In Must-See Video, Bill Moyers Slams Rule By the 1%: “Plutocracy and Democracy Don’t Mix”

One of America’s greatest journalists anticipated the entire Occupy Wall Street protests against the 1% back in 2010:

This is from the final broadcast of Bill Moyers Journal, which included an interview with Jim Hightower who said:

So, we need a lot more agitation. And that’s the only thing that succeeds from a progressive side in changing politics in America.

Certainly that’s the only thing that stopped the permitting this year of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (see Stunning Triumph for 99%: Obama Sends Keystone XL Back to State for Review, McKibben Calls This “A Very Important Day”).

13 Responses to In Must-See Video, Bill Moyers Slams Rule By the 1%: “Plutocracy and Democracy Don’t Mix”

  1. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    After watching Bill Moyers, Some George Carlin came up, well worth watching also.

  2. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    It’s the inherent nature of capitalism-‘One dollar, one vote’. Until and unless capitalism goes, to be replaced by a system that values humanity and life, we are doomed, and it’s one minute past midnight.

  3. Peter Mizla says:

    Moyers gives a blunt realistic assessment of American society in the late stages of its second Gilded Age.

  4. EDpeak says:

    Agreed Mulga. Until we collectively wake up and smell the roses on that, we’re in for more of the (very self-destructive, and ultimately suicidal) same. A humorous pamphlet was written in 1907 called How the Miners Were Robbed, a great way to start a dialogue on the economic model we currently have:

    (More links, and quotes, at ))

  5. colinc says:

    Aye, there’s the rub, the last straw and the final nail. We are indeed privileged to witness the spectacle of our own making unfolding before us. In the pursuit of “more,” all other priorities have been rescinded.

  6. Doug Bostrom says:

    According to the Supreme Court, there seems no fundamental reason why corporations should not vote. Following this train of “reason,” why should we not be able to form as many Delaware or other conveniently inexpensive corporations as we wish, each with a vote? States could then compete in the market of corporate governance to sell votes more cheaply, similar to the present “race to the bottom” of taxation giveaways and the like.

  7. Artful Dodger says:

    No Doug, your ‘baby Bell’ must wait until it’s 18 years old to vote… However, I have incorporated my 1953 Cessna 140. When it turns 65 in 2018, I’m going to collect it Old Age Security. I may even send it back to Wichita for Medicare… ;^)

  8. fj says:

    owsregimeChange via Washington Post

  9. Spike says:

    Good article here on same subject in UK press, featuring the Koch Brother’s Climate propaganda too

  10. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    colinc, we are indeed ‘lucky’. How many can claim to have lived through the willing self-destruction of their own, supposedly ‘sapient’ species? Well, of course, because they have extinguished themselves, we will never know.

  11. mulp says:

    Well, if capitalism must go, then the past three decades of Wall Street feeding capitalism to the beast of pillage and plunder must be a good thing.

    In the past three decades the capital assets built from the 20s thru 70s have been substantially left to decay such that civil engineers project a $2 trillion capitalism deficit – but the big projects, like nuclear power plants, the Boston Big Dig, and many others were forecast by civil engineers to cost less than a third of their final costs.

    In the past three decades, conservatives and bankers and Wall Street have been promoting borrowing to pay for consumption, and then rejecting borrow to pay to build capital. The debt of both government, business, and individuals has increased to far more than their total production, hardly capitalism.

    And the environmental policy pushed by conservatives is anti-capitalism, but is pure pillage and plunder than is rapidly destroying a lot of our natural capital and leaving behind wasteland.

    Wall Street wants you to borrow money to buy your house so you can deposit cash in a Wall Street retirement fund, and Wall Street pillages and plunders both by charge fees and interest so all possible gains from either physical capital assets or saving assets go to Wall Street and you are left with less than you started with.

    A farmer buying and putting up his own windmills is a capitalist. A homeowner putting solar heat and PV on his roof and adding insulation and other energy producing or save investment in his house is a capitalist. Growing your own food, or part of it is capitalism as you build up your garden plot and gain knowledge of food production.

    Conservatives want to drill baby drill the farm for the oil and leave behind a toxic waste dump because pillage and plunder is a fast buck. Conservatives want inefficient houses and cars to pillage and plunder your pocket book while pillage and plundering the environment.

    We need a return to capitalism and an end to pillage and plunder.

  12. I saw that segment when it aired, and it’s still as good, as timely, and as thought provoking. Thank you, Bill Moyers, for having eyes that see, ears that hear, and for being a voice of truth in a wilderness of $$$$$$$-blinded, truth-deaf, lie-repeating media.