Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses — to be Shot Dead!

You may have heard of the young woman who tried to cross the border and was shot in the head for it. It’s now death penalty for crossing a border without a visa. That’s the America of today. And she is not the first or the last.

What a contrast to the preceding centuries of America’s existence, when immigrants were invited by the millions to cheaply build our canals and rail roads, to work our mines and factories under deplorable conditions, to speed up the growth of our country and our industrial revolution, not to mention the wealth of the infamous robber barons and their growing rigged economy, built to make them rich and the rest of us poor — a system that lasts until today and is getting worse again.   Continue reading “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses — to be Shot Dead!”

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Video Weekend 06-02-2018 (15 videos)

More fun than usual. Today’s compilation of politically educational online videos — intended for the weekend when we can make some time to educate ourselves or to relax over more enriching footage than some overpaid guys chasing a ball — is a bit lighter in spirit than it so often turns out, thanks to a bit more humor having been sprinkled in. Topics:

  1. The Evangelical Dark Side
  2. How to Talk Politics
  3. The Lying Top
  4. Dem Takeover
  5. Amazing Progressive Campaign (Wow!)
  6. Economy
  7. Nativist Supremacy (+ Humor)
  8. Totalitarianism on the Rise

 

I. The Evangelical Dark Side

Today’s Video Weekend starts out with a video that honors Newsbroke which just went to the grave. (at least for now, there will be no new castings by Newsbroke)

Purported Christians doing evil as their religious duty:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Does The Religious Right Worship A Sinner? “)

And since we are on the topic…

Evangelical terrorists (trying to bring about Armageddon):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How White Evangelicals Sold Their Soul to Donald Trump To Bring About Armageddon”)

And why it is so sweet…:

Give the priest class private jets:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Televangelist Wants Regular Folks To Pay For His 4th Private Jet”)

And since preachers and corrupt politicians are so skilled at messing with people’s heads, let’s take a look at how to effectively frame conversations:

 

II. How to Talk Politics

Frame On! How to get through to people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How words change minds: The science of storytelling | Nat Kendall-Taylor | TEDxMidAtlanticSalon“)

Of course, this is nothing new to the ruling class and their minions. They have manipulated us with psychological tricks and blatant lies for ages. Time to take another look at them…

 

III. The Lying Top

Lying governments and media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “All Governments Lie and so does their Corporate Media”)

 

IV. Dem Takeover

~50% success rate in replacing establishment “Democrats” with people’s representatives:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Our Revolution Just Won SEVEN Races“)

Analysis: Is this 50% success in the primaries actually taking over (and “reforming”) the “Democratic” Party from within? I don’t think so. I’d say it’s 50% success only with step #1. After the first step comes battling the mechanics and top-down control within the party where further setbacks will occur. Remember, once elected, representatives have to put up with stonewalling, stalling, party pressure, marginalization, exclusion, compromise deals, and worry about re-election. So, sooner or later they have much cause to taper down their goals, ally with the establishment politicians, take Big Money to revive their campaigns, and give up the ever more hopeless-looking resistance against the almighty party top steeped in money and corruption. This is pretty much what I have been predicting for about a year: some short term success, but no chance of long term success unless hefty outside pressure is also brought to bear (from independents and third/new parties, or even better: a coordinated people’s coalition). Merely slipping in a few good people at the bottom of the cesspool won’t suffice to clean it up.

Politicians of stolen wealth pretending to represent us (unlike Robin Hood, they don’t steal from the rich and share with the poor; they do the opposite: enabling the super-rich to steal more from the poor and for that get their cut while in office — the Clintons have been doing the exact same thing, btw):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Heckler Confronts Pelosi Whats Your Net Worth!?!?)

The privileged don’t care to question and replace the rigged system:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nancy Pelosi Repels Young People On CNN Town Hall“)

 

V. Amazing People’s Candidate Campaign (Wow!)

Wow! Wow! A must-watch! Alexandria, running on public campaign financing and the power of grassroots, managed to make an ad. And what an ad it is!

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Powerful Ad Has Corporate Dems Shook: ‘Not All Democrats Are The Same’“)

 

VI. Economy

More on BS jobs created by our warped system (one of the discoveries to lead to the conclusion that we need not make people work more but rather distribute better what we already have and produce (e.g. a UBI instead of limitless dividends for the rich)):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bullsh** Jobs Are Invading America!“)

When we would decide how to apply our improved mechanized productivity, we might choose to cover all our needs while working less and and living more (at least I would), but when a few holders of robbed and hoarded wealth got to make the big decisions, they instead revved up production past what we need and kept us shackled in excessive working hours lest we have time to think and take a stand for better lives:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Infinite Growth Cant Work“)

 

VII. Nativist Supremacy (+ Humor)

One of the last Newsbroke videos: White supremacy hiding behind linguistics (as always a tool to keep the privileged privileged by recruiting the less privileged over issues of skin color, language, and what not… you know, identity politics).

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Powerful White Nationalists Behind the English Only Movement“)

Comment: If you ask me, the English language is quickly deteriorating in both the U.S. and the U.K. (and maybe elsewhere)? Past subjunctive, past perfect, and even past participles distinct from past tense are disappearing quickly (example: I have gone = correct. I have went = wrong but increasingly common). Muricans and Brits are losing their timeline. And then the spreading use of “of” in place of “have”! It tickles me in funny ways when people who are not in full command of their own native language deride others over being slow to learn it or over daring to use another tongue once in a while, say when they prefer not to be eavesdropped upon or have something important to discuss for which their still deficient second language doesn’t quite suffice yet. Or because Spanish is far more capable of communicating love and affection than English ever was or will be…

Uhm… so what really is English? Here’s a bit of humor on the topic:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Rude Americans – Do you speak English? “)

Or how about Brits making fun of American vocab? It’s titled “Americans Don’t Understand English”.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Americans Don’t Understand English – The Jonathan Ross Show “)

Now imagine me going off about the decay of pronunciation in the U.K., such as when Mark Blyth makes astute commentaries about our economy and politics and is so darn hard to understand with all those missing consonants? I mean, there are some profound-seeming videos with him talking that I haven’t shared because they were just too unintelligible in spoken form (same goes for some Austrians).

 

VIII. Totalitarianism on the Rise

Below all the flashy and noisy political battles, totalitarianism is quietly creeping in. Connect the dots to see it. How antidemocratic plutocratic forces establish totalitarian power (right out of Hitler’s playbook):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Authoritarians Take Over Democracy Part One”)

Part 2 (ok)
Part 3 (good)

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

The Necessary Political Revolution

The challenge: A tiny minority owns almost everything, holds all the systemic power, and denies the rest of us a voice and decent lives. Superficial fixes will either fail or not last long. If, however, we understand the root of our problems, we can fix all the underlying causes of our troubles and thereby end our problems for good. Opposing forces who prefer the status quo or are confused will naturally cause a delay. Many battles for change we will therefore often not win immediately. Therefore we must act with persistence. If we persist, and don’t let ourselves be satisfied with scraps and bones, we can win definitely, as we are not yet – (but almost!) – irrevocably controlled, or so I like to think. We simply must not give up and use the time given by the delays to educate ourselves even better since, in the fight for the future, knowledge – such as understanding and workable plans – is power.

The timing: Since the dark forces have been long at work to make their rigged system impervious to change, we must fight hard not to pass the point of no return (when surveillance, mental manipulation, and brutal force become too perfected to be overcome). And we must change things so fundamentally this time that the classic corruption cannot kreep back as it always has after merely superficial system changes of the past.

The vision: A world built on the prime goal of a good life for all may seem like a new world, but – actually – it is a return to ancient, pre-classical times. The only thing new in a modern return to fairness and benevolence is the enormous amount of science, technology, and other forms of know-how and infrastructure that the ancients didn’t have, and which in combination with the return to a moral society will usher in a veritable Heaven on Earth, a Star-Trek-like world, putting behind us the current Hell on Earth we have inherited from classical times of artificially constructed gross inequality known variably as slavery, feudalism, mercantilism, colonialism, capitalism, and so forth.

Distracting labels: All those economic isms which are nothing more than legalizations of theft and violence from above must be put away into the annals of history, as a horrible interim that humanity suffered after the invention of agriculture, cities, nations, and unfettered global trade, which disrupted the communality of ancient societies and gave sociopathic bullies a chance to dominate everybody else and write their domination into law.

You may wonder about alternative isms that have been proposed and – at least allegedly – tried: Socialism and communism, especially. The point can actually be made that we have never yet seen a true realization of those isms. Communism was merely a new name invented for despotic state-capitalistic regimes (which replaced billionaires with high-ranking party officials that acted within a nationwide production plan, sort of like a single super-corporation). These regimes had resulted from derailed socialism-inspired revolutions and retained very little of their socialist goals. The one socialist goal best realized was the idea that nobody be left in poverty when there was enough to go around. The democratic goal was removed, however. Real socialism has therefore only been realized to some degree on smaller levels like democratically run worker-coops or aspects of it being interwoven with capitalist systems in so-called Social Democracies or Social Market Economies, such as we see in Europe with things like healthcare for all, free education, and non-terminating welfare.

Lessons from the past: We had much the same in the U.S. with the New Deal, but the problem with superficial implementations is that the underlying cause of hoarded wealth and the power it wields influencing and taking over governments remained in place, so the repeal of these measures for the common good were unavoidable.

The awakening: Rather than focusing so much on labels (isms and names for party affiliations and such), A.K.A. political PR packaging, we should therefore focus on the issues and their underlying causes, especially the root of it all: legalized systemic inequality (wealth and power hoarded by the few and denied everyone else) supported by a warped morality that makes this loss of liberty and justice seem natural and OK (even valuable to some), and therefore incurable. When most of us finally mature to categorically reject this rigged system and warped mentality, and we commit ourselves to a good life for all as the governing principle, the system of corruption will collapse — but only then. We will then be able to take the right steps (like reforming or replacing corrupt political parties and our malignant electoral system, insisting on government fairness and the common good, implementing a fair and democratic economy that allows no gross inequality, setting societal goals that put people over profits and good health and fulfilling lives over plutocratic wealth hoarding, and deal with non-artificial problems such as the ravages of aging, and so on). Therefore, let us resolve to walk this walk. Let us learn, think, and discuss constantly. Sharing and promoting pieces like this one with as many people you can – or helping information sites like this – are a big part of this stage of our fight for lives worth living. After one wakes out of a coma, one must not just blink but look around, examine, and communicate. That is exactly what we must do.

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

Quick Analysis: Preemptive vs Retroactive Welfare

Carrying the water from a far-away river to a thirsty city in buckets is a herculean task, one resembling many of the last century’s and current welfare approaches to alleviating poverty. Besides being herculean and inefficient, it is never-ending on top of it.

Redirecting the river to the city or building a pipeline is far smarter and far less herculean. We have been raised to believe in a market economy that accomplishes everything by itself. In reality, markets operate by rules, rules written into law and enforced by governments. We merely need to modify those rules so the modified economy will work for everybody instead of merely a privileged few. Thus it will stop to grow inequality and instead start creating (and fairly distributing!) prosperity for all. Thereby we would finally accomplish the goal chiseled into the famous Preamble of our Constitution by our nations’ founders: namely to “promote the general Welfare.”

For the longest time, we have had a system that produces vast inequality by design. With the New Deal we got the government to arduously shovel some of the lopsidedly hoarded prosperity back (through steeply progressive income taxes, for example), year after year, month after month, and against a growing resistance from the top. It’s like the old movie scene of two guys digging two holes throwing the dirt back and forth into each other’s hole. Modifying the rules of the system so it does what we all need and want is a far smarter approach. That requires that we put our heads together though. I hope that’s not too herculean. It’s why I keep writing and inviting everyone to comment, discuss, contribute their own pieces, and share the instructive pieces widely.

Summary: Prevention is always better than the cure. That’s also true in matters of gross inequality and poverty.

P.S.: One of the articles in which I went into some detail on a better economic arrangement – in case you missed it and are curious – was What if We Were Paid for Work in Assets rather than Ephemeral Wages?

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

Meet Beanstock’s World’s Playlists

Hello, friends! This weekend, I had the idea that it might make sense to create PLAYLISTS on Youtube that mirror some of the video compilations I post here. That way people can have them play automatically one after another, and – who knows – perhaps more people will find them there than here. Naturally, the notes, comments, and analyses of the Video Weekend posts will still only be in the articles posted here, so in the playlist descriptions I will link to them if Youtube (which is to say, Google) doesn’t mind.

I have seeded this new playlist collection with two playlists:

Vapid Lives of Destruction: The Robber Billionaires

… taken from my popular mini series Vapid Lives of Destruction and a few related later posts…

and

2018-05-26 Beanstock’s World Video Weekend

… which mirrors yesterday’s Video Weekend post. If it doesn’t turn out a waste of time, I intend to mirror the videos of future Video Weekend posts there as well.

I wish you enjoyable final hours of this weekend. 😉

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

Video Weekend 05-26-2018 (14 videos)

Once again a wide range of online videos about the wrongs of our world and our fight to fix them. Don’t forget to share. Stars and outlets: Jimmy Dore, Kyle Kulinski, The Real News, Democracy Now, Gayle McLaughlin, Richard Wolff, Mike Figueredo, The Majority Report, Yanis Varoufakis, Jesse Ventura, and others on:

  1. The People’s Wishes
  2. Media
  3. Oligarchy (Plutocracy) vs Democracy
  4. Political Corruption
  5. The People’s Fight
  6. Economic Truths
  7. Historic Causes
  8. Poverty and Ethics
  9. Empire

 

I. The People’s Wishes

Polls reveal popular policies:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for: “Majority Supports Progressive Ideas ” and “Data for Progress“)

 

II. Media

Corporate media blocking a constructive public conversation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Bernie Yells At Chuck Todd, Stunned By Stupid Question: “Of Course Not!”«)

 

III. Oligarchy (Plutocracy) vs Democracy

The mentality of the lords and our suffering society. Billionaire’s quote: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Billionaires Justifying Their Wealth: ALWAYS Great Content“)

Comment: “Generational theft”, one of those manipulative brainwashing canards from the establishment, suggests that the old are stealing from the young. News flash: the young will become old and wish to retire when their bodies give out. That’s what Social Security was invented for, to ensure at the public level what t the private level often fails, say when senors’ kids died or are too poor themselves to help them through that difficult last phase of life.

Comment: The “entitlement problem”… When I think of an entitlement problem, I think of the billionaires (the 1%) and their right and left hands (the next 10 to 20%) who live in privilege that 99.9% of them were born into (the others being gold diggers and unscrupulous business predators such as hedge fund managers). They think they are entitled to owning the whole world and having us unwashed masses exit purely to serve them and powder their asses. But those very same demon lords paid PR crooks in “think tanks”, the twin-party tyranny, and the mass media to flip the term and accuse out of luck working class Americans of “entitlement” when they gratefully accept desperately needed help from a government that was created by our founders specifically to lend such help as part of serving the people. The hypocrisy and entitlement thinking of the parasites and predators living a demon lords life at the top of our dungheap society, such as this guy squeezing his wealth from thousands of Home Depot workers, are really stunning. Their motto: Me and my friends have done well. So, what’s the problem?

Antidemocratic philosophies and machinations:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democracy in Chains: The Radical Right’s Stealth Attack on American Democracy“)

 

IV. Political Corruption

The party bosses personally rig the primaries:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive Catches Dem’s Rigging Ballot Selection In New Jersey“)

Why not to vote Republican (no reason to vote “Democratic” either):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Republican Voters Get SLAPPED With Reality“)

Let’s not forget that voting for establishment “Democrats” is also self-defeating for the American People.

 

V. The People’s Fight

Great ideas, including the building of a broad progressive tent (~6:56):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Are Million$ Pouring Into CA Lt. Governor Race?“)

News Update on the People’s Grass Roots Fight: A Teacher running amazingly successfully against a party boss, being blocked out by the media, and having an army of volunteers…

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive FIERCELY Challenging Corrupt Corporatist Dianne Feinstein“)

 

VI. Economic Truths

The truth about risks and profits (risks for us, profits for the rich). Workers run more risks than entrepreneurs and investors:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Another Gilded Age“)

Gist: We are always being told that capitalist inequality is justified by entrepreneurs/investors taking risks with their wealth when they invest into businesses. In truth, if they are half-way smart or well consulted, their eggs are never in a single basket. Meanwhile, workers who “choose” to work for them can loose their jobs, employability, homes, healthcare, and families when those entrepreneurs/investors or their CEOs make mistakes or callous decisions. As workers, in our current system, we live at the mercy of the plutocrats, A.K.A. the 1% and their henchmen.

Money is political, bank magic, inflation, deflation, gold standard, bitcoin, growing fascism, system analysis, DM, healthcare profiteering, pretenses of right-wing populists, changing the conversation…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “A Brief History of Capitalism. Yanis Varoufakis Interview“)

 

VII. Historic Causes

How our society of plight and suffering was built:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The American Industrial Revolution“)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Just the Facts: The Emergence of Modern America- The Gilded Age“)

 

VIII. Poverty and Ethics

Morality Revival: The New Poor People’s Campaign fights Policy Violence.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: ““It’s Time for Moral Confrontation”: New Poor People’s Campaign Stages Nationwide Civil Disobedience“)

 

IX. Empire

Empire’s Dark Side (esp. interesting the unconstitutionality of U.S. wars and empire 12:43 min in):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Empire In Crisis & Bruce Fein”)

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

Get to Know the DCCC (“C” Stands for Corruption)

While the DNC marries the entire “Democratic” Party to our plutocracy and infamously rigs especially the presidential primaries, the DCCC (known as D-triple-C or D-Trip) is – as the name Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee suggests – focused on rigging the primaries for the House of Representatives. It does so up close on a district by district basis. It takes candidates by the hand to twist their arms and put on its thumb screws. This is why we so often hear about the DCCC lately in this Congressional election year of 2018.

An examples of how the DCCC works: it puts you on the “Democratic” ticket only if you raise at least a quarter million dollars from its list of wealthy donors, or should I say party owners?   Continue reading “Get to Know the DCCC (“C” Stands for Corruption)”