In quale societa’ viviamo, dove i cittadini non si organizzano spontaneamente e in larghissimo numero per sovvertire questo stato di cose, ingiustizie evidenti e violenze gratuite? Quale livello di ulteriore abbrutimento dovremo osservare perchÃ¨ cio’ avvenga? A cosa sono serviti due o tre millenni di storia?
That’s a long interview with Ronald Takaki conducted on (March 1st 2009).
I just learned about Ronald Takaki via my wife. He taught the first African-American history class in 1967 when he was 28, and defined the US as a multicultural nation. Thanks to him UC Berkeley now has a American Cultures Requirement, which if I understand correctly is now necessary for graduation on all courses at UC Berkeley. That’s impressive.
These kinds of studies should be requirements at all universities worldwide.
E.g. Italy is a nation of Italians and little is taught toward other cultures. It’s very fertile ground for the Berlusconi’s and other fascisms.
“In the 21st century, we will all be minorities.”
An essential clip, but from minute 3:43 it gets truly sensational.
Maybe what strikes the most is that after such an absurd and illegitimate disallowance he calmly begins his argument with:
“Gentlemen, I think you’re being subjected to an unlawful order”
“The authority of the state of Massachusetts should not be misused for a political exclusion of a presidential candidate who has a ticket to watch the debate on remote television and has a official invitation from FOX news. [...]
This is the strangest situation I’ve ever seen.”
This change would now permit interoperability among Free Culture projects, just as the dominance of the GNU GPL enables interoperability among Free Software projects. [...]
Richard Stallman deserves enormous credit for enabling this change to occur. [...] Wikipedia was made possible by the architecture of freedom the FDL enabled. One could well understand a lesser man finding any number of excuses for blocking the change.
But here’s what Richard said in 2002 in a different context:
“If we donâ€™t want to live in a jungle, we must change our attitudes. We must start sending the message that a good citizen is one who cooperates when appropriate….”
Add “good citizen” to the list of praise for this founder of contemporary freedom.
Full article at lessig.org
What a great event last night at YC. I talked to a lot of cool people, shook hands with robots, drank beer, really a lot of fun. It is so nice to see so many guys (and 6 or 7 girls) with a desire to create new stuff, never saw anything like this. That’s how progress should be, in the hands of young people that do stuff because they truly love it.
Bold and logical move from the Lakota Native Americans (often called Sioux), who decided that enough is enough. Fuck Washington and the US. Independence is better, and by reading the hard facts below, it’s hard to think otherwise. I wish California did the same.
WASHINGTON, DC – December 20 – Lakota Sioux Indian representatives declared sovereign nation status today in Washington D.C. [...]
Parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana have been illegally homesteaded for years despite knowledge of Lakota as predecessor sovereign [historic owner]. Lakota representatives say if the United States does not enter into immediate diplomatic negotiations, liens will be filed on real estate transactions in the five state region, clouding title over literally thousands of square miles of land and property.
Education, energy and justice now take top priority in emerging Lakota. “Cultural immersion education is crucial as a next step to protect our language, culture and sovereignty,” said Means. “Energy independence using solar, wind, geothermal, and sugar beets enables Lakota to protect our freedom and provide electricity and heating to our people.”
The Lakota reservations are among the most impoverished areas in North America, a shameful legacy of broken treaties and apartheid policies. Lakota has the highest death rate in the United States and Lakota men have the lowest life expectancy of any nation on earth, excluding AIDS, at approximately 44 years. Lakota infant mortality rate is five times the United States average and teen suicide rates 150% more than national average. 97% of Lakota people live below the poverty line and unemployment hovers near 85%.
“After 150 years of colonial enforcement, when you back people into a corner there is only one alternative,” emphasized Duane Martin Sr. “The only alternative is to bring freedom into its existence by taking it back to the love of freedom, to our lifeway.”