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Mike Kirchubel writes a weekly Progressive/Economic column for the Fairfield, California Daily Republic and is the author of: Vile Acts of Evil, a look at the hidden economic history of the United States.
Vile Acts of Evil almost wrote itself. With minimal prodding on my part, this long-buried story tenaciously clawed its way up to daylight through thick strata of rock-solid historic catechism and economic dogma. The words of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and about a hundred other notables seamlessly wove themselves together forming a web of intrigue. Each of these venerable men spoke the truth as he saw it in his day and their isolated patches of quotes spanning over two hundred years - formed a flowing, continuously consistent story quilt when sewn together. So, when you find your warm, well-worn, and comfortable convictions at odds with what you read, when you suddenly discover yourself angry, muttering or yelling at this book, when you absolutely refuse to believe what is written, don't get mad at me; take it up with these gentlemen, because it is his story, his story, history.
Newsworthy events are typically viewed through many eyes, from several angles, and refocused through the mental lens of each observer's personal predisposition. Every story has at least two versions: The one you are told and the others you must discover. What we have been taught as a child to believe is straightforward factual 'history,' is actually a complex mélange of personal opinions, usually written to bolster or undermine a person or cause; always to the detriment of truth. 'History is mostly guessing, the rest is prejudice' - According to Ariel and Will Durant, whose mammoth collection, The Story of Civilization, defined world history for generations. Writers invariably have a reason for writing and discerning their motive is the key to interpretation and understanding. I claim nothing more here, other than this honesty: You will find my feelings open and transparent, not disguised in twists or spin, or hiding behind the patently deceptive mask of 'Fair and Balanced.' Judge accordingly.
'We cannot understand the role of the people in history unless we also understand the historical illusions which misrepresent history in order to serve the interests of privileged classes.' 'Man cannot fully master his present without reconquering his own history, repossessing the hidden heritage of the past.' John Howard Lawson, The Hidden Heritage, 1950. Your history has been hidden from you. History is written by the winners and, as you will soon understand, these winners, these privileged few, do NOT want you to know their history. Our ignorance enhances their power and knowledge undermines. It is class warfare and truth is the weapon. Wealthy people control your money, mind, and future."
I invite all to review this work - I think you will find it answers many of your questions as to why the world is as it is today. Our current turmoil is not new, not happenstance, and it can be changed.
(5 comments) Friday, April 6, 2018 Why we vote against our interests
History books are filled with humanity's repetitive madness, but learning, correcting, and moving forward seems ever receding goal. "Next time we won't make that same mistake." Until we do. Why? Because there is a tremendous advantage in not evolving, maybe not for you or me, but for a powerful few. There is big money to be made from lies, fights, and panic.
(9 comments) Friday, September 8, 2017 A way forward to decrease abortions
I am writing about abortion today because, in Republican red states, women's reproductive rights are running frantically backwards these days. Many states are trying as hard as they can to make it impossible for a woman to obtain a safe abortion.
Saturday, November 19, 2016 Yet another 2016 election post-mortem
Sure, every pundit and Bob, your uncle, has weighed-in on this election, but these election post-mortems are near-sacred rituals and since we're facing harrowing political headwinds, we all need to dearly embrace our established and revered cultural traditions, such as this.
(2 comments) Friday, August 26, 2016 A Democraic voter conspiracy?
Republicans have focused on the alleged importance of photo voter I.Ds. With I.D. zealots, it doesn't seem to matter that tens of thousands of legitimate voters would be denied their Constitutional right to vote, so long as one irrational person is kept from voting twice. Republicans call this "voter integrity" or "truing the vote," nice-sounding terms, but what they are actually trying to do is not so nice, steal elections.
(1 comments) Thursday, August 18, 2016 Death of the Trickle-Down Theory
In the entire history of the United States, there has never been so much money stuck way, way up there, available for trickling. If the Republican's Trickle-Down Theory had any validity at all, our economy would be going gangbusters, but as they delight in pointing out, our economy is growing very slowly, thereby nullifying their own absurd "theory."
(7 comments) Friday, July 15, 2016 Republican hypocrisy on parade
The Republicans leading the attack against Hillary Clinton's Benghazi and email "scandals" better not look in the mirror.
Thursday, January 28, 2016 Soft Core Terrorism
Fear and hate have been used since the beginning of oral history to control people and promote agendas. We see them used today by terrorists, the Republican Party, and by Fox News.
(2 comments) Friday, April 4, 2014 Crimea river; I really don’t care
The Soviet Union broke apart a mere twenty or so years ago into more than a dozen various independent nations. Things are still shaking out over there and as the dust settles, there are bound to be some second thoughts and aftershocks to such an extraordinary political tectonic shift. If you've ever purchased a globe, it's likely out of date.
(5 comments) Monday, December 23, 2013 Happy Birthday, Federal Reserve
Monday is the Federal Reserve's 100th Birthday. We should all take a moment to understand what that means to us all.
(15 comments) Saturday, November 9, 2013 Are we, in fact, a welfare nation?
This week, conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly blessed America with an article titled: "We are, in fact, a welfare nation," putting forth the theory that there are more people in America today who are on welfare than have full-time jobs. I agree with him, but have a slightly different focus than his.
(3 comments) Friday, October 18, 2013 Ted Cruz, King of the Lemmings
The government shutdown is over. Let's take stock of the cost and look to the future.
Monday, October 14, 2013 More helpful hints for Republicans
Citizens United, Part Two. How can we influence the government? Simply purchase the elections. Does money corrupt the government? Gee, let's ask the Supreme Court.
(11 comments) Wednesday, October 2, 2013 The death of debt free money
As you watch the evening news or read of the endless arguments in Congress, about whether or not they should pay their bills or raise the debt ceiling, realize that these battles are absolutely unnecessary. Very few people understand that our nation can move forward to a better and brighter future by simply having our U.S. Treasury issue our nation's money without debt, rather than continuing to "borrow" it
(8 comments) Saturday, September 21, 2013 The eternal curse of debt money
Last week, I promised to tell you about a better way to create money, by having our own government make it, without debt. Now this isn't some wild idea I just thought up, it's actually part of our Constitution: "Only Congress shall have the power to coin money and regulate the value thereof." Unfortunately, private bankers have always issued our nation's currency and have charged us interest for the privilege...
(24 comments) Monday, September 16, 2013 Mommy, Where Does Money Come from?
I would guess that for many people in the U.S., perhaps most, money plays an extremely important role. For something as ubiquitous and all-consuming as money, why isn't its story, its history, taught to every school kid in America?
(13 comments) Sunday, September 8, 2013 Debt money and the buzzing of flies
Our national currency is based on debt because every penny in circulation is loaned to us by bankers, rather than being issued, debt-free, by our Treasury Department. Usually, this system works just fine. Day to day, we labor at our jobs, make money, buy a home, raise our families, and grow ever older. But, there are problems with this system...
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 What going on with the banks' excess reserves?
For the past two weeks, in this Daily Republic column, we've been examining Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders' four questions for the next Federal Reserve Chairman. This week's question is: "What would you do to divert the $2 trillion in excess reserves that financial institutions have parked at the Fed into more productive purposes, such as helping small- and medium-sized businesses create jobs?"
Friday, August 16, 2013 And the next Fed Chairman is ...
The Chairman of the Federal Reserve Banking System is a very powerful person who is capable of affecting the well-being of every person living in the U.S. Answers to Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren's questions will offer a deep insight into the nominee's understanding of the awesome social responsibility that comes with this position.