CounterPunch Magazine tends to have good articles. The just published Trump’s First Hundred Days of War Crimes is far more worth reading than the title suggests, as it is not yet another insincere resist-Trump-to-distract-us-from-the-source-of-our-problems “news” piece or op-ed. Continue reading
Richard Wolff compresses it into nine minutes (and I into a short written paragraph following the video):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff: Why Efforts To End Inequality Will Fail”) Continue reading
Democracy assumes (quite rightly) that power corrupts, at least in most cases, and leads to abuse. Democracy’s cure for this is to prevent the concentration of power by distributing it to as many people as possible. When they act in their self interest, the interests of the many, even of everybody, are taken care of — as opposed to only the interests of a few callous rulers.
But is that what we have? Continue reading…
Sometimes it is useful to look over our borders to see how things are going in other countries. It can be like looking into a mirror, or it can provide a contrast which illuminates our own defects or foreshadows future developments that might be coming our way. Continue reading
Yesterday, I had the pleasure to sing the praise of Jeff Aronin, the lovely plutocrat who has made his obscene wealth by holding people’s lives hostage (especially their children’s lives – a true lover of kids, apparently). Continue reading
It’s not a million things going wrong in our economy, it’s only one – and it’s a pretty basic one. A small handful of people are hoarding all the resources and money for themselves. If we can prevent them from behaving so selfishly with our resources and redistribute their unimaginably large stashes of wealth (primarily in non-taxable offshore accounts) back into our economy, things would improve immeasurably…
With all the fuss surrounding Donald Trump, it’s easy to overlook this important American battleground. But we should be aware of it and do what we can there. I have written about it repeatedly. In short, Represent.Us fights to get anti-corruption laws passed in all our states to push money out of politics, a goal all honest and democracy-loving Americans share. Last November, the first state was won (South-Dakota), but the state’s legislature immediately declared a state of emergency (yes, I am not making this up!) and recently committed a coup d’état against its own people by brazenly overturning the ballot initiative the voters had passed, essentially telling their constituency: “You don’t get to decide what happens in your country and state. We do! You don’t get to stop our corruption. We rule! Forget democracy. We are lording it over you. Next we will elect ourselves, too.” What a way for state representatives to spit into their voters’ faces! (Man! First DAPL and now this! What is it with the Dakotas?). Represent.Us won’t give up so easily, however. They made the below video about their resolve to continue the fight you can join:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The People Overturned: Politicians Repeal America’s First Anti-Corruption Act”)
Cenk Uygur who lost some political capital when he endorsed Hillary Clinton after Bernie Sanders had capitulated and endorsed her (Bernie likewise losing political capital for this hard to understand move), still continues to often be right on many issues and has a knack for presenting the case well. Here is a speech he gave about Money in Politics and efforts to get Money Out of Politics, replete with some summary notes by me (in somewhat stronger language, which is why I called this brief blog post a remix). Cenk’s speech starts out slow but does get better:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Cenk’s Rousing Speech On Getting Money Out of Politics”)
My “remixed” summary notes and reference annotations follow below:
It has happened. While most of our eyes were on Trump’s un-American travel ban, the governor and legislature of South Dakota committed a coup d’état against their own people by brazenly repealing the anti-corruption law placed upon them by their people via a ballot initiative on November 8, a mere three months ago. It was to keep the thieves in office honest. So, acting as their own judge and jury, they just repealed it.
This is what happens when we allow ourselves to be governed by thieves. Wait for a re-enactment of this spectacle in your own state. Read the full article…