Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid, America: Political Fiction in an Age of Televised Lies

Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid, America: Political Fiction in an Age of Televised Lies
By John W. Whitehead
Posted July 28, 2016

bread and circusesTune into a political convention and you will find yourself being sucked into an alternate reality so glossy, star-studded, emotionally charged and entertaining as to make you forget that you live in a police state. The elaborate stage show, the costumes, the actors, the screenplay, the lighting, the music, the drama: all carefully calibrated to appeal to the public’s need for bread and circuses, diversion and entertainment, and pomp and circumstance.

Politics is a reality show, America’s favorite form of entertainment, dominated by money and profit, imagery and spin, hype and personality and guaranteed to ensure that nothing in the way of real truth reaches the populace. More…

Trump’s Treasury Wouldn’t Resurrect Glass-Steagall – Here’s Why

Trump’s Treasury Wouldn’t Resurrect Glass-Steagall – Here’s Why
By Shah Gilani
Posted July 26, 2016

Goldman Sachs nexusIf you read the 58-page draft of the Republican Party’s official party platform you’ll come across a surprising one-liner: “We support reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 which prohibits commercial banks from engaging in high-risk investment.” But before Republican big-bank haters get excited, everyone should know that’s not presidential candidate Donald Trump’s one-liner.

Based on who Mr. Trump is reportedly considering for Treasury Secretary in his would-be cabinet, it’s highly unlikely, Republican platform rhetoric aside, a Trump Administration would be even remotely interested in resurrecting Glass-Steagall. Frighteningly, but not surprisingly, there’s a huge Goldman Sachs nexus connecting the end of Glass-Steagall to the future prospect of reviving it, with Donald Trump squarely in the middle. More…

Here’s how it works: Industry, lawmakers and money mingle in Cleveland

Here’s how it works: Industry, lawmakers and money mingle in Cleveland
by Ashley Balcerzak and Robert Maguire
Posted July 24, 2016

protecting Pfizer spnsorship of eventsHouse Speaker Paul Ryan’s impassioned speech to unite the GOP on Tuesday was not the last he would give in Cleveland. A national Republican organization brought in the big guns for their fundraiser, with Ryan headlining the event to inspire donations.

In the tranquility of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, miles away from the madness surrounding the Quicken Loans Arena, Ryan stressed the need to coordinate and strengthen the Republican party on the federal, state, local and federal levels. His audience? A bevy of state legislative leaders rubbing elbows with industry interests. More…

Over-Policing Is Rooted in Over-Reliance on Politics

Over-Policing Is Rooted in Over-Reliance on Politics
by Joey Clark
Posted July 16, 2016

too much politics in policingThough the police may be the face of law and order, behind their blue eyes rest the marching orders of politicians riddled with this presumption—that the law is the best tool for bringing order to a society facing complex problems.

Let’s not give the politicians too much credit though. They, of course, are elected by “the people” to presume as much. As Mencken wrote, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard,” and though I do not think the common people deserve to be victims of police brutality, I am not surprised they have become the victims of their “representative” government. Indifferent to freedom, the people have forged their own chains and have given “themselves” the reins by empowering their government and its agents. More…

US Politics’ True Bipartisan Consensus: Capitalism Is Untouchable

US Politics’ True Bipartisan Consensus: Capitalism Is Untouchable
By Richard D. Wolff
Posted July 5, 2016

Is capitalism really untouchable? The economic aim of both major US political parties is, in the end, the same: to protect and reinforce the capitalist system.

The Republican Party does so chiefly by means of a systematic, unremitting demonization of the government. They blame it for whatever ails the capitalist economy. If unemployment grows, they point to government policies and actions and attack particular politicians for what they did or did not do to stimulate the economy, directing criticism away from the employers who actually deprive workers of their jobs.

The Democrats protect and reproduce the system by assigning to the government the task of minimizing the problems that beset capitalism. So, for example, they want the business cycles that are an inherent affliction of capitalism to be foreseen, planned for, minimized, and overcome by government intervention. This is the underlying purpose of Keynesian economics and the monetary and fiscal policies it generates. More…

The British Woke UP — Can The Americans?

The British Woke UP — Can The Americans?
by Paul Craig Roberts
(Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan)
Posted July 1, 2016

British have woken upThe British people, or rather a majority of those who voted, surprised the Establishment, which was confident of the success of its propaganda, by voting to save their ancient and distinguished country, the font of liberty, from disappearing into the EU, a dictatorship ruled by unaccountable appointees. The British had enough of that with kings and decided that the future did not lie in going backward. The British vote to exit the EU could bring the unintended consequence of unravelling the EU and NATO, thus reducing Washington’s ability to foment war.

Americans need to decide that they, like the British, do not appreciate being led backward to worse times. The Clintons and the Republican Senator from Texas, Phil Gramm, led America back to Robber Baron days by deregulating the financial system. The senator was rewarded with a multi-million dollar banking job for overturning Great Depression era legislation that made financial capitalism workable. Americans need to understand that capitalists do not care if capitalism works for you as long as it works for them. More…

Think You’ve Got It Locked, Hillary? Meet Jill Stein.

Think You’ve Got It Locked, Hillary? Meet Jill Stein.
By Bill Scher
Posted June 28, 2016

Jill Stein, and laternative to big moneyAfter an anxiety-inducing and divisive primary, Democrats are starting to breathe easier. Bernie Sanders, while not formally conceding to Hillary Clinton, has turned his fire on Donald Trump. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the darling of the left before Sanders, has effusively endorsed Clinton. So at last the presumptive nominee can hope to gather in all those unhappy Bernie voters and lead a united Democratic Party in the fall, right?

Not if Dr. Jill Stein has anything to say about it.

The longtime Massachusetts environmental activist and presumptive Green Party nominee (the Green convention is not until August 4) is hungrily eyeing disgruntled Sanders voters—many of whom have been saying that even now, with the nomination all but locked up, they still won’t vote for Hillary. And Stein appears to know her audience, declaring on CNN right after the California primary that she represents “a plan B … to continue to fight that revolution.” More…

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