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The Mouse Rogue Elephants Fear by Aldo Vidali Monday, February 27, 2006 Someone sent me a striking cartoon symbolizing the suicidal blindness of liberals. It shows a medieval army about to go into battle, with archers, cavalry, and infantry ready for the pompous commander’s orders. Across the field stands a vast enemy force, outnumbering the little army 10 to 1. A merchant cart displaying a new weapon is in the foreground. The merchant is pointing to the deadly weapon: a modern 50 caliber machine gun with a long cartridge belt mounted and ready to fire. Without turning to look or bothering to listen, the commander waves the merchant away: “Not now! Not now! I’ve got a war to fight!”… …Today liberals no longer listen to Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the rest of the great progressives. That is why we lost our country to scheming pseudo-Christians and fascists. I know a fascist when I see one. I was raised under Mussolini. So was my mentor and friend Federico Fellini. Fifty years ago his satirical cinema pulverized fascist and rightwing Catholic mentality with powerful cine-magic that wiped out centuries of oppressive indoctrination for millions. American democracy’s final battle is imminent. A frightening weapon is needed to defeat fascism, like the proverbial mouse that elephants fear. Two years ago a brilliant Berkeley professor, George Lakoff, wrote a little book titled: Don’t think of an elephant. In a few months it became a bestseller. If Lakoff’s ideas were widely understood, progressive action could, in a few months, collapse the massive framework of cultural corruption that took more than 35 years for conservative think tanks to erect. How is it possible to erase years of deceit in a few months? The answer is surprisingly simple. What takes years to build can be demolished with a wrecking ball in a single day. This short article tells where a powerful wrecking ball is being assembled so that progressive leaders can collapse the thieving conservative structure of lies. We all know how exposing a single dishonest act can destroy a reputation built over a lifetime. Rogue elephants that took decades to inflate with hot air can be popped with a single arrow by piercing their soft underbelly. Fellini was a unique film author whose reputation is so colossal that his name is even recognized by people who never saw his films. The grandiose closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino celebrated his joyous style. Fellini’s films changed human and social awareness so deeply that even language has been affected. Whether showing the dumb brutality of fascists, unmasking the holier-that-thou stupidity of fake Christians, or disrobing the mindless greed of materialists, in the end Fellini’s marvelous creations lifted hearts with humor and compassion that humanized society. Lakoff is a master of linguistics. Maestro Fellini created a cine-magic of unforgettable visual frames. Unite these two and you set a chemical reaction similar to the mixing of nitro and glycerin that results in the devastating force of dynamite. The irresistible weapon needed to bring down conservative corruption is now in production. It is a Fellini-style movie in three parts titled: Deflating the Elephant. It is a mighty weapon that — if progressive leaders take the time to turn around, see it, understand it, support it in every possible way, and use it in the coming battle for democracy — will flush all the smelly, saran-wrapped turds out of our derelict Congress (journalist P.J. O’Rourke rightly described Congress “a parliament of whores”) and fumigate the White House thereafter. Real patriots — those with enough spine to boldly defend the Constitution — need only see the film’s 20-minute introduction featuring Sean Penn. If you are one, please visit our website at and contact me at [email protected] or 831-454-9191 to hear about the secret Fellinesque hunting strategy.

Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich?To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that you […] Read More

From Farm-to-Table to Farm-to-Everything

No longer restricted to the elite segments of society, the farm-to-table movement now reaches a wide spectrum of Americans from hospital and office cafeterias to elementary schools and fast-casual restaurants.Nearly a century ago, the idea of “local food” would have seemed perplexing, since virtually all food was local. Today, most of the food consumed in […] Read More

The Three Cs of Farm-to-School

Most people know about the three “R’s” – reading, writing, and arithmetic. But, have you heard about the three “C’s”?If you, or your kid, is at a school that takes part in the Farm-to-School movement, then you may already know about them.October is National Farm-to-School month, and in their book Farm to Table, authors Darryl […] Read More

“Rules for Revolutionaries” Offers New Political Playbook for Activists

A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the “rules” used by the “revolutionaries” who helped harness the volunteer power that fueled Bernie Sanders’ historic, and insurgent, presidential campaign.Authors Becky Bond and Zack Exley led the Sanders campaign’s efforts to recruit and engage volunteers at an unprecedented level, which was crucial to the Vermont senator capturing 46 percent […] Read More

Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way?Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s […] Read More
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