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Raising Our Voices: A Thought Experiment

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In the news just now: Trump grotesquely abusing his pardon power as a way of telling his cronies to keep their mouths shut, and...

Why I am Insulted

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By now most of us acknowledge the fact that, however sincere many members of the Tea Party are, and regardless of however many small donations from small voters their candidates receive, the Tea Party is in fact funded by various corporate interests, like the Koch Brothers, often through various cut-outs or patriotically named foundations. Indeed, the whole Tea Party movement has been given significantly favorable reporting by all the corporate media, and one popular TV channel, Fox news, with one of its leading lights, Glen Beck, virtually issues marching orders laying out the agenda and issues for the Tea Party membership.

And what has this corporate money bought for itself, aside from the reality show creation of a boisterous, self-righteous revivalist mob (that pundits desperately treat like a valid political movement operating with a sensible political plan, in an attempt to give it credibility and respect)? The corporate money has bought the selection of several lunatic fringe candidates masquerading as formal Republican candidates----- for example, I  keep receiving fund-raising letters from Sharon Angle in Nevada, who plasters in bold letters across the envelope phrases like "I am the official Republican candidate to defeat Harry Reid."  

More Ayn Rand Lunacy

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This video is a revelation. Take a look at the portion in the above video with the representative of the Ayn Rand Institute, who hawks for a more predatory system. It's hard to believe this person was invited to appear on this segment.  But there you have it from the laissez fair-promoting CNBC.