"The reality is not that I lack respect for the law; it’s that I have greater respect for justice. Where there is a conflict between the law and the higher moral code that we all share, my loyalty is to that higher moral code."
Tim DeChristopher, July 26, 2011
A poll conducted by Elon University during the last week of February, 2013, found that up to 76% of North Carolinians support reforming our state cannabis laws.
It is my opinion that cannabis legalization may be the single most important issue facing our state and our nation today. No other issue addresses health, jobs, climate change, and human rights issues (to name but a few) as does the legalization of cannabis.
“One day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America?’ And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s market place. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the oil?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the iron ore?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?’ These are questions that must be asked.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tag Archives: Corporations
For several years now I have advocated the stripping of corporate charters of those business entities convicted of criminal actions and the banishment of their officers from service in any corporation of any kind for many years after. I stand behind the idea of kicking the sociopaths out of the driver’s seat of commercial enterprise, but I now believe I was wrong about revoking their charters, at least in part. This week BP agreed to a pea bargain that includes … Continue reading
I’ve had it with the steady stream of lies and the preferential – dare I say, socialist – treatment the petroleum industry receives from our government. They pay next to know taxes, often receive rebates and subsidies far in excess of any tax liability, and rake in record profits in the billions and trillions of dollars year after year. Meanwhile, the communities in which they operate get poisoned in the process, our environment gets pushed closer and closer to the … Continue reading
This November You Have An Opportunity: Stand For Something Beautiful or to Maintain Your Complicity in a Culture of Death
If Nazis or other fascists took over North America, what would we all do? What would we all do if they implemented Mussolini’s definition of fascism: “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power”? And what would we do if they then instituted laws allowing them to put a significant portion—say one-third—of all Jewish males between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five into concentration camps? What if this occupied country called … Continue reading
This is an essay by my friend Eric Schechter. You can read this text and others at his website, or subscribe to his Facebook posts here.