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Essential Reading: A Very Short List

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2020 by jtoddring
Here is a short letter (email) I just sent to a few friends. It has a very short list of a few of the books I would consider essential reading. (I’m still working through some of them, while reading others as well.)
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With these few books, an excellent understanding of the world will crystalize. Enjoy. Happy reading, and happy digging.
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JTR,
March 24, 2020
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Hi folks,
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I heard Morris Berman interviewed on the excellent geopolitics & Empire podcast recently. His book, Dark Ages America, along with David Sirota’s Uprising, Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Wolf’s The End of America, John Pilger’s The New Rulers of the World, John Perkins’ A Game As Old As Empire, and The New Confessions Of An Economic Hitman, David C. Korten’s Great Turning, Chomsky’s Necessary Illusions (and more), Vandana Shiva’s Earth Democracy, Murray Bookchin’s The Ecology of Freedom, Maude Barlow’s Global Showdown, Joanna Macy’s World As Lover, World As Self, among other works of major importance – my own first two books included, Enlightened Democracy, and The People vs The Elite, I would humbly submit – looks like a true must-read.
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Peace, love,
And eternal vigilance.
It ain’t over ’till it’s over.
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Todd
(JTR)
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*** My apologies again for the strange formatting, with stars….WordPress gets quirky sometimes and won’t let me format to have spaces between paragraphs, for some reason. Very annoying….

Turn Off The Propaganda Machine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 17, 2020 by jtoddring
This week’s cover story of the world’s leading trend analysis institute: very fitting, dead on the money, as usual. As I keep saying, turn off the state and corporate “news”. It’s not news. It’s 80% propaganda, 19% filler and fluff, and 1% useful information. Turn it off. Look for better, more reliable sources of information, news and analysis, like Trends Journal.
If you followed just a handful of serious analysts, journalists and thinkers – such as Gerald Celente, John Pilger, Caitlin Johnstone, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein and Peter Dale Scott, for example – you would be vastly better informed than if you watched or read the corporate or state “news” all day long, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There is simply no comparison. By following a few serious journalists and analysts, you will have a very good understanding of what is going on. By following the major media, you will be systematically deceived, manipulated, indoctrinated, propagandized, misinformed and distracted, and your mind will be so addled, you will be effectively useless to the world, because you have no idea what is really going on – or worse, you will be part of the problem.
Turn it off. Change the channel. Look vastly more reliable – not infallible, but incomparably more reliable – sources of news and analysis, such as the New Internationalist, CounterPunch, Global Research, Trends Journal, and other, serious sources of news and commentary – and turn off the propaganda machine. It cannot be said strongly enough, or often enough.
Just say no to Big Brother. In fact, just tell the new corporate oligarchy – and its propaganda-media-infotainment network which is the mass indoctrination and mass distraction machine – to fuck off.
Pardon my language, but enough is enough. Turn it off.
JTR,
March 17, 2020

Further reading – big picture analysis:

Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control In Democratic Societies,
Year 501: The Conquest Continues,
Class Warfare,
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Requiem For The American Dream: The Principles Of Concentration Of Wealth & Power
George Orwell, 1984
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, and Brave New World Revisited
Yevgeny Zamyatin, We
Jack London, Iron Heel
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine
David C. Korten, When Corporations Rule The World
Susan George, Shadow Sovereigns
John Pilger, The New Rulers Of The World
John Perkins, A Game As Old As Empire, and
The New Confessions Of An Economic Hitman
C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite
Peter Phillips, Giants: The Global Power Elite
Murray Bookchin, The Ecology of Freedom
Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom
Bertrand Russell, Roads To Freedom
Joanna Macy, World As Lover, World As Self
Ronald Wright, A Short History Of Progress

 

 

Simple pleasures and the greatest of treasures

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by jtoddring

Ok, it’s that time. Time to put down the pen, or in this case, the keyboard; start cooking dinner – very slowly, for maximum flavour – and cut the grass in the golden sun of the late afternoon… And, crank up the rock and roll on the wireless headphones! Whoo-hoo! After a satisfying and truly joyful day of research and writing, there is little better, to my mind. Then it’s off to yoga to make my body, as well as my mind and heart, feel even more amazing.

Man: a half-decent stereo, wireless headphones, and some books – I could happily live in a grass hut and a loin cloth, so long as I have these three things.

And I guess a solar panel or two to power the stereo would be handy. If I were to get really elaborate and lavish, I’d throw in a laptop and satellite dish for internet connections, but that’s really sheer luxury, and a luxury I could easily do without. Pen and paper work just fine.

Materialism is hollow and unsatisfying, but I must admit, I would be saddened to lose my music and my books. These are truly great treasures.

You can take all the glitz and glitter, the bells and whistles and baubles and trinkets and toys. Just leave me my music, my books, and my peace of mind, and I will be more than happy. Happier, I would contend, than most who live in great sprawling homes, palaces and mansions, for they are owned and enslaved by their possessions and their fear, more often than not.

I am blessed with abundance at present, but I realize the truth of impermanence, and I also know where the true treasures lie, and the greatest of these lie within.

JTR

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