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      ThouArtThat
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      Papering Over the Rot <– web link
      The staggering concentration of wealth at the top has deformed our governing institutions — new window dressing will not end oligarchy.

      The death spiral of the American Empire will not be halted with civility. It will not be halted with the 42 executive orders signed by Joe Biden, however welcome many are, especially since they can, with a new chief executive, be immediately revoked. It will not be halted by removing Donald Trump, and the crackpot conspiracy theorists, Christian fascists and racists who support him, from social media. It will not be halted by locking up the Proud Boys and the clueless protestors who stormed the Congress on January 6 and took selfies in Mike Pence’s Senate chair. It will not be halted by restoring the frayed alliances with our European allies or rejoining the World Health Organization or the Paris Climate Agreement. All of these measures are window dressing, masking the root cause of the demise of America — unchecked oligarchic power and greed. The longer wealth is funneled upwards into the hands of a tiny, oligarchic cabal, who put Biden into office and whose interests he assiduously serves, we are doomed.

      Once an oligarchy seizes power, deforming governing institutions to exclusively serve their narrow interests and turning the citizenry into serfs, there are only two options, as Aristotle pointed out — tyranny or revolution. The staggering concentration of wealth and obscene avarice of the very rich now dwarfs the hedonism and excesses of the world’s most heinous despots and wealthiest capitalists of the past. In 2015, shortly before he died, Forbes estimated David Rockefeller’s net worth was $3 billion. The Shah of Iran looted an estimated $1 billion from his country. Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos amassed between $5 and $10 billion. And the former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was worth about a billion. Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are each at $180 billion.

      The new wealth comes from a cartel capitalism far more concentrated and far more criminal than any of the cartels built by the old robber barons of the 19th century. It was made possible by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton who, in exchange for corporate money to fund their campaigns and later Clinton’s foundation and post-presidency opulent lifestyle, abolished the regulations that once protected the citizenry from the worst forms of monopoly exploitation. The demolishing of regulations made possible the largest upwards transference of wealth in American history. Whatever you say about Trump, he at least initiated moves to break up Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other Silicon Valley monopolists, none of which will happen under Biden, whose campaign these corporations bankrolled. And that has to be one of the reasons these digital platforms disappeared Trump from social media.

      The new robber barons peddle the classless identity politics of the Democratic Party to deflect attention from their stranglehold on wealth and power, as well as their exploitation of workers, especially those that make their products overseas. Corporations such as Walmart have 80 percent of their suppliers in China. These corporations are full partners in China’s state-controlled capitalism and suppression of basic labor rights and wages, where most Chinese workers make less than $350 a month and toil in Dickensian conditions.

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      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
      - John F. Kennedy

      "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
      - George Orwell

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
      - Idries Shah

      "A riot is the language of the unheard."
      - Martin Luther King

    • #400245
      djean111
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      can go fuck themselves, quite frankly. All the sniveling whinges about how we need to work together and influence the Vichy Dems is totally clueless and  delusional wishful thinking at best, deliberate obfuscation is more likely.  Just the opening salvos of vote for the blue!   for the 2022 and 2024 biennial “pretend we are a democracy” hunger games.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      • #400295
        ThouArtThat
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        @djean111

        Hi djean,

        Yep, If the system is unable to force Biden/Harris to honor a simple campaign promise like $2,000 stimulus, it is unreasonable to expect any movement on Medicare For All.  Maybe one day, enough Americans will have finally had enough to rise up and constitute a new government.  As Hedges notes, “Papering Over the Rot” will no longer solve any problems.

        TAT

        “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
        - John F. Kennedy

        "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
        - George Orwell

        "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
        - Jiddu Krishnamurti

        "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
        - Idries Shah

        "A riot is the language of the unheard."
        - Martin Luther King

      • #400375
        rudycantfail
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        Circumstances are desperate for so many Americans and it will only get much worse regardless of which party is in power I’m afraid. Will you extend your scathing criticism to Bernie, AOC and The Squad?

        • #400381
          djean111
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          Pelosi and Schumer pretty much run things; I will save extreme distaste for them and Biden/all the other Vichy Dems.

          I will say that it looks to me like Bernie is the only one who has a body of accomplishments helping, or trying to help people.  If you feel you need to see me express hate for Bernie, you are shit out of luck.  I think he is in a bad situation, with very bad people, and I do not buy into that deliberate sheep-dogging thing. I do not think Bernie has turned into a corporate shill or whatever.  I think the others you named are on their way there.  I am not much of a “joiner”, really, and will not be jumping on any hate bandwagons, I just express how I feel, and recognise that we all have a different frame of reference.   And I do not “hate” Jimmy Dore, I just don’t think he is very funny or even all that interesting. He is an entertainer, that’s all he is to me.   Reminds me of Bill Maher, in a way.  But – feh.

          America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

    • #400320
      Earthartist
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      I just posted another one he is on a roll. I posted it TAT then thought it was the same one went to delete it and realized it was new.  He is one amazing man I got to see him in Eugene.

      Earthartist

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