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Editors’ Round Table: Moore’s Manifesto, Green Gadgetry and Czar Craziness

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Posted on Oct 2, 2009
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Truthdig editors Robert Scheer, Peter Scheer and Kasia Anderson unchain themselves from their laptops long enough to weigh in about the week’s news, Michael Moore’s economic epic and a new phone made partly from corn. If that’s not eclectic, we don’t know what is.  —KA

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By knobcreekfarmer, October 2, 2009 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

To the point that the powers that be are better off when ‘we the people’ are
yelling at each other - it is true. Here is a video from a 2005 interview of Kurt
Vonnegut, by NPR’s David Brancaccio, where Vonnegut point out the same
thing.

http://www.pbs.org/now/arts/vonnegut.html

The whole thing is worth you time.

We are all to preoccupied with whether we have “stars upon ours” that, like the
Sneetches, we’ve missed the point that someone else has run off with all the
wealth leaving a broke, hungry and hate filled people ready with their fingers
on the trigger.

That’s why I live far off the beaten path deep in the woods…

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By Rikki, October 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

Just a quick comment on this video format - excellent. I would enjoy more of this
kind of free flowing discussion on video. Great work in general on Truthdig.
Thank you all for your professionalism - hard to find these days.

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By ThomasG, October 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

Socially responsible capitalism, Socialized-Capitalism, is the capitalism of the future in the United States, so that socialized/communized resources will NEVER AGAIN have to be used for a life line to save “smash and grab”, greedy, self-serving Privatized-Capitalism with TENS of TRILLIONS of DOLLARS of the masses of the U.S. population’s money that deprives both them and their progeny of the necessities of life for the benefit of the private interests of Privatized-Capitalism.

What is socially responsible capitalismSocialized-Capitalism?

Socialized-Capitalism is the use of capital, “assets that provide a revenue stream” by social institutions that benefit the masses of the population; rather than sole benefit for the few at the expense of the many, that benefit society and community, rather than the greedy self-serving self-interest of a minority contingent of society and community at the expense of the greater good of the masses of over all society and community.

It is time for a change in the United States from irresponsible Privatized-Capitalism to responsible Socialized-Capitalism that serves the greater good of society and community, rather than the greater greed of a self-interested, self-centered, and self-serving minority of opportunists within the society and community getting Corporate Welfare amounting to tens of trillions of dollars from socialized responsibility for “smash and grab” Privatized-Capitalism that goes on endlessly in the so called “economic cycle”.

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By Kay Johnson, October 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

About 4 weeks ago, I saw Leslie Cockburn’s new film, American Casino, at the Film Forum in NYC. More people should see it!

The director succeeds at putting a very human face on the subprime mortgage crisis in Baltimore. She also takes the audience to the Bay area in California where foreclosures abound.

The night I saw the film, the audience was riveted to the screen—no details were left to the imagination, and Ms. Cockburn supported the unfolding tragic stories with solid research and statistics, leaving us with a very clear picture of who was behind the financial crisis.

Tears filled my eyes, and I saw tears in the eyes of others as they were leaving the theater.

Within a few days, I will go to see Michael Moore’s film, and I hope that people will take action.

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