#ThursdayThoughts While watching The Young Turks segment today regarding the treatment of workers at Amazon, I was reminded of the movie classic, Brazil (1985), directed and co-written by Terry Gilliam. The film centers on Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his dreams while he is working in a mind-numbing job and living in a small apartment, set in a consumer-driven dystopian world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines. Brazil’s satire of bureaucratic, totalitarian government is reminiscent of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Thinking about the movie with today’s realities and concerns that so many of us face, healthcare, workers rights/treatment, criminal reform and governments monitoring their civilians. Pair that with our always-on, connected lives, moving closer to an ever automated future. Seems a pretty accurate portrait of today. If you’ve never seen it or even if you have, check it out. The video below is by Georg Rockall-Schmidt titled: How Brazil Got Its Sci-Fi Dystopia Right
I had an epiphany last night. It started when Bernie said that he would more than likely have a younger, female running mate. So, I thought of Tulsi or some other strong progressive woman, maybe Nina? Anyway, that would mean whoever that woman is, she would have an opportunity to be in the White House for nearly a generation, 12-16 years and that would be huge. That being said, I’d have no problems with replacing Bernie with Elizabeth in that scenario. And even though Bernie & Elizabeth would be the progressive “dream team” and awesome, the length of time having Progressives in office would end up being a net loss, due to both of their ages. And they say we’re not “pragmatic”, I think the above demonstrates, pragmatism.#YearOfThePeople2020 #MARGPhoto by Lina Trochez on Unsplash
Building upon the “Blue Wave” during the 2018 United States mid-term elections, Progressives all around the country will continue to stand up to the corruption that’s infected our government and Representatives. With the #GreenNewDeal and #MedicareForAll polling at record levels with the majority of Americans, Progressives are cued up to make 2020 the year of the people. #YearOfThePeople2020