A big deal Princeton study has concluded that the USA is an oligarchy, not a democracy. Those saying ‘duh’ are normalising this status quo, and treading on the (needed) outrage.
“ It is common for the socialist left to neglect the issue of climate change. But this is a very serious mistake. We insist that seeking answers to the central question of the ecological crisis in general (and in particular the climate crisis) is crucial to the struggle of the working classes and the poor in the 21st century. After all, the fight to avoid a catastrophic outcome to this crisis engendered by capitalism is the fight to safeguard the material conditions for survival with dignity of humankind. No Socialism is possible in an isolated country. No Socialism is possible while keeping sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia. Socialism is not possible on a scorched Earth. ”
Having worked out how to manage governments, political parties, elections, courts, the media and liberal opinion, the neoliberal establishment faced one more challenge: how to deal with the growing unrest, the threat of ’people’s power.’ How do you domesticate it? How do you turn protesters into pets? How do you vacuum up people’s fury and redirect it into a blind alley?
Here too, foundations and their allied organizations have a long and illustrious history. A revealing example is their role in defusing and deradicalizing the Black Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1960s and the successful transformation of Black Power into Black Capitalism.
The Rockefeller Foundation, in keeping with J.D. Rockefeller’s ideals, had worked closely with Martin Luther King Sr. (father of Martin Luther King Jr). But his influence waned with the rise of the more militant organizations—the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Black Panthers. The Ford and Rockefeller Foundations moved in. In 1970, they donated $15 million to ‘moderate’ black organizations, giving people grants, fellowships, scholarships, job training programs for dropouts and seed money for black-owned businesses. Repression, infighting and the honey trap of funding led to the gradual atrophying of the radical black organizations.
Martin Luther King made the forbidden connections between Capitalism, Imperialism, Racism and the Vietnam War. As a result, after he was assassinated, even his memory became toxic to them, a threat to public order. Foundations and Corporations worked hard to remodel his legacy to fit a market-friendly format. The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, with an operational grant of $2 million, was set up by, among others, the Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mobil, Western Electric, Procter & Gamble, U.S. Steel and Monsanto. The Center maintains the King Library and Archives of the Civil Rights Movement. Among the many programs the King Center runs have been projects that work — quote, ‘work closely with the United States Department of Defense, the Armed Forces Chaplains Board and others,’ unquote. It co-sponsored the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series called—and I quote — ’The Free Enterprise System: An Agent for Non-violent Social Change.’”
I’m catching up on Drag Race Untucked and I have literally laughed and cried within the first 10 minutes.
Wait what the hell is that room way in the back on the ground floor?
Did I miss something in the last 25 years?
It’s the rumpus room, Homer’s used it a couple of times to watch TV when the living room was otherwise occupied.
If you want an excellent synopsis on the whole Barry O’Farrell affair, and the problems with corporate lobbying in Australian politics, go here.
elsiemarina asked: Hi, I'd like to know your sources on Marilyn Monroe sleeping with executives for roles. I have extensive sources which prove otherwise. I totally agree, slut shaming is terrible, but the fact is Marilyn earned her way to stardom and there is stone cold proof. She even states it in her autobiography.
well there’s this:
and lots of other things.
Also, by saying she slept with executives that doesn’t mean she didn’t earn her stardom. Sleeping with those old bastards didn’t make her an excellent singer, dancer, actor, comedian, sexy, funny, witty, nothing. She earned her stardom, but sleeping with those executives opened doors for her to prove herself.
What do you mean she says so in her autobiography? Does she explicitly deny sleeping with anyone to make it in Hollywood? I doubt it.