“Very few people are aware that Thomas Jefferson considered freedom from monopolies to be one of the fundamental human rights. But it was very much a part of his thinking during the time when the Bill of Rights was born.
The first form of government, the Articles of Confederation, was written in 1777 and endorsed by the states in 1781. It was subsequently replaced by our current Constitution, as has been documented in many books. One of its most conspicuous features was the lack of vast wealth or any sort of corporation that resembled the East India Company—until the early 1800s.
The First Glimpses of a Powerful American Company
In fact, most of the Founders never imagined a huge commercial empire sweeping over their land, reminiscent of George R. T. Hewes’s “ships of an enormous burthen” with “immense quantities” of goods. Rather, most of them saw an America made up of people like themselves: farmers.”
Dylan Ratigan is “leaving” MSNBC on June 22…supposedly to pursue other interests (ahem)…
Meanwhile, I’m happy to say that Current TV took my advice (heh heh), along with everyone else who wrote in to suggest that they give Joy Behar a show!! She is a really good choice…she is not a pontificator, but knows her politics, as well as her Pop Culture. She gets great guests, too…that’s really good news. will be starting in September And Joy will be guest-hosting Eliot Spitzer’s show all next week. I’ll make sure to watch!
Regarding Ratigan, I mean, seriously, it was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? I always wondered how his show was flying below the radar. I mean, did you ever watch it? Yes, his delivery can be a bit difficult to follow, but he covered topics that were truly controversial, Wikileaks, Climate Change, Bradley Manning, Drones, you know, all the stuff the current administration does not want you to know about. My guess is that The White House does NOT want Dylan Ratigan telling the TRUTH, especially with the election coming in November, and the Bradley Manning trial scheduled for September…as far as I know, Dylan Ratigan was one of the only hosts on MSNBC who would touch those types of subjects (of course, Chris Hayes does a good job, and Lawrence O’Donnell covers those types of stories once in a while). Phil Griffin wrote a glowing report about Dylan, wishing him all the best, but I don’t buy it. I think the Big Boys gave MSNBC the word, “Get rid of him”…just my hunch. I just can’t believe he left of his own accord, not in an election year…
Who knows, maybe Ratigan will end up on Current, too!
New Kittens, and my 100 year old father’s passing have taken up most of my time.
Also, I’ve been depressed about politics, and feeling frustration with my own unimportance and impotence. I can’t seem to inspire anyone to get more involved politically, and I understand their apathy. It seems so hopeless. I care desperately about our planet’s future, and about injustices in our world that could lead to further oppression, but see no other way to combat the direction we are going besides us all banding together and demanding change.
I had such high hopes for Occupy, but the Government nipped that in the bud, and squashed many of our hopes. IMHO the “Occupy Brand” has been wrongfully sullied, but nonetheless, no longer has a pristine and pacifistic reputation.
All those people who came out last fall are still around…We have the numbers, and we could “win”, but not without the courage to stand up and be willing to die for these causes.
I know, it’s heavy to picture dying for a cause, but our WORLD is dying, and soon, too. If we care about our future, we need to do something about it.