Political Awakening Video Weekend 01-19-2019 (22 videos)

Especially the first video you should not miss. It sets the standard for our awareness (and can hopefully be life changing for those whose awareness is still lagging behind). We need to quickly become more aware of the severe flaws and possible changes of our system. Stars: Guy McPherson, Abby Martin, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jill Stein, Chris Hedges, Jimmy Dore, Stef Zamorano, Ron Placone, … oh and Bernie, and many more…

Topics:

  1. The End of the World (why we need to act!)
  2. Mentality (L-R duping, Mr. Rogers’ vision)
  3. Documentaries (debt slavery, Left-Behind America)
  4. Land of the Captured, Home of the Debt Slaves
  5. The Rich & their Lapdogs
  6. Capitalist Entitlement
  7. Bernie Questioning Powerfully
  8. Empire Growing
  9. Media War
  10. Trump’s Wall of Absurdity
  11. Pressuring Politicians (AOC)
  12. People’s Movement (incl. the Sunrise Movement)
  13. World: Protests Arising All Over

 

I. The End of the World (why we need to act!)

… possibly in our lifetime (thanks to our destructive system, destroying our lives, pitting us against each other, and destroying the human habitats):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Search – The End of the World (Interview with Guy McPherson)”)

Comment: I finally came across someone to whom the calamity of looming death in our lives is as familiar as to me. (it has colored my entire life… a one-eyed man among the blind…). Hence I shared this video at the top.

 

II. Mentality (L-R duping, Mr. Rogers’ vision)

Left-Right Sophistry

How the establishment has been spinning our heads. While this guy didn’t get every single second of this clip perfect, he did indeed make a ton of good points worth watching, mulling over, and discussing with others:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Snowflakes– The Right’s War on the Individual”)

Special Endowment

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Neighborhood Manifesto: the Radical Kindness of Mr. Rogers”)

Message: You are special, to yourself and those who care about you. Therefore you deserve a good life, though not by making other people’s lives bad, since they too deserve good lives. We are in this world together, all in one boat, and better start acting accordingly while we are still around.

 

III. Documentaries (debt slavery, Left-Behind America)

Modern Debt Slavery Life (documentary)

… not just in the U.S. The scheme of luring or forcing working people whose income and benefits and public services have been cut again and again over decades into living in borrowed money and become entirely beholden to credit institutions has not only been ravaging America. Here is a report from Britain:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “BBC Documentary – The Money Trap – How Banks Control the World Through Debt”)

Borrowed Life: Banks making us borrow our own life…

Left-Behind America (documentary)

The downward path of greed-driven profit-for-the-few capitalism playing workers across the world against each other to keep going further and further down the drain. What an irony. Back in the colonial age, the Brits flooded China with an opioid epidemic. When American corporate bosses sold American jobs to China, the bottom fell out from under the feet of Americans and America has now plunged into an opioid crisis. And as a final irony, a Chinese capitalist has come to Dayton Ohio and opened a factory in a former GM plant, paying less than half of what the industrial workers there earned a decade ago. Do you still believe in capitalism?

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Left Behind America”)

 

IV. Land of the Captured, Home of the Debt Slaves

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Americans See Themselves In Debt Forever – New Poll”)

 

V. The Rich & their Lapdogs

Our Evil System: Lapdogs for the Rich

Chris Hedges interviewing Charlie LeDuff, author of “Shitshow: The Country’s Collapsing and the Ratings Are Great”. Main topic: how the white working class has been duped for a long time.

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “ON CONTACT: AMERICAN ANOMIE”)

Elite Blather

The Money Aristocracy pooping on fighters for economic justice:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Millionaire Tells Ocasio-Cortez To “Sit Down! & Learn Something!””)

 

VI. Capitalist Entitlement

The cartoonish visuals may be soso, but the speech is pretty darn cool(!):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Capitalist Entitlement”)

Especially good points: In capitalism you can’t become great unless you are born with the right tools and opportunities. How many geniuses starve before they can give us their great contribution to progress? How much better our world would be if our system let them do their contribution? Capitalism doesn’t produce goods/wealth/prosperity. Nor does socialism or any other ism. It’s working people who do, and they should get their fair share. When one in nine people is starving while the resources that are needed for everyone to live healthy and fulfilling lives languish in the bank accounts of billionaires, and those billionaires want even more, that’s the swear word ‘entitlement’.

 

VII. Bernie Questioning Powerfully

This short clip demonstrates one of the reasons I have seen a lot of potential in Bernie Sanders since he entered my horizon in 2016. In this hearing, Trump’s EPA Nominee agrees on climate change being real (unlike some of his allies), but as Bernie questions him it becomes clear that the nominee only pays lip service and aims at keeping necessary measures minimal. He slickly demotes the climate crisis to merely a climate “issue” and uses the global nature of the crisis to pull the United States out of any responsibility. Such sophistry is very telling, and Bernie isn’t fooled for a moment and knows how to cut down to the bone. Boy, he would have made a darn good president if the “Democratic” Party hadn’t rigged its primaries:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Sanders Questions EPA Nominee Wheeler: Is Climate Change a “Hoax”?”)

 


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VIII. Empire Growing

The U.S. Terror Empire is actually growing under Trump beneath the cover of his isolationist statements or minor troupes withdrawals here and there (while ramping up our bombings causing multiple 9/11‘s every year):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump is Expanding the US Empire”)

Part 2:

Trump isn’t “ending the war” in Syria at all.

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump’s Syria Deception”)

Conclusion: We must really help one another learn not to be duped by deceitful political candidates (on all sides!!!).

 

IX. Media War

The sanctions-defunded Empire Files keep trudging along:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Update on Empire Files Shutdown from Abby Martin”)

 

X. Trump’s Wall of Absurdity

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump’s “Steel Barrier” Is Easily Sawed Through Test Shows”)

Note: Of course, the largest absurdity among all of these is that Trump’s Wall could never improve lives north of the border since a mere 3% of people at the monetary bottom of our society (that’s what 11 million poor undocumented immigrants in our 327 million strong nation are, 3%!) can’t hurt our economy and working lives while 1% at the top owning almost everything and getting to make all the big decisions can and do. Nobody ever stole your job. Rather your wealthy owner took it away from you and gave it to a cheaper worker. Heck, I have been there. In one of my former jobs we were ordered to train our Mexican replacements preceding our layoff.

 

XI. Pressuring Politicians (AOC)

That’s what we need. Not just a few more seats in elected office, but pressure on those terrible holders of the seats we the people do not yet control:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Centrist Democrats Are Literally “Afraid” of Ocasio-Cortez—Here’s Why”)

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ocasio-Cortez STORMS McConnell’s Office”)

 

XII. People’s Movement

Conversation on a People’s Movement

Gee, I’d vote for them if those two ladies ran for president and vice president:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Abby Martin & Dr. Jill Stein on How You can Change the World – A Solution Oriented Discussion”)

Comment: I am really impressed with Abby Martin. What if her career changed like mine has so many times in my convoluted, undesirable life. What if she switched from journalism (where she gets defunded and repressed so much) to political activism or running for office…? 😉

And let’s not forget, one aspect of a people’s movement realizing a world of, by, and for the people is a people’s party (best allied with other movements for change and already existing third parties to better coordinate and to overcome the people’s division and splintering suffered for so long).

Meet the Sunrise Movement

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Marcela Mulholland on The Sunrise Movement: Green New Deal”)

 

XIII. World: Protests Arising All Over

Protest Throughout Europe

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Europe is raging in protests”)

And here a report on the French Yellow Vests, published by now a whole month ago. It’s good to read the translation subtitles. What the “common” “ordinary” French people in this documentary are saying is the best part of it:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Special documentary on France’s ‘gilets jaunes’ movement”)

Comment: I don’t need tear gas to cry!

Notes: The “May 68” phrase refers to a similar working-class rebellion in France 50 years ago.

More voices from France’s streets (subtitles):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Voices of the Yellow Vests: “We are just here peacefully, getting tear gassed.””)

An Up to Date Yellow Vests Summary

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “ What’s behind France’s Yellow Vest movement? ”)

Also, on January 8, around 200 million workers went on a two-day strike across India. The world’s largest workers’ strike.

 

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