Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-09-14 (18 videos)

News, deep insights, and some humor as well. Outstanding videos from this week, some of which you may have missed.

Issues: isms, equality of life, UBI, drone wars, billionaire badness, globalist corporatism, Assange, revolution vs reform, lawlessness, refugees, education, Bernie, and more…

Stars & Channels: Cowboy Economist, John Spritzler, Redacted Tonight, Brave New Films, Jesse Ventura, The Michael Brooks Show, The Humanist Report, Jimmy Dore, Thought Slime, The Real News Network, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, Chris Hedges (On Contact), Democracy At Work, Newsbroke, TED

Topics:

  1. Thoughts: Capital-/Social-/Marx-/Cummun-ism with a Satirical Bent
  2. Faux Progressives: Their “Equal Opportunity” Trap
  3. Insights: Rational UBI & Google Censorship
  4. Connection: Student Debt, Drone Wars & Terrorism
  5. News: Predatory Corporations and Globalist Fascism
  6. Thoughts: Going Far Enough
  7. Candidates: Fighting Elitist Politics
  8. Candidates: Conversation with Bernie’s Press Secretary
  9. Media War: Hounding a Political Prisoner
  10. Change: Revolution or Reform & Nice or Edgy
  11. Police: Police Protected from the Law
  12. Refugees: Mass Murder by the Supreme Court
  13. Education: Schools Sort People as Commodities
  14. Empire: The Enemy from Within
  15. Poverty: Housing Gouging (and More)
  16. Billionaires: The Oh So Good Ones Are NOT Good
  17. Christian Fascists: Religious Liberty Warped to Crush Liberty
  18. Strategy: Lighting the Path to a Better World

 

1. Thoughts: Capital-/Social-/Marx-/Cummun-ism with a Satirical Bent

#05: Look out, Communism!!!
Cowboy Economist

 

2. Faux Progressives: Their “Equal Opportunity” Trap

Rather than letting us form an egalitarian society of a Good Life for All, neoliberal corrupticians have been masquerading as progressives and playing with the minds of progressive-leaning people by preaching the idea that there is nothing wrong with there being rich and poor, and that all is fine because of alleged (but of course not real) “equal opportunities” where winning and losing is all about merit and perfectly OK, hiding the fact that so many of us get relentlessly beaten down by the dungheap system these crooks are defending:

Are You a Progressive or an Egalitarian?
John Spritzler

  • Note #1: The warping has gone so far that some highly insightful people like John Spritzler choose not to use the term progressive anymore (which was invented by the workers movement back when our oligarchy waged a brutal war on those identified as socialists) but resurrect the original revolutionary idea of egalitarianism. Remember Thomas Paine sparking off the famous 18th century American Revolution and then helping the French Revolution off the ground where one of the most popular mottos was: LibertĂ©, Ă©galitĂ©, fraternitĂ©! (liberty, equality, fraternity)
  • Note #2: One weak point in contribution-consideration of an egalitarian society is how the need and reality of contribution is determined, or by whom. It leaves out undetected handicaps, the course of life in which a big contribution may come late or be recognized late rather than be trickling constantly, hidden inequalities of all sorts, and so forth. This is why I prefer a universal affluence approach which – with today’s know-how and productivity – I consider totally possible (overpopulation being the main threat, still possible to overcome though, I think).

 

3. Insights: Rational UBI & Google Censorship

[172] Google Whistleblower Reveals Censorship
Redacted Tonight

 

4. Connection: Student Debt, Drone Wars & Terrorism

You wonder how they are connected? That’s how:

Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars • FULL DOCUMENTARY FILM • BRAVE NEW FILMS
Brave New Films

 

5. News: Predatory Corporations and Globalist Fascism

Esp. much to learn from Brazil:

Jesse Ventura: “We can’t allow ourselves to be governed by corporations.”
RT America

 

6. Thoughts: Going Far Enough

Late Capitalism and Neofascism in Brazil (TMBS 66 ft. Richard Wolff)
The Michael Brooks Show

 

7. Candidates: Fighting Elitist Politics

Paula Jean Swearengin from West Virginia running for the Senate:

Why a President Sanders Would NEED Paula Jean Swearengin in the Senate | Full Interview
The Humanist Report

 

8. Candidates: Conversation with Bernie’s Press Secretary

Bernie Sanders Is Fighting to End the Media’s Demonization of Socialism
The Real News Network

Note: It has pluses and minuses. A minus for me is the consideration of Afro-American Reparations, because it matches the full bore concept of dividing the poor in two groups, one that is helped, and another that is kicked into the ditch (e.g. Native Americans, and lots of discriminated white poor immigrants and their descendants, just to mention two ignored groups). And who is officially black anyway or had exactly how many slave ancestors or any at all? And how would a single reparation deal with continued discrimination? It wouldn’t. Rather it would motivate more of it, like the Affirmative Action Act does.

 

9. Media War: Hounding a Political Prisoner

Pamela Anderson Defends Julian Assange On The View
The Jimmy Dore Show

 

10. Change: Revolution or Reform & Nice or Edgy

Just be nice, you nerds.
Thought Slime

 

11. Police: Police Protected from the Law

… and the rich, of course, who reside above the law anyway in many cases and can buy the best lawyers in all others.

Police Use Ignorance of the Law as a Defense, But You Can’t
The Real News Network

 

12. Refugees: Mass Murder by the Supreme Court

Supreme Court’s Asylum Ruling Is Incomprehensible
The Real News Network

 

13. Education: Schools Sort People as Commodities

Our ABC mass education system:

Prof. Richard Wolff: School Grades as Capitalist Control
The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow

  • Hint #1: There exist democratic schools (where students can democratically participate in decision making), and they often have no grading systems (or a democratic one where, for example, a graduation project is evaluated by the school community, usually only to pass rather than grade, though).
  • Hint #2: Not only does our current grading system sort people into employee categories but also (with things like multiple choice exams and scantrons) it enables the managing of some 150 students (or even more) by a single teacher to save on educator wages (but give students little opportunity to directly connect and learn much).

 

14. Empire: The Enemy from Within

Framing the inequality machine as the security system we need to be safe:

On Contact: Dismantling security tales – Charles Derber
RT America

Comment: The capitalist meritocracy myth: Everybody through hard work and obeying the rules can get ahead and live well. What this myth achieves is that countless people work hard to make the rich richer and obey the rules to maintain the status quo while the majority of us is held down and relentlessly beaten down as the reward for all our work and sacrifices.

 

15. Poverty: Housing Gouging (and More)

Poverty including homelessness are not your fault when you get no chance at life.

Economic Update: Homelessness in the U.S.
Democracy At Work

 

16. Billionaires: The Oh So Good Ones Are NOT Good

Why Even Good Billionaires Are Bad
AJ+

 

17. Christian Fascists: Religious Liberty Warped to Crush Liberty

How The Handmaid’s Tale Is The Christian Right’s Playbook
AJ+

 

18. Strategy: Lighting the Path to a Better World

The new political story that could change everything | George Monbiot
TED

 

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