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BILL MOYERS: We are so close to losing our democracy to the mercenary class, it’s as if we are leaning way over the rim of the Grand Canyon and all that’s needed is a swift kick in the pants. Look out below.

The predators in Washington are only this far from monopoly control of our government. They have bought the political system, lock, stock and pork barrel, making change from within impossible. That’s the real joke.

Sometimes I long for the wit of a Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. They treat this town as burlesque, and with satire and parody show it the disrespect it deserves. We laugh, and punch each other on the arm, and tweet that the rascals got their just dessert. Still, the last laugh always seems to go to the boldface names that populate this town. To them belong the spoils of a looted city. They get the tax breaks, the loopholes, the contracts, the payoffs.

They fix the system so multimillionaire hedge fund managers and private equity tycoons pay less of a tax rate on their income than school teachers, police and fire fighters, secretaries and janitors. They give subsidies to rich corporate farms and cut food stamps for working people facing hunger. They remove oversight of the wall street casinos, bail out the bankers who torpedo the economy, fight the modest reforms of Dodd-Frank, prolong tax havens for multinationals, and stick it to consumers while rewarding corporations.

We pay. We pay at the grocery store. We pay at the gas pump. We pay the taxes they write off. Our low-wage workers pay with sweat and deprivation because this town – aloof, self-obsessed, bought off and doing very well, thank you – feels no pain.

The journalists who could tell us these things rarely do – and some, never. They aren’t blind, simply bedazzled. Watch the evening news – any evening news – or the Sunday talk shows. Listen to the chit-chat of the early risers on morning TV -- and ask yourself if you are learning anything about how this town actually works.

William Greider, one of our craft’s finest reporters, fierce and unbought, despite a long life in Washington once said that no one can hope to understand what is driving political behavior without asking the kind of gut-level questions politicians ask themselves in private: “Who are the winners in this matter and who are the losers? Who gets the money and who has to pay? Who must be heard on this question and who can be safely ignored?”

Perhaps they don’t ask these questions because they fear banishment from the parties and perks, from the access that passes as seduction in this town.

Or perhaps they do not tell us these things because they fear that if the system were exposed for what it is, outraged citizens would descend on this town, and tear it apart with their bare hands.

Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy

August 23, 2013

Bill Moyers says the parody and satire of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert pay Washington the disrespect it deserves, but in the end it’s the city’s predatory mercenaries who have the last laugh.

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  • Gene Ogorodov

    Bill Moyers, you are awesome! You have spent a lifetime exposing corruption and abuse and fighting for the rights of those who have none. Even after decades of speaking truth to power you are still willing to do it with the bluntness and courage it deserves. So long as people like you have a voice in the world true democracy has a fighting chance.

  • Beverly

    Everything Gene Ogorodoz wrote is TRUE–Bill Moyers, you are a real American Hero! Thank you!

  • Chisholm

    Bill, that is an excellent summary. I could, should have written it. In fact I have tried to express those facts in the local papers. Yes, the TV reporters are simply vacuous, pretty and overpaid, all looking and speaking like clones of one another. Of course, they take no risk in losing those jobs and the celebrity exposure, all so superficial. Do we ever hear any really hard questions or direct, brief answers? Like many others, we don’t watch the cozy reporters clutches, even on PBS any more. We read books and wait for the march on D.C. when we must risk everything, our lives, our souls to save our sacred honor and this country from itself.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. But where can a seriously interested citizen obtain the information that would answer the questions journalists should be asking? In other words, who is following the money? Who is tracking the power exchanges? Who is doing the detailed research and investigative work necessary to bring these culprits, who are literally stealing our nation, to justice? I find isolated spots of good journalism here and there, but nobody seems to take the responsibility for doing the full-blown research that needs to be done to empower us to actually do something about the power grab.

  • Austin Innovator

    Sir, with all the disgust and outrage you display in this commentary, I have to ask:

    How
    can we, the people, change this situation? Seriously, what changes
    would be effective in correcting this ‘revolving door’ of well-connected
    millionaires and wannnabes, and of corporate purchasers of power?

    A
    friend suggested term limits, but also suggested representatives be
    selected by lottery from those who want to serve ONE TERM as a
    representative. (Put your name in the hat.)

    I offered that
    the 1/3 of new Senators then be selected from those currently-serving
    representatives BY the representatives themselves.

    Yes, this requires a Constitutional Amendment, and yes, it is one suggestion of the many I’m sure you’ve heard.

    But,
    within the existing ‘system’, how can THE PEOPLE make ANY change that
    would be effective, and what mechanism can be employed to effect that
    change? We have so many Social Media methods, but they all seem like a
    babbling throng with no true voice emerging from the din.YOU, sir, stand
    out from the crowd I can understand as someone who knows how the system
    works, and how the ‘fourth estate’ of news and media might be used in
    this change.

    I, and many others, need your knowledge, your
    voice, to step up to the plate and show us how to “tear this town apart
    with our bare hands”. We need a leader-from-behind, an Eisenhower
    willing to take on the military, monetary, industrial farm, oil-energy
    complex that currently OWNS our government.

    Michael J. MIllerAustin, Texas

  • Jim Young

    Perhaps we should expand (full) disclosure to include following the finances of former legislatures and lobbyists forever.

  • Larry Baker

    You could not have spoke better. As we celebrate the Civil Rights March on Washington this week. We the people should go back to the streets as w did in the 60′s and as Egypt and Brazil did today.

  • Andre

    While your essay is spot-on in many ways, the larger question, “Who can we really trust?” must also extend to those like yourself who position themselves as champions of the people. You mention Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s poignant satire, but Mr. Stewart creates trusts to separate him from his money to buy multi-million dollar Manhattan apartments and luxury mansions. And, to be frank, how do we trust someone like yourself, who played one of the biggest deflection roles in our government – press secretary – who then has transformed into a champion of the people? I can’t tell anymore who might be sincere.

    Mr. Moyers, I’m a big follower of your programming throughout the years and I think you fill a very critical void in our media. However, you have to admit, if you were not you (let’s not be naive here – you are very well connected and I’m guessing not middle class either) but rather on the other side like most of us, would you trust anyone at all?

  • A.O.W.M.

    I certainly agree with Mr. Moyers’ as-usual cogent opinions here (I may as well call them fact); if I could, I’d like to add that IMHO in one way or another Mr. Stewart, Mr. Colbert, Lewis Black, the late George Carlin and new satirist Le Camp probably do some harm along with the good. It’s hard to disagree that the absolute worst these pundits have said and do say about (put your favorite clay pigeon here) is richly deserved. The unfortunate bit is that (as Mr. Moyers says) we laugh at their jokes and for a moment we think ‘Well, that puts ____ in their place.’ It doesn’t, however; the latest lunatic, half-wit or troll to inspire the above comedians’ ire just keeps plugging along. All that does take a hit is the target’s image. Once the TV show is over, it decays to their afterimage, and our memory of the non-event decays as well. The next time we tune in we’re just as ticked off — and ready to laugh — as last time.
    Not very productive! It also doesn’t help that in the modern era, thanks to the horrendous mess we’re all in, the satire of Walt Kelly (POGO) or Anatole France (PELICAN ISLAND, et al) has been to an extent superseded by the ridicule of Juvenal (his sixteen SATIRES of first century C.E. Rome smack more of Stewart and Black than Mark Twain). When does ridicule become popular? Often, when hope of positive change is past. Maybe we’d all better think twice about that part. Oh, pardon me, it’s time for the DAILY SHOW.

  • JonThomas

    I am certainly not Mr. Moyers or Mr. Stewart, and I hope my comments would not in any way dissuade either from responding if they saw fit.

    I do think you raise a legitimate point. Who are YOU to trust? If you see a measure of hypocrisy, duplicity, or lack of integrity in anyone’s actions, you have every right to question their words AND actions.

    You even have a right to bring your concerns to other people’s attention.

    However, for me, I have to judge for myself.

    I know that no one is perfect. If you are waiting for some perfect messiah to come along and lead to you to some perfection of Utopia, I feel you have a long wait.

    I know that even a person who desires to obey traffic laws could be forgiven the speed limit in certain situations.

    I know that what a person does at one point in life could be vastly different from the choices they might make, or might have made at another point.

    “Who can we really trust?”

    Simple, whomever YOU personally want to trust. If you think it better to not trust anyone…then fine, your choice.

    If however, you engage your thinking facilities, and use your own judgement to weigh the words and the essence of what *ANYONE* says, you’ll find that at times, even your most repugnant enemy might speak words of wisdom.

    Who are you to know? I suggest, if you haven’t, you read Ayn Rand. Many, many people, including myself, find many things here and there to criticize in her works. However, she elucidated a point which, even those who find her ideas abhorrent, and that while it is in the extreme, well serves many people…

    “Who am I to know?”…

    “Thinking is man’s only basic virtue, from which all the others proceed. And his basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one’s consciousness, the refusal to think—not blindness, but the refusal to see; not ignorance, but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment—on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict “It is.” Non-thinking is an act of annihilation, a wish to negate existence, an attempt to wipe out reality. But existence exists; reality is not to be wiped out, it will merely wipe out the wiper. By refusing to say “It is,” you are refusing to say “I am.” By suspending your judgment, you are negating your person. When a man declares: “Who am I to know?” he is declaring: “Who am I to live?”

    Dropping below the level of a savage, who believes that the magic words he utters have the power to alter reality, they believe that reality can be altered by the power of the words they do not utter—and their magic tool is the blank-out, the pretense that nothing can come into existence past the voodoo of their refusal to identify it.

    It is not any crime you have ever committed that infects your soul with permanent guilt, it is none of your failures, errors or flaws, but the blank-out by which you attempt to evade them—it is not any sort of Original Sin or unknown prenatal deficiency, but the knowledge and fact of your basic default, of suspending your mind, of refusing to think. Fear and guilt are your chronic emotions, they are real and you do deserve them, but they don’t come from the superficial reasons you invent to disguise their cause, not from your “selfishness,” weakness or ignorance, but from a real and basic threat to your existence: fear, because you have abandoned your weapon of survival, guilt, because you know you have done it volitionally.”

    When you bring into question the words of someone, based on what YOU see as reason for mistrust, I do hope you realize that it in no way diminishes their right to continue to speak out, nor does it diminish another person’s right to to think for themselves.

    As a matter of fact, if you aren’t careful, you even place yourself in the position of bringing rejection to your your own words.

    So…educate yourself. Teach others to educate themselves. Educate others.

    Instead of always finding fault, do your best to look for what is good in all people. You may find that such imperfect humans, such as the 2 you cited, are incredible sources of illumination, even if YOU do not want to trust them!

    Oh, and I’m sure that I will get the opposite reaction for my quoting of Ms. Rand.

  • Anonymous

    A court jester can only do his job which is to alert you to the king’s arrogance. It is up to the people as to what shall come next. If you laugh and kick back until the next show you have dishonored the jester, your country and yourself. It is not Mr. Stewart or Mr. Colbert who shall carry the blame for this mess.

  • Ruby

    Connections and access are helpful in gaining information. One doesn’t have to be a certain class in order to be virtuous. We need people like Bill Moyers to said it like it is.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps it is something that you can take on yourself to do the research. Asking MSM journalists to look for the culprits only leads back to their corporate masters. They aren’t going to risk their lively hood to condemn the people who pay them.

  • Ray

    This commentary strikes me as a summation, a final word to viewers to carry onward with them. You’re not going to retire again are you, Mr M? Even if that is not on the horizon, for the sake of our country please keep going until your last breath. Your country needs you, every new day more than the previous.

  • Mary Whisler Maxwell

    Once again, I thank you Mr. Moyers, for telling it like it is. While I enjoy the humor of Stewart and Colbert, I feel your straight talk is what we really need. And yes, the people will eventually rise up against Washington, DC, and the scene will not be pretty! For now, the best we can hope for is the appearance of more people like Elizabeth Warren, who want things to improve for the people of this country. If you and others who do see the reality will just keep telling us what we need to hear, then we, the people, will hopefully use our votes to kick the greed out of our nation’s capitol.
    Recently, it seems that the comedy news has been lampooning other news programs as much as it has been disrespecting lousy politicians. This, too, is an important step: if anybody is really unsure of who they can trust, they must not be suffering very much, or listening very closely.
    We can’t hope to win against the power of greed! We can only hope to make a small mark each day on the minds of those who share our right to vote.

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder how Moyers can still defend his old boss LBJ who history now records was the most corrupt politician Washington and Texas ever had.

  • Randy Hyle

    Yeah, but he got things done! LBJ was an insider who knew how to play the game. He did favors, and called favors in. He wasn’t afraid to do a little arm twisting, or even threats, to get the votes he needed to pass landmark legislation like the Civil Rights Act. Compared to the crooks in Washington today, he was a saint.

  • jphamilton

    Excellent use of straw man fallacy here to distract from the discussion.

  • jack cormier

    If your definition of ‘corruption’ is: “number of members of the administration indicted”, then the answer is – Ronald Reagan.
    Look it up!

  • Paula woods

    I miss this kind of thoughtful commentary on the evening news

  • Sara

    Too true and it will get worse as our world heats up and when there isn’t enough water or too much, and when the oceans rise. I fear for the generations to come.

  • Sean Irish

    there’s plenty of water – no will to share it, only ‘privatize’

  • Bob

    Time for an American Spring!

  • Swiftventure

    Mr. Moyers posits the label, “mercantile class,” but does not elaborate on its members. The most powerful element controlling Washington is the military industrial complex with Dick Cheney as its prime icon. It has feeble-ized the antiwar movement, bought every political entity with the spoils of no-bid contracts and is firmly in control. The hedge funds and investment banks are funding technologies that operate this complex and, in turn, receive their funding from the mega-corps that benefit from eternal war. Ike Eisenhower’s warning dissipated like smoke in the winds of a time long forgotten by a society mesmerized by vapid media and Kim Kardashian’s stretch marks.

  • Bob

    It’s always easy to describe a problem, and Mr. Moyers waxes eloquent descriptions. But what is the solution? Ah, that, Mr. Moyers, is the real question that you never answer. How sad…

  • Toni Clift

    Mr. Moyers provides solutions with every round table guest he has on his informative show. Pay attention.

  • Michael Polidori

    Bob’s transparent attempt to denigrate Mr Moyers is what is sad. I wonder who Bob works for?
    At the top of this page is the OBVIOUS link to “TAKE ACTION” on a number of issues – http://billmoyers.com/spotlight/take-action/

  • Anonymous

    Bless your heart, Bob, you’re gonna’ have to contribute a lot more to American political, social and cultural life before you earn the right to characterize an American icon like Bill Moyers as “sad.” Wow! Just, well, wow!

  • Len Sellers

    I see that Bob had several possible solutions and clearly …. what, that wasn’t him? Oh, he just snipes?

  • John Walter Flores

    This is mass hypnosis at play in our society now. The movie “Network” was the lighthouse that tried to steer us clear of these deadly reefs of social mediocrity and tolerance for political mendacity– in 1976. Peter Finch as the Mad Hatter expounding on the hypocrisy of the times–being used by Robert Duvall’s blackhearted corporate hatchet man. Finch, in a moment of his character’s clarity, tells the unvarnished truth to the American people on live TV. He tells the American people to just turn the TV off and keep it off. The tube is “utter madness” he says. The great manipulator, the great tranquilizer, the great mortally effective hitman with a contract on individuality. For the sake of profit and power for only a few.

  • Mingo

    Kim Kardashian has stretch marks? Are they bad?

  • Tiffany

    Marches on Washington aren’t enough. Nothing – absolutely nothing – is going to change until we camp out Egyptian style and refuse to go away until it does. People in the US are either in a high-fructose-corn-syrup/GM coma or look to others as saviors – or wait for Christ to come on the clouds. Save yourselves. Why would you ask God or anyone else to do what you won’t do for yourself? There is precious little time left. The longer we wait, the more ugly it will be.

  • Anonymous

    Paraphrasing here: “A problem well described is half solved.”… Mr. Moyers has done his part… providing clarity….Now it’s our turn to do our part.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed, but…. Bill Moyers cannot do it alone.
    The greatest compliment we can give him, is to find a way to take personal action that represents our beliefs… in what Bill has said.

  • Hume

    “Follow the money” which would seem to lead to all the answers to what happens in DC

  • Ronee Groff

    Now that was as honest and as depressing as we all have been telling ourselves. It would seem the fix is in and the victims are us. A well planned and currently executed initiative by global power elite which has the audacity, in concert with government/corporate/defense, to dismantle and shred the very fabric upon which our patchwork quilt of a country and world is sewn together. Ownership through privitizing over the land, the sea and coastlines, the schools, the cities (urban shrinkage),the energy sources, etc. Even to the sorting mechanisms of measuring and testing to distraction our children’s minds for the sorting of the value added for a global workforce. Each of these working at odds with the other for the unraveling and final redesign of those that believe they have the entitlement to own and control everything and most exclusively us. Technology is their weapon of choice and robotics have become more important then humans. But robots do not have humor, or heart, or sensitivity, or morals or ethics, because they represent the input of those that have no shame and you can not shame the shameless whether human or robot. Those that would think themselves our masters. But in the end could be the distruction of all we hold dear if we as lemmings do nothing….and then they came for me!
    Thank you Mr. Moyers. You speak the truth and the warning.

  • Socialmedic

    and this information is useful how?

  • Socialmedic

    Adobe software company is now forcing compulsory rent on all of its users, which means also that one’s own creative property does not belong to them if they refuse to pay endless rent to Adobe!

  • Ross Powell

    When will “we the people” finally arise and hit the streets as we did in the 60′s and early 70′s? We CAN tear that town apart politically if we can only focus on ONE agenda. The common good for the American people. Put down the video games, stop watching the mind-mush on TV and make a difference for yours and our children’s future. Get involved or be digested by a system in Washington that is gobbling up your life and the lives of future generations.

  • gasparortiz68

    What about BOB

  • tomjroc

    Honestly pointing out the issues is half the battle. Mr. Moyers is not expected to have the answers.

    There is a major problem in our Facebook connected world. The majority of people taking part in social media believe their complaints online and the fact that others agree are their roles in the solution.

  • Sharanya Naik

    As long as we keep asking the question”when will we…”, we won’t. I keep waiting for the right time, too. There is no right time. What’s stopping us? And does ‘hitting the streets work? But even asking that question stops me.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent commentary.

  • Anonymous

    Keep voting for Republicans and you keep getting less restrictions on
    the banks, on regulations that protect the American people, on campaign
    laws and politicians that think that the need to destroy all the
    regulations put in place by President Roosevelt. We have lost our
    pensions and our jobs and our savings and our benefits and it was VP
    George Bush senior who put in the tax incentives to ship jobs overseas.
    And all this lessening of regulations for corporate donations and
    campaign laws makes it harder for democrats to do their job even if they
    want to do the correct thing, they have to bow to their donors now. It
    has gotten progressively worse every year. I do like John Oliver, he has
    been on point with every topic he discusses from Stop and Frisk to the
    inept reporters of CNN who completely miss the news and copy cat talking
    points. I sometimes think that the smartest people on TV are on the
    John Stewart show. And it should be the other way around. Very sad.

  • Anonymous

    I sometimes think that white people who join the Republican party will cut off their nose to spite themselves because their hatred for black people AKA democratic party, in their minds, is so strong. Just look at all the white people in the south who are in the Republican party and they are supporting all the wrong policies that hurt themselves. Outsourcing, corporate greed, privatization and who do they blame for all their woes? Poor black people. Akkk, I give up.

  • damien

    We are taught that Athens was the home of democracy, but few of us know that the Athenian democracy was very different from ours – their representatives were selected by lottery rather than by elections, and they considered elections to be anti-democratic and subject to the corrupting influences of money and dynastic families. It was called “The radical democracy” because of its inclusiveness, and it survived for hundreds of years.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demarchy

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/james-clr/works/1956/06/every-cook.htm

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.kelly.509994 Tim Kelly

    I have to ask: what, really, can we do about it? They play a game of whack-a-mole: stick your head up and get pounded. Not until people are willing to go together, in large numbers and agitate and march and, yes, punch lobbyists and scream at them to get out of town will we even stand a chance to getting back what’s been taken from us by the corporations. And, the sad thing is, the rich, even in defeat, would just shrink back into the background, like a cancer in remission, still holding reins from wherever they end up. I don’t see how teh middle class can win this fight in time to turn our attention to really solving the other major challenge of our day, a deteriorating environment.

  • daxiewalker

    Have to confess I did not know that. I doubt we could do worse than we have so perhaps we should revive the lottery!!

  • Shane

    Technically we don’t have a democracy, we are a republic.

  • http://kaysthinkingcap.blogspot.com/ Kay Skelly

    Until we ordinary folks stand up and demand answers, nothing will be done. We the people have to stand up as our forefathers did.

  • JonThomas

    Yes, a Democratic Republic.

  • Tom Groenfeldt

    “This Town” does a gret job of describing the links of lobbyists, politicians, political staff members TV and journalists…something of a big salad bowl that keeps spinning — the players move around but little changes. K Street folks cheer about the journalists and Congress people they have co-opted with huge payoffs. Great book so far — disheartening message told in many very funny accounts.

  • vroth

    why not join forces with Matt Taibbi and Dylan Rattigen? Your audience would widen.

  • Charles Oliphant

    Au Contraire, Mon Frere. Colbert lets us laugh at these morons in Washington, and TV shows like this are the pressure relief valves that America needs to let off steam. The genius of comedy is that it allows us to laugh at any subject, and afterwards we can talk about it seriously. It’s why Americans haven’t taken up arms and hit the streets. Colbert should get the Nobel Peace Prize, seriously. What he’s doing has gone over Bill Moyer’s head.

  • Janet Brown-Zaso

    If only we could Bill. If only we could.

  • Patriot

    Americans, both parties, are beginning to see this TITANIC getting ready to sink, and WILL descend on Washington. Mark my words.

  • Michael Hense

    actually… if you’d look at one of Bill’s earlier docus (Secret Government) you might even question that…

  • Michael Hense

    hey… do you want him to do everything!!??

  • JonThomas

    Yeah, I agree. I wasn’t really commenting on any questions of continued legitimacy, I just have not fully grasped why on some of these comment boards people will correct someone who mentions ‘Democracy’ with the “Republic” comment, but then not fully describe, and clarify the U.S. as a Democratic Republic.

    I mean if they are going to take the time to say ‘It’s a Republic,’ why not add the precise phraseology? It baffles me!

    I even wonder if it’s an attempt to linguistically connect the word “Republic,” as in Republican, instead of “Democratic,” as in Democrat.

    I’m sure it’s not so deep, but after the famous talking point’s memos, it does beg the question, and indeed cries out for clarification.

  • Anonymous

    Spot on, Bill. It bears repeating. It’s not a partisan issue at all because both Dems and Reps are in the pockets of the wealthy whose checkbooks buy them access to the levers of power. Democratic activists (rightly) cry out about voter ID laws and such, but that’s peanuts compared to the real voter disenfranchisement taking place as a matter of business as usual in DC when all of our representation is bought out from under us. Until that changes, not much else will. Ordinary folks like me despair at finding a solution in the face of massive entrenched opposition but we dream of a day when our government acts in the interests of the people before the demands of profit.

  • Peter

    At the present, technically we are a corpocracy: of K Street, by K Street, for K Street.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always liked Bill Moyers’ antiquated humanism. He’s a genuinely nice guy with genuinely Christian motives. But the ordinary citizen who fights the policies that would benefit him materially are often misunderstood. The AHA, for instance, which would insure all of us has become anathema, although it will cost much less in the long run than the current broken system. But the Tea Party and the rest of the low-information crowd aren’t voting their best economic interests. They’re voting their morality. Progressive thoughts are evil. They must be fought. Material considerations are an epiphenomenon. They don’t really count. Wars require sacrifices.

  • Tiggy

    Interesting…

  • Tiggy

    I do believe this is occurring as we speak. Wasn’t that what the ‘Occupy Wallstreet’ organization was attempting not that very long ago. I keep hearing comments such as yours. Perhaps we ‘The People’ haven’t quite got the right formula to counter. Yet thanks to brave journalism and commentary let’s hope we at least get the information correct so that we are fighting the right fight and with a great purpose. I agree tho!

  • Tiggy

    grandmother said the the same thing 10yrs.ago ’bout The Daily Show. Funny…. At least you, as well as myself, have found ourselves here :D .

  • Brooke Willson

    “Network” is the great prophetic movie of our time. Within a year of the film’s debut, ABC TV put Roone Arledge, a sports producer, in charge of the news division, thus fulfilling Chaefsky’s fantasy of news becoming entertainment. One correction: the head of the corporation in “Network” was played by Ned Beatty, not Robert Duvall.

  • Sidewinder

    I would love to riot in the streets, or descend on Washingtion, but I have 2 jobs and and 2 kids to take care of. I always wonder how protester’s like Occupy Wall Street can do it? Are they independently wealthy or what?!! Where can I hire a Protester I wonder?

  • Arthur Brooks

    Bill you’re the kindling now all we need is a spark.

  • Anonymous

    Yes Bill. D.C. is corrupt, just like the LBJ White House you served.

    But there are some Lone Rangers still left, no? Those who aren’t corrupt, haven’t been bought or compromised?

    Who are the good guys?

  • MacCawber

    Good one!!! Make you want to join the 1%

  • JRJBellevue

    Bill u have more access to these people then most of ur viewers. Name names. Give specifics of acts taken. I’ll have a stronger feeling of ur opinion. Save democracy put more skin in the game. Do it for all of us who have watched and counted on u.

  • Joe Walker

    Bill you are a a day late and dollar short. The game is over and the oligarchs won.

  • Anonymous

    The Occupy Wall Street protesters were mainly college students that couldn’t find jobs after graduating…mixed in with some lazy people who didn’t want to find a job.

  • Sue Ditkowsky

    Time Americans woke up and stopped the propaganda tirades that support the bad elements in congress.

  • Wes Wilson

    I AGREE WITH BILL! WE’VE GOT A BIG PROBLEM THAT NEEDS FIXING!!!!

  • Horsey

    AMERICA — A DEMOCRACY IN NAME ONLY!!

  • NotARedneck

    True. Rotten Ronnie hired the best crooks and used all the tools at his disposal to help his corrupt friends line their pockets and thwart progress on so many fronts. Nobody has had a more negative impact on America. The litmus test of whether someone is an imbecile is when they praise him for anything at all.

  • NotARedneck

    So true. Deeply ingrained racism and bigotry is what ails the US more than anything else. It allows right wing criminal scum to find a population of easily manipulated voters to get their self serving agenda passed.

    The 50th anniversary of the march on Washington has many patting themselves on the back but the fact is, not much has really changed. The main change is that those causing this are far more calculating in the ways that they promote their racist and bigoted agenda.

    In the same period, many countries, especially in Europe, have put behind them these idiotic right wing policies and ideas that have stalled progress in the US and driven most of the country into poverty and desperation.

  • NotARedneck

    Washington is a “kleptocracy”.

  • Chris Palmer

    How can it be fixed when it requires politicians to mutually agree NOT to take advantage of their positions AND give up lucrative cushy jobs/money in Washington?? Tough to find one person that would let alone enough members of Congress.

  • Anonymous

    “Perhaps they (reporters) don’t ask these questions because they fear banishment from the parties and perks, from the access that passes as seduction in this town.”
    I’m sure that is part of it but old time journalist stood up (to McCarthy: “have you no shame”) so it can’t be just that. Rush Limbaugh gets paid a huge amount of money as an opinion shaper so they are still speaking out but in a dishonest manner. How has this melt down in ethics been allowed to grow and grow and grow. Are “reporters” now being paid on the side with little control over the content of their words. More likely, we just don’t have a handle on how ingrained the corruption really is. We have a corruption problem driven by greed that it looks eerily like the old Roman Empire just before the collapse. And time is rapidly running out. And who can ignore the roll of Citizens United in our sorry state of affairs.

  • Charles Stensrud

    Only one real solution – voter imposed term limits.

  • Ray Thoennes

    Yet I’ve always been told “If you’re in it for the money, you have the wrong motivation”. If this is not the downfall of our democracy, it may well be the fall of capitalism.

  • Ray Thoennes

    Never give up the fight!

  • Carole Medway

    Thank you for your and Mr. Liebovich’s courageous interview. At least there are two American journalists brave enough to talk about the truth in Washington.

  • John Walter Flores

    Thanks for your comment. I did not say Robert Duvall was the head of the network I said he was the hatchet man for Jensen–played by Beatty so well.

  • Jnlfoot

    As always, you hit the nail on the head. I can feel your outrage in this piece – so often, even after watching Jon Stewart, I am even more outraged. Please keep this up. We can’t sit back.

  • Margaret Sturman

    It’s not the “cushy” jobs only, it’s the incredible amount of money being thrown at them to vote this or that way. They don’t spend millions to get elected to a job that paid in the thousands, they do it to get access to the millions available to them when they are purchased by big corporations.

  • Margaret Sturman

    and the ascent of fascism.

  • Misha Fredericks

    Thank you Mr. Moyers for telling it like it is!

  • Margaret Sturman

    First thing we need to do is press for the repeal of Citizens United and new legislation to regulate campaign financing. That would have to be the first step. Regarding the media, just make it clear to their sponsors that we are not watching, listening or reading because there are no real news, just chit chat and sound bites. When was the last time you read a real news item that included some investigative reporting?

  • Margaret Sturman

    It’s never over.

  • Margaret Sturman

    Our job is to watch and listen. Watch the politicians talking about what the “American people” want while trying to shove some legislation down our throats that only benefit a specific group or corporation. Bill Moyers should not have to do our job for us. We have duties as citizens.

  • Margaret Sturman

    You can talk, you can vote, especially during midterm elections when people lose interest, you can keep yourself informed. you don’t have to riot in the streets.

  • Christopher Benson

    This all so true and upsetting. But your point that it can’t be changed from within is perhaps the truest, most poignant point in the narrative. It can’t. Politics in America are irrevocably broken. So why do we keep looking to the political process to fix all these terrible problems? If there is any hope of a transformative revolution that might tackle and overturn this corrupt system, it will have to grow and change the world outside of the little self-enclosed, self-referential and self-serving bubble of power that you describe so clearly and relentlessly with each broadcast. The way out is by incrementally building a pervasive movement of refusal: a systemic abandoning of our participation, as citizens, in every aspect of the rigged game we cannot in any case win.

  • Joyce Blaine

    Brilliant, Christopher, brilliant!

  • DavidW

    Our political democracy is at risk because there is no economic democracy in our society. Without the means to be educated, to be employed with enough time away from work, to have the motivation to participate, the economic totalitarians will call the shots. The ownership economy has excluded many from the money and the power in this country, leaving it to those with the bare ambition, and greed to insinuate themselves and write the rules so that they may retain their power and money.

    To get beyond this, the rest of us have to fight back, economically. By forming our own cooperative enterprises to meet our social, economic, cultural needs. Our Credit Unions, our Food Co-ops, our worker owned businesses are the nucleus for a future economy where we can take market share away from our present corporate overlords. It is only when their status quo is in jeopardy that they will grant enough attention to a movement that will right this imbalance.

  • Margaret Sturman

    The marriage of government and corporations is fascism. We’re getting really close with the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision and the government’s spying on its own citizen. We’re in a slow boil right now.

  • Brooke Willson

    Sorry — I did not remember that role.

  • Margaret Sturman

    One of the big differences between then and now is that in the sixties and seventies we had a media that would show everything that was going on. We had a steady diet of the Vietnam war on TV on the evening news, along with commentary and all the protest march information . What we have now is a media that will ignore important events if they don’t match the agenda set for them. There is no free press, not really. The only thing that would make up for that is social media, and a focused message which is what the Occupy movement lacked. Change can happen still, regardless of the political atmosphere but it has to come from us.

  • Charles Oliphant

    Americans no longer have the guts, nor intellect to stand up for themselves, The median IQ of America is around 100, so really we don’t want or need democracy today. What we need is a benevolent king, like King Robert of Scotland. We should have to take an IQ test before we are to register to vote. Stupid Americans have brought us the last two Administrations that have bankrupted America.

  • Margaret Sturman

    Racism and bigotry are tools to control and divide. Our common issue is economic, that’s how they keep everyone under control. Hatred is a tool. Europe is being destroyed by the European Union because they were doing too well with progressive social programs and the bankers and corporations were not too happy with that. They too have their problems.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Wilder/100002131866339 Fred Wilder

    The US system of government was designed to frustrate the will of the people, and except for the period between 1933 and 1980 its been very good at functioning as the founders intended. Remember the American Revolution was started by the richest men in the colonies who didn’t want to pay taxes, like always they scammed the not rich into dying for them.

  • Reynard Vulpes

    Since you have posted publicly I’m going to assume you are okay with being heard, and intend to spread more widely your cogent and most useful comments.

    I hope you won’t confine yourself to just this forum with your thoughts on our politic. If only more could see what you see.

    Let me know if you don’t accept this and I will take down my quote of you on my FB page.

    Thanks, Reyrey

  • Steve Nienhaus

    Thank you for the truth Bill.

  • DavidW

    Community charity only works on the symptoms. Community investment in itself can be directed to the actual ill. Empowerment of people.

  • DavidW

    Occupy Wall St’s idea of direct action is chaining oneself to a desk in a bank. Pishaw!

    Cooperative enterprise (Credit Unions, Food Co-ops, Consumer and Worker owned businesses) can take market share from this economic system that pays for the political system. Our investment in our own communities is only a start on the road to refusing to keep the status quo.

  • B Hig

    I don’t know where this list originates from, but as something specific that citizens could fight for, is this list something we should be fighting for now? Is this a fantasy? Can these things happen now? Who would lead this charge? So many citizens are just struggling to keep their homes –

    1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
    Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
    Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the
    Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American
    people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
    1/1/15. The American people did not make this contract with
    Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
    Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
    envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term’s [sic],
    then go home and back to work.

  • Anonymous

    Really enjoyed your discussion with Mark Leibovich!

  • Cynthia Astle

    Join Rootstrikers to get big money out of politics! Read Lawrence Lessig’s Lesterland. We need a NEW March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom!

  • TxTEA

    Cut food stamps to the needy? Really? They’re at an all time high under Obama.

  • DWoods

    Independent studies also have noted that unemployment and wages for the 98% have been stagnant or dropping for the last decade, hitting the crisis point in 2007-2008. As corporations take advantage of the Great Recession to turn well-paying jobs here into part-time or lower-paying jobs, and also to send more jobs overseas, it is no surprise that there are more Americans needing SNAP. Walmart comes to mind, as they’ve built government help into their business model.

  • Kevin O’Keefe

    A voice crying in the wilderness of a truth that nobody wants to hear. Cry on!

  • Laura Mallory

    Is it illegal to be homeless?

  • bad to the bone

    That’s your comment on all the above? You’re a f*cking retard.

  • Anonymous

    Well said, but considering the source of this bit of insight, I’d expect nothing less.

  • Susan Dailey

    Very thoughtful comment Dwoods. Instead of vilifying hungry people, advocating for well paying jobs would be a more effective not to mention decent approach.

  • Kathryn

    Thank you! You are 100% spot on!

  • Reynard Vulpes

    Oh, you mean become and outlaw. LOL, well there is that route too.

    Where oh where can we find politicians that cannot be bought off?

  • Reynard Vulpes

    While of course it’s used as a dirty name we really need to look to the existing successful models of socialism, scandinavian style, for some answers.

    We have socialism now, of course, we just avoid calling it that, but there is the answer.

    If big business does not wish to be socially responsible then they aren’t allowed to play the game. Greed is the enemy, and whatever kindness and responsibility still resides in those thugs needs to be tapped into.

  • Rony

    We all knew this when we voted for President Obama years ago. BUT we were unrealistic to think even one man leading could do it all. CHANGE, MUST COME FROM ALL OF US; AND the Congress and Senate.
    Everyone should take personal responsibility to make changes in our choices. It is not enough to complain.
    Do what you can to write representatives, use solar power, stop gassing up buy electric, use alternative means of power, turn off TV cable. It is brainwashing you to think “their” way. And vote!

  • Sanjay Lokare

    The game is already over. The only question is when do 99% attempt to do something seriously.
    Accroding to Mr. Hodges (truthdig,com) the history shows a feeble attempt is followed a real hard one 10 yrs later. This makes 2019 to be the year after Occupy Wall Street movement peetered out.
    USA oligarchs are doing exactly what Britisher did to India. Keep the young & restless busy with “education” to get the coveted “Civil Servant Job”. Once you have kids it is diffcult to partake in any movement against the establishment.
    The US education at HS level is mostly useless and many can’t even write a proper sentence upon graduation. They are selectively infested with drugs dealers. Try asking HS principal that you are willing to pay $100 for every drug dealing student (not user) and you will be deined. College level is done in a way so majority takes a more than 4 yrs to graduate. By the time you graduate, you are 23-25 yr range when you may end up starting a family or obligated with loans on college education, house, car. Minimum wage jobs for college graduates and raised with classic American middle class values forces us into thinking that work hard first to PAY off DEBT. Thus keeping the young and majority of revolutionaries off balance.
    We continue to think in a lawful intervention. One MUST come to a conclusion that the change to the system which is rigged against you needs different ways to organize. They must be self propagating, small groups to attack the CANCER. Olden ways of organizing movement will simply not work. They will be infilterated very easily and made to fight with each other very easily.
    Thanks Bill M. for being brave, honest and a real journalist.

  • John Walter Flores

    I did not know that about Roone Arledge. Wow. Chaefsky nailed it. Thanks.

  • ART

    The facts are pretty depressing but making us feel there is nothing we can do is part of the strategy. We act locally and support the many wonderful life-sustaining (usually unreported) activities within our own communities and we can VOTE. 2014 is coming up and we can make a difference!

  • Vanstemchi

    The older I get the smarter Mr. Moyers seems. Funny. When I say we don’t need change we need a revolution…. no one has denied that fact. Hmm

  • Mary Hinge

    You get what you vote for.

  • BillGee

    Excellent points, but it was a lawyer who said “have you no shame.”

  • Lou Kief

    My first exposure to Bill Moyers was in his Jospeh Campbell interviews…those programs literally changed my life..and I’m writing a book about it called “The Awful Grace of God.” Bill Moyers, in my opinion, has the clearest, most honest and objective mind out there today. I’d give up all the news feeds gladly if I could just listen to the news through his mind.

  • Anonymous

    In my wildest imaginations I never would have thought I’d hear Moyers say these things. Can ‘Solent Green’ and ‘Mad Max’ be far off?

  • Inothatcat

    Power circulates.

  • Marushka

    The growth of the middle class and prosperity expanded greatly from the end of WWII – big investment in education for vets and loans for housing – right up to the 1970′s.

    The repeal of trust busting legislation and repeal of controls over financial institutions, trading stocks, deregulation of communications and utilities, has led to the totalitarian fascism we find ourselves in. Teddy Roosevelt gave us trust busting (breaking up the kind of monopolies we have again today) and from Reagan era onward, that has been undone and harmed the 98% while enriching very fewl

    “One of his first notable acts as president was to deliver a 20,000-word address to Congress[62] asking it to curb the power of large corporations (called “trusts”). For his aggressive attacks on trusts over his two terms, he has been called a “trust-buster.”

    In the 1904 presidential election, Roosevelt won the presidency in his own right in a landslide victory. His vice president was Charles Fairbanks.

    Roosevelt also dealt with union workers. In May 1902, United Mine Workers went on strike to get higher pay wages and shorter workdays. He set up a fact-finding commission that stopped the strike, and resulted in the workers getting more pay for fewer hours.” he also expanded food inspection and health policiesl. WIKIPEDIA

    Government keeps things more fair, regulated, and protects the health and well-being of the land, crops, water, conservatism, health and basic needs that uplift many and curb monopolies and pure greed. 1980 forward has been the undoing of what allowed the country to prosper – we need to follow Teddy’s lead again.

  • Marushka

    Campaign Finance Reform that is rigorous. Take the corporate influence out entirely.
    Add regulation and bust up monopolies.

    Tighter regulations for clean water, air, food and cease all GMO and fracking.

  • MyStory Revealed

    Too bad the voting system has been rigged in at least 1/2 dozen ways, from gerymandering to hackable voting boxes and voter restrictions going rampant in states across the country. Bill said it right, the system has been fixed from within so that it can’t/won’t be “fixed” by anyone but those already in control.

  • MyStory Revealed

    Dumb, addicted and in debt for life. You pretty much summed up the masses of asses. The level of stupidity of the common American is staggering. What is frightening is that they THINK they know something, b/c they watch Fox News, reality tv and Jerry Springer. Sadly, you nailed it.

  • MyStory Revealed

    I’ve said the same thing for years. Also, campaign “Ads” should feature the candidates name, followed by a list of who is buying him/her, name by name, dollar by dollar. We should know who they really work for, right up front.

  • MyStory Revealed

    They are cutting funds for SNAP to subsidize big agri corps. It’s actually made mainstream news.

  • Becky Jones

    Bill is right. And you know when things will change? When we each realize its not up to them, its up to us; when we are finally willing to give up comfort for justice.

  • Donald Mulligan

    Vote!

  • eric

    Mark Twain once said that congress is America’s only native criminal class.

  • Thinking

    Mr. Moyers blames present day Washington for this mess – but it all started in Philadelphia. When a few oligarchs in those colonies decided to rebel against those unjust British taxes the majority of the people living in those colonies (estimates range from 3 to 4 million) had no ‘right’ to say anything, to vote for the candidates (who wrote the Declaration of Independence), or even the First Constitutional Convention. These ‘great’ United States did not start out as a Democracy … and it never was (and this way it never will be). From an oligarchy to plutocracy, that’s how far we’ve come.

    Ask some economists (or mathematicians): If everybody would put in ‘real’ work to produce what this country (or the whole world) needs regarding food, clothing and shelter how many hours per week would we all have to work? In my humble estimation maybe 10-15 hours per person per week. The difference right now goes to pay for bureaucrats, bankers, brokers and other assorted ‘free-loaders’ (lawyers) who are living off the back of the rest of the real workers who do the production today. (Talking about lawyers: Our population of 300 million + does really need close to the same number of laws we have?)

    Just a few observations …

  • Donna Anderson

    I saw this too and was disheartened but not surprised.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks. Actually, I knew that but was thinking more about how the news room could have left that clip on the cutting room floor, but they didn’t – they stood up.

  • Elaine Crowell

    I left the USA back during the war in Vietnam because I couldn’t tolerate the corruption the industrial/military complex was visiting on our democracy. I still live in Canada but am deeply concerned & worried about what is happening in the USA.

    Thank you Bill for sharing your wisdom & insight with us!

  • Anonymous

    Obama has passed laws and policies that in just a few more years will have 10,000 or so drones flying over America, spying on us all.

    One of the trademarks of fascism is when corporations rule the government. People are still under an illusion that their votes count but really the corporations battle it out with money and influence as to who wins the elections – we the people have nothing to do with it. We’re pawns in the game.

    Corporations not only rule the U.S., they rule the world. We’re DONE. COOKED.

    Fascism is upon us.

  • Urbi et Orbi

    Thank you Bill Moyers for all you do to shine light on our government. As you mentioned, the mainstream news media is complicit in this scheme. It superficially reports on day to day tactics without any deeper analysis of the why. I am afraid for this country and what I see as the inevitable conclusion to this slow motion train wreck that is unfolding before our eyes.

    What the greedy corporatists and their political minions in the government refuse to recognize is that there comes a tipping point when the people will rise up and take control. It could be in 5 years, a decade or two but it is coming. Declining wealth and standards of living for the working people will reach the breaking point and then the American Spring will happen. Look to what is happening in Syria and Egypt to see the future of America.

  • Suzanne Sherbell

    Most disturbing is how peaceful the takeover has been. Few seem to notice and those who do don’t seem to care. Killing off the labor movement was the single most brilliant and efficacious move on the part of the democracy marauders. No force to articulate and mobilize, The sheep are without a shepherd and are lost.

  • Urbi et Orbi

    That is the point. Vote for who? The republicans and democrats are two sides of the same coin. There is no real democracy or choice for voters unless a 3rd party candidate gets elected. The vast electorate isn’t even aware of what is going on.

  • Urbi et Orbi

    Bribes are old fashioned. No one takes them any more. Instead influence is bought through legal channels. Everyone in congress serves on “committees” like the finance committee. They are wined and dined by lobbyists, money is donated to their campaign fund by the big banks and financial institutions and in return favorable legislation is passed. When they retire, they become highly paid lobbyists or get a big fat job working for the very companies that bought them off. It is a revolving door.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, Art. The virtue of democracy is that we each hold power to embrace truth and to act for the better of our communities and neighbors. So we have done for over two centuries and by remembering our individual strength can be multiplied by acting together we can and will defeat corporatist efforts to defy the meaning of our nation’s principles. We simply must not give in to bullying.

  • Anonymous

    No, the game is never over until the populace rolls over and takes defeat. So long as we have a vote (and fight for that right every day), we have the power to change the focus of influence. Representatives must know they need to answer to us, the massed citizenry. Are you giving up? I’m not. I won’t!

  • Sanjay Lokare

    I appreciate your continued positive take on the current situation. I do not like to fight a losing battle.

    The US president is a “Figure Head”. Clinton, Obama, Bush are all spun from the same fiber. Corrupt to the core but have enough charisma to fool the public. The public has stopped thinking and almost on all counts is silent. Speaking out has consequences in USA just like Russia or E. Germany.

    You are still thinking of working the system. The System needs dismantling. We need somebody like Jesse Ventura. The most critical 4th leg of democracy is the Press. We have very few journalist left to call it a press. The media is controlled and it is entertainment. FOX, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, radio, newspapers oh my what a sham.

    The more educated & polished a political candidate, the more inept he or she is. I voted for Obama and now feel like a fool. Naomi Wolf’s book is a must read for all Americans. She lays out 10 steps process for a dictatorial form of govt deployment which has been followed to a tee in the history. We are already there. In my opinion, those who do not see this, are good people who believe that people in power will retreat to moral and ethical values they are raised with. But it has been proven over and over again, give any man (or woman ) power, the transformation to undesirable state of mind happens with in days! Power must be distributed, which it was in our presidential form of government with 3 branches + 1(press). But when 2 of any 4 get in bed the game starts degenerating. When 3 out 4 come together, it is beyond fixing. And When 4 out 4 are in bed with each other, you have open form of autocracy. We are at 3.8/4.0 scale.

    Still have a lot of fight left. But writing like this, I am now on “track list”.

    Are there any politicians I like? Yes, I do. The likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Jesse Ventura & Sen Sanders come to mind immediately.

    It is a sad day as USA was the only BEACON of hope for people. And that hope was because of the middle class VALUES ( not economically). What a country full of philanthropic people and great modesty with absolutely no parallel in the history of mankind, for a nation, many times over powerful than rest of the world combined. USA was dismantled in a matter of last 3 decades starting with handful people. Carter was the last good president Sad saga for the rest of the human race. That’s how important was the middle class of America. It is destroyed in front of my eyes. Feel so powerless. Feel so ashamed that I am not doing …..

  • Francesca del Greco

    Democracy has never been an issue because dictatorship is easier, no?

  • Linda MacMillan

    Spoken like the true Journalist that you are, well said Sir, well said.

  • Kruger 1988

    So Mr. Moyers,

    What do you propose we do. Short of outright revolt to “tear
    the City apart” what would that accomplish? When the established Governing body
    is over thrown, whether it be a “republic” or dictatorship only chaos remains…

    The Candidates presented to the voting public are the same
    after they gain office. The values they say they represent for “our well being”
    change into the values of their own self preservation.

  • Anonymous

    Is he talking about how the solar companies ripped-off the taxpayers with all of their failed companies, promises and shipping jobs to China? Is he talking about how the EPA and all of the bureaucrats impose fees and penalties and fines on us and make us spent millions on studies and who does those studies? AZ spent 12 millions dollars on a study for a proposed 22 mile section of interstate road and the EPA said it wasn’t good enough … a million dollars a mile … really! NO the true abuse and excess in with the bureaucrats and their revolving door of politicans who exempt themselves from the laws they seek to impose on WE THE PEOPLE … they are above us and abuse us because they see life as US verses THEM and people like Bill Moyers are part of that party club of abuse feeding at the public trough of pigs saying one thing and doing the opposite in their life.

  • Anonymous

    Yes and we allow it and empower it

  • maureen castriotta

    Well said. But you need to tell the people, we have no one but ourselves to blame. We allowed the mercernaries from our two party system to take over our democracy by voting them in. Time to buck the parties & vote for Independents.

  • Anonymous

    Baloney. Elections were stolen. A third party won’t fix anything until black box voting and gerrymandering disappear.

  • Anonymous

    You’ll never get congress to go along with those ideas.

  • Anonymous

    To fight back – non-violently – against the corporate and moneyed interests that have corrupted our “small ‘d’/small ‘r’” democratic republic, join MOVE TO AMEND.

    Move to Amend is dedicated to amending the U.S. Constitution so that it clearly and unequivocally says that: 1) rights recognized under the Constitution belong to human being, only, and not to artificial entities like corporations and labor unions; and, 2) that money is not speech and, thus, political spending can be limited.

    Move to Amend’s WE THE PEOPLE AMENDMENT, which you can read at http://www.wethepeopleamendment.org, is the ONLY proposed Constitutional amendment currently pending before Congress that says the two things that need to be said – “Corporations are NOT People!” and “Money is NOT Speech.”

    Passing and ratifying THAT amendment (and not one of the other “half-measure” amendments out there) is the only way WE THE PEOPLE are going to be able to re-claim the political power that the founders intended US to have.

    ONWARD!
    Steve Justino
    Co-Chair, Colorado Move to Amend

  • Mark Hensley

    Republicans killed the labour movement. It started under Reagan.

  • mary

    Demand impeachment of Scalia and Thomas for using their power to promote partisan agendas, support election finance reform efforts, start a 3rd political party and vote for its candidates, demand that corporate executives be criminally prosecuted and jailed for any action that endangers the welfare of the American people, prosecute Dick Cheney and George Bush for treason,if it isn’t made in America, don’t buy it, support public broadcasting, recall elected officials who refuse to do the job and opt to obstruct any kind of progress. If none of this works, then it is time to make our dissatisfaction know in a very clear, real, and forceful manner to the 2% who rule this
    plutocracy.

  • B Hig

    I think that someone could get elected president running with that list as a platform. What politician would publicly be against one thing on the list. If those were the only things acted on in the presidency, our country would be changed in a positive way, and affect long term future results.

    It’s no crazier than some of the other nut jobs that have recently run for that office. We should do the basic fixes first.

    Economically things are going to get worse for our citizens in the coming few years. This will make for a scarey election next time around. We are actually becoming a country where people do not believe they can have an effect on the government. I think the list just needs a voice.

  • Dave Garcia

    I have been listening to Bill Moyers for a long time now. He has an indepth social conscience that has inspired me and maintains my hope for humanity. There are intelligent people who have a social awareness and thoughtful, insight into how things are and how things should be. He always brings to my mind the words of RFK, “Others look at the way things are in the world and ask why? I look at how things in the world could be and ask, Why not?”
    Like every gilded age, those in power today will succumb to the future. How the future looks back at us is up to us. Those who have the responsibility to carry out the needs of the masses better keep in mind that ultimately they will answer to the people they serve. Money comes and money goes but the people will always be there.

  • concerned

    You say we’re “this close” to losing our democracy, but say it with a smile on your face, Bill. “Folks, the ship is sinking, now, how ’bout some ice cream.”

    How ’bout: ‘You know me. I’m Bill Moyers. I’ve been reporting to you for decades now. You know me. And I’m here today with the most serious, frightening message I’ve ever delivered. Please listen to me, here, right now, as you’ve never listened before.’

  • http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/ Medicalquack

    If I can elaborate a little more here some good videos from folks smarter than me that I grouped that goes the next step and helps educate on how this is happening and what role technology plays with working math numbers and reducing risk showings with nobody asking for any accountability. Bills Moyersis right as this is all being done behind the scenes and we don’t have a government smart enough to recognize the actual mechanics of how this works and they keep moving in a bliss world as long as the companies and banks keep giving them money.

    http://www.ducknet.net/attack-of-the-killer-algorithms/

    We do have the Attack of the Killer Algorithms out there in full force and is what was behind the Occupy movement to where they didn’t understand all of it themselves but know something was wrong. Shoot I even had an editor from Forbes ask me about it when I wrote my posts during the Occupy movement as he didn’t get it either.

    http://www.ducknet.net/attack-of-the-killer-algorithms/

    Don’t shoot me as I’m just a piano player here but I do understand that posts like these do make people made and are upsetting but it’s the truth and the reality, why I put it out there to help educate.

    Stewart and Colbert did their parts too as well as even O’Reilly from Fox…a couple of links…

    http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-real-debatejon-stewart-and-bill.html

    http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2010/09/jon-stewart-and-robert-colbert-to.html

  • Mahmoud El-Darwish

    Excellent. But where’s the transcript?!

  • Linn

    It will not matter until we do away with lobbyists, companies or anyone that put up big money for candidates etc who “buy” the candidate and then the office that they serve.

  • NC Rohan

    In North Carolina democracy is gone already. The legislature is infested with ALEC operatives (Speaker of the House Tillis and Asheville’s nemesis Tim Moffitt both on Board of Directors). Dismantling of Public Education, repeal of environmental standards, and attacks on voting rights all according to ALEC playbook. Privatization of infrastructure is also in progress, with the method of blatant theft of municipal assets key to maximizing profit. They have commandeered Asheville’s water system and 22,000 acre watershed, Asheville’s airport and Charlotte International Airport—-All with NO compensation to the cities that built these assets. (Lawsuits pending) There is no respect for State or US Constitutions, they just do whatever they want, legal or not. This is the future of our entire country, unfortunately started here. Moral Monday protests have drawn some national attention to the situation, but where do we turn for protection? It should be named as the Coup that it is and these operatives charged with Treason.

  • lauren raine

    Thank you, once again, Bill Moyers. It is so tragic to see, especially now, how little voice we really do have. As the environment degrades and urgent action is needed to preserve any quality of life for the future, we have items like the “Monsanto Protection Act”……..they feel so powerful now that they don’t even need to make an effort to be transparent.

    And as we prepare to pay for yet another war in the Middle East (Syria), even as Iraq and Afghanistan bankrupted this country………..it matters not at all that most Americans (estimated 60%) do not want us to become involved.

    I weep for the ideas I grew up with, the sense that I participated in a democracy.

  • Mary Hinge

    You are so right. Is is they who pervert the system to their own benefit. However, bear in mind that neither the Dems or the Reps seem fit to hold office anymore, hence my earlier statement..

  • Suzanne Sherbell

    Trying to reply but cannot navigate this system.

  • Suzanne Sherbell

    Of course. But not without the help of Democrats who cannot and will not fight, President Obama not excluded. The card-check battle was abandoned. Further, the laying off of public employees, the last stronghold of unionism, to please the insatiable Republicans, was unforgivable.

  • PS

    Bill Moyers for VP. Love you. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    The US has by design never been a democracy. The aristocrat beauty pageant every two years is just to fool the rubes — belief in the rightness of the aristocratic system is necessary to even enter that pageant.

  • Anonymous

    Representative democracy is neither representative nor democratic.

    Emma Goldman was right: if voting in aristocrat beauty pageants changed anything, it would be illegal. Audre Lorde was right too (pace Einstein): the master’s tools will not tear down the master’s house.

    The rot, unfortunately, is systemic, and lies in the incompatible incentives between the ruling class (and you bet there is one) and the citizenry. By voting for the winner you have simply thrown away any and all recourse you have ever had against them. You have elevated them to Mt. Olympus and freed them to act against your interests with nothing more than an ignored and incoherent prayer.

    Without the ability for a supermajority of voters in a district, perhaps 3/4, to summarily and immediately strip bad actors of their office and worry about a replacement later, what you’ve got is not democracy.

  • Anonymous

    Better to not vote at all. 50% turnout is worrisome, but 20% turnout in an on-year would provide strong evidence to other countries that the US is a failed nation with an all-too-successful state, and perhaps inform their response when the USG barges in somewhere and makes demands.

    It’s a bit late to do anything about the USG destroying the evidence of its false flag CW op in Syria, unfortunately, but always remember: power does not exist without obedience, and the powerful need you more than you need them.

  • Anonymous

    We don’t need jobs. Americans have doubled their productivity per worker over the past 40 years, while real wages have been flat. What we need is that stolen income back.

  • Anonymous

    Like Oliver Twist, you’re just asking for a bit more. The system itself is working exactly as designed: to keep the little people out of anything more than the most superficial policy decisions. Better to withdraw from the mainstream, where all the rot is.

  • J. Cox

    Bill,
    Your interview with Mark Leibovitch about his book “This Town” was incredibly good. At the end, I wanted to ask him, and you: “OK. What Is To Be Done”? No answer then. Now today, you offer: “Outraged citizens will descend on this town and tear it apart with their own hands” Looks rather violent. Lenin’s answer to the same question in 1909 didn’t turn out very well. Can you, or Mark Leibovitch, offer a more specific promising, effective, and zero-violence but necessary and lasting revolution? We need just this. Urgently. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    In
    social psychology there is a phenomenon known as the “fundamental misattribution error”: roughly,
    when attempting to formulate an explanation for another person’s
    anomalous behavior, to overemphasize the role of character and identity,
    and underemphasize or ignore the forces operating in the situation. It turns out that highly individualized cultures, such as the American mainstream, are much more prone to the error, which can be seen, for example, in their haste to blame the
    victim. This error also forms the basis of partisan politics and their simple, inconsistent, often situational narratives.

    The system itself is working exactly as designed: to keep citizens *away* from making policy, lest they tyrannize the only minority the Founders were concerned about, the landed gentry as a class above. If you think this is a problem, perhaps one ought to divert one’s allegiance from the immortal king/parchment idol that empowers that aristocracy against you.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, you were lied to, and that’s part of how they were able to succeed so stunningly. How can it possibly be right and proper that the rogue employee has more right to spend the rest of their shift wrecking up your office than you have to remove them? That’s no democracy.

  • Anonymous

    Where do we turn for protection? To each other. The lack of class solidarity, artfully thwarted by the effects of political partisanship, consumer culture, “hustling culture” and identity politics, is a problem, to be sure. Solidarity is power, as can easily be seen in the breach: police interviewing co-suspects separately, the taboo against talking about compensation at work, the wolf splitting the weak animal off the herd, and in so many other places in nature and human culture I’m surprised the self-appointed masters were able to disappear it so cleanly. Yet people are a bit too happy to fight in pitched battle against each other, against their “other” of bad character or immorality or cooties or whatever, while those in the skybox snort your ticket money.

    Stop worshipping the powerful, kay people?

  • Dave Duffey

    hasn’t violence always been the answer to tyranny?

  • Anonymous

    They will never answer to you. They, like every other friend of power, will board their private jet to wherever. They will make it illegal for you to take any recourse against them: it started with enhanced penalties for assassinations and now the Secret Service will have their knees in your back if you so much as insult a ruler’s prestige.

    So can you leave the Hollywood-Augustinian storyline out of this please? That’s a big part of why we’re in the situation we’re in: the only narrative that American culture has to offer is the Karpman drama triangle, iterated endlessly, and offers only submission, abrogation and empty imaginings as an answer to coercion.

  • Anonymous

    Why do you think asking the aristocrats ever more nicely and submissively is going to get any better results than it has?

    Without force there is no power. Of course it doesn’t have to be violent force — there’s a reason why general strikes are illegal and often answered with state violence, and that reason is because they are effective at denying the powerful the things they want. Business as usual requires the coordination and submission of untold millions of people. If enough people deny the business masters that submission and hold fast to the line, they’ll either crawl to you begging or they’ll start a war with you, neither of which looks good for *them*. It did work for Gandhi.

  • CJSeymour

    No, not really. See marxmarv, above. Nonviolence worked in South Africa and India, but would probably not have worked against Hitler. It may be the only choice for us now, though, since Bill says that drones are being purchased by oil companies to protect their unholy pipelines. Nonviolence does not mean that no violence occurs, only that the violence which occurs is waged against the people by the tyrants. We need a new plan of action that stays nonviolent but captures power for the people once and for all, and makes urgently needed changes in governance.

  • CJSeymour

    Bill Moyers is one of the only truly honorable, brilliant, and ethical journalists alive, and we are unreasonably blessed to have him with us. Solar companies haven’t ripped you off, Big Oil made sure the US did not invest in solar so they could continue to choke every last bleeding cent out of us. China took advantage of that and sank billions into developing solar. By any rational definition, that manipulation of US investment constitutes treason on the part of Big Oil. It doesn’t require an immense IQ to get to the bottom of this miserable state of affairs, it just takes a nose for truth and the patience to endure such bogus rants and lies by oil company propagandists such as the one you wrote.

  • http://blog.doomsdayzen.com agonist

    I wish outraged citizens would tear Washingtin apart with their bare hands. I’m ready to. Burn it down, start over, don’t screw it up again.

  • Anonymous

    Immediately beneath the video, Click the down arrow next to Read The Transcript.

  • gcavener

    I would be interested to know what Bill Moyers honest thoughts are regarding LBJ. Was LBJ an honorable man or was he the most corrupt and evil man to ever occupy the White House. I would love it if Mr. Moyers would come clean on that question. He knows the truth. Does Mr. Moyers have the honesty and integrity to speak the truth?

  • gcavener

    Bill Moyers was LBJ’s “go to guy” during the time that JFK was assassinated. What does he know about that? Why does he get a free pass?

  • Mahmoud El-Darwish

    Thnx. yeah i noticed it seconds after posting ;)

  • Lamp Lighter

    What the hell does LBJ have to do with this subject matter. Washington needs a good cleaning and its been a long time since anyone had the balls to do so. Obama is a traitor to the American people and just what kind of change.org was he referring to when he ran during his first election. As far as honesty and integrity is concerned in Washington Howdy Doody would have made a better president then this cowardly man that sits in the White House now.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, it is always big oil, the big bad boggy man. Bill Moyers is just another manipulator who couldn’t make it without ripping-off the taxpayer on PBS another so called virtuous deal that apparently can’t make it in the free market or won’t take the risk to try. DO THE MATH WITH SOLAR, it doesn’t work. My neighbor put that stupid stuff on his roof, then his roof leaked, the panels get dirty and don’t perform as well, they degrade each year and you get less out of them in the end you pay just as much for solar as you do to the electric company and if we didn’t have to spend extra for electricity for the solar credits and if we’d let people freely compete to produce cheap oil and nukes (like France) solar would never pay for itself. The production went to China because it is cheaper to produce there and the producers hope to sell it there and China won’t allow open free markets so companies do what they have to do for the cheap slave labor. You’re living in a complete denial and the Trillions of dollars of debt from government clap trap waste and manipulation is going to blow the F up and wipe a lot of people out.

  • B Hig

    When an angry mob gathers outside, it would tend to bring anyone to a state of being more focused on what they are demanding. It must be anger that is peacefully and lawfully expressed – and the hard part is having the message be clear and focused. (We saw some of those problems in the one percent movement – not an easy task). The issues of fairness and corruption in the goverment are not partisan issues for the most part.

    The marchers during the civil rights movement were some of the bravest and most disciplined people ever, and were truly inspiring in expressions of their anger and dissatisfaction, and they were organized to an amazing degree. – but yes there were/are fine lines, and it does sometimes cost lives.

    Most of these people in power (politicians and the wealthy) are extremely out of touch with ” we the people”. We do need to be idealistic about our democracy because it will never be perfect. If you shoot for less than perfect, then it gets really bad. I am tired of people acting all relaxed and saying things like “at least it’s not as bad as Mogadishu”. (I’ve heard it a lot, especially when I start to get “passionate” on a subject.

    What would we do without Bill Moyers? He gets upset, and he expresses it so well. He is as far from violent as it gets, and he is much appreciated by this listener.

    Thank you Mr. Moyers

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, I disagree that people would descend upon Washington and tear it apart.

    Too many Americans are too busy working and too afraid to leave their jobs for even a day, for fear of being fired. We’re tired after work (if we’re only working one job) and trying to get by.

    Of course, our culture of TV & pizza keeps us preoccupied when we’re not at work.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t start over … we’ll end up with the same result.

    Start NEW. We have to escape our current Newtonian way of thinking to get to a better way.

  • Maconmehill

    How about a 99% march on Washngton.. I’d join

  • Anonymous

    This vid keeps running off the rails for me at ~1:09. Anybody else having that problem? Did the NSA censors get to you and Michael, Bill?

  • wonderingstyll

    We must fight against the manner in which the powerful turn
    us against one another, i.e., racial identity wars, gender wars, young vs. old,
    even economic class warfare. There’s always some commenter ready to snarkily denigrate
    our “fellow Americans” because of their own perceived bias against people who
    are not “like them”. If blacks didn’t do this or that, or it’s because of gays that…
    Also with our newly militarized police forces, it has become illegal for even
    the mildest of protest actions to occur. One can get arrested for even attempting
    a protest, as evidenced by people in WI who tried to protest in their state
    capitol. But my intent is not only to say why it cannot be done, just that by
    today’s standards, it will be harder. Still I believe that if we stand together…no
    one can break us.

  • GHanlon

    Very good, Bill, as always. There are
    distinctions to be made. Yes, “they
    all do it” but not to the same degree.

    “They all do it” is the familiar GOP
    refrain when backed into a corner
    or when their very fragile veneer of
    officiousness seems on the verge
    of cracking which it often does
    which means they have to default
    to binary black and white absolutist
    simplicities. It goes beyond partisanship
    as Republicans Mann and Ornstein have
    made more than clear. They are moderates
    which have been purged from elected
    office by T-Party Bircher retreads from 1958.

  • Ralph Bunch

    Excellent Statement, Bill Moyer! I have the answer to
    the problem on a 15-minute YouTube you can access
    with “Bunch, Universal Suffrage.” Put the family in the
    place of the corporation with votes by parents of the
    seventy-two million children in this nation. Let’s have a
    family-centered politics rather than a corporation-centered politics. Please give it 15 minutes of your
    time, Bill. — Ralph Bunch (Prof. Emeritus, PSU)
    bunchr@pdx.edu 503-246-1373

  • Anonymous

    Join up with the OWS movement! Yes, they are still a viable movement, although they had garnered so much respect and positive attention that the powers that be have done their best to shut them down!

  • ccaffrey

    Actually you might want to check out the work of Gene Sharp who has spent his life studying, analyzing and cataloguing successful non-violent protest movements and techniques throughout history, including those used to overthrow oppressive regimes. His work has been translated into many languages, banned in a number of countries…and smuggled in anyway. A number of his publications are available for free download at his website http://www.aeinstein.org
    Would really LOVE for Bill to have him as a guest! Now THAT would be an extraordinary discussion!

  • Lech

    If enough people believed this, they would vote the rascals out. I don’t see that happening. The American public can’t even get a decent universal health care system in place, something that all evidence demonstrates would be cheaper and have better outcomes. So I see little chance that the political system in DC is likely to be altered. In the meantime, jump on the perks bandwagon whenever possible, and take advantage of all those tax breaks Bill lists. That’s what I do in Canada where the situation is less dire.

  • ccaffrey

    We can start with publicly financed campaigns. Period.

  • Margaret Aldis

    While I admire anyone with the nerve to stand up for justice, I have to ask myself, why didn’t Bill mention MSNBC and particularly Rachel Maddow? Not all people or newscasters are as cowardly as he is about naming names, and telling it like it is.

  • Blue Heron

    Sure a lot of finger-pointing and buck-passing going on in this interview, which never really comes full circle for many of the same reasons both of these talking heads wax on and on about. As a reporter, I’m hard pressed to find any examples of where Mr. Leibovich has taken a “courageous” stand to hold any of the players he now lambastes accountable in his day-to-day reporting, where it counts–rather than saving it all to sell a book. As for Mr. Moyers, while he now disparages BP for the way the lobbied themselves through the oil spill but had no problems taking oil company money when it came to sponsoring his early programs. Both fail to take any responsibilities for the mess they have had a hand in creating. When are we going to find some people with relatively clean hands to REALLY explore and then address what’s going on (and not) in Washington?

  • Jason

    I was growing interested until they were no-shows when the Apple, then Google, then Facebook tax avoidance stories broke mixed with the President’s choice of the ultimate crony capitalist Lew for Treas.Sec. OWS should have had tents at all of their campuses but showed me they were nothing more than the sword for one party’s (one man’s) agenda.

  • Anonymous

    Paper ballots, too. Get corporate money and control OUT of the democratic process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Wasylyk/529203693 Joe Wasylyk

    Democracy for the People by the People is alive and well IF we all are on the same page and we are prepared to work hard together. Please fill in the blank and be very specific. It’s Yes we Can, Yes we Can (what)_____________? Personally, I would like to start this exercise to say, Yes we Can, Yes we Can empower Seniors 50 plus to become active, creative, productive and prosperous in their retirement life eg. Bill Moyers. Yes we Can!

  • Anonymous

    The web site: Open Secrets.org will get you allot of names & dollars by office.

  • Anonymous

    It’s just one big conflict of interest..The Club in WASH & WALL St & MSM is very close & protective of their world.

  • Anonymous

    Bill.. It appears you have had your fill of the Club in Wash & Wall St as well the MSM..Both parties are players.. the biggest when they are in power… Now it is the liberals…with their “phony scandal” etc..At our age Bill I do not fear either party..nor do I respect them.. But its sad what they are doing to our country and its mostly sad what the voters response is.. Its been said the folks will get the type of govt they deserve.. How sad…The low information voter would do us all a favor by not voting as they don’t a clue what is at stake..Voters do not take that important franchise seriously. Thus our dilema….

  • Anonymous

    Another “End Game of Democracy” that must go viral ASAP! I hope that you as the only TRUE Journalist on mainstream TV ( yes you are the only one!) will help acomplish this for it is the root of all EVIL! Obama wants Larry Summers in in the worst way and the reason is obvious! http://www.alternet.org/economy/larry-summers-and-secret-end-game-memo?

  • Anonymous

    Very nice reply. I agree. I also think these new voting laws are nothing more than an attempt at a new Jim Crow era, only updated for the 12st century. But they are not fooling anyone. It is blatant racism.

  • Maggie Sullivan

    Well said Bill, and one of the most sickening things is we give tax money to planned parenthood to murder our own babies.

  • Anonymous

    But it’s the “good ole’ capitalist way”, it’s all about “quantity
    pricing” – the more you purchase the less you pay per unit purchased – the more
    you make, the less you pay per wage dollar in taxes – the more hours you work,
    the less you make per hour – the lower your income, the more you spend on basic
    needs; it’s the “good ole’ capitalistic
    system”…

  • JonThomas

    “It’s this whole stupid capitalist system, you know? It’s set up to heap rewards on the advantaged and the aggressive… and to make sure that two regular schmoes like you and me never get a date with girls like Valerie Desmond. I hate the whole bourgeois mentality…” Derek from “Back to School”

  • Mike Avery

    No Maggie, we don’t. It is illegal to fund abortions with tax money. Planned Parenthood has been very careful to separate funding for other women’s health issues and contraception from abortions. They have survived many audits of their books, most of them prompted by conservatives, and they are correctly handling funds.

    If you think that contraception is the same as abortion, that’s a separate discussion.

    But the “We’re funding abortions with tax money” argument is either a lie or ignorance. So, are you lying or ignorant?

  • Vicki Trusselli

    it is the KOCH repug thugs

  • Maggie Sullivan

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/personhoodusa/8-outrageous-things-planned-
    parenthood-was-caught-drqv

    We have tons of proof of the corruption of planned parenthood.

    Mike, you are doing exactly what has caused the situation Mr. Moyer is talking about – you are protecting your corrupt pet corporation.

    Take a look at the link above – Planned Parenthood is by far the most corrupt corporation in America.

    Not to mention they murder children.

    Sadly Mike, I think you are showing by your defence of PP that MR. Moyer is right – some people will turn a blind eye to justice to get tax dollars to corrupt corporations they support.

  • Carlos

    What is “mercenary” in the context that Mr. Moyers uses the word? I need to know to understand him better,

  • Anonymous

    “…outraged citizens would descend on this town and tear it apart with their bare hands.”
    I’d pay real money to see that. And what journalist worth his salt would love to cover a story like that!

  • Anonymous

    1. Motivated solely by a desire for monetary or material gain.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/mercenary

  • Anonymous

    It was the Lewis Powell memo that set this all up.

  • NWB

    As always, well said Bill!

  • Leslie Larsen

    You are one of my heros! Thank you for being a Truth-teller with courage, dignity and straightforwardness.

  • Sieben Stern

    It’s funny that you should bring this up right now… where is your outrage that your tax dollars go to murder actual people in foreign countries? You know… real kids and families that can actually suffer.

    What’s with the outrage at an embryo or a zygote being aborted when the US continues to throw billions of dollars down the sinkhole (OUR tax dollars) to bomb brown babies on the other side of the world?

    ALSO, since you love that conspicuous portrait of good old flogged cheesus – you know he never said anything against abortion in the NT, and in the OT unborn children who were killed in utero were not considered the same as killing a born child or person.

    lol religious people. you must like old white men jerking your leash and grasping for power. You sit, stay, speak, and drool better than Pavlov’s dogs.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad that the world is so simple to you. I envy you.

    Not that the Kochs and Republicans aren’t bad, but if you think they are the whole problem, well, enjoy it, for ‘ignorance is bliss.’

    It does remind me a bit of those on the other side who blame everything on Obama…

  • Anonymous

    Well, that doesn’t actually make any sense, but carry on.

    If you observe history, you will see that the lion’s share of ill effects of ‘capitalism’ actually come directly from the government itself.

    From the capitalists’ corruption of government, true, but the game wouldn’t work without a strong government to corrupt.

  • Morgan Sheridan

    I’m putting my money on both lying and ignorant.

  • Maggie Sullivan

    first of all, ever child in the womb who is murdered by abortion is a REAL person -Loved by God as you are and a person who is our sister or brother.
    I am outraged by what Obama is doing – his deadly drone strikes – his imitation of bush in trying to take us into a war that is none of our business.
    The very first thing Jesus did in the new testatment tells us clearly abortion is murder.
    “the baby in Elizabeths womb lept for joy at the presence of Jesus in Mays womb”
    Sieben – the diffrence between you and the religious people is we believe in loving all people – you just select those who support your political agenda to protect.
    I will be protesting all of Obamas unjust war mongering and drone strikes and his murdeorous attacks on babies in the womb – will you.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your excellent work. Here’s a humorous look at U.S. warmongering.

  • Anonymous

    From an occasional visitor’s view it is apparent that Washington and its outlying environs are doing very well, and that it’s because all the government employees and others attached to it can still afford plenty of goods and services. While the rest of the country has struggled with incredible hardships due to the decline of the housing market and rampant unemployment, the D.C. Metro area has been able to keep the very high standard of living it has become accustomed to. Construction continued unabated and McMansions rose in outlying suburbs as if there were no economic crisis. There are no boarded up businesses or homes in these areas and high end luxury cars are common in mall and shopping center parking lots. No wonder people in the rest of the country are resentful – we would love to have the same kind of cash cow the D.C. Metro area is privy to.

  • DavidW

    … to OWS folks “Direct Action” means chaining oneself to a desk in some powerbrokers office. Pishaw! Ok, it does capture some attention, just a half pishaw then.

    Our rallying cry ought to be “Market Share!” Yes, take away some of that from these corporate overlords and we’ll surely have their attention. The way to do that is with cooperative enterprise, businesses that are owned by consumers and workers. The Mutual Insurance Companies, the Credit Unions, the Food Co-ops, the worker Co-ops are the nucleus around which we can build a new economy that is less dependent upon those at the top

    We must however be active in the governance of these cooperative enterprise or they can run off the rails into the same kinds of malfeasance we see in DC. We can start by self educating ourselves and participating in the growth of new enterprises and the expansion of existing ones. You want to get the attention of those economic totalitarianists? Then hit them in their pockebooks and take some market share away from them.

  • DavidW

    Cooperative enterprise on a parallel track to build an economy based on local ownership by consumers and workers to take market share away. Oh, there’s been re-distribution of wealth alright, our money going to the rich in the form of “royalties” and the like. We can slow it or stop it by opening our eyes to the possibilities of what Credit Unions, Mutual Insurance companies, Food Co-ops and Worker owned Co-ops can do to keep our wealth in our communities.

  • DavidW

    Let’s try economic power to force change by taking market share away to reduce the economic influence upon our political democracy. Cooperative enterprise can do what protests or violent revolution can’t, preserve life and property while changing the status quo. Invest and shop in your local Food Co-ops, bank and save at your local Credit Unions, work at your mutual insurance companies, support your local worker owned cooperative businesses. This option will allow us to deny big business revenue and working capital to influence our political democracy.

  • DavidW

    Cooperative enterprise happens when communities rally to mutually support their own economic, social, cultural and potentially their political needs. It’s a viable option in the form of Credit Unions, Food Co-ops, Mutually owned Insurance companies, and worker owned Cooperatives. Grow and expand this business sector that is governed by the people they serve (still gotta participate lest they run off the rails as well) and the corporate overlords will start to worry why their market share is shrinking. Take away their revenue and working capital and we can moderate their influence on the political democracy in this country.

    Cooperative enterprise is a way to help us build economic democracy, to bring that ownership culture to the people so that they can buy-in and invest their money in their own communities.

  • Anonymous

    Most of those gov. employees you blame have fixed salaries that are way below the salaries of corporate lobbyists, contractors, military procurers, and the vast networks of privatizers and corporations; or as you so loosely call them “others”.

    When we start identifying those truly responsible for our state of affairs and name their names, nothing will change. Unfortunately, the only entity powerful enough to rein in the special interests is the very government you blame. It’s who we place in charge of government, that are to blame. History is replete with examples that by placing responsible people in charge of gov. we can solve our problems. Trusting corporations and lobbyists to solve the problem is an exercise in self defeat.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, what is sickening is giving tax exempt status’s to churches who clearly play partisan politics. Supporting a legitimate medical procedure is a good thing.

    And it isn’t your baby unless you are bearing it.

  • Suzanne Cloud

    Great video essay Bill. As an adjunct professor who teaches US History, I think it would be interesting if someone (anyone!) would tell the story of the Levellers and the Diggers in 17th century Britain…they had the right idea about brining down power structures that were destroying society and the press certainly wasn’t then what it is today. The human heart recognizes injustice easily, it just needs the confidence that others are feeling it too. THAT’s where the press has let us down. They don’t tell the people’s story anymore, just their’s.

  • ASpirit CalledAlcohol

    A corrupted government soon fails, as all the piranha feed off each other. I miss the true news reporters. Every news anchor has sold himself out to the Big Corporation that owns the channel. The channel only serves itself. We’ll see how this all turns out. I for one, don’t want this game anymore.
    Peace and blessings.

  • Pat Thompson

    I’ve decided that for the next several congressional elections I will vote AGAINST any incumbent or any politician who’s had a government job that had depended on outside money and its propaganda. If everybody did that, we’d have new and better representation (and the control-mongers would become disconnected).

  • Vicki Trusselli

    RIGHT NOW TODAY. I HAVE SAID MY CRAP AND FORGET ABOUT IT.

  • Anonymous

    We should move the seat of government to … let’s say Kansas City or Sioux City anywhere away from either coast and just start over. Have the congress meet once every two years for six months and then go home to their jobs and businesses.

  • Anonymous

    The fix is in. Bill is right. However, the focus should not be on the “bought” people in Washington. It should be on the very small number of people who do the buying. These enemies of society (people who have only their own interests at heart) have the money to impose their view of the world on all the rest of us. They do it through “charitable” foundations, wholly-owned “think” tanks, educational institutions prostituted for funds, newspapers owned only as a means of framing all political debate in their favor, faux-grassroots organizations to fake popular support, political dirty tricks during elections, and outright advertising. These are the same people who are the likely suspects (and the certain economic and political beneficiaries) of the attacks of 9/11. Nine-eleven was an inside job. Three steel superstructure buildings fell symmetrically at (or near) free-fall speed straight down into the path-of-most-resistance, three physical impossibilities The (“bought?”) government’s story about 9/11 is not true. Mr. Moyer’s complains here about journalists not doing their jobs, but this is one set of facts he has helped to hide from the public.

  • Jeff Simon

    It is not the 535+ (Congress, President, SUPs, + Lobbyists, Media) that is wrong with This Town. It’s the 300 Million who allow it to happen, believing what they are told and failing to question ‘authority.’

  • Anonymous

    You speak the truth and perhaps you’d like to help prove it by posting and coordinating the outing of Obamas criminal Larry Summers Fed Reserve Chairman who orchestrates it before he re-appoints the master- mind and Director behind the True End Game. http://www.alternet.org/economy/larry-summers-and-secret-end-game-memo?akid=10868.209559.7HBlM8&rd=1&src=newsletter890083&t=9

  • Anonymous

    Then help the evidence of the fact that it truly is a plan and here is who is REALLy at the helm and Obama wants him back in so… Help this go Viral. Be the journalists we don’t have!

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/larry-summers-and-secret-end-game-memo?akid=10868.209559.7HBlM8&rd=1&src=newsletter890083&t=9

  • Anonymous

    Then help the evidence of the fact that it truly is a plan and here is who is REALLY at the helm and Obama wants him back in so… Help this go Viral. Be the journalists we don’t have!

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/larry-summers-and-secret-end-game-memo?akid=10868.209559.7HBlM8&rd=1&src=newsletter890083&t=9

  • Anonymous

    You are exactly correct and here is another great action plan! We need all the people, all the plans and all the actions to focaus on the real problems we face. Please help the evidence of the it truly is a plan and here is who is REALLY at the helm. Obama wants him back in so… Help this go Viral. Be the journalists we don’t have!
    http://www.alternet.org/economy/larry-summers-and-secret-end-game-memo?akid=10868.209559.7HBlM8&rd=1&src=newsletter890083&t=9

  • Anonymous

    I see you read Namoni Klein’s, “The Shock Doctrine” also. 4yrs. of research by 4 women into Govt. documents + more. I read and remember, from living, in those eras when we had journalists reporting those events on tv. You are correct ! Here is a great action plan! We need all of the people, all the plans, and all the actions to focus on the real problems we face and who is behind them to become posted. Please help this evidence of their plan & who is REALLY at the helm. Obama, who is a graduate of Milty’s University, Lawyer and politician from his town and. ….The dots are forming a solid line. Help this go Viral. Be the journalists we don’t have!
    http://www.alternet.org/economy/larry-summers-and-secret-end-game-memo?akid=10868.209559.7HBlM8&rd=1&src=newsletter890083&t=9

  • Anonymous

    Then help the evidence of the fact that it truly is a plan and here is who is REALLY at the helm and Obama wants him back in so… Help this go Viral. Be the journalists we don’t have!

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/larry-summers-and-secret-end-game-memo?akid=10868.209559.7HBlM8&rd=1&src=newsletter890083&t=9

  • Anonymous

    You are exactly correct and here is another great action plan! We need all the people, all the plans and all the actions to focaus on the real problems we face. Please help the evidence of the it truly is a plan and here is who is REALLY at the helm. Obama wants him back in so… Help this go Viral. Be the journalists we don’t have!

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/larry-summers-and-secret-end-game-memo?akid=10868.209559.7HBlM8&rd=1&src=newsletter890083&t=9

  • Anonymous

    “Or perhaps they do not tell us these things because they fear that if the system were exposed for what it is, outraged citizens would descend on this town, and tear it apart with their bare hands.”

    There is something remarkable in these comments. I’ve watched this segment 3 times now and continue to come back to it again and again. I’ve listened to Bill Moyers offer controversial rhetoric in the past, somehow this seems different. A baptists minister presenting words this volatile, this inciting, it would seem a paradigm shift has occurred in the undercurrent of the nation’s sentiments and in the disposition those who would speak to them.

    Indeed we are living in remarkable, perhaps bizarre, times. A city that use to represent the breadbasket of middle America declares the nation’s largest bankruptcy. A former veteran and Vietnam war protester, and someone who’s won the Nobel Prize for Peace are the 2 leading voices beating the drums for war against the will of its own people its allies and against the will of the world at large. And one of main perpetrators that almost single-handedly crashed world economy is poised to become the Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank. Amazingly, President Carter has even said: “America no longer has a functioning Democracy”.

    And this is the short list. Those even casually paying attention should have their jaws perpetually on the floor. Something is dramatically different, dramatically askew as we seem to have crossed some kind of Rubicon of no return. If these events haven’t affected you on a profoundly deep level you either live in cave or need to check your pulse. A liberal man of peace of Moyers’ stature heralding the day when its citizens rise up, storm the nation’s capitol and rip to to shreds, surely this denotes some kind of watermark that has not been seen before.

  • Anonymous

    Another addition to the facts about the master minds behind “The End Game of Democracy” Please work your rhetorical magic on the masses by focusing on the proof of the criminal masterminds behind the financial cliff waiting in the wing. The distraction of the Syrian debate may be designed to blind us from the fatal financial fall awaiting all we Citizens with souls. Help This go viral! Discussion and disclosure is imperative!
    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/making_the_world_safe_for_banksters_syria_in_the_cross-hairs_20130905/?ln

  • Anonymous

    I think you see a cash register and guile-laden quid pro quo. I see a gift economy within a close-knit community. The pressures holding the aristocracy in their place are more than just financial. The consequences are more along the lines of “access”, which is what happens when hard-skills technocrats get replaced by soft-skills meritocrats who define merit as whatever they happen to have done. Not writing that check until your requested legislation passes becomes the far more deniable neglected invitation to the “important” cocktail parties.

    There’s an entire culture of proles as Eloi to which we, those paying for it, need to say no.

  • DavidW

    A quid pro quo with whom, the elites? I would think that, yes a spontaneous denial to submit by 10% of the US population will happen with in my lifetime. Not going to happen.

    The people need alternatives that can capture their imaginations and offer real options to the current “royalty payments.” There is also a realization that what I suggest may fail to build enough momentum and mass that can lead to change. But, I’ve got to try since I believe that for us to reach a point to basically not take it anymore as a group, we’d have to be in a really bad place and for all the complex pieces to come together for that to happen may take too long for me to leave it all up to chance.

    I think the more direct action of accumulating community wealth and power is a fraction of a step more effective than what OWS thinks is “direct action” and handcuffing oneself to a desk. In a bank.

    Is my thinking utopian, in a sense yes in a practical way. As I’ve written before, I want to fight fire with fire. Cooperative enterprise can give me access to that garden hose, and I hope to inspire others to bring their plastic beach buckets to help and I hope someone brings matches.

  • Carlos

    Thank you for your help!

  • Anonymous

    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/january/jacobson-world-energy-012611.html

    demand Congress grow the infrastructure for alternatives
    no oil, no gas, no nukes

  • Anonymous

    Been asleep for a few decades? The impoverishment of America has been ongoing since the 1980s, moving the nation’s collective wealth from the bottom up. We’ve been living in an almost surreal rerun of the years leading up to the Great Depression. Ordinary Americans, the poor and middle class, have been so deeply divided and pitted against each other that it isn’t possible to push back. To update the old protest chant: “The people, divided, will surely be defeated.”

  • Anonymous

    The race thing is so 1960s. The issue today is class — middle class against the poor. The majority of our poor are women, and the majority of these are white. Nevertheless, the rich couldn’t care less about the color of those they can exploit, and the middle class is glad to scapegoat the poor of all races equally.

  • Anonymous

    You exaggerate. Let me explain why I say this (it is not intended as an insult.) Think back to Occupy. What began as a historic people’s movement that had the potential to change the course we’re on was quickly redefined (often by media marketed to liberals) as a Middle Class Only movement. So the rest of us, the former-middle class/poor, walked away, and Occupy died. The word itself is merely a marketing term today. The poor are keenly aware of the degree to which middle classers support democracy — but only for the middle class. That said, regarding your comment about a “man of peace:” Don’t confuse peace with passivity. Jesus was so outraged by the greed and hypocrisy he saw in the temple that he trashed it. (John 12:13)

  • Anonymous

    No. We’ve been in this situation before. In the past, each time the richest few took control over the country, the “masses” — the poor and middle class — united to successfully push back., to everyone’s benefit. This time, we were pitted against each other, so we can’t push back. Would you really expect the poor to “stand in solidarity” to protect the privileges of a middle class that decided that jobless are undeserving of basic food and shelter?

  • Anonymous

    I believe he has. Mr.Moyer’s role is to provide information/ask questions that prompts constructive, adult discussions.) On the issue of 9/11, the bottom line is that there are currently a number of experts with the absolute truth that utterly contradict each other. We’ve hashed the old “fell into its own footprint” half to death, but the bottom line remains that the public doesn’t have adequate information to know for certain. I’m personally amazed that so few have discussed the long, personal friendship of the bin Ladens and the Bush family. We can state our opinions, but it changes nothing.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, the poor figured that one out years ago.

  • Anonymous

    We’ve tried for years, but very few have the public microphone. When it comes to American outrage, you have to keep in mind that what the rich are doing to the middle class, the middle class already did to the poor — often with the same talking points (insults). No sympathy for the middle class — those who chose the politics and policies that brought us to this point.

  • Anonymous

    To get a job in news broadcasting, of course the person is required to stick with the general script provided, and take care that what they report/how they report it meets the approval of station management. When it comes to journalism, if you want the job, you have to play by the boss’s rules. Media marketed to liberals has a different problem: The issues they choose to cover, and the information that is included/excluded from reports, is determined on the basis of the interests of the focus group (i.e., middle class consumers). That’s why those in liberal media, for example, have chosen not to report about how extreme our poverty crisis is growing. This issue does not interest middle class consumers.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it is my understanding that while there was always a significant amount of poverty in DC, this generation of elitists drove them out like rats. If we don’t see poverty, then it doesn’t exist.

  • Anonymous

    The issue that accompanies the money game is the stunning ignorance (much of it, by choice, most of it due to laziness) of so many voters. Why do they vote at all when they are utterly clueless about the issues?

  • Anonymous

    On the other hand, while Americans shrug off the $700 billion, they will go into an outrage if they see a poor person purchase a little treat with food stamps. This generation can’t have a revolution because govt won’t let them buy a permit to revolt (they’re a very obedient lot). It’s actually much more complicated, but it comes down to the fact that we’re far too deeply divided (by class) today. The middle class wants the poor to get on the front lines of a revolt to protect the privileges of the middle class.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see the “fell into its own footprint” concern hashed to death, but that hasn’t been my experience. Posts denying controlled demolition of the three buildings in the World Trade Center usually stay far away from discussions of symmetrical collapse, buildings falling into their own footprints, and free fall…because the world has seen all those things on videos from that day making them very hard to deny. The three World Trade Center buildings were not destroyed by two plane crashes and localized fires. That is a fact, not opinion. Recent polls suggest that nearly 50% of the public does realizes that the government’s story about what happened that day is incorrect. By speaking out about this miscarriage of justice we can change public perceptions and bring out the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your reply. I do not agree that Occupy became a marketing ploy. Do not agree that violence is a legitimate vehicle for social change. Do not agree that the poor believe Middle America is only concerned about itself. Do not agree that I was exaggerating.

    The OWS movement has strengths and weaknesses. One of its sore points was that there were no official spokesmen, and broad social changes need to have its leaders. However this is also one of its strengths. OWS is an example of pure, distributed progressive values. Leadership can be coerced or co-opted, but you can’t kill ideas. Those in the OWS movement haven’t stopped working for social advancement. And neither has leaderless groups like Anonymous or the Arab Spring which are simultaneously everywhere and nowhere.

    The greatest efforts of social change in the 20th century were, like OWS, pacifist and non-violent. Gandhi took on the world’s greatest power by himself without resorting to violence and won. MLK achieved dramatic accomplishments with peaceful, civil resistance. Violence has always been the implement of the oppressor, resorting to violence delegitimizes your movement.

    According to recent census data, most Americans are at or near poverty conditions. It is not accurate to suggest that that there is some profound ideological division between the abject poor and those who are at or near poverty levels. The problem in American society is economic disparity between the 99% and the 1%.

    And I don’t agree that Moyers’ words do not represent a paradigm shift in the sentiments of the American people or commentators like Moyers who speak to them. We are living in dramatic times with dramatic changes that are already upon us. Obviously these words are being used euphemistically to convey the seriousness of the moment. I doubt seriously armed insurrection and government overthrow is being advocated.

  • Tarik Dean

    it appears that American’s suck at history because we have learned nothing from it.

  • Tarik Dean

    Let’s also not forget the fact that history shows that the US is not above false flag operations and Operation Northwoods is a perfect example of that. Even the own words of the POTUS at that time help to provide some insight. Bush himself stated that “what we need is another Pearl Harbour”, well it’s common knowledge that FDR moved the Pacific Fleet out to Pearl to bait the Japanese into attacking so the US could enter the war.

  • Michael Glinsky

    Perhaps he’s not ready to become a martyr to the cause of TRUTH. Certain people can be silenced by marginalizing and making them look like fanatics or lunatics, Others can be silenced by revealing or threatening to reveal seedy aspects of their personal lives. Still others can be pitted against the IRS or other arms of the government thus diverting their energies away from spreading the TRUTH. My guess is that none of these approaches would work on someone as highly regarded and as morally grounded as Bill. So the only avenue left would be the tried and true method of fabricating a
    fatal accident , or a previously unknown heart condition( subject found on a park bench) or the more expedient method of a lone gunman. My guess is Bill feels he can do more good staying in the game than becoming a martyr at this point.

  • Mitchell Brown

    Strap those tinfoil hats on tighter. Good grief.

  • Mitchell Brown

    You make a fetish of the poor.

  • Write-Ryder

    When we get a majority populace who can see, think, read, speak, and write even half as well as Bill Moyers, we will have, and deserve, a grasshopper’s chance of changing our “democracy” to one that is truly representative. I don’t see anything close to it in most of the comments here posted. And, considering the current media monopoly, the chances of our system being “exposed for what it is” are about as good as the chances of “outraged citizens” tearing down anything federally corrupt, barehanded or otherwise. Most Americans are simply so brain-washed from birth by the myths of our “freedom” and “bravery” that they don’t know their left hand from their right.

  • Anonymous

    It’s over, folks. To the extent that this country was ever free (and for whom, and when), it’s over.

    The kleptocrats are barely even attempting to keep up appearances anymore; they don’t have to. They’ve propagandized the population to the point that I doubt anything could ever get the American “citizen” to see the fallacious national narrative for what it truly is.

    The for-profit security state will, in future, be able to accurately predict and locate ‘problem’ workers, and remove them from the game, by any efficacious means available to them (general dynamics has the dod contract for investigating and creating a profile for the authors of internet comments such as this already. No, really.)

    The thieves have their secret police, and the actual police have tanks (and consider their most important duty to be protecting themselves and their fellow enforcers)

    We didn’t show up for the class war, and have thus already lost (though the dempublican theater continues).

    Alas for what might have been, and for our children.

    Thx to Bill Moyers for the epitaph..

  • Anonymous

    Rich guy sits across the table from two poor people… Doesn’t care a whit what color they are…. and between them all he places a plate with 12 cookies.

    He takes 11 cookies for himself, then looks at one of the poor people and pointing at the other poor person says ‘Hey brother… That guy is trying to steal YOUR cookie!’

    Poor people’s eyes narrow at one another, and the fight begins.

    America… Over and over and over and over again.

    [Sure, racism is still a very effective tool (it's why republicans are still voted into office), but it's not nearly enough. It's one card in the deck, but exclusive focus on it is an impediment to convincing people that the real dynamics at work are much more insidious and pervasive. Make them understand class dynamics, and the way racism is used by the 1% will stand out in stark relief.]

  • Anonymous

    Absolute nonsense.

    Media marketed to liberals?? lol.

    Occupy was crushed – largely through collusion by a Democrat-led federal government and Democratic mayors across the country (as the republican party caters more and more to their most insane voices, the money of the 1% is invested more and more in Democratic politicians that have a reasonable chance of being elected).

    Occupy was roundly mocked by nearly everyone in the media – a media owned BY the wealthy, that sets the editorial tone according to the best interests OF the wealthy.

  • Anonymous

    One minor correction:

    “If these events haven’t affected you on a profoundly deep level you either live in cave or need to check your pulse.”

    cave / mansion

  • Anonymous

    Elizabeth Warren has the brains to know how to write bills to correct this mess. She just needs more democrats and independents to pass them.
    She is the one person whom I trust above all. Republicans should have to change the name of their party, because they no longer “represent the people of the republic.” They should be revealed as the group contemptuously of The People that they are.
    It could be cleaned up in 2014 if voters would stop living in the past when the republican party was respectable and good for business. That is no longer the case.

  • jerry

    Bill, that was great but you left out the 1%’s piece de resistance: They’ve pitted us against each other in a spectacular “divide and conquer”. Everyone’s pointing their fingers at each other and name-calling, while the 1% laugh all the way to the bank. Thank the monopolization of the media. Why else would both sides claim the media is biased towards the other? The media has one master: the 1%.

  • abutterflybreeze

    Violence is not a viable alternative; it would sink this culture deeper in the mire of darkness. Rather, examining our own individual moral character, being conscious of our own thoughts and discouragement, having the courage to conduct ourselves according to our convictions toward those in need may be more effective en masse. We can choose not to participate nor support politicians of any party candidate whose
    character is known to concede to cash cows. Transformation is always possible, NEVER GIVE UP, and organize an independent party of integrity.
    Jon and Stephen are refreshing in their presentations, and they are the only TV media “current event” broadcasts I watch, with the exception of Bill Moyers and occasionally Charlie Rose. Being upset by others’ ignorance is not productive, and they are designed to embellish someone else’s agenda that has nothing to do with democracy, but rather
    maintaining the illusion.

  • jerry

    Yes. Consider that a therapist is allowed to break confidentiality if their client verbalizes threats against an elected official. Revolution is a cardinal sin, even fantasizing about it out loud. Best to turn that rage against one’s self and family.

    A few centuries ago you would get publicly ritualistically castrated, disemboweled and dismembered for even vocalizing a wish that the king of England would die. We now consider that insanity. I wonder every day how history will judge us. A good clue is to travel out of the country for a while and look from the outside in.

  • Anonymous

    That is exactly what Abe Lincoln said would happen. “Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”

  • jerry

    Divide and Conquer at its best.

  • jerry

    You walked away because the media waked away. Occupy is still around. One of the best things they did last year was make a human blockade at NYSE to prevent traders from entering the building. They have ideas and potential power to shut down capitalism, or at least put it back on its leash.

  • Colin K Cote

    Unfortunately history has proven time after time that violence is the only way to deal with tyrants. The tree of liberty must from time to time be watered with the blood of tyrants and unfortunately patriots.

  • Colin K Cote

    The United States has a unique problem that prevents the peaceful success of democracy over capitalism. We are not UNITED ! Too many in our country are blinded by fear or money or just brainwashed by the propaganda attacks we are subjected to daily from infinite sources, for our country to unite and defeat the powers of evil corporations and sold out politicians.

  • stewart, c

    Isn’t that what needs to be done. The truth, reported to the people. How hard is that to get. Then, perhaps the people would do what they should, be enraged and take action.

  • Rachel Collier

    Vandana Shiva: “I think the American people should see that the corporations abandoned them long ago.”

  • Herkimer
  • Don Mclaughlin

    Many thanks for your courage.Somebody needs to give”we the people” the truth..

  • Anonymous

    I love Jon Stewart and hope he continues to make us laugh instead of cry over how our republic is being savaged and turned into a cruel plutocracy. Stephen Colbert interrupts his guests and I find that too annoying. Guests are interesting in and of themselves and shouldn’t be part of an egotistical schtick.

  • Andy Boyle

    What you are talking about, the decay of democracy, is also now visually recognizable in Canada as our current government mimics the American experience. The depth or degree to which it is entrenched here like a cancer will soon be discovered as our version of Obama, Justin Trudeau, the son late Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, now leads a growing opposition. Your mileposts Bill give us hope of who can have the last laugh. Thanks.