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TWITTIN THE REVOLUTION

A few days ago the British newspaper The Guardian published an article about the use of Twitter by two protesters of the G-20 whom organized the demonstrations and all the other protesters through Twitter, an immediate communication tool.

It seems web 2.0 is out there to help the revolution. It also happened in Iran after the reelection of the president Ahmanideyad. Protesters and opposers were organized and coordinated through Twitter, and now, they’ve done the same in Pittsburgh.

Is it good or bad for us?

The conclusion that we can take of it is that new technologies are helping common people to fight back the injustices, or at least are being used as a tool to be much better prepared to organize dissident activities. And obviously, that doesn’t escape to authorities control. If protesters get updated with new technologies so do authorities.

Police, CIA, FBI, they can control and monitor anyone they want to when anyone is using new technologies to achieve dissident activities. If they consider that someone is acting suspiciously, they can watch their activity on the Internet in order to ‘prevent’ future illegal actions.

So, this new factor in dissidence means both positive and negative aspects. However, I’d say that is more positive for protesters rather than for authorities, because its immediateness means that authorities have to react very quick in order to avoid certain actions such as the demonstrations in Pittsburgh. And sometimes, they simply can’t react as quickly as they’d like to.

The importance of Twitter is that it’s instantaneous, worldwide, and it doesn’t require more than 140 characters to communicate with others or to express yourself. Therefore, it is a tool that reports much more benefits for normal population than for authorities.

By the way, you can follow me on Twitter @javiduque

MICHAEL MOORE’S VISION OF CAPITALISM

Well, it seems I’m not the only one doing documentaries about capitalism and its ending. Michael Moore, the documentary maker that brought us ‘Bowliwng for columbine’, ‘Farenheit 9/11’ and ‘Sicko’, has presented the premiere of his new documentary: ‘Capitalism: a love story’.

The premiere has happened tonight at the Venice Film Festival, and it has been named to be ‘Moore’s most dangerous film’.

It’ll be on the screens worldwide the next 2nd of October.

THE SUNSET OF CAPITALISM DOCUMENTARY

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History of Humanity takes place by cycles. Each cycle is characterised by a social and economical model. And after a long time, and generally when new social aspects that make society evolve come up, the system, which was not ready for them, gets outdated, gets old, gets deteriorated and dies.

This process can last a hundred years, sometimes even more, but it’s unavoidable. It is as unstoppable as the passing time. And that’s what is happening to capitalist system. It has deteriorated and is getting old faster and faster. It is unsustainable and it has become outdated with regard to technological revolution. And also, it is a system that makes bigger the inequalities and injustices. It was designed to make richer some people at the expense of making poorer others. Capitalism is reaching its inevitable ending within a process that none of us might ever see finished, but that will complete with the achievement of a new social and economical model. How this new model will be is up to us.

London, the jailed city

London, one of the most important financial cities, has been the stage for several debates and meetings about the problems and issues that affect the system.
With the financial crisis as the starting point, the short documentary The sunset of Capitalism offers an analysis over the tools that make the system work and over the problems that it causes to society.

The CCTV, police brutality and the Orwellian society where individuals found themselves involved in, are some aspects that are deteriorating capitalism. It’s the story of a society collapsing, and as it falls, it repeats to itself: ‘so far, so good.’ It is a society that feels like Josef K, the Kafka’s novel character that is arrested one morning without knowing why, and at the end of the novel still doesn’t know the reason. Anguish is absolute.

Smash the system

The music is the conducting element of the documentary, the city of London is where it takes place, the jailed city shelters some hope and dissident thought. Economical and political analysts set alternatives out and unmask the real face of a cheating system. Although we’re aware of the cheating, it drives us to demand more and more cheating.

Gareth Pierce, a Human Rights lawyer, unveils which are the intentions of the state: to control and to make us think this control is necessary for our safety. Some of you might know Gareth for being the solicitor for some ex Guantanamo prisoners, or for being the solicitor of the Jean Charles De Menezes family, or maybe because Emma Thompson did of her on In the name of the father film.

Never lose hope

The idea of the documentary is positive, there’s loads of hope. We are in a turning point of history and therefore this is a very suitable time for change.
After watching the documentary, somebody said she was about to drop a tear but the rage that she felt was bigger than the sadness. How do we channel this rage and sadness is fundamental for what is to come. But never forget that best is to come. It always is.

Peace & respect,
Javier Duque

Click here to watch the documentary.

THE SUNSET OF CAPITALISM

Capitalism isn’t working. Its time has come.

Revolutionary but funny

Revolutionary but funny

So, what’s next? Well, some say we need new ideologies, but truth is that old theories like Marxism still got a chance if are put in practice properly.

From today until Monday, the Marxism Festival is taking place in London, and there will be many interesting issues treated that people might find interesting. Why don’t you give it a chance instead of spending the night drinking at the pub or whatching Big Brother?

It’s time for us as a people to change and start to think by ourselves, and in order to do that, we need to look back to those great philosophers whom thought of different models of societies.

Thus, the change will start to become real.