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The Crisis Of Democracy

This week we look at the current turmoil in South America, where the so-called “pink tide” is beginning to recede in Venezuela and Brazil as the United Snakes seeks to exploit political and economic crises for its geopolitical gain.

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For the musical break, we’ve got Calle 13, with La Bala.

Next up, we pay homage to the Oaxaca Commune, ten years later…. and finally we wrap things up with an interview with Cesar Chavez, a teacher from Oaxaca from Section 22 of the CNTE.

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10 Comments on "The Crisis Of Democracy"

  1. onlooker on Tue, 24th May 2016 2:49 pm 

    You can be sure covertly the US has been doing everything it could to have the left leaning govts in Venezuela and Brazil recede. That is what the US does. Just like you can be sure that they have been paving the way for more amendable govts to take their place. They’re are always the wealthy and privileged ready to open the door to the Wolf so he can continue to feast on the riches of other countries, for simultaneously the privileged classes are also exploiting their own people. It is a win win for these mentioned actors. Even as the common people lose.

  2. J-Gav on Tue, 24th May 2016 3:21 pm 

    Not much to do with oil, at least on the surface of it, but don’t forget that Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela are significant producers.

    Quite courageous on the part of the team here at PO to include Submedia in their site. Anarchists!

    It just so happens that some of my favorite people in history were anarchists: Kropotkin and Elisée Reclus to name a couple. Many who have paraded under that banner have also been assholes.

    Whatever one thinks about that, it should be abundantly clear by now, at least to anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last decade or two, that there is indeed a ‘crisis of democracy’ which is in the process of coming to a head.

  3. Not A Liberal on Tue, 24th May 2016 3:29 pm 

    Yuck more boring monotone Mark bitching about the way things are. Is this the best the Left can produce? Good night then. All the anti-police rhetoric is fine but let’s be real, the state they seek requires a massive Police state and a secret one to maintain basic solvency.

    But…I mean let’s also be serious, with peak oil will education really be necessary? I mean what are people going to do besides basic subsistence? Go to Mars?

    See liberals have this theory that education magically makes you intelligent. Just as our gracious Republicans think that any person coming here legally makes them that way too. Unfortunately they are wrong, while it is true that intelligent people tend to have more education. It is people who are already pre-disposed to intelligence(genetics) who get education in the first fucking place.

  4. penury on Tue, 24th May 2016 4:34 pm 

    I think a lot of people are starting to realize a couple of things 1, Democracy is so good maybe we should try it some time, 2. Overpopulation threatens the rich as much as the poor, only later. Liberal(?) will slowly learn that giving people free stuff does not contribute to a healthy economy. Hard times are coming.

  5. dave thompson on Tue, 24th May 2016 4:50 pm 

    The above video shows real people with real issues that for to long have been marginalized and killed in the name of free market capitalism. When enough people get up off of their collective behinds, organize, swarming the streets the PTB respond with no rationality to the protest. The PTB know they are outnumbered. So they send in the cavalry killing, arresting, and generally scaring the shit out of the next bunch that tries to organize. SO! here is my plan, stay home, do not go to work, spend no money on anything other then essentials, together we can SHUT IT DOWN!

  6. theedrich on Tue, 24th May 2016 5:44 pm 

    ¿Now yet MORE Clinton corruption???  In our “democracy”?  The FBI is now investigating Chink government member and Clinton Foundation contributor Wang Wenliang’s role in bribing highly placed vermin in the Demonic Party.  The Yellowman’s company, Rilin Enterprises, on whose board Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe formerly served, spent $1.4 million to subvert Congress and the State Department from 2012 to 2015, according to The Daily Beast.  Naturally McAuliffe denies any wrongdoing, the standard ploy.  But this is only the latest in a long string of Chink purchases of the Demonics.  Back in the 1990s, Yah-Lin “Charlie” Trie (a member of a gook Triad crime gang friendly with the ruling PRC Commies) slipped several hundred thousand dollars to the Clintons and the Democratic National Committee.  Then there was John Huang, a gatherer of illegal foreign contributions to the Dems, who were eventually forced to return $2.8 million (after the critical elections were over, of course).  The Yellow Peril has long been penetrating America’s political elites, while the masses have been diverted by Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades.

    In the last two decades the Clintons, through their help-the-African-Negroes “Foundation,” have taken in countless millions of dollars from foreign “donors” from the most despicable countries of the Third World.  Never mind the hundreds of thousands sucked up from big banks for “speaking engagements,” which Bernie Sanders has pointed out.  The bribery of the Demonic Party and their standard-bearers, the Clintons, by foreign agents amounts to treason of the basest sort.  And it is all called “globalization.”  Which gives us some idea of what to expect if the next POTUS is a presidentess.

  7. theedrich on Tue, 24th May 2016 6:05 pm 

    Payments to Hillary Clinton for her 2013-2015 speeches:

    4/18/2013, Morgan Stanley, Washington, DC: $225,000
    4/24/2013, Deutsche Bank, Washington, DC: $225,000
    4/24/2013, National Multi Housing Council, Dallas, Texas: $225,000
    4/30/2013, Fidelity Investments, Naples, Fla.: $225,000
    5/8/2013, Gap Inc., San Francisco, Calif.: $225,000
    5/14/2013, Apollo Management Holdings LP, New York, NY: $225,000
    5/16/2013, Itau BBA USA Securities, New York, NY: $225,000
    5/21/2013, Vexizon Communications Inc., Washington, DC: $225,000
    5/29/2013, Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. LLC, New York, NY: $225,000
    6/4/2013, The Goldman Sachs Group, Palmetto Bluffs, SC: $225,000
    6/6/2013, Spencer Stuart, New York, NY: $225,000
    6/16/2013, Society for Human Resource Management, Chicago, Ill.: $285,000
    6/17/2013, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Mich.: $225,000
    6/20/2013, Boston Consulting Group Inc., Boston, Mass.: $225,000
    6/20/2013, Let’s Talk Entertainment Inc., Toronto, Canada: $250,000
    6/24/2013, American Jewish University, Universal City, Calif.: $225,000
    6/24/2013, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Company LP, Palos Verdes, Calif.: $225,000
    7/11/2013, UBS Wealth Management, New York, NY: $225,000
    8/7/2013, Global Business Travel Association, San Diego, Calif.: $225,000
    8/12/2013, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Las Vegas, Nev.: $225,000
    9/18/2013, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Chicago, Ill.: $225,000
    9/19/2013, American Society of Travel Agents Inc., Miami, Fla.: $225,000
    10/4/2013, Long Island Association, Long Island, NY: $225,000
    10/15/2013, National Association of Convenience Stores, Atlanta, Ga.: $265,000
    10/23/2013, SAP Global Marketing Inc., New York, NY: $225,000
    10/24/2013, Accenture, New York, NY: $225,000
    10/24/2013, The Goldman Sachs Group, New York, NY: $225,000
    10/27/2013, Beth El Synagogue, Minneapolis, Minn.: $225,000
    10/28/2013, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, Ill.: $400,000
    10/29/2013, The Goldman Sachs Group, Tuscon, Ariz.: $225,000
    11/4/2013, Mase Productions Inc., Orlando, Fla.: $225,000
    11/4/2013, London Drugs Ltd., Mississauga, Canada: $225,000
    11/6/2013, Beaumont Health System, Troy, Mich.: $305,000
    11/7/2013, Golden Tree Asset Management, New York, NY: $275,000
    11/9/2013, National Association of Realtors, San Francisco, Calif.: $225,000
    11/13/2013, Mediacorp Canada Inc., Toronto, Canada: $225,000
    11/13/2013, Bank of America, Bluffton, SC: $225,000
    11/14/2013, CB Richard Ellis Inc., New York, NY: $250,000
    11/18/2013, CIIE Group, Naples, Fla.: $225,000
    11/18/2013, Press Ganey, Orlando, Fla.: $225,000
    11/21/2013, U.S. Green Building Council, Philadelphia, Pa.: $225,000
    01/06/2014, GE, Boca Raton, Fla.: $225,500
    01/27/2014, National Automobile Dealers Association, New Orleans, La.: $325,500
    01/27/2014, Premier Health Alliance, Miami, Fla.: $225,500
    02/06/2014,, Las Vegas, Nev.: $225,500
    02/17/2014, Novo Nordisk A/S, Mexico City, Mexico: $125,000
    02/26/2014, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Orlando, Fla.: $225,500
    02/27/2014, A&E Television Networks, New York, NY: $280,000
    03/04/2014, Association of Corporate Counsel – Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.: $225,500
    03/05/2014, The Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver, Canada: $275,500
    03/06/2014, tinePublic Inc., Calgary, Canada: $225,500
    03/13/2014, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, Orlando, Fla.: $225,500
    03/13/2014, Drug Chemical and Associated Technologies, New York, NY: $250,000
    03/18/2014, Xerox Corporation, New York, NY: $225,000
    03/18/2014, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Montreal, Canada: $275,000
    03/24/2014, Academic Partnerships, Dallas, Texas: $225,500
    04/08/2014, Market° Inc., San Francisco, Calif.: $225,500
    04/08/2014, World Affairs Council, Portland, Ore.: $250,500
    04/10/2014, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.: $225,500
    04/10/2014, Lees Talk Entertainment, San Jose, Calif.: $265,000
    04/11/2014, California Medical Association (via satellite), San Diego, Calif.: $100,000
    05/06/2014, National Council for Behavioral Healthcare, Washington, DC: $225,500
    06/02/2014, International Deli-Dairy-Bakery Association, Denver, Colo.: $225,500
    06/02/2014, Lees Talk Entertainment, Denver, Colo.: $265,000
    06/10/2014, United Fresh Produce Association, Chicago, Ill.: $225,000
    06/16/2014, tinePublic Inc., Toronto, Canada: $150,000
    06/18/2014, tinePublic Inc., Edmonton, Canada: $100,000
    06/20/2014, Innovation Arts and Entertainment, Austin, Texas: $150,000
    06/25/2014, Biotechnology Industry Organization, San Diego, Calif.: $335,000
    06/25/2014, Innovation Arts and Entertainment, San Francisco, Calif.: $150,000
    06/26/2014, GTCR, Chicago, Ill.: $280,000
    07/22/2014, Knewton Inc., San Francisco, Calif.: $225,500
    07/26/2014, Ameriprise, Boston, Mass.: $225,500
    07/29/2014, Coming Inc., Coming, NY: $225,500
    08/28/2014, Nexenta Systems Inc., San Francisco, Calif.: $300,000
    08/28/2014, Cisco, Las Vegas, Nev.: $325,000
    09/04/2014, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, San Diego, Calif.: $225,500
    09/15/2014, Caridovascular Research Foundation, Washington, DC: $275,000
    10/02/2014, Commercial Real Estate Women Network, Miami Beach, Fla.: $225,500
    10/06/2014, Canada 2020, Ottawa, Canada: $215,500
    10/07/2014, Deutsche Bank AG, New York, NY: $280,000
    10/08/2014, Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), Chicago, Ill.: $265,000
    10/13/2014, Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, Colorado Springs, Colo.: $225,500
    10/14/2014,, San Francisco, Calif.: $225,500
    10/14/2014, Qualcomm Incorporated, San Diego, Calif.: $335,000
    12/04/2014, Massachusetts Conference for Women, Boston, Mass.: $205,500
    01/21/2015, tinePublic Inc., Winnipeg, Canada: $262,000
    01/21/2015, tinePublic Inc., Saskatoon, Canada: $262,500
    01/22/2015, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Whistler, Canada: $150,000
    02/24/2015, Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, Santa Clara, Calif.: $225,500
    03/11/2015, eBay Inc., San Jose, Calif.: $315,000
    03/19/2015, American Camping Association, Atlantic City, NJ: $260,000

    Yes, democracy (Clinton version).

  8. makati1 on Tue, 24th May 2016 7:39 pm 

    penury, as usual, you hit the bulls-eye.

    True democracy cannot ever work for the intelligent apes. It never has and never will. It requires that every ape be educated, intelligent and logical. We have never managed all three traits in any significant percentage of our population. Never will. But then our time to try is getting shorter and shorter isn’t it?

  9. Cloud9 on Tue, 24th May 2016 8:12 pm 

    Half the population is below average. This half is driven more by emotion than reason. This lower half throughout history has succumbed to silver tonged charlatans that would bend the mob to their purpose. The best that we can hope for is a republic restrained by a bill of rights. True democracy is 51% of the population voting to kill the 49% in order take their stuff.

  10. makati1 on Wed, 25th May 2016 1:00 am 

    Cloud9, the Us is neither of those. The Bill of Rights is dead. The Republic is fracturing. At best, it is a dictatorship, and the dictators are not the ones we see and vote for.

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