Joe Stack and Self-Determination, & The Difference Between Obama’s Lies and Bush’s Lies

February 19, 2010

A word on the breaking news, Joseph Stack attacks an IRS office in an airplane, seemingly because he felt like he had no voice in a corrupt government which served the rich and not the people. People lash out when they have no hope or feeling of self-determination and control over their lives, and this is just a particularly explosive example.

The main story, Obama lies vs. Bush lies, and why Bush can lie and break the law and destroy the Constitution with no reaction from his party, his base, or conservatives in general, while Obama can’t afford to run that kind of show because progressives actually care about that stuff.
In other words, Bush got away with lying because he was lying “for us”, from the conservative perspective. When what we progressives want is a more accountable and transparent government which serves the people, Obama can’t claim to be on our side when he lies and makes backroom deals.


Afghan Surge, How to Protest, and Low-Risk Loans for New Small Businesses? Take Back Talking Points episode 7

February 10, 2010

This is a progressive roundtable talk show we’re calling Take Back Talking Points. This is a collaborative project, today’s show featuring the usual suspects, Capitalocracy, FeelFreeToArgue, and Funkalunatic.

This episode we’re trying something a little different that we hope to make a regular segment. About once a month, we plan to dedicate some time on the show to allowing one of the participants to present an idea for a public policy, social movement, etc., that they believe could really change things, and having a discussion on the merits of the idea.

In addition, this episode we talk about Obama’s Afghanistan troop surge and why he only seems to fulfill his promises which appease the right, and how to build a social movement and whether conventional forms of protest are effective.

And special thanks to moxnewsdotcom, who provided me with the Anderson Cooper clip:

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You can 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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