Wednesday, April 04, 2012


Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Peninsula Peace and Justice Tonight! Join us in the studio and take part in the conversation! OCCUPYTHEFUTUREA Brief History of Economic & Political InequalityAnd what we might do about it ... A talk byPaul GeorgeDirector, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center"We all learned more than we had expected, we have a better understanding of what we are up against, and we are more determined to persist." ~ Mike F., Occupy Mountain View, after Paul gave this talk for OMVOTHER VOICES TV TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 7:00 PMCommunity Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto [ Map]FREE and open to all. Wheelchair accessible.[This month's Other Voices TV will undergo a slight (and temporary) change in format as PPJC Director Paul George delivers a talk, rather than interviewing a guest. Paul has given this well-received talk all around the Bay Area and PPJC thought it was time he delivered it for PPJC's own audience.]Over the past generation, the concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny elite in the U.S. has grown at an astonishing rate. Today, a mere 1% of the population controls 40% of the national wealth, an all-time record. This concentration of wealth has also resulted in a concentration of political power, and this concentration of wealth and political power has brought us to what is being called plutonomy: an economy powered solely by and solely for the wealthy. The "average American" consumer no longer exists.In this talk, Paul George, Director of Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, will examine how this concentration of wealth and power came to be. (Unsurprisingly, it was not by accident.) He will explore what it means for a supposedly democratic society. Finally, he will propose some ways in which we might begin to reverse course. As former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."Simultaneous live TV broadcast on Mid-Peninsula Cable Channel 27(But please come to the studio and be part of the TV audience!) The origins of the Arab Spring come from within Arab nations and we need a Arab Spring here!

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