Noam Chomsky on Trump: “We Should Recognize the Other Candidates are Not That Different”

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/9/22/noam_chomsky_on_trump_we_should

Noam Chomsky weighed in on U.S. presidential politics in a speech Saturday at The New School in New York. In addressing a question about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Chomsky assessed the political landscape: “Today’s Democrats are what used to be called moderate Republicans. The Republicans have just drifted off the spectrum. They’re so committed to extreme wealth and power that they cannot get votes … So what has happened is that they’ve mobilized sectors of the population that have been around for a long time. … Trump may be comic relief, but it’s not that different from the mainstream, which I think is more important.”

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AMY GOODMAN: After his talk, Professor Chomsky read and answered questions from the audience. This is one of those questions.

NOAM CHOMSKY: “What do you think about the antics of Donald Trump, in tangent to your earlier idea about American exceptionalism?”

Well, actually, I think we should recognize that the other candidates are not that different. I mean, if you take a look at—just take a look at their views. You know, they tell you their views, and they’re astonishing. So just to keep to Iran, a couple of weeks ago, the two front-runners—they’re not the front-runners any longer—were Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. And they differed on Iran. Walker said we have to bomb Iran; when he gets elected, they’re going to bomb Iran immediately, the day he’s elected. Bush was a little—you know, he’s more serious: He said he’s going to wait ‘til the first Cabinet meeting, and then they’ll bomb Iran. I mean, this is just off the spectrum of not only international opinion, but even relative sanity.

This is—I think Ornstein and Mann are correct: It’s a radical insurgency; it’s not a political party. You can tell that even by the votes. I mean, any issue of any complexity is going to have some diversity of opinion. But when you get a unanimous vote to kill the Iranian deal or the Affordable Care Act or whatever the next thing may be, you know you’re not dealing with a political party.

It’s an interesting question why that’s true. I think what’s actually happened is that during the whole so-called neoliberal period, last generation, both political parties have drifted to the right. Today’s Democrats are what used to be called moderate Republicans. The Republicans have just drifted off the spectrum. They’re so committed to extreme wealth and power that they cannot get votes, can’t get votes by presenting those positions. So what has happened is that they’ve mobilized sectors of the population that have been around for a long time. It is a pretty exceptional country in many ways. One is it’s extremely religious. It’s one of the most extreme fundamentalist countries in the world. And by now, I suspect the majority of the base of the Republican Party is evangelical Christians, extremists, not—they’re a mixture, but these are the extremist ones, nativists who are afraid that, you know, “they are taking our white Anglo-Saxon country away from us,” people who have to have guns when they go into Starbucks because, who knows, they might get killed by an Islamic terrorist and so on. I mean, all of that is part of the country, and it goes back to colonial days. There are real roots to it. But these have not been an organized political force in the past. They are now. That’s the base of the Republican Party. And you see it in the primaries. So, yeah, Trump is maybe comic relief, but it’s just a—it’s not that different from the mainstream, which I think is more important.

AMY GOODMAN: Noam Chomsky, speaking at The New School this weekend here in New York City, “On Power and Ideology.” Professor Chomsky is institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he’s taught for more than half a century. A world-renowned linguist and political dissident, Chomsky has written more than a hundred books; his latest, Because We Say So.

For the full transcript and video and audio of the speech, you can go to democracynow.org. We’ll also post the full Q&A right there at democracynow.org with Professor Chomsky. What did you find most interesting about this speech? You can tweet us, @democracynow, or go to our Facebook page.

That does it for the show. If you’d like to get a copy of the show, you can go to democracynow.org. On Wednesday, September 23rd, Democracy Now!’s Juan González will be moderating a panel on the Young Lords Party here in New York. It’ll take place at 7:30 at the King Juan Carlos Center at New York University.

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How Did America Become an Oligarchy

Source: http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2015/09/20/how-america-became-an-oligarchy/

Published September 20, 2015, filed under FINANCIAL, FREEDOM,Tyranny

‘Control of the media and financial leverage over elected officials then enabled those other curbs on democracy we know today, including high barriers to ballot placement for third parties and their elimination from presidential debates, vote suppression, registration restrictions, identification laws, voter roll purges, gerrymandering, computer voting, and secrecy in government.’ (Image: Public domain)

How America Became an Oligarchy

“The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. . . . You have owners.” —George Carlin, The American Dream

By TLB Contributor: Ellen Brown

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.

“Making the world safe for democracy” was President Woodrow Wilson’s rationale for World War I, and it has been used to justify American military intervention ever since. Can we justify sending troops into other countries to spread a political system we cannot maintain at home?

The Magna Carta, considered the first Bill of Rights in the Western world, established the rights of nobles as against the king. But the doctrine that “all men are created equal” – that all people have “certain inalienable rights,” including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – is an American original. And those rights, supposedly insured by the Bill of Rights, have the right to vote at their core. We have the right to vote but the voters’ collective will no longer prevails.

In Greece, the left-wing populist Syriza Party came out of nowhere to take the presidential election by storm; and in Spain, the populist Podemos Party appears poised to do the same. But for over a century, no third-party candidate has had any chance of winning a US presidential election. We have a two-party winner-take-all system, in which our choice is between two candidates, both of whom necessarily cater to big money. It takes big money just to put on the mass media campaigns required to win an election involving 240 million people of voting age.

In state and local elections, third party candidates have sometimes won. In a modest-sized city, candidates can actually influence the vote by going door to door, passing out flyers and bumper stickers, giving local presentations, and getting on local radio and TV. But in a national election, those efforts are easily trumped by the mass media. And local governments too are beholden to big money.

When governments of any size need to borrow money, the megabanks in a position to supply it can generally dictate the terms. Even in Greece, where the populist Syriza Party managed to prevail in January, the anti-austerity platform of the new government is being throttled by the moneylenders who have the government in a chokehold.

How did we lose our democracy? Were the Founding Fathers remiss in leaving something out of the Constitution? Or have we simply gotten too big to be governed by majority vote?

Democracy’s Rise and Fall

The stages of the capture of democracy by big money are traced in a paper called “The Collapse of Democratic Nation States” by theologian and environmentalist Dr. John Cobb. Going back several centuries, he points to the rise of private banking, which usurped the power to create money from governments:

The influence of money was greatly enhanced by the emergence of private banking.  The banks are able to create money and so to lend amounts far in excess of their actual wealth.  This control of money-creation . . . has given banks overwhelming control over human affairs.  In the United States, Wall Street makes most of the truly important decisions that are directly attributed to Washington.

Today the vast majority of the money supply in Western countries is created by private bankers. That tradition goes back to the 17th century, when the privately-owned Bank of England, the mother of all central banks, negotiated the right to print England’s money after Parliament stripped that power from the Crown. When King William needed money to fight a war, he had to borrow. The government as borrower then became servant of the lender.

In America, however, the colonists defied the Bank of England and issued their own paper scrip; and they thrived. When King George forbade that practice, the colonists rebelled.

They won the Revolution but lost the power to create their own money supply, when they opted for gold rather than paper money as their official means of exchange. Gold was in limited supply and was controlled by the bankers, who surreptitiously expanded the money supply by issuing multiple banknotes against a limited supply of gold.

This was the system euphemistically called “fractional reserve” banking, meaning only a fraction of the gold necessary to back the banks’ privately-issued notes was actually held in their vaults. These notes were lent at interest, putting citizens and the government in debt to bankers who created the notes with a printing press. It was something the government could have done itself debt-free, and the American colonies had done with great success until England went to war to stop them.

President Abraham Lincoln revived the colonists’ paper money system when he issued the Treasury notes called “Greenbacks” that helped the Union win the Civil War. But Lincoln was assassinated, and the Greenback issues were discontinued.

In every presidential election between 1872 and 1896, there was a third national party running on a platform of financial reform. Typically organized under the auspices of labor or farmer organizations, these were parties of the people rather than the banks. They included the Populist Party, the Greenback and Greenback Labor Parties, the Labor Reform Party, the Antimonopolist Party, and the Union Labor Party. They advocated expanding the national currency to meet the needs of trade, reform of the banking system, and democratic control of the financial system.

The Populist movement of the 1890s represented the last serious challenge to the bankers’ monopoly over the right to create the nation’s money.  According to monetary historian Murray Rothbard, politics after the turn of the century became a struggle between two competing banking giants, the Morgans and the Rockefellers.  The parties sometimes changed hands, but the puppeteers pulling the strings were always one of these two big-money players.

In All the Presidents’ Bankers, Nomi Prins names six banking giants and associated banking families that have dominated politics for over a century. No popular third party candidates have a real chance of prevailing, because they have to compete with two entrenched parties funded by these massively powerful Wall Street banks.

Democracy Succumbs to Globalization

In an earlier era, notes Dr. Cobb, wealthy landowners were able to control democracies by restricting government participation to the propertied class. When those restrictions were removed, big money controlled elections by other means:

First, running for office became expensive, so that those who seek office require wealthy sponsors to whom they are then beholden.  Second, the great majority of voters have little independent knowledge of those for whom they vote or of the issues to be dealt with.  Their judgments are, accordingly, dependent on what they learn from the mass media.  These media, in turn, are controlled by moneyed interests.

Control of the media and financial leverage over elected officials then enabled those other curbs on democracy we know today, including high barriers to ballot placement for third parties and their elimination from presidential debates, vote suppression, registration restrictions, identification laws, voter roll purges, gerrymandering, computer voting, and secrecy in government.

The final blow to democracy, says Dr. Cobb, was “globalization” – an expanding global market that overrides national interests:

[T]oday’s global economy is fully transnational.  The money power is not much interested in boundaries between states and generally works to reduce their influence on markets and investments. . . . Thus transnational corporations inherently work to undermine nation states, whether they are democratic or not.

The most glaring example today is the secret twelve-country trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If it goes through, the TPP will dramatically expand the power of multinational corporations to use closed-door tribunals to challenge and supersede domestic laws, including environmental, labor, health and other protections.

Looking at Alternatives

Some critics ask whether our system of making decisions by a mass popular vote easily manipulated by the paid-for media is the most effective way of governing on behalf of the people. In an interesting Ted Talk, political scientist Eric Li makes a compelling case for the system of “meritocracy” that has been quite successful in China.

In America Beyond Capitalism, Prof. Gar Alperovitz argues that the US is simply too big to operate as a democracy at the national level. Excluding Canada and Australia, which have large empty landmasses, the United States is larger geographically than all the other advanced industrial countries of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) combined. He proposes what he calls “The Pluralist Commonwealth”: a system anchored in the reconstruction of communities and the democratization of wealth. It involves plural forms of cooperative and common ownership beginning with decentralization and moving to higher levels of regional and national coordination when necessary. He is co-chair along with James Gustav Speth of an initiative called The Next System Project, which seeks to help open a far-ranging discussion of how to move beyond the failing traditional political-economic systems of both left and Right..

Dr. Alperovitz quotes Prof. Donald Livingston, who asked in 2002:

What value is there in continuing to prop up a union of this monstrous size? . . . [T]here are ample resources in the American federal tradition to justify states’ and local communities’ recalling, out of their own sovereignty, powers they have allowed the central government to usurp.

Taking Back Our Power

If governments are recalling their sovereign powers, they might start with the power to create money, which was usurped by private interests while the people were asleep at the wheel. State and local governments are not allowed to print their own currencies; but they can own banks, and all depository banks create money when they make loans, as the Bank of England recently acknowledged.

The federal government could take back the power to create the national money supply by issuing its own Treasury notes as Abraham Lincoln did. Alternatively, it could issue some very large denomination coins as authorized in the Constitution; or it could nationalize the central bank and use quantitative easing to fund infrastructure, education, job creation, and social services, responding to the needs of the people rather than the banks.

The freedom to vote carries little weight without economic freedom – the freedom to work and to have food, shelter, education, medical care and a decent retirement. President Franklin Roosevelt maintained that we need an Economic Bill of Rights. If our elected representatives were not beholden to the moneylenders, they might be able both to pass such a bill and to come up with the money to fund it.

ellen_brownEllen Brown is an attorney and founder of the Public Banking Institute. She is the author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt, and her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, which explores successful public banking models historically and globally.

Obama wins critical backing on Iran deal convincing the Congress!

Published on 2 Sep 2015

Obama wins critical backing on Iran deal convincing the Congress!

GO WATCH THIS VIDEO FROM FOX NEWS AND READ THIS REPORT:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/…

Why is President Obama, Secretary John Kerry and all of the democrat administration pushing for this Iran Deal with Israel and our enemies that continually say, “Death to Israel” and “Death to America!”

PRAY SAINTS, PRAY!!!

Remember this video I just did:

President Obama is raising a “Red Flag” in America! https://youtu.be/-wEZWjVFD-4

Donald Trump warns that Iran deal will lead to “Nuclear Holocaust”
http://www.jpost.com/landedpages/prin…

Huckabee: Obama marching Israel to ‘door of the oven’
http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/26/politic…

Hilary says we should have “FEMA CAMPS” for Adults https://youtu.be/q3EcloRIHRE

Obama can do Iran nuclear deal even if Congress disapproves
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150…

10 Reason why Obama is not the Anti-Christ
http://bibleprophecytalk.com/top-10-r…

Obama Predicts He Could Win a Third Term — if It Were Constitutional https://youtu.be/8mtYxZNfmxQ

READ ALL ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE MUSLIM HOLIDAYS HE HAS CELEBRATED IT THE “WHITE HOUSE” HE TOOK A VOW TO STAND FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

LIST OF 190 CITIES WHERE OBAMA WILL BE PLACING SYRIAN MUSLIM REFUGEES https://youtu.be/-HPB8POsmT4

The Muslim Brotherhood Is In Charge of Jade Helm https://youtu.be/sddtPlPE3lw

7-31-15 Sanhedrin Calls Obama to Trial on Mt. Zion https://youtu.be/o9xSHMCZUs8

New American Malls Look the Nazi Concentration Camps https://youtu.be/HdN9PMXnf1k

Iran Transferred Millions of Dollars to Hamas in Gaza to Rebuild Tunnels https://youtu.be/oBdvNDRbGVc

WATCH: Rabbi Vaknin Calling for Jewish Repentance-Prophesied 44th President Obama would bring bloodshed to the Jewish people. https://youtu.be/IAW4tqEe37c\

Iran and Hezbollah from the List of TERROR THREATS to the United States https://youtu.be/lEsEPcghS7g

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS COMITTED TREASON AGAINST THE U.S. CONSTITUTION!

IT IS TIME PRESIDENT OBAMA BE IMPEACHED, PUT IN PRISON! HE IS A TRAITOR OF THE U.S!https://youtu.be/tr_5Wyax4zc

Ted Cruz Says Iran Annually has “Death to America” Holiday https://youtu.be/-agAg36-Czc

GO LISTEN TO HOW IN THE SCHOOLS THE CHILDREN ARE SAYING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO “ALLAH!” https://youtu.be/kCgozBqd8TI

Go Listen to President Obama “Nowruz” Messages Yearly in the WH https://youtu.be/8sNVzXwH0oA

Michelle Obama Celebrates the Persian New Year, “Nowruz” at the WH https://youtu.be/ZOQj50TUUiw

What is “Nowruz?” Wikipedia-the Iranian New Year

GO READ ALL ABOUT “NOWRUZ”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz

Muslim Prayer at White House Countering Violent Extremism Summit http://youtu.be/Kuxw6Zo77W4

President Obama Hates America! http://youtu.be/g_jmzFn5Cgc

OBAMA SAYS: “The United States Will be a Muslim Country by 2016″

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/tabid/17…

Obama: Muslims Built ‘The Very Fabric of Our Nation’ http://youtu.be/fFVq_SwMYlI

GO SEE HOW PRESIDENT OBAMA IS INFILTRATING AMERICA WITH HIS FALSE GOD “ALLAH”

1) Iran’s Supreme Leader Wrote Letter to Obama, Report Says http://youtu.be/sAyNw5UG-qk

2) White House Secretly Meeting with Muslim Leaders http://youtu.be/Q-LjH1J2tdg

3) Prophetic Word servant of the Lord Dawn O’brien 2-09-15 “America’s Hidden Secrets”http://youtu.be/A34e2X58_m0

4) Obama Praises Dalai Lama at National Prayer Breakfast http://youtu.be/6TE2hzd35N8

5) WARNING: THE FALL OF AMERICA! http://youtu.be/3Y5B-jmhdtM

6) Obama Refuses to Acknowledge ‘Muslim Terrorists’ at Summit http://youtu.be/5L-LNepqN1c

8) 7-14-15 Prophetic Word “FINAL WARNING TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

https://youtu.be/hBsUdTg5a2k

9) 6-26-15 Prophetic Word Written to the President of the United States same-sex marriagehttps://youtu.be/-XcafojntUg

TODAY GIVE YOUR HEART AND LIFE TO JESUS!

Pray This Prayer Of Salvation And Mean It In Your Heart

Say, “Dear Jesus, I am a sinner, in need of a Savior. Come into my heart and save me. I want to be born-again. Forgive me of all my sins, wash me and cleanse me with your atoning blood. I receive you now. Amen”

Romans 10:13, King James Version (KJV)

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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