Political Awakening Video Weekend 2019-06-23 (20 videos)

Main themes of this week’s video compilation: systemic corruption, inequality, and abuse of the people, and the fight for true democracy in our lives. Stars: Bernie, Jon Stewart, Richard Wolff, Denise Hearn, Ralph Nader, The Ring of Fire, Glenn Greenwald, Thought Slime, The Humanist Report, Jimmy Dore, and many, many more.

Topics:

  1. Modern Working Lives Not Worth Living
  2. The Flaws of our Corporatist Capitalism System
  3. Corruption: Sometimes the Closed Doors are a Crack Open
  4. Inequality by Design vs Full Democracy
  5. System Corruption and a Celebrity Fighting for a Piece of Justice
  6. Healthcare: The Need to Protect Medicare from Inflated Drug Prices
  7. Healthcare: Drug Price Gouging and Life Expectancy
  8. Insider Notes on False Christianity
  9. Power of the People & Chaining It
  10. Remember our Dubious Supreme Court? Learn from Brazil!
  11. The Media vs Reality (incl. ref. to Bernie)
  12. The Fake Freedom Map
  13. Taxing Wall Street – Not Only Bernie Talking Interestingly
  14. Useful Idiot Voters
  15. Prevention of Poverty is better than the Cure
  16. Consumerism
  17. Warmongering by CBS & Other MSM
  18. MSM Fertilizing the Right Wing Trap
  19. Intelligent Conversation: Mike Gravel & Jimmy Dore
  20. Jesse Ventura: Iran, Hong Kong, Egypt, Monopolies and the Death of Competition

 

I. Modern Working Lives Not Worth Living

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thought Slime and the title: “My First Job: The Lazybones Manifesto”)

Note: I grew up during the tail end of the ‘golden age’ expecting a just and fair life. All I have had is a shitty life. Similarly to this man, I have wished all the time I had never been born. That’s why on my way out of it, I fight for better conditions for those coming after me.  

 

II. The Flaws of our Corporatist Capitalism System

The Ralph Nader Radio Hour episodes are usually good, and some are especially good. This latest one is for the most part in the especially good category:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the Ralph Nader Radio Hour and the title: “Can American Capitalism Survive?”)

 

III. Corruption: Sometimes the Closed Doors are a Crack Open

It’s a pity that Jimmy accidentally swapped “Code” for “Orwellian”, but what he exposes here is one of the oligarchy’s “think tanks” where the desire of the MIC oligarchs to send American soldiers to their death and homicide for the oligarch’s cha-ching profits is openly admitted:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Jimmy Dore Show and the title: “Corporate News Pushes Iran War For Trump”)

 

IV. Inequality by Design vs Full Democracy

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow and the title: “Prof. Richard Wolff on Democratic Socialism & How to Get There (and Why Jamie Dimon is Wrong Again)”)

High Points:

By the way, I think that a UBI (better a Citizens Dividend financed by recovering stolen prosperity from the thieving rich) would facilitate the creation of worker co-ops. For instance, if I go self-employed and might grow into an agency or such sharing paid work opportunities with others, I (and the others) could more easily do so if our basic financial needs were already covered.

The folks in fields of marketing, commerce, and PR, stock markets and sadly also politics – spending their lives on promoting commercialism and inequality – are empty suits with a predator’s gift for salesmanship – violating human ethics all the time.

 

V. System Corruption and a Celebrity Fighting for a Piece of Justice

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Secular Talk and the title: “Jon Stewart Eviscerates Immoral Goons In Congress To Their Face”)

 

VI. Healthcare: The Need to Protect Medicare from Inflated Drug Prices

Yes, indeed, the corruption of our system can be found around every corner:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Young Turks or The Ring of Fire and the title: “Pfizer Received Slap On The Wrist For Scamming Patients”)

(And not to forget, as shared the other week (in the Nader radio hour video), the generic drug industry is also utterly corrupted serving us bad medications violating the official rules with our corrupted government institutions (the FDA, in this case) doing nothing about it.)

 

VII. Healthcare: Drug Price Gouging and Life Expectancy

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Democracy At Work and the title: “Richard Wolff on Drug Price Gouging”)

 

VIII. Insider Notes on False Christianity

This one I dug up. It’s not from this week but from 2015 but wayyy worth to share:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Ring of Fire and the title: “Papantonio: The Religious Right’s Home School Fraud – The Ring Of Fire”)

 

IX. Power of the People & Chaining It

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for RE-EDUCATION and the title: “West Virginia Makes Striking Illegal”)

Well put: “Bargain to get your life back!”

 

X. Remember our Dubious Supreme Court? Learn from Brazil!

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Intercept and the title: “Glenn Greenwald on the Leaked Brazil Archive Exposing Operation Car Wash”)

Gist: We the people must awaken, learn, and unify to overcome the power-holding ‘elite’.

 

XI. The Media vs Reality (incl. ref. to Bernie)

… and a movement to end corporate personhood.

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Redacted Tonight and the title: “[160] Bernie Trashes Capitalism In Latest Speech”)

Move to Amend: “We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”

An important reminder: I have covered similar efforts (esp. Represent.Us) before, their laudable efforts, and how they were defeated by our corrupticians who simply repealed their ballot initiative victories. I keep arguing that the only way to really overcome the corrupting effect of Big Money is to eliminate Big Money (put a kind of speed limit on huge wealth), and to push this through, organize overwhelming pressure on Congress (like Nader and others did a generation ago with high success).

 

XII. The Fake Freedom Map

The terms freedom and liberty have long been abused in America by those who control and oppress us and wage profitable wars across the globe:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for BadMouseProductions and the title: “Debunking the Economic Freedom Map”)

 

XIII. Taxing Wall Street – Not Only Bernie Talking Interestingly

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may be able to find it (on Facebook???) searching for “It’s Time to Tax the Greed of Wall Street”)

 

XIV. Useful Idiot Voters

Voters letting themselves get played:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Humanist Report and the title: “Iowa Voter Panel of Biden and Trump Supporters Will Crush Your Soul”)

 

XV. Prevention of Poverty is better than the Cure

A regular working American (with a bad audio tech) having a better insight in the UBI topic than many famous figures:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Everyday Progressive Show and the title: “UBI+ or Social Security For All?”)

 

XVI. Consumerism

… is part of our invisible enslavement chains and our destructive system. Here are some (but not all) insights:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Consumer Protection Hub and the title: “The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Do Not Need”)

 

XVII. Warmongering by CBS & Other MSM

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Jimmy Dore Show and the title: “CBS News “War Expert” Is Being Paid By Raytheon”)

 

XVIII. MSM Fertilizing the Right Wing Trap

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Jimmy Dore Show and the title: “Subject Of NYTimes Youtube Censorship Article Speaks”)

 

XIV. Intelligent Conversation: Mike Gravel & Jimmy Dore

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Jimmy Dore Show and the title: “Mike Gravel Smashes War Machine With Facts”)

 

XX. Jesse Ventura: Iran, Hong Kong, Egypt, Monopolies and the Death of Competition

I sadly ran out of time to screen this last video, but the description of it sounds interesting, so I am squeezing it in here at the end, now having to rush it all online (WARNING: At the start Jesse gives the impression that capitalism promotes democracy, but the exact opposite is true):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: ‘Jesse Ventura: “The Gulf of Oman narrative sounds like the Gulf of Tonkin…”’)

 

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