“The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. . . . You have owners.— George Carlin, The American Dream
Ellen Brown – According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.
“Making the world safe for democracy” was President Woodrow Wilson’s rationale for World War I, and it has been used to justify American military intervention ever since. Can we justify sending troops into other countries to spread a political system we cannot maintain at home?
The Magna Carta, considered the first Bill of Rights in the Western world, established the rights of nobles as against the king. But the doctrine that “all men are created equal” – that all people have “certain inalienable rights,” including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – is an American original. And those rights, supposedly insured by the Bill of Rights, have the right to vote at their core. We have the right to vote but the voters’ collective will no longer prevails.
In Greece, the left-wing populist Syriza Party came out of nowhere to take the presidential election by storm; and in Spain, the populist Podemos Party appears poised to do the same. But for over a century, no third-party candidate has had any chance of winning a US presidential election. We have a two-party winner-take-all system, in which our choice is between two candidates, both of whom necessarily cater to big money. It takes big money just to put on the mass media campaigns required to win an election involving 240 million people of voting age. Continue reading →
Chris Floyd – Another week, another war. And yet another American alliance with the forces of Islamic extremism. Washington is clearly the guiding force between the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen — a move that will almost certainly lead to a protracted and ruinous conflict, spilling over many borders and, as usual, creating fertile ground for more extremism. In other words, America’s war profiteers and military imperialists have given themselves another rich seam of loot and power. And in Yemen, as in Syria, the Yanks are fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with their old allies, al Qaeda, once again.
As usual, some of the best analysis of the latest berserk spasm of Potomac fever comes from the redoubtable As’ad AbuKhalil, the “Angry Arab.” Here’s an excerpt from one of his trenchant observations of the situation:
This war is also an American war: it is a gift from the US to the GCC countries who didn’t like US policies in Egypt, Syria, and Yemen. The Saudi regime is now pursuing the Israeli option: that it will now be more clearly aligned with the Israeli interests in the region and that it will also be aggressive and violent in pursuing regime interests. … On every issue in Arab politics, the Saudi regime is aligned with Israel. Make no mistake about it: Israel is the secret member of the GCC coalition bombing Yemen. Continue reading →
Politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every day lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want – they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.
But I’ll tell you what they don’t want – they don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking… They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly [bleepier] jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your [bleep] retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later ’cause they own this [bleepin’] place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club…
The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice… Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. They don’t give a [bleep] about you. They don’t care about you at all! The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue [bleep] that’s being jammed up their [bleeps] every day, because the owners of this country know the truth… It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it. – George Carlin
Joachim Hagopian – Ten years later, the veracity of Carlin’s words rings truer than ever. Next year the richest 1% of humans on this planet will own more wealth than the rest of us 99% earth inhabitants combined. And in the ensuing years since Carlin uttered those words, the oligarchic “owners” of this nation care even less about us. Last year a joint Princeton-Northwestern study confirmed Carlin’s blunt assertion, making it official – the United States government is an oligarchy. Our elected representatives serve the interests of the controlling elite that years ago Carlin astutely pointed out owns the government, the Fortune 500 transnational corporations, us and virtually the entire world. Continue reading →
The White Dragon Society has proposed the creation of a world federation (not a fascist New World Order) in order to achieve permanent world peace and start a golden age of unprecedented progress and prosperity. The proposal was made, during ongoing secret negotiations, to the Pentagon, the Vatican, the Chinese, the British Commonwealth and other power centers.
Under this proposal, the United Nations Security council would be replaced by people representing the political consensus of seven major regional groupings. These would be Africa, China, East Asia excluding China, Europe including Russia, India, the Muslim world and North plus South America. Decisions would be made by a majority and each region would have a veto only for its own region. Each region would also have its own meritocratically staffed future planning agency and people owned central bank.
In addition, a meritocratic future planning agency would be established for planning mega-projects that transcend regions. Technocrats with good track records at existing international institutions like the World Bank and the IMF would be invited to join either this or one of the regional agencies.
The Pentagon, the Chinese armed forces and the Russian armed forces would gradually integrate to form a planetary protection force. Continue reading →
Veterans Today – Since leaving office in 2007, the empire of Tony Blair has grown exponentially cashing in on his role as “Middle East Peace Negotiator” which is code for cash in the misery of the people
George Galloway Explores Tony Blair Inc. On Sputnik
A sensational new book, “Blair Inc.: The Man Behind the Mask” tours the horizons of Britain’s most controversial prime minister. From the takeover of the Labour Party, the invasions and the occupations to the Everest of money still piling up.
Francis Beckett, co-author of Blair Inc, a Labour man and one of the country’s leading Blair-ologists, joins Sputnik to tell us about the private dealings of Tony Blair since leaving office in 2007.
This video is especially important to view because it will help VT readers understand how much money is being made by very sick and mentally ill people like Tony Blair who give themselves titles like “PEACE NEGOTIATOR” while they cash in on lucrative business deals that are only offered to the insiders like TONY MONEYBAGS!.
Such is life as a shill for the warmonger military industrial and oil complex who makes money off war and the misery of the people in the failed Middle East.
Since leaving office in 2007, the empire of Tony Blair has grown exponentially. As a businessman he has been unprecedentedly successful for a former public servant, with a large property portfolio and an estimated GBP80 million of earnings accrued in just a few short years. But how has he managed to achieve this?
Being an ex-Prime Minister comes with certain advantages, and besides his excellent state pension and twenty-four-hour security team, Blair enjoys the best contacts that money can buy – as do those willing to pay him for access to those contacts. Consequently, Tony Blair Associates’ clients can be found around the world, and include the controversial presidents of Kazakhstan and Burma.
There is also Blair’s role as special envoy in the Middle East. While his record as a peacemaker is in doubt, the position has brought him into contact with a variety of oil-rich potentates in the region who now number among his most profitable clients.
Blair Inc.: The Man Behind the Mask takes a close look at the complex financial structures in Blair’s world. From the many layers of tax liability to the multiple conflicts of interest produced by his increasing web of relationships, this book exposes the private dealings of this very public figure.
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Stephen Lendman – Its annual three-fourths of a billion dollars spent isn’t enough. It’s for managed news disinformation rubbish aired by:
Voice of America;
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,
Radio Free Asia;
Radio and TV Marti aimed at Cuba; and
Middle East Broadcasting Networks.
Plus enormous sums spent by supportive corporate media, as well as so-called public (be damned) broadcasting and radio blasting out Big Lies, fake news, and other grand deceptions instead of what everyone deserves.
Reuters previewed a new report claiming America is losing the information war to Russia – written by two former US propagandists, S. Enders Wimbush and Elizabeth Portale.
They along with 30 foreign policy/diplomacy professionals polled want America’s Big Lying Machine revved up.
They want it top-to-bottom overhauled. “US international communications strategy should be rebuilt from the ground up,” their report says.