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Common Dreams - September 3, 2019

"It's no wonder then that the neoliberals want to make us nostalgic for their brand of simmering destruction instead of Trump's rapid boil disasters."

Once upon a time, the world was run by rich men.

And all was good.

But then the world was conquered by other rich men.

And that is something the first group of rich men could not allow.

That is the reason behind Netflix's new film "Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates."

The three-part documentary goes live on Sept. 20. But the film's aims are clear from the trailer.

It's a vanity project about Bill Gates, the second richest man in the world.

By examining his mind and motivations, director and executive producer Davis Guggenheim will show us how Gates deserves his billionaire status and that we should allow him to use his philanthrocapitalist ventures to rule the world.

After all, shouldn't the best and richest among us make all the decisions?

The pity is that Donald Trump and the "Make America Great Again" crowd have goose stepped all over their new world order.

But instead of showing the world why we need to return to democratic principles, strengthen the common good and empower the people to govern themselves, some would rather continue the same plutocracy just with a different set of plutocrats at the wheel.

In the days of Obama, the Bushes and Clinton, it wasn't membership in the same political party that defined the ruling class. It was holding the same ideology.

It's not that neoliberals were so much wiser, ethical or empathetic than Trump. They just kept their greed a secret or tried to make it seem a virtue. They told better lies and didn't insight as much violence on our shores, and they were better at manipulating markets to make themselves richer while keeping the rest of us relatively poorer.

The MAGA insurgents are also rich men, but their greed is transparent. They lie and no one expects them to tell the truth. They can freely dismantle the social safety net because they stoke our prejudices and keep us fighting over race, gender and abortion so much we forget they're robbing us blind. And when the market crashes, they don't have to care because they've stolen everything of value and can weather the economic depression that will destroy the nation. ...
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