Carrying the water from a far-away river to a thirsty city in buckets is a herculean task, one resembling many of the last century’s and current welfare approaches to alleviating poverty. Besides being herculean and inefficient, it is never-ending on top of it.
Redirecting the river to the city or building a pipeline is far smarter and far less herculean. We have been raised to believe in a market economy that accomplishes everything by itself. In reality, markets operate by rules, rules written into law and enforced by governments. We merely need to modify those rules so the modified economy will work for everybody instead of merely a privileged few. Thus it will stop to grow inequality and instead start creating (and fairly distributing!) prosperity for all. Thereby we would finally accomplish the goal chiseled into the famous Preamble of our Constitution by our nations’ founders: namely to “promote the general Welfare.”
For the longest time, we have had a system that produces vast inequality by design. With the New Deal we got the government to arduously shovel some of the lopsidedly hoarded prosperity back (through steeply progressive income taxes, for example), year after year, month after month, and against a growing resistance from the top. It’s like the old movie scene of two guys digging two holes throwing the dirt back and forth into each other’s hole. Modifying the rules of the system so it does what we all need and want is a far smarter approach. That requires that we put our heads together though. I hope that’s not too herculean. It’s why I keep writing and inviting everyone to comment, discuss, contribute their own pieces, and share the instructive pieces widely.
Summary: Prevention is always better than the cure. That’s also true in matters of gross inequality and poverty.
P.S.: One of the articles in which I went into some detail on a better economic arrangement – in case you missed it and are curious – was What if We Were Paid for Work in Assets rather than Ephemeral Wages?
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We want change. We badly need change. Tea Partiers tried to make change happen from within the Republican Party, and right now people try to make it happen from within the “Democratic” Party and consider other approaches (like forming a new party or building up existing third parties) as a competition that weakens their own inside strategy.
What this stance overlooks is that, as long as the Democratic Party can rest assured that progressive/working class/leftist/Black/etc. voters have nowhere else to go, its party bosses will continue as before, unimpressed by any inside takeover attempts which they can squelch as long as they can count on sufficient votes. In the end, they don’t even need to win elections, since their deep pocket Big Money donors will gladly continue to dowse them with money for enabling their Republican buddies. Continue reading “QuickyPinion: The Democratic Party Trap and Outside Pressure”
Even if evidence should show up and not be fabricated or exaggerated, I simply don’t see the significance. Practically all the people in high legislative, executive (and even many judicial) positions are rich thugs or in the pockets of rich thugs. We have to replace them all with honest representatives of us, the people. As long as we are ruled by bandits, swapping one bandit with another won’t make any difference. Nor do bandits with foreign passports make a difference.
Our home-made election rigging far outdoes what some remote Russians could do. This makes Russiagate, whether it is factual or not, a very marginal issue. (and maybe, just maybe, if we are so concerned about foreign meddling, we should find it in ourselves to take a look at the much more substantiated and much bigger financial support of the Clinton campaign machine by Saudi-Arabia in exchange for a shady arms sale to one of the world’s worst dictatorships)
Once we repair our broken democracy, then we can worry about foreign meddling; although I suspect that by then we will have a democracy so secured against domestic meddling that it will be quite immune against foreign meddling.
|The United States has been quietly providing weapons and support to Saudi Arabia’s brutal military campaign in Yemen – driving more than 8 million civilians to the brink of famine, if death by bombs and cholera doesn’t get them first. You can sign the petition urging the Senate to pass Bernie’s resolution to end U.S. support for this international war crime.
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Government is the problem only when it is controlled by the 1% instead of the people. ~ Dirk Droll
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Michael Parenti has deep insights to share. On the downside, his speeches can be of a rambling nature (probably because of Academic privilege). This one is quite well done, though. It’s slightly on the old side (from the Bush-Chenery era), but it nicely illustrates the imperial nature of our oligarchy. We are far less removed from the slave-holding Roman empire, or the feudal empires that followed it, than we tend to think:
FSTV Keynote: Michael Parenti
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “FSTV Keynote: Michael Parenti “)
The nicest spot starts at 29:00 min into the speech.
Mentality of the oligarchs (slightly reworded): In their view, our country should be run by and FOR the rich and well-born. They completely believe they are deserving of their station in life (and we of our dreadful station). As has been said, G.W. Bush was born on third base and grew up thinking he had hit a triple. They believe that America should lead the world, and that they should lead America. They believe that the poor are the authors of their poverty and that we – the working class / middle class – are a troublesome lot that needs to be reined in. They believe that we have to ratchet down our standard of living and level of expectations a lot more so that the people at the top can get even richer than they already are by diverting more wealth to them.
Conclusion (by Michael Parenti or someone he is quoting): There’s only one thing ruling classes have ever wanted throughout all of history, and that’s everything(!).
This is so well said, I don’t want to dilute it with additional commentary. Just let the above sink in.
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The robber billionaires don’t work for their living. They have us work for their living and for their obscene riches and the power these riches give them over us — both at the workplace which they control directly and our government which they buy away from us. As they stake out ever more of our world, our lives get ever worse. We work harder and harder for less and less. Our revolutionary task is to wrestle the government back into our side of the court (since it is the major weapon we can wield) and then cut the floor from underneath the robber billionaires’ wealth-based power by altering our political and economic rules, so we can then arrange our country (including its economy) the way we want it to be: a place for a free us, not a place for modern-day kings and queens surrounded and propped up by a horde of struggling wage slaves and discarded slum dwellers.
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In this duopoly, we essentially have a one party system of the wanna-be rich serving the already rich. ~ Dirk Droll
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