Daily Topics - Monday July 21st, 2014

Catch The Thom Hartmann Program LIVE noon-3pm ET!! Remember to join Thom in our chatroom during the program today!

Hour One: A Jewish voice for peace - Ari Wohlfeiler, Jewish Voice for Peace

Hour Two: Women in jail...your body isn't yours - Cecily McMillan, Occupy Wall Street Activist

Hour Three: If corporations are people...where is their allegiance? Gayle Trotter, Tax Attorney & Writer


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ckrob 1 year 10 weeks ago

Once in a while I send a relative some classic example of reich-wing malfeasance. She refuses to listen/look at any of it.

Lesson: the best propaganda system is the one which can get its target to self-censor and refuse exposure to other viewpoints. The question becomes not 'is it a verifiable point?' but rather 'does it fit with what I already believe?' The idea of an evidentiary process carries no weight in their political world. Authority figures rule! (Even if they are only pretty, script readers.) Check out the first chapter of Hard Times (Dickens) and compare with 'no child left behind' where kids are taught to fill in the right bubble. The assumption that there is only one right answer and that no discussion is warranted, is a significant, perhaps essential component of an effective propaganda system.

The Billionaire Hypocrisy of Helping the Poor

There's one thing that both progressives and conservatives can agree on, and they can quote both FDR and Ronald Reagan on it.

And that is that, "The best welfare program is a job."

FDR extended the idea to say that when there are no jobs, the government should act as an employer of last resort.

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