Chris Hedges: Challenging Corporate Power – Chevron VS Donziger

On September 5, 2020, Chris Hedges talked to attorney Steven Donziger. Donziger battled the corporate oil giant, over environmental pollution and destruction in Ecuador and won a settlement of $9.5 billion for indigenous communities.

Since then Chevron has waged a campaign against Donziger to destroy him economically, professionally and personally. Their goal is to prevent the settlement to be paid out for the urgently needed cleanup.

Chis Hedges is an investigative journalist, New York Times best selling author and former staff, and television host of On Contact. This is the September 5 interview with Steven Donziger.

https://tucradio.org/podcasts/newest-podcasts/chris-hedges-challenging-corporate-power-chevron-vs-donziger/

The Profits of August

From World Socialist Website:

The profits of August

2 September 2020

Over 30,000 people died in the US last month from the COVID-19 pandemic, while corporations carried out mass layoffs amid soaring unemployment, hunger and poverty.

At the same time, the US stock market recorded its biggest increase for the month since 1986. All three major American stock indexes have risen for five consecutive months since plunging in mid-March. The benchmark S&P 500 index has risen 65 percent, its biggest five-month gain since 1938.

Last month saw the wealth of Amazon chief Jeff Bezos climb to $200 billion. Tesla became the world’s biggest car company by share value, as its market capitalization rose to $465 billion, taking the personal fortune of its chief executive, Elon Musk, to more than $100 billion. Apple became the first company in the world with a market capitalization of more than $2 trillion.

Since the Federal Reserve’s bailout of major corporations in March, Apple’s stock has more than doubled, while Tesla’s stock has risen more than six-fold.

These figures underscore the nature of the Wall Street bonanza. It is taking the form of what has been called a “K-shaped recovery,” in which a group of corporate giants enjoy massive profits, driven by the run-up in stock prices, while most of the economy stagnates.

In 1914, the rolling out of the guns of August at the outbreak of World War I marked the start of a process that saw arms manufacturers rake in millions in profits amid death and destruction, the like of which had never been seen.

Likewise, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought devastation to the working masses in the US and around the world, has served as the occasion for all arms of the capitalist state to be mobilised to organise the greatest-ever redistribution of wealth to the heights of society.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/09/02/pers-s02.html

Victor Davis Hanson | Plague, Panic, and Protests—The Weird Election Year of 2020

Victor Davis Hanson succinctly explains the importance of the 2020 election beginning at 56:06:

 

https://youtu.be/k6L5C0uLFjE?t=3366

“This isn’t about Trump’s personality, this is not about George Bush versus Al Gore; it’s not even Barack Obama versus John McCain.

This is about a radical hijacking of the Democratic Party and this is telling people that we are going to take the First Amendment as you know it and it’s not going to apply on campuses. We’re going to take the Second Amendment as the founders envisioned – it’s not going to apply anymore. The Supreme Court is not going to look the same. That statue in your park is going to be gone. That 1776 date in your mind is going to be Orwellian erased; it’s going to be 1619.

We are going to change the statues, we are going to change what movie you think you want to watch – Turner Classic Movies and see Gone With The Wind – it’s not going to be when we get in.

This is an effort to systematically in a Trotskyite fashion erase our collective memory and our values and replace it with a totalitarian radical French Revolutionary Jacobin model. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve lived through the 60s.”

Listen to entire speech at:

https://youtu.be/k6L5C0uLFjE

Death by ‘diversity’: American academy falls hostage to social justice fanatics and prematurely slams shut the minds of the nation

Michael Rectenwald

is an author of ten books, including the most recent, Beyond Woke. He was Professor of Liberal Arts at NYU from 2008 through 2019. Follow him on Twitter @TheAntiPCProf

The American academy, once deemed “the envy of the world” by some, is anything but that. Far from the bastion of robust intellectual inquiry for the production and transmission of knowledge and wisdom, the American academy is a veritable indoctrination camp for activism and an echo chamber that allows only the prevailing orthodoxy of “social justice” ideology to be voiced, while dissident views, professors, and students are silenced, persecuted, exiled, and excised.

Forget about “safe spaces” as merely occasional comfort zones for minorities and others; universities themselves are now safe spaces for silencing dissident speech. The teaching at top universities, where this dross is initiated and from which it metastasizes, is that institutions of knowledge production and dissemination are racist to the core and need to be “decolonized.” As such, the works of “white men” are gutted, not only from literature curricula, but also from all other fields as well.

History is treated not as a record of the past, open for debate and investigation, but according to the dictates of what should have happened or what might have happened, rather than what did. Inside the classroom, history is decolonized, which means that it is sanitized and distorted. Outside of the classroom, for example, murals of WWII veterans are slated for removal for “lack of diversity.”

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/500342-death-diversity-american-academy/

Report: Left Mobilizes for ‘Mass Public Unrest,’ ‘Political Apocalypse’ Expected If Biden Loses

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/08/report-left-mobilizes-for-mass-public-unrest-political-apocalypse-expected-if-biden-loses/

A coalition of leftist groups is “secretly” discussing how to mobilize and prepare for what it envisions as a “political apocalypse” full of violence and chaos if Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden fails to win a landslide victory on November 3, the Daily Beast reported Monday.

“Occupy shit, hold space, and shut things down, not just on Election Day but for weeks,” an unnamed source said in describing the coalition’s effort, dubbed the “Democracy Defense Nerve Center.”

The leftist group, convened by the relatively secret Fight Back Table (FBT), reportedly discussed their plans in secret during a Zoom virtual meeting.

Referring to the meeting, the Daily Beast reported:

Over the course of two hours, participants broached the question of what the progressive political ecosystem can functionally do in a series of election scenarios. They began charting out what it would take to stand up a multi-state communications arm to fight disinformation, a training program for nonviolent (sic) civil disobedience, and the underpinnings of what one official described as “mass public unrest.”

Delingpole: Boris Johnson Has Led a Fascist Coup Against the United Kingdom

Boris Johnson has led a fascist coup against the United Kingdom.

If that sounds like an exaggeration, just ask yourself how you’d have felt a year ago — or even six months ago — if you’d been told a British government was planning to institute a 10pm curfew, ban gatherings of more than six people, impose daily immunity tests before you were allowed to go about your business, employ Stasi-like volunteer ‘marshals’ to ensure public compliance and warning that it might even have to cancel Christmas?

Your first reaction would have been: “Impossible. This is the kind of thing that excitable foreigners engage in. Never the phlegmatic, rational British – and certainly, never, ever, EVER so long as there’s a Conservative government in power.”

Your second reaction would have been: “Oh, I get it. It’s a joke, right? You’re telling me the plotline of some new dystopian graphic novel on the lines of Watchmen currently being adapted for Amazon Prime or Netflix, yeah?”

I still can’t quite believe it myself.

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/09/10/boris-johnson-has-led-a-fascist-coup-against-the-united-kingdom/

Victor Davis Hanson: Plague, Panic, and Protests: the Weird Election Year of 2020

Starting at 56:12 is a prediction that freezes my blood. VDH puts into simple but crystal clear sentences what I, and many many many others are beginning to grasp when looking at what’s happening around us. Thank you VDH.

https://youtu.be/k6L5C0uLFjE?t=3366

Full speech here:

https://youtu.be/k6L5C0uLFjE

The Coming Coup

https://americanmind.org/essays/the-coming-coup/

Democrats are laying the groundwork for revolution right in front of our eyes.

As if 2020 were not insane enough already, we now have Democrats and their ruling class masters openly talking about staging a coup. You might have missed it, what with the riots, lockdowns and other daily mayhem we’re forced to endure in this, the most wretched year of my lifetime. But it’s happening.

It started with the military brass quietly indicating that the troops should not follow a presidential order. They were bolstered by many former generals—including President Trump’s own first Secretary of Defense—who stated openly what the brass would only hint at. Then, as nationwide riots really got rolling in early June, the sitting Secretary of Defense himself all but publicly told the president not to invoke the Insurrection Act. His implicit message was: “Mr. President, don’t tell us to do that, because we won’t, and you know what happens after that.”

All this enthused Joe Biden, who threw subtlety to the winds. The former United States Senator (for 26 years) and Vice President (for eight) has not once, not twice, but thrice confidently asserted that the military will “escort [Trump] from the White House with great dispatch” should the president refuse to leave. Another former Vice President, Al Gore, publicly agreed.

One might dismiss such comments as the ravings of a dementia patient and a has-been who never got over his own electoral loss. But before you do, consider also this. Over the summer a story was deliberately leaked to the press of a meeting at which 100 Democratic grandees, anti-Trump former Republicans, and other ruling class apparatchiks got together (on George Soros’s dime) to “game out” various outcomes of the 2020 election. One such outcome was a clear Trump win. In that eventuality, former Bill Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, playing Biden, refused to concede, pressured states that Trump won to send Democrats to the formal Electoral College vote, and trusted that the military would take care of the rest.

Ol’ White Joe

The abiding mystery of the 2020 election is how come the Democratic Party, wishing so zealously to win back power, took pains to nominate a candidate weaker than the ghost of Millard Fillmore. Resorting to Occam’s Razor, one might have to conclude that Joe Biden was simply the best they had — a surefire case for the party’s necessary extinction.

The Labor Day starting-gun kicks off the high campaign season and Ol’ White Joe wobbles forth from his lair under a rock somewhere to dazzle audiences of six or eight sympathetic journos posed in “social distancing” formation while the party’s Antifa and BLM shock troops soften up voters elsewhere across the land with vote-winning riots, arson, and looting. There’s a recipe for political success!

You have to wonder how the claque of DC deep state players behind this fiasco could come up with a game-plan so stupidly inept… but there it is! Apparently, they’re laying further plans now to bum-rush Ol’ Joe into the White House by main force with a “color revolution” — that is, an orchestrated fake popular revolt as in the Ukraine Maidan regime change operation of 2014. In fact, as Revolver News reports, the same wrecking crew of US State Department officials, intel spooks, contract insurrectionists, and George Soros-sponsored NGO intriguers is behind the US 2020 “Transition Integrity Project” aimed at launching a US post-election coup against Mr. Trump, no matter how the election actually goes.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/09/james-howard-kunstler/the-ghost-in-the-machine/