Tag Archives: corporatism

‘Tis The Season To Be Stripped Bare

Lady Liberty at Christmas, 2010 C.E.

By Volaar

Texas can be a nutty place, especially this time of year.  Rushing people whirling and spinning, stepping around, over and through one another where before an air of southern gentility prevailed.  Politeness might once again prevail, but not until the headlong masses have secured their place among the lucky fifty percent who will find this year’s festivities close enough to par to call it a wonderful day. 

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An Impossible Honesty

by Volaar

So what is it like to age, mature and grow older in AynRandistan?

When I was in my twenties, it was a distant concern, a lower priority than when and where the next party would be thrown.

When I was in my thirties, it was the burden of the older workers who seemed to be placed in my path to annoy and slow me down.

When I was in my forties, it was a predator that knocked on the door I refused to answer.  Sometimes it would go away, and sometimes it would return with several armed friends. Continue reading

A Top Secret Communique From The Obvious One

Greetings From The Obvious One

By Volaar

Hello my fellow Americans, Captain Obvious here – reporting live from behind the enemy lines erected on 9/11/2001 by a criminal junta funded, it seems, by multiple sovereign fiduciary entities for which it has become a capital crime to reveal the truth about in a court of law.  That would be a capital crime punishable by death sans judge or jury of one’s peers.

Hillary Clinton recently stated that Wikileaks has attacked the international community.  To those who prevaricate for a living, the truth seems the ultimate weapon of assault.

So how did this pathetic reversal of contemporary reality take place? 

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Fit Hits Shan At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

By Richard Volaar

Fit hits shan, shan generates sparks, sparks cause fire, Fotomat burns down, no film at eleven.

Joe Biden has been tasked to consider invoking the 25th Amendment against Barry Soetoro, our beloved Narcissist-in-Chief, Barak Hussein Obama. Continue reading

Dear Jon to Dear Keith

By Richard Volaar

[originally published in early 2010, recently edited and revised due to Keith Olbermann’s effective dismissal from MSNBC]

You may be (fill-in-the-blank-stare) to know that, with respect to your recent lampooning of Keith Olbermann, I have a difference of opinion with your perspective.

While it has certainly been true that Mr. Olbermann has flagrantly used hyperbole in describing the behavior and character of Washington politicians, lobbyists and other leaders from the political “right” in our country, I believe his hyperbolic statements were perfectly appropriate.  Under the present circumstances that continue to exist within the United States of America, not only is hyperbole warranted, but screaming in the public square at the top of one’s lungs is to be encouraged.  Continue reading

Bill Moyers: Welcome to the Plutocracy

Bill Moyers speech at the first Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture of Boston University, Oct. 29, 2010. Text below, posted at Truth Out, differs slightly from the actual presentation.

Watch a video of the speech and the Q&A session here.

Bill Moyers on government corruption, corporatism, Citizens United, Koch brothers, Karl Rove, and, of course, Howard Zinn’s promotion of resistance, national strikes and bottom-up democracy. Unfortunately, he also supports ObamaCare, disingenuously characterizing it as providing health coverage for 40 million Americans — those very people who don’t have coverage because they can’t afford it. Passing a law that requires them to buy it does not provide healthcare; it just makes them criminals for being too poor to afford insurance. Big difference between free public health care and mandatory insurance premiums. Otherwise, it’s an excellent speech. ~Ed.

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Faith not in any god but in our own humanity.  This is all that any Creator would hope to inspire.

America the Dutiful

By Richard Volaar

Feasting on the Whitey-House

My senior year in high school (no, I will not tell you) I won the Veterans Affairs Voice of Democracy speechwriting competition for the central section of California.  When I think back to the soaring prose and metaphors I used to describe how I felt about the land of my birth in those days, I can almost hear the mortars and gunfire on the beaches of Normandy, juxtaposed with the granite faces of El Capitan and Half Dome.  In those days, veterans ate that sort of naïveté up.  The horror of the treatment of Korean War and Viet Nam War veterans had yet to fully sink in to the brains and nervous systems of the veterans of “the Good War.”  Now that the handiwork of Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld have hit home for the veterans of the Gulf War, I don’t think we need to be shrieking our disappointment at the veterans coming home from Afghanistan; we need to be preventing our children from volunteering for the slaughter in the first place.

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Ideas on the Path Towards Revolutionary Regression: Issue 2; Authoritarianism Has Never Been A Left-Right Issue

I have always been a self-righteous, egocentric teller of tall tales, mostly to myself. A curious factoid crossed my path the other day as I was engaging in the tall-tale-telling that Texans like to engage in when they’re certain no one from out of state is listening in. While I prefer engaging those on the political left in my free time, I am basically surrounded by right-wingnuts most of my waking hours. Setting aside the perturbing thought of how I have managed to survive in this environment for any length time, I noticed that I seem to get along fairly well with these wingnuts provided I refuse to engage them in political chit-chat. I still want to choke them from time to time, but the urge seems to be, for the most part, manageable. Continue reading

Do Not Pity the Democrats

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By Chris Hedges
TruthDig

We do not have much time left. And the longer we refuse to confront corporate power the more impotent we become as society breaks down. The game of electoral politics, which is given legitimacy by the right and the so-called left on the cable news shows, is just that—a game. It diverts us from what should be our daily task—dismantling, piece by piece, the iron grip that corporations hold over our lives, writes Hedges.

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Media and the Message. CNN; Retain Bush Tax Cuts

Please view the video, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says the easiest way to cut the deficit is to let the Bush tax cuts expire.

copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org

The day was Sunday, August 1, 2010. Former Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan appeared on Meet the Press. When asked to discuss the Congressional debate on tax cuts, the man known to move markets, a person who leans to the “Right,” offered a decisive decree. In direct disagreement with Republican officials and the profitable corporations that fund countless political campaigns, Mister Greenspan declared, “Look, I’m very much in favor of tax cuts, but not with borrowed money. And the problem that we’ve gotten into in recent years is spending programs with borrowed money, tax cuts with borrowed money, and at the end of the day, that proves disastrous. And my view is I don’t think we can play subtle policy here on it.”

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500 arrested at G20; Black Bloc may be psyops

Black Bloc starts riot at G20. Do real anarchists all wear the same shoes. Do they wear uniforms?

BUZZ THIS 

By Rady Ananda 

The Law Union of Ontario Movement Defence Committee [MDC] has issued an Appeal for broad political support for the G20 arrestees, estimated at nearly 500. Not arrested were members of the supposed anarchist group, Black Bloc, which is suspected of being a police psyops group ordered to start the G20 riot yesterday. Among the protestors, two professional journalists were also reportedly beaten and one arrested. 

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Colombia Challenging ‘Killer Coke’

By Paul Benedek & Marcela Escauriaza
Green Left

BUZZ THIS

The life of a trade unionist in Colombia is very difficult and complex”, visiting union leader Edgar Paez told Green Left Weekly.

Paez said 4000 unionists have been murdered in Colombia in 28 years. “Last year, 47 unionists were killed, 48 the year before. Union leaders need armed guards, bulletproof cars, camera surveillance and bulletproof windows on their offices.

“They lose the possibility of a normal family life.”

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Have a nice world war, folks

By John Pilger
Correo del Orinoco

Here is news of the Third World War. The United States has invaded Africa. US troops have entered Somalia, extending their war front from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen and now the Horn of Africa. In preparation for an attack on Iran, American missiles have been placed in four Persian Gulf states, and “bunker-buster” bombs are said to be arriving at the US base on the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

In Gaza, the sick and abandoned population, mostly children, is being entombed behind underground American-supplied walls in order to reinforce a criminal siege. In Latin America, the Obama administration has secured seven bases in Colombia, from which to wage a war of attrition against the popular democracies in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay. Meanwhile, the Secretary of “Defense” Robert Gates complains that “the general [European] public and the political class” are so opposed to war they are an “impediment” to peace.

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Social Costs of Globalisation


By Helena Norberg-Hodge
CounterCurrents

“… America is a new kind of society that produces a new kind of human being. That human being – confident, self-reliant, tolerant, generous, future-oriented – is a vast improvement over the wretched, servile, fatalistic and intolerant human being that traditional societies have always produced.”

– Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great About America

Implicit in all the rhetoric our leaders spout about globalisation is the idea that the rest of the world should eventually be brought up to the standard of living of the West, and America in particular. Read between the lines of the ‘sustainable development’ argument and you’ll find the American Dream lurking: it is globalisation’s touchstone, its apparent endpoint.

But if this is the direction globalisation is taking us, it is worth examining where America itself is headed. A good way to do so is to take a hard look at America’s children, since so many features of the global monoculture have been in place their whole lives. They are like canaries in a mineshaft: if the American Dream isn’t working for them, why should anyone, anywhere, believe it would work better for their own children?

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The Ugly Truth About the Health Care Bill

This excerpt from Glenn Greenwald‘s column tells the tale:

“Just consider what Nate Silver wrote yesterday in trying to understand why progressives have suddenly united behind this bill, in a post he entitled “Why Liberals (Suddenly) Love the Health Care Bill”:

“It has occurred in spite of the fact that the bill hasn’t really gotten any more liberal. Whatever might come out of the reconciliation process will be marginally more liberal than what the Senate passed on its own, but still lacks a public option or a Medicare buy-in, and suffers from most of the same flaws that some liberals were critiquing in the first place. It might have helped a little bit to get the Senate bill off the front pages — but the differences between the “Obama”/reconciliation bill and the Senate’s December bill are fairly cosmetic.”

In other words, the bill which many progressives were swearing just a couple months ago they could not and would not support (the Senate bill) is materially similar to the bill they’re now vigorously supporting (the Obama/reconciliation bill). Continue reading

Obama Inc. Triumphs: Kucinich Folds His Hand on Health Care

By Glen Ford
Black Agenda Radio

Kucinich had been given an offer that he felt he could not refuse.The Obama administration has finished the job it started in January, 2009: crush the progressive wing of the Democratic Party to clear the way for corporate governance. Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s was the last Left opposition to Obama’s toxic health care legislation. “Once Obama’s private insurers’ bailout bill is in place, it will be almost impossible to dismantle in the foreseeable future.”

“There is nothing for a true progressive to do in Obama’s Democratic Party.”

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Michael Moore Slowly Awakening to the Awful Truth?

By Deb JerseyG
Coalition of the Obvious

It seems he has drawn the curtain back just a bit to expose the fake left/right paradigm that is our political system.  He still hasn’t reached COTO status yet but it’s starting to look like maybe Mike isn’t a shill for the dem establishment after all.  Time will tell. ~jg

“The Green They Steal, The Greed They Wear …” a St. Patrick’s Day lament by Michael Moore

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Watch The Corporation Online


A must see for all those concerned about the recent SCOTUS decision granting corporations rights reserved for We the People…

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Debunking Corporate Free Speech

By Jaguar J0nes