Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-01-17 (12 videos)

Top video: The American Dream was brought into existence by workers’ fights for decent lives. It then became abused to glorify capitalism and let the workers’ wins be reversed, leading to today’s nationwide disaster. Other issues dealt with in this week’s collection: deeper look into the capitol riot, the fake “left”, the war on free speech and free press, capitalist inefficiency, …

Stars and channels: Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), Chris Hedges, Second Thought, The Jimmy Dore Show, Ron Placone, The Hill, DiEM25, Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Topics:

Super Cool #1 Videos

  1. The American Dream – It’s Beginning and it’s following Abuse & Death ***
  2. Capitol Riot: Noteworthy Facts and Insights **
  3. Cool Dore & Hedges Conversation: The Fake-Left “Elite’s” Evil, The Evil Right’s Boost, the Dishonest Alliance by Mass Media, the Spark of Revolutions **
  4. Cool Jimmy Dore & Richard Wolff Conversation **

#2 Videos

  1. Free Speech: Internet Laws Crippling Free Speech and Free Press (2 vids)
  2. Killing Free Press by Torturing & Killing Julian Assange
  3. Economics: Capitalist’s Inefficiency from “Externalities”
  4. Ron Placone talking with Richard Wolff
  5. Brief Neat Remarks about the Corrupt Top and Non-Progressive “Progressives”
  6. Fighting for Pay Equity (stop the astronomic pay for corrupt CEOs)
  7. Rural Socialism

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Super Cool #1 Videos

1. The American Dream – It’s Beginning and it’s following Abuse & Death ***

The lengthy talk video is set to start here where this really interesting history of ‘The American Dream’ is described. How it started (by workers fighting for better wages), how it became an expectation (from long duration of improved lives), and how it got abused by the capitalist lords to dishonestly glorify capitalism and paint it as the source of improved lives even as these money monsters were greedily degrading and inverting the American dream behind the curtain to steal as much as possible from us, getting us into today’s worst rich vs poor division and continuously hitting us with gigantic calamities ruining the lives of people not throned in the tiny capitalist class. We American People have been had. What was promised to us was not delivered. The American Dream is dead.

Global Capitalism: US Capitalism’s Decline and Desperate Efforts to Save It [January 2021] ~ Democracy At Work (Jan 13, 2021)

2. Capitol Riot: Noteworthy Facts and Insights **

The Capitol Riot Explained ~ Second Thought (Jan 15, 2021)

3. Cool Dore & Hedges Conversation: The Fake-Left “Elite’s” Evil, The Evil Right’s Boost, the Dishonest Alliance by Mass Media, the Spark of Revolutions **

America Has The Tinder To IGNITE Social Uprising – Chris Hedges ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Jan 14, 2021)

4. Cool Jimmy Dore & Richard Wolff Conversation **

The best points don’t pop up at the beginning but eventually do, and repeatedly. Turns out in this conversation that Richard Wolff is in favor of a third party, btw.

Capitol Insurrection Caused by Capitalism Failure & Rapacious Donor Class – Dr. Richard Wolff (Jan 13, 2021)

#2 Videos

5. Free Speech: Internet Laws Crippling Free Speech and Free Press

Killing Free Speech: A Brief Partial Insight into New Internet Laws

… talking specifically about Trump’s Executive Order on a Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996 that gave us a free speech Internet, now being attacked by corporatist corrupticians (already horribly done in Europe, possibly not yet known by these two folks discussing the American attack, but indirectly addressed quite well that way):

Executive Order On Section 230: Why It’s A Disaster And Where It Stands ~ Ron Placone (Nov 25, 2020)

Here is a more recent report:

Rachel Bovard: Washington’s FREAKOUT Over Repeal Of Big Tech Subsidy ~ The Hill (Dec 30, 2020)

6. Killing Free Press by Torturing & Killing Julian Assange

Good interview of Yanis Varoufakis, set to start where the (to me) important points come:

Yanis Varoufakis: “They don’t want to extradite Assange. They want to kill him.” | DiEM25 ~ Jan 8, 2021

Some hints at contents: Did Wikileaks or Assange endanger people by exposing governmental war crimes, or did those who used those people for committing war crimes? The Swedish bogus sexual misbehavior charges for character assassination (mediocre charges which, btw, were in the U.S. media always mistranslated as rape charges which they never were (they were merely about condom use)). A man convicted about NOTHING having been treated for so many years far worse than convicted prisoners.

7. Economics: Capitalist’s Inefficiency from “Externalities”

In this episode recorded before the pandemic (but possibly not published until now) Richard Wolff explains how horribly inefficient and costly capitalism is (without even talking about the huge waste of human work coming from business competition that has so many of us work AGAINST each other in commercial tugs of war rather than pulling in the same direction like the ancient Egyptians did to drag and pile huge slabs of stone, unless I overheard it). “Externalities” can be understood as capitalists pushing the cost of doing business onto the public while, or course, skimming off the profits.

Economic Update: Externalities & Capitalism’s Inefficiencies ~ Democracy At Work (Jan 11, 2021)

8. Ron Placone talking with Richard Wolff

Probably nothing new for you if you have been following this blog, but a pretty good summary of Richard Wolff’s main points. Also, if you like both guys like I do, you may want to know about this conversation.

LIVE w/ Richard Wolff ~ Ron Placone (Jan 12, 2021)

Really starts coming to the points at 4:10: comparison of capitalism with slavery and feudalism (not perfect because the concept of wage slavery and debt slavery not mentioned in this more simple comparison dealing with organization of production and distribution plus the split of the people into a small number or rulers and the rest of us as underlings)

9. Brief Neat Remarks about the Corrupt Top and Non-Progressive “Progressives”

Video set to start near the end where Jimmy Dore comments neatly:

BREAKING: Charges for Flint Water Disaster Finally! ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Jan 12, 2021)

10. Fighting for Pay Equity (stop the astronomic pay for corrupt CEOs)

The example given: local town regulations can punish companies for huge pay inequity. This Ralph Nader Radio Hour episode suffers a bit from lawyers and business regulation experts babbling fast about the nonsense that so acutely ruins the lives of the rest of us but is also so little known by the rest of us. Hence, it is not a perfect episode despite good topics (how to hold criminal corporations and the criminals they pay accountable, and how to repeal the nowadays utterly insane wage inequality between high level managers and the rest of us). At least the latter conversation is better to understand for ordinary people, and hence I have set this video to start there.

Crime Stoppers!/Pay Equity ~ Ralph Nader Radio Hour (Jan 16, 2021)

11. Rural Socialism

AskProfWolff: How Socialists Win in Rural and Farm Areas ~ Democracy At Work (Jan 14, 2021)

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