Robert Gahtan

Lexington, MA, United States

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Robert Gahtan
Posted 7 months ago
Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?
I think it extraordinarily unfortunate that TED has not given Professor Richard D. Wolff an opportunity to appear on its stage. He can clearly give a persuasive case for an alternative to what we have been taught about capitalism, socialism, and communism. Bill Moyers has interviewed him three times on his show. Just Google his name for his books, videos, and most importantly his introductory classes to Marxism.
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Robert Gahtan
Posted over 1 year ago
Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "willful blindness"
You will (I hope) be happy to hear, that I was so impressed with your talk, that I went out and got your book: "Willful Blindness". The book is clarifying, convincing, instructive and helped me make sense of the absurdities that surround us on the political, social, and psychological levels. Since I finished the book, I have been evangelizing for a greater readership, and have purchased it for clients and recommended it to acquaintances, friends and relatives. It also has inspired me to be the founding member of Avoiders Anonymous. I envision this as an organization with world wide membership. It is not a 12 step program. It simply recognizes that avoidance (or procrastination if you prefer) is a more powerful drug than cocaine since every time we avoid the unpleasant, we are immediately rewarded with relief. The reward is frequent and sufficient enough to bring us to the point of Willful Blindness. Again, thank you for your wonderful contributions.
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Robert Gahtan
Posted over 1 year ago
Thomas Goetz: It's time to redesign medical data
Confusion 101 is a basic marketing course for any one involved in sales. Why should anyone in the medical industrial complex behave any differently? The Dollarocracy has supplanted the democracy. Until the 0.1% are relieved of their ubiquitous immoral control over resources and thought, most change will just be nibbling at the changes.
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Robert Gahtan
Posted over 1 year ago
Thomas Goetz: It's time to redesign medical data
This excellent TED talk, like many other, ignores the elephant in the room. In the capitalist system, it is in the interest of Doctors, Pharmaceutical companies, Hospitals, Insurance companies to have many sick people who can afford to pay. Thus doctor's offices are littered with Good Housekeeping and People magazines. A dumb patient is the one that the most money will be gotten from. Long term illness is good because it increases the GNP. The Institute of Medicine recently said that its report of 10 years ago was conservative at best. In tht report they indicated that 195,000 deaths resulted annually from PREVENTABLE medical errors. That makes Al Queada and 9/11 look like chidl's play. The system is rigged folks. Medicine is just one of the many areas. Until TED gets the courage to confront the elephant in the roon (the current destructive path of capitalism) most of the wonderful, innovative ideas it shares with is is just nibbling at the edges. The corruption in our medical system, does have a silver lining however. In Boston, when the Mafia want to bump someone off, they send him or her to the hospital.
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Robert Gahtan
Posted over 2 years ago
Draft an Activist's Handbook/wiki for Social Movements
Thank you very much for introducing me to Randy Shaw (the author of The Activist's Handbook. However. it does not cover the multitude of questions that activists face, and should not have to incessantly have to relearn through painful and costly experience. To be more specific, here are some of the issues such a wiki/handbook should cover: Agent Provocateur, Army, Boycotts, Civil Disobedience, Coalitions, Coming Out, Communism, Consciousness Raising, Cooperatives, Debates Teach-ins, Defensive Formulations, Democracy, Democratic Centralism, Electoral Arena, Expulsions, International, Internet, Local, Maoism, Marches, Membership, Non Violent Direct Action, Occupations, Organization, Outings, Outreach, Pacifism, Police, Press, Program, Recruitment, Reformers, Reformist, Sectarianism, Single Issue, Sit-Ins, Socialism, Stalinism, Third Parties, Trotskyism, TV, Ultra-Left, Utopias, Violence
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Robert Gahtan
Posted over 2 years ago
Draft an Activist's Handbook/wiki for Social Movements
Please let me know the search terms that you've used. I have done several google searches: Critique of social movements sociology, Hand book for social movement activists So, Social movements that succeeded, Social movements timeline, Who is interested in social change, Google Books Research Topic: Social Movement Theory, Social movement theory and research an annotated bibliography guide, Is there an idea exchange for social movements, "Granting agencies" for social change, TED: Social Movements, How do social movements begin, and have not found what you have located.
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Robert Gahtan
Posted over 2 years ago
Draft an Activist's Handbook/wiki for Social Movements
Not really. If you want to become a chef, you would get Julia Child's book. As a matter of fact any craft that you are interested in mastering requires knowing what has been done so it can be transcended. In any case, we can always start with an "Activism for Dummies" book
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Robert Gahtan
Posted over 2 years ago
Draft an Activist's Handbook/wiki for Social Movements
In view that I posted this on TED, I thought the implication would be that I am only interested in those movements that promote well being for our fellow humans. Specifically: movements that end poverty, hunger, wars, racism, sexism, homophobia,climate change, the two party system, and perhaps even capitalism. Such a handbook/wiki would deal with the issue of front groups. I am always trying to meet a better class of people, and am gratified that you think it to be a polo hat, unfortunately it is nothing but an out-of style bicycle helmet