Donna Brazile’s attempt to paint the DNC as an innocent victim and thus calm the millions of Americans who are outraged over the “Democratic” rigging of the 2016 primaries doesn’t seem to have worked as planned. So now there is a lot of backpedaling and denying of reality all over again. I wonder if “DNC” really stands for Denying the truth about Neoliberal Corporatism?
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This is long overdue. Millions of Americans have woken up from their fifty years of slumber, but they don’t know where to go, what to do, what is really going on, and that we could build a Star-Trek-like utopia in our lifetime… if only they knew how. And the few, like me, who do know, are struggling to make ourselves heard.
And what are all the awoken doing to get the word out? Close to nothing.
Oh, my! We’re the United States of Aliens! We’re a Halloween Nation! Our monsters don’t all speak English at home! Write your last will! The end is near!
Xenophobic Americans — you know, Trump supporters convinced that poor immigrants rather than the establishment are responsible for our rigged system — are circulating news like this to reinforce their xenophobia. Continue reading
When we saw the video recordings of police brutalizing supposed pro-secession voters, we all had the knee-jerk reaction of condemning an anti-democratic Spanish government oppressing an occupied people yearning for freedom. However, as large anti-secession demonstrations by CATALONIANS showed last weekend, the situation in Catalonia isn’t as clear-cut as we outsiders thought.
For one thing, Catalans are split on the issue. In fact, the MAJORITY seems to be AGAINST secession, a.k.a. “independence.” What’s going on in Catalonia, may, in fact, represent a kind of coup supported by a noisy, hate-filled, or even violent minority whipped into action by self-serving, manipulative, dishonest politicians who get themselves cozy elected positions of power and high pay that way. Continue reading
David Graeber exploded on the scene of investigating our rigged society by sharing his recurrent experience he had with people whose paycheck-earning jobs contribute nothing of value to human society. An amazing realization in a capitalist world, where we would think efficiency and the creation of wealth were the top goals:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “5 Types of Bullsh*t Jobs with David Graeber”)
So, if so much valuable work has been taken over by machines, and so many jobs are nothing more than make-work, why are we still desperately hunting for jobs that often aren’t there? Why are we drowing in work and poverty at the same time? We should be swimming in prosperity and reducing our weekly work hours as machines are rapidly replacing us in the labor market and so much “work” being done is quite unnecessary. Why aren’t we? Why these bullshit jobs instead? Continue reading
Our lords have spread among us a myth of self-reliance. Americans are supposed to be self-reliant as part of their culture. So self-reliant they never ask for help. So self-reliant we never denounce grand theft by the 1%. When we have been mugged, we are supposed to stand up on our broken legs, dust ourselves off, and say: “It’s all right. I am self-reliant. I need nothing from anybody, not even my own things back that were just stolen from me (like one’s home, one’s job, one’s career opportunity, one’s pension funds, one’s health insurance, one’s social security…). This creed, promulgated by the 1%, is – of course – easily believed by the 1% themselves. It’s much more agreeable to see oneself as a strong, self-reliant success than a thug. Continue reading
In this speech, the second installment in this week’s economic revelations series, economist Richard Wolff paints a lively picture of today’s systematic craziness and intentional inequality. If you are looking for examples of inequality and the resulting social disintegration, of our ailing economy and its faked recovery, of predatory capitalism or our current stock market bubble and stocks manipulation, this presentation has plenty.
The recorded video starts out with a lot of announcements which you can skip by starting 10:03 minutes into the clip (and if you don’t care to hear Wolff’s Trump-related preliminary comments, you can skip to 15:50 where the systemic analysis starts):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Capitalism: Trump’s/GOP’s Tax Plan and a Changing US Economy [October 2017]”)
I tracked down some really interesting data on that Sears scandal: Continue reading
We clearly have the means to create Paradise on Earth. We have the science, technology, and know-how. So, why don’t we? Caitlin Johnstone, one of our most successful independent journalists (who I have caught red-handed before writing really good stuff), recently wrote an article dealing with this question: The Only Thing Stopping Us From Creating Utopia Is The Fact That We Don’t Truly Want It Yet — Well worth reading.
- In order to create utopia, we’re going to have to want it first.
- Therefor, the fact we don’t do it proves that “we don’t truly want it yet.”
Michael Parenti has deep insights to share. On the downside, his speeches can be of a rambling nature (probably because of Academic privilege). This one is quite well done, though. It’s slightly on the old side (from the Bush-Chenery era), but it nicely illustrates the imperial nature of our oligarchy. We are far less removed from the slave-holding Roman empire, or the feudal empires that followed it, than we tend to think:
FSTV Keynote: Michael Parenti
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “FSTV Keynote: Michael Parenti “)
The nicest spot starts at 29:00 min into the speech.
Mentality of the oligarchs (slightly reworded): In their view, our country should be run by and FOR the rich and well-born. They completely believe they are deserving of their station in life (and we of our dreadful station). As has been said, G.W. Bush was born on third base and grew up thinking he had hit a triple. They believe that America should lead the world, and that they should lead America. They believe that the poor are the authors of their poverty and that we – the working class / middle class – are a troublesome lot that needs to be reined in. They believe that we have to ratchet down our standard of living and level of expectations a lot more so that the people at the top can get even richer than they already are by diverting more wealth to them.
Conclusion (by Michael Parenti or someone he is quoting): There’s only one thing ruling classes have ever wanted throughout all of history, and that’s everything(!).
This is so well said, I don’t want to dilute it with additional commentary. Just let the above sink in.
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Today I am sharing some thinking of my own about our political far “left” and “right” and a joint way forward, in the mix with a very long but entertaining and sometimes informative video which is not closely related to these thoughts but nevertheless sparked them off. You may or may not care to watch this video, but I do hope you read and maybe even chime in on my thoughts. First the video, and then my thoughts:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for “Moyers & Company” and the title: “DNC Fraud Lawsuit Bringer Elizabeth Beck Live Discussion “)
Personally, I like and respect Jamarl and many of his well-considered thoughts very much; so I listen to him regularly. In this video, it was also fun to witness his conversation with someone who is still at an early phase of political awakening (but nevertheless brought an important lawsuit in defense of democracy, kudos!). In addition, I have always enjoyed America’s racial and ethnic diversity. Most other countries are so monolithically dull in comparison. It’s all a matter of taste, though, and this clip is really very, very long.
Anyway, let’s now do our own thinking: Continue reading