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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 16, 2017, 03:12:59 pm »

GREAT posts from K-Dog and Surly!  

Yes, saying both sides are responsible for a murder was beyond stupid of him.

If I was within 500 miles of that Robert E. Lee statue that statue would be having a new coat of red paint.  Blood red.

Hint Hint Surly.  How far away are you?

Three hours. Locals are doing what they can.

K-Dog , glad to see you on the side of the angels here.   

Surly, thank you for tirelessly continuing to fight the good fight. Watch your back, bro.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2017, 10:58:38 pm »

Trump And Charlottesville: Too Little, Too Late | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Published on Aug 14, 2017

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2017, 10:19:24 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Please watch these videos from Thom Hartmann. They get right to the root of WHY this old FASCIST oligarchic tool of racist divide and conquer evil continues today to get Americans to fight each other, instead of bringing the Oligarchs to justice. Organized racism is FUNDED by the FASCIST Oligarchs!

August 14, 2017

Thom speaks with guest Mark Potok (Writer, speaker, former organizer with Southern Poverty Law Center.) on the disturbing white supremacist violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia and how it is related to Donald Trump and other republicans.

Thom looks at the history the violence of overt white supremacists and the support they've received from leading right wing institutions including the media and the police since the Greensboro Massacre in 1979 all leading up to the tragic murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville this past weekend.

Thom speaks with a caller who witnessed the tragic terror attack carried out by white supremacist over the weekend in Charlottesville, echoing the sentiments that fascism must be stopped at all cost.

Thom talks with Dr Randy Blazak on the fascist strategy of using free speech as a way to legitimize themselves and continue a conversation that we shouldn't even be having.

What We Can Do To Stop Fascism
Thom Hartmann takes your calls and answers a question on the mind of viewers and listeners around the world. What can we do to stop Fascism?
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 11, 2017, 08:06:06 pm »

Republicans Have Weaponized the Criminal Justice System (w/guest Gov. Don Siegelman)

Aug. 10, 2017 5:00 pm

Thom speaks with guest Don Siegelman  (Former Governor - Alabama, 1999-2003, profiled in the new documentary, Atticus v. the Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman).

Please go to http://free-don.org/ and sign the Petition  to allow the film in Montgomery:Stop Censorship: Urge Capri Theatre in Alabama to Show Siegelman Documentary Film
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 10, 2017, 07:53:22 pm »

The Political Assassination of Governor Don Siegelman

Aug. 9, 2017 5:00 pm

Thom is joined by guest Steve Wimberly (Director/Producer - Atticus v. the Architect: The Political Assassination of Governor Don Siegelman) to talk about the complete prosecutorial attack on Don Siegelman by his political enemies.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 06, 2017, 03:45:35 pm »

Why don't liberals admit that President Trump is and will be a good president and will make America great again? 


Bill Allen

Updated Jul 18, 2017

I'm 57 years old and was born under the Dwight Eisenhower administration. I'm also a registered Republican and always have been since I voted for Reagan in 1980. Though he's been in office just 6 months, Donald Trump is (hands down) easily the worst president of my entire life! Not only do I say this because he's accomplished almost nothing so far (granted, I will give him Gorsuch as his only accomplishment ), but he has the most serious credibility problem. 16 or 17 Republicans as nominees, and the man who was the worst candidate of all was chosen.

I think there's a fair chance he will be impeached with this Russian scandal too.

Most importantly, the key ingredient the POTUS needs—whether I agree with his policies or not—is integrity. Trump has zero integrity and is a chronic liar. He talks like he's in the 3rd grade and is an utter embarrassment to us as Americans. In fact, he’s turned out worse than I ever imagined.

His arrogance, his narcissism, his bravado, his stupidity make him probably the worst president in US history.

So the real question is “"Why are his supporters so blind and so stupid that they fail to see just how bad of a president he's been over the last half year?” And the only answer I can give is that these people must be watching Fox News. What you get from Fox News is an entity pretending to give us accurate news. But instead, they've followed the mantra of Joseph Goebbels (go look him up if you've never heard of him). Sean Hannity is Joseph Goebbels incarnate.

One more thing…as a Christian I'm absolutely appalled and puzzled as to why the evangelical community is so supportive of this man as president when he lacks such integrity. Evangelicals should know better and should be ashamed themselves for this. Trump bears no redeeming qualities that Jesus talks about. He lacks humility, he is arrogant, he puts himself in front of others. he is such a narcissist. Please go back to the Gospels and read the beatitudes of Jesus. Please!  

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:59:39 pm »

Noam Chomsky on DemocracyNOW! 

Noam Chomsky (July 30, 2017) - President Donald Trump & America 2017

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2017, 05:40:00 pm »

Fired BEFORE his official START DATE! LOL!

Down Goes the Mooch! | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ


Published on Jul 31, 2017

The chaos comes at you quick, right? Anthony Scaramucci, "The Mooch," is out. Who will be in?
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 30, 2017, 05:38:18 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 30, 2017, 05:33:56 pm »

Good job sleuthing out the Sinclair broadcast group!

Sara Carter is quite prolific.


K-Dog, you bad, bad doggie! You just exposed yourself as a defender of right wing propagandist LIARS! Yes, I know you consider them "truth telling" pundists, but Snopes begs to differ:

We were unsuccessful in obtaining confirmation from the Syracuse affiliate that the segment Dafoe described in fact aired on that station in May, but the commentator she named, Sara Carter , is indeed a conservative pundit who appears regularly on the Fox News Channel in addition to working as a national security correspondent for Sinclair-owned Circa News.

Mark Hyman, a former Sinclair executive who delivers the “Behind the Headlines” op-ed segments SGB pushed out to affiliates, is a contributor to The Washington Times, Washington Examiner, American Spectator, Human Events, and other conservative publications. And former Trump staffer Boris Epshteyn was hired in April 2017 to serve as Sinclair’s chief political analyst, a job which so far seems to entail defending the president and castigating the mainstream media, according to a report by the Washington Post:

Epshteyn’s segments have added yet another pro-Trump shading to news and commentary offered by Sinclair, a Baltimore-area company with a long history of favoring conservative causes and candidates on its stations’ newscasts.


GOTCHA, right winger!
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 30, 2017, 05:31:58 pm »

FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media
Sara Carter via Circa.com
Jul 28, 2017

FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.

Right wing agitprop. Circa is the seemingly normal appearing news portal owned and operated by the Sinclair broadcast group, the same people that are attempting to acquire the Tribune broadcast group, and and bring their special brand of right wing lunacy to your local station. They are also the same people who provide"must carry" propaganda segments featuring such luminaries as Boris Epshtyn for their group station's newscasts.

So now we have zero hedge quoting circa, in a perfect right-wing circle jerk. This is akin to Breitbart quoting Drudge on a news item.
Meanwhile, a search for, "James a baker DOJ investigation" yields no mainstream reportage, and only stories originated by circa, zero hedge, Fox, Breritbart, in the usual list of right-wing suspects, including the Epoch Times.

MAYBE the report is true, but what is certain is that this report is just the right wing media doing its part to help Trump win each and every day's news cycle, which is a matter of existential importance to the junta attempting to remain in power.

Where is the leak?  There is no 'MAYBE' because if there was a leak something would be getting wet which means we could find what the hell Baker is accused of.  We can't, so there is no leak.

Can't do the time if you don't do the crime.  Ooops, I take that back.

Good job sleuthing out the Sinclair broadcast group!

Sara Carter is quite prolific.


K-Dog, you are a Trumper.    You are also a loyal defender of Sessions.   . Why don't you admit that you wish they would kiss and make up instead of posting irrelevant arm waving about reactions to right wing (as in 24/7 LIES) media?

Right wing media just does what it does. Anyone that takes absolutely anything they say seriously is critical thinking challenged, if not hopelessly brain damaged.

Right wing media says this and says that and the other sensationalist mendacious baloney every single day.

THIS is the story that is important now, though you don't want to deal with it:

Trump v. Sessions: Who Do You Root For? The Truth
Saturday, July 29, 2017
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed


I never thought we'd all live this long. My assumption after November was that Donald Trump would have figured out a way by now to blow the mantle off the planet and scatter our collective component elements into the farthest reaches of space. As we are somehow still here, let's take a moment to enjoy the ridiculous steel cage match unfolding between Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions. There is so much wrong baked into this situation, so much error and ego and straight-up birdbrained ignorance, that we're left with a simple question.

Gadzooks, who do you root for?

Trump is a known quantity at this point. While his ultimate capacity for the demolition of all things moral, ethical, legal, intelligent or proper has yet to be established, he has done more than enough for us to cobble together a fair measure of the man, and it's pretty straightforward stuff. The president of the United States is, in no particular order, a boor, an oaf, a braggart, a bully, unlettered, inexplicably vain, immoral, amoral, orange for some reason, an unskilled congenital liar, a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a cheat, a fraud, a terrible public speaker, a comprehensive embarrassment every single day and the purveyor of notoriously bad steaks.

We know this. We also know that Trump, the self-crowned king of social media, has unfriended Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the most OMG WTF LOL way history has ever seen. He says it's because Sessions hasn't been tough enough on Hillary Clinton and White House leakers, but again, he's a terrible liar. The reason Trump is going Donkey Kong on the attorney general has everything to do with a guy named Brian Benczkowski.

Benczkowski is a lawyer who came to work for the Department of Justice (DoJ) during the time of George W. Bush. He led Trump's DoJ transition team after the 2016 election. Last Tuesday, he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee because he's been nominated to run the DoJ's criminal division, which is a damned big deal. During that testimony, Benczkowski informed the committee that he once represented a Russian-owned financial institution named Alfa Bank.

"Questions about the bank's activity first arose last year," reports CNN, "when a group of computer scientists raised concerns about internet records that showed that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a Trump Organization computer server in the United States." Both the Trump for President campaign and Alfa Bank denied any relationship or wrongdoing. The whole matter was investigated by a team supervised by Brian Benczkowski from his partnership perch at Kirkland & Ellis, the world's second-highest-grossing law firm.

Brian Benczkowski, along with every other person on the planet who knows something about Trump's relationship with Russia, or thinks they know something, or might know something, is why Trump wants Jeff Sessions gone. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his ongoing Trump/Russia investigation are very interested in speaking to the Brian Benczkowskis of the world. This terrifies Trump, who wants Mueller's investigation stopped. Sessions could have done that, if he hadn't recused himself from all things Russia. Hilariously, Sessions is one of the people who knows something about Trump and the Russian government's electoral meddling, and is himself an established serial liar and perjurer on the topic. That's why Sessions recused himself from any part of any investigation. He didn't want to; he had to, after all those undisclosed, lied-about meetings.

Ah yes, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III,
son of Alabama, named after the president of the Confederate States of America and the general who opened fire on Fort Sumter. Once deemed too racist for a federal judgeship by his fellow Republicans, Sessions has managed over the years to establish himself as a stalwart ally of the religious right, the coal industry and of course, the war weapons manufacturers.

His overt racism, you see, is not Mr. Sessions' only selling point for the far right. In 2002, Sessions voted to authorize the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and in 2003 approved spending $86 billion on the endeavor. In 2005, he voted against paying for the war "on-budget," meaning on the books, and that same year voted against investigating outside contracts awarded to companies like Blackwater for work in Iraq and Afghanistan. At every opportunity afterward, he voted against withdrawing US troops from Iraq.

With that, the tale is told: Vote for an illegal war, fund it lavishly, invite your friends to the trough, hide the funding from prying eyes and the public, and keep the money machine going by refusing to end the war no matter how many die in the process.

The tension surrounding whether Trump will actually fire his attorney general has been ratcheting up for days, but as of this writing, that shoe has not yet dropped. Those who name the president a coward point to this situation as proof: The man lacks the sand to back up his bluster. The big question for the media has been "Will Sessions resign?" The answer is utterly obvious: Hell no. Sessions has a lot of friends on the Republican side of the Senate, several of whom have forbidden Trump from firing him while promising terrible consequences if he does. This is unprecedented.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 30, 2017, 04:32:12 pm »

Trump v. Sessions: Who Do You Root For? The Truth

Saturday, July 29, 2017

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed


Forget?   Hell!

... Jeff Sessions has not reached this high station in political life without knowing how to nurse, and properly repay, a grudge. Unless I am completely mistaken about everything I've ever known regarding human nature, politics and Southern gentlemen -- the attorney general and I both have Alabama red clay under our fingernails ; I've had my eye on him since George Wallace's last term as governor --  I can tell you this for certain sure: Jeff Sessions now despises Donald Trump, and will wait in the tall grass for the proper moment to fully express his displeasure. He may be giving meek interviews to Fox News, but when the time is right, Sessions will spring at Trump's throat like a leopard and say "Bless his heart" when he does.

Where is that tall grass? The office of the attorney general of the United States. Trump wants Sessions to resign so he can nominate a replacement who won't recuse themselves from involvement in the Russia investigations. That person would then arrange the dismissal of Robert Mueller and the termination of his investigation. As long as Sessions is in the office, with Senate Republicans and the base of the party rallying to his banner, with the president unwilling to fire him, Mueller is safe to continue his investigation. If that investigation bears prosecutable fruit, Jeff Sessions will have his vengeance.

Oh what a tangled web, right? Rooting for one over the other is akin to choosing between explosive diarrhea and persistent constipation. Either way, you're dealing with a lot of S H I T. Mueller is no prize either, his ongoing investigation notwithstanding.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 26, 2017, 02:37:50 pm »

I'm beginning to think it's not the weird politicians that are the problem, they're just symptomatic of the larger issue ---IDIOCRACY.

Well said. Idiocracy is systemic in  both the Devilcratic and Retardocratic parties.

As a medical professional, I'm sure you will agree that our Idiocracy is not idiopathic; we pretty much know the cause.

My belief is that there is an idiocracy now. But the reason for it mainly has to do with two things. One is the public education system in this country, which deliberately dumbs people down and prepares them to be passive worker bees. The other is media, first TV and now social media, like FB, Twitter, and Instagram.

The school thing was on purpose, and the elites get full credit for building a system that works (for them).

TV takes innocent children and makes them into rabid consumers, while also indoctrinating them along the lines of whatever narrative is currently being pushed by Rupert Murdoch and a few other media billionaires.

The social media thing, the whole Web 2.0 phenomenon seems to be an accident, but it is an unfortunate force multiplier for ignorance and misinformation.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 26, 2017, 01:50:54 pm »


Blasting the News

The rapid technological evolution has made the world a different place. Our society has, undoubtedly, evolved along with technology. The internet has changed the way we consume information and the way we live. It has become an integral part of our lives. This has not gone unnoticed bycorporations and governments all over the world. They understand the potential of the world wide web, and they are constantly trying to find ways to monopolize the virtual space.
Astroturfing: Definition and examples

By definition, #astroturfing is “the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by a grassroots participant.” In layman’s terms, astroturfing is spreading #propaganda disguised as public opinion. It’s safe to conclude that governments and corporations have always done this through mass media, but the internet has given them a whole new avenue to explore and spread their propaganda.

Reddit, for example, has reduced itself to being nothing but a propaganda tool, for the most part, but social media websites are not immune to so called “shills.” The British Army has created a special team of online “warriors,” skilled in psychological manipulation, to aid Britain in #Cyber Warfare, the Guardian has reported.

An army spokesman has officially confirmed this.

Additionally, the Washington Post confirmed that the Obama administration hired a man named Cass Sunstein, famous for writing a Harvard paper that suggests intelligence officials should infiltrate online forums and chat rooms (with an emphasis on “conspiracy theory” communities), to influence discussion and spread propaganda.

President Obama, however, is not the first government official to use new media as a propaganda tool. According to a paper submitted to the Naval War College by USA Army major Angela Maria Lungu, and titled “The internet and psychological operations,” both George W. Bush’s and Al Gore’s campaign teams wanted to use chat rooms and similar platforms for “guided discussions to influence how citizens think about certain topics.”

One of Reddit’s most popular subreddits, /r/The_Donald can also be considered an echo chamber, a favorite habitat of trolls and Trump shills.

This just shows how there is no difference between the left and the right when it comes to propaganda: regardless of their political stances, politicians will not let anything stand in their way when it comes to engineering narratives and disguising them as public opinion.
What does the future hold?

Governments and corporations are always a few steps ahead of the general public. According to the Business Insider, 90% of media is controlled by six corporations. Governments have long ago penetrated social media and discussion websites. What the general public is currently unaware of though, is that any time they are discussing something online, they could be talking to someone hired and paid by the government or a corporation.

The world wide web is being taken away from us, and instead of remaining space for discussion and free thought, it is slowly transforming into a propaganda vehicle. Ironically, we’ve never had more access to information, and we’ve never had a harder time differentiating between real and fake news.

The world wide web is being taken away from us, and instead of remaining space for discussion and free thought, it is slowly transforming into a propaganda vehicle. Ironically, we’ve never had more access to information, and we’ve never had a harder time differentiating between real and fake news.

Yep. The 1% Cretins that run this  mess called "civilization" are threatened by an informed public. So, they feel compelled to fund massive disinformarion campaigns hither and yon.

And if they can buy a politician to get we-the-people to unkowingly fund propagnda lies directed to keep us ignorant and confused about all the state sponsored corporate criminality going on, they will. 

Follow the money. It always leads back to the people who are treated most respectfully by the mainstream media.

Even the short lived food fights where the media pretends to attack an oligarch are laughably transparent.

Follow the money.

Sine Qua Non Scumbag Elite Ruling Principle: "The people must always be provided with an enemy".

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 25, 2017, 10:30:22 pm »

The Right Wing Plot to Repeal the 20th Century…

July 24, 2017

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses the Democrats’ unveiling of “A Better Deal” and what it means for the party’s future with Richard Eskow of Campaign for America’s Future. Then, Thom talks to Horace Cooper of the National Center for Public Policy Research and Kymone Freeman of We Act Radio about ALEC’s plan to change how Senators are elected, and the Senate’s upcoming vote on a healthcare bill.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 22, 2017, 04:10:34 pm »

Agelbert Observation: It appears that Trump is trying to corner the market on Pig Lipstick.  :D

Team Trump unraveling: With three major changes in 24 hours, what's next?

By Kerry Eleveld 
Friday Jul 21, 2017 · 12:55 PM EDT


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 10, 2017, 02:51:41 pm »


NOT LONG BEFORE a major crisis ripped through the Middle East, pitting the United States and a bloc of Gulf countries against Qatar, Jared Kushner’s real estate company had unsuccessfully sought a critical half-billion-dollar investment from one of the richest and most influential men in the tiny nation, according to three well-placed sources with knowledge of the near transaction.

Kushner is a senior adviser to President Trump, and also his son-in-law, and also the scion of a New York real estate empire that faces an extreme risk from an investment made by Kushner in the building at 666 Fifth Avenue, where the family is now severely underwater.

Qatar is facing an ongoing blockade led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and joined by Egypt and Bahrain, which President Trump has taken credit for sparking. Kushner, meanwhile, has reportedly played a key behind-the-scenes role in hardening the U.S. posture toward the embattled nation.

That hard line comes in the wake of the previously unreported half-billion-dollar deal that was never consummated. Throughout 2015 and 2016, Jared Kushner and his father, Charles, negotiated directly with a major investor in Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, known as HBJ for short, in an effort to refinance the property on Fifth Avenue, the sources said.

Trump himself has unsuccessfully sought financing in recent years from the Qataris, but it is difficult to overstate just how important the investment at 666 Fifth Avenue is for Kushner, his company, and his family’s legacy in real estate. Without some outside intervention or unforeseen turnaround in the market, the investment could become an embarrassing half-billion-dollar loss. It’s unclear precisely how much peril such a loss would put Jared’s or his family’s finances in, given the opacity of their private holdings.

Full Eye Opening ;D Article from The Intercept:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 10, 2017, 02:26:09 pm »

What I believe I see here is an incredibly corrupt American family doing business with criminal gangs that are way, way out of their league, and that are in league with the institutions of government, and the formidable security apparatus, of an authoritarian state. Talk about punching out of your weight class. This isn't cheating some poor subcontractor. These people throw you out windows. And the Trumps have being doing business in this financial abattoir for years. This doesn't make them sharp. This makes them compliant minnows in a shark tank.

Yep. That accurately describes the situation for Mr. Dunce-ald Trump and his ENTIRE Wrecking Crew, not just his family. We are all suffering because of Chump Trump's Treason.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 09, 2017, 06:31:24 pm »

Misinforming the Majority: A Deliberate Strategy of Right-Wing Libertarians

Sunday, July 09, 2017

By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview


How would you draw a line connecting Buchanan  to the Koch brothers?

Charles Koch supplied the money, but it was James Buchanan who supplied the ideas that made the money effective. An MIT-trained engineer, Koch in the 1960s began to read political-economic theory based on the notion that free-reign capitalism (what others might call Dickensian capitalism) would justly reward the smart and hardworking and rightly punish those who failed to take responsibility for themselves or had lesser ability. He believed then and believes now that the market is the wisest and fairest form of governance, and one that, after a bitter era of adjustment, will produce untold prosperity, even peace. But after several failures, Koch came to realize that if the majority of Americans ever truly understood the full implications of his vision of the good society and were let in on what was in store for them, they would never support it. Indeed, they would actively oppose it.

So, Koch went in search of an operational strategy -- what he has called a "technology" -- of revolution that could get around this hurdle. He hunted for 30 years until he found that technology in Buchanan's thought. From Buchanan, Koch learned that for the agenda to succeed, it had to be put in place in incremental steps, what Koch calls "interrelated plays": many distinct yet mutually reinforcing changes of the rules that govern our nation. Koch's team used Buchanan's ideas to devise a roadmap for a radical transformation that could be carried out largely below the radar of the people, yet legally. The plan was (and is) to act on so many ostensibly separate fronts at once that those outside the cause would not realize the revolution underway until it was too late to undo it. Examples include laws to destroy unions without saying that is the true purpose, suppressing the votes of those most likely to support active government, using privatization to alter power relations -- and, to lock it all in, Buchanan's ultimate recommendation: a "constitutional revolution."

Today, operatives funded by the Koch donor network operate through dozens upon dozens of organizations (hundreds, if you count the state and international groups), creating the impression that they are unconnected when they are really working together -- the state ones are forced to share materials as a condition of their grants.

For example, here are the names of 15 of the most important Koch-funded, Buchanan-savvy organizations  each with its own assignment in the division of labor:
There's Americans for Prosperity,
the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation,
the American Legislative Exchange Council,
the Mercatus Center,
Americans for Tax Reform,
Concerned Veterans of America,
the Leadership Institute,
Generation Opportunity,
the Institute for Justice,
the Independent Institute,
the Club for Growth,
the Donors Trust,

Freedom Partners,
Judicial Watch
- whoops, that's more than 15, and it's not counting the over 60 other organizations in the State Policy Network.
This cause operates through so many ostensibly separate organizations that its architects expect the rest of us will ignore all the small but extremely significant changes that cumulatively add up to revolutionary transformation. Gesturing to this, Tyler Cowen, Buchanan's successor at George Mason University, even titled his blog "Marginal Revolution."

In what way was Buchanan connected to white oligarchical racism?

Buchanan came up with his approach in the crucible of the civil rights era, as the most oligarchic state elite in the South faced the loss of its accustomed power. Interestingly, he almost never wrote explicitly about racial matters, but he did identify as a proud southern "country boy" and his center gave aid to Virginia's reactionaries on both class and race matters. His heirs at George Mason University, his last home, have noted that Buchanan's political economy is quite like that of John C. Calhoun, the antebellum South Carolina US Senator who, until Buchanan, was America's most original theorist of how to constrict democracy so as to safeguard the wealth and power of an elite economic minority (in Calhoun's case, large slaveholders). Buchanan arrived in Virginia just as Calhoun's ideas were being excavated to stop the implementation of Brown, so the kinship was more than a coincidence. His vision of the right economic constitution owes much to Calhoun, whose ideas horrified James Madison, among others.

And from that kind of thought, Buchanan offered strategic advice to corporations on how to fight the kind of reforms and taxation that came with more inclusive democracy. In the 1990s, for example, as Koch was getting more involved at George Mason, Buchanan convened corporate and rightwing leaders to teach them how to use what he called the "spectrum of secession" to undercut hard-won reforms through measures that have now become core to Republican practice: decentralization, devolution, federalism, privatization, and deregulation.  We tend to see the race to the bottom as fallout from globalization, but Buchanan's guidance and the Koch team's application of it through the American Legislative Exchange Council and the State Policy Network reveals how it is in fact a highly conscious strategy    to free capital of restraint by the people through their governments.

Another way all this connects, indirectly, to oligarchic racism: wanting to keep secessionist thought alive for this practical utility, the billionaire-backed right necessarily gives comfort to white supremacists. A case in point: the Virginia governors who supported the Buchanan-Koch enterprise at George Mason University also promoted a new "Confederate History and Heritage Month." Likewise, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, which honors one of Koch's favorite Austrian philosophers, is located in Alabama and led by Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr., a man who has long promoted racist neo-Confederate thought, yet was still thought fit to run the Koch-funded Center for Libertarian Studies. It's thus a mistake to imagine that the Koch and so-called alt-right causes are wholly separate; there's a kind of mutual reinforcement if you understand what Koch learned from Buchanan and how they operated.

As I conclude in the book, as bright as some of the libertarian economists were, their ideas gained the following they did in the South because, in their essence, their stands were so familiar. White southerners who opposed racial equality and economic justice knew from their own region's long history that the only way they could protect their desired way of life was to keep federal power at bay, so that majoritarian democracy could not reach into the region. The causes of Calhoun, Buchanan and Koch-style economic liberty and white supremacy were historically twined at the roots, which makes them very hard to separate, regardless of the subjective intentions of today's libertarians.

What would a society based on Buchanan's principles and goals look like?

Full Article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:11:16 pm »

The New Gilded Age is HERE

July 6, 2017

Thom talks with a caller about the Gilded Age periods of the past, how they came about, and if we're entering another one.

Voter suppression accelerates in Georgia:

Thom speaks with guest Greg Palast (Investigative Journalist, Filmmaker - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy) about the recent appearance of junk mail looking postcards requiring voters to mail them back to verify their registration and not get purged from rolls. Will your state be the next to do this?

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom talks with Greg Palast about Kris Kobach’s fraudulent voter fraud investigation and where the states stand in compliance. Then he talks with Bryan Priutt and Alex Lawson about Trump’s “Nuremburg rally” speech, states suing Betsy DeVos over student loan protections and Trump’s scheme to buy leverage over CNN.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 03, 2017, 09:38:53 pm »

On Contact: Noam Chomsky - Part I

RT America

Published on Jul 1, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a conversation with America’s most important intellectual, Professor Noam Chomsky. In Part I of their conversation, Chomsky discusses the adverse effects of neoliberalism on the working class, as addressed in his book, “Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power”.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 03, 2017, 06:26:58 pm »

Trump Will Not Be Cleared | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ



Published on Jun 30, 2017

The fallout from Donald Trump’s admission that the Russians meddled in our election.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 01, 2017, 08:41:43 pm »

Sad but True: The Republican Party
Somehow Still Exists

Friday, June 30, 2017

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed


You have to get up bright and early to achieve numbers so astonishingly low, even in these strange days. If you read the thing, though, it should come as no surprise: The bill is so utterly repulsive, McConnell should have named it "The Soylent Green Is People Reconciliation Act of 2017." For those who don't get the reference, it's from a movie about eating people. The shoe fits. 


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 29, 2017, 07:36:09 pm »

Robert Reich: The Resistance Report 6/27/2017

Inequality Media Civic Action
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 29, 2017, 07:29:59 pm »

Why Are We Appeasing Trump? ???

The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Published on Jun 27, 2017

As they fret about cameras in the briefing room, far graver threats go unmentioned.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:35:08 pm »

Published on Jun 23, 2017

What if Trump Actually Fires Mueller? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Doing so might create the tipping point that ends him.  ;D

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:30:41 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 15, 2017, 02:06:29 pm »

Why Are Republican Senators Hiding Their New Healthcare Bill?

(News Roundup 6/13/17

Thom covers current stories you're not likely to hear on corporate owned media. Republican senators writing their healthcare bill in secret, democratic candidates getting death threats, and more.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:23:19 pm »

Jun. 12, 2017

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses the parallels between the Labour Party’s gains in the U.K. and the progressive movement in the U.S. with Larry Cohen of Our Revolution. Then, Thom talks to Dave McCulloch of Capitol Media Partners and Alex Lawson of Social Security Works about attorneys general suing Trump for violating anti-corruption provisions and some unusual phone calls between the president and fired attorney Preet Bharara.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:07:35 pm »


June 13, 2017

Democratic Party Neoliberalism Cannot Defeat Trumpism

Michael Lighty of National Nurses United and one of the main organizers of The People Summit tells Paul Jay that the Summit has helped to spur the candidacy of many progressives that are challenging corporate Democrats at every level

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