Genova, the Azores and our Common Future
28 June 2003
Genova – July 2001 – had a big impact on my life, probably on anybody’s life here in Italy. Several hundred thousand protested the gathering of Heads of State – the G8 – and were brutally beaten by police who had been instructed, on Bush’s orders, to “be tough this time”. Some of my Italian friends, Ivan and Vitale, were there and they returned shocked at the unprecedented violence that had been unleashed, by all accounts unprovoked. At the time, I said war has just been declared on the people and I wrote, enraged, that the kind of progress the mighty are talking about is not really the progress we want. At the time, one of the recurring taints thrown at the emerging global movement for justice was that it had not come up with any positive proposals.
Fast forward to Azores – January 2003 – the passage from one year to the next. Wind outside, logs crackling in the fireplace. Someone asks the question: What is it we really want? If we don’t want Bush’s war, we don’t want “their” globalization, what can we do about it? Good question. Difficult. Susan suggests that Justice is the major problem. Prohibitionism and the non-separation of Church and State, to be exact. Agreed, but what can we do about it and what about all those other areas of life that are messed up too? We started listing them up – justice, the economy, the energy monopoly, scientific progress, the environment, health, education, ideas in the straitjacket called intellectual property, the way society is organized and how the media manages not to inform us of what’s important.
Areas for Change (List Only)
Church and State Justice Economy Energy Science Environment Health Education Human Potential Intellectual Property Laws Social organization Public Media and information Privacy versus Transparency
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Village in a Box: Open Source Ecology Project Uses 3D Printers to Build The Next Economy
by Tiffany Orr
3dprint.com, July 24, 2014
…the folks at the Open Source Ecology project say you only need about 50 machines such as a wind turbine, cement mixer and sawmill to get things going. And they should know since they are currently building and creating open source industrial machines and sharing the designs online without cost.
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Stephan A. Schwartz
Here baldly outlined is the truth about the American gulag. The whole concept of a system based on retribution at the meanest level is a failure and a fraud. Here is some proof.
States That Slashed Their Prison Populations Have Seen Disproportionate Drops In Crime, Too
NICOLE FLATOW – Think Progress
The United States still has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but those few states that managed to significantly reduce their prison population over the last decade saw benefits other than reduced lock-up costs. They also saw their crime rate go down at a higher rate than the national average, according to a new report from the Sentencing Project.
The report bolsters the notion that locking up the wrong people doesn’t improve public safety. In fact, ‘smart on crime” policies not only minimize punishment toward non-violent offenders; they can also re-allocate resources toward violent crime.
‘The experiences of New York, New Jersey, and California demonstrate that it is possible to achieve substantial reductions in mass incarceration without compromising public safety,” wrote Marc Mauer and Nazgol Ghandnoosh of the Sentencing Project.