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”?”

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Equality of Means, not “Opportunities”

What we need is not the neoliberally toted equality of opportunity, but an equality of means!!! The word opportunity can be interpreted in quite unequal ways, turning the equality of opportunity mantra into a trick to scam people into accepting gross disparity in real living conditions. The remote opportunity of the rags-to-riches legend which hardly ever turns into reality for anyone (and usually only by harming others in the process) compares poorly with what I would call a means equality. Considering the vast difference in life’s starting conditions between upper class privilege and lower class deprivation, the claim of having equality of opportunity becomes a sarcastic joke. Furthermore, when someone falls down on their luck, should we have no compassion whatsoever and deny any help based on the sociopathic idea of everybody being responsible only for themselves?   Continue reading “Equality of Means, not “Opportunities””

Short yet Smashing Speech by Chris Hedges

As a follow-up to Monday’s sharing of Chris Hedges’s and Richard Wolff’s great recent conversation and yesterday’s sharing of late Ed Schultz’s Swan Song Speech (less far along but perhaps the exactly right stepping stone for some people who have still a little to catch up), here is another speech by Chris Hedges, a short one this time (only 16 minutes!) but still packing a big punch. Enjoy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for ChrisSmileyMedia and the title: “Chris Hedges Revolutionary Speech”)

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Late Ed Schultz’s Swan Song Speech

You may recall that Ed Schultz who died last week lost his corporate media job over wanting to cover Bernie Sanders’s presidential race announcement. Well, he came from the “conservative” side, learned in his life that social responsibility also matters besides looking out for oneself and one’s family; and before he died gave a speech delivering what he had learned (not enough, as he still stood with some corruptitians like Obama who were still able to con him into believing that they mean well, but still he had learned a lot… something worth spreading, I think, since it might resonate with others who are currently less far along on their journey of awakening):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “America is Morally Bankrupt | Ed Schultz | Oxford Union”)

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Video Weekend 07-07-2018 (14 videos)

Starring, among others: Thom Hartmann, Susan George, Paul Jay, Thomas Frank (‘Listen, Liberal’), Kyle Kulinski, Mike Figueredo, Ro Khanna, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Steve Grumbine, Bernie Sanders. — One theme emerging from this compilation is the journey of the Republican party through brainwashing to a rich people’s party supported by its brainwashed, and also the journey of traditional conservatives from the GOP to the “Democratic” Party and possibly beyond the false twin-party dichotomy. Yet another indication that conservative, liberal, and progressive are labels that often obfuscate how we really feel and think. Categories:

  1. Awakening Journey
  2. Language, Narratives, Mindset
  3. Vote Shaming
  4. Immigration & Deportations
  5. Brainwash by the Oligarchy
  6. Neoliberalism brilliantly Explained
  7. New Deal Repeal & Recovery
  8. Corruption
  9. Grassroots Campaigning
  10. Being Human

 

I. Awakening Journey

The Journey from “Conservative” to “Liberal” to What? (Paul Jay with Thomas Frank). Topics: Reagan. Populism and liberty flipped on their heads.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Paul Jay, Thomas Frank, and the title: “From Ronald Reagan to Bernie Sanders – RAI with Thomas Frank (5/9) “)

The next part of this clip series may also be of interest, concluding that we live in a system now that BREEDS inequality: Prisoners of Hope – RAI with Thomas Frank (6/9)

 

II. Language, Narratives, Mindset

Kyle Kulinski on a topic I recently wrote an article about which I have yet to publish (false label use, in particular the confusion between social democracy and democratic socialism), and that what we really want is what really matters, regardless of labels and smears (Addendum: Psst… my piece is published now.):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Kyle Kulinski, Secular Talk, and the title: “Democratic Socialism Vs Social Democracy“)

 

III. Vote Shaming

Deportations & Protecting the Establishment (and getting us fascism) through vote shaming:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Humanist Report , Mike Figueredo and the title: »Kathy Griffin Vote Shames Jill Stein Voters: “F**K YOU ALL.”«)

Comment: The thing to remenber is that fascism is a tactic for protecting the establishment during times of popular unrest!

 

IV. Immigration & Deportations

Hear a Central American talk about Deportations and abuse of immigrants

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Greg Wilpert, Roberto Lovato, and the title: “Media Coverage of Trump Immigration Policies Ignores Democrats’ Complicity”)

America benefits from being an immigrant nation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Aaron Maté, Ro Khanna, and the title: “Rep. Ro Khanna: Democrats Can’t Be Liberal at Home But Hawkish Militants Overseas“)

 

V. Brainwash by the Oligarchy

Outrage and Civility: The self-satisfied, easy-living political gentry have anesthetized political debate:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “Is it Time to be Outrageous?“)

The Oligarchy’s “Libertarian” Brainwash has been Working Globally

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Susan George: Trump in Europe“)

 

VI. Neoliberalism brilliantly Explained

A Physics Model of Neoliberalism (get ready for the bang)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Neoliberalism as a Water Balloon“)

 

VII. New Deal Repeal & Recovery

What does it mean to be Republican?

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “How Far will the Morbidly Rich & Donald Trump Go“)

Having money and time for life when employed full time used to be possible before the oligarchy’s raid on and restructuring of our economy. To a small degree, even self-defined conservatives are beginning to agree that a better structure might be possible:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “Conservative Says If You Work, You Can’t Be Poor? “)

Comment: I wonder if the innate respect for authority and fear of upturning the apple cart makes typical conservatives admire abusive employers.

 

VIII. Corruption

Government letting the big banks steal:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for TheRealNews, Greg Wilpert and the title: “Fed Lets Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Off Hook, Investors Profit Billions”)

Comment: I can litterally see Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley asking for a bailout soon. (Note: the guy is really off when declaring low unemployment, though)

 

IX. Grassroots Campaigning

Remix of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talking:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Could Be The First Latina to Represent Her District in Congress”)

Note: Building local grassrootsis a workable alternative to spending big moeny in order to get on the ballot.

 

X. Being Human

This week, Steve Grumbine held a moving and inspiring Fourth of July speech I can relate to in a whole number of ways. Maybe so can you. It touches especially upon what it means to be human and living in a society:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Happy Interdependence Day | Steve Grumbine of Real Progressives “)

Comment: Basically the same line along which I wrote my I-Day post this week. Let’s say it together: Happy Interdependence Day! Let’s unf*ck America!

An old man walking… (if it doesn’t display for you, try this link (oh, the eternal trouble with Facebook videos…!)):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title “#BernieSanders @ #Warrens 4th of July parade in Vermont” and pray since this is a Facebook video.)

Comment: Those kinds of clips are very moving for me. A thought that comes to mind, besides gratefulness for Bernie’s impact on public debate, is that most of us are ignored to the extent of becoming invisible when we reach this age, and very surprised how bad life then becomes for most of us captivated in aching withering old bodies and failing minds with no preparation for it by our society or ourselves, as we were busy all our lives struggling to survive within a system of exploitation and oppression.

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Video Weekend 06-23-2018 (12 videos)

This collection of informative online videos for weekend viewing deals especially with where our money goes (why we have so little and the rich so much), the scapegoating and persecution of immigrants, voter suppression and the secret dismantling of a moral society, the poor people’s campaign, and more. Stars: Paul Jay, Richard Wolff, Lee Camp, Jimmy Dore (a lot), Thom Hartmann, Greg Palast, Nick Braña, and Martin Luther King.

 

I. Oligarchy

The billionaires are destroying our world and heading for the hills:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Billionaire Class is Not Fit to Rule – Paul Jay“)

 

II. Economy

Richard Wolff exposes among other things the phony private sector vs government narrative (Big Business has been using government from day one):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Tariffs In An Unraveling Economy“)

 

III. Redacted Tonight

Slave Labor, Corporate Crimes, the U.S. is the world’s 2nd biggest tax haven (for the rich and their corporations, of course, not working people):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “~201~ Nestlé Horrors, Defense Dept Censors Its Crimes, and More”)

Endless blood money disappearing inthe vaults of the rich:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[115] Truth About $21 Trillion Missing At The Pentagón w/ David Degraw“)

 

IV. Jimmy Dore

Immigration: Jimmy Dore & Abby Martin had a long discussion on the demonization and abuse of immigrants in our immigrant nation. Flogging and murdering the slaves (the refugee and migrant worker ones) instead of reforming the rigged economy…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kamala Harris Supports ICE! Says Immigrants Murder & Rape“)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “NY Times Blames Obama For Trump’s Immigration Horribleness w/Abby Martin”)

The inhumanity of the establishment defenders:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Laura Ingraham Calls ICE Detention Center “Summer Camps”. w/Abby Martin”)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hillary: Undocumented Children “Should Be SENT BACK!”. w/Abby Martin“)

2. Party Corruption: And if you still had any doubts that the “Democratic” Party is just as corrupt as the Republican party and both are essentially acting in concert on behalf of the oligarchy, hear this:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats KILL Net Neutrality In California & Help Trump Again!“)

 

V. Incrementalism

… leads into the abyss:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What is it Going to Take for Us to Stop the Rise of Fascism in America?”)

 

VI. Voter Suppression

Thom Hartmann interviews Greg Palast who is suing our vote suppressors, and they are scattering like roaches in the light:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Journalist & Filmmaker Greg Palast is Suing Ohio & Kansas for Voter Purges“)

 

VI. Right to Life

The dispossessed call for their right to live — real life, not just a painful existence pushed to the margins of our world by establishment bullies and their injustice machine:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign 2.0 Kicks Off”)

Ref.: poorpeoplescampaign.org (gee, I wished I had discovered this clip sooner, considering the June 23rd announcement)

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Being Human or Vermin

Human nature has both a bright and a dark side. Which circumstances bring one or the other to the fore? I think, we may best answer the question by looking at times of war when the largest numbers of people are driven by the dark side and atrocities reach extremes.   Continue reading “Being Human or Vermin”