Welcome to the Land of the FREED and the Home of the Brave.
FREEDAmerica was founded by Marc Freedman (https://www.facebook.com/futurevision) for progressives who want to:
> Be active participants in our democracy, our country, and our world.
> Live lives of intent and purpose with passion, integrity, empathy, and continual learning....
> Pursue facts, science, and truth over authority and party.
> Empower ourselves and our communities amid an indifferent economy and rapacious capitalism.
> Restore vision, progress, and hope in our country and not regress to tribalism and fear.
FREEDAmerica is a strategic part of #TheResistance. Unlike other groups we don’t focus on single issues, alarmist news, or daily fundraising drives (all very important in their own ways!).
FREEDAmerica embraces solutions and builds entrepreneurs. We view donations as investments. We leverage your money to launch impactful programs that generate an exponential social return.
FREEDAmerica is growing a network of organizers, volunteers, and members just like you who are ready for the challenge.
We invite you to be FREED!
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Let’s Make America Great Again … Again. You know, like it was 2 years ago.
Get FREED. Not Trumped.
FREED Technology (geeky) – Economics and Social Good of Decentralization
In 2001 I started a Peer to Peer (P2P) company, RazorPop, that used the Internet to free media from the control of giant entertainment conglomerates and give the power of choice back to consumers. Since the late 90s there have been waves of Internet decentralization with terms like P2P, Saas (Software as a Service), cloud computing, and now blockchains.
The utilitarian nature of technology leads to an o...ngoing process of creative disruption. Accelerating returns can quickly create monopolies. Competitors out innovate them or disaggregate the business or technology. The market becomes redefined. And the cycle starts anew.
Technology being evil was first attributed to Microsoft, and then in addition and more recently, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. The evil refers to the inevitable problems of such monopolies. As the companies focus on revenues they increasingly lock in their business ecology, including customers, platform, technology, and data. Despite their size, actual innovation slows as resources are redirected to reinforcing the market and existing products. Both overtly and indirectly monopolies co-opt government and crowd out actual and would-be competitors. Economically this effect is called the monopoly rent.
Monopolies are contrary to the social good of a free and fair market, whether they’re tech or not. It’s why technology should be freed and decentralized.
Chris Dixon has an updated take on decentralization for cryptonetworks in Why Decentralization Matters.
Content Needs to be FREED Too
We all need to show love to content creators, from artists, musicians, and other creatives to business consultants and content producers. By love, I mean money. In the past those channels were limited to mass media (buy a CD or book, listen to radio, pay for a webinar, etc.). The Internet opened - and in many cases destroyed - that world. I was a part of that when I founded a P2P file sharing company. P2P was a social act of revolution. It al...lowed individuals to seize control from the huge entertainment conglomerates. Good for the consumer. Good promotion but no revenues for the creator.
Since then the Internet has spawned new classes of services. Some like Spotify and Pandora replicate traditional experiences. But the financial trickle from streaming is not a solution for the creator.
New services like Patreon and D.rip (Kickstarter's Patreon clone) are finally delivering on FREED content by directly connecting consumers to creators. Creators offer tiered fan levels that can cost just a few dollars a month or item. I support a number of creators like Robin Good.
But they're just a part of the puzzle. People still need to discover content creators outside the service. Even in a huge market like Kickstarter, less than 30% of raised funds typically come from Kickstarter.
What do you think? What have you found that is interesting? How do you support your favorite artists and business?
If you're a content creator, do you actively market to find new prospects? What's working for you?
Nunes memo that alleges an FBI/Justice Dept bias is latest Trump break with reality
> Heads appointed by Trump
> Departments typically staffed by Republicans
> FBI influenced presidential election FOR Trump
> Isn't GOP supposed to be Law & Order party?
How Trump is Destroying the GOP from Robert Reich
Three principles once gave the GOP its identity and mission: Shrink the deficit, defend states’ rights, and be tough on Russia. The raving man-child has destroyed that and the party. More at http://robertreich.org/post/169976307310
Trump & The Tax Bill, the Present That Keeps Giving
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the 'win' that wasn't. The legislation was promoted with proven lies and failures (trickle down). It could have been fact-based and middle class-supportive. Instead it's a donor giveaway that transfers money from the have-nots to the already haves (corporations and the wealthy).
Lyin 'Donald had a chance to deliver on his promise to support the people, even if it hurt himself. Instead, t...o no one's surprise, it benefits the rich, wealthy companies, and Trump.
It's a cunningly crafted Trojan horse. The lower and middle class benefits are illusory. Their tax benefits expire after a few years, while the giveaway to the rich is permanent. When the $1.5 trillion deficit comes due the GOP already has said it's prepared to go after social benefit programs.
#ThankyouTrump. You could have helped the people or even your core voters. But you didn't. And a majority know it.
Instead you gave us this wonderful gift for people to remember you by. In case they miss your hourly tweets. It may be a win for your fellow Republican lawmakers and donors now. But this trillion dollar giveaway will be an eternally shiny present for the Democrats at election time later this year and beyond.
The Inconvenient Truth … or Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire and Fury.
David Brooks writes about inconvenient observations and the Michael Wolff book in The Decline of Anti-Trumpism.
"First, people who go into the White House to have a meeting with President Trump usually leave pleasantly surprised. They find that Trump is not the raving madman they expected....
Second, people who work in the Trump administration have wildly divergent views about their boss.
Third, the White House is getting more professional. …
This isn’t just a struggle over a president. It’s a struggle over what rules we’re going to play by after Trump. Are we all going to descend permanently into the Trump standard of acceptable behavior?"
Mr. Brooks, let’s look at what you wrote. The President isn’t a raving madman. Some people in his administration like him. And some are getting work done. I’ll even add that I’m sure his family loves him. Plus certain crowds still adore him. I’ll even grant that clinical narcissism may not be as bad as psychopathy.
They said the same about Hitler and Caligula early on during their reigns. Aren’t YOU the one setting the bar low here? Are you truly willing to settle at this point?
The man is not well. He’s doing damage to the norms of the office and the country. He’s co-opted the cowardly GOP. This isn’t a typical Administration or political process. Even your own colleagues remain alarmed where a recent selection included Paul Krugman’s The Worst and the Dumbest, Nicholas Kristof on Trump’s Threat to Democracy, and the New York Times editorial Is Mr. Trump Nuts?
The GOP has weaponized politics through media and message control and thirty years of continual lies … and you’re worried about whether Wolff’s book is too lowbrow with gossip that contains the truth?
The inconvenient truth is that it’s been and still is a critical, clear, and present danger. The problem is not, as you write, the anti-Trump movement is suffering from insularity. It’s the challenge of continuing to reach, motivate, and mobilize Americans.
The fight for #TheResistance is just starting. Let’s worry about standards and lowbrow books after the battle’s been won.
Read the full article at http://freedamerica.com/resistance-battles-on-inconvenient…/
The Quality of Overcoming
Once upon a time there was a narcissistic populist who trumpeted his mental stability and intelligence. He charmed the populace and rose to run a kingdom that was the leader of the world. He had no government experience. He said whatever was on his mind, made impractical promises, reversed all his predecessor's policies, and enacted tax cuts that increased the deficit. He had no military experience but liked to play the role. He glorified violence, surrounded himself with military trappings and generals, and threatened his rivals. ...
Who is this leader (it's not who you think)? Read this and more @ http://freedamerica.com/quality-overcoming/
A Culture of Lies & The Real Fake News
No, Lyin’ Donald, you did not create the term ‘Fake News’. Your first use is in 2016, while fake news have been a part of politics virtually forever.
According to Politifact, Obama was telling all or most of the truth 50% of the time as of this post date. That’s disappointing. But compare that to only one out of six Trump claims being true or mostly true. That means that five out of six times Trump is fully or partly lying....
The explosion of lies has mostly happened on the Right over the past few decades. It’s become a standard part of the Republican toolkit. See Swiftboating and Truthiness.
The next step in institutionalized lying is to attack those who job it is to report the truth objectively, regardless that their reporting is supported by published data and verified sources. Calling legitimate media fake is a classic doublethink switch and bait marketing tactic. It’s perfect cover to move the attention away from the real fake news, your own lies.
But there is a limit. When you're mostly lying, anything you say won't be trusted. People tune you out. Not only do they not believe your lies, they also ignore the rare 15% of the time when you actually speak the truth.
Ultimately a culture of lies is ineffective and unsustainable. There is no bridge to reach those who think for themselves, aka #TheResistance. Once you've maximized your base, which Trump did on Election Day, you're not going to be able to expand it. You'll have to expend ever greater effort to publish your fake news and maintain a false reality that's constantly clashing with what's really happening.
For the past two years President Trump has revived tribal identity politics with his brand of American nationalism. After the Presidential race in Nov. 2016 Brendan Nyhan termed it a "Slide", attributed it to Trump's choice of policy, and asked if it was inevitable.
This month David Brooks called it a "Retreat". He makes the point that tribal politics rises and falls with societal externalities and institutions, and such civilizing forces are weaker ...than they have been in the past.
Brooks resorts to false equivalence, which misses the asymmetry, a clue to what's happening. He writes about campus extremism on the left as if students who fight to control a classroom are comparable in any way to a President and Republican Congress who control an entire country.
Brooks pins overly broad labels. He claims that "we’ve regressed from a sophisticated moral ethos to a primitive one," which insults most Democrats and some Republicans and conservatives who do place country above party and tribe.
Both Nyhan and Brooks are missing the bigger picture - the cause. Trump is the current end of a long process, not the beginning. The rise of identity politics is not the result of a broken economy, declining social networks, or a romantic return to primitive times. People don't regress naturally or on purpose.
Not only is the slide to tribalism not inevitable, it's also no accident. It's been precisely engineered over the past 30 years. It's the intentional, cumulative, and tuned result of the GOP weaponizing politics through media and message control. When you define reality you can manufacture fear, shrink the world, and force such a retreat.
It's good marketing (for them) ... basic brainwashing (see Orwell) ... and a necessary ingredient to get a population to vote against their own interests and transfer ever more power to the plutocracy and their corporate proxies.
Is the G.O.P. T.O.X.I.C.? I wrote about the hijacking of the Republican party three years ago in Grande Old Party, I Hardly Knew Ye. Republicans are historical flip-floppers. With demographics working against them the only question is when they'd return to a platform of economic opportunity. I thought it would take 20 years.
It could have taken only three with Trump's Main Street populism. But Trump is no Lincoln and didn't keep that and many other promises. Lyin' Donal...d and his billionaire cabinet are the embodiment of protecting the rich.
When will the GOP return to being the party of Lincoln? Apparently they're still not toxic enough. Based on the 2017 Tax Bill, there's no hint of change yet. We'll check back in another four years.
Top 20 Trump lies - Robert Reich's New Year’s Update for Trump Voters
Trump's Peek-a-Boo Doctrine is a part of his lack of object permanence. Other behavior includes the elevation of self, lack of empathy and understanding, limited scope of one’s world, absolute reliance on loyalty, actions based on emotion and not logic, refusal to accept commonly accepted objective reality, and ignorance of his shortcomings. The question is whether that puts his developmental age at 7 or 2.
U.S. Economic Slavery Worsens: Four years ago I wrote "The Civil War anew, U.S. economic slavery 150 years later". With Lyin' Donald and the Republicans in control, economic slavery is only only getting worse. The rich are getting richer. Social programs are weakened for the poor, disadvantaged, transitional, and discriminated. The middle class continues to be hollowed out. Regulations that protect our safety, welfare, and planet are being abolished. The new tax bill will only accelerate economic inequality. More ...
Re: The sad things men say when they push back against #metoo.
Truth. Bravo, Mark. Men must not only give up power but do it willingly, gracefully, proactively, and accept the discomfort so that women may be FREED.
… or The Non-Populist Populist
Ross Douthat writes “What’s particularly frustrating is that [the Republican tax bill] didn’t have to be this way”. But isn’t that the point?
Here again is legislation promoted with lies and proven failures (trickle down). It could have been fact-based and middle class-supportive. Instead it’s a donor giveaway that transfers money from the have-nots to the already haves (corporations and the wealthy). The Republican party has been doing this... for decades.
One could also write “”What’s particularly frustrating is that Trump’s tax policy didn’t have to be this way”.
Part of Trump’s message* was oriented to Main Street. He promised to support and empower the middle class that was left behind by international trade, elites, and wealthy donors.
That populist message was noble, selfless, and admirable. If he could deliver on it, he could build a true legacy with a wide base of support. I personally would have celebrated and congratulated him.
But who’s kidding who? This is Lyin’ Donald.
Instead of being a force for social good, he followed the standard Republican gameplan to enrich the rich. Instead of combating the power of the elites and income inequality, he only increased it and – prepare yourself – himself. The guy said it would cost him a fortune when the truth is he and his cronies will expand their fortunes hugely.
Trump, we thank you again for being yourself.
Ross, don’t be frustrated. Follow the money, not the tweets.
* The slice that wasn’t attacking individuals, groups, or whole classes of people who weren’t male, white, straight, and rich.