Wednesday, February 15, 2012

America’s billionaire-run democracy

Whichever candidate wins the 2012 presidential election will have been bought and paid for by the 1 percent



The above photo and below is re-posted from [this Salon.com article]


By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship


Watching what’s happening to our democracy is like watching the cruise ship Costa Concordia founder and sink slowly into the sea off the coast of Italy, as the passengers, shorn of life vests, scramble for safety as best they can, while the captain trips and falls conveniently into a waiting life boat.

We are drowning here, with gaping holes torn into the hull of the ship of state from charges detonated by the owners and manipulators of capital. Their wealth has become a demonic force in politics. Nothing can stop them. Not the law, which has been written to accommodate them. Not scrutiny — they have no shame. Not a decent respect for the welfare of others — the people without means, their safety net shredded, left helpless before events beyond their control.

The obstacles facing the millennial generation didn’t just happen. Take an economy skewed to the top, low wages and missing jobs, predatory interest rates on college loans: these are politically engineered consequences of government of, by and for the 1 percent. So, too, is our tax code the product of money and politics, influence and favoritism, lobbyists and the laws they draft for rented politicians to enact. [more from source]

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Anti-ACTA protests in Europe

click on any of below photos to make larger. Protests are going on worldwide AND all over America. We have art, and we have the art of protest


Picture taken by Steven G. Erickson of possible 1837 wooden barrels made in New Hampshire Cooperage, photo date Feb. 14, 2012, [related art]


Picture shot by Steven G. Erickson in Brattleboro, Vermont, Feb. 14, 2012. [More Photos]


Just one of the pieces of art being sold by stevengerickson@yahoo.com

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