Yet and still we all feel pain

“Maybe I was just a lost soul, trapped in time
Livin’ in between life and the cracks were blind
Even though we had hopes for dreams that never came
Yet and still we all feel pain”
– “Lost Souls”, Gang Related Soundtrack, 2Pac f/ Outlaw Immortalz

Aint Learning Shit, Except This…

“Welcome to L.A. /
Where you can see the whole city burning /
Cause the cops got uzis and the dealers keep serving /
and your kids ain’t learning shit, except this: /
Sex, power, and wealth. Fuck everything else.”

  • “Los Angeles Times”, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Alvin Nathaniel Joiner aka Xzibit

…Ridicule is not enough.

Of course, ridicule is not enough. It’s necessary to address the concerns and beliefs of those who are taken in by the fraud, or who don’t recognize the nature and significance of the issues for other reasons. If by philosophy we mean reasoned and thoughtful analysis, then it can address the moment, though not by confronting the “alternative facts” but by analyzing and clarifying what is at stake, whatever the issue is. Beyond that, what is needed is action: urgent and dedicated, in the many ways that are open to us.”

– Noam Chomsky, interview with George Yancey

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…blinded by doctrine and ideology

My suspicion is that those who seem oblivious to suffering, whether it is nearby or in remote corners, are for the most part unaware, perhaps blinded by doctrine and ideology. For them, the answer is to develop a critical attitude toward articles of faith, secular or religious; to encourage their capacity to question, to explore, to view the world from the standpoint of others. And direct exposure is never very far away, wherever we live — perhaps the homeless person huddling in the cold or asking for a few pennies for food, or all too many more.”

– Noam Chomsky interview with George Yancey

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…normal workings of democracy.

For liberal opinion, the political crime of the century, as it is sometimes called, is Russian interference in American elections. The effects of the crime are undetectable, unlike the massive effects of interference by corporate power and private wealth, not considered a crime but the normal workings of democracy. That’s even putting aside the record of U.S. “interference” in foreign elections, Russia included; the word “interference” in quotes because it is so laughably inadequate, as anyone with the slightest familiarity with recent history must be aware.”

Noam Chomsky interview with George Yancey