Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: History of The Corporate Coup d’etat

Money Corrupts

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with Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader

teleSUR English on Nov. 3, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges speaks with author, consumer advocate, and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Together, they trace the advancement of corporate control in the U.S. political system. teleSUR

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Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 + Ralph Nader on What was Missing in President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Move to Amend Citizens United

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Updated: Jan. 22, 2015

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Lawrence Lessig: Break the Hold of Big Money Over American Elections, interviewed by Chris Hedges

Move to Amend Citizens United

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with Chris Hedges

paul jay on Jul 15, 2014

Chris Hedges interviews Lawrence Lessig about his plans to break the hold of big money over American elections

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American Democracy Now An Oligarchy by Joel S. Hirschhorn + Ivy League Study Says the General Public Has Virtually No Influence on Policy

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.foavc.org
April 24, 2014

Oligarchy

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History has been made. But few Americans are aware of it or angry about it. I say: Wake up Americans. A war has been waged against US democracy, from the inside. Time to pick a side and fight back.

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Ralph Nader Radio: Sugar, McCutcheon, Climate Change, Oil Spills and Army Food

Anacortes McCutcheon

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 8, 2014

Ralph carves up Antonin Scalia and “Corporate Welfare King,” Rush Limbaugh, points out how Exxon actually made money on the Exxon/Valdez oil spill; and we discuss whether Germany actually won World War II, and the one position that Ralph took that he now regrets. Continue reading

Boycott Corporatocracy! Boycott Corrupt Elections! by Rivera Sun

by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Popular Resistance
April 6, 2014

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The recent Supreme Court ruling removing limits to campaign financing should be the final straw on the camel’s back of the American people. Democracy in our country is a standing joke . . . and the trend of politics-for-sale is no longer funny. Wealthy elites and mega-corporations have created a modern day Court of Versailles in which the super-wealthy profit from the abject poverty of the rest of us. The Marie Antoinette’s of our day cut food stamps for impoverished children while crying, “Let them work for their cake!” Continue reading

Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

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RT America on Apr 2, 2014

The future of American elections

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down key limits on campaign contributions. The $123,200 overall limit for total contributions to campaigns, parties, and PACs will no longer be in effect, although contributions to individual candidates remain limited to $2,600. Potentially opening the door to a flood of cash from wealthy individuals, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissenting opinion, stating that this ruling “perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” RT’s Lindsay France looks into this historic ruling.

Read more: http://rt.com/usa/scotus-mccutcheon-fec-ruling-893/

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How To Put a Corporation In Prison

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End Corporate Personhood

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other98 on Feb 13, 2014

If a corporation continually breaks the law, they need to be put in prison. And believe it or not, there are at least TWO regulators in the United States who are not afraid to do that. The first is the Federal Energy Regulator Commission. And the second is New York’s Department of Financial Services, run by Benjamin Lawsky.

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Obama Wins For Whom? by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Featured Writer
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http://michael-hudson.com
As published in Counterpunch
November 9, 2012

16/365

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The Democrats could not have won so handily without the Citizens United ruling. That is what enabled the Koch Brothers to spend their billions to support right-wing candidates that barked and growled like sheep dogs to give voters little civilized option but to vote for “the lesser evil.” This will be President Obama’s epitaph for future historians. Orchestrating the election like a World Wrestling Federation melodrama, the Tea Party’s sponsors threw billions of dollars into the campaign to cast the President’s party in the role of “good cop” against stereotyped opponents attacking women’s rights, Hispanics and nearly every other hyphenated-American interest group.

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Moyers and Company: The United States of ALEC + Unequal Justice

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Jill Dalton asks, Is It Fascism Yet? in her new ebook. Yes, Jill, it is Fascism.

http://billmoyers.com/
Sept. 28, 2012

Moyers & Company presents “United States of ALEC,” a report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of — ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.

Using interviews, documents, and field reporting, the episode explores ALEC’s self-serving machine at work, acting in a way one Wisconsin politician describes as “a corporate dating service for lonely legislators and corporate special interests.”

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Moyers and Company: Challenging Power, Changing Politics with Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala

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Updated: Sept. 9, 2012 added a video interview

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Moyers and Company: Dark Money in Politics

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The future of American elections

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http://billmoyers.com
June 15, 2012

On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill talks with historian Thomas Frank, author of the bestseller What’s the Matter With Kansas?, about the power of concentrated money to subvert democracy. How does a society built on democratic ideals allow them to become so corrupted? Frank’s most recent book is Pity the Billionaire.

Bill also talks to Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, who continue to throw light on what they call “dark money” — the conspiracy of cash that allows the rich to influence our most fundamental political freedoms. On the show, Bill calls out some of the biggest super PAC donors, revealing how easy it is for the wealthy one percent to sway an election.

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via http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-dark-money-in-politics/

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The Loss of American Democracy By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
Featured Writer
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liberalpro.blogspot.com
June 10, 2012

Graffiti "4 More Years of Fascism"

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We can evaluate Obama’s track record using statistics and apply them to unemployment, GNP, military spending and inflation (or deflation). This is probably how the GOP will try to portray his presidency. It’s an effective strategy mainly because many economic indicators were better when he took office then they are today. It’s easy to point to statistics and convince people, based on empirical evidence, that this nation was in better shape when George W. Bush was President. In fact, it’s so easy to manipulate numbers, that even a brain-dead candidate like Romney could “prove” that things have undoubtedly gone downhill since Obama took office.

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