Ending Dissent in America (and All Chance of Liberty)

Scenes are popping up in America such as we are used to see in foreign dictatorships. Our founding fathers gave us the 1st Amendment (and several others) to protect us from a dictatorial government. We were always supposed to be free to peaceably assemble and petition our government. But now that our government has been bought up by the robber billionaires who already robbed us of economic freedom, political freedom is also being eliminated. Wake up to the United Tyranny of America.

Steve Grumbine who has been on a journey of political awakening, starting on the political right and gradually moving left, becoming a Bernie supporter in 2016, and nowadays challenging the false popular economic and monetary wisdom that keeps being used to deny us our fair economic share of our country (and thereby our lives, as well), recently gave a powerful speech about the now sharply rising assault on our right and ability to dissent:

(Note: sadly he posted this on Facebook. So, if it shoulld et deleted, you may not be able to search for it anywhere. If you try, maybe look for this description: “Free Speech, the Right to Assemble and the Chilling Effects of the Police State”)

Additional information:

  1. For details on the arrests and criminalization of about 200 people who may be facing years – or even decades – in prison by “guilt” of association or simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time (which is to say being in an American street — don’t ever commit that “crime”), you can read more here.
  2. Institutions, government practices, and laws to suppress free thought and speech: Goodbye, Freedom of Thought, Speech, Assembly, and Petition (Political Storm)
  3. Innocent until Proven Guilty? – Not in the U.S.A. – Not if you Dissent (Beanstock’s World)
  4. Criminalization of protest. Jaw dropping legislation passed in Oklahoma. Implications for real political movements significant and frightening. (Sane Progressive, video)
  5. Redacted Tonight 6/30/2017 episode (20:39 min in)

Also, if you missed it, please visit yesterday’s post on the root of our problems!

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Video Weekend 10-21-2017 – Part B: The Root of the Problem

We all know that our economy is a mess and that the money-royalty, whom I like to call our robber billionaires, has bought our politicians and thereby our government which therefore colludes with them to squeeze the rest of us further and further out of a livable life so the rich can become richer and richer at the expense of us becoming poorer and poorer.

It’s nothing new. If it was new to you, watching and reading this week’s series on this topic should have brought you up to speed. I recommend you share the posts from the week that is now ending with everybody you know who is still unclear.

But what good is all that muck-raking unless we dig down to the root of the problem? Well, you may be surprised. After a week of sharing the work of more or less well-known personalities with you, today – in order to take you to the root of the problem – I will share with you an article and video from someone much less known, plus another video which might seem to come out of left field because it isn’t about humans but nevertheless shows us a way out of our man-made set of problems.

I hope you’re exited, because this is gonna be good.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 10-21-2017 (6 Videos)

This week’s series about our economic rigging and its collusion with politics comes to an end in the first segment of today’s Part A of this Video Weekend. The second segment has some mixed videos on recent events, and the third segment ends with a special rant and interview. Tomorrow, in Part B as a proper response to so much wrong and misery presented all week, I plan to share an analysis of the deepest roots of our trouble and a light at the end of the tunnel, a glimpse at a chance for our nation and humanity to crawl out of its trap, oddly enough spearheaded by human cousins. Well, let’s get started:

 

Segment 1: The Finale of the Rigged-Economy-Week

 

I. The Face of our Engineered Poverty: The End of the Rope

I have quite a bit in common with… Without further ado:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Line: Poverty in America – Officially Licensed Version”)

Have you shed any tears watching? I hope you have. It’s proof of your humanity — and/or indication that you have experienced some of this yourself and are therefore recruitable for change.

 

II. The Invisible Victims

One way our rigged system has survived and done so well is by our habit of turning a blind eye to those who suffer the most. The ill fate of the poor is mostly known only to them. Few documentaries exist, and filling the gap in everybody else’s knowledge won’t happen in a single day. Still, for a start, here is a second telling documentary.

One aspect of poverty is not being able to afford proper housing, and – as usual – we not only have a situation of an entire section of the public being of low means (and being blamed for it on top of that), but of being not helped, only allegedly helped, discriminated against, price-gouged, cheated, and held in poverty and obscurity, with the rest of us lookin elsewhere. What a surprise we have coming when we find ourselves pushed out of the shrinking middle class and suddenly find ourselves in this dark underworld we never bothered to acknowledge or take a look at because looking below us might make us feel guilty and scared.

ZIP Code is Destiny – Housing is disappearing for Americans:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The American dream is turned into poverty. Documentary 2017”)

 

III. Gods or Demons?

To top it off and complete the picture, an inside view of the 1% (not so much of their dark deeds which have already been exposed, but their lives and attitudes):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The One Percent”)

I wonder if a rare rich boy like this will ever move past making an Emmy-nominated confession and actually do something about the evil doings of his inherited business empire, or – better yet – not only do that but also work on changing the hellish course of our world? As it happens, Johnson & Johnson is still listed among the corporations that employ prison labor! Prison labor is a modern day form of slavery in the United States (and elsewhere, especially Asia). Inmates, often imprisoned without trial and on drummed-up or rather meaningless charges, work for $1.15 or less for a full day of work! This is not only an inhuman practice in itself but also takes away properly paid job opportunities from the labor makrket outside these slave-prisons.

 

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Segment 2: The Political Establishment & State Machinery Continue their Evil Romp Unabated

So as not to fall completely behind on current events, here are some recent current event videos not to be missed:

 

IV. Meet our upside-down justice system:

Remember our Monday video telling of how the state machinery of pre-Nazi Germany helped bring the Nazis to power by actively opposing the working people’s unions, parties, and activists while at the same time promoting and shielding from prosecution and punishment many murderous fascists? We just had an eerily similar case in the U.S. — an outrageous, sad, and horrible mockery of justice and the law by none other than a judge and our police:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “VICTIM Of Beating In Charlottesville Charged With Assault”)

 

V. The “Democratic” Party Unvervingly Committed to Evil Corporatism

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Corporate Democrats Purge Bernie Backers From DNC”)

 

Segment 3: Patriotism, Nationalis, War Machine, and POTUS

VI. To finish, a bit of fun with Jesse Ventura:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “WATJ 5: Paid Patriotism, the NFL & Dennis Kucinich”)

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Death Of The American Middle Class: How the Middle Class is Being Forced Out

Here is the fifth part of this week’s rigged economy series. A 28-minute documentary that is very good presenting the 1%’s war on the middle class, but – as so often – skips over the class below into which they are being pushed. This blind spot is a pet peeve of mine. I deplore that so many who rebel against the class war from the top against the so-called middle class (what exactly is that, really?) still ignore the underclass subsisting below, where millions of Americans have suffered in poverty all along and where we all are headed. Tomorrow, I will serve up a documentary which fills that gap, but this video today is still very worth watching. Ultimately, we need to take a look at all the tiers of our class society to get the full picture. So, please watch this report and read my commentary below:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Death Of The American Middle Class”)

Commentary:  Continue reading

Attack by the 1%: The Heist

Here is the fourth installment of this week’s series about our rigged economy. It is another well-made documentary, less than 30 minutes this time (phew!) serving up lots of data. It shines a light on many aspects of the dire schemes brought to bear against us. Below the clip follows my commentary addressing a central question raised in this film.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Heist: A Who Done It On The Economy “)

The documentary makers ask how were “they” be able to pull this off right before our eyes, meaning: how were the the robber billionaires and their thugs able to disown and subjugate all of us, thereby causing widespread poverty but little resistance or even public awareness of their heist? To this I wish to reply that the system in which we grew up, and therefor are used to, has always been about a few dominating and ripping off the many. So the heist was just an acceleration of what we were used to and accepting of.  Continue reading

Our System: Poverty Inc.

As the third installment of this week’s series about our rigged economy I present a documentary film I shared once before (on a video weekend) because it just fits so well in this place in the chain. There is another one vying for this place which I think is better shared next (tomorrow). It is beginning to look as if my original plan to keep it all to one week may not work unless you all have time to watch more than one long documentary per day, which – as working people – I doubt many of us have. So, I may extend this series a bit, at least into the coming video weekend. There will be very pertinent follow-ups (that I planned all along), but this series is intended to be a compact crash course of sorts giving a fairly comprehensive picture of our economic rigging. The follow-ups will largely focus on our way out of this trap (although at least one beam of light will also show up this week, Friday or Saturday). I hope the “crash course” will fit into one week when we include the weekend. We’ll see. Anyway, whether you have watched the below documentary from 2014 before or not, it is well worth watching again.

Main topics: Neoliberalism, financial capitalism, austerity, speculation, colonization of the first world much like was previously done to what thereby became the poor third world, American Empire, American poverty, heartless discrimination against the poor and turning the middle class into more and more poor, prison slavery, corporatism, stopping beneficial government spending to give subsidies and tax breaks to the richest of the rich, the rich no longer paying taxes and instead having the government borrow money from them so we have to pay interests on the loan through our taxes (all this when the federal government has the authority to issue its own money), entitlement thinking of the super-rich. Leveraged Wall Street buyouts that steal all we have (even our retirement) into the robber billionaire’s vaults. The new, modern form of large-scale slavery/feudalism is one where corporations (including banks) are the fronts of a very few global masters and the rest of us are their serfs sliding deeper and deeper into serfdom towards slavery. The system is rigged by the super-rich who want it all. We need a fundamental change.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Poverty Inc. a film by Gary Null “)

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Our Rapacious Inequality-Economy

In this speech, the second installment in this week’s economic revelations series, economist Richard Wolff paints a lively picture of today’s systematic craziness and intentional inequality. If you are looking for examples of inequality and the resulting social disintegration, of our ailing economy and its faked recovery, of predatory capitalism or our current stock market bubble and stocks manipulation, this presentation has plenty.

The recorded video starts out with a lot of announcements which you can skip by starting 10:03 minutes into the clip (and if you don’t care to hear Wolff’s Trump-related preliminary comments, you can skip to 15:50 where the systemic analysis starts):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Capitalism: Trump’s/GOP’s Tax Plan and a Changing US Economy [October 2017]”)

I tracked down some really interesting data on that Sears scandal:  Continue reading

Violence, Mass Shootings, Las Vegas Massacre, and Class War PTSD

(a brief hiatus from this week’s lecture series)

When we were all shocked by the reports on the Las Vegas Massacre I not only pointed out that some of the things reported were just plain weird and thus reminiscent of past false flag operations and cove-ups (and I suggested we watch how the news may get exploited), but I stressed that we should focus on the horrible socio-economic conditions which underlie much of our violence and need fixing. Famous investigative reporter Greg Palast turns out to have gone to school with the shooter and agrees with my notion on Class War PTSD: I went to school with the Vegas shooter (Greg Palast)

Despite not wishing to deal any more with the sad subject, I did add some updates to my original article on the event, by the way. Find them at the bottom: Oddities of the Las Vegas Massacre

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Fascism, the Enemy of Democracy and Body Guard of Capitalism

This week is going to be loaded with highly informative, eye-opening presentations on the mess of our economy and ways to fix it. Please share them far and wide. Today begins with a thorough 30 minute review of fascist history showing many, many worrisome parallels to today. This lecture is likely to open your eyes on many issues. (If you prefer to read the script over listening to the lecture, you can do that here)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Real History: Free Market Fascism”)

Terms like fascism, capitalism, and socialism – and their relations to democracy – have been so tremendously warped, overused, and intentionally turned upside down in demagogic efforts to confuse the public, that it has become dangerous to use them in conversation as they tend to make people misunderstand and demonize each other, killing all meaningful conversation before it has had a chance to touch upon anything of substance.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 10-14-2017 – Part B (3 Videos)

Sundays are meant to be relaxing. So, here are three calm videos of politically educational caliber. The first connects with yesterday’s videos by being yet another reason for Americans to appreciate RT. How often do U.S.-establishment-controlled media discuss issues like these?

 

Peter Joseph on our current state of things and our so much better alternative options:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism”)

 

Antidemocratic “Democrats” :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Smash The Democratic Party, Save the World “)

Gist: If the DP resists change, dismantle or starve it. Something else will take its place. Something better. Challenge corruption in politics! Bernie Sanders is the “Democratic” Party’s ghost of Christmas past, showing it (and everybody else) what this party used to stand for but no longer does. Long ago it acted as a people’s party, not just another tool for the robber barons (Republican Party 2.0), and Bernie keeps reminding everybody of that.

 

Humanity First Instead of Markets First

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Ultimate Problem is Trust : “)

Gist: Our current economic system knows only one goal: profit for the few. If that means stealing from the poor to give to the rich, the people in charge don’t so much as blink.

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