Citizen versus consumer 
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Re: “Guest Opinion

Some clarification for those who truly misunderstand the importance of an honest unencumbered education versus corporate indoctrination posing as education plus further evidence as to why TUSD is too big for its own good. Lessons that should of been learned from the historically recent collapse of the British & Soviet empires. Alas we cling to the false myth that "bigger is better", just ask Wal-Mart and all the small businesses it has destroyed globally.

"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education." - Bertrand Russell

"Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world." — Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

And why this educational transformation cannot take place.

"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man." - Bertrand Russell

"There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dares not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed." -- Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics (1954), quoted from James A Haught, "Breaking the Last Taboo" (1996)

"I mean by intellectual integrity the habit of deciding vexed questions in accordance with the evidence, or of leaving them undecided where the evidence is inconclusive. This virtue, though it is underestimated by almost all adherents of any system of dogma, is to my mind of the very greatest social importance and far more likely to benefit the world than Christianity or any other system of organized beliefs." -- Bertrand Russell, "Can Religion Cure Our Troubles?" (1954)

I believe it is their wisdom that so challenges our species dogmatic selfish position that they are so ignored in our academic & political institutions for they do not serve our need to fulfill our greed justified by false fears.

Posted by Citizen versus consumer on 10/31/2009 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

You say 'social justice' as if that's a bad thing? Liberty & freedom doesn't mean: "Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate." - Bertrand Russell

We must free ourselves from this "either/or" duality, which unfortunately is our undemocratic political system, and continues to dig us into a deeper hole. "In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." - Bertrand Russell

So I offer this to ALL of Tucson's media, academia and business communities to bust out from our archaic ways of dealing with human problems. IF you like a culture of non-violence, justice, grassroots democracy and sustainability...then you might consider subscribing to this sweet nugget.
www.greenchange.org
http://network.greenchange.org/
http://www.gp.org/tenkey.shtml

If you do not then stay this course and go the way of all history...failed & forgotten!

As you can see I stand on the shoulder of giants in my view of our species and world problems which includes Tucson. Go figure? See we know all we need to know to move forward so we may learn more. Our problem lies in the proper application of such principles like "social justice."

I'll leave with this... "What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer." - Bertrand Russell

But we soon must deal with this problem: "The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business." - Clarence Darrow

Posted by Citizen versus consumer on 10/30/2009 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Low-Budget Campaign: Prop 200 Opponents Raise $58K

When is enough cops enough? When is enough prisons enough? When is enough laws enough? Answer: NEVER! If this modus operandi worked, then dictatorships would never falter and beaten children would be much happier. Hopefully the day will arrive, soon, when Americans, the World, our species will muster the courage, minus the punitive confusion brought about buy fake god(s), and become responsible for actively embracing prevention. But that would require admitting charity serves the powerful, not the marginalized and that charity itself is a symptom of a corrupt and decadent society, of which, "good Christians" could never suffer that level of truthful introspection.

A species that vigorously feeds on punishment and not compassion totally supported buy ALL 191 nations punitive legal systems. I submit Earthlings are to fearful to love and it is much easier and simpler to blame & punish the disenfranchised. When will our fake god(s) ever become merciful and gives us a spine for justice minus the lash.

Posted by Citizen versus consumer on 10/22/2009 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Hey, Big Spender: Public Safety First Campaign Raises More Than $360K

Someone explain to me where Jim Click ever gave a good damn about other people? Our economic and political system is set up to defend those who are more than willing to exploit their fellow man in order to further their megalomaniac Bill Gate's desires. And for the life of me I do not understand why our species tolerates and supports this odious behavior. Jim Click & KGUN9 on your side? Not in this lifetime or any other.

Posted by Citizen versus consumer on 10/22/2009 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Mailbag

unBalancing Act (Oct. 15-21 Front Cover) aka Total Disregard For Democratic Principles

So Mr. Nintzel this is what you and the Weakly consider supporting democratic principles? Totally ignoring the "...Green candidate Mary DeCamp's ideas ... are just too far ahead of their time..." by not including her caricature picture from the "Weakly's" front cover on Oct. 15-21. Do we fear having the people hear these ideas and creating an enlightened populace that would be ahead of biased Tucson journalism? Well, of course, for it is much easier to "cover" the 80+ year Republicrat duopoly than to risk innovative ideas that may produce progressive political actions for Tucson's citizens and its environs.

And what a slap in the face to our brave men & women overseas risking life & limb for you to marginalize the very democratic principles that you say they are fighting to defend. Tsk tsk Mr. Nintzel to you and other psuedo-journalists for not freely allowing real alternatives to be heard by the populace, that you insist you serve, not to mention the audacity of insinuating that the "Weakly" represents a liberal political viewpoint.

Posted by Citizen versus consumer on 10/20/2009 at 10:55 AM

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