Mark Blyth, post-Brexit vote

Mark Blyth at 17:00 on Sam Seder’s Majority Report:

When 80 percent of the time 80 percent of the people are told by the top 20 percent that everything that they want is what they should want too, but 80 percent of their lived experience tells them they’ve been sold a bill of goods, don’t be surprised when they say No.

Mark Blyth segment from 13:13 to 49:24 above; excerpt in tweet below starts at 38:22

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the 24-second clip Mark Blyth refers to in Sam Seder’s Majority Report interview:

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Mark Blyth, pre-Brexit vote

Noam Chomsky (interview)

from Truthout:


It is quite remarkable to see how little concern top planners show for the prospects of their own destruction — not a novelty in world affairs (those who initiated wars often ended up devastated) but now on a hugely different scale. We see that from the earliest days of the atomic age. The US at first was virtually invulnerable, though there was one serious threat on the horizon: ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles] with hydrogen bomb warheads. Archival research has now confirmed what was surmised earlier: there was no plan, not even a thought, of reaching a treaty agreement that would have banned these weapons, though there is good reason to believe that it might have been feasible. The same attitudes prevail right to the present, where the vast buildup of forces right at the traditional invasion route into Russia is posing a serious threat of nuclear war.


… the vast buildup of forces right at the traditional invasion route into Russia is posing a serious threat of nuclear war
—Noam Chomsky


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the Atlantic slave trade

from The Independent:


The shocking scale of British slave ownership has been revealed in scores of official records which have found that thousands of modern-day Britons are related to owners who received huge sums in compensation when the trade was abolished.

A five-year project by University College London has compiled the identities of 46,000 Britons who owned slaves, mainly in the West Indies, on the day slavery was abolished in 1833.

David Cameron, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Affleck and George Orwell are just some of the high profile descendants of the slave owners revealed in the files.

Records from the Slave Compensation Commission show that some 800,000 Africans were freed upon abolition after being kept as legal property.

Upon their liberation the Commission paid out the modern equivalent of £17 billion in compensation to the UK’s tens of thousands of owners – the largest government pay-out prior to the bailout of the banks in 2009.

The colossal sum represented 40 per cent of government expenditure in 1834.


compensation: equivalent today of $30,000 (US) per formerly enslaved person

so on average each former owner received 800/46 times that: $520,000 (US)


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