By Robert C. Koehler
Frank Ferrante, an overweight guy with deep spiritual wounds and an enormous sense of humor, thought he was signing onto a sort of vegan life fix: 42 days of raw foods, a shot of liquefied wheatgrass every morning, exercise, weigh-ins, holistic medical exams, weekly colonics, daily affirmations. And then all of a sudden he’d be thin and happy.
But transformation isn’t a technical fix. What Frank learned — and what we learn as well as we travel the journey with him in a powerful, intensely honest documentary called May I Be Frank — is that transformation turns you inside out.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Food & Farming, Human Relationships
Tagged Café Gratitude, drug and alcohol addiction, Frank Ferrante, junk foods, may I be Frank, obesity, overmedication, raw foods diet, transformation
By anaxarchos posted by Michael Collins
Capitalism does not elevate… it expropriates and impoverishes. Its urban slums and shanty towns are a step down from the rural, quasi-capitalist material it begins with. Worldwide, it expropriates wealth from the many instead of creating “prosperity”. (Image)
The original American reference to a “middle class” probably comes from Britain. It referred, as on the continent, to the propertied but untitled yeomanry of the countryside, the rising burghers in the cities, and the mercantile classes as a whole. It was an accurate naming. Originally, what was to become the bourgeoisie really did stand between the aristocracy and the property-less classes.
Posted in Economy Economics, Labor, Neoliberalism, Slavery
Tagged absolute monarchies, burghers, empire, local power, means of production, Middle-class, production, property, shanty towns, transformation, urban slums, yeomanry