While founders like Thomas Jefferson argued that the only way to ensure justice, fairness, and prosperity is to distribute power and voice among all the affected people; enemies of democracy, fairness, justice, liberty for all, and shared prosperity have always argued that human nature is evil, that democracy therefore becomes a horrendous “mob rule”, and that the best solution is a wise and benevolent ruling ‘elite’ managing a system that keeps wealth, power, and voice away from the majority of the people lest anybody but members of the ruling class (*cough* *cough* ‘elite’) get a say in anything. I just wonder… if human beings were indeed inherently evil, where would that wise and benevolent ruling class ever come from? Continue reading “The Pro and Con Arguments Regarding Democracy”
Here are 28.5 minutes of a great conversation. Normally, I’d try to share a video of this length on a weekend (my video weekend posts), but it’s still kind of borderline in length and too good to place on so long a wait. So, without further ado:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff WARNING!! Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)”)
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For ages I boggled at the right-wing claim of the corporate media being left-wing when ALL the corporate media were so obviously anti-left. How could right-wingers not recognize that ALL the mass media were propounding right-wing views while blocking, mocking, and smearing left-wing views? The math just didn’t add up to me. Continue reading “Epiphany on the “Leftist Media” Myth”
When I watch a video like Robert Reich’s piece on our economic decline (presented below), I have mixed feelings. I agree with much and find it good to share with many for a little economic nutshell that even the life-long brainwashed and continuously deluded among us may understand. However, it also irks me that he makes little strategic exemptions for the mainstream party he has been associated with all his life (and the administration he served in). It makes him a fence sitter when he leaves out that Bill Clinton also contributed to our decline and that $Hillary Clinton rigged the 2016 primaries away from Bernie Sanders whom the American People wanted and would have elected over Trump.
He shouldn’t leave out that – even though each country has dark and dumb elements – Bernie’s message of us needing a political revolution to overcome our economic rigging resonated better than Trump’s neo-fascist message that he is a strong and “wonderful” “leader” who is sooo much better than democracy and that blaming weak ethnic groups like immigrants and Muslims is all the cure we need.
There are always some who will buy such baloney, but not the majority of us. Our majority was deprived of its president, and also many other elected posts, as sadly has become the way our country is run. Reich himself hints at it when he draws politicians as puppets on strings held by the rich who pick who gets on the ballot and keep them loyal with continued bribes:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Big Picture: How We Got Into This Mess, And How Get Out of It I Robert Reich”)
It’s good to have such alternatives to the establishment’s main media. But for us to make true and real change, we will need a great shift from such fence-sitting so-so alternatives to the still largely unknown voices who go all the way, show the whole picture, point out the high aim we need, and pull few punches. Continue reading “The Party Fence Sitters”
A fitting opening for this week where the latest tax scam will receive some scrutiny here (2 articles coming):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Exposes the Corruption Behind GOP’s Tax Reform Push”)
Scenes are popping up in America such as we are used to see in foreign dictatorships. Our founding fathers gave us the 1st Amendment (and several others) to protect us from a dictatorial government. We were always supposed to be free to peaceably assemble and petition our government. But now that our government has been bought up by the robber billionaires who already robbed us of economic freedom, political freedom is also being eliminated. Wake up to the United Tyranny of America.
Steve Grumbine who has been on a journey of political awakening, starting on the political right and gradually moving left, becoming a Bernie supporter in 2016, and nowadays challenging the false popular economic and monetary wisdom that keeps being used to deny us our fair economic share of our country (and thereby our lives, as well), recently gave a powerful speech about the now sharply rising assault on our right and ability to dissent:
(Note: sadly he posted this on Facebook. So, if it shoulld et deleted, you may not be able to search for it anywhere. If you try, maybe look for this description: “Free Speech, the Right to Assemble and the Chilling Effects of the Police State”)
- For details on the arrests and criminalization of about 200 people who may be facing years – or even decades – in prison by “guilt” of association or simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time (which is to say being in an American street — don’t ever commit that “crime”), you can read more here.
- Institutions, government practices, and laws to suppress free thought and speech: Goodbye, Freedom of Thought, Speech, Assembly, and Petition (Political Storm)
- Innocent until Proven Guilty? – Not in the U.S.A. – Not if you Dissent (Beanstock’s World)
- Criminalization of protest. Jaw dropping legislation passed in Oklahoma. Implications for real political movements significant and frightening. (Sane Progressive, video)
- Redacted Tonight 6/30/2017 episode (20:39 min in)
Also, if you missed it, please visit yesterday’s post on the root of our problems!
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With all the current mess going on, we tend to overlook a recent dark chapter of our country, a regime which played a major part of getting us into our current mess. It’s good that someone in public view finally reminds us:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Life & Crimes of Dick Cheney | Jesse Ventura Off The Grid – Ora TV”)
Below follows a bit more from Jesse on Bush & Cheney, as well as some discussion from me: Continue reading “A Link in the Chain of Presidential Corruption We Should Never Forget”
To stop it in its tracks, we must act now! Lee Camp, of Redacted Tonight, clearly felt that warning us about this next step in the criminalization of free speech in our country could not wait for the next episode of his show:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “URGENT: Congress Considering Bipartisan Bill To Make Political Activism A Felony!”)
Alert! This isn’t about Israel. It’s about us, our Bill of Rights, our desire for democracy. Without dissent, there can be no democracy! Keep reading!
This week’s posts on Our Revolution Continues had a post from Our Revolution that everyone should read and act on. A quote:
While most of the country wasn’t looking, House Republicans voted to claw back virtually every banking regulation implemented after Wall Street crashed and the Great Recession began. With so much scrutiny on the White House, Senate Republicans are now poised to roll back Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act in the same month. Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and every other politician bought by Wall Street and corporate donors thinks that they can get away with this while we’re distracted by the daily circus in the West Wing.
And this is their names collection link.
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