April 13, 2015 - In memory of MCR's death one year ago today, I have placed several of MCR's most popular videos below "The Death of Michael C. Ruppert" video featuring Jack Martin. - Wes

The Death of Michael C. Ruppert

 

Apocalypse Man, Part 1

 

Apocalypse Man, Part 2

 

Apocalypse, Man: Part 3

 

Apocalypse, Man: Part 4

 

Apocalypse, Man: Part 5

 

Apocalypse, Man: Part 6

 

Sep. 11, 2011 - 10th Anniverary of 9-11, Portland, OR

 

CoLLapse (full movie) - 2009

 

Truth and Lies of 9-11 - Portland State University, Nov. 28, 2001

 

Wall Street's War for Drug Money - USC, December 8, 2000 - Part 1

 

Wall Street's War for Drug Money - USC, December 8, 2000 - Part 2

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How America Became an Oligarchy

by Ellen Brown, from ellenbrown.com

April 6, 2015

The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. . . . You have owners.   — George Carlin, The American Dream

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.

“Making the world safe for democracy” was President Woodrow Wilson’s rationale for World War I, and it has been used to justify American military intervention ever since. Can we justify sending troops into other countries to spread a political system we cannot maintain at home?

The Magna Carta, considered the first Bill of Rights in the Western world, established the rights of nobles as against the king. But the doctrine that “all men are created equal” – that all people have “certain inalienable rights,” including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – is an American original. And those rights, supposedly insured by the Bill of Rights, have the right to vote at their core. We have the right to vote but the voters’ collective will no longer prevails.

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The Last Gasp of American Democracy

By Chris Hedges, from TruthDig.com

January 5, 2014

 

"This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state’s wholesale intrusion into our lives and obliteration of privacy are now facts. And the challenge to us—one of the final ones, I suspect—is to rise up in outrage and halt this seizure of our rights to liberty and free expression. If we do not do so we will see ourselves become a nation of captives.

The public debates about the government’s measures to prevent terrorism, the character assassination of Edward Snowden and his supporters, the assurances by the powerful that no one is abusing the massive collection and storage of our electronic communications miss the point. Any state that has the capacity to monitor all its citizenry, any state that has the ability to snuff out factual public debate through control of information, any state that has the tools to instantly shut down all dissent is totalitarian. Our corporate state may not use this power today. But it will use it if it feels threatened by a population made restive by its corruption, ineptitude and mounting repression. The moment a popular movement arises—and one will arise—that truly confronts our corporate masters, our venal system of total surveillance will be thrust into overdrive.

The most radical evil, as Hannah Arendt pointed out, is the political system that effectively crushes its marginalized and harassed opponents and, through fear and the obliteration of privacy, incapacitates everyone else. Our system of mass surveillance is the machine by which this radical evil will be activated. If we do not immediately dismantle the security and surveillance apparatus, there will be no investigative journalism or judicial oversight to address abuse of power. There will be no organized dissent. There will be no independent thought. Criticisms, however tepid, will be treated as acts of subversion. And the security apparatus will blanket the body politic like black mold until even the banal and ridiculous become concerns of national security..."

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