QuickyPinion: Warped Socialism for the Wealthy

American citizens keep getting bombarded with smear attacks on socialism. Yet, we live in a country of warped socialism for the wealthy. The very oligarchs who smear real socialism for the people as something that doesn’t work are the ones who receive all the benefits of a socialism for the rich. They are the ones who get enormous freebies from the government and can count on being bailed out by the government if things don’t go well for them.

The very definition of socialism is a socially responsible system of an economy and politics made possible through law and government, the latter often having to come in and help out people at times of need. The goal: everybody receives based on their needs rather than on how much they can pay for in a highly unequal wealth distribution. Instead of this we currently have socialism for the rich, a government and set of laws which almost exclusively helps them at extreme expense for the rest of us.

The rich get huge gifts from our government (like cheap lands and subsidies for their corporations even as they move U.S. jobs abroad or replace working people with machines). They get those even though they are the least needy for financial help (being rich already, after all). These gifts are financed by cutting services to working class Americans who often desperately need them. The gifts to the rich also include tax loopholes and tax breaks. The rich and their corporations get tax havens abroad while working U.S.-citizens get taxed or even hit with ruinous fees by the IRS, treasury, and state tax agencies when they work and live abroad (except when the foreign taxes exceed their U.S. taxes in which case double-taxation protection treaties can come into effect; but costly tax filings are still demanded). And when banks or businesses of the rich fail, they get bail-outs.

These are examples of the unequal treatment of the rich (boost, safeguard, help them in any way, and turn their policy suggestions into law) and the rest of us (tax us, fine us, hold us back, harass us, deny us aid, make false promises, cut our wages and benefits, and ignore our wishes).

So… a gouging capitalism for “ordinary” Americans is combined with a warped parody of socialism for the rich giving them subsidies, gifts, bail-outs, monopoly protections, and tax loopholes while more and more of the rest of us drown in poverty.

 

And if this article was too short for you, there is a great read that came out this Tuesday on The Revolution Continues, reminding me of why I have so long loathed Halloween, telling us how to check up on the toxic tap water we may have flowing at home…

 

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Russiahhh Satire (by Rachel Mad)

The Dakotas are suffering a negative 50 degrees right now. How did this happen? Well, Russia, of course. Oh, and don’t blame the fires in California on Climate Change! Naturally, they were caused by Russia!

And the refugee caravans from the South didn’t result from U.S. interference in Latin America on behalf of fruit and oil companies to which our politicians are beholden. No, it wasn’t American-sponsored Contra death squads who ruined those countries, financed by CIA drug trafficking and the Iran-Contra arms deals the Reagan administration secretly ran. Nor does it have anything to do with immigrants thrown into brutal American prisons where they could only survive if they ganged up, thus forming MS-13, and when we deported them back to their homelands they brought the brutal gang culture with them upturning the their native countries. No, it was Russia, of course. Same goes for undocumented immigrants seeking jobs wherever they can get them. American employers who illegally employ them have nothing whatsoever to do with undocumented immigration. No, it’s Russia!

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 12-30-2018 (15 videos)

This last video weekend compilation of 2018 has some really jaw-dropping stuff like a recovering former capitalist describing the warped mentality that shackles the capitalist class (and the rest of us) and that used to be his mindset until his business dissolved and he became a human being. He describes how our system brings the worst out in people. Another pearl: the flaw in the American spirit. More stuff: the 7th week of the Yellow Vests, and a lot more. Do take a look.

Topics:

  1. Capitalism: Confessions of a Recovering Capitalist, etc.
  2. Socialism: Was Jesus a Socialist?
  3. Fascism: Racism & Division from the Top
  4. Economics: The Need for a More Humane Economic System
  5. World Politics: Venezuela, Yellow Vests
  6. The American Spirit
  7. Propaganda: Funny Polling
  8. 2018 Review

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Political Video Weekend 11-17-2018, Part B (Truly Far-Reaching Deepest Insights from Chris Hedges)

Nobody should miss this one: a sequel to yesterday’s Video Weekend and a really precious two hour talk by investigative journalist and articulate activist Chris Hedges that reveals a LOT, really a lot! Since most of us can only make time to listen to such a long speech on weekends – if we are even lucky enough to get weekends off from our ever worsening wage slavery, that is – I am sharing it today as part B of this video weekend. This speech that goes over so many things really deserves a special place.

 

XVII. Deep Insights

… delivered by Chris Hedges (incl. the pending giant economic crash and likely billionaire-financed rise of Nazi-America):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet the title: “Chris Hedges: “The useful idiots have taken over.” (11-3-2018)”)

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 11-04-2018 (18 videos)

Stars: Ralph Nader, Jamie Raskin, Richard Winger, April Boden, Chris Hedges, Glen Ford, Glenn Greenwald, Jimmy Dore, Suzie Dawson, Jill Stein, Thom Hartmann, Nancy MacLean (Author of Democracy in Chains), and Anand Giridharadas .

Lots of fundamental stuff: The billionaire class and its world-destructive creed, the millionaire class supporting them, election rigging, sneaky fascism, “starve the beast” getting close to the end-game, the need for a paradigm shift, weak-kneed charity by the rich while continuing to do harm, the need for thid-party power…

 

I. Fake Left, Careerist Supporters of the 1%, etc.

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Chris Hedges, Gary Null , and the title: “2018 Interview With Chris Hedges & Gary Null”)

Chris Hedges: People are fed the idea that if they don’t have [wealth] they failed. There is no examination of a system that was so gamed against them from the beginning that they never had a chance.”

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The Putrescent Core of Capitalism

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After 16 years of no such thing, I finally managed to go on a vacation intended to heal my deteriorated body and relax my strained mood. A cheap last-minute deal of a flight and low-cost room in a hostel had to do. On our trip, my accompanying family member and I got into a talk with another vacationer. He turned out to have been robbed on his vacation. We invited him to a warm meal which brightened his day having had to live on cheap loaves of bread for a week.   Continue reading “The Putrescent Core of Capitalism”

Our Two Class Society

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Essentially, Americans are split into two groups: the privileged and the underprivileged. The privileged range from the super-rich god kings, through the rich, the upper middle class, and maybe still the middle-middle class (depending on where you draw the line). The underprivileged include the lower middle class and the rarely ever mentioned underclass.   Continue reading “Our Two Class Society”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 09-09-2018 (18 videos)

This weekend compilation of enlightening videos once again enriches our understanding to survive and change our warped and rigged world:

  1. Socialist Ideas (Bernie)
  2. Democracy Without Power Peddlers (Chris Hedges et al.)
  3. System Critique (Ralph Nader et al.)
  4. Capitalism/Corp. State (Thom Hartmann, Jimmy Dore, et al.)
  5. Worker-Squeezing & Corporate Propaganda War (Mike Papantonio)
  6. Healthcare Issues (Jesse V., Brigida S., Ralph Nader, Rosemary Gibson)
  7. The R&D-Takedown of a Government for the People (Jimmy Dore et al.)
  8. Corruption in America (Thom Hartmann)
  9. Capitalist Culture (Lee Camp et al.)
  10. Rule Change Attempts (Bernie Sanders)
  11. Public Brainwash, Censorship, Media War (Abby Martin & Jimmy Dore)
  12. Dem’s Fake Resistance re Fed. Judges & Kavanaugh (Mike Figueredo)
  13. Bernie Setting the Bar (Mike Figueredo)

 

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Living to Live

The green-blooded moneycrats who rule us, think life is all about money. Well, it is not. That’s why they ruin our lives. Let’s take a look at people who have turned their back on the the corrupt system and hear what they have to tell:

Human connections and interactions count much more in human happiness than material things:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Route 66: Free living and liberty at a rural commune “)

Comment: In my imagination I would love to live in such a commune (except for my physical handicaps and the gross hunt for squirrels who I see neither as nasty tree rats nor tasty morsels). It would be so much better not having to fight over incomes and savings with my neighbors but rather support one another, be fellows and friends rather than desperate strugglers pitted against each other by a system that is set up to do so.   Continue reading “Living to Live”

We Need a Considerate Compassionate Culture

All day, every day, I meet people with virtual blinders on. Last week, in order to help out desperate family members against government reprisals (the details are private) I accepted a menial job in a sweatshop for which I am totally overqualified in terms of education and professional experience but physically underqualified due to bad health. The task is to de-staple, de-eyelet, de-booklet thousands of paper sheets each day to make them scannable. The papers are banking files. It’s unbelievable how many inches of papers are put together for a single person’s single credit by bank clerks many of whom also plaster them with countless staples, metal eyelets, and so forth only for other people to get paid a minimum wage to remove all those troublesome metal pieces again prior to digital scanning. The hand-breaking job reminds me of the movie scene of two guys digging and tossing the dirt into each other’s holes. This dumb job is quite symbolic of the socio-economic system of today in which we modern humans waste away our lifetimes.

One of my colleagues told a local bank branch director that his workers place way too many staples and such on their paperwork requiring a lot of work to remove them again. The director’s only response was laughter. Rather than musing about instructing his clerks not to waste so much time and metal that only raises the banks’ costs for scan preparation he just laughed.   Continue reading “We Need a Considerate Compassionate Culture”