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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Instead of merely outlining both sides of the modern American political divide and supporting only one of them, The Corporate Coup D'tat looks at the complexities that created such viewpoints to begin with, and exposing how views on both the right and the left have been influenced and shaped by private interest money, not the whims of the populace.

While one would never say that the latest film from Canadian documentarian Fred Peabody (All Governments Lie) is something that supports Donald Trump's overwhelming distrust of the media, The Corporate Coup D'tat is an insightful, philosophical, and highly critical work that lets no one off the hook and paints capitalism as the biggest roadblock to a true democracy.

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In that respect, The Corporate Coup D'tat might not be telling those who seek it out anything they don't already know, but it does an excellent job of telling viewers what they need to hear and understand before they dismiss Trump voters as victims of some sort of group psychosis.

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At the 1:50 mark, a union guy speaks the truth: if not Trump, they'll find another one.

This isn't an academic exercise in a classroom, these are real people telling America what the problem is, and they're not going to go away.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-03 08:55 AM | Reply

Look, I'm not a guy who hates his country and wants the US to burn in Nero-like fashion. America is the best country in human history. But the one thing I've learned, in order for change to come about, we need to get rid of personalities who frig it up for the rest of the normal human race. Either you play well with others or get the ---- out. It's not white vs blacks vs Latinos vs...As a Hispanic American, I too enjoy hotdog and Hamburgers and all kinds of Americana. Trump is not normal and neither are his supporters. We need to do to these people what England did to its undesirables between 1768 and 1868. The govt gave them all a get the --- out card and ship them to Australia.

Yes, it's harsh but the current republican/democrat political system doesn't work.

#2 | Posted by Goose_Boils at 2019-09-03 09:27 AM | Reply

we need to get rid of personalities who frig it up for the rest of the normal human race ... It's not white vs blacks vs Latinos ... Trump is not normal and neither are his supporters.

#2 | POSTED BYGOOSE_BOILS

First off, I like your moniker -- and this place can use some new blood around here ~

Humble opinion on my part -- don't focus on personality, focus on the issues and the content of what's being said, then tie all that back to the facts.

Fact #1 -- we're the richest country in the world and yet half the population is poor.

Why?

Fact #2 -- every modern western country has universal healthcare except the United States.

Why?

Fact #3 -- every modern western country has free or nearly free college except the United States.

Why?

Fact #4 -- speaking of the United States, those on Wall Street melted down the economy in 2008 plunging the U.S. and the world economy into a Great Recession.

American homeowners hit were saddled with underwater mortgages that they'll never be able to repay for the rest of their lives, yet those on Wall Street who were responsible for crashing the world's economy were never punished for their crimes.

Why?

These four injustices imposed on regular working and middle-class Americans go to the heart of what's roiling America's politics.

People voted for Trump because they're rightfully angry and desparate for someone to address their problems.

I happen to think Bernie Sanders is the candidate to do something about these problems.

You can hear Bernie talk about it here ... drudge.com

If you disagree about Bernie, I don't mind, but whoever the Democratic Nominee is, they HAVE to speak to the symptoms that caused Trump to get elected in the first place. And if they don't, Trump will get reelected.

As bad as four more years of Trump is, it can get WORSE. How? Because Trump is a lying venal racist douchebag who's still mostly incompetent.

Just imagine a lying venal racist douchebag who ISN'T incompetent. Now that's scary.

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-03 11:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Word.

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-09-03 02:15 PM | Reply

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf

You mean Putin. right?

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-09-03 02:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"paints capitalism as the biggest roadblock to a true democracy."

Well duh.
In democracy, every man has equal power.
In capitalism, the more capital you have, the more power you have.
The two ideas couldn't be more contradictory.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-09-03 06:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump isn't the problem, says new doc The Corporate Coup d'etat
www.straight.com

by Adrian MackonAugust 23rd, 2019

The explicit message of the documentaryThe Corporate Coup d'etat, presented with a necessary blue-in-the-face urgency, is that Cheeto Mussolini isn't an aberration, but the continuation and inevitable result of a political system overcome by total corporate capture.

It's a notion repeated tirelessly and viewed from a variety of angles in Fred Peabody's sharp film, which gets its SuperChannel premiere, rather poetically, on the day of David Koch's death (August 23).

In the company of Chris Hedges, the film visits "sacrifice zones" like Camden, New Jersey and Youngstown, Ohio, "Places that capitalism exploited and destroyed for profit, leaving behind misery, poverty, and environmental devastation."

It also finds Cornel West in typically fluid form, along with journalists Sarah Jaffe, Michelle Chen (The Nation), and Lee Fang (The Intercept).

They join other clear-eyed observers of American empire, including Ralph Nader, and Canada's Maude Barlow and John Ralston Saul, who wrote in 1995 that "Mussolini won the war", and now confesses that he didn't fully realize how right he was.

Illustrating that corporatism is imposed through force or conditioned through media, Matt Taibbi observes the "symbiotic relationship between Trump and his so-called adversaries in CNN and MSNBC," concluding with wry understatement that "it's kinda phoney.

They're making bank like never before, and Trump is the reason."

Peabody takes the viewer back to the notorious "Powell Memorandum", an ultra-conservative manifesto penned in 1971 by Lewis F. Powell Jr., just prior to his nomination by Nixon to the Supreme Court.

It called for an intense commitment to the destruction of liberal institutions.

This powerful declaration of class war occupies square one of what followed: from Black Monday in '77 to Reaganomics to NAFTA, and on to Trump's tax bill, which allowed corporations to buy back their own stock, inflate their value, defraud shareholders, and create astronomical compensation packages for CEOs.

It's by such relentlessly undemocratic means we arrive here with a global oligarchic class "looting and stealing as fast as they can while everything collapses." (Hedges)


If the Democrats lose to Trump in 2020, it will be because the Democratic Party is not serious about addressing the symptoms that created Trump in the first place.

#7 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-04 12:13 AM | Reply

Look, I'm not a guy who hates his country and wants the US to burn in Nero-like fashion. America is the best country in human history. But the one thing I've learned, in order for change to come about, we need to get rid of personalities who frig it up for the rest of the normal human race. Either you play well with others or get the ---- out. It's not white vs blacks vs Latinos vs...As a Hispanic American, I too enjoy hotdog and Hamburgers and all kinds of Americana. Trump is not normal and neither are his supporters. We need to do to these people what England did to its undesirables between 1768 and 1868. The govt gave them all a get the --- out card and ship them to Australia.

Yes, it's harsh but the current republican/democrat political system doesn't work.

#2 | POSTED BY GOOSE_BOILS

I'd rather send the America hating (R)tards to Russia or Saudi Arabia.
..... and let nature take its course.

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-09-04 01:15 AM | Reply

I'd rather send the America hating (R)tards to Russia or Saudi Arabia.
..... and let nature take its course.

#8 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON AT 2019-09-04 01:15 AM | REPLY | FLAG: Has sights set on a crematorium or a wood-chipper

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-09-04 01:28 AM | Reply

#2 Don't fret, I thought you were quite eloquent.

#10 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-09-04 08:11 AM | Reply

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"Yes, it's harsh but the current republican/democrat political system doesn't work.

#2 | POSTED BY GOOSE_BOILS "

True. But we have the power to change that thanks to a wonderful gift our founding fathers gave us: The vote.

Unfortunately, only 5% were smart enough to vote away from that. But the other 95% can't figure out that if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll always have what you've always got. So the keep putting the same idiots in office, then whine about them. LOL

95% of American voters:

www.youtube.com

#11 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 08:18 AM | Reply

But we have the power to change that thanks to a wonderful gift our founding fathers gave us: The vote.

#11 | POSTED BY GOATMAN

Politicians want two things, money and votes. Money to run campaigns, and votes to keep them in office. And votes supersede money.

So, you're against Republican voter suppression efforts?

#12 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-04 09:02 AM | Reply

"So, you're against Republican voter suppression efforts?
#12 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF "

Of coure. I'm also against Democrat voter suppresion efforts. I'm against any malfeasance in voting. What a silly question.

#13 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 11:29 AM | Reply

Of coure. I'm also against Democrat voter suppresion efforts. I'm against any malfeasance in voting. What a silly question.

#13 | POSTED BYGOATMAN

Republicans are all about voter suppression, goobus.

This is not a bipartisan issue.

Anyone saying otherwise makes them a right-wing hack.

#14 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-04 07:37 PM | Reply

"Anyone saying otherwise makes them a right-wing hack.
#14 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF "

Ah, the old, "If you disagree with me, you're a [fill in the blank]"

That is as lame as it always has been.

#15 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 07:41 PM | Reply

"This is not a bipartisan issue.
Anyone saying otherwise makes them a right-wing hack.
#14 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF "

CNN is a right wing hack? Who knew?

"Democrats need to fix their own voter suppression problem"

www.cnn.com

#16 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 07:46 PM | Reply

"Democrats need to fix their own voter suppression problem"

www.cnn.com

#16 | POSTED BYGOATMAN

The person who wrote that was Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders campaign manager. And Weaver is speaking of the DNC rules regarding their primaries.

That stands in stark contrast to Republican governors, Republican state legislatures, and Republicans in Congress who are doing everything they can to enact onerous ID laws, purging voting rolls, etc., etc., etc.

Do you understand the difference?

They're completely different, as in not the same, as in you are being disingenuous, as in you're being dishonest, as in typical Goatman.

You never speak out against Republican voter suppression, or even any Republican garbage on any issue.

I on the other hand, just had an entire thread where I critisized the Democratic Party, with the punch-line of me saying that I'm all but done with them.

Face it, you're a right-wing hack.

#17 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-04 08:35 PM | Reply

That stands in stark contrast ...

#17 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF "

It always is different when it's YOUR side doing it, especially when you said your party doesn't do it.

#18 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 08:45 PM | Reply

Republicans are all about voter suppression, goobus.
This is not a bipartisan issue.
Anyone saying otherwise makes them a right-wing hack.
#14 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF "

Here's another one for you to spin, pinchaloaf. You keep a-spinning, and I'll keep a-posting. You amuse me.

"How Democrats Suppress The Vote"

fivethirtyeight.com

"Face it, you're a right-wing hack.

#17 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF "

I know, I know, anyone who disagrees with you is a right wing hack. You've already puked that old fallacy out.

#19 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 08:49 PM | Reply

It always is different when it's YOUR side doing it, especially when you said your party doesn't do it.

#18 | POSTED BYGOATMAN

The DNC voter rules and machinations within the Democratic Party is completely different then the GOP's baseless and fabricated justifications for purging voters rolls and enacting onerous voter ID laws nationwide.

And those BS Republican justifications for voter suppression have been debunked time and again by investigations.

Not, the, same, child.

#20 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-04 09:00 PM | Reply

"Not, the, same, child.

#20 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF "

You said voter suppression was a non-partisan thing that only the republicans did. You did not start to qualify it until I started proving you wrong.

You said something. I proved it wrong. Twice. Own your words, spinaloaf.

Want me to continue proving you wrong, spinaloaf? There's a ton more where the last two came from.

#21 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 09:03 PM | Reply

Wonder why Pinch isn't watching CNN's global warming telethon. Guess it's not an important issue, after all.

#22 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-04 09:07 PM | Reply

Change will only come through great pain.

Be it massive natural disaster, war or revolution.

Change will come and it won't be pretty.

I'm kind of glad I'm too old to fight it.

Blood will run in the streats.

#23 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-09-04 09:08 PM | Reply

"How Democrats Suppress The Vote"

fivethirtyeight.com

#19 | POSTED BYGOATMAN

Per your link, off year elections have both upside and downside effects for both parties.

That's still completely different then Republican legislative efforts and purging voters rolls.

Got any more, hack? I can knock them all down.

#24 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-04 09:08 PM | Reply

Maybe the world just needs a good plague.

#25 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-09-04 09:11 PM | Reply

"Got any more, hack? I can knock them all down.
#24 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF "

Got plenty. But you haven't knocked down the first two, yet. You said,

"Republicans are all about voter suppression, goobus.
This is not a bipartisan issue."

I posted two examples of voter suppresion, which you plainly said doesn't exit. Own your words, spinaloaf.

I proved you wrong. Twice. My work is done. Have your last word, sore loser.

#26 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 09:13 PM | Reply

Wonder why Pinch isn't watching CNN's global warming telethon. Guess it's not an important issue, after all.

#22 | POSTED BYNULLIFIDIAN

The Bernie people texted me a few minutes ago.

In fact, all summer long, most all the Democratic candidates texted me, Kamala Harris, Gillibrand, Beto (I think), Warren, Tulsi ... I'm in the database so I expected it.

Do you want me to put you in touch with the Kamala Harris campaign?

#27 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-04 09:14 PM | Reply

I posted two examples of voter suppresion, which you plainly said doesn't exit. Own your words.

#26 | POSTED BYGOATMAN

You posted two links of DNC machinations, and the 2nd link referenced the GOP doing the same as the Dems in off year elections.

It helps if you know what you're talking about.

Republicans cheat thru voter suppression, and you said you were against voter suppression, but you're not.

You just say things, that's all you do.

#28 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-04 09:21 PM | Reply

"Do you want me to put you in touch with the Kamala Harris campaign?

#27 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF "

Her spamming has already lost her three votes that I know of for sure. I'm sure there are thousands more. If she's too stupid to understand spamming alienates people, not ingratiate them to her, she is too stupid to be president.

#29 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 09:22 PM | Reply

"You just say things, that's all you do.

#28 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF"

Just like you say things. But I own my words. I don't deny them when I'm proven wrong as you do.

You said something. I proved you wrong. Twice. Have the cojones to own your words. Or keep singing soprano.

#30 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 09:24 PM | Reply

Just like you say things. But I own my words. I don't deny them when I'm proven wrong as you do.

You said something. I proved you wrong. Twice. Have the cojones to own your words. Or keep singing soprano.

#30 | POSTED BY GOATMAN

Wrong

Go find all the links that you can misinterpret, I'll knock them all down.

#31 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-04 09:29 PM | Reply

"Go find all the links that you can misinterpret, "

You mean the ones like the first two that were about Democrat voter suppressi0n as per the headline? Something you said didn't exist?

If they were misinterpreted, take it up with the person who titled the articles and wrote them. Tell them you are butt hurt and have egg all over your face because of the title and content of their articles.

It's easy to hit that high C when you don't have the cojones to own your words, isn't it? Well, you have that at least, spinaloaf.

#32 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 09:38 PM | Reply

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