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Free and Equal Final Third Party Debate: Gary Johnson vs. Jill Stein (Nov. 5)


Make sure to watch the Free and Equal third party debate, which will be broadcasted from 9:00 to 10:30 PM EST today (November 5th). Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee, and Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, will be facing off.

The debate will be broadcasted on Russia Today, and streamed on freeandequal.org and RT’s youtube channel. C-SPAN will also be re-airing the first Free and Equal debate tonight, which has raised the possibility they will be covering it.

http://freeandequal.org/updates/free-and-equal-elections-foundation-hosts-the-final-presidential-debate-tonight/

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Gary Johnson Purchases First TV Ads


Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee, has launched his first TV advertisement. The advertisement reflects his non-interventionist foreign policy, with the focus of the ad being upon drone strikes and war with Iran.

The Johnson camp has launched the ads in New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, Montana Idaho, Vermont and Washington, D.C.
http://reason.com/blog/2012/10/25/gary-johnson-launches-first-tv-ad

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Politics

 

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Armed Chinese Troops In Texas


Although I support Ron Paul in the coming up American elections, I decided to post this message primarily due to the point it gets across; Americans would not accept the treatment their state has been providing towards other nations.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Politics

 

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Hip Hop, Capitalism, and Change


Hip-Hop began as a respectable movement, but has succumbed into being one of the most sold out and badly misrepresented genres of music. Hip-Hop began as a movement not only to produce heartfelt music, but was meant to be a stand against the corrupt system of society its early MCs grew up in.

New York, the home of hip-hop, was home to terrible slums, gang violence, and a strong feel of hopelessness; this was projected through the music. Many early MCs rapped from their hearts, which incidentally was filled with a brutal depiction of life living in the ghetto. Spitting real/skilled lyrics was a key property for MC survival. Beefs in this era were not meant solely to gain publicity, but had the purpose of “killing” an MCs career through proving their lack of skill, as seen in the beef between KRS-One and Boogey Down Productions.

It is quite obvious this past of hip-hop no longer remains in existence. Unfortunately, hip-hop gained great amounts of exposure, and it was inevitable its market would fall into the hands of capitalists caring about surplus and capital rather than keeping real hip-hop and the movement alive. Being a strong lyricist, having a good flow; these things were no longer required to “go big.” Now, one needed a stronger delivery and a beat able to mesmerize the ignorant masses.

Thus, it becomes quite clear that while hip-hop began as a positive movement fighting what was not right its heavyweights in terms of exposure would soon become a part of this very corrupt system. The label issue with Lupe Fiasco’s most recent album illuminates this; he was not able to put out the album he wanted, and it become the record label rather than the artist deciding the final product.

The future of hip-hop has many questions for me. While there are certain newer MCs I quite like – J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs – I think little will change, and whatever is best at the time for profit will prevail. MCs have always discussed smoking marijuana, but now it has become a strong selling suit for and is a market (Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller). It is things like this that make me fear for the future of my beloved hip-hop, and wish for a return to its past golden age.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in General

 

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You can still be mad with Obama, even though he inhereted a mess


Popular rhetoric I have witnessed quite often is this: since Obama inherited a mess, one can either not be angry with him/be nearly as angry with him.

For me, this approach is both logically unsound, and an example of not supporting dissent. One should not, and should not have, expected Obama to fix the economy and the numerous other problems inherited from the Bush administration, but one can still examine his decisions and feel they are negative/counter productive. Dissent is a must in a democratic society; without dissent the powers that be have much more free reign, as well as a more ignorant mass of citizens.

I dislike Obama and would not vote for him in 2012 if I were an American citizen.

President Obama has kept the war on terror alive. The military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq show little signs of slowing down, and an invasion was launched against Libya, with rebel troops with Al-Qaeda connections being supported by American forces. He also has failed to close Guantanamo Bay, which houses not only “terrorists” but simple freedom fighters fighting against the illegally invading American empire.

The war on terror has evidently spread into the borders of America, with rights, liberties, and freedoms experiencing a decline since September 11th. Obama has strengthened the police state, and has made clear he is similar to Bush in terms of inner “security”. For example, Obama voted for the Foreign Intelligence Service Act, which allows for heightened surveillance, and recently supported the May 26th renewal of the Patriot Act.

Obama claimed that he would have a transparent government not controlled by lobbyists, but he currently has over 40 lobbyists within his administration. Lobbyists promote the slow move towards fascism, the combination of the market and state, and take importance over everyday citizens.

In addition, Obama supported the Office of Faith Based Initiatives, which directly conflicts with the separation of the church and state. The defecit has skyrocketed. He hired someone to a position to deal with unfavorable media, which not only aids him in his chances of re-election, but points towards increasing the use of government shills. Finally, he has pushed for S. 679, which will reduce the number of positions requiring Senate confirmation.

In all honesty, Obama is very similar to Bush, which I, and you, should feel is a bad thing.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Politics

 

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Who Am I?


This question is difficult to answer. I’m a nineteen year old. I’ve got a nice family and study politics and philosophy at university. I like to read, write, play video games, and socialize in smaller settings.

More importantly, I am an individual who is constantly thinking philosophically; searching for wisdom. Thus, my mind is constantly in conflict and I remain on the fence in ideology. I am not a Marxist, a Libertarian, a socialist, or anything else you can name. I am simply an individual whom is unhappy with the current state of society who finds the world to complex to pin to a particular ideology.

Despite this I consider myself to have an abundance of Marxist critiques on our current society as well as strong support for many aspects of libertarianism. I tend to have more support for smaller government over big, a conservative trait, while I am more liberal in my regards towards my fellow humans. However, as I am lost on the spectrum my beliefs are susceptible to change, and do change. While I was once strongly Marxist, I discovered I do agree with its critiques on capitalism, but disagree with its implementation of socialism. A main issue for me in search of belief has been how to balance the common good with the liberty of the individual.

I have been called a conspiracy theorist; I believe 9/11 was an inside job, have a strong belief in the New World Order,  and believe America is crumbling into a state of fascism. However, I do not like the title quite a lot due to the negative connotation it has been given. Instead, call me a revisionist and a studier of the alternative.

I am an individual whom wishes to fight for change, namely in America. Many aspects of society worry me; the limiting of our rights and freedoms, the strengthening of the police state, the War on Terror, and globalization. Monnies are being sapped from the American economy and if action is not taken America will experience brutal hardships and a more totalitarian government.

I love real hip-hop; its a form of art to me. Its passion and life experience poured out onto a suiting beat (when its in its true artistic form, which is rare). I am saddened the industry has been taken over by greedy capitalists. Hip-hop began as a movement to fight an unjust system, but now its MCs are part of that unjust system.

I believe strongly in marijuana legalization. It was made illegal due to flawed studies as well as racism and prejudice. Millions already enjoy the substance, and keeping it illegal simply fuels the endless and flawed war on terror, punishes individuals choosing to use one of the safest recreational drugs, and represents the Government overstepping what its boundaries should be.

I’ve covered a lot, but there is much more that needs to be. Much of the topics in this post will be expanded upon later.

Thanks for reading,

AL

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in General

 

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