2011/10/20

Robert Reich at Occupy San Francisco

Robert Reich spoke at Occupy SF on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011. He presents a left-liberal point of view, setting out the premise that progressives can save capitalism. I disagree with much of that, but am impressed to see a liberal icon out on the streets with a megaphone, expounding on economics and the moral nature of the Occupy movement to ordinary people.

There's quite a bit at this article at the Daily Kos, but I've transcribed a section of question and answer below.



Transcript


Military spending


This extraordinary - the doubling of defense spending after 9/11, and what is that being done to the economy? Well, I'll tell you, what it means is, we don't have the money for schools, we don't have the money to fix our roads and bridges and public transportation, we don't have the money for healthcare, we can't do what we need to do in this country. And if I were asked, you know, what would one of my planks be in terms of change, I'd say, at least, at least, cut in half the defense budget.

2011/10/12

Letter to Wikileaks Supporters: Bradley Manning's hearing is FINALLY coming up!

This email was sent out to the Wikileaks Support Announcement list.



As I've said before, I believe that the most important task related to defending Wikileaks is to defend Bradley Manning. His pre-trial hearing (after more than 500 days in jail) will be announced any day now. We would love to have a large and immediate response to send a message to the powers-that-be.

We were able to improve Bradley's conditions in jail through our activism. A large turnout will help Bradley get a public, instead of a closed, trial, which in turn tremendously improves his chances of going free or getting a shorter sentence.

2011/10/10

Žižek at Occupy Wall Street

Well, this is just a wonderful confluence. Slavoj Žižek spoke at Occupy Wall Street on Sunday, October 9th, 2011, at noon. Here is the YouTube video of it in two parts. The human amplification makes for slow going. Thanks to 600euros for transcribing, which I cleaned up below. Thanks also to visitordesign for posting the videos.

Part 1 of 2



Part 2 of 2