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Paul Robeson: A Life


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Posted on Apr 18, 2011
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Step right up and watch as one man in London with a megaphone and a cheeky sense of humor gives voice to the many narratives of consumerism—e.g., “Meditation is a waste of good shopping time!”—and has some fun at the local police’s expense while he’s at it.  —KA

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By mary Brockman, November 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment
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I love you for this man

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By splaff, September 11, 2011 at 3:28 am Link to this comment
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phew… some people ought to buy a sense of humor around here…

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By Pat, August 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm Link to this comment
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I really don’t care what he had to say because saying
ANYTHING through a megaphone is completely annoying and
instantly makes me want to bash your head in with a
ball pin hammer.

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By Jo, August 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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There are more than a billion people in China…

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By Scruffy, August 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment
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Utter bollocks. Well.. half as such. He’s pining for a world where we don’t have to fear anything happening to us. Touch luck mate, we’re human.. we fear death.. and any pricks who try to bring it to you. That’s why when terrorists blow stuff up, media tend to let people know so they can be on their guard fot it. It’s not a to control people, it’s a fact of life that if the precautions don’t exist, we put lives at risk. It’s hard to live free when you ain’t alive.

Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t saying fear everything, that’s the opposite end of the spectrum that doesn’t work either. Humans need freedom too. Finding the balance between control and freedom is a constant struggle. A struggle muppets with megaphones in london fail to understand. You can be on one side of the balance or the other, but you’re a fool to think the system ever truly “works.”

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By Flexus, August 6, 2011 at 2:26 am Link to this comment
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He doesn’t really want people to find their “happiness from within.” He wants people to find the type of “happy” that he is. You see, if I walked up to him with a gun and said that my inner happiness comes from shooting people who use megaphones, I don’t think he would want me to shoot him just to be “happy.” Just like every human being on earth, a person’s true desires and motives are for themselves alone.

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By Bito, July 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment
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Awesome!!!!

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By april-joy, July 26, 2011 at 8:14 am Link to this comment
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awesome. so awesome. so very awesome and inspiring.

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By ThisDarlingMan, April 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm Link to this comment

I remember this guy from Speakers Corner. I lived in London for three months in 2007.

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By gerard, April 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

Such a relief to know that all the people in the world are not dead serious!

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By Maani, April 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment

Grant and Noses:

Wow!  You guys are just TOO serious!  LOL.  Trust me; I’ve been here long enough to know what TD does (and doesn’t do…), and to figure that it’s okay to poke a little fun at them.

Personally, I love this video, and have actually considered trying to do a similar type action here in NYC.

Peace.

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By Noses Malone, April 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment
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Maani:

This is part of what’s great about Youtube, past acts of resistance can inspire others for years to come.  That seems to me to be much more important than petty “first” culture.

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By GrantL, April 19, 2011 at 8:15 am Link to this comment
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There’s nothing wrong with showing something that isn’t new. Many people have not seen this before.

If you think TD is behind the curve, you’re delusional. They are calling for states and paradigm shifts that we may only see 20 years from now, if we’re lucky.

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By Maani, April 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm Link to this comment

Chad:

You took the words right out of my mouth.  This video went quasi-viral quite some time ago.  Just shows how far behind the curve TD really is…LOL.

Peace.

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By Chad, April 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment
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This sounds and looks just like Charles Veitch of The Love Police - wait, it is, the Love Police have been doing this for years. This is still great none-the-less.

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