Category Archives: US society

Wall Street corruption and Senate bill S.2155

Bernie Sanders famously made his filibuster speech on December 10 2010 on financial reform, and has tirelessly pursued the subject ever since. His inability to carry the DNC primary against Clinton was clearly due to the power of the banks. Here he is again fighting against the proposed Senate bill S.2155: “The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act”, which is likely to pass with a majority, giving the top Wall Street banks, who are serial offenders on many different levels, and a serious danger to the public, new immunities.

Seeking the founts of extremism

Peter Maas [who went to Harvard-Westlake School] writes:

‘Where do America’s far-right leaders come from? [Julia] Hahn and [Alex] Marlow [editor-in-chief of Breitbart], who grew up 5 miles apart [and both went to Harvard-Westlake School pictured above], are clues to an intriguing fact of political epidemiology. A surprising number of alt-right leaders come from a single wealthy liberal enclave: the west side of Los Angeles.

Andrew Breitbart, who founded the site that bears his name, was raised in Brentwood, at the center of the west side, and was living there when he died in 2012. [Steve] Bannon, before becoming famous as the chairman of Breitbart and then Trump’s ideologue, was a Hollywood producer who sent his daughters to a private school in Brentwood. Stephen Miller, the 31-year-old presidential adviser who has been wildly provocative on immigration issues, was raised in neighboring Santa Monica, also known as the People’s Republic of Santa Monica because of its liberal politics. Read full article here.