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    http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/plutocracy/

    Plutocracy maps the history of political repression in the USA, a multi-part series by filmmaker Scott Noble. Part I focuses on the the ways in which the American people have historically been divided on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex and skill level.
    Plutocracy: Divide et Impera includes sections on the American Constitution; the Civil War draft riots; Reconstruction; Industrialization; the evolution of the police; the robber barons; early American labor unions; and major mid-to-late 19th Century labor events including the uprising of 1877, the Haymarket Affair, the Homestead strike and the New Orleans General Strike. The introduction examines the West Virginian coal wars of the early 20th Century, culminating in the Battle of Blair Mountain.
    Plutocracy is the first documentary to comprehensively examine early American history through the lens of class. Part II ('Solidarity Forever') will cover the late 19th Century to the early twenties.
    The filmmaker is currently seeking donations to complete the project. If you'd like to help, you can donate to their Patreon account.
    Sources: http://metanoia-films.org/plutocracy/

    Metanoia

    From the Greek – to perceive, to think, the result of perceiving or observing – metanoia means “a change of mind.”
    In Theology, metanoia is used to refer to the change of
    mind which is brought about in repentance.
    The prefix “meta-” carries with it other variants that are
    consistent with the Eastern Greek philosophical mindset,
    “Meta-” is additionally used to imply “beyond” and “outside of.”
    E.g., metamorphosis as a beyond-change; and, metaphysics as
    outside the limits of physics.
    The Greek term for repentance, metanoia, denotes a change of mind, a
    reorientation, a fundamental transformation of outlook, of an individual’s vision of the
    world and of her/himself, and a new way of loving others and the Universe. In the words of a
    second-century text, The Shepherd of Hermas, it implies “great understanding,” discernment.
    In Carl Jung’s psychology, metanoia indicates a spontaneous attempt of the psyche to heal itself of
    unbearable conflict by melting down and then being reborn in a more adaptive form.
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    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    Anyone who wants a good and quick lesson in the real structure of society and real history could do well to watch any of these films, or tell their friends who may not be so enlightened to do so....

    http://metanoia-films.org/films/

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    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    Fake News?
    Hello everyone,
    I rarely send out emails on topical issues but decided to make an exception in this case.
    There is a bizarre Orwellian effort underway by old media outlets like The Washington Post -- organizations that have consistently promoted disinformation and propaganda virtually from the time of their founding -- to label independent alternative media "fake news." They are working in concert with tech giants and social media outlets like Google, Facebook and Twitter. Frankly it all seems rather desperate.
    There is even a strange and plainly ridiculous neo-McCarthyite co-strategy involved. Evidently it is designed to tie dissidents in the United States to Russia and Vladimir Putin. This is strongly reminiscent of previous efforts to portray leftists in eg Guatemala or Nicaragua of being Soviet spies, or indeed MLK and the "New Left" of being stooges for the Soviet Union. Adding to the surreality of the whole affair, these accusations are being leveled at the far right as well as the left and independent researchers.
    Anyone who has followed these issues closely already knows that these media corporations, owned by a handful of billionaires and closely linked to the "intelligence community," have censored content from their users. It appears that this pattern of deception is about to get much, much worse.
    If anyone has any doubt about the propagandistic nature of corporate media they may wish to view my films Psywar and The Power Principle II: Propaganda. The sub-header to Psywar is "The real battlefield is the mind." I meant that quite literally. This shouldn't even be controversial outside of grade school. Whether it was "Remember the Main!", Gulf of Tonkin, WMD's or "Israel did nothing wrong!", the corporate media consists mostly of whimpering sycophants who serve power, not truth.

    Here: Bloomberg news, owned by NY billionaire Michael Bloomberg, crusher of Occupy Wall Street, claims that Mark Zuckerberg's new "truth police" will determine what is suitable "news" for the American people. Say what?
    A "blacklist" has been created of "fake news" websites. The list includes dubious click-bait websites and promoters of disinformation, bigotry and general quackery. However it also includes media orgs of an anarchist bent; "deep politics" websites; and leftist websites that remain independent of the Democratic Party establishment.
    Some of the blacklisted sites have promoted my own work, including Films For Action, Counterpunch, Information Clearing House, Global Research, Black Agenda Report, Paul Craig Roberts and the Corbett Report.
    It is my hope that this rather lame attempt at Orwellian mind control backfires a la "The Streisand Effect," described as a "phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet."
    Many of the blacklisted websites are indeed garbage. But many are jewels in the rough and frankly superior to much of what passes for "journalism" in the 21st century.
    According to a Gallup poll conducted in September, Americans' trust in corporate media is at an all time low. Perhaps this is an opportunity to turn the tables. I signed up for Twitter last year but have since abandoned the platform. Unless you're very pithy indeed, Twitter is mostly trash. Alternatives to Google are available. Facebook is useless and potentially very harmful. If you want your friends to know what music and movies you like just tell them.
    The UK government has announced that it will make people's entire Internet history available to police and other authorities -- minus politicians, of course. This is horrifying. Along with the obvious chilling effect for free speech, and the ability to compile "lists" of a much more sinister nature than alleged "fake news" websites, the possibilities for blackmail are endless. What is to stop them from actually faking a person's internet history?

    Ordinarily I would suggest using TOR or a VPN, but I'm not convinced that there aren't honeypots in some anonymizing services as well; I mean, it would make sense. I would at least hope that people recognize the danger of self-censorship when it comes to political affairs. I explored this topic when I covered the NSA in part I of "Counter-Intelligence" and compared mass surveillance to the Panopticon prison model developed by Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century. The ideal slave is someone who polices themselves and does not require coercion by authorities.

    Ideally, someone will leak the Internet history of every British politician who authorized this travesty. Other, even more creative counter-intelligence strategies should and presumably will be developed by freedom loving hackers.
    Some of you have emailed me asking what I think of the American Presidential election. I have been reminded of Frank Zappa's quote that "Government is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex." If the degenerates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the best the ruling class can offer, then it's clearly time for restart aka a revolution.
    Speaking of independent news sites, Socialist Worker has reviewed Part II of my "Plutocracy" series. It is mostly positive and a pretty good recounting of the film's contents. There is some criticism toward the end that the film is less cohesive than part I, which I suppose is fair. As the reviewer herself acknowledges, the "progressive era" was one of the most complicated affairs in American history. Although a strictly linear approach may have been more superficially "cohesive" it would have been less enlightening, since the seminal events in American history relating to mechanization and de-skilling; sexual, ethnic and racial conflict; voting rights; labor unions etc. were not strictly chronological.
    Ultimately I would like to go all the way up to the present day. Since I have no funders except my supporters I have no need to pull any punches on any particular issue, no matter how controversial. Just the facts ma'am.
    Thank you to everyone who donated to the fundraiser and thank you to everyone supporting me via Patreon. I hope to have the next installment online in about four months. It will cover roughly 1912 to Back Tuesday and will be titled Plutocracy III: Class War.

    Scott Noble
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    The third installment in the "Plutocracy" documentary series is now available for viewing online. It is titled Plutocracy III: Class War. Apologies for the previous email; this link works.

    https://vimeo.com/221675839

    I had hoped to release the film on the hundredth anniversary of America's entry into WWI but didn't quite finish in time. As it turns out, Donald Trump decided to bomb Syria on that date, dispelling any hopes that American foreign policy would fundamentally change under the new administration.
    With Class War I bring the Plutocracy series full circle, ending just before the Battle of Blair Mountain, where Part I began. The film opens with the Ludlow massacre of 1914, perhaps the most notorious American labor event of the 20th century. Those of you who watched my first documentary effort, Psywar, will recall that Ludlow also resulted in the birth of the modern public relations and "crisis management" industries via Ivy Lee and the Rockefeller Foundation. Along with Walter Lippman, Edward Bernays and other intellectuals, Ivy Lee went on to serve as a propagandist under the Creel Committee during WWI.
    WWI is the centerpiece of Class War, and the title has a dual meaning. Beyond the massive bloodshed of the war itself -- killing mostly working class men -- there was also a war at home. Draconian legislation was passed -- some of which remains on the books. The previously marginal Bureau of Investigation (later to be known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI) came into its own under a young J. Edgar Hoover. The Espionage Act of 1917, which has been used in the modern era to persecute or threaten whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, was used to incarcerate numerous great figures of the age such as socialist leader Eugene Debs and anarchist leader Ricardo Flores Magon. It was also used to break up the Industrial Workers of the World -- the most radical union in the history of the United States.
    I covered the IWW (aka the Wobblies) extensively in part II of the series ("Solidarity Forever") and continue their story in part III. In terms of personal tales I focus on Joe Hill, Frank Little and Wesley Everest. The latter two men were lynched by right-wing vigilantes in collusion with police; Hill was lynched by the state for a crime he didn't commit and executed by firing squad. Less well known are Frank Mooney and Warren Billings, two labor leaders who were framed for a 1916 bombing in San Francisco and spent over 20 years in prison. I also return to the inspiring Lawrence Textile strike, briefly covered in Part II, and the stories of Arturo Giovannetti and Joseph Ettor.
    Bleeding through WWI was the "red scare", in which immigrants involved in the labor movement were rounded up, denied due process rights and in many cases deported (among them Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman), as well as the "red summer," a series of riots against blacks in 1919. As I have done in previous entries of the series, I try to stress the role that class conflict played and continues to play in causing racism and other forms of division.
    Against this backdrop was a bombing campaign allegedly committed by the "Galleanists" (after Luigi Galleani), a group of mostly Italian American anarchists committed to the "propaganda by the deed" strategy. I cast doubt on the claim that all of these bombings were organic in nature, noting the widespread use of agent provocateurs by private detective agencies and police.
    Chris Hedges wrote, "World War I ushered in the modern era. The war bequeathed industrial killing - wars fought with machines and sustained by industrial production - as well as vast wartime bureaucracies, which could for the first time administer and organize impersonal mass slaughter over months and years that left hundreds or thousands dead in an instant, many of whom never saw their attackers."
    Millions of American men were forced under threat of imprisonment or execution to "die for Wall Street," as Eugene Debs put it. Emma Goldman and other dissidents attempted to challenge the Selective Service (conscription) Act on the grounds that it violated the 13th's amendment's prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude. Their legal challenge failed, as did a petition by peace activists in Nebraska demanding that any politician who voted in support of the war be themselves forced to serve. A terrific idea, never implemented for obvious reasons.
    There was a remarkable but little known episode in Oklahoma that occurred in response to the Selective Service Act: the Green Corn rebellion. I devote about 7 minutes to the subject, not enough to do it justice but enough to give the viewer a general idea of what happened. The Green Corn rebellion was an attempt by desperately poor black, white and Native American sharecroppers to literally overthrow the United States government. I couldn't find a single image of the event online or anywhere else, nor could the good folks at the Oklahoma Historical Society, but I did manage to track down a few newspaper clips via the the OHS's online database.
    WWI also saw the birth of the modern propaganda industry. The efforts of the Creel Committee (named after its head George Creel) probably constitute the largest propaganda campaign in American history. I explore the subject in depth, in particular the idea of "Americanism" and the demonization of the enemy. More controversially I suggest that the sinking of the ocean liner Lusitania by German U-boats was a desired event by certain British figures (notably Winston Churchill) as well as pro-war factions in the United States.
    The film ends with the Seattle General Strike of 1919. Though it lasted barely a week, it is recognized as perhaps the closest American workers have ever come to autonomy and self-management.
    To my knowledge, this is the first documentary to comprehensively examine the domestic experience of the American people in the period between 1912 and 1919. It is a truly remarkable tale.
    Some of you emailed and asked whether I would be covering the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank in Part III. I figured it best to leave that subject to Part IV. I also delayed the section on Taylorism, Fordism and Scientific Management, as I'll be dealing with Henry Ford and his private army extensively in the next segment. Ditto the relationship between American corporate/banking elites and the rise of fascism.
    Class War is my favorite of the series so far, and I hope to say the same of the next entry, which will focus mainly on the great depression period, though will also include a section on the 20's. I intend to begin with the bombing of Wall Street in 1920.
    To that end I'm hoping people will consider donating to my fundraiser. I no longer have any reserve capital to finance my films, and rely entirely on donations. I don't need all that much. You can view a progress bar for the fundraiser at Metanoia Films. For a donation I will send you a DVD. Just make sure to indicate that you desire one if you donate.
    As always, I couldn't have done it without you.
    In solidarity,
    Scott Noble
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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