Green: It’s the New Anti-Capitalist Propaganda! (UPDATED 5-13-09 10:30AM)

Posted on May 13, 2009 10:00 am

What’s the hottest little piece of “I Hate America!” being shown to your kids behind your back?:

THE STORY OF STUFF!

And who’s the vaguely Carrie-Fisher-looking broad hosting it? Why that’s Annie Leonard!:

Leonard is coordinator of Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and serves on the boards of International Forum for Globalization and the Environmental Health Fund. She previously held positions with Health Care Without Harm, Essential Information and Greenpeace International, and is currently coordinator of the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption.

Fair! And Balanced!

Well, at least *I’ll* balance it out in the next few days…

[By the way, you can spend hours picking out all the lies in this thing, but this one (at 15:05) I can’t let go without comment: that we’re targeted by 3000 ads per day. A little math says this is 125 an hour. So apparently we’re watching TV 24 hours a day, and seeing nothing but 28.8 second commercials]

Oh, and a shiny new donkey if you can actually sit through the whole thing without turning away in disgust at least once.

Hint: I don’t get a donkey.

UPDATE: Surely SOMEONE is strong enough to claim this glistening beast of burden!

UPDATE 2 (5-13-09 10:30AM): For those without YouTube viewing capability, the full referenced and annotated script:

PDF version

HTML version

Sorry, no donkey for reading these.

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69 Responses to “Green: It’s the New Anti-Capitalist Propaganda! (UPDATED 5-13-09 10:30AM)”

  1. Sgt Relic says:

    No donkey for me. I hate it when they talk over my head and use technical terms like “super-toxic” and “yuck”.

    I thought that the last 35 years of lib drivel in the school system was responsible for Obama but imagine the mind-dead clones this version of Sesame Street is going to crank out!

    BTW, anyone know where I can get one of the $5 buck radios?

  2. IMAO » Blog Archive » Capitalist Propaganda links:

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  3. Miss Zoe says:

    Why do I have a sudden desire to yank my kids out of public school? I’ll take being annoyed by having my kids around 24/7 any day over letting them be brainwashed like this. I am outraged!

  4. Tim says:

    I lasted till about the “rape and pillage the environment” spot before retching. Good lord… hyper-ventilate much?

  5. Tim says:

    .. just.. whatever you do.. no *not* read the YouTube comments. It reminds me of an Obama rally. Ms. Leonard must be auditioning for EPA Secretary.

  6. IH8Socialist says:

    This story of stuff is a giant, smelly, steamy pile of commie pinko STUFF!!!

  7. urbuggeme says:

    Nope didn’t make it either… if this is the kind of crap the school systems are making our kids sit through in class…no woder there are more guns in school, I want to shoot someone right now…

    I am a respectable, right winged extremist, tea bagging, trailer park living, bigoted, racist, gay bashing homophobe,
    democrat slamming, liberal trashing, ACLU cussing, gun toting, Muslim hating, SUV driving – gas guzzling, hippies use the side door to enter,
    cigarette smoking by the No Smoking sign, beer drinking, meat eating, resource wasting, free internet porno watching,
    God fearing Christian, employed full time, white trash, taxpaying redneck and single.

  8. Pantera says:

    Like I always say, it could be worse.
    John Wayne could be the one narrating this video, (as in, agreeing with it)

    or this lady could be president (my guess is Obama will make a few photo op moves towards environmentalism like increasing funding for the EPA or making a modern day CDC. I don’t expect Kyoto round 2. If he tried, he probably get pushback from Europe.)

    Or this lady could have been in charge 50 years ago and we wouldn’t have BFR-treated computers to watch this on.

  9. Anniee451 says:

    I get a donkey, so send it posthaste. And DARNITALL, that pischer at How The World Works has already done a video critique of it, so I’ve been denied the pleasure. I had a whole bunch of it written already too!!!! I mean, there is SO MUCH THERE to blast apart.

    Now tell me; I didn’t see a notice on the youtube page that this is being shown in schools – thank god I’m going in for high school education (in math, none of these sissy subjects) and not early childhood education or I’d lose my mind daily once I get there. So…how do we know it’s being shown in schools? I’m sure it is, I just didn’t see the cite.

  10. Gecko says:

    The best part about this is as a Conservative, I have never bought into the garbage she is talking about. As a Conservative I AM thrifty. It is the dummy liberals who are miserable and always trying to keep up with the Joneses. So, once again it is the liberals who have created the problem by being conspicuous consumers and now some uberliberals think they have the answer. Another thing which struck me as odd is that this pinko wants us to go back to the stone age which is what the muslim terrorsists want too. Ergo, liberals are terrorists. Ain’t I a jeaneus.

  11. Kent says:

    When I went to the April 15 tea party a bunch of students held up a HUGE (like 50 feet by 7 feet, with them holding poles to hold it up, silently not looking at anyone) banner that was supposedly a chart of the US budget, with military taking over 75 percent of it. And it included state governments. At the next protest, I’m taking copies of not only the debt from Obama but the budget itself since even things kids learn in high school civics are no longer common knowledge among adults.

  12. Harvey says:

    Anniee – First link in the post leads to a NY Times story that talks about its use in schools.

    Relevant paragraph:

    “So far, six million people have viewed the film at its site, storyofstuff.com, and millions more have seen it on YouTube. More than 7,000 schools, churches and others have ordered a DVD version, and hundreds of teachers have written Ms. Leonard to say they have assigned students to view it on the Web.”

  13. Chance says:

    I liked the part where we blew up mountains, chopped down trees and killed animals, can we find some more sh*t to blow up and chop down and kill?

  14. Tim says:

    Man.. I couldn’t even make it through the PDF. How sad is that?

    This is mainly due to the fact that I kept reading the annotations and “references”. Not a single empirical source was cited. It’s all merely leftist ranting and conjecture in her “sources”.

  15. IMAO » Blog Archive » Capitalist Propaganda: “The Philosophy of Liberty” links:

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  16. SRPwrd says:

    Oh laaaaaawwwwdddddd, made it! Listen to the last 2:30-3 minutes for the Socialism angle….

  17. Atomic Lib Smasher says:

    Damn near 3 minutes, right after the “corporation” bashing. I counted 3 outright lies before hand, especially “50% of our money goes to the military”… bullcrap. Most of it goes into federal debt with Social Security and Medicare, entitlement programs like the Carrie Fisher look alike (although Fisher is more attractive even now) and other libs want.

  18. Allen Fuller says:

    OK, so she makes some big-government-sounding proposals.

    But the facts are the facts (I checked, and hers are mostly well sourced). The overall presentation makes some very good points which should not be blown off. Like the fact that we buy so much crap from China which is intentionally designed to break.

    It’s really stupid to continue to ignore environmental problems just because we can’t always see them in our own backyard. I’ve traveled a lot and seen a lot of the destruction that goes on around the world, first-hand. And yes, it does still happen in the USA.

    Also, I for one want off the rat race of materialism. It’s the tyranny of numbers. Because the economy and the GDP are measurable, we obsess about them to the point of ignoring other less measurable but more important things– like family unity, strength of friendships, happiness. We use GDP as a proxy for happiness, which only works up to a certain point (when basic needs are being met). I’m not saying government policy should be made on the basis of measuring such intangibles, but that our whole culture should learn or re-learn to value those things more.

  19. Harvey says:

    The facts are the facts, but her presentation selects facts and puts them in proximity (while omitting others) in order to point uninformed viewers toward an inaccurate conclusion.

    If a car salesman did the same thing, I’d have legal recourse.

    As for pollution – yeah, it’s a byproduct of capitalism.

    The byproduct of non-capitalist systems, though, is starvation and oppression.

    Pick your poison.

    As for you personally, go ahead – leave the rat race, stop worrying about the GDP, and focus on your family. Just please don’t (as she does) advocate government policies that interfere with other people’s right to enjoy working in their jobs. One man’s “rat race” is another man’s “calling”.

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