Electoral & Economic Integrity – Not Just Votes & Jobs for All

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Fighting Debbie Wasserman Schultz & Election Fraud w/Tim Canova”)

This brief piece joins two major topics together around a neat video shared above.

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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!”

Society Punishes the Poor for Being Poor

I avoid ever referencing a Quora post because of Quora’s censorship against non-privileged people, but today I came across a post that I feel really needs to be shared around. It illustrates the deep immorality in our me-me-me society, and also the reason for why I object to leaving socio-economic justice in the hands of gatekeepers, a chief reason of why I want a universal basic income for all, so that injustices like those described in this post can be stopped in their tracks.  Continue reading “Society Punishes the Poor for Being Poor”

A Personal UBI Appeal: The Downside of Life-by-Jobs

I think that, in order to arrive at a better civilization, we must rid ourselves of the slave-mentality that is structurally built into our economic system of job-slaves and job-masters. We must do so because it makes us subservient to the ruling class which grossly abuses its power. We must also rid ourselves of this slave mentality because it ruins our individual lives by creating a desperate willingness to accept jobs that aren’t good matches. This willingness often has us even try very hard to convince employers that bad job matches are GOOD matches, simply because we don’t want to starve and go homeless. The threat of poverty has become what the chains and whips were during the days of plantation slavery. The modern form is wage slavery. And it comes with fears, coercions, and unhealthy conditions that ruin our individual lives and our entire societies.  Continue reading “A Personal UBI Appeal: The Downside of Life-by-Jobs”

Video Weekend 12-09-2017 (8 Videos) — With a lot of Wolffish Excellence

Lee Camp, Richard Wolff, and Laura Flanders have gifted us with eight informative videos about censorship, false choices in politics, immigration, inequality, readiness for a new American Revolution, the immorality at the heart of capitalism, and the many benefits of a universal basic income (UBI). This time there are a lot of rich and short recent videos by Richard Wolff in the mix. One could say, this video weekend is Wolff-themed. He produced a lot of great clips recently. Bravo! Perhaps I should have titled this weekend’s video collection “Wolff Rocks.” 😉

 

I. Redacted Tonight: (A) uncensored news, (B) America is ripe for the 2nd American Revolution

Project Censored / Revolution Scientifically Around The Corner

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[88] Director of Project Censored, Revolution Scientifically Around The Corner”)

 

II. America’s covered-up unemployment and epic inequality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “EconoMinute: Unemployment”)

 

III. Our major parties and establishment media are all about false choices:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On the Minimum Wage Debate”)

 

IV. The authoritarian capitalist system is so disgusting, even Republicans hate it:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Republicans Walking Away from Capitalism – Richard Wolff”)

 

V. Laura Flanders, a brilliant author and broadcaster in an interview with Richard Wolff :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Capitalism, Corporations and Media [CLIP]”)

 

VI. Is it the starvling immigrant or your despicable boss (replacing you on your job to cut wages by half) who needs to be kicked off his throne?

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: How People Change Economies [CLIP] “)

 

VII. I, too, experienced despicable behavior in academia (and therefore left it). So this academic censorship doesn’t surprise me at all:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Silencing Dissent In Academia – Richard Wolff & John Summa”)

 

VIII. Many solid arguments for a UBI:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Basic Income? “)

Big point made: In our current system we are forced to work in paid jobs at the pain of death (“Work or die homeless and starving!”). How is that American? Wasn’t our country founded on the promise of liberty? Isn’t such serfdom exactly why America’s settlers left their home countries?

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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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Debate of the UBI among the Privileged

I originally wanted to publish this piece on Sunday (because of the long video that goes with it and may be too time consuming to listen to during the week), but I ran out of time. Well, you can save much time by merely reading what I wrote and (if you wish) listening only to the parts of the video I specify in my text.

The debate presented in the video is a pretty horrible debate over a universal basic income. It’s the kind most likely to be presented by the establishment media. It’s held by people who have never suffered material insecurity in their lives and philosophize over it. Two of the guys have had close enough contact with the poor and growing precariat to essentially get the UBI. The other two bloviate as the children of privilege usually do. Still, interesting points get raised. It is good – if sometimes painful – to see how some people think all wrong about the issue.

Some good stats are given by Andrew Stern from 8:04–11:36 minutes. That part is well worth hearing.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Universal Basic Income Is The Safety Net Of The Future”)

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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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UBI and FJG are Baby Steps towards a Great Future

This article uses a speech by Pavlina Tcherneva given during a discussion round as the basis for painting a bigger picture.

This lady from the MMT segment of discourse participants seems to agree with me that a combination of a federal Job Guarantee and a basic income would be best. If I understand her right, she doesn’t want the basic income to be universal, however, for fear of an inflationary affect. Personally, I think the risk of an inflationary affect is smaller than she seems to think, and that measures can be taken against it. Her macroeconomic view is important but shouldn’t be the exclusive angle from which to view corrective socio-economic measures.

Before I go into details, perhaps you may wish to listen to Tcherneva’s speech:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Marrying the Basic Income with the Job Guarantee”)

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Good short discussion of the UBI from Australia (Podcast-Video)

It makes sense to me that the personal exemption from income tax is like a basic income guarantee, but sadly not universal because people so poor that they fall below it don’t get it in full. Completely income-less people (like the long-term unemployed) get none of it! How is that fair? It’s yet another part of our system that from so may angles gives to the haves and takes from the have-nots.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economist Peter Martin on Universal Basic Income and Automation”)

Another point made: when too many jobs disappear, the idea of time being money will no longer hold true. (it still does now, though; so I appreciate donations to this site, sharing of links to what appears here, or contributed fitting posts, because my time and money are limited)

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