Viewing The Affects Of Capitalism From A Train — The Political Vigilante

Viewing The Affects Of Capitalism From A Train — The Political Vigilante

42 thoughts on “Viewing The Affects Of Capitalism From A Train — The Political Vigilante

  1. So much permaculture gardening could be done on that degraded landscape that would improve the environment, increase food security and reduce crime..,not that our neoliberal neocons want any of those things.

  2. This is only the second video of yours that I've watched. (I've been busy). I must tell you that both have been genius. You have more than one talent (e.g., comedy – you're very funny), sir. Kudos. Also yoga and karate? Renaissance gar! Rock om!

  3. Watching this I am reminded of Ross Perot who opposed NAFTA as a Presidential candidate back n '92 saying that there would be a 'giant sucking sound' of US jobs leaving if NAFTA passed. He seemed like a kook at the time but he turned out to be right but there was no sucking sound, jobs just left quietly. Kind of wish I had voted for him rather than that neoliberal scumbag.

  4. you and jimmy d and company should get out there in the field and do an in depth documentary about the ravages of free trade deals upon the US working class over the last 30 years

  5. PPS: Oops! they gained 21 trillion dollar, not 30 trillion. On the other hand, what's a mere 9 trillion dollars in the scheme of things these days?

  6. Watching this train ride (and I've made the trip myself), makes me wonder what the cancer rates are like in those areas. Nevertheless, it's a disgusting and despicable commentary on capitalism.

  7. PS: Over the past 30 years the top 1% increased their wealth by 30 trillion dollars. Over the same period of time the bottom 90% lost 900 billion dollars of wealth.

  8. It's actually much worse than you could imagine, and those images are just a tip of the iceberg. If you care to get down to the nuts and bolts of our current dysfunctional system that causes these effects I recommend reading Michael Hudson's book: Killing the Host. That's a good place to start. 

    Things are about to take a very, very bad turn for the worse in America, and these "effects" are about to go mainstream in a hurry if we don't recover the wealth from the financial sector that they have stolen from us just as they stole your home from you.

    It's simply a matter of writing down the unbelievable level of debt that is choking the entire planet, clearing the slate, and putting in place a series of policies so that this 40 year nightmare of neoliberal's running the world can never happen again.

    The most important thing for folks like you who bring us the truth, and believe in the truth is to educate yourself as much as possible and articulate that knowledge and explain it to the rest of us. (Forgive me if you have already read the book.)

    It's almost beyond belief that the conservatives, republicans, and corporate democrats (all neoliberals) – the true believers of capitalism – who warn us of the dangers of socialism can't seem to grasp what the failed capitalist system has produced right in front of our eyes.  

    Thanks for showing this truth. Excellent job.

  9. Come on guys, it's all ball bearings these days… and clean those windows.

    BTW, if you filmed out the other side we could read the graffiti more easily.

  10. Pray tell u might not perchance still be in DC, Comrade Graham? Bc that looks EXACTLY like the commuter/tourist view from our lovely nation's capital's Metro subway train, as well as Amtrak! Isn't it just breathtaking? The disadvantaged communities, destroyed environnent & infrastructure, the wartorn-looking abandoned buildings? Imagine having that as your view on ur way 2 a job you hate that has a commute further than your last vacay 15y ago! Unfettered U.S. Capitalism at its finest! ✊

  11. Looks like pics from a train of a third world country. Welcome to modern day America! End wars and cut severely MIC / Defense budgets! Put money back into our country! The pictures would totally change out that window if we did. And that window also needs to be cleaned or replaced btw. So sad.

  12. This is sad. We’re supposed to be the richest country in the world & our country looks like it’s a third world country.

  13. heres a better title:
    "viewing through a window built by capitalism,with a camera built by capitalism,on a train built by capitalism,with a ticket paid for by capitalism,on rails built by capitalism,to see…. (im not sure,no actual empirical data,).
    at least the production costs were cheap,which is……yeah,kinda….capitalist.hey,AOC thinks congress needs a payrise…..isnt that just so bourgie of her?😂

  14. Reminds me of my train trip from Philly to NY… passing miles of gutted out warehouses and crumbling manufacturing plants, people living in one room apartments, with cars upside down or just stripped & abandoned in the streets. That was 25 years ago and nothing has changed.

  15. I believe in "capitalist jargon" that apocalyptic mess Graham filmed is referred to as "progress," and the completely poisoned and degraded landscape and natural world left behind is referred to as an "externality." Two small clues to the now indisputable fact that our overarching myth systems are quite literally "insane."

  16. And remember this is the busiest train tracks in the US and clearly Amtrak does do maintain this area. Some of the bridges are over a hundred years old. Most riders don’t look out in these areas.

  17. Affect is a verb, but you used it as a noun. Effect is a noun, usually preceded by the.
    Common mind screw fallacy – done by Ayn Rand to PragerU. Capitalism and free markets don't mean the same. Free markets means everybody can have a business. Capitalism means putting everyone else, out of business, like Walmart and Amazon. Free markets existed a thousand years ago. Capitalism was an 18th century ideology, refuted in the 19th century, but became a religion in the late 20th century, failing terribly in the early 21st century. Yet, we are still being proselytized to convert to a defunct religion of oligarch worship, as godless as Soviet Communism, but praised by evangelical elites.
    Drive around Texas. I am living in an old camp trailer, in front of my old flooded out house, in an area of many abandoned homes. We wanted to abandon, too, but we have no place to go. I use to travel around Texas, a lot. You have nothing but poverty, with a few fancy, gated, communities, here and there. Most of the people I meet are part of the underground economy. Even businesses makes use of the underground, because they avoid taxes and labor law, making society even more dysfunctional.

  18. I really wanted to watch this but the first blurry flashy part did something strange with my mental illness. I got quickly anxious and turned it off. I wonder why? In general repetitively flashing things can be problematic, but woah! This hit quickly. I made it to 19 seconds in and that was it. Still love you and support you and keep doing the good work, but I'll pass on this one.

  19. That had to have been North Philly, New Jersey etc.
    I'm from that part of the country, and I've seen it before. =/

  20. Well, that's pretty standard across the country. We're broke as a joke, Jack! You boys picked a hell of a time to start doing stand up tours. I wonder who was in your 'position' in the 1930s & 1940s? Hope & Crosby? I know Graham used to do USO stuff. I really hope he releases a cut of that film. Keep going strong, boys! Love ya! ❤️💋🍸💪😜👍🎶

  21. I wish I could skip the ads for ya G, but now for every video you upload they post some 5 minute commercial that is the most annoying they got

  22. A message from Bernie Sanders:

    During the last 45 years there have been a lot of campaign promises made by candidates, a lot of political party platforms, a lot of great speeches and a lot of important pieces of legislation passed.

    But, at the end of all of that, we have to ask ourselves some very simple questions that are too rarely asked.

    Why, despite huge increases in technology and worker productivity, is the average American worker today – in real, inflation-accounted-for dollars – earning no more than he or she did in 1974?

    Why are half of our people living paycheck to paycheck, with no money in the bank and scared to death that their car might break down or that a family member could end up in the hospital?

    Why, in the last 30 years, has there been a massive transfer of wealth from the working families of this country to the very rich – with the top 1% seeing its wealth increase by $21 trillion – while the bottom half saw a $900 billion decline in its wealth?

    Why, for the first time in the modern history of our country, is the younger generation experiencing a lower standard of living than their parents with more debt, lower wages and less home ownership?

    Why, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, do we have more people incarcerated than any other nation?

    Why are we the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all, while we pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs?

    Why will 500,000 Americans sleep out on the streets tonight while millions of others are paying 40 or 50 percent of their limited incomes for housing?

    Why is there a gap in life expectancy of 15 years between the wealthiest Americans and the poorest, with life expectancy in our country actually in decline?

    Why do we have more wealth and income inequality than any other major nation with the disparity between the rich and poor growing wider? Three individuals now own more wealth than the bottom half of America, the top one percent owns more wealth than the bottom 92 percent and 49 percent of all new income goes to the top one percent.

    And here is the reason why.

    Unfettered capitalism works extraordinarily well for the very rich and powerful special interests, while it is a disaster for ordinary Americans. While the billionaire class becomes richer, tens of millions of Americans are unable to afford the basic necessities of life – decent food, shelter, housing and education – and many are going deeper and deeper into debt.

    What differentiates our campaign from all others is the understanding that real change in this country will not occur unless we have the courage to build a political revolution – unless millions of people stand up and take on the greed of the powerful special interests that control so much of our economic and political life.

    We must not only win this election. We must build the kind of powerful grassroots movement that can bring transformative change to the country.

    Together, we must finally confront the power structure of this country whose greed has done so much harm to the economic and moral fabric of America.

    Our job is to take on Wall Street and break up the major financial institutions that have so much power over our economy. Our job is to take on the insurance industry and move this country to a Medicare for all single payer program. Our job is to take on the pharmaceutical industry and lower prescription drugs by half. Our job is to take on the fossil fuel industry and save the planet by transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Our job is to take on the military industrial complex, cut military spending and end endless wars. Our job is to take on the prison industrial complex, end private prisons and mass incarceration. Our job, finally, is to bring about comprehensive immigration reform.

    It goes without saying that what we are trying to do is enormously difficult. We are taking on the entire economic and political establishment. In that regard, I am reminded of the remarks that President Franklin D. Roosevelt made during his campaign in 1936 when he talked about the corporate elite of his time.

    “Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.”

    We are not going to run away from the power of corporate America. We will confront it and we will win.

    In solidarity,

    Bernie Sanders

    Sanders 2020….the choice is crystal clear !

  23. The tracks were put in back during the days when we had factories/manufacturing and that's where you really see the decay of a city from capitalism. Most freight trains now just carry overseas containers on flatbed cars instead of boxcars that would contain domestic products.

  24. Im tired of the blaim game. Corp this, capitalism that…as society sits back and gets fat and ugly, inside and out. What else is going to float to the top of a cesspool but yuk? If we want better, we are going to have to….what? Dont know ya never will.

  25. I was in NY a couple weeks ago and took the NJR from EWR to. NYP and thought exactly the same thing. I wrote a piece about it as it was so shocking. Miles of abandoned old infrastructure, because there is no profit in cleaning it up, the trains, themselves are filthy, old and in disrepair. You can actually hear on your video a bearing or wheel with a constant thumping sound. The stations are disgusting. I was in Toronto and they board the trains to clean them, regularly, but the handrails in the MTA have been touched tens of thousands of times with no cleaning whatsoever. I used to work with a guy who worked for the rail system and he called it the worlds longest dump. The problem, of course, is there is no profit to be made in cleaning up our cities and fixing our infrastructure. The people do not realize they have the power to insist these issues get funded. Instead they take for granted that only private capital and the decisions made in its name are the only option. Hopefully this is on the cusp of a change, or we will all be living in a Madd Max reality.

  26. When I take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) in the San Francisco Bay Area, I can see lots of tents set up by the homeless from the train.

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