By Victoria Lynn Hall
“It would be really great if someone would invent a new Internet with the specific purpose of not making money off of it, but making it what it originally was, a free marketplace of ideas…”Todd Rundgren
Last week’s episode didn’t get very many listens, according to our YouTube stats. Perhaps that had something to do with the title? Economics & Alienation aren’t exactly crowd pleasing subjects but we’re not here to please the crowd.
Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of interviews on YouTube with my favorite musical artist/producer/technology pioneer Todd Rundgren who is currently up for nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Something that Todd points out a lot in these videos is that because he derived his living from his work as a music producer, he never had to concern himself with how well his own work sold. It gave him the creative freedom to pursue what interested him.
Similarly, because Jesse and I volunteer our time and effort to Amplifire Project (as do all our fellow contributors) to make this podcast, we don’t have to concern ourselves with how popular it is or isn’t. This frees us to talk about what really matters to us, namely, the truth as we understand it and what is preventing others from knowing it.
In both these examples, you can see how freedom and truth are less compromised when economics are not involved. Therefore, it shouldn’t be all that difficult to see how these things become more compromised when economics are involved, as they so often are when it comes to our media and our politics.
You may have had someone ask you the question: What would you do if money was no object? I think it is time we started asking ourselves: What would our government do if corporate interests weren’t involved?
I strongly suspect that they wouldn’t be aiding Saudia Arabia’s genocide in Yemen.
Please visit the Take Action page of this site for links to sign a petition for President Biden to take decisive action to end the Yemen blockade and to support the Yemeni Liberation Movement‘s hunger strikers for Yemen.
I gave this episode the same name as Jesse’s excellent article, Yemen & the Truth which he references in our talk.
Jesse also referenced Abby Martin’s excellent commentary: Biden’s Doublespeak About Ending Yemen War.
The article Jesse mentioned about Saudia Arabia possibly wanting to the end the war in Yemen was from April 2020: Saudi Arabia is preparing to end the war in Yemen – Aljazeera
Jesse gave a shout out to Sean McCarthy for his takes on the John F. Kennedy assassination and recommends reading this thread of his on Twitter:
I mentioned my “Social Media Thoughts” video on “Rediscovering My Why”:
I mentioned the Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group which is having it’s first meeting on Saturday, April 10th at 3 PM Eastern. If you missed that meeting, there is still time to join and/or sign up for the newsletter to get recaps. Click here for more information.
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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.