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Thus Spake Greta Thun-Berg

The transcendent neoliberal capitalist order may be invulnerable to blows struck by the weapons of slaves. But it will disintegrate in the presence of a stronger master.

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The Monsters We All Helped Create

While digital tools are indeed democratising, they have also cultivated darker aspects of human nature: Self-righteousness, narcissism, cruelty, ignorance. Hyper-individualism has gone viral, now that we are freed from the restraints of traditional authority.

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Crisis of Confidence

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I don’t know the history of confidence. There are no data from which to make inferences about the evolution of human self-assurance. Did doubt plague the early agriculturalists of the Levant the way it does the youth of today? On waking, did they peer into a puddle and think, You look like trash? Did others regard their own reflection with the audacity of Snow White’s evil stepmother or Dorian Gray?

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Monster Mash

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Syria's Assad (torturer, murderer), India's Modi (vicious zealot), Brazil's Bolsonaro (total madman), Saudi Arabia's MBJ (killer thug), Israel's Netanyahu (moral midget), America's Trump (idiotic climate-change denier), China's Xi (merciless enslaver) - we cannot allow these monsters to...

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Nation against Nation

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On the northern bank of the Ottawa River, amid the hurling of stun grenades and tear-gas cannisters, police and Indigenous militants exchanged gunfire, killing one. It was widely reported that Corporal Marcel Lemay of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the provincial police force, was shot in the face.

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Now, for the first time, we pity USA

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"Over more than two centuries, the United States has stirred a very wide range of feelings in the rest of the world: love and hatred, fear and hope, envy and contempt, awe and anger. But there is one emotion that has never been directed towards the US until now: pity." — Fintan O'Toole

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The Re-Enchantment

The Re-Enchantment

“All of them means all of them” — so said the people of Lebanon, demanding that their leaders be sacked. Belonging to every one of the eighteen officially recognized faiths (and more, one expects, that are not), masses of protestors called for an end to corruption, an end to mismanagement, an end to disparity, and an end to sectarian division; in short, a total overhaul of the country’s political class.

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Information Wants to be Free

Information Wants to be Free

Data is the most consequential commodity in the world. If you have access to it, but don’t need it, it has little value. But if you have no access to it, and desperately need it, it is priceless.

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Surveillance State / Surveillance Capitalism

The authorities can see everything people do, every move they make. This situation is comparable to George Orwell’s 1984 — except this is a more extreme version. The corporations know everything people do, every move they make. This situation is comparable to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
— except this is a more extreme version.

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The New Face of Surveillance

“Big data” is above all the foundational component in a deeply intentional and highly consequential new logic of accumulation that I call surveillance capitalism. This new form of information capitalism aims to predict and modify human behavior as a means to produce revenue and market control.

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Dark Pools of Money

Dark pools of dark money roam the financial ecosystem looking for quick kills. Using sophisticated computer algorithms, traders place thousands of orders per second, only to reverse them a few moments later. Sometimes these...

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The Re-Enchantment of the Political Left

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The greatest trick technology companies ever played was persuading society to surveil itself. These corporations know everything you do, every move you make, every post you share, every “friend” you make. Your every click and scroll is recorded, then used to encourage any behavior, from shopping habits to voting patterns. This situation is comparable to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World — except this is a more extreme version.

We didn't sign up for this. Did you?

Now, before it's too late, we have to act. In the face of rampant techno-tyranny, we must openly mount a resistance ...

... and unleash a force to liberate us from the chains of technocracy gone totalitarian: the Mental Liberation Front.

Digital citizens of the world! Join the fight against the scourge of surveillance capitalism. Crack open its secret code — and take back your mental space by force.

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