Tag Archives: Plutocracy

The ‘People’s Microphone’

By Pablo Ouziel
The Peoples Voice

With the current ‘Audacity of Hope’ entering its terminal phase, Americans engaged in social movement activity are finally catching up with their brothers and sisters in other parts of the World.  What took a long time to flourish – despite the numerous calls from academics and activists from within the United States and from outside of its shores – has finally erupted into what is rapidly becoming the turning point in the relationship between people and markets (and people and government), at the heart of America’s unstable empire.

Wall street is now occupied and global indignation against plutocratic rule has reached its climax, it has come face to face with its source.

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Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans’ Wealth Is Stolen

By Dennis Kucinich
Information Clearing House

The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy — that it is run for the few at the expense of the many, that our entire government has been turned into a machine which takes the wealth of a mass of Americans and accelerates it into the hands of the few. Let me give you some examples.

Take war. War takes the money from the American people and puts it into the hands of arms manufacturers, war profiteers, and private armies. The war in Iraq, based on lies: $3 trillion will be the cost of that war. The war in Afghanistan; based on a misreading of history; half a trillion of dollars in expenses already. The war against Libya will be $1 billion by September.

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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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Every Day is Capital Day

plutocratBy Paul Street     Z-Blogs   Sep 8, 2009

The United States’ “Labor Day” (Sept. 7th) must have seemed ironic to the nation’s expanding army of unemployed, their vital human labor power deemed un-profitable and therefore unworthy of even minimal ransom-payment by the masters of capital.

An old peasant slogan proclaimed “no work, no eat.”

Capital’s slogan is “no profit for us, no work for you.”

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