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  • More than five times as many legislators or their chiefs of staff offered to set up meetings with active donors than with local constituents. Why is it not corruption when the selling of access to our public officials upends the very core of representative government? When money talks and you have none, how can you believe in democracy?
  • Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections?

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Bill Moyers & Company

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April 21, 2014 | The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting. According to Working for the Few,” a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, “In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.”

Our now infamous one percent own more than 35 percent of the nation’s wealth. Meanwhile, the bottom 40 percent of the country is in debt. Just this past Tuesday, the 15th of April — Tax Day — the AFL-CIO reported that last year the chief executive officers of 350 top American corporations were paid 331 times more money than the average US worker. Those executives made an average of $11.7 million dollars compared to the average worker who earned $35,239 dollars.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

Michael Winship is senior writing fellow at Demos and a senior writer of the new series, Moyers & Company, airing on public television.

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Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections? Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

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  • Two investigative journalists talk to Bill about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections.
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy

Special Report | American Class Warfare: Week Ending April 27, 2014

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  • The people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.
  • 8 New items including:
    • Matt Taibbi | America Has A 'Profound Hatred Of The Weak And The Poor'
    • Krugman| Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
    • Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 2: Libertarianism = Assholism
    • Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 1: The Roots of Stalin in the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party Movement
    • Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud
    • Krugman Nails WSJ Pulitzer Winner For Misleading Inequality Claim
    • The Great American Class War
    • We Are In a Class War

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Matt Taibbi | America Has A 'Profound Hatred Of The Weak And The Poor' Emily Tess Katz, Huffington Post

  • We have a profound hatred of the weak and the poor, and a corresponding groveling terror before the rich and successful, and we're building a bureaucracy to match those feelings."
  • How Govt. Hides the Poor: Formula for Measuring Poverty Dates to When a Loaf of Bread Cost 22 Cents
  • Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

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Krugman| Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Jon Queally, Common Dreams

  • 'Even those of you who talk about the 1%, you don't really get what's going on. You're living in the past.'
  • New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy

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Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 2: Libertarianism = Assholism, Connor Kilpatrick, Dangerous Minds

  • Their whole ideology is like a big game of Dungeons & Dragons. It’s all make-believe, except for the chain-mail–they brought that from home. Elves, dwarves and fair maidens for capital. Even with the supposedly “good ones”—anti-war libertarians—we’re still talking about people who think Medicare’s going to lead to Stalinism.
  • Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 1: The Roots of Stalin in the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party Movement
  • The Great American Class War
  • We Are In a Class War

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Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 1: The Roots of Stalin in the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party Movement, Yasha Levine, The eXiled Online

  • The Koch family, America's biggest financial backers of the Tea Party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.
  • A People's History of Koch Industries 
  • The Great American Class War
  • We Are In a Class War

 

 

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Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud, Joan WalshSalon 

  • From Ayn Rand to Charles Murray, he thinks the rich deserve their wealth and the poor are to blame for their misery
  • “Hi, I’m right here”: An open letter to Paul Ryan about poverty and empathy

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Krugman Nails WSJ Pulitzer Winner For Misleading Inequality Claim, Mark Gongloff, Huffington Post

  • "In his piece Stephens trashes Obama, accusing him of making a factual error when he did no such thing; then proceeds to commit just about every statistical sin you can imagine in an attempt to minimize the rise in inequality," Krugman wrote. "In the process he leaves his readers more ignorant than they were before."
  • The Great American Class War

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The Great American Class War, Bill Moyers, Huffington Post

  • The people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.
  • We Are In a Class War
  • Plutocracy Versus Democracy

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We Are In a Class War, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance

November 28, 2013 | The struggle of working Americans takes center stage as Black Friday protests cover the country. The struggle for wages that do not leave families impoverished is one that affects us all and highlights the unfair economy created by a class war waged by the wealthy for decades. The ‘Walmartization’ of the US economy has created a downward spiral in wages and destroyed small businesses and communities while heightening the wealth divide that is at the root of so many problems.

100 Years On, Charlie Chaplin's Legacy Looms Large

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  • Most people know Charlie Chaplin, whose 125th birthday was April 16, as a giant figure in the history of film. Chaplin's films were as funny as they were deeply revelatory of the human condition. His raucous cinematic assault on fascism, discussed here, helps enrich our understanding about what made this clown one of our most sublime and important artists.
  • America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy

Ed Rampell, The Progressive

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February 7, 2014 | Friday marks 100 years since Charlie Chaplin’s beloved character “The Tramp” made his silver screen debut.

While the actor is best known for his slapstick silent movies featuring the well-meaning vagabond, Chaplin’s progressive legacy is less familiar to folks these days, even though his first all-talking film features what is perhaps cinema’s greatest political speech to date.

Ed Rampell is The Progressive’s man in Hollywood and author of “The Hawaii Movie and Television Book,” available now.

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America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy, Michael Kimmel, Salon

  • Up close with small-town white rage, with bitter, scary men who feel left behind by economic and cultural change
  • Excerpted from “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era”  <>
  • Chris Hayes, pro athletes, and “being a man”

New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy

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  • So What Is It?
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy
  • Noam Chomsky | U.S. Politics Are Now 'Pure Savagery'

Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig

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Apr 17, 2014 | Let me offer a hint: The ruling class is far wealthier than the rest. If you guessed oligarchy, sadly, you’re correct. Princeton University researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page discovered that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” Scary isn’t it? The rich have basically all the control in what was meant to be the great democracy of the United States and rulings like the Supreme Court’s recent McCutcheon decision will only further perpetuate this disaster.

PolicyMic:

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

Natasha Hakimi Zapat: Editorial Assistant, Truthdig

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Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy, Bill Moyers, Us

  • Bill Moyers has done some great essays on money in politics corruption in his time, but this might be his finest work to date.
  • The Great American Class War
  • Bill Moyers: Weapons of Mass Distraction—Why the Media Most Americans Consume Is Harmful to the Public Health

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Noam Chomsky | U.S. Politics Are Now 'Pure Savagery' Noam Chomsky, Huffington Post

  • Chomsky told HuffPost that corporate interests dominate the policy agenda of the Democratic Party, and cited conservative scholar Norm Ornstein's observation that the Republican Party has "drifted off the spectrum" and no longer functions as a serious parliamentary entity.
  • Budget Deal Keeps Cuts, A Disaster for Majority
  • Krugman: Rich are waging “pure class warfare”
  • Meet the poverty liars: GOP peddles more garbage in war on the poor

Eric Cantor is a delicate little flower (whose intellectual guide is Ann Coulter)


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  • To justify carrying water for the fringe right on immigration, GOP House leader whines that the president is mean.
  • Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud

Heather Digby Parton, Salon

 

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Friday, April 18, 2014 | If you are curious as to whom the Republican leadership truly respects and listens to about the proper policies for the party to follow, the answer might surprise you. Certainly one would expect that they’d listen to their strategists and pollsters. And it’s well known that they grant their donors the kind of fidelity one would normally only expect of 12th century knights of the realm. But if one is to judge by their approach to immigration, they are following the advice of the great oracle of wingnuttia, Ann Coulter.

Yesterday Democrats lamented the fact that the Senate immigration bill, passed over a year ago, still languishes in the House. The president made a mild comment suggesting that the American people are “ahead of the House Republicans” in this matter and would like to move ahead. He later called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and they had a discussion of the issue after which Cantor released a pouty press release whining that the president is a big meanie.

Heather Digby Parton, also well-known as "Digby," writes political and cultural observations.

 

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Paul Ryan’s worthless attempt to save face: Why he’s still an overrated fraud, Joan Walsh, Salon 

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  • From Ayn Rand to Charles Murray, he thinks the rich deserve their wealth and the poor are to blame for their misery
  • “Hi, I’m right here”: An open letter to Paul Ryan about poverty and empathy
  • Paul Ryan’s worst nightmare: Here’s the real way to cut poverty in America

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