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Martin Luther King, Jr. And The “Triple Evils”

January 20, 2015

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a day to remember and honor the life, civil rights accomplishments, and legacy of the great Civil Rights leader.

In honor of Dr. King, I will be posting quotes from some of Dr. King’s speeches and articles, photos, and information about his civil rights activity.

The first posts will come from “The King Philosophy”, an overview statement of Dr. King’s civil rights philosophy that king facedetermined and impacted his strategy for the Civil Right Movement. The Philosophy statement is found on The King Center website.

The four parts of the Philosophy are: “Three Evils”, “Six Principles of Nonviolence”,”Six Steps of nonviolent Social Change”, and “The Beloved Community”.

The first post in entitled “Triple Evils”.

TRIPLE EVILS 

The Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and MILITARISM are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community. When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils. To work against the Triple Evils, you must develop a nonviolent frame of mind as described in the “Six Principles of Nonviolence” and use the Kingian model for social action outlined in the “Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change.”

Some contemporary examples of the Triple Evils are listed next to each item:

Poverty – unemployment, homelessness, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, infant mortality, slums…

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it. The time has come for an all-out world war against poverty … The well off and the secure have too often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these.”

Racism – prejudice, apartheid, ethnic conflict, anti-Semitism, sexism, colonialism, homophobia, ageism, discrimination against disabled groups, stereotypes…

“Racism is a philosophy based on a contempt for life. It is the arrogant assertion that one race is the center of value and object of devotion, before which other races must kneel in submission. It is the absurd dogma that one race is responsible for all the progress of history and alone can assure the progress of the future. Racism is total estrangement. It separates not only bodies, but minds and spirits. Inevitably it descends to inflicting spiritual and physical homicide upon the out-group.”

Militarism – war, imperialism, domestic violence, rape, terrorism, human trafficking, media violence, drugs, child abuse, violent crime…

“A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war- ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’ This way of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Source: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Boston: Beacon Press, 1967. 

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Know More Than “They” Want Us To Know

February 17, 2014

We only know what “They” want us to know.

Six major media corporations – Columbia Broadcasting Companies (CBS), Disney, National Broadcasting Company-Universal, News Corporation, Time-Warner, and get educatedViacom – control 90% of what America listens to, reads, and watches.

Two hundred and thirty-two media executives control what 277 million Americans read, watch, and listen to.

That is what goes into our brains via morning talk shows, “who is your baby’s daddy” shock and repulse spectacles, the evening news, prime time television dance and musical competitions, police dramas, sit-coms, and weight loss face-off shows. That is what “informs” and “entertains” us.

For the most part, the news is biased and the shows are inane. Intended to shape and distract us. To keep our minds stupefied and off of things such as corporate dominated government, economic inequality, job loss, poverty, and perpetual war.

“That’s why they call it ‘programming'”, someone has written.

So, it is critical that we seek other sources for our news and information if we are going to be informed, well-educated, and prepared for meaningful engagement in today’s real life world. And, there are many alternative sources that we can turn to for different perspectives on and analyses of current events and the socio-economic-political issues that affect each of us and our families every day.

The blogs, news, and organization sites that are linked in the right-hand column are some of those resources.

Let’s get educated and know more than “They” want us to know.

Get informed and educated and involved in the world around you. That’s when we will begin to see positive, Progressive change in our communities.

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“‘Educate yourselves because we’ll need all your intelligence. Agitate because we’ll need all your enthusiasm. Organize yourselves because we’ll need all your strength.”

~ Antonio Gramsci ~

“Stay Right Here”

November 27, 2011

We’re going to “stay right here” and take a stand against corporate greed and its plutocratic influence over our  government and its devastating effect on our economy and our lives.

This song by labor balladeer, Dave Rovics, may well become the theme song for the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

No Banker Left Behind

September 4, 2011

Thank you, Ry Cooder.

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Ry, perhaps we could ask you to write some songs about insurance companies, austerity programs, the government and big business attack on public sector unions, the decline in working and middle class incomes, the growing income inequality gap in the United States, the need for progressive taxation, the creation of jobs, and the protection of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, to name just a few of the many pressing issues that we are confronted with today.

Thank you.

A “Working Man” Salute To the Workers of Wisconsin

February 18, 2011

If you have been listening to or watching the news the past several days, you know that Wisconsin’s public sector unions and workers are being targeted by the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, and the Republican Senate  in an austerity assault to combat that state’s budget woes.

Austerity is an attempt to bring the state’s economy and budget under control by limiting unions in their activities, rights, and benefits and cutting the budgets of public services which means reducing aid and assistance for those who need it the most. At the same, the austerity assault refuses to impose a progressive income tax on the wealthy and corporations, close loop holes that serve the rich and corporations, and cut spending in other budget line items that are superfluous.

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Wisconsin Workers, We Salute You

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Yesterday, 30,000 people gathered at the Wisconsin State capital to express their opposition to Governor Walker’s attempts to restrict the activities of the state’s public sector unions, Democratic senators fled the state to avoid a Senate vote on the issue, and teachers walked out of schools and called in sick to join the protest.

Wisconsin’s attempt to restrict union activity and impose austerity cuts in the budget is only the first of what will prove to be many state austerity campaigns over the next several months. (We are also seeing it at the federal level.)

Join the people of Wisconsin, growing numbers of others around the country, and me as we support unions and public sector workers – teachers, fire fighters, law enforcement personnel, nurses, and others – as they take a stand for their rights as working men and women.

Laying Low

July 10, 2009

I have not posted anything for quite some time and actually had to go through quite a process to recover my password. Now that I can get back into the scottspeak blog, I hope to be writing and posting some new things.

“Dixie Chicken” – Little Feat

April 5, 2009

Little Feat was one of my very favorite bands in the 1970s. Lowell George was the front man and lyricist extraordinaire. Unfortunately, after George’s death the band never had the same place in my heart that it did when he was alive.

I had the opportunity to see Little Feat twice, both times in Houston in the mid-late 70’s. The most memorable of the two was a New Year’s Eve show at the old Coliseum in the downtown area.

Here’s a little “Dixie Chicken” for your Sunday afternoon lunch.

(The lighting isn’t that great but the audio is.)