Can we End US Empire? | Resistance Report 008

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dictatorshipStories covered in this episode of the Resistance Report
1. NYPD Sucker Punches Protester Calling For CUNY To Drop Gen. David Petraeus
Earlier this week, the NYPD violently cracked down on a group of non-violent protesters who oppose Petraeus teaching at the college, with police shown here punching a protester as he is cuffed and face down on the ground.

2. Occupy Wall Street Celebrates 2nd Birthday. (8:26)
Five years after the Lehman brother’s collapse and two years after Occupy Wall Street created a rupture in the pillars holding up the US Empire, the Culture of Resistance is taking hold. Civil Disobedience is becoming more mainstream, the police and surveillance state are showing signs that this culture is a real threat. Major change is in the air.
3. Two Months To Save the World (14:25)
We are rapidly approaching the moment when the unstoppable crisis at the Fukushima will represent a threat to humankind on par with the Cuban missile crisis. This is the assessment of Harvey Wasserman, who has been a strategist and organizer in the anti-nuclear movement in the United States for over 30 years. Fukushima petition:

4. Can We End The U.S. Empire? (18:58)
As Margret Flowers and Kevin Zeese put it in their recent article, Can Peace Movement End US Empire? “Can this experience be the beginning of a transformation of US foreign policy? Is our nation capable of ceasing the never-ending wars of the post 9/11 world? Can we face up to the history of American Empire and find a way to end it responsibly?”
5. The Class War Escalates (24:39)
A Carl Gibson report. A war is being waged against the American people by the super rich. It is escalating. As Bernie Sanders said at the Fighting Bob Conference “How about a war that fulfilled the dreams of the American people in creating an Egalitarian form of society rather than one in which the top 1% holds 38% of the wealth in America, while the bottom 60% owns 2.3% of total wealth? You want a War, lets declare war against Oligarchy!”

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  1. How far away? It depends on the people. Today, during the MTA listening campaign, one older lady told us that executives of Walmart should be in charge of the government.

    How far? That depends in large part on how the “Millennials” step up and take the Wall St. bull by the horns.

    They, the new, new left, and the rest of us aware of corporate plutocracy need to educate, organize and mobilize. You’re doing your part Dennis; I hope we can step up and realize that we must recognize anew, as Dr. King did a half-century ago, that “America is at a crossroads of history, and it is critically important for us, as a nation and a society, to choose a new path and move upon it with resolution and courage. It is impossible to underestimate the crisis we face in America. The stability of a civilization, the potential of free government, and the simple honor of men are at stake.”

  2. Thanks Victor. You are right about the millennials. I think they have to lead the way. Unfortunately, they have never seen or even remembered a time when people rose up and affected change. Our culture put its tail between its legs when Malcolm, Martin and the 2 Kennedys were killed- and we have not yet gotten off the mat form that, IMO

  3. “How far away is a revolution in America?” That’s impossible to tell. One thing is certain: revolutions can’t happen until the strongest military arm in a country stops defending the system of corruption and switches to the other side. That’s basic history and common sense.

    I am more concerned with the lasting examination of two recurring questions regarding successful revolutions and the establishment of an entity that strives to keep those two questions alive and answered. I have heard and seen that these problems happened within a few decades in the Soviet Union.

    Those questions are: 1) How does society limit or control the natural tendency of human nature to be greedy, lazy, ignorant, and ungrateful once an acceptable level of prosperity is widely achieved? and 2) How does one stop the leaders of a revolution from passing along unfair advantages to their children, generation after generation after generation, thereby slowly overturning any justice that was achieved?

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