Jibarosoy + revolution   19

The Making of a YouTube Radical - The New York Times
Mr. Cain, 26, recently swore off the alt-right nearly five years after discovering it, and has become a vocal critic of the movement. He is scarred by his experience of being radicalized by what he calls a “decentralized cult” of far-right YouTube personalities, who convinced him that Western civilization was under threat from Muslim immigrants and cultural Marxists, that innate I.Q. differences explained racial disparities, and that feminism was a dangerous ideology.

“I just kept falling deeper and deeper into this, and it appealed to me because it made me feel a sense of belonging,” he said. “I was brainwashed.”
Latino  war  state  Power_materials  Leadership  legitimacy  fear  terrorism  revolution  Psychology 
june 2019 by Jibarosoy
Why the FBI Used Its Kid Gloves on Brett Kavanaugh
Regardless, the cursory background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh — someone whose record shows a commitment to depriving people of their rights, reinforcing inequality and intensifying the oppression of women — stands in stark contrast to the FBI’s invasive investigations of and unwanted attention toward those who stand in opposition to such things.
Latino  war  state  Leadership  Violence_y_Power  Power_materials  revolution 
october 2018 by Jibarosoy
Myths of the American Revolution | History | Smithsonian
Throughout its deliberations, North’s government agreed on one point: the Americans would pose little challenge in the event of war. The Americans had neither a standing army nor a navy; few among them were experienced officers. Britain possessed a professional army and the world’s greatest navy. Furthermore, the colonists had virtually no history of cooperating with one another, even in the face of danger. In addition, many in the cabinet were swayed by disparaging assessments of American soldiers leveled by British officers in earlier wars. For instance, during the French and Indian War (1754-63),
Pol._147  Leadership  revolution  Power_in_America  history 
october 2018 by Jibarosoy
Improv Games for Collaboration
Here are some great improv games to work on collaboration skills.
Pol._147  activities  exercises  Leadership  revolution  Pol.11  Teaching  groupwork  Power_materials 
august 2018 by Jibarosoy
A walking tour of 1767 New York - Curbed NY
The winter of 1767 was a difficult time to walk the streets of New York City as a British soldier. Though the War of Independence would not officially begin until the spring of 1775, tensions in colonial cities like Boston and New York were already running high. Two years earlier, the Stamp Act Protests had brought the city to the brink of bloodshed. New York’s legislature had also refused to fund and implement the Quartering Act of 1765, which was designed to house and feed soldiers flooding into the city after the French and Indian War.

Yet over the winter of 1766-67, one of those soldiers—Bernard Ratzer, a lieutenant in the 60th Regiment of Foot—traipsed across Manhattan and Brooklyn surveying for what would become the most significant map of the city that had ever been created. Considering the low esteem in which the Redcoats were held that winter, it isn’t hard to imagine Ratzer being met with suspicious glances every time he paused on a corner to get his bearings.
Pol._147  colonialism  America  revolution  Teaching  RTTP 
august 2018 by Jibarosoy
Willie Velasquez and the Contras by Antonio Gonzalez
Willie's plan was to meet with the 18-member Congressional Hispanic Caucus and persuade them to vote against Congress authorizing more military aid to the Nicaragua mercenaries called Contras who under CIA guidance had waged guerrilla war mostly in northern Nicaragua since 1981. 30,000 Nicaraguans perished during the Contra war. 

Willie's groups' experiences during their fact-finding mission had convinced them more than ever that Mexican Americans leaders had to take a stand against funding Reagan's "low intensity war" in Nicaragua. At that time involvement in any foreign policy issue was considered off limits by the big majority of Mexican American organizations, especially groups receiving government, corporate or Cuban-exile funding. 
Latinos  Latinos_+_TW  reagonomics  revolution  corruption  Trump  immigration 
may 2018 by Jibarosoy
May 1968: A Month of Revolution Pushed France Into the Modern World - The New York Times
The day was May 3, 1968, and the events that ensued over the following month — mass protests, street battles and nationwide strikes — transformed France. It was not a political revolution in the way that earlier French revolutions had been, but a cultural and social one that in a stunningly short time changed French society.

“In the history of France it was a remarkable movement because it was truly a mass movement that concerned Paris but also the provinces, that concerned intellectuals but also manual workers,” said Bruno Queysanne, who, at the time was an assistant instructor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, one of the country’s most prestigious art and architecture schools.

“Each person that engaged, engaged himself all the way,” he said. “That was how France could stop running, without there being a feeling of injustice or sabotage. The whole world was in agreement that they should pause and reflect on the conditions of existence.”
Latino  war  Leadership  state  Violence_y_Power  fear  Power_materials  revolution  Passions 
may 2018 by Jibarosoy
Printing a Revolution: The Posters of Paris ’68 - The New York Times
The show’s title refers to the way the 1968 protests evolved from uniting the left and people from different backgrounds — middle class and working class — to dividing them when the strikes ended and leftist factions re-emerged. But in those first months of protest, university students, factory workers and government employees joined intellectuals and teachers to try to fulfill the dream of making France a more egalitarian place.
Latino  war  fear  Leadership  state  inequality  Pol._147  revolution  Violence_y_Power  Power_materials 
may 2018 by Jibarosoy
What the founding fathers actually meant by the Second Amendment might surprise you
In fact, the Founders engaged in large-scale disarmament of the civilian population during the American Revolution. The right to bear arms was conditional on swearing a loyalty oath to the government. Individuals who refused to swear such an oath were disarmed.

The notion that the Second Amendment was understood to protect a right to take up arms against the government is absurd. Indeed, the Constitution itself defines such an act as treason.

Gun regulation and gun ownership have always existed side by side in American history. The Second Amendment poses no obstacle to enacting sensible gun laws. The failure to do so is not the Constitution’s fault; it is ours.
constitution  Violence_y_Power  revolution  state  Latino  war  racism  blog  Jibaro_Blog 
february 2018 by Jibarosoy
Why Nations Fail - Wikipedia
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, first published in 2012, is a non-fiction book by Turkish-American economist of Armenian descent Daron Acemoglu from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and British political scientist James A. Robinson from the University of Chicago.

The book applies insights from institutional economics, development economics and economic history to understand why nations develop differently, with some succeeding in the accumulation of power and prosperity and others failing, via a wide range of historical case studies.

The authors also maintain a website (with a blog inactive since 2014) about the ongoing discussion of the book.
pol.639  IPE  international  capitalism  state  Economics  politics  revolution 
january 2018 by Jibarosoy
Donald Trump and the Dangers of Passions in Politics - The Atlantic
People have been wrestling with the problem of the passions in politics as far back as Plato and Aristotle. Plato described three parts of the soul—the appetites (like lust), the spirited (military courage), and reason. Reason was a charioteer trying to control the “dark steed” of the passions. The only way to control the appetites was to force the horse to the ground and whip him until he bled.

It’s a violent metaphor, but the ancient diagram has proven stable, continuing today in modern brain science, and even the Pixar movie Inside Out, which tracks the teenage protagonist’s struggle to understand and control her inner impulses.

The problem of the passions in politics was central to the thinking of America’s founders, as well. Take James Madison, the father of the Constitution. As a boy studying with his tutor Donald Robertson, Madison first learned the idea that “our passions are like Torrents which may be diverted, but not obstructed.”
Passions  reasoning  America  revolution  Violence_y_Power  Power_in_America  teaching_pol_theory 
august 2017 by Jibarosoy
Mission US – For Crown or Colony? | Mission US | THIRTEEN
Mission US – For Crown or Colony?
Take up the role of Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old boy in Boston. The time is the days leading up to the beginning of the Revolutionary War. As Nat, participants make decisions that impact the progression of the game, while learning important facts. Teachers can register an entire class and keep track of their progress through the well-constructed simulation. Don’t miss the fun mini-game “Pennywhistle Hero”!

Two more games have been added to this series. “Flight to Freedom” has students playing the part of a runaway slave in the time leading up to the US Civil War, and “A Cheyenne Odyssey” puts students in the northern plains in 1866 as part of a Native American tribe!
games  Simulations  Passions  reasoning  Teaching  Learning  revolution  Power_in_America 
august 2017 by Jibarosoy
Opposing Capitalist Imperialism: A Speech by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Chris Hedges in Berkeley | Lumpenproletariat
In last night’s speech, portions of which were previously published in printed form (see “Reign of Idiots“, Truthdig, 20 APR 2017), Chris Hedges provided a sincere left critique of our society.  And he disabused many liberals of their fixation on President Trump as the bad guy, which conveniently and problematically takes the Democratic Party off the hook for its role in perpetuating the socioeconomic ills of neoliberalism, capitalism, and imperialism.  “Trump is the symptom. He is not the disease.”
Trump  economy  Power_in_America  revolution  class  Violence_y_Power 
august 2017 by Jibarosoy
The Turner Diaries
There exists such an extensive body of literature on the Great Revolution, including the memoirs of virtually every one of its leading figures who survived into the New Era, that yet another book dealing with the events and circumstances of that time of cataclysmic upheaval and rebirth may seem superfluous. The Turner Diaries, however, provides an insight into the background of the Great Revolution which is uniquely valuable for two reasons: 1) It is a fairly detailed and continuous record of a portion of the struggle during the years immediately before the culmination of the Revolution, written as it happened, on a day-to-day basis. Thus, it is free of the distortion which often afflicts hindsight. Although the diaries of other participants in that mighty conflict are extant, none which has yet been published provides as complete and detailed a record. 2) It is written from the viewpoint of a rank-and-file member of the Organization, and, although it consequently suffers from myopia occasionally, it is a totally frank document. Unlike the accounts recorded by some of the leaders of the Revolution, its author did not have one eye on his place in history as he wrote. As we read the pages which follow, we get a better understanding than from any other source, probably, of the true thoughts and feelings of the men and women whose struggle and sacrifice saved our race in its time of greatest peril and brought about the New Era.
Passions  reasoning  state  racism  Violence_y_Power  revolution  Power_in_America  Race 
august 2017 by Jibarosoy
Unit Study:French Revolution + Free {Storming the Bastille} Game
Normally, I like to start our unit studies with a real aloud from books written about that time period like A Tale of Two Cities or Les Miserables. But again, my time has been short lately, so I have found a nice abridged audio reading of A Tale of Two Cities that the boys could listen to.

Click here as James Mason reads Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.“
Passions  revolution  reasoning  Violence_y_Power  Power_materials  state  Pol.11 
july 2017 by Jibarosoy
A Counterterrorism Expert Explains How We Got Here and What Lies Ahead - The New York Times
Interspersed with such narratives, Soufan offers lucid explanations of a worldview that to casual Western eyes may seem mindlessly nihilistic, but is coherent within its own terms of seeking to establish a caliphate — a theocratic state. The coldblooded strategy behind terrorist attacks on fellow Muslims in the Middle East is to create zones “within the Muslim world so lawless and chaotic that the authority of the state would collapse. Al Qaeda could then rush in to fill the vacuum left by governmental failure, providing the people with much-needed services like education, water and electricity and ruling in accordance with its version of Islam.”
terrorism  war  Latino  Power_materials  Violence_y_Power  Trump  revolution  state  Passions 
july 2017 by Jibarosoy
It’s the Emotions, Stupid - Los Angeles Review of Books
The newly formed Committee of Public Safety, terrified by the prospect of the people again wreaking popular justice as they did in 1792, sought to monopolize it. As Georges Danton famously declared, “We must be terrible, so that the people will not have to be.” Galvanized by Robespierre and Saint-Just, the Committee enacted a series of laws that targeted anyone suspected of being an “enemy of liberty” or lacking “public spiritedness” — categories as broad as they were treacherous. At the same time, revolutionary tribunals lurched into action — less law courts than assembly lines supplying the guillotine with a steady flow of “counterrevolutionaries.”
war  state  Passions  Power_in_America  Violence_y_Power  revolution  reasoning 
june 2017 by Jibarosoy
Did Emotions Cause the Terror? | by Colin Jones | The New York Review of Books
Vargas’s literary success is a reminder of the fascination that the French Revolution of 1789 continues to exert, not simply among historians, but among a wider public. It is also symptomatic of the Revolution’s broader cultural reception that the novel focuses particularly on the Terror of 1793–1794.2 In France under the Terror the government deployed institutionalized violence and decreed the mass execution of political opponents. Robespierre was, as a member of the Committee of Public Safety that governed France in these years, one of the Terror’s foremost leaders, its principal ideologist, and one of its most striking victims.
war  state  Passions  Violence_y_Power  Power_materials  revolution 
june 2017 by Jibarosoy

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