Political Awakening Video Weekend 11-30-2018 (16 videos)

Another video compilation to enrich our weekend with insights in our troubles and clues for change. Once again, your weekend can be wisely spent learning a lot.

Themes (many have several videos):

  1. Economy & History & Violence (System Analysis)
  2. Global & U.S. Oligarchy
  3. “Democratic” Party Games
  4. Immigration & Refugees
  5. World Politics (Venezuela)
  6. Protesting for Change

 

I. System Analysis: Economy, History, and Violence

 

Thoughts on Capitalism and Democracy, Tribal Thinking and Double Standards

Five years old but still worth listening to:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Tariq Ali: The Twilight of Democracy, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015”)

 

The Ugly Face of America

Traditional gun violence, armed conquest, real estate fraud, slave patrols, Indian-raiding militias, white supremacy, capitalism turning into fascism…

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why America? Mass Shootings & White Nationalism Share Roots”)

7:11 min: Capitalism tends to become fascism when it no longer has something to offer to most people.

11:37 min: The idea that anyone can make it, that the playing field is level, not everyone’s equal but they have equal opportunity has always been a lie; but it’s never more so than than now with the [gross] income inequality.

14:52 min: Originally, gun rights were never for all Americans. They were for autonomous settlers organizing themselves with a clear purpose to take land [from the Natives] and get rich.

15:36 min: The Second Amendment was simply a validation of what already existed: these [indian land grabbing] militias and the slave patrols.

Gist: Armed violent conquest of Indian lands and capturing escaped slaves are the roots of American gun culture and white supremacy. Add to that the fascism created by rich robber barons to save themselves from the anger of the aggravated population when capitalism fails the greater population, and you have a recipe for fascistic violence and takeover, or possibly even a horrid civil war with the continuers of land-conquest, slave patrols, gun violence, and white supremacy mentality (passed on through generations) being the ones most ready for violence and armed to the teeth thus causing a big threat to peace and the general population.

 

Perpetuation of our Historic White Supremecism

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Exposing the Daughters of the Confederacy (w/Guest Kali Holloway)”)

 

 

II. Oligarchy

 

The Global Oligarchy Giants

Following a conversation on U.S. policies nowadays blatantly violating international law and institutions originally promoted by the U.S. after WW II, this episode of the Ralph Nader Radio Hour becomes really interesting giving detailed insights into the very tip of the plutocratic oligarchy which imposes a global rule over all of us crossing all borders. I am sharing this video fast-forwarded to start at that point:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Who Controls the World’s Wealth?”)

 

Ten Years of Wall Street Partying

Wealth transfer from Main Street to Wall Street:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Endemic Market Failure and Inequality”)

 

Corporate Rule

… at the expense of the people. This interview starts out slow with stuff you surely already know, but it gets better over time with really powerful thoughts nearing the end:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Amazon Gets $3 Billion in NY Tax Breaks While Underfunded Public Transport Enters ‘Death Spiral’”)

 

GM’s Latest Evil

Time for GM Workers to Strike

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “So… do you still trust any large corporations or favor them to rule us?”)

 

And how the American People should respond (~half-way in):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “GM Closing 5 Plants – Trump Has No Answers”)

Conclusion: No more tax gifts and corporate subsidies for free but with the condition for these corporations to become democratically run. (and/or in exchange for their stocks to put into the Social Security funds)

 

 

III. “Democratic” Party Games

Since the “Democratic” Party became the Republican Party #2 (with both of them betraying the American People to a ruling class), progressive candidates running within this party have found themselves alone out on a limb and pressured to come to heel or be marginalized. In 2016, Bernie Sanders was forced to quietly accept his being cheated out of the primaries, then having to endorse HRC and try to sheepdog people back into the party that had so blatantly revealed its Republican-like corruption. The question that naturally arises in many minds is if candidates running on a progressive ticket (officially siding with working class people) are being honest or merely pretending, or – if they are honest – whether or not they will withstand the party pressure.

Here are three videos which illuminate this issue:

 

Doubting AOC:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ocasio-Cortez is a Progressive Fraud”)

Caveat: AOC is not only young but barely started. We can’t really know, yet, which way she will go. Still, this follows the “Democratic” Party’s co-opting pattern.

 

Defending AOC:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Brilliantly Explains The Nancy Pelosi Situation

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Sam Seder, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”)

 

The Speaker of the House Game:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “House Democrats Betray Progressives”)

 

Discussion:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Dems Oppose Pelosi As Speaker – Demand Rule Change”)

Conclusion: The future of AOC is unclear. A new party is vitally necessary to add outside pressure to the progressive inside pressure on the “Democratic” Party in order to either (A) replace or reform D-politicians or (B) replace the D-Party when it refuses to bend to the will of the people.

 

 

IV. Immigration

 

What Caused the Refugee Caravan?

While Ben Swann is a bit controversal, my brief impression is that he is falsely smeared as conspiracy theorist or Russian agent in most disputed cases, and the below explanation about the trouble in Honduras seems to me to very well summarize important points I have come across before from sources I trust. Internal causes are largely left out, but the terrible outside influence is indeed responsible to a very large degree for the problems in Honduras. Imagine any country being raided, pillaged, and brutalized from aborad for a century. Wouldn’t that perpetuate and even create lots of internal problems? The fact is, human life in Honduras has become extremely pecarious, blocked, and endangered. People flee like you and I most likely would.

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Has U.S. Foreign Policy Created The Migrant Crisis in Honduras?”)

 

Immigration: an Economic Plus

At one point in this panel discussion from 2015, an economist argues firmly for immigration (I am sharing the video set to start playing this spot):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Dying Europe Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015”)

 

 

V. World Politics: Venezuela

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Brazilian Invasion of Venezuela a “Very Serious” Threat”)

 

VI. Protesting for Change

Let’s learn from our peer countries that do have healthcare for all, unemployment protection, free higher education, and so forth:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “France Teaches World How To Protest Properly”)

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