Political Jiu Jitsu

I liked the last point made in the video below.

Various corporations, media & political groups are constantly trying to control the narrative. The narrative that would be most financially beneficial to powerful corporations is that of voter apathy & disenfranchisement. Riling people up & then misdirecting them away from real problems inevitably leads to a sense of helplessness. If this is repeated enough, the entire lower class develops an attitude of learned helplessness where they just give up entirely.

Combine this with the slow destruction of the middle class then you a combination punch. In the US, the middle class always aspired to be part of the upper class. This aspiration has caused many Americans to identify with the wealthy class. We like to watch rich people live their lives on tv and the middle class will fight for tax cuts for the rich (even though it personally harms their own class). Instead, middle class anger gets directed at the working class (i.e., worker unions), the working class anger gets directed at the poor, and the poor class anger gets directed at everyone who is at the very bottom (welfare receipients, homelesss, immigrants, etc).

Corporations, Corruption, Cronyism, etc. (links, videos)

Here is just a bunch of links and videos I’ve come across recently. 

Most of this relates to scandalous behavior and the corrupt backroom deals behind the political news that typically gets superficially reported in the mainstream media. But some of it is just about the funding behind different groups and movements. I’ve also thrown in, from Source Watch, some related topics that are relevant to the issues of funding and lobbyist groups (specifically related to Koch Industries and Mitch McConnell). 

It’s not a systematic list or anything. It’s more like a tangled web of some stuff that caught my attention. Enjoy!

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tea_Party_movement_funding
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tax_Day_Tea_Party
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tea_Party_Express
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tea_Party_Patriots
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tea_Party_Nation
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Ron_Paul
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Mitch_McConnell
http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Mitch_McConnell
http://www.kentucky.com/2006/10/20/11062/two-for-the-money.html
http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2010/04/13/a-gop-financial-reform-bellwether/
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=David_H._Koch
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Charles_G._Koch
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Koch_Family_Foundations
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Koch_Industries
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Koch_think_tanks
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Global_warming
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Climate_change
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Climate_change_skeptics
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=The_Sixth_Great_Extinction