Quickypinion: Definition of our Dempublican-Repocratic Party Duopoly

In this duopoly, we essentially have a one party system of the wanna-be rich serving the already rich. ~ Dirk Droll

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Proper Reaction to Charlottesville: A Cool-Headed Perspective Instead of Wild Sectarian Hysteria (JD)

The Jimmy Dore Show: Jimmy Dore and Tim Black talking sense:

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Fitting Rant Responding to the Charlottesville Murder

For sane people, the Charlottesville Murder was either a psy-ops trick or a lunatic’s egress of identity politics with which we, the 99%, are constantly divided from above to stop us from rising up to fix our country so it becomes a good place for everyone. The brutish and idiotic murder cannot be justly explained any other way. Wage slaves hating on each other over superficial stuff like skin color is simply not justifiable as a sane act. Rather, it is the mark of being manipulated from above. And when Steve Grumbine rants about people being too lazy to try and understand economics, he is simply pointing at the elephant in the room so many of us fail to see: the origin of Money in Politics. We all realize that Money in Politics is what turns our own government against us, instead of it serving us, as it is supposed to. Many of us realize that Money in Politics turns our economy against us. But the thing, that too many people still are “too lazy” (or to afraid) to do, is to follow the money and realize that it is our flawed economic system itself that creates the concentration of Big Money (in a few privileged hands) which then gives rise to Money in Politics in the first place. It’s a vicious circle, one part of which too many of us still don’t see.

I wrote about this yesterday. But if you prefer to hear this packaged in a passionate rant on video, here it is:

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Context of Charlottesville: Who Owns the World?

So, recently, we had a murder of peaceful protesters by a right-wing, white supremacist youth, or some such, and many of us are joining the barking at each other across sections of the population so neatly divided into splinter groups across the dividing lines of identity politics and top-down propaganda.

The thing we often forget in our current right-left polarization is that the fury (or even hate) which can lead to outright violence is caused by a terrible injustice which should actually unite rather than divide us, the American People, because it hits all of us who aren’t rich. Whether we join right-wing or left-wing extremism, or no extremism at all, we – the majority – are all caught in one and the same wage slavery, ripped off, exploited, and oppressed from above, and used like domesticated animals for political spectacles – whether they be street marches or election circuses – even as we don’t actually get a real voice in how our country’s society should be organized.

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Video Weekend 8-12-2017 (6 Videos): 2 x Jimmy Dore, 3 x Richard Wolff, and 1 x Chris Hedges with Kshama Sawant

Welcome to another political video weekend keeping you safe from dumbing down via spectator sports or corporate “news” casts. As I am buried under a medical family emergency, this time there are few comments from me.

This one starts a bit slow, but about 14:45 minutes into the video it starts getting better and better and eventually really good:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrat’s “Better Deal” Is Just Another Sh*t Sandwich”)

 

Jimmy Dore on breaking up monopolies – the one swamp-draining act any President can do without congress (are you hearing this Trump?):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The One Thing Democrats’ Better Deal Gets Right”)

 

A historic review of capitalism and socialism:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Capitalism: Capitalism vs Socialism Today [August 2017]”)

Robert Wolff sez: Capitalism = a tiny group of people called employers running the show for a mass of people who are employees. No wonder it couldn’t bring liberty, equality, and fraternity (the high ideals of the French Revolution) – “because at the core of the society, the production of the goods and services without which we can’t live (food clothing, shelter, all of that), right there in the organization of production, there is a tiny group of people, the board of directors, the big capitalist, the owner… , and a mass of people who come to work and do the work nine to five, 5 days a week, until they retire, get a watch and drop dead. Or in a different order some times.” (I’d like to add that nine to five is pretty much a thing of the past by now.)

 

A mix of humor and deep insights into the dirty tricks of our money aristocracy (Hey, did you know how our mega-corporations cheat us out of their taxes through their offshore money stashing?):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Prof. Richard D. Wolff – Capitalism and Socialism have failed. Now what?”)

 

Another good Richard Wolff video. This one is short (and on how, in the U.S., we traditionally blame the victims of poverty and worship those who make them poor):

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Going back in time (by about a year), a smart review of the rigged 2016 primaries, back when they were coming to their end, and a prescient suggestion of us having to form a new party:

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The Chain-Smoking Climate Change (Commentary with Video)

Here is a nice interview by, rather than of, Bernie Sanders — well worth watching:

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I like how Al Gore is comparing our cottage industry of climate change denial to the tobacco industry’s public brainwashing with actors dressed up as doctors (and the tobacco companies’ delaying of sound public health policies by lobbying politicians, of course – lobbying being our classic euphemism for legalized bribery of officials in our country, of course).

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Quickypinion on Free College

Free College is one of the topics Bernie brought on the table of public discourse in his 2016 campaign. I think, every first world nation besides us probably has it. At least it must be the vast majority. After all, as a functioning civil society, you want people to pursue higher studies based on ability and passion, not based on family wealth. And remember: we had something quite similar a generation or two ago with vastly less costly tuition fees and the G.I. Bill. And how did our nation soar back then! We even became the only nation (so far) to send men to the moon. Probably, China will soon second us while we still wrestle with, or squirm underneath, our oligarchs.

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Realism and Utopia (Richard Wolff)

This broadcast has several discussed topics: one (not really interesting to me) Trump talk, the International lack of will to pounce on N-Korea for yet another pointless war, the financialized faux stock market and impending next economic crash, and the chaos that ensues when Libertarian dreamers get their way:

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A question to readers: How exactly are our enormous CEO salaries of 300 to 500 times their average worker salaries justified by their spending their working hours pumping up their own bonuses through temporarily raising their companies’ stock prices by buying back company stocks with borrowed money?

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Funny but true: The Blinders of Privilege (The Jimmy Dore Show)

I have mingled with people from all classes of society, and directly observed the limits of their perception bubbles. With this as my background, I find the instances of blind-spot-hypocrisy in this political ad absolutely spot-on:

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The DNC We Don’t Have (The Jimmy Dore Show)

Here is the “Democratic” Party which we would like to have but don’t, due to its corrupted leadership:

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All the more reason to form a new political party which uses a bottom-up-democracy instead of the easily corrupted top-down hierarchy of our current party duopoly. That failing, we’d best strengthen an existing third party. My pick would currently still be the Green Party, because it is still the largest party with a good agenda. I don’t know their internal decision-making structure, though. At least locally, other third parties that work for us, the people, are also coming along. We should definitely no longer support the corrupt DemPublican Party (a.k.a. the GOP & DP). Look around and ask what that has gotten us.

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