Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

SHARING A BUCKET AND A BAG OF PEANUTS…

October 31st, 2014

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE FRANK…

October 31st, 2014

Now is the time to think about the next mayoral election in Cleveland. Frank, it’s time to retire. Time to go. Time to say goodbye. Yet I’m hearing rumors that Mayor Frank Jackson will consider a fourth term. Too much, Frank. He was originally elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2009 & 2013. That’s quite […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V I…

October 31st, 2014

It can be said, therefore, that ideology, as that instrument of internal communication which assures the power structure of inner cohesion is, in the post-totalitarian system, some thing that transcends the physical aspects of power, something that dominates it to a considerable degree and, therefore, tends to assure its continuity as well. It is one […]

WITH SIX BILLION YOU GET EGG ROLL…

October 31st, 2014

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$172,669 FOR NEW RIOT GEAR AHEAD OF VERDICT…

October 31st, 2014

This internal thread concerning events in and about Ferguson, Missouri, is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below. Meanwhile, comments on PZ Myers’ Good Morning, America now exceed 1,600… The police department overseeing the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old has spent tens of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: TRAFFIC CAMERAS SHOULD GO…

October 30th, 2014

Cleveland traffic cameras are emblematic of the inequality built into so much of what happens in the city. First and foremost, I’m told that City Council members have a veto over where (and whether) a stationary camera is placed in their ward. How does that square with the claim it is a safety program? When […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V H…

October 30th, 2014

Western Sovietologists often exaggerate the role of individuals in the post-totalitarian system and overlook the fact that the ruling figures, despite the immense power they possess through the centralized structure of power, are often no more than blind executors of the system’s own internal laws-laws they themselves never can, and never do, reflect upon. In […]

A MONK STOPS AT A HOT DOG VENDER AND ASKS…

October 30th, 2014

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A YEAR OF BARISTAS FOR ABOUT THREE LATTES…

October 29th, 2014

Nine competing specialty coffee shops from around Cleveland have come together to produce a calendar in support of the Cafe Femenino Foundation. The Cleveland Barista Calendar will be available for $15 at all featured coffee shops and select third party retail partners in November. Featuring thirty baristas from Phoenix Coffee Company, The Root Cafe, Rising […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V G…

October 29th, 2014

Because of this dictatorship of the ritual, however, power becomes clearly anonymous. Individuals are almost dissolved in the ritual. They allow themselves to be swept along by it and frequently it seems as though ritual alone carries people from obscurity into the light of power. Is it not characteristic of the post-totalitarian system that, on […]

THE EMPIRE STRIKES OUT…

October 29th, 2014

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HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V F…

October 28th, 2014

If ideology is the principal guarantee of the inner consistency of power, it becomes at the same time an increasingly important guarantee of its continuity. Whereas succession to power in classical dictatorship is always a rather complicated affair (the pretenders having nothing to give their claims reasonable legitimacy, thereby forcing them always to resort to […]

THE SKINNY ON THE SKINNY LAND…

October 28th, 2014

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HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V E…

October 27th, 2014

Yet, as we have seen, ideology becomes at the same time an increasingly important component of power, a pillar providing it with both excusatory legitimacy and an inner coherence. As this aspect grows in importance, and as it gradually loses touch with reality, it acquires a peculiar but very real strength. It becomes reality itself, […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V D…

October 26th, 2014

As the interpretation of reality by the power structure, ideology is always subordinated ultimately to the interests of the structure. Therefore, it has a natural tendency to disengage itself from reality, to create a world of appearances, to become ritual. In societies where there is public competition for power and therefore public control of that […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V C…

October 25th, 2014

The whole power structure (and we have already discussed its physical articulation) could not exist at all if there were not a certain metaphysical order binding all its components together, interconnecting them and subordinating them to a uniform method of accountability, supplying the combined operation of all these components with rules of the game, that […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V B…

October 24th, 2014

If ideology was originally a bridge between the system and the individual as an individual, then the moment he steps on to this bridge it becomes at the same time a bridge between the system and the individual as a component of the system. That is, if ideology originally facilitated (by acting outwardly) the constitution […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V A…

October 23rd, 2014

WE HAVE seen that the real meaning of the greengrocer’s slogan has nothing to do with what the text of the slogan actually says. Even so, this real meaning is quite clear and generally comprehensible because the code is so familiar: the greengrocer declares his loyalty (and he can do no other if his declaration […]

RALPH NADER RIGHTS ON KASICH AND ROLDO…

October 22nd, 2014

Governor John Kasich State of Ohio Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117 Dear Governor Kasich: I have recently been reading articles describing your compassionate conservatism as compared with the more hard-bitten practices of your Republican colleagues. You seem to have a genuine concern for some of the plights of the […]

KNOWING TO DO THE NEXT RIGHT ACTION…

October 22nd, 2014

[T]he potential uses of checklists in everyday life—a list for holiday packing, say, or for getting the kids out of the house every morning (there are hundreds of examples at checklists.com) – aren’t usually matters of life and death. But they are similar in this respect: the idea of making a checklist is so stupidly […]

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