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READY FOR PRESIDENT PELOSI? by Thom Hartmann

Ready for President Pelosi?
by Thom Hartmann, Dec 10 www.rawstory.com
Trump and Pence could both go down in unprecedented impeachment, Dec 10

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/12/ready-president-pelosi-trump-pence-go-unprecedented-impeachment/

So, now that we know that Donald Trump and Mike Pence reached the White House through at least two specific and separate criminal conspiracies, what do we do about it?

Can they be removed from office? Can the election be done over? Can the Trump/Pence administration’s actions over the past two years be reversed, particularly the appointments of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and all the damage to our federal agencies?

According to federal court filings last week from the Southern District of New York, and from the Special Counsel’s office, Donald Trump and Michael Cohen criminally conspired to hide from the American people the fact that Trump had sexual relations immediately after the birth of his son Baron with both Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, and that his affair with McDougal lasted about a year.

Had Republican voters known about those affairs long before Trump gained the momentum he did during the period of the cover-up, Trump wouldn’t have become the GOP’s nominee and would now be back to playing the roles of a faux billionaire and a reality TV star.

Marc on Dec 16 – May the New Year be full of good surprises!

May the joy of the Lord be your joy! The end of human sacrifice should bring the welcoming tradition, kindness to those fleeing war and misery!

Let me know if the Democrats stop worrying about Russians in their cornflakes! Russia sells oil to Germany to survive. The regime change in Ukraine (2014) like the drunken Yeltsin represent the dark side of US interventionism. Now, the Great Deceiver says Germany is the puppet of Russia! What tact!

Trump has less intellectual power than an average goldfish. America’s “worst salesman” could bring a Great Recession by ignoring the infrastructure and through his arbitrary punitive tariff on steel and aluminum. The two GOP tax bills gave $8 trillion to corporations and households with over a million dollars. There were no hearings, compromises, concessions or countermeasures as the doors were locked and lobbyists had a heyday! Ralph Nader estimates the stock buybacks since 2005 at $6-7 trillion!

Could a bankrupt casino owner know how to add a $1 billion burden on Ford? The New York Times 20-page article describes how Fred Trump and Donald J. Trump shorted NYC $413 million.

www.grin.com from Munich gives us reading samples for 206K eBooks and dissertations. If you search for economic ethics, 3ooo dissertations come up. Research moves into a new world. You don’t have to jump through the hoops to get to Harvard!

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Here’s a link to one hour with Jerry Brown on Booktv.org
https://www.c-span.org/video/?451210-1/the-browns-california

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Driven to Consumption and Money Created out of Nothing

Driven to Consumption and Money Created out of Nothing
by Mathais Binswanger, Aaron Sahr, and Branko Milanovic

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/12/436940.shtml

Growth originally created a material prosperity about which earlier generations could only dream. However, more economic growth does not make people happier anymore. We are prisoners of a system that forces us to permanent growth.

Banks create credits at the push of a button, wages stagnate, schools decay, and Goldman Sachs is in the government. Who benefits from this? Money creation is an accounting process, nothing more. Banks decide how much money exists and what is financed.

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“We live in a time of radical counter-enlightenment”

“We live in a time of radical counter-enlightenment”
Rainer Mausfeld, October 2018

https://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2018/12/127513.html

Psychologist Rainer Mausfeld is interviewed about the illusion of being informed, “contempt for the people” and journalists and intellectuals.

Political struggle always means the struggler over the definitional power and appropriation of the world. For decades, neoliberalism has carried out a redistribution project against the majority of the population. This neoliberal project is only possible when the democratic substance is dismantled or neutralized. More and more people recognize the rupture between ideology and reality.

Neoliberal indoctrination declares itself the end of all ideology and as a pure effect of the natural laws of free markets. “The people are threatening for the rulers when they are without fear” (Tacitus).

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DEVO (LIVE CONCERT), Feb 22, 2010, Vancouver B.C., 1 hr

Post-materialists rejoice without taking the future from the coming generation!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=655y3TDiBdc

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eBooks on Barnes & Noble

Here are the links to the eBooks on Barnes & Noble. 10% off your order – use code Fall10

Enjoy the feast! Celebrate your independence!

“Alternative Economics: Reversing Stagnation” translated by Marc Batko, $3.99

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/alternative+economics%3A+reversing+stagnation?_requestid=5573331

“Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy” by Franz Segbers, $2.99

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/poverty+returns+with+misguided+policy?_requestid=5580885

Free eBook “The European Illusion” by Attac Austria, 348 pp, pdf
The English edition is available as a free ebook here. All the chapters can be found on this website. The printed book is available as a print-on-demand through regular bookstores.

https://the-european-illusion.eu/?ddownload=810

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Trumponomics and Wall Street Rejoices

Trumponomics and Wall Street Rejoices
by Rudolf Hickel and Lukas Hermsmeier

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/05/18818782.php

Economics should be a part of life, not a steamroller crushing creativity and self-determination. The state should serve the public interest and reduce poverty. Instead, private or special interests are in the driver’s seat. Reduced working hours could be a socio-economic investment bringing better long-term health and more time sovereignty. Economist John Maynard Keynes in 1930 thought the 15-hour work week would be enough thanks to higher productivity and technological innovations.

Trumponomics is a disaster that is really a sleight of hand. $8 trillion was given to the super-rich. There were no hearings, compromises, concessions or countermeasures in the GOP tax bills. Corporations spent between $6-7 trillion buying back their own stock (cf. Ralph Nader). The poor, seniors, children and students are under a vicious attack.

Marc on Nov 7

The GOP attack on the welfare state drove Democrats to vote in record numbers. Democratic voting was up 9.2%, the highest increase since 2010. The GOP attack on the welfare state fueled the Great Refusal, the product of the Great Unraveling! Truth comes to the GOP tonight and the Party of Trump is dumped in the dustbin. Up and down the East coast and in the Mid West, districts that Trump won by 20% went to Democrats this year.

Shouting “America First!” is no replacement for foreign and domestic policy, for balancing interests and redefining priorities. Profits explode while investments (particularly public investments) stagnate. The nature of neoliberalism is misanthropic. We clean the outside of the cup and leave the inside filthy. We see the speck in the Central American’s eye and not the militarism and selfishness in our own eye. We are awash in the bitter fruits of the myth that only owners of capital have enforceable rights.

Trump, the chronic liar (8.3 a day for 600 days according to the Washington Post), the bankrupt casino owner, and pathological narcissist should be embarrassed and upended by our media. Instead, he is given a platform worth billions and wages a war on the poor, seniors, children and students, the Departments of Education and the Environment, language, and democracy.

The midterm elections on Tuesday will show whether the people understand that $8 trillion in the GOP tax bills was given away to households with over one million dollars income. For the first time, there were no hearings, compromises, concessions, or countermeasures as procedural justice was consigned to the dustbin.

Trump has been a never-ending fountain of lies and vulgarities. He travels from city to city with terrible things to say about all other countries, other leaders and his girlfriends! Maybe the Trump party will be sent to the dustbin!

Video: Beautiful Country Burn Again, 39 min
Ben Fountain, booktv.org event from 10/13/2018

https://www.c-span.org/video/?452867-6/beautiful-country-burn-again
The Great Depression required reordering society with a social democratic state, strong anti-monopoly laws, a robust social safety net, collective bargaining, and strong unions. In the 1950s Americans got a higher share of the fruits of productivity. Grover Norquist doesn’t realize what holds him up.

Progressive government gave clean water and raised life expectancy. FDR was elected in a democratic movement. Our politics has been degraded in the past 18 years. Americans are working more hours; corporate profits soar and wages haven’t risen since the 1970s.

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Socialism in American English
author: Robert Ogman and Hans-Jurgen Urban

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/11/436881.shtml

The attacks of Republicans on the existing welfare system are driving the US population to the left. Proposals of a universal health care enjoy the support of around 70% of US citizens including the majority of Americans voting Republican. Attempts of Republicans to represent all welfare state proposals as Maoist, Stalinist or Venezuelan nightmares are losing more and more credibility. Teacher strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Colorado demand a political change.
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The Rule of Law
by Robert Reich, Nov 23, 2018
http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/robert-reich/82232/the-rule-of-law

1) No president is above the law
2) A president cannot prosecute political opponents or critics
3) A president must be respectful of the independent judiciary

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Right-wing Populism: A Wave of Nostalgia

Right-wing Populism: A Wave of Nostalgia
by Cornelia Koppetsch, 8/23/2018

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/01/18818615.php

For decades, western societies were marked by processes of pluralization, individualization, and liberalization. Why are attitudes and pressures of society against these trends becoming dominant? Why are escalating inequalities leading to the rise of right-wing protest movements and not primarily to renewed capitalism criticism?

Fundamental changes in the social morality and social praxis of modern societies are the causes for the rise of the new right-wing parties. Right-wing populism is anti-liberal and invokes authoritarian life forms and strong communities.

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Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism Forum, Oct 24, 18, 8 hours

Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism, 8 hrs, Oct 2018, therealnews.org

https://youtu.be/WjWETN1E6YA?t=1056
Market Fundamentalism is the dogmatic belief that unregulated, “laissez-faire” markets are the only answer to the world’s biggest social and economic problems. It’s time to confront the myths of Market Fundamentalism with compelling empirical reality that deconstructs and destroys the plutocratic hoax. Join us for an enlightening forum hosted by Ralph Nader featuring top academics, economists, and experts who will present arguments to turn the tide in this “battle of ideas.

Event Schedule 09:30:00 AM Ralph Nader Opening Remarks 09:50:00 AM Bert Foer Antitrust & How Kleptocracy Corrupts What Markets Are Supposed to Do https://www.antitrustinstitute.org/pe…
10:10:00 AM William Black Financial and Insurance Rackets https://law.umkc.edu/directory/facult…
10:30:00 AM Robert Kuttner The Virtues and Limits of Markets http://prospect.org/authors/robert-ku…
10:50:00 AM Greg LeRoy Subsidies, Handouts, Giveaways and Bailouts https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/about-u…
11:10:00 AM James Henry Systematized Tax Evasion https://globaljustice.yale.edu/people…
11:30:00 AM Lunch 12:15:00 PM Russell Mokhiber Systemic Corporate Crime—Business as Usual https://www.corporatecrimereporter.co…
12:35:00 PM Rob Weissman How Market Fundamentalism Corrupts The Political Process https://www.citizen.org/about/robert-…
12:55:00 PM Dennis Kelleher Endemic Market Failure/Inequality https://bettermarkets.com/dennis-kell… 01:15:00 PM Tom McGarity The Assault on Regulation (And the Case for It) https://law.utexas.edu/faculty/thomas… 01:35:00 PM Rena Steinzor The Assault on Regulation (And the Case for It) https://www.law.umaryland.edu/directo… 01:55:00 PM Damon Silvers SEC and the Inadequacy of Financial Regulation https://aflcio.org/policy-experts/dam… 02:15:00 PM Joel Rogers Public Goods https://law.wisc.edu/profiles/jrogers…
02:35:00 PM William Lazonick Stock Buybacks https://www.ineteconomics.org/researc…
02:55:00 PM Lori Wallach Market Fundamentalism and Trade https://www.citizen.org/our-work/glob…
03:15:00 PM Steven Clifford The Lack of a Free Market for Executive Compensation http://www.stevecliffordauthor.com/ab…
03:35:00 PM Ralph Nader Institutionalizing Lawlessness—Systematically Subverting Markets https://nader.org/biography/
3:50-4:30 PM Discussion

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Right-wing Populism. Can More Madness Cure the Madness?

Right-wing Populism. Can More Madness Cure the Madness?
by f.s. montanus, Georg Rammer, Andreas Bohm and Joachi9m Bischoff

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/10/436770.shtml

Neolikberal policy was always mad. But an even greater madness now appears with right-wing populism. Politics is mad because it writes off large parts of the population. Economic Darwinism has nested and established itself as market ideology in the brains of people.

Politics assume the strong deserve the largest part of the cake in its glorification of the performance principle. The market should conform to democracy; democracy should not be market-conforming.

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Is President Trump Fascist?
Jason Stanley, openculture.com
https://youtu.be/-QK1IVi4REI

and Umberto Eco on Fascism
http://www.openculture.com/2016/11/umberto-eco-makes-a-list-of-the-14-common-features-of-fascism.html

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“We Live in a Time of Radical Counter-Enlightenment” by Rainer Mausfeld

Rainer Mausfeld is a professor psychology at the University of Kiel.

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/21/18818378.php

In the past decades, democracy was undermined in an unparalleled way. Democracy was replaced by the illusion of democracy, free public debate by the management of opinion and indignation and the key ideal of come-of-age citizens by the ideal of politically apathetic consumers.

Indoctrination instead of Information

Elections do not play any role anymore for fundamental political questions. the important political decisions are made by political-economic groups that are neither democratically-legitimated nor democratically accountable. the destructive ecological, social and psychic consequences of this form of elite rule threaten our society and our life foundations more and more.

Rainer Mausfeld uncovers the systematic of this indoctrination, shows its historical constants and makes us sensitive for the many methods of psychological influencing.

“The educated sectors are particualrly susceptible for the illusion of being informed. These sectors are especially indoctrinated by the dominant ideology. This was the same in National Socialism as today. they become an important stabilizing element of the respec tive dominant ideologies through their silent tolerance.”

His new book “What about the silence of the lambs? How the most serious war crimes and violations of moral norms are made invisible for the population” was published on 10/2/2018 by Westend Verlag
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Philosophical Reflections on the Economic Crisis: From Obscuristan to Absurdistan and Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz Segbers

Philosophical Reflections on the Economic Crisis: From Obscuristan to Absurdistan by Marc Batko, 54 pp, $2.99 on Kindle Direct from Amazon.
Enjoy the feast! Celebrate your independence!

Please order the eBooks!

https://www.amazon.com/Philosophical-Reflections-Economic-Crisis-Obscuristan-ebook/dp/B0764KFS2P/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538923510&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=philosophical+refelctions+on+the+economic+crisis

and Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz Segbers, translated by Marc Batko, $2.99 on Kindle Direct from Amazon.
Poverty is the result of enriching the super-rich and corporations. The state should represent the public interest, not special or private interests, and is charged with reducing poverty and inequality.
Capitalism is a religion that makes competition and the market into natural laws, marginalizes and ignores system criticism and alternatives and degrades nature and the future into decorations.

https://www.amazon.com/Poverty-Returns-Misguided-Policy-Segbers-ebook/dp/B07FB4NWKX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539169314&sr=8-1&keywords=poverty+returns+with+misguided+policy

362 million views for Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”! We’re not alone!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR5ApYxkU-U

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