Beanstock’s News: Good Reads of This Week

I. It’s Time to Heed King’s Call for the Abolition of Poverty

Gist: poverty in our country nowadays is by design and to abolish it we must get ready to change the design (incl. abolishing excessive wealth accumulation)

Quotes: “Knowing that suffering is wrong should be enough of an argument to condemn a system that prioritizes the wealth of a select few at the expense of countless others.” “The abolition of poverty will not simply happen overnight. We have to bring it about in our everyday lives. It’s not going to be given to us by liberal politicians or charitable billionaires who are part of the problem themselves.”


II. 26 Billionaires Own as Much as World’s 3.8 Billion Poorest People

Quotes: “… the planet’s richest people saw their fortunes soar by $2.5 billion per day last year… The wealth of the world’s poorest fell by $500 million each day.” ”“Inequality is not inevitable,” Oxfam’s report concludes, “it’s a political choice.””


III. Shutdown Exposes How Many Americans Live Paycheck to Paycheck

Quotes: “The shutdown has exposed something else far more personal and uncomfortable, something most folks don’t like to talk about …: A great many people in the US are one missed paycheck away from complete financial calamity.” “Three quarters of workers are in debt, and half of those believe they always will be. Most minimum wage workers are required to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.” ”…living paycheck to paycheck… millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers” “This situation has been created by decades of Reagan-born trickle-down capitalism and the moral cowardice of bought politicians of every stripe.”


IV. Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About

Quotes: “At just one checkpoint in Yuma, Arizona, up to 6,000 Americans cross the border every day and enter the bustling Mexican town of Los Algodones, seeking heath care.” ”… the border crossings Trump and Fox News rage about 24/7 — ranged from 20,000 to roughly 60,000 people per month in 2018. In Los Algodones alone, nearly five times as many American dental refugees are going the opposite way.”


V. Neoliberalism Is The Rationalization For Corporate Tyranny

Quotes: “In reality, our political system is controlled by neither conservatives nor liberals. Electoral politics, government agencies, the courts, the universities, and the media have been bought out by corporations and billionaires.” “What unites the powerful with the supporters of power is the belief that the rich deserve their wealth, and that the poor don’t deserve to be helped.” “The lesson is that if we want to make things better, we need to spread compassion and generosity throughout our daily lives. Even more important is the creation of a mass movement that seeks to overthrow corporate capitalism, and then creates a society which protects the planet while ensuring that every person has a safe and comfortable life.”


VI. How To Recognize Your Class Enemies

… has a nifty little class war questionnaire. 😉


VII. Taking On The Ten Year Challenge

Quotes: “Until we eliminate our governmental system or vastly modify it, it will continue to promote Earth’s destruction in resource and land grabs and the twin travesties of price-gouging and labor-devaluing.” “At the end of the day, there is really only one challenge, one question that needs answering: Why do we not simply show compassion to our fellow human beings and the world that shelters and nourishes all humankind?”


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