Utopian Goal Setting Makes Human Progress Possible (vid)

The below audio-only video of an interesting interview not only reveals the little known societal healing power contained in a citizen dividend (a.k.a. shared national inheritance or universal basic income) but also points out that all the good achievements of humanity used to be considered Utopian pipe dreams before they were realized and thereupon became the new normal, things like democracy, equal rights for women, and so forth. So, aiming high is always better than aiming low, because it brings bigger and faster progress; and what seems too high tends to turn out not being too high, at all.

At 50 minutes long, the following clip might be perfect to listen to during a commute or when resting one’s eyes after a day spent staring at digital displays.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Basic Income – Utopia, now? A radical rethinking of work, wealth and freedom”)

Note: One of the revelations about a universal basic income that this interview presents is that – based on past experiments – a u.b.i. can literally pay for itself by reducing the costs on society caused by poverty and widespread financial insecurity. Many of these costs derive from worse health and bad decisions elicited by bad nutrition, constant stress, and the lack of money for medications and timely doctor visits. More costs derive from drug abuse, alcoholism, crime, school drop-outs, pay-day loan-sharking, and so forth. Poverty is remarkably expensive, and the reduction in those costs achieved in universal basic income experiments exceeded the costs of the u.b.i. itself. It’s a repeat of the old discovery that prevention is cheaper than the cure.

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Deep Insights Into Our Society From A Healthcare Worker And Long-Time Political Activist

Overlook the disheveled hair, skip over the setup shenanigans of the first 2:34 minutes, and be ready peer into corners you may have never looked at before.

I mean it! Skip the first 2:34 minutes that are probably the result of faulty technology called live streaming. If you don’t know Debbie Lusignan (who no longer cares to call herself the Sane Progressive because labels like ‘progressive’ have been abused, turned upside down, and co-opted by the establishment) you might get a wrong impression and stop watching. Take my word for it, when you have looked into the abyss as long and far as she, it is hard to appear sane at times. But listen to what she has to say, to the facts and their processing, and you will be guaranteed to learn something and advance your own points of view, or even your perception, and maybe enable your own inner growth on which the growing up of humanity co-depends.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Sane Progressive Sunday Musings on Societal Despondency, Collective Delusions”)

Three (from among MANY) good points:   Continue reading “Deep Insights Into Our Society From A Healthcare Worker And Long-Time Political Activist”

Video Weekend 02-04-2018 (10 videos)

This weekend video compilation spans a bow from a look at the mentality of the rich, through system analysis and news, to principles for a good world, and even some music. Sorry for being so late. I have been very sick. But hopefully, the idea of better late then never still applies.

  1. Justification of Inequality at the Top (interviewing the rich)
  2. Some System Analysis (Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky…)
  3. The Jimmy Dore Show (Commented News)
  4. Homage to Immigration (achievements and… music)

 

I. Justification of Inequality at the Top

In case I soon start my mini-series on the mindset and lifestyles of the rich (important because they determine how most of our resources are spent), here is an interesting piece on interviews held with rich people and their self-perceived morality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Does Being Rich Change Your BRAIN?! “)

 

II. Some System Analysis

Long interview of Noam Chomsky by Chris Hedges telling about the advent of wage slavery among other things:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges (Jan 31, 2018) – interviews Noam Chomsky, The Best Speech Of All Time “)

 

Mental awakening beginning to happen in liberal communities:

The revelations of this investigative reporter on our current kakistocracy (government by the worst) are in themselves worth hearing about, but I was also intrigued by the verbal arm wrestling in the Q&A section (the last third of the video), as it indicates an awakening among the traditionally self-satisfied liberal Dems that has made them drink the “Democratic” Party’s Kool-Aid as eagerly as the Republican constituency has been drinking theirs.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “David Cay Johnston, “It’s Even Worse Than You Think”“)

 

The constantly overlooked but very important gentry in our plutocracy:

Thinking about the issues presented shines a light on the fact that the nature of our inequality and the suffering it causes for so many is systemic, making it necessary for us to analyze the flaws of our system and fix the system to be good for everybody. Having built less wealth and income inequality built into our system, would do wonders:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How the upper middle class keeps everyone else out “)

Good point: Upward mobility is one side of a coin the other of which is downward mobility. The elitists’ mantra that all we need is more upward mobility opportunities has always been flat-out wrong (to the point of making me suspect flat-out lying). You don’t help a huge section of underpaid people by giving them a better chance at rising into the privileged layers of our societal pyramid because it will force the same number of people down from those privileged layers. The true fix is to make all layers good to live in.

Along these lines goes the next video:

A Just Society:

Too bad this video has a loop problem at 12:08 min in, but the stated principles should be taken to heart by all of us:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nick Brana On Our Potential As a Society With Jamarl Thomas Part 3 “)

To dig deeper into the woman tossed from a hospital in a gown, check out last week’s Video Weekend, where the multi-layered systemic forces coming into play in such cases are revealed.

 

III. The Jimmy Dore Show (Commented News)

We may be winning Net Neutrality faster than expected:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bombshell: Montana Implements Net Neutrality – Cable Companies Are Scared “)

Dems, the enablers:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats DOUBLE CAVE On DACA! Trump Mocks Them “)

Dems standing up for their wealthy donors against the people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrat Stuns CNN Host With Her Stupidity”)

 

And since we have once again come across the topic of mistreatment of immigrants and those with human ties to them, here is an homage to them:

 

IV. Homage to Immigration

The benefits America has had from immigration have always been huge. Irish built our canals. Chinese built our railroads. Germans, Poles, and Italians built and worked many of our factories. But there are more benefits than the massive labor and the young, healthy hands that the rest of us need when we age. There is also the cultural enrichment, whether it be in cuisine, music, or all the other arts (the man seen by many as the Father of Science Fiction was a an immigrant from Luxembourg).

Also not to overlook: many immigrants have seen the horrors of tyrannies and bring their own experiences with political struggles. They value a just society. The very man who took full advantage of people’s power to lead the movement for consumer protections that we benefit from every day, and who in his day became a widely celebrated American hero (now heavily smeared as a vote spoiler by our establishment) was the child of immigrants, from the MIDDLE EAST, at that! Under our current administration his parents might never have been let in; or if he had been born a little earlier he might have been deported as a Dreamer if his parents didn’t do all the paperwork correctly. That’s how fickle our immigration laws have become. The man I mentioned is Ralph Nader, by the way.

But now a look at the political culture of Hispanic America:

The revolutionary hymn from Chile (not of the war of independence from Spain which only freed the Chilean oligarchs) but in the middle of the last century when people’s movements for a good life for all swept across the globe only to be mollified with concessions (and later betrayed) here in the U.S. and Europe, and violently crushed elsewhere (which much help from the U.S. – for shame!). If you don’t understand Spanish, just enjoy the music:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Quilapayún (con Victor Jara) – Plegaria a un labrador”)

Victor Jara was the Chilean combination of the likes of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, inspiring and adulated during Chile’s people’s movement. After the U.S.-directed military coup of Pinochet he was dragged from stage and tortured to death. The likewise politically “tarnished” band Quiliapayun which Jara smuggled on stage against the organizers’ will so they could accompany him on this song’s debut, later had to live and work in exile, like other famous Chilean bands as well.

The song is a derivative (or, in the eyes of some, a parody) of the Lord’s Prayer, asking that God finally fulfill his will here on Earth, save the people from their oppressors, and give the people the strength they need for their fight.

Back in those days, the U.S. had its own folk music revival with political activism. Rather than cultivating a mindset of circling the wagons, pull up ladders after us, and excluding fellow members of society’s economic bottom, the idea of solidarity and strength derived from joining forces had not yet been lost. So, Pete Seeger made it a point to adopt Cuba’s revolutionary song and sing it in Spanish(!):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Guantanamera – sings young Pete Seeger “)

How far have we sunk since then, letting our brains be washed by the corporate mass media working for the oligarchy. And, by the way, when you realize how much Central and South American people have suffered from our Deep State’s imposing one cruel military dictatorship after another on them, as we – the American people slept through it all with our heads in the sand and lapping up cold-war propaganda – where exactly is our moral standing denying any of them entry? … Just something to mull over, all right?

It is also sad to note how our protest songs have deteriorated and become co-opted by now. Hip-hop and rap not only are musical abominations because melody-free recital simply isn’t music, but while they started out with some degree of social protest, now all we hear is materialist “gangsta” rap that actually endorses a social system driven by unscrupulous greed and commercialism, but the recent shift of some protest-type pop-music towards outing sexual abuse is just all too convenient in its timing when the establishment currently wants very badly to distract us from its class war on us. Forget about money in politics and rigged primaries. Forget about us still not having universal healthcare or an economy that works for all of us. Instead let’s have white nativists fight immigrants and women fight men, while the establishment crooks laugh on their way to the bank. Divide and conquer, an old game not to fall for anymore. Guess what? If we had a socially responsible society, such as people like me are fighting for, we could do a lot more to prevent and treat sexual abuse. When looking at the larger picture, the current Me-Too “Movement” is just another astroturfing used by the establishment to divide us, just like the Tea Party “Movement” was.

Let’s fight such ills without letting the establishment use those fights to distract us from the larger fight: the fight for a socially responsible society of a sustainable good life for all!

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Maybe I wrote too much. Too many words. I am still very sick. I just hope I managed to stay coherent. I may take a break tomorrow…

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Discovery and Unity

Probably all the folks who read my writings have had many, most, or all of their lives’ dreams crushed to the point that being born a human in this world is a curse.

My own dreams and goals were crushed again and again, forcing me countless times to restart my “life” from scratch and lower my goals to where I am now reduced to a struggle for mere short-term survival, the fight for long-term survival having been lost forever, making me wish – if I am to be honest – that I had never been born. (On the side of my struggle for survival, I try to fight this corrupt system through my writing while I still can.)

This depressing hardship is the life not just endured by me but, I suspect, the majority of human beings born in our times… at least once they reach a certain age. How can we be proud of such a failed civilization or not wish to improve it?

I think that most people don’t have it in their nature to rock the boat. They just want to pursue their goals, no matter how sensible or senseless they are; and they want to be left in peace. Therefore it is easy for confidence tricksters to scam them and set up a system that works as a continuous and self-perpetuating scam known as our economic and political system.  Continue reading “Discovery and Unity”

Investing for Progress, Not Profit

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An open-minded look at our world quickly reveals that our systems’ focus on profit is destroying many or most of our lives and the only world we have to live in. It is clear that humanity’s focus should rather be on optimizing its systems for human life and a healthy world.

Today I reworked last week’s post titled “World Progress Inc. – Humanity 2.0”, refining parts and adding some. I wanted to make it even clearer than before that, as nations and a species, we are at a point close to self-caused extinction where we must shift focus from elbowing each other for personal material profit at others’ expense and with no regard for negative consequences to creating a sustainable world built to let us all thrive. I also added more concrete strategies and stressed the need even for wealthy people to invest for progress rather than profit.

The time spent and improvements made warrant that I present the upgraded article for re-reading. So, without further ado, here is the link: World Progress Inc. – Humanity 2.0 (reworked)

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World Progress Inc. – Humanity 2.0

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An Ashoka-related speech at the Digital-Life-Design conference of 2016 (shared by me below) inspired me to ask my own burning question for change: What if we could discuss and promote ideas for profoundly system-changing human progress so energetically as to overcome systemic resistance, establishment propaganda, and demagoguery?

I like to think that this would result in greatly accelerated generation, refinement, promotion, and realization of those game-changing ideas. I imagine it being a small step for social investors that would result in a giant leap for mankind, to roughly quote the first man on the moon.  Continue reading “World Progress Inc. – Humanity 2.0”

Video Weekend 01-13-2018 (7 Videos) — JJJ

This Triple-J video weekend is dominated by three great personalities. On one hand, Jimmy Dore and his team produced so many good videos lately that I am having a hard time catching up to share them all. So, this video weekend is dedicated to the Jimmy Dore Show. Only the last video is from another source, namely great thinker Jamarl Thomas doing what I like to do most, too: calibrating our perspective and turning our focus on the great world we can build, a perfect world for humanity that is only a decision and political revolution away. And, not to forget, we have here a great, visionary, and very historically informative interview with none other than Jill Stein. Enjoy!

 

I. Jimmy Dore

A) Getting the Crooks out of Politics

Learn more about Tim Canova and Deplorable Debbie

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Imran Awan Criminal Investigation Snares Debbie Wasserman Schultz”)

There is more:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Election Fraud Likely In Debbie Wasserman Schultz Victory “)

 

B) Net Neutrality

The fight for a censorship-free Internet continues:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Good News In Fight For Net Neutrality “)

 

C) The Surveillance State

Big brother is watching you (thanks to the Twin Party Tyranny):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Pelosi Just Helped Trump Spy On You! “)

Comment: Well said. We truly live in unconstitutional times. All this century, ever since the never-elected Bush-Cheney Regime took over and trampled our Constitution with impudence and glee, have our country’s political handmaidens to the robber billionaires blithely ignored and violated our Constitution.

 

D) America and the World

America’s Decline Seen From Abroad (gets really good 5:16 min in, but also has good stuff before (for example on our faked corporate media’s Middle East reporting)):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Europe Laughing At America’s Red Scare w/Rania Khalek”)

 

E) Alternative to the Duopoly

Very informative interview of Jill Stein by Jimmy Dore

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Jill Stein’s Strategy To Coalesce The Left“)

Notes: No more lesser evil voting. Ranked Choice Voting to free us from the spoiler straight jacket. Major unions thinking about a new party. People’s movement umbrella organizations sprouting. The “Dems” have denied us a people’s party for about three generations. When you silence the people you make a demagogue inevitable. J20 Trials.

 

II. Jamarl Thomas

Closing words on getting past our own hang-ups, our self-created problems, and learning to think and act big:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “We Must Retain Our Capacity to Think & Do BIG Things as a Collective “)

Note: Now, my call to arms tends to focus on cosmic challenges like our short lifespans and horrid decrepitude in the later part of life. Cosmic exploration would also be nice, and I openly dream of a Star-Trek-like human world we can build, my focus not being on space travel but a good life for all. Isn’t that the goal we should all set for ourselves and rally around?

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Financial Security for All — Yes, we can afford it!

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One of the main arguments made against keeping alive our welfare programs, and also against creating such wonderful things as job creation programs (like under FDR) and a universal basic income (UBI), is the claim that our government doesn’t have enough money to pay for them, or that to pay for them, the government would have to steal from hard-working people by raising their taxes. This is a very popular argument a lot of people firmly believe in. It is also completely and utterly wrong!   Continue reading “Financial Security for All — Yes, we can afford it!”

Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For (Rolling Stone)

An extremely good article from 2014, at that, presenting important steps to a bright future (such as a Federal Job Guarantee and Universal Basic Income) with a fitting theme, namely how our current system blows. This is quite short for all the good ideas it presents. Well worth reading, indeed; and so well written I couldn’t add much by commenting. So, without further ado, here is the link for you: Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For (Rolling Stone Magazine)

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Video Weekend 12-02-2017 (7 Videos)

I really like the story arc of this weekend’s selection of politically educational videos. I am starting with some party politics shining a light on the dog-and-pony show and the dark boardroom deals of our corrupt politicians. Then I have a bunch of illuminating documentaries and discussions about a universal basic income, showing how important our mentality is in finding our way forward. And I finish with an amazing older interview of Richard Wolff which predicted so much of what we are seeing now and addresses the mentality aspect of how we can go from here. Neat. I don’t always manage to find the right videos for a smooth story arc, but this one went pretty well I think. Do you like it?

 

I. Party Politics (fury and fun with Jimmy Dore)

Even life-long republicans see the GOP’s tax scam for what it is:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “More Republicans Denounce Republican Tax Plan“)

 

A rigged democracy is NO democracy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive Crowd Boos Bill Maher”)

1:38 min : Oh, election rigging is just fine when one of our political parties does it…

8:17 min: So, what are the “Democrats” saying with their Wikileaks and Russia-Russia-Russia yammering? They are saying that if we hadn’t been caught lying, we’d be running the country right now.

9:29 min : Great closing words by Dylan Ratigan.

 

II. UBI

Getting passive income for being a member of the people rather than a member of the private club of the idle rich who get almost all the free money right now:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What would you do if you never had to worry about money?“)

 

Folks discussing a UBI from different angles:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Basic Income – Our Next Moonshot“)

~20:27 min: A UBI, rather than being a novel populist or socialist/communist idea, in reality tries to realize the ideals of our founding fathers and actually resurrects the land grant we had early in our history.

 

What a UBI can do for people trapped in poverty:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “BASIC INCOME WORKS! “)

 

Another interesting UBI discussion. Things like these must be discussed so we can get them right:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “For and against “Basic Income”“)

13:50–24:30 min: A good response to funding and the idea that the universal part of a UBI is wasteful when some of it goes to people who don’t need it.

Another good point made: mentality matters. If we all (or a huge majority, at least) share the ideals of leaving none of our fellow citizens behind, we are already half-way there.

 

III. Amazing Predictive Interview

To finish, an older one, so prophetic and illuminating:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Dangerous Thoughts: There IS a Tipping Point For Revolution in America: Dr. Richard Wolff”)

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