Political Awakening Video Weekend 05-25-2019 (17 videos)

Informative and inspiring recent videos. Major themes this time: (A) great speeches and interviews of Richard Wolff on capitalism and socialism, (B) the raging war on free speech and democracy. Additional famous figures: Bernie, Tulsi, Julian Assange, Amy Goodman, Paul Jay, Daniel Ellsberg (of the Pentagon Papers), Jeremy Scahill (from the Intercept), Kim Iversen, Mike Figueredo, Jimmy Dore, and more…

Topics:

  1. Inequality the Root of Evil & Contrast with a ±Socialist Life
  2. So So Socialist History
  3. Warped Socialism for the Rich
  4. Richard Wolff (Full Interview)
  5. The Attack on People’s Informedness
  6. Assange: a Rapist? – (A) Actual Allegations, (B) a Letter from Assange
  7. Bernie: (A) Beginnings, (B) No More War
  8. Tulsi Explains the Mess a War with Iran would Be
  9. Empire Irony: Who Beleaguers Whom?
  10. Healthcare: Without Medicare for All Healthcare Will Collapse
  11. World: European Union

 

I. Inequality the Root of Evil & Contrast with a ±Socialist Life

… well explained by Richard Wolff that inequality is not just an outcome of evil but more importantly the root of it (something I keep pointing out, as you may have noticed):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Democracy At Work and the title: “Economic Update: Living in a Socialist Economy“)

 

II. So So Socialist History

Long speech by Richard Wolff, starting out so so with stuff you probably have heard a lot, but then gets quite interesting going over the history of “socialist” countries, our American brainwash concerning socialism and government, and at the end into the concept of liberating our working lives. Despite being so long, it’s quite good, especially for people who haven’t been following Richard Wolff for some time.

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Democracy At Work and the title: “Global Capitalism: Rise of Socialism in the US Today [May 2019]”)

A real noteworthy high point is the elegant message he gives at 47:23 min in: “We want a society in which each individual … can realize his or her full potential by virtue of a nurturing community that makes that possible and is committed to that.”

 

III. Warped Socialism for the Rich

You make a minor mistake and lose your job (also if you made no mistake at all). A member of the rich class makes a horrible mistake (or even a devious deed) and gets rewarded with millions:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for RT America and the title: “Richard Wolff explains socialism for the rich”)

 

IV. Richard Wolff (Full Interview)

Querying the root of our problems:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Young Turks and the title: “Socialism vs Capitalism with Prof. Richard Wolff (Full Interview) “)

I agree with Richard Wolff that we must aim at democratizing our workplaces (and schools, too, btw), but am a little sad he doesn’t get into cap-taxing excessive wealth and income and linking this to eliminating Big Money in politics and to the Citizen Dividend (a.k.a. UBI not as a handout but a recovery of the dividends stolen from us by the rich).

 

V. The Attack on People’s Informedness

Persecution of journalists and whistleblowers is a direct attack on democracy and our liberties.

And remaining quiet and passive is us committing treason against ourselves.

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Intercept and the title: “Why You Should Care About Trump’s War on Whistleblowers“)

U.S. Espionage Act Outside its Jurisdiction

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Humanist Report and the title: “BREAKING: Trump Administration Indicts Julian Assange Under Espionage Act “)

A question pops up in my mind: Why does the American oligarchy act so quickly? I expected them to wait with this heinous law abuse (of applying an anti-spying law to someone who has no connection with the country that accuses him of spying on it (for doing his job as a journalist)) until after the UK puppy of the U.S. had extradited him in the U.S. where he doesn’t belong, because the UK has some internal legal difficulty extraditing someone into the hands of a killer (a death penalty country). I guess, the surprising resurrection of the (almost certainly fake) sexual assault investigations in Sweden are an ascertained route for extraditing Assange into a to him foreign country (the U.S.) because when they smear him all over gain with those sexual assault accusations, making them seem credible through extradition to Sweden, the public will be even more accepting of this horrid attack on the freedom of press and attempt at U.S. hegemony that this persecution of a foreign publisher really is. And Sweden probably has no internal hurdle extraditing to a death penalty country, thus circumventing it. (and Sweden has an awful track record regarding extraditions)

Assange Update

The official claim: a foreign journalist living and working in foreign countries isn’t a journalist allowed to conduct journalism but a spy against the U.S. (because he published American war crimes, that we the people are supposed to be kept ignorant of even though they are committed in our name, paid for with our tax dollars, and the motivation for anti-American terrorism):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for ‘Democracy Now!’  and the title: “Exclusive: Julian Assange’s Attorney Decries Espionage Charges as “Grave Threat to Press Freedom” “)

Daniel Ellsberg: Exit from the First Amendment

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for ‘Democracy Now!’  and the title: “Daniel Ellsberg: Espionage Charges Against Assange Are Most Significant Attack on Press in Decades“)

Last Words on the War on Journalism

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for “Democracy Now!” and the title: “Jeremy Scahill: New Indictment of Assange Is Part of a Broader War on Journalism & Whistleblowers“)

 

VI. Assange: a Rapist? – (A) Actual Allegations, (B) a Letter from Assange

Assange a Rapist? — The Actual Allegations

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Kim Iversen and the title: “The Truth About the Charges Against Julian Assange“)

G. Dimmack: I received a letter from Julian Assange

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Gordon Dimmack and the title: “I received a letter from Julian Assange”)

 

VII. Bernie: (A) Beginnings, (B) No More War

Bernie’s Burlington: The Spark That Spread Around the Country

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Bernie Sanders and the title: “Bernie’s Burlington: The Spark That Spread Around the Country“)

Bernie: No War With Iran!

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for ‘Senator Bernie Sanders ’ and the title: “No War With Iran!“)

 

VIII. Tulsi Explains the Mess a War with Iran would Be

(… and on Fox “News” of all places. That’s how far our corporate media have gone).

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jamarl Thomas and the title: “Tulsi Gabbard On Tucker Carlson Is The Epitome Of Why People Love Her!“)

I wonder why Fox News allows someone like Tulsi to make good sense remarks. Are they perhaps trying to boost some progressive “D” candidates to split the progressive vote in the “Dem” primaries in the hope of thereby weakening Bernie’s vote enough to prevent his nomination? *ponder*

 

IX. Empire Irony: Who Beleaguers Whom?

Gee whiz, is Iran besieging our military basis? Why did Iran move itself so close to our military basis? Placing itself geographically right in the middle of a dense cluster of U.S. military basis is a clear sign of aggression, isn’t it? Where has Persia been located historically?

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Jimmy Dore Show and the title: “Proof U.S. Is Provoking Iran Into WAR“)

 

X. Healthcare: Without Medicare for All Healthcare Will Collapse

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Real News Network and the title: “Without Medicare for All, the Healthcare System Will Collapse – Wendell Potter RAI (7/7)“)

 

XI. World: European Union

… is having its latest elections these days. The member states are not always cooperative. The joint currency sadly isn’t connected to joint taxation and social spending. Member state governments have skipped over important actions made necessary by the removal of borders (like cheap migrant worker abuse). Weird laws (like the draconian new Internet law) have odd origins putting democracy in question… Flaws are leading to a rise of fascist movements (definition: political mafiosi tricking disappointed angry voters). Here is a report from the EU:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Europe ahead of elections | DW Documentary”)

 

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