Show Notes By Victoria Lynn Hall
One of many reasons I enjoy following Jesse on Twitter is that he more often than not offers a unique but essential perspective on current events. I know he doesn’t do this out of some conscious effort to be iconoclastic but that it is a result of his extensive research, his dedication to the truth, and a commitment to the values of peace and justice that he and I share.
However, I understand those who find his views initially challenging, controversial or hard to grasp because I was once one of those people. In fact, there was a time when I hastily blocked Jesse on Twitter because he challenged a cherished belief of mine. We only became friends after I was moved to investigate that belief (and my reaction to it being challenged) and realize that it was not based on truth.
Of course, he isn’t always right and he would be the first to admit that – in fact he does in this episode – but I trust him enough now that I don’t block him or take offense when I disagree with or feel unsettled by something he says. Instead, I do that investigative work mostly with Jesse now by asking him to clarify the meaning of what he says and how it might apply to my own experiences.
Our intention with Ask Jesse is to do some of that work in a public forum and I feel we still have a ways to go in realizing it’s potential for that. Your participation would certainly help speed that process along, so I encourage you to email us at AskJesse@AmplifireProject.com with your own questions and/or feedback.
As always, thank you for listening.
Show notes by Jesse Crall
The dangers of Neoliberalism lie not only in the consequences, many of which you’ll hear about in this episode, but also in the magnitude of its pervasive nature. Our entire lives have been consumed by a commodification, a worship of wealth and power that rewards a handful while bypassing everyone else.
It’s easy to point to handful of the worst actors, the billionaires, the most corporatist politicians, the most rapacious businesses…and castigate them as evil. But because our economy is so driven by forces rewarding rapacious, selfish action, the problems extend well beyond the most obvious sources. Larger systems create the conditions producing, elevating and rewarding oligarchs and corruption. The systems aren’t broken; they’re working exactly as intended. They simply weren’t intended to work the way most of us hope.
Part of our mission as a nation of united people involves not just pushing for new policies like Medicare for All but instead shifting the collective consciousness toward an embrace of a cooperative spirit instead of the division and hostility so present in our cutthroat economy. And this mentality has to extend beyond our own borders. Militarized police marching down our streets, jostling and abusing protesters and firing tear gas has been the norm throughout the Middle East for years. And the American occupation in Iraq led to far more violence than some batons and rubber bullets. Hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed by our forces during that war.
For us to only deploy words like “Fascism” and “Dictatorship” once a small fraction of this behavior hits our cities suggests an ignorance or, at worst, selfishness to those overseas. We need to understand the magnitude of our foreign policy and what it was like for citizens of Iraq and Libya and Afghanistan and elsewhere to live through the violence and terror our tax dollars funded. And we certainly need to stop clamoring for the meaningless words of men like George W. Bush and James Mattis. They were responsible for the carnage overseas and we can’t forget the mass despair faraway simply to feel better about what’s happening closer to home.
Please consider donating to Save the Children to help children suffering as a result of our leadership. The same men & women now called upon to guide us through Trump’s presidency inflicted damage and chaos the likes of which most of us couldn’t fathom. In Iraq, in Yemen…and by Democrats and Republicans alike. Change won’t come from the leadership that drove the world to this breaking point. It will come from a new solidarity cultivated by a massive collection of citizens working to create something new.
If you have a question you would like to “Ask Jesse” or have a topic you would like us to explore in a future episode, you can email us at AskJesse@amplifireproject.com
Watch the full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at: https://soundcloud.com/wondergalaxy13/corporation-coup
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.
A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.