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Over the Moon: The Fallacy of American ‘Exceptionalism’


Over the Moon
Over the Moon

On this episode of democracy-ish, Whitey is on the moon, while Danielle and Toure are down-to-earth as ever.


  • The richest man in the world, former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, briefly left Earth this week in a flagrantly dick-shaped rocketship.

  • Meanwhile on terra firma, income inequality is as conspicuous as ever. When a tiny fraction of the population holds the majority of wealth, what hope do people who work for a living really have?

  • Why are billionaires so interested in going to space instead of improving conditions for their workers, and the rest of humanity?


The show begins with a dramatic recitation of Gil Scott-Heron’s classic 1970 spoken-word poem “Whitey on the Moon.” It’s been recently rediscovered in pop culture, gaining new relevance as billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson each briefly leave the planet and return far too soon.


“Whitey is on the moon, in a –– what does he call it? ‘Blue rocket?’” asks Toure.


“Which one? Are you talking about the dick rocket that Bezos took? Which one are you talking about?” Danielle replies.