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Hope can
  not end

Infinite Jest
of hate

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with love's
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an ent-draft
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Can hope quench
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The Capitol Riots and Martin Luther King's Question of "Where Do We Go from Here?"

I have seen many people ask today, "What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr say about the seditious attacks we witnessed on the Nation's Capitol?" Dr.

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I have seen many people ask today, "What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr say about the seditious attacks we witnessed on the Nation's Capitol?"

Dr. King would begin with prayer and end with a call to action. In fact he already did, for in his speech in 1967 at the 11th Annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr King already asked, "Where do we go from here?"

He would ask us the same question today.

Where Do we Go From Here?

While a man jailed 29 times for pacifist protest methods would never condone the violence he would still forgive the rioters while calling for justice for those who instigated, organized , and collaborated with the attack.

Dr King would recognize that while White mobs rioted at Our House to take away votes in predominately Black neighborhoods that, "With all the struggle and all the achievements, we must face the fact, however, that the Negro still lives in the basement of the Great Society"

White mobs ransacked the Nation's capitol while millions, fifty three years after King's speech still dwell in the basement. I hope Reverend Dr. could still ask, "Where do we go from here?" without a tear, but I would not begrudge the emotion of pain.

Let's be clear. was an effort to steal black votes. Get out a map. Circle where all the "Dominion" machines possess by Hugo Chavez's ghost lived. Black neighborhoods.

All the claims of dead voters, spiked vote counts, and wildly edited conspiracy videos of vount counting. Precincts in Black Neighborhoods.

Dr. King would see President Trump for what he is. Not a racist. Something worse. Someone who realized they could stoke white fear of "Immigrant" and "over run" suburbs due to fair housing laws, for personal gain.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would still forgive Trump, but he would call on us all to keep marching for racial equality by focusing on economic justice. For as Dr. King noted, "And so we still have a long, long way to go before we reach the promised land of freedom."

What we witnessed reaffirms that we as a society must focus on economic injustice as our North Star. In 1967 Dr. King reminded the leaders of the civil rights movement that struggle continued:

We still need some Paul Revere of conscience to alert every hamlet and every village of America that revolution is still at hand. Yes, we need a chart; we need a compass; indeed, we need some North Star to guide us into a future shrouded with impenetrable uncertainties.

Fight With Love

Not a fight of violence but one of love. After summarizing the accomplishments of the movement Dr. Martin Luther King  described some cultural artifacts of racism: the number of negative connotations for black compared to white in the thesaurus, the difference in Colleges, and the differences in Elementary schools.

Dr King argued we fight this injustice by establishing the political and economic power of Black America. Dr King called for a "new Olympian" to seize political and economic power.

Dr King would applaud Kamala Harris and Senator Warnock. I wonder if Dr. King even thought possible a member of his congregation would sit as a Senator for the state of Georgia. A state that jailed Dr. King dozens of times fighting for voting rights.

The Reverend would also expect the reaction from White America to delegitimize the election and steal votes from black neighborhoods. He would expect a White President overwhelmingly supported by the White Deep South to call the Governor of Georgia and ask him to "find" over eleven thousand votes.

Number didn't matter as long as it is one more needed to re-elect Trump.

When Dr King would ask, "Where do we go from here?" in 2021. the message of economic justice and struggle from 1967 would remain.

Not through hate but through love. King noted that the Western philosophers, established a false dichotomy between Power and Love.

Now, we got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. (Yes) Power at its best [applause], power at its best is love

Power at its best is love. This sums up the philosophy of Dr. Martin King Jr better than "I have a Dream. " In his address Dr. King went on to state Black America had the morality and no power to achieve their goals and White America had the power and no morality.

It had to begin with love, and with economic injustice

Economic Injustice

Every year we focus on a message of unity when children all over the country read "Letters from Birmingham" or watch a two minute clip of the, "I Have a Dream" speech.

Our Hallmark version iof King's message glosses over his opinions on economic inequity. When Dr King asked, "Where do we go from here?" in 1967 he called for basic income.

"We must create full employment, or we must create incomes. People must be made consumers by one method or the other"

Dr. Martin Luther King then went on to describe the economics of a basic income. He compares the cost of the Vietnam War and sending a man to the moon and calls for work not just to sustain a living but to sustain identity, community and life.

Dr. King called for a restructuring of American society.  while Make America Great Again represents, a hopefully dying call for White Fright and Supremacy, many of the rioters and terrorists who attacked the capitol can be reached with messages of economic injustice.

Abraham Lincoln won nomination not by supporting Black America but by winning enough White votes by proclaiming Slavery hurt economic opportunity for the White poor.

Just like the urban decay of the 70s and 80s fueled the crack/cocaine epidemic (when it was a war) the Opioid pandemic (now a mental health and economic opportunity issue) has devastated middle America.

The factories have shuttered. First the the textiles (having free Slave labor for raw materials makes pricing competitive at during the Industrial Revolution) closed then the post WWII factories cranking out goods into the 80s shuttered. The American manufacturing empire grew to dominace when all of Europe's production capability lay in bombed out ruins. While advanced manufacturing remains strong, middle class factory jobs building durable consumer goods can not compete with international labor markets.

Basic income may not be palatable to most Americans. They are too busy arguing over the size of the stimulus checks and the extra amount for monthly unemployment checks  to prop up the economy during COVID-19.

What Can We Do?

Yet we can fight for economic justice by investing in neglected communities through the support of minority owned businesses.

We can rethink HigherEd Education which rewards centuries of White Supremacy. All the research money flows to Research Universities to study how to fix people of color. Instead it should flow to the people of Color who make up community college.

We can rethink the Carnegie hour in general. Education focuses on College AND career readiness but we do not invest enough in work force development. Our nation will see a massive shortage in health care, advanced manufacturing, data science, cyber security and analytics.

Create training in communities of color and economically divested rural areas.

National Broadband. You can give out jobs with checks. The COVID-19 Pandemic laid bare the racism of broadband in our urban areas and isolation of America's rural country. Why not a Worker's Progress Administration, a Great Depression jobs program, for the digitla era?

We could roll out high speed Internet to everyone, train local people to help secure local networks, and make sure everyone has access to a digital economy.

Where Do We Go From Here?

The Reverend Dr. Main Luther King Jr asked that question 53 years ago. After the seditious terrorist attack on our Capitol every American should asked themselves the same question today.

Dr. King's answer would begin with love. We must seek power through love. Even your neighbors who do not see their disbelief in math as an attack on minority voters. Even the asshats who believe a secret cabal of pedophiles Satan Worshipers run DC. Especially the asshats.

When you love all of humanity you want everyone to thrive and as a Nation of love we would restructure our economy to ensure we provide pathways to economic justice. Only then can racial equality be achieved.

image credit: U.S. National Archives (542014).Civil Right March on Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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Creases of
carry scars

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weight of
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Check out some interesting picking and percussive use of strings:

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Curl your
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a dream breaking

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Power found
holding destinies
to sound birds
Wings beat
in percussive
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fit in fingers
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Mountains melt to sea
As we drown in hot excess
Our future tipping

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Some Thoughts on Parler OR Censorship is Free Speech

Free Speech Not how Free Speech works. Corporations have had the same rights as people since 1886. You want to make a free speech claim need to

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Free Speech

Not how Free Speech works.

Corporations have had the same rights as people since 1886. You want to make a free speech claim need to focus on that precedent. Amazon has the right to allow whatever speech they want on their service or not.

That is their free speech right.

When this is combined with a Term of Service that Parler signed it is more a breech of contract argument and speech has nothing to do with it.

Isn't Parler built on ActivityPub? . Can't people get their own servers in the basement and connect them together? May have dropped it...Hard stack to manage

You want free speech. Own your server.

Corporations have the rights of people. Who you serve as a customer and how you choose to spend money have long precedent as speech, and the more conservative the court gets the stronger free speech precedent in terms or corporations get.

Think about Parler's position. They need to argue that Amazon does not have the right to remove a tool that was used to organize a seditious attack on the Capitol. It is not a tenable or palatable case.


The anti-trust. Yes I can get behind that. Not a free speech argument.

Has nothing to do with free speech. At no time in history have we allowed four corporations to own every single piece of literary practice. We have for the last 12 years. But again I think the answer is get a server in your basement and network with others servers if you want control. As a society we need to do this for our public schools and libraries. Root literacy where it belongs.

Maybe if we did that we wouldn't have a bunch of folks railing against basic math and facts.

Section 230

Section 230 has nothing to do with free speech.

It is a liability shield that does not hold platforms responsible for user generated content.

When conservative voices are calling forregulating social media to ensure free speech they go against free market doctrine. Any attempt to limit free speech by removing the ability for companies to censor would require ISPs to be reclassified as common carriers like other telecommunications. This has not been the goal of the Republican FCC.

Conservatives need to think about the dangers of precedent. You are saying the government has the right to allow any kind of speech on private property. Look at the cases around malls and airports and free speech. In the first example, the private "town square" argument did not hold. In the latter example public safety took precedent

. Should I be allowed to stand on any church grounds and claim I found the true lord and savior in a KFC biscuit? This is what Parler is asking for in their suit.They want Amazon to allow any and all content. They want Amazon to give up the free speech right of censorship.

Parler could not exist without section 230. They would have been sued out of existence from the beginning. This is what makes hearing, "Repeal Section 230 to protect free speech," so silly. It is like the battle cries of, "Stop socialism to keep government hands off my medicare."


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