Forum Post: Evidently, Capitalism Is No Longer The Problem: How Abby Martin Just Sold Out The Movement on RT…
Posted 12 months ago on July 3, 2014, 4:09 p.m. EST by KevinPotts
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Evidently, Capitalism Is No Longer The Problem: How Abby Martin Just Sold Out The Movement on RT… REALITY CHECK NEWS
(Concerning the Top 0.01% in Abby Martin’s commentary/review of multi-millionaire “proud and unapologetic capitalist” Nick Hanauer’s Memo to his fellow Zillionaires ‘The Pitchforks Are Coming…For Us Plutocrats’ with RT producer Tyrel Ventura)
Abby Martin: “…So, I think I just said that wrong, but obviously I meant the .01% and I’m glad that he made this differentiation…”
Tyrel Ventura: “…Yes…”
Abby Martin: “… because I think that that was a really big flaw in Occupy Wall Street is we had this 1(%) vs. the 99(%) and really we’re not talking about…just rich people making six figures,…”
Tyrel Ventura: “…No, we’re not…”
Abby Martin: “…we’re talking about plutocrats.”
Tyrel Ventura: “Yeah, we’re not talking about just your average, ya know, good story of a guy who makes six figures, gets a high-paying job…ya know, we’re talking about the elite of the elite, we’re talking about the, the cream of the crop, the upper echelon, the kind of, you know, they call them the shadow rich, ya know the ones who are above the one percent.”
Abby Martin: “mmm (totally agreeing) Right (…) right, exactly, the ruling oligarchy…”
First of all, other than Abby Martin and other pro-capitalists-apologists like Libertarian Jesse Ventura’s son Tyrel Ventura, who produces her show on RT and a hypocritical, multi-millionaire, unapologetic capitalist like Nick Hanauer, Who The Fuck Is “We”? –Who Is NOT Talking About (And Attempting to Distract And Manipulate Public Opinion Away From) The True Exploitative Nature of Capitalism Itself? It’s certainly not those of us who are truly awake in The Movement, who understand the inhumane, exploitative nature of capitalism itself as a detrimental plague upon humanity, whose lives have been unjustly condemned to a lifetime of dependence, depravity and drudgery/servitude, who have been railing tooth and nail against it –It’s Certainly Not Us who are “not talking about” it. In fact, it’s the very heart of EVERYTHING WE Have Been TALKING ABOUT From The Very Beginning.
I used to be such a huge, hypnotized fan of Abby Martin years ago, when I first discovered her show ‘Breaking The Set’ on RT. She was everything an intellectual-humanist-revolutionary-against-the-system could possibly ask for. She was pro-humanity, pro-Occupy, pro-Movement, anti-war, anti-establishment, anti-mainstream-media, anti-corrupt-two-party-duopoly and anti-capitalism/anti-exploitation of people ALL the way (so it seemed). Not just smart, but super-insightful and brilliant! Not just a critical thinker, but philosophically Socratic! Not just likeable, but adorably charismatic! Not just caring, but extremely/spiritually humane (and like myself, I thought she was as far Left on the political spectrum as one could possibly be, to the point of surpassing any conceivable measurement or paradigm)! And not to mention, she’s smoking hot! And with a heart-filled passion for social justice and exposing corruption unlike anything I had ever seen before! As far as I was concerned, Abby Martin was Wonder Woman! And I was forevuh in Love! lol
And there were plenty of reasons for someone like me to be such a huge hypnotized fan; the intro to her show, where she bashed a TV (which represented mainstream media) with a sledgehammer was totally fucking Rock N Roll, the episode where she showcased Plato’s Allegory of The Cave connected with me deeply, and the fact that she has had so many of the greatest, most humane intellectuals of our time as invited guests on her show, such as Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Dr. Cornel West, Peter Joseph (Abby has also even appeared to speak at The Zeitgeist Movement Festival), Dr. Jill Stein and David Swanson of The Green Party, my favorite activist/comedian Lee Camp, Democracy in The Workplace advocate Richard Wolff, and even the brilliant/futurist Jacque Fresco of The Venus Project have all appeared as speaking guests on Breaking The Set, plus Abby’s seemingly reverence for MLK and his ideals, these people are some of the greatest heroes of our time and to see them all on her show really helped to solidify me as a huge fan and to assume that we were both dedicatedly awake on the same level to the root of our world’s problems and that we both shared the same political, socioeconomic, moral understandings and ideals.
But after the initial hook phase, I noticed the content of her show gradually shy away from exposing and focusing on the root cause of our world’s problems (which is mainly capitalism, exploitation and the imposed oppression, scarcity and poverty, which results from a world ruled by money and a profit motive that values the freedom of unrestricted personal gain at the expense of others over the collective freedom, livelihood and well-being of ALL People). And it was never really that she ever came out and said what I just said herself, which is such a vital realization and understanding of the root cause of almost every aspect of humanity’s unnecessary suffering (an understanding which is paramount to the ultimate survival, livelihood and moral evolution of our species), the advocation of such deep realization came mostly from some of those heroic guest speakers I mentioned, who I just assumed that she agreed with. And I noticed the content of her show became more about anti-corporatism (rather than about anti-capitalism itself) and more focused on the wide-ranging symptoms of a world ravaged and deprived by capitalism (rather than a focus on the disease and how to cure it). And the more I noticed her agreeing wholeheartedly with and praising/promoting the political ideals of certain guest speakers like Gov. Gary Johnson and Jesse Ventura, the more I realized that our ultimate political/moral ideals are nowhere near on the same page at all really and that Abby Martin is (and had always been) a charismatic Libertarian, which is basically an anti-war, pro-gun, pro-drug, pro-gay, capitalist-apologist Republicrat who doesn’t want anybody to have to pay any taxes. And that her show Breaking The Set on RT is basically the Libertarian version of the Democrat’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.
[And Yes, I now feel like smashing this computer monitor with a sledgehammer while it plays Abby and her producer Tyrel Ventura talk about how “we’re not really talking about” capitalism itself as our problem, but No, I’m not really gonna do that. What a fucking Sell-Out.]
To say “it’s only the top 0.01% who are the real problem with capitalism” is like saying “it’s only the most violent rapists, who rape the most and cause the most damage who are the real problem with rape”. And it doesn’t matter if someone is in the top 0.01%, the top 1%, the top 20% or the top 50%, Capitalism Is Fundamentally Based on The Unjust/Inhumane Exploitation of People! And if no one was willing to exploit anyone or to be exploited by anyone then it could no longer exist. And people can remain in denial and try to sugar coat that shit ALL they want to, but there is no getting around that. Period.
“This may be a shock… to those who have heard me say in some form of a less kinder, less gentler moment me, that Libertarians are Ayn Randian Regressives who more often than not parrot faux liberty talking points literally spoon fed to them by some Koch Brothers inspired think tank, talking points that in fact serve as a pillar that upholds the empire of the ruling elite even as they espouse to tear it down.” -Dennis Trainor Jr. / # ACRONYM TV http://nblo.gs/Y85TP
“Libertarians don’t have to agree on where all this ends (it ends with workers seizing the means of production), but they should understand that no matter what one replaces it with, dismantling an unjust system requires addressing..." -the Root Cause of- "...the injustices that system created. If you don’t, then your idea of “freedom” will be attacked as the freedom to be exploited by the same people running the world today. And with good reason.”
Elites didn't get rich off of some “free market.” Here's why libertarians should back radical wealth redistribution http://www.salon.com/2013/11/08/libertarians_are_very_confused_about_capitalism/
“The problem is that these people refuse to do anything more than pay lip service to issues. It isn't that they can't. It's that they won't. I think it's a self interest issue.” http://occupywallst.org/forum/libertarians-are-very-confused-about-capitalism/
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