FINE THE POOR OR TAX THE RICH?
The money to run government must come from somewhere. Citizens United seems an apt system in which Pyramid Schemes thrive.
https://popularresistance.org/an-objective-look-at-us-foreign-policy-joe-lombardo-interview/ –Who actually defines and sets America’s geopolitical priorities and determines our foreign policy? Not “officially”. Not constitutionally. But de facto.
I look at this in class terms. I believe there is a ruling class that determines international policy based upon their perceived class interests, and who make the rest of us fight their wars and pay the bills. They control the 2 main parties and their politicians through financial control. They also control the media, the police and courts and the military. They don’t all necessarily agree on what to do, so differing opinions are debated through the Republican and Democratic Parties. I don’t believe that there is a “deep state” that works independently of that ruling class to determine policy.
We have no common “national interests.” The obscenely wealthy, who run the country have one set of interests and the working people have another. Our national security is not guaranteed by the military but by good jobs, healthcare, education and by satisfying human needs and seriously addressing climate change. We need a society with a much more equal distribution of wealth. This will stop our conflicts nationally and internationally.
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A curious reference to “national security” was used as an excuse to keep in place the Trump tariff. Tariffs seem traditionally to be used to encourage exports and discourage imports of product into the nation. Traditionally a healthy US economy was enjoyed when exports were greater than imports. This changed with globalism in which US leaders, purchased into public office via Citizens United, sent manufacturing to foreign nations and encouraged ubiquitous imports of just about everything the US consumer needs. A Cassandra wasn’t needed to predict this could be a national security risk when foreign nations controlled our supply line. Another effect is poverty-level wages in the USA. Still another effect is contempt by leaders of human rights and environmental rights, which were actually written as permisible into such trade agreements as TPP, for which Obama, for example, was manic in supporting.
The political expediency of Obama as President was that nobody could challenge said policies as TPP that were supported by Obama without a charge of racism.
From popularresistance — https://mailchi.mp/popularresistance/pxuvzjot90?e=1b0a9c0541 —
Inside Nicaragua’s Free Socialized Health-Care System
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From MRonline —- https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?e=2833cdb99b&u=36ce609ae68971b4f060ad9c7&id=811a24109b —
Roger Waters refutes U.S. war propaganda in CNN interview and World Beyond War webinar—Significantly, when a transcript of the interview was posted online, it became clear that CNN producers had deleted a portion of Waters’ comments.
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From portside —- https://portside.org/2022-08-13/post-protest-government-ecuador-strikes-out-against-indigenous-leaders?utm_source=portside-general&utm_medium=email –On June 30, the conservative government of Guillermo Lasso sat down with the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE) to end a national strike and begin a 90-day process of negotiations. No sooner was the peace accord signed than the Lasso government scaled up its campaign of repression against protesters, beginning with a new trial against CONAIE president and strike leader Leonidas Iza.
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Can a parallel be drawn between treatment of Indigenous People and exploitation of the general public? — https://portside.org/2022-08-13/organized-plunder?utm_source=portside-general&utm_medium=email –In the absence of the tax dollars city governments rely on, American are now funding themselves by fining the poor instead of taxing the rich.
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As we travel the bumpy road of “running government like a business”, it seems predictable that laws will be passed by Citizens-United purchased politicians to fine poor people rather than tax rich people.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJD5f8UVrmI — Streamed live 19 hours ago Howie Hawkins, Green/Socialist 2020 Presidential Nominee will talk about current events and take viewer questions!
****As one who would be perfectly contented to retain the Senate if they adhered to Oaths of Office more than to Citizens United campaign donations, one is interested in a topic raised as to the reason we maintain the US Senate—-
This is a reminder of how much we don’t know. This brings one around to Howie Hawkins, who continues to impress with original thought. We also could acknowledge Hawkins often speaks to censored information.
One such topic about which one would never have even considered, is whether the USA needs The Senate. Apparently The Senate is little other than expensive window dressing, promoting hierarchical interests, and too often placed in positions of power by big-money via Citizens United. But the public gets to fund this curiosity of pompous supremacy. Who knew?
The Democratic Branch of the Republican/Democratic Duopoly are especially functional in voter suppression—–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNbdkuU1edw —#GreenSocialist Notes #76
Howie Hawkins brings up the concept of whether the USA needs the Senate. Apparently according to some people, the Senate isn’t necessary. This brings up the blockage from the Senate of many bills that would benefit We The People. Combined with Citizens United that promotes big-money interest choice of Senators, in which laws are passed that benefit big-money interest rather than We The People, and that We The People support economically, the members of the Senate, this seems a good topic for discussion.
The US Constitution doesn’t seem to sanction elections run by political Parties, and to permit control of political debates by political Parties seems equally corrupt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7kn2-GEmM —
Ross Perot in 1992 on NAFTA and the “Giant Sucking Sound”
Centralization is the lifeblood of the R&D duopoly. It’s the way to enforce capitalism onto workers in 2022.———————–We can do better———-
That “we are a 2-Party system” is a fabrication of the Republican/Democratic duopoly and spread by MSM. In FACT the majority of voters aren’t either registered Democratic or Republican. The censorship about this info must be envied by bureaucrats of the Former USSR and their simplistic style of 1-Party elections.
Regardless of which character sits in the Oval Office, We The People have work to do to maintain principles of our democratic (small d) Constitutional republic. Several items to challenge—*We need the integrity of ranked-choice voting so voters won’t feel compelled to “hold your nose and vote”*Censored debates must be stopped. The Democratic/Republican duopoly pretends to legitimate debates in what is nothing other than another campaign show. Independent debates run by uninterested sponsors such as The League of Women Voters, must be restored. (Access www.debates.org to understand the extent of duopoly control). The so-called Debate Commission is a corporation to promote the Democratic corporation and Republican corporation, not to inform We The People*Challenge and stop gerrymandering that is a trick especially of the Republican branch of the duopoly.*Stop voter suppression by political Parties, and especially confront and stop Party suppression, which is the over-arching approach to voter suppression. Party suppression seems to have been the responsibility of the Democratic corporation*Promote by law ranked-choice voting, so we won’t be told again, by D&R duopoly, to “hold your nose and vote”
If these issues are handled, our next elections can be honorable.
*******************************************************************https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx—-Political Party affiliation of voters.
https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/league-refuses-help-perpetrate-fraud–LEAGUE REFUSES TO “HELP PERPETRATE A FRAUD”
WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FROM FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE–end of lwv info–Murray Bookchin, who founded social ecology, a theory that strongly influenced early Green Socialist thought, strongly advocated the discussion and study group as the first step of any revolutionary movement. A group of individuals meets to expand their knowledge of radical thought and form a radical intellectual community; through the give and take of discussion, can eventually form ideas for next steps in organizing and political activity. According to Bookchin, study groups help create solidarity and a shared language — with a shared coherent vision — for building a mass, organizing, political movement!
Along with Climate Change, many people oppose the imperialism of the USA under control of the Republican/Democratic duopoly. Use of the wealth of our nation should be to enhance quality of life for We The People rather than for imperialism. Some people vote accordingly.