2010 Post-Post-Election Analysis Analysis – Take Back Talking Points episode 14

December 11, 2010

This is episode 14 of Take Back Talking Points, your place for completely inconsistent, long-winded, zero-budget progressive media which is truly independent. Today Alex and Brendon talk about the 2010 election results and do a meta-analysis of the analysis of the election by the various talking heads wired into your everyday life.

We make up for lost time, this being the first episode in quite a while, by going off on several tangents and discussing a lot of interesting issues, including:

Pin the Bailout on the Donkey – how the Republicans turned the Bush bailouts into the Obama bailouts

The Big Lie – Is blatant lying more common in politics today?

Who really won the Senate, the Democrats, the Republicans, or Corporate America?

Will the Republican win in the House lead to more legislative gridlock or less?

Does talking about fascism automatically destroy political dialogue?

Why is Hitler our moral compass?

Big money invades the election system after the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision

Is the U.S. a nation addicted to war?

And much much more. You can download the audio podcast version here, view the YouTube playlist here, or view the embedded videos after the jump.

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Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court Ruling’s Effect on Democracy – Take Back Talking Points episode 8

February 10, 2010

Today we talk about the effects on democracy of the recent Supreme Court ruling defending corporate free speech and allowing them to make political advertisements and films with no limitations. We discuss the nuances of the ruling and some of the more and less obvious effects it may have on the democracy, and digress on some other interesting political subjects and talk about what we can do about it.

This ruling will do more than just add more corporate money to the political process, it will also change the way corporations exert political power in the public dialogue. We discuss some of those factors, including the possibility that politicians will feel pressure to support the policies and use the talking points corporations insert in independent advertisements in their favor, to a certain extent bypassing their control over their own message.

Take Back Talking Points is a collaborative progressive talk show featuring myself, Zach (FeelFreeToArgue), and Brendon (Funkalunatic).

View the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.

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Regulatory Capture and Corporate Takeover of Government – Take Back Talking Points episode 5

February 10, 2010

This is a progressive roundtable discussion featuring myself and Zach, aka FeelFreeToArgue, and Brendon, aka Funkalunatic, this episode talking about regulatory capture and what it means in our everyday lives. We talk about lack of transparency in government, specifically the Federal Reserve System, and how businesses take over the regulatory agencies of government, and implant an ideology favorable to their profit motive in the political system.

Enjoy this experimental show we’re working on, and please comment and let us know what you think of the idea. Thanks for watching.

View the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.

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