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Don midwest

Freeing up the rich to exploit the poor – that’s what Trump and Brexit are about
George Monbiot
A bonfire of public protections is being lit in Britain and in the United States – and the beneficiaries of it will be the very rich

Propaganda works by sanctifying a single value, such as faith, or patriotism. Anyone who questions it puts themselves outside the circle of respectable opinion. The sacred value is used to obscure the intentions of those who champion it. Today, the value is freedom. Freedom is a word that powerful people use to shut down thought.

When thinktanks and the billionaire press call for freedom, they are careful not to specify whose freedoms they mean. Freedom for some, they suggest, means freedom for all. In certain cases, this is true. You can exercise freedom of thought, for instance, without harming others. In other cases, one person’s freedom is another’s captivity.

When corporations free themselves from trade unions, they curtail the freedoms of their workers. When the very rich free themselves from tax, other people suffer through failing public services. When financiers are free to design exotic financial instruments, the rest of us pay for the crises they cause.

Above all, billionaires and the organisations they run demand freedom from something they call “red tape”. What they mean by red tape is public protection. An article in the Telegraph last week was headlined “Cut the EU red tape choking Britain after Brexit to set the country free from the shackles of Brussels”. Yes, we are choking, but not on red tape. We are choking because the government flouts European rules on air quality. The resulting air pollution frees thousands of souls from their bodies.

humphrey

Another “Family Values” Republican is in trouble.

https://apnews.com/39158ce174f74b8b989cee74f682b791/The-Latest:-Ethics-panel-finds-probable-cause-gov-broke-law?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Ethics Commission hearing on Gov. Robert Bentley (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

A state ethics panel has ruled that there is probable cause that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley violated state ethics and campaign finance law in a sex-tinged scandal that has engulfed him for more than a year.

The Alabama Ethics Commission voted Wednesday to refer the matter to the district attorney’s office for possible prosecution.

The 74-year-old governor has struggled to shake off a scandal after recordings surfaced last year of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before his divorce.

humphrey

Bernie has a few questions for one of Trump’s nominees.

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