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Thu Dec 12, 2013, 09:30 PM

 

Bill Moyers: 'We Are This Close to Losing Our Democracy to the Mercenary Class'

The great journalist sounds the alarm about the rise of the plutocracy and the shredding of the social contract.



December 12, 2013 |

I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a series for public television called In Search of the Constitution, celebrating the bicentennial of our founding document. By then, he had served on the court longer than any of his colleagues and had written close to 500 majority opinions, many of them addressing fundamental questions of equality, voting rights, school segregation, and -- in New York Times v. Sullivan in particular -- the defense of a free press.

Those decisions brought a storm of protest from across the country. He claimed that he never took personally the resentment and anger directed at him. He did, however, subsequently reveal that his own mother told him she had always liked his opinions when he was on the New Jersey court, but wondered now that he was on the Supreme Court, “Why can’t you do it the same way?” His answer: “We have to discharge our responsibility to enforce the rights in favor of minorities, whatever the majority reaction may be.”

Although a liberal, he worried about the looming size of government. When he mentioned that modern science might be creating “a Frankenstein,” I asked, “How so?” He looked around his chambers and replied, “The very conversation we’re now having can be overheard. Science has done things that, as I understand it, makes it possible through these drapes and those windows to get something in here that takes down what we’re talking about.”

That was long before the era of cyberspace and the maximum surveillance state that grows topsy-turvy with every administration. How I wish he were here now -- and still on the Court!


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diabeticman Dec 2013 #3
Uncle Joe Dec 2013 #4
jsr Dec 2013 #5
blackspade Dec 2013 #6
Jamastiene Dec 2013 #7
bvar22 Dec 2013 #8
rhett o rick Dec 2013 #9
Corruption Inc Dec 2013 #10
rhett o rick Dec 2013 #14
G_j Dec 2013 #12
Egalitarian Thug Dec 2013 #11
polichick Dec 2013 #13
KoKo Dec 2013 #15
WillyT Dec 2013 #16
JDPriestly Dec 2013 #17
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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 09:39 PM

1. + a lot Moyers tells the truth

a great American

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:57 PM

2. It's in our rear view mirror.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:59 PM

3. My wife loves Moyer.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:30 AM

4. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, Triana.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:33 AM

5. Recommend

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:44 AM

6. Moyers nails it as usual.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:04 AM

7. I think the writing is on the wall and

we have already lost it. K&R

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:23 PM

8. DURec for Bill Moyers.

One of the few remaining with the courage to Tell[the-Truth.
Thank You, Bill Moyers.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:11 PM

9. Yet some here are living in denial. They apparently think that the status-quo will

 

carry us through. They dont want to upset the oligarchic apple cart. They despise Snowden and whistle blowers in general, they despise investigative journalists like Michael Hastings, or others that dare speak truth to power. Guess whose side they choose when protestors are being beaten by the police. You will recognize them by their absence in threads like these.

If we are to save our democracy, we must fight for control of the Democratic Party. If the corporatists control our Party, we are lost.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:31 PM

10. +1

 

It's like 2 worlds, one reality based and the other focused on a status-quo that never existed to begin with. In other words, there are a huge amount of conservatives here that have no interest in reality, they prefer cartoons, cat pictures and praising war criminals like Colin Powell.

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Response to Corruption Inc (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 03:59 PM

14. I dont mind the cat pictures. I am not happy that these conservative-Dems

 

think they must disrupt discussions about some of the serious problems that they pretend dont exist. They are alert happy and hide happy. Bah humbug to the lot of them.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:32 PM

12. +1

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:31 PM

11. K&R for truth. n/t

 

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Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:34 PM

13. imo our democracy already has been lost. Moyers is awesome!

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Fri Dec 13, 2013, 04:19 PM

15. K&R!

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Fri Dec 13, 2013, 06:53 PM

16. K & R !!!

 


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Fri Dec 13, 2013, 07:35 PM

17. K&R. We have to stop the TPP.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 07:49 PM

18. Bill Moyers is one of very few journalists I would love to have a week long conversation with.

I think he verifies much of what true liberals believe and don't fear, the truth.

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