Political Awakening Video Weekend 09-01-2018 (11 videos)

Once again, this weekend can partly be spent watching and discussing enlightening videos instead of grown men chasing silly balls. Stars: Naomi Klein, Jimmy Dore, Thom Hartmann, Richard Wolff, Abby Martin, Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, Ron Placone, Lee Camp, and MPP’s Nick Braña. Topics: secrets of a livable life, the money aristocracy & systemic inequality, neoliberalism privatizing away life, social media war, imperial oligarchy, astute system analysis, gig economy, and our oligarchic politics.  

 

I. Livable Life

Human life is far more relaxed and satisfying within an egalitarian, cooperative community in which everyone can take pride in contributing to the common good and count on their own fair share and mutual support than it is in the brutal hierarchical wealth and power pyramid of a mega-capitalist money aristocracy and corporate state in which we currently live and in which everybody is charged with the task to dominate over others, take from them, enslave them, claw up on the dungheap and pull up the ladder behind themselves, or rent themselves out submitting to the slave masters, kissing their feet, and fighting your fellow wage slaves over crumbs. If you missed yesterday’s mini-article “Living to Live” with two salient videos, here is the link. It makes a nice addition to today’s video weekend.

One of my questions raised about those two videos was about aging. The below video getsinto this topic reporting on intentional mixed age communities, an approach our aging society should perhaps think about:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Cohousing communities help prevent social isolation”)

 

II. Inequality

It is almost funny how the upper 10 percent discuss some of the negative effects of our growing inequality without ever daring to consider curing the root cause (the rigged system producing huge inequality of wealth and income):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How a new aristocracy’s segregation puts stress on society“)

 

III. Neoliberalism

Privatizing away life:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Naomi Klein on Global Neoliberalism“)

 

IV. Media War

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “How Facebook Is A Scam“)

 

V. Imperial Oligarchy

The oligarchy’s war (and fake news) on Venezuela is related to its war on us:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Gov. Shutdown Of TeleSUR & “Empire Files” Explained By Abby Martin“)

 

VI. System Analysis

Discussion of National Debt Scam, Government Spending, Taxation, Banksters, and MMT

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “Open Admission That Profit is the Bottom Line (w/guest Richard Wolff)“)

Comment: Deeply buried in this financial analysis conversation is that MMT, despite the good intentions of (most or all?) MMTers can be (and possibly is being) abused to edify the massive wealth transfer by the government from everybody to the rich. Here’s the unspoken logic: When government debt is talked down to allow tax breaks and loopholes for the rich and the government then borrows from the same rich it didn’t tax while cutting spending on country and people benefiting programs, and when inflation despite of massive gifts to the rich is being avoided by balancing the money in circulation with the products and services for sale, the end result is that ever more money ends up as non-circulating money, A.K.A. the enormous assets (incl. government debt) held in possession by the robber billionaires, so that in the end they “own” absolutely everything and the rest of us nothing. This, the wealth transfer to the rich by the governments that have been bought by the rich, is the thing still way too many people are too blind to see because their eyes, even as they may be awakening, are still too closed or not looking in the right direction as they let themselves be distracted and bedazzled by corporate media and corporate stooges in politics.

 

VII. Economy

Self employment, sharing/gig economy, and corporate tricks to exploit working people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, and the title: “Sharing Economy & Tom Slee“)

 

IX. Oligarchic Politics

Repubs blatantly steamroll over those at the bottom while Dems pretend to help but equally serve the top:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Donna Brazile Admits Donors Control Democrat Party“)

The “Democratic” Party tries to appease its disappointed voters throwing a few bones:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Democrat Reform Efforts Fall Short“)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Lee Camp and the title: “~209~ Major DNC Changes?, Taxpayers Fund CEO Con Artists, Kíller Healthcare Costs“)

Around 12:22 min in, Nick Braña explains our lack of significant choice in America:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore, Ron Placone, Nick Braña, and the title: “Corporate Democrat Campaign Commercial Appeals To Nobody “)

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