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Chrystia Freeland, the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else and the editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, will join us here on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 PM ET for a live chat to answer your questions about her book.
The late, great comic George Carlin did a 3-min./12-sec. comedy skit a few years back.
It basically encapsulated the entire thrust of what the Occupy Wall Street movement was all about.
Only a handful of people actually have a say in the affairs of our country and that is because they own literally everything ---> land, buildings, corporations, banks AND most importantly, the AIR WAVES!
They therefore OWN all of the rest of us. They have us by the BALLS!
They tell us what to think, how to react, what to focus on or not.
The 1% know full well that, for the most part, MOST of us will do as we're told and not bother thinking about any BIG PICTURE. They know full well that, for the most part, we are too bogged down with our own respective daily dramas - like survival - and that we will never mount any real concerted threat directed at their monopoly of power.
We, in effect, play the part of the victim all too well. We allow the mighty plutocratic machine to ram us up the arse continuously and relentlessly with the Red, White & Blue Shaft. And, we don't really work up much of a lather to offer up a real objection or complaint. We can only muster up a tinny whine and just continue to muddle along.
Having lost so many hard fought rights and privileges over the last 30-35 years the Plutocrats are now going after our Social Security & Carlin suggests that they will get that as well.
He closes his skit with a complete refutation of the so-called AMERICAN DREAM. He intones: "It's A Dream, Because You Have To Be ASLEEP TO BELIEVE IT!
Worker Bees Of The World Throw Off Your Blinders. You Have Nothing To Lose But Your Own MYOPIA.
A common theme that I have come across while researching and studying on how not to be broke is this: the middle class is disappearing. Have you ever seen the movies Elysium, In Time, and Looper? If you notice (or if you haven't watched it) there is no middle class: there are only the rich and the poor.
We, the middle class, are currently in a situation similiar to the frog in the boiling pot. We, like the frog, don't know know that while we are sitting in comfortable warm water, the situation will soon become unbearable and by then, it will be to late to save ourselves.
On tonight's radio show, we will talk about the trends that point to this future, what the super rich are doing about it, and how our current action steps determine which class we will end up in.
This week’s show
September 1st, 2014
Should Middle Class be sharpening their pitchforks yet?
Today is labor day. It is a day to honor those who are the real heroes of the American economy. Unfortunately American workers are being abused and taken advantage of. As they have become more productive, they have not shared in the spoils.
This can be directly attributed to the decline in unions and a purchased government that affords the plutocrats and capitalists reign over the entire economy. The American worker has become but a commodity. A commoditized worker creates a declining middle class and an impoverished nation.
How much longer will the working poor and middle class acquiesce to said treatment? Should the middle class be sharpening their pitchforks.
You can also find previous episodes on YouTube here.
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Tonight Dan Bimrose talks about income inequality. He discusses Nick Hanauer's recent article "The Pitchforks Are Coming For Us Plutocrats." at politico.com, and another article which suggests that the Bush tax cuts cost all of us a lot of money.
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Pitchforks, student debt and GunFAIL, Dave Dayen & Dave Waldman discuss the hollowing out of the middle class in a slow growth economy, a solution for the absurdly high college tuitiions and student loan burdens as an example of counterproductive public policy. Also David Waldman's #GunFAIL project--and the NYTimes departure from that beat.
Political satirist Culture of Truth adds the most ridiculous moment from the Sunday morning talk shows. Follow @kagrox @ddayen @jayackroyd @bobblespeak
Reuter’s Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland explained the global growth of the plutocracy, the economic and technological drivers behind the growth of small sectors of super wealth, the impact of the bubble the plutocrats live in globally, the challenge the left … Continue reading →
Digby explained how the beltway media test bad ideas, why elite Democrats are pushing for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, Digby still thinks President Obama wants a grand bargain and why pressure from the grassroots could save Medicare and … Continue reading →
Feb 16, 2014 – This week, commentators RJ Eskow & Gaius Publius talk about the mentality of plutocrats and the climate horizone. Plus political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @gaius_publius @rjeskow @jayackroyd @bobblespeak
Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows. Links here.
The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman
First Contact Radio 2/20/14 Show #1087 hosted by Joshua Poet
This Week's Sky at a Glance
A UFO OVER LAKE MUSTERS, ARGENTINA!
MYSTERIOUS OBJECT OVER THE YUCATAN, MEXICO
UFO or Moon At ISS today, Feb 19, 2014, UFO Sighting News.
Large Spheres UFO then military chopper was followed by an black object over Sydney, Australia 19-Feb-2014
Incredible UFO Filmed By Astronomer With High Powered Equipment
EXTRATERRESTRIALS SANS UFOS
One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society
The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms
The Book of Changes
The I Ching
Why The Law Of Attraction Fails And How To Make It Work For YOU!
Hilarion February 16-23, 2014
Agape week of February 16, 2014
Daily Affirmations - 20 February 2014
FREE Meditation Music "Reflections"
If we are going to organize a "movement" that will lead to democracy in America and the world, we must start with a theme around which people working on various issues can coalesce. There is no issue more central to the critical problems that world leaders are failing to address than the corruption that makes them feel more beholden to their corporate masters than to their Peoples.
Given the size of its economy and military, the US is clearly at the center of the problem. Creating a true democracy there is the key to ending fascism and war in the world. That means attacking the source of the plutocrats power, which is their ability to determine who Americans can choose from in federal elections. As long as the myth that there are two parties rather than one corporate Duopoly beholden to moneyed interests, Americans are going to continue to elect candidates vetted by the rich unless they can be made to understand how to sort out those who are running to represent them from those who wish to represent the corporate interest.
There is a growing movement to amend the constitution to strip the power of corporations and the rich to determine who Americans can vote for. The effort has struggled against a variety of divisive forces. Once organized however, it has the potential to transform the nature of politics in the US and the world.
On Saturday, November 30 at 9 AM PST/ 12 PM EST Mary Beth Fielder will join us to discuss the movement to amend the constitution, the victories it has won, the problems it faces and how we might overcome them to pass an amendment before failure to act on global climate change runs out the clock.
Know the truth and the truth will set you free.
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RH Reality Check Washington Correspondent Adele Stan explains why the Koch Brothers fund radical anti choice policies, why plutocrats need to feed social resentment and radicalism, the theology of free market fanaticism, how the Kochs funnel anti choice money, why … Continue reading →
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