Listen to a reading of this article:

It is not easy being someone who cares about the world and opposes the status quo. It’s a series of disheartening failures and crushing disappointments amid an endless deluge of information saying that everything is getting worse and worse.

The environment keeps degrading. Ruling power structures keep getting more and more controlling. Capitalism gets more and more imbalanced and exploitative. World powers get closer and closer to a mass military confrontation of unspeakable horror.

And what do we get when we try to oppose these things? Letdown after letdown. Politicians we support lose their elections, often after brazen interference from the very power structures we’d hoped they’d oppose. Political organizing breaks down in sectarian infighting. Activist leaders get caught up in sex scandals. Agendas we helped push for fizzle into impotence. Power wins time after time.

What passes for “the left” in the English-speaking world is basically either controlled opposition or a glorified online hobby group. Or both. The real left has been so successfully subverted by power that the mainstream public doesn’t even know what it is anymore; most think the left is either a mainstream political party that’s wholly owned and operated by the empire or a loose bunch of vaguely related ideas like having pink hair or saying your pronouns. The left really has been so successfully dismantled that it has almost been purged from memory.

Every time, at every turn, power wins and the people lose. After a while it starts to feel like you’re bashing your head against an immovable object. Some people fall down after a few hard bashes. Some don’t get back up again. Others keep bashing away, becoming harder and harder and more and more miserable and neurotic the longer they go at it.

And most people don’t even know any of this is happening, that’s what can really make it hard. You talk to your loved ones about what you’re seeing and they just get uncomfortable or look at you like you’re crazy. They don’t see the problems you’re pointing to because none of the places they’re getting their information from tell them it’s happening, because the powerful control those information sources.

As Terence McKenna put it, “The cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation.” And as Marshall McLuhan put it, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is a hallucinating idiot.”

And it sucks. No matter how you slice it, it sucks. It sucks watching this massive juggernaut slowly devour your world and see everyone’s attempts to stop it fail, and to have most people in your life not understand it or even see what it is you’re pointing to.

So what can you do? Is there a way to beat the bastards? Is there a way to stop the machine in its tracks and turn this thing around?

Well, no. Not right this moment anyway, and not by yourself. The machine’s far too big, far too entrenched, and its control over information systems means you’re not going to get help from other people in the numbers that you will need them. It’s just you and a few others against an entire globe-spanning power structure.

But that doesn’t mean you are powerless, and it doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. It just means you’re not going to be single-handedly knocking out the bad guy and saving the world in some grand, ego-pleasing way like an action hero in some stupid Hollywood movie.

What you can do as an individual is cultivate a habit of committing small acts of sedition. Making little paper cuts in the flesh of the beast which add up over time. You can’t stop the machine by yourself, but you can sure as hell throw sand in its gears.

Giving a receptive listener some information about what’s going on in the world. Creating dissident media online. Graffiti with a powerful message. Amplifying an inconvenient voice. Sharing a disruptive idea. Supporting an unauthorized cause. Organizing toward forbidden ends. Distributing literature. Creating literature. Having authentic conversations about real things with anyone who can hear you.

Every day there’s something you can do. After you start pointing your creativity at cultivating this habit, you’ll surprise yourself with the innovative ideas you come up with. Even a well-placed meme or tweet can open a bunch of eyes to a reality they’d previously been closed to. Remember, they wouldn’t be working so frantically to restrict online speech if it didn’t pose a genuine threat to the empire.

People tend to overestimate how much they can accomplish in a day, but sorely underestimate how much they can accomplish over a span of several years. Finding little ways to undermine the oppression machine every day gradually adds up to hundreds of acts of defiance in a year, which after a few years becomes thousands.

Do this, and then relax. Don’t expect yourself to save the world on your own. You’re only human, and there’s only one of you. You can only do what you can do, and humanity will either make the leap into health or it won’t. Just exert influence over the things you can exert influence over, and outside that little sphere of influence you’ve got to let go and let be. Don’t put any unfair or unreasonable pressures on yourself.

Perpetrate regular small acts of sedition, and then surrender to whatever life brings. I personally see many reasons to hold out hope that we can bring that machine crashing down together one day.


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74 responses to “Cultivate A Habit Of Small Acts Of Sedition”

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  2. “And what do we get when we try to oppose these things? Letdown after letdown. Politicians we support lose their elections, often after brazen interference from the very power structures we’d hoped they’d oppose. Political organizing breaks down in sectarian infighting. Activist leaders get caught up in sex scandals. Agendas we helped push for fizzle into impotence. Power wins time after time.”

    “Same may/shall apply to US empire. Unfortunately, post-soviet world was mesmerized by the western world. And as there was no other alternative preconceived we repeated all the mistakes of the west. The lesson of this story – it is important to be critical about status quo, to debunk the empire’s propaganda, but it is even more important to be positive, to outline a new way of life …” Gustav, comments

    Gustav is on to something, having been through what most of us have not: the dissolution of a way of life that leaves us frantic for a new story to share.

    Politics is coercive violence. States and other power concentrating systems are quite good at it; we suck. As long as we are playing politics, whether it’s the anonymous meme or comments like this one we are losing. It’s their game.
    Do we need fearless talents like Johnstone bravely facing down a world of deliberate ignorance and willful self-delusion? Yes, because she talks people around, wakes people up.
    Do we need me lashing out with facts and logic and barbed emotional commentary at the fakebook “friends” I barely knew fifty years ago in high school? Not so much.
    Eventually, there will be a brand new political order. It’s primary characteristic will still be coercive violence. Eventually that new political order will age out and be supplanted by another, whose primary characteristic will still be coercive violence, unless. Unless we find a way of being human together.
    Because the way we are together now is not human. Humans only behave like this during a scarcity panic.
    Our current social contract is an artificial scarcity panic imposed and maintained by a tiny fraction of severely damaged individuals who represent the atavistic violent extreme in our nature.
    Sometimes humans are born with a lack of whatever makes it hard to pitchfork a baby. More often, I guess, the lack is acquired during the quest for security and control. In either case, these individuals are promoted to positions of power by the systems they serve. Are you and I serving those same systems? Of course we are.

    When you comment or post a contrarian opinion on fakebook or The Hill, you are competing for influence with state-controlled media— like fakebook and The Hill. If you are really just awfully good at it, you do, let’s say, a penny’s damage to the forces against which we are arrayed. Then you sign off and make your car payment, and your total effective strike against the man is now that penny minus your car payment.
    Listen. Comment all you want (and so many of you seem to be either unemployed or on strike in your cubicle; good for you!) but understand that it is our competitive consumerism that drops bombs on little brown kids around the globe. Without our willingness to gobble up new junk and pay debt, every billionaire in the world collapses wailing in a pool of slime.
    No, you cannot disengage from the systems that feed, clothe, and shelter you. Yes, you can find ways to stop cooperating, like buying every possible thing second hand and equating debt with pouring a hatful of ticks in your underpants. Just stop it. Whenever, wherever, however you can, stop participating in the reckless extraction and the heedless consumption of the power systems you claim to despise.
    If you are online reading this in English, you are almost certainly among the richest 10% of all humans who have ever lived. Does your neighbor’s nutrition matter more to you than painting your face? Stop acting rich. Start acting human.
    Until we find a way to be human together, we will continue behaving like lonely scared monkeys. No matter what the political that owns us is called.

    1. “political system that owns us”
      Needed another round of edit. Reality bit.

  3. I’ve come to this conclusion too. I try to do at least one thing every day to open someone’s eyes, to touch them a bit, to help them become saner. It is first on my to-do list. It helps me keep my hope alive that if enough people can be moved that the course of the world will change. And that is a good reason to keep on living.

  4. irreversiblechaos Avatar

    Five Rules for humanity

    1 Everybody has a land and that is where their home is
    2 Every child born is of equal value
    3 No child can be born in debt.
    4 The only crime is theft.
    5 We can only learn from the past not change it or recreate it.

    This is my small act of sedition.

    these are the least number of rules needed for people to live together.

    I post them around places like this and drop them into letters I write to politicians.

  5. The first step in compassion is to notice the other’s need. It all begins with the simple act of attention.

    Daniel Goleman, “I Feel Your Brain”

  6. one of CJ’s best & most heartfelt ever, no doubt… & that really is saying something given her belting out consistently high quality. But this one was a more personal moment. i swear i’ve bwen seeing on places like medium aince the plague the quality has shot through the roof up to next level as if we are setting our affairs in order before the grave. This one is raw power move. Pure flex & i wish this article were written in the sky. Perhaps it looks like enlightenment is coming right before my own demise? i dunno, i just want to thank CJ & her hubby officiating the soundcloud audio recital for this treasure!

  7. These acts you suggest don’t sound seditious enough. But this is not the place to suggest things that can get you arrested.

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  9. Dearest Caitlin, yet another articulate rendering of truth to power. And, imo, once you discover the truth there is no unlearning it. I have found there is no way to desensitize oneself from it either. Since time immemorial there has been push back against the cruelties of human existence. Whether directly affected by the degradation of our planet or not, the ones who can see into the downward spiral of the soul-crushing litany of lies under which we and all living creatures live must act in consort with that truth. This is our space and time and place.

  10. Richard Simpson Avatar
    Richard Simpson

    Throwing a monkey wrench into the killing machine is good karma

  11. I want to recommend a science fiction novel, or rather a pair of them, as therapy for the angst described in this post. Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis. This pair is part of a series she wrote in which time travel becomes a thing, operated for historical researchers only, out of Oxford U in the 2060s. In this pair, the researchers are investigating aspects of England at the time of the Blitz in World War Two. Defeating the Nazis represents the whole battle against the forces of darkness, but it looks very bad for a time, as the researchers find themselves stuck in the 1940s and one of them thinks it means the changes they made changed the timeline so that the Nazis won. That’s not it…

  12. Kaitlin, your problem is that you are not just fighting a globe-spanning power structure. You are fighting the hairless monkeys’ mental complexion and gregarious instincts. The machine may crash down one day (to the horror and misery of most subjects of the declining US empire), but it’ll be simply replaced by another machine managed in basically the same way.

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but you remember me those Soviet dissidents who after the collapse of Soviet Union regretted helping in its dissolution.

    The blindness and stolid credulity of ordinary people, together with the monopoly of informations by the powerful, is what holds society together. You can change the élites and the narrative, but you can’t take them away. I might recommend you reading Nietzsche.

    1. In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. -Nietzsche

  13. George Orwell was an insider who saw the world as it really is and as it was planned to become. His book “Animal Farm” became a huge best seller and could not be withdrawn, so it was represented as describing the Bolshevik/Communist takeover of Russia. That was not the message at all.
    The message is that we are just “animals” who have either a cost or a value to the farmers. The Farmer may change, they are just differing forms of pig, but the structure remains the same.
    Once you accept that the vast majority of people are neither worthy or capable of escaping the “animal” mentality then suddenly the world view changes. Like Galileo, whether the earth revolves around the sun or the sun around the earth, it makes absolutely no difference to daily routine, but only to how you understand what is going on.
    Like Galileo, forcing the ordinary person to examine reality will bring about huge resistance, you make them uncomfortable, you make them think, you offend them by showing their gullibility and stupidity.
    “Presenting the patient with truth and facts is a threat to their identity eliciting anger and resentment” — Sigmund Freud

    Winston Churchill once said :
    “We have to look at facts, because those facts are looking at us.” so they threw him out of office again and again.

    I am constantly haunted by a quote from Harry Overstreet, who wrote the following in his 1925 groundbreaking study Influencing Human Behavior:
    “Giving people the facts as a strategy of influence” has been a failure, “an enterprise fraught with a surprising amount of disappointment.”
    People don’t want facts, they don’t want the truth, as Nicholson famously shouted, “You can’t handle the truth !” unfortunately he was telling the truth, they can’t handle it.
    I am glad that Caitlin and people like her are around to show that whilst we may be crazy, we are not alone.
    It is just possible that with the demise of the US-NATO ‘West’ a new society may arise and exist for a while. The people of that new society may for a while be more moral, ethical and even happier than the current mess, but it too shall pass. Sparta lasted 700 years. Good luck to them.
    As for me, I rant and write, maybe someone gets laugh or even a new idea from what I write, but I have no desire to improve or change 8 billion people. That is their problem or mission, I had to find freedom for myself.
    “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    Everyone knows or should know what needs to be dons. It has been stated thousands of times, but you can’t change Human nature, you can’t eliminate greed, you can’t eliminate fear, in the total population, it is enough if you can eliminate it in yourself.
    Two solutions as I end.
    “Give me the money that has been spent in war, and I will purchase every foot of land upon the globe. I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire that kings and queens would be proud of; I will build a school-house upon every valley over the whole habitable earth; I will supply that school house with a competent teacher; I will build an academy in every town, and endow it; a college in every state, and fill it with able Professors; I will crown every hill with a church consecrated to the promulgation of the gospel of peace; I will support in its pulpit an able teacher of righteousness, so that on every Sabbath morning the chime on one hill should answer to the chime on another, around the earth’s broad circumference; and the voice of prayer and the song of praise should ascend like a universal holocaust to heaven. “~Charles Sumner, c.1840
    “Through Russia comes the hope of the world. Not in respect to what is sometimes termed Communism or Bolshevism — no! But freedom — freedom! That each man will live for his fellow man. The principle has been born there. It will take years for it to be crystallized; yet out of Russia comes again the hope of the world.” ~
    Edgar Cayce circa 1935

  14. Thank you, dear Caitlin! That is what I wanted to know and needed to hear – and pretty much what I’ve been doing. (Just wasn’t sure if there was something more, that I was missing.) OK, Excelsior! and all that! And let’s not forget we might have a LOT of people on our team.

  15. You wrestled the unvarnished truth into a world class pep talk. Way to crush it, coach Caitlin!

  16. I love you Caitlin. You’re totally shagadelic.

  17. Loved this post. I’m a media whore. I live in Japan and have worked for almost every major Japanese company and most of the government ministries. I like a good whore, I get to see my client’s naked– all the warts. So I wear a mental condom and don’t kiss my clients on the mouth. That makes me money for catfood and riceballs. But otherwise — well– “small acts of sedition”, I have written hundreds of articles under various names, now my own name on substack and medium –earning the ire of Trolldom, ie. “public opinion” I post Caitlin’s articles on FB as food for the monsters.And also reprint articles from banned sites like Strategic Culture, New Eastern Outlook and SouthFront for whom I do military intelligence and geopolitical reports on Substack — then post them to Meta and the like circumventing their censorship. Very, very SMALL acts. But it makes me feel better. Here’s an example of my writing which got the Trolls gnashing their teeth – strangely ! It’s about Assange and Rushdie and the media. And has invited a lot of hate. Maybe I am doing something in my small and clumsy way.

  18. He Caity – loves of small such acts – every chance I get, with every set of ears that will listen.

  19. I liked this monologue from the series finale of Mr. Robot (Dec. 2019):
    This whole time I thought changing the world
    was something you did,
    an act you performed,
    something you fought for.
    I don’t know if that’s true anymore.
    What if changing the world was just about being here,
    by showing up no matter how many times
    we get told we don’t belong,
    by staying true even when we’re shamed into being false,
    by believing in ourselves even when we’re told
    we’re too different?
    And if we all held onto that,
    if we refuse to budge and fall in line,
    if we stood our ground for long enough,
    just maybe…
    the world can’t help but change around us.

  20. Absolutely stunning writing as always Caitlin. Connect with at the Bahai faith [there will be a community near you], let them know you exist , I can assure you ,you will have lots in common on how humanity can move forward. They have a new spiritual politics ,a system in place around the planet , that can be a centre point for all of us with the same fundamental foundations in place. Unity in Diversity, Together we are stronger. Blessings from New Zealand to all my brothers and sisters.

  21. I never thought of it this way but this is an excellent concept. I have always felt like I didn’t do enough. I won six lawsuits against the Federal Government based on government lies. These were all court of appeals decisions. I was praised by more than one judge and a United States Attorney told me that if it weren’t for people like me, the government would anything it wants to. I think you can find a book for free on the web that sold out two editions: Why No One is Required to File Tax Returns. Based on your article, my effort helped, thanks so much.

    1. “The premise of Conklin’s book is that “an American citizen cannot be compelled to file a tax return because the return can be used against the filer in violation of the Fifth Amendment” — a claim which has been exploded time after time by the courts and which has NEVER WON (see below). “
      Quote source:–%20Quatlosers%20Hall%20of%20Shame.htm

  22. I never thought of it this way but this is an excellent concept. I have alwayss fe

  23. “And what do we get when we try to oppose these things? Letdown after letdown. Politicians we support lose their elections, often after brazen interference from the very power structures we’d hoped they’d oppose. Political organizing breaks down in sectarian infighting. Activist leaders get caught up in sex scandals. Agendas we helped push for fizzle into impotence. Power wins time after time.”

    And do you think this is coincidence? Bad luck ? For comparison : why does a 100 million strong communist party rule confidently over an ever more prosperous China? Liberalism may not be a disease literally but it is clearly obsolete, past its historical expiration date and making the western world sicker and sicker.Its not going to get better.. All the hand wringing and self flagellation of the entire collective moral conscience of western civillation is not going to make anything better. ]Time to evolve or get out of the way of the evolving…..”Down” there in Australia , heres a tip – DITCH THE US AND GREAT BRITAIN.Make a good deal with the Chinese

  24. Strangely the most comforting thing I’ve read in ages. I’ve been bashing my head against a wall trying to drum up support for a certain issue for 5 years. I am exhausted and over it, and attacks by those inside the movement have been vicious. I am folding one group and stepping back for a while but have plans for another group, different conversations. I have my little subversive pin and I’ll stick that little point into the massive suppurating bag of shit and corruption that is the establishment narrative as often as I can – when my energy allows it.

  25. The problem really is how is that even possible? How can so few have dictated to so many for so long?

    And it’s been a lot worse! Whoever thinks today is bad in the West must consider what it must have felt like to be aboard a landing boat on Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944, about to set foot into enemy’s raging fire in a war that doesn’t concern you in the slightest, except for the propaganda you’ve been force-fed like a goose about freedom and democracy, as so vividly portrayed in Saving Private Ryan.

    So the world can be a horrible place where one is starved to death or has to listen to Brian Stelter…

    But this doesn’t happen by chance. It’s not just a few psychopaths ordering shared fantasies! It’s armies of shills, like the 100,000 the UN hired to impose the official Covid bullshit on social media.

    There’s probably millions hired by the establishment (CIA, NSA, RAND, DARPA…) in some capacity or other for Mammon!

    There’s also millions who will loot while others are demonstrating, what Marx called the Lumpenproletariat, about whom he had no illusions because… they don’t have any. They’ll just take advantage of any situation every time they can, raping, stealing, killing…

    And then there’s the silent majority who’ve got enough philosophy, beyond the dualistic approach, to know that whatever they do to change the social order, it will never be impeccable. That’s by definition and the reason why Buddha’s approach was to find a way never to be reincarnated. Even if you kill bad people by the bunch, as Saudi Arabia has been doing for centuries, there’s always new ones. And that’s not even addressing the issue of where you put the moral goal posts! They’ve just sentenced a girl to 34 years in prison for tweeting some disagreement about the kingdom’s policies. Isn’t that steep? Russia has just sentenced a US basketball star to nine years for smuggling cannabis oil. Of course, these are barbaric nations…

    The United States has just sentenced a guy to 16 years for possession of marijuana and another one to life for the same offense multiple times. Life!

    That’s civilization for you. Not even speaking of Assange, Snowden, Manning, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo… All this involves people! Cops, judges, wardens… Tocqueville once wrote in substance that the United States had exterminated a whole people and stolen its land in the scrupulous respect of its constitution. What can we do?

    And yet with all that shit, I rather agree with philosopher Alain that happiness is a duty. If one is not able to take the body and mind they’ve been leased by nature happily through Charybdis and Scylla, what hope can they have to help anyone else? One has to lead by example.

    The worst in that matter are the deranged worriers who do their best to erase all happiness from the face of the Earth, in a kind of Samson option, until the day everyone will be able to enjoy it, which is… never :o)

  26. You, Caitlin, are one very extraordinary individual.

    Thank you for a bit of insight into my character and the character of many others.

    Maybe, just maybe, we can accomplish our objectives.

    You are brilliant, articulate and a wonderful motivator. Keep up the great work.



  27. I prefer to do many small acts of kindness.

    1. And my small act of kindness today is to ask you to connect with your local Bahai community, let them know you exist let ,them know who you are, I think you may find you have a lot in common.. There will be one near you , they have small communities in every city and many villages around this planet. blessings from Auckland, New Zealand

  28. Central quote from the movie “Cloud Atlas”.

    Haskell: “No matter what you do, it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.”
    Adam: “What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?”

  29. I appreciated this article. I’m trying.

    Yesterday I waded into the fray on Facebook, in a board gaming group, on a post generally about coming together to enjoy board games and treating each other civilly and maybe not bringing politics into the equation.

    The 100+ replies were all some variation of “No because only white dudes have that luxury/Nazis aren’t welcome at my table”, etc, and the guy got dragged.

    I commented that as a leftist I agreed that enjoying hobbies together is a great opportunity to promote solidarity, while virtue signaling online about the overstated Nazi threat is playing right into the hands of the ruling class that would see us all divided, angry and unable to share in our common humanity. It was a thought very much inspired by article by Caitlin.

    I was instantly attacked, called intolerant, and “alt right”, accused of gaslighting, was told that I don’t belong on the left, had my life choices questioned and probably almost got doxxed.

    It pretty much ruined my day. The OP privately messaged me to say thanks, but that was a small consolation prize. It’s ugly out there 🙁

    1. Humanity is mostly a bunch of hateful monkeys. The latest hominids, if we’re being kind.

      1. Well someone needs to be kind, might as well be us.

        1. Just don’t make any sudden moves around them. And use short sentences. With hand gestures.

    2. Well someone needs to be kind, might as well be us.

      1. What is meant by “Kind”?
        Does “Spare the rod and spoil the child” have any resonance? Being kind to any form of evil, eg a murderer, only leads to more murders.
        The kindest thing you can do to a killer, is kill him/her.
        Having lived in the middle east, cutting the hand off a thief, (or impaling them a la Vlad) means that you can leave your wealth anywhere and find it still there in a year, 10years time. Stoning rapists means that there is never any rape.
        Nothing stops you being generous, nothing stops you being charitable, but being ‘nice’, being ‘kind’ just encourages the b@st@rds.

    3. Love this post Bradley, thanks for sharing. Just wanted to touch base and say you are not alone [by any stretch of the imagination]. Have you heard of the Bahai’s ? there will be a small community in your city or maybe even village. I think you might enjoy connecting ,and I think they may enjoy your positive and very real perspective. Yes my distant friend it is rather ugly out there, but as you rightly point out , we must be brave and stand above the ugliness . Sometimes hateful individuals just need a big hug ,and a whisper in their ear ‘its ok ,no need to fear ,THIS TOO SHALL PASS. Blessings from Auckland, New Zealand ,oh ps you can check out our original songs/videos for these times on youtube ,just type in Tripzville , and do say hello if you join us.

      1. I’ll check that out, thank you 🙂

  30. I went through the same thought process and decided that if I do enough that it would bring about change if everybody did the same then that’s enough. Maybe add a bit extra for moral superiority.
    On a practical level I think it’s more effective, and certainly more fun, to punch holes in the lamestream narrative than to try and convince someone of this or that sparkly ideology. Besides which, each of us has our own idea of utopia but we all should and could be pulling on the same reality rope. For instance, it’s transparently absurd to believe Iraq in 2003 presented an immediate threat to the US sufficient to justify war but the threat Ukraine presented to Russia in 2022 didn’t. There are of course many such examples one could use to illustrate that the government/MSM are a bunch of scheming, manipulative trash, and one should emphasis to the listener how foolish they ought to feel for ever having believed such palpable nonsense coming from such plainly odious people.

    1. “…it’s transparently absurd to believe Iraq in 2003 presented an immediate threat to the US sufficient to justify war but the threat Ukraine presented to Russia in 2022 didn’t.”

      My neighbour a few years ago after a federal election stated to me unasked with great pride he always voted for the Conservatives. Martin receives a provincial disability payment (welfare) to subsist which is less than the poverty amount and if his beloved Conservative party had their way his monthly payment would be cut off forcing him to be come homeless.
      His “news” comes from the corporate mainstream propaganda outlets which encourage him to vote against his personal self interest.

      He hasn’t got the mental capacity to comprehend what you said not unlike millions of other “adults” who foolishly vote against their own self interests.

      1. I get going and use words like “transparently” and “obviously” when I really shouldn’t, at least not in reference to the majority of people, who obviously don’t get a lot of things. We need smarter people or a dumber world.

        1. After partaking of the murder of several million people Henry Kissinger was smart enough to obtain the 1973 Noble Peace Prize.

          Obama who wreaked more havoc than his predecessor was also smart enough to obtain the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

        2. I’m gonna have to ask you to take that back about needing a dumber world.

  31. Doris Wrench Eisler Avatar
    Doris Wrench Eisler

    The usually hidden owners and rulers of the world working through avatars have always needed public approval. That’s what the hype was always about : the “forget your worries, c’mon get happy,” 20s BS was all about, the diversions, consumerism that followed the saint-like austerity of every war: sometimes you have to sacrifice to the war machine, but otherwise, spend, spend, spend. And be happy pretending your country is on your side, even it doesn’t look like it. You can’t make ends meet, you can’t afford the basics – but some day…
    The narrative is wearing thin, as it must: The turbines will be returned -so Germany won’t starve and freeze in the dark. A twist: why should Canada help Russia cover-up its immoral economic blackmail of Germany and the rest of the EU? It’s so childish that all but the totally humourless won’t smile. But laugh out loud. Pat them on the head, the way the Chinese do. Shame them into the corner, where they belong.

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      1. Lmao, and thanks for the great comment later in the stream.

    1. Fuck off (take two).

  33. In our closed world behind the iron curtain we were not talking about sedition. Instead, we called it “creating islands of positive deviation”, hoping one day the islands will merge to form a continent. The red empire was big, strong and seemingly invincible – to the last moment nobody believed it could collapse – and it did, it crumbled like a house of cards. Same may/shall apply to US empire. Unfortunately, post-soviet world was mesmerized by the western world. And as there was no other alternative preconceived we repeated all the mistakes of the west. The lesson of this story – it is important to be critical about status quo, to debunk the empire’s propaganda, but it is even more important to be positive, to outline a new way of life in at least few practical details, like e.g. in “Change” by Graeme Maxton.

    1. I liked eastern Europe, it was a friendly place. People hear about the iron curtain and imagine a big, scary metal wall, but it was a lot more like the US/Mexico border; guard shacks on the highways but mostly open space in between.

  34. The webpage deleted my comment when I went to post it even tho’ it had already recognized that I am a subscriber and I answered all the captcha nonsense. And this was one of the rare times I forgot to copy the message before trying to post it. In any case, rather than try to recreate the thing I will just post this quote from Henry Thoreau’s “Walden” which expresses the same basic thought I articulated in my lost forever comment, albeit more eloquently:

    What good I do, in the common sense of that word, must be aside from my main path, and for the most part wholly unintended. Men say, practically, Begin where you are and such as you are, without aiming mainly to become of more worth, and with kindness aforethought go about doing good. If I were to preach at all in this strain, I should say rather, Set about being good. As if the sun should stop when he had kindled his fires up to the splendor of a moon or a star of the sixth magnitude, and go about like a Robin Goodfellow, peeping in at every cottage window, inspiring lunatics, and tainting meats, and making darkness visible, instead of steadily increasing his genial heat and beneficence till he is of such brightness that no mortal can look him in the face, and then, and in the mean while too, going about the world in his own orbit, doing it good, or rather, as a truer philosophy has discovered, the world going about him getting good

  35. Never give up.
    Never surrender.

    When they’ve chopped off your arms and legs, you can still bite them.

    1. Activate the Omega 13.
      It’s only a flesh wound.

    2. Monty Python film the Holy Grail?

      1. And Galaxy Quest.

    3. “We will fill the firmament with arrows such that it will blot out the Sun !”
      “Good, then we can fight in the shade.”

  36. Shelagh Bouttell Avatar
    Shelagh Bouttell

    “Perpetrate regular small acts of sedition, and then surrender to whatever life brings”. Thank you for this piece of clarity and positivity… ya, the shit show is overwhelming.

  37. david outa bolelwang Avatar
    david outa bolelwang

    It’s all in the mind. We are all caught up in the hustle and bustle to earn a living and to put food on the table. Little do we realize that the forces of oppression and slavery are the ones who created the conditions of deprivation and want which won’t go away until we recover our voices as individuals and communities. It doesn’t take top level formal education to have a voice and to see that injustice reigns supreme in life today. Thanks for the call to rally in demand of our right to live and to breathe freely without some warmonger threatening our existence as if we owed it to them to be on earth.

  38. It might be helpful to think of human society as organic and not separate from the world. There appears to be a real, solid division between two life philosophies, but when you get past the posturing, people become more authentic and tend to have the same concerns and hopes. So, maybe try to skip the posturing and bring authenticity. Be yourself in a nice way, and if the stuff hits the spinning, cooling device, you might be surprised that people come together to pick up the pieces. Becoming alienated, paranoid and depressed over social conditions is a waste of precious life. Instead, shine a light when able. These words and four bucks will get you a Starbucks coffee.

  39. Look at the following timeline 37:30 on this interview between Scott Ritter and Leonid Petrovich Reshetnikov, a former Soviet and Russian secret service agent, Lieutenant-General of Foreign Intelligence Service, director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (2009 – 2017. The group behind the Deep State, the one who does not need to ask the president but demand is the one mentioned by a former senior US diplomat in a meeting between Leonid and him. The “new manifest” derived from the previous one has only one difference which is America has a “sacred”, “holy” mission on this world to rule all nations under god. If they have to use nazi sympathizers or any fascist to achieve what it needs – kill millions to rule over billions. “Manifest Destiny, a phrase coined in 1845, is the idea that the United States is destined—by God, its advocates believed—to expand its dominion and spread democracy and capitalism across the entire North American continent. The philosophy drove 19th-century U.S. territorial expansion and was used to justify the forced removal of Native Americans and other groups from their homes. The rapid expansion of the United States intensified the issue of slavery as new states were added to the Union, leading to the outbreak of the Civil War.” Who pull the strings is not hard to find once you got the beginning of all.

    1. Morgan Escherly Avatar
      Morgan Escherly

      I wouldn’t mind being ruled by the deep state
      if it was actually doing things to keep the planet habitable
      but they seem to be going in the opposite direction.

      How is it that the US was successful in undermining Russia
      from within yet we didn’t manage to keep control after it came apart?
      Or is Putin just doing what the US empire wants?

      There are so many spinning plates in the air, it’s hard to tell
      what the hell is going to happen next.

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          1. @Voltaire: very interesting interview, thanks. Ritter means a medieval knight in German. That’s what Scott is. Plus a fan of Bob Dylan according to the poster he’s got in the background. Can’t go wrong with that! :o)

  40. Aristotle wrote about monarchy and oligarchy (and other), and the difference was that even a monarch has to care about his human subjects, but the only goal of oligarchy is accumulation of money.
    Therefore acts of sedition against oligarchy have to be directed at the financial system.
    Such as, refusing to participate in it as much as possible, because our participation enriches them.

    1. Morgan Escherly Avatar
      Morgan Escherly

      What if we ordered a bunch of stuff from Amazon
      only to return it all, over and over again?

      We could default on our unsecured loans too, like credit cards etc.
      Older folks are in a better position to do this IMO and need it more too.

  41. Sedition is a crime in the USA, and I suspect that the halocaust has already begun amoungst those who don’t matter anyway; the homeless, the way that they just disappear, here today, gone tomorrow. Sure people more around, but I’ve seen this before, back in the days of the AIDS epidemic, and male hookers just disappeared and if word ever came back as to what happened to them it was always murder. So, it went that whenever someone disappeared it was that they died.

  42. The cost of sanity is indeed alienation, but better an alien than a clone, the world order is clearly trying to make the majority as mad as they clearly are, if they are not already so, how things have changed over the past decades, and not of course for the better. We can only plough on and learn from this painful but highly educational experience, and what ever we do we must not let the bastards grind us down .

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