Podcast: The Spirituality of Bernie’s Movement & the Last Gasps of Neoliberalism – w/Anis Shivani

Writer Anis Shivani returns to discuss his new pieces on Medium and Common Dreams, which explore the spiritual significance of the Bernie campaign and the downfall of neoliberal hegemony.

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2 thoughts on “Podcast: The Spirituality of Bernie’s Movement & the Last Gasps of Neoliberalism – w/Anis Shivani”

  1. The last gasps of Neoliberalism!

    If Neoliberalism is on the way out, something else is on the way in to replace it. What is it?

    It is New Era Socialism. New Era because we are in the 21st Century. New Era because we understand what Socialism really is. It is not the old propaganda taught to us in school. Our eyes have been opened. The anti-Socialist diatribe falls flat. We know they do not tell the truth.

    We Socialists in this New Era Take the lessons, which were given to us by the great thinkers of the past, and apply them to the new knowledge we have gained since then. We New Era Socialists will solve the problems caused by Capitalist/Colonial State protected enterprises. We will not let our brothers and sisters go hungry while other people who scheme eat the food of a thousand. We shall not allow our precious fellows to needlessly suffer homelessness when empty houses abound.

    You know, it is said “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.” Capitalism has taken away even the place to fish. Give the under-served masses not only the knowledge to catch the fish so that they may feed themselves, but open back up the river of life so that they may dip their hook into there and catch that fish.

    What do I mean by that? After the natives of North America were displaced, this nation had a land rush. Forty acres could be had at the end of a wild race to grab it. In wagons and on foot, our ancestors raced for a land grab. They were offered the chance to have a place to grow food. That was a kind of an opening up of the river of life to them.

    But now look what happened. There are giant farms owned by a few people. They are “giving a man a fish”, but not even allowing them to fish, neither is the man being taught to fish. Instead they are considered surplus labor. So they languish on the streets, looking for the fish. As they do they are shifted from one place to the other by the police. Our people even make things hard on the homeless on purpose in an effort to shift them to another place.

    New Era Socialists don’t want to treat our fellow who have less like they are surplus. They are our brothers and sisters. Teach them to fish for themselves and open up the river to them. Open it up by giving them a plot of land where they can grow food, and have shelter. Do not allow the plot of land to ever be sold. That’s how we ended up with giant farms.

    New Ear Socialists will and are looking for New Era solutions to ancient problems. Kind of like monkey brain problems. You know the monkeys! They sit in a tree all day talking to each other. They say “We are the best. We must be the best and we know this because we tell ourselves this all the time.” Then when a bunch of bananas are thrown among them, they fight to grab them all and deny the other monkeys one.

    Isn’t that kind of like how humans are acting today? Like the greedy and primitive monkey? New Era Socialists want humans to evolve socially. To not be anti-social. We are not going to turn a blind eye to our people. We will lift up them all, every last one.

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  2. Gandhi and MLK
    Embodied a spiritual vision
    For cultural change and political transformation
    Ahimsa and Satyagraha,
    Non violence and truth speaking, were Gandhi’s guiding lights
    For MLK the defeat of racism through justice and love empowered his crusade
    Bernie Sanders is our contemporary spiritual/political visionary guided by his values of equality and justice and democratic socialist freedom
    His allies in soul vision are Marianne Williamson teaching a politics of love
    And Tulsi Gabbard working for world peace

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