Archive | November, 2014

David Gross | The one-man revolution (the only one that’s coming)

YOU SEE the beauty of my proposal is it needn’t wait on general revolution. I bid you to the one-man revolution — The only revolution that is coming. —Robert Frost from Build Soil TODAY, instead of dredging up something from the archives about historical tax resistance campaigns and movements, I want to spend some time looking at individual tax resistance in service of what Ammon Hennacy called the “one-man*revolution.” Whether Hennacy got the […]

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Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen | Claims to virtue

IT’S NOT POSSIBLE to commit deforestation, or any other mass atrocity—mass murder, genocide, mass rape, the pervasive abuse of women or children, institutionalized animal abuse, imprisonment, wage slavery, systematic impoverishment, ecocide—without first convincing yourself and others that what you’re doing is beneficial. You must have, as Dr. Robert Jay Lifton has put it, a “claim to virtue.” You must be convinced—as the Nazis were convinced that the elimination of Jews […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | On the need for disobedience

Two fairly recent films illustrate the need for citizens to act as their own authority in matters of morality and ethics. One, The Reader, achieved mainstream success. The other, Even the rain (Tambien la lluvia), illustrates that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Many have undoubtedly seen The Reader, a 2008 German-American film based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. Starring Kate Winslet, whose […]

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Dana Visalli | Brian Willson and the problem of obedience

ONE OF THE MORE MYSTERIOUS and problematic elements of human nature is our tendency to be obedient; to look for external authorities to tell us what to do with our lives. The Latin root of the word is obediere, “to obey, to be submissive.” When soldiers are told to by some purported authority to march off to war, they almost invariably obey. When taxpayers are told to stuff money into […]

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