Category: PLUTOCRATIC POWER

Dead End Amerika

PHILIP A. FARRUGGIO—The real sad reality of both of these films is the lack of understanding of how things should be. A nice couple in Dead End, he an unemployed architect and she a factory worker on strike, assumed that one has to accept the fact that there must be super rich people. Ditto for many of the poor residents of West Chelsea and the rich kids attending the Avenues school ( none of their parents were interviewed by Levin… one wonders why ). Everyone just sends out the vibes that ‘These are the cards we are dealt, and we can only play the hand the best we can.’ There are many steps that we working stiffs and unemployed working stiffs must take in order to really ‘ take back ‘ our country from the 1/4 of 1 %.*.

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Saudi/Canada Row

STEPHEN LENDMAN—Israeli and Saudi human rights abuses are similar, including torture and other mistreatment, arbitrary arrests and detentions, political imprisonments, denial of due process and judicial fairness, support for ISIS and other terrorist groups, as well as restrictions on speech, media, academic, and public assembly freedoms, among others. Israel terror-bombs and lethally shoots Palestinians in cold blood. The Saudis prefer public beheadings and whippings. Neither regime tolerates dissent. Guilt by accusation is automatic when trials are held – in Israel for Palestinians, in the kingdom for anyone.

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America’s Billionaires Battle Each Other for Political Control over Europe

ERIC ZUESSE—Just as there is liberal-conservative political polarization between billionaires domestically within a nation, there also is such political polarization between billionaires regarding their given nation’s foreign policies; and America’s billionaires are politically very highly polarized, both nationally and, increasingly, internationally as well. None of them is progressive, or left-populist. The only ‘populism’ that any billionaire currently promotes is right-‘populist’, which is Bannon’s team.

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Facebook censorship targets the left

ANDRE DAMON—The growth of the class struggle is increasingly pitting workers in direct conflict with the trade unions, which the ruling class has relied on for decades to suppress the class struggle and facilitate the redistribution of wealth to the rich. Under these conditions, the ruling elite sees the criminalization and suppression of independent political opposition as a vital necessity in the defense and expansion of its social privileges. The creation of an apparatus of mass censorship by Facebook, Google and Twitter is a vital weapon in the hands of the ruling elite in this life-and-death class struggle.

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