Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bernie Sanders on the Economy


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As the middle class struggles under the burden of the biggest economic downturn since the great depression, the beneficiaries of a $700 billion dollar bailout are back to business as usual; back to taking big risks and big bonuses.

This week Senator Sanders takes on the bailout and bonus loving CEOs of Wall Street and reminds progressives to stay firm in our resolve of all the important issues, but to remember the unemployed and underemployed as they fight to stay afloat in the return of the Gilded Age.

While tens of millions of Americans are suffering, the rich are getting richer and Wall Street is returning to its old ways.

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Yours,
Robert Greenwald
and the Brave New Films team

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Watch Moyers; It is time for economic reform

It is time for economic justice.  Bill Moyers
Capitalism: a Love Story

BILL MOYERS:

I sat in a theater packed with passionate moviegoers, every one of them seemingly aghast at the Wall Street skullduggery exposed by Michael Moore in his latest film. It's called 'Capitalism: A Love Story.' Here's an excerpt:

MICHAEL MOORE: We're here to get the money back for the American People. Do you think it's too harsh to call what has happened here a coup d'état? A financial coup d'état?

MARCY KAPTUR: That's, no. Because I think that's what's happened. Um, a financial coup d'état?
Just over a year after economic calamity brought promises of reform from Washington, has Wall Street really changed? Former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson and US Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) report on the state of the economy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Report on the Economic Crisis Forum -Sacramento


The Economic Crisis, The Budget &

The University

Forum discussion of the economic crisis and the cutbacks at the university.  Oct.13,2009.  Sacramento State University.
The annual Progressive Forum was well attended by over 120 students, faculty, and community members, as a part of   CFA’s week of action against the budget cuts, furloughs and lay offs. http://www.calfac.org/headlines.html.

Speaking representing  DSA in the forum  Dr. Duane Campbell argued political actions taken and not taken in the next 12 months may well determine the structure of our economy, our health care system, and our unions for the next two decades.  He urged participants to see the new film, Capitalism: a Love Story by Michael Moore.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Forum; The Economic Crisis


Forum on the Economic Crisis:

The Economic Crisis, The Budget &

The University

Be a part of the solution.

Panelists: Prof. Paul Burke, Co-Chair, Sac Progressive Alliance; Dr. Duane Campbell, Democratic Socialists of America; Kristina Lee, President, Campus Progressive Alliance; Kevin Wehr, President CFA.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

1:30pm - 3pm

Orchard Room, CSUS University Union



In the Soul of Capitalism, William Grieder describes the crisis this way,


“The conservative economic doctrine that has governed the country for a generation and reshaped the society in many harsh ways is collapsing, though not yet fully dislodged. We are witnessing the dying groans of a political ideology. The Market first theory failed as a governing regime essentially for practical reasons. It did not deliver what it promised- reliable and widely shared prosperity.”
The old order is dying, but the new order has yet to be born.

He argues,
"The U.S. has two parallel political systems. The official one, expertly equipped and in charge, produces and distributes political opinions and ideologies from the political class." { and shapes the teaching of economics in universities}

"The “other America”, weak, dispersed, largely non organized, scattered and passive, is the broad landscape of ordinary people. Our yearnings are silenced, ignored and/or easily manipulated."