Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign Starts In Vermont.

by Jerry Alatalo

“[Business and finance are] unanimous in their hate for me – and I welcome their hatred… I should like to have it said of my first Adminstration that in it the forces of selfishness and lust for power met their match; I would like to have it said of my second administration that in it these forces met their master.” (Campaign speech, 1936; quoted by Justice Douglas)

– FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (1882-1945) 32nd President of the Unitese States

Burlington, Vermont - USA (photo: go100percent.org)
Burlington, Vermont – USA
(photo: go100percent.org)

Alphabet The people of Vermont gathered on the waterfront in Burlington, where Bernie Sanders began his political career as mayor, to hear him deliver a speech about why he is running for President of the United States. For presidential historians, the speech most likely reminded them of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Some excerpts from Bernie Sanders’ speech:

“Today with your support, and the support of millions across our country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally. Today we stand here and say loudly and clearly: Enough is enough. This great nation and its government belong to all of the people and not to a handful of billionaires.”

“Brothers and sisters, now is not the time for thinking small. Now is not the time for the same-old, same-old establishment politics and stale inside-the-beltway ideas; now is the time for millions of working families to come together to revitalize American democracy, to end the collapse of our middle class, and to make certain that our children and grandchildren are able to enjoy a quality of life that brings them health, prosperity, security and joy – and that once again makes the United States the leader in the world in the fight for economic and social justice, for environmental sanity, and for a world of peace.”

“My fellow Americans, this country faces more serious problems today than at any time since the Great Depression, and, if you include the planetary crisis of climate change, it may well be that the challenges we face now are more dire than at any time in the modern history of our country. And here is my promise to you for this campaign: not only will I fight to protect the working families of this country, but we are going to build a movement of millions of Americans who are prepared to stand up and fight back.”

“We are going to take this campaign directly to the people in town meetings, door-to-door conversations, on street corners and in social media. This week we’re going to be in New Hampshire, we’re going to be in Iowa, and we’re going to be in Minnesota – and that’s just the start of this national campaign.”

“Let me be clear. This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders; it’s not about Hillary Clinton; it is not about Jeb Bush, or anyone else. This campaign is about the needs of the American people and the ideas and proposals that effectively address those needs. As someone who has never run a negative political ad in my life, my campaign will not be driven by political gossip or reckless personal attacks. This is what the American people want and deserve. These are serious times – we need serious debates.”

“Politics in a democratic society should not be treated as if it were a baseball game, a game show, or a soap opera, and I hope the media understands that as well. Let me take a minute to touch on some of the issues that I will be focusing on in the coming months, and then give you a brief outline of an agenda for America. An agenda which in fact will deal with the serious problems and lead us to a better future.”

“Today we live in a nation which is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, but that reality means very little for most of us because almost all of the wealth is owned and controlled by a tiny handful of individuals. In America we have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on Earth, and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider. The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time; it is the great economic issue of our time; it is the great political issue of our time, and we will address it.”

“Let me be very clear, and let the top 1% understand this. There is something profoundly wrong when the top one-tenth of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%, and when 99% of all new income goes to the top 1%. There is something profoundly wrong when in recent years we have seen a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires at the same time as millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages, and we have shamefully the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country.”

“There is something profoundly wrong when one family owns more wealth in this country than the bottom 130 million Americans. This grotesque level of inequality is immoral, it is bad economics, it is unsustainable. This type of rigged economy is not what America is supposed to be about. This has got to change, and as your president, together, we are going to change it.”

“My fellow Americans, let me be as blunt as I can and tell you what you already know. As a result of the disastrous Supreme Court decision Citizens United, the American political system has been totally corrupted, and the foundations of American democracy are now being undermined. What the Supreme Court said, essentially, was that it was not good enough for the billionaires to own much of the economy – they could now own the United States government as well, and that is precisely what they are trying to do.”

“Now, what I learned in school, an I think what the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our country have long-known, that American democracy is not about billionaires being able to buy candidates and buy elections. It is not about the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson and other incredibly wealthy individuals spending billions of dollars to elect candidates who will make the rich richer and everyone else poorer. According to media reports, if you can believe it, the Koch brothers in this election cycle are prepared to spend more money than either the democratic or republican parties.”

“That is not democracy – that is oligarchy. In Vermont at our town meetings we know what democracy is about, and that is ‘one person, one vote’, and that is the kind of political system we are going to fight for and are going to achieve.” 

… “If we don’t get our act together and have the United States lead the world in combating climate change there will be more drought, more famine, more rising sea level, more ocean acidification, more extreme weather disturbances. As human beings who look out over this environment, who appreciate the beauty that we have on this planet, we are not going to allow the fossil fuel industry to destroy this planet.”

“This campaign, starting today, is going to send a message to the billionaire class, and that is: ‘you can’t have it all’. You can’t get huge tax breaks while children in the country go hungry. You can’t continue sending our jobs abroad while millions are looking for work. You can’t hide your profits in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens while there are massive unmet needs on every corner of this nation. To the billionaire class, I say that your greed has got to end – you can’t take advantage of all of the benefits of America if you refuse to accept your responsibilities. And that is why we need a tax system which is fair and progressive, which tells the wealthiest individuals and the largest corporations that they are going to start paying their fair share of taxes.”

“When we talk about power, we talk about Wall Street. In my view it is time to break up the largest financial institutions in this country. Wall Street cannot continue to be an island onto itself gambling trillions in risky financial instruments while expecting the public to bail it out. If a bank is too big to fail, that bank is too big to exist..”

“…we must be focused on campaign finance reform and the need for a constitutional amendment to overturn this disastrous Citizens United decision. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: I will not nominate any justice to the Supreme Court who has not made it clear that he or she will move to overturn that disastrous decision which is undermining American democracy.”

“And that is why I as president will fight to make tuition in public colleges and universities free, as well as substantially lower interest rates on student loans.”

“I am vigorously opposed to an endless, perpetual war in the Middle East.”

“And to those who say we cannot restore the dream, I say look at where we are standing today. As some of you will remember, this beautiful place was once an unsightly rail yard that served no public purpose and was an eyesore. As mayor, I worked with the people of Burlington to help turn this waterfront into the beautiful, people-oriented public space it is today. We took that fight to the courts, to the legislature, and to the people and we won. The lesson to be learned, and it is a profound political lesson, is that when people stand together, when people are prepared to fight back, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.”

“We can live in a country where every person has health care as a right, not a privilege. We can live in a country where every parent can have quality and affordable child care and where all of our qualified young people can get a college education regardless of their income. We can live in a country where every senior can live in dignity and security, and not be forced to choose between food and medicine. We can live in a country where every veteran who has put his or her life on the line to defend this nation gets the quality health care and benefits they have earned and deserve. We can live in a country where every person no matter their race, their religion, their disability, or sexual orientation realizes the full promise of equality that is our birthright as Americans.”

“Brothers and sisters, that is the nation we can build together. And I ask you and people throughout this country to join us in this campaign to build a future that works for all of us, and not just the few people on top. Thank you again for coming out on this beautiful day. Thank you.”

What separates Senator Bernie Sanders from Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush is that he is the only one of the three who has used the term “billionaire class”. Ms. Clinton and Mr. Bush can no longer ignore wealth inequality in the United States – the highest level of inequality of any major nation on Earth, and an issue of great concern for tens of millions of Americans. If Ms. Clinton and Mr. Bush – with Senator Bernie Sanders in the race for president in 2016 – choose not to honestly address this central, serious issue, the number of voters who were leaning in their directions and voting for them who change their minds to support/vote for Bernie Sanders may become historic.

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(Thank you to Vermont PBS at YouTube)

Victory Day, Bridging Ideological Divides And True Peace.

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-23Alphabet In an ideal world where humanity had moved beyond ideological battles and worked together in oneness, leaders from every nation would have attended Victory Day in Moscow.  This year’s event marked the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazism in World War II and the Russian people gathered in large numbers to remember the 27 million Russians who died in that war. One of the main reasons for this post is to help set the historical record straight regarding the Russian role in defeating fascism during World War II, in particular as regards misperceptions in America, where many hold the erroneous position that Russians played little or no part in the victory.

First of all, the writer does not wish to take “sides” on the issue of who deserves more credit for the victory over Nazi Germany, because there really are no sides when seen from the standpoint of oneness. The focus is on contributing toward a historically fact-based, truthful perception of the important events of World War II, the truth which if not widely understood results in confused, factually-weak, and harmful discussions about present day relations between the people and governments of the Russian Federation and the United States of America.

If one were to ask a number of Americans for their views on who was responsible for the defeat of Nazi Germany, perhaps 80-90% would respond by saying that the United States defeated Nazism and that Russians had little to do with the victory. Books have been published by scholars about the particular reasons why Americans have come to largely hold that incorrect historical view, but, leaving reasons aside, the historical truth is that Russians’ efforts and sacrifice had a more determinative effect in defeating Nazi Germany in World War II.

In discussing this issue many will come to the point of questioning what difference it makes when World War II ended 70 years ago.  Many will want to end discussing the issue because they feel it is irrelevant to today and the state of international relations on Earth. Why it remains relevant, however, becomes illustrated by the fact that United States President Barack Obama and the leaders of other US-allied nations were absent from the Victory Day celebration in Moscow.

That fact goes back to the point made in the first sentence of this post: humanity has not overcome its ideological battles, and that means there is a distance to travel before more positive international relations circumstances become created which significantly reduce potential for outbreaks of war and violence. Ideology is a political or social philosophy most often associated with class. Through history ideological differences have been the single source of conflicts, wars and destruction – World Wars I and II the most glaring and destructive examples.

Humanity’s great challenge related to ongoing problems of violence directly associated with ideological differences remains seen around the Earth in places like Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and regions on the continent of Africa.  Some have suggested that World War III is already being waged and in its early stages; that humanity must move swiftly and powerfully to prevent military escalation and a repeat of the horrific events of World War II. So, what preventive options are available and offer the best chance for eliminating the conditions which could lead to military escalation and another catastrophic, full-out world war?

Any human being who describes him or herself as rational believes dialogue and exchange of ideas is the clearly superior choice over military action, so a week-long World Peace Conference seems an obvious, ideal concept for discovering peaceful avenues to resolve differences between nations and people. Organizing and conducting such a conference, with speaking invitations to political, religious/spiritual, business and academic leaders from every nation and region on Earth, to use some clichés, are “plain as the nose on one’s face” and a “no-brainer” when it comes to the goal of war prevention and increasing the peace.

A global effort to stop what some observers see as World War III in its early stages is now necessary and urgent. A World Peace Conference would be an excellent beginning action, as true solutions will become identified and then available for implementing. Other possible steps humanity can consider for preventing escalation and outbreak of war include:

United Nations reform making it mandatory and binding for all member states to ratify the Rome Statute Treaty – agreeing to come under jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court

Establishing, in line with Albert Einstein’s idea of “the only promise of peace, supra-national security” – a global military force made up of men and women from every nation and region on Earth, stationed together around the world as peacekeepers –  leading to the end of national militarys; the end of “us versus them”

Historic ideological divides responsible for all wars on Earth have not yet been overcome, and that reality remains a threat to international security and peace. The human race has taken positive steps through years, decades and centuries of developing increasingly effective self-restraining governing, legal and institutional intellectual concepts which, when consequently manifested in reality, have successfully minimized the chances for wars and violence to break out. There are absolutely no reasons to believe that humanity is finished with its evolution in this regard, and absolutely every reason to believe humanity is more than capable of taking the steps necessary to cross the ideological divide. To cross the bridge to real peace on Earth.

It is with that bridge to true peace on Earth in mind that the following events from Victory Day celebrated in Moscow are shared here. The intention is exposing the extent of ideological differences remaining on Earth, increasing awareness of what the threat to global peace and security irresolution of those differences means for humanity, and generating wider acknowledgement that overcoming those ideological differences is simultaneously of the highest importance and well within the ability of the human race.

Transcript of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin’s speech – followed by the speech on video and scenes from “Immortal Regiment” walk in remembrance of those who died in World War II.

“Dear veterans, dear guests, soldiers and seamen, surgeons and petty officers, warrant officers and commissioned officers, generals and admirals. Today we mark the 70th anniversary of victory in the great patriotic war. Today, as we celebrate this date which is sacred to us, once again we realize how immense this victory over Nazism was, and we are proud that it was our fathers and grandfathers who defeated this dark force”.

“This was a terrible lesson for the international community, what happened in the 1930’s. The (people) in Europe did not immediately see the immense threat of Nazi ideology and today, 70 years later, history once again tells us to be vigilant. We shouldn’t forget that the ideal of race supremacy and exclusivity resulted in the bloodiest war, which involved 80% of the world’s population. Many European nations were occupied and the Soviet Union bore the brunt of enemy attacks”.

“The best Nazi troops were sent to Russia; their military might was concentrated here. Decisive battles of World War II took place here. It is no surprise that it was the Red Army that eventually besieged Berlin and put an end to this war with Germany. Our entire nation fought for the freedom of our land. Everybody contributed to this victory and together our people saved our homeland – and determined the outcome of World War II; liberated the nations of Europe from Nazism. No matter where veterans live today, they should know that here is Russia we will always remember what they did how valiantly they fought in this war”.

“Dear friends, this great victory will forever remain a glorious page in the history of our country, but we also remember our allies in the anti-Nazi coalition. We are grateful to people of the United Kingdom and France , the United States of America for their contribution to this victory. We are also grateful to anti-fascist forces in various countries fighting Nazism, including Germany itself. We remember how allies met on the river and how we fought together. This was a good example of nations joining their forces for the sake of peace and security”.

“These values became the foundation of the post-war world order. The United Nations was set up. The modern system of international law was formed. These institutions proved to be efficient in resolving conflicts and disputes. However, during the last decade the basic fundamental principles of international coöperation are increasingly ignored. We saw attempts to set up a unipolar world order; we see the use of force this type of mentality undermines global security. We should work together to produce a system of equal security for all nations which would address modern threats efficiently. It should be based on non-bloc principles of stability. Only this will allow us to ensure peace on this whole planet”.

“Dear friends, today we welcome all our foreign guests here, and we express our appreciation to representatives of countries that fought Nazism and Japanese militarism. There will be troops from ten more nations parading on Red Square today. Their grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought together on the front lines, and in the rear we see a delegation from China. They lost many, many millions of people in this war, and it was China where battles against the Japanese militarism were fought. Also India and Serbia made an important contribution throughout the whole war. Mongolia supported our country and today grandsons of that generation will march in Red Square together”.

“This is our joint anniversary. The entire mankind fought Nazism. Our forefathers, our grandfathers fought and worked extremely hard, sacrificed their lives. This was true heroism and patriotism, and we appreciate the people who fought from house to house for every town, who died in the battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, and who died in the besieged Leningrad, who died in the concentration camps under German occupation. We bow our heads to commemorate our sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmother, friends, relatives – everybody who did not come back from that war; everybody who is no longer present with us here today”.

“Let us now have a moment of silence”.

“Our dear veterans, you are the main heroes on Victory Day. What you did determined a peaceful outcome for many, many generations and afforded an opportunity to live our lives. Today your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren continue what you did. They labor for their homeland, they serve their motherland, they address modern challenges, and secure successful development for our motherland – our Russia. Glory to our people who won this war. This is day of great victory. Happy Victory Day to all”.

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(Thank you to RT at YouTube)

Vladimir Putin Victory Day Speech

“Immortal Regiment” March

The World Condition: An Astounding Analysis.

Planning Chaos in the Middle East: Destruction of Societies for Foreign Money Control

Global Financial Conflagration: The World of Fiat Money is Buckling under the Pressure of Unpayable Debts
(Cross-posted from www.globalresearch.ca on May 7, 2015)
(Comment by Jerry Alatalo: It is hard to find fitting superlatives to express the high level of appreciation one has for the way Professor John McMurtry absolutely conveys the truth of what is occurring on Earth.  Let’s put it this way.  If any person who reads this interview of Mr. McMurtry can name men or women (living or not) whose perception of the world is clearer or more accurate – or even near the same league –  please share the name(s) in the comments section below. Thank you very much.)
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Scott Scottdale interviews Prof. John McMurtry for Canadian Challenger

John McMurtry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and his work is published and translated from Latin America to Japan. He is the author and editor of the three-volume Philosophy and World Problems published by UNESCO’s Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), and his latest book is The Cancer Stage of Capitalism/from Crisis to Cure.

SS/CC: You have said that “the trick of the endless US-led wars in the Middle East is to control both sides so as to ensure against sovereign states able to defend the common interests of their peoples”. Please explain.

JM: Whenever any nation has an independent government with fossil fuel, financial, agricultural or strategic resources not yet subjugated to transnational corporate control, there is a US-led campaign to destroy it. Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Syria have all experienced this over many decades dating from the overthrow of the social-democratic president Mossadegh of Iran in 1953 to Syria’s still mildly independent social state being destroyed to the roots today. Lebanon was a civilized center of the Middle East before warred upon by Israel in 1982 and has been civil-war divided ever since. Iraq’s region-leading social state with universal health-care, free higher education, public water and electricity, local agricultural and food subsidies has been subjected to genocidal destruction and civil war imposition from 1990 to now, with Syria being destroyed by foreign-supported civil war from 2011. Once CIA-agent and coup leader Saddam Hussein could not destroy Iraq’s oil-worker-led society from within after his US-supplied war against Iran was over, Iraq was attacked on contrived pretexts – the constant excuse for non-stop war crimes in the Middle-East – and the state was irreversibly destroyed “because it was floating on a sea of oil” (Wolfowitz’s phrase).

Iraq is a model example of controlling both sides of the ever-shifting Middle-East wars to seize the assets of all, and so too the NATO bombing and jihadi overthrow of Gadhafi in Libya whose socialized oil state was even more developed than Iraq’s with public programs and infrastructures, including quasi-free homes for young couples. Libya’s long-time leader was first welcomed into the Western fold after 2000 and his opponents deported and reditioned by British M-15, then jihadis were joined by massive NATO ‘humanitarian bombing’ in 2011 to overthrow his social state, and Libya too is now in civil war chaos. Induced civil wars are the divide-and-rule policy across borders, and especially successful social states like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya where their people are clearly better off than neighbouring peoples under US diktat. A better example of society is always prohibited even by war criminal attacks – as in Yugoslavia and Nicaragua in the 1980’s, and Ukraine today. All are orchestrated into sectarian insanity and internecine wars. At the same time vast new profits, resources, lands, price climbs, markets, agribusiness and – most of all – looting of public resources and finances by private foreign financiers and corporations proceeds more freely with stable social fabrics destroyed, not only in the victim societies but at home.

SS/CC: How does ISIL connect to all this?

JM: The historical background is that US-financed Islamic fundamentalism coupled with royal absolutism has come to rule inside and outside governments – Saudi Arabia being the prime example. When I travelled overland through the Middle East including North Africa decades ago, secular ‘Arab socialism’ was the rule led by Nasser and Egypt, and Islam was the background mass religion. Then a great US-led policy turn occurred in which fanatic jihadists were financed and armed across the region to ensure against “communism”, the Great Satan of the US. The massive funding and arming of jihadis as a war machine began with the US-orchestrated civil war in the then quasi-socialist secular state of Afghanistan to bleed the Soviet Union dry. Since the 9-11 construction, the US with local allies has increasingly sponsored jihadists of every kind to take down any remaining social state while also justifying their oil-for-weapons empires producing no life good but only death and destitution. Observe the connections today. Private armaments and military servicing corporations drain the public treasuries of the US and allied royal states trading oil for arms in the trillions, while financed jihadis provide justification for all the death machines and attack target states at the same time.

The civil war model of long-term society destruction to feely loot its resources has continued to the present day in a strategic arc of devastating civil wars from Pakistan to Iraq to Muslim Africa – not to mention now in Europe itself in Ukraine after the Chechnya civil war in Russia was ended. ISIL is a supremely atavistic instrument of the civil-war strategy. The US-Israel sponsored split of the originally secular-socialist PLO (Palestine Liberation Army) into warring factions, where the demonized Hamas was itself sponsored by Israel to divide it, is another example of the society-wrecking pattern at the sub-state level. ISIL today continues it at a more diabolical extreme – originally funded and armed by the very US-led forces now dropping bombs on it in Syria. Israel even gives ISIL terrorists hospital service on the Syrian border after Mossad and the CIA trained them as a largely ex-Saddam jihad army. All of this seems quite insanely contradictory. But all promotes civil wars and they render peoples helpless against foreign money control.

If one wonders how a desert-crawling line of Japanese open-back trucks gifted by the US filled with countless irregular fighters in plain view could ever have ever made it overnight to the point where Western military and political leaders are saying “the war against ISIL may be interminable”, one begins to see through the game. ISIL is a construction financed and trained by covert US and oil-king allies that ruins every place it enters, like Syria once the regime began to win the civil war. Al-Nusra/Al Qaeda was not enough. ISIL is a step up in the US-led control of the Middle East by terror, chaos and social devastation. “The Salvador option” was the first name for the post-war death squads in Iraq, but “Islamic State” stirs much more apocalyptic passions pro and con. Best of all, the ruling foreign war machines of the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and NATO are now far better justified to “fight the barbaric terrorists”. Saudi Arabia with US support is now even projecting the “terrorist” and sectarian “Shiite” labels on the popular uprising of the poor in Yemen against a corrupt US-Saudi puppet government. One object alone is achieved. Peoples and resources of the region can be predated without sovereign social defences or unity of collective life purpose, the ultimate target of every US-led aggression. As long as all evils can be blamed on an ever-shifting Enemy, there is no overcoming recognition.

SS/CC: If someone were to say, this is “another conspiracy theory,” how would you reply?

JM: It is the very opposite of a conspiracy theory. Civil war chaos has been instituted across agents, places and times. The underlying pattern of destroying evolved societies and their collective control of life resources is far deeper. The only diagnostic model that fits all the hallmark characteristics is a runaway cancer system at the macro level with no social immune recognition. It is unflagged even as it keeps hollowing out more societies towards social collapse. Look for disconfirming evidence of the objective pattern – for example, a society made better rather than worse anywhere in the Middle East since 1991. The divide and rule reign of civil destruction is now deep into the US and Israel themselves, with civil war or its repression now pervasive in the Arab world. This was not originally gamed as the outcome. US geostrategic planners are social morons by the nature of their game model, as I have explained in my The Moral Decoding of 9-11: Beyond the US Criminal State. But the invariable result of the civil wars they foment and manipulate still forces other societies’ resources open to private corporate control and exploitation without limit until they move onto the next. You do not even need corporate trade agreements to do it. Even if the US people themselves keep being bled dry with their common life bases and interests stripped out by military and financial claws in the trillions every year, not to mention agro-industry, the same private transnational corporations producing no life goods but destroying them keep money-profiting more. Plundering public purses and resources across continents is the unseen means.

As transnational private money sequences alone multiply, everything connects in social and environmental life depredation out of control. There are myriad masks of the disorder, but always the evolved collective life capital bases of societies and their ecological life hosts are devoured and torn apart. Now Kenya and Nigeria too join the jihadi-split nations to open a state of permanent war, looting and profit with no social organization to stop it. In Venezuela and Ukraine peoples fight back, but the same civil war method unfolds across continents with few connecting the dots. Twenty-five years after the dismantling of Yugoslavia into atavistic nationalisms steeped in the Nazi past, the same happens again in Ukraine. One outcome has become predictable across borders. Socially organized development is reversed for a private transnational feeding frenzy on collective financial, agricultural, natural and strategic resources of the victim societies. Only the rule of life-protective law with the force of law works across peoples. But Palestine even seeking protection of international law is openly threatened and its taxes seized by Israel with US support. When Palestine joins UNESCO by invitation, the US defunds UNESCO. This is not a conspiracy. It is a lawless rule of normalized terror, life destruction and tyrannical oppression.

SS/CC: How does Harper Canada fit into all this?

 Canada is very privileged with vast natural resources. It is not historically soaked in blood, and has evolved a civil culture without fanatic ‘isms’. Yet after Alberta Reform swallowed the Progressive Conservative Party with money from Big Oil and the retailer Eaton’s, PM Harper incarnates the divide-and-rule war method. His CEO rule strips Canada of its social life infrastructures and public tax funds in the name of the nation, while serving only private market powers to multiply and pillage across borders. This is his program, and there is no exception to it. Now Canada is aerial bombing in Arab lands from Libya to Syria – also funded by public money –even though the target ISIL beheaders now have been trained and financed by the allied states bombing them. Up North his regime now trains and supplies a violent-coup US-installed regime whose one-way aerial bombing of East-Ukraine civilians and infrastructures has driven two million people from their homes.

Whatever one’s own preferences, the morality in charge means only what serves the transnational corporate system. This is the market God which now dwarfs all world religions in power to dictate and destroy and capture imagination. Its cornerstone of defence for war crimes is to blame another enemy– as with the Nazis “terrorists” are those who block or resist its rule. The differences between Canada and Palestine or Syria are obvious at the level of conventionalized horror and life deprivation. But the underlying value system is the same in principle. The master driver is the solely ruling compulsion to turn private money demand into maximally more private money demand without limit, border or higher purpose at all. This is called “freedom”. No life coordinates ever enter the sequences and equations in this system in its deregulated mutations. Not even eco-genocide can be seen through its prism. Yet few dare recognize the blind war against life itself which spreads the more its fatal disorder is denied and rationalized away.

SS/CC: How does Islam fit into this destruction of societies by corporate globalization?

JM: The Prophet’s abomination of idolatry above all fits very well to the disorder. Turning money into more money for money controllers is the greatest idol worship of history, and no stationary idol of the past remotely approaches its direct ruin of one society after another – a consequence Mohammed chorally emphasizes in the Koran. No idol can make or breathe life, and here the idolatry goes far beyond anything ever before. It seeks to reduce all that exists into private money value, and devours ever more life and life means to multiply its global demand. Its world-consuming, flesh-eating code is even more deeply at work behind the Middle East holocaust of nations than the US which has become its creature.

Civilizing Islam long ago worked – as, for example, in architecture-rich Moorish Spain from the eighth century to 1492 when a rising European imperialism launched its genocidal seizures and destructions of other people’s life bases across continents. Degenerate versions of ‘Islam’ from absolutist oil-kings to jihadist death squads have followed, and whatever their pretences, they serve only the underlying agenda of corporate money-sequence globalization. They keep peoples superstitiously suggestible, and force obedience by violence and threats without understanding. Collective life-serving programs for all – as found in Iraq and Libya before the saturation bombings – have disappeared into the Arab past almost altogether. The corporate state now rules as pseudo-Muslim and suffocating. Even ‘austerity programs’ have been instituted across the Middle East, with life-serving social organization – public health and free higher education, social security of the person, ecological regulation – not funded or stripped out.

Islam confined to ritual repetitions and prohibitions without social life standards does not confront the corporate money-sequence idolatry. It allows submission to life-blind rules of oppression as ‘submission to God’s will’. Thus the transnational lootings of the people’s common wealth by oil dealing, weapons, finance, GMO agribusiness, and money-trough military services and reconstruction multiply to more corrupt and private oligarchical control and demand. Mass submission, resignation, obedience, faith without organization beyond faction parallels the dispossessed mass anomie of the West. The ‘Arab Spring’ itself – which never pronounced one public policy – seems to have been a construction without common life-ground dividing the people into even more helpless impotence of collective self-determination. People think “well at least they got rid of Mubarak.” Down the memory hole goes the fact that Mubarak was a marked man after he refused to commit Egypt to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq which he prophetically declared “would open the gates of Hell”.

SS/CC: You emphasize the ‘ad adversarium fallacy’ as the dominant “track-switch of people’s thought” which always diverts their attention away from humanity’s underlying real problems.

JM: A simple example would be accusing me of being “a communist” or “an unbeliever” or “a conspiracy theorist” for what I say above. The topic is diverted to a familiar hate-object of the audience. Corporate mass media and politicians do this as their stock in trade. It gets attention and usually sells. This blame-the-enemy diversion dominates across cultures, but is almost never named. It runs so deep into the group psyche that not even logicians, psychologists and cognitive scientists define it.

Once diverted to the hate-object of the group – say “Saddam” or “Putin” or “state socialist” or “terrorist” – most people block out disproving facts so as to remain acceptable to the surrounding group. Challenge by evidence or reason is derailed onto blaming a known enemy of the audience. This is the underlying track-switch of thought upon which all mass-murderous wars and system oppressions depend, as well as most propaganda of daily life. It is the cornerstone of American ideology which has no common ground but animosity to the latest designated enemy. Yet not even academics will stand up to the accusation of “Putin-lover”, “9-11 conspiracy theorist”, “communist”, or whoever the shifting enemy may be. US Republicans and branch-plant Harperism now rely on this enemy-hate for every attack ad and proclamation.

This is why evidence, public statistics, knowledge of anything outside the game, is not now safe in corporate states. Public knowledge itself is the ultimate enemy of the whole game. That which sees, documents, shares, certifies, distributes, or organizes to prove and act for the public good is forbidden in a thousand ways even in Canada – the secret behind the Harper agenda of information control – from defunding and de-listing progressive NGO’s, to gags on government ministries and scientists, to allowing only his photographer’s pictures into the mass media.

In the Middle East, silencing is by drones, secret police, bombing, special forces, mind-stopping lies, and unending murder, mayhem and terror in imposed civil wars. Always the ultimate operation is to blame the enemy for all that goes wrong – – even if the enemy is the endless victim, as in Palestine. In the case of Israel, the imperialist nation with its boot in the face of the people is for the first time in history proclaimed as the victim, as bravely observed by Gideon Levy. “Who is denying whose right to exist?” is not a question asked. “Who is throwing stones at Goliath in Israel today?” is an unspeakable thought. Total reversal, blaming the oppressed for what you doing, endless diversions to the designated enemy is the ultimate lie of today’s human condition. But it today rules the Middle East by a more complex process of shifting wars and hates than ever before.

Senator Sanders: ‘We Need A Political Revolution In This Country.’

by Jerry Alatalo

“The end of democracy is freedom; of oligarchy, wealth; of aristocracy the maintenance of education and national institutions; of tyranny, the protection of the tyrant.”

ARISTOTLE Greek philosopher

ocean44Alphabet The GOP-controlled Congress is trying to repeal the deceptively named “death tax” to influence Iowa voters as the 2016 presidential election revs up. The term death tax, in actuality an estate tax which affects only a handful of billionaire class Americans, became created then repeated incessantly to make Americans believe it applied to everybody. Everybody dies, right? So naïve, uninformed Americans started showing up at Tea Party events holding signs reading “stop the death tax”, and the propaganda worked, resulting in a significant number of Tea Party candidates winning seats in Congress.

George W. Bush used similar propaganda tactics in 2000, deceptively describing his tax cut plan for the billionaire class by telling campaign crowds across the country “the average American will save $6,000 per year with our tax plan”. The important point to stress is Bush’s use of the word average in that earlier example of incessantly repeated campaign propaganda. Tax breaks after Bush took office affected only a small number of the wealthiest of all Americans exclusively, and the average American realized no tax reduction. If Bush had been honest and transparent, he would have told crowds in 2000 “…average American will save $6,000 per year, because if you divide the hundreds of billions saved by the top one-hundredth of one percent of the population singled out for tax breaks under my plan by the 300-plus million population, it comes to around $6,000”.  Like deceptive use of the term “death tax” to describe estate taxes on a handful of billionaires designed to prevent America becoming an oligarchy, Bush’s tax plan deception worked its magic.

People making $30,000 to $50,000 per year actually believed that if George Bush was elected president, and they certainly met definitions of “average”, they would have $6,000 more in their pockets come April 15.

In Orwellian language these kinds of word games are known as the “big lie”, and nowhere were the destructive effects of actions based on the big lie experienced to such horrendous extent than during the Iraq War because Bush used outright deception, this time, to fool the world. Such deceptive tactics are not only Orwellian, but even more so Machiavellian. The world needs to strongly and finally reject both Orwellian and Machiavellian political operators.

“It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a hypocrite and dissembler. For men are so simple, and yield so much to immediate necessity, that the deceiver will never lack dupes”.

– NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI (1469-1527) Italian statesman

Because Jeb Bush is the brother of George Bush one can come to the logical conclusion that they share political strategy, of particular importance use of the “big lie”. For that reason alone Jeb Bush should become perceived by Americans as unfit for the office of president. Some estimates of the number of Iraqis who perished because of Bush’s lies are as high as one million.

Hillary Clinton, days after announcing she is running for president, said she opposes the Supreme Court Citizens United decision allowing unlimited campaign contributions by individuals and corporations alike. and would support a constitutional amendment overturning it. The first question which comes to mind is “where has Ms. Clinton been in the years since the Supreme Court’s politically explosive decision?” While many men and women in America have invested a great deal of time and energy from day one after the extreme, power/wealth concentrating decision to overturn it, Hillary Clinton has essentially sat idle on the sidelines. If she had, like so many Americans had since day one, lent her voice to the cause with an intensity and focus required to bring about a constitutional amendment effectively repealing the decision, perhaps she would now be telling voters “I’m proud to have helped in some way in the successful effort to overturn the horrible, democracy-killing Citizens United decision”.

The point is she could have lent her voice at the earliest stage with consistent, unwavering opposition, but she chose not to. Ms. Clinton opposed international negotiations focused on Iran’s nuclear program during the first Obama administration when she was Secretary of State. Nobody paying any modest amount of attention remember the appalling statement Hillary Clinton made upon the death of Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi: “We came, we saw, he died!” What was particularly concerning and troubling about that statement was Hillary Clinton’s almost diabolic, bordering on insanely exuberant emotional demeanor in her persona. Given the UN-ratified no-fly zone over Libya became an extensive air-bombing campaign by NATO far surpassed the military actions UN member states thought necessary under the banner of R2P (Responsibility to Protect), based on the argument that Gaddafi was “about to commit atrocities against his own people”, thousands of innocent Libyans perished.

Some analysts have concluded that there was no plan by Gaddafi to commit mass murder against the Libyan people, that the real reason for military destruction of Libya was removing Gaddafi because he had planned to create a new financial architecture for the African continent, severing all ties with Rothschild-controlled banks. Libya is now in chaos. Some may have differing perceptions and opinions, but because of Hillary Clinton’s strange personal reaction when Gaddafi died alone – “We came, we saw, he died!” –  she should be perceived by Americans as unfit for the office of president.

So as the 2016 presidential race begins to heat up with more candidates expected to announce soon, a lot of men and women have a sense that the race will boil down to Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to announce that he’s running in the very near future. What distinguishes Mr. Sanders from Mr. Bush and Ms. Clinton? He rejects Orwellian double-speak and destructive Machiavellian war strategies and tactics, preferring the moral high ground and telling Americans the unvarnished truth. He has consistently been outspoken against Citizens United from day one and lent his voice to those men and women working hard to overturn it.

There are clearly distinct policy stances providing ample reasons for Americans to seriously consider voting for Bernie Sanders. Because Senator Sanders is the most truthful, sincere and genuine personality of the 2016 presidential candidates alone, he should become perceived by Americans as fit for the office of president. 

So, the greatest question for Americans for 2016 is whether they want the status-quo policies of a Bush or Clinton, or do they understand the profound need for a non-violent political revolution – and real, positive change? Americans are intelligent enough to discern the best path forward for the United States of America. Americans are fit to choose wisely, act powerfully, and literally create a better world.

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Find out why Senator Bernie Sanders should become elected the next President of the United States.

Please visit sanders.senate.gov

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(Thank you to Bernie Sanders at YouTube)