History of Anarchism among newly emigrated communities to America

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New book/podcast and older but still well worth a watch documentary:

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Kenyon Zimmer, “Immigrants Against the State” | New Books in American Studies #87

In Immigrants Against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America (University of Illinois, 2015), Kenyon Zimmer, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas, Arlington, examines the anarchist movements and ideas of immigrants to the United States from the 1880’s through the 1940’s. Using sources in half a dozen different languages, Zimmer builds an in-depth picture of these movements’ achievements and challenges. This book is a definitive transnational history of working-class immigrant radicalism, which suggests that anarchist ideas are very much still relevant today. —Interviewer Max Kaiser

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Free Voice of Labour: The Jewish Anarchists

“Free Voice of Labor, traces the history of the Yiddish anarchist newspaper of that name—publishing its final issue after 87 years—as told by its now elderly, but decidedly unbowed staff. Also included is first hand accounts of the labor organizing, propaganda, educational experiments, and monumental contributions from these cherished, if largely unsung, heroes of the American anarchist movement.”—AKPress

“A wonderful evocation of the radical political past and what has become of its activists in their old age. It takes it’s name from the Yiddish anarchist newspaper, which finally died in 1987 at the age of 87. The film is an oral history, given by those who lived through the era. It’s more than merely that, however. It uses clips from old movies, in Yiddish, that dealt with the ugliness of the sweatshop. You hear the Yiddish songs and poems inveighing against oppression and calling for the people to rise up.

But the joy in the film lies in the people who belonged to the movement. They have aged gracefully, with their sentiments unchanged, but with their world different in ways they would never have dreamed of years ago. They speak with humor of demostrations, picket lines, battles of long ago. They speak as Jews, but secular Jews whose visions were of an unbossed universality. They are grandmas and grandpas, as sunny and mellow as any others, but their courage, intelligence and social concern still shines in their faces. They were a movement, mostly nonviolent, unlike the caricature anarchist bomb-thrower, but their families have grown into middle-class America. They no longer fight, but they still think.”—New York Times

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New Playlist: Film Clips & Analysis

 

Tony Benn – Will & Testament Clips

Went to see the film in a small cinema in Liverpool. It’s a deeply personal portrayal of his family life and career which affected the lives of so many in this country and internationally, which had people in the cinema tearing up and standing to clap at the end.

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Hell or High Water Clips

Brother outlaws aim to payback a loan on their recently deceased mother’s house, with money taken from the predatory bankers who gave out the high interest loan, betting on them never being able to pay and getting to seize the house.

2 sherrifs, one coming up on retirement, the other a first nations person, wrestle with their modern values in relation to what historical values they’re supposed to have and what it is they’re supposed to be protecting.

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Suzanne 2013 Clip – Sisters jailhouse reunion

Really amazing drama, even just the time-span they manage to cover so well from childhood to motherhood:

Film Description: A single mother in adolescence, Suzanne lives with her father and sister. Her life changes when she falls in love with Julian, a petty criminal.

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Calvary Film Clip – On Integrity

Can’t recommend the film enough, try to get the directors cut for a long winding road through every facet of the moral challenges a preist is expected to deal with in a modern day village in Ireland.

Film Description: An honest and good-hearted priest (Brendan Gleeson) wrestles with a cynical, spiteful community after he receives a death threat from an unknown parishioner.

Snippet from a review called Calvary: A religious movie for atheists:

Ostensibly a black comedy, Calvary is more often frightening than funny. Father Lavelle (a superb Brendan Gleeson) visits a former pupil-turned-cannibalistic serial killer (played to creepy effect by Gleesons real-life progeny, Domhnall) in prison, and asks what human flesh tastes like; he replies, icily, and with sickening relatability, like pheasant its very gamey. Later, the local doctor, in the form of old-reliable Aidan Gillen, relays the story of a procedure gone wrong, in which a young boy was put under a mishandled dose of anaesthetic for a routine operation and subsequently woke up blind, deaf, dumb and paralysed.

In the horror of a world like that our world Calvary doesn’t treat some unseen force, one which it accepts not everyone can relate to, as the saviour. Instead, it is the good man at the heart of this wicked tale, a man driven by a moral code, who acts as the ultimate hero. Calvary makes the argument that the modern church lives not in the service of God, but in the service of people, and its a film that might even make sense of religion for atheists.

I’ve not become born again after watching Calvary, but McDonaghs film succeeds where Noah didn’t because it tolerates both believers and non-believers equally, and isn’t as violently opposed one way or the other, in the way that, say, The Passion of the Christ was strictly for and PTA’s cynical There Will Be Blood was vehemently against. It takes a long-overdue stand against loud, unglamorous media reports and counters that not all of religion is corrupted. Calvary is a stunning film, not least because it convincingly argues that there are still good people of faith out there, as it successfully speaks to both the religious and non-religious alike.

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House M.D. | The Social Contract

Ruminations on nature & nurture, existence & essence, belief, social contract and egoist practice.

Snippet from a review by Barbara Barnett:

“Does it bother you that we have no social contract?” House (Hugh Laurie) asks Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) regarding the unique nature of their relationship in this weeks’ House, M.D. episode, appropriately titled “The Social Contract.” While exploring the necessity of the social niceties and collaborative lies we sometimes need in order to survive in society, the story provides a framework for examining House and Wilson’s personalities and their deep friendship — and their own somewhat perverse “social contract.”

At the end of the episode, House asks Wilson if it bothers him that they “don’t have the normal social contract?” But as their conversation continues (Nick’s life resumes as if it had been merely on “pause”) it is clear that House and Wilson do have a social contract. It’s a bit perverse certainly, but it exists. Although House cannot tell Wilson beautiful lies to make him feel better, he can tell him beautiful truths. And for someone who beats himself up out of guilt, beautiful truths can be much more effective — especially coming from House.

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Clip – Commitment to character gets personal

Still not sure how I feel about Jim’s portrayal of Andy, but they’re both amazing comedians & actors in their own right. A lot of people want to find and re-watch a scene like this to figure out what it means to them.

It also got put up in this article of a high profile website interviewing celebrities, so it’s reached 179,884 views anyhow.

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Last Cab to Darwin – Just the phone calls

Really great film, based on a true story and adapted from a theater play.

“A terminally ill cabdriver picks up an indigenous drifter and a backpacker while traveling through the Australian Outback to get euthanized.”

You can watch the trailer here.

Director: Jeremy Sims
Screenplay: Reg Cribb
Actors: Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford

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Dead Man Analysis – Psychedelic Western, Colonialism & Spiritual Purgatory

The original video contained a lot of unverified film theory which I think does hold weight, but for this video just wanted to spread the really great analysis contained within for quick viewing.

Analysis of the film Dead Man, asking why is William Blake in purgatory?:

  • Introduction and plot summary
  • Purgatory – Who is Mr Dickinson and what do horses symbolise?
  • Stupid Fucking White Men – Why does Nobody ask for tobacco? Themes of genocide and broken contracts (land treaties).
  • Blake’s Journey – Peyote, spirit quest and new found reverence for culture.

You can watch the original longer version here, with further character analysis, reincarnation theory and more detail on the genocide theme.

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Christopher Hitchens On Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’

When it isn’t luridly statistic and demagogic it’s fortunately boring so Mr. Gibson and his father who both support this they claim sometimes we Catholics but actually they are in rebellion against Rome, they’re members of a right-wing schismatic fundamentalist group as I said, have absolutely assured themselves a wave of publicity by picking a quarrel with the Jews and by recycling the most ancient primitive Christian allegations of Christ killing against the Jewish people. In the film the Roman authorities are – pictured as puppets you know in a Jewish Empire completely without power of their own always having to answer to Jewish high priest enforced to torture to death a man who they believed to be innocent, this is this is a very very old slander and misrepresentation it’s unbelievably crued and irresponsible of Gibson to do so he’s done so in order to try and sell tickets I think it’s a great cultural disgrace.

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New Playlist: Channels who deleted their content and some where are they now?

Showing up to 4 videos per channel for easy viewing, but you can view the full list here.

 

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Had a change in direction

Image result for fitonraw profileUnnatural Vegan (Fit on Raw)

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TheVeganAtheist

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Essena O’Neill (Archive)essena o'neill

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Charles Marlowe (The Vegan Cheetah)Image result for vegan cheetah

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Matt Blunt (Powsimian)powsimian

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Ask Yourselfold ay

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Image result for richie fruitbatRichard Spry (Richie Fruitbat)

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Charmed Elegance

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Critical Thought

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Vegan Emily (Vegan Veins)

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Fit With Immy (That Thai Vegan Girl)

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Deleted all their videos

Ali Tabrizi (The Friendly Activist)

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Related imageAmanda Hendrick

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Bea Weston

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Adrienna Cheshire

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https://activistjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/9816a-17934300_1910300152588094_8438167571793969152_a.jpgLiam Anthony

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Ethologos

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Hungry 4 Starch

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That Irish Vegan Girl

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Forever Vegan

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Deleted their channel

joe veganJoe Vegan

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Drew V (Drew Rice)drew v.png

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Darren McStravickhttps://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRTUCwri6Lri59iFdgYcK440of-gH4g6suPKpZfFpP-tIKFPgJN

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Leah Dawson (American Unicorn)american_unicorn's profile picture

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Zahria269Related image

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Conradical VeganConradicalVegan

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Brett Rawlings

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Jake Eames

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Vegan Hair

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The Vegan SocialistImage

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Jessica Naners

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Mangomary

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Veganut

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New Playlist: Ethics – Authentic Philosophical Conversations

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Stoicism & Existentialism; Compare & Contrast

A discussion between Massimo Pigliucci & Skye Cleary, with Daniel Kaufman moderating.

You can read the full color coded transcript here and find the original video on Meaningoflife.tv who operate a great vibrant discussion board under each philosophy video too.

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Daniel Kaufman On Intuitionism and Folk Psychology

Where a part from one conversation nicely finishes off a part of an earlier conversation that reached a deadlock. Does the “self” exist? & The Scientific Image of Man.

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Saul Newman: Post-Anarchism from Revolution

Original video with french title and subtitles. I re-uploaded, gave it an english title and english subtitles so you can read the parts where the wind makes it difficult to hear.

Saul Newman is Professor of Political Theory at Goldsmiths University, London.

Essays:

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New Playlist: Activism – Current Political Movements & Projects

 

Why Westminster is not a democracy by Mhairi Black

Mhairi Black MP describes in detail why Westminster cannot be considered a ‘functioning democracy’. Mhairi spoke here as a guest of the Scottish Secular Society.

You can watch the full talk here and follow Scottish Independence Live Events on Facebook where I found the source footage.

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Common Agriculture Policy Animation

Socialism for the Rich and Capitalism for the Poor.

Full 23m documentary here.

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Alex Salmond on Project Fear – Question Time EU Ref Special 26th June 2016

First video I ever uploaded to the channel so I could share on facebook. Having question time on in the background with the family, a British affair that produces little in the way of substance on it’s own, except to get people viewing talking. Still you can say would be an improvement on many countries around the world like leaders having to face a weekly interegation from a house of representatives.

So anyway was welcome sight to see Alex Salmond really hit it out the park summing up both the scottish and brexit referendums and the tabloid press’s impact.

Alex Salmond: Project fear on our economy was a re-run of the Scottish referendum of 2014, the problem is that Mr.Cameron and Osborne didn’t understand that in that case they had the others to do their dirty work; The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun. This time they were trying to get the sewage out, but didn’t have the sewer to transmit it to the electorate, because they were on the other side. So they ran a project fear, with no transmision mechanism, but let me tell you, I deplore that, I deprecate that, but that’s nothing like the project fear that divides communities on the basis of the color of a persons skin, and that, I know that people who voted out are not racist, I know that, but I tell you what the campaigns, and not just the unofficial one of UKIP, but the other campaign, featured immigration at their heart, because they believed that was their winning card and indeed it turned out to be their mis-information winning card.

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Ireland Celebrates Yes Vote, No Camp Discuss New Battle Plan

For the longest time abortion remained illegal in Ireland because of the release valve of pressure from women being able to travel to receive treatment abroad. But the work to highlight the awful avoidable deaths of patients who weren’t took a lot of work and eventually resulted in a change in legislation.

Just took a few seconds of searching to find some laughably out of touch hate preachers reaction to the result of the referendum and mixed it with a music video party for how many would be celebrating in Ireland that night.

“Now’s the time for the protestants to step up before the Catholics have an opportunity to do so… I know you guys have fought the Catholics pretty hard before…”

NY Post – This tattooed hipster says abortion deserves the death penalty

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New Playlist: Educational – Vegan/Freegan/Low-Impact Advocacy

An introduction to the philosophy behind reducing your impact on the living world and going vegan for ecology & ethics.

 

 

Mod Vegan: The Future Of Veganism & Vegan Technology

Chris: Are we going to reach that ultimate vegan world? Do you think its’s in our grasp?

Margaret: I think it is, I think that it may take some time to reach you know a hundred percent level, obviously I think that’s going to take a little bit longer to achieve something like that, but I think it’s easily achievable for it to become the majority way of living in the future and I can see people looking down on meat eaters in the future as people who just you know won’t get with the program. I think that that’s more likely, what we’re going to see is this, just because it comes easier to do it, becomes more affordable, I think a lot of people are going to have kind of a post-hok justification of their behavior, a lot of people are going to eat plant-based food, drink plant-based milks, not necessarily because they’re such great people, but because it’s more affordable and then they’re gonna say well I’m vegan, you know? I think that’s gonna happen.

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Love this answer by Ethologic on Freeganism

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Penan Relationship To Animals – Nomadic Hunters Against Livestock Farming

I got the boxset of Tribe on my 14th birthday, I think, used to watch them on my playstation in the corner of my bedroom after everyone had gone to sleep. This spurred me into insisting on getting to join and fundraise for a company taking school groups to Malaysia. The start of my wonderlust. Living with peasent rice farmers and building bamboo bridges over rainy season tributaries with villagers who would blowdart frogs for a late night snack to be roasted on the campfire. I would openly reject the frogs and rice wine to the dismay of my teacher / group leader, a service relationship for tourists in which they didn’t feel the least agreeved, but I did form a welcome bond with many asking sincere questions about what was plain to see of the still mostly feudal society.

 

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