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Democracy Now! Fascism Scholars Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Walden Bello, and Timothy Snyder discuss Trump, the Capitol assault, and fascist authoritarianism

“The American republic is hanging by a thread because the president of the United States has sought to use violence to stay in power and essentially to overthrow our constitutional system,” says Snyder.

Is Big Tech Too Powerful? Chris Hedges and Ramesh Srinivasan Debate Twitter & Facebook Banning Trump

“It is incredible how much power we have given to a very small number of people who are essentially mediating pretty much every aspect of our lives.”

Chris Hedges, On Contact: Cornel West on America’s Existential Crisis

ON THE RT SHOW THIS WEEK, CHRIS HEDGES TALKS TO MORAL PHILOSOPHER, DR. CORNEL WEST, ABOUT WHAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT AMERICA’S EXISTENTIAL CRISIS AFTER WITNESSING ENRAGED SUPPORTERS OF DONALD TRUMP STORMING THE CAPITOL

LINE 3 and POLYMET vs COVID, by Susu Jeffrey

“There is a maxim that companies that treat the earth badly usually treat their workers the same way. There is another saying that all ‘politics’ is local, except that all ‘politics’ is economics.”

Increasing Pentagon Spending When People Are Going Hungry Is Madness, by John Nichols

“Upending the process by which ever increasing cash flows are directed into the military-industrial complex may not be popular with McConnell and the defense contractors he represents. But it most definitely is popular in a country where the overwhelming majority of Democratic voters and more than half of Republicans voters are ready to take money out of the Pentagon budget and move it into the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the economic pain that extends from it.

Chris Hedges: The Great Delusion

“The message of the Biden administration to progressives and left-wing populists is very clear – ‘Drop dead.'”

The new COVID “relief” bill includes:

“tax breaks if you own a race horse” (and how corrupt is the US government?)

Chris Hedges: Decline of US Empire, Liberal Class Suicide and Fascism

Chris Hedges has for years argued that the Democratic Party sold its soul long ago and turned its back on the American people and that we Americans have been living through what he calls a “corporate coup d’etat in slow motion.”

Matt Taibbi: “Amazing” Hypocrisy: Democrats Make Wreck of Covid-19 Relief Negotiations

“There are no direct payments for regular working people, people living off tips,” the aide says. “But they made sure there’s a provision in there to help defense contractors who aren’t working right now. They get what they’re looking for.”

EFF Fireside Chat: Section 230 and Free Speech

What to do to protect free speech on the internet.

Noam Chomsky: Our Stark, Cruel Dilemma

Address the reality of the world in which you are trying to make a change managed in the best way possible. e.g., National Highway Administration: No regulations on automobile emissions via Trump. Egregious approach of deniers when careful constructive solutions must be demanded by large actions to demand change.

The Middle East Will Soon Be Under Water: A Talk with Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin

Arguing against the misplaced fear of economic disaster and unemployment arising from the transition to a green economy, they show how this bogus concern encourages climate denialism.

Chris Hedges: The Ruling Elite’s War on Truth

“Never mind that both ruling parties are silent about the massive interference in our elections by Israel, which uses its lobbying groups to lavishly fund political candidates in both parties and flies members of Congress and their families to Israel for junkets at seaside resorts. Israel’s intrusion in our political process, including when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress in 2015, without informing then President Barack Obama, to attack the president’s Iran nuclear deal, dwarfs that of any other country, including Russia.”

A View from the Ground: Why Drop the Charges Against ALL I94 Arrestees in Minneapolis Post-Election Demonstration?

To go forward with this charade of justice is absurd.

Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet

“The Green New Deal is the only approach to climate stabilization also capable of reversing rising inequality and defeating global neoliberalism and ascendant neofascism.”

Edwin Starr: WAR

You’ll say, “War”
I’ll say, “Huh, yeah”
You’ll say, “What is it good for?”
I’ll say, “Absolutely”
You’ll say, “Nothing”

Chris Hedges: American Requiem

“If there is one group that deserves our deepest contempt it is the liberal elites, those who posture as the moral arbiters of society while abandoning every value they purportedly hold the moment they become inconvenient.”

Cornel West: We Must Fight the Commodification of Everybody and Everything

[Trump] is pushing the country toward genuine fascism: wholesale disregard of the law, the rule of big military, the rule of big money, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley. He is crushing workers, marginalizing women, scapegoating Mexicans, and Muslims, and Jews, and Black, brown, and indigenous people.”

Is It for Freedom? by Sara Thomsen

Children of the world, you have the right
To sing and dance, run and play, let your dreams take flight.
As the innocent die, you rulers carry the shame,
And if we stand idly by, we share in the blame.

Chris Hedges: Chris Hedges on Fascism, Civil Unrest, and the Police State

“I expect serious problems in terms of civil unrest and I expect pretty draconian responses from our internal security systems, and you can look at Ferguson to get a sense of what that looks like: that’s militarized police in armored personnel carriers with 50 caliber machine guns pointed at nonviolent protesters.”