Video Weekend 5/20/2017: Jimmy Carter, Illegal Immigrant Taxes, Chelsea Manning & US Gov Crimes, US-backed Coup in Venezuela, Election Theft

For your weekend viewing pleasure, here is a set of significant (as opposed to the corporate mass media’s usually trivial) videos to watch and share. Enjoy.

Former President Jimmy Carter talks about our growing injustice and inequality, the disparity between rich and poor people, and how this has been killing democracy and made desperate folks become mavericks at the ballot box (8 min):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Jimmy Carter Brilliantly Explains How The Establishment Gave Us Trump”)

Jimmy Carter declares our current state of the nation an oligarchy (a little over 1 minute):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “President Jimmy Carter: The United States is an Oligarchy…”)

When a former president tells us that, what more do you need?

In this short video (11 min) Richard Wolff debunks some of the myths about illegal immigrants being a tax burden on legal residents:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Illegal Immigrants Pay Billions In Taxes Each Year – Richard Wolff”)

I wonder why he left out that (A) many illegal immigrants do pay income and Social Security taxes using false identities without which they wouldn’t be allowed into their jobs and (B) many illegal immigrants eventually become legalized and then pay all taxes like everybody else, and (C) that those who stay illegal usually earn so little in their underpaid jobs that they wouldn’t owe income tax anyway, or very little. Still, this is a good video to take in if you are rather ignorant about the economic contribution our nation has always been getting from immigrants.

Welcome back, Chelsea Manning. I am glad you survived your cruel and unjustified years of imprisonment. And thank you again for what you did for us blowing the whistle on our corrupt government and corporate contractors. Jimmy Dore made a great video about your accomplishments (30 min):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chelsea Manning Free! Here Are Crimes She Revealed”)

Tariq Ali delivers the truth about the situation in Venezuela. Once again, we are witnessing a US-backed coup. The US has been at it for many, many years. Venezuela has been a tough nut to crack for our regime changers, but the concurrent death of Hugo Chavez and rupture of oil prices seems to make it work now (30 min):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Empire – Crisis in Venezuela”)

Quoting D. H. Lawrence: “But the great white monkey has got hold of the keys of the world, and the black-eyed Mexican has to serve the great white monkey, in order to live. He has to learn the tricks of the white monkey-show: time of the day, coin of money, machines that start at a second, work that is meaningless and yet is paid for with exactitude, in exact coin.”

Sane Progressive explains some of the election theft that REALLY went on in 2016. Forget Russia. Look at our own establishment (1 hour):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “US 2016 Presidential Election Was Indeed Hacked & It Was NOT Russia Who Did It”)

Sane Progressive’s videos tend to be long but eye-opening. She is committed to absolute truth and integrity. No prisoners taken. No political calculation to muddy her waters. It can be painful, but I agree with her: how can we really make change unless we are brutally honest with ourselves and tear down all the smoke and mirrors?

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