I didnít get very far with your post, Jeff, because itís reading like you missed the point.
Taibbi is launching a YouTube channel in order to be a media critic.
Iím welcoming it.
Itís not about Sanders and the Democratic Party in 2016.
Itís about media being little more than propaganda organs manipulating public opinion, elevating nonsense and creating false narratives.
Narratives that dominate here at the rant, by the way.
Kind of a Ďmanufacturing consent/discontentí expose.
Well, I guess I'm sorry that the only point worth discussing was Taibbi's YouTube channel.
I like Matt Taibbi and have ever since his days in Moscow, even more after he wrote "The Great American Bubble Machine" in RS.
But Taibbi seems to gloss over some crucial details sometimes.
No, that doesn't trigger me to launch some imaginary neo-con friendly rage-fest against him, I just think he's feeling like he's obligated to present both sides, but like I said, he misses a few things.
For one, long before the DNC hack, we meddled in their elections. This was especially annoying to Russians because we were ostensibly teaching them the virtues of democracy at the time.
Right around that time, we (Sergey Levin, Viktor Netchaev and myself) happened to be in Moscow, visiting Ostankino Studios. They were desperate for pro videocassette tape stock, but corrupt "gatekeepers" wanted a gratuity to "dispense" the tape stock, about as much as the cost of each cassette, so double the price.
I hate to say it, but that is a form of capitalism, even though it was being practiced by Soviets. I don't remember us teaching that lesson to them, unless they were getting their lessons from old American gangster movies.
For one thing, the privatization effort under Yeltsin, much of which was coordinated by Americans, helped lead to a little-understood devilís bargain that sealed Yeltsinís electoral victory.
Enter Jeffrey Sachs, a possibly well meaning but historically blind and deaf advocate of exactly what happened, raw anarcho-gangsterism, a kind of disaster capitalism that sprouts most quickly in the wake of a systemic collapse, which in economic terms, is the equal of a natural disaster like a tsunami or a massive earthquake.
The factory buildings are left standing along with the homes, but they're empty because there's no money to buy anything and no money for rent. MONTHLY REVIEW: The Necessity of Gangster Capitalism
The shock of this disaster capitalism left a lot of fertile ground in both the former USSR and its nascent breakaway satellite, Ukraine, fertile ground which became the playground for Paul Manafort.
It also simultaneously left the door wide open for Donald Trump, who made his first inroads into Putin's vast stores of criminal wealth back around 1987 after a meeting with Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubinina.
Trump fit all the necessary recruitment criteria.
ďAre pride, arrogance, egoism, ambition or vanity among subjectís natural characteristics?Ē
By the late-1990's Trump was already being shut out of Western banks and was forced to seek loans elsewhere. Game, set, match...Russian oligarchs to the rescue, under the watchful eye of Putin.
They had their man, and liberals had nothing to do with it.
I'm not saying that Taibbi is suggesting otherwise.
I'm saying that he's perhaps accidentally committing errors of omission.
I'd really love to ask Taibbi if he even believes that Putin's goal is to castrate Western democracies.
And I'd love to know if he believes that liberals are the main culprits.