Wakeful Video Weekend 2020-07-12 (22 videos)

Meaningful videos of this week with deep insights and strong demands for a better future: the root of our trouble and need to uproot it, surveillance, the COVID pandemic, transnational socialism, deficit myth, fixing homelessness, uniting the left & right…

Stars & channels: Ilhan Omar & Krystal Ball (The Hill), Edward Snowden & Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept), Yanis Varoufakis (New Economic Thinking), Stephanie Kelton, RJ Eskow (Jun 29, 2020), The Rational National, Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), Graham Elwood & Ron Placone, The School of Life, Movement for a People’s Party, Nick Brana, Jimmy Dore

16 Topics

  1. Wow(!): Ilhan Omar & Krystal Ball Adressing the Need for Real Change
  2. People’s Party’s Grassroots Action
  3. Edward Snowden on COVID Tracking by Government Surveillance
  4. Our Economic Reality & Birth of an International Socialist Movement
  5. Post Capitalism: Combine Rationality with Solidarity
  6. Good Point from an MMTer
  7. U.S.A.: Crisis on Top of 5 Crises, Racism a Buffer for Capitalists, Employers Profiting from
  8. News
  9. Coronavirus: The Possible Things Affecting Japan
  10. Propaganda: Venezuela Spook
  11. China-U.S.
  12. Economic Insights
  13. Homelessness Fix
  14. Emotional Immaturity
  15. MPP: Uniting Right & Left
  16. Humor: What’s Medicare for All

 

1. Wow(!): Ilhan Omar & Krystal Ball Adressing the Need for Real Change

Krystal Ball: Economy revealed AS A SHAM, there’s no going back ~ The Hill (Jul 8, 2020)

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2. People’s Party’s Grassroots Action

Activists Plan Protests At Politicians Houses Over Stimulus This Saturday! ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Jul 10, 2020)

 

3. Edward Snowden on COVID Tracking by Government Surveillance

In short: easily abused forever after. Alternative: an anonymous voluntary open-source system.

System Update with Glenn Greenwald – The Full Snowden Interview ~ The Intercept (Jul 2, 2020)

A thought of mine: even voluntary phone tracking hardly necessary if good old time-proven alternatives were applied: more testing made possible and easily offered to anyone sick, plus measures already taken in some countries (namely common use of breathing masks and medical gloves). Also healthcare and housing for all.

 

4. Our Economic Reality & Birth of an International Socialist Movement

Economic Update: Europe’s New Internationalist Left ~ Democracy At Work (Jul 6, 2020)

 

5. Post Capitalism: Combine Rationality with Solidarity

… thoughts from a famous economist… and suggestion to end share-markets and private banking… and the idea that the only way to have healthy properly functioning markets is to end capitalism:

[Yanis Varoufakis] 2008 & 2020: The Combination That Changed Capitalism Forever ~ New Economic Thinking (Jul 3, 2020)

 

6. Good Point from an MMTer

Finally, a point I have been making is spoken out on Youtube, and by an MMTer. Namely that the real reason for taxing the rich would not be financing good government spending (since it can be handled differently) but to reduce concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few at the top (modern money aristocrats or mafiosi):

Stephanie Kelton on The Deficit Myth ~ The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow (Jun 29, 2020)

 

7. U.S.A.: Crisis on Top of 5 Crises, Racism a Buffer for Capitalists, Employers Profiting from Unemployment, Unpayable Rents, Chain Reaction, Domineering Mentality…

… and the proposal to democratize our economy, so it (and our society) will become much healthier:

Global Capitalism: As US Capitalism Shakes, US Socialism Renews [July 2020] ~ Democracy At Work, Richard Wolff (Jul 8, 2020)

Looting from the Top unfortunately only marginally addressed.

 

8. News

Corrupticians Killing Healthcare Even More During Pandemic

Republicans Attempt Final Obamacare Killshot In The Middle Of A Pandemic ~ Secular Talk, Kyle Kulinski (Jun 29, 2020)

 

US Billionaires Make Half A TRILLION As Unemployment & Poverty Soars

US Billionaires Make Half A TRILLION As Unemployment & Poverty Soars ~ Secular Talk (Jul 3, 2020)

 

10 Mayors Trying Universal Basic Income!

10 Mayors Trying Universal Basic Income! ~ Secular Talk (Jul 4, 2020)

 

Japan Showed that Masks are the Main COVID Protection

The Anti-Mask Brigade Turns Violent ~ Secular Talk (Jul 8, 2020)

 

Boorish Freak Example

Lady Freaks Out In Dental Office Over Mask & Temperature Check ~ The Rational National (Jul 11, 2020)

 

9. Coronavirus: The Possible Things Affecting Japan

Like me, you may have heard of Japan doing well during the Coronavirus waves despite of no shutdown. (Sweden has also been famous for no shutdown but I came across a lot of reports marking it as one of the highest COVID death percentage nations) I wondered if Japan might simply benefit from a firm face mask culture. Going through reports, I came across this one, from a man living in Japan. His interpretation comes to a mix of high hygiene culture, face masks, voluntary shutdowns, high tracking plus low testing practices (so not as straight forward as suspected):

Why has Japan not been overwhelmed with COVID-19? A resident’s perspective. ~ Currawong (May 9, 2020)

 

10. Propaganda: Venezuela Spook

AskProfWolff: Socialism in Venezuela ~ Democracy At Work (Jul 11, 2020)

 

11. China-U.S.

Hard to know what exactly is true these days when we have huge censorship and propaganda in our mass media:

U.S. Tensions Against CHINA Increase! Journalist Danny Haiphong’s Perspective. ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Jul 3, 2020)

U.S. vs. CHINA – A New Cold War? Dylan Ratigan’s Perspective! ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Jul 3, 2020)

 

12. Economic Insights

Wage Decrease Plus People Robbery by the Banks

I don’t agree with the claim of stagnant wages since the seventies. I rather regard them as having been halved. Yes, halved! Why? Because of at least doubled living costs not included in inflation calculation (things like astronomic healthcare costs; doubled, tripled, quadrupled, quintupled… housing costs, childcare costs, education costs etc.). How even easier to see? By realizing that today almost every man and woman has to work a paid job, instead of one stating at home to take care of the kids and household, or a common early retirement in the fifties, the way things went in America’s “Golden Age”. Yes, we have to work at least twice as much as in the past while being denied home ownership and healthcare and retirement that were common back in the much better times.

AskProfWolff: Stagnation of Wages & Banking Practices ~ Democracy At Work (Jul 10, 2020)

 

13. Homelessness Fix

Finland And Utah End Homelessness With ‘Housing First’ ~ Graham Elwood (Jul 9, 2020)

 

14. Emotional Immaturity

(folks largely incapable of standing up for a better world (more easily roped in by fascists, actually, and a huge waste of time trying to educate about the world’s real issues and solutions))

5 Ways to Spot Emotional Immaturity ~ The School of Life (Mar 11, 2020)

So, one might argue that socially irresponsible people are so very often because of inner immaturity. A baby obsesses about its toy, not a good life for all.

 

15. MPP: Uniting Right & Left

Latest National MPP Call set to start where people’s questions are being asked and addressed. Main interest: how to make a people’s party big and strong by overcoming the left-right division with which we have been divided by the conquerors on the top for so long.

MPP National Call ~ Movement for a People’s Party (Jul 9, 2020)

 

16. Humor: What’s Medicare for All

Obama Official Sh**s On Medicare 4 All! Says it’s Not Gonna Happen! ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Jul 6, 2020)

 

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