And if you want current and topical details to the working of the Kochtopus, check out https://www.exposedbycmd.org/Koch. But the true and general gist of the matter is that these guys and many like them all around the country have effectively staged what can best be described as a “money coup” and has effectiveoy subverted the Democratic power of “We the people…” to do much about it- until and unless we start a true “p’BD’DiA” movement in this country that stops hand wringing and whining about the details of these assholes and what they are up to and pool our resources and take our case to the American people by any and all means necessary and available- which should be enough to, through the Democratic processes and institutions that are still in place, take back our country, society, economy, food supply, military, college campuses, public education system- in short, the whole nine yards, from these selfish greedy lyin’ smilin’ bastards who collectively seem to be “soft, small little fuckers with mouthes like assholes. That’s all of them, but expecially their new found standard bearer and celebrity apprentice Narcissist in Chief.
What follows is A great read from a true hero, Mr. Jim Hightower, who is a
Populist author, public speaker, and radio commentator (and former Congressman from Texas, I believe) he writes The Hightower Lowdown, a monthly newsletter chronicling the ongoing fights by America’s ordinary people against rule by plutocratic elites. Sign up at HightowerLowdown.org.
And now, that sickness has grown more virulent, confronting us in the form of a complex, sophisticated web of efforts funded by brothers Charles and David Koch and their billionaire buddies who share the same set of extreme, kleptocratic beliefs that guided last century’s class-war militants, including making property rights supreme over all of the people’s political rights and replacing majority rule with a new governing order that empowers the owner class (the “Makers,” as they dub themselves) to overrule regulations, taxes, unionization and other collective actions that the lower classes (the “Takers,” or so we’re called) try to impose on the property-rich minority.
and, key points here and now:
They’ve been able to come this far because of three factors:
Patience. The Kochs have taken the long view with their ideological power grab. They have been willing to experiment, trying a variety of tactics — large and small, national and local — expanding those that work and abandoning those that don’t. And they have used “patient capital”: giving an idea time to prove itself before yanking funding and jumping to the next trendy idea (Progressive funders: Take note.).
Quiet and compartmentalization. The Koch coup has crept up on us because it abhorred publicity and couched each move as an independent effort by a separate group. The commonality of the changes was barely perceptible for decades and until 2010, when the Supreme Court grabbed the obscure Citizens United case to decree that corporate campaign cash qualifies as free speech. It was only then that progressives woke to the reality that a coordinated corporate assault on democracy itself was being backed by a panoply of Koch groups (at least three of which were prime funders and pushers of the court case).
Scope and scale. Even the word “vast” doesn’t encompass the immensity of the Kochs’ offensive on democracy. The Charles Koch Foundation, the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Cato Institute, The Heritage Foundation, the State Policy Network, Americans for Prosperity: These are just a handful of the many organizations that the Koch brothers and their buddies fund to dismantle our social safety net and radically change our outlook on “everybody does better when everybody does better.” To learn more about the Koch agenda, check out the Center for Media and Democracy’s work at www.exposedbycmd.org/Koch
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/05/07/mnuchin-flips-tax-scam-grift-hopes-nobody-notices is an excellent article for the “New Gilded Age” sections (or is that “Volumes”) of the platform, manifesto, “Call to the Wild at Heart” that’s a coming soon, son.. It’s by Richard (RJ) Eskow who is a Senior Advisor for Health and Economic Justice at Social Security Works and the host of The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow on Free Speech TV….
A good read when considering the “p’BD’DiA” movement slash “New Democracy” Party, to first challenge the old failed Democratic Party and then take it over- letting the remains of the Wall Street Neo Liberal Elite “Republican Light” sham that it has become in the era of the defacto one party duopoly of faux “bipartisanship” that has overseen the whole corporatized “money coup” of the oligarchs whose boots we the indigenous bozos of all the austerity riddled advanced Western “Democracies”-
Maybe for the Dept.of Peace chapters, or the NeoCon Nutjobs sections:
…far too often, Democratic campaigns are designed to win over mushy milquetoast (and mythical) moderates, rather than excite the base…
Each election cycle, the United States is pulled further in a right-wing authoritarian direction. Moderate Republicans express feelings of alienation. Democrats move to capture them while forsaking their base. They lose their support and depress turnout. Then they flail and scream at activists for “costing” them elections when it is their fault for pandering to the center-right and abandoning progressive politics, which greatly diminishes the differences between Democratic and Republican candidates and makes voters feel apathetic about choices.
An email from commondreams.org for the Media and Net Neutrality chapters…
CONOR FRIEDERSDORF is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction. He
can be reached by emailing conor
I should look into doing something like this guy is doing and make it a paid, curated online “pro ‘Big D’ Democracy in America” Journal…
“PonyExpress” is a project to manage paid email newsletter subscriptions.
To set wsomething like that up…
Googling prominent progressive bloggers gives some research worth material…
The company launched with a mission statement that consisted of, “Media is broken—and too often a scam.” It planned to focus on “business, technology, politics, and media trends”. Furthermore, they disavowed the use of banner ads, pop-ups, and clickbait titles, using native advertising instead. The article style was focused on brevity, clear structure, and often features bullet points.
Submitting a proposal to these people as a Writer Editor for a comprehensive “p’BD’DiA” advocacy movement might be a good idea… gotta get back to the idea of still making a contribution, however, man…
For the “Democracy and the Food Supply” sections:
by: Andrea Germanos
…and in some cases people to contact…
Jeff Cohen is an associate professor of journalism and the director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, founder of the media watch group FAIR, and former board member of Progressive Democrats of America. In 2002, he was a producer and pundit at MSNBC (overseen by NBC News). He is the author of Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media – and a cofounder of the online action group, www.RootsAction.org. His website is here: http://jeffcohen.org
Contact the dude above…
From his essay:
But to get a more accurate and complete view of the workings of the U.S. political system(aka “U.S. oligarchy”), I have a suggestion: Disconnect from MSNBC, CNN, Fox and other corporate news sources and turn instead to high-quality, independent progressive media.
Another by the same brewlet: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/03/26/same-old-media-parade-why-are-liberals-cheering
“Power today resides in control of the means of production, exchange, publicity, transportation and communication. Whoever owns them rules the life of the country,” even if democratic forms remain. Until those institutions are in the hands of the public, he continued, politics will remain “the shadow cast on society by big business.” -John Dewey-
Krug Kwote…… from his column https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/08/opinion/unicorns-of-the-intellectual-right.html
And no, you don’t see the same thing on the other side. Liberal economists have made plenty of bad predictions – if you never get it wrong, you’re not taking enough risks – but have generally been willing to admit to and learn from mistakes, and have rarely been sycophants to people in power. In this, as in so much else, we’re looking at asymmetric polarization.