Political Awakening Video Weekend 09-09-2018 (18 videos)

This weekend compilation of enlightening videos once again enriches our understanding to survive and change our warped and rigged world:

  1. Socialist Ideas (Bernie)
  2. Democracy Without Power Peddlers (Chris Hedges et al.)
  3. System Critique (Ralph Nader et al.)
  4. Capitalism/Corp. State (Thom Hartmann, Jimmy Dore, et al.)
  5. Worker-Squeezing & Corporate Propaganda War (Mike Papantonio)
  6. Healthcare Issues (Jesse V., Brigida S., Ralph Nader, Rosemary Gibson)
  7. The R&D-Takedown of a Government for the People (Jimmy Dore et al.)
  8. Corruption in America (Thom Hartmann)
  9. Capitalist Culture (Lee Camp et al.)
  10. Rule Change Attempts (Bernie Sanders)
  11. Public Brainwash, Censorship, Media War (Abby Martin & Jimmy Dore)
  12. Dem’s Fake Resistance re Fed. Judges & Kavanaugh (Mike Figueredo)
  13. Bernie Setting the Bar (Mike Figueredo)

 

I. Socialist Ideas (Bernie)

Bernie explains why you shouldn’t be scared of the term ‘socialism’. (What he really describes are countries marked by social-democratic elements (a weak, merely superficial form of socialism that doesn’t eliminate the root causes of power and wealth inequality, so the plutocratic oligarchy eventually returns to dominance like it has done here in the U.S. where we used to have much of what Europe still has (called FDR’s New Deal)):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Explains Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared Of The Term ‘Socialism’ | NowThis”)

 

II. Democracy Without Power Peddlers (Chris Hedges et al.)

Chris Hedges and historian David Van Reybrouck discuss democracy’s alternative to a political class of power peddlers:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Chris Hedges, David Van Reybrouck, and the title: “Can “drawing lots” save democracy?”)

Comment: I have myself played with the idea of having a Senate populated by randomly chosen citizens. There are indeed possible reforms to enable a functioning democracy, many of which are rarely discussed or considered (approval voting – or the better known ranked choice voting – being one of them). The one presented here is an idea from ancient Greece where the pitfalls of deocratic experiments (such as a class of professional politicians who live as corrupt power peddlers) were first encountered and solutions were being worked upon. Another one I keep pointing at is the elimination of money in politics in the only fully effective and lasting way: getting rid of Big Money. The idea we need to embrace and spread is that the many problems we have today are the direct result of being oppressed and exploited by an oligarchy instead of having a functioning democracy, and that we need to better understand the concept of democracy to make it work.

 

III. System Critique (Ralph Nader et al.)

Ralph Nader, Miko Peled, Robert Weissman, et al. discuss American political prisoners, the demolition of law and order supposed to deal with the corporate crime wave, and more:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Ralph Nader, Miko Peled, Robert Weissman, and the title: “Miscarriage of American Justice”)

 

IV. Capitalism/Corp. State (Thom Hartmann, Jimmy Dore, et al.)

The fruits of privatization:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “The Dangers of Privatization”)

The fruits of unfettered capitalism:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Tucker Carlson Destroys Amazon & Jeff Bezos’ Business “Practices” w/Abby Martin”)

The corporate state squeezing the people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Trump (Like Obama) Cancels Federal Workers’ Pay Raise & Hypocrisy Ensues.”)

 

V. Worker-Squeezing & Corporate Propaganda War (Mike Papantonio)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, and the title: “The Heat On Amazon Is Only Just Beginning”)

 

VI. Healthcare Issues (Jesse V., Brigida S., Ralph Nader, Rosemary Gibson)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, and the title: “Killer Health Care & James Lieber”)

Gist: Excessive drug prices; medical drug dealing; costly medical advertisement and for-profit healthcare business; private insurance and lack of universal coverage; understaffing, astronomic paperwork, and insanely long working shifts all put us last among wealthy nations in healthcare. Our healthcare system could hardly be more flawed.

Note: The video cut off a bit early. I’d say that a more non-profit approach of medical facilities would be good. It doesn’t have to be based on the federal government or even state governments. Local communities can also take control, for example running sufficiently staffed non-profit healthcare centers where doctors work for a salary rather than struggling to run a profitable business avoiding bankruptcy and getting rich instead, and where doctors’s employment also comes with workers’ rights such as a limit on overtime and insanely long working shifts so they can focus on best patient care.

U.S. medicines made in China (Sloppily! – So much for not buying from oh-so dangerous Canada!):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Rosemary Gibson, and the title: “America Depends on China for Medicine”)

Conclusion: Profits are the wrong guide for human societies and capitalist globalization equals deregulation, a.k.a. fraud and loss of people’s protections.

 

VII. The R&D-Takedown of a Government for the People (Jimmy Dore et al.)

How the R & D arm of the owner class party justify to stop the govrenment from serving the people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Pelosi Sabotages Progressive Takeover Of Congress”)

Gist: The Repubs cut government services “in order to lower taxes” (which they cut mostly for the rich and a little for the upper middle class so the latter votes for them) and the Dems cut government services in order to lower or not raise the government deficit (but oddly never when it’s about our ridiculously huge military budget).

 

VIII. Corruption in America (Thom Hartmann)

Our decades slide down the drain into a banana republic, the role of the far right robber billionaires and the supreme court, and the next backstab in preparation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “Why Is Brett Kavanaugh Hiding his Work for the Bush Administration?”)

The demons in our politics and government, committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and overruling (stealing) our elections. And one of these demons is about to be installed on the Supreme Court:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “Will Far Right Supreme Court End Democracy? More on Brett Kavanaugh”)

Note: Back when G.W.Bush-Cheney were installed illegally in the White House through tampering with the election process rather than actually getting elected (in the case of BOTH terms!) and they installed one of their henchmen as the top Supreme Court justice, I hoped that eventually their crimes would be investigated, that their would be prison sentences, and that the Supreme Court justice(s???) installed by an illegal pesident would likewise be recalled. However, as soon as the “Democrats” retook Congress, Pelosi declared impeachment of Bush off the table, and when Obama won in a landslide overwhelming Republican massive election-machines fraud, he declared that it was time to move forward (not litigate the criminal recent past). And, unsurprisingly, with no repeal or repair of the impertinent Constitution violations of this century, the noose tightens. This is why bouncing back and forth between the two utterly corrupt major parties is pointless and only helps the oligarchy entrench itself further. They deliver us a good-cop/bad-cop show while helping eaach other stay in power, the power of peddling government power to the robber billionaires and their corporations, while we watch on and do nothing to change it. Well, many of us. Others have begun waking up and are working to build a People’s Party. Have you joinrd, yet? Our time is running out with humanity’s extinction from self-destruction looming close ahead.

Corporations about to be exempted from the law:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “Brett Kavanaugh Circumventing Chevron Deference is Corporate Wet Dream”)

 

IX. Capitalist Culture (Lee Camp et al.)

1.) Privileged People’s Profits over All Else:

2.) Corporate-run U.S. elections (easily hacked… and not from Russia):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Redacted Tonight, Lee Camp, and the title: “~210~ Solving World Hunger, Voting Machines Rigged, Dark Money Pours In”)

Comment: Popular calculations of how much wealth (as a donation from a robber billionaire) could help suffering people simplistically estimate the costs of buying food or water and transporting it to the recipients. The real cure would be to alter the rules of our politico-socio-economic systems so they aim at a good life for all as opposed to hoarding wealth and prosperity in the hands of a privileged few forming a capital-based aristocracy at the expense of the rest of us forming a modern version of serfs and slaves. Such a change of the rules from gross psychopathic crime to running society to fairness and good will running society woud be a lot cheaper. It wouldn’t require redistributing a lot of hoarded wealth and prosperity but correcting the lopsided distribution of wealth and prosperity in the first place.

 

X. Rule Change Attempts (Bernie Sanders)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Sen. Sanders and Rep. Khanna Introduce Bill to End Corporate Welfare”)

 

XI. Public Brainwash, Censorship, Media War (Abby Martin & Jimmy Dore)

Abby Martin and Jimmy Dore sticking it eloquently to the public brainwashers:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Young Turks, Jimmy Dore, and the title: “Abby Martin On Billionaires Silencing Independent Media”)

 

XII. Dem’s Fake Resistance re Fed. Judges & Kavanaugh (Mike Figueredo)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for #HumanistReport, #THR, #MikeFigueredo, and the title: “Why Brett Kavanaugh Will Probably be Confirmed to the Supreme Court”)

 

XIII. Bernie Setting the Bar (Mike Figueredo)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for #HumanistReport, #THR, #MikeFigueredo, and the title: “Bernie Sanders Continues Fighting for YOU… Other 2020 Dems? Not So Much.”)

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