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Charles Sullivan is a photographer, social activist and free lance writer residing in the hinterland of West Virgina.

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Allegory of the Cave, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Interpretation and the Allegory of the Cave The ideological chains that bind and subdue us are stronger and more effective than any chain forged from steel. These manacles are more freedom inhibiting than
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 12, 2013
Contesting the Systems of Power There is much confusion about the terms "liberal" and "conservative" these days. One thing that must be clarified, however, is that we can no longer rationally associate liberalism or progressive ideology with the Democratic Party. Nor should worker advocacy, environmentalism, feminism, or unionism be associated with democrats, who long ago abandoned left-wing ideology to pursue a course of self-interest and capitulation.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Resistance and Hope In these trying times of doublespeak and group think it is easy to feel overwhelmed and demoralized. But action is the antidote to despair. It is vital that we stay connected to other people engaged in related struggles; that we provide mutual support to and encourage one another to continue a spirited resistance that does not know how to quit. We are rarely as alone as we are lead to believe.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 3, 2007
Henry Thoreau and the Patrons of Virtue Henry Thoreau astutely observed: "There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man." Thoreau hit the nail squarely on the head, as he so often did. We Americans are patrons of virtue rather than virtuous people. It costs nothing to be a patron of virtue; but it requires character and effort to be a virtuous person. Apparently, we have yet to learn the distinction.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Ghosts of Misplaced Conscience We forget that commercial exuberance rests on the broken bodies of the exploited worker; it rests on the scrolls of flora and fauna that have been pushed out of existence because there isn't enough room for them and us with all of our precious, energy consuming toys.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 19, 2007
Of Boycotts and Elections The political system should belong to every citizen, rather than to the moneyed gentry that have locked most of us out. No one is going to give us the keys. We must take them because they rightfully belong to us.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 9, 2007
Solidarity An aberration of nature, the blood of the punks and thugs is not red like ours; it is green, the color of money. They have an insatiable thirst for blood-our blood; the blood of all innocents. Blood money is their currency. Through some kind of strange alchemy, they are able to convert blood into money to own the world.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Amazing Grace We refuse to believe what we are seeing and we dismiss it as too preposterous to be real. We no longer wholly trust our own senses or follow our most innate instincts, failing to recognize that they are all that is true; all that allow us to survive the wretched madness that pursues us like rabid dogs, and relentlessly nips at our fleeing heels.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 1, 2007
Behind the Facade of Incompetence The narcotic of state sponsored propaganda has a powerful and hypnotic effect on our collective senses, and it is rending asunder the fabric of what is supposed to be a free and civil society. We believe what we are told and accept what we are given, without demanding truth, justice or accountability.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 26, 2007
Truth Matters Any individual who values truth more than lies, who keeps truth alive in his or her heart, despite all efforts to dislodge it from its ethical moorings, is more powerful than even the most advanced weapons systems. Truth emerges unscathed from the rubble of fallen empire as immutable as an inviolable law of nature. Nothing can bring it down because it is real.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 21, 2007
Uncommon Grace: Biology and Economic Theory Like all economic systems that are not based upon real science, or an appropriate land ethic, the concept of property rights and private ownership are misguided and ultimately self-destructive constructs. The public welfare and the ecological integrity of the earth exceed all economic self interests in importance. Economics are based upon self-serving, false premises, whereas ecology is real.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Loaded Language and Loaded Guns: The Meaning of Opposites One can no longer understand US policy on the basis of conventional language or traditional wisdom. Language itself and its long established meanings were long ago twisted and distorted in order to deceive the people. Now war is peace and occupation is liberation.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Of Hamster Wheels and Men By putting our faith in those who serve the almighty dollar, rather than upholding the principles of democracy ourselves, we diminish our own power--we cede it to the corrupt and diabolical whose primary purpose is to rape and exploit us. Let us leave the safe haven of our hamster wheels and occupy the streets until justice reigns for everyone. There is no other way.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 17, 2007
The Absence of Reason The death of innocent civilians means nothing to a government that routinely murders civilians around the world, and sends its own to kill and be killed for imperialistic reasons. Pax Americana is an old phenomenon, not one that began with George Bush and Dick Cheney.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 3, 2007
Over Hill, Over Dale: The Militarization of Culture The glorification of war is nearly ubiquitous in the culture. You see it in the vehicles we drive, aggressive behavior, excessive national pride, flag waving, military style clothing, movies, video games; and now--television commercials.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 14, 2007
The Apostles of Deception The phony evangelicals have stolen the pulpit and the ignorant and foolish have fallen under their spell. Now we have fools and con men, pretenders and flim-flam artists: hucksters, jilters, jokers and clowns fleecing the hapless flock. We have Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, George Bush, Hillary Clinton, and those masquerading as the Christian right marching us into war after war.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Government and Citizenship The Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence--all important and eloquent documents--did not bring about the most important achievements in American history. Ordinary people did that by organizing and taking their protests to the streets. That is where freedom is won.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 26, 2007
The Moral Imperative Justice and morality do not enter into the economic equation of capitalism. Neither does compassion, the rights of other people to exist unmolested in their beliefs, or the concept of equality. There can be no peace without justice; no reckoning without a high regard for truth. Our past speaks volumes about the probable future.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 26, 2007
American Plutocracy and the war on Workers As we look to the democrats in Congress to end the occupation of Iraq and to divert another impending disaster in Iran, we must recognize that, like the commercial media, these people are working for the Plutocracy, not for the public good.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 12, 2007
George W. Bush: A Symptom of Disease Corporate America put George W. Bush in office to wage endless war; to bankrupt the federal treasury to the extent that few social programs will survive, and virtually all of our tax dollars will go toward supporting the Military Industrial complex. In many ways he is the perfect man for the job.

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