yes you are 100% correct,it is the ONE most valuable thing the human race has lost and that is RESPECT one another,RESPECT their way of life,RESPECT their efforts…….In our corrupt world today we do not even RESPECT life anymore!It had to have a beginning somewhere and history has taught us that we become what our leaders make us,pushing us into ONE direction like sheep for their OWN gain.Our planet is totally (fucked)it is ruled by the ELITE for the ELITE! Do you think their give a shit for the man on the street? Noooooooooo…I have also always held only the highest regard for especially the red Indian of the Americas I take my hat off to these people,that they are even still around any more is in itself a miracle!! They were deprived and stripped of EVERYTHING and hearded like animals onto resevations with NOTHING on it! through the lack of RESPECT!!!!

          • shaewhiteman

            While I enjoyed your post, I must disagree with what you said about the
            Native Americans and the 1800′s. There were laws and treaties that
            threatened them. the Dass Act, The Reservation Act, and especially the
            Cherokee’s actions against their own people when a group of elite
            Cherokee got together and signed away the lands owned by the Cherokee in
            Georgia. The eventual Trail of Tears was not order out of respect, the
            Americans came and forced the Cherokee out of their homes with only the
            belongings on their backs. To say that the order in the face of chaos
            was due to respect was in my opinion false according to the evidence I
            have studied. “We Shall Remain: Trail of Tears” by PBS was a good
            documentary highlighting what really happened. “Trail of Tears: The Rise
            and Fall of the Cherokee Nation,” is a book I found informative about
            the topic of Native American sufferings.

          • Mitchell Vackar

            No I guess we Americans don’t have it too bad. But why wait til we do to do anything when we see or situation going the wrong direction. Also I feel for other countries we have military stationed in. Our Government has no GOOD reason to send troops to other countries. I saw a post the other day that was talking about how bad the war in Iraq and Afghanistan are because we have lost a few thousand troops. No one mentioned the 100,000 + people that were killed on the other side. I support our troops because they are there to protect our freedoms and I don’t blame most of them for going where they are told since most of them probably believe what the government is telling them. I do not support the troops that just sign up because they look at it as a career opportunity or a way to pay for college. That is a sick way to make money.

          • aaron

            its not that the people have it so tough its that the amount of idiots we have is dangerous. i say this because we have the means to act out such tragedies on a large scale not only to us but other countries. we are constantly bombarded with propaganda in the media and wherever it has an outlet. so its like even if you extensively read up on something you still don’t know for sure if its true or if its government spouted misdirection. also we have 104 nuclear reactors and as if thats not enough- we have fema camps strategically placed next to train and bus stations ready for martial law at any time. all the govt would have to do is release some new bio weapon, say its an epidemic and start rounding people up from their homes. honestly i could see most people going willingly which is sad. all america would need to go to war with canada is oprah winfrey to say its about damn time etc etc etc

          • pdxsays

            RE: Middle Ground somewhere.

            Why, yes, there is. Zinn’s statement identifies and describes a number of attributes as major features of that landscape. If you missed that, I suggest you listen again. Maybe take notes, pausing the video so you don’t miss anything more.

            You see, Zinn said nothing about riots. The only aspect of destructive behavior he addressed was that demonstrated by governments and those citizens willingly obliging. If anything was stated or implied in Zinns words, it is that we must not cooperate with violence among us and over our borders.

            Which bring us to the question – are you or are you not one of those living in TV Land of reality shows and mainstream news and media? Are you one of those who do not think? You placed inference – imputed – potentials of a call to violence that exist no where in Zinn’s statements. So take care before you answer. The veracity of your claim will be self evident.

          • carl56

            Red herring for Thanksgiving? No one said anything about riots. But by all means, be a good boy. Leave it to the US military to bring the blessings of chaos to other countries. Don’t make too big a fuss about helping to pay for it. Yes, be an accomplice to mass slaughter because the joys of good order should not be compromised by disobedience.

            And leave chaos in America to the corporations and their harem in DC. Help them pay for offshoring jobs. Militarizing domestic police forces. Protecting Big Brother. Protecting Blankfein from prosecution or a public lynching. Don’t get rough with predatory insurance companies that leave children to die. Support by inaction the corporate destruction of your kid’s environment so we can enjoy collective misery an death on a truly vast scale for the rest of human history.
            We had to castrate our dear pit bull. He was just so aggressive with pigs. But to this day he still licks his sack. He dreams of growing a new pair.

          • Nellie Price

            carl 56!! I take my hat off to you,spoken like a champ! I could not have put it better myself and I am not even American I am sitting at my PC in the heart of South Africa reading your comment and feeling GOOD1 God,there is ONE who have a brain I say to myself!!!!!!!

          • Mara

            Martin Luther King, Ghandi, many others Who’s Names We(the People) will never ever know, since they were buried in some non-descript hole or Jungle of the World. These People understood, that there comes a Time, when to Honor Civic Duty, We(the People) must commit Civil Disobedience. But, Matt Damon’s
            Speech, which is merely a read of the pretty much Communist, Howard Zinn, will lead to the Tyranny of the Proletariat. It will lead to same Repression, but, there will be a different Master. I suggest you All study the outcome of the French Revolution, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Moa’s China, etc. Oh yes and the Socialist Movement that was Nazism.

          • Ian Kendall

            How do you prevent it? The first generation of people who acquire some power or wealth are generally grounded in their original roots. However, as a family gains power, the members, generation after generation gradually loose touch with the rest of humanity and possibly reality itself as they become immersed in greater decadence. How should we aim to save them from this? 100% inheritance tax. No one has the right to inherit the fruit of someone else labors, while disenfranchising everyone else, and the dead have no right to inflict that kind of injustice on the living. This would act as the ultimate limitation on power, hence the ultimate limitation on corruption.

          • zeddriver

            100% inheritance tax? That’s part of the problem IK. Giving the few in the government money from a lot of citizens just invites corruption. Unfortunately humans have ego’s, And the desire to better themselves and their families through the attainment of secure housing, An abundant supply of food for their family. This was true long before money ever reared it’s ugly head. I doubt very much if we as a species can just will that trait away. At least not very quickly nor without a lot of suffering.

            I really believe that where we as a nation really started going down hill quickly was when the following two things happened.

            1, A bunch of bankers had a meeting on Jekyll Island in 1913. That’s when the Federal reserve system and it’s Fiat money, Fractional banking and a federal income tax for America was formulated by the likes of the Rothchilds, J.P. Morgan Et all. If I remember, There were 7 at that meeting formulating the future of America’s monetary system. Five of which weren’t even US citizens. Check out “the creature from Jekyll Island” It will show just how deep rooted the class system is. I doubt there is any way to really combat it in a meaningful way.

            2, When rapid and later instant communications came to fruition, Coupled with the ease and speed of far flung travel making it very expensive to campaign for office. Which of course made it much easier for the rich to intervene via donations.

            Also, As an American living in Germany. I can tell you that my German friends don’t live in the Socialist utopia that our US media or University professors portray. The main reason that most Germans aren’t in more trouble than they are is mostly due to the fact that.
            1, When they buy a house they tend to stay in it the rest of their lives.
            2, Germans hate credit and save up to buy big ticket items with cash.
            3, They don’t buy a new car every 2-3 years. The cars the average German buys is small and fuel efficient.
            4, All those safety nets that are talked about come at a heavy price for the average German. That House, Car, Stove, T.V. pretty much every thing but food and medical service have a 19% tax on it. Yep. You buy that $300,000 house and you get a sales tax bill of $57,000. Have a tv or radio in your house. That will cost you 17 Euro=$23 each unit per month in tax.

          • Chris

            Well yeah but it’s always the greedy that find ways to the top anyway. THAT is the problem. ‘Politics’ is a term used also to express the positioning and manouvering that allows a person to rise through the ranks too. Its teh savvy, smart and conniving that figure out how to take power and keep it. Do we want that or not? Do we want leaders who are savvy like that? I doubt you want weak leaders. Do you want leaders at all? Cos explain to us how to operate on a day-to-day basis without leaders in society…..even in a utopian democracy. Its the big question. And I love to see people discuss and discover as they first get introduced to the big questions of it all. We need a new wave of conciousness. And we need to deal with a rising sense that we’re enabling our own exploitation……..

          • Jim

            It is a pleasant fantasy for ” us ” to unite, and if we did, who would lead, and to do what? which is why our Constitution calls for limited, decentralized government. People start THINKING ~ and get involved. http://www.voteJVA.com

          • Miles Hagen

            Your comment bolstered in me a relatively new understanding I’ve had.

            That understanding is that people can be sorted into 2 groups: [1]. People who want to win [2]. People who want the truth.

            People either default to one of these 2 options. I’ve yet to meet a person who is all #1 or all #2 but it is my understanding that the majority of individuals prefer one over the other. It’s just like handedness. We all use both (if possible) of our hands but most of us still use one more than the other.

            I point this out because I think it is a profound truth that helps in understanding people and possibly improving the condition of humanity. I say this because from my experience #2 people spend their lives trying to get #1 people to think like #2 people. It is my understanding that this is relatively impossible and counterproductive. I believe it is in #2 people’s interest and consequently the world’s interest to accept this understanding, reject #1 people when encountered and attempt to identify and unify #2 people.

            I believe this has yet to happen because many #2 people are born into families run by #1 type people. Rejecting family, particularly parents is extremely challenging. Nevertheless my studies and experience make it clear that #1 people don’t want to change and will not change. The world is now run by elite #1s and supported by commoner #1s. So if any change is going to happen it will need to come from the #2s.

            That change can come in two ways: a) #2s can get #1s to think like #2s. b) #2s can stop trying to appeal, relate or support #1s and focus on coming together.

            As aforementioned I believe option (b) is the best option. Thanks, I look forward to comments on that.

          • http://cthulhushrugged.tumblr.com/ Cthulhu Shrugged

            4 legs good…. 2 legs better.

          • ROSALIA PESTANA

            Power always corrupts. No matter who the person is, just have the power in their hands to feel better than others and with more rights.

          • Deth Starr

            the 4 legs became 2 if u remember???

          • James Clay Garrison

            EVERYONE is greedy…for SOMETHING

          • Curt Peterson

            mmm….bacon…

          • cantake8

            They’re on all-fours merely to get their faces in the trough.

          • Austin Combs

            Don’t pigs have 4 legs?

          • Vietprincess80

            It’s time to slaughter the pigs. There are 99% of us, I think we can handle it easily.

          • ROSALIA PESTANA

            hahahahahaha…. very boog

          • Michael Paolucci

            I did my thesis on Owellian theories within his writings, I still have a hard cover copy of Animal farm, it was the first book to ever make me angry, it’s time to get “angry” all over again, complacency breeds corruption, sheep are led to shearing, then when all is taken from them, they are led to slaughter! Stop being sheep, stop being led by false shepards!

        • rickeng3

          no karmasutra

      • Tom Ubl

        How about two legs on all fours with head down arse up taking it hot and heavy from Uncle Sugar while they debate political and philosophical notions, spouting and pontificating, but never looking down the end of a loaded barrel? Then they cry when the bungus is turned into the Lincoln Tunnel!. PEOPLE GET THE GOVERNMENT THEY DESERVE.

        • Ivy

          First off, that was gratuitous.
          Secondly, JUST WORLD FALLACY! No. No, people do Not get the government they “deserve” they get the government has been moved, shaken, twisted, and pulled, by whatever opinions rise to power with the people who have the means to take said power.
          (And in our government that means having money. In feudal Japan it means having the biggest, or best trained army so that one could be Shogun)
          The result is that the laws may be initially for the benefit of all peoples, and are pushed slowly (or sometimes quickly) into being used to the benefit of whomever is in power.

          • williamhoang

            The people of the US re-elected Obama so yes people do get the government they deserve

          • Brian P. Adair

            Wrong….Fraud on a Huge Scale Re-Elected Obama!!!

          • williamhoang

            So Obama didn’t win by landslide twice?

          • pepjrp

            No he didn’t.

          • williamhoang

            lol whooops

          • pepjrp

            2012 was no landslide. Luckily for Obama all of his lies about Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious,7 trillion dollar debt additions and his racism along with Holders won’t cost him another election.

          • chevymtrsport

            @ williamhoang I don’t get the point of your question. Are you suggesting winning by a landslide and committing fraud to do it can’t possibly co-exist?

          • phoenix

            As it did in a much more obvious fashion with GWB in 2 elections. In which the second election featured 2 members of Skull and Bones….I mean…really? One of whom is now our Secretary of State. Yeah nothin sketchy about that.

          • Slade Rockwell

            Thank god!! The GOP are the ones who got us broke and into wars.

          • Lavender

            And what about the NDAA and the drones? Don’t act like the Democrats don’t have blood on their hands.

          • Scott Brynildsen

            Okay, little girl… let me lay it out for you. You turn on your tv, most likely to FOX, where they tell you lies that you believe because you’re ignorant and reading hurts your feelings. Then you run around yelling about all the people and children who are being killed in Syria from drones. Then you tell the president he should do something and how he has blood on his hands. FYI, that’s not how it works. He has to get the go-ahead from Congress. Congress doesn’t want Obama to do anything that will make him look like he’s actually doing his job. Then you go on and on about how the president isn’t doing anything, but you don’t take the time to learn about how the government works. Soooo, then he finally does and that doesn’t make you happy because you’re still an ignorant moron who has a color/herb as a screen name. You tell the president he needs to send troops in to save these people, but don’t really give a $hit that it costs tax payers billions of dollars, BUT THEN you b!tch about how many of our troops are being killed and then the president has blood on his hands. MAYBE, just maybe… you should do your homework because you sounds really dumb and uninformed. You’re already failing…

          • dixie williams

            Scott ,who are you to tell someone to turn off their T.V. and Read. From your comment You are the one who has his head in the sand , and probably voted for Obama.

          • Scott Brynildsen

            Um… you live in a democracy, which means if you voted conservative, you’re not voting for this country. I’m not sure if you’re actually aware that Obama has done more for this country than your pathetic little TV show will ever tell you. I am only encouraging the Color to turn off the main stream media, because it’s often trying to jump the gun with facts that are not facts. Networks try to swoop in with assumptions that will get them ratings. They don’t know and often times play it off later as just a “misunderstanding.” It’s not, it’s a lie… I’m getting a Master’s in Political Science and I read at least 7 different sources before making MY OWN OPINION, not just repeating what some uninformed network told me because I was too lazy to change the channel. I don’t even watch TV anymore because it dumbs people down and patronizes them. I encourage you to turn off your TV as well.

          • Shelly Humphrey

            OK Scott, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. I haven’t watched television in 3 yrs so we’re not going there, BUT what pray tell has your Idiot in Chief done for this country, since there is soooo much? Also, as far as him needing the approval of Congress, he manages to bypass that. So how is the new health care system working out for you? I’m certainly happy you don’t think he’s a liar. As far as “misunderstandings” being lies…….look no further than the White House. Yes, I have quite a few years on you so I’m not a “little girl” as you so pleasantly called someone else stating their opinion. I am also a veteran and I don’t go to news networks for my info. I usually go straight to the govt. websites that can’t hide the things he does. Tired of the finger pointing, lies and flat out BS excuses. He screws up, he needs to borrow his family jewels from the wifey poo and say ok I screwed up. PERIOD. Maybe he might get one iota of respect.. maybe.

          • Aaron Waters

            Fox News is the only one that hasn’t been brought into the Liberal fold and preach the Obama Gospel as if it were the only truth, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CNN and various other mainstream liberal media outlets are paid propagandists for Obama and his cronies. Obama has done everything and anything he can to stick his finger in the eye of the American people through countless executive orders with no end in sight going around congress at every turn, I think the only people who need to turn the TV off is people like you, you have brainwashed by the progressive liberal agenda, if you like being constantly lied to then by all means keep listening to that garbage.

          • dtownprof

            To be fair, Fox News was practically “State TV” during the Bush administration. You have to be blindly partisan toward Republicans not to see that. It’s just as bad as Huffington Post and MSNBC in terms of being a cheering section for the sitting administration.

          • dixie williams

            God , gave me a brain and I don’t need someone like you to tell me what to watch or who to vote for.I do much more than watch T.V. for my information , I just have a much different opinion than you do.

          • dtownprof

            Uh… not really. We live in a Constitutional Republic… and we have had a (small r) republican form of government since the beginning. Our current constitution steers us more to a federalist than the original, but we are still, and have always been, a Republic. Besides, you don’t honestly believe that Democrat = democracy, do you?

          • Jim Malmstrom

            Our Scott has so much to learn it’s scary. And he pretends to educate us about Fox News and our president. He’ll blame everybody and anybody but Obama. “It’s Congress’ fault, they won’t let poor Barry accomplish anything!” completely ignorant to the fact that the very things OBAMA DID DO are his and the country’s undoing. The Scott’s of the world are so tedious anymore.

          • William Daniel

            The only thing a masters degree in Poli sci tells me is you are practicing to be a liar

          • William Daniel

            oh and if you like your plan you can keep it

          • betspotter

            If you spit on the founders and the Constitution, you’ll like Obama. If you fancy yourself a Marxist, he’s your man. Obama was a lecturer on the Constitution at Chicago Law School, but that doesn’t mean he understands its genius. He would rather have one that ‘guarantees’ outcomes, rather than opportunity. He’d be a great fan of the Russian Constitution. Yeah, that’s great.

          • dtownprof

            Since we’re assuming what people watch and/or read, you most likely never get too far from Mother Jones or Huffington Post where they rationalize and defend Democrats for doing the same thing as Republicans. Let’s look at the facts, not the opinions, but the bottom line facts.

            Obama actually does not believe he needs the go-ahead from Congress, following the example of past Democrats who ignore the need to seek Congressional approval for military action. In testimony last year his administration said they believe they would have the legal basis for military engagement based upon EITHER Congressional approval OR international approval.

            By that same standard, you talk about dual responsibility by Congress and the President when engaging in military conflict, but then say the war is entirely Bush’s fault even though THAT action was approved by Congress, including many Democrats.

            It is Obama that has used drones against American citizens without charge or trial. It is the Obama administration that ensured the NDAA was written so that any restriction of military action against American citizens was removed. Bush and Republicans were ABSOLUTELY wrong on the Patriot Act. But Obama is just as wrong, if not moreso for the NDAA. And what did Obama promise… no signing statements to get his way, right?
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eci77PJACCs#t=55

            But then he did it for the NDAA and has continued to do it. Not as much as Bush, but he has done what he promised he would not do. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/12/31/statement-president-hr-1540
            Now, pay careful attention to his words.
            ” Second, under section 1021(e), the bill may not be construed to affect any “existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.” My Administration strongly supported the inclusion of these limitations in order to make clear beyond doubt that the legislation does nothing more than confirm authorities that the Federal courts have recognized as lawful under the 2001 AUMF.”

            However, we find that this is exactly the opposite and the President’s administration asked for those words to be REMOVED from the bill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_ysdsxF3eo Why would they request the removal of something he would make such a big show over his disagreement? Then, when challenged over that section in Federal court, the President’s lawyers asked for and received a stay on the injunction against that section. So he asked for it, then disagreed with it in a signing statement(something he said he would not do during his campaign), but sent an army of lawyers to defend his right to use this law that he said he wasn’t going to use? Only a blind Obama apologist would try to defend such a ridiculous position.

            And before you even start on the “Levin was talking about 1031, not 1021″, the text for 1021 WAS 1031 at the time they were engaged in this debate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Authorization_Act_for_Fiscal_Year_2012#Indefinite_detention_without_trial:_Section_1021

            If you want to make the world a better place, stop giving people free passes for something just because you identify with the same party. You are doing no one any favors(just like fiscal conservatives who support Republicans even though they spend just as much).

          • Carlos

            Why r u fighting each other?. Should be we against the system.

          • dtownprof

            Because he is FOR one side of the system. Until you recognize that both sides are corrupt, you can’t effectively change it.

          • Cubie7

            Hey did you keep your health plan, did they snoop on you, how do you feel about Benghazi, Lies, Lies and Cover Ups, You best stop watching msnbc…just saying.

          • William Daniel

            typical lib throw insults when facts dont support you

          • lvginclp

            He was pretty much blackmailed into signing the NDAA – it was attached to the military spending bill. You are aware that an Obama-appointed judge overturned the detention clause, right? You are also aware that drones existed before Obama was elected president, right? All he’s doing it taking advantage of the unprecedented, sweeping powers afforded to the executive branch by the Bush Administration.

          • dtownprof

            Why is he taking advantage of it? If it was bad during the Bush administration, it’s still bad now.

            And Bush did not use drones against American citizens. That’s not to say he wouldn’t have, but he didn’t.

            As for being “blackmailed” into signing it… it was his Administration that removed the protections for American citizens from the bill. Uncle Carl spilled the beans on that one. And any action against sec 1021 has been fought tooth and nail by the Obama administration… including multiple attempts by Justin Amash, Rand Paul, and other Republicans to amend it out of the law entirely. You realize that this puts Obama on the same side as McCain and Lindsey “You can’t have a lawyer” Graham, right? Warmongering hawks.

          • Annie

            Really? Then explain how our debt has tripled under Obama. Explain how things started blowing up the last two years under Bush when he had a democrat house and senate.

          • Scott Brynildsen

            Actually, you’re incredibly wrong… the debt has gone down DRAMATICALLY because Bush didn’t have a calculator and just liked spending money being the worlds dumbest bully. Turn off your TV and read.

          • lvginclp

            That is because Obama actually counted the two wars and the Medicare Part D giveaway to the pharmaceutical companies. Also, Wall Street (and the last president) collapsed our economy. Obama had to pass the stimulus – it should’ve been much larger. Are you aware Obama is the lowest spender of modern presidents and that the deficit has shrunk by billions under him? Just imagine how much better off we’d be if didn’t face obstruction and sabotaging by the GOP at every turn.

          • William Daniel

            what the hell books are you reading? he has spent more than all our presidents combined and he aint done yet. your math is flawed, must be common core

          • Thomas Calabrese

            it’s not about PARTY POLITICS…Jesus! It’s about how, inevitably, government corruption and greed ascend to a level where the PEOPLE must say ENOUGH. This is how and why THIS country was founded and precisely what our Declaration of Independence tells us to do WHEN it happens to this country…WHEN, not IF. They knew the very republic they were founding would fall prey to the same BS they were founding it to get away from. They understood this to be a function of our nature as HUMANS…NOT one political party or another.

          • Tom Ubl

            I stood and did my part. Those who said they were behind me were no where near to be found when I entered the fray. I have called out Federal Judges and have pressed the peddle for 25 years fighting fraud. The judiciary is corrupt on all levels. They were going to lock me up because I wanted their photos for my book. LOL

            http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2010/09/at-stake-in-the-ubl-case-safeguards-protecting-50-billion-in-taxpayer-dollars-from-waste-fraud-and-a.html

          • Randy Hyle

            One small correction. It is the nature of GOVERNMENTS, not humans. Governments sole purpose, like religion, is control. It is a self perpetuating entity. It grows and it’s control over people grows. As wealth becomes controlled by a smaller and smaller group of people, they become the power behind the throne. Their wealth literally buys the government and leaves the rest of us on the outside looking in. Government becomes nothing more than an arm used by the wealthy to consolidate their control over the world. Our military, another arm to maintain empire and subjugate weaker countries, and rape them of their wealth. We must refuse to be used by these powers to perpetuate their control. We mst refuse to fight their wars of greed against people who, like us, just wish to live in peace, with as little control over the lives as possible, and the freedom to do so as WE see fit.

          • James Jantz

            you are trippin Slade

          • http://www.enigmaticstudio.com/ Tom Zolnierczyk

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          • williamhoang

            So what is Obama doing about it? Is Obama getting the troops out? Is he even trying to improve the US economy? The citizens of the US voted to keep a man in power who has ordered more drone strikes than Bush, has gotten involved in more wars and is running the US economy into the ground with welfare programmes like Obamacare and Obamaphones.

          • dtownprof

            Nope, during his first term he expanded the Afghan war into Pakistan. He dropped bombs on Libya without Congressional approval. Threatened military action in Iran and tried to false flag us into a war with Syria.

          • Myst Mee

            NO actually he didn’t!! We still have boots on the ground!! So who ever thinks we have “Pulled out” Doesn’t know what they are talking about!! OBAMA LIES None stop to America!!!

          • William Daniel

            speaking of pulling out, we must have been drunk cause we gave birth to a great ugly child in DC

          • lvginclp

            You are ignorant. I believe he got the troops out of Iraq, right? And is winding down in Afghanistan. And, Obamaphones? Really? You know that program started way before Obama got in there, right? YOU read a book. Geez.

          • pepjrp

            Hardly Nobama has added more to the national debt than all previous presidents combined. The welfare roles have doubled to over 40 million from 23 million when Nobama took office. Ignoring war at all costs like ignoring Iran may have many foreseen consequences.

          • dtownprof

            6 years and no one is coming home from Afghanistan yet. He expanded that war into Pakistan. And Obama’s budget deficits dwarf Bush’s.

          • MatthiasGoliath

            You still believe elections matter – my friend, you have some catching up to do!

          • williamhoang

            Maybe the choice is little when the media marginalises politics between two parties with few differences but the people still put up with a broken political system so clearly they don’t really care enough

          • phoenix

            I would suggest that the people that re-elected Obama be likened to the occupants of Plato’s Cave. They don’t see the world except through the lens of their forced schooling and upbringing. I think instead of slinging arrows it is more productive to educate them as to the reality of the world. I voted for Obama in the first election and immediately regretted it. It was that buyers remorse that opened my eyes to the shadow puppetry show that is the american government. Voting for any major party candidate is a joke. The ReDemblicats work for the same masters. The only issue that matters right now is preserving our freedom and deflecting the wave of tyranny that is about to overtake us completely…beyond that health care, immigration, insert your special interest here is moot. The ONLY way out of this mess is to enlighten as may people as possible.

          • Luca Basile

            Unfortunately businesses and selfish bastards are voting in a congress that the people don’t want! If Obama inherited a mess, and congress (majority of the right wing) are making it difficult for the clean up to ensue!

          • Tom Ubl

            PEOPLE GET THE GOVERNMENT THEY DESERVE. If not they would not be sitting in front of their computers mentally masturbating they would be on the Hill making noise.

      • Luke Newman

        4 legs that dont want to work with eachother and constantely stride in different directions… yea that sounds like a really clever and relevant metaphor you have used there… well done.

      • Marcus_Aurelius

        Crimestop. Doubleplusgood.

      • J1984Dowler

        War is peace
        Freedom is slavery
        Ignorance is strength -INGSOC

      • James Clay Garrison

        The animals know that the people are MAD

    • Archangel Raphael

      ‘we the sheeple’ have a problem counting down to ONE

    • Damian Clark

      I Agree. Just read Joseph Cambells work. When we took the first image of our planet in a vast universe we should have united as one. One world. The barriers and boundaries we create only serve to distance us from each other. really glad someone else feels the same.

      • Taylor

        Joseph Cambell is not only a genious, but has taken the steps to go beyond the intellect towards the realm of saints. Some thought or intellectual understanding of oneness wont be enough, and is where this movement keeps getting trapped in. We don’t need any beliefs. We just need being. The subjective spiritual experience of oneness is what we’re talking about, not some mental/intellectual concept. Cambell does a pretty good job describing a lot of things in terms of the western mind, but there are others who can give you an even more clear, simple, close to the source picture. Mostly, people need to know a technique on how to find the experience of oneness more than ideas about it.

        Not trying to bash anyone, just saying that there are many who only have half the picture. Knowledge is empty without the experience. That’s why all the religions are filled with corruption and dogma, because they forgot how to easily give people the first hand experience of God and Oneness. The world fell and all the great civilizations of old passed away when the people forgot this. This new movement is the beginning of the return of a people who live according to natural law, and in bliss, without thinking at all. Harmony with nature is spontaneous and effortless, yet it’ll take some effort to remove all our conditioning and habitual mind. Find some powerful spiritual techniques given by a high master and you’ll see that knowledge is different in different stages of consciousness. All these words about oneness will all a sudden make far more sense, like all a sudden you really heard them for the first time, but then take it further. Get to that point where there is no more need for seeking, as all you experience will be the One Self that is God. All will be bliss. An ocean of Bliss, with every experience a wave of bliss in the ocean of bliss.

        Subjective knowledge of the One Self is what is missing, We’ve mastered all kinds of objective knowledge and discovered many things in our focus on individuality, yet we need to bring the balance back in. We can be individuals while being One, it just must be achieved be each person through inner transformation. People need to start walking the walk, instead of just talking the talk. Lets practice what we preach, and find those who have sincerely practiced the most, instead of just listening to those who speak pretty words that seem to be full of truths. Find a master who can give you the experience, and guide you to it. Don’t get lost in all the information out there. Just go straight to the source. Go to those who sit simply in union with this source and allow that to accomplish everything, rather than go around telling everyone how it is. It’s that connection to the source that allows your words to be heard, not the words themselves. It’s consciousness that does the enlightening and the teaching to all people, not the books.

        All you have to do is sit next to a master, and you’ll get it. The light that radiates off them, the pure stillness of their awareness, will shatter all the illusions and beliefs until only a silent open mind remains. With an open mind, you experience the source. As long as your thinking about it, your stuck focused on some ego identity created by the mind rather than experiencing your higher Self, a Self that is One with God and All That Is. I’m not there yet completely, so forgive me the contradictions, but I’ve at least got the taste enough to discover this one big pitfall so many are falling into. All the inspiration you need can be found inside yourself. There’s no need to be looking out all over the place trying to find the answers and happiness.

        • Fumetti666

          Joseph Campbell is an atheist jerk.

          • Thomas Calabrese

            And that’s the kind of comment that makes these exchanges frustrating to endure.

        • loewen

          That’s very Nietzschean of you, almost a reference to the ‘superman’ as mentioned in his work; thus spoke Zarathustra…and I agree.

        • Tom Ubl

          We are parasites as a singular (the One Self) that consumes, excretes and reproduces or practices the reproductive process over and over. As a collective we are a virus. We kill each other and for what? We decimate the other species and for what, taste? We swarm the planet all 7.2 billion, trashing our environment into toxic oblivion. Our plankton and bees and birds jeopardized while radiation pours from Fukushima without alarm. We have trashed the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico in less than three years. We dump depleted uranium derived from spent fuel rods all over the planet and have a judiciary that sucks testicles the size of beach balls and you want to refer to this species as a master of anything is more of the same lunacy. We can’t even control what goes on in our own bodies. LOL masturbaters maybe.

          • Tyson Pratt

            the difference is, we think … we(humans) can do something about the way we think … other beings run on instinct … we can choose to change or not , change takes effort , doing nothing is easy .. so most of us do nothing .. which is the problem :p

          • Tom Ubl

            Thinking is not limited to homosapiens. Maybe. We run on fight or flight too. I think we have less input in the matter than what we want to believe. creatures of patterned behavior. Effort v Nothing, no argument = laziness and apathy. there is more to it……….

          • imddawg

            So you’re saying do nothing? To attempt to unify to end the wars, pollution and corruption is futile. So, hell with it. We can’t fix it because of biological predetermination. If you’re with a group of friends and a big guy punches you out and is trying to kill you…so be it? I don’t get it. When we see injustice we all instinctively know we should fight it. Fear enables fight or flight is an instinct as individuals. However, as a unified group of individuals the fear doesn’t exist. One lioness will not confront the wildebeest, a pack will eradicate. Biological predetermination.

          • musecal

            I believe in biological predetermination to a degree. Ask a person how they feel about world affairs and they will often give you a very convincing and sensible viewpoint on how things could be changed for the better. But the more people you get together in a room the less they agree, and the more base their needs become. Ultimately people are driven by the need for food, shelter and reproduction, just like any other creature on the planet. And just like any other creature on the planet, we will seek these needs above all else and at the cost of all else. The more people there are, the greater this problem becomes.
            Having elected leaders however combines the intelligence and conviction of the individual with the needs of the many and attempts to offset the mob mentality. But again, the more people there are, the more the problem arises again.

            Until humanity is able to accept that endless growth (both economically and physically) is irresponsible and frankly endangers the future survival of every species on our planet, we are always going to be biologically predetermined to bloom and then fade.

          • 1…2…3…4

            the problem with all becomeone that it’s exactly what someone who wants absolute power wishes, they want everyone to be one mind, one thought, one unit. it’s the same principal Kim Jung Un operates for north Korea. when everyone “puts aside their personal differences” that’s when they lose their identity and people forget how to deal with others who are different. people demand acceptance of others now adays and as a result alot of people have lost their identities to their past heritage, instead people should demand tolerance; instead of demanding that others accept people and one mindsetof others thoughts, races, religion,sexuality, etc. we should instead practicetolerance and accept the differences of others to form one.

          • Crische

            There’s a vast difference between being unified on a wavelength with the whole of the universe (perpetual life-high, bliss, nirvana, etc.) and being molded and ruled by a man of insane ego like Kim Jung Un.

            Sounds like a bunch of hippy mumbo-jumbo, but.. he ain’t lyin. The world is a wonderful place to be outside the mindset and rigid constructs of man and society. Free, open, space. An infinite grid and canvas upon which we can lay out our imaginations. Tom ^^, there is no point in being cynical. You must have a plan/idea/dream before you can manifest it. The past is the past. Whether we have the courage to change is another question.

          • Tom Ubl

            Why try to assert conclusions of what I am saying especially when we are not talking and this is text? Yes, the monkey brain, which is more akin to a fruit fly in terms of DNA design, is doomed. The odds it pulls out is astronomically dead set against it. It is a romantic notion to think that even as a collective that we could be the captains of our own destiny. Simply put there are powers at hand that have more to do with us than us. At its basic core it takes those willing to die for a cause bigger than self and most are so self consumed and apathetic that what you refer to would have happened by now. Look around, many will talk about how they are awake and how others need to be, yet no change. It is a fact that at a gathering greater than (6) six people that the communication efficiency rate in terms of accurate conveyance drops by an exponential factor. How do you propose to bring about change when more than 6 people can’t get on the same page.

            I have been on enough committees in DC to vouch that people only have one hope and that is to confess their sins to God, declare Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, believe in the resurrection and to try to occupy and learn the lessons of love, true love, love for God and for your neighbor, that is our only hope.

            If it was not a spiritual issue, then all could be resolved with a mechanical fix.

          • imddawg

            So, lets all just sit idly by and watch the destruction of man because you believe it is futile. Pass the popcorn. I believe there is a deity. I also believe that we suffer from the fictional books based on the deity. If a group don’t like one fictional book, they write their own out of convenience. Therefore, exploiting another chain that binds us. WE need to be discussing how WE can, and not why WE can’t. Then lay down and accept it.

          • jim NY

            Would hate to live in your world. Anything positive happening around you?

          • Tom Ubl

            Hate is an extreme and harsh word. This thread is a single digression that does not represent my life experience in total and not be a stretch comprehensive. It addresses the subject and the ancillary digressions that those raise as questions. Life in the meat wrapper is often a personal hell for the afflicted.

            However, God has been very good to me and my life has been rich with experiences. It is unfortunate that many have to categorize experiences as good or bad, happy or sad, positive or negative. We are the sum total of our experiences, however they choose to manifest.

            My world is a reality few will ever know, especially after being restored from 50% paralysis for over 1.5 hours in Sept. 2004. No medical intervention applied in the ER other than monitoring. Nurse quoted as “It was a miracle and had not witnessed anything like ti even after 15 years in DC area metro ER’s.” When you get taken to the wall the changes and perceptions shift drastically, reality, value, dogma all are challenged in a big way, liberating and isolating at the same time.

            Plenty of good, positive things are happening around me. A man who has not walked for 15 years will again soon and I was allowed to be part of that restoration. Past angst towards particular individuals resolving. Music once again is appealing. Health hopefully restoring. Blues skies and sunshine. Reality may be harsh for most Jim, but those who live and play on the surface, from my vantage, are not truly alive. Knowing the heights of joy, requires knowing the depths of sorrow.

          • jim NY

            I will never beguile anyone their right of passion or freedom. I offer all mankind a simple prayer from my heart. Being alive is the acceptance that we are created and love. We can read It in the greatest history book ever written. You don’t have to know sorrow to the truth or happiness. I wish you the best on your new journey, Gods speed Tom.

          • Tom Ubl

            The truth is an objective absolute that stands alone. Looking at my post I framed joy and sorrow, but I get misquoted often and I sincerely appreciate your kind words. Back atch ya!!!

        • Tom Ubl

          We can agree that those romantic notions are mindless “without thinking at all.” Reality 99% of all species ever entering the killing floor are now extinct. We are in a parallel race against ourselves; the population required to garnet the knowledge base to quantum leap and perpetuate/sustain vs reaching critical mass without a solution to tweak the monkey/fruit fly brain.

        • Kent Grabau

          A short and Biblical summation: Love thy neighbor as thyself. It’s the most important commandment, according to God. It’s how He want us to be. And, for good reason. If we follow that commandment, there’s no room for greed. Instead of people asking, ‘how can I get my hands on that’ they’ll ask, ‘what do you need and how can I help you get it?’ The borders would fall with no effort. Governments would lose the power they now have over us.

          • Tom Ubl

            Old Kent hit the strike zone. I have been waiting for this one. Good for you. Some food for thought. You cited the second half of the Two Greatest Commandments. Think of the order, nothing is without reason. You can’t love your neighbor without loving God first. that is why it was in that particular order. Let’s go a bit deeper since love was referenced by Rae Henry, see below.

            Ask the average person or even those referring to self as Christian (Christ-Like) what love means. Some will say reverence as applied to God. Others will say a form of compassion or that which is familiar or affectionate like that of a family member or friend. Take a look at 1COR13 and let it soak in. It will drop you to your knees everytime. Love is not squishy and some glowing oozy feeling.

            Ney Ney, love is demanding and can be painful.

            Patience, Kindness, Selflessness, Forgiveness, Resisting Evil, not being quick ot boast or envy all rooted and subject to charity, sacrifice and long suffering.

            Think about those words and then go to bed and ask God please allow me to express the attributes of love. Take just the first one and watch out you have been warned. Oh God please teach me patience. What you can expect is not the superhuman bug zapper from on High that somehow gives you super powers to bite your lip and hang in there without complaining. What you get is tested to the gills in every way and at times that you just wish you could take back what you asked for and go hide.

            If you are not a believer and are reading this then ask the universe or the wall to write patience on your heart and mind and do it for all of the attributes and the roots of charity, sacrifice and long suffering.

            Even if you don’t believe ask it in the name of Jesus.

            Do you really want to know how to love? Go for it, but don’t expect puppy dogs and butterflies. In the end you will see your reflection in the refinement of self and every so often you get to share a glimpse of how you are being crafted and forged. Be grateful for those moments they are all the “that a boy you will ever get.”

          • SpiritHeart64

            Thank you for introducing Biblical wisdom to this discussion. There was not one ounce of envy, aggression, or greed in Jesus Christ. Why so many Christians who claim to follow Christ fail to live on those principles is beyond me. I can only assume we are not meant to have the power to follow Christ on our own will but instead need to remain humble before God’s authority. When we do that, He empowers us to live just lives. Wars will end when individual people acknowledge the aggression they embrace within themselves and let it go. Office bullies who justify their behavior for the sake of achieving success need to be shunned not rewarded. The JP Morgan crowd needs more than a fine to correct its ways, they need to be shut down. May God help us all.

          • Scott Brynildsen

            Too bad there is no god, but good luck with that.

          • ebg

            Why would you say that? Such a dick move. It’s fine to be an atheist, but it’s not fine to chide others for their beliefs.

          • GayAtheist64

            …but i’s ok for someone to chime in on a political post with religious crap? Dickhood works both ways.

          • pepjrp

            and homosexual crap.

          • GayAtheist64

            Who interjected that? You. Get a life.

          • pepjrp

            In response to your anti-Christian interjection. Get a normal life.

          • GayAtheist64

            As if my life is yours to judge?

            We rightfully have Freedom of (and yes, FROM) Religion. This means those who care to engage in a religion of their choice are free to do so for THEMSELVES, but are NOT free to mandate that anyone else does. Neither atheism nor sexuality preclude morality or normalcy, contrary to many theists’ misguided belief. Much to the dismay of theists, no one is subject to their whims.

            All religions/gods/dogma are mere codification of current/local directives when created by humans, cloaked in borrowed mythology. Only 30% of the world’s population subscribe to Abrahamic Monotheism, and are NOT in a position to judge/govern the other 70% of us. Statements like yours reflect more upon your brainwashing than upon others’ lives.

            This has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the original post and has no place in a discussion about it — so, since it wasn’t even you I’d responded to in the FIRST place, it’s obvious you’re just the opportunist I was speaking of. Again, get a life.

          • pepjrp

            You judged my life first by your religious crap comment. I don’t care what weird or sick behavior you do in your personal life. Yes, that is your business, but when you or your cronies say something that is bigoted, then I will respond. I bet you think it is just terrible to write a knock on someone’s race, but if it involves any person of faith, then that is just cool. You can believe all of your closed minded religious thoughts you want, that is on you to answer for. But you call my faith crap because your mind decided that it is, isn’t good enough for me to stay silent.

          • GayAtheist64

            Au contraire. I by no means judged your life and in no way had initially responded to you regarding, yes, religious crap. It was regarding Tom Ubi’s novelettes and in response to “egb”. It wasn’t meant as a bigoted statement, but one about opportunism (not unlike yours)… On the other hand, YOU’re the one judging by saying you think my being gay (which, yes, IS my business, not yours) is a ‘behavior’ and ‘sick’. I say to you that you’re guilty of Blasphemy: Using a deity’s name to promote one’s own agenda; non-representative of said deity (“in vain” — sound familiar?)… The one unforgivable sin, yet the most common. If you think Atheism is the “closed-minded” side of religious debate (not that I welcome one from the likes of you), I suggest you take a look in the mirror. Try reading Matthew 5:22 and remember not to judge, lest ye also be judged.

          • ebg

            First of all, I wouldn’t call their comments “religious crap.” It’s not like they’re posting propaganda or trying to convert people. They’re making insightful comments on the video. Second, I don’t think Zinn’s work deals only with politics, but rather touches on many subjects, and I think others would agree.

          • Armin Mantei

            Remember JESUS upped the anti…he said “Love others the way I have loved you” A higher calling like the sermon on the mountain.

          • Randy Hyle

            A Roman citizen once confronted the great 1st century Jewish Rabbi Hillel. “Teacher, I have read the Torah, and other sacred Jewish texts. I cannot for the life of me make sense of it all. Is there a way to simplify what it all means?” To this Hillel answered, “Treat others as you wish to be treated. This is the whole of the Law. The rest is just commentary.”

      • Tom Ubl

        Let’s concentrate power more? The power is concentrating before our eyes and we are being turned into livestock. and you think this is the way for humanity? A romantic notion and just because you can back it with a Beatles song does not make it right.

      • Mitchell

        Christ tried to tell you that very same thing and nobody listened then just like they don’t listen now.

        • Crische

          God is inside yourself. Not something to read, that can ever be put into words. Comes out in your tone and inflection and real feeling, not the letters. Be better because you can. Something very special about this world, here and now. Your every sense, and every atom of information is yours to explore. Come to truly know yourself and hold all of that information stable and you will be in the “oneness” state. Let it all in, for better or worse, to live and experience any feeling is infinitely greater than Nil. Your senses make a wonderful picture if you open your eyes wide enough. Balance, physically and mentally is the whole key; find your centerpoint (3d grid). Stretch your imaginative wings. Break loose of the shackles of stress. You are a magnificent creature, built by life; better than anything man has artificed. Find your balance. Very wide, takes a lot of effort. The mind/body is perfectly gyroscopic if you can break that shell. Strive to feel every bit of yourself. You are electric.

          • Mitchell

            God’s word was written down for me to read which tells me right from wrong and this “Oneness” mess is just a bunch of New Wave mumble-jumble.

    • Terry Reno

      Great theme song would be “Imagine” by John Lennon!

      • Nellie Price

        Right on!!!

      • Mark Smith

        Pfft, Lennon was another ultra-rich idiot. “Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can?” Only John Lennon had a lot of possessions, didn’t he? He was worth over $150 million and was living a lavish lifestyle in Manhattan when he died. He sang about peace and non-violence, but gave money to violent radical groups like the Black Panthers and the IRA and was a serial domestic abuser. Almost everything he did was conformist, he was always trying to “fit in” somewhere whether via Hinduism, astrology, etc. In the 50′s he wore a leather jacket and a pompadour, in the early 60′s a suit and a “mop top”, in the late 60′s-early 70′s a hairy hippie in a dashiki… and he was quite an LL Bean-type d-bag hipster when he died.

        • perfect_failure

          So you’re saying that he was wrong to do things he believed in because he was rich? As for The Black Panthers and the IRA, they were both radical organisations but I’m sure they wouldn’t have been violent if they could’ve achieved their goals peacfully.

          • Heather T

            So, you’re saying that turning to violence is okay, if you can’t get what you want peacefully?

          • perfect_failure

            If your goal is just. I’m all for being peaceful, but peaceful methods aren’t always going to work.

        • http://assets.vice.com/content-images/contentimage/no-slug/0bf29b365ae6a9c2416eacdcdd7e7e51.jpg D’artagnan Bingemunkle

          Turn it in, Smith you rotten QUILFTH. Lennon was admittedly full of shit but you don’t get the “Catcher in the Rye” MK-Ultra knock-off treatment because you’re not a threat to the controllers. Chapman was a CIA puppet, and his “Double Fantasy” album, released just 3 weeks before his murder, sealed his fate. He’d been living as a house-husband, keeping his head down, but this album was a clear indicator that Lennon was back with a vengeance. And the CIA decided enough was enough. So wind yer neck in Smith, son, lad, man, lad.

        • Guest

          You know nothing about Lennon. He was born in an old port city, as the World War II bombs fell, had an absentee father in the merchant marines and a mother who took flight when he was barely of school age. He was raised by an aunt in a time and place where everything was scarce, and no one could take anything for grants. You have a computer, or a cell phone, a television, a comfortable place to live, and whatever else you have that already puts you miles ahead in wealth over what he had when he grew up. He had nothing. His first guitar cost five pounds and had missing strings. People in his town played skiffle music.. With aqcuired instruments such as washboards, and stings tied to buckets. When he met another guy (Paul) with a guitar who could play it was a Godsend. George was the kid who followed them around, and could read music. And in the early ’60s, when they made it to Hamburg, Germany, with Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe, they played in the Red Light District in dens of ill repute. They slept in a room where they could hear the rats scurry, and where previous “tenants ” had used the corners for a bathroom, but they kept playing. (Have you ever had to sleep in a place that that for months?) When they finally did tour Europe at The Beatles with Ringo a couple of years later, they had two road managers, and one drove the van that they slept in every night. That was their “hotel” and their transportation..There were missing windows in the back, and they piled on top of each other for warmth. Does this sound like your life? They were lucky when Brian Epstein discovered them and helped promote them, He got rid of the leather jackets, and put them in suits, and get them into the U.S. On their first visit to the U.S., they found the luxury of even our middle class to be very impressive. Lennon was courageous, innovative, and a trendsetter without even trying to be. People followed his lead. As time passed, he became so outspoken that Nixon and Herbert Hoover had the FBI tapping his phone and tailing him. He died for YOUR rights. You are clueless about him. Wake up.

          • LCB

            Hahaha. This is hilarious. Lennon was a woman-beater and he emotionally abused his own son. These are facts. Seriously, FUCK John Lennon.

          • sublimy99

            He was not poor. He lived with his Aunt very comfortably. If you know about Stuart Sutcliffe, then you know Johns Punch to his head was “considered” the reason behind Sutcliffe’s death. Even if that is not true, he was very mean to Sutcliffe often. John was talented and he had his good side, but he was very messed up. He would be the first to admit this.
            When he was young he often made fun of the handicapped.

          • perfect_failure

            Adolf Hitler was a vegitarian and believed in God. These are also facts. Does that make him a good person?
            No it doesn’t, you can’t judge a persons character by only taking a few parts of it into account.

          • LCB

            Um sorry but physically and emotionally abusing women and your own children is a pretty big fucking character flaw. NOT AT ALL comparable with Hitler believing in God, and the “fact” about him being a vegetarian was actually recently reported to be false.

            So much for “peace,” eh?

          • sublimy99

            Mendips, was the name of the house he lived in. Poor people don’t name their homes. He lived very well with his aunt. Do I need to show you a picture of the “slum” known as Mendips ?

          • andrew packer

            Do you mean J. Edgar Hoover?

          • Fumetti666

            Lennon actually had a well off childhood compared to the other Beatles. His home was considered middle middle class. His uncle George Smith owned several dairy farms, so they were not poor by any means.

          • awesomerobot

            Haha seriously? are you really trying to make him a martyr? oh boy.

          • Jen Stewart
        • Guest

          You know nothing about Lennon. He was born in an old port city, as the World War II bombs fell, had an absentee father in the merchant marines and a mother who took flight when he was barely of school age. He was raised by an aunt in a time and place where everything was scarce, and no one could take anything for granted. You have a computer, or a cell phone, a television, a comfortable place to live, and whatever else you have that already puts you miles ahead in wealth over what he had when he grew up. He had nothing. His first guitar cost five pounds and had missing strings. People in his town played skiffle music.. With aqcuired instruments such as washboards, and stings tied to buckets. When he met another guy (Paul) with a guitar who could play it was a Godsend. George was the kid who followed them around, and could read music. And in the early ’60s, when they made it to Hamburg, Germany, with Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe, they played in the Red Light District in dens of ill repute. They slept in a place where they could hear the rats scurry, and where previous “tenants ” had used the corners for a bathroom, but they kept playing. (Have you ever had to sleep in a place that that for months?) When they finally did tour Europe at The Beatles with Ringo a couple of years later, they had two road managers, and one drove the van that they slept in every night. That was their “hotel” and their transportation..There were missing windows in the back, and they piled on top of each other for warmth. Does this sound like your life? They were lucky when Brian Epstein discovered them and helped promote them, He got rid of the leather jackets, and put them in suits, and get them into the U.S. On their first visit to the U.S., they found the luxury of even our middle class to be very impressive. Lennon was courageous, innovative, and a trendsetter without even trying to be. People followed his lead. As time passed, he became so outspoken that Nixon and Herbert Hoover had the FBI tapping his phone and tailing him. He died for YOUR rights. You are clueless about him. Wake up.

          • Jen Stewart

            What a load of copy pasta bullshit!

        • Sherrye Weinstein

          You know nothing about Lennon. He was born in an old port city, as the World War II bombs fell, had an absentee father in the merchant marines and a mother who took flight when he was barely of school age. He was raised by an aunt in a time and place where everything was scarce, and no one could take anything for grants. You have a computer, or a cell phone, a television, a comfortable place to live, and whatever else you have that already puts you miles ahead in wealth over what he had when he grew up. He had nothing. His first guitar cost five pounds and had missing strings. People in his town played skiffle music.. With aqcuired instruments such as washboards, and stings tied to buckets. When he met another guy (Paul) with a guitar who could play it was a Godsend. George was the kid who followed them around, and could read music. And in the early ’60s, when they made it to Hamburg, Germany, with Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe, they played in the Red Light District in dens of ill repute. They slept in a place where they could hear the rats scurry, and where previous “tenants ” had used the corners for a bathroom, but they kept playing. (Have you ever had to sleep in a place that that for months?) When they finally did tour Europe as The Beatles with Ringo a couple of years later, they had two road managers, and one drove the van that they slept in every night. That was their “hotel” and their transportation..There were missing windows in the back, and they piled on top of each other for warmth. Does this sound like your life? They were lucky when Brian Epstein discovered them and helped promote them, He got rid of the leather jackets, and put them in suits, and get them into the U.S. On their first visit to the U.S., they found the luxury of even our middle class to be very impressive. Lennon was courageous, innovative, and a trendsetter without even trying to be. People followed his lead. As time passed, he became so outspoken that Nixon and Herbert Hoover had the FBI tapping his phone and tailing him. He died for YOUR rights. You are clueless about him. Wake up.

          • Jen Stewart

            Thanks for that load of copy pasta drivel Sherrye.

          • Sherrye Weinstein

            How old are you, 20? You people and your revisionist history. Have you read any of the books by those closest to the Beatles over the years or even George Harrison’s book? Have you grown up watching all of the interviews, even with John’s aunt while she was living? I doubt it. You people call yourselves truthseekers, yet you are blind to the truth and supply disinformation to the public. You are all probably CIA plants.

          • Jen Stewart

            @Sherrye Weinstein: what would my age have to do with it? This is what John Lennon said in an interview with Playboy, that came out a couple of months after his death:

            “All that ‘I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved’ was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically… any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women.”

            Now, he then goes on to justify and explain away his own hypocrisy, but I don’t let him off the hook so easily. Why would anyone take advice on world peace from a man who couldn’t even keep the peace in his own household? I think I’d be more inclined to listen to someone who actually lives their philosophy of peace, rather than just paid lip-service to it for its PR and marketing value.

            He beat both his wives, and emotionally and verbally abused his eldest son Julian. That’s pretty well established, and on the public record. I invite you to do your own research, and stop believing the mythos around JL and the Beatles, itself a product of cynical PR execs, selling 30-something Baby-Boomers the sounds of their yoof in the 1980s.

          • Sherrye Weinstein

            Yes, he had an alcohol problem, he could be a violent drunk, he hit Cynthia (his first wife), he could act like a jerk. (His “lost weekend”. for example, and his exploits with Harry Nilsson certainly embarrassed him later on.) You assume I don’t know all of this> But he was trying. People’s idols have feet of clay. He made big mistakes in his life, and he acknowledged that. Believe me, I’ve discussed all of this many more times than you have, only because I have followed his career since I was in grade school in 1964. But your comments about his domestic violence issues, etc., are not what I was responding to. They have nothing to do with what the original poster said. Mark Smith was criticizing his lavish lifestyle (so what?), and intimating that Lennon contributed to violent groups (he had no association with the IRA, and even though he did befriend Yuppies Abbey Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, as well as Black Panther Bobby Seale, that doesn’t mean he was supporting them financially). Mark Smith also implied that Lennon was a conformist. If he was such a conformist, why were Nixon and Hoover trying to throw him out of the country? And why did he die as soon as Reagan and Bush got elected, once he no longer had Carter’s protection? Come ON.

            John Lennon sang about a lot more than peace. His music reflected everything he went through. Many of his songs were far from peaceful! But he was WORKING on transforming his bitterness and pain. That’s all we can ask of anybody. Why discount his positive efforts because their were some terrible mistakes in his past? I wouldn’t toss the baby out with the bathwater. He wasn’t Jesus, and we was always the first to remind us of that.

          • Jen Stewart

            How do you know “he was trying”? Were you a close associate of his at the time?

            I would rather take advice on ways to achieve world peace from people who actually live their philosophy, rather than manipulative, politically clueless operators like John Lennon.

            re: “And why did he die as soon as Reagan and Bush got elected, once he no longer had Carter’s protection?”

            Are you trying to say that the ‘Merican gubment was involved in shootin’ our peace-lovin’ Working-Class Hero? Got any evidence for that?

          • Sherrye Weinstein

            Who was ever taking John Lennon’s advice on peace? We were just joining him in the sentiment. I didn’t know anyone who was “taking his advice”. (How do you know he WASN’T trying by the way? Were you a close associate of his at the time?)

            As far as his assassination, we will never know. But did you know that John Hinckey, who attempted to assassinate President Reagan, was a family friend of the Bushes? H.W. Bush, former head of the CIA, was Reagan’s Vice President, and almost became President. Without going into a long story, one of the Bush sons and his wife had planned to have dinner with a couple of Hinckley friends before the assassination. It was all very “buddy buddy”. The senior Hinckley (dad) and H.W. Bush were both oil men, and the families were friendly. It came out right after the assassination attempt, but then it was quickly covered up. Also, the senior Hinckley ran a popular charity called Worldvision, with CIA ties. Guess who they recruited? Mark David Chapman.

            I don’t have time to do your research for you. Do it yourself.

        • nick

          matt damon is rich and still believes this

        • Terry Reno

          My post was about the message of the song, not about the author. Shall we throw out the theory of gravity because Newton put people to death for stealing from the king? Or the constitution because it was written by salve owners? Lennon wrote some great songs that spoke the truth. Often in history those who spoke the greatest truths were the last to live up to them.

      • Miles

        Yeah.. that’s the original thought we are looking for!

      • Scott

        Wow…. someone mentions a great theme song and this is what happens….. Sensitive little keyboard jockeys should learn to get over themselves.

    • Sasha

      Would that the roman empire had one neck- to be severed with a single blow.

    • Johnnyg

      That my friend is a worthy dream but if it ever came to pass it would be a hive mentality and that is not freedom that is just another form of slavery the greatest part of freedom is freethinking !

      • FedUpWithTheStatusQuo

        Our free thinking is currently being taken away along with our other civil liberties….the majority of the population is under represented. He’s not saying become just like everyone else or a robot, immdawg is suggesting that our political party and religious distinctions etc. make it acceptable for us to distance ourselves from others and give us the notion that we are more different than alike, and prevent any type of lasting REAL change. In reality I think most of us want the same thing. To love and be loved, to feel safe and secure, freedom to express ones self, and to have meaningful purpose. We may all feel different about how to get there but the end goal is the same.

        An example of why focusing on our differences (country of origin, race, political views, etc.) can be detrimental, is it clouds the view of the basic goals that most people want to achieve. It keeps us on the defensive and causes us to attack the opposing view and point out their faults and short comings, essentially pinning us against one another. Most American’s including myself have been taught from a young age, whether consciously or unconsciously, that we are the best country in the world and that we know best and are above the rest. This common idea that has been instilled in us from a young age creates a prejudice against people from other parts of the world and prevents us from fully understanding others and accepting them for who they are. America needs to get off its pedestal and realize we are not the most important, we are just a subsection of a very large world. If we put all the bs aside and as a planet worked together to achieve a common goal that benefited everyone, there would be no hunger, no poverty, no war.

        - Also how is everyone being treated equal and being accepted for who they are a form of slavery? Equality and acceptance is what I believe immdawg meant by become ONE. If you like free thinking and freedom than you should be very upset about the things happening in our world today that our destroying our freedom instead of making a nonsense comment on something you clearly don’t understand.

        • imddawg

          Exactly!!! Without a unified front, we will not achieve the goal. I’m not saying to give up religion, individuality or beliefs. We need to set aside the petty fights that divide us and focus on the issues that WE all KNOW need to change….NOW. The powers that be depend on our divisions to hold us back. They hold them up. Our divisions have become their foundation. I’m not saying overthrow or revolution. Unite to alter the current futile course, and build from there. As a race, we have become numb to the horrifying realties of this path.

    • Jeremy

      I couldn’t agree more. Political parties/ religion have created a segregation that doesn’t help us work together but tells us that the other is wrong just by default.

    • ljkolnick

      My i suggest we start working from a human rights framework in everything we do?

    • cloud_buster

      But we’re not one. My values aren’t your values. What happens when one of us refuses to give up his values to become “one?”

      • kyle132448

        Exactly. We are not one. That is the problem. And this doesn’t necessarily mean that all must have the same values. Each part of the world is unique and must strive for its diversity. Diversity is the essence of evolution. The key is to develop a world view that we are all Humans; we must throw away the idea of being American, or European, Black, White, Male or Female. We must change the way we value our fellow men and women of this world for it is drastically obsolete. This is the value that must be upheld. The one’s who cannot change will eventually dissolved from humanity for they shall have little representation of their beliefs. We certainly don’t need everyone on our side. But it is important that we have the correct people in power that will distribute said power to others in order to create a world of balanced security and freedom.

        • Michelle C

          To become one gives validity to what Matt Damon was speaking of dictatorship. Open your eyes…we are Americans the land of differences, and we all agree to disagree. We have a issue with the wrong people being in jail and the wrong ones being out of jail that statement is 100% correct! There is to much corruption in the Government and to many people trying to control the masses…NO ONE has the right to tell anyone else that they know what is best for them….The left, the right…both directions lead you straight to the ocean full of deadly sharks! We have a power grab problem…and we have a non educated problem. No one votes correctly..no one reads about the individuals running for office! I don’t want to be ONE with anyone else…I want to be me, and follow the laws of my four fathers and my GOD…live my life for me, do no harm to others, pay my bills, help my neighbor, love my country and whip my child’s ass when he and she step out of line! I want to be able to raise my children to respect where they came from, who they are, what I have done for them, and those who have fought and died to keep them free!!! No more hand outs, no more entitlements, no more excuses!!!

          • Tom Ubl

            No one has the right to tell anyone what is best for them? I have intelligent friends who can’t reach a basic decision of what to choose from a menu to save their lives. The majority of people get challenged by simple choice. While they will bitch, they can only function within defined boundaries with apathetic blinders on.

          • Kenneth Andrews

            so would you want to give those people control over your life? I would prefer to have control of my own life because I know whats best for me. Others Can’t handle a choice on a menu, correct?

          • Tom Ubl

            I am not a slave farm drone bound by convention, debt, societal expectation or typical notions of dogma, folkway or mores. In fact I am a person of interest by the what is referred to as the intelligence community, this is a confirmed fact. I am the exception in many ways. I would not want to give those persons control, but again the average self centered slob is not me, N/A, not applicable.

            My vantage sees the 1% elite who make it off our backs, 97% sheeple who are selfish, ethnocentric, ignorant, lazy, worthless, greedy, corrupt, etc., 2% illuminated, usually without capacity, and on the wrong side of the equation.

          • Rob Wheeles

            Well said, Michelle. BUT!
            It’s bigger and deeper than that.
            Our government has put our troops
            in harms way for decades for greed
            and power grabbing. They are and have been
            out of control for 75 plus years.

            This ONCE great nation is sliding down the
            toilet ever so quickly. We have been sold a bill
            of used and worn out goods that have been
            manipulated to favor certain sectors and interest.

            It is truly a shame and we now need to stand up
            and not be the sheep that go U.S. in this position
            to begin with……………………………….

          • imddawg

            Is there no common ground? There are three major issues with long term ramifications. I know that we ALL see eye to eye on. War, Corruption and environment. I’m not saying give up individuality. I’m saying we ALL need to stand and fight for these 3 major changes that NEED to come to fruition…NOW. Just agreeing to disagree changes nothing. However, from what you are saying there is common ground based on moral responsibility. That is the foundation on which we can ALL build.

        • kyle132448

          I would like to add here that I do not mean that we need to live in a world of peace and harmony with all of our fellow men and women. This is a notion I find hard to comprehend when trying to justify the balance of our ecosystem; our foundation. Instead, we must cast down the lenses from our eyes that distort a truth most have long forgotten; a truth that has lead us down this path of destruction: We live within a domain that is governed by the Law of Life; a law we have been fighting against since the dawn of our Agricultural Revolution! We have forgotten that we as a species must live within the boundaries of this law just as we must fly within the laws of aerodynamics. This Law of Life implies that we are a part of One System, a process that can only strive through diversity and limited competition. When we can understand the Law of Life and its implications to our culture then and only then will our species survive.

      • http://www.SingingSolutions.com Rae Henry

        Actually, my values are your values :)

        Are we talking about basic core Human values like love, compassion, contribution & connection etc? Or are we talking about something that’s of a shallower level of consciousness like ‘beliefs’?

        We are one. All the same. At the core. It’s those who are not acting in accordance with the core Human values and instead, are acting on what they ‘believe’ to be right or good or favorable or necessary based on their own perception (not a world view) etc that is the true issue here.

        Matt’s point is just that. Whilst we’re choosing to believe the bullshit story about who we are and what we’re capable of and what’s REALLY going on in our beautiful world (yes, with all it’s colors & contrast) – as fed by the carefully crafted system of ‘education’ (media, school, religion etc) – we’re still not living the values of a Human being.

        How many times do you have judgemental thoughts every day? Lot’s yeah?
        So in essence, you’re not LIVING the values of a Human – which is love, compassion, empathy etc

        You can’t go to church on a Sunday, call yourself a Christian and then live your daily life judging others (for not picking up their shit, for asking too much of you, for not liking you, for taking that parking spot etc et-friggen-cetera lol)

        Instead, you’ve taken on the belief that has been ‘fed’ to you that ‘it’s OK to judge’. It’s OK to be sub-human. Not your full potential. Sub-WhatYouCanBe. Because you’ve been fed the lie that life ‘is what it is’. And it’s not. And neither are you.

        This is the issue. Wake up.

        Stop believing without warrant. And continuously without proof.
        It is time to stand up. You. Everyone.

        Have you noticed the awe-inspiring up-rise across many fields and industries where Human rights (core values) are being commanded? All the sports peeps, the entertainers, government officials, scientists, educators – SO many people – have you noticed the increase in outspoken protest against the oppressive mechanisims surrounding Human rights?

        It’s time to disobey the rules.

        No power without the people.

        No war without the soldiers.

        No peace without disobedience.

      • http://www.SingingSolutions.com Rae Henry

        Actually, my values are your values :)

        Are we talking about basic core Human values like love, compassion, contribution & connection etc? Or are we talking about something that’s of a shallower level of consciousness like ‘beliefs’?

        We are one. All the same. At the core. It’s those who are not acting in accordance with the core Human values and instead, are acting on what they ‘believe’ to be right or good or favorable or necessary based on their own perception (not a world view) etc that is the true issue here.

        Matt’s point is just that. Whilst we’re choosing to believe the bullshit story about who we are and what we’re capable of and what’s REALLY going on in our beautiful world (yes, with all it’s colors & contrast) – as fed by the carefully crafted system of ‘education’ (media, school, religion etc) – we’re still not living the values of a Human being.

        How many times do you have judgemental thoughts every day? Lot’s yeah?

        So in essence, you’re not LIVING the values of a Human – which is love, compassion, empathy etc

        You can’t go to church on a Sunday, call yourself a Christian and then live your daily life judging others (for not picking up their shit, for asking too much of you, for not liking you, for taking that parking spot etc et-friggen-cetera lol)

        Instead, you’ve taken on the belief that has been ‘fed’ to you that ‘it’s OK to judge’. It’s OK to be sub-human. Not your full potential. Sub-WhatYouCanBe. Because you’ve been fed the lie that life ‘is what it is’. And it’s not. And neither are you.

        This is the issue. Wake up.

        Stop believing without warrant. And continuously without proof.

        It is time to stand up. You. Everyone. We know what’s right.

        Have you noticed the awe-inspiring up-rise across many fields and industries where Human rights (core values) are being commanded? All the sports peeps, the entertainers, government officials, scientists, educators – SO many people – have you noticed the increase in outspoken protest against the oppressive mechanisims surrounding Human rights?

        It’s time to disobey the rules.

        No power without the people.

        No war without the soldiers.

        No peace without disobedience.

        • Tom Ubl

          I would ask you what love means, but you would probably Google it. We are all one if you want to say we are:
          65% Oxygen
          18% Carbon
          10% Hydrogen
          3% Nitrogen
          1.5% Calcium
          1% Phosphorous
          0.35% Potassium
          0.25% Sulfur
          0.15% Sodium
          0.15% Chlorine
          0.05% Magnesium
          0.0004% Iron
          0.00004% Iodine
          ————————–
          = $5.00 (U.S. Dollars, which are actually Federal Reserve Notes that have no value)

          ……but hey we can always rationalize and pretend.

      • imddawg

        I think you would be surprised to find out your ACTUAL values and morals are in line with a commanding majority of the rest of the planet. Question: Do you want you loved ones and future generations to live in a polluted, corrupt; war torn society? These are the causes we need to fight. I’m not saying one in our thoughts beliefs or politics. One in the fight for these causes.

    • http://www.optimalunity.org/ Josko Sestan

      Nice thought, but we can not become one until we reconcile our differences.

      • imddawg

        What differences are big enough to prevent us from uniting and fixing the situations the have such dire consequences?

        • http://www.optimalunity.org/ Josko Sestan

          The ongoing main one – religion – until we have unity in religion we will always be at odds. Christians hating Muslims, Muslims Hating Christians, Jews Hating everyone etc. We need to order this religious argument that has been going on throughout ages. Even now they talk about war with Iran as if it was a Nuclear Issue when in fact it all about religion. Now Islam is fighting itself in Syria. Its a difficult situation to reconcile.

    • Robin

      With all due respect, I wholeheartedly disagree. We are already ONE human race, but what makes our race so beautiful is our differences! Our differences bring color and vibrancy into the world. That said… while embracing each other for our differences, we need to see past it in order to understand our similarities (and based on my bountiful life experiences I am certain that we are far more similar than different). I am a Christian, but I would never demand that anyone change their beliefs on account of what my beliefs are and I would hate if someone did that to me. Before judging others or trying to dictate the way they live their lives, put yourself in their shoes and think about what that would feel like. To each their own! FREEDOM to choose is what makes this country so great!

      • Danny McVey

        It’s not about ignoring the differences, it’s about acknowledging that we are all the same despite our “differences”.

        • Tom Ubl

          We are not the same.

          • Danny McVey

            Care to elaborate?

          • Tom Ubl

            It is not the method of elaborating that is required to identify how we are not the same. The variances are obvious. How anyone wants to arrive at a common denominator of sameness beyond the obvious of consumption, excretion and reproduction is a reach.

          • Danny McVey

            I think you misunderstood my original post.

          • Tom Ubl

            Please help me to understand. Sharing, caring and teaching is the cornerstone to hope.

          • TheClive

            I get what you mean, but we should acknowledge the fact that while we are not the same, we are all equal

          • Tom Ubl

            We are not equal. It is a romantic notion sold to us by Uncle Sugar and the Mind Candy Machine as a feel good. Why should we acknowledge anything that is not true? Respectfully, and stay with me and run this to the ground please, do you think you and I are equal or even have equal rights? Are you willing to go there with me tonight in a polite constructive manner? Let’s give the rest here something to think about shall we?

          • AP

            There is at least one sense in which we are all the same: we all strive to escape suffering and find well-being.

          • Tom Ubl

            Ah AP a wise O2 pod! Me thinkeths you know me. However, the pain, in all forms, mental, emotional, physical, some can argue spiritual, and not in a masochistic way, has a great value, it teaches us humbleness, humility, and the value of relief and deliverance from the pain or that which vexes. Some call me the Pain Train.

            However, this is good you brought this up. Let’s take cancer, we all have acidosis the fundamental requirement for cancer. Statistics predict 41% of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our life. Chemo and radiation is a farce and anyone with half a brain will agree.

            Yet, the conventional white lab coats will coax those that you reference as seeking relief and will sell them a bill of goods of complete dung. How often is DCA or Artemisinin (which Gates invested $20 million into) and the true medicinal hemp with high CBD are pushed out front of any Big Pharm chemo/rad approach? In a sense I am glad they don’t listen to me, too many people in my air space and if your fears and stupidity keep you from making the right decision, then those shall perish who lack knowledge.

            I still have the duty to present it even if it is not selected and it rarely is and only by those who deserve to live. Think about it, many of us have heard the expression that to repeat the same process expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity. It is a well know fact that the pushers of chemo get chemo credits that apply to timeshares and vacations. Would you trust that? Yet, the alternatives, which have volumes of clinical and/or documented testimonials are ignored most of the time. Your seekers are often riddled with fear, ignroance, stupidity, laziness and never ending ego.

            I have figured out much, how to arrest gout, how to control hemochromatosis, why would I ever want to share it when it cost me more pain than can be explained. Who deserves the solution at the cost of my pain AP? It is my pain and I have earned the solution by my vigor, my stripes and my dogged persistence. Those who remain idle, well we know the venerable adage, dont we?

          • AP

            I must admit I did not follow all you said, but I wish you well, Tom Ubl!

          • Evelyn McElroy

            Chemo and radiation a farce? Um, no.

          • Tom Ubl

            Take it easy Evelyn you are blowing me away with your retort that has no foundation. Enjoy the vid please.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnN3Y8yvdkg#t=985

          • Jesse Wood

            Tom. Based upon the diction of your previous comments, I respected what you had to say. That is of course until you posted “The Cancer Report”. It is easy to believe a conspiracy such as this when you only view the evidence from one side. While I agree that nontraditional medicine is under-credited in our society, and shady stuff does occur in our medical, and particularly pharmaceutical industries, the belief that there is an overarching conspiracy is not only not supported by statistical and analogical evidence, but would be such an incredibly large feat to keep under wraps that it would be essentially impossible. I know it is very appealing and exhilarating to entertain the plausibility of conspiracy theories, but for the sake of reason and of every innocent person reading your comments, I implore you to really truly look into the evidence from both sides before jumping to rash conclusions.

          • Tom Ubl

            Jesse, facts were presented in the video. Your retort consists solely of mere conjecture. If you have clinical studies from PubMed or the NIH or some valid source, then meet the argument with logic and fact driven digression, not by trying to gloss it over or lessen it as a conspiracy theory.

            The video you accuse of somehow being a less than what it purports, without any substance in your retort, was found on a facebook page RESTORATION STATION, which is authored by a RN, Michael Anne McAllister. I cannot say enough about this lady and I seldom ever use the term anymore. She became fed up with watching peoples hope fade from their eyes as they walk in with cancer and left with no hope from the results of chemo and radiation that just never seemed to work. You will get margin gain time with chemo and radiation, at the total expense of your immune system and when it rebounds, usually in under two years, with a few exceptions, then it wipes you out. Michael Anne set out to find the way to get the most for those diagnosed with cancer, TO INCLUDE HERSELF. Her story speaks volumes and if you have anything to complain about after watching a RN who spent 25 years, day in and day out, contending with what you have tried to throw water on, well then Sir you are the problem. She practices IV therapy in the Philly Metro.

            I have looked into the evidence from both sides and inside out as well. I had to, having iron overload caused by a genetic mutation, hemochromatosis, the #1 genetic disorder in our country, I had to for my own survival (this is the inside out I referenced, see above). Fact cancer feeds on iron. Fact, doctors are given incentive with chemo credits by Big Pharm to push units of chemo. Credits used for their enjoyment. This has been published by various authors. Fact, and by only one example, artemisinin will kill 100 bad cancer cells to one good cell, chemo 10 bad cells to one good cell, in other words arty is 10 times more effective, but arty is a natural compound that can’t be patent as is DCA. DCA a 90% reduction of a liver tumor associated with pancreatic cancer in 2 weeks, published by an MD.

            Few will go the long mile, few and most have been so conditioned that when the teet oozes poisoned milk they still nuzzle up and swallow. My sharing falls on deaf ears all the time. I would estimate 70%-80% of the time. There is the occasional person who engages. In passing without thinking I shared on artemisinin with a woman who was helping me help a couple set up a wildlife sanctuary in Florida. Her sister was sent home to die with breast cancer, chemo done, rad done, no more room to run. I caught up with her a few months later. She took the steps. Sister engaged an alternative health care professional in SoCal, who confirmed my suggestion and also started to clean up her GI where most of our issues reside and provided her with the sustenance to enable her body to fight.

            Month after month, CLEAN LABS. Doctors were amazed could not explain the turn around. Her and her new found friend decided to air it out and check off some of her bucket list not knowing when life was going to throw another curve ball. They traveled and enjoyed life. It made me feel very connected and I had a deep appreciation for being given that insight and contending with ney sayers like you was worth all of the pain.

            Then I get a call from the woman I initially shared about artemisinin informing me of the wonderful things her sister with a new lease on life and her friend were doing and how after returning from Asia where they visited numerous countries arrived either in LAX or San Diego, proceeded to drive home and how a drunken Mexican, illegal alien, enjoying our country while intoxicated with standing warrants, crossed over the line, hit them head on and killed them both. Now there is some reality for you Jesse.

            Under-credited? That is a superficial reduction of cause and a dilution and misdirect that somehow is suppose to make greed and profiting on the backs of the common person amenable?

            What do you call a conspiracy theory when it actually realizes? As applied to cancer treatment with chemo and radiation it is big bucks and not a far stretch. It has nothing to do with being appealing it is about waking up people to the reality of the day, and that is they are managed livestock, no different than animals at the slaughterhouse. Again your retort is absent of fact driven, data backed, argument, rendering it as nothing but conjecture and weak. As far as appealing, maybe it is you who seeks to appeal to those who are not capable of thinking for themselves or are so bought into a health care system stricken with more fraud than the defense industry and possibly banking that you are the pied piper for Dr. Death.

            You can try to refute this as well, but I will warn you in advance you will only look stupid, either now or in hindsight: STATINS a $12.5 billion/year scam, 100% SCAM. Now that is sizable Jesse, $12.5 billion is nothing to sneeze at although I have not compared it to the annual sales of chemo. I have contended for 7 years that statins, lipitor, crestor and zocor will result in the largest class action suit in American history and here it comes Jesse.

            NEWS FLASH: Cholesterol does not cause atrial blockage, LPa-Lipid Protein alpha, which cleaves to the cholesterol and esterfies it does. 100% of all of our hormones are made from cholesterol and 60% of our brain matter.

            Yet, Big Pharm, the do gooders and the last mile pill pushers you so affectionately want to protect, continue to feed the slave farm with nonsense and death. Well Jesse? Want to refute it or maybe you want to refute the FDA who within the last 3 months have issued “soft peddled” warnings as not to create alarm or make their initial approval of statins paid for by the BIg Pharm lobby more palatable?

            FDA: “statins are causing renal failure.”
            FDA: Statins are causing memory loss and accelerating dementia and Alzheimer.”
            FDA: “Statins are increasing morbidity rates in women.”

            Well fooking duh! Facts, Facts, Facts. Ohhhhhh but it must be a conspiracy! LOL, whatever.

          • Jesse Wood

            The only part of your response that I can even remotely agree with is the statins scam. While I do not believe that it is part of some grand, premeditated plot like you imply, I agree with you that there are inordinate amounts of doctors overzealously prescribing this stuff to loads of people who by no means need it, and are probably suffering because of it.
            However past that I can no longer agree. The majority of your response features singular cases of anecdotal evidence, which I don’t consider to be of any use to this argument. With a population of 7 billion, single cases of success or failure mean almost nothing. And your first argument, cites the work of RN Michael Anne McAllister. I would simply like to point at that her fb page is littered with conspiracy theory links, including no less than THE MOON HOLOGRAM conspiracy! You’ve got to be kidding me? Want some more? She also posted the conspiracy that HAARP altered the weather to create a giant tornado in Oklahoma to divert news attention away from an IRS scandal! You might retort that these in no way affect her specific expertise in the field of medicine, however you are placing your health in the hands of someone with such a huge lapse in judgement of the real world that they believe these things? And if YOU agree with her in these beliefs, then this debate is over as I’m not going to waste my time

          • ian taylor

            This is a great video. Thanks for sharing Tom. It is shared on my page…and I expect some sheeple will give the required and automatic criticism. Calling me a nutter, and oh ah the conspiracy theorist!!!! Blah Blah Blah. One day the truth will be believed and we can all move on and be healthier. Best wishes to ALL.

          • Spelunker4Plato
          • Spelunker4Plato
          • Antonio Gramsci

            I suppose you built your computer or smartphone (after inventing the technologies), engineered the software, invented HTML (as well as the concepts of language and the specific alphabet and grammar that you use–then TAUGHT IT to everyone responding to your comments), laid the high speed cable, harvested the energy to power it all, and then wrote this celebration of doing things on your own and under your own power and then distributed it via the satellites you’ve built and launched into orbit? You’ve probably all done this from a home that you’ve built with plumbing that you’ve installed which is connected to a municipal waste water network that you’ve designed and implemented.

          • Tom Ubl

            Close to it. I have built my own computer, I use to game and needed the ability to overclock and max out my rigs, which resulted in the #1 Instagib Capture the Flag team in all of Unreal Tournament.

            I never built a smartphone and I claim not invention rights to any of it, I give credit where credit is due. I have scripted in HTML when it was just a raw editor and in the early advent of Cold Fusion, I am a contract specialist by trade and classical musician at heart, but dabble enough to have ushered in under my design the International Trade Network, which surpassed eBay in every way, even now. Unfortunately I had to do the hat trick of keeping on top of the development and lost sight of the need for venture capitol, hindsight is 20/20.

            I have been working on language in part by finding a mode that eliminates the requirement of assimilation (reading) and by using sound induction and translating knowledge blocks from words, symbols, into wave forms, superimposing the body to learn via osmosis. Music is a language as well, so in affect it is not a reach to conclude that resonant signature, whole body vibration therapy and sound induction and constructive water techniques are a valid perpetuation of the ultimate language, hyper-communication, which I have demonstrated on many occasions. Standby on this one, because if there is a predicted effect then yes I will be able to teach the world to sing in a new, most efficient, exacting way.

            As for laying the cable. After speaking with locals telecom expert in the Florida Space Coast, where many brilliant laid off minds form NASA reside, and after being asked to fund an initial internet rollout form a local who ran a BBS bulletin board and after talking with the nice of Indian origin from the NSF who was responsible for the request for proposal to commercialize the internet, my friend and international design engineer in 1986 I believe that was the year, decided to start Access Net, which evolved into IXC Telecom. I negotiated the peering and transit agreement from MAE East and the Sprint Cloud in NJ to bring initial backbone bandwidth into Florida. The players where Worldcom, MFS, UUnet and a few others. In effect our efforts are still enable the packets to flow when I hit enter for your reading pleasure.

            my past also includes working on payloads and ground operations for McDonnell Douglas and also the solid rocket boosters after the Challenger accident for USBI, Untied Technologies. I have been on many Space Transportation System programs to include the shuttle and ELV, Titan, Atlas, low orbit, etc, that included communication satellites and other payloads. I also was the sole failure point for two weeks on the Hubble mission prior to launch under the NAS-10-11400 contract. Lockheed prior to the Martin merger bought the wrong circuit breakers which needed to be fabricated and were a long lead time part to fabricate. I took the lead on the mission critical desk and delivered in 3 weeks, which enable the launch manifest to resume. I was actually was permitted to see the lens of the Hubble that supposedly started to be roughed out in the 1950′s, needs to be confirmed. I also have the largest cost savings to date in NASA history delivering approximately $3.5 billion in savings from 1989 to present. Initial savings captured was $17 million, I received a $200 employ suggestion check after cross referencing 65,000 sets of NASA Design Engineer drawing on the 62K, 79K and 82K drawing configurations.

            I could harvest my own energy with solar, wind generators and Fresnel lenses, but I don’t want to have to deal with the home owners association since they will stick over the privacy fence. I do plan on having a deep fresh water well put in at sometime. The plumbing is already geared for grey recaptured water so I did not have to address that issue, new subdivision. Plus I am not very skilled with building houses and fluid dynamics such as pluming and leave that to the experts. I have a friend who is obtained his journeyman at age 16 and master plumber status at 18 or 19 he is brilliant. I am not all things Anthony, just well lived.

            No baloney Tony! LOL

            =D

          • jim NY

            Smoking to many drugs kill brain cells! P.S. Ben Franklin invented and shared all ideas without monetary gain for the good of all.

          • Tom Ubl

            I would not know about smoking too many drugs. Although you may want to direct your statement at 21 State legislatures that just legalized marijuana and the Feds who ratified by stating they would not enforce beyond that permitted by State law.

            Franklin was a mason and engrossed in the occult. He, as was Edison, were sellouts. Reference Tesla and Reich and tell the world what happened to them Jim. I did not read anything on how Franklin harnessed radiant/orgone energy. Please “Illuminate” me. LOL

          • jim NY

            I will give you Edison was a nut job, and Tesla should have the credit, but Ben Franklin invented or initiated things for humanity, and did so without financial benefit. I suggest you read a book about Ben Franklin before you try to smear his reputation. Read a book with footnotes so you can verify the fallacies you proclaim. Ben Franklin has so many donations to mankind the list is to much in this forum. TI will get you started. He initiated: The first Library, Fire Department, Police force, American Philosophical Society, wrote,The art of Moral perfection, Articles of beliefs and acts of Religion, Poor Richards almanac, The causes of Earthquakes, Behavior of storms off the Atlantic coast, invented “The Pennsylvania Fireplace,” , Initiated the terms “Positive,and Negative,” The “Plain Truth” lead to the first militia (which he commanded). At nine years of age he (9) used a kite to propel him across a lake, at 12 he published a weekly article “Silence Dogood,” taught himself, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and German, so he could read a wide range of material, learned to play the harp, Violin, guitar and made a new instrument the “Armonica.”
            Mr. Franklin loved to have a beer but was against drunkenness. There for he would not approve of Pot. Albeit for medical innovation I’m sure he would agree.
            Mr. Franklin was a visionary, unlike what you led on, and this only touches the surface.

          • Tom Ubl

            The glass armonica was responsible for great neurosis, do your homework please. So he invented an instrument akin to a player piano scroll with holes under water that drove the player of the instrument mad, go Ben! Any denying he was a mason? Regardless of all the “theories” what can be concluded is that the masons by there very nature do not see the world as one and they are just part of the swill. They will tell you they are character building with compass and rule, but it is just another means to separate as was identified early on in this thread. If the essence of their boys club follows the early Rosicrucian then assent and mastery do not readily identify with my common dull self. Although I am glad they like to play atlas and keep the world spinning, I need some form of entertainment between naps.

            So if those who think unis and One is the answer I suggest they start to dismantle every organization, which most by default, thrive on division or separation. Therefore your “There for” is an ill founded non sequitur that follows a conclusion based on anti matter. The likelihood old Ben used some form of an indica tincture was probable whether for a general sedative or aches and pains. Alcohol based tinctures were made through the early 1900′s you can find collectible bottles on eBay.

            I never denied he was an inventor. I just challenge the emphasis on his place in history and the extent of his philanthropy, which at the end of the day I could care less. Now if Ben invented a machine to make me new adrenal glands I would wallpaper my room with his face.

          • jim NY

            He was a mason (in fact, Grand master) as my father was. Does this nullify his tremendous accomplishments? If so, your “could care less,” opinion could conclude, you wouldn’t be lying where ever you are with out Ben, or the “one.” Our society has lost site of reading the many books of (accurate) history, as our founders did. We can leave anti matter for science.

            By the way Ben loved the “taste” of beer. He thought it was from “Heaven.”

          • Tom Ubl

            No it doesn’t nullify ushering in his accomplishments, which while associated with him are manifests from other places. Our society is about strip malls and strippers, losing sight might help things be easier to stomach. Sometimes I think that Lady Justice is either really kinky or she just can’t stand to see her scales full of dung so she is blindfolded.

            Beer is great if you want to feed candida and inflame your gut with ethanol and acetylaldahyde, the waste product of candida. Heaven usually doesn’t send mind altering chemicals to destroy the temple.

            Glad for Dad , but some in here probably think of dear old Dad’s affiliation as a dividing factor of the “One.” All perspective from each our own vantage. I know of a high ranking mason that is elevated higher than anyone in the States. He refuses to sponsor anyone to any lodge in the U.S. because he believes the U.S. is our of order. Secret hand shakes and calipers and rulers and little hats with tassels have no real pull on me.

            Helping children, great, especially cancer kids and burn units. I use to drive to the top of Georges Grand Lodge and look out over the lights of Alexandria, great sight at night. The 7 degree sloped elevator was a hoot and the quick close curtains to the ark of the covenant replica had a neato effect. It just seems like a bunch of hoopla to be part of the club.

          • twistedhickey

            Tom…
            I came across your posts and to be honest I am very intrigued by your knowledge. I am in no way a writer, scientist, or college accredited professional, quite the opposite. I am a crafts person, artist , sculptor if you will. I am a creative thinker and believe the best for all, but unfortunately that is not whats happening here.
            I usually avoid blogging in fear that someone will blast me on writing skills or just be rude, so I hope that isn’t the case here.
            As far as having how to control hemochromatosis and arresting gout. I am curious, and I agree that big drug companies have deep roots as well as pockets embedded in our government and the answers are right in front of us.
            What I am interested in your opinion on CBD /THC research and keeping patents out of the hands of Big Drug companies or anyone for that matter. I just have been doing personal research and it seems that answers are right in front of us and we are just too stupid, scared, or proud to admit it.

          • Tom Ubl

            Thank you. I am not yet prepared to share my findings on gout and HH yet for a few reasons. Mostly because they were realized through years of untouchable pain. I had my bicep ripped off and reattached. My shoulder pushed 4 inches onto my back and screwed together. Take the two combined, multiple the pain by 10 and the pain from gout is at about that threshold. Plus I have doctors and other health care professional courting me to partner. I am not in that head space, nor is my overall health capable right now. I will say 2014 stands to possibly be a landmark year for me and I have hope.

            Ask whatever you want to know about CBD/THC. Let’s start with the legislature, most of it sucks. If CA incorporated the county allowance of 99 plants as a default to the State legislation it would be iconic. Most reply 99 plants my God man are you wanting to make a Cheech and Chong sequel! No. We will get to that in a minute.

            Fact: Smoking weed only delivers 2% medicinal value.

            With the fact as the premise, how does one conclude that everything we see rolling out in terms of MMJ access to be valid? The recreational users love it, but most who are in real need never get access and never in the proper form of vegetative (juicing) or oil. Therefore, any legislation should address (3) three verticals 1) Medicinal, 2) Industrial, 3) Recreational in that order of weight and value. Recreational should be taxed just like cigarettes. Industrial should be taxed at 10% with incentives for job programs (imagine a crop in each county of the nation just for toilet paper alone). The recreational and industrial should pay for the true MMJ and afford the medicinal to reach the poorest of the poor.

            Dr. Courtney and his girlfriend, maybe wife by now, are in the SF Bay area I think, have publications and vids worth the watch. If you want a good baseline understanding. Also anything you can get your hands on regarding the endocanabinoid system . Constitutional medicine in the wholistic world is that in which nature gives us a hint of its usage. As with bud it looks like our pineal gland, which is the gateway and primary master of the endocanabinoid system.

            THC – has its usage in both decarboxilized and nondecarboxilized states. Stativa for metabolism, Indica for a sedative. I find nondecarboxilized Sativa (diesel in the experiments I was allowed to observe) in coconut oil to be highly effective in nuerotransmission that enables forward thinking similar to being 3 moves in front of a chess match.

            CBD – Your CB1 (neuro) and CB2 (immune) receptors are where it is at. The currently are only at 50% or less turned on in send mode. As I am sure you are aware CBD is the lock and key that makes the CB1 and CB2 optimize and turn into send receive points. They are found in your brain, heart, major organs, all through your GI tract, and your spinal fluid. In th eGI the CB2 is responsible for direct impact on G protein synthesis, which participates in DNA sequencing.

            I worked on trying to deliver an extraction process void of any chemicals using sound. I was motivated because while I appreciate Rick Simpson for pioneering his process is badly flawed resulting in petroleum residue in the final oil product. The homogenization I used at 450W full duty bound organic oregano oil and water to the point nothing I did would separate them. I was certain, especially after reading Chinese tests that used seed, that it would work. I failed. I was set back I was certain it would have worked. The good news is the process I used can be readily applied to a supplement delivery system I am working on to heal myself, a great motivator. There is a clean version of the Simpson method refined that uses everclear, which is what I would go to if no funding was available. The best out is Super Critical Fluid Extraction using CO2 and innate gas that leaves no residue, extracts all of the elements of MMJ and seems to be a gateway to enable specific isolation individual terpines and cannabinoids. Small rig is about $50,000, but man watch out you are heating a 10,000+ psi cylinder that if it breeches will cut everyone in the room in half.

            Juicing and making med oil are valid forms of applying MMJ, NOT SMOKING IT. CBD is the front runner although there are so many things we still do not know the future holds exciting possibilities. Just the anti inflammatory aspect of the plant will knock the snot out of Big Phar and about two dozen poorly designed synthetics. The Truth is kinetic it can be suppressed for only so long.

          • twistedhickey

            Tom , again I am intrigued with your knowledge and typing skills. .You and I have to meet.

            .I happen to be hands on kind of guy, I visualize, I build, I create. An artist, creating juxtapositions and often sarcastic recreations of issues in society.

            Okay Simpsons oil, great idea, old concept. Petroleum based extraction can not be safe, common sense says so. I literally had this conversation with my wife about coconut oil and its possible extraction properties compared to olive oil or food based glycerin which floored me when you brought that up in your response… So I know I’m heading in the right direction. Then I discovered CO2 extraction, and this is exactly where I want to go. It seems to be the purest ways of extraction except for releasing CO2 in the atmosphere, which someone will blow the whistle at soon enough. I have a green thumb, and I am absolutely intrigued with the plant. The possible health benefits and the discovery of how cannabinoid molecules seem to dock perfectly within our endocannibinoid system seems to good to be true. Ancient knowledge? Why does this “weed” look so different, so alien but is so familiar to our DNA? Could this be the apple in Biblical writings, or even the burning bush? hah….That is a whole other discussion “as ancient alien theorists suggest” in a History Channel narrative voice…..

            The individual genotypes of the plant and the ability to breed stable traits rather than synthesize or genetically modify is huge. Think about it, all the MMJ caregivers or providers that are actually studying and developing the plant free of Govt funding. All private and personal, not a dime out of the taxpayers pocket. Right where it should be, in OUR control and out of Big Pharmaceutical. That’s where I am interested in focusing time and studies, I would like to look into breeding Industrial CBD rich, balanced with the proper trace THC levels for specific medicinal purposes. I had a OMG moment earlier when I was reading scientific reports on breeding genotypes and phenotypes and our endocannibinoid system. I am originally from upstate New York and there is an abundance of local growers using seed from previous harvests for generations. Also I unfortunately know many people who have developed cancer from this area which proposed this idea.

            What I would like is your thoughts on recent discoveries of cannabis oils and treatment of cancers and other medical uses. As stated before I am aware of supercritical CO2 extraction and would focus my research here always with safety in mind. My question is : Do you think of the phenotype of the plants ability to cure would be proportionate to the environment in which the ailment possibly developed?

            We after all products of our environment. Cannabis genotypes are influenced by genetics and environment as well. So one would think that this might be the key, or a nudge in the right direction? Similar to local organic honey having medicinal properties that benefit that local population.

            I appreciate any information you may have on this topic, I look forward to future discussions.

          • Tom Ubl

            Twisted Emotional Quotient (EQ) has been short changed. Never explain yourself again. I would rather spend a day with someone like you. The balance of arts and gymnastics is what Plato and Socrates agreed on as the universal or Renaissance man.

          • Tom Ubl

            I REPLIED TO YOU THEY TOOK IT DOWN. SO MUCH FOR FREE SPEECH!

          • twistedhickey

            So I am only led to assume I am on the right track?

          • Tom Ubl

            Is this abs? Is the kitty free? Know any good jokes? I hope it is you. Missed you.

          • Crische

            We are all made of the same stuff. If you care to zoom in.

          • Tom Ubl

            Already have done that, see below with the elemental break down by %, which does not make the expression of the individual equal or equal rights certain. Now that we have established our link as carbon based life forms can we get down to it?

      • B David Ferrel

        Huh? That came out of nowhere.

        • John Humphreys

          Huh? It came as a direct response to some somebody who said “we all need to become ONE”.

      • Elisabeth Donati

        Robin…you missed the entire point of his talk. Go watch it again.

        • John Humphreys

          Robin was responding to imddawg. Go look at the comments again.

      • scud420

        Freedom to choose what? Freedom to choose is dead. you’re free to submit to a search, have your door kicked in, or cast your worthless vote for a bought politician.

      • Tom Ubl

        Unity through diversification is the underlying structure of Classic Sonata form that every major symphony from the classical period followed as form.

      • Rob Wheeles

        I do not want to walk in “Their” shoes. Who are they?
        This is like saying that islamic terrorists deserve to live
        and kill americans “because they believe it is good”.
        Christian or not, this notion you have provided is bull
        shiate!

      • imddawg

        I think you missed the point of the comment ( not trying to disrespect your intelligence) I may not have worded clearly. I’m not saying we need to give up our individuality, our religion or politics. There are daunting issues at hand that need our unified attention. I am sure that we are morally unified on these issues. We know they are inherently wrong and need to change. I pose this question to validate my statement. Do you want your loved ones and future generations to live in a polluted, corrupt and war torn society? For these are the issues that face us ALL.

        • martin lees

          Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics”

          A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

          A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

          A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
          The future is now.

        • Antonio Gramsci

          I’m going to use Tom Ubl’s post and many responses to it as a pedagogical tool when I teach rhetoric–if rhetors write sentences or speak in a way that is grammatically correct, the audience is more likely to believe the content to be true, no matter its actual truth value.

          • Tom Ubl

            Try me. Put your money where your mouth is unless you are scared. Pick out anything I have written in this thread, whether directed at you or others and challenge it. Put up some cash, I will match, it will be held in a indiscriminate way by a fair broker and lets get to it. Otherwise you an empty gong ringing over the fields of the mundane and ignorant.

      • SpiritHeart64

        There is no freedom when a society chooses political correctness and anyone who does not follow the herd is attacked. Freedom is not something that was given to me by a person, my bank account or a government. Freedom as our constitution says, was my birthright given to me by God. History shows us what happens when people choose power for themselves instead of gratitude for the life we’ve been given and the world that was created for us.

      • Ari K

        @Robin — So if someone believes that a woman should be stoned to death after committing adultery, then that is okay with you? You’re not going to “judge” them? How about when a man kills his daughter or sister after she has been raped in order to preserve the family’s “honor”. Would you not demand these people change their beliefs?

        “To each their own” just doesn’t work in a world where we are all connected and all one. We all suffer injustice when one individual suffers injustice. Even the very notion of justice is undone by allowing others to get away with immoral and hurtful behavior — whether that be polluting their neighbors water, raping a girl, killing a relative who was raped, discriminating against someone based on religion, gender, or sexuality (something VERY prevalent in the most Christina states of our Union) or any other form of vile inhumanity.

        By the way, for those who think that morality is relative, it has been conclusively shown that in fact it is not, and that basic moral principles humans have, are, for the most part shared even by other primates such as chimpanzees and apes.

    • Matt Viel

      United WE Stand, Divided WE are conquered and WILL FALL!!!

    • Ljotulfson

      ONLY BREATH
      Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu,Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam or Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being.
      RUMI

    • Shelley Farris Enander

      Abounding individuality, culture, diversity, religious beliefs and become a robot? No thanks!

      • imddawg

        Not one as no religion or without individualism. One as in, banded together to fight the oppression that is pushing us down. Do you want war? Do you want to see the planet reduced to rubble? All it’s resources drained in the name of the almighty dollar? A moral ONE. The lacks of morals and genuine concern for the path we travel, for us and future generations. It is likely by the time our children and grandchildren grow to be our age they will live on a devastated planet. In a volatile and deadly environment. Threatened by nature, famine and fellow humans. This is not a world we imagine for our future generations. WE are at the tipping point on many issues that will produce this reality.

    • Gabriel Arocha

      the reason why the world is the way it is IS because of industrial farming, jobs need to be created and through calamity, breeds problems, and they need problem solvers. And at the rate this population in THE WORLD is growing, you need jobs. Dont just focus on America people.. It’s the WORLD. We are all connected… When one side is dying we may prosper but not for long..

    • Jerry Taylor

      uhmmm that sounds like communism. its should be more like this. all for one and one for all. we should celebrate our differences but fight for the same cause. that is how it should be.

    • NEP

      Well said!

    • Semen Paliy

      You can’t become what you already are. That leads to a cramp. We need to remember… and science will attest… nothing is separate. The heart does not compete against the lungs, nor the liver with the spleen. Likewise… it’s one ecosystem. One world. One Consciousness. Not an opinion. Not an ideology. There is a difference between a totalitarian homogeny and world unification. But for that, we need to get out heads out our asses… and that… well, it’s in very deep.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      We have to vote 3rd party. Republicrats are just going to support foreign aid operations. There’s already been a bipartisan rape holocaust funded by the U.S. in the Congo.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szEu9Ag

    • richard

      No monetary system, food is produced for profit and not to feed people, shelter is produced for profit and not to shelter people! Money a root of all or most evil!

      • Heather T

        Actually, the quote is that the LOVE of money is the root of all manner of evil. Money is just an inanimate object. It can’t be evil by itself. The good or evil comes based on what we decide to do with it.

    • Kenneth Cook

      And the Nations will become cages.

    • Jon Goodhue

      Well said, “humans for humanity”. There’s got to be way more good people than the bad out there. We just need to rise as one, stop being freaking lazy, and do something!

    • Paul Merrill

      You are correct, divde and conquor is a very old trick and still works.

    • Ben George Harold Smith

      like an orgy?

    • thekick1

      This is so damn generic, sure we DO all become one in times of crisis because our goals are aligned, but right now and forever always the goals of mankind will be different because of the diversity that is omnipresent in society. These distinctions aren’t our chains, there is no reason that a muslim and a christian cannot get along or agree. It’s ignorance and a lack of education that makes it so they can’t see beyond their own comforts that cause arguments. So, you’re 2 cents is we all need to become one, I’m asking one for what? One for change? What change? There’s so much change needed, it get’s started when you stop just preaching change and start preaching an actual cause for change.

      • imddawg

        No, my 2 cents is not all we need to become one. Question, do you want you or your loved ones to live in a polluted, war torn and corrupt society? Just a simple yes or no to yourself. The question contains 3 causes for change. If you can answer yes to any of the 3 causes please, let me know.

        • thekick1

          Rethink your statement, would anyone want to live in one of those three scenarios? Do you recycle everything you purchase? Are you donating all your extra time and money to impactful social enterprise or charitable foundations? Are you researching your local politicians to check their backgrounds and views? It’s easy to say something, it’s harder to actually do it. My issue wasn’t that you hoped for positive change, it’s the general hivemind thought of let’s start a change, but not ever considering the practicality of how to do it. Everything has consequences, when the NFL donates losing team t-shirts to a poor rural village somewhere in the world, kids get free t-shirts, but guess what else happens, workers who make local shirts have no buyers for the next few months. No buyers means less money, less money means less food and worse. Everything action has a consequence, sometimes you need to dig deeper than the surface level.

          • imddawg

            So, because the defense contractors make money from death and destruction of other our brothers and sisters, we shouldn’t stop it? Why, because our other brothers and sisters will lose their jobs? I don’t want to see anyone suffer a job loss,. But, I would rather see our brothers and sisters alive. Helping us fix the aforementioned scenarios. Yes, I research my representatives. However, their agendas change once they are in the game. That would be due to corruption. Yes, I am a charitable man, I donate my time, for excellent groups. I recycle everything I can and conserve on consuming goods that come in recyclable containers. Leaving just one more question for you. How can you use losing local business in a discussion on war corruption and environmental collapse? As for digging a little deeper, we are right now. Debate begets solution brother.

    • Mobile Wallet Media

      CitizensReUnited.com > SMALL, will become the NEW BIG, when WE UNITE TOGETHER AS ONE!

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    • Raymond Bautista

      sounds like communism. Sorry we are individuals not worker bees.

      • imddawg

        I am not suggesting to give up your individuality, religion or politics. The statement is meant to suggest we put aside our individual personal differences. Then find our moral common ground. I pose this question to you. Do you want your loved ones or future generations to live in a polluted, corrupt and war torn society? If you can answer yes to any then we don’t have moral common ground.

        • Raymond Bautista

          In case you have missed it, we are all “one people, with different beliefs” its why its called the United States of America. If you are advocating the “Live and Let Live” say so. But your statement was to abolish our different beliefs to become one. You did say we are not to be Christians, Muslims, Democrats, or Republicans ETC. That is the Communism all for the state worker bee belief.

    • dave hug

      Careful everyone who said that before you and got famous got shot in the head for some reason. Why do we all need to wait for Hollywood or the news to tell us to do something about our world when we damn well know we should be taking action nd by action I don’t mean hitting a like button and thinking your going to change the world in the process.

      • imddawg

        I am more then the average button pushing activist. I didn’t need Matt Damon to get me in this debate. I have been in this debate since 2003. I have been on the streets, the phone and the nerves of my representatives for all that time. I haven’t voted for any member of the “so called” 2 party system since I was brought back to reality in 2003.

        • dave hug

          Awesome How very American and human of you I wish more would do the same but it takes a minority of brave leaders to help them overcome their fear.

    • Clare E Messenger

      I have thought this for a long time……when I was younger I used to hope we would be invaded by aliens so humans would have to resolve their differences and stick together!

    • Ryan Wood

      We must delegate new departments of justice and preservation of liberties. WE have many many many world organisations dedicated the the enforcement of laws. – Yet practically none, for the preservation of liberty and pursuit of the TRUTH!!

    • Kelly J Leighton

      I believe he WAS saying we are ONE. The message I heard was to unite despite our preferential parties…which really don’t exist anyway. We have people like us, who happen to be in the White House etc. who are merely acting the roles in this big play and we the people are the ones watching. We have no say really. They are working on dismanteling our unity and only WE can stop it.

    • Chris Neto

      we already are one. just blindsided at the moment.

    • Jean-Edouard Jet Trachet

      We are; it’s called being human :)

    • knowsbolos

      distinctions are good…and I am willing to bet a week’s pay that if I want to make ALL people the same…you would resist, unless they all believed, and acted as you do. You sound like a first year college student…all theory..”rainbows and butterflys”

      • imddawg

        One as in a united front. Not one as in brainwashed zombies. Not as first year college student, I’m almost 50. Definitely not all rainbows and butterflies here. Do you want the senseless killing, terrorizing and oppression to continue and magnify? I’m hoping the answer is no. Do you want big corporations to continue polluting this planet to extinction? I’m hoping no? Do you want those same Corps. to continue buying your government and the governments around the globe? Again, I’m hoping no. Would you like to see the outright financial fleecing of the people by a few organizations? I’m hoping no. The statement is to forego our differences on matters that fall short of the aforementioned issues. To be Humans for Humanity by putting and end to these issues that pose lethal ramifications for many generations to come. We ALL know these issues all stand to decimate or oppress life. All in the name of Greed and Power for a few.

    • Steven Pattison

      Yes we all need to unite but with knowledge. I wonder if Matt Damon knew
      what he was reading! Two problems the first being the Rule of Law –
      “When our forefathers established governments in America they laid their
      foundations on the common law. And when difficulties grew up between
      them and the mother country, they acted as their English ancestors had
      always acted in their political troubles – interposed the common law
      as the shield against arbitrary power. When the United Colonies met in
      Congress, in 1774, they claimed the common law of England as a
      branch of those “indubitable rights and liberties to which the
      respective colonies are entitled.” And the common law, like a silent providence is still the preserver of our liberties.” Any time we unite
      there will be a leader and if you don’t know what he is saying you should
      not follow. Therefore the Rule of Law in all the free sovereign
      Independent Union States is Common Law not Roman Civil Law which is what
      all the Municipal Corporation use. Second we cannot do it the same way
      our Founding Fathers did with the Declaration of Independence for “We
      the People” are now the collective Sovereigns so if we revolt who do we
      revolt against?

      All we have to do is educate ourselves. My
      documents are posted here –
      http://web.archive.org/web/20120412231813/http://www.citizensforaconstitutionalrepublic.com/Pattison_Articles.html
      and if you do a search for Steven Wayne Pattison you will find others
      that have posted my emails. Email StevenPattison at everestkc dot net

      I am one of “We the People”, /S/ Steven Pattison

    • Michael Stadden

      let the star trek era begin! hahaha! but seriously we the people need to support this amazing truth that matt damon so elegantly put out there for us all to see. now don’t shut your eyes and hope that this will just happen. something like this will take the majority of the public to stand up for our rights as citizens and not let the big bad government force us to take our seats once again. we have come far from where we were in 1990 on the glbt community. now let us take back the whole of what has been ours since we were consciously aware on this planet we call earth. that whole my friends is our freakin declaration of independence!
      on a side note imddawg is right on with his 2 cents!
      on a side side note if you can’t think of how to help the cause you can start by doing as Michael Jackson once said: “im starting with the man in the mirror…. im asking him to make a change…. my message couldn’t be any clearer if you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make the change… nana nana”

    • GeneralDrake

      Light has no fellowship with darkness. Rainbows and butterflies sound good…but fairy tales aren’t real.

    • we

      question is, how does one become one..

    • Swearick

      I think what it really comes down to is being one like you say, but allowing each to believe and act as they please so long as that action does not affect my home and the way I believe or act. All of these “laws”, “bylaws” and so on are a bunch of over thought garbage when really all we need is common law. Do what ever the hell you want within your realm of freedom, as long as you are not damaging the environment, or limiting your neighbour’s freedoms. Simple and trimmed of the BS. We get all these other laws in place because people fail to think and want the though process done for them. When we want socialism, we want fascism, as that is the circle to goes to.

    • Joe Paul Pelaez

      Genuine Christianity like Mother Teresa, and there are many like her is the answer.
      Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life works in a corrupt world with so many factions.
      Christianity should not be judged by those who use God’s name for evil.
      What ever we do to one of the least among us; the heart wrenching helpless hungering
      and thirsty for life we do to Jesus. Ref. the end of Matthew 25

    • Ragnar Danneskjold

      I disagree. We all need to embrace our individuality. We should live our lives however we see fit without harming others.

    • Joe Martinez

      We cannot all become ONE because some of us (the 1%, for lack of a better term) is interested in maintaining these power structures and global exploitation. It will benefit the vast majority of us to Unite for true revolutionary change, but for the people who are currently in power, the holders of wealth and political influence, it does not benefit them.

      That’s like telling a society of 99% humans and 1% of vampires who suck all the blood that they need to all unite. It won’t work.

      That’s not to say that we should demonize this 1%, because it’s not really their fault, they are simply doing their jobs, they are doing what the system demands of them. The problem is the system that creates such a radically tiered hierarchy of wealth and power.

    • Deb Wilson

      Agreed

    • Abi

      I don’t know whether I agree completely, imddawg, although you do make some interesting points. I am attracted to many of the ideas inherent in Humanism and the idea of exploring the connections we have with other people instead of crucifying them for our differences. Humanism is a beautiful, kind and empathetic approach towards recognising that we are all made up of the same “stuff”. We are all, in fact — human. This is a wonderful take on existence (although my comment can barely do the approach justice) but I also propose an extension to this theory. In order to improve as a species, we must also acknowledge our experience as animals and our link with NATURE, too – or else we will continue to act as Gods on earth and destroy the planet in doing so. One final thought to chew on – what if viewing these “distinctions” as our “chains” is the wrong way to look at it? We are not the Borg, after all – or at least, we’re not yet (and I personally am not too keen on the idea any time soon). We are not citizens of world – we have been formed through our culture and cannot escape that fact. What if, instead of trying to abolish distinctions between countries/peoples/religions in attempt to create one “Way of Being”, we work towards celebrating our diversity? This is different from using the differences to form barriers between peoples, AND it is different from homogenising a whole bubbling cauldron of experience, personal and cultural history, traditions and beliefs. YES, we are all human, but that doesn’t mean you must be as I am.

    • For My Liberty

      Oh yeah…that will work…except for this little thing called WILL….people Are not content to live their lives and leave others alone, SOMEONE always wants to force THEIR beliefs and will on OTHERS……Go ahead and take off those rose colored glasses now….cause it will NEVER HAPPEN!!!

    • Marques Dillard

      LIKE. The best comment I’ve read in months.

    • David Newcombe

      Now you’re talking!! It’s the way forward for humanity. It’s the very essence of life itself, the evidence is there all around us. Everything is One – energy just vibrating at different frequencies.. Separation is an illusion & as you said is holding us down as a race. We’ve become so suppressed by religion, political & media influence ,obsessed with power, control & egoic needs we’ve forgotten why we have actually been given this opportunity & what we should be doing with our time here in the first place. Shouldn’t we be living to better ourselves & living in harmony & balance with the world & all life on it? Shouldn’t we have been doing it a long time ago? We All need to wake up!! The fact that a lot more people are waking up & realising such wonderful things now after a long time asleep is very encouraging & I hope things continue to move in the direction they feel like they are going.. :) Well done people lets keep moving, keep spreading the light, great things await us all.. :)

    • Abi

      I don’t know whether I agree completely, imddawg, although you do make some interesting points. I am attracted to many of the ideas inherent in Humanism and particularly the idea of exploring the connections we have with other people instead of crucifying them for our differences. Humanism is a beautiful, kind and empathetic approach towards recognising that we are all made up of the same “stuff”. We are all, in fact — human. This is a wonderful take on existence (although my comment can barely do the approach justice) but I also propose an extension to this theory. In order to improve as a species, we must also acknowledge our experience as animals and our link with NATURE, too – or else we will continue to act as Gods on earth and destroy the planet in doing so. One final thought to chew on – what if viewing these “distinctions” as our “chains” is the wrong way to look at it? We are not the Borg, after all – or at least, we’re not yet (and I personally am not too keen on the idea any time soon). We are not citizens of world – we have been formed through our culture and unique experience and cannot (should not?) escape that fact. What if, instead of trying to abolish distinctions between countries/peoples/religions in attempt to create one “Way of Being”, we work towards celebrating our diversity? This is different from using the differences to form barriers between peoples, AND it is different from homogenising a whole bubbling cauldron of experience, personal and cultural history, traditions and beliefs. YES, we are all human, but that doesn’t mean you must be as I am.

    • Vicki L. Walker

      Try telling that to those kids who play the game of “knock out”

    • Larry D. Palmer

      We will never become “one”. There are personal traits, cultures and behavior that will always be unacceptable to me. I don’t not have to accept the unacceptable for the sake of harmony. Once the bar is lowered, it will never come back up. It is achievemnt and contribution that makes a people great, not go along to get along.

    • C.M. Phillips

      AMAZING!! Well spoken imddawg!!!

    • Jake Peterson

      So you are saying that we should do exactly the opposite of what Mr. Damon talks about? Should we become communist and should we really all be the same? It’s our differences that make us HUMANS. The fact that we aren’t the same is what helps us survive, adapt, and thrive.

    • Paul Covert

      I agree! Beyond what are beliefs bottom line is we are Americans. I think a lot of this political showboating by politicians is the equivalent to WWF wrestling. Come out with a good show then meet for scotch and cigars. All the while sparking the public to stand divided.

    • Mi Win

      is that as in “one world order?”

    • Robert

      Becoming one is an extreme form of obedience. I think we should flourish as nature does… in diversity.

    • Archie

      If you say it often enough, would you eventually come to realize, and indeed know it to be true, to believe?? …
      To be clear;
      I am a Child of this Earth, begot from a single Nation
      The Nation of Mankind.

      That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
      Enjoy Peace

    • Mara

      wrong, Muslims, slaughter Gay’s, cut the noses off Girls, stone Women for adultery, etc. The Tea Party believes the Constituion if Honored, would stop the corruption in Washington and Government. Occupy believes the Constitution needs to be Abolished. There can be no Honor in an Alliance with such diverse enemies. When the Enemy d’ Jour is finished, Who among the “Victor’s” , is next to be vanquished?

    • Freddie

      Sounds simple but you can’t be light and darkness at the same time!

    • Terry Ellis

      We are all one

    • I_Go_Pogo

      kum-ba-yah. ‘Peace in our time’. I’m OK; your’e OK. coexist. -did I miss any?

    • Dave Holmgren

      Good luck with that. Sheep.

    • LibertyOverComfort

      We all need to be loving and caring and unselfish and charitable and fly with pixie dust and live happily ever after. Live in Fantasyland and you and the things you hold dear will be consumed by those who do not and WILL not hold flowers and sing “We are the World.” You are fool. Well-intentioned and probably a good person, yes, but a fool nonetheless.

    • Hazel Scott

      I’m behind you there imddawg, why not all try to “do the right things for the right reasons” and stop arguing over details, hxx

    • Dodie Coe

      You are so correct ONE!

    • Keith Duclos

      The only way this could ever happen is for all of us to have a common direction led by the same laws. The Law I follow is Jesus Christ. Now I may prove my point by all those that object to walking the same path that I am on because I will never sway from the path that I am on and few are going to change the path they are on. I rest my case.

    • Roy D Carlson

      We can’t save ourselves, and there is no way to make billions of people all just “agree” or “get along”. And that’s the problem. There is ONE truth. The trouble is that people want to deny that one truth more than anything. People do everything they can to push away the truth, to run from it, to bury it, and as a result people bind chains around themselves and enslave themselves, whereas this one truth promises to set people free. But as soon as I say what the one truth is, people will immediately fight against it, deny it, spit at anyone speaking of it, because that’s the nature of humanity. Humanity wants to be saved, but it refuses to do the one thing that must be done to BE saved. And that’s why, mark my words, this world will NOT get better, only worse. I’ve said it – I’ve made my stand – who will respond, repent and seek the truth? No one.

    • mehitchcock

      Yeah I guess then we need those pesky assholes to give up their Gods and culture and just really be the kind of ONE you want them to be. Good thing you are here to save and instruct all those brown people, those people who worship heathen Gods, those women. Save us, young twenties white male libertarian! Teach us ALL how to be ONE!!!

    • unclebuck7

      bullshit

    • Lyn Gray

      That’s a utopian thought but I happen to agree with you. It won’t happen because humans are too selfish, but it’s nice to hear one person say what you did. Well done.

    • plain45

      One what? Socialists like Matt Damon desiring “massive redistribution of wealth”? No thanks!

    • mphnyc

      What does that even mean?

    • Zekov

      A one-party state is the worst idea ever. Choice, multiple parties, diversity, differing opinions is what we have and need to continue. It’s finding a common ground that we truly need to move forward.

    • Krieghart

      I disagree, what makes our nation great is our diversity and expressing it. Where we have failed as a society is in letting our dissimilarities take precedence over our similarities. For example, legalizing homosexual marriage and marijuana have become big issues and cause a lot of drama between conservatives and liberals, which means good TV for the news networks. But, these need to be set aside and addressed after the larger issue of our national debt and budget have been stabilized. What does it matter who can marry who and what we can and can’t take into our bodies if our government has collapsed, or who will have jobs if the government continued to raise taxes instead of reforming medicaid, medicare, and social security. Politicians don’t want to lose the senior vote by changing those three programs, but they are 2/3 of the national budget and cost more than all tax revenue combined. We need to all get back to looking at everything through the lens of the Constitution and use that to find our common ground, because that’s what it was designed for.

    • Joshua Kagebein

      I don’t think people label themselves for the reason to be chained down and only sometimes does it affect anything in there lives. I am talking about the labels we add.. there not so important at least those, but we should agree that laws should be important. we should put value on some things when other things we should not. I use the word we loosely on the web but ..I think he is calling out the importance of focusing on the important things it is not a idealist reading as much as a motivation speech to me.

    • Nellie Price

      Yes you are 100% correct! The French managed to do that as a nation only once,and they got rid of the monarchy!!!

    • calligraphy1019

      @imddawg…..smacks of New World Order if you ask me.

    • http://defendrightsnow.blogspot.com/ Tom Anderson

      Hard to believe anyone could utter such pointless drivel.

    • POdChick

      With all due respect, which of your beliefs that help define you are you willing to give up – or live contrary to – in the name of unity? Who would you suggest should have the authority to define the ‘oneness’ of humanity? A Buddhist? An atheist? Christian? Humanist? So much of our current division is the result of over-reaching authority trying to ‘level the playing field’ and making life equally fair for all people. We can’t all be the same because we are uniquely individual! Every successful culture needs people to fill their personal role, that which they were created for, and not be what the govt deems they should be. Some people are mechanically inclines, some have scientific minds; some women want careers – with or without families – and some women want to stay home and nurture her husband, children and home; some are entrepreneurs and some want to work in union jobs; some people want to teach and give speeches while others want to spend their day in the field with the crops or animals. Some people want to give generously to charities that touch their hearts and others choose not to do that. Some people will become very wealthy and some will struggle with their finances. All of life is about equal opportunity (not equal results) and personal choices. I resent anyone who wants to take away my choices or the results of my efforts in the name of being ‘one’ with someone who plays the system.

    • Seattle_Guy

      Under whose leadership? By which laws and rules? Who makes them? What if I’m the Leader and you do not like the laws/rules I put in place? What will you do then? You see imddawg, you’re naive. Your ideology, while sounding nice and sincere, has never worked and never will. We are human beings, created by God to first honor our Creator, live by His laws, and treat one another with dignity, respect and love, while being governed by leaders. How we select those leaders and make laws is up to us. No laws, no leaders and we have anarchy, a society of people out of control. If you do not believe that then you are seriously naive.

    • Graziana Barsocchi

      I’m with you ALL

    • Heather Johnson

      I’d say accept that others are different. Quit enforcing change upon others. Allow others to live as they are so long as they do not infringe upon another person’s same right.

    • L_Melrose

      That all sounds good but it’s not as good as you think. We cannot become ONE because that would ethically violate all that it means to be individuals. These distinctions you speak of are not our bonds but our last hope! The problem is not the distinctions, it’s the imposing and assuming of them, rather than the accepting and educating of them. Think with me, if we were all ONE (Which we will be again like we were 6,500 years ago or so), who defines what that ONE is? Would you like it? If you didn’t, how could you change it – the answer is, you couldn’t, you’re…stuck…as…ONE…in order to achieve what you’re looking for, you’d have to cancel creativity, deference, reality, spontaneity, intelligence, and humanity…I don’t want to be ONE, I want to be ME.

    • myfight22 .

      Keep your two cents, they suck.

    • Chris

      Nice idea but when we’re ONE then someone will split off and present the oppositte as an option and this is a good thing. They already tried being ONE in the last century in communism and socialism respectively (two distinct systems) and found that the human spirit is repressed by everyone being one or the same. Its a nice sentimant and no-one would deny that your heat is in a nice place, but the Dem/Rep thing came from arguement/counter-arguement which was the basis of our revolution in 1776. Still, a country hasn’t surpassed our ability to draw from the power of saying ‘no’. So refine your arguement about oneness – you look nieve and dangerous to those who really break it down. YES – the present system seems to be driving us out. So we have to break the cycle. But statement like you are making are very flower-power but they don’t help anything practical. God Bless ya though!

    • J1984Dowler

      I have been saying the same thing, bro! the labels we identify with keep us divided and fighting each other instead of fighting back!

    • James Paterson

      there is one problem, Muslims do not want to coexist! They want everyone to be like them under sharia law, to believe like them that there is only one God and his name is Allah. If you do not, they want to wipe you off of the face of this earth. If you don’t believe this, look at all the public beheadings in Muslim countries for simply being Non-Muslim. Heck they can’t even decide who is the best Muslim and they kill each other for it. When talking about uniting and putting aside our differences, Muslims can’t comply because the Koran says that they must convert or kill us if we are not Muslim

    • Paul

      That’s all nice and good to say but it’s only an ideal. Sure we all want to be one but people have extremely different ideas on the way that society should move and those ideologies are largely attached to political parties. To say “let’s all get along” is to say that everyone in the United States should ignore their values or drop and replace them. There’s so much fighting, vitriol and political strife because each side wants the other to surrender their values so that they can advance their agendas.

      Your idea is awesome but it won’t happen in this life.

    • Enthusiast

      ONE dictatorship for ONE Global Tyranny.

      • Enthusiast

        Obey the ONE! You are nothing! The ONE is the ONE AND ONLY!

    • Tim Tyson

      I disagree. We can not and do not need to become one. Why would that even be wanted? Diversity and differences are needed and healthy and the way God intended. Respecting each other inspite of being different and living with good character. But absolutely fighting for what we believe in a civil dispute is not a bad thing. And there is a reason for faith. Muslims need to become followers of Jesus Christ. Not in any way the other way around…..

    • Randolph Cain

      Well said!

    • Enthusiast

      The only way to enslave people is to unite them. The only way to liberate people is to separate them. Independence is the essence of freedom. To each their own.

    • Enthusiast

      “Strip yourself of all unique identity! Dedicate all your life to anything, as long as it has nothing to do with your own self-determination! OBEY the ONE Global Tyranny!” imddawg (paraphrased)

    • farrightextreme

      But we don’t want the same thing.

    • Bill Smitrovich

      Well said dawg.

    • Shelli Buhr

      so does that ONE remove country boundary or are we only one if we are American?

    • http://washingtoncannabisinstitute.com/ Web Tender

      New World Order baby. What you said would make sense, but unfortunately that is exactly what’s wrong. We don’t need to become one and forget everything we know and stand for and forget our heritage and religions to be able to live in peace.

    • Steve Wilson

      There is no collective mind,only the individual mind. One in principle,but the WHOLE POINT of the Constitution is the right of the INDIVIDUAL to live with dignity in a United States. We can be as partisan as we please,we just dont need statists
      like Barry to ruin everything for us.

    • Political_One

      Nonsense. We should not and cannot “become one”. The nature of life and the beauty of creation can be found in its diversity. Unity only exists on the transcendental or quantum level (depending on whether you are of the scientific or spiritualist bent). The various expressions of human knowledge and creativity are in fact part of God’s plan. To try to make everything uniform is a naive, uninformed and even dangerous. It’s a misplaced search for security that can only lead to stupid, stultifying socialist policies and tyrannical regimes. Embrace diversity, challenge yourself to be greater.

      • HeidiLove LaughterandHappiness

        Why start off in a discussion with someone by calling their passionate plea “Nonsense” unless you wish to divide yourself from them as though your opinion, and it is opinion, is better than or superior to theirs?

        • Political_One

          The answer is in my statement. Certain ways of thinking ARE “dangerous” since they can lead to the suppression of our individual liberties and creativity. And my “opinion” is founded in the HISTORY of our human adventure. I do not think I am “superior” in this matter, just more informed and correct.

    • Allen Soucie

      correct

    • Aripeka Angel

      I lonly know One party and that is FREEDOM.

    • jcam

      The left are too full of hate and intolerance. Everyone who opposes the left are evil.

    • jordanthomas72

      impossible

    • DB Jones

      Hear, hear!

    • Daniela Ro.

      Divide et impera or Divide and conquer. This is how we are all ruled.

    • jwclark

      The term “Neighbor” is higher than either Right or Left. Any rigid dualistic paradigm is binding and enslaves and works to annihilate any true unity–the very thing we think that we, as Americans, represent. Sadly we do not. We represent the very opposite of the ideals of the Founders. We are divided and in bondage to false ideas. And in our sleepy bondage we simply “obey.” JWC

    • T. Brown

      Your ONE sounds a lot like a ‘one world government’. We cannot all live in peace, when the Muslims believe they are to kill all the infidels, aka; anyone not a Muslim. Our country started to fail when they took God out of every public venue, i.e. schools, court houses, etc. I do believe we should all get along and be kind to one another, but everyone doesn’t think the same.

    • Scott Gallagher

      we are one, it’s called America, and this one prides itself on immigration and diversity. We have a right to believe in our own religion. We have a right for democracy, multiple parties. What you describe is idealism for communism. I’m sure this is not what you meant, but you are truly sharing the fundamentals of what this country tries to NOT be. Sorry, one doesn’t work in individual communism.

  • Daniel Donatelli

    Gusty and Straight forward. Well done. Get on board boys and girls the train is leaving station. Realize the governments are well under managed with budget and over spent from greed. Switch to Hydrogen and Defend you rights as a individual. http://www.securesupplies.biz #hydrogen #hod #hho

  • Stephanie S. Cohen

    The answer is so very simple. We must align our focus with the solution and not the problem. We need to collectively build something new rather than waste our energy, money and time on trying to change or destroy what already exists. We need to start as individuals and focus on ourselves, focus on being constantly mindful, constantly present and constantly aware of the effects we are having on ourselves and the people in our every day lives. Every single one of not just our actions, but our words and even our thoughts causes a ripple effect. It is our choices that we make on a daily basis that determines what kind of ripple we send out into our universe. Every second of every day we make decisions, whether they be thoughts, actions or words, the effects are the same from all three; what does make the difference is intent, content and delivery. All of those things together determine the effect that YOUR ripple has on the world and the Universe.

    When I say the word Universe, you probably think of outer-space, the stars, the moon our solar system. You wouldn’t be wrong but it is so much more than that. It is the people in your every day life that your ripple effects, It is these constant tiny ripples that will make the difference. It is the smallest part of this equation, this problem that will end up being the answers and eventually the solution to ALL of our problems.

    Every ripple you send out whether consciously or subconsciously effects not just the Universe but everything in it. Starting from something as big as our planet and as small as your children, grandchildren, neighbors and every single human being that we come across while going about our daily lives. If we can ALL make even the slightest effort to align our focus on ourselves and be ever mindful of the ripples that we are sending out and the effects those ripples are causing. Then and only then will we begin to see recovery.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      We have to vote 3rd party or the republicrats will continue to finance foreign aid operations like the U.S. funded rape holocaust in the congo.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szEu9Ag

      • Stephanie S. Cohen

        why/how is this a response to what I wrote?

        • Spelunker4Plato

          your second sentence.

  • Louis Leo IV

    Love this… Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States should be required reading for every U.S. citizen…

    Come be disobedient with us @ http://www.marchagainstcorruption.com : )

    • Shelley Farris Enander

      REQUIRED reading for every citizen? You are out of your mind.

      • Louis Leo IV

        Guessing you never read it.

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  • neutralino1

    A very cheap college-level analysis.

    • graylad

      We don’t have the right to voice our opinion unless we’re university graduates? Is that your angle?

      • neutralino1

        Everyone has the right to voice.
        And I have the right to say that this opinion is very candid and not very advanced. The kind of opinion I had in senior high. That’s very cute, but doesn’t get us very far (and is also dangerous when he says “he we’d been there we would have shown them” about Nazi Germany, that’s a very poor judgment). I love Matt Damon but he only gets the chance to expose this cheap populist view because he is who he is. So I suggest he does a bit more reading before taking the stage. Especially for a guy who co-wrote Good Will Hunting and hence, should know the value of thorough research before talking publicly.

        • graylad

          Matt is simply reading from the Howard Zinn speech ‘The problem is Civil Obedience’. 1970. The late Howard Zinn was a historian,playwright, social activist, Professor of Political Science and author of more than 20 books. As your opinion in senior high was already more advanced than the great man I salute you.

          • neutralino1

            Ho my bad, I’m the moron now :D
            I though he had written this text himself. I guess I should have read the video’s title.
            Nonetheless, this text is relevant when put back in context but not very rich nowadays.

          • Guest

            Thanks for your honesty. Regarding the ‘richness’ I’d point you to another of Zinn’s speeches

            ‘Howard Zinn on Democracy and Civil Disobedience’ where he explains how civil disobedience helped end slavery, introduce labourers rights and forge the Declaration of Independence. As a means of bringing about great humanitarian achievement, the currency of civil disobedience could not be richer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx6QQOn4dQE&feature=share&list=FL3gM_9qv6ZJymT5jVStHhVg

          • neutralino1

            I understand this point very well. I just don’t like it when we feel superior to other groups of people (1930′s Germans, slave masters, etc…) because we, a posteriori, know what happened. We are all part of history and would most likely have done the same mistake had we been at the same place and time.

            I wrote a post about that a few month ago : https://medium.com/better-humans/11f2fc106e00

          • graylad

            Thanks for your honesty. Regarding the ‘richness’ I’d point you to another of Zinn’s speeches

            ‘Howard Zinn on Democracy and Civil Disobedience’ where he explains
            how civil disobedience helped end slavery, introduce labourers rights
            and forge the Declaration of Independence. As a means of bringing about
            great humanitarian achievement, the currency of civil disobedience could
            not be richer. http://youtu.be/Gx6QQOn4dQE

  • Kevin Dayton

    First 4 or 5 minutes about Aaron Swartz… another freedom fighter… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy7q73X3gS4

  • dinesh mirpuri

    y only stop government corruption in america. it should be a world wide movement. “birds fly across borders without a passport.” the atmopshere is here protecting every one on this planet – not just americans, indians, chinese, etc
    its time human beings start acting responsibly and become united.

  • Brian Blomme

    For Blake who asked about a framework, here is a good TED talk about activism and how change can happen: http://www.ted.com/talks/srdja_popovic_how_to_topple_a_dictator.html

  • Mike Hughes

    its the same the whole world over, its the rich that gets the pleasure and the poor that gets the blame!!

  • Ben Lean

    To beat corruption, we must ourselves be corrupt.

  • Bo Shaffer

    There ARE some of us who will NOT obey bad laws and law makers. We’ve been around since the Boston Tea Party. We are NOT the Tea Party. We ARE legion……

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  • BrotherWill

    This guy is a total dumbass.

  • Mark Donaldson

    He may have blown YOUR mind, but I still heard little snippets and code words embedded throughout his cute little speech that smelled like a Che Guevara commune fart.

  • Tony Wright

    To effect significant change the underlying cause of the hierarchy of insanity needs to be identified or the same sociopathic structures will simply re-emerge as they always do.
    http://beyond-belief.org.uk/node/25

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  • Karen von Cripps

    I live in the UK. Its happening here. the government are taking away rights and killing people so they can keep their grip on power and wealth beyond the understanding of those struggling to survive. For years they have made us individuals. They have sat us in front of TV’s and made us not talk to our neighbours and not see the homeless man on the street. A child can be beaten to death in the house next door and we hear and see nothing any more. This is not about us as individuals, its about us all, We must fight together, and find courage. We have to be willing to die for this because they wont willingly do the right thing or give in. It beats dying on a dark street of cold or hunger any day.

  • Jeff Adamson

    I agree with the statements. Let us civilly disobey the illegal and immoral laws. I suggest we start with every law that infringes on the 2nd Amendment. “Shall Not Be Infringed” says what it means and means what it says.

  • Mat Frost

    I can’t get my head round an actor having to read from notes. It would have been more powerful if he read it with real passion and belief, as opposed to what feels like just reading aloud from a piece of paper !!!! Oh, and I don’t know his financial situation, but there is no law that stops him from distributing HIS wealth around if he feels so strongly about it. Maybe he already does, but if he doesn’t it again falls a little short. I only take in from people who truly live and feel about an issue. Bono is another one, sprouting his utter garbage about the world and the ozone, then flying off in his private jet !!!! Oh, and Chris Martin whilst we are at it, all this Fair Trade World written on his hands at gigs. If he felt so passionate about it, he’d jack his singing and do all in his power and financial ways to do his bit. Famous people showing fake rubbish to get attention or look down with the cool ones, is NOT cool !!!!

    • alex

      How do you know he’s not distributing his wealth around? Do you have to suffer as much as the person that you’re talking about to gain any kind of credibility? By your logic anyone who doesn’t have it as bad as the orphans in Africa has any right to encourage other people to donate or raise awareness about the issue because “why don’t they donate their own money if they feel so passionate about it?”

      Idiot.

  • Kurlee Locks

    America was not founded on Marxism, socialism, communism, or any other -ism. Not Zinn with his revisionist history, not Damon with his school boy charm, not Obama with his swagger, not anyone can rip out America’s heart and soul and destroy our country. We will not allow it. Go over to the Middle East and try to sell your wares; we don’t need, and we’re not buying them here.

  • Money Free World

    Money is a creation of the rich merchants and bankers, hence our world is up for sale, and profit comes before people. It is a fact that the majority of people will never ever find freedom within the monetary system. In fact money makes us all economic slaves. When we see value in terms of resources , especially the diversity of humanity, instead of seeing value in monetary terms, we will be able to go beyond the monetary society, into a society which is truly free , that treats and values all people and resources with the respect they deserve.

  • Hughie

    USA – land of the corrupt and home of the truly deluded … Matt’s got a point!

  • Melanee Packard

    Kudos to Matt!!! Now I love him even MORE! We CAN unite and change the world! It’s already begun!

  • Courtney Space

    Yeah lets stand up lets start civil disobedience so the brainwashed guys with the guns, sticks, bombs, shields, armor, and missiles can kill us all. We live in a country where we have a gun to our heads and if we go against Hitler …I mean the government they pull the trigger.

    • Ramon Zapata Jr.

      The point is to influence those men with guns not to follow these idiotic rules, sister. Did you see any of the photos of REAL marines and nvay-men holding up anonymous signs saying they refuse to fight for Al Qaeda in Syria? We spoke and the war never went through. It might not be every soldier who is awake but more and more are growing into the oneness state of mind we need to survive. Fear shall not rule us forever.

  • Archangel Raphael

    PhDUH I thought Matt D. was an actor paid to remember lines, good or bad?

    Obviously he did not spend much time trying to put to memory the ‘rant’ he was given to read?
    Was he auditioning for the part of Howard Zinn?

    another thing that needs to change with the birth of a new consciousness is quite obvious too ….

    i.e.
    ‘we the sheeple’ gotta let go of their MOOvie star idol worship etc.

    Yes keep the morons out of government and the Paris Hilton should remain plastered with vacant vacancy signs posted 24/7/365.

    What is the point of kicking the bums out of government if ADVERTISING, HOLY-Wood and HOLLYWEIRD all survive the coup?

    selah

  • Link On Scanna

    All resistance does something. If only those who say ‘You wont make a difference’ joined in, then we Can Change the World.

  • Frank Reagan

    It’s not a question of right vs left anymore. Don’t let them confuse you with that eternal confrontation. It’s colectivists vs. individualists, people who want you to be just a part of the mass vs people who believe in individual freedom and voluntary contracts.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      You’re an idiot who doesn’t acknowledge structural violence.

      • Frank Reagan

        Have I insulted you? Is that all you can argue? It’s a little intelectually poor, isn’t it?

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  • ozzythaman

    brilliant speach

  • tushar

    Its easy to say disobey and resist .. but I doubt if people from poor countries will afford it. In many other countries people still have problem in getting good drinking water and good food. .. Some countries got prospered by looting other for thousand of years and have made them very poor.
    .. I am not saying redistribute the money but at least allow uncontrolled visa/green card to people from whom they have gets benefits.
    .. Pay with same scale to the other guy who works for you in other country
    .. Do not influence the politicians and dirty business of one sided benefits
    .. More fundamental question is why people believed the Hitler, what conditions made them do so ?
    .. I thinks its more responsibility of developed nations to have justice to all other countries.

  • Brad

    Religion is the cause of every war in our history. “Holy conquests” blessing military troops, god sais in the bible you should not practice war. Making all so called religious people hipocrites who twist the bible for their perverted means. Not to mention the pesos and gay marriage. Abolish religion and its a start to a better world

    • Big Oil Conspiracy Theory

      Don’t talk utter shit. War has always been about land, resources and control.

      • Rsmile

        And if someone gets the land, resources and control they have power.

    • Brad

      If all the religious people followed their books where would the troops come from. Don’t reply utter shite

      • Rsmile

        I guess you didn’t read the Holy Bible very much but there are many times that God appointed certain men to lead the Army for the Jews to fight against their enemies, such as Joshua, Samuel, David. Go read the Holy Bible before stating your comments in which you know nothing about.

        Here are some verses from the Holy Bible on war:

        Ecclesiastes 3:8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
        a time for war, and a time for peace.

        Matthew 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.

        Psalm 144:1 Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

        And there are many more http://www.openbible.info/topics/just_war

        • Brad

          Well seeing as you know it so well, proves my point the bible is twisted by the church. It also sais they went to war while gods blessing was apon it, an they lost that thousands of years ago, your outdated scriptures predate this one- The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. (NIV, Isaiah 2:3-4) you should also go bak to the scriptures and look what truely apply to our day

  • Big Oil Conspiracy Theory

    So he goes on and on about ‘injustice’ and ‘unfair accumulation of wealth’ but then says we need to go back to a 200 year old document??? No, what we need is to remove the money system, and then get technical, qualified people, to organize a system of automated distribution and production. Electing people based on charisma is so dumb.

    • Rsmile

      What you stated makes no sense at all!!

      The Declaration of Independence is the declaration of our freedom from British rule. The US Constitution is the “Rule of Law” which Matt Damon wants us to ignore. The US Constitution was followed very closely for over 100 years and since that time they have strayed and our country is falling apart because they no longer follow the US Constitution and because of greed and power.

      You say you want us to remove the current monetary system? What system do you want us to use? We should go back to the Gold Backed System because that would add real value to our money and would control the debt ceiling.

      Then you say we should “get technical, qualified people, to organize a system of automated distribution and production.” If you don’t have a monetary system how would you accomplish the distribution and production of products? I am assuming you mean production of goods.

      I do agree that using the popularity contest to elect people into political offices is stupid and should be based on their qualifications.

  • Steve Dupere

    For as much as people bicker back and forth about what to do as a means of resisting the tyranny we currently face I can say with utmost certainty that to do nothing means certain death. If we live in fear of reprisal upon the notion of resistance how much greater the fear to have never resisted? Would we rather live a life of submission under the enslavement of tyrannical government or risk death seeking to free ourselves and future generations from its clutches? I, for one, would rather die than to live one more moment under the boot heel of mere men impoverishing nations for their own gain. Who these individuals are is who we’ve allowed them to become. It is up to us to impose a heavy dose of reality upon these heathenish tyrants.

  • toto

    yeah I said that once… Laws HAS to be BROKEN if we want this to stop its not hard to see how neither, with your motherfucking guns you know…. Peopel have to stop being affraid lol

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  • wisdomneeded

    I am for this revolution and yet Matt and I would be using the same argument to rally the troops on opposing sides. He sees Obama as one of the good guys and Sara Palin as one of the bad guys and The Constitution as one of the flawed documents, and our founding fathers faith’s as hindrances to “the cause” of making it right. I see deception, self aggrandizement (his own stardom and estimation of worth), academic elitism, revisionist historians, etc. as those we need to rebel against. I see protecting the Constitution and freedom of religion and speech, worthy of defending and “disobeying” those who currently hold power and yet abuse it. Using his own call to action, I say yes, let’s stand up to the “fundamental change” that is bringing our great nation to it’s knees. As for redistribution of wealth, let Matt lead with his own wallet and let his words become actions of building up others rather than tearing down.

  • Alan

    Success is with Allah (GOD), Come to prayer come to success

  • Kaya Sophia

    Also, our treatment of the billions of other living beings on this planet is disgusting. Only by not eating, using and exploiting animals and humans can we ever hope for the world to change properly. That means going vegan and not throwing your money into the corrupt food, clothing and pharmaceutical industries that control much of this planet…

  • Joe Nebula2 – B2Y

    What a load of rubbish. The western law has got us into this mess. The west have killed 100′s of millions under their laws. Forget western values (The rulers have none). Take a look to the people who still live in harmony with the earth. That is where we need to look and learn.

    http://carladoll6.tumblr.com/post/48154615484/thegodmolecule-here-is-a-tribe-in-africa-where

    • Rsmile

      I partially agree with your statement in that, I don’t believe that the US should force their culture onto other countries and people. The African countries are prime example of how “Ethnocentrism” does not work. If the people are living and doing well then why force them to adopt the American culture?

  • JaySun

    How do we obtain it ? One way is to give up material wealth, the disillusion of comforts. and go for spiritual wealth and great health. Loose the attachments that are not serving us and only put us in a state of fear. When we nourish the temple, within with the right nutrients/nutrition/minerals, we build the right antenna, to receive the right frequency’s from the universe. This is a good place to start. This is a good path to walk on for the right/truthful answers.

    : ) >

  • Joe Nebula2 – B2Y

    by the decollation of independence. Wasnt this made by the same people who killed all the indians. Come one folks wake up and stop looking to celebrities for your answers. You have them all inside you. Learn to master your own inner voice

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202255088999236

    • Rsmile

      No you idiot. They, the colonists did not kill the American Indians, it was later in the 1800′s that the US Army began killing the American Indians.

  • JojiMori

    Was anyone else watching this thinking of Team America? This is how his speech should have ended. “.. in all countries of the world, who are striving for the same thing….. Matt Damon”

  • David

    It’s time we leverage community to solve some of these problems ourselves and not hope corporations or our governments do it for us. See link for more: http://wp.me/p3r70f-my

  • Daniel S. Thompson

    Make no mistake: this is thinly-disguised Marxist propaganda. His call abandoning the “rule of law” is an attack on the US Constitution. His call for “reallocation of wealth” is a transparently Marxists (Communist) effort to CYNICALLY USE the crimes he is complaining of as a PRETEXT for WORLD REVOLUTION. He’s framing the problem as an international war between the rich and the poor, and telling us that LAW – holding people to account for their crimes – is not enough. Revolution is what he’s calling for – and it will be just another CIA/International Banking Cartel – controlled revolution, like the fake “Arab Spring” or the fake, CIA-managed “Occupy” movement. Do you ever notice how these phony, mind-controlled “leftists” never point their finger at the BANKS? Always protect, and deflect any inquiry into, the International Banking Cartel Oligarchy, that is systematically enslaving the nations of the world to debt (see “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”)? That’s because BANKERS PAY FOR THESE FAKE “REVOLUTIONARY” MOVEMENTS! They are authoritarian, dogmatic organizations, so they are very easy to control by controlling a few talented people at the top. Read Antony C. Sutton – everything he wrote is golden – but in this regard, read “Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler” and “Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution.” These bastards want to create a system of what the ex-Pope called “Global Governance with Teeth,” and to force it onto us, they need to create massive division, chaos, destruction and desperation. The key is the vampiric blood-funnel that’s been jammed into the throat of the American People for almost 100 years – the “Federal Reserve” ponzi scheme, designed to enslave us and extract our nation’s wealth on behalf of an International Cartel intent on global domination. Watch part 4 of Mike Maloney’s video series on Youtube – you can’t unwatch it. Without this debt-currency fraud/enslavement scheme, they have nothing – no militarism, no control of the people, no global government. They want us in the street, violent, rattling our cage, renouncing the rule of law, angry, demanding “reallocation of wealth.” They DON’T want us calmly and soberly understanding how they have systematically VIOLATED the rule of law, the US Constitution, and how their crimes have enslaved us.

    • Rsmile

      Yes, and he believes in the “Redistribution of wealth” which of course is Marxist. He also calls for going “outside the law” wouldn’t that lead to anarchy?

    • Rsmile

      Excellent rebuttal to Matt Damon’s proposal.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      You must not have read Sutton, seeing as how you’re decrying it as communism when the bolshevik revolution was hijacked by wall street.

      Aren’t you late for shilling somewhere else?

  • paul_23

    The world doesn’t suffer from an unequal distribution of wealth, but from an unequal distribution of individual liberty.

  • james

    http://www.ultraculture.org/watch-a-jaw-dropping-visualization-of-every-protest-since-1979/
    This is what data from a world in turmoil looks like. The Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT) tracks news reports and codes them for 58 fields, from where an incident took place to what sort of event it was (these maps look at protests, violence, and changes in military and police posture) to ethnic and religious affiliations, among other categories. The dataset has recorded nearly 250 million events since 1979, according to its website, and is updated daily…

    The map also shows some of the limits of Big Data — and trying to reduce major global events to coded variables. Take, for example, the protests across the United States in late 2011: Some are Occupy protests, others are Tea Party protests, but the difference in the political identity of those demonstrations isn’t reflected in the map. There are some strange things that happen when the data are mapped, as well. A cursory glance at the map would suggest that Kansas is the most restive state in the union, but really the frequent protests popping up somewhere near Wichita are every media mention of a protest in the United States that doesn’t specify a city (the same goes for that flickering dot north of Mongolia in Middle-of-Nowhere, Russia).

  • michael

    why is matt damon reading howard zinn and getting the attention for it. what is going on.

    • Jim Farley

      Because, delivery. And, it looks to be a memorial for Zinn.

  • Rsmile

    I’m surprised that Matt Damon actually said this!! But what he failed to say is or bring to light is how we should “Disobey” Authority. If we go “outside the law” wouldn’t that lead to anarchy?

  • Eoin Connolly

    The problem is obedience .. Now obey what damon has read to you all.. and disobey together in an obedient fashion ..

  • Jon Galantini

    huahuahuahua.. a multimillionaire who has money just because knows how to fake something he is not.. “actor” … talking about wrong distribution of wealth… huahuahuahuahahua… is like hitler talking about peace!! huahuahuahuahuahua

  • John Best

    This speech didn’t go far enough. Here’s the whole solution: http://autismfraud.blogspot.com/2013/05/sign-new-declaration-of-independence.html

  • rcadby

    Here’s my mantra:

    “We need to change the voter mindset to elect non-partisan citizen candidates willing to serve one short term at local average wage as their ONLY income at EVERY election cycle.” (Feel free to copy and share if you agree.)

    Surely we can find 1/2 + 1 of all elected office candidates among us. I did it. How about you?

  • sha44ss

    Isn’t he a OBAMA supporter? somethings fishy ….or did he finally WAKE UP?

    • Rsmile

      Yes Matt Damon is a big time Progressive Liberal (Libtard).

      • Digital.Gods

        Nyah, nyah, nyah,nyah nyah… “Libtard”? What are you? Three years old?

        • Rsmile

          You must be 3 years old because you don’t keep up with the lingo.

    • ironchuck

      No, he just doesn’t see the contradiction between supporting a statist like Obama and reading here about “disobedience to the state.” They call that cognitive dissonance.

      • sha44ss

        I’m sure you are right. Very Hard breaking up with your bad boyfriend.

    • Digital.Gods

      The Blaze has this to say:

      “In an interview set to air tonight on CNN, Obama supporter and actor Matt Damon admitted he has had a change of heart when it comes to the president. According to Damon, Obama hasn’t come through on his promises.

      Piers Morgan pointedly asked Damon, who campaigned for Obama in 2008, if Damon was happy with Obama and still a fan. Damon responded, “No. No. I really think he misinterpreted his mandate.” He went on to quote a friend who said, “I no longer hope for audacity.”

      While the clip doesn’t show it, a story on CNN’s website says Damon went on to criticize Obama for his State of the Union speech:

      “In his State of the Union he didn’t even say the word ‘poverty,’ ” said Damon. “You’ve got millions of people languishing in it.” Damon, who backed the Obama campaign in 2008, said he appreciates that the president is a “deep thinker.” The actor called Obama brilliant, but said he “definitely wanted more.”

      • sha44ss

        Yes ‘Brilliant’ MAtt…as brilliant as Hitler.

  • gramavegas2010

    Wow!! I would have never thought I would hear such clear common sense from a celebrity! Bravo Matt!

    • Rsmile

      You are an idiot. It was nothing but pure Marxist propaganda he was spewing. If we go outside the “rule of Law” we are no longer following the US Constitution. If we have no law we have anarchy. If we have anarchy there will be chaos beyond anything we have ever seen. Redistribution of Wealth is Marxism. Civil disobedience is Revolution!

      • james

        and law that prevents the freedom to protest is totalitarian

  • datone

    check matt damon’s new movie “esylium” A very revelutionary film.

    • Rsmile

      I won’t spend a penny of my money watching his crap.

  • Trish House

    What we really need to do is have a debt jubilee and claim all of America as PAID IN FULL. Then we need to insist that it is the birthright of every single person to a free and fair share of the land and its resources so people can make themselves self sustaining. Let’s give everyone an equal chance by giving them some bootstraps to pull up on…

    This solution would likely end all crime as our culture would provide for the basic needs of everyone. It would also likely prevent wars. Who would take a military job if they knew that they had a secure land base, that their home was secure, and that they were assured a healthy food supply through just a few hours of work per day? We can guarantee the homeland security of every one of us if we all simply agree to this basic rule – that it is our basic human right to a fair share of the resources of earth that we need to live. Let’s end desperation, poverty and wars starting NOW.

    • Rsmile

      That is what Greece and I believe Norway did last year and they are doing better.

    • Rsmile

      The problem though is that those in power are very greedy for money and power. They do not want us to be self sufficient.

      • Trish House

        Right, but hey, there are a lot more of us than there is of them. Let’s not make the mistake the Jews did with the Nazis…

  • Roque Orozco

    No civilization in recorded human history has gone longer than 150 years without civil war:1865 + 150 = 2015

    Albeit, No civilization has had food stamps till this: Cut the food stamps to fifty million Americans receiving them and there will be revolution in 30 days,

    Poverty is the parent of both crime & revolution; Revolution takes three generation of disenfranchised constituents.

    • Rsmile

      Wrong!! Ancient Rome had welfare and food rations for the people, massive welfare food rations and that made them lazy and eventually led to their downfall.

      Are We Going the Way of Rome?
      By Lawrence W. Reed, published on Sept. 1, 2001 (source: http://www.mackinac.org/3)

      Government Bread

      A real landmark in the course of events came in the year A.D. 274. Emperor Aurelian, wishing to provide cradle-to-grave care for the citizenry, declared the right to relief to be hereditary. Those whose parents received government benefits were entitled as a matter of right to benefits as well. Aurelian gave welfare recipients government-baked bread (instead of the old practice of giving them wheat and letting them bake their own bread) and added free salt, pork and olive oil. Not surprisingly, the ranks of the unproductive grew fatter, and the ranks of the productive grew thinner.

      Surely, many Romans opposed the welfare state and held fast to the old virtues of work, thrift and self-reliance. Just as surely, some of these sturdy people gave in and began to feed at the public trough in the belief that if they didn’t get it, somebody else would. That attitude only hastened the slide into bankruptcy.

      The central government also assumed the responsibility of providing the people with entertainment. Elaborate circuses and gladiator duels were staged to keep the people happy. The equivalent of a hundred million dollars per year in the city of Rome alone is one modern historian’s estimate of what was poured out on the games. These days, many Americans think that by virtue of being artists they are entitled to grants from the federal government at other people’s expense. If handouts for the arts constitute a legitimate function of government, by what possible rationale can just about any other handout be resisted?

      In Rome, the emperors were buying support with the people’s money. After all, government can give only what it first takes. The emperors, in dishing out all these goodies, were in a position to manipulate public opinion. As Alexander Hamilton observed, “[A] power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.”

      By the second century, many cities had spent themselves deeply into debt. Beginning with the Emperor Hadrian, municipalities which got themselves into financial difficulties lost their independence as the central government placed them under the authority of imperial curators. Local authority was increasingly replaced by the power of the central government.

      • Roque Orozco

        The premise is NOT that food stamps maintains the State: Reasonable persons should conclude the opposite that a failed economy is the reason for food stamps; So the question should be WHY has the economy failed when at the end of Clinton’s term the USA had four Trillion surplus.

        USSR imploded for the Same reasons the Roman Empire imploded: Its external & internal security apparatus exceeded its economic engine.

        USA’s “War on Terror” of three billion USD daily expenditures: One Billion USD of normal Defense Dept Budget; One Billion USD Daily for Afghanistan Wars; Additional One Billion USD expenditure for Home Land Security.

        Three Billion USD daily expenditures, like hamsters spinning their wheels in place, buys ZERO security other than yesterdays.

        FALSE PREMISE that USA can expend cash like the State of Israel to provision the State of Israel’s war criminal occupation of UNGA 181 Palestine: State of Israel with six million population receives Six Billion USD in grants [gift] annually.

        Q: What nation-state on earth is going grant the USA 300 Billion USD annually? A. None. Its no secret why Clinton’s $ Trillion surplus became Bush43′s 8 Trillion deficiet ; So where did Twelve Trillion Dollars go?

        None other than USA War on Terror to provision State of Israel continuing War Criminal Enterprise.

        • Roque Orozco

          Comparing the USA to the Roman Empire:
          1 Roman Empire had a slave class: USA’s slave class are the illegal aliens.

          2 Roman Empire elites had lapdogs as opposed to having children: USA elites raise dogs as opposed to raising children.

          3 Roman Empire was engaged with the Barbarians that it could not defeat; When one frontier in collapsed the rest came tumbling down: USA cannot engage in perpetual warfare vis-a-vis 1.2 Billion Muslims, 1.2 Billion Chinese, 1.2 Billion Hindus, 1.2 Billion Asians, 1 Billion Africans, & 500 million Eastern Europeans

          3.1 Should the one Billion Latin Americans turn on the USA: Europe will be the 1st frontier to come tumbling down.

          3.2 USA Euro-centric leadership are idiots: While they sponsor the Israeli war criminal enterprise, they could lose it all; & shall lose it all.

          3.2.1 Does not mean the USA will implode because other-than-white Americans will assume the leadership & Trust Responsibilites : Only that the white racists in Israel & USA shall lose it all for European Whites,

          • Rsmile

            But Rome is the first Republic form of government which America is modeled after. That is why many compare Ancient Roman Government with American Government.

          • Roque Orozco

            USA was modeled after the Iroquis Confederacy that had sovereign nations [our present states] that assembled once a year [our US Congress] with the Chief of the Assembly now being the comparable Speaker of the House; Every adult person man/woman had one vote; with the exception of the warriors which the tradition has carried into the USA Armed Forces that warriors do no opine on politics. .

            USA Flag is the Aztec’s Triple Alliance Huitzilopochtl Shield [Southern Cross- five stars on blue field withe alternating red/white ribbons representing the Mexica, Anahuac, Nahuatl, & Federalized Troops.

            Jul 4th is the Date of "La Noche Triste" : Day the the Aztec Native American Resistance began vis-a-vis European [Spaniards]

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  • Rufus_Cornpone

    Damon is a leftist/liberal beefwit….

    • Digital.Gods

      Better than a right-wing-corporate dog.

  • Rob Roy

    The revolution is one of knowledge, information and true understanding, freedom
    is attitudinal, it starts in the mind
    and heart and resides within, and cannot be found externally, who are we
    revolting against? The ones that will enforce the tyranny on behalf of their toxic
    masters? , the army?, the police? and law enforcement?, not all of these people
    are sadistic dysfunctional monsters, many of these people are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers
    and fathers, friends and companions, “The
    World is my country,
    all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” – Thomas
    Paine… Many of them are being dooped just as much as the average Joe on the
    street, busting their ass working a 7 to
    10, trying to put scrapes of G-M free food on the table, our history is one of
    revolution, even the word suggest something that goes round and round, a never ending feedback loop, the globalists
    and their think-tanks and all their physiological systems and methodologies of control,
    know how to exorcise the spirit of rebellion and dim the fire of revolution,
    just look at history, history is one big long story of the elites subjugating, suppressing
    and tyrannizing the masses by co-opting all revolts and guiding the results into a dead-end of ineffectual
    change, knowledge truly is power and the ultimate form of holistic, none evasive
    and none intruding power, is knowledge
    of one’s self “know thy self” for sure
    we need to gather in mass and give the proverbial finger to those that seek to control
    us and destroy all that is good and true on this green earth, we need to
    communicate and re-establish true communities, to shear information and to understand
    that, if my fellow man is doing well and his and her children are doing well,
    then it stands to reason that me and my kin will benefit from this if the system of living
    is based on true expression, creation, sustainability,
    individualism, love and understanding, but
    beware the raging crowd for it is easily manipulated and all good intentions
    can be rendered inert in an instance, the collectivist mindset is what we must
    pull away from, to become truly self-aware on all levels of being and doing, to
    become self-sustaining individuals in harmony with nature… A group gathered of
    truly informed individual’s, is far more of a threat and a real danger to them
    who hold the status quo, but a group of highly collectivized, angry, uneducated,
    frustrated persons, is the resistance that the establishment loves, because it’s
    so easily controlled and dealt with, again just look at history for the proof…
    The change has to come from within, on an individual level because, we are the
    system, we make up the cogs in the machine and the wheels can’t turn without
    our complicity and subservience, one must look within one’s own heart and find
    the fuel and the truth, to be the change in the world one wishes to see, is the
    only way out of this dark barbwire maze we find our self’s in, do not live in
    fear and trepidation, fear is an illusion but the danger is very real, don’t reside
    in fear, but do be aware, no matter how small you may feel, how ineffectual when
    broached with the scope, grandeur and magnitude of what’s looming on the
    horizon, the most seemingly insignificant person can contribute in ways that
    may seem small, but who’s effect can be mighty, we all have something to offer
    and contribute and we all can shine but only if you have love in your heart and
    self-knowledge in your head… -R-R

  • Johnnyg

    Seems the voice of the people is actually actors pretending to be every day normal people and everyday normal people lapping it up like they actually meant what they said from the heart words are nice but what counts is who they come from AND if they are meant to raise suspect or lower expectations every time you watch big holly wood it’s to create a cause oh don’t get me wrong they do good things like raising money for good causes but these same people would see you live in chains while they live unbound they are special because they are pretenders and for some odd reason you make believe in your own little world that they actually give a crap who and what you do !

    • Suzi Home Maker

      I think that is true for some and not for others. But there is still a good message that we can adapt into our own personal lives.

      • Johnnyg

        The message may be good to a point but if it’s not meant from the heart and directed correctly it’s just hollow words i hear him reading but it’s hollow it’s like trying to stir honey by the time you reach the end it turns hard and unrecognizable and the center of the pot is hollow if their is no heat to keep the honey warm which in Damon’s case would be passion behind reading it it’s no more than words on paper used for amusement to make you think he’s part of the hip crowd but he’s just another moving head !

        • Suzi Home Maker

          I have to agree with you! I did feel a little unmoved even though I wanted to be moved. It didn’t feel right, especially coming from Matt Damon. But I don’t know what’s going on in his personal life, or professional for that matter. From my experience we’re all excelling exceedingly so in one area and not in others.

          I just feel that there is so much spreading of the message from all fronts that we’ve begun to think that posting and talking about this and other subjects is a ‘hard day’s work’. If we all started moving towards this in our own lives a little at a time there’d be less talk and more action, which is much harder but pays off. Then it wouldn’t matter what other people say is hollow or not. The truth just bares itself in humble action, and everybody knows their own. :)

  • Suzi Home Maker

    Becoming one starts in your closest social circles and works out into the community! Start with those you can’t forgive, don’t understand, bicker with, the people you drive on the road with, talk on the phone to, work with, school with, those people that drive you crazy. It’s the holiday season when people are stressed and frustrated with many issues. Be more tolerant and inclusive. Work to make amends instead of being right. Start becoming one with those in and out of your groups.

    Where was this speech taken from? What was the event Matt Damon was attending?

    • Digital.Gods

      Don’t know the event, but the speech is from Howard Zinn, 1970. Real smart guy, Zinn was. Don’t know what event this was, but it was Matt doing a reading of Zinn’s speech. Apparently, Damon and Zinn were lifelong friends, before Zinn died in 2008.

      • Suzi Home Maker

        Thanks! I think that really helps put it in better context of what was happening. In a different thread we were discussing whether stars are involved or just jumping bandwagons as some seem to do. Russell Brand in one that is under scrutiny. I find it really helpful and important to add that information to stuff like this to help people understand what they are seeing, not seeing and feeling! There is so much misinformation and propaganda spreading around the internet.

        I watched a documentary by Howard Zinn. You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004). It is compelling and worth the watch. Matt Damon seems to be involved in worthy projects but I don’t really know his associations that well.

        • Digital.Gods

          I posted the charities that Damon is involved with, right above this post. It’s a long one and Damon puts his time and money where his mouth is. Damon has also changed his opinion about Obama, and thinks that Obama has not done enough and that Obama has changed his position from where it was back in 2008. The documentary you mentioned is one of Zinn’s more famous works. The guy wrote something like 20 books in his lifetime. Nice tribute to Zinn’s work and it still rings true many decades later.

          • Suzi Home Maker

            Weird! I only see the title and a short intro to the video. (?)

            I haven’t seen enough of Howard Zinn. I think I caught his docu on Netflix. I study a lot of different aspects of things like this so it makes it hard to get familiar with all the greats and their years of work!

            I’m really glad to hear that about Matt Damon. He always seems to pick good roles and subjects in his movies. I was aware of him doing some stuff a few years back that was noteworthy but unfortunately I have forgotten what it was. I haven’t seen much of him lately. I’m glad to know more though. Thanks for clearing this up for me to help me better understand the video and it’s context as well as Matt Damon’s and Howard Zinn’s! I appreciate it a lot.

  • Mark Smith

    I love it when celebripundits that are worth in excess of $60 million talk about redistributing the wealth, as if they’re not part of the problem.

    • Digital.Gods

      Matt Damon supports the following charities. What are you doing with your money?
      African Children’s Choir
      American Humane Association
      Ante Up For Africa
      Arthritis Society of Canada
      Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Canada
      Celebs for Kids
      Child Find Ontario
      Clothes Off Our Back
      DATA
      ENOUGH Project
      Feeding America
      H2O Africa
      LIVESTRONG
      Love Our Children USA
      Lupus Canada
      Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation
      Not On Our Watch
      ONE Campaign
      ONEXONE
      Red Cross
      Right To Play
      Satellite Sentinel Project
      Save the Children
      Stand Up To Cancer
      The Children’s Center OKC
      Unite for Japan
      War Child
      Water.org
      Willow Foundation
      World Food Programme
      Yéle Haiti Foundation

  • Ferrarigirl

    Amen Damon! I believe in the constitution. Power to the people and not to the governments.

  • MHoskinson

    Let’s be clear, Matt Damon is a Progressive who votes for and supports the very tyranny he is decrying in his speech, he is a hypocrite of the first order.

    • ironchuck

      Agreed. This is an activist for public schools and public everything who just made a message movie basically advocating for Obamacare. And here he’s extolling “disobedience to the state.” What?!

      • sha44ss

        Yet his children go to PRIVATE schools. … Alynsky tactic on top of Alynsky tactic…they never sleep…their hypocisy knows no bounds.

    • tc4012

      Spot on.

    • Digital.Gods

      Nice rhetoric you carry around there. Why don’t you be more specific? Maybe what you said would actually mean something?

      • MHoskinson

        I see you’ve chosen to take the tired, low road of liberalism by attempting to belittle me instead of actually debating the point I was making. The point I made is that a progressive liberal like Matt Damon who is in fact a totalitarian (as is Howard Zinn) has no business telling anybody how best to run America. After five years of Obama, we see the total collapse of radical leftism. Matt Damon supported Obama completely for the last five years, therefore, unless he is renouncing his leftism he has no place speaking about this country. I know it’s hard, you’re seeing your entire life collapse before your eyes, don’t get left behind and support these clowns, read about conservatism, you’ll finally take the blinders off and understand why your life has been so lost.

  • Nellie Price

    I live in South Africa where the white people are being killed on a daily basis,we are the minority and I agree with what Matt said! It is not about obedience we should start to DISOBEY what is being fed down our throats by the Government ,ALL Governments of the world are in this plot together,let us enrich the rich and take everything from the poor then we keep them OBEDIENT!!!!!

  • Bad_Brains

    Everyone takes into consideration “politics”,”parties”, ideologies that exist for hundreds of years that divide the human race instead of joining them all together. Point in case ideologies ending in -ism. Communism Stalin killed, Fascism Hitler killed, and now in the year 2014,almost, Neoliberalism or whatever they are called( Socialists,Right wing parties etc.) kill people right now. I’m Greek and the free marketeers(IMF,Central European Bank in association with governing parties) and their cluster have already killed 3000 people here. These 3000 people,men and women, committed suicide due to financial crisis because they couldn’t deal with the fact that the banks will get their homes and that they haven’t got enough money to feed their kids. So please leave us alone with all ideologies that get turned into institutions. If people need to feel like sheep and do need a shepherd then it is time to find a new policy, a new ideology that might even combine all the good of the previous ideologies and discard all the nonsense and eventually gain what the ancient Greeks called “direct democracy”. Something pointed towards improving the quality of life of the human race on this planet. I’m halfway across the world and really don’t see how in the States, an otherwise beacon of technology and progress, these people are elected, Bush sr. bush jr reagan obama, these people wage wars and place safety pins in your,our democracy in order to serve the 1%. It is apparent from the first days of the presidency of every, and i do mean every politician in this godforsaken planet, that they never will impose laws for the good of the people only laws that are there to provide money power to other shady characters. My most thoughtful wish is that people, humans, of every race color and distinction will wake up and realize the words of Bill Hicks, Bob Marley, John Lennon and others and see what we really are we are an interconnect organism, us every living thing and this world.

    I leave a final thought, a quote from an inspirational man that sums up the idiocy of people sometimes.

    My first rule: I don’t believe anything the government
    tells me.

    Nothing.

    Zero.

    Nope.

    And I don’t take very seriously the media or the press
    in this country

    who in the case of the Persian Gulf war were nothing
    more than unpaid employees of the Department of Defense

    and who most of the time, most of the time function as
    kind of unofficial public relations agency for the US government.

    So I don’t listen to them, I don’t really believe in my
    country

    and I got to tell you folks, I don’t get all choked up
    about yellow ribbons and American flags.

    I consider them to be symbols and I leave symbols to the
    symbol minded.”
    -George Carlin

  • karen baxter

    EXCELLENT

  • Tonya-Clay Davis

    If you all wait around for the right number of people to join you, or to wait for the perfect conditions to disobey, we’re screwed. Of course there are risks. The fact that you are afraid of being watch for jailed is proof that you need to get out there more than ever. Stop waiting around. It’s not going to get any easier and if you wait the police state will grow larger than you can imagine. Oh, and Matt, if by re-allocation you mean re-distribution carried out by the gov., doesn’t that nullify your civll disobedience argument? I’m supposed to protest and reform the gov. but at the same time, ask them to steal via taxation and re-distribute it?

  • Maria White

    I totally agree with Matt, that day is coming soon. People are getting fed up with the way this country is run, hell our government act like gang members and are forgetting why they were elected and by whom!! Jerks, WE THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE, REMEMBER!!!!!

  • Tonya-Clay Davis

    If you want to rally around the defense of our inherent rights, as stated in the Constitution, and want to severely hamstring the gov., let’s go. If you’re asking for more government control in an effort to make things more equitable or fair, then you’re going to get more police state. There’s no free lunch folks. When you put government in control of ANYTHING, they see it as an avenue to gain more power and control over you. It IS up to the people, but the gov. is NOT the people.

  • Alexander Hamilton

    Its likely most citizens of most countries feel the same. The problem is the governments and those who control them (read power, money, corporations). They have no interest other than consolidating their power and “stealing” more money. Its laughable how there is this perceived distinction between democrat and republican when in reality to quote Andre Vltcheck voting in the US is like voting which lane you want to ride down the highway: left side or right. We have moved so far away from having anyone in office who is truly concerned with humanity.

  • Kim Hogan

    End The Fed & End The CIA = Center for ILLumiNAZI in AmeriKa!

  • Rao

    “people were obedient, all these herd like people” #SpotOn

    • tc4012

      From the lips of a person who is a card carrying soldier for the administration. You can’t be a lone wolf in the middle of herd.

  • HandsoffSolo

    I don’t understand this hopeful attitude of Western civilization, people power has achieved nothing in the last 50 years not stopped one damned law being passed, Revolution my ass.

  • Lawrence Boxall

    Wow, wow, WAUGHW! Well, bloody done, Matt Damon.

  • CaptainUSA

    Glad he didnt talk bad about Guns in this speech.

    • Digital.Gods

      It wasn’t his speech. It was by Howard Zinn from 1970.

      • CaptainUSA

        Thanks. Surprised me. He is pretty uninformed in real life.

  • ironchuck

    This all sounds very nice but how do you square that with a political philosophy that wants government to run more things instead of less? How is this a rallying cry for Obamacare, the public school system, the IRS, the surveillance state and all the rest? Disobedience to the state. Great, Matt Damon, looking forward to you stumping for Rand Paul!

    • HandsoffSolo

      Please, Rand Paul aint no Ron Paul.

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  • Dawn Paine

    43 years later…c’mon people.

  • Khaled Mahmud

    If we want to change the world we just need to become HUMAN before we become American, Asian, European, Muslim, Cristian and whatever.

  • postman

    Maybe he should joust stick to being a half assed actor

    • Digital.Gods

      He’s a citizen just like you. Exercising his first amendment right. You should be celebrating that we can still do this, because, it might just not be around much longer, the way things are going. Or weren’t you listening?

    • IHateFatChicks

      So, how’s the whole “gay, transgender” thing working out for you?

  • Susanna Chaudron

    Imagine that speech was from 1970 and things are still the same and worse , we didn’t get of our backsides from 1970 till now 2013 , that 43 years , it was true then and it is still true now ,uniting is what we should do , regardless of religion, race ,or political views because if we don’t do it now . we will have to hear that speech again 43 years from now , IF WE ARE LUCKY.

  • Jan ‘Archee’ Bloch

    I would strongly recommend for everyone watch movie Gasland…and it’s sequel… not to promote the anti or pro… side of the issue but yeah I’m strongly Anti and yet I see similarities which apply to every single industry there is… Corporation drives this government… government scared of losing post.. obeys..that applies to financial industry where money is exchanged for sake of being exchanged rather than having value… like gold.. money that doesn’t exist.. taxes on those non existent money which will be applied to every single person in this world.. regardless if you pay the taxes or no.. you will end up paying for them.. with your work, your wealth.. your health.. 10 major corporations owns everything a single American buys… and if you find the way not to .. they find a way you will… if you save your money in bank .. there is so much bond on those money it will loose its value… the quality of air, water and obviously food is getting to such bad shape that we don’t even want to imagine this is happening.. we know it.. we just simply can’t comprehend what is going on.. we ask not to build dams on rivers so the trash doesn’t stay in our area and we would rather have that trash floating freely away.. 3 Gorges dam in China.. instead of asking how to stop the trash from getting there… I jump from China to America and to Russia where ignorant leader plays on the note of religious believes where instead of these 2 will go each others way.. not to fight, not to collaborate.. simply be there for those who really needed but not to abuse it and use it as power and control… you all probably saw how the 4 major US banks own every little small bank here in USA but you won’t find out who owns the FED… FED the most corrupted central agency there is… we all were watching US troops fighting for freedom in Irag, Afghanistan but we all overlooked how the people voted in this country to represent people, for the people, shitting on our faces day in, day out, how media outlets slowly bough of all networks to create one huge controlling monster where “independent” is word equal to enemy… where groups which in terms of democracy advocate for freedom of speech and are being called insurgents…where guy who used to say YES we can.. yeah her really did and the change came.. change which none of us can even imagine.. and don’t get me wrong.. I’m neither pro or against Obama as person.. but neither Reps.. nor Dems showed any interest of protecting people in this country for last 15 years… only for themselves..I live with that they want more money, more control etc but if they are taking the basic things away like clean air, fresh water and place to sleep.. I can’t no longer ignore that!

  • Narby1

    Old Colombian saying: “The law is a mad dog that bites only the poor.” [La ley es un perro rabioso que no muerde sino a los de ruana.]

  • Max

    INteresting indeed, is he now a ‘former’ Obama supporter? Manifestos are written for the ignorant. They all touch on nuggets of truth. What is scary about good ‘ol Matt’s speech is the strategic peppering of “allocation of wealth” and “distribution of wealth”. There is only one way to talk about the allocation of wealth, and that is in the framework of communism, greed, jealousy, and the zero-sum game.
    I wish to give Matt the benefit of the doubt, but the devil is in the details, all manifestos are a touchy-feely way to pave the road to hell.

    • Digital.Gods

      It’s not a manifesto. He’s reading from a speech made by Howard Zinn in 1970. Zinn was an American Historian, Political Science Professor at Boston U. author, civil rights advocate, yada, yada. The guy wrote 20 books.

    • HandsoffSolo

      “There is only one way to talk about the allocation of wealth, and that is in the framework of communism, greed, jealousy, and the zero-sum game.”

      Its this kind of scaremongering of ideas that feeds the apathy of tyranny.

  • tc4012

    Dear Matt Damon – eat a bag of dicks. Signed, America

    • IHateFatChicks

      Don’t you have a jiffy lube job to be at, gomer?

    • Marianne Mathieson

      how worldly, educated an a prime example of idiocy you are….nuf said

      • tc4012

        Oddly enough I’m vastly more worldly educated that Matt Damon, college dropout, beatnick and general hypocrite in chief.

  • Common_Dense

    Civil disobedience you say? Stop paying the income tax, anything short of that means nothing to those in Washington.

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  • Digital-Finger

    “declaration of interdependence” – I like it!

  • James Dutton

    The division among us is used to control us, you can see it in the comments. If something doesn’t fit our own narrow perspective we attack it, that’s why things are as they are.

  • IHateFatChicks

    Matt Damon is a very good man.

  • Common Sense

    I agree BUT what would replace this Matt? A stateless socialist utopia? 20th century history shows that revolution to get rid of a perceived illegitimate elite only ushers in new illegitimate elites, and in the case of communism and fascism, horrifying levels of persecution in the pursuit of a utopian vision. How do you stop that from happening?

  • Adam_Rodriguez

    Kinda sounded like Ron Paul there.

  • Yes Sir

    I agree BUT what would replace this Matt? A stateless socialist utopia? It doesn’t work… look at the 20th Century

  • Tina Henley-Hicks

    I don’t live in the United States of America, rather the Divided States of America. As long as there is a two party system we cannot be united… I truly believe that if a person wants to serve their country it should be under a one party regime. One where a body of people come together and work for what is good for the people. Not one where it is good for the democrats or the republicans, but for the people. I’m not talking a dictatorship or a royal, But an elected body of people. who have the best hope and promise for this country. Maybe, we should start reciting this in school again… ” I pledge allegiance to the flag of the “UNITED” States of America, and to the republic for which it stands “ONE” nation under God “INDIVISIBLE” with liberty and justice for
    “ALL” . It seems to have been forgotten.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      Voting third party in conjunction with other forms of activism is what’s needed. Republicrats are just going to continue to support foreign aid operations.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szEu9Ag

  • ROB

    The real revolution is one of knowledge, information and true understanding, freedom is attitudinal, it starts in the mind and heart and resides within, and cannot be found externally, who are we revolting against? The ones that will enforce the tyranny on behalf of their toxic masters? the army? the police? and law enforcement?, not all of these people are sadistic dysfunctional monsters, many of these people are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and companions, “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” – Thomas Paine… Many of them are being dooped just as much as the average Joe on the street, busting their ass working a 7 to 10, trying to put scrapes of G-M free food on the table, our history is one of never ending revolutions and war, the word “revolution” suggest something that goes round and round, a never ending feedback loop, the globalists and their think-tanks and all their psychological systems and methodologies of control, know how to exorcise the spirit of rebellion and dim the fire of revolution, just look at history, history is one big long story of the elites subjugating, suppressing and tyrannizing the masses by co-opting all revolts and guiding the results into a dead-end of ineffectual change, knowledge truly is power and the ultimate form of holistic, none evasive and none intruding power, is knowledge of one’s self “know thy self” for sure we need to gather in mass and give the proverbial finger to those that seek to control us and destroy all that is good and true on this green earth, we need to communicate and re-establish true communities, to shear information and to understand that, if my fellow man is doing well and his and her children are doing well, then it stands to reason that me and my kin will benefit from this if the system of living is based on true expression, creation, sustainability, individualism, love and understanding, but beware the raging crowd for it is easily manipulated and all good intentions can be rendered inert in an instance, the collectivist mindset, the hived-mind is what we must pull away from, to become truly self-aware on all levels of being and doing, to become self-sustaining individuals in harmony with nature… A group gathered of truly informed individual’s, is far more of a threat and a real danger to them who hold the status quo, but a group of highly collectivized, angry, uneducated, frustrated persons, is the resistance that the establishment loves, because it’s so easily controlled and dealt with, and more often then not such movements are co-opted or subverted to the benefit of the globalists, again just look at history for the proof… The change has to come from within, on an individual level because, we are the system, we make up the cogs in the machine and the wheels can’t turn without our complicity and subservience, one must look within one’s own heart and find the fuel and the truth, to be the change in the world one wishes to see, is the only way out of this dark barbwire maze we find our self’s in, do not live in fear and trepidation, fear is an illusion but the danger is very real, don’t reside in fear, but be aware and become informed, no matter how small you may feel, how ineffectual your efforts may seem when broached with the scope, grandeur and magnitude of what’s looming on the horizon, the most seemingly insignificant person can contribute in ways that may seem small, but who’s effect can be mighty!! we all have something to offer and contribute and we all can shine, but only if you have love in your heart and self-knowledge in your head… -R-R

  • Bob Manke

    it is the tribe of currency manipulators inside the federal reserve and the shitzen of the assassinators of the cia that are needing to be in the sights of the combined rest of the planet and then they melt like butter… but not before because these monsters are very used to being in charge and hidden and running groups against each other… Legalize Medical Marijuana in Iowa NOW

  • Andy Taylor

    For the first time in human history we have the technology to take back the power of democracy without a traditional revolution, how, we elect politicians who do not vote with the Party but with the people. In the UK we have set up the 21st Century Democracy party, join us, or if you live outside the UK, then contact us to get help setting up in your country. How does it work -> well the party funds representatives to stand for elections, but do not force any policy on that representative, they ask their local constituents how to vote for every issue in parliament then votes as the local people want them to. Check us out http://www.21cdemocracy.org.

  • edav38

    Matt, Lets Start the Redistribution with YOUR $65+ Million of Wealth

    • James

      It takes guts to do or say any view that goes against the Hollywood Political Machine, rich or not I would rather have anyone that is willing to shake the provebial bees nest, even if he’s reading an old speech by Zinn, the truth is alawys best.

      • edav38

        That may be, but you Actually NEED Truth on your Side, to be Speaking the Truth

        • kerston

          There is nothing wrong with being rich. If you earn it you should have it. It is when it is used to lobby the government for undue powers over those trying to earn or make their way is when you are the bad guy. Should the one who does nothing to better his life have the right to take what another has EARNED by force? See that is where the problem with government lies as it is today except they steal money through taxation not to help those truly in need, but to enable those who choose not to try to better themselves and most of all they steal for their own benefit and those the deem to be too big to fail (in reality those who have paid to play). The truly in need should be helped through charity, their families, churches and neighbors. This is how it was before government theft and the Federal Reserve System had control over the value of money. Before money was created out of debt (thin air) and they had the ability to control it’s worth by printing (inflating) it and putting it circulation as they please. Not to mention control over the interest rates. They truly have the ability to take down the country,,the world and most people don’t even understand how our money system works or even who the people in charge of it are… Get educated. The Federal reserve is not federal.

          • edav38

            I NEVER Said there is ANYTHING wrong with being Rich, but Matt, for YEARS has been Spouting his belief that the Rich should have their Wealth Redistributed, yet, he Continues to Rack Up More and More of that Wealth. When he is willing to Redistribute HIS Wealth to the poor, then he can make those Value Judgments. Until then, he is a “Do As I Say, Not As I Do,” Just Like ALLL of the Hollywood and Liberal Elite, and All of the Conservative Elite…

          • edav38

            Who said there was ANYTHING wrong with being Rich, I never did. But, Matt has been All About telling other what they Have to do with their money, while Keeping the tightest of hold on his Own. He Needs to Put up or Shut Up. When he Practices what he Preaches, then he can judge others.

        • James

          We know thats not going to happen in todays Follywood! If you know what I mean. LOL Everyday I realize how sinister this NWO is and how it is tearing us down with every word, pen stroke and keypad stroke. We live in a word that isnt the way I remember groing up in, I see everday how population in certain areas is being manipulated in such a way that it is changing our ability to keep our sovreignty, more and more people from other nation are being filtered in without our consent and or knowledge, but hey that’s just me, anyway before I get into a good rant, God bless

    • Dave, Never

      You seem like a person who has a hard time understanding the message because you judge he messenger. That is like shooting the messenger.

      • edav38

        You could be accused of the same thing, because you are judging me without knowing anything about me, anything about my knowledge, education or background. When you get that information, then you can make your accusation of me. Matt’s Background and what he believe, stands for and ALLLL of his positions are right in front of our faces, if we just take a few minutes and search the information, so I am OK on making that judgment. When you have all the information that is available on Matt, for me, then go right ahead and make that value judgment on me, until then, your point has no basis in reality.

      • edav38

        Don’t need to understand any more than what Matt has said for over 10 Years, and has NEVER changed his message. Not Once has he been unwilling to Tell others what they Must do with their money, while keeping the tightest of holds on his own. When he Starts Living what he Preaches, then he can judge me and others

  • activebz

    Planet Earth from space. A healthy respect for questioning authority, morality and social justice, as well as the individual, the minority. Science that serves humanity, and supports LIFE-giving and renewing ways of Nature, taking care of children’s basic human needs – embodied and spiritual and social == without shame, gender roles, class-ism, or excessive judgements – a balance of cooperation and competition. Learning non-violent communication. An economy not built on endless growth (on a planet with finite resources.) A tolerance for the individual rights and the non-fundamentalist religions or atheism of others. Arts and Music and Theater to keep us growing, questioning, creating, grateful, alive and sharing. Respect for people at all ages. Education that is both pragmatic, economic, psychological, mental. Tremendous interest in healing – in all sorts of ways.
    Can we get there? Let the revolution continue…much speeded up before we live in the on rushing advancing dystopian time full of unnecessary suffering! We must learn from Nature and learn about our own Nature and brain. Every damaged child is a threat to this planet and our survival – a tragedy in the making. We must see children, ourselves & our greedy, egoic ‘filters’, our history & religion and primitive economics, our limited planet FOR WHAT THEY ARE. We must awake. When you find there is NO GROUND, the only island of sanity is Love. And only kindness makes sense. And creative efforts that restore heartful, clear, reality based balance.

    • Felicia Kohn

      The forces of hate keep us in the bipolar state….But fear is the root of hate. The fear hate fate state is what fosters greed, envy and engulf all the seven deadly sins. I agree whole hearted to find peace and harmony for one another is to leave the hate and focus on the endlessness by which there is no end or beginnings but expansion and this is called “love”….With love everything is possible…

  • xsoldier88

    As long as we are being lied to, misrepresented with facts, and placement of political operatives. We will never be able to get this country to be like it was designed to be. We are at the sameposition Germany was in the 1930s.

  • Pat Ravasio

    Specifically, the Pachamama Alliance has the specific action steps we need to take. 1) restore democracy by overturning Citizens United ruling, 2) end fossil fuel subsidies and redirect those investments to clean energy development. If we can do those two things, we will have the power and freedom from enslavement to accomplish the rest. http://www.buckyworld.me

  • Stewart Mitchell

    I hope Matt Damon is not suicided by the elite illuminatti

  • jay

    Matt Damon for President

  • Marianne Mathieson

    Bravo Mr. Damon!

  • Jacqlennon

    Have you seen the little piggies

    Crawling in the dirt

    And for all the little piggies

    Life is getting worse

    Always having dirt to play around in.

    Have you seen the bigger piggies

    In their starched white shirts

    You will find the bigger piggies

    Stirring up the dirt

    Always have clean shirts to play around in.

    In their sties with all their backing

    They don’t care what goes on around

    In their eyes there’s something lacking

    What they need’s a damn good whacking.

    Everywhere there’s lots of piggies

    Living piggy lives

    You can see them out for dinner

    With their piggy wives

    Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

  • http://radicalpoemsofpeter.blogspot.com/ Peter Wicks

    Just had to make this point about the lot we elected to
    Westminster, to me they are a complete waste of
    space, none of them gives a toss about us, that is if your
    not filthy rich and can afford to buy a knight-hood
    This poem is about the new buzz word for lying, these crooks
    call it spin, I call it a porky-pie or a fucking liar.

    Speaking with forked and lying tongues
    Never the simple truth to anyone
    Don’t believe a word they ever say
    Spinning their lies to there hearts desire.

    As you murmur “You ruddy great liar”
    Spinning their lies on this and that
    Hoping the gullible will swallow their crap
    Like a “Dervish” they spin around
    Spinning so fast they leave the ground.

    An evil web is what they spin
    Lying and cheating on everything
    The “Polecats” whom we choose to rule
    From all political colours and hues.

    These “Toe-Rags” from the political class
    Not one of them are fit to kiss our arse
    Hateful, deceitful, women and men
    Wake up Great Britain
    Get rid of them.

    Peter
    Wicks(forgive the colloquial terms in this poem)

  • Curfew Il

    Dear Matt – If you’d had challenged Hitler the Nazis would’ve killed you. No questions asked….

    Otherwise I totally agree :-)

  • Andy Taylor

    For the first time in human history we have
    the technology to take back the power of democracy without a traditional
    revolution, how, we elect politicians who do not vote with the Party
    but with the people. In the UK we have set up the 21st
    Century Democracy party, join us, or if you live outside the UK, then
    contact us to get help setting up in your country. How does it work
    -> well the party funds representatives to stand for elections, but
    do not force any policy on that representative, they ask their local
    constituents how to vote for every issue in parliament then votes as the
    local people want them to. Check us out http://www.21cdemocracy.org/.

  • #Hashtag

    Says the guy who has profited most off the way wealth is distributed in this present day.

  • Pam Brossman

    Looks to me like Matt Damon needs to run for presidency – very powerful and thought provoking speech.

    • James

      Howard Zinn speech lady

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  • Gradivus

    Sorry, he lost me at “a drastic reallocation of the world’s wealth is required.” And later on, in the part we’re supposed to all agree on, he essentially says that the way to achieve the goals of the Declaration of Independence is to overthrow the government and forcibly abolish capitalism.

    Frankly, I hear much more cogent political wisdom from the typical taxicab driver. It’s a mystery to me why people think it’s a good thing to take guidance from entertainment celebrities. Actors are generally successful because of their ability to reflect emotions, not because of any intellectual abilities. Relying on Hollywood celebrities for political advice is as foolish as relying on retail sales clerks for medical advice.

    • Bo Bordages

      I totally agree, thats why Ronald Reagan was such a shity President.

      • Gradivus

        I’ll bet he at least knew how to spell shitty, and when to use an apostrophe.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      the world’s wealth is constantly being reallocated to the rich, genius. grow up and stop being a fascist.

  • LCB

    My question is, why is Matt Damon getting credit for “blowing minds”? Shouldn’t we be praising Howard Zinn and his incredible brain? Matt Damon is just a talking head in this video, no offense to him.

  • Revolutionarybum

    He grew up in boston with Howard Zinn as his next door neighbor!

  • Mark McIntire

    I love getting revolutionary advice from Hollywood brats. Do you think Matt would give me a ride in his limousine to a bank so that he can go in and visit his millions well I get arrested outside for protesting the existence of the bank?

    • misterfrost

      He’s still a globalist shill..reading from a new script in my opinion..

  • misterfrost

    Just when you thought you knew who the shills were..one of them turn around and says something like this..he sounds way different then he did when he was shilling for Obama..I’m not a globalist, nor do I support globalism in any form..but I do support the Constitution as our founders wrote it..not how later traitors changed it. I don’t have the answers..but I have a pretty clear idea where it went wrong..
    We file charges of treason against the current admin..then go back and get the rest..retroactively until we get to the ones who turned our rights into privileges..when they freed the slaves..they turned us all into second class citizens..
    Did George Washington ask permission to marry? Did they ask permission to travel? Did they ask permission to own firearms? No on all counts..So when did it start? I bet if you research you’ll come up with the same answer I did…I will have no more masters..I will not contract..My rights are not privileges..anyone seeking to turn them into one should be brought up on charges..of treason..

  • Spelunker4Plato

    Remember when you learned about the Holocaust in school?

    Well guess what, while they were telling you “Learn history so it doesn’t repeat itself”, another holocaust happened. A U.S. funded rape holocaust and it was for the minerals needed to make technology.

    Neither the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation nor 3rd wave feminists say shit about this. WHY?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szEu9Ag

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  • Avi Moyal

    I agree and i think you will find the root cause analyses here http://laitman.com/category/financial-crisis/

  • Panendeism Enformationist

    I noticed in the comments below that many people would like to see reconciliation of the world’s differences. That is exactly what our group is about. We are focused on building bridges between systems of thought. We also find comfort in no one being able to debate our views. We are still only a few years old, but growing. “Bridges” are the essence of human holistic origins. Everything else is just reductive, divisive, individualistic ego. We have one saying that goes like this… “Don’t preach at me about our differences. Talk with me about our commonalities.”

  • Jack -

    it wont happen, its not people are just scared to actually stand up and do anything, i think people don’t feel as if they have enough information to want to, the feeling of being inadequate, just cant be botheredv’ i can see and deep down feel their is something not quite right with this world but im going to glue my eyes to the television, computer screen and run away and not listen to the real issues, brain so constantly overloaded by information and work its constantly processing so many different things that it wont settle, so we do nothing, live in a state of subconscious confusion. if you want to make a difference break the law but have a damn good reason, that the world will see it as being unfair, and hopefully have your back. war plays a part, kills the brave. leaves a few less risk takers around to stand up and fight back. people that go to war are the most genetically superior men and women, obviously their are many that don;t go, and the stupid multiply like vermin, and they will or they do rule the world… and us smart enough to know we are stupid but still stay stupid do nothing or very little about it, cause we are scared to lose our so called “freedom”.

  • James

    The spirit of those people who rallied against that tax…they made a clear Declaration of Independence. They drew a line in the sand and hopped off of the fence. They did not take arms, but they knew arms were coming for them, their insurrection, the rebellion. How dare they in the face of the British Empire, which doth the SUN DARE NOT SET UPON.

    Today, we find the sun never sets on America’s Interests.

    This country has a widely unofficial religion and unofficial language directing ethnic tensions and exacerbating strife along economic and sociopolitical lines (gerrymandering)

    Our American history is littered with faux pas.

    Today, interestingly enough we “pause” to remember a fallen President. Whether or not you agreed with the man, you must take stock that he was shot in the head on a sunny day in Texas.

    Our American history is filled with acknowledged hedonism. We celebrate and glorify hypersexualized images and throw money at whatever the glowing rectangles we’re conditioned to equate with human value and social standing.

    We’re conditioned to feel grateful that we have our “current” freedoms.

    Just for the American Historical Record, everyone who was not a white man without property couldn’t vote originally
    (cept for the case of NJ women who owned property being allowed to vote until 1807)
    We have a Higher and a Lower house representative system and well, lets just say whoever influences the houses takes control. (lobbyists)

    President George Washington led an the US Armed Forces under his control as Commander in Chief to quell a rebellion that was in itself started over Influence (Hamilton) ordering a TAX on WHISKEY!

    today everything is taxed. the Hours of our lives we give to keep our beloved “economy” growing are taxed even before we see the money. There is no taxman coming to the doors, they take it before you even see it!

    And then our “tax” money goes into the big pool. 700 Billion is allocated for defense in our yearly budget and the recent report that the Pentagon deliberately cooked the books on 8 TRILLION in either government waste or corruption, plus the

    We picked our POTUS and VPs with the 1-2 vote system. (Imagine President Romney and VP Obama)

    anyways

    Today. 100,000 people are not banding together for anything other than a football game. (If you could round up everyone who has ever been a Yankees fan and turned them against America you’d have your fighting force of tens of millions)

    If 1 month, one whole month of constant 100,000 people sit ins or what have you were to start occurring; that would shake not only the federal government, but the state, the local…it would..no Reagan intended, “trickle down”

    The American Dream would suddenly pop and people would have to choose sides and a lot of them have been condition to be in no position to fight AGAINST the United States. Some soldiers may rally to the cause, but I assume most would rally to their families first. I can imagine Hospitals not being able to function because doctors abandon their posts because they mainly in it for the money and prestige but with the downfall of the government, they’re out too

    There are 4.4 million people employed in the 3 Branches of Govt. There are approx 1.2 million active soldiers and at least 40 million with prior service.

    There are 300 Million people in this country, mostly concentrated in the Northeastern Corner and overall on the East side of the Mississippi. Most of us are 1st or 2nd generation who are being taught the “American Way of Buy Sell Destroy”

    The country went from being a new frontier separated by a large body of water that ensured relative freedom to the lone “superpower” extracting most of the earths resources and responsible for the geopolitical shenanigans of other sovereign nations (Various states of Africa, SE and SW Asia, Europe, Latin America.

    George Washington would not know what to do with nuclear armed nation states hostile to America, his mind would be appalled that we were in possession of such weapons.
    What would John Adams think of rampant drug smuggling in the United States leading to youthful apathy and appalling disregard for humanity? (rape, robberies)
    What would Thomas Jefferson say about his face being on a minted National Currency like an Idol next to the words “In God We Trust” as he himself was a nonbeliever.
    What would Abraham Lincoln say that after leading a Civil War, calling for equality for all mankind and making sure the NATION he was in in that DAY should be made safe to carry out the experiment of America, that the men he “freed” would experience social injustice in new forms and it would be nearly another 100 years and ANOTHER ASSASSINATED President championing the cause, before black men were even given a fair shot at an already rigged system?

    This country was built on the backs of slaves, indentured servants and Indian bones. It was directed by conniving men who manipulated the gifts of the constitution to a certain liking of a, literally, a chosen few.

    As this country grew after the baby boom it got its greatest gift. A generation that could be given all the freedom from anything you ever wanted. Factory Farms, Factory Towns, Glowing Rectangles. They have not only manipulated the legal frameworks that give us “rights” they have manipulated the way in which your very brain perceives reality (Marketing, ad campaigns, etc)

    They have now been entrusted with the gift of mass media and the quick spread of information at any time. They know the enemies without and within.

    I hate to say it, but we are in the belly of the beast. And we might have to take the harsh way out and take out the beast along with ourselves, to truly refresh the Tree of Liberty in order to make sure those who witnessed how ,it had to come to. May it be such an event that what we take from the events, the people that may have died, in order for the restoring of the full faith and credit of the American system for the American people (not spreading democracy live evangelists)

    We may draw an American lesson look at all that lays in the wake of America’s actions by a government that has rigged the game and close the book on the last battle of the American Revolution

  • Rob

    To add I would say that there has been a huge push to take away citizen’s confidence by labeling them a debtor or a felony to the point that it destroys any confidence they have to help themselves. The family has been broken apart so that there is no collaboration to help improve one’s house or situation. In the past a family could pool money together to make a go at it. These days everyone is so separated and indebted that we turn into cheap expendable labor. This is why there will be no immigration reform or justice system reform. There won’t…ever. If you don’t believe this ask anyone in the DOJ what is the percent of wrongful incarceration. Even voting has a margin of error of 2-4% but incarceration doesn’t. Ask why not protect the border or have the National Guard at the borders. Because there is a plan to undermine reform and always has been.

  • DeistReality

    http://www.thevenusproject.com/downloads/ebooks/designing_the_future/Jacque_Fresco-Designing_the_Future.pdf

    Matt..one thing to complain about the problems in the world,another thing to have a real solution.

    By the way Thomas Paine wrote this awesome paper proclamation called The Declaration of Independence. Google The “Original Draft of The Declaration of Independence” to see what it says about slavery.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. ”

    Are you really ready to start the world anew?

    • James

      I surely am. I have my body, my love and insight to give. I honestly, thru dutiful research and life experiences believe this country, with its many faults, is still one of the few countries that has a system and a somewhat unified culture to ensure its stability not just here, but an effect across the world.

      However. As one single person not in the workings of American politics, I cant call back our deployed forces, I cant enact new or NO tax codes. I’d need overwhelming support. I cant dismantle the frameworks of globalisation alone.

      In today’s world, 1 Million is not enough. 2 Million is not enough. There are 300 Million of us in this country.

      We dont need to vote for a new inept President who will either be Red or Blue.

      Our population has swelled but our House of Representatives is capped at 435 BY LAW …enacted by the previous generation of powergrabbers

      We need to entrust that the candidates are truly representatives of the people and not the scheming of the parties to market to us a “likeable” candidate..

      America’s fractured population, for all its triumphs, could as well be its downfall.

      With so many social and territorial divides, how can we call ourselves UNITED?

  • PatriotGranny

    He is a hypocrite. He is part of the Democratic party which is against everything the Declaration of Independence stands for. He also stands up there talking about the unfairness of the distribution of wealth – when he is insanely wealthy for standing in front of a camera and reciting lines.

  • DeistReality
  • Wayland Couch

    It’s heartbreaking to realize how far we haven’t come…

  • stacy hopkins

    What’s interesting is there would be no power without the police force, military or “justice” system. These are all methods of ensuing control over the masses. How can we, the people, resist these powers or see to their proper function?? I sometimes wonder if there would be a way to elect and vote on everything through the internet….every state law, national law, and speak out/ overrule unjust punishments and demand the incarceration of political/ corporate criminals. We do have too many people in power that have exorbitant amounts of money and can buy + manipulate the results they need. Do we need to vote on how much money we feel people should be entitled to and if they
    use it wisely or generously??? would be interesting if each person had the right to vote on any topic where any injustice was created.

  • Sax1031

    hard to hear this from someone’s who has a net worth is $65 million dollars he is about everything he says he disagrees with.

    • John Walter

      You’re not much of a lateral thinker are you? There are not many people who are poor to middle class who can get the attention of the masses. You could be Gandhi, true, or someone like that, who establishes a wide reach, but generally the world does not pay attention to Joe Average who clears $40k a year. So sometimes someone who has made a lot of money, who has a lot of reach, speaks out against a system that has given them a fortune. And no, that doesn’t mean they have to give it all away to prove some point. The fact they have money and power (Warren Buffett comes to mind) and speak out about a broken system is reflective of people who have benefited from the system and yet have the insight to realise it is wrong. Also, those of us who don’t have much money (I clear about $40k a year, have a mortgage, just making ends meet, but can’t complain) always seem to assume that money would make us happier. Have you ever thought that $65million isn’t what makes someone happy? Not intelligent people anyway. It’s love, friendship, clean air, healthy food – I have that on just $40k a year, and that is slowly being undermined by corporations and corrupt politicians, and so Matt Damon speaks to me and for me regardless of his wealth. Your cries of hypocrisy shows your inability to think deeply.

  • Misha

    The only talent Matt was born with is the know how to pick up Mexican Bar maids!

  • M B

    Matt Damon blows our mind? By reading someone else’s speech? Well, he is good at reading lines, so this is another great performance.

  • Rob

    To add I would say that there has been a huge push to take away citizen’s confidence by labeling them a debtor or a felony to the point that it destroys any confidence they have to help themselves. The family has been broken apart so that there is no collaboration to help improve one’s house or situation. In the past a family could pool money together to make a go at it. These days everyone is so separated and indebted that we turn into cheap expendable labor. This is why there will be no immigration reform or justice system reform. There won’t…ever. If you don’t believe this ask anyone in the DOJ what is the percent of wrongful incarceration. Even voting has a margin of error of 2-4% but incarceration doesn’t. Ask why not protect the border or have the National Guard at the borders. Because there is a plan to undermine reform and always has been.

  • Stephen Sflar

    “In warning of “reappearing tyranny and oppression,” Lincoln could never have predicted the America of 2013, in which a tiny layer of aristocrat billionaires, whose obscene wealth puts in the shade that of the old slavocracy, rules by means of lies, conspiracies, theft, spying and military terror.”

    “While Lincoln spoke as a representative of the bourgeois democratic revolution, his words and ideals resonate today.”

    “But government of, by and for the people is incompatible with degenerate capitalism. The democratic ideals have been repudiated. The American financial aristocracy of today has much in common with the old slavocracy. It despises the very notion of social equality.”

    “Today, the realization of Lincoln’s ideals is possible only under socialism. The new revolution that will be fought in the interests of mankind will be directed against the capitalist system.”

    150 years since Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/19/pers-n19.html

  • Sandi Graham

    Bah Baah Baaah!

    For a long time, I thought it was me,
    That there was something wrong
    Perhaps with my mind, I mean,
    Why should I feel like a stranger
    On the planet of my birth,
    Surrounded by noise and machines,
    Fouled water, and violent wars.
    I asked the question and everyone thought
    What is wrong with him and
    Why doesn`t he just accept reality.
    And I swear to you a small voice said:
    Whose reality do you mean?
    If you don`t mind my asking.
    But funnily enough, they did,
    Which was my next clue.
    Everyone seemed to mind a lot,
    That I questioned their reality
    And they gave me that, you know,
    Don`t make waves, look, which finally
    Came to mean Bah Baah Baaah to me.
    The bleat of the people-sheep,
    A greasy machine-age polyester version
    Of the happy bleating Jesus sheep,
    And, oh so very concerned about normal.
    Normal indeed! I got deep into that one.
    Normal which I was not, of course,
    Ipso facto, since I was asking.
    All the wrong questions, like
    Who is in charge here and
    Where are they taking us and
    Oh yea, what gives you the right?
    (That one really burned my teachers)
    To impose your reality on me
    And the trees (this is rebellion)
    And who put you in charge of me?
    And, oh by the way
    Why can`t you answer my questions?
    Later I could see more and more,
    Hypocrisy beyond my imagination,
    Lies all the way to the top.
    I swear they almost won
    By getting me angry enough to kill,
    Kill someone and land in jail.
    Anger is the poor man`s nirvana.
    And that is the Catch-22
    Knowing the truth keeps you poor,
    Which is the proof you are wrong,
    In a world that only believes
    Money is the proof you are a winner
    At the game they are afraid to question
    Bah Baah Baaah, O yea I know
    You`re just trying to survive on a planet.
    That is dying in a culture you won`t question
    But now, I understand you better,
    Bah…Baaah…Baaaaaah!

    Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Armstrong All Rights Reserved

  • Jan Sandberg

    Thank you Matt, from Jan in Denmark.

    It’s nice to hear your opinion. I hope that many more like you will do the same.

    More regulation is not the solution but just another deprivation of liberty. We as citizens need more responsibility, not less.

    Laws and regulations have gone much further than the “bonus pater” in the curtailment of individual freedom and satens surveillance of citizens.

    The government’s reasoning is increased security fore the citizens. But who is it they must be protected against? That citizens must be protected against citizens with new laws, and so on … ex. in Denmark we had a fat law. Every citizen had to pay extra tax on goods with fat in it. The law intention was to ensure, that citizens were not getting fat…. The thinking of goverment`s todat is ” because some are/do – then all citezen must suffer new laws”.

    Prudent, egt. bonus pater familias (Latin for “good family man”) (liability basis) is a legally average person, a fictional person who would act …

  • Casey Trombley

    thanks Howard Zinn

  • Josh Pinckney

    I get what your saying but that’s never going to happen. Too many different cultures, languages, Religions, wealth distributed through countries, even climates. People adapt to their way of life and become stubborn because of it. Not everyone or even most people in the world have a “leadership” mentality. Therefore, most people will always look for someone to follow. People will always make choices that help better whatever situation or lifestyle they lead and because of that whether we are “one” or not there will always be a conflict and never a remedy for everyone as a whole. Not to mention the fact that people as a whole will not challenge any Government because the change would not be immediate which means if they became enough of a problem they would run the risk of endangering their families. For that reason people don’t see it as being worth it. They just lead a normal life, adapt to the change as comes, good or bad, and float by unnoticed.

  • Yvon Boulet

    Problem in Germany wasn’t obedience, it was fear. Sure, there were people who followed Hitler, but he ruled through fear and oppression.

  • Yvon Boulet

    Actually, when we enter a social contract we expressly consent to giving up certain rights to the state to ensure peace. One of these rights is the right of punishment. We consent to allowing the sovereign authority to punish.

    Sorry Matt, I love you as an actor and I love most of your movies, but you need to brush up on Locke and Rousseau

    • Jen Stewart

      It’s Howard Zinn you have an issue with… Matt was doing a reading of one of Zinn’s speeches from 1970. Did you read the title?

  • Josh Pinckney

    Food for thought. if we fought the gov. which is evil and they resented us for it and took away our safety nets like police and military. It would be also feeding good people to the wolves. the millions of other evils that are bound by the chains of law from the Gov. I don’t particularly have a “side” im on. All im saying is that the evil you know is better than the evil you don’t know..

  • Tim Rodgers

    http://www.tinyurl.com/human-expedition check out this change.org petition supported by a free eBook that explains how a check and balance can be applied to monetary leverage over need.

  • Todd W

    Before we decide to sit in the streets, create contention, make them dig in their heels, and cause need for a revolution… could we maybe try talking peacefully to our senators and representatives? Could we try becoming educated and voting for someone who will make a difference? I think there are still good people who can get elected, and even still remain good people afterward. My hope is not yet gone.

  • Yvon Boulet

    You guys sit here and blame politicians for being corrupt but I don’t see one specific example listed to back up your claims. Someone please name a member of the house who currently has a seat that is corrupt and show proof. Your word means nothing without evidence.

    • Spelunker4Plato
      • Yvon Boulet

        I know what is going on in the Congo so I don’t care to sit through that for 30 mins, but when I said to “name a member of the house” it was to be understood I was talking about the U.S. Otherwise I could go on about international leaders who are corrupt. Just look at Mayor Ford of Toronto.

  • Jorge B

    Matt, what then after? After you rebelled? When the old powers don’t have it anymore? Do we then try another alternative way of redistributing wealth? Incremental tax? Higher public investment on basic human rights and social services?
    Visit Scandinavia :)

  • aberr

    I didn’t even notice how bad things are till Obama started forcing wireless transmitters on all our home… invading our homes! Then as I looked at all the other horrible things he’s doing… putting Monsanto in charge of Agriculture, putting the criminal banksters in charge of the economy, having John Holdren as his chief science and technology advisor…, trying to put a General Electric CEO in charge of the FCC, Obama crazy renewal of Bush’s emergency presidential authority giving him dictator power…. And censoring the media… We’d better stand up against this tyranny

    • Jeeler

      Did your Mommy-Sister put your tinfoil hat on too tightly today, oh Fluffer of Alex Jones?

      • aberr

        Your ridicule and name calling and scoffing are cute…. not to intelligent though.
        You really ought to try reading a little.
        There are over 2000 studies showing radiofrequency microwave radiation
        alters cell membranes and cellular functions.
        I’m sorry you don’t have accesses to any real science. “Nature” is a good one.
        I doubt you could understand it though…
        So, I guess you’re stuck with kid stuff, and scoffing and name calling.

        • Jeeler

          OK, let me put it to you this way: you’re an effin’ moron. Is that better, “moon-landing-was-faked” dunce?

          • aberr

            Holy cow! I think it’s more than non-ionizing radiation at work on you.
            Do you live near a uranium mine? Did you or your family ever work in a uranium mine?
            Do you glow in the dark?

  • Eddie

    Now then, I am a Yorkshire man from the East Riding,therefore I know all these places mentioned where these Muppets live,Why does not the British Government grow some Bollock’s and stop glossing over all these nut cases and religious Zealots,Islam has claimed 270 million lives since its inception in the 7th century,other religions evolved,Islam has been stuck on stupid since the year 622,and it really has not improved,apart from its strategy of infiltration by stealth into most of all the other Western societies,this is a strategy that is aberrant and many will resist,Very sorry this is long,I have been called a hater but no I just hate those who do very nasty things in the name of this disgusting cult which is called Islam,Dark ages cult damn them,This is the situation and the feeling of many non Islamic nations throughout this world predominantly western countries with a social security structure for its citizens if you are a Muslim go and live in a Muslim country we in our western society do not want your wife beaters female mutilation practices criminals drug pushers pedophiles child molesters neither do we want your dark ages customs or religious zealotry, simple answer go to an ISLAMIC country and stop leaching off western nations generosity social welfare systems, because we in the west DO NOT WANT ISLAM EVER,NEVER.The Bubble is due to burst one day in the not too distant future, the government will have to act, when the social security and national health systems become overloaded and can no longer cope the British people start to move to other safer United Kingdom protectorates,NOT ONLY BRITISH CAUCASIAN PEOPLE BUT THE MANY OTHER RACES AND ETHNIC GROUPS WHO HAVE FULLY INTEGRATED INTO BRITISH CULTURE AND ADDED TO IT,VALUE IT,NOT DEGRADE IT,BY FORCE AS ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS CLEARLY WISH TO DO,(so holding a British Passport does have its advantages) The main criteria is that these British protectorates are not over run by religious Zealots Islamic murdering lazy Bastards,Trying to make Islam in the whole bloody world by force of numbers and intimidation,NOT WHILE THIS LITTLE BLACK DUCK DRAWS BREATH MATE,This page does not offend me,Islam radicals grossly offend me,what is going to happen next,Will all the farmers have to stop raising pigs for slaughter so that Muslims are not offended, Will everyone have to have their pet dogs eauthanised because Muslims are offended,Will all the vineyards and Breweries, Hotels Public Houses liquor outlets have to close down because Muslims are offended,Will all the theaters movie houses television stations radio stations professional musicians have to close down because Muslims are offended,Will all women and prepubescent females have to be mutilated because,Muslims will be offended,and their whole female bodies covered because Muslims will be offended,Will all other religions have to be banned because Muslims will be offended,it seems to me the best way not to offend Muslims is for each and every nation whose culture is not linked to Islam shall Immediately issue an across the board ordinance that all non Muslim non Islamic people weather citizens or not,shall be issued with and carry at all times a loaded concealed handgun weapon of choice for the purpose of protecting Islamic and Muslim sensitivities from being offended,whilst at the same time inform the Muslims after the event,of your actions taken protecting your life,and your family’s lives,just so that Muslim sensitivities will not be offended,by this action,That will never happen though will it,Because governments are too busy with all this politically correctness,and social engineering.

    • Jeeler

      N’other Northern Nutter. Go away.

      • Eddie

        Go and over stimulate your penis, arse wipe.

  • Serghei Losevski

    Tomorrow 23 november in the Moldavia to be the revolution for the rights of common people. It is very RIGHT revolutin.Very concording to Matt’s words.

  • Donna

    I am wondering how much he was paid to do this? He is one of the most liberal “actors” living in Hollywood.. he is an Obamabot!

    • Discpled

      He’s still an Obamabot. “Drastic reallocation of wealth.” Is exactly what Obama and his cronies believe. This speech is only masked to seem conservative.

      • Yvon Boulet

        This doesn’t seem conservative at all, you just don’t know what you are talking about lol. When he refers to a revolution that overthrows the government he is probably speaking in conjunction to similarities with the French Revolution. Damon is also a very outspoken democrat.

        • Discpled

          I am agreeing with you. I know exactly what i’m talking about. He and this speech are not conservative. He doesn’t actually want this government over thrown. Conservatives do. This government is exactly what Damon wants. A government that will and has worked to over throw the system where wealth is reallocated; exactly what Obama has been doing. It’s communism at it’s worst. Conservatives need to stand up and use civil disobedience with all the constitutional violations and the redistribution of wealth. Obamacare, destroying this country from the inside out. We need to NOT sign up and stand up against this corruption.

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  • Robert Nobilia

    I pray that the human race can reach a point where creed does not have to divide us, but first we still have work to do on colour and race.

  • Josh

    Oh look, everyone is arguing bellow, how predictable! That’s what’s wrong with the world, over-populated, too much debating, too many know-it-alls that don’t listen to others, only to what they have to dictate or what they believe is correct. Matt Damons speech was awesome, end of story. Celebrities seem to be talking more and more about everything, I mean, least people listen to them, a lesser man will still argue and dictate, like you or me, but no one listens or cares. Too many opinionated people on the planet.

    • Yvon Boulet

      overpopulated isn’t hyphenated lol

      • Josh

        haha cheers :)

  • Slingerss

    Just goes to show it, its all in how you say it! Matt Damon is a liberal, but all the Conservatives think he is talking about it being Obama’s fault and he’s not. He’s talking Corporate Welfare, and Cheney’s NSA, greedy Wall Street and Koch Brothers…..

  • Kenneth Cook

    How different would history be if we had had the internet 1,000 years ago? Well we have it now. The question is no longer for all of us but for each and everyone of us. Get thinking. Get talking. Get arguing. We have to wipe away so much of what has enslaved us before we can create a future of true responsibility. The decisions we will have to take we be the hardest but we have to do it. We only have our Earth. We are stretching it to breaking point but we can still forge a more equitable division of it’s spoils.

  • Edgar Kab

    he wants to redistribute wealth more fairly? ok. i am going on the record, that i would be willing to swap fortunes with mr. damon, effective immediately.

  • RichTown

    Synopsis: A limousine liberal who trashes the constitution and bill of rights as being “outdated” when it suits his political goals and objectives, touts the constitution and bill of rights when it suits his political goals and objectives. Not all of us are idiots who went to public schools Mr. Damon. Take note.

  • Michael Turner

    Frankly not a good performance from a highly paid celebrity actor reading poorly from his(?) notes. How does he square his views on social imbalance with “celebrity” status? I would be interested to hear.

  • dolfen

    Thomas Jefferson said it would be necessary to have a revolution each generation to disempower the corrupt forces that have attacked and are disassembling the democracy created by The Declaration Independence. The revolution is way past due.

  • Lucian Smith

    i’m not a fan of the wealth distribution in this country. so, from this moment forth, I publicly lay claim to 50% of matt damon’s total worth in exchange for 50% of my total worth. it’s only fair. here’s a fundamental error of liberal thinking: they use the term wealth distribution because they think wealth is distributed. as if there’s some giant machine run by the govt that gives everybody their paychecks, and that machine decides to pay the CEO of Verizon more than the cashier at Circle K for various corrupt and morally questionable reasons. except for things like welfare and the small returns you get from paying your taxes, WEALTH IS NOT “DISTRIBUTED” BY ANYONE EXCEPT THE CONSUMER. nobody made bill gates rich except for all of you who wanted to buy his stuff. you went out freely of your own accord and gave your money to a bank and paid their fees when they charged you for holding on to what was already yours. you wanted a smart phone. a new car. a new house. an EPIC vacation that was actually unwise. all those things are expensive and everyone is buying them, and then somehow shocked when they find out there’s someone at the top who put the whole company together getting rich off it. if you have a problem with the CEOs of these businesses making too much money, don’t buy. redistribution of wealth by the govt even with good intentions is communism. and no, communism is not a great idea despite what matt damon thinks he thinks.

    • WileEColi

      You’re arguing against a caricature of Matt Damon that you fabricated in your mind. Nothing in your post comes close to addressing what he said in the video.

      It’s not (or shouldn’t be) a liberal idea to think that stealing millions of dollars should require a jail sentence greater than (or any jail sentence at all) that for robbing a 7-11.

      • Lucian Smith

        i didnt watch the video so i dont know what the rest of it is about. he said wealth distribution and i turned it off. i dont need to hear the rest. i know i’ll disagree with it. is that closed-minded of me? absolutely, but i dont care. and, i respectfully disagree with your assertion as well. from my perspective, i’m not arguing against a caricature of damon. granted, my perception of him is that he’s filthy rich. but is that or is it not supported by the factual numbers in his bank account? if he is factually filthy rich, and i perceive him to be filthy rich, it’s not really just a fabricated caricature. rather, it’s a rational perception right? if he has less than 50k in his savings account and lives in a modest apartment, then i’ll retract my statements. also not imaginary is the fact that wealth is distributed almost exclusively by what people choose to purchase. if you choose to buy a car for $20,000 and you drive it away, how then can you claim the dealership stole $20,000 from you? maybe that’s the caricature. not trying to be inflammatory or insulting. i’m just observing that the term “wealth distribution” is a liberal buzzword and that by calling the economic system that they illustrate what i believe is a misunderstanding.

  • miprecinct9

    Matt Damon? Talking like Ron Paul? He’s acting right? The consummate libtard D-bag talks as if he believes in the principals of the free Republic this country is supposed to be? Ok, I missed the punch line. Isn’t he an Obama sheeple?

    • Slingerss

      Matt Damon “gets it”. Obviously you don’t. Its called Corporate Welfare. The few own and buy elections with their lobbying efforts. It got a lot worse under the “Citizen United” ruling that Corporations are people.
      The USA needs campaign reform to end the billions that are spent to buy elections and bills that are introduced into Congress. With reform, the money for campaigning comes from the people, NOT the NRA, BIG PHARMA, WALL STREET.
      There is something seriously wrong when I can only contribute $200 to someone’s campaign BUT the NRA can contribute 20 million.

      • miprecinct9

        Excuse me? I don’t get what? Corporate welfare? Where did you ever get the impression I advocate Corporate Welfare. Don’t use me as a springboard to launch into your diatribe. In case you missed civics class. We, the people. Means us. So, all the hubbub side. I believe term limits is a must do. Instant retirement for life of the backs of citizens, no more, retroactive, you get a 1 time by out and a 401K plan, just like the rest of us. Healthcare? Same as everyone else. That will nip a whole lot of problems with this nation right now. Elections are rigged. Starting from local right to the top. Same people, every cycle, every town, every year. Get involved, became a delegate. Don’t tell me what I know or down’t know. You don’t know me.

        • Slingerss

          Anyone that uses the slur “Liptard” loses all credibility. Just sayin’

          • miprecinct9

            Does that also mean Obama loses credibility by calling conservatives tea baggers? He is the President, one would think he would be held to a higher standard. It is in fact a sexually disgusting slur. And he and his minions use this slur regularly. So Libtard isn’t really such an insulting description after all huh?

  • sarahjane

    Wow, he wants to be Russell Brand doesnt he?! Still, its excellent to hear this opinion becoming mainstream.

  • Jim Fallin

    I wish he would wake up. He is so close. He talks about the evils of government but he is a progressive and believes in extreme redistribution of wealth. Theft is not liberty. Who will do the stealing for this redistribution because I will be dammed if I will work all day and freely give my money to those who provide nothing when they are as able bodied as I am. Damon knows nothing about liberty. Money is nothing more than a representation of goods and services so it is the ultimate slavery to control every good and service a person may have. It is slavery for elitists like Damon to decide what goods are “good enough” for the people and what ones are not. Most of what he says in this video is very agreeable to me as a Libertarian but he is dishonest. He will lead you to slavery through lies. Zinn and Chomsky are the same. They lead with talks of fairness and liberty but fail to mention that you can not have liberty and social justice because social justice is the taking away of liberty to make things “fair” based on an elitists idea of what fair is.

  • RedScourge

    Howard Zinn is like Noam Chomsky, a lot of people buy into his ideas and they make a lot of sense, but there are a few flawed assumptions at the foundational level, and it’s enough to bring the whole thing crashing down by the time they get to their conclusions.

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  • Bombdog Hamilton

    is this what he advocates…… http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/21/the-workers-should-take-over-the-factory-newly-elected-socialist-has-some-radical-ideas-for-seattle/

    how can you stand there and advocate ANARCHY and violence to fix what the constitution already had a fix for. our founding fathers had set in place a series of checks and balances and the voting booth …. it is the people like Matt who advocate election fraud and criminal activities when they say to go outside the law… the answer is NOT disobedience it is following the law to the letter without the corruption of the system…. You want to fix it we need to make these criminals pay. what he advocates is pure socialist or communist and what Russia did and all those other countries who felt justified in a revolution to a socialist way of governance …Matt Daman uses the words bill of rights well so has Obama, and he feels that the constitution and our founding principals are up for changing according to his belief system …
    Yes, we have corruption and the elite are screwing our nation for the all mighty dollar. but the answer is not disobedience , it is obedience to GOD and our relationship to his laws. and enforcing the laws we have blindly , without political hindrance or aspersion .
    If anyone were to listen to Obama’s speech at the DNC it was very similar in spirit, but look at the reality of what he has done to our nation divided it to such an extent that we have people openly calling for revolt.

  • eldafyre

    humans should be treated like animals, and animals should be treated like humans. what makes you feel so clean, almighty. when we all discrete many disgusting things everyday as natural. what is good and bad? when good things in a bad persons mind isn’t good things in a good persons mind… when will people stop preaching words that ask or hope that other people do things they want done? death is inevitable. we all die. the earth will die. the sun will also eventually die. a tiger will rip apart a young faun and enjoy it, to feel apart of life. there will always be suffering. even if you live the best life, or what you may think the best life may be. But what do speeches like this achieve? what do documentaries achieve these days? when they don’t actually teach you anything about how or what to do in its cause. These films and talks and arduous dribble are setting foundations on which corruption can thrive. we watch them and clap and agree and then go back to unchanged thought patterns. i mean really, what matt damon is talking about is questioning why the world is the way it is. maybe he should go and ask a wolf to stop trying to tear apart a child face when it gets hungry. the fabric of nature. governments and corruption is a natural existence of good and evil. we just live in a time when good people think a speech is all they need to do. or make some DVD. instead how about we come up with ideas of how to actually stop it. if he makes these ideas, he should put them to practice. put his life on the line. or else he is just another sheep. echoing and reverberating his words in a loop of endless nothing.

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  • Keiko Mushi

    So often we talk of what we hate in the world but offer no viable solutions. That is where think-tanks and forums are useful. This is a banding together of many people to discuss problems and to offer solutions. These solutions often require some evidence as to success or failure, but you have to understand the findings to some degree to be able to make intelligent decisions. And if the implementation fails, will you hide away or try to fix the problem?

  • Tom Ubl

    It’s about obedience? The argument may hold up if it was under a draft of conscription situation. Few see the cause and effect of the drastic increase in State tuition that forced those wanting a college education to join the armed forces. This was to avoid the draft so the rich Senators kids stay safe while the rest of us go to play tin soldier for the global elite. If you were forced by a draft then continuing to remain would be a reasonable argument for illegitimate obedience. The problem is apathy, ignorance, laziness and selfishness.

  • eldafyre

    the world just wants you to connect, these corrupt people feel naturally disconnected… don’t be like them. that’s what they want. live and let live. x

  • SaraiEnRose

    I commend this man’s courage and vision, though I would like to point out a slight subtlety that I feel is important and perhaps overlooked in this discourse: We need not RESIST the government, but simply take responsibility for ourselves. Because the folks in power operate on the assumption that all men are created equal and free, they are assuming that the population CAN NOT POSSIBLY BE CONTROLLED BY OUTSIDE MEANS…and they are correct. We are all free. We need not fight against some entity that is controlling us, if we start taking responsibility for ourselves. i will not hesitate to call the police if I feel as though an officer is wasting too much of my time during a traffic stop. Because it is not my time, it is my communities time. While I am wasting time with a cop, it is less time I could be contributing to society. Especially of a design to arbitrarily tax me has been evinced. Because, it doesn’t make sense to try and get an arbitrary tax out of me while at the same time actually stopping me from paying my real tax(my contribution to society.) We all know a cop by their costume rather than by their actions. We hired the government to protect our rights/responsibilities, if they are infringing on our pursuit of happiness, than they must not be the government but instead a criminal in a police officers uniform…So, yes…I am happy to call the police on a police officer that attempts to rob my community…A sound population simply will not elect a corrupt politician and a corrupt population will not elect a sound politician…why do you think politicians have to lie? BECAUSE YOU WONT VOTE FOR THE GUY WHO IS TELLING YOU THE TRUTH WHEN THE LIARS LIES SOUND SO NICE TO YOU AND I. Because we are the government, we need not resist it, simply taking accountability for ourselves will make corrupt entities obsolete. It is our power they are exercising after all…if no one obeys the corrupt king, is he still a king? No.He was only king because the population actually agreed with him…they were tyrants too, not victims but allies. Supporting tyranny is a tyrannous act… and because we can accomplish this without going to war with our government, even the corrupted folks(as humans) having been rendered obsolete can reintegrate themselves into society doing something positive. Everyone wins. But we don’t care to do that…we don’t care to take accountability for ourselves…if we did, and if we were responsible we would not have kept ourselves from viewing the animals that we have put in cages while the government shut down. You know the zoo wasn’t shut down. There were folks taking care of the animals…it is just that the human day care system was shut down…the people who babysit the humans were not available and so the humans couldn’t go in the zoo to look at the animals in cages because they would steal shit from themselves…or break stuff…or fight and throw trash on the ground…maybe even get eaten or kill an animal or two…indeed, a responsible population would not keep itself from looking at the animals that it has put in cages to look at just because there was no one there to hold their hands through the process. But, we are growing. We are doing a fine job, and one day, that little girl who looked so sad standing out front of the zoo with the locked gates will march her daughter down to the zoo during the next government shutdown. She will go right in and watch the animals with her daughter and she wont break a thing. On her way out, I hope she picks up some trash and throws it in the waste bin.

  • Rani Rich

    The Constitution gives ‘We The People’ the highest power….get involved and please pass it on…conventionofstates.com

  • Annika Doe

    Well said of logical points. :)

  • torturesong

    Cash is king. Especially in the US. Not a damn thing to be done about it, but let it play its self out. There is not enough desperation in this country for it to change. We’re all too busy hating each other to hate the establishment. And we’re all too distracted by the day to day to notice the big picture. As long as the possibility of the “American Dream” exists, no one person is going to unite any of us. Our capitalist ideals make us all too selfish to change. Now get the fuck up out of here and live your lives the way the Walton family intends you to. Hope for society is a figment of your imagination. Always has been and always will be. The USA was built by a small group of aristocrats sick of paying taxes and smart enough to convince you to die for their greed. Nothing more, nothing less. I love my family and I love my friends. There’s nothing more you can ask of yourself.

  • Rev-Ariel Asriel

    Right On!

  • Harry E. Shade

    What is needed is for us to unshackle ourselves from the things that are
    used to separate each other; race, religion, nationality, gender,
    sexual orientation, social-economic status and begin to approach one
    another from the one thing we all have in common…..human being.

    And
    when we can do that we can change the world into one where true
    equality can be accomplished and love, peace, joy and harmony will reign
    supreme. A world will no one will suffer from hunger or not have a
    place to call home because we will truly know that what is done to one
    is done to all.

  • Paul Merrill

    The first Order of the day is to reform campaign financing, only then can we have a governmen of, by and by the people once more.

  • Unfriend Rob

    Ventura 2016….end the corruption…end the corporations choke hold on us…..expose the politicians for what they are….balance the budget…get real health care….if Jesse is on the ballot…vote

  • gabe

    Dude the best part of this is that he mentions it in Goodwill Hunting. And when I saw that movie I was like, no way Matt Damon read that… Boy was I wrong

  • Perri Gorrara

    Agreed 100% and I am a white Canadian with roots in Italy, Austria, Hungary, Ireland and Scoland

  • Adam

    awesome job there Matt…. I love people when they go on about redistribution of wealth… Well, Matt, when you give away 98% of your annual earning every year, as i seem to live comfortably on that amount, And i’m sure you can too, I will listen too you..
    And for the people dribbling on about how awesome Lennon was… He was nearly as awesome as Mandella… He just didnt murder as many innocent white Folk….

  • http://aol.com/ Louis G White, Jr

    HE NAILED IT!!!…..Right on MATT!!

  • http://socialworkunplugged.wordpress.com/ SocialWorkUnplugged

    Matt Damon Reads Howard Zinn Speech With Conviction:

    It should not come as a surprise that after Russell Brand called for “a socialist egalitarian system” as part of the plan he said he does not have, others soon would follow. Whether or not Matt Damon reading aloud a speech of Howard Zinn has legs remains to be seen, but the same signs of celebrity worship are present, and sad.

    http://bit.ly/1i22sRX

    A Government Makeover Will Save Us: Is Russell Brand Simply Perpetuating “The Most Dangerous Superstition”?

    http://bit.ly/1aZJHJs

  • Snatchbucket

    …said the overpaid actor who supported government takeover of every American citizens healthcare choices.

  • I. P. Freely

    Wealth isn’t “distributed” it’s created and then exchanged voluntarily. Get this “distribution” word out of your lingo, it’s making you a thief. Or worse, Matt Damon isn’t distributing his own money the way he’s telling us how to distribute ours.

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  • imddawg

    As one is the ONLY way. As Damon said, if you take a step back and REALLY look at the world, it IS horrifying. The task at hand to save us is daunting. Any division in us is now and will always be exploited by those who caused this mess.

    • thekick1

      Who caused this mess?

  • imddawg

    ONE.

  • Jennifer Conway Sanders

    We are not hopeless or ‘sheeple’, but we do have to find a way to gain power. It obviously isn’t trying to choose between two parties that have no intention in giving it to us. When we are low on equality, high on child poverty, and top in patriotism, something is wrong. We have to stop passively waiting for everyone to get it. Argue with your elders, stop buying iphones the second they come out, stop consuming unethical products, grow a garden, and defend civil disobedience. Learn a LOT more about NORWAY. It is possible to be responsible, ethical, and actually constructive with our super-american power if we can just take control of it.

    • thekick1

      It is happening, maybe not as fast as we’d like, but people are becoming more and more aware of the current situation. News is changing, large networks are losing influence over self-created self-policed media reports from average people through sites like reddit and social media. Sure, there are huge drawbacks on these due to early adopter fact checking issues, but it’s progress. Also, it’s hard to compare a homogenous country like Norway to the melting pot that is the USA. I’m not saying we shouldn’t look at countries like that though. The whole problem is there isn’t one strong stance that we’re all united on right now, the issue with occupy was they didn’t have one strong message, but a lot. The more complex things are the more people don’t care, we don’t have time to think about 3 causes, we hardly have enough for 1. What stuck was the 1% and that idea is still a conflict in people’s minds, income inequality. The world is progressing forward but not at the rate it should be. So, there is a bright side I guess.

  • http://mendaciousbeing.tumblr.com/ typhoeus

    Green Party members and other progressives are petitioning Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent, to reach out to prominent Greens such as Jill Stein and to eventually seek the Green Party nomination for president in 2016. Sanders has called for a “political revolution” in the United States and has announced that he might run for president. He has a small window of opportunity to help make that political revolution happen by helping to build the Green Party, which exists in direct opposition to the current two-party system. Please join us by asking Sanders to seek the Green Party nomination. You can read and sign the petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/senator-bernie-sanders-run-for-president-in-2016-as-a-green-party-candidate. If he is going to run, then he needs a party, and that party needs to be the Green Party.

    • FedUp

      No…we dont need a Green Party candidate such as Rosanne Barr to run this country. Much less a candidate that runs on a platform that coincides with Agenda 21.

      What we need is to return to the constitution as it was written. We need to return to the states their sovereignty and abolish the 17th amendment where by Senators became elected officials and not appointed by the states as representatives as was written in the constitution. We need to abolish the 16th amendment where by the Federal Reserve was established ( a private banking cartel ). We need to bring our troops home from foreign country’s when we are not in an official war.

      What we need is patriots to stand against this tyrant in office and say “NO MORE”! No more drones, no more amnesty, no more ACA, NDAA etc…etc. Enough is enough already!

  • LH

    Alright, lets start with your wealth you greedy hypocrite… hand it over!

    • Rsmile

      Matt Damon’s speech is pure Marxist propaganda and he has no intention on re-distributing his wealth because he is part of the elite.

      • Jen Stewart

        He’s actually reading a speech of Howard Zinn’s from 1970… did you not read the title?

  • http://www.enigmaticstudio.com/ Tom Zolnierczyk

    Let’s start by eliminating bankers, destroying the Elite and bring back the “ancient wisdom”. Matt’s words are noble, however just like the history shows us, when the revolution is over the next group will grab the mighty seat of Elite. Human’s greediness is above all our greatest enemy.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      So stick your head back in the sand like a good little boy. Just do what you’re told.

      • http://www.enigmaticstudio.com/ Tom Zolnierczyk

        :-)

  • Jeff Williams

    When a drunk stands in protest of drinking, it doesn’t make him
    wrong because he’s a drunk, it just makes him a hypocrite. I agree with all
    that was said. It’s just a little hard to take a multi-millionaire talking
    about the fair redistribute of wealth. He did a great job otherwise.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      Please quote the line where he talks about the redistribution of wealth.

      • Jeff Williams

        About 30 seconds in – “… that
        the wealth is distributed in this country, and in the world, in such a way as
        not simply to require small reform, but to require a drastic reallocation wealth…” I guess you missed it.

  • Mark Watson

    I agree imaddawg, The only way we Can truly evolve as Humans is to Accept each other, As individuals yet part of the Same Grand scheme to live in Peace and Harmony, Together we Stand United We FALL , Skin color Don’t matter, Religious Believe don’t matter, Rep, Dem, Don’t matter, the sooner we stop acting like Cattle going to the feed trough, And Start acting like People, the better off we will be..

  • noin007

    It’s time that we stopped trying to force people to do what we want them to do. Let people be who they are, and so long as they’re not hurting others, let them be. Respect the life choices of other people and demand that your life choices be respected as well.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      That doesn’t hold water in a police state like America.

    • Ramon Zapata Jr.

      Voluntaryism is the way to go. Resource Based Economy is the way to go – Stark Trek had an episode where Cap Pichard stated that we are not accumulating wealth and posessions, but we work to challenge ourselves and make the universe a better place. An RBE is NOT some scientists version of tyranny (science is already severely corrupted.co-opted for military purposes). It’s the future for all. And of course it will be done voluntaryily as we evolve to recognize SHARING, sustianablity , self sufficiency and abundance as true values.

  • Matthew Wayne

    Any “man” in control is the wrong man.

  • RightNewYorker

    Oh please, Matt Damon lecturing on the distribution of wealth? How many millions does he get for a few weeks “work” on a movie? I suspect he’s charitable to a certain extent but don’t ask him to redistribute his own wealth. He wouldn’t want to live within 100 miles of someone whose life could be completely transformed if we were to do so.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      He didn’t say anything about the distribution of wealth.

      • RightNewYorker

        What video did YOU watch? I saw Matt Damon reading Howard Zinn on the need for the “drastic reallocation of wealth”. Do you know anything about Zinn? Apparently the answer is ‘no’ to both my questions.

  • Sean McCloy

    Matt how do you suppose we change things if we give up our guns?

    • Rsmile

      Matt Damon is anti-Second Amendment and doesn’t believe we should own guns.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      You think you can stop government actions with your gun? What century are you living in?

  • Nancy Hall

    Made me think of this movie – http://vimeo.com/76691072

  • http://www.fifthworldpulse.wikispaces.com/ ima happyheretic

    The future is watching us. Past and current events, as Tom Ubl aptly depicted, are reaching critical mass all around the U.S. but not quite here yet. So we have Russell Brand and Matt Damon egging us on toward a revolutionary phase, yet they are also the 1% who will not be staring down a loaded barrel if they can avoid it. Who do we listen to?

    1) Don’t listen to any of the 1%, no matter how funny or likeable.

    2) Listen to the message from the 99%.

    3) Stop buying STUFF. They cannot sell us what we don’t buy.

    4) Stop particpating in your own brainwashing through media and boycott like crazy. The economy will not crash much more or less gradually than it has.

    5) Self-educate. Knowledge is your only friend now. Reduce consumption of services and goods as much as possible. We are in control of all of that. Just most of us don’t know it yet.

    6) Religion and doctrines: Keep your faith and practice what keeps you strong. Whatever your higher power is surely it respects that you must breathe to practice that. If that requires selective compassion, and if you cannot set aside personal preferences to work with those who want to thrive, you are part of why the human race will continue toward extinction. Perhaps we should become extinct considering the damage we’ve done as a collective. No other species could accomplish what we have in such short time. We can change a lot but we need to jump on it now.

    7) FOCUS on what is absolutely necessary to thrive. What all life forms need now is decent water, soil and air. Study and practice indigenous ways as much as possible – those allowed us to thrive. Indigenous people need not sacrifice what is sacred to share what is necessary for Mother Earth to heal. Old ways that worked need to return. New ways that work can stay. Teach your children and grandchildren real history so they can pay it forward to future generations. This world does not confine itself to our personal beliefs. Mother Earth will right herself with or without us. If we want to stay, it is we who must change and begin repairing damage now.

    8) Recycle. Repurpose. Volunteer in your community. Do favors for each other. Trade services. Avoid spending money. Pay with cash. Don’t bother paying off credit cards – you’re only feeding bankers and politicians who serve bankers.

    9) It is the 99% that is too big to fail. The 1% is nothing if we act as individuals to achieve the same goal which is not optional.

    We don’t have to agree or like each other but we can work parallel and lead our psychopathic herders over a cliff. We alone have the power and capability to turn these global travesties around. This is the evolution and revolution we need.

    • Mario Meyer

      Also stop making debt, stop being lazy, be more respectful, and WORK!

  • Margie Perez Cobo

    This is a great message for Venezuelan people, it’s exactly what we are trying to do

  • non red face

    Red face?

  • nwwapiti

    The problem that Matt here doesn’t realise is that while he may be saying the right things if it actually comes to blows he’s on the wrong side of the issue. While he embraces his own accumulation of wealth he works to demonise others for their accumulation of it. Matt states he’s for a return to the Constitutional framework created by the founders but doesn’t realise that his precious Federal Government would be gutted by that action, dozens of Federal Agencies and programs exist but aren’t authorised by the Constitution. Some accepted policies are actually based on false premises and validated by one or more of the branches of Government furthering several lies that continue to this very day. I’m going to end this before I get really worked up by it and really go on a rant. My final point illustrating Matts hypocritical circumstance is his vilifying conservatism and anyone that stands under that banner, no if it comes “disobedience” I’m afraid Matt is going to be really disappointed with the end result.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      I missed where he demonizes anyone for accumulation of wealth. That;s in your head. He’s talking about government repression. You can accumulate all you want. Why must you do it through illegal activities? Why must people be repressed for minor crimes and world class crimnals be free, just because they’re rich. Are the rich above the law?

  • Marlene Williams

    You say all that I say so much….. we need to stand together and become one. Until we do, then we will keep on losing all we hope for, self respect, respect of others, and our own lands…

    WELL SAID MATT, HUGS

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  • don

    Until we stop the abuse of animals and eat less meat and cheese and demand their rights this corrupt world will not change. They are so abused and tortured in their cages and torture chambers( US colleges) and tortured alive by the US military.

  • Mario Meyer

    World as in America or world as in THE GLOBE, cause not all countries are as unhappy with their way of life as The Americans are…….. I’m so sick of people blaming the wealthy for being wealthy, most of the worlds wealthy came from nothing and work their asses off to get where they are and bless their golden hearts for them for looking after their families, and these people do what they can to help the poor, and have their own daily challenges. Think to yourself if you work your butt off for 35 years after losing your job and where near bankruptcy and then make $10 million out of those blood sweat and tears.

    You pay your taxes you follow the rules, then all of a sudden here comes Matt Damon and the Government and tell you they are taking $9million from you to spread the wealth, to people that made piss poor decisions in their lives like too much drink, or drugs, or some fat lazy slob of a 16 year old girl that dropped out of school and just popped her 5 child by her own bother in some tailor park . Or they taking your money that you’ve bloodywell earned to spread the wealth to some starving African nation like Zimbabwe where the mothers eat their own children because they are so hungry and the fathers kill each other for no reason, because there is nothing but dust. Oh yes and these poor poor people keep people like Mugabe in power, they love the government that oppresses them, that promises them a house, a half loaf of bread, and a glass of milk,(that never materializes) they don’t care about politcal policy. But your wealth then goes to buying mosquito nets that they tear down and sell for money to load credit on their cellphones. Any other aid gets taken by the government to either sell or for them to bathe in. So Matt Damon take your topsy turvey bull and shove it, you debate like a child, why not go tell that homeless person turn this bum topsy turvey and work… but guess what it’s a farce, the homeless make more money tax free per hour than you can dream of and this has been proven, why do you think it is sooo difficult to rehabilitate them into society. If you have a problem with your Government take it up with them MARCH and STRIKE, you see the wealthy march along side you, people have forgotten their voice that is a problem with the world today.

    But the biggest problem in the world today is people are LAZY, that is why they steal money and make large debts they can’t afford (till the banks collapse) always looking for a hand-out of a short-cut or coupon to get to the top (honey boo-boo, kardashian shameless sextape, style). Life is not a bed of roses my friend, the only way you are going to get somewhere in this world is by WORKING for it, and not coveting the same car your neighbor drives what “things they have”, but proving yourself to yourself only, and setting your own benchmarks whatever the weather and putting in the hours. Not caring what people think of you and not caving in…. I’m living proof thereof from living on a couch to living in a castle in three years, working 12 hour days. The less people know about you the better, and leave other people alone they just drag you in and drag you down, jealousy is king in the mundane peoples world!

  • Sarah Nicole Blausey

    More and more celebrities are getting up and talking about change. But that’s all they are doing, talking.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      I don’t get the backlash at actors for talking. What are you doing? Talking about actors? Yeah, that’s productive.

      • Sarah Nicole Blausey

        I’m not complaining about a change being needed and not doing anything about it. I’m just stating a fact. They have the influence to do something, yet they don’t.

        • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

          They don’t? What do you call this? This is the action he took. It got your attention. If I write a blog or record this video, I’m just another crackpot.

  • Michael Mueller

    word 1,000 people have said 10,000 times, it’s interesting that in our culture we need actors to tell us about reality. I don’t disagree, I just wish we could find a way past Likes and Reposts.

    • http://outinthestreetfilms.com/ Out in the Street Films

      We are indoctrinated from early age in the American institutional conservative authoritarian education system. Don’t think for yourself. Just follow the rules and we’ll all get along. And if you don’t, your state subservient parents will beat the shit out of you.

  • Nina Stone Angilleeca Mandez

    this is true , but we have to look at the one universe no boarders and all one not just humans for humanity humans for humanity and the entire universe and all beings in it we are extenstion of everything that exists .
    ALL ONE

  • ROB

    The real revolution is one of knowledge, information and true understanding, freedom is attitudinal, it starts in the mind and heart and resides within, and cannot be found externally, who are we revolting against? The ones that will enforce the tyranny on behalf of their toxic masters? the army? the police? and law enforcement?, not all of these people are sadistic dysfunctional monsters, many of these people are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and companions, “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” – Thomas Paine… Many of them are being dooped just as much as the average Joe on the street, busting their ass working a 7 to 10, trying to put scrapes of G-M free food on the table, our history is one of never ending revolutions and war, the word “revolution” suggest something that goes round and round, a never ending feedback loop, the globalists and their think-tanks and all their psychological systems and methodologies of control, know how to exorcise the spirit of rebellion and dim the fire of revolution, just look at history, history is one big long story of the elites subjugating, suppressing and tyrannizing the masses by co-opting all revolts and guiding the results into a dead-end of ineffectual change, knowledge truly is power and the ultimate form of holistic, none evasive and none intruding power, is knowledge of one’s self “know thy self” for sure we need to gather in mass and give the proverbial finger to those that seek to control us and destroy all that is good and true on this green earth, we need to communicate and re-establish true communities, to shear information and to understand that, if my fellow man is doing well and his and her children are doing well, then it stands to reason that me and my kin will benefit from this if the system of living is based on true expression, creation, sustainability, individualism, love and understanding, but beware the raging crowd for it is easily manipulated and all good intentions can be rendered inert in an instance, the collectivist mindset, the hived-mind is what we must pull away from, to become truly self-aware on all levels of being and doing, to become self-sustaining individuals in harmony with nature… A group gathered of truly informed individual’s, is far more of a threat and a real danger to them who hold the status quo, but a group of highly collectivized, angry, uneducated, frustrated persons, is the resistance that the establishment loves, because it’s so easily controlled and dealt with, and more often then not such movements are co-opted or subverted to the benefit of the globalists, again just look at history for the proof… The change has to come from within, on an individual level because, we are the system, we make up the cogs in the machine and the wheels can’t turn without our complicity and subservience, one must look within one’s own heart and find the fuel and the truth, to be the change in the world one wishes to see, is the only way out of this dark barbwire maze we find our self’s in, do not live in fear and trepidation, fear is an illusion but the danger is very real, don’t reside in fear, but be aware and become informed, no matter how small you may feel, how ineffectual your efforts may seem when broached with the scope, grandeur and magnitude of what’s looming on the horizon, the most seemingly insignificant person can contribute in ways that may seem small, but who’s effect can be mighty!! we all have something to offer and contribute and we all can shine, but only if you have love in your heart and self-knowledge in your head… -R-R

  • MableSpam

    Just to note, he is reading Howard Zinn’s writing…from 1970

    • The Biff

      Thank you. I don’t think everybody gets that. He’s reading an excerpt.

  • codyac

    Its the system of distribution. I’m not talking about past ideas, but how abundant resources are allocated and distributed. In many sectors we don’t have scarcity. Capitalism is just a step in the process toward something better. It may not he now, I’m not here to debate when, but eventually scarcity will not be an issue for basic necessities and then wealth will not be as big of an issue or a deciding factor on wealth. Today you are graded on how much money you can make. If you’re an artist who can’t make it, your a failure, which isn’t right. Our mindset and culture will change. Utopia shouldn’t be a laughing matter, but a thing to strive for. Certain laws are needed to regulate Interactions, but he is correct, despite the risks liberty must prevail for all no matter your economic well being. Today we make exceptions for profit by risking health, property, and wellbeing. Corporations can’t go to jail but they can spend money like US citizens. Corps no longer serve a public need, but instead manipulate consermers for individual profit. This is said to be better for all and that we have a choice to listen to advertisement. I say growth cannot go on exponentially. Maybe not now, but definitely in our future. So why continue driving forward when we know the edge of the cliff is somewhere in front of us? The excuse, we may restrict “freedom” and future innovations. A new system can achieve the same results but by protecting real freedoms and liberty, innovation and Human evolution. The future will change humanity and those who want to hold us back based on tradition will be left behind. We can have liberty and human development. We shouldn’t be afraid of the unknown but embrace change.

  • David

    Pffffffff. I’m drunk and even I know that’s not how the world works. You want revolution? You end up with Stalin and Hitler almost EVERY TIME. You get good government through luck and the participation of large numbers of people. This message of “don’t participate” only makes things worse. You know what Benjamin Franklin said? He said forget about idealism, be pragmatic. Look after yourself, vote in your own interests. If everyone in this country just fricking did that, if they just voted with their interests, than we would have that healthy tax rate (wealth redistribution), a smaller prison system, better public schools, healthy food in our stores and sensible restrictions and regulations on corporations. The problem is people don’t understand their own interests. The human race is too stupid. We find self-sacrifice romantic and appealing. We prefer magical thinking. How many people on welfare talk about how taxes are too high? There’s a mental disconnect. And you’re never gonna bridge that. My advice, stop thinking about how things should work. Keep it simple. Think about what benefits you and fight for that. If everyone does that, lo and behold, most people would end up voting for higher taxes on the rich, no more runaway corporate monopolies and things like public health care. Because THAT is where the real power of democracy lies. Too bad we have f***ing Matt f***ing Damon to make everyone think it’s a good idea to just stop participating.

    • Chris Chapman

      Sadly, I agree. We’re all too lazy to understand that changing a current system involves participation and involvement. It’s much easier to just go “fuck it, I can’t be bothered anymore”.

  • kindwarrior

    Arrogant, ignorant, ass. Empty Marxist class warfare rhetoric. He defames the Declaration of Independence by mentioning it. The reason there is a Declaration of Independence is precisely because our founding fathers understood that lawlessness can only lead to tyranny. It was written as a means of breaking away from English rule while still remaining true to the framework of international and “natural” law. It is, in essence, a legal argument to defend the legitimacy of their separation.

  • Ann CuppyCake Corrado

    Bravo Matt Damon !!!! One of the Rare Few in Hollywood Thinking with a Clear Head.

  • Dakota Calhoon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LcGQ7PlqFU he sounds extreme to niave ears, but try to listen to his entire presentation…

  • Brady14303

    Odd that I would see this on JFK….50 years ago, today. Time to read his words. Live his Worldly beliefs and share his love for a more United Country. We need our Soul back. Thanks, Matt.

  • Adrian Gabriel

    Stop voting!

  • stace carter

    PRESCOTT BUSH SOLD FUEL TO GERMAN UBOATS UNTILL 1941 AND HE WAS ALSO ENVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING THE 3RD REICH! NOT CONSPIRACY! http://bushnaziconnections.blogspot.co.uk/

    • stace carter

      not the strongest of evidence but we all need to wake up to the reality we are all being played!

  • zzelladonatella

    If the state is the problem, why not go a step further and look at who the state is beholden to? Lobbyists for corporations and the superwealthy dictate policy. So why not disobey them instead? By that I mean ignore what they say you need and just stop buying the things they’re selling you. Period. Now that would be an interesting experiment…

  • Propageet Recordings

    Brilliant Words. Have a theme tune Matt!: https://soundcloud.com/propageet/p-o-l-m-break-the-law

  • Edwin Stark

    In my home country, Venezuela, we’re having the same issues that Nazi Germany had in the 30s. No one cares, because messing with Venezuela may rock the boat of oil prices. I donate $1 for every sale of one of my books to worthy causes (educational system improvement, drives to raise money for impoverished people’s medical needs, shelters, abandoned pets, protecting the environment, etc) and try to tell the world out there about it… and I get yelled back at me: “You’re trying to scam us, get the &%$# out of here!”… and yet these are the same people who “claim” they want to help “change” the world… I just give up… No one really wants to change ANYTHING…

  • Ron Evans

    Ron Evans

    11 minutes ago. Striving for the spirit of the Declaration of Independence. This Complacency in our Society is engineered by keeping the public Entertained ( TV, VIDEO GAMES, SPORTS( trillions $ on a game), FASHION, ect..ect… (What would you be doing with your time if you were a humanitarian instead of a consumer?) SIMPLY keeping the public preoccupied while being used and dumb down (always cutting education 1st, a better soldier instead of improved human beings, Ecomically imprisoned (less bang for the buck intwined with the demand for more skill with same pay) How would you spend your time and money if weren’t busy working, busy being a consumer, or busy being entertained. What if we spent more time with our families and standing up for our rights, working towards environmental restoration and space exploration. Work…Working.. Worked sounds like alot of work slave race! How about…sharing, caring, creating, educating…. The purpose of mankind to be beyond extinction, to insure that tomorrow exist for our children, without tomorrow there’s no other pupose! Or I think I’ll have a beer and turn on the TV and send my girl friend to buy another pair of shoes. Effort vs Complacency! Can I be a senetor? 

    Ronald Evans, Not if I can’t spell senator!

  • Bart Oppeel

    I’ve been saying this for years. but when Matt Damon says it he’s great, but when I do it, people just look at me like I’m filth of the earth, and that’s all part of the problem.

  • Bill Pasteurfield

    If we all did something simple – practice what Jesus Christ taught, we would be in paradise.

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  • Mifflin Ann A, Garcia

    Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn’s Speech “The Problem with Civil Obedience” (written in November 1970) http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Zinn/CivilObedience_ZR.html

    I thought for a while it was Damon’s own speech… Brilliantly read and
    very convincing. You had me since 1997 in your movie “Good Will Hunting.” :)

  • Mifflin Ann A, Garcia

    When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of
    obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion. – C. P. Snow

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  • Andy Collins

    We’ll said multi millionaire Matt Damon!

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  • John Hardesty

    How long, how many times will Americans sit and watch Democracy slap them right in their faces? This once great Nation, is no more, when we are ran over, bullied by a corrupt pulpit, then it’s time to gather our minute-men in hordes, and fight for justice! We vote in our voices, and then our elected officials are no longer stringed to aid the working class, yet stringed with a new defilement known as the 1%, then America must wake up! In the ’60′s corporations were paying in nearly 30% in taxes, now with the help of their paid Puppets, pay a measly 10%, while the working class, sweat and toil, while starving every night! If this is equality, I must have failed terribly in Math!

  • Roman Medvedev

    Matt, your initiative and speech resonates with what Alexey Navalny does in Russia. He is gradually eradicating corruption and exposes government officials and their dealings. The journey has begun. May you have all the support you need!

  • Per SkallePer Lundberg

    Corruption

    wells potentially in all

    unless!

    Each individual is free in their own mind to decide forthemselves AND hold everyone around them to the same freedom!

    Corruption is in the system of others representing other individuals.

  • edmundhooper

    Hey, you like apples?

  • Marcus

    (Sorry for english mistakes, it’s not my mothertongue)
    Say that Germans just obeyed Hitler without saying that the reason why they obeyed him was that they were in a starving situation, they didn’t have nothing, the poverty was HUGE, SO HUGE, Germany was totally broke.
    I agree that nowadays the “obey thing” may be our problem, but you can’t compare this to the pre-nazi Germany, you can’t just do that.

    • celestiallady

      They were starving because Hitler took away their food, their means of survival(work) Sound familiar. He had all the power and the money. Yes you can compare. Our government isn’t done trying to control us.

  • Annuit Coeptis

    Well it seems a person in his economical position would be able to make quite a bit of difference if he fights hard enough. He is on the red carpet where all of societys attention seems to be tranfixed. Star a television network a television series do something. It seems that those who are out of touch from those resouces have the most ambition. I hope someone does soon prove me wrong.

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  • Chuck Arnette

    Disobedience was the most dangerous of Ghandi’s strategies of freeing India from Britain. The other two that worked with less chance of violence were self-sufficiency and non-compliance.

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  • Love Wave

    *Please please people WAKE UP NOW! Watch this and wake up right now!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVgl1HOxpj8&feature=share

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  • Bern

    Russell Brand and Matt Damon should get together and follow through with their observations, opinions etc. The current world leaders are also very good at identifying and acknowledging the world’s problems (as they perceive them, in such a way that allows them to keep doing what they are doing)…. Then they make many empty promises (none of which sort the problems out even nearly adequately) and nothing ever comes of it other than a select few lining their pockets while the rest of the world gets raped. It is quite an interesting scenario having public figures (actors) with probably many more fans than any politician, showing an interest towards solving the terminal problems that the world and WE face today. If this possible “New School” could stay sincere, with no ulterior motives, which seems to be the genetic make up of politics and politicians today, could there be something real here? Or is this just a dream for the people, and great publicity stunts for these actors? I bet there are a lot of opinions on that, but you cannot help think of a potentially positive outcome of doing away with all the dirty rotten scoundrels that we currently allow to dictate the world’s wicked ways, and now take the world’s problems by the nuts and deal with them. No small problems. No small task.

  • jaekwon

    Bitcoin partially solves the wealth allocation problem. It can’t be confiscated. It is the money of the people.

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  • Aybige Tek

    Dearborn Chicago : he was filming in his team the “Oceans 13″, saw him in person, he winked at me and my coworkers! what a guy!!!!!!!! ole

    • mbassech

      This, I gather is where it was. Can you tell me Aybige, when it was.

      • mbassech

        or anyone else who reads this and knows the answer?

        • Aybige Tek

          why is this so important for you my personal memory of him that i just shared?

          • mbassech

            I wasn’t there but I’m glad you had a great experience being there. The reason I asked was that I was confused. I hadn’t understood that Matt Damon was reading a quote from Howard Zinn, and the references were to events long before the 1990s. Discovering that he was reading something Zinn wrote in 1970 made it all clear. Thanks so much for responding, however!

      • Aybige Tek

        it is either year 2005 or 2006….i cant remember exact dates ..but where i saw him i remember perfectly :) w andy garcia..one set :)))))) on dearborn street chicago across the park :) they also filmed in the park too that morning :) lol..were you there?

  • Jenny Wakeland

    Oh my goodness, really what did you even say Mr. Damon? I am weary with those in power, like you, yes you who can stand in front of a crowd and get cheers and millions of responses that stem from nothing, yes, nothing of real substance. I challenge you to come spend a day in my classroom or any classroom where children are served who mostly come from poverty, and I think that what you will find is the last thing these children need is another celebrity know it all who seems to have it all figured out. Their stories are what might initiate change… Get back up on the podium with their stories because nobody will listen to a simple, nobody teacher.

    • http://mattamyers.tumblr.com/ Matt A. Myers

      The world, and the U.S. especially, have the resources to have no one living in poverty. It is the capitalistic system that has created an environment of scarcity. The increasing gap of income between the poor and rich is a sign of this growing, and not getting better. It’s a matter of changing a few simple policies to manage resources differently – and all it really is is resource management. The difficult part is changing the policy because of the current people who are given power (rightfully or wrongfully via for-profit businesses lobbying for rules to change to benefit them) who are trying to maintain status quo, and the current organizational structures.

      • pearl87

        Capitalism is the only thing that has ever created prosperity for the everyday man. All of history cries out that socialism DOES NOT, CAN NOT, HAS NEVER WORKED. Fools such as you, who believe you can have benevolent “rulers”, who will justly allocate the fruits of MY labor are the reason for all of the murder of the last century AND the mayhem that we are about to experience. The Founders of America knew that the rights of man were not some buzz word, but a REAL foundation for justice for all. And your rights were those things you had at birth – life and liberty, not healthcare and a living wage. Such things which require that you do injustice to another and TAKE what they rightfully own, in order to give to another whom YOU deem worthy can never be called “rights”. This is ALWAYS the basis for tyranny and destruction of our freedom. The govt has no rightful power to take from ANYONE for any purpose. Whenever you give that kind of power to govt you have laid the foundation for rampant abuse of the citizens.

        • http://mattamyers.tumblr.com/ Matt A. Myers

          Looking purely at the past or present for what has or hasn’t worked, without taking into account possible shifts, is too narrow of a scope for me to argue within.

          Past socialism couldn’t work because the technology and innovation that was required didn’t exist at the time. It does now. Perhaps the safe power structures didn’t exist in those times either, though the same unsafe power structures (detrimental) exist currently in the U.S. and many other countries currently as well; Because it’s better for a few, the middleclass – enough of us kept happy where the voting structures the people in power require to be sustained – doesn’t mean it is taking care of everyone that should be taken care of – that should be able to live and survive without unnecessary suffering.

          In places like the U.S. where there are enough educated people, and resources available – and the technology and scientific understanding, along with automation and the internet – will allow a new “socialist” layer to work where everyone is taken care of. And in fact, with proof existing, when you take care of people – crime and violence goes down, so you reduce costs for prisons and the other detrimental aspects that violence and crime causes on a society — all of which are counter-productive, however with GDP we don’t measure that kind of counter-productivity, which is why there are organizations like GPI (Genuine Progress Index) and Canadian Index of Wellness that are starting to keep track and measure these, because they are much more important determinants to someone’s life than how many dollars are being spent; $1 being spent on a vehicle that pollutes the environment and makes us sick and the environment/atmosphere polluted is currently measured as a positive thing with GDP, whereas in something like GPI it would be neutral or a negative – which then allows economists the ability to set policy based on this new set of numbers, and not simply perpetuate monetary spending because money being spent “is good;” It’s a misguided kind of productivity, not a healthy one.

          Everything you have today is built on the shoulders of everyone before you. It’s unfortunate (and a side-effect of capitalism) that there’s so much pressure put on people to earn money – and not be taken care of if they don’t and not have the money to do what they’d like or even survive – leading to money being so materialistically valued that people get angry over it, and get closed off to the idea of compassion, and community, and community goods (sharing) – the whole idea it takes a community to raise a child. Unfortunately the capitalistic system that has allowed scarcity to prosper has us fighting eachother – and stuck in this pattern of anger and unforgiveness.

          It takes money to survive in our society, correct? You have to pay for shelter, for food. You as an individual don’t get a choice if you’re born or not – it either happens or doesn’t. Giving someone life (a new born), allowing them to live requires they have a) shelter, b) food, and at minimum also c) presumably clothing appropriate to live in the environment they’re in – and we could add in d) transportation to access food and shelter (accessibility), etc..

          The Founders of America don’t state “it’s up to the immediate family to provide for these” as far as I know.

          Would you give a dying person some water if that’s what they needed? Or would you let them die? Serious question. Assume there’s enough water for everyone.

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  • Davis Powell

    idiot he is.

  • Guest

    Matt Damon is just reading from Howard Zinn speech from the 70′s. A foolish speech at that. Really? You’re gonna preach peace but forcibly seize the worlds wealth and redistribute it as you see fit? That would mean war. And who is going to do that? A large despotic government body perhaps? Would we obey them like robots? Cuz that’s what it would take.

  • Brian Elliott Clifford

    Matt Damon is just reading from a Howard Zinn speech from the 70′s. He’s not that smart. Howard Zinn, the guy who admired and was buddies of the loveable Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez? It’s a foolish speech. Really? You’re gonna preach peace but forcibly seize the worlds wealth and redistribute it as you see fit? That would mean global war. And who is going to do that? A large despotic government body with a global army perhaps? Would we obey them like robots? Cuz that’s what it would take.

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  • Ad Pikett

    I don’t think he has any idea what he is talking about, the Deceleration of Independence and more importantly the Constitution was set up to stop redistributive collectivist assholes like Matt Damon, not support him. He doesn’t stand for freedom or liberty at all, he just wants to choose the rules.

    • David Burgess

      “Deceleration” of independence? DECELERATION? As in, slowing down? Yeah, sounds about right.

      • Ad Pikett

        Ahem! declaration – stupid predictive text! :)

  • mixed metaphors

    Boston Progressive trash always engaging in pointing fingers –when they for years have kept their neighborhoods racially sanitized– criminals fund their parishes– their sports teams cheat– they fix elections– send criminals to represent them — promote ruinous education curriculum– and ask the rest of the Country to fund their vanity–

    How is any of that Independence? Matt Damon needs a Job like most Americans — He talks of Jail– Hey Matt what do you know about UNICOR??

    UNICOR was a Prison Pre-release program founded by FDR that under Bush about 26000 Prisoners at a time were taught skills to have a positive influence on the economy when they were set free

    Since Obama those numbers have swelled to over 600,000 inmates doing jobs for $1.15 an hour building Stimulus Solar Panels and a whole list of jobs stolen from American Taxpayers– Eric Holder has complete control and no oversight in a program that exploits them and gleans over 5 Billion dollars average a year and they say they want to increase the program to employ a million people–another dirty little secret Obama counted those jobs in his employment figures

    This is Nazi work camps here in our prisons and today The USA has 25% of the World’s Prison Population among 3% of it’s population..–so Progressives are creating jobs by keeping the constant flow of Pot Smokers and Drunks behind bars– while Nancy Pelosi submitted a $110,000.00 alcohol expense in her travel receipts –and pics of Barack smoking a Bong are everywhere –not to mention his cigarette addiction we the people have to listen to you the Progressive whine about

    They hate dissent– Oprah is calling for Genocide on Whites who criticize them — you desire Liberty?? You desire a Revolution??–

    Why doesn’t Matt Damon admit the Pop Culture President did not work? — and You Matt Damon..was at the Democrat Convention and had your smiling face promoting Hope And Change with Millions in your pocket and Millions more to come in sequels and other projects while the Country around you– That made your popularity— has died from your need to promote yourself as some ridiculous caring icon– just as the Progressive cesspool State of Massachusetts has done for decades

    oh yeah Matt –Massachusetts Healthcare costs dropped in Obamacare –

  • knowsbolos

    And there stands a wealthy, affluent little white boy, who never has been hungry in his life…and not willing to give up what HE has..OH NO for the liberal socialist, Like Matt Damon…its always about SOMEONE else giving up what they have…you all on here are FOOLS if you believe his little diatribe to be reality…he doesn’t LIVE it…hello..so it has no legitimacy…just another man of privilege trying to make himself feel revalent!! ….

  • Vana Morgossi

    Many leaders of the world are Power hungry , selfish .ignorant ,stupid , dumb ,trigger happy blood hungry and have no faith .once they are elected to the divine office of highest power that is suppose to be the office of justice and peace and the welfare or the people of the country ,as soon as they step in that office they forget why they are in that office everything changes !

    • Jacob Aud

      (Psalm 146:3-6)
      Do not put YOUR trust in nobles, Nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs.
      His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; In that day his thoughts do perish.
      Happy is the one who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in Jehovah his God,
      The Maker of heaven and earth, Of the sea, and of all that is in them, The One keeping trueness to time indefinite,

  • Chuckrl

    Let’s see. Matt Damon’s net worth is 65 MILLION dollars. Since this is his idea, let’s start with him. Find 1500 families with less than 20k a year in earnings and distribute his wealth among this group. This would evenly distribute his wealth to needy families giving them 43k extra in income for the year. I think this is a good place to start.

  • rjmacgyver

    Obama says jump and the MSM jumps. How’s that for obedience???

  • Jacob Aud

    WHO REALLY/CURRENTLY RULES THE WORLD?

    Many people would answer the above question with a single word—God. But significantly, nowhere does the Bible say that either Jesus Christ or his Father are the real rulers of this world. On the contrary, Jesus said: “The ruler of this world will be cast out.” And he added: “The ruler of the world is coming. And he has no hold on me.”—John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11.

    So the ruler of this world is in opposition to Jesus. Who could this be?
    (Satan/Lucifer and humans via governments and secret societies…)

    YOUTUBE HISTORY OF ROTHSCHILDS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WfqdcnjvlA

    THE ONLY REAL HOPE FOR THE OPPRESSED OF THE WORLD:
    (God’s Kingdom in Christ Jesus)
    http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/what-is-gods-kingdom/

    • Jacob Aud

      http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/what-is-gods-kingdom/

      WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? (The Bible’s answer)

      God’s Kingdom is a real government established by Jehovah God. “”The kingdom of God”” is also called “”the kingdom of heaven”” in the Bible, since it rules from heaven. (Mark 1:14, 15; Matthew 4:17, King James Version) It shares many attributes of human governments, yet it is superior to them in every way.

      “”[God’s Kingdom] will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms [that oppose God], and it itself will stand to times indefinite.”” (Daniel 2:44)
      God’s Kingdom, not any human government, will satisfy our desire for permanent world peace.—Psalm 145:16

      Rulers.
      God has appointed Jesus Christ as King of the Kingdom and has given him more authority than any human ruler could ever have. (Matthew 28:18) Jesus uses this power only for good, since he has already proved to be a reliable and compassionate Leader. (Matthew 4:23; Mark 1:40, 41; 6:31-34; Luke 7:11-17) Under God’s direction, Jesus has selected persons from all nations who will “”rule as kings over the earth”” with him in heaven.—Revelation 5:9, 10.

      Duration.
      Unlike human governments, which come and go, God’s Kingdom “”will never be brought to ruin.””—Daniel 2:44.

      Subjects.
      Anyone who does what God requires can be a subject of God’s Kingdom, without regard for ancestry or birthplace.—Acts 10:34, 35.

      Laws.
      The laws (or commandments) of God’s Kingdom do more than just prohibit wrong behavior. They raise the moral character of its subjects. For example, the Bible says: “”‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. The second, like it, is this, ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’”” (Matthew 22:37-39) Love of God and neighbor moves subjects of the Kingdom to act in the best interests of others.

      Education.
      While God’s Kingdom sets high standards for its subjects, it also teaches people how to meet those standards.—Isaiah 48:17, 18.

      Mission.
      The Kingdom of God doesn’t enrich its rulers at the expense of its subjects. Instead, it will accomplish God’s will, including the promise that those who love him will live forever on a paradise earth.—Isaiah 35:1, 5, 6; Matthew 6:10; Revelation 21:1-4.

  • Jacob Aud

    http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/is-this-what-god-purposed/

    The only answer is GOD’S KINGDOM… This kingdom is fast approaching so all who desire true righteousness, equality, peace and love do well to make sure that they are not in any way, shape or form opposing this King and his Kingdom…

    WHY HUMAN POLITICS FAIL (and are not the hope for true Christians):

    Human efforts to rule the world have failed and will continue to fail for several reasons:

    “”It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.”” (Jeremiah 10:23)
    Humans weren’t created with the ability or the right to rule themselves, so they won’t be able to achieve a just, loving and peaceful world.

    “”Do not put YOUR trust in nobles, Nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; In that day his thoughts do perish”” (Psalm 146:3, 4)
    Government leaders, even those with the best motives, can’t devise lasting solutions for the problems common in the world – even the most basic of problems.

    “”In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be . . . fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride.”” (2 Timothy 3:1–4)
    We live in “”the last days”” of the present wicked world, a time when prevailing attitudes make having a just, peaceful world difficult.

    “”Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time.”” (Revelation 12:12)
    The Devil, God’s enemy, has been confined to the vicinity of the earth and motivates people to adopt his greedy, lying and vicious spirit. As long as he is “”the ruler of this world,”” we can never live in a truly loving peaceful and just world.—John 12:31.

    “”[God’s Kingdom] will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms [that oppose God], and it itself will stand to times indefinite.”” (Daniel 2:44)
    God’s Kingdom, not any human government, will satisfy our desire for permanent world peace and justice.—Psalm 145:16

  • anne_48503

    Damon for president…hehe

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  • Bob

    I would love to know how much of his money he is donating to to poor, while he has his kids in private school.

    • Infintum Mutnifni

      doesnt matter if his kids are private or not, he’s earned the cash and i’d do the same with my kids if i could, it’s just the logical thing to do…

      does it really matter what money he’s giving away or how he’s doing this or whys he’s talking to them, when, why, what, where doesnt really matter that just seems like BS celebrity talk to me, He’s Awake and thats whats important, he sees the problems around us Awake Pure and simple XxX

  • Ivo Ivanov

    The word ”Government” derived from the Latin verb ”Guverno, Guvernare” – meaning ”To control” & the Latin noun ”Mens, Mente, Mentis” – meaning ”Mind”.
    Full significance of the words = ”To Control The Mind” or ”Mind control”

  • Infintum Mutnifni

    Yeah Matt D is well Awake, nothing more to say, nuff luv matty D

  • Ken Devreese

    When will Matt disappear ?

    • Bullshot Bill

      When you do, fuckface.

      • Ken Devreese

        I think you misunderstood my comment Dickhead. What I meant was, I am sure the Government does not like to hear speeches like that and people who make speeches like that either get assassinated or disappear. Got it asshole?

      • Ken Devreese

        I looked at most of your previous comments, haha, what an asshole.

  • Rainbow Wizard

    Matt for President!

  • Wayne CheesemanJr

    The American dream is dead. Our voices mean nothing anymore. If we revolt we go to prison. If we fight we go to prison. We get a real President that isnt in Wall Streets pocket he will be shot again.(JFK)….When I get old Im taking my life savings and moving out of the Country where my dollar will be worth something.Im a Veteran and Im sad the way this Country has turned.

    • Jackie

      I fear you are correct. The Occupy movement was our last best chance to create change . . . . and foolishly far too many, far too late, thought it could be done peacefully. The gov was in near-panic because it preceived the threat, and the iron fist came down hard.

  • Brian Jackson

    Matt. Could you or whoever is reading this look into the solution-oriented communities who have taken it upon themselves to start local, usury-free currencies. Instead of fist shaking, angry typing, or simply occupying places in protest, we are here at the ground level doing something which immediately counters the fractional-reserve system, and immediately produces wealth for the people. Whether these communities flourish or wilt is truly a matter of the promotion, understanding of, and circulation of the new currencies among the people. How bout’ a little peaceful-solution-oriented help here Matt.

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  • Steven Pattison

    Yes we all need to unite but with knowledge. I wonder if Matt Damon knew
    what he was reading! Two problems the first being the Rule of Law –
    “When our forefathers established governments in America they laid their
    foundations on the common law. And when difficulties grew up between
    them and the mother country, they acted as their English ancestors had
    always acted in their political troubles – interposed the common law
    as the shield against arbitrary power. When the United Colonies met in
    Congress, in 1774, they claimed the common law of England as a
    branch of those “indubitable rights and liberties to which the
    respective colonies are entitled.” And the common law, like a silent providence is still the preserver of our liberties.” Any time we unite
    there will be a leader and if you don’t know what he is saying you should
    not follow. Therefore the Rule of Law in all the free sovereign
    Independent Union States is Common Law not Roman Civil Law which is what
    all the Municipal Corporation use. Second we cannot do it the same way
    our Founding Fathers did with the Declaration of Independence for “We
    the People” are now the collective Sovereigns so if we revolt who do we
    revolt against?

    All we have to do is educate ourselves. My
    documents are posted here –
    http://web.archive.org/web/20120412231813/http://www.citizensforaconstitutionalrepublic.com/Pattison_Articles.html
    and if you do a search for Steven Wayne Pattison you will find others
    that have posted my emails. Email StevenPattison at everestkc dot net

    I am one of “We the People”, /S/ Steven Pattison

  • Kip Lourens

    You don’t know Matt Damon any better. He’s still the good reader you knew he is. Those are Howard Zinn’s words. Do yourself a favor and investigate further.

  • Guest

    YEAH!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  • jim NY

    You voted for this dictator twice Damon. Now you wake up…better late than never!

  • Kathy Baccus

    Yeah I love this!!! :) You go Matt… :) :)

  • Catalina Mihalcea

    so , we just figure out that we are slaves ?!? this is happening from thousands of years !!!!!!!!!

  • Grace Schwebach Hoil

    We ALL do need to become ONE but just talking the talk isn’t going to make it happen. How do we walk the walk?? What can we do to get this accomplished?

  • philip

    this is a joke, right? Was any of that intended to actually make sense, or was he reading from Invictus 2? If not, I’m pretty f’n sick of celebrities telling us how the world should be even as a proxy for another more intelligent individual. Don’t believe your parents, not your teachers, not your pastors preachers or priests, do not believe politicians and for the love of all that is reasonable do not place your precious trust celebrities. Build the habit of thinking for yourself because not everything is laid out for you black and white most things you have to figure out yourself. And yes to think for yourself means you should stop listening to MAtt Damom.

  • James

    The spirit of those people who rallied against that ignominious 2% tax…they made a clear Declaration of Independence. They drew a line in the sand and hopped off of the fence. They did not take arms, but they knew arms were coming for them, their insurrection, the rebellion. How dare they in the face of the British Empire, which even the SUN DOTH DARE NOT SET UPON.

    Today, we find the sun never sets on America’s Interests.

    This country has a widely unofficial religion and unofficial language directing ethnic tensions and exacerbating strife along economic and sociopolitical lines (gerrymandering)

    Our American history is littered with faux pas.

    Today, interestingly enough we “pause” to remember a fallen President. Whether or not you agreed with the man, you must take stock that he was shot in the head on a sunny day in Texas.

    Our American history is filled with acknowledged hedonism. We celebrate and glorify hypersexualized images and a culture that offers us nothing of value inside and throw money at whatever the glowing rectangles we’re conditioned to equate with human value and social standing offer us. Consumption, the new American pasttime, fuck baseball.

    We’re conditioned to feel grateful that we have our “current” freedoms. Well owning another human being was once a “freedom”

    Just for the American Historical Record, everyone who was not a white man without property couldn’t vote originally
    (cept for the case of NJ women who owned property being allowed to vote until 1807)
    We have a Higher and a Lower house representative system and well, lets just say whoever influences the houses takes control. (lobbyists)

    President George Washington led an the US Armed Forces under his control as Commander in Chief to quell a rebellion that was in itself started over Influence (Hamilton) ordering a TAX on WHISKEY!

    Today everything is taxed. the Hours of our lives we give to keep our beloved “economy” growing are taxed even before we see the money. There is no taxman coming to the doors, they take it before you even see it! They keep saying that we need more money more taxes more more more and all you see is less and less and less.

    And then our “tax” money goes into the big pool. 700 Billion is allocated for defense in our yearly budget and the recent report that the Pentagon deliberately cooked the books on 8 TRILLION in either government waste or corruption, plus the fact that We, the public in effect, fund all the wars we rally against. They wouldn’t have the money and scope to pull off these expenditures and maintain constant war-readiness (What are we ROME!) around the globe.

    We picked our POTUS and VPs with the 1-2 vote system. (Imagine President Romney and VP Obama)

    anyways, America isnt a world superpower because the World elected it to be, it assumed the mantle after Two World Wars decimated any competition. Communism only exists because Capitalism does. We all are anarchists in spirt (we want solidarity, based on cooperation understanding & liberty)

    Today. 100,000 people are not banding together for anything other than a football game. (If you could round up everyone who has ever been a Yankees fan and turned them against America you’d have your fighting force of tens of millions)

    If 1 month, one whole month of constant 100,000 people sit ins or what have you were to start occurring; that would shake not only the federal government, but the state, the local…it would..no Reagan intended, “trickle down”

    The American Dream would suddenly pop and people would have to choose sides and a lot of them have been condition to be in no position to fight AGAINST the United States. Some soldiers may rally to the cause, but I assume most would rally to their families first. I can imagine Hospitals not being able to function because doctors abandon their posts because they mainly in it for the money and prestige but with the downfall of the government, they’re out too. Civil society would break down. And people fear it, but it is necessary. You either spend the rest of your lifetime praising people who “speak out, but not too much or go too far” and agreeing with people “wishing we could do something about it”

    There are 4.4 million people employed in the 3 Branches of Govt. There are approx 1.2 million active soldiers and at least 40 million with prior service.

    There are 300 Million people in this country, mostly concentrated in the Northeastern Corner and overall on the East side of the Mississippi. Most of us are 1st or 2nd generation who are being taught the “American Way of Buy Sell Destroy”

    Draw a line or stay out of the picture.

    The country went from being a new frontier separated by a large body of water that ensured relative freedom to the lone “superpower” extracting most of the earths resources and responsible for the geopolitical shenanigans of other sovereign nations (Various states of Africa, SE and SW Asia, Europe, Latin America.

    George Washington would not know what to do with nuclear armed nation states hostile to America, his mind would be appalled that we were in possession of such weapons.
    What would John Adams think of rampant drug smuggling in the United States leading to youthful apathy and appalling disregard for humanity? (rape, robberies)
    What would Thomas Jefferson say about his face being on a minted National Currency like an Idol next to the words “In God We Trust” as he himself was a nonbeliever.
    What would Abraham Lincoln say that after leading a Civil War, calling for equality for all mankind and making sure the NATION he was in in that DAY should be made safe to carry out the experiment of America, that the men he “freed” would experience social injustice in new forms and it would be nearly another 100 years and ANOTHER ASSASSINATED President championing the cause, before black men were even given a fair shot at an already rigged system?

    This country was built on the backs of slaves, indentured servants and Indian bones. It was directed by conniving men who manipulated the gifts of the constitution to a certain liking of a, literally, a chosen few.

    As this country grew after the baby boom it got its greatest gift. A generation that could be given all the freedom from anything you ever wanted. Factory Farms, Factory Towns, Glowing Rectangles. They have not only manipulated the legal frameworks that give us “rights” they have manipulated the way in which your very brain perceives reality (Marketing, ad campaigns, etc)

    They have now been entrusted with the gift of mass media and the quick spread of information at any time. They know the enemies without and within.

    I hate to say it, but we are in the belly of the beast. And we might have to take the harsh way out and take out the beast along with ourselves, to truly refresh the Tree of Liberty in order to make sure those who witnessed how ,it had to come to. May it be such an event that what we take from the events, the people that may have died, in order for the restoring of the full faith and credit of the American system for the American people (not spreading democracy live evangelists)

    We may draw an American lesson look at all that lays in the wake of America’s actions by a government that has rigged the game and close the book on the last battle of the American Revolution

  • n6242

    Thank you Matt Damon! This administration continues to dismantle our Constitution while America stands quietly. Everyone needs to speak up and be heard to stop the corruption and the non-transparent, quiet, unspoken, dictatorship taking place under this administration. This administration is not working in America’s best interests, or for those they represent.

  • Patrick Braun

    When man obey’s mans laws we have destruction. When we obey God’s laws we live in peace. Read your Bible and find how easy it is to live in this world. It covers finances, freedoms, family, and everything any person would need to live a happy healthy life. Yes the Bible even covers politics…

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  • Vasvija Pojskic

    Damon becomig diamond.nice.

  • Douglas Mallette

    It’s sad that there are so many misguided, emotional knee-jerk responses to this video. Regardless of the speech giver, the message is sound, but it doesn’t give a full solution.

    And look at the robots that have been unleashed, those who formulate their solutions within a narrow, preset and programmed framework, as if this time…this time they have the solution. Far too many people address symptoms, not the cause. Poverty is a symptom, social stratification is a symptom, social injustice is a symptom, structural violence (direct and indirect) is a symptom, and the cause is a world that is stubbornly obedient to an outdated socioeconomic system that no longer holds relevance in the 21st century.

    But oh…you can challenge and insult government figureheads, you can challenge and insult celebrities, you can challenge and insult the media, but don’t you dare EVER challenge the ALMIGHTY dollar and the monetary market system that is without question the disease. Don’t question Capitalism, because remember that good obedient Americans must love money, materialism and Capitalism, rah rah rah wave the flag, because if not then they are Socialists, Communists, or some other label designed to marginalize and demonize them, despite the fact that such labels are erroneous and don’t fit what the proposed solutions actually represent. ALL old world ‘isms’ are irrelevant.

    EVERYTHING can be questioned. EVERYTHING deserves to be under a microscope, especially in the 21st century when we have the technical capabilities to easily and efficiently ensure that every human on the planet has their biological and quality of life needs met without wage slavery or human subjugation to a system that must have losers to operate.

    We are playing a 5,000 year old game with basically the same rules, and it’s killing people and the planet. It’s unsustainable on its face, and inhumane in its practice. There are alternatives that are relevant to modern times, not rehashes of old social experiments kidnapped by dictators and ego-maniacal psychopaths (Hitler, Stalin and Mao for example), but technically valid and practical solutions that require the implementation of a new global operating system.

    In the same way many people of the modern world would easily chuckle at the thought of using Windows 1.0 to run their computer, we should be chuckling at the thought of using something just as archaic to run the world. Research the Natural Law Economy, or Resource Based Economy, or simply educate yourself about the REAL technical capabilities of mankind and how our advances could revolutionize what it means to live on this planet. Look at what we CAN do and then look at what we ARE doing, see the disconnect and ask yourself why. I’ll give you a head start with the following video link…the rest is up to you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SuGRgdJA_c

    • James

      You do know that we would be going along the lines of thought that whatever solution WE come up with is the right one for the world? And that can be dangerous, we don’t want to fill other culture’s heads with OUR dreams…other than that I agree with you sir

      America mostly, but the rest of the “civilized world” that follows our example and seeks to attain “American freedoms” needs to be stopped and reigns of control over everyone on this planet needs to stop. NOW not tomorrow, not next week. How many people are going to come back to this page and read through the comments? look for ideas?

      Most people on here post and then walk away like they’ve dropped philosophy on the masses.

      It’ll be messy, but its either we cut the cord and dismantle the frameworks of our current globalisation and let people find new ways of living on this planet forcibly (by cutting the cord) or we continue to follow this linear system of capitalism on a finite resource planet and tho we may not see it, we will ALL die knowing we did nothing to prevent it

      Everyday that passes without MAJOR action, is another day lost and further we go through time until we pass the point of no return

      funny thing about the point of no return, you won’t know you’ve reached it until you’re there.

      So lets keep buying selling ourselves and each other and continue inter-ethnic tensions, equating money with prestige and power, lets continue

      By all means lets continue the oppressive systems of self-governance we bestow on ourselves.

      It seems humanity has thought of NOTHING and it’s all out of ideas

  • Tom

    This is really easy. Disobey stupid laws. Stop with the “muslims and christians unite” garbage. Disobeying stupid laws is the solution. If one cop can make 10 people stop exercising their God given right to speak, what have we become? We need to undo this police state. We need to undo this zombie state of mind. We need to turn off FOXNEWS and MSNBC. The muslims and the christians are not telling you to shut up and color, it is the crony pukes in DC that we call our President and our Congress who are enforcing idiotic laws and regulations that they themselves have no plans on ever keeping. Donkeys and Elephants are the problem. Break out of the box and think independently — Declare your INDEPENDENCE.

  • Infintum Mutnifni

    Currency is the culprit my good man bottom line, shit loads of fiat currencys that just keep corrupting us over and over, capitalism will always work for profit and profit is greed capitalism’s core is profit making, it’s core is greed and more of it as much as possible to aquire, take more, higher income and less loss, capitalism teaches us firstly and most importantly to be very very greedy and then it teaches us to aquire everything but and take every thing possible too buy leaving nothing else left for anyone else, buy more and more and give less and less, money makes money, would addicts that gamble still do so if currency was taken out of the equasion? yes they certaniley would because gambling is a game and humans enjoy playing games, currency teaches us the total opposite to what our moral internal compass teaches us… karl marx’s idea was that the entire world needs to overthrow their own governments and only through revolution could this be achieved no other way, the world needs to revolution, overthrow all governments in all countrys with worrldwide socialism replacing them, socialism is based on the needs of the people in the area that they are in, all borders and countrys along with nationalitys would cease to exist and in its place the needs of everyone everywhere becomes the only thing that is important, helping and taking care of each other logically ensuring no harm to any humans becomes the law, theres no seperate identitys we are all equal we all need the same things a war would be pointless because no one is fighting for a resource, resources are distrubuted to where they are needed, the entire planet is working to help everything ererywhere the entire planet has then awoken and when awoken everything we do now under capitalism would be looked at as backward and wasteful, we enjoy materialism because we’re taught too, we are slaves to capitalism weather we think it or not, were taught thats we must work and earn currency in order to live, and when we recieve our currency it’s then given back out via bills and spent on consuming, because we go to work and do the same thing week in week out we are slaves theres no two ways about it, we dont need to reapeat ourselves over and over each week doing the same thing for decades over and over with our lives gradually improving slowly over decades we we shouldnt be doing that, currency demands we do these things nothing else, the whole idea of capitalism is just utter craziness, when humans first began to show signs of inteligence we didnt do it because we needed the money lol we gained our inteligence through the things that we do, think of the first religions the really old religions that dont exist today, those types of relegions which encouraged us to help one another and which we still do naturally to this day for example if someone that you dont know trips in front of you your natural reaction is to help them its a primal reaction and its reactions like that which helped us increase our intelligence… Currency is the most cruelist and manipulative trickery taht man has used againsyt himself which especially in recent times hinders progress at every turn man takes,

    man has used and form of slavery making us believe and joke that has been hindering us as a species for the past 5 thousand years ——————————————- cant be arsed finishing meh kids peking my head and ye many spelling mistakes toooooo XxX xXx

  • Irish77

    Since it’s not mentioned in the article I think it necessary to point out this was Howard Zinn’s speech he was reading, not his own. It shows him on the screen at the end. Still beautifully said nonetheless though.

  • Michael

    Hypocrisy by Matt Damon. He’s more financially stable for himself and his future family generations than 100% of the people in his audience, represents the less than 1% of American wealth, and is involved in a life career that offers very little to the progress of society. He would honestly be one of the very last people in America to stand up, rebel, and sacrifice his personal wealth and future income against the mainstream authority for citizens’ distribution and prioritization of equal wealth within the economy.

    Actors, athletes, and celebrities are making more money in the last 60 years and valued with more priority from citizens than doctors, engineers, teachers, and any career that actually contributes to societal function. Without medicine, law, engineering, and education, the entertainment industry wouldn’t even exist. Entertainment is by far the lowest required sect of society where wealth should be distributed, but this unequal, misguided perception of what is “valuable” versus what is “meaningless” by normal citizens is why actors like Matt Damon are revered yet medical surgeons or lawyers are chastised for being “greedy” and “making too much.” What an embarrassment.

    • ElJefe22

      Agreed. It’s laughable. This kind of behavior gets Damon invited to all the right parties, Can’t wait for Matt Damon and all of his ilk to give everything away and fund the revolution.

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    This page will inform the reader about some of the things I was privileged to find out and which I am happy to share: http://pages.videotron.com/paix/better_world.html

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    Yes, let’s all be discontented with how things are; blame it on the politicans, the government, the rich people.

    Oh, wait. That’s right. They are PEOPLE.

    We don’t live in an ideal world where everything is perfect. Least of all people.

    Does anyone see the perfection that is in imperfection?

    Or would you rather have that things (that is, the entire world) were exactly the way it should be according to you? Because, guess what: it won’t, and it never will.

    The only thing you can do is make the best out of the way things are. There.

    • James

      No. Not while some people’s versions of the “best of things” includes destroying then environments of other sovereign peoples for some shitty plastic electronic that will be obsolete in 2 years.

      There is no such thing as perfect, you’re just the best there is.

      Its not according to “us” or one right way, nobody knows the “way” but if we keep thinking that we can keep going on like this everyday all day for the rest of our time on this planet, is wrong and dangerous to any future inhabitant of this planet.

      We either cut the cord and ALLOW people to determine their own fates, or we keep extracting resources to keep us pacified from the realities that we create. (Ever see a shipyard in Myanmar?) Those guys take apart WESTERN tankers for scrap metals to feed themselves, they get a smallllllll ass portion of that and they dont even wear work clothes…you know why. Because they’re expendable. Their own governments dont give a fuck either. Its a worldwide phenomenon, countries that had no history of “democracy” or republics or “equal freedoms for all” tried to implement our “way” or “soviet” way, and look how that turned out.

      We need to stop interfering.

      IF you dont live in Africa, you are not entitled to Africans riches or resources, same goes for everywhere else. No human in California deserves to have his shoes made by a child in SE Asia.

      You dont just…”let things be and bee the best person you can be” while the house is being deliberately burned down.

      its not a “conspiracy” its the blatant state of the world. You think it’s Disney outside?

      • we

        I see where you’re at, and I agree that some things in this world are, from a moral standpoint, proper crap.

        I didn’t say that we should not highlight the issues that are in need of some serious consideration.

        Sure, we need change. Nobody said that we don’t.

        What you can do is volunteering work, spreading the message and actually be a part of that change.

        On a more realistic note: complaining WON’T SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

        • James

          Im not complaining. I volunteer at soup kitchens, I’m not a scientist or a lawyer I cant do everything. The drop in the bucket stuff isnt helping. We’re feeding them gruel, not nutrition and can i do anything about it? No, I cant just do what I think will help, there are people who know, or more aware of situations than us.

          amd thats food. you think just giving chairty will help no? We’re keeping the “poor” alive to feel “good about ourselves”

          we think we’re saving the environment when we hear, “all proceeds go to..”

          and if you dont complain how do you know its working? The day when nobody complains either means we’ve reached “utopia” or we’re truly a mind-controlled society.

          There are people working towards both ends. thats the problem. For someone holding the door closed, someones pushing it open.

          on a more realistic note: telling people to just suck it up WILL ENSURE THE “Problem” will never be solved

          • we

            You aren’t complaining, but you are expressing dissatisfaction or annoyance of a state of a affair/event, which is the definition of “complain.”
            Would being a scientist or lawyer make you able to do everything, you mean? So other people carry the burden,
            “I can’t make a change, so I will let others that are more capable and are more aware of the situation do it instead of me”? Great outlook.

            You’re right. From a personal standpoint I still believe that acts of charity are not in vain.. the question is if it is better to give and feel better about ourselves or not to give at all? Isn’t that argument in itself counterproductive: Does it make you egoistic to give, then? Also, what makes egoism something negative, in that case, if it also helps other people?

            Sure, I’m not saying complaining is bad. Like I said, it doesn’t just magically solve the problem.
            It can, however, be a step toward a solution.

            Ok. Good point. (Good thing I didn’t tell people to just suck it up)

          • James

            “The only thing you can do is make the best out of the way things are.”

            Make the best of our demise?

            “but you are expressing dissatisfaction or annoyance of a state of a affair/event, which is the definition of “complain.” Aren’t you the OP who decided to comment on this video describing how everyone here is wrong for pointing out their distaste for the current state of things?

            You posted your comment as if that was the only answer “get over it people, things are never going to be the way you want ever…..so the person who wants peace will never get it. The person who would like to be born in a world free of ethnic tensions and environmental disregard is purely delusional right?

            You did tell people to suck it up, not in those exact words, but clear enough. “make the best of the way things are”

            I keep repeating it because they are YOUR words. “The way things are” The way things are, sunshine and liollipops

            No i said Im not a scientist or a lawyer because I am only one man. How can I refute scientists data an theorms when I have no grasp of how to come to “Shrodingers Equation”

            How can I invent a tool that would eliminate waste quicker than the methods we have now

            Im not lawyer, I cannot change nor word legislation in the manner that we have today

            I said I’m not a scientist or a lawyer to illustrate a point. It takes all of us, in our respective professions to see how this entire network works…If i decide I want to implement a new standard…who’s to say this standard is for everyone everywhere?

            Nobody

            Like i said buddy and you skipped over, there is no one right way, I agree with you. But It’s either we continue, day by day to pump out chemicals, buy and sell stuff of no value, deplete our resources (we may not have exhausted all of our resources but this is a finite planet. we may have 80% of the world left to burn now (using an arbitrary # as an example) but one day we wont if we KEEP going

            So the choice is. Full steam ahead or maneuver around the Iceberg.

          • we

            Yes, if that is what you want to call it, then YES MAKE THE BEST OUT OF OUR DEMISE.

            The comment I made was in reference to the video, which I find hypocritical and personally disagreeable.
            I’m not telling people to “suck it up,” I’m telling people to make the best out of the way things are, which you seem to have misinterpreted as something extremely negative.

            Please just be less negative and try to stop worrying about the shit that happens in life.. This is our responsibility, yes. I respect your upfrontness, but you’re a cynic. Be less harsh on yourself and everyone else.

            The answer is not pointing out the bad stuff. It’s looking at the good stuff.
            Hope you will figure that out one day.

            Best of luck.

          • James

            “The answer is not pointing out the bad stuff. It’s looking at the good stuff.”

            you do know that if we let go of our perfectly normal and reason based “worries”, and just “carry on” one day that beautiful good “stuff” isnt going to be there to “look” at right?

            Lets not point out Children being turned into soldiers in Africa to fight wars that have more to do with colonialist subdivisions of our people, let’s look at this nice sunset and grab a jamba juice.

            Im not a cynic at all. I’m actually pretty damn upbeat about life in general, like i said, i spend most of my time not doing anything for myself, like buy a new TV or car (i dont own one, but i do know how to drive) or go on a vacation to further ruin Machu Picchu for some pics to post on Facebook. I help my neighbors, cut lawns for the elderly, I dont spend really that much $ that i have earned, I spend time helping my friends, not just going to bars and getting wasted

            the fact I get to wake up in successive days alludes to how much i enjoy life. I laugh as loud as most and i always look for the good side.

            But there is NO good side to our current respective societies underbelly. There is no good in malice an wanton destruction of the earth for no gains other than monetary.

            But while I’m here, alive in this time in space, I seem to be living in a world with