NEOLIBERALISM: “How Trump Could Bring on the Crash of 2016” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann, and Richard Wolff ☮

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses Trump’s economic and trade policies with economist and professor Dr. Richard Wolff. If Trump cuts taxes and ramps up defense spending, the U.S. could be looking at a shift back to Reagan-era economics.

APHORISM: “On Veterans Day” / Madison S. Hughes ☮

By Madison S. Hughes (11.11.2011, revised 11.10.2013)

Veterans Day, like many if not most American holidays, is a paradoxical celebration at best, a fraud at worst, and intentionally so. Be it known to those who have not “served” in the military, that military personnel are not the heroes the media, and politicians make us out to be. We are simply economic conscripts trying to survive in an oligarchy of which most of us do not realize we are of part.

So, as one celebrates this Veterans Day, think less about the veterans themselves, and more about why we as country continue to have such an unquestioning demand for their inhumane services. For example, one may reflect upon the huge, tax evading, profit driven multinational corporations run by an oligarchy that rules the country that many mistake for a democracy.