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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.
(16 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 14, 2011 How Benjamin Franklin Caused the Revolutionary War
What did you learn in school about the causes of the Revolutionary War? Oh, that's right - the one dollar per year tax on tea. That's certainly worth dying for. What did you learn of "Debt Money?" Anything?
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, September 24, 2012 The REAL "Entitlement" Programs Benefit the Rich
Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment Insurance are not gifts from the wealthy to the workers of America. We pay our own way. The real "entitlement" programs are the ones we workers fund for the benefit of the rich.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 27, 2008 This Financial Mess - Causes and Cures
This economic breakdown is not new. It has happened over and over and over again in these United States. If you realy want to know what's happening now, read on...
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 12, 2012 Let's make Election Day a national holiday
Election Day should be a national holiday. The words, "Election Day" are already capitalized, so we're halfway there. I can hear bosses everywhere howling: "You lazy workers just want another day off." Of course, but what if I told you we could have an Election Day holiday with no adverse effect to your business?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 16, 2013 Paul Ryan: The Paris Hilton of politics
Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, are famous, not because they have accomplished anything, but simply because they are famous, period. Today, I'd like to nominate the celebrated and influential Republican Representative, Paul Ryan for membership in that elite club.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, March 22, 2013 Tell me again, why did we invade Iraq?
Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. For most of us, Iraq is "Mission Accomplished" and we are on to other things. For many others, on both sides, still fighting injuries, demons, and the loss of loved ones, this war remains a deep, festering wound. I don't want to rehash who lied to get us in that war, but tell me whether or not removing one man from power was worth the sacrifice?
(24 comments) SHARE 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?
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 20, 2012 Does income tax punish the rich?
Many right-wing apologists complain that the rich pay too much in taxes while the average citizen does not pay enough. Let's see if that's true.
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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) SHARE 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.
(8 comments) SHARE 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...
SHARE 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?"
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(11 comments) SHARE 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
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 27, 2012 When the truth is found to be lies ...
It has long been part of the Republican mantra that they are the fiscally conservative party and that the Democrats are spending our children into slavery. After today, that changes.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 19, 2012 Doing the Benghazi Shuffle
Does it make sense for congressional Republicans to cut U.S. embassy funding and then complain about inadequate security in Benghazi?" Apparently it's "Yes," if you can convince voters the attack was Obama's fault and distract them from Romney's blunders and malarkey.
SHARE Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Voting is the essence of freedom
"The Founders knew well from history that a democracy always self-destructs when the people discover they can take from others to give to themselves." This well-worn line, used extensively and exclusively by conservatives, has almost become their mantra. Right-wing extremists are afraid poor people will take over the government, take money from the rich, and then give it to themselves. Is that a valid fear?
(1 comments) SHARE 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."
SHARE 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) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 1, 2012 President Obama, Fix the Fed
Do you have a couple minutes to make the world a better place? Read the article, click on the link, and ask President Obama to Fix the Fed.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(13 comments) SHARE 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...
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 6, 2013 Disposing of President Obama's "scandals"
President Obama has been under attack by the right-wing media for a series of so-called "scandals." If you look into these stories, you don't find much there. But what would they talk about on Fox without them?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 2, 2009 1819 Revisited
Bankers have manipulated our economy up and down for their gain for hundreds of years. Our current situation is no different. Let's look back to another era and another response.
SHARE Monday, October 15, 2012 Your official debate cheat sheet
Like David Letterman's Top Ten list, or Sarah Palin's palm, I've listed ten items that can help you figure out what is really being said at Tuesday's Presidential debate.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 3, 2012 Republicans, heal thyself
Republicans have lost sight of mainstream American values to the detriment of us all. This is a compilation of three weekly articles written for the Fairfield, California newspaper, The Daily Republic. The purpose is to help the Republican Party get back on track so our government can function. Think of it as a public-service announcement.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, June 27, 2013 Truth, Justice, and the American way
It surely seems we have come a long way as a society; Selma Alabama, the scene of so many racial confrontations in the 1950's and 60's, elected their first Black Mayor in 2000 and their second in 2008. But the racists and Republicans are still at it. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 184 proposed abusive voting changes have been withdrawn or blocked by the U.S. Justice Department, just since 1999.
SHARE Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Business is booming in Texas!
Corporate propagandists, paid right-wing foundation writers, and their leagues of followers delight in proclaiming that we have "too many" laws and regulations here in California. They continually attempt to re-define "freedom" as a lack of corporate regulation and enforcement and then prattle on about how regulations are bad for business, despite the fact that California is one of the world's top ten economic powerhouses.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 7, 2009 Jury Nullification
"If the jury feels the law is unjust, we recognize the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by a judge, and contrary to the evidence...If the jury feels that the law under which the defendant is accused is unjust, or that exigent circumstances justified the actions of the accused, or for any reason which appeals to their logic or passion, the jury has the power to acquit."
SHARE Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Stand your ground, Republicans!
While Todd Akin's abortion remarks may seem wildly out of touch with reslity to the Progressive crowd, they resonate with a wide audience of conservative voters. Unfortunately, there exists a significant percentage of the voting public who appreciate that bizarre mix of mythology, misogyny, pseudo-science, and religion that these Republicans bring to political discussions.
SHARE Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Yes, Al, there is a Santa Claus
Congressional investigations into President Obama's "scandals" are being conducted by House Oversight Committee Chairman, Republican Darrell Issa. Like an evil Santa Claus, he entices right-wingers with his brightly-colored packages, but they are bitterly disappointed when they find them filled with coal.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Monday, October 8, 2012 Obama Debates Zelig
We all know politicians tell us voters what we want to hear, that's how they get elected, but Romney stands out as an eerily special case. "Flip-Flopper" is a term given to politicians who change their minds on one or two issues; but this is different.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 3, 2013 Devils, dirty deeds, and dark money
The Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling has created a new class of political investors, those who are so ashamed of what they are doing that they wish to remain anonymous.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Stricter rules for big 8 banks?
The headline last Tuesday, "Regulators proposing stricter rule for big 8 banks," makes us think that federal bank regulators are doing a great job, policing and controlling our "too big to fail" banks. Are they?
SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, September 13, 2012 Better off with Mitt?
The question being asked by Republicans these days is: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Four years ago Bush was still in office and the Great Recession had not yet reached its full fury. The more important question that we should all be asking is: "Will you be better off in four years under Romney?"
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 16, 2009 A Note About the Bailout
The Bailout, like the "War on Terror" and the Iraq and Afganistan wars, is just another way to send trillions of working-class Americans' dollars to the richest of the rich. How do you think they got that way? Hard work?