Moyers and Company: America Is a Horror Show

This week on Moyers & Company, David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, talks with Bill about the crisis of capitalism in America. After President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address, it’s a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective — the bottom up. You can watch online here.

“The horror show is we are going to be slaves to profit. Some of us are going to be higher on the pyramid and we’ll count ourselves lucky and many many more will be marginalized and destroyed,” Simon tells Moyers. He blames a “purchased” Congress for failing America’s citizens, leading many of them to give up on politics altogether.

5 responses to “Moyers and Company: America Is a Horror Show

  1. A short YFI and then you can delete this post. That show was from a year ago. Worth the watch again and again, but just not from 2015.

  2. That was a great show and certainly worth watching. However it is one from january last year. Unfortunately Moyers does not produce any new shows.I think the one from january first was his last one.

  3. “This Week” a year and a month ago. Any comment about why you chose to post it yesterday?

    I liked the video, but let’s not pretend that it is up-to-date with Obama’s latest state of the union address. Not that that much has changed from his previous SOTU address. 🙁

  4. HomoSapiensWannaBe

    The Moyers & Simon clip is from a year ago. Still very much relevant!

  5. Nice video that highlights things that are broken. Unfortunately, David seems to be stuck on the flawed money construct that we have to “pay” for it – only can pay for it if we raise taxes, which is why proposals to fix things are often DOA.

    Let’s take health care which everyone measure by money, which is ridiculous. Who cares about “money” to pay for health care. The question should be as a society can we marshal enough people to deliver health care for everyone. Are there enough hospitals, doctors nurses willing to provide services in exchange for what is perceived as an appropriate amount of money. Pay for 100% of medical school for anyone willing to do the work, and become an internal medicine doctor for a minimum of 10 years. Pay for nursing school. Don’t cut what you spend on a hospital beds, spend enough to bring the necessary supply on to cover everyone. That means we are not afraid to create money in exchange for people willing to work in health care. Try finding a bed on a geriatric psych ward – there are waiting lists because old people with dementia cannot afford the level of services needed, and workers/hospitals are not going to do it for free (did not intend to be snarky here). The latter hits close to home for me.

    Another fun one, cutting social security because we cannot pay for it, when the question is if we have enough people willing to produce goods for seniors in exchange for dollars. If we do then make the dollars available so seniors can exchange it for that supply.

    On a side note, I live in Baltimore and have seen the horror inflicted on people by our society’s misunderstanding of the monetary system.