Category Corporatism/Capitalism

Tomgram: Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian, A World in Peril

The Trump Presidency: Or How to Further Enrich “The Masters of the Universe” 

No, Antifa, This is Not the 1930s and We Don’t Need to Punch a Nazi

Divided, we cannot effectively confront the ruling classes, and they know it.

Chris Hedges | The Feuding Kleptocrats

When we are not being amused by these debates among corporate lackeys we listen to retired generals, all making six-figure incomes from the weapons industry, selling the public on the imperative of endless war and endless arms purchases.

Henry A. Giroux | The Authoritarian Politics of Resentment in Trump’s America

The incivility machine Trump resurrected as tool of resistance against establishment politicians played a major role in gaining him the presidency.

Paul Jay Interviews Henry Giroux | Neofascism of the Law and Order Candidate (Video/Transcript)

How do the conditions that inform today’s social and economic struggles differ from those that prevailed in the 1930s, when the United States entered an era of progressive reform?

In part, the U.S. today lacks organized labor movements, and the ruling class exhibits no sense of obligation to guarantee the well-being of the general public, cultural critic Henry Giroux tells The Real News Network’s Paul Jay. (Alexander Reed Kelly on Truthdig.com)

Chris Hedges | The Illusion of Freedom

Politics in totalitarian societies are entertainment. Reality, because it is complicated, messy and confusing, is banished from the world of mass entertainment. Clichés, stereotypes and uplifting messages that are comforting and self-congratulatory, along with elaborate spectacles, replace fact-based discourse.

Chris Hedges | We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

There is no more will to reform, or to accommodate the needs and rights of the citizens by the corporate state, than there was to accommodate the needs and rights of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland. But until the last moment, this reality will be hidden behind the empty rhetoric of democracy and reform.

Chris Hedges | Reform or Revolution

The killers, like the police who murder unarmed people of color in the streets of American cities, were tried in a court—in this case, a military court—that issued tepid reprimands. The state had no intention of punishing the assassins. They had done what the state required.

VIDEOS: Chris Hedges & Michael Hudson | Days of Revolt: How We Got to Junk Economics

A politician’s job is to deliver whoever voted for you to your backers, who are on Wall Street. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, but especially if you are a Democrat – that’’s really the Wall Street wing of the American political system. The Republicans are for the corporate monopoly, oil and gas wing of it.

Noam Chomsky: A Genuine Movement For Social Change

Chomsky: It has always been taken for granted by radical thinkers, and quite rightly so, that effective political action that threatens entrenched social interests will lead to “confrontation” and repression. It is, correspondingly, a sign of intellectual bankruptcy for the left to seek to construct “confrontations”; it is a clear indication that the efforts to organize significant social action have failed.

▶ Chris Hedges | Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, Parts 2/3

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss Ferguson, Baltimore and the need to build a movement with candidates that targets white supremacy and corporate capitalism, the role of violence in revolution and the Bernie Sanders campaign.

▶ Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You |Video Parts 1 to 7

How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy”

Southwest LRT: Mayor Hodges Aide “I’m Sorry”

Peter Wagenius, Senior Policy Aide to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, apologized at the final Southwest LRT public hearing on June 18—final for this round. The SWLRT budget is approaching $2 billion. It is the largest public works project ever proposed in Minnesota.

Chris Hedges: America’s Slave Empire

Without us the prisons, which are slave empires, cannot function. Prisons, at the same time, charge us a variety of fees, such as for our identification cards or wrist bracelets, and [impose] numerous fines, especially for possession of contraband. They charge us high phone and commissary prices. Prisons each year are taking larger and larger sums of money from the inmates and their families. The state gets from us millions of dollars in free labor and then imposes fees and fines. You have brothers that work in kitchens 12 to 15 hours a day and have done this for years and have never been paid.”

Chris Hedges: ‘Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like’

Hedges: “The porn industry has hijacked the sexuality of an entire culture and is laying waste to a whole generation of boys,” she warned. “And when you lay waste to a generation of boys, you lay waste to a generation of girls.”

“When you fight porn you fight global capitalism,” she said. “The venture capitalists, the banks, the credit card companies are all in this feeding chain. This is why you never see anti-porn stories. The media is implicated. It is financially in bed with these companies. Porn is part of this.

▶ PREDICTIONS FROM A ZILLIONAIRE: THE PITCHFORKS ARE COMING

 Creating new solutions to human problems… Posted on September 13, 2014 by Amy Eddings  RingofFireRadio.com Nick Hanauer isn’t part of the one percent; he’s part of the 0.01 percent. He’s a self-proclaimed “proud and unapologetic capitalist.” How did this “mediocre student,” who says he’s “not the smartest guy you’ve ever met, or the hardest working,” rise to […]

▶ FAIR: Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis

FAIR TV: ABC’s Gaza ‘Mistake,’ Dinesh D’Souza and CBS CEO Boosterism   This week on FAIR TV: ABC‘s embarrassing mistake in its Gaza coverage, This Week touts a right-wing conspiracy film and CBS presents viewers with the story of the risk-taking billionaire CEO who is cutting thousands of jobs. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the […]

Steve Russell: ALEC Threatening Indian Country

Beware of the Smart ALEC:  The Lobbyists Threatening Indian Country Steve Russell  ResistPrivatationofAmerica  16 February 2014 The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is God’s gift to corporate America, tying it directly to elected legislators and providing the vehicle for the interests of corporate persons to trump the interests of human persons What ALEC “exchanges” are model […]

▶ Arundhati Roy on Her New Book, “Capitalism: A Ghost Story,” and World’s Largest Election in India

Published on Apr 9, 2014 http://www.democracynow.org – As voting begins in India in the largest elections the world has ever seen, we spend the hour with Indian novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy. Nearly 815 million Indians are eligible to vote and results will be issued in May. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  […]

▶ Mark Fiore Cartoon: ALEC Rock

Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today.  Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr.  Find us on Twitter at Rise Up Times (@touchpeace). Published on Jul 24, 2012 “ALEC Rock” Produced by Mark Fiore (http://www.markfiore.com) and the Center […]