C-Span hosted a discussion about the US history of wire taps.  Also mentioned seemed to be the view that such surveillance as used by tyrannical government in modern times, originated and were perfected in the USA.  That’s an interesting notion if FACTual.

A prominent politician spoke on the topic of natural rights and interestingly expanded the notion to “God-given”.  One is quite interested in the language that specifies natural rights. 

Tidbits of information brought to the public by C-Span is a real benefit.                 –AUGUST 26, 2022  | PART OF WASHINGTON JOURNAL 08/26/2022

Washington Journal

Brian Hochman on The Listeners

Brian Hochman talked about his book, The Listeners: A History of Wiretapping in the United States.

–end of c-span info—-

The topic of wiretaps is an example of process that has become so ingrained in society that we may take it for granted.  Surely the web is one such example, but use of We The People as human resource doesn’t feel compatible with principles of a democratic (small d) Constitutional republic.   So how did we get here?  Is there a difference between being spied upon by one’s own government as compared to commercial interests?  What are the ramifications when one’s government is run by commercial interests, as seems possible in the end time of capitalism?

Brian Hochman shared information that the first wire tap seems to have been by the Confederacy against the Federal government during the Civil War.  Many people share the view that the Civil War was fought for several reasons, with a main reason being slavery.  Slavery is a function of capitalism on steroids.  The topic of commercial interests and personal privacy seems relevant.  Privacy that is under attack by commercial interests is epitomized in slavery.  In FACT, the same is FACTual on the topic of reproductive rights.

One can imagine the Confederacy could consider that their private property rights were under attack by abolitionists.  This seems to be where human rights step in.  This also shows the depravity possible in capitalism.

One considers these distinctions to challenge notions that spying is the purview of governments, when in capitalism the public may have been indoctrinated into acceptance of commercial observation to a length that intrudes into privacy.   A function of a government of, by and for The People might pass laws to protect people while a government purchased into power via Citizens United could pass laws permissive to commercial spying.

These are crucial distinctions that relate to capitalism which is hierarchical.

Americans seem indoctrinated into support of capitalism as “our system”.   At about 10:07AM Jerome Powell explained to the public that our troubling new inflation has to do with supply and demand issues. True enough, but he didn’t include the historical information that this system was specifically manufactured by capitalistic hierarchical Establishment collaborating with the US government with some of the following examples—-

*Citizens United



*globalism that sent US jobs and manufacturing overseas

*A broken supply line resulting from foreign control of products

*current control of the US government by commerce

*Politicians who are no longer answerable to the electorate due to Citizens United that permits corruption in elections

*The Monroe Doctrine

This seems to relate back to the topic of wire taps when one considers the ubiquitous notion of this action as governmental when it may as surely be commercial. A government acting upon principles of a democratic (small d) Constitutional republic would protect the public, but a government collaborating with commercial interests could protect exploitation of the public.  These are important distinctions that seem to be overlooked.

Relating to this distinction, what is to be said about Julian Assange who is a journalist attempting to bring transparency about government?  This seems to touch upon spying upon the public.  A question is now under debate as to whether a private citizen acting in her own capacity has a right to privacy.  Perhaps not under law, but perhaps so under human rights.

Another important application of privacy rights is whether Climate Change is such an issue, and do private citizens have a right to commons, including Earth.  How has this become separated from natural rights.

From lakotalaw  –Hello, my relative. My name is Wašté Wičakuwin Yellow Lodge Young. I am Ihunktowanna Dakota/Hunkpapa Lakota and an enrolled citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and I greet you with a (digital) handshake and a good heart on my first week here at Lakota Law. I’m excited to combine forces with this team and with you to win Native and environmental justice!

By now, you’re probably familiar with my mom, Phyllis Young, who is a legendary activist and a Standing Rock organizer for Lakota Law. For years, we’ve stood together on the frontlines as water protectors, working hard to set strong examples in our community as women leaders. You may be familiar with both of us from the Emmy-nominated documentary feature, “End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock.” And if you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to watch it right here.

In 2016 and ‘17, the #NoDAPL and #MniWiconi (#WaterIsLife) movement profoundly changed and impacted my life … for the better. Though the Dakota Access pipeline is now operating illegally (something we need to fix together), having survived that experience showed me that there is a dire need for the cultivation of justice in Indian Country and in the United States. That was the catalyst that led me to the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2019.

Now, having focused on environmental and federal Indian law, I’ve graduated with my Juris Doctorate. And in addition to my work for Lakota Law, I’m a lead plaintiff in a civil rights lawsuit against Morton County, North Dakota, DAPL, and TigerSwan (the private military contractor you may remember for coordinating with cops to surveil, harass, and injure water protectors during our NoDAPL protests). I am also a plaintiff in Dundon v. Kirchmeier, a case against Morton County law enforcement before the Eighth Circuit. 

Here’s a little more history about why protecting our people and culture matters to me. From 2003 to 2015, I worked at the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and for eight of those years I was the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. While I served in this capacity, in August 2014, our department discovered that Energy Transfer Partners had begun construction on the 1,300 mile-long Dakota Access pipeline, which was slated to cross the Missouri River at the northern border of Standing Rock. Despite our tribe’s objections, the company began to build the pipeline on Sioux treaty land in August of 2016. That’s when we asked people to join us at Standing Rock — to protect our sacred sites, our land, and our water. 

You know the rest. Despite extraordinary efforts by tribes, water protectors, and allies, oil began to flow on June 1, 2017. However, I want to offer the perspective that this was not entirely a loss for our people. From August 2016 to February 2017, suicides on Standing Rock dropped dramatically. Our children witnessed relatives from more than 300 tribes and tens of thousands of allies coming together, united, in an unprecedented gathering to protect the water and land. I witnessed the worst of humanity and I witnessed the best of humanity. I witnessed the formation of a powerful movement amidst the human and civil rights abuses by local government, Big Oil, and law enforcement.

This moment galvanized our people and brought many of you to our side. For that, I am forever grateful. And so I look forward to my time here with you, and I’m committed to fighting together for justice — for our people, all people, and Unci Maka, our Grandmother Earth.

Wopila tanka — thank you for standing with us!
Wašté Win Young
Legal Analyst

The Lakota People’s Law Project—end of lakotalaw info—      —

Revealed: US & EU Plans To Plunder Ukraine

Aug 25, 2022 Lee Camp has evidence that the most powerful people in the world have been planning to plunder the Ukrainian economy since at least 2017. The West’s favorite form of diplomacy is to use conditional loans to dismantle struggling governments and sell their assets to the rich.

–end of leecamp info—-

From popularresistance—-       —

ROTC Redux: A Bete Noire Of The Anti-War Movement Is In The News

Iran Receives US Response To EU Proposal To Revive Nuclear Deal

FBI Harasses Cuban Solidarity Activists For Delivering Medical Aid

The Plea Bargain Originated To Undermine Working-Class Solidarity

–end of popularresistance info—

From MRonline  —        —

Ecosocialism in a radicalizing Climate Justice Movement

Why the Inflation Reduction Act is less a “Climate Bill” and more a poison pill for Black and Indigenous communities and movements

Assata Shakur, Black Liberation Struggles and the Cuban Revolution

 engineered food and poverty crisis to secure continued U.S. dominance

–end of mronline info–

****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—–          —#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.       —

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 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. 
*******************************************************************—-Political Party affiliation of voters.–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.

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