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Summary: our money and work system (serving the rich), self-employment, oligarchy, and war
Stars and channels: Second Thought, Democracy At Work (Richard Wolff), The Rachel Cruze Show, The Jimmy Dore Show, Ralph Nader Radio Hour (with Chris Hedges)
- The Rich Guys’ Crimes in Natural Disasters **
- Representative Government By & For the Rich being Fake Democracy **
- Capitalism vs Socialism is NOT Markets vs Planning
- Pushing us Further into a Third World Country
- American Historic Allure of Self-Employment
- How to Get Health Insurance When Self-Employed
- Oligarchy Winning Again
- D Party Having Become the R Party
- Chris Hedges & Ralph Nader Discussing War
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1. The Rich Guys’ Crimes in Natural Disasters **
Starts slowly not appearing all that informative at first, but it gets better and better as it proceeds becoming really great.
How Capitalism Exploits Natural Disasters ~ Second Thought (Oct 28, 2022)
2. Representative Government By & For the Rich being Fake Democracy **
Well said: “Capitalist system cannot do anything but corrupt democracy.” (the Libertarian-imagined primitive and vaguely fair capitalist system does not stay that way) Another neat quote: “It isn’t just that our governments disempower the public through gerrymandering or voter ID laws or privately financed electoral campaigns. At the end of the day, the most determinant aspect of our lives – the state of the economy – is left up to forces that we know will happily crush the needs and interest of the vast majority of the population to satisfy the greed of a well-positioned few. Our ‘democracies’ are neither by the people nor for the people. They are by and for the capitalist class. But it doesn’t have to be this …” Lots more of good things mentioned in the conclusion part of this video near its end, including how things could be made better.
Why The US Is Not A Democracy ~ Second Thought (Nov 4, 2022)
3. Capitalism vs Socialism is NOT Markets vs Planning
Our capitalist country gov-plans a lot, the money lords (enterprise owners) also plan and often avoid market. And the USSR used a lot of marketing, not government-planning everything. Quote: “The United States and the Soviet Union were at opposite ends of a political fight. And when that happens you tend to demonize the other side to simplify and to forget that we all have strengths and weaknesses, and then locate all the strength on your side and all the weaknesses on the other. It may be understandable but in an adult it’s childish as well.”
Economic Update: Capitalism vs Socialism is NOT Markets vs Planning ~ Democracy At Work (Nov 7, 2022)
4. Pushing us Further into a Third World Country
The Fed blames inflation on workers (for having dared to ask for higher wages after losses from pandemic’s massive unemployments) and thus justifies its interest raises that are bound to give us more unemployment again, thus driving us into despair accepting lower wages. Ultimately, this will turn us (even more than I already sent) into a third world country. (heck, China has built a big middle class, so erase it in the U.S. to regain a lot of poor wage slaves for the exploitation by global robber billionaires)
Ask Prof Wolff: Fed Reserve Blames Inflation on Workers ~ Democracy At Work (Nov 9, 2022)
5. American Historic Allure of Self-Employment
Kevin speaks with Elizabeth Anderson, author and professor, about the historical notions of free markets and self-employment in order to understand why workers today still consider themselves “free” and why they are (perhaps?) more likely to choose self-employment over collective ownership. Now, IMHO, right-wingish folks may prefer solitary self-employment over worker co-ops. Personally, I don’t want to have to do ALL a business’s work (like accounting, book keeping, law crap, registration crap…) in addition to my own expertise work even though finding my own clients would seem safer to me than employer dependence. Why not combine these things (like personal freelance work and community-built cooperation with things like accounting, …, pension, even housing…) in some kind of freelancers co-op? I am sure lots of folks would love that, but I haven’t found such an organization, yet (only some mostly British freelance “umbrella” companies (non appearing like co-ops to me)).
The Eternal, Seductive Allure of Self-Employment – All Things Co-op ~ Democracy At Work (Nov 9, 2022)
6. How to Get Health Insurance When Self-Employed
Some tips how to currently reduce our health care catastrophe that gets so much more complex and confusing when self-employed. Not specially pointed out: in many states one can now get free Medicaid insurance when being poor. Unfortunately, growing freelance income could easily make that get taken away. A big problem. (worse if making savings might also get one punished… still unclear in my state)
How to Get Health Insurance When Self-Employed ~ The Rachel Cruze Show (May 27, 2022)
Vocab: HSA = Health Savings Account
- Association for the Self-Employed
- government market place (healthcare.gov which sadly was and probably still is not privacy safe)
- independent insurance agents (supposedly findable online via “Ramsey” website’s “Ramsey Trusted” program)
- Healthcare Sharing Ministeries (incl. Christian Healthcare Ministeries: chministries.org – supposedly dealing with health and bank accounts)
- Industry Specific Health Insurance “usually” via a freelancers union
7. Oligarchy Winning Again
Oligarchy Wins Big As Democrats Pretend Losses Are Victories ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Nov 10, 2022)
8. D Party Having Become the R Party
During the time when the R Party became increasingly an outright F party (the D Party more secretly an F party, but yes both are F parties marrying the government they control with the rich money lords and their evil corporations). R = Republican, D = “Democratic”, F = fascism
Democrats’ Long “F*ck You” To Blue Collar Workers ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Nov 10, 2022)
9. Chris Hedges & Ralph Nader Discussing War
… the gigantic human crime we always name war and invent excuses for. The second part of this broadcast with another guy interviewed (about how to make the “Democratic” Party win) I don’t recommend listening to, since the D Party is hardly different from the R Party anymore.
Chris Hedges/Mark Green ~ Ralph Nader Radio Hour (with Chris Hedges, Oct 29, 2022)
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