Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-12-08 (23 videos)

Much on how we are being oppressed and kept to suffer in huge inequality and injustice… and how to fight for change to bring us universal common decency, fairness, liberty, and good lives… and how evil gangs fight back against such change… and the role of the National Security State. Enlightening news reports hidden from you on MSM channels, plus satire, humor, music, system analysis… Media not to miss. Watch, share, discuss, grow, and enjoy!

Stars and channels: CODEPINK, DW Documentary, Moderate Rebels, New Economic Thinking, The Hill, Jimmy Dore, thejuicemedia, Michael Brooks, The Real News Network, and more…

Topics:

  1. Satire: Quiet Supremacy
  2. Song: Living in the Wasteland of the Free **
  3. Fighters for Change: MLK & Bernie
  4. Germany reporting on U.S. Poverty
  5. Big or Small Government in Oligarchy
  6. The Blue-Red One-Party System (Fascist Patriot Act Renewed)
  7. Socialist GOP
  8. Business Aristocracy Discussed
  9. Change: Mild Tweaking Won’t Work
  10. Interesting Pre-Election Conversation about Trump
  11. Capitalism = Man-made Impediments against Living Decent Lives
  12. U.S. Poverty so Underreported – Talk w/ the Poor People’s Campaign
  13. World: Bolivia (History before the Coup, Current Coup Situation)
  14. The #1 Reason for Socialism “Failure”
  15. World: France Protests against the Precarious Life Today
  16. Upside Down Lawfulness
  17. Crumbling Society: Schools
  18. Humor: U.S. Healthcare an International Joke

 

1. Satire: Quiet Supremacy

Australia is much like the U.S.:

Honest Government Ad | Quiet Australians ~ thejuicemedia

 

2. Song: Living in the Wasteland of the Free **

Another amazing song:

Wasteland Iris Dement ~ spadlake

 

3. Fighters for Change: MLK & Bernie

Two Men, One Quest For Human Dignity ~ yarimo

 

4. Germany reporting on U.S. Poverty

“Homelessness, hunger and shame: poverty is rampant in the richest country in the world. Over 40 million people in the United States live below the poverty line, twice as many as it was fifty years ago. It can happen very quickly.”

How poor people survive in the USA | DW Documentary

 

5. Big or Small Government in Oligarchy

This brief review of American history suggests that (A) the people standing up against monarchies and dictatorships erect a democratically controlled government to replace them (or try to). And (B) wannabe oligarchs fight to weaken the government, shrink it, privatize pulic resources (into their claws) and undermine democracy by buying up the weakened government. But, once they have taken it over, they happily grow it again, at tleast its military, surveillance and police state, in order to oppress and control the rest of the people even more. Ronald Reagan was the chief mascot of phase B. Under Bill Clinton phase B was still continued with some first slip into phase C. In the Bush-Cheney regime phase C became full bore. Phase C was continued under Obama and keeps being expanded under Trump. Those of us not being young, have lived through both B and C — rotten precarious lives not worth living in many of our cases and watching our country go down the drain. We’re currently in the garbage disposal stage of phase C in desperate need to stand up for democracy again and an egalitarian society where resources (a.k.a. wealth) are shared fairly, not concentrated in the hands of a few gangsters who use the power of money to take over everything and leave the rest of us empty-handed and oppressed — and thus unable to deal with a mass extinction and climate calamity coming down upon us, not only making our lives worthless but driving humanity to extinction.

How Oligarchs Could Start A Second Civil War! ~ Thom Hartmann Program

 

6. The Blue-Red One-Party System (Fascist Patriot Act Renewed)

Dems Quietly Give Trump Spying Powers w/Patriot Act Renewal ~ The Jimmy Dore Show

 

7. Socialist GOP

Not just originally when Lincoln fought slavery (and land accumulation???), but right now, too. Why? Because people want fair lives, fair communities, even the ones who stayed loyal to the long corrupted R-Party… (and those still loyal to the likewise corrupted D-Party):

Republican City Opens Gov. Run Grocery Store ~ The Jimmy Dore Show

 

8. Business Aristocracy Discussed

David Cay Johnston: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality ~ New Economic Thinking

An important point made: Members of the upper class, for example the talking heads in the corporate media, think the world is just fine, it is just, because they have lived all their lives in the privilege bubble where good and hard work, serious efforts, and sometimes even non-serious ones and mere lucky incidents or lazy waiting around, always get rewarded. They have never experienced and can not imagine the lives the rest of us have to live where our way forward is constantly barred and great successes either ignored or their positive outcomes soon nullified, say by mass layoffs, employer bankruptcies, and so on. They have never been members of the by now huge precariat whose existence they cannot imagine, even though living utterly precarious lives is now very common.

Also a good succinct evaluation of Reaganomics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok7ZJ8mS19Y&feature=youtu.be&t=671

If Reaganism worked, if Bush’s [and Trump’s] tax cuts worked, America today would be swimming in jobs. That’s what we were promised. It would lead to all this investment and all these jobs. Instead, it’s led to this enormous concentration of wealth among people who can never consume that much wealth, and who now increasingly are putting it into financial products rather than investing it in ways that grow the economy.” — What’s left out is a light shone on the nature of these ‘financial products’. Basically, the mortgage crisis was an example. Financial capitalism does ONE thing: shifting resources (a.k.a. wealth) such as real estate into the hands of the financial predators, leaving the rest of us stripped. Some great investment, huh?

Another highlight spot (on today’s corruption of CEOs): https://youtu.be/ok7ZJ8mS19Y?t=1013

 

9. Change: Mild Tweaking Won’t Work

Systemic illness can’t be cured with a band-aid. We must change the power structure, the underlying forces of our sick system, the prosperity-distribution structure to get out of our lethal inequality (directly addressed near the end ~@@@https://youtu.be/2NsTeeb-87w?t=974).

Joseph Stiglitz: It’s Time to Get Radical on Inequality ~ New Economic Thinking

 

10. Interesting Pre-Election Conversation about Trump

… with David Cay Johnston:

Getting to Grips with the Trump Phenomenon ~ New Economic Thinking

 

11. Capitalism = Man-made Impediments against Living Decent Lives

… justified by a meritocracy myth:

Philly Live Show: Krystal Ball Is Optimistic & You Should Be Too ~ The Michael Brooks Show

 

12. U.S. Poverty so Underreported – Talk w/ the Poor People’s Campaign

The biggest point comes at 10:13 minutes in ~@@@https://youtu.be/4NBdEgCr8d0?t=613 namely how huge the poor percentage of the American population is (about half of all of us): nearly 140 million!

Trump Declared War on the Poor–And the Poor Are Fighting Back ~ The Real News Network

 

13. World: Bolivia (History before the Coup, Current Coup Situation)

Documentary of Bolivia’s history, describing the change brought about by a Bolivian people’s movement best known from the outside by its now coup-ousted president Evo Morales (now smeared by our mendacious corporate media as an election-rigging “dictator” — the latter not being part of this documentary that came out in 2014):

Bolivia Beyond Belief ~ NMVideoServices

Short CODEPINK on-the-ground clip #1:

Stop the massacre in Bolivia! ~ CODEPINK

Short CODEPINK on-the-ground clip #2 (protest march in the capital):

Bolivia: Anti-coup protest in La Paz ~ CODEPINK

Short CODEPINK on-the-ground clip #3 (protest march getting gassed):

Bolivia: Coup-backed forces gas peaceful protesters ~ CODEPINK

Short CODEPINK on-the-ground clip #4:

Bolivia: Aftermath of tear gas on protesters ~ CODEPINK

Current murderous coup situation discussed:

Inside Bolivia’s murderous post-coup regime – with Wyatt Reed ~ Moderate Rebels

 

14. The #1 Reason for Socialism “Failure”

Capitalism → oligarchy → national security state → sanctions, regime change wars and coups, war on the people

So, when the uncontested single super power on our planet destroys foreign economies, how are their elected and socially responsible governments to blame? When the uncontested single super power on our planet stages military coups in foreign countries, are the people of those countries to blame (surely the allied gangs there, yes, but hardly the mass of morally upstanding and victimized people)? And can we assume not to be targeted even back here at home by those same state forces that we fund with our taxes and staff with our brothers and sisters when we struggle for positive change for our own country? I hope we can. But we must be smart about it.

[184] US Wants To Own Latin America (w/ Journalist Ben Norton) ~ Redacted Tonight

You may also follow this trail of realization a bit more with a little historic development insight.

 

15. World: France Protests against the Precarious Life Today

Prof. Richard D. Wolff: France’s strike a warning for American neoliberals ~ The Hill

(More on this from The Real News Network: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ6t5jmNcWo)

 

16. Upside Down Lawfulness

Corrupt Rulers Have Captured Our Legal System (Lee Camp Stand-Up Comedy) ~ Redacted Tonight

 

17. Crumbling Society: Schools

There Will Be No Teachers Left’: Philly Educators Talk Quitting, Violence | NBC10 Philadelphia ~ NBC10 Philadelphia

 

18. Humor: U.S. Healthcare an International Joke

Shocking Reactions To U.S. Healthcare Costs From The UK ~ The Jimmy Dore Show

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2 thoughts on “Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-12-08 (23 videos)

    1. Thanks for letting me know your appreciation, Kevin. In turn, I can only ask for sharing links to these posts in order to reach more people so all the work creating them is not done nearly in vain as it usually feels. 😉

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