By Victoria Lynn Hall
At just under 58 minutes, this is the longest episode of Ask Jesse so far. The fact that we were on hiatus for two months is largely responsible for that but also, as you may have noticed, there is a lot going on in the world these days.
It has pretty much become a full time (unpaid) job for me to attempt to keep track of all that the American Empire is up to and, quite frankly, most of it is disgusting and the rest is disheartening and depressing. The death and despair that our government is responsible for both domestically and abroad is more than bad enough but then to see the media paint our clearly corporate bought “leaders” as heroes would be humorous if it wasn’t so disturbing.
If I needed any more proof that mainstream media outlets were nothing more than propaganda machines, the New York Times headline that claimed that Biden has taken on a new role as a “Crusader for the Poor” would have clinched it. And it was bad enough when politicians or pundits were erroneously announcing that the American Relief Bill is going to “cut child poverty in half” but now average citizens are repeating this claim which, even if it were remotely true, is not something I would choose to brag about. The fact that child poverty is a thing at all in this country is one of many solvable problems we should all be outraged by.
So yes, this is a long episode but I hope you will take the time to listen to it anyway because we need to think long and hard about the kind of reality we are accepting these days and what is passing for “good” and why. It may be wise to have low expectations of the Biden administration if we want to avoid constant disappointment but that is no excuse for lowering our standards. An infinitely better world is possible but not if we keep accepting half ass measures as “good enough”.
For a concise overview of the “good”, the bad and the ugly aspects of the American Relief bill, I recommend reading The American Rescue Plan’s Money Cannon Is Great, But Not Enough from The Daily Poster.
Jesse spoke of how the Biden administration and Democrats are better at branding their foreign policy without really changing it, using Yemen as example. Here’s an excellent video By the Empire Files with Abby Martin explaining this in detail:
I mentioned how corporate mainstream media goes out of their way to obscure the ugly, criminal reality of U.S. Sanctions. Read UN Rebuke of US Sanctions on Venezuela Met With Stunning Silence by John McEvoy on Fair.org to learn more.
For more on mainstream media’s lack of objectivity when it comes to the Biden administration, I suggest reading The Sovietization of the American Press by Matt Taibbi.
Jesse talked about frequently quoting from a Current Affairs interview with economist Stephanie Kelton regarding the issue of a wealth tax. Here’s the latest of many tweets where he has shared the relevant passage:
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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.
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.