Danny Glover made the speech of a lifetime — the speech of our lifetime — at Occupy Oakland on October 15th. Listening to the speech has sent Duchess Susanna into a fit of hopeful tears, such as one experiences during the happy ending of a momentous film.
The entire video, and all of Danny Glover’s words, are worth experiencing and absorbing. Please watch it! Below, The Duchess has inscribed in text some of the quotes that she was able to capture and type out this morning.
“Walk in Peace”, by Sir Lancelot Pinard, is the Peace Song of the Day for Thursday, October 20th. I uncovered this song in the book “Songs That Changed The World”.
In researching this song, I learned about the interesting history of Lancelot Victor Edward Pinard (1902-2001) and his career. First of all, he earned his title in a similar manner to Duke Augustus and Duchess Susanna — it suited him. Pinard was an inspiration to Harry Belafonte, and was appreciated by 1948 Progressive Party Presidential candidate, Henry A. Wallace.
The Duke and Duchess of Peace started this blog to highlight the values we all share, values that are not represented in the military-industrial media. The ideas in the article Win the Culture War describe the values we are talking about, but Duke Augustus does take issue with the name of the article. The idea of a “war” is not part of the positive values described in the article. It is not a “war”, not a competition, not destructive. It is a creative act, a sharing, a coming together, a seeking of unity:
The human brain is wired to support creativity, cooperation and life in community. That is our nature. The prevalence of materialism, greed, competition and violence common in modern society is a symptom of severe cultural and institutional dysfunction.
We humans inhabit a wondrous but finite living planet with a self-organizing biosphere to which we must adapt our lives and economies.
Life, not money, is the true measure of value; money’s only legitimate use is in life’s service. An obsession with making money is a sign of psychological and social dysfunction.
Markets are essential to the function of a healthy democratic society. Their proper function, however, depends on proper rules implemented by democratic governments under the watchful eye of a strong and dynamic civil society.
As much as Duke Augustus agrees with these values, he takes issue with the name of the series where they are discussed: New Economy 2.0. These are not new values nor the updated version of values. These are very old values They are basic to humanity. they underpin every major religious tradition .
Duke Augustus and Duchess Susanna, the Duke & Duchess of Peace, have been thinking about books that help citizens participate in the democratic process while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a session of the Youth Parliament at the Legislative Assembly.