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n January 6, 2021 a pro-Trump protest at the capitol building turned into a violent riot and insurrection, the first time the Capitol building was breached by a large group since it was burned to the ground in 1814.
The rioters beat one police officer to death with a fire extinguisher, and wounded another officer by beating him with an American flag while onlookers sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Four of Donald Trump’s supporters were killed during the violent insurrection at the Capitol, including one woman who was fatally shot by Capitol police, and another who was apparently trampled by fellow Trump supporters while holding a “Don’t Tread on Me” sign.
These rioters were apparently egged on by Trump himself, as well as by his attorney Rudy Giuliani (who was calling for “trial by combat” that very same day) and other pro-Trump voices like Lin Wood (who made an infamous Twitter post that said “Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST.”)
Watch as Mark and I take an in-depth look at the heart-breaking events at the Capitol, offering our own full-spectrum response to this American travesty. We also discuss the response coming from corporations such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook, who are now beginning to purge their platforms of far-right voices and Q anon supporters. Is censorship ever the right thing to do? If you think you have a simple answer to the question, you might be missing something important.
3:32 — Did Trump incite a riot?
15:01 — Was this comparable to BLM-related violence?
21:26 — The Age of Aperspectival Madness
45:19 — When plutocrats pose as populists
49:40 — A return to deep literacy and critical thinking
1:02:44 — Mark & Corey’s full-spectrum response to the insurrection at the Capitol
1:21:57 — Rights vs. what’s right: Big Tech censorship
1:58:27 — Looking ahead: the consequences of Georgia
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A note from Mark
As I contemplate the seemingly intractable divide in our politics I am broken hearted. The willingness to leave the echo chambers of those that only agree with our current point of view and engage with folks who have a different perspective is a rare act. And that my friends is a problem we must solve. Because at our essence we all seek happiness. At our essence we all seek to root out suffering.
It’s interesting because at least in terms of our personal behavior the wisdom traditions are unified across the board on how to root out suffering and live a happy existence. They tell us to contemplate who we are to the point where ego identification becomes very questionable (not solid). They tell us to think of others and take real steps to make their life better. Because the truth is we are all interconnected and the solid egoic self does not exist. In reality everything we say do, and touch has an impact on everyone, the planet and all its inhabitants. EVERYTHING. Which is why we are all brothers and sisters and in essence ONE. Which is why our intentions need to always be about HELPING THE WORLD.
What if we were able to realize that absolute truth first before we lay the blame of our miseries on others? What if we asked ourselves if every post or conversation I have is in the spirit of making this world a better place, keeping in mind the fact that we are all interconnected?
Let’s hit the pause button on being so sure we know the right path to ensure domestic wellbeing for all of our people. Let’s have the humility to enter into a dialogue with our brothers and sisters who may see the world differently than us and use our words in the conversation in a way where we know it’s for the purpose to get it right and not be right. Curiosity, natural compassion and an open mind are the keys to relieving us of the Grand Canyon divide we currently face.
We’ve got some difficult days ahead my friends. Let’s be clear about each of our purposes and who the person across from you really is. They are Your BROTHER AND SISTER. Heartfelt blessings to every one of you on the days ahead. Mark ❤️
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About Mark Fischler
Mark Fischler is a Professor of Criminal justice and current program coordinator for the criminal justice and criminology programs at Plymouth State University. Prior to joining the Plymouth State faculty, he practiced law, representing poor criminal defendants for the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office. Mark has worked extensively with alternative theoretical models in law, constitutional law, and higher education, and has published on integral applications to teaching, being a lawyer, and legal theory. His focus in the classroom is ethics and criminal procedure, and is well respected for a teaching philosophy that emphasizes recognizing the humanity and dignity of each student. Professor Fischler was awarded the outstanding teaching award at his university in 2014. He currently offers a weekly Spiritual Inquiry class through Satya Yoga Studio.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.