U.S. POLITICS: “What if We Actually Taxed the Rich?” / Robert Reich ☮

Income and wealth are now more concentrated at the top than at any time over the last 80 years, and our unjust tax system is a big reason why. The tax code is rigged for the rich, enabling a handful of wealthy individuals to exert undue influence over our economy and democracy.

Conservatives fret about budget deficits. Well, then, to pay for what the nation needs — ending poverty, universal health care, infrastructure, reversing climate change, investing in communities, and so much more — the super-wealthy have to pay their fair share.

Together, these seven ways of taxing the rich would generate more than $6 trillion over 10 years — enough to tackle the great needs of the nation. As inequality has exploded, our unjust tax system has allowed the richest Americans to hoard wealth, at the expense of the rest of us. It’s not radical to rein in this irresponsibility. It’s radical to let it continue.

U.S. POLITICS: “BLACK LIVES MATTER, TREASON AND THE TIME FOR ACTION” / Matthew Cooke ☮

1. The comparison between Black Lives Matter and the Capitol riots is gaslighting 101.

2. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us how to overcome racism and poverty.

3. President Roosevelt brushed the swamp aside and demonstrated how to defeat fascism and inequality.

4. President Abraham Lincoln created the greatest stimulus package of all time.

5. President Andrew Johnson failed to prosecute Robert E. Lee.

Will we learn from our past successes and failures?

U.S. POLITICS: “WAKE UP CALL FOR REPUBLICANS” / Matthew Cooke ☮

WAKE UP CALL FOR REPUBLICANS The deliberate mass deception campaign you’ve been a part of is a public health crisis. Red flags you should be noticing:

• You seek spaces that only include group members, pushing everyone else away
• You don’t trust anyone other than group “superiors.” Scientists, doctors, respected field experts are not trustworthy.
• Your conversations are primarily focused on your group leaders, or the divine “salvation” available only within your group
• Your group includes Nazis We all share the need to have answers, excuses and ways out of painful situations.

When those needs are exploited to distort your sense of reality and excuse and inspire destructive behavior, it’s time for an intervention.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “America’s Existential Crisis / Chris Hedges, Dr. Cornel West ☮

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to moral philosopher, Dr. Cornel West, about what we can learn about America’s existential crisis after witnessing enraged supporters of Donald Trump storming the Capitol to try and halt Congress’s counting of the electoral votes to confirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

Dr. Cornel West is the professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, and the author of numerous books, including Race Matters.