Debunking & Dissent
What are we discussing here?
Debunking--revealing what someone doesn't want revealed--is a key ingredient
in critical thinking. It is essential to the first step of rational thinking:
clearly defining the problem. If someone is concealing the truth about the
problem, the existence of the problem, or information relevant to the
problem, it is important both to attain the truth AND to take into account
the fact that the truth was concealed.
Debunking, when applied to others (as opposed to your own self-deception),
often leads to dissent in some form. A study of the history of dissent
reveals a great deal about how people lie and about how to debunk those
Below are several pages covering elements relevant to debunking and dissent.
Movements of Dissent
Ernesto Cortes, founder of COPS in S.A.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Duong Thu Huong
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Henry David Thoreau
Willie Velasquez in S.A.
The 1960s in the U.S.
The American Revolution
The Native American Movement
Social Stratification Theory
The Populist movement (1880s & 1890s)
The Feminist movement
The civil rights movement
The massive strikes in the Garment District of NY: the "uprising of the
20,000" in 1909 and "the uprising of the 50,000" in 1910.
-Columbus discovered America and proved that the earth was
-The U.S. is the best place in the world to live.
-The rich have worked harder than others and the poor are
-The mad cow disease is limited to England. We're perfectly safe in the U.S.
-The U.S. intent in foreign relations is always to facilitate democracy and freedom.
-Ownership of land by individuals has always been a grounding principle of American freedom.
-Slavery was abolished a long time ago; we don't have "those kinds of problems" anymore.
-Elections are a critical part of the U.S. political system.
-The primary purpose of the American Revolution was to create a democracy where everyone is
-The battle at the Alamo was for freedom and democracy.
-The war on drugs is critically important; a major problem for U.S. society.
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) --focus
is on "organizing and building power for low and moderate-income
Americans"Acceptance of violence
Blind belief in a homogeneous reality
Commercialization of knowledge
Conflicting roles of women
Habitual overemphasis on national self-determination
Misuse of nonprofit associations as front organizations by governments
Act Up --a civil disobedience index
Alliance for Justice --co/motion--"to empower a new generation of
activists to initiate significant social change today and tomorrow"
Alphabetical List of 12,000 World Problems --note the following:
Argentina, Repression of Dissidents in
Australian Journal of Academic Dissent (not full text)
Can't Jail the Spirit, Political Prisoners and POW's in the U.S.
Common Courage Press, Books for an Informed Democracy
Corporate Watch --"the Watchdog on the Web" (see the headlines)
CultureWatch --monitors the religious right
Democracy NOW! --news
FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting)
Freedom of Expression!
Green Anarchist: The End of Dissent?
Vaclav Havel--Challenges of Our Time: Selected Speeches and Writings,
1990-1998--Provided by Prague Castle, the seat of the head of
state of the Czech Republic, this site contains selected writings
and speeches by Vaclav Havel, the playwright turned president. Havel,
an unflinching critic of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia
from the late 1960s into the 1980s, has been internationally
recognized for his stance on the defense of freedom and human
lip --as in give someone lip
The Nation magazine--"make[s] an earnest effort to bring to the
discussion of political and social questions a really critical
spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration,
Pacifica Radio site --"When I began volunteering for a humanitarian
organization (the Albert Schweitzer Institute for the Humanities) at
the age of 18, I began to learn that the news being fed to me by
major newspapers and networks was massively ideologically biased.
A co-worker at the Institute told me about Pacifica, and Iíve been
listening online nightly since. I have not found a finer, more
comprehensive half hour of news anywhere"
PeaceNet --"for positive social change in the areas of peace, social
and economic justice, human rights and the struggle against racism"
PeaceWorks --New Jersey nonprofit tax-exempt organization which works
to aid the peoples of the Americas and seeks progressive change in
PRwatch--Center for Media and Democracy --"seeking to recognize and
combat manipulative and misleading PR practices"
Refuse and Resist! --revolutionary site
Skeptics Dictionary: A Guide for the New Millennium
Suppression of Dissent, Misconduct and Whistleblowing --great list of
TechnoSurrealism --interesting essay
U.S. and Police Terrorism
Znet --a community of people concerned about social change
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