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From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.
Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.
"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants." - Lewis Black
If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Half a lifetime ago about 44 million Americans elected Ronald Reagan to be the president of the United States. The morning after the election I went into work. I was working for The Phone Company at the time. My so-called “career” in the movie business had crashed and burned, my wife was pregnant, and I needed a job. Any job. Danny, a musician friend of mine, had gotten a job at The Phone Company when his meteoric rise to fame and glory fizzled out, and he told me to put in an application. He said they’d hire anybody. I couldn’t argue with that. After all … they gave Danny a job. He was the most unemployable person I knew. I put in an application, they hired and trained me that day, and the next morning I was working for The Phone Company.
We were paid every two weeks. Payday was normally on Friday but if you promised not to cash your check, they’d give it to you on Thursday. And every Thursday Danny and I would take our paychecks to our favorite liquor store. James the night manager was cool. He’d cash our checks for a slight fee. We’d buy a bottle of Wild Turkey, head on over to the House of Records in Santa Monica, buy a couple of albums, rock and classical usually, and drive up to my house because I had a killer sound system. Not just a good system … a fantastic one. In 2011 dollars the cost of the amp, huge speakers, and turntable would be just shy of $5,000. Only an idiot would spend that kind of money just to play records. And in 1980 … as a soon to be Hollywood has-been … I fit that description perfectly.
My wife was a nurse and worked nights. Danny and I would go into The Music Room, turn on The System, put the latest vinyl on the turntable, crack open the bourbon, and blast ourselves to a place where we believed the lies we told ourselves. Every other Thursday was Record and Booze Night at Bob’s Magambo Lounge. And every other Friday my hangover and I would go back to The Phone Company.
Before I worked there I had no idea what went on inside that huge featureless building in West LA. You picked up your phone and made a call. How that happened was a mystery. After my second day I realized it was a miracle.
Everyone in the building had a mindless job. Every part of any task was broken down into its simplest components. And then they’d hire people. Each person would be assigned to do One. Simple. Thing. The supervisor would take the results of his department’s simple things to his supervisor. And then all the supervisors would combine all the accumulated simple things … and that would result in Something Being Done. Most often … a dial tone.
For 15 minutes in the morning, 45 minutes at mid-day, and 15 minutes in the afternoon, we would leave our windowless concrete room and walk down the windowless concrete hall to another windowless concrete room where we would be “free.” We drank terrible coffee, ate tasteless sandwiches, and bitched about our job until our “free” time was up and we returned to our desks.
During my tenure at The Phone Company if you needed to leave your desk and be out of your windowless concrete room … you needed a hall pass. Black clothing was not allowed. Management was seemingly deranged by a perceived threat from the punk/goth movement so they outlawed the color black. Hats of any kind were against the rules.
I was told by my co-workers Management was always instituting new rules. For the most part nobody did anything about the rules except follow them and bitch about them. Every once in a great while somebody would snap at the latest batch of silly rules and quit. No pension for them.
The goal of my co-workers was to put up with whatever Management dished out for 20 years. The pension for a “Twenty Year Man” was supposed to be very good. The goal of Management was to constantly sift through the employees and weed out anyone who wasn’t … compliant. They rarely had to fire anybody. Anyone who eventually couldn’t put up with all the idiotic rules and regulations would voluntarily quit.
I called Management’s process, Clamp and Release. They’d issue three new ridiculous rules like: Hall pass, no black clothing, and no hats. Everybody would grumble grumble about the new rules. Maybe the gutless powerless union guy might say something to a supervisor. If the grumbling was loud enough, and the workers pressured the union rep to talk to Management a second time, there was a good chance that the gutless powerless union guy would come back with a “victory” for the workers. One of the three stupid rules would be rescinded. Yay! We Can Wear Hats! And then the Management Cha-Cha would start all over again. Two steps forward, one step back. Two steps forward, one step back. Clamp and Release … Clamp and Release. Somebody in Management knew a thing or two about instilling learned helplessness in their work force.
The day after the 1980 presidential election I didn’t go to work with a hangover but something much worse … crushing depression. The woman in the desk next to mine came in late. It was okay though. She was having an affair with our immediate supervisor. She asked me what I thought about the election. Before I could tell her that I thought it was one of the worst things that had ever happened she bubbled up and said it was so cool. Ronald Reagan Was President! Earlier that morning my next door neighbor was out watering his hedge. He said he was “freakin’ jazzed” because Reagan’s election meant that his aerospace company would finally get the go-ahead money for the B-1 bomber. And he could keep his job.
Everybody I came in contact with that Wednesday was absolutely elated that Ronald Reagan and The Republicans were now In Charge. While I was walking around in stunned disbelief everybody else was acting as if finding out they had terminal cancer was the best news they had received in their whole lives.
Danny and I moved up Record and Booze Night at Bob’s Magambo Lounge from the next Thursday to that night. I got fired for insubordination for wearing black jeans … after being repeatedly warned. I think my firing had more to do with my not-so-surreptitiously left business cards on every supervisor’s desk. I had them specially printed up to read, “You are cordially invited to eat shit and die.” And Danny? A mutual friend of ours told me he ran into him years ago while taking photographs on a deserted beach. Danny wandered up to him and said, “Dontcha remember your old friend?” Danny took him to his van hidden in the brush. He was living there “between gigs.” My friend said he seemed particularly proud of the fact that he owned a gun.
I read the news today oh boy. They just don’t quit. The Republicans Just. Don’t. Ever. Quit. Two steps forward, one step back. Two steps forward, one step back. Every freakin’ day. So here we all are … still orbiting the sun at 67,000 miles an hour. It seems to me that Management’s 30 year-long “Clamp and Release” program has worked out pretty well for them. We’re finally … ultimately … compliant. I can’t speak for Danny though. A homeless alcoholic living in a van on a deserted beach with a gun might have decided to quit.
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The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.
"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.