Political Awakening Video Weekend 03-30-2019 (12 videos)

Once more an enlightening video compilation so we can spend time on our weekend to educate ourselves for desirable change rather than letting ourselves be dumbed down by the corporate media. Enjoy!

Topics:

  1. Society: The Crippling Corporate Culture
  2. Isms: Socialism vs Fascism
  3. Corruption: Law Run by the Thieves – The ‘Big Four’
  4. Revolutionary History: What to learn from the Bolsheviks
  5. Unions: Top Middle-Class Unionizing Against its Decline
  6. News: U.S. Election Rigging, Venezuela, Yellow Vests, Social Media Censorship
  7. Media: ‘The Cleaners’ Who Scrub Social Media
  8. World: U.S. Sabotage of Venezuelan Power Plant?
  9. Capitalism: Greed Ends the Age of Antibiotics
  10. Change: Government is a Tool
  11. Democracy: Our Fraudulent Elections
  12. A Good Life for All: The Citizen Dividend (a.k.a. UBI)

 

I. Society: The Crippling Corporate Culture

Here is an old, yet outstanding, speech by Chris Hedges. It’s from April 3, 2013. If you are certain to have heard most of this before and are short on time, you may fast forward to 1:05:32 where his wrap-up starts and hits hard: https://youtu.be/KJ9nvAX-S1g?t=3932 Otherwise, here the clip starts from the beginning:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges – America from the Outside – How the World sees US – 2013”)

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 11-30-2018 (16 videos)

Another video compilation to enrich our weekend with insights in our troubles and clues for change. Once again, your weekend can be wisely spent learning a lot.

Themes (many have several videos):

  1. Economy & History & Violence (System Analysis)
  2. Global & U.S. Oligarchy
  3. “Democratic” Party Games
  4. Immigration & Refugees
  5. World Politics (Venezuela)
  6. Protesting for Change

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QuickyConfession: Motivation

To be frank, I am tired of spending my whole life searching for survival opportunities and pouring my utmost efforts into them. Every survival opportunity gets destroyed about as soon as I latch on to it. And this has become the life for countless millions of my human brothers and sisters. A precarious life like ours – a life of broken dreams and endless survival struggle, despair, misery, anguish, and hopelessness – is no life worth living. In fact, I consider it no life at all. I want to end the systemic corruption that is behind all this misery, so that at least younger generations may be saved from this Hell on Earth that murdered my life in my cradle. Is that hard to understand?

If not, then you now know why I squeeze time out of my little off-work or sleep time to write about political/economic issues. You may read them out of similar motivation. My plea to you: If you find my writings and the videos I share meaningful, please share links to my posts. Thanks. Power to the People!

In solidarity,

Dirk Droll

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Manifesto of the Elders (addressed to the Young)

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Some people, when they begin to realize how long and deeply the cruel corruption of our socio-economic and political system has been entrenched, feel like there is no more hope.

My response to that is this declaration:

Manifesto of the Elders

When you have been crushed as much as many of us, there is no point in giving up. We have one thing left to do on our way out of this hell called “life”, and that is to do our part so that future generations won’t have to suffer like us. While the millennials are beginning to revolt because they see no viable future ahead of them unless they upturn the insanity of the system, those of us who were broken decades earlier and robbed of all hope for ourselves have one last thing to do.

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Why a New Party: Insightful Discussion between Jimmy Dore & Nick Braña (commented video)

An uplifting start into a new week. Find out why we need and can have a powerful new political party to kick the butt of the corrupted old major parties:

  1. The major parties are fiercely immune to change from within and characterized by anti-democratic internal command structure beholden to Big Money. Challenging newbies are caught in a web of wheeling and dealing.
  2. It will take the weapon of a new party ready to replace a corrupt old party to overcome the establishment.
  3. Getting a new party on the ballot in all 50 states is not nearly as hard as we keep getting told. Much easier than taking over a huge money-governed party from within.
  4. America is more ready than ever for a new party. Almost two out of three Americans are calling for a major new party now.

Listen to what Nick Braña, National Political Outreach Coordinator on Bernie Sanders’ presidential 2016 campaign and one of the founders of Our Revolution, has to reveal about the establishment’s walls and how to break them down:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “3rd Party Formation Very Doable Says Former Bernie Official ”)

What do you think about it? I think: let’s make it happen. And to do this, work on bringing change-desiring people and existing third parties and challenger candidates together, supporting each other, working out a big tent platform of changes we all want. Such a coalition may by itself make change possible and – if things come to a head – give birth to a grand new party, a People’s Party.

Connect:

Most of the web presence and action seems to be happening on Facebook (a page and numerous groups):

 

P.S.:
A common question: Why not simply support the Green Party which advocates many or all of the broadly desired changes? Answer: people wanting change are more likely to try a new party than one that has been around but small. It’s the psychology of confidence. Also, the Green Party has suffered a lot of smears and misrepresentations that circulate through people’s heads. Other than that, the Green Party is awesome and well worth voting for at every chance. It would (or will) make a great member in a People’s Coalition.

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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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Video Weekend 03-24-2018 (10 videos & comments)

This weekend’s video compilation covers various areas:

  1. U.S. Barbarity
  2. Voter Manipulation
  3. Economy
  4. Corrupt Politics
  5. Shamestream Media
  6. Change

 

I. U.S. Barbarity

Finalizing the transformation of the U.S. into a country of 100% barbaric brutality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bolton Fabricated Lies that Justified War on Iraq “)

Note: Let’s be careful not to make this only about Trump. Reagan invaded Granada. G.H.W. Bush invaded Iraq. Bill Clinton ravaged flourishing Yugoslavia leaving a clutter of tiny, weak, and poor new nations behind. G.W.-Cheney invaded Afghanistan and Iraq (war for oil). Obama expanded our wars and drone-based from-the-sky terrorism on civil populations in many nations (the kind of horror which breeds violent terrorism coming back at us). Trump is just the latest and possible last step. (Let’s see how much our domestic corporate police state brutality, not discussed in this news video, will also be revved up during his tenure.)

 

II. Voter Manipulation

Twitter, Facebook, Cambridge Analytica…

More on political social media abuse, the corrupt government-corporation marriage, etc.:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “‘Pro-Hillary Bots’ Used Twitter Bots on Sanders Supporters | America’s Lawyer on RT America | “)

More confirmation of the Cambridge Analytica Meddling and also an example of how money can mess with integrity. After all, the oligarchs have their paid foot soldiers:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Brittany Kaiser, former Cambridge Analytica director: ‘I voted for Bernie’“)

If you missed them, here are this week’s articles on electoral rigging via Twitter and Facebook:

  1. Corporate Greed Shredding Democracy — Meet the Twitter Bots
  2. The Cambridge Analytica & Facebook Story — (Spying and Electoral Manipulation)

 

III. Economy

Richard Wolff on creating inequality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Capitalism Breeds Inequality“)

 

Robert Reich on why are we working harder than ever and getting nowhere. It’s the rigged “Political Economy” which structures the market against us.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Robert Reich, “Saving Capitalism”“)

Gist: The market vs government debate is a distraction. There is no market without a government (that sets and enforces the market rules, like what is legal tender, what is fraud, contract fulfillments, etc.). So, the real question is whether the market-government system (which is the real economy) works for most of us or merely a small number at the top. The other common myth that is utter nonsense is that (in our current system) people get paid what they are worth. Also, trusts and lobbying create behind-the-scenes pre-distributions which shift wealth and income to the top while they raise our living expenses.

Good point: If we give up on politics, we give up on a good nation and world.

 

More government rigging for the Robber Billionaires:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Contact: The New Gig Economy with John McDonagh“)

Note: So, New York’s taxis were limited by number to some 13,000 for umpteen years. Then, Uber comes in, promises the regulators comfy kickback jobs on its board, and suddenly 100,000 more taxi-like Uber cars are allowed into the market, and the taxi drivers – whose earnings have been ruined in one fell swoop – get levied an additional congestion tax to penalize them for all the extra cars. Their garages switch from splitting profits with their drivers to charging them a whopping $120 leasing fee each morning, putting them into a hole they must try to dig themselves out of in the next 16 hours or so of uninterrupted work and customer-hunting, while the garage owners income is thereby secured. And, eventually, a taxi driver who can’t take it anymore drives right up to the front of City Hall and blows off his own head with a shotgun. That’s how our rigged market-government economy is screwing workers and coddling the top and their corrupt political handmaidens until life for the rest of us becomes an agonizing ordeal we prefer not to stay in anymore.

 

IV. Corrupt Politics

The GOP raiders and their Dem enablers committing the latest Wall Street deregulation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Cites “Corruption” as Reason for Wall Street Deregulation Push “)

 

Change on the Outside, Continuity on the Inside (the roll-back of Dodd-Frank by a Repucratic-Dempublican alliance):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrat’s Playbook To Sell You Out Revealed “)

 

V. Shamestream Media

Why we need independent media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Calls Out Media’s Obsession with Stormy Daniels Scandal“)

 

VI. Change

An academic analysis of our flawed world and a suggestion for how to fix it:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Is Another World Possible? – Leo Panitch on RAI (4/4) “)

Notes: Living conditions were actually improving during much of the 20th century under a system of capitalism held to certain limits and socially responsible rules by a political upheaval and lingering political awareness of the citizenry. But when these improved lives led to a slothing off of public political awareness and participation, the plutocrats that had been left in their seats of imbalanced power, started rolling back the societal advances so we ended up in our current mess echoing medieval conditions of autocracy and serfdom. Now we need to think about change, fundamental change, so it won’t be rolled back again. Various ideas are being discussed.

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