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"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.
An Evening with ... Anonymous
My son and I recently attended a talk regarding Income Inequality at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver. I went because the speaker has had hundreds of his articles published in progressive websites like OpEdNews, and I always had thought of him as one of the “good guys.”
Now I don’t.
I’ve tried a number of different approaches to writing about the event and I thought it was best to keep the speaker anonymous for now and just let his statements speak for themselves.
“What’s happening in the United States, the divisiveness, the polarization, again, is related to this fundamental economic problem. Because when so many people feel that they’re working so hard, they’re working harder than ever, but they’re not getting anywhere. They’re actually falling behind. They feel economically insecure.
When all of those people feel that the game is rigged against them, they get angry. They get frustrated. They’re very prone to demagogues on the left or the right - it doesn’t matter who want to point the finger of blame at immigrants or at the poor or at the rich, at corporations or at government or at the trade unions. There’s a lot of blame to go around.”
This was the first WTF moment.
“They’re very prone to demagogues on the left or the right …”
The definition of a demagogue is a person, especially an orator or political leader, who appeals to the emotions, fears, prejudices, and ignorance of less-educated citizens in order to gain power and promote a political agenda.
My first thought was … and we’re talking about the United States now … where oh where are the demagogues on the left? We’re up to our eyeballs with Right-Wing Demagogues. We’ve got the Tea Party infesting the Senate with Paul, Rubio, and Cruz with Bachmann, Gohmert, and King in the House. How about the entire FOX News roster and every single cretin on right wing talk radio? But where in the hell are these Left Wing Straw Man demagogues he referred to? Left Wing demagogues don’t exist today, nor have they existed in the U.S. over last century.
But Right Wing demagogues have been around for years.
You can point to Father Charles Coughlin in the 30’s, the anti-commie crusaders in the 40’s and 50’s personified by Joe McCarthy, and racists rallied behind George Wallace in the 60’s. Ronald Reagan blew up the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 and Rush Limbaugh has been polluting the airwaves ever since.
It is true that angry, frustrated, uninformed people are very prone to demagogues. But in the United States, the demagogues are historically the Right-Wing variety.
It’s interesting to note the speaker was giving his talk during the time Right-Wing demagogues had successfully shut down the government of the United States.
The next WTF moment came when the speaker talked about globalization, one of the fundamental forces driving income inequality.
He said, “Globalization is one of those words to have gone from obscurity to meaningless without any intervening period of coherence. … Everything is coming from everywhere. There is not any such thing as an American car, a United States car, a British car. Everything, parts for almost every product, are coming from all over the world. We tend to think that everything is going to go to the place with the lowest wages. That’s another fallacy."
Seriously? I’ve got a house full of products that prove him wrong. So do you. From televisions, computers, media players, and smart phones, to toasters, coffee makers, clothing, and shoes … they all are manufactured where wages and working conditions are substantially lower than found in the U.S..
The example he gave to show that low wages are not the critical variable in deciding where to manufacture a product was a medical device designed in France and fabricated in Germany. Then he said, ”It’s not just wages, in other words. It’s actually productivity, it’s innovation, it is value, and much of that in turn depends on education.”
The manufacture of the hard drive in my computer is an extremely toxic process, and gives cancer to women in Thailand and elsewhere who assemble them. They work 60 hours a week and are paid about $270 a month. The company that manufactures computer hard drives didn’t choose to have the work done in Thailand instead of the U.S. because the workers are more educated. They chose Thailand because they could get away with it.
Then came the third WTF moment.
In the fight against income inequality, the speaker cautioned against playing “The Blame Game.” When he said that, it reminded me of Barack Obama’s opposition to investigating the crimes of the Bush/Cheney Regime citing what he called "… a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards."
I don’t call it “The Blame Game.” I call it Accountability.
The people who championed free trade agreements which allowed businesses to set up sweat shops around the globe should be held accountable.
The people who supported repealing the Glass-Steagall Legislation thus unleashing Wall Street’s ability to gut the world’s economy and millions of people’s lives should be held accountable.
The people who lied the U.S. into the death and destruction of war should be held accountable.
The people who rape and pillage the planet for easy cash should be held accountable.
The people who gamed the political system to turn a representative democracy into an oligarchy should be held accountable.
Without accountability how can anyone take the first micro-baby steps to address income inequality?
But if he wants to call it “The Blame Game” I can’t stop him. He says “pah-tah-toe” and I say “pah-tay-toe” … and all these bastards should be doing serious jail time.
Throughout the talk, the speaker made some good points:
Raise the minimum wage
Strengthen workers’ voices
Invest in Education
Reform Wall Street
Fix the Tax System
And Get Big Money Out of Politics.
But as long as the people don’t have a clear idea of how we found ourselves in this brave new world of massive income inequality … the chances of implementing his ideas are right around zero.
It’s time to end the cheap suspense. The Speaker was Dr. Robert Reich whose wiki entry reads:
Robert Bernard Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.
At the end of the talk Reich received a standing ovation. The only reason I stood up was to get the hell out of there.
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.
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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.
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"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.
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"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.