Video Weekend 07-21-2018 (9 videos)

Instead of watching big boys chase balls, this weekend you can watch Wendy Brown, Richard Wolf, Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, Bernie Sanders, Mike Prysner, Chris Hedges, Paul Jay, Thom Hartmann, and others dissect neoliberalism and the theft of the American Dream, debunk the myths about protectionism and “free” trade as well as socialism and Venezuela, elucidate wage slavery plus illuminate and joke about our ongoing fake politics. Video categories:

  1. Neoliberalism = Neofeudalism
  2. Economic Reality
  3. Truth & Comedy
  4. Rip-Off U.S. Economy
  5. America’s Loss of America
  6. The Big Smear: Socialism & Venezuela
  7. Fake Politics: Trump, Russia…
  8. Political Insight & Humor

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The Feel-Good Politics Trap

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The previous piece exposed the use of language manipulation to pull people into political movements and parties which do them a disservice. I pointed to the historic fact that the aim and task of right-wing parties has always been to befuddle large segments of the population into acting against their own interests by baiting them with follies like nationalism, racism, or religion — all ways to give the gullible a sense of being special and belonging to a superior social group. I concluded that this is feel-good politics instead of make-good politics and usually at other groups’ expense.

Today I will briefly elaborate on the scam of feel-good politics and also point out that it is no longer limited to only the right wing whose sole purpose it has always been to make the most gullible portion of the people side with its oligarchy.  Continue reading “The Feel-Good Politics Trap”

Video Weekend 11-11-2017 (7 Videos)

This weekend’s mix of enlightening videos serves up short but powerful reports about the squeezing of our financially most unlucky fellow citizens and the neoliberal repeal of welfare. It also touches upon the prospects of a universal basic income (only a partial measure to turn things around, but at least a good start worth considering), social media censorship, and the rigging of the 2016 primaries. The latter, by now, has been partially admitted by DNC lawyers in court and a former DNC Chair but is still being played down and denied by our corporate media. Oh, how trustworthy they are.

 

I. Mike Figueredo does a beautiful job debunking the “Democratic” establishment’s lame denials of their election rigging:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Tom Perez Using EXACT Same Talking Points as Clinton’s Team to Discredit Brazile”)

If you need to refresh on the rigging of the 2016 “Democratic” Primaries, click here.

 

II. Social Media Censorship (to make sure you can’t tell your friends the truth the establishment wants nobody to know)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What You Aren’t Being Told About T w i t t e r Admitting Censorship!”)

 

III. If you are young, you better wake up to this reality and start fighting for a just society now while you still can:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Old and Poor: America’s Forgotten (Full Version)”)

 

IV. The loss of purpose in life when we are treated as trash, with great MLK quotes:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Inequality In Memphis: The Working Poor”)

 

V. Nice times in Jeb Bush’s state:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars”)

 

VI. The reality of welfare. While the entitlement of the rich is bigger than ever, the “entitlement” (the right to get help) for the poor is long gone:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Welfare’s Stigma in White Working-Class America (1/2)”)

Comment (you can add your own comments below): The stigma and failures of welfare are a big reason why we should move to a national citizen’s dividend a.k.a. universal basic income instead. The rich didn’t want to pay anything (or refrain from grabbing more) in order to help their fellow humans in desperate need. So they corrupted our politicians, parties, and thereby the government to cut, restrict, and – for many people in need – outright eliminate welfare; even though the rich never stopped being rich when they were being forced to pay higher taxes. Why? Because they hold most of the titles of possession for the pieces that make up our country. Therefore nearly all the dividends of our national economy flow exclusively to them before they get taxed. And after they leverage their wealth to avoid taxation, it stays with them barring the rest of us from our share. What did people who kick their struggling fellow citizens to the curb do to deserve owning our country? Why don’t we all get to own our country?

Yes, other measures must be taken, as well. By itself, a universal basic income is like placing a Band-Aid on a man getting mauled by pit bulls. As I will try to discuss in the future, it can help some of us a great deal when done right and also usher in a change in our public mentality which, so far, is way too accepting of our system of pure exploitation and total inequity.

Therefore, I repeat this video which I yesterday gave its own post, so as to be less likely to be missed. It fits very well into the present chain of videos. Basically, Canada is running a UBI pilot well worth keeping an eye on, I think, to observe the outcomes of this experiment:

 

VII. Ontario’s Bipartisan Basic Income Pilot

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot”)

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Video Weekend 6/10/2017: Bernie on Fire, Hillarite Myths Debunked, Anti-Science Policies, Slavery = Freedom of the Masters, Tulsi Stepping Up, Mass RepExit of Millennials…

For your weekend enjoyment:

The Humanist Report gives a good treatment of Bernie’s New Budget Criticism (13 min):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Goes H.A.M. on Trump’s Budget Director”)

 

Jordan Chariton debunks some Hillarite myths (the idea: force Dem apparatchiks to face reality and do honest politics) (10 min):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hillary Slams DNC After They Rigged Primary For Her!”)

 

Anti-Science Schooling and Taking My Slaves Away = Taking Away My Freedom (7 min):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kids Will Now Take “Anti-Science” Classes”)

 

Tulsi has balls (pun possibly intended) (17 min):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Tulsi Gabbard Refuses Bribes & An Acknowledgement of Sanders’ Influence”)

 

Millennials are FLEEING The Republican Party In Droves (12 min):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Millennials are FLEEING The Republican Party In Droves”)

 

Bernie Sanders VS John Kasich (R)! (5/17/17) FULL DEBATE… Both almost agreeing on people deserving to be treated as people rather than commodities or obstacles as the neoliberals and neocons tend to do (55 min):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders VS John Kasich! (5/17/17) FULL DEBATE”)

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Trump Converts to Judaism to be More Like Bernie Sanders

Today we were treated once again to reality TV by one of its stars: Trump, wearing the Jewish headdress, praying (or ruminating?) at Jerusalem’s prayer wall. Quite frankly, if I were a devout Jew, I probably would have felt offended by this display. After all, converting to Judaism is no small or easy thing, Judaism being a tribal religion and all.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “President Trump Visits the Western Wall 5/22/2017 video”)

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Mocking Struggling Americans – One Reason Hillary Lost

131 million working age Americans without full-time jobs, and plutocracy shills like Hillary lauded our economy during their campaigns. Is it any wonder voters turned from them (and her) in disgust? Here is a good article on the subject: Why Hillary Lost

Of course, turning from all-is-fine neoliberals to false-promises neocons is no help. Instead we must fight for betterment. To brush up on the current state of this fight, I’ll point you to my long article State of the Revolution in case you haven’t already read it.

 

The Misplaced Right-Wing Celebrations of the 2016 Election

These days, some right-wing (or deceived “conservative”) triumphalists euphorically deride progressives while mistaking them for “Democratic” Party “liberals.” They concoct outlandish theories like that “progressivism failed the Democratic Party.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading “The Misplaced Right-Wing Celebrations of the 2016 Election”