Posts Tagged ‘activism’

Russell Brand guest post

November 29, 2017

This comedian–essayist is like Marmite. You either love him or hate him.   But when I actually read his words, (which is my preferred method of absorbing knowledge),  I find myself in quite a bit of alignment with his perspective. This is despite my never being a celebrity, a Londoner, a drug addict, a non-voter, or over six foot tall.

‘No, Brand has long since transcended mere comedy. As we noted on June 8, 2015, he’s been more comfortable the last few years “posturing as a crusading champion of the downtrodden and a heroic enemy of The System.” His 2014 stand-up show was entitled Messiah Complex, for which this world-class egomaniac should at least get credit for truth in advertising.’

The following are excerpts from an article in the New Statesman from 2013,  plus  bits from his most recent podcasts;

http://www.radiox.co.uk/radio/podcasts/russell-brand/watch-russell-brand-team-energy-magic-from-druid/

I tried also to link to some interviews from 2017.   He’s also got a Youtube channel naturally.   The Trews, it’s called .    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5BY9veyhGt46KMmgAJYi1LF0EUkpqcrX

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For me the solution has to be primarily spiritual and secondarily political. This, too, is difficult terrain when the natural tribal leaders of the left are atheists, when Marxism is inveterately Godless. When the lumbering monotheistic faiths have given us millennia of grief for a handful of prayers and some sparkly rituals.

By spiritual I mean the acknowledgement that our connection to one another and the planet must be prioritised. Buckminster Fuller outlines what ought be our collective objectives succinctly: “to make the world work for 100 per cent of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous co-operation without ecological offence or the disadvantage of anyone”. This maxim is the very essence of “easier said than done” as it implies the dismantling of our entire socio-economic machinery. By teatime.

“Throughout paganism one finds stories that integrate our species with our environment to the benefit of both. The function and benefits of these belief matrixes have been lost, with good reason. They were socialist, egalitarian and integrated. If like the Celtic people we revered the rivers we would prioritise this sacred knowledge and curtail the attempts of any that sought to pollute the rivers. If like the Nordic people we believed the souls of our ancestors lived in the trees, this connection would make mass deforestation anathema. If like the native people of America we believed God was in the soil what would our intuitive response be to the implementation of fracking?” Russell Brand

OBOD’s ArchDruid, Philip Carr-Gomm, spoke for one of Russell’s podcasts recently.

http://www.radiox.co.uk/radio/podcasts/russell-brand/watch-russell-brand-team-energy-magic-from-druid/

http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/a-conversation-with-russell-brand/

The fellow is articulate and manic.

When people talk about politics within the existing Westminster framework I feel a dull thud in my stomach and my eyes involuntarily glaze. Like when I’m conversing and the subject changes from me and moves on to another topic. I try to remain engaged but behind my eyes I am adrift in immediate nostalgia; “How happy I was earlier in this chat,” I instantly think. …

The system is adept at turning our aggression on to one another. We condemn the rioters. The EDL condemns immigrants. My new rule for when I fancy doing a bit of the ol’ condemnation is: “Do the people I’m condemning have any actual power?”

We British seem to be a bit embarrassed about revolution, like the passion is uncouth or that some tea might get spilled on our cuffs in the uprising. That revolution is a bit French or worse still American. Well, the alternative is extinction so now might be a good time to re-evaluate. The apathy is in fact a transmission problem, when we are given the correct information in an engaging fashion, we will stir. …

Capitalism is not real; it is an idea. America is not real; it is an idea that someone had ages ago. Britain, Christianity, Islam, karate, Wednesdays are all just ideas that we choose to believe in and very nice ideas they are, too, when they serve a purpose. These concepts, though, cannot be served to the detriment of actual reality.

The reality is we have a spherical ecosystem, suspended in, as far as we know, infinite space upon which there are billions of carbon-based life forms, of which we presume ourselves to be the most important, and a limited amount of resources.

The only systems we can afford to employ are those that rationally serve the planet first, then all humanity. Not out of some woolly, bullshit tree-hugging piffle but because we live on it, currently without alternatives. This is why I believe we need a unifying and in clusive spiritual ideology: atheism and materialism atomise us and anchor us to one frequency of consciousness and inhibit necessary co-operation.”

“Eventually when thinking abates, I recognise that there is more to me than my thoughts. Stripped of biographical data there’s a form of consciousness that’s quite beautiful and serene and anybody can have access to it. I think that’s the point of a lot of religion, to get you to that place. And to create moral and ethical conditions where it’s likely that more people live like that. To not live according to biochemical drives and the social systems derived from those drives – greed-based, desire-based, fear-based systems.
“The point of recovery is to get back on the intended journey. What would you have been without the wound? Who were you before the trauma, without the shame, without the drugs or the bad relationships or the stupid, dumb belief systems that have been downloaded into your ‘ead?’
Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/interview-russell-brand-1-4621833
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The Sápara Nation vs. the Slimy Oil Mungia guest re-post

August 14, 2017

The Sapara Nation versus the Slimy Oil Mungia –re-postmanari-ushigua

Guest post– Druidry & Politics by Philip Carr-Gomm (Imbolc)

January 31, 2017

Now that my nation has gone overtly fascist,  some of my online Druid friends are wishing to hear less about the political chaos this has caused.  They wish to escape into contemplation as a respite and think our online forums ought to be included in that ‘sanctuary’.  Sorry, it’s not going to happen.

This is the Lunar New Year.  It is the time of new births in the flocks of pastoralists, and the lighting of candles to encourage the retreat of the darkness.  We don’t just eat dairy products and drink beer and stay safe in our cabins though. New worlds and ideas are also coming into being, to show us the way forward.  And if there is change to be effected, it begins in the ordering of our thoughts and dreams.  But eventually we must spring into action. the new babies, whether of our households or of our communities or of our future, call us out into the rain and snow to give them a chance of survival.

It is time not only to refresh our bellies and our minds but to declare our allegiance  to what is right, our TRUTH.  We can then birth it into our world.

And that means we cannot forget how our Mother is doing; we cannot keep our eyes upon our navels.  And that calls for policy.  Which is politics.

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ArchDruid of OBOD

excerpt:

‘On radical Druidry: Stukeley was (at first) a pagan Neoplatonist who disapproved of the intolerance of Christianity; Iolo a pacificist and republican, who was regarded as dangerous by the government and held a Gorsedd of Bards that was broken up by mounted militiamen; William Price a revolutionary who plotted to overthrow the state by an armed uprising, did not believe in marriage or Christianity, and won a law case that made cremation possible in the UK; George Watson (Macgregor) Reid a radical socialist who incited workers to strike and native peoples in North Africa to resist Western imperialism. The claimed list of Chosen Chiefs is a roll-call of radicals and freethinkers.’

Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, Bristol University

“…I know the most about my predecessor, Ross Nichols, who continued this tradition by championing monetary reform, pacifism and socialism. Ross was a man of ideals – which he not only articulated but which he practiced throughout his life: he believed passionately in the need for us to return to a closer relationship with Nature, and for the need for us to retreat often to the countryside, to living on the land in as simple a way as possible. And he did this by embracing the philosophy of Naturism and by creating his own woodland sanctuary of utter simplicity. He also devoted the latter years of his life to articulating and practising Druidry – a spirituality which has as its aim this return to a communion with the natural world…

Those same ideals are alive today: the ‘back to nature’ philosophy has taken on an urgency uncontemplated in Ross’ time, when the extent of environmental degradation was not yet fully appreciated; the ideas of fairer wealth distribution behind the Social Credit movement drive the anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation movements of today; and the reverence for life that Ross showed in his vegetarianism and pacifism, continue to inspire people around the world and have broadened to include the advocacy of organic (and compassionate) farming, and such related movements as that of Permaculture and of resistance to genetic modification.

Until recently, those of us in the Druid community have concentrated on building a sense of community, creating structures and ways of teaching that focus primarily on our own spiritual and personal development – helping ourselves take charge of our reality and develop it in positive creative ways. Now, I believe it is time to expand our focus to include more than just ourselves. This means accepting that we have an influence in the world, that we can change things for the better, that we don’t have to be passive consumers, and that being a spiritual being on earth doesn’t involve simply working on our own spiritual development. In short it means dipping our toes into the wider sea, and engaging those two contentious areas of politics and beliefs…

Of course when we’re faced with tragic and sad news from so many corners of the globe where war, suffering, poverty and famine exist, it seems too big a task to even begin. But we must begin – in however small a way. Remember: ‘No snowflake ever feels it started the avalanche’…

But if you believe in the magical concept that ideas are causal to physical manifestation – then getting our ideas right is the vital first step. As we see so tragically now, certain ideas are causing great suffering and distress around the world. But since as human beings we can’t stop ourselves having ideas and ideals, the very least we can do is try to have good ones – ones which result in the creation of a better world.

The challenge for us as Druids is to come out of the closet, and to start envisioning the future we want with clarity. That is, after all, one of the purposes of magic. I believe it will be a sign of the maturing of our movement if we start to do this – if we start to engage the wider ocean that we find ourselves in.”

The crane is a symbol of wisdom and like all water-birds, unites the realms of water and earth and air.   I am proud that ecological organizations use this creature because it is a reflection also of Druid ancient practices;  research the ‘crane-bag’.

 

Peace, Peace, Peace.

Earth First! UK Zine Wants Your Writing!

October 3, 2016

http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2016/10/03/earth-first-uk-zine-wants-your-writing/

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‘For a semi-regular zine of activist reflections and actions.

‘This is an invitation for articles offering a critical analysis and reflections on Earth First! and related environmental and social justice direct action movements, how we organise and the actions we take. Contributions can be about actions in the UK or international. We also welcome book reviews, activist resources, short rants, illustrations, cartoons, poems and photographs. We suggest 500 – 2000 words for articles…’

If you feel a calling to share your stories of earthly interactions,  go to the link above to read more.

Solar Equinox 2016 (election autumn)

September 22, 2016

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This is the point in the year where day and night are equal in length; the nights will grow ever longer until midwinter here in the northern hemisphere.  The United States will get out to vote their hopes (and fears) after a final harried month of advertising, wrapped up by the final harvest festival, Samhain.

Those of us who honour the lunar calendar have already celebrated a week ago at the Harvest Moon. Animals were blessed, bounty was gathered to feast, pilgrimages made to sacred waters.

Cast your vote for living or dying now.

 

White Rabbit Grove has expanded

April 9, 2016

http://shop.arborday.org/content.aspx?page=membershipshero-cherry-blossom

The Grove has grown by another 13 young trees from the Arbor Day Foundation.  ArchDruid has grounded 11 Colorado Blue Spruce to the east and two Lilacs to the northeast.

If you have a place for trees, consider donating to this fine organization, and in return they will send trees suited to your region.  The Aries moon waxing is an excellent time to plant new ideas and gardens.  the link is above.

 

Thoughts After a Recent Trip to the Tar Sands | Earth First! Newswire Re-post

September 16, 2015

by Sarah Stock / Canyon Country Rising Tide I feel powerless. I feel beaten down. I hear heavy machinery in my sleep. I see torn up earth when I close my eyes. Piles of On site processing facility in rapid construction phase. mangled trees, still green from the life they just had, pulled up and pushed down into heaps at the bottom of a strip mine by the force of mindless greed that fuels the destruction of this earth. I see a tunnel bore into the side of the earth, oozing out a slow stream of black sticky tar, the remnants of ancient life that when burned unleash toxins and greenhouse gases that are dooming the world that I know now. Migratory birds that mark the seasons slowly stop coming back. I see a buck in the aspens and then notice that he has a large circular hairless growth on his side. When I swim in my river, the water that’s always brought me a deep calm, awe, and connection to the life force, I now wonder what is in it. I think of the fracking upstream. I think of the

Source: Thoughts After a Recent Trip to the Tar Sands | Earth First! Newswire

A Skewed View: Rejecting Misanthropy | Earth First! Newswire

December 4, 2014

A Skewed View: Rejecting Misanthropy | Earth First! Newswire.

I admit I am sometimes guilty of this. It changed somewhat when i at last had children of my own. We need to restore balance without deleting ourselves.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe: House Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL an Act of War | Earth First! Newswire

November 15, 2014

Rosebud Sioux Tribe: House Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL an Act of War | Earth First! Newswire.

The tribe has done its part to remain peaceful in its dealing with the United States in this matter, in spite of the fact that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has yet to be properly consulted on the project, which would cross through tribal land, and the concerns brought to the Department of Interior and to the Department of State have yet to be addressed.

“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” said President Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, along with several other South Dakota Tribes, stand together in opposition to risky and dangerous fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL. The proposed route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline crosses directly through Great Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin) Treaty lands as defined by both the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties and within the current exterior boundaries of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Our Ignorance: Ipsos MORI | Poll | Perceptions are not reality: Things the world gets wrong

November 13, 2014

Ipsos MORI | Poll | Perceptions are not reality: Things the world gets wrong.

http://www.alternet.org/story/148826/16_of_the_dumbest_things_americans_believe_–_and_the_right-wing_lies_behind_them