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Matt Damon Reads Howard Zinn’s 1970 Speech.

This still seems appropriate.

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  1. JAQ

    I keep wishing and hoping, that one day, somehow, we will wake up…

  2. Sandra Searle (@SandraSearle)

    Waking up is not the problem JAQ, is the rest of us not being game enough to become activists. Civil disobedience done in the right way should be an absolute given when we see something that we completely disagree with (like climate change for instance). We need to communicate to all & we need to maintain ‘rage’ where it is required to make the government (current) listen to what is really important to the whole of Australia, not just those who listen to the shock jocks & read the Murdochracy news.

  3. hilderombout

    This speech is very relevant indeed. I agree with Sandra Searle about civil disobedience too. Thank you. I am not sure how we get the government to listen to us though. I am afraid that even civil disobedience might not make an impact, so entrenched they seem in their ideology of greed and selfishness.

  4. John Fraser

    Matt Damon would get the sack here in Queensland.

    That’s provided he didn’t come to Australia by boat or Brandis stopped him from getting a visa.

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  6. diannaart

    I commented on the page where the video link didn’t work – having brought up the video on You-Tube (I’m a bit resourceful like that), I watched it there.

    I didn’t realise Matt Damon was a person prepared to stick his head up in a nation so full of armed rednecks – power to him – Matt has earned a place on my Facebook page.

    I learned civil disobedience at a young age – in year three when I was accused of something I did not do and given the cane in front of my class while the guilty party smirked (tend to have a knee-jerk reaction to smirks as well). However, I learnt that you cannot always trust authority at a very young age. This has been useful in later life, but also, has not been a good strategy for a successful career path. Bosses don’t like to be questioned and I, quite frankly, didn’t and do not care. But that’s my problem, I know I should learn to put my head down and suck it up… er, I think there is a reason the preceding comment sounds like a sexual euphemism, because being low down on the career pyramid does not engender respect from the ruling elite. Hence my socialist tendencies, I guess.

    Thank the universe for the AIMN.

  7. rossleighbrisbane

    @diannaart.
    As Bertoldt Brecht said: “Much has been accomplished when one man says no.”

    Ok, I get the inherent sexism in the comment, and before you feminists tear him to shreds just remember that he was foreign, so he probably didn’t know better.

    🙂

  8. diannaart

    Ross

    Turnbull is actually worse because he does know better. He never said “no”.

    😉

  9. rossleighbrisbane

    Anyway, part of my point in the from a couple of days ago was that we need to find ways of uniting people with agreement rather than dividing them with difference. It’s not always easy. And I find politicians particularly difficult because some will go out of their way to find a point of difference. Or lie about the ACTUAL point of difference in order to be elected.

    I suppose that this is why I find Turnbull just as offensive as the rest of the Liberals. He never says that he’ll break ranks over this one, that THIS is one of his core beliefs. I can see him voting down a referendum on a republic because it’s not party policy, and shrugging as though the people on the outside don’t understand that – really – he doesn’t mean it.

    (Irony indeeded)

  10. Dennis

    We should march in large numbers, silently, silently, not a word spoken, just a overbearing silence, the minute you use aggression you are the enemy, you somehow have to deny them an enemy

  11. opinionatedintrovertdoc

    It takes enormous courage to be disobedient, to go against the crowd, especially when the need is greatest. I feel a growing outrage welling up inside me, and I know I need to speak up about the injustices I see happening. But it is so scary.

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  14. ronlipsius@gmail.com

    Sucking up – a “sexually tinged” piece of language… blah blah etc?! Will you over and miseducated precious liberal types stop revealing the contents of your morally barren, hypocritical and guilt-ridden minds and shut up and do
    some work on relearning what is happening to you and the people of whom you feel superior. Put your pointy little fingers away for now and place them where your heads have been – closer to your heart.

  15. ronlipsius@gmail.com

    Sucking up – a “sexually tinged” piece of language… blah blah etc?! Will you over and miseducated precious liberal types stop revealing the contents of your morally barren, hypocritical and guilt-ridden minds and shut up and do
    some work on relearning what is happening to you and the people of whom you feel superior. Put your pointy little fingers away for now and place them where your heads have been – closer to your own heart.
    Every act of protest makes a difference – the ones in power know that for every one in the street there are thousands that did not show up but feel the same. Also the aftermath of protesting is like doing volunteering or better – it’s exhilarating stuff!

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