Bill-Moyer

I left the party because it was becoming an apocalyptic cult. Because you cannot govern a country of 310 million people that is the greatest economic power on earth and the greatest military power on earth as if it’s a banana republic. You can’t govern it with people who think that Obama was born overseas or who believe in all manner of nonsense about climate change. They don’t even know, apparently, where babies come from, if we’re to believe Todd Akin.
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~Mike Lofgren

Bill Moyers interview with Mike Lofgren: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted

Mike Lofgren spent twenty-eight years working in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees, which gave him an insider’s look at the Bush tax cuts, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, debates on the Pentagon budget, and the various deficit-reduction commissions.

Increasingly frustrated by the gridlock and partisan polarization in Congress, Lofgren left government service as the debt ceiling crisis of 2011 came to a boil.

His initial hit article as a private citizen, Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult, received over a million views on Truthout.com. Lofgren has expanded on that article in his new book, The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.

Lofgren has a B.A. and M.A. in history and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Universities of Berne and Basel, Switzerland.

Source: http://mikelofgren.net/

Bill Moyers Message To Progressive Youth In Farewell Episode: 'Welcome to the fight' (VIDEO)

Bill Moyers Message To Progressive Youth In Farewell Episode: ‘Welcome to the fight’ (VIDEO)

It is a rare honor to be considered a voice of your generation. For Bill Moyers the honor is more profound, as he has perfectly articulated the political voice of several generations – most recently that of America’s progressive youth. Over the past few years Moyers has served as a beacon of hope for broadcast journalism. Interviewing those at the forefront in the battle against climate change…

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Bill: I had a professor in seminary who believed that African Americans saved Christianity in America because it would have died under the weight of slavery had they not held on through the long ordeal in their belief in the God who their oppressors were saying condoned their enslavement. That’s a belief in renewal.

Sam: Yes. The black folk read the Bible over the white people’s shoulders. They saw the Bible itself, and not the way these people were acting out. They read through that Bible and they heard enough to let them know that they could identify with all these stories. So black people identified themselves with Daniel in the lion’s den, the Hebrew boys in the furnace, the Israelites coming out of the flood.
They saw the Bible in the contrast of their own experience, and they kept it alive. It is as though they ignored this other. They used to sing, “Some people talkin ‘bout heaven ain’t goin there.” They took the whole Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible saga, and made it their own story.

Bill: Why didn’t they blame God for their fate?

Sam: Because they believe people were free.

Bill: God made people who were free to hold other people as slaves?

Sam: That’s how much freedom you’ve got. You are free enough to wipe out a whole population. In some of these countries where people are starving, and the rich have all the money, rich people are free to hold the money and see their blood starve to death. That’s how free people are

Bill: What kind of God creates that freedom?

Sam: God made people free. God did not make us robots or puppets. We’re free. I’m so burdened with my freedom that I’m free to love people who hate me. And automatically, I know how to hate them back.

Bill: Is this how the Jews felt in the Holocaust when…

Sam: Some did, some survived. What it means to be a person of faith is sometimes you have to live with the questions, even as you believe in God and God’s goodness and power and omniscience-and hold these things side by side.

Bill Moyers, Genesis

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The Power of Myth
w/ Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyer

Part 1 - The Hero’s Journey

The only mythology that is valid today is the mythology of the planet – and we don’t have such a mythology. The closest thing I know to a planetary mythology is Buddhism, which sees all beings as Buddha beings. The only problem is to come to the recognition of that. There is nothing to do. The task is only to know what is, and then to act in relation to the brotherhood of all these things.
—  Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
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Bill Moyer talks to Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science, Religion, and the Universe

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We Live in an Era of Zombie Politics: Bill Moyers Interviews Henry Giroux

Giroux’s new book highlights the rapacious rise of casino capitalism.

In his book, Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, author and scholar Henry Giroux connects the dots to prove his theory that our current system is informed by a “machinery of social and civil death” that chills “any vestige of a robust democracy.”

Giroux explains that such a machine produces “people who are basically so caught up with surviving that they become like the walking dead—they lose their sense of agency, they lose their homes, they lose their jobs.”

What’s more, Giroux points out, the system that creates this vacuum has little to do with expanding the meaning and the substance of democracy itself. Under “casino capitalism,” the goal is to get a quick return, taking advantage of a kind of logic in which the only thing that drives us is to put as much money as we can into a slot machine and hope we walk out with our wallets overflowing.

Full transcript of the interview with Giroux and video here…

What Happened to Economic Mobility in America? The plight of two American families in Milwaukee explains the other half of the winner-take-all economy

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When all is said and done, this race for the White House may cost more than two billion dollars. What’s getting trampled into dust are the voices of people who aren’t rich, not to mention what’s left of our democracy…
These gargantuan super PAC contributions are not an end in themselves. They are the means to gain control of government – and the nation state – for a reason. The French writer and economist Frederic Bastiat said it plainly: “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” That’s what the Super PACs are bidding on. For the rest of us, the ship may already have sailed.
Too Big To Fail Banks Get Bigger – Fundamental Financial problems Worse Than 2008

David Stockman (former Reagan budget director),
in an interview with Bill Moyers

No. I think we’ve learned no lessons. We really have not restructured our financial system. The big banks that existed then that were too big to fail (under Reagan & Bush) are even bigger now (under Obama). The top six banks then had seven trillion of assets, now they have nine or ten trillion.

Stockman pins this same “bailout behaviour” to every president starting with Reagan/Bush through Obama.