Neat videos: First, a great video on what human life is meant to be (egalitarian and natural!). Next, billionaires are systemically evil. And lots more on: the money aristocracy, awareness, state coups, “Dem” debates, “Dem” candidates (Bernie vs Warren, Tulsi vs DNC, Biden BS), billionaires vs free speech, separating anger from action to make change, our political choice between fascism and a better world, and, and, and, incl. some humor. 🙂
Stars & channels: Christopher Ryan, Jimmy Dore, The Grayzone, The Real News Network, Democracy Now!, Abby Martin (Empire Files), The Michael Brooks Show, Hard Lens Media, Krystal Ball (The Hill), Secular Talk, Yanis Varoufakis, NonCompete, and a bunch more…
There is a reason why in my critique of our abusive current system and promotion of a Good Life for All (incl. No Rich and No Poor but universal prosperity) system I regularly point at how our ancestors lived before resources-hoarding from agriculture and abusive large-population hierarchies ruined human life having us all born into a man-made hell to fizzle out our lives in:
How We Are Being “Civilized To Death” w/Christopher Ryan ~ The Jimmy Dore Show
As far as our rapidly changing world goes, let’s not forget that those of us who grew up in the fifties, sixties, or possibly even seventies, grew up with the expectation of picking a profession, contributing to society in this profession throughout our working lives (stable working lives!!!), enjoy hobbies, maybe build or buy a home, and then retire in comfort for the last slice of our lives. But job security went away, retirement security went away. Even healthcare and education did. All was taken by the super rich to make themselves even richer. People like me have been crushed out of their jobs AND PROFESSIONS over and over and over again, losing all our lives savings every time, and seeing ahead of us a bleak future of a last phase of life in utter poverty and helplessness.
As far as trying to return to where we came from goes, there isn’t only hunting and fishing (and other hobbies) that resemble H&G life, there are also other popular activities: parties, sports, and VACATIONS… socializing with other people, traveling around to see nature or villages or town and ruins never seen before. Vacations that aren’t staycations (that poor people like me are often limited to, if in fact we aren’t busy hunting for a new job) do indeed resemble the roaming H&G life! Travel-vacations are such a high mark in people’s lives and so incredibly relaxing and recharging for some reason, aren’t they?
Our great ape relatives: Chimps resemble capitalism or (with the lack of hoardable resources) a simpler form of unequal authoritarianism. Bonobos (an evolutionary recent split from chimps) resemble the “Love not War” Hippie movement or communes that was perhaps sparked to no small extent by the development of birth control. We humans seem to have both instinctual MOs built in.
And kudos for bringing up the vastly important topic so generally avoided: our dying phase that our greed-driven capitalist society is not at all prepared to handle with any form of dignity. An issue we must discuss because it is critical and can also help us tie ourselves together and dismiss the silly distractions with which we are lambasted daily by the establishment.
A conversation with my former employee – Dirty Capitalist Confession Session NonCompete
in which the American Johnson, who feels guilty about his conduct as a business owner in his younger years, says he would have been happier as part of a worker co-op, something important comes up and is only half-discussed, namely the different kind of working life when we can all participate in the business decisions of our workplace.
What gets discussed is the benefit from it, namely you are not being ruled from a top with no means of knowing that the management may be planning your lay-off or firing, and your expertise may actually make it into the decision making that may otherwise be flawed because of ignorance at the managerial (and salesmanship) level, and misunderstandings can be better avoided, and holding our cards close becomes less necessary, and those in key positions will no longer have to bear too much painful responsibility, and so on…
And I basically agree, often arguing for the same, but it also occurred to me – thinking back to when I was working in a similar small family-like company – and that company came down on its luck because of badly timed growth investment and crushing blows from mega corporations invading its market, that we (the people in that company) would also have had to endure a lot of suffering discussing how to survive the financial disaster, who could survive how much pay cut for how long, or who would have to be let go. (The company got so crushed by the mega corporations at the point that its ability to borrow money was gone that it was forced by its bank to slash its workforce by half within a month. That’s how dire the situation was. That’s why even democratic decision making would surely have had to deal with lay-offs.)
This consideration drives me into the thought realm of the universal basic income (a UBI, better thought of as a citizens dividend when financed not by taxing middle income workers but only the rich as a method of reshaping our wealth and power pyramid into an egalitarian broad building with No Rich and No Poor). Because, if every earned dollar has at least another dollar going to the ultra rich at the top, as things are right now, many of us are struggling to make ends meet. But if that dollar was not robbed but stayed with each of us (by cap-taxing the wealthy and shaping the revenue into a UBI), we could all be way more relaxed in our working lives and business management. We could shape our workplaces as worker co-ops in a far more relaxed economy where no worker or worker’s relative would have to worry about sinking into poverty because all the money we earn from labor would only be extra money, not our full livelihood. Business downturns could be handled much more easily.
It’s something to think about for those who worry that a UBI could only be a hand-out to placate the poor, or those who regard it as too much state power becoming too much burden on the private sector. I really think that a correctly done UBI (a citizens dividend) would lead to a far more relaxed economy that would benefit all the unemployed, all employees, and even business managers and owners; in other words: everybody.
It is our current stressful economies that lead to brutal lay-offs, slashing of salaries and benefits, warlike struggles between companies, manipulating and cheating of customers, ruthless destruction of the environment (even our planet’s human-life-supporting climate!). It leads to offshoring jobs, illegal employment of undocumented migrants, worker-income-depriving automation (rather than reduced working hours at unreduced income), and to bloated pharmaceutical prices, because profits become the dominating decision making factor, and people all over the economy are desperate. Desperate people will do desperate things that often are catastrophic.
A relaxed economy would be far better, and it relies on a principle of there never being poverty for anyone. Additionally, to make it happen, there also must be no ridiculous richness for anyone turning that person into a modern day god-king ruling over thousands or millions of fellow people whom he or she rarely perceives as fellow people but as commodities.
Let’s aim for a relaxed economy, shall we?
A soon to come continuation on thoughts about this video: The Left-Right Division when we Fundamentally Agree
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Stars for this weekend, so much more fulfilling than ball chasers, enlighten us a myriad ways: Phil Donahue, Ralph Nader, Lori Harfenist, Nick Brana, Cindy Sheehan, Kyle Kulinski, Richard Wolff, Lee Camp, Yasmina Mrabet, Jimmy Dore, Ron Placone, Medea Benjamin, Tim Camova, Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, Cathy Schlund-Vials, Noam Chomsky, Mike Figueredo, Michael Prysner, Thom Hartmann, and Greg Palast.
Read the brief descriptions and pick the videos to watch and make your ears flutter. Political awakening and education of the first tier. Share widely and subscribe to notifications, so you don’t miss future ones.
Stars: Paul Jay, Cornel West, Richard Wolff, Harriet Fraad, Chris Hedges, Nick Braña, Abby Martin, Brian Becker, Jimmy Dore & Co, Thom Hartmann, Debbie Lusignan, Ron Placone, Kyle Kulinski (“Secular Talk”), Marc Steiner, Bill Black, Mike Papantonio (“America’s Lawyer”), Jamarl Thomas, and more.
Topics range from corruption through our thieving economy and rigged politics, actual (not fake) election fraud, fake news (Putin/Russia), a cure for both Trump Derangement Syndrome and Trump Denial Sundrome, as well as successful soundbite debating, to deep thoughts on what it means to be human, political humor, and the dawn of the People’s Party.
At the very least, don’t miss the final three: Cornel West’s profound speech, Jimmy Dore & Co’s humorous stage performance, and a conversation between none other than truth teller Chris Hedges and (future president) Nick Braña! 🙂
In this weekend’s video compilation, stars like Claudia Stauber, active berners, Brian Becke (awesome!), Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Jimmy Dore, Brigida Santos, Mike Figueredo, Thom Hartmann, Jason Stanley (very informative!), The Rational National, Tim Canova, Melissa Schwartz (from DemocracyCounts), Kaniela Saito Ing (from Hawaii), Sharmini Peries, Jen Senko (“The Brainwashing of my Dad”), Richard Hobbs, and America’s rising hero Nick Braña shine bright lights on the people’s awakening; the reality of Russia, the Middel East, our government budget, our (nonexistent) democracy, capitalism and socialism; on fascism, capitalism-neoliberalism; establishment lies & corruption; U.S. genocide and mass migrations; rigged U.S. elections; the public brainwash; and successes in political revolution. Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 07-28-2018 (16 videos)”→
An uplifting start into a new week. Find out why we need and can have a powerful new political party to kick the butt of the corrupted old major parties:
The major parties are fiercely immune to change from within and characterized by anti-democratic internal command structure beholden to Big Money. Challenging newbies are caught in a web of wheeling and dealing.
It will take the weapon of a new party ready to replace a corrupt old party to overcome the establishment.
Getting a new party on the ballot in all 50 states is not nearly as hard as we keep getting told. Much easier than taking over a huge money-governed party from within.
America is more ready than ever for a new party. Almost two out of three Americans are calling for a major new party now.
Listen to what Nick Braña, National Political Outreach Coordinator on Bernie Sanders’ presidential 2016 campaign and one of the founders of Our Revolution, has to reveal about the establishment’s walls and how to break them down:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “3rd Party Formation Very Doable Says Former Bernie Official ”)
What do you think about it? I think: let’s make it happen. And to do this, work on bringing change-desiring people and existing third parties and challenger candidates together, supporting each other, working out a big tent platform of changes we all want. Such a coalition may by itself make change possible and – if things come to a head – give birth to a grand new party, a People’s Party.
P.S.: A common question: Why not simply support the Green Party which advocates many or all of the broadly desired changes? Answer: people wanting change are more likely to try a new party than one that has been around but small. It’s the psychology of confidence. Also, the Green Party has suffered a lot of smears and misrepresentations that circulate through people’s heads. Other than that, the Green Party is awesome and well worth voting for at every chance. It would (or will) make a great member in a People’s Coalition.
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This weekend’s online video compilation, sporting many stars (including several non-regulars) like Susan George, Ralph Nader, Abby Martin, Noam Chomsky, Jimmy Dore, Richard Eskow, The Rational National, Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, Richard Wolff, Jamarl Thomas, and Thom Hartmann, ranges from news on the oligarchic “Dem” establishment vote-splitting its own base, through deep system analyses, exposure of corruption, media manipulation, economic “free market” reality, political theater, class war, immigration, and automation to enlightened political conversations and spiffy political humor. (Warning: so many good videos piled up this week that I am planning for a Part B tomorrow). Invitation: sign up for notifications from this site as a rich source for eye-opening and ideas-spawning videos and articles.
I. System Analysis
Global Debt Slavery: The people worldwide has been colonized by the rich corporatists (A.K.A. Neocons/Neoliberals / robber billionaires and their millionaire minions):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Susan George on Neoliberalism“)
Prophet Ralph Nader’s stunning precognition in 2015:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Empire Files: Ralph Nader & Abby Martin on the Corporate Elections“)
Noam Chomski Interview on a broad range of issues:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “PRIMO NUTMEG #144: Noam Chomsky“)
Note: The one thing on which I definitely disagree with him is that “the weight of evidence” suggests that Assad launched chemical attacks. Here, Chomski may have fallen victim to the widespread lies dispersed throughout all the major media outlets. It is simply illogical for Assad to shoot himself into his foot that way (prompting hostilities from super powers like the U.S.), even more so when he is already winning anyway. And that the White Helmets which parade through our media as a kind of Middle Eastern Red Cross are actually a branch of the islamist terrorists, one that specializes in creating fake news (such as those alleged chemical attacks), is pretty well documented by now.
Self-declared gods blowing up smoke each other’s a’s while they are screwing us over:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Swamp Creature Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA“)
“Democratic” Party establishment working to split its own “Democratic” Party vote to avoid progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from winning the election for Congress. Remember how they were gaslighting and voter-shaming us in 2016 (and 2000), blaming those of us who want policies for the people and end the establishment oligarchy for allegedly having gotten us G.W. Bush and Donald Trump? Well, while all this was total bogus in an electoral system so heavily rigged, they sure seem to not hesitate to use the sppiler effect to protect their bribe-paying donors from their own voter base:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Rational National and the title: “Joe Crowley Stays On The Ballot As 3rd-Party Challenge To Ocasio-Cortez“)
III. Systemic Corruption
Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, and Richard Wolff discuss the erosion of workers’ rights in America and how our corporatist debt-based economy with lots of welfare for the rich and lots of squeezing for the rest of us leads to ever greater inequality.
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Workers’ Rights & Richard Wolff“)
IV. Media Manipulation
Controlling the people with lies and silencing. Jesse Ventura and Brigida Santos discuss Operation Mockingbird and how America’s most powerful news outlets have been working with the CIA for decades to plant false stories and mislead the public:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, and the title: “Operation Mockingbird & John Barbour“)
U.S.A. = Propaganda State :
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jamarl Thomas and the title: “ALERT: U.S. Funded “Ministry Of Truth” Is Lying On Glen Greenwald; Legally Spreading Propaganda To U“)
V. Economic Reality
Economic reality of protectionism, government subsidies, and oh-so free trade that never was or likely will be:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The deceptive promise of free trade | DW Documentary“)
Our Power Elite’s Corrupt Economy and Political Theater (very insightful speech!):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Richard D. Wolff and the title: “Global Capitalism: Immigration & Trade War [July 2018] “)
Note: Most important point (which you hear from me again and again, as well) around 33:01 min in, starting with an astute audience comment and continuing with Wolff’s well-put response. And at 40:34 min, he goes over our U.S. experience with it.
A suitable Pruit Epitaph: Poison for Profit. The rich have absolutely no consideration for us.
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “How the Morbidly Rich are Literally Poisoning the Working Class for Profit!“)
VI. Class War
The U.S. Class War (incl. Mortgage Crisis) explained by Richard Wolff:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Class Works – by Richard Wolff“)
I’d like to add that, as I calculated and explained before, about half of the income created by all our work (plus the machines and previously made infrastructure and inventions) goes to the small group of the very rich; and if we simply redirected it to us all by taxing excessive income and wealth, we would all have good lives (except in cases of untreatable health crises and such, which we could then also better fight though, by the way).
Some good points made on our immigration situation:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: ““We Don’t Want Mexicans” Say Young Trump Supporter“)
The running for your life part of Hispanic immigration to the U.S. (the oligarchy hurts people everywhere — and too many dupes among us still believe this to be ethical and for our safety):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Sana Saeed and the title: “How U.S. Involvement In Central America Led To a Border Crisis| AJ+“)
VIII. Automation (quick idea)
Automation could be a good rather than bad thing if handled correctly. Besides Social Security for All as a financial safety cushion and Federal Job Programs (to fund important tasks the private market does not), an additional (not alternative, but additional) way is a shorter work week:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Divide: Why You Should Work Less – And How It Could Save The Planet“)
IX. Political Psychology
Culture is only part of our believes and push-buttons. A lot is in-born. We find it among our closest relatives in the wild:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal“)
X. Political Conversation
Good conversation comparing the Democratic and Republican gangs… pardon me… “parties” and how to solve our problems. Oh, look at the front picture: more alpha chimps!
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore, Richard Eskow, and the title: “Who’s More Corrupt, Democrats Or Republicans?“)
XI. Political Humor
Neat, humorous conversation on immigration, nativism, elite-privilege, election integrity, people striving to make our country being smeared as extremists and the denied the right to do so when they didn’t pick the right soil to be born on…:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore, Richard Eskow, and the title: “Democrats Are Plotting A “Coup”! Says Tucker Carlson”)
Note: Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s Part B (at least 3 or 4 more videos).
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Today is the big national holiday in which we traditionally celebrate independence. But independence from what? From the U.K.? The U.K. nowadays has full health coverage and a democracy (of a “constitutional monarchy” type). If we were still part of the U.K., tens of thousands of Americans wouldn’t needlessly be dying each year from lack of healthcare.
Geography matters little. What we meant by independence from the British crown was an independence from aristocracy, the British aristocracy back then, its kings, dukes and so forth. In other words, our founders had had enough of being ruled by a handful of oligarchs and replaced their rule with a republic-style democracy. (a republic is a representational democracy by definition, not an alternative to a democracy as some head spinners sometimes claim) Democracies have their flaws, but putting the steering wheel in the hands of the people who are affected by government policies is the best guarantee for responsible policies, a point which Thomas Jefferson tirelessly kept driving home. (see quotes at the bottom)Continue reading “Independence Day: What Are We Celebrating Today?”→
Nick Braña and Portia Boulger talked about the blowout that progressives are suffering in the rigged “Democratic” primaries. How the party bosses play their base and the public… It’s real nice to see young and old get together to reshape our corrupted country. The conversation starts out a bit slow but gets and stays really great and moving after the first half hour:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for: “Nick Braña“, “Portia Boulger“, and maybe something like “the blowout that progressives are suffering in the rigged Democratic primaries“)
Portia: [Bill Clinton’s] welfare “reform” took people who were in poverty into dire poverty.
At -32:50 Nick tells about a powerful experience. And Portia adds another great commentary. -27:23: “The basic foundation of society is honesty and treating our people right. Our constitutions in our states and our nation’s constitution talk about taking care of the people. And that’s beautiful about the poor people’s campaign. They are holding people accountable that are supposed to be supporting and protecting our rights. Around -24:40, Nick gives a very astute analysis of news coverage and the “Democratic” Party’s long-standing practice of co-opting change movements and reducing them to nothing but vote gatherers for the party corporatists… and the potential of the Poor People’s Campaign to resurrect the progressive movement that died with MLK’s assassination. -22:13 Portia: People who choose not to be good don’t support poor people. When we got people dying because they can’t afford medical care, that’s violence. And more and more and more by Nick and Portia… (incl. liberal doesn’t mean liberal anymore…)
Portia Boulger has been featured here before. Since they are most fitting to watch again, here are the two shared videos again in reverse chronological order:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Portia Boulger, Featured in Viral Video Viewed by Millions, Explains her Anger at DNC”)
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “sd Claudia Stauber was live”)
Discussion about Inside and Outside Strategy with Ron Placone (another sharp young man):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Get Your News on With Ron Placone: Time to DemExit?“)
II. The Fight Within the DP Camp
The people want progressive representatives:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressives And Socialists Surprise D.C. With Big Primary Upsets”)
Comment: We have had plenty of cases of the “Democratic” Party establishment blocking progressive candidates (people’s candidates) in the primaries, the most famous among recent cases: Dennis Kucinich. The party seems to be corrupted by money in politics to the point of no return, just like the Republican Party. Hence inside pressure in the DP is very useful but will probably fail to change the party, as it has for decades, and a new party or party-transcending people’s coalition will have to join the fight for democracy and a just economy that serves us all. I think that pressure from both sides (inside and outside) is necessary to break the DP corruption and open a way for the people to have its voice. The fact that some progressive challengers do slip through the party establishment’s barriers and then have great success with voters indicates that we voters have learned a lot, aren’t willing to suffer the status quo any longer, and are ready to establish an America for us all. That is very encouraging.
The other side:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats Outrage After Progressives Reject Kamala Harris 2020“)
III. People’s Fight at the Local Level
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive Victor! Now Running For CA Lt. Governor“)
IV. The Israeli Twilight Zone
I can’t help but be reminded of ancient religions’ human sacrifices:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump White House Scapegoats Hamas For Israel’s Slaughter of Gaza Protesters“)
Note: The last death count I heard was 62.
V. Net Neutrality
The fight for an uncensored Internet continues:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “VICTORY: Senate Votes to Nullify FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality—CRA Heads to House“)
The Ponzi Stock Market & corrupt party bosses:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “~196~ The Huge Fraud Behind Our Stock Market“)
Comment: The Wall Street Casino must be curbed. Financing businesses by buying their stocks is one thing, but gambling stocks with fictitious prices to rob small investors or sell businesses down the drain is another. Remember, inventing soaring prices on virtual objects such as stocks may make some stock market gamblers rich, but the money for which they cash in their stocks to buy their palaces and luxury yachts must come from somewhere — such as from hard-working people who, if they have anything left at the end of the month, may put their hard-earned left-over dollars into a retirement fund which buys stocks to build a source of dividends. That’s where the stock gamblers’ wealth comes from, and it’s the reason why everyday Americans like you and me can no longer get any worthwhile investment returns or saving account interests.
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff WARNING 2018!! War is Coming, Market Crash, Are You Prepared“)
VII. System Analysis
World War I got us started on our course of disaster:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges (Jan 31, 2018) – interviews Noam Chomsky, The Best Speech Of All Time“)
Maybe the world has yet to see the best of socialism:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Biggest Myths About Socialism“)
IX. Iran, S.A., & Foreign Meddling
Analysis of Iran Town Hall
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Townhall!” and “Jamarl Thomas”)
Foreign-bought (despot-bought) influence in U.S. politics is massive and destructive. But if you have been swallowing the corporate media and corrupt politicians’ propagandist Russia story, ask yourself if you have ever heard of a think tank hall named after Putin or come across a Russia-endowed center on an American university campus, the things the Saudi princes have planted everywhere in our country.
Better don’t vote for a billionaire thinking he is a successful businessman and therefore good for government. Instead you get an easily manipulated child in a grown-up body (one definition of a billionaire), someone who never had to struggle with hardship and fight for survival or make tough decisions, someone who is much more interested in his public image as a tough guy and in kick-backs since all he has ever been concerned about was himself. When will there be an equivalent Clinton Town Hall, btw?
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This weekend compilation shares videos on a variety of subjects mostly dealing with our systemic corruption, its sad consequences, and the narratives and mindsets that support it:
Media (and some fun)
Candidates Facing Political Corruption
I. System Analysis
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness“)
Tariq Ali: “This total, uncritical acceptance of capital and corporate power is not the way the world is going to move forward. An alternative to that is what needs to be mounted. And, on it’s success or failure will depend the future not just of this country but of the planet.”
David Korten: “If you look at where we are headed as a nation and as a species, we’re going where nobody in their right mind will want to go. This is a very decisive moment. We have to literally choose our future as a nation and as a species.”
Tariq Ali: “Who owns this country? Not its people. It is owned, essentially, as is the case elsewhere in the world, by the rich and the very rich — which George W. Bush, when he was president, put in [these] very memorable words: ‘We are on the side of the haves and the have-mores.’” (perhaps he refers to this event)
Edifying lords of corruption such as genocide-scale war profiteers who, on the side, also de facto erased our Bill of Rights:
More on the loss of our morals — we celebrate war criminals instead of prosecuting them:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bush Era War Criminals Embraced By Establishment Media“)
Money, The New God
The wrong mindset sets us up for hurt, flipping our priorities and supporting economic inequality and widespread corruption.
This documentary makes some very good points but also has passages I don’t approve of, the kinds that divide people over religion. The good points and the news on a whistleblower who was fired, threatened and jailed for exposing the banksters’ money laundering of criminals and other rich goons are definitely well worth watching. Below the clip, I point to various segments in the video that you can skip to:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Money, happiness and eternal life – Greed (director’s cut) | DW Documentary“)
The real beef starts at 28:07 min into the video.
42:02: “We became consumed with consumption.”
A question asked by a kid: why do people do wrong, or right, knowingly? My answer: various conditions and motives depending on their living circumstances: greed, narcissism, and status-whoring in the case of the rich and well-to-do; despair, resignation, and the next survival move on the list in case of the rest.
When you have to struggle to pay this month’s rent, the global climate shifts a notch down on your list of worries. And when you are a rich lord, seeing yourself as a god and living the life of a demon lord stomping on everyone else, your head is in the clouds because you don’t want to look down on the ones you are stepping on (unless you are a cruel psychopath actually enjoying the blood on your feet).
So, most of us are wearing blinders of some kind, much enabled by our mainstream media and politicians, of course.
1:18:13: Wisdom and compassion… how to spread it among the young?
1:20:59: Finally someone other than myself addressing the idea of a mortality and a fulfilled, meaningful life.
Ending words: only by melting the ice in the heart of man, man will have a chance to change and start using his knowledge wisely.
III. Media (and some fun)
A little fun with the media (talking about what really matters rather than just chanting gang slogans):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kyle Kulinski Of Secular Talk Utterly Baffles Fox News Talking Heads“)
IV. Candidates Facing Political Corruption
When the “Democrats” rig their primaries, running as a Dem is pointless:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Opponent Tim Canova Dumps Democrats“)
Dirty tricks and mindsets to get and stay rich and shaft the public, gender pay, slave-like over-work, homeless children…:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Socialism Past, Present, and Future“)
VI. Political Conversation
We all need to have political conversations with our fellow Americans to lift our awareness and debunk myths and manipulative narratives and come to fully understand what we need to demand and implement for a better future. These are real conversations about real issues that we must have, not the popularized bleating, barking, and repeating of party slogans and propaganda. If you want a sample, you can be a fly on the wall at this conversation between Jamarl Thomas and Debbie Lusignan (I liked the early part best; later it unraveled a bit):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Lusignan, the SaneProgressive, Live! Not To Be Missed!“)
The best part: Get to know the mafia-like powers controlling our government and open up to realism, going beyond partisanship. (this part is to challenge our believes and drive our awakening further; not easy if you haven’t advanced enough, yet; it’s about us needing to deprogram ourselves from the manipulative narratives, sugar-coating, and warped perceptions that have been instilled in us our entire lives):
Here is an example. You get yourself elected, maybe with partially good intentions mixed in with the plan to get rich – say, you wanted to reverse the torture and war terror of the Bush-Cheney regime – but the forces behind the curtain convince you otherwise and you flip:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Famous Victim Of US Torture Speaks Out”)
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