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Seizing the War Industry, by Christian Sorenson

“The War Industry infests the American economy like a cancer, sapping its strength and distorting its creativity while devouring its treasure.”

Chris Hedges: Papering Over the Rot

“…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.”

Fossil Fuel Companies Fuel American Fascism, by Basav Sen

What is the Minnesota Connection? “This isn’t a case of a few isolated billionaires backing one extremist politician. It’s a case of an entire industry filling the campaign coffers of politicians who’ve waged war on our democracy. In the 2020 election cycle alone, the oil and gas industries gave some $9.3 million to lawmakers who refused to certify the 2020 election results.”

DN!: “A Step Forward”: Black Lives Matter Protests Forced Biden to Push Racial Equity, But More Is Needed

“And so, we’ll be fighting to make sure that when we talk about — when the Movement for Black Lives talks about defunding police, that we’re talking about all police, including ICE and Customs and Border Patrol; when we talk about abolishing prisons, that we’re talking about all of them, including detention centers; and when we’re talking about Black Lives Matter, we’re talking about all Black lives, including those of our people that are in this country without papers.”

End This Endless War…this Endless Militarism

“We’re all part of a culture that continues to esteem war, embrace militarism, and devote more than half of federal discretionary spending to wars, weaponry, and the militarization of American culture. “

Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges on the State of the American Empire

Noam Chomsky addresses the current state of the American Empire after the attack on the capital on Jan 6, 2021. His new book: “Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance.”

The Fight to Stop the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline

“Predatory industry hijacked the US regulatory system in 2019, placing ancient food systems and a fifth of the world’s freshwater in imminent danger.”

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.”