Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-07-04 (17 videos)

Summary: truths and ideas to share on the 4th of July (and later). 😉

Stars and channels: Democracy At Work (Richard Wolff), Second Thought, Secular Talk, The Jimmy Dore Show, J.J. McCullough, Roger Ray on CCCSpringfield, act.tv, Chris Hedges interviewing Nina Burleigh (On Contact), Russell Brand, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, The Real News Network

Topics:

  1. Capitalism vs. Socialism among the Founding Fathers (a good one for the coming 4th of July) ***
  2. Capitalism = Technologically Advanced Feudalism **
  3. Shifting from Violence and Oppression Abroad to Decency, Compassion, and Health at Home **
  4. Non-Americans Respond In HORROR To US Healthcare System
  5. Empire: The U.S.A. Empire Base Standing so Alone
  6. Republican Evangelical “Christians”
  7. Amazing Talk on UBI and a Better U.S.A. and World ***
  8. True Democracy Would Not Only be in Politics
  9. Healthcare: The Odd Treatment of the Pandemic
  10. Our Deluded and Deluding Media and Political Parties
  11. Is Jeff Bezos a Child?
  12. Basic Public Services vs Being On One’s Own
  13. Former Cop Became a Cop Watcher
  14. News: More Lies That Were Handed to Frame Julian Assange
  15. Our System: Talking the Talk vs Walking the Walk
  16. Striking for a Proper Life – Room for Life
  17. Rest in Peace our Fellow Mike Gravel

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-03-14 (13 videos)

Summary: Best videos captured this week to share with you. A lot about bad government and working lives vs current and coming fights to get human joy and dignity back into our lives. (all week lost again fruitlessly looking for a job, hence at least one good video is missing)

Stars & Channels: The Hill, The Gravel Institute, The People’s Party, Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), The Jimmy Dore Show, Erik Edstrom interviewed in On Contact with Chris Hedges, Jesse Ventura talking with Jason Flom, Russell Brand, Lee Camp, …

Topics:

  1. UBI Experiment with Very Good Results
  2. Great America Made so Ruined by the Evil Corruption
  3. Working Life Abuse vs Unions Able to Change This
  4. “Democrats” Now BOOST Citizen United, Totally Open the Big Money Bribes Flood Gate, and Bar Third Parties
  5. More Slashing of Government Help for the People (Now by the D Party)
  6. Other Countries Do Apply Wealth Tax (to pay for pandemic destruction of working class)
  7. Afghanistan: America’s Longest War
  8. Good February Episode of World according to Jesse
  9. “Philanthropic” Tax Evasion by the Rich
  10. Economic Update on Continued Inequality Making
  11. RW: Capitalism Blocking COVID Vaccines, Workers Cancelled, Scapegoating, Wealth Tax…
  12. Media War: Highly Paid Propagandist on Social Media
  13. Lee Camp: Wealth Redistribution (rant)
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Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-03-07 (9 videos)

Best videos captured this week shared with you. (only 9 this time, I was way too busy struggling with tough job applications)

Stars & channels: Democracy At Work, The People’s Party, PF Jung, Stacy Sanseverino, The Jimmy Dore Show, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Graham Elwood…

Topics:

  1. Texas Targeted by our Tribal Politics
  2. Capitalism as Efficient in Producing Poverty as it is in Producing Wealth
  3. People’s Party on Our Corporate-Bought “Justice” System
  4. $15 Min Wage rejection vs UBI
  5. Information Warfare: The Real “Russiagate” is the Exact Opposite
  6. World: U.S. Gouging Syria
  7. “Medicare Advantage”: Corporate Profiteers Undermining Medicare
  8. Biden Opens Trump Era Cages For Migrant Kids

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2020-01-19 (16 videos)

Major focus of this week’s video collection: our system treating us like trash and how a new system could do the opposite. Part of this also: our mentality and culture. Some key issues: capitalism, socialism, Universal Basic DIVIDEND, warmongering & terror state…

Stars & Channels: Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), Noam Chomsky, Meagan Day & Jimmy Henders, Michael Parenti, The Hill, The Intercept, Michael Brooks, Jimmy Dore, Yanis Varoufakis (DiEM25), NonCompete, and more…

Topics:

  1. Our System Treating us Like Trash ***
  2. The Worst Economy in Our Lifetimes **
  3. Teacher Strikes = People Strikes (Kept Secret by the MSM)
  4. Universal Basic DIVIDEND etc.: Insightful Yanis Varoufakis Conversation **
  5. Historic Insight on Corporatist Fascism
  6. Capitalism (narratives, fascism, $$wars, motives)
  7. Noam Chomsky Describing Our Corporatist Manipulation
  8. Fights to Get Money Out Of Politics
  9. Socialism: Not Normally Being Linked to Government
  10. France’s Uprising Against Neoliberalism
  11. Iran: 1+ Hour of Informed Intellectual Discussion
  12. U.S. Terrorism
  13. Mentality: Are We Evil? Can We Change? ***

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A More Relaxed Economy

In this video,

A conversation with my former employee – Dirty Capitalist Confession Session
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in which the American Johnson, who feels guilty about his conduct as a business owner in his younger years, says he would have been happier as part of a worker co-op, something important comes up and is only half-discussed, namely the different kind of working life when we can all participate in the business decisions of our workplace.

What gets discussed is the benefit from it, namely you are not being ruled from a top with no means of knowing that the management may be planning your lay-off or firing, and your expertise may actually make it into the decision making that may otherwise be flawed because of ignorance at the managerial (and salesmanship) level, and misunderstandings can be better avoided, and holding our cards close becomes less necessary, and those in key positions will no longer have to bear too much painful responsibility, and so on…

And I basically agree, often arguing for the same, but it also occurred to me – thinking back to when I was working in a similar small family-like company – and that company came down on its luck because of badly timed growth investment and crushing blows from mega corporations invading its market, that we (the people in that company) would also have had to endure a lot of suffering discussing how to survive the financial disaster, who could survive how much pay cut for how long, or who would have to be let go. (The company got so crushed by the mega corporations at the point that its ability to borrow money was gone that it was forced by its bank to slash its workforce by half within a month. That’s how dire the situation was. That’s why even democratic decision making would surely have had to deal with lay-offs.)

This consideration drives me into the thought realm of the universal basic income (a UBI, better thought of as a citizens dividend when financed not by taxing middle income workers but only the rich as a method of reshaping our wealth and power pyramid into an egalitarian broad building with No Rich and No Poor). Because, if every earned dollar has at least another dollar going to the ultra rich at the top, as things are right now, many of us are struggling to make ends meet. But if that dollar was not robbed but stayed with each of us (by cap-taxing the wealthy and shaping the revenue into a UBI), we could all be way more relaxed in our working lives and business management. We could shape our workplaces as worker co-ops in a far more relaxed economy where no worker or worker’s relative would have to worry about sinking into poverty because all the money we earn from labor would only be extra money, not our full livelihood. Business downturns could be handled much more easily.

It’s something to think about for those who worry that a UBI could only be a hand-out to placate the poor, or those who regard it as too much state power becoming too much burden on the private sector. I really think that a correctly done UBI (a citizens dividend) would lead to a far more relaxed economy that would benefit all the unemployed, all employees, and even business managers and owners; in other words: everybody.

It is our current stressful economies that lead to brutal lay-offs, slashing of salaries and benefits, warlike struggles between companies, manipulating and cheating of customers, ruthless destruction of the environment (even our planet’s human-life-supporting climate!). It leads to offshoring jobs, illegal employment of undocumented migrants, worker-income-depriving automation (rather than reduced working hours at unreduced income), and to bloated pharmaceutical prices, because profits become the dominating decision making factor, and people all over the economy are desperate. Desperate people will do desperate things that often are catastrophic.

A relaxed economy would be far better, and it relies on a principle of there never being poverty for anyone. Additionally, to make it happen, there also must be no ridiculous richness for anyone turning that person into a modern day god-king ruling over thousands or millions of fellow people whom he or she rarely perceives as fellow people but as commodities.

Let’s aim for a relaxed economy, shall we?

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 04-07-2019 (20 videos) — Biggest Topic: UBI

This weekend’s video collection of political, economic, and societal issues – both problems and their solutions – is mixed with significantly more written commentary than usual, basically merged with an article. The writing is added to tie the clips together and also enhance the understanding they bring. This particular compilation is also dominated by a heavy focus on one big major theme that is growing in popularity and public discourse: the concept of a Universal Basic Income. Here are many of the pros and cons and how a UBI fits into the big picture. Other topics: an ethical society, news on the corporate media, healthcare, Tulsi Gabbard, liberty, whistleblowers (Manning & Assange), top-run dividedness of the people, Venezuela’s economic reality, and a political comedy session.

Topics:

  1. UBI: Introduction
  2. UBI: Active & Passive Incomes, Taxed or Not
  3. UBI: Just Printing Money for a UBI is not the Correct Way
  4. UBI: Social Context and Effects of a UBI
  5. UBI: A panel discussion with further insights
  6. UBI: Here is another pretty good discussion
  7. UBI: The UBI-Scam-Worry on the Left
  8. UBI: Well Made Point Concerning the Ethics in Our Society
  9. Lee Camp Exposes Our Ayn-Rand-Style Corporate Media
  10. Healthcare: An American Tourist’s Healthcare Experience in Europe
  11. Tulsi Opposes Torture and Regime Change Wars
  12. Where is our Freedom Party?
  13. Talk: Chelsea Manning, Grand Juries, College, Mega Corporate Non-Free Market
  14. Our History: The Divided Poor Utilized by the Rich
  15. World, Corrupticians, & Media: Backstabbing Assange
  16. World: Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Explained
  17. Comedy: Jimmy, Graham, Ron, Stef…

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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:

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Financial Security for All via a UBI – Not to be Seen in Isolation

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Financial security for us “common” people is an extremely important topic. The video shared below touches upon several highlights of this subject, such as the question of affordability and the worrisome band-aid-possibility of a “universal basic income” (short “UBI”, but better called something else like a citizen dividend in order to frame it properly within the big picture). The video explores these points too superficially, though. Therefore I recommend to first listen to the video conversation and then read my comments below (to which you are welcome to respond and add):   Continue reading “Financial Security for All via a UBI – Not to be Seen in Isolation”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 02-17-2019 (20 videos)

Another cool video compilation with brief commentaries as usual outlining the clips and digging deeper … and with your option to join the discussion… Shiny main topic: Universal Basic Income (UBI)…

Topics:

  1. Universal Basic Income (UBI)
  2. Defensive Mentality of the Privileged
  3. Media War: Never Tell the Truth
  4. Historic Truth vs Socialism-Smearing Myths
  5. Bernie Interview by TYT
  6. Bernie fighting for our Social Security…
  7. News: Amazon Cancels HQ2 Deal With NYC
  8. World: Yellow Vests Docu & Venezuela News
  9. Medicare for All
  10. Conversation: Tim Black & Graham Elwood Discussing Identity Politics
  11. Election Integrity
  12. Global Corporatism Destroying U.S. Education & National Cohesion
  13. Our New Feudalism
  14. America’s 3rd Gilded Age

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UBI – Where Will The Money Come From?

From the rich, of course, where it currently is going. Such an excessive portion of the money in our economy is currently flowing to the rich that they will be less and less able to extract money from us as we slide so deeply into poverty that we can’t afford their sales of goods and services any more, nor their fines, rents, and interest payments. That situation will then collapse the economy on which these green-blooded money aristocrats ride all their lives. That’s why some of them have woken up to the realization that, in order to protect their privileges, their class of the ultra rich must be forced by governments to let some of this siphoned money flow back to the broad population on whose back they stand and dance. Otherwise, they will sink as well when the floor on which they stand (namely us, we are that floor) sinks into the abyss.   Continue reading “UBI – Where Will The Money Come From?”