Follow the example of these eighteen turning on a spotlight rather than curse the darkness.
Sixteen Celebrated American Spokespersons For a Humanity Under Attack: (Readers are invited to look over biographical notes of the less famous)
NOAM CHOMSKY - world renown linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist, author; recognized as America's foremost dissident and critic of U.S. foreign policy and conglomerate owned media disinformation; seminal works include Hegemony or survival: America's quest for global dominance (Recommended to the United Nations General Assembly by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela); Year 501: The Conquest Continues (recommended for a foundation in function and history of modern capitalism/imperialism); The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians (a history up to 1986); Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda; Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media; Chomsky cited as a source more often than any other living scholar during the 1980-1992 period in The Humanities Citation Index; voted the leading living public intellectual in The 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll; 96 books; lectures constantly; an inspiration on campuses across the nation; professor emeritus MIT.
HOWARD ZINN - Peoples Historian, history from the point of view and experience of common people; playwright; promoter of the political influence of artists pro humanity in public affairs; lifelong opponent of an exploiting and murdering ruling upper class characterized by ignorance, selfishness, indifference to the suffering of others and the insanity of greed; author of more than 20 books, including A People's History of the United States and autobiography You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (also a film); pivotal role in human rights, civil liberties and anti-war movements; his warm-hearted lectures express a firm belief in the natural goodness inherent in humanity as he vociferously denounces war and institutionalized thievery; constantly speaks out for peace and economic justice; his latest effort is The People Speak in book form and a multiple narration on tour -now in video; after WW II, investigated his targets as an Air Force Bombardier and found mostly innocent people were killed; diplomatic mission to Hanoi in 1968; professor emeritus in Political Science, Boston U.
NAOMI KLINE - a Canadian, (American parents moved to Montreal as war resisters); journalist, author and activist known for her political analysis and criticism of corporate globalization; precise researcher of U.S. political economy as it functions in its present exceptionally malfeasant form; clearly written and easily understood topical articles, lectures; seminal books; No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs, published in 28 languages, became a manifesto for the anti-corporate globalization movement; attacks brand-oriented consumer culture, operations of large corporations unethically exploiting workers in the world's poorest countries; Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate (proceeds go to anti-globalization organizations) describes methods used in post-invasion Iraq to build a completely unconstrained free market economy, allow foreigners to extract wealth from Iraq; how torture, often an essential tool for authorities implementing aggressive free market reforms, can appear pointless sadism if its context is not understood; The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, 2007, a lucidly written and comprehensively researched documentation of how companies have learnt to profit from disasters by forcing privatization, pushed through while the citizens of these countries were reacting to disasters or upheavals -how America's "free market" policies have come to dominate the world through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries; groups neoconservatism with neoliberal like Bill Clinton as part of a single ideology; The Take, how factory workers in Argentina took over a closed plant and resumed production, operating as a collective; was Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics; ranked 11th in an internet poll of the top global intellectuals of 2005.
AMY GOODMAN - American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist and author; has broken the monopoly of the conglomerate media cartel with a New York TV prime time public radio/television/internet news program - the most significant progressive news institution; coverage of peace and human rights movements and support for independent media, news and selections featuring "Who are we not hearing from in the traditional media;" Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report, educating with context and in depth interviews not beholden to corporate media ownership; wrote expose of human rights violations in East Timor and Nigeria; arrested at 2008 Republican Convention; "Dissent is what will save us. We live in very dire times. Global warring, global economic meltdown, the lack of health care in the U.S., those typical pundits we see on all the networks who know so little about so much, explaining the world to us and getting it so wrong. If you have something else to say, perhaps, like, 'Officials of our government are guilty of war crimes', you can actually say that in less than eight seconds, but you sound a little crazy. You're marginalized, because you have to take a little time to explain: what are the Nuremberg Principles? Geneva Conventions? What are war crimes? That takes more time. We need to go beyond the way the issues have been framed. We see where the status quo has got us. mainstream news makers leave 'a huge niche' for Democracy Now!, basic tenets of good journalism, you talk to people who live at the target end of a policy," When the Bush Administration didn't find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, it "laid bare media that act as a conveyor belt for the lies of the Administration - people started to seek out other forms of information;" more confrontational than the typical reporter"; President Bill Clinton charged Goodman with being "hostile, combative, and even disrespectful." In 1991, covering the independence movement in East Timor, Goodman was badly beaten by Indonesian soldiers after witnessing a mass killing of Timorese demonstrators in the Dili Massacre; produced documentary, Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship with Jeremy Scahill; arrest at 2008 Republican Convention; Books: The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them; Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People who Fight Back and Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times; Breaking the Sound Barrier, anthology of her columns; "My column will include voices of people the media mostly ignore and even ridicule;" narrated One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern, film features McGovern, Gloria Steinem, Gore Vidal, Warren Beatty, Howard Zinn, Ron Kovic, and Dick Gregory; 2008 awarded Right Livelihood Award in the Swedish Parliament; former news director of Pacifica Radio station WBAI-FM NYC.
MICHAEL MOORE - national conscience awakening film maker of sufficient success and controversy provoking stature to force commercial media attention; his Bowling at Columbine is a poignant masterpiece about an America of programed homicide as a way of life, a culture of macho violence that destroys the minds and afflicts the psyche of the young surrounded by the production of war instruments of mass death, taking as a starting point the Columbine High School massacre; Sicko exposes the medical-care-for-profit industry under control of insurance and pharmaceutical corporations, millions forced to chose between treatment and financial ruin, millions of poor denied care, compares the U.S. with Cuba where excellent care is a human right; Fahrenheit 9/11 relates business connections of the Bush and bin Laden families; Capitalism - A Love Story is woven around the reality that the top 1% of the population, a plutocracy, controls more financial wealth than the bottom 95% combined, bishops testify that capitalism is against the teaching of Jesus; Moore says simply, "Capitalism is dead." publishes a serious but colorfully worded and engaging populist audience serving newsletter devastatingly critical of the government .
EDWARD HERMAN - economist and media analyst with a specialty in corporate and regulatory issues as well as political economy and the media;. Professor Emeritus of Finance, Wharton School, also Annenberg School for Communication, both at the University of Pennsylvania; one of his best-known books is the classic Manufacturing Consent - The Political Economy of the Mass Media, written with Noam Chomsky; titles of his books illustrate his contribution to uncovering incendiary media distortions: The Myth of The Liberal Media and The Global Media (with Robert McChesney) (1999); Beyond Hypocrisy : decoding the news in an age of propaganda -including A doublespeak dictionary for the 1990s; The "Terrorism" Industry (1990); Demonstration Elections (with Frank Brodhead); The Real Terror Network (1982); Corporate Control, Corporate Power; The Political Economy of Human Rights, Volume I: The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, Vol. II: After the Cataclysm: Postwar Indochina and the Reconstruction of Imperial Ideology; Counter-Revolutionary Violence - Bloodbaths in Fact & Propaganda (with Noam Chomsky); Atrocities in Vietnam (1970); Principles And Practices Of Money And Banking: prominent articles and essays: Godfatherly Global Justice: Milosevic, Sharon and Suharto and The Propaganda Model Revisited both Monthly Review July 1996; The Propaganda Model: A Retrospective, Dec. 2003; United States As Torture Central - U.S. sponsors regimes using torture extensively 5/04 Third World Traveler; The Politics of the Srebrenica Massacre, ZNet on line ZMagazine 7/7/05,; Genocide Inflation is the Real Human Rights Threat: Yugoslavia and Ruanda; Znet ZMagazine; Iran: Riding The "Green Wave" At The Campaign For Peace and Democracy; Monthly Review June 2009; his thoroughly documented scholarly writings bring public enlightenment to what is propaganda for wars and exploitation.
RAMSEY CLARK - America's most prestigious defector from the criminal imperialist capitalist establishment; U.S. Attorney General in both the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations; involved in drafting the 1968 Civil Rights Act; following his term as Attorney General active in the anti-Vietnam War movement; visited North Vietnam in 1972 as a protest against the bombing of Hanoi; author of The Fire This Time: U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf; perennial defender of both those in his perception falsely accused no matter how guilt be taken for granted, and those whose trial is meant to cover the guilt of others complicit in the crimes accused of, as in the trial of Saddam Hussein blocking testimony that would have incriminated Ronald Reagan, Donald Rumsfeld, the CIA and U.S. corporations, and the trial of Slobodan Milosevic not permitting testimony of the war crimes of Clinton and NATO; recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award and the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award; founded International Action Center which coordinates activism and information opposing domestic and international injustice.
GORE VIDAL - novelist, essayist, satirist, playwright, screen and TV script writer, actor, and provocateur for rectification of injustice; his biting satires ferociously bitter when defending progressive themes and seems to get away being subversive, having license perhaps as a renown literary figure easily moving in prominent literary circles, in addition to having being born into a family with high political and social connections tracing its history back to founding of the nation; urbane and self-confident of the repository of knowledge he draws upon; equally at home in politics, exhibiting a keen familiarity and intelligent grasp of current events; an incisive, analytical uncompromising critic of American politics; his unique presence on the scene of history lends his essays a feeling of authority and intimacy. Though cool, elegant, and witty, the essays comment harshly on American domestic and foreign policy; Vidal became, in the '60s, a leading spokesman for the New Left, an iconoclast willing to debate William F. Buckley; in recent years, he has waged a continual war on those who would attempt to diminish freedom; his biting and satirical but always humanity based wit and quips brings Mark Twain to mind; in 2004, did one man Broadway show on McCarthy era blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, author of the most penetrating anti-war story of all time, Johnny Got His Gun; recently moved back stateside; was for years resident in Italy, earlier Guatemala. [source in part: About Gore Vidal, American Masters]
William Blum - author, chronicler of CIA crimes against humanity, his books have brought public awareness of the CIA's nefarious world wide reach and penetration in its often independent role, frequently secretly working ahead of, or in disregard of the U.S. government's agenda - its gargantuan financial resources appearing to be infinite for its being the above-the-law muscle behind corporate America's interests; his book Killing Hope- U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II contains documentation of an incredibly consistent practice of vicious disinformation, and frightening and disgusting methods of torture and assassination; publishes the monthly Anti-empire Report; in 2006 Osama bin Laden recommended that all Americans read Blum's Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower, from which Osama bin Laden quoted, "If I were president, I would stop the attacks on the United States: First I would give an apology to all the widows and orphans and those who were tortured. Then I would announce that American interference in the nations of the world has ended once and for all."
CYNTHIA McKINNEY - brave and obstreperous former Congresswoman, outspoken, imaginatively drawing attention to imperial and capitalist mega crimes; Green Party Candidate for President 2008; [Info from Wikipedia article:] Member, U.S. House of Representatives 1993 to 1/3/03; 2005 to 1/3/07 as a Democrat; submitted to Congress Martin Luther King Records Act calling for "release all currently sealed files pertaining to the assassination"; 2006, introduced articles of impeachment against President Bush for withholding intelligence from the Congress, redacting information, actively manipulating the intelligence on Iraq's alleged weapons program, also charged Dick Cheney and Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice alleging knowingly made false statements; introduced a bill calling for "the suspension of the use, sale, of depleted uranium munitions"; signed the 9/11 Truth Movement statement, calling for new investigations of perceived as unexplained aspects of 9/11; gained national attention charging that the United States had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks and that US President George W. Bush may have been aware of the incipient attack and allowed them to happen, allegedly due to his father's business interests with the bin Laden construction company and many defense industry holdings; wrote open letter to Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal noting her agreement with the Prince's suggestion that the attacks were an indication that "the U.S. should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stand toward the Palestinian cause"; cited Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on use of lethal force by Israeli security forces; stood with Aboriginals against Australian mining companies; worked to stop conventional weapons transfers to governments that are undemocratic or fail to respect human rights; introduced legislation to end the mining of coltan in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo; 2006, praised new leftist leaders in Latin America: 2005 advocate for victims of Hurricane Katrina and a critic of the government's response; questioning Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, McKinney referred to a news story in which the owners of a nursing home had been charged with negligent homicide for abandoning 34 clients who died in the flood waters, McKinney asked Chertoff: "Mr. Secretary, if the nursing home owners are arrested for negligent homicide, why shouldn't you also be arrested for negligent homicide?" objected to the official allotment of the electoral votes from Ohio being awarded to the incumbent in the 2004 U.S. presidential election; unseated in the 2002 Georgia Democratic primary, protested in a court case Republicans being allowed to vote in Dem primary; featured in documentary American Blackout; 2000, chastised Gore for failing to support the U'wa people of Colombia opposing petroleum drilling, "I am contacting you because you have remained silent on this issue despite your strong financial interests and family ties with Occidental"; in Georgia House of Representatives, spoke aggressively against the 1991 Gulf War causing many legislators to walk out in protest of her remarks; M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; initially high school teacher, university professor.