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AMERICA THE FAILED STATE, BY CHRIS HEDGES July 3, 2018
he two political parties are one party—the corporate party. They do not debate substantive issues. They each support the expansion of imperial wars, the bloated military budget, the dictates of global capitalism, the bailing out of Wall Street, punishing austerity measures, assaulting basic civil liberties through wholesale government surveillance and the abolition of due process, and an electoral process that has cemented into place a system of legalized bribery. ...
The two political parties are one party—the corporate party. They do not debate substantive issues. They each support the expansion of imperial wars, the bloated military budget, the dictates of global capitalism, the bailing out of Wall Street, punishing austerity measures, assaulting basic civil liberties through wholesale government surveillance and the abolition of due process, and an electoral process that has cemented into place a system of legalized bribery. They battle over cultural tropes such as abortion, gay rights and prayer in schools. We elect politicians based on how we are made to feel about them by the public relations industry. Politics is anti-politics.

The Republican Party built its political base in these culture wars around Christian fascists, nativists and white supremacists. The Democratic Party built its base around those who supported workers’ rights, multiculturalism, diversity and gender equality. The base of each party was used and manipulated by elites. The Republican Party elites had no intention of banning abortion or turning America into a “Christian nation.” The Democratic Party elites had no intention of protecting workers from predatory corporatism. Everyone was sold out. The ascendancy of a populist right, dominated by racists and bigots, is the inevitable product of the corporate coup d’état, Saul said. He warned we should not be complacent because of President Trump’s imbecility. Trump is immensely dangerous. “The insipid,” Thomas Mann wrote in “The Magic Mountain,” “is not synonymous with the harmless.”....
Duopoly  ChrisHedges  DemocraticParty  RepublicanParty  Suicide  USEmpire  U.S.Duopoly  USDuopoly 
july 2018 by juandante
The End of the Two-Party System
We now have a scarcity mind-set, and that mentality and the perpetual warrior style it demands are incompatible with any civilized political creed.
two+party+system  duopoly  clippings  democracy 
february 2018 by mjb
Evolving Beyond the Two-Party Duopoly Two Projects to Represent US and "WE-Distribute" Political Power in America By Steve Bhaerman January 22, 2018
"We don't need a revolutionary uprising to overthrow the system. We need an evolutionary upwising to help us overgrow it ."
-- Swami Beyondananda

Every now and then, there is a defining moment that coalesces an idea that has been cooking over low heat for a while. And while we can point to the current "government shutdown" as one final straw to bring together our collective disgust from all sides, the defining moment I am referring to came last October when Green Beret and former NFL player Nate Boyer wrote this open letter to Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick and the American public in general. Writes Boyer:

Simply put, it seems like we just hate each other; and that is far more painful to me than any protest, or demonstration, or rally, or tweet. We're told to pick a side, there's a line drawn in the sand "are you with us or against us?" It's just not who we are, or at least who we're supposed to be; we're supposed to be better than that, we're Americans. This doesn't even seem to be about right or wrong, but more about right or left.

Here we have a mainstream American, a conservative probably, who is affirming and lamenting that the average American from all sides has just about hit "peak disgust" at our corrupt, dysfunctional system that pits one side against the other so that the fundamental things we agree about get obscured, making it impossible for us to act as a single coherent body politic to hold our governance accountable to any standard whatsoever.

While that's not the exact focus of Boyer's letter, the subtext is we have an untrustworthy government, and untrustworthy media. And all this upwelling frustration has turned us against one another, when it would be much more practical and sane for us to work together for solutions rather than defending our positions.

Were we to state the obvious -- that our government is run by the power of money and is so beholden to special interests that we the people have been effectively disenfranchised -- the majority of Americans would say, "Yeah ... that's right!"

Signs of the Upwising

So before we move on to two different -- and worthy -- strategies to address the disenfranchisement of "we the people" from government of, by and for the people, let's take heart at the awakening that I call "signs of the upwising".

Consider these news items:

News Item #1 The first story, in response to the government shutdown, appeared in Axios and is a quote attributed to "a senior GOP House aide": "The largest country in the world, with global responsibilities, shutting down the government over a squabble ... 100% for short-term political gain."

News Item #2 One year after Donald Trump's inauguration, a new poll says that 82% percent of Republicans age 18-24 want another Republican candidate to challenge Trump in the 2020 primaries.

News Item #3 According to an NBC News poll this past November, 71% of millennials don't like either of the two major parties and would prefer a new third party.

News Item #4 On the eve of Election Day 2016, pollster Frank Luntz put together a focus group for "60 Minutes" with 25 voters from all sides. He asked, "How many of you will be voting for your candidate of choice on Tuesday?" Three raised their hands. "And how many of you are voting against a candidate?" The other 22 raised their hands.

News Item # 5 A 2014 Princeton University study concluded that the US system of governance is an oligarchy, not a democracy: "The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence."

So ... what can we conclude?

Young people in particular are disgusted and discouraged by the two-party duopoly and the candidates they put forth. By a ratio of more than seven to one, voters last year voted AGAINST the other candidate rather than FOR "their" candidate. Those involved in government who haven't been "ethically cleansed", are frustrated by two entrenched parties duking it out at our expense. And finally, even the establishment (Princeton University) acknowledges that the power of money and influence has caused our democracy to devolve into "mockracy" -- a toxic mimic of what it was created to be.

OK, that's what's so. So what? Other than complain or protest or withdraw, what can be done?

Two Chances to Overgrow the Two-Party Duopoly

This New Year brings two heartening solutions, one strateg
SteveBhaerman  SwamiBeyondananda  U.S.Duopoly  TwoPartySystem  USoligarchy  Oligarchy  Duopoly 
january 2018 by juandante
Social media firms under scrutiny for 'Russian meddling’ - BBC News
Facebook, Twitter and Google lawyers defended themselves to US lawmakers probing whether Russia used social media to influence the 2016 election.
The three firms faced hard questions at a Senate panel on crime and terrorism about why they missed political ads bought with Russian money. &! https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/10/30/social-media-democracy/ - Francis Fukuyama - This is not the situation that prevails in today’s internet world. There are not a variety of competing platforms with differing points of view; rather, there is Facebook, which has become a sort of global utility. [ creating for each their own bubble own world, enabling to reject, deny reality in spite of fact. Orwell on nationalism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notes_on_Nationalism - Indifference to reality ] ESPECIALLY when the user is the product, sold to corporates. Keep users more and more clicking = keep making more and more money. &! Displayed in their dedicated teams in-house support for Trump campaign! $85m. Client satisfaction and profit maximisation. --- https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantrowitz/facebooks-2016-election-team-gave-advertisers-a-blueprint?utm_term=.ox8O6gxWY#.ji2Ngpmoz &! https://staltz.com/the-web-began-dying-in-2014-heres-how.html
Facebook  democracy  presidential  election  2016  Brexit  Donald  Trump  DonaldTrump  AfD  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  Social  Media  Newsfeed  bubble  algorithm  filter  bias  Gesellschaft  Nationalism  Orwell  Orwellian  Patriotism  demagogue  Twitter  Google  monopoly  duopoly  monopsony  Amazon  antitrust  Francis  Fukuyama  totalitarianism  Capitalism 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
There's precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn't end well. — Quartz
The German drugmaker Bayer, which saw its profits fall 17% in the third quarter of 2017 as pharmacies closed, even has a name for it: “the Amazon Effect.”
Amazon  Jeff  Bezos  anti-trust  antitrust  monopsony  monopoly  Google  duopoly  anti-competitive 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Forbes Welcome
+1. But = concentration: " Quarterly Revenue, $4.5B, Growth 40%; $.93B, Growth 93%"
duopoly  AWS  risk  Azure  rfw  from twitter
october 2017 by cveira
Sizmek Is Acquiring Rocket Fuel for $145 Million to Create a Formidable Ad-Tech Force
advertising that is deeply personalized, highly intuitive, and AI-enabled for peak performance
sizmek  2017  deal  adtech  google  facebook  duopoly  advertising  digital 
october 2017 by lgalli
FactCheck: Theresa May’s claim about housing doesn’t give the full picture – Channel 4 News
There have been six full financial years since the Tories took office in 2010. In four of those years, the number of new houses being built was lower than it was at any time under Labour.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a

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