Video Weekend 12-16-2017 (8 Videos)

Another weekend collection of informative videos, this time centered around Net Neutrality, DNC reform (what little there is), and our systemic corruption (including the tax gifts to the rich).

 

I. Death of the Last Bastion of Free Speech:

A local rescue of Internet Freedom (a.k.a. Net Neutrality):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Cities Are Saving Net Neutrality By Providing Internet Themselves“)

and…

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “INVENTOR of World Wide Web Speaks Net Neutrality! “)

but…

The corporate attack is poised to overcome local countermeasures:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Destruction Of Net Neutrality Is Even Worse Than You Think“)

Good points:

  1. Corrupt politicians ban others from opposing them .
  2. The most corrupt, those who push policies that more or less the entire American people is against, pretend to be doing the opposite of what it is they are doing. Net Neutrality destroyers claim to be for the freedom of the Internet. It’s like an arson caught red-handed pouring gasoline on a house and claiming he is a firefighter. (which he is, but in an opposite sense of the general meaning)
  3. The revolving door which places corporate stooges in high government agency positions from where they betray the country to their corporations to which they return later for their pay-off.

 

Corporate greed is behind the repeal of Net Neutrality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ajit Pai Reluctantly Admits Repeal of Net Neutrality Poses “Risk” for Consumers “)

A point I’d like to make: if you somehow happen to consider corporations politically neutral and only after money (completely overlooking that bribing or buying the government creates a huge source of corporate money making it a logical corporate investment), then think about this: What would stop a despotic government from paying the corporations which control our information to censor the information flow? Haven’t you noticed how outsourcing has become the government’s handy means to have bad things done at its command and at the same time distance itself from them? If you haven’t noticed, maybe you should become a U.S. mercenary in the Middle East. It would be highly educational.

 

II. The fight within the “Democratic” Party to become a democratic party:

Amazingly, there are some news about a small bit of progress in the “Democratic” Party after we have been seeing nothing but its corporatist neoliberal thugs at the top digging in their heels since the 2016 debacle. Of course, I am sure, that bit of a bone they now threw to their critics is small enough that they are sure it won’t endanger their seats of power, corporate pay-offs, and privilege. Let’s not forget about the massive purges of the Bernie wing from the big “D” “Democratic” Party and the corrupt “leadership’s” stubborn clinging to corporate tit-for-tats throughout the entire hapless fight of the base for making the party represents them and the rest of the American people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The DNC Unity Reform Commission Results Are… “)

Aye… small concessions, small progress, but too small for sure… carefully kept small enough for the crooks still to rig the primaries again in 2020 just like last year… Oh dear. I am so tired of this. Let’s have a new party, a true people’s party ruled from below, not from above.

 

III. Our systemic corruption:

Inequality built into our system:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debating Piketty’s theories on ‘Capital’ and inequality“)

I wonder why, instead of paying big undeserved bucks to this Kevin Hasset, they didn’t save money by simply tying a necktie around a big fat toad? Oh, right… the establishment media (unlike alternative media like me) are swimming in corporate money, so money is no object when casting such a propagandist show. So, scratch my question. … And what’s that weird tale of substituting workers with houses? Smoke and mirrors, as usual, I suppose. And, as usual, the moderator in establishment media edifies everybody, even the bloated toad, as an “expert” and a serious person, and thus the case allegedly isn’t closed, our systematic inequality isn’t real, and water isn’t wet. Let’s pretend to mull over this issue for all eternity instead of admitting how obvious it is and solving it post-haste.

 

Great comments (in nearly unintelligible heavy Scottish accent):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Mark Blyth – Republican tax plan, Paradise Papers, Brazille’s DNC allegations, Theresa May“)

Good point: When you legalize immorality and evil, it may then be “legal,” but it is still wrong.

 

Richard Wolff at his best. This speech is dauntingly long but packed with hair-raising truths (incl. the GOP tax gift to the rich) and sharp economic and political analyses, the kinds of insights we all need to make meaningful change. If you are not too interested in the lengthy introductions, you can skip ahead to 10:53 minutes into the video where Wolff starts with a big splash about public education:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Capitalism: What The Tax “Reform” Means To Us All [December 2017]”)

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Obituary for the Free and Open Internet

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On Thursday the 14th of December 2017, our beloved friend and platform for the free exchange of ideas passed away after a long struggle with greedy broadband corporations and their corporate stooges such as Ajit Pai who was sent by Verizon to assassinate Internet Freedom (more commonly known as Internet Neutrality). All its life, the Internet served us as an open platform where facts and ideas could be freely exchanged and suppressed peoples could organize their opposition to despotic regimes and lethal corporations.  Continue reading

Caller: Why are you so Hard on the Rich? (TH)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Caller: Why are you so Hard on the Rich?”)

It’s really funny, sad, and mind-numbing all at once to witness people who are getting robbed by the rich defending the rich. They chant the fantasy that the amount of wealth and income people have is a reflection of how hard they work. They repeat the establishment’s lie that the government hasn’t enough money to stamp out poverty and that any healthcare-for-all, anti-poverty, and anti-inequality programs would require to take away from hard working people via taxes in order to give to the poor whom they imagine to be lazy welfare queens.  Continue reading

Great Reads on The Revolution Continues

Both this and last week had very well written articles on the current hikes in Washington: the GOP Tax Scam, the move to kill free speech on the Internet, our for-profit wars, and more — many of them replete with very telling graphics and memes. I regularly point at this great weekly blog, and – since I have been focusing more on general economic reform ideas lately than on the current D.C. scandals – I want to point my dear readers at that excellent blog so you can fill up on recent stuff I may have somewhat skipped over. Or I could simply say, the last two posts on The Revolution Continues were so neat, I’d be remiss not to share the links. 😉

So, for today, I will here merely post some recent quotes from The Revolution Continues to wet your appetite (and link to them, of course):  Continue reading

Workplace Democracy (Jimmy Dore & Richard Wolff)

A co-op economy is a great alternative to our American one-share-one-vote anti-democracy.

Jimmy Dore held a delightful interview with Richard Wolff, nicely describing the core-problem of our economy and a bloodless, peaceful way out of it and towards democracy, first in the workplace and then in the public sphere (once the plutocratic oligarchs – our money aristocracy – have had the rug pulled out from under them).

Our current corporate economy gives 1% of people nearly all the wealth (including three quarters of all company shares) and along with it all the decision-making power not only in the business sector but the public sector as well. In contrast, when workers own their companies, when they can democratically make all the important decisions (whether or not to move their jobs to China, for example), when they can hire and fire the managers who work for them rather than the other way round, then we not only walk into our places of work with our heads held high (being co-owners), but our daily work lives are democratic in nature with important decisions reflecting our needs and wishes, and so can be the country when it is resting on a truly democratic base rather than the rotten plutocratic base we currently have.

And the best news is that the conversion from the plutocratic economy to a democratic worker co-op economy has already begun. Here is the sweet interview:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Solution For Capitalism’s Brutalities Easier Than You Think w/Prof. Richard Wolff”)

Note: Support at the national level, such as offered by Jeremy Corbyn in he UK, would of course accelerate and strengthen the economic conversion, as would putting a stop to corporate welfare and exclusive tax gifts to the rich. Hence worker co-op friendly policies should be on the People’s Platform.

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Capitalism, Socialism, Democracy, Freedom, and Self Esteem

More than one thing is wrong with our economic system. Not only does it create poverty by funneling wealth and income to the top, and not only does it bribe democracy out of existence in our government and flood us with corporate propaganda through the mass media, but it also denies us a democratic say in our affairs in the places where we spend most of our waking time: our places of work. Thus, at the heart of our system, and the beginning of each workday, lies the anti-democratic force of property-based despotism that – like a rotten apple – spoils all aspects of our civilization. This is why we never had a full democracy and why democracy in our government was doomed from the start. It’s also why we must change our economic system if we ever want to have a democracy and a moral society rather than a mafia-like racket of the robber billionaires. In the following video interview, Richard Wolff explains this:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Warning! Dangerous Thoughts: Richard Wolff on The Economy “What Freedom?”«)

Continued reading: If the topic interests you, there’s a very fitting article I wrote a year ago which you may really want to read to examine our antidemocratic forces from several angles (judicial, economic, and political): Have We Ever Had a Democracy?

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Dance of the Vampires around Net Neutrality

In case you haven’t noticed, we live not in a democracy and just economy but a cruelly callous oligarchy which concentrates all wealth and authority in the hands of a few robber billionaires and their millionaire minions. Part of the latter group are establishment “journalists” and news anchors, as well as the corporate stooges who get plucked into federal agencies whose official task it is to regulate the corporations from which these stooges come and to which they return after their agency stint to get repaid for their treason in millions of blood money. And when these various kinds of millionaire minions meet to dish out a buffet of misrepresentations and lies to the (often all too gullible) public, it reminds me of a dance of vampires. Watch how they are leading each other in their carefully choreographed minuets and baroque pavannes, the Grand Ball of Bloodsuckers:

(warning: watching these creeps can give you indigestion)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Pai’s Lies | Episode 121”)

Comments:  Continue reading

Video Weekend 12-09-2017 (8 Videos) — With a lot of Wolffish Excellence

Lee Camp, Richard Wolff, and Laura Flanders have gifted us with eight informative videos about censorship, false choices in politics, immigration, inequality, readiness for a new American Revolution, the immorality at the heart of capitalism, and the many benefits of a universal basic income (UBI). This time there are a lot of rich and short recent videos by Richard Wolff in the mix. One could say, this video weekend is Wolff-themed. He produced a lot of great clips recently. Bravo! Perhaps I should have titled this weekend’s video collection “Wolff Rocks.” 😉

 

I. Redacted Tonight: (A) uncensored news, (B) America is ripe for the 2nd American Revolution

Project Censored / Revolution Scientifically Around The Corner

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[88] Director of Project Censored, Revolution Scientifically Around The Corner”)

 

II. America’s covered-up unemployment and epic inequality:

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

 

III. Our major parties and establishment media are all about false choices:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On the Minimum Wage Debate”)

 

IV. The authoritarian capitalist system is so disgusting, even Republicans hate it:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Republicans Walking Away from Capitalism – Richard Wolff”)

 

V. Laura Flanders, a brilliant author and broadcaster in an interview with Richard Wolff :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Capitalism, Corporations and Media [CLIP]”)

 

VI. Is it the starvling immigrant or your despicable boss (replacing you on your job to cut wages by half) who needs to be kicked off his throne?

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: How People Change Economies [CLIP] “)

 

VII. I, too, experienced despicable behavior in academia (and therefore left it). So this academic censorship doesn’t surprise me at all:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Silencing Dissent In Academia – Richard Wolff & John Summa”)

 

VIII. Many solid arguments for a UBI:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Basic Income? “)

Big point made: In our current system we are forced to work in paid jobs at the pain of death (“Work or die homeless and starving!”). How is that American? Wasn’t our country founded on the promise of liberty? Isn’t such serfdom exactly why America’s settlers left their home countries?

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Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For (Rolling Stone)

An extremely good article from 2014, at that, presenting important steps to a bright future (such as a Federal Job Guarantee and Universal Basic Income) with a fitting theme, namely how our current system blows. This is quite short for all the good ideas it presents. Well worth reading, indeed; and so well written I couldn’t add much by commenting. So, without further ado, here is the link for you: Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For (Rolling Stone Magazine)

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Property Violence and a Moral Economy

Our collusion of government with private sector bullies has created a set of rules and laws that make it so that the majority of people cannot grow their own food or live on their own land since they have been deprived of any land ownership. If they wish to eat and take shelter from the elements, they then are forced to work (be slaves/serfs/peons) for the officially recognized owners of all the land, buildings, and the businesses that form the extensions of the land.

The officially recognized owners of EVERYTHING are those few whom the collusion has declared the owners. How is this moral, especially when you consider that the majority of the owner class inherit their “properties,” concentrating them in the hands of the owner class over the course of generations, and the few “owners” who gain their properties in life do so by walking over corpses, clawing up and kicking down, and pulling the ladders up behind them (causing Wall Street crashes and kicking people out of their homes, for example)? How is it moral that those types of all people, one group that never worked for anything, and another group who acted like bandits, get to “own” everything, be in charge of everything, live in opulence, and get to deny the rest of us our due?

Aren’t we capable of acting morally? I think we are. And that means, we are capable of exchanging an immoral system for a moral one.

The below forum coverage which inspired my words above is 54 minutes long. So, if you are interested in it, you may have to listen to it while you are commuting or postpone watching it until a night off or the weekend:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Building a Moral Economy: Elizabeth & Matt Bruenig at the Harvard Law Forum“)

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