…and also the media that enables and empowers his raggly sick white ass…https://theintercept.com/2018/05/28/allan-nairn-trump-revolution/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65ZQzSqzlp4 the entire film "You’ve Been Trumped Too"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGJZQPARAIc Steve Bannon interview on BBC’s "Newsnight"
For the Tax Reform and Corporate Charter Law Overhaul chapters…
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/05/24/audit-outlaw-military-budget-draining-americas-necessities and oh, yeah, the MIC sections…
Naders book preview:
https://www.ctj.org/ https://itep.org/ their "Who Pays Taxes in America 2017" paper: https://itep.org/wp-content/uploads/taxday2017.pdf
david cay johnston Books:
A very good link to a good blogger and potential ally:
A good read by Chris Hedges: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/05/21/coming-collapse
Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system, dominated by corporate power and the mandarins of the two major political parties, in which we don’t count. We will wrest back political control by dismantling the corporate state, and this means massive and sustained civil disobedience, like that demonstrated by teachers around the country this year. If we do not stand up we will enter a new dark age.
The Democratic Party …
is deaf, dumb and blind to the very real economic suffering that plagues over half the country. It will not fight to pay workers a living wage. It will not defy the pharmaceutical and insurance industries to provide Medicare for all. It will not curb the voracious appetite of the military that is disemboweling the country and promoting the prosecution of futile and costly foreign wars. It will not restore our lost civil liberties, including the right to privacy, freedom from government surveillance, and due process. It will not get corporate and dark money out of politics. It will not demilitarize our police and reform a prison system that has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners although the United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population. It plays to the margins, especially in election seasons, refusing to address substantive political and social problems and instead focusing on narrow cultural issues like gay rights, abortion and gun control in our peculiar species of anti-politics.
Trump, like all despots, has no ethical core. He chooses his allies and appointees based on their personal loyalty and fawning obsequiousness to him. He will sell anyone out. He is corrupt, amassing money for himself—he made $40 million from his Washington, D.C., hotel alone last year—and his corporate allies. He is dismantling government institutions that once provided some regulation and oversight. He is an enemy of the open society. This makes him dangerous. His turbocharged assault on the last vestiges of democratic institutions and norms means there will soon be nothing, even in name, to protect us from corporate totalitarianism.
Nader’s acceptance speech for `96 Green Party Presidential nomination…
Democracy brings out the best in people. An oligarchy, plutocracy, autocracy–whatever you call the concentration of wealth and power–suppresses the best in people. And brings out the worst in the power of the few over the many.
In the meantime, anything dealing with big business workplace issues or corporate crime, they don’t get on. And I’ll get to that in moment, but we’ve got to become far more demanding on how our public property is used. We’re the landlords of the public airwaves; the broadcasters are the tenants. Yet they pay us no rent, they decide who shows what twenty-four hours a day, and they laugh all the way to the bank. And, therefore, anything that really builds a solid, just society doesn’t qualify to get on our very own property.
Now any knowledge of history registers this observation: any society that allows one segment of it to have an excessive concentration of power and wealth, and that segment has a commercial, mercantile priority above every other value system in the society, is going to get into trouble. And we have, from time to time, as a society fought back against the big robber barons and the railroads and the financial and natural resource companies, etc.
Within the last twenty years we’ve had an extraordinary concentration of power and wealth in fewer and fewer global corporation hands. And you can see the consequences of that in so many ways. When you have that kind of concentration of power and wealth, you have a weakened democracy. You have a weakened public voice. You have a weakened public advocacy. And that registers. And look how it’s registered.
Look at the signs of decline in this country because our democracy has no been allowed to strengthen itself. Because we don’t spend enough time as public citizens. Because we have allowed global corporations, with no allegiance to our country, to scour for the dictatorships and the dirt cheap labor, to exploit and export the jobs there. We have allowed them to take over our government, to dominate our economy, to exploit small business, to straightjacket inventors, to shape our very culture–to replace our thought culture with commercial culture, that stresses violence and addiction–to decide what kind of research is done at our universities, to decide that the ordinary people pay the taxes (as someone once said, “Only the little people pay taxes.”), to decide that they, the corporations, weren’t going to pay any taxes.
And now look at the result. In the 1950’s corporate income tax represented between 25 and 30% of the federal outlays. Today it’s between 6 and 8%. Record corporate profits, record stock market prices, record executive compensations, and they are paying a shrinking amount. And many of these giant corporations pay 1% federal tax, 2% federal tax. How about this one? Everybody watching this assemblage, whoever paid a dollar to Uncle Sam between the years 1981 and 1983 paid more taxes than the giant General Electric Company, which produced $6.5 billion in profits, paid no taxes, because of a safe harbor loophole provision got a $150 million refund–and that was supposed to get General Electric to invest in new productive capital equipment–instead they bought RCA, NBC, and now maybe you’ll wonder why NBC isn’t covering the closedown of four nuclear plants Connecticut, three of which are closed down due to safety defects this summer. Well, General Electric is in the nuclear business. What do you expect?
Now we come to the corporation itself. It’s important to recognize that the corporation is a creature of government. Government charters the corporation. And so concerned were our forebears with this Frankenstein potential emerging–this artificial legal entity, having power against defenseless human beings–that they required in the early 19th Century legislative chartering of a corporation. Corporation wants to produce textiles, they have to go to the legislature and get chartered–all you can do is just manufacture textiles; you got to be renewed after a few years–there was great suspicion of corporations early on, and for good reason.
And then about 1886 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, without hearing any arguments, that the corporation was a person. It was a person. You know these corporations. Don’t you know they’re always persons, don’t you? I mean you know HMO’s are suffering from attention deficit disorder. Don’t you know drug companies are admitted kleptomaniacs? What this means is–for a century now–corporations have been getting all the rights that we human beings have and an avalanche of privileges and immunities that we don’t have. How can you have equal justice under the law in such circumstances?
Googling :reclaiming our public airwaves and bandwidth for the purpose of running our Democracy free of big money
gets good resource material… including:
…and content for the citizens candidacy pages:https://www.onlinecandidate.com/articles/tips-for-effective-political-ads?awt_l=GoJ3o&awt_m=Ij4qg0YmbbwFRX&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Broadcast
https://khanna.house.gov/media/editorials/heres-campaign-finance-law-would-take-democracy-back-1-percent the "Democracy Dollars Act"
or preview it at:
…this organization https://spn.org/ largely funded by the Kochs and the Waltons needs to be investigated.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Policy_Network for a starter course and this article is about what they’re up to right now:
http://www.localvictory.com/grassroots/local-campaign-organization.html (full text below)
You’ve certainly heard the saying “all politics is local” before – it’s a tired old political saw, but it’s as true now as it was the day it was first uttered. People care about national issues and national campaigns, but elections are won and lost street by street, person by person… they’re won and lost at the grassroots level.
The driving force behind your campaign’s grassroots operation will be your core group of supporters and volunteers who are working in their own neighborhoods and on their own blocks to make sure you win. These folks make up your “campaign organization.” Building an effective campaign organization (sometimes called “local organizing”) is a good way to segment and streamline your campaign’s voter contact activities.
While organizations differ based on the size and resources of the campaign, the typical volunteer campaign organization may look something like this:
As you can see from this sample chart, the goal of a campaign organization is to get your supporters to take responsibility for certain areas, give each of them a set list of goals and objectives for their areas, and assist them in meeting those goals. Let’s take a closer look at each of those three points:
Most people like to be given real responsibility and leadership roles, and most people want to feel like they are part of a team. Your local campaign organization provides all of those things to your supporters, who in turn go out and work to get your candidate elected.
The campaign organization takes people who want to volunteer and turns them into part of your team – it makes them feel important and connected to the campaign, and is a prime motivator for volunteers to go out and really do the work of the campaign. Essentially, in return for taking responsibility for certain jobs in a specific area, you assign key volunteers titles (“Block Captain,” “Area Leader”, etc.) and reward them for their work with recognition and applause.
Of course, with the delegation of work and the assignation of titles and responsibilities, there come real risks – volunteers can go off the reservation, think they are speaking for the campaign, talk to the press, and do a whole host of no-nos. That’s why you have to keep close reign on your volunteer campaign organization. Town captains, block leaders, and the rest of your organization are not allowed to talk to the press, should stick to the jobs you have given them, and should be well trained and thoroughly monitored by the campaign staff.
As you can see from the above chart, each person in the campaign organization is assigned an area of purview. Some people are responsible for blocks, others for towns; some could coordinate whole counties or states. But geography isn’t the only type of area that a volunteer could be responsible for. You may also have industry captains (High Tech Coordinator, Lawyers Coordinator, Healthcare Coordinator, etc.), demographic captains (Senior Citizens Coordinator, High School Voters Coordinator, etc.), and even language captains (Spanish Speaking Voter Captain, etc.). The sky’s the limit.
The type of local campaign organization we are describing here won’t work unless you assign each person a list of objectives. You should ask your volunteer organizers to take real, concrete steps on behalf of the campaign, and to report back to you on their progress. Some responsibilities that are often assigned to local campaign organization members include:
One of the roles of the campaign’s grassroots staff is to train and support the campaign organization. If you are going to be utilizing a large volunteer campaign organization, consider holding a campaign “school” to train all of your volunteers on etiquette and tactics. Also be sure to let them know what is legal and what isn’t, and how to deal with hostile voters.
Your supporters will rely on your campaign staff for direction, encouragement and support.
Once you send your organization out onto “the streets” to do their work, be sure to track their progress, problems, and victories. All organization members should continue to attend campaign meetings, and the grassroots staff may decide to hold regular conference calls or webcasts with the entire group.
You can also use hierarchical tracking through your organization, for example, your grassroots staff could stay in constant contact with the county leaders, who stay in constant contact with the town leaders in their counties, who stay in constant contact with the block captains in their towns.
It’s tough to keep volunteers motivated. Offer lots of help for those who need it to accomplish their goals, and be sure to offer tons of recognition and rewards for those organization members who are doing outstanding work. Generally, the different levels of the campaign organization are all offered different levels of “benefits” for their work. For example, block captains may get a campaign t-shirt and an invitation to the election night party, while the state-wide coordinators may attend quarterly receptions with the candidate and get campaign business cards, etc. Tailor the benefits and rewards programs to meet you individual campaign needs.
Another great tip is to use performance-based rewards for some of your recognition program. For example, block captains could be told that once they place five yard signs, they will get a free bumper sticker, and that the block captain who gets the most people to attend their in-home event will receive an invitation to a dinner with the candidate.
I think of US politics as generally working that way: popular forces mobilize and sometime they win concessions from a largely pro-capitalist political system. In my narrative, the way this story plays out is that our social justice and anti-capitalist forces pressure the system and continue to get concessions, and in that way build a better world.
In that narrative, the Democratic Party is seen as largely dominated by pro-capitalist forces. But it is also seen as being vulnerable to pressure from our side. It relies for its electoral successes on giving the people civil rights, environmental protection, and a social safety net. The Republican Party, on the other hand has been even more beholden to pro-capitalist forces, and, ever since Nixon, has used coded racism to build popular support for policies which were in the interest of the wealthy.
…https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/05/13/building-democracy-fight-nativist-attack-review-people-vs-democracy by Cynthia Kaufman is the author of Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change. She is the Director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action at De Anza College. She blogs at
A related book for the Syllabus:
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean
By it at:https://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/1101980966
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