Political Awakening Video Weekend 08-12-2018 (17 videos)

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! 🙂

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 08-05-2018 (14 videos)

In this weekend’s video compilation, Paul Jay, Leo Panitch, Amy Goodman, Thomas Frank, Thom Hartmann, Chris Hedges, Barrett Brown, Stacy Herbert, Max Keiser, Aaron Maté, Stephen Cohen, Richard Wolff, The Rational National, Jimmy Dore and others go into astute System Analysis and discuss topics like Obama & Clinton Crap, the Putin Panic, cruel capitalism, climate change and its denial and anti-science-propaganda, Healthcare for All, the idiocy of the well-to-do, and how we can freak them out (real FUNNY!!!), and the deathblow to investigative journalism. (sorry for the delay, I was sick)   Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 08-05-2018 (14 videos)”

The Pharaonic Creed Ruining our Times

Pharaohs and other ancient kings and queens were often buried with sacrificed servants and soldiers to serve them in their purported afterlife. Rulers often had harems full of what we might call sex slaves. There were hierarchies topped by rulers with god status, administrators beneath them, then free men and women, some living well, some like exploited not-really-so-free serfs; and at the very bottom officially-unfree slaves, human beings denigrated to the status of cattle.

How did past populations put up with these huge disparities that scattered people across a spectrum ranging from god-like to animal status? In part, they were controlled through violence. Especially slaves were. However, another very important method of control was mentality, in the forms of commonly held beliefs, both in terms of religion and worldly world view.

As far as I know, today’s pharaohs, known as billionaires*, are not buried with a sacrificed staff, and only some still keep harems. But have things significantly changed in other ways, as well?   Continue reading “The Pharaonic Creed Ruining our Times”

Video Weekend 07-21-2018 (9 videos)

Instead of watching big boys chase balls, this weekend you can watch Wendy Brown, Richard Wolf, Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, Bernie Sanders, Mike Prysner, Chris Hedges, Paul Jay, Thom Hartmann, and others dissect neoliberalism and the theft of the American Dream, debunk the myths about protectionism and “free” trade as well as socialism and Venezuela, elucidate wage slavery plus illuminate and joke about our ongoing fake politics. Video categories:

  1. Neoliberalism = Neofeudalism
  2. Economic Reality
  3. Truth & Comedy
  4. Rip-Off U.S. Economy
  5. America’s Loss of America
  6. The Big Smear: Socialism & Venezuela
  7. Fake Politics: Trump, Russia…
  8. Political Insight & Humor

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What’s with the Anti-Welfare Argument: “I can spend my money better than the government”?

Well, sure. If you’re rich you can spend the money that fell into your lap better on YOURSELF than the government would after taxing some of it back from you. Duh!

How does that disqualify taxes or government spending on the poor, though?   Continue reading “What’s with the Anti-Welfare Argument: “I can spend my money better than the government”?”

America Awakening – Video Weekend 07-14-2018, Part B

Here is the spillover from yesterday’s political video weekend which just had no room for more clips. So many great videos piled up for sharing this week. Here is the rest, the gist of which we might conclude is that we are on a course of self-destruction and must change course. And luckily, people are waking up to it. Especially uplifting in this respect: our youth.

 

I. Reconsidering Believes

Capitalism may be gutting us but is not the whole U.S. economy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “Dear Conservative Alternet Trolls: America is NOT a Capitalist Country “)

Comment: Worker-owned co-ops are actually a form of socialism (which you could call an evenly-property-shared capitalism if you wished).

 

II. Socialism/Communism

Historic Review of Socialism and Communism until today, and why to take an interest:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jamarl Thomas, The Progressive Soapbox, and the title: “Jason Unruhe, Communist Perspective Of Ocasio-Cortez & Sanders,Revolution & More! Fascinating Convo!”)

Quotes: “The richer you are, the more power you have.” … And: “They all are on the side of capitalism” [because it is what makes them so rich and powerful].

“Fascism is capitalism in decay.” “[In Weimar Germany], the capitalist class did whatever it took to protect [itself], and that meant funneling money to the Nazis.”

1:06: “There’s never an honest conversation about wealth. You have one group of the population that brutally suffers and another part of the population that pretends that all the wealth gain it has accrued is purely of its own making.” Continuation on the latter: “That’s not honest. You were able to use a ton of labor from [other] people without necessarily giving any reparations for the labor that you were able to get.” (Comment: “any” seems exaggerated; “sufficient” or “much” would seem more accurate, since at least tiny portions are returned to the laborers to keep them alive and working, whether as terribly low pay or – slave plantation style – room and board) Continued: “and then turn around and say, ‘You people need to pull yourselves up by your bootstraps.’”)

Jason Unruhe links: Patreon, Youtube, and his website

Comment: “Radicals” who call for radical change are still being feared and seen as fringe by many. Also, they often get dragged into mud slinging fights (such as family-feud-style wars among progressives, among “leftists”, and so on) by people who self-identify with similar labels as the “radicals” do. The “radicals” themselves frequently attack those who water down or misrepresent their labels (such as socialism). All this infighting then leads to division among ourselves which keeps the corrupt establishment safe. My suggestion: wanting true and lasting change for the better instead of temporary band aids which will soon be peeled off again, is not radical in any sense other than the etymological one (that radical is a synonym for fundamental). We need to learn to stay rational and united around our widely shared most important goals.

And since this is emerging as a theme, here a light-spirited clip about socialism (which I shared before, but it seems suitable to share again in this context, especially since Newsbroke makes no more new videos):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Newsbroke, Francesca Fiorentini, and the title: “The Biggest Myths About Socialism”)

Here, btw, is the article Francesca suggested we read: Why “Twenty-First-Century Socialism” Failed (quite informative!)

And if you should want to dig deeper into the topic of socialism and haven’t watched this video I shared before, I warmly recommend this rich review of a number of meanings and flavors of traditional socialism, just to clear the establishment-polluted air a little with a bit of realism: Debunked: “Socialism Has Never Worked”

 

III. Mentality for Change

Backs against the wall and the legacy of our lives. As Tim Black says, what you live for matters a lot more than how you live, because you will be dead a lot longer than you will be alive. Also, other people matter too, and when we support each other, rather than push each other down, we will do better (maximizing our energies for the best effect rather than neutralizing them against each other), if you care to consider my scientific way of thinking…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Tim Black and the title: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez How To Win Democratic Elections “)

Reminder: We cannot afford to make ourselves dependent on political candidates. We ourselves must drive for the changes we want until we get them. And we must make sure to create lasting change that won’t be rolled back like the New Deal has been.

 

IV. Young America Awakening

This is truly amazing. So much awareness, understanding, and commitment to responsible politics from a sixteen year-old (not to forget the 26-year old I can imagine as the future president of an America changed from hell to heaven, at least in terms of the American spirit and economic-political justice, although those of us still alive may by then be struggling heavily with a lethal climate):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Nick Brana, Movement for a People’s Party, Jamie Margolin, and the title: “MPP-TV Episode Seven Interview With Jamie Margolin of Zero Hour Youth Climate March”)

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Video Weekend 07-14-2018 (18 videos)

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“)

Corporate-state elections:

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.

 

II. Corruptitians

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.

Toxic economy:

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).

 

VII. Immigration

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”)

The continuation of the conversation (also has good moments): Should A Tolerant Society Tolerate Intolerance?

Note: Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s Part B (at least 3 or 4 more videos).

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