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The Greatest Story Too Rarely Told: America Is an Oligarchy

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"We’ve been accepting an unacceptable level of insanity in our national body politic for decades now," says Atcheson. (Photo: Education Images / Getty)

  • We live in a nation controlled by corporate power and the individually wealthy. And the major press, of course, is in on the con.
  • Related: Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies.

John Atcheson, Common Dreams>

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.png Thursday, July 13, 2017 | OK.  Enough.  It’s time to quit being “balanced” or “non-partisan” or whatever other euphemism the elite establishment media uses to justify ignoring the two biggest elephants in our national living room.

After Trump was elected there was a lot of concern about allowing his idiocy to become the “new normal.” But in truth, we’ve been accepting an unacceptable level of insanity in our national body politic for decades now.

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_bio_small/public/authors/atcheson.jpg?itok=E3GxkkJ2John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections, tentatively titled, WTF America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back on Track.

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Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest  

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  • Part 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country

Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.

  • Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good.

  • Related: A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald Trump

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Should lousy, low-wage “jobs” count as jobs?

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  • This selfish, self-perpetuating expansion of inequality is no “sweet spot” of solid growth – it’s the sign of a severely sick economy… and it will kill all hope of a democratic America unless We the People rise up to reject the plutocratic profiteers and politicians who’re inflicting such deadly disparity on our society.
  • Related: Sold for Parts: Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants and Refugees?

Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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July 11, 2017 | Excellent news, folks: Jobs are now plentiful!

As the Associated Press put it, “The US job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.” At long last then, the American dream is back for working families, right? No. The AP article later admitted that the jobs market still is missing any “broad acceleration in pay.”

"Two wrongs don't make a right, but three left turns do." --Jim Hightower

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Money%20Pie.jpgIn other words, you can find work, but don’t expect to be paid. And forget about such “luxuries” as health coverage, pension, sick leave, vacation time, and having a regular schedule. These are not jobs, they’re jobettes! Most are in service work – from fast food chains to nursing homes and car washes. Nearly all are poorly paid, temporary, and routinely exploitative.

 

Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

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Sold for Parts: Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants and Refugees? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Sold for Parts

One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them.

  • Part 2: Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants and Refugees?

Case Farms’ history shows how many sectors like meatpacking depend on immigrants and refugees. Now business leaders fear President Trump’s policies will create a labor shortage.

Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

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We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.

 

Howard Zinn, Dandelion Salad

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July 4, 2017 | On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

Howard Zinn, a World War II bombardier, was the author of the best-selling A People’s History of the United States (Perennial Classics, 2003, latest edition). This piece was distributed by the Progressive Media Project in 2006.

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Dear white people: Frederick Douglass explains the Trump resistance in “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

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The former slave's tribute to the American Revolution — and attack on American hypocrisy — rings loud in 2017.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

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Jul 4, 2017 | Every year on this day I read Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” This apex of American words and letters is a demand for citizenship and freedom. It is also a searing indictment of a so-called democracy in which white-on-black chattel slavery was the rule of the land.

More than 150 years after it was first delivered, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” still resonates because the color line remains one of America’s great contradictions and unresolved projects. In today’s America, white supremacy is like a ghost or shade that still haunts our democracy: Its ominous shadow looms over voting, the policing of black and brown communities, disparities in wealth and income, the labor market, housing, education, the courts and a society where a person’s skin color still impacts how they are marked as deserving full and equal dignity.

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