What Fascism & Totalitarianism Actually Look Like via @brainpicker

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@brainpicker on Twitter provided this excellent link at the Open Culture site openculture.com that calls for some intellectual honesty. I’m reposting via Posterous to get the post up in as many places as I can as quickly as possible.

If the video doesn’t show below, please go to the original site (link above) to watch! This is very definitely worthy of extra thought.

In the weeks before the US Congress passed major healthcare reform, select members of the political right (from “the base” on up to the leadership) repeated the claim that the Obama administration was turning America into a fascist/totalitarian/Maoist/Nazi state. The language was inflammatory and reckless, and it deeply trivialized the past. Now, it’s time for a little reality check. This is what fascism & totalitarianism actually look like. It looks like prison camps, torture, starvation, the bleakest of bleak conditions, and mass death, running into the millions. And take note: there’s not much healthcare going to the uninsured in this world (nor a strident political opposition, I can assure you). This wartime documentary, Death Mills (above), comes from the great director Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard). It was intended to educate Germans about the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. But, apparently it still has educational value for Congressmen, pundits and tea partiers today. Unless, of course, these folks were just being cynical all along.

For those who opposed the healthcare plan intelligently and civilly, don’t take offense. This is not about healthcare per se. It’s about intellectual honesty … or at least setting the historical record straight.

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Game Changers: How Online Gamers Can Solve Real World Problems | TakePart Social Action Network: Important Issues, Activism, Environmental, Human Rights, Political News

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Take Note MMORPG folks, especially WOW people, this one’s for you!

Jane McGonigalHow about a little inspiration for your Friday morning, folks? It doesn’t get much better than Jane McGonigal’s talk at last month’s TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference. 

The 20-minute video is after the jump; a full viewing is highly recommended. But here’s the gist for those of you without time to spare: online gamers have the skills, the endurance, and the opportunity to play a serious role in changing the world. McGonigal, director of games research and development at the Institute for the Future, believes that games help players develop many of the tools it takes to make a difference: collaboration, perseverance, ambition, creativity.

In short, we’ve got an army of what she calls “super-empowered hopeful individuals” just waiting for a way to translate all that virtual success into some real world good.

These people know how to work with others to solve seemingly insurmountable problems. And the amount of time gamers spend doing so—World of Warcrafters have collectively dedicated 5.93 million years, she says—means that hundreds of millions of people around the world are fine-tuning those tools. The average young person in a game-heavy country

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