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Democratic Capitalism - Marriage on the Rocks…
"In (the US) three people own more wealth than the bottom half of all Amercan society"
"A system ruled by greed and rigged against ordinary people"

It's OK To Be Angry About Capitalism…
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@CloeILogan About 5 years after being slapped w. one of the largest fines for environmental pollution in Canadian history, Irving Pulp and Paper has received a federal loan for up to $100M to help clean up waste effluent from the mill. #Oligarchy #nbpoli…
Nov. 2022: @poitrasCBC & @fredericzalac reported the #Irvings created an offshore insurance co. in the #TaxHaven of Bermuda that allowed it to accumulate over $13M in untaxed income between 1973 and 2001. #FMALtd…
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Kinda funny when you listen to what he says and just replace communism with corporatism...


The thought control part......

Same in social media....elong fired thousands of "moderators" only to find out they were conduits from gov to "control the messaging"?…

I really reject that tinfoil hat...but more i see the more i believe...
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Historically, the world is in a transition from the global hegemony of the U.S. (or its ruling class) to a multipolar world to the global hegemony of China (and its ruling class, party?).
Historical analogies are risky, but they can open horizons by pointing out common & different historical situations.

The paradigm shift from Western US dominance to Asian dominance is accelerated by Covid19 & the Ukraine war. Century is accelerated by Covid19 & the Ukraine war.
Until 1820, the world's largest economies were always China and India. Only in the last 200 years have Europe and the United States triumphed. Compared to 2,000 years earlier, Western dominance is an anomaly.
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Die USA sind und bleiben eine Oligarchie. Die US-Amerikaner leben unter der Herrschaft der herrschenden US-Klasse der sehr großen Vermögen.
Die Wahlkampf-Inszenierung alle 2 Jahre und permanente Kriege sollen nur immer wieder davon ablenken.
#Midterms2022 #Republikaner
Der US/NATO-Stellvertreter-Krieg in der Ukraine gegen Russland geht verloren. Nicht weil den Ukrainer die Waffen ausgehen, sondern die West-Ukrainer und Söldner. Mit einem Sieg der Republikaner kann die US-Regierung ihre Kehrwende im Ukraine-Krieg verkaufen #Midterms2022
und Verhandlungen mit Russland fordern, bevor sie auch noch die West-Ukraine verlieren.
Demokraten und Republikaner unterscheiden sich nur im äußeren Auftreten nach Innen, die einen pseudolinks woke, die anderen konservativ und nationalistisch. #Midterms2022 #Republikaner
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Rishi Sunak & his supporters claim he has a 'mandate' to be PM because he's 'promised to deliver the original 2019 @Conservatives' manifesto'. This is obviously a profoundly misleading & antidemocratic lie: he has absolutely no intention of delivering the 2019 manifesto.
"Hospitals" are mentioned 19 times in their 2019 manifesto: it explicitly promises "40 new hospitals" THREE times, "ON TOP OF the 20 hospital upgrades".

This was always lie, & they certainly WILL NOT deliver "40 new hospitals" - Thus, they will NOT "deliver" the 2019 manifesto.
And now Sunak looks likely to abandon the “triple lock” protection for the state pension.

To legitimate ignoring two of their most important promises to the British people - while simultaneously claiming he has a 'mandate' to be PM - they simply say 'circumstances have changed'.
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Want to thank @Bindestriche for the retweet. Inspired the need to vent my thoughts in this🧵
An article on Peter #Thiel & his vision, to me a sign: we need to reclaim our #future & not let #techgurus take over.
Let’s start to look at our daily routines: fast pace thru … 1/21
#digital tools for working, shopping, researching, studying. communicating & more, made possible by mostly #SiliconValley’s tech companies for a “convenient” life. And I wonder if this is really the concept of the #goodlife that I dreamed of in my childhood? …2/21
..& will it be favored by unborn generations? It seems we are letting a certain type of tech vision take over.
Let me try to look behind that future that seems to be favored now:
As I see it the few leading tech companies now are mainly white men in their 30‘s & 40‘s … 3/21
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On May 1st, 1949, the essay 'Why Socialism?' was published in the first issue of Monthly Review, written by actual genius, Albert Einstein.

It addresses some of the main & ongoing problems with capitalism, predatory economic competition, & growing wealth inequality.
It highlights how control of the mass media by private capitalists makes it difficult for citizens to arrive at objective conclusions, & how political parties being influenced by wealthy financial backers results in an "oligarchy of private capital".

Sound familiar?
Einstein concludes that these recurring problems can only be corrected with a mixed/planned economy which maintains a strong democracy to protect the rights of individuals.

Below are edited highlights from the essay which imho still have a strong resonance & relevance today.
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#ElonMusk isn't evil, BUT
👇A thread 🧵

His #libertarian ideology can be cartoonishly evil, bcs its amoral. That makes him a threat to #liberty, #prosperity & 250 years of American #democracy

#Twitter #ElonMuskTwitter #ElonMuskBuyTwitter #DemocracyUnderThreat
There are a few dots to connect, so stick with me...

1️⃣ #PeterThiel wants a #Monarchy
2️⃣ The #KochBrothers are creating an #Oligarchy
3️⃣ #Putin's Russia is the grand vision
4️⃣ #Libertarians are amoral
5️⃣ #Ideology is blindingly dangerous
First, check out this remarkable @Techcrunch article called "Geeks for Monarchy".

Long before the 2016 election brought us a #Trump/#Putin/#Theil/#AltRight mashup of craziness, @klintron laid out this #antidemocracy ideology waaaaaay back in 2013.
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We're in a Climate & Ecological Crisis, Sixth Mass Extinction, a threat to us all. Fossil fuels, though they account for over 80% of carbon emissions produced by humans, continue to be widely used. That's massively destabilising our biosphere, yet our Parliament says/does nothing Image
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#Neoliberalism has been a cataclysmic failure:

Taxes for the rich have been cut, & regulation reduced or privatized

Worker, consumer & environmental protections have been removed

Deregulation produces not competition, but market concentration…
Economic power has resulted in feedback loops of political power, in which elites make rules that bolster further concentration

Wealth distribution is vastly more unequal, yet economic growth is slower & more chaotic than during the era of managed capitalism Image
Daily life has become more of a struggle for hundreds of millions of ordinary decent people

The economic collapse of 2008 was the result of the deregulation of finance, costing the US economy upwards of $15 TRILLION (vastly more globally) ImageImage
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 02/14/2022…
Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy - BBC News…
#USA, #oligarchy, #democracy
Why is molten lava often covered with zig-zag patterns? - BBC Science Focus Magazine…
#MoltenLava, #ResearchResults, #MoltenWax, #FlowPatterns
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#THREAD Capitalism 2.0

Data is now more valuable than oil. Your most personal data is continually extracted from you, & its owners know things about you that you don't.

It's used by Govts & corporations to imperceptibly nudge, manipulate & exploit you.…
How does this happen, & what are the implications?

"Your data isn't just about you. It's about how it can be used against every person you know - and people you don't - to shape behaviour unconsciously."

Bernays: 'the aim is to co-opt the publics’ strongest drives & “turn” them towards new desires that stabilize & profit the corporation'.

The minutiae of our personal lives are harvested, commoditised & sold to those who use it to create new conduct for us - which benefits them.
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#Technocracy is #Fascism, #Communism, or something parallel. Coronavirus pandemic accelerated long-held plans of #WEF #Davos to establish #Globalist #Elite so-called #Leftist NWO. #Global policymakers advocating the “Great Reset” advocate #EcoDystopia…
The coming #technocracy is Marxism: involves close cooperation between heads of #digital #industry & #govts. Programs such as minimum income & healthcare for all? NWO governance 'strict societal control with the promise of comprehensive social justice
NWO of #digital tyranny comes with a intrusive #SocialCredit system. The People’s Republic of China is the pioneer of this method of #Surveillance & #Control of #Individuals, #Corporations, & #SocioPolitical entities
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|@grist: Leaked calls show #ALEC’s secret plan to fight Biden on climate: NEW working group is promoting long-shot tactics like Nullification & a Constitutional Convention (of States or COS)… #ALECexposed #ALECideas=Make ALL Federal actions "null & void"
"The call (attained by @EXPOSEDbyCMD) was 1 of 2 so far as part of #ALEC’s new "Functional Federalism Working Group", which exists separately from a longstanding ALEC task force on federalism & int'l relations."
#CovidDenial Kill us fast.
#ClimateDenial Kills us slow. Image
American Legislative Exchange Council TACTIC is to make Biden Exec Orders, Fed Laws & Courts "NULL and VOID" via legislation in US (#GOP-controlled) States.

MUST READ |@APNews: Idaho panel OKs (#ALEC) plan to nullify federal actions, rulings… #ALECexposed
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#USA is a free democracy, #India is a "partly free" democracy
#FOE Japan is a free democracy, India is a partly free democracy: Compare the ratio of critical/unfavorable articles, to favorable articles, in the top 3 news sources in Japan & India respectively, to find which press is freer! #SciMe 1st data, 2nd Analysis, 3rd Policy/views!🧐🤔
3/demo #Majoritarianism & freedom: Compare treatment of minorities in USA(non-christian), Japan(Korean etc) & India (Muslims): In particular plot over 70yrs th % of minority pop on same graph & compare decadal changes[summarizes it's discrimination(in cntry) & opportunities(ROW)]
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Aims of the #GreatReset #American #Bankers #Oligarchy ... "We will promote social justice policies to reduce inequalities including through support to tax redistributive & domestic resource optimization approaches social safety nets & or insurance schemes"
Newly Unsealed Docs in 2018 showed top #FDIC Officials Running Operation #ChokePoint* under 2013 #ObamaAdministration to form public/private oligarchy

* to freeze politically disfavored #businesses deemed not PC / high risk out of the financial system…
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@martynziegler @TheAthleticUK

The 'buzz word' in business - Footy is soon to get it's dose

What's this about though?

#Control #Money #power

These 'Elite' club owners will point to #UEFA & #FIFA chequered pasts & say "We'll do it better"

Despite massive numbers in revenues💰💱 Football clubs are so bloated, the top guys feel they need more!

For long term planning, they need control of the rules of competition too.

The huge swathes of capital hoarded by the investment banks/rich are willing to fund this new comp
The #PremierLeague will end up a place for the 'Elite' teams in the new #EuropeanSuperLeague to play their so called reserve squads - Because the rewards on offer merit that.

That said, with the huge revenues they will dominate, those reserve squads will still be the best ⚽️🤯💁
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One of the scariest things I've read.

Respected historian Nancy MacLean contends that James McGill Buchanan's influential philosophy is behind the dramatic, unnerving & profound changes we're seeing played out in real time.

Please, read the article.…
If Americans really knew what Buchanan thought & promoted, & how destructively his vision is manifesting under their noses, it would dawn on them how close the country is to a transformation most would not even want to imagine, much less accept.

Britain is heading the same way.
MacLean makes her case in a meticulously researched book, 'Democracy in Chains', a finalist for the National Book Award.

While Americans grapple with Trump’s chaos, we may be missing key changes, which once locked into place, there may be no going back.…
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Questions you will NEVER hear asked on any @BBCNews or @BBCPolitics shows:
Here's another question you will NEVER hear asked on any @BBCNews or @BBCPolitics shows:

When things go wrong in a socialist or a communist country, #socialism & #communism are blamed, so why is it that when things go wrong in a capitalist country, #capitalism is NEVER blamed?
Here's another question you will NEVER hear asked on any
@BBCNews or @BBCPolitics shows:

What role do the influential state broadcaster's news & political shows play in shaping public opinion about #neoliberal free-market #capitalism?
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[THREAD] on #Western #XRW #foreignfighters in #Ukraine war as @FightExtremism publishes my report on the issue 2day. Main Q: what it takes to become such a fighter? Who are they? Here I will summarise the main findings for your convenience. Link:… 1/ Image
2/ I began researching this back in 2014 – when I saw this clip with #France #foreignfighters on #DNR #LNR side of the war in #Ukraine. I was surprised, to say the least.… Image
3/ As it turns out, a few hundred #Western ers with #XRW convictions travelled to fight in #Ukraine on EITHER side. Many had known each other from before the #war in #Ukraine.  Below is a map of the main mobilisations for the war. Note the scale of the #Russia n for BOTH SIDES. Image
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A thread about #COVID19, colonial violence, and how the English class system is wrecking the country. 🧐✊🇪🇺#coronavirus #ToriesOut #history #SystemChange #JohnsonMustGo 🦠
This chap is Hugh Trenchard, or “viscount” Trenchard*, a Tory member of the House of the Lords… 🤨🇪🇺 #ToriesOut

*footnote: I don’t recognise titles for living people, having abolished the honours system. I use them for historical personages, for the avoidance of confusion…
Being a reliable Tory footsoldier, naturally Trenchard has offered his “strong support” to Boris Johnson for his handling of the #coronavirus emergency… 😖✊🇪🇺🦠 #resist #liars #COVID19 #ToriesOut #ToryShambles
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