In this seventh installment of the Deception 2020 Series, we dig into literal and figurative levers of electoral power. How legit are our elections? And if they aren't, what are we even saying when we say "we're having an election?" Activist Comedian Lee Camp joins us to dig into they specific and myriad ways in which our elections are deeply and bipartisanly rigged.
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Lee Camp is a political comedian, writer, actor and activist. He was a member of the team that organized the occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC and has been a long time contributor to Popular Resistance. Lee created an online show, Moment of Clarity, starting in 2011, which "serves as a documentation of the corporate takeover of America – with jokes." Lee then created the first comedy program on RT America, Redacted Tonight, which airs weekly. He is the writer and host of the show. Lee brings news you won't hear in the US corporate media to the public each week in a format that people can accept, with humor.
By Eleanor Goldfield for Act Out! - Think before you pink – it's October and pink-washing is in full swing for Breast Cancer Awareness Month but here are several reasons why you should abstain from the cancer fan-fare, and how you can really battle the big C's – corporations and cancer. The corruption of the Susan G. Koman Foundation which spends its money on high salaries, lawsuits against other cancer groups, partnering with big oil with pink drill bits at fracking sites spreading toxins that cause cancer. It is a superficial month of marketing without any discussion of how we inadequately fund research and make access to healthcare inadequate. Next up, Lee Camp turns tragedy into comedy to get out serious messages about corporatocracy, war and empire. Lee talks about activism in the entertainment industry. Comedy led him to politics, lots of steps along the way, but the one moment -- stopping an execution in Texas with other death penalty activists -- where he learned a very small number of people can make a significant difference. and finally - California's bitter fight against Nestle over bottled water and undermining the California water supply. Activists file suit to stop Nestle from pumping water out of California forests.
Several activists who were early initiators behind the Occupy movement have formed a new political party, The After Party. Carl Gibson and Radio Raheem are among them and they join Dennis to discuss the launch and future plans. In the second half of the show, comedian Lee Camp, who performed at several Occupy encampments, talks about his new weekly comedy show, Redacted Tonight, now airing on RT every Friday night at 8:30 and 11PM EST.
Lee Camp sits down for an interview with Dennis Trainor, Jr. to discuss his new 30-munite weekly comedy show on RT, Redacted Tonight. “In my opinion, (Redacted Tonight) is The Daily Show with sharper teeth,” says Camp. “The Daily Show is incredibly funny, and I don’t deny that, and I’m a huge fan of The Daily Show, but,” Camp notes, “as Chris Hedges has said, ‘Colbert and Stewart are allowed to go after the foibles of out leaders but they can’t go after the deeper concerns. (Such as) the deeper idea that the two main political parties are completely bought by these corporations and aren’t speaking for the people.” Lee also talks about his new stand up video special, We Are Nothing, the Liz Wahl, Abby Martin kerfuffle, and what it is like to have Vladimir Putin have editorial control over a comedy show. Ok, the thing about Putin is a joke, but Trainor forces the issue not once, but twice. Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp airs on the RT network every Friday night at 8PM & 11:30PM EST and is published inline at RT.com.
Watching Barack Obama’s 5th State of the Union address it and he may as well have been delivering the state of the Union for the Superstate Oceania, the fictional empire mired in perpetual war from George Orwell’s 1984. No, Obama did not come directly out and tell us that war is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength so much as he embodied those ideas in a nuanced, measured performance that inspired the political pundits like Chris Matthews to wax poetic like a Theatre critic praising and aging stage actor who was able to find the old magic one last time. Lee Camp and I discuss the (actual) state of the union, Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy as it relates to jobs, corporate profits and the climate crisis, and how blindly “supporting for the troops” is unhealthy for children and all other living things.