Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Bill Moyers writes about the conflict between the wealthy few seeking to preserve their privilege, and the balance of society seeking fairness for everybody: I keep in my files a warning published in [The Economist] a dozen years ago, on the eve of George W. Bush’s second ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Ronald Inglehart discusses the political roots of inequality – and the likelihood that the forces that have allowed it to fester for decades will eventually be reversed: New political alignments, in short, might once again readjust the balance of power between elites and masses in the developed world, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Price of Civilization – Taxes

And yet, many corporate members of society do their utmost to avoid doing so.  Funny how so much has been intoned by corporations about ethical obligations, yet so many fail this one basic test.   Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Moyers, Corporations, Economy, Tax Havens, Unethical Behaviour

Dead Wild Roses: Climate Change – Bill Moyers and David Suzuki

    Why is it that we bow down before the market?  It is not a fundamental force of nature, yet we in society are instructed to think of it as such.   Filed under: Politics, Science Tagged: Bill Moyers, Climate Change, David Suzuki, Economics

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Bill Moyers interviews Richard Wolff about inequality – featuring Wolff’s observation that anybody trying to justify inequality as an inevitable byproduct of unregulated markets manages only to make those markets indefensible: Bill Moyers: When you say that there’s no economic argument that people should be kept at the– ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Mad Dash Toward Oligarchy – Bill Moyers

We’re running out of canaries people, wake up and smell the system you’re living in. Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Moyers, Oligarchy, Political Influence

Dead Wild Roses: The Mad Dash Toward Oligarchy – Bill Moyers

We’re running out of canaries people, wake up and smell the system you’re living in. Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Moyers, Oligarchy, Political Influence

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Bill Moyers offers up a superb summary and reading list on inequality: Inequality in America: How bad is it? In 2011, Mother Jones published a series of charts capturing the depth of inequality in the US, which remains one of the best big-picture looks at the problem out there. We have greater ...

Dead Wild Roses: NRA – Fighting for the Right to Slaughter Children in Schools

Unfair?  Nah. Filed under: Education, Politics Tagged: Bill Moyers, DWR PSA, gun control, Gun Violence, NRA unreason

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Paul Krugman highlights why inequality is indeed an issue which demands action – both for its own sake, and for its impact on other goals such as economic sustainability. And Bill Moyers discusses the difference between a government responsive to its people and one completely controlled by elites: ...

Dead Wild Roses: Happy 4th of July – Oh btw America, Welfare *Promotes* Independence.

“When we see the expansion of the dependency class in America and you add this to the 79 other means tested programs that we have in the United States, each time you add another brick to that wall, it’s a barrier to people that might go out and succeed. ” – Steve King Idaho (R). ...

Dead Wild Roses: Big Brother and You – Lawrence Lessig on Privacy Rights.

Some relevant background given the recent publicity of how much our governments pry into our personal lives. Whatever your take on recent revelations about government spying on our phone calls and Internet activity, there’s no denying that Big Brother is bigger and less brotherly than we thought. What’s the resulting cost to our privacy — ...

Dead Wild Roses: Susan Jacoby – The Age of American Unreason

   I would recommend adding this to your reading lists, I’m only a third of the way though, but it has been a detailed and interesting account of genesis and growth of the large mean streak of anti-intellectualism that is currently dominating the zeitgeist of American society.  Jacoby was interviewed by Bill Moyers and thus, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Ya Gotta Pay to Play – Money and Private Interests vs. American Democracy

What is democracy about these days?  Looking to the North American model to the south of Canada, one begins to worry that idea of responsible, accountable government is a sadly antiquated notion.   Bill Moyers and his guests detail what is happening in Washington.  Revolving doors, “dark” money, influence peddling – a veritable laundry list of ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why Congress is Failing – It’s the Republicans, Stupid.

Bill Moyers almost always has interesting guests and topics of discussion.  The topic of this video is why the American Congress has been so ineffectual as of late(?).  A long view, but interesting none the less. Filed under: Politics Tagged: American Politics, Bill Moyers, Congress Fail, Republicans

LeDaro: Bill Moyers Commentary on Iraq War

The lies and deception. Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Politics and its Discontents: Intelligent Thoughts on Intelligent Design

While I firmly believe in a transcendent reality, I have no patience or tolerance for the promotion of ignorance in the guise of religious freedom in education. This intelligent and articulate young man sets the record straight: Recommend this Post

Dead Wild Roses: The Croney Capitalism Blowout

  Why do things happen the way they do?  Why do certain segments of society do well when everyone else is being hammered?  Some would say through being “smart” and “working hard”, but that is weapons grade bullshite of the highest order.  It is because, systematically, our system is being run for the benefit of ...

Dead Wild Roses: Knock, Knock – It’s Climate Change

I wonder who we’ll blame after the next super hurricane or the next drought?  I’m curious as to what will be the explanation for those that come after us be when we’re done here on Earth.  Let it be shown here in 2012 that we’re still talking about if climate change is a serious topic ...

Dead Wild Roses: Bill Moyers: Remember the Victims

As far as I am concerned, the NRA needs to pack its bags and go away.  Bill Moyers says it better than I could right now. Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Moyers, Gun Violence, Remember the Victims

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau & The Middle Class: Justin, read Winner-Take-All Politics if you are serious

My advice to Justin Trudeau and his team if he is serious about standing up for the middle class, is to buy a copy of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson. The authors talk about their ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why are we killing kids that don’t need to die? – Bill Moyers Essay

I’m struck by the casual nature of the media when it comes to reporting on imperial wars.   Casualties are tallied, the right words are said, but then off we go to the next soundbite.  Time for reflection and contemplation is becoming (has become) a lost art.  Louder, Bigger, and Faster are what we’re all about ...

Dead Wild Roses: Moyers & Company – Plutocracy Rising

“Across America, this divide between the superrich and everyone else has become a yawning chasm and studies indicate it may stifle jobs and growth for years to come. At no time in modern history has the top one hundredth of one percent owned more of our wealth or paid so low a tax rate. But ...

Politics and its Discontents: Attitudes Toward The Poor

“The more wealth you have, the more focused on your own self and your own needs you become, and the less attuned to the needs of other people you also become.” So says social psychologist Paul Piff in response to a study Chronicle of Philanthropy report on charitable giving, discussed in a piece written by ...

Dead Wild Roses: Hedges on Occupy

Excerpt from the Alter.net transcript of the Moyers/Hedges conversation. BILL MOYERS: “They lost control of the park. The arrival in cold weather of individual tents, along with the numerous street people with mental impairment and addictions,” that you’re nothing if not honest in what you write, even about those people you support, “tore apart the ...