Here is the spillover from yesterday’s political video weekend which just had no room for more clips. So many great videos piled up for sharing this week. Here is the rest, the gist of which we might conclude is that we are on a course of self-destruction and must change course. And luckily, people are waking up to it. Especially uplifting in this respect: our youth.
I. Reconsidering Believes
Capitalism may be gutting us but is not the whole U.S. economy:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “Dear Conservative Alternet Trolls: America is NOT a Capitalist Country “)
Comment: Worker-owned co-ops are actually a form of socialism (which you could call an evenly-property-shared capitalism if you wished).
Historic Review of Socialism and Communism until today, and why to take an interest:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jamarl Thomas, The Progressive Soapbox, and the title: “Jason Unruhe, Communist Perspective Of Ocasio-Cortez & Sanders,Revolution & More! Fascinating Convo!”)
Quotes: “The richer you are, the more power you have.” … And: “They all are on the side of capitalism” [because it is what makes them so rich and powerful].
“Fascism is capitalism in decay.” “[In Weimar Germany], the capitalist class did whatever it took to protect [itself], and that meant funneling money to the Nazis.”
1:06: “There’s never an honest conversation about wealth. You have one group of the population that brutally suffers and another part of the population that pretends that all the wealth gain it has accrued is purely of its own making.” Continuation on the latter: “That’s not honest. You were able to use a ton of labor from [other] people without necessarily giving any reparations for the labor that you were able to get.” (Comment: “any” seems exaggerated; “sufficient” or “much” would seem more accurate, since at least tiny portions are returned to the laborers to keep them alive and working, whether as terribly low pay or – slave plantation style – room and board) Continued: “and then turn around and say, ‘You people need to pull yourselves up by your bootstraps.’”)
Comment: “Radicals” who call for radical change are still being feared and seen as fringe by many. Also, they often get dragged into mud slinging fights (such as family-feud-style wars among progressives, among “leftists”, and so on) by people who self-identify with similar labels as the “radicals” do. The “radicals” themselves frequently attack those who water down or misrepresent their labels (such as socialism). All this infighting then leads to division among ourselves which keeps the corrupt establishment safe. My suggestion: wanting true and lasting change for the better instead of temporary band aids which will soon be peeled off again, is not radical in any sense other than the etymological one (that radical is a synonym for fundamental). We need to learn to stay rational and united around our widely shared most important goals.
And since this is emerging as a theme, here a light-spirited clip about socialism (which I shared before, but it seems suitable to share again in this context, especially since Newsbroke makes no more new videos):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Newsbroke, Francesca Fiorentini, and the title: “The Biggest Myths About Socialism”)
Here, btw, is the article Francesca suggested we read: Why “Twenty-First-Century Socialism” Failed (quite informative!)
And if you should want to dig deeper into the topic of socialism and haven’t watched this video I shared before, I warmly recommend this rich review of a number of meanings and flavors of traditional socialism, just to clear the establishment-polluted air a little with a bit of realism: Debunked: “Socialism Has Never Worked”
III. Mentality for Change
Backs against the wall and the legacy of our lives. As Tim Black says, what you live for matters a lot more than how you live, because you will be dead a lot longer than you will be alive. Also, other people matter too, and when we support each other, rather than push each other down, we will do better (maximizing our energies for the best effect rather than neutralizing them against each other), if you care to consider my scientific way of thinking…:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Tim Black and the title: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez How To Win Democratic Elections “)
Reminder: We cannot afford to make ourselves dependent on political candidates. We ourselves must drive for the changes we want until we get them. And we must make sure to create lasting change that won’t be rolled back like the New Deal has been.
IV. Young America Awakening
This is truly amazing. So much awareness, understanding, and commitment to responsible politics from a sixteen year-old (not to forget the 26-year old I can imagine as the future president of an America changed from hell to heaven, at least in terms of the American spirit and economic-political justice, although those of us still alive may by then be struggling heavily with a lethal climate):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Nick Brana, Movement for a People’s Party, Jamie Margolin, and the title: “MPP-TV Episode Seven Interview With Jamie Margolin of Zero Hour Youth Climate March”)
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