FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM

by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times  “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” ~Shakespeare The bad thing about all the devil’s being here is that we’re surrounded by goddamned devils. The good thing about all the devil’s being here is that we have something to fight against, something to overcome. We have something to be stronger than, healthier than, more flexible than. We have a rigid fragility to shatter over our flexible antifragility. We have a cowardice to match our courage against. We have an excuse to “rage, rage, rage against the dying of the light!” In short: … Continue reading FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM

The respect deficit

A homeless woman sits on a bench a few blocks away from the White House, Washington, 1 September 2015. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters Economic inequality is an urgent problem. Deeper still is our loss of mutual respect, the foundation of a fair society by Richard V Reeves is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, National Affairs, and The New York Times, among others. His latest book is Dream Hoarders (2017). He lives in Washington, DC. Edited by Nigel Warburton At the end of 2017, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority launched … Continue reading The respect deficit

GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CENSORSHIP

by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times “The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.” ~George Orwell The big tech companies are now openly censoring popular viewpoints and deleting select social media pages who supposedly ‘violate community guidelines.’ There is, of course, never a detailed explanation of why companies like You Tube and Facebook delete user generated pages (our You Tube page was deleted in 2017 for no apparent reason and our Facebook page has been throttled down to almost no reach), and there is never a reasonable way to … Continue reading GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CENSORSHIP

Chronic

Photo by Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty For big pharma, the perfect patient is wealthy, permanently ill and a daily pill-popper. Will medicine ever recover? by Clayton Dalton is a medical resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He attended medical school at Columbia University. Edited by Pam Weintraub Just a few years ago, infection with the hepatitis C virus guaranteed a slow and certain death for many. Available treatments were effective in about half of all patients, and the side effects could be awful. Things changed in 2014, when a new medication called Harvoni was approved to treat the infection. With … Continue reading Chronic

GENOCIDE FOR PROFIT – HOW THE GOV’T, BIG PHARMA, PSYCHIATRY, AND DSS ARE CONSPIRING TO DESTROY NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE

by Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze Waking Times From the first moments Europeans landed on the shores of North America, a war was waged against the indigenous people who lived there. That war took the form of deceptive agreements, settlements, outright violence, genocide, and, after defeat on the battlefield, an attempt to erase Native American culture and history from the minds of the victims. This war on Native Americans has never ended. Instead, it has only intensified with the lessons learned from the indoctrination and police state techniques used on the majority American population via television, law enforcement brutality, austerity/dependency, and of course … Continue reading GENOCIDE FOR PROFIT – HOW THE GOV’T, BIG PHARMA, PSYCHIATRY, AND DSS ARE CONSPIRING TO DESTROY NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE

What It Means That the Far Right Sees Pedophiles Everywhere

Perhaps they’ve internalized the ways their own ideology harms children by Miles Klee Estimating the true rate of pedophilia is tricky for a host of reasons, but there’s no cause to believe it’s high: Our best figures hold that around 2 percent of the population is attracted to children aged 14 or younger, and probably less than 1 percent are attracted to pre-pubescent kids. Listening to the far-right conspiracist fringe, however, you’d think that everyone who disagrees with them is collaborating to enable and commit pedophilic atrocities on a vast and highly organized scale. https://melmagazine.com/media/58e087b5195e8e9c40d1124fec6077b6?postId=3111d3a1a53e This premise has gruesome consequences. In December 2016, … Continue reading What It Means That the Far Right Sees Pedophiles Everywhere

James Baldwin on Resisting the Mindless Majority, Not Running from Uncomfortable Realities, and What It Really Means to Grow Up

Art by Ben Shahn from On Nonconformity “We ought to try, by the example of our own lives, to prove that life is love and wonder and that that nation is doomed which penalizes those of its citizens who recognize and rejoice in this fact.” BY MARIA POPOVA “I can conceive of no better service,” Walt Whitman wrote, “than boldly exposing the weakness, liabilities and infinite corruptions of democracy.” Nearly a century later, James Baldwin (August 2, 1924–December 1, 1987) — another poet laureate of the human spirit — embodied this ethos in one of his shortest, most searing, and timeliest essays. In 1963, the children’s book … Continue reading James Baldwin on Resisting the Mindless Majority, Not Running from Uncomfortable Realities, and What It Really Means to Grow Up