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About Andy Hailey

Vietnam Vet, UT El Paso Grad, Retired Aerospace Engineer, former union rep, 60's Republican now progressive, web admin, blogger.

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

Exposing the "Nobile Lie" of Right-wing Authoritarian Trickle Down Economics
Imagine a third bar for just the Koch Brothers
After WW II, we had a powerful middle class, then Reaganomics started their demise.

 

Updates on America’s GOP Authoritarianism – Trump Leading The Way, GOP Split, GOP Dictator

Here are links to three articles on American Authoritarianism and selected quotes from each: The Rise of American Authoritarianism Trump embodies the classic authoritarian. Donald Trump could be just the first of many Trumps in American politics The political phenomenon … Continue reading

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Our Choices In November: (Neoliberal Austerity or Neofascist Racism) and Bad to Worse Levels of International War(s)

Here are two interviews comparing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. One with Dr. Henry Giroux and the other with Dr. Cornel West: This Is Hell! | On violence, neoliberalism and the hallucinatory anti-politics of the Trump era If we can’t … Continue reading

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It’s All About Voters Who Are Angry at the Establishment.

The BREXIT surprise resulted from a broken political system burdened by an austerity driven, neoliberal, economic system under the EU that drove angry voters to the polls. Is this a precursor for a surprise in the US presidential election? Aren’t … Continue reading

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More Than Ever, Dems Need Progressive Independents to Win – Two Perspectives

Based on two different graphics about voter preferences, one for party and one for progressive vs conservative, Dems will win only if they inspire the progressive base and progressive independents to vote. According to results of the above Gallup poll, … Continue reading

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To What Degree Will November Election Complete Corporate Coup of America?

Now that the party primaries are over, it appears that the profit centric MSM has guided the voters quite convincingly. We ended up with the candidates which both media’s profit masters most approve of and which voters have the lowest … Continue reading

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Dr. Bob Altemeyer on Donald Trump and Authoritarian Followers – Who Will Stop Them?

Professor Altemeyer, was referenced extensively in John Dean’s Conservatives Without Conscience and in this blog. He has written a summary on authoritarians and related articles. If the New American Majority, discussed by Steve Phillips in Brown Is The New White, … Continue reading

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Policy Priorities for Winning in November with the New American Majority (NAM)

RE: Brown Is The New White by Steve Phillips (This is my kind of book. Filled with quantitative and qualitative details, and progressive policies for the mind, and, more importantly, backed up and supported by progressive values for the soul.) … Continue reading

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Right to Slave Wages is Now Possible as Your Own CEO.

Another example of information you won’t get from profit centric MSM that must keep its profit master happy by entertaining the masses: Steven Hill has written Raw Deal. Using companies like Uber and AirBnB, Hill discusses the next move in … Continue reading

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Questions for Millennial Bernie Supporters on Behalf of Boomer Bernie Supporters

How much of the following would you either agree with or can offer a more accurate/corrected summary? – Is incremental, slow, change no longer acceptable? – Is working from within the rigged system not worth the effort to re-rig it? … Continue reading

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Trump Ascendency Should Be No Surprise

It is a natural result of many factors including, but not limited to: – Decades of repeating that “government IS the problem” and predatory privatization of our government – Decades of disempowering the people’s government while empowering the excessively wealthy … Continue reading

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November election – How to Minimize War and It’s Fuel: Greed

The Powell Memo of 1971 formalized our path to this point in our corporatocracy. Since the corporate plan laid out in this memo has: been funded by the likes of Koch, Coors, Olin, Bradley, Scaife, and others; has constructed a … Continue reading

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It’s past time for a broad-based political revolution to reverse decades of damage to America

I participated in a recent poll by MoveOn.org and they sent me a follow-up survey to understand why I chose Bernie Sanders for MoveOn to endorse. Here is part of my survey feedback: —————————— I’m a leader in the Texas … Continue reading

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Bully’s and Fear Mongers Coerce President Obama

How many wars are today’s neocons willing to promote for the sake of regime change that grows corporate profit? “The demonizing of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin appears to know no bounds, with the White House and The New York Times … Continue reading

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Small Group Accepts Mass Killings for the Sake of Maintaining Unlimited Freedom.

“Conservatives without Conscience,” a minority in America defined by John Dean in his book by the same title, accept the collateral damage of their many wars, including innocent American children and many others taken by mass killings – mass killings … Continue reading

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Hidden Threats Strain Both the Earth’s Life-sustaining Resources and Life Itself

Unsustainable economic growth and its systemic impacts on the wealth gap, human population, and Earth’s climate are enslaving and abusing all Peoples. Wage theft, debt slavery, and expanding poverty drive the exponential growth of the income and wealth gap and … Continue reading

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Ending American Authoritarianism – A Hybridization of Orwell and Huxley Dystopias, and Resisting It Through Radical Imagination

Henry Giroux re-evaluates the works of Orwell and Huxley compares them to the new American Authoritarianism and proposes actions to reverse it. Both authors provide insight into the merging of the totalitarian elements that constitute a new and more hybridized … Continue reading

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The New Socialism and Bernie Sanders, #FeelTheBern

From Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist, but what does that term mean?: There are essentially two types of socialists in modern Western democratic politics. Social democrats are effectively what the left is in nearly every Western European and North … Continue reading

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Pro-war, Regime Change, Neocons Have Controlled our Interventionist Foreign Policy for Decades

Back in January, 2007, as The Shrub, GWB, began his final year in office I wrote a blog post titled Bush’s Administration – Neocons Everywhere According to Bush and Rumsfeld. In September of last year, I wrote another posting called, … Continue reading

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Winning in Politics – Inspiring Your Supporters to Vote

Know Your Values and Frame the Debate Communicating Our American Values and Vision Why You Can’t Understand 21st Century American Politics with an 18th Century Brain The essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic The above list is of the … Continue reading

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Trans Pacific Partnership, Pros and Cons – Good for Corporations, Very Bad for Children or Workers

Here is a list of typical “pro TPP statements” with my cons. “free trade has boosted American commerce more than it has hurt.” On a macro scale, I’ll stipulate to that. However, that benefit has not been fairly distributed across … Continue reading

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Checks and Balances – Supporting the United Steel Workers

The founders of America included a fundamental idea in our Constitution: checks and balances – one branch of government checks another. This important idea is basic to our way of life and applies to any situation where abuse of power … Continue reading

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Supressing Hope Is Futile – Integrity, Moral Values, and Insurrectional Democracy

Externalizing hope will defeat the casino capitalism of the authoritarian right. Here are three requirements for getting there: 1. Progressives who deny their core values, lose, and can’t inspire the underpaid, overworked, debt ridden, and generally oppressed to take action. … Continue reading

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Inequality is Worse Than You Think, Why So Many Accept It, and The Inevitible Progressive Revolution

From: Peak Inequality: The .01% and The Impoverishment of Society: Beyond these baseline costs, looking at moderate costs for a family of four owning a home in a median family area, with one car, education and retirement costs factored in, … Continue reading

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My Recent Tweets on #AmericaInFiveWords – Reliving the American Revolution of 1800

– Corporations/Billionaires own our government – Obedient shoppers or Critical Thinkers? – Enslaved by paychecks and debt – Where freedom is an illusion – About ME or about WE? – For-profit media conditions consciousness – Democracy or Republic? No! Plutocracy!! … Continue reading

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The Texas Democratic Party Wanted to Know …

I just responded to a Texas Democratic Party Survey. Here are their questions and my answers: What do you think we could have done differently? All organizations that are working to elect Democrats need to coordinate their activities to reduce … Continue reading

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Erik Prince Still Free, Ferguson Police Abuse, Who Can’t Vote in Texas, Corp Attack On Democracy, NPR Part of Problem, Doughnut Economics

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/26 Christianist Erik Prince Remains Free as Blackwater Guards Convicted for Killing 14 Iraqis in Massacre First of all, Erik Prince is a radical right-wing Christian supremacist who, from the very beginning of the so-called … Continue reading

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Fixing Our Broken Economic and Law Enforcement Systems, Private Empire vs Earth, People Take Action

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/19 Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism Those who fight against neoliberalism [free market fundamentalism, casino capitalism] must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative … Continue reading

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Unconstitutional Gerrymandering, RGA Funneling Corp Dark Money, Privatizing Public TV, The First Slip of Corp Media, Citizen Actions Against Abuse

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/12 Federal Court Strikes Down One of the Most Aggressive Gerrymanders in the Country One of the most aggressive gerrymanders in the country is unconstitutional, according to a divided three-judge panel in Virginia. In 2012, … Continue reading

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Activist Supreme Court, America’s Tyrannical Theocracy, Koch Destruction, ISIS Kills Surveillance Reform, Nye on Tar Sands, Infrastructure vs Greed, Economic Hitmen

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/5 The Supreme Court That Made It Easier to Buy Elections Just Made It Harder for People to Vote in Them In case there was any remaining confusion with regard to the precise political intentions … Continue reading

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Peoples Climate March, Flood Wall $reet, Embedded Neocons Force War, Students Challenge Conservative Authority, Journalists Manipulated to Support War, Wall $teet Manipulates NYC Fed , Freedom for Us and the Citizens of Gaza

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 9/28 The People’s Climate The People’s Climate March on September 21 was a watershed for the emerging global climate movement, with more than 400,000 people taking to the streets of New York City. But New … Continue reading

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Neocons Left Over from Reagan and Bush II Using ISIS Crisis to Expand Right-wing Authoritarian Regime Change Policy

Back at the start of the seventh year of the Bush II administration, January of 2007, I wrote a post about all the leading neoconservatives, and their think tanks, that were supporting or were a part of that administration and … Continue reading

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War with ISIS?, Kock Brothers Teaching our Kids, MSM is a Failure, NeoCons Growing al-Qaeda, 1800 Revolution Repeating Now

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 9/21 The Questions Congress Should Ask About Obama’s War on ISIS “The public is told there’s no imminent threat to the US, so why are we rushing to war? Could weapons given to Syrian rebels … Continue reading

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Lawrence Lessig’s “The USA is Lesterland” – But It Take More Than Spreading the Funding Influence

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim Please watch the video first.   Lessig ends by saying, “We have lost that Republic. All of us have to act to get it back.” I agree with that … Continue reading

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Resisting Urban Shield, Billionnaire God-like Desires, Public Gas Station, Violating Law Ok If It Saves Money?,

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 9/14 Militarization, Surveillance, and Profit: How Grassroots Groups are Fighting Urban Shield “The line between police and military is blurring as parallel military tactics are being deployed globally to repress dissent and increase state control … Continue reading

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Functioning Democracies Require Citizen Participation and That …

Government is crucial for building a public infrastructure that equally protects and empowers every citizen Citizenship dues are necessary to fund this public infrastructure and that these dues are in proportion to the use of said infrastructure so as to … Continue reading

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TTIP-Concerns About Food Safety, Suppressing Civil Disobedience, Tax Reform, KochKash, Lies & Why’s of Ukraine, Stopping Privateering

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 9/7 EU-US Trade Deal Lets Corporate Interests Steamroll Food Safety, Groups Warn We are writing to respond to claims by the European Commission (EC) that there is “no contradiction” in the US – EU trade … Continue reading

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World View of Ferguson, McConnell Kisses Up to ONE%, FBI & Charter Schools, ONE% Con Job, Poor 9%, Kochs In Charge

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 8/31 Everyone From Tibetan Monks To Iran’s Supreme Leader Is watching Ferguson. Here’s How They’re Reacting Why would someone in Gaza care about protesters in Ferguson? One argument is that the resurgence of popular uprisings … Continue reading

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I guess the only thing left to do IS VOTE.

– First they came for the unions, but I didn’t vote. – Then they diverted pay raises for my increased productivity to corp profit and my spouse went to work to help pay the mortgage, but we still didn’t vote. … Continue reading

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Amerian Wariors Proliferate War Mentality Across America, Atlantic Ocean Warms, Fracking Protest

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 8/24 A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson One small way to measure the police violence against black people in Ferguson is to attend to its details. … Continue reading

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Warren or the Golden Calf, Information Warfare, Another Secret TA, NPR Fooled, AUMF=Endless WAR, Perry/Prison

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 8/17 Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments For progressives just recently let out of the bondage of the long Clinton-Bush interregnum, it would thus be a shame for them to put their faith in a golden calf … Continue reading

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Hoarding Cash, InvertersRDeserters, Putin a Target?, Yahoo PGP, PO Bank, Disaster Goes Unreported

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 8/10 Cash Hoarding becomes an Addiction Several studies have been done since the Great Recession, and we’ve learned that many of the CEOs who devastated our economy weren’t only greedy, but nearly 40% of them … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand Fever Dream, ALEC Legislator Auction, Populism for Dems, Wealth Correlates to Denialism

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 8/3 The people of the United States must work to end the interventionist violence of the U.S. Empire The historian who chronicles US Empire,William Blum, issued his 130th Anti-Empire Report this week. In it he … Continue reading

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AFP Ranks Legislators, Powell Memo, ALEC Funding, Tea Party Fear/Hate, Domestic Terrorists, US Empire

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 7/27 See How Americans For Prosperity Ranks YOUR Congressmen on free market fundamentalism – Neoliberalism Top 10 DEMs get ratings between 20% and 39%, like Jim Matheson (D) of UT at 35%, or Mike McIntyre … Continue reading

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Tea Party Religion, Picthforks for the Wealthy, Women’s Economic Security, ALEC

Suggested Reading Week Ending 7/20 Tea Party Has Become a Religion, Stopping the Devil Incarnate is It’s Goal Interview with Billionaire Nick Hanhauer – The Pitchforks Are Coming The Human Price of Neocon Havoc Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political … Continue reading

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Excessive Corporate Intrusion Is a Major Factor in Maximizing Inequality

When FDR and LBJ passed laws which maximized equality by providing protections such as Social Security, the right to unionize, and medicare, corporations only saw added costs for doing business. While America helped rebuild the world after WWII, these costs … Continue reading

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