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Laura Flanders of GRITtv talks once again with Truthdig.com’s Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, author of “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street“, about Barack Obama’s economic policies and team, about the blackmailing of you and the country and the world by Wall Street, about the financial industry lately booking two thirds of all profits produced by all economic activity in the United States, and about the parasitical mindset that now passes for “success” among the ultra-wealthy and their political servants in a morally warped empire in decline…or in freefall?
“Wall Street was blackmailing us,” says Robert Scheer of the bank bailouts, “And we got nothing in return.” It’s not news to any viewers of GRITtv that Wall Street’s tentacles ran throughout our election, but now that the election is over, we turn again to the running of government. Scheer joined us in the studio recently to discuss his new book, The Great American Stickup, and we asked him to give us some thoughts for after the election as well. Most pressing of all, he asks if either bankers or politicians are capable of thinking in anyone’s long-term interests.
GRITtv.org – November 6th, 2010
Robert Scheer: Appetites for Wealth
Sorry, no transcript for this one, although Scheer’s new book would probably more than suffice.
Now that the 2010 midterm elections are over, it’s time to talk about real issues.
derail the best intentions of securing a just society for all. Transforming political institutions to serve all the people cannot quite get over the hump without encountering enormous setbacks.
Class consciosness seems to be branded into the minds of
mankind. The Egomasterpriestlyclass has always authorized itself as the story tellers. And it enforces its narrative through symbols and guns.
Every infant born into the world confronts this reality point blank and head on. It’s transmitted generation after generation; Blake’s “mind forged manacles”. We break loose to be bound, and to bind ourselves, again and again.
We must transform ourselves from passive listeners to authors of our own destiny. We need a new plot without heroes, villains and tall tales. Let’s see if we can come up with one.