4th Stage Oligarchy

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4th Stage Oligarchy

You may  have seen  me use this label on any number of “political” posts on face book. Yes. It is a comparative reference to 4th Stage Cancer – when the malignancy has progressed to a point where little can be done to the system to save it.

Stage IV. This stage means that the cancer has spread to other organs or parts of the body. It may also be called advanced or metastatic cancer. http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/diagnosing-cancer/stages-cancer

America Died

Yes. I call it  “4th Stage Oligarchy”. This death of Democracy in America. We all know it. Everybody knows…

“Everybody Knows”

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Leonard Cohen – “Everybody Knows”
 Leonard Cohen wrote the words in 1988, and the song was released on the album/CD “I’m Your Man”.
The Play That Predicted Trump – Brecht’s Arturo Ui; a satirical allegory of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany prior to World War II. (The links are to the Wiki page)
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Then this from Neal Gabler from Bill Moyers and Company Nov 10, 2016.

Farewell, America

No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently.

Nothing new, really. Wisconsin’s own Fighting Bob Lafollette warned of trusts and “combined capital interests” control of money and credit. The moniker “4th Stage Oligarchy”, Fighting Bob referred to  as The Fourth Period – The Combination of Combinations. “The strife for more money, more power – more power, more money – swept everything before it.     – From a speech delivered in Philadelphia, Feb. 2, 1912. 

The threat has been ever present since the Industrial Revolution, and to give you a “feel” for that distance in time here is a speech by Fighting Bob delivered in 1910. Remember this speech on film was the cutting edge of technology at the time!

Trump, His Virus and Dark Age of Unreason

– By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship June 16, 2016

There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity — and an opportunist with no scruples.
There have been stretches of history when this virus lay dormant. Sometimes it would flare up here and there, then fade away after a brief but fierce burst of fever. At other moments, it has spread with the speed of a firestorm, a pandemic consuming everything in its path, sucking away the oxygen of democracy and freedom. http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-virus-dark-age-unreason/

We are in a new era every bit as haunting and dark as an episode of the Twilight Zone, and is it any wonder how the truth stirs the subconscious before the conscious mind? Thus the popularity of “Walking Dead”?

 

 

 

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