Daily Topics - Monday January 3rd, 2011

Truthout is proud to bring you an exclusive series from America's No. 1 progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann. We'll be publishing weekly installments of Hartmann's acclaimed new book, "Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country." We invite Truthout readers to join us as, chapter by chapter, we explore these groundbreaking ideas for national transformation.

Hour One: 61% of Americans want tax hikes on the wealthy...time for change?

Hour Two: Are we headed for a major batte with the Tea Party over the Constitution? Thom challenges Rebecca Wales, VP of Smart Girl Politics - http://smartgirlpolitics.ning.com; Plus, is there a chance to revive single payer health care? Thom speaks with Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH, 10th District) - http://kucinich.house.gov

Hour Three: What's ahead for the new Congress? Thom speaks with Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4th District) - www.defazio.house.gov


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Maxrot 9 years 39 weeks ago

It seems that whether or not the Republican'ts are in power, the question is always what they want to do, or are going to do, and if the Democratic party is going to do anything to stop them or not. Frankly I'm not interested in what the Republican'ts want, I already know what they formulate and put forth is only for the fortunate few in the oligarchy. What the hell can the Democrats do, when can the do it, do they have a plan? As far as I can see, the Democratic Party still has the Senate and the Presidency, why are we fretting over the lunatics in the Republican Party? They will show all of America where they stand soon enough, and I look forward to it, for it I believe it will be a catalyst to swell progressive grass root movements.


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Maxrot 9 years 39 weeks ago

Its a Brave New Facist World. Its a little of both.

Winston was the name of the protaganist in 1984.


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Maxrot 9 years 39 weeks ago

Oh and don't forget Orwells' other classic... Animal Farm.

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Now all people are equal, but artifical persons are more equal... thanks to the SCOTUS and Citizens United. Well and all the lead up foundations made by Railroad corporations starting back in the 19th Century.


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making progress 9 years 39 weeks ago

Thom you were talking about Chris Hedges' Dec. 27th Column "2011: A Brave New Dystopia." Give credit where credit is due. It was not Truthout.org. It was Truthdig.com. Chris Hedges' columns should be discussed weekly.

"We are moving from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled." - Chris Hedges

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Maxrot 9 years 39 weeks ago

Of course Vonnegut's Player Piano was another wonderful tome on the future of Post War life under corporate control, perhaps even more applicable. The worst thing you could be accused of was being a saboteur. I also like Stand On Zanzibar, another tale of government control, in which "Muckers" are people who for some strange reason are people who just go berzerk and start killing people around them... sound familiar?


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making progress 9 years 39 weeks ago

‘The Left Has Nowhere to Go’ - by Chris Hedges - posted on 1/3/2011
"Either we begin to practice a fierce moral autonomy and rise up in multiple acts of physical defiance that have no discernable short-term benefit, or we accept the inevitability of corporate slavery. The choice is that grim. The age of the practical is over." - Chris Hedges

“The more outrageous the Republicans become, the weaker the left becomes.” “The more outrageous they become, the more the left has to accept the slightly less outrageous corporate Democrats.” - Ralph Nader

“The black swan question is whether something will erupt that is rare, extreme and unpredictable,” Nader said. “It is amazing that it hasn’t happened in any pockets of the country. How much more can the oppressed take before they revolt? And can they revolt without organizers? These are the two important questions. You have got to have organizers, and as of now we don’t.”

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Paul1714 9 years 39 weeks ago

Flag is not backwards.

The Masonic conspiracy guy at the end of the last hour is wrong..... The flag on the right shoulder of a uniform with the star field in the upper right corner rather than the much more common upper left corner IS NOT BACKWARDS. When the military started putting US flags on both shoulders they realized that the left shoulder showed a flag flying in the wind towards the right but the left flag appeared to be flying against the wind. Too much starch perhaps. Thus they authorized placing a reversed flag sticker or patch on the right or on the right side of a vehicle so that when the soldier moved forward (because we know that American soldiers don't go backwards).

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gerald 9 years 39 weeks ago

American Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle is America’s national symbol. Part of the Bald Eagle’s nature is thievery. I will also say that thievery is part of America and of an American’s nature. Yes, stealing from other countries and people is embedded in the American psyche.


Justin’s predictions for 2011


The right suffers from excessive brain farts.

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gerald 9 years 39 weeks ago

Alan Grayson considers the political right to be intolerable. He called the Republicans 'a hopeless sellout party that will never do anything constructive for ordinary people in this country...I don't have to speculate about it anymore,' he said. 'I worked with them for two years.' But hanging over the interview was a lingering frustration with the Democratic Party. He bemoaned what he said was President Obama's reversal on a campaign pledge to let the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy expire. 'I try to keep my promises,' he said, adding that Mr. Obama's evolving views on the matter 'will not help his credibility.'

Trump Goes Full Authoritarian Dictator

Thom plus logo What we saw last night was the dictator's playbook.

Tell violent white supremacist racists to "stand by" and encourage them to show up at polling places to intimidate voters.

Bully, bluster and threaten like Mussolini did, promoting your brand as "tough guy" when in fact you're a lazy coward.
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