What if We Were Paid for Work in Assets rather than Ephemeral Wages?

Something that Yanis Varoufakis proposed in a speech I previously shared on a Video Weekend got stuck in my mind, making me want to dedicate an entire article to it. An article I have announced and promised a view times. Today, I finally fulfill that promise to me and you.

Besides explaining the mechanisms of democracy’s decline, in his speech, Varoufakis also proposed an amazingly fair economic system, one that would end the division between an owner class (from which arise the robber billionaires who ruin this world for the rest of us) and a working class. In this model, we would all become owners. If you want to skip to this part of Varoufakis’ recorded speech, it stretches from 10:00–11:49 minutes:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Capitalism will eat democracy – unless we speak up | Yanis Varoufakis”)

Varoufakis lays out an ingenious alternative to – or variant of – capitalism, a kind of fairly shared capitalism or universal ownership society, a fairly shared assets society — a Star-Trek-like utopia instead of the Matrix-like dystopia where we are currently headed. It is an intriguing economic system where there is no more disparity between wage-based and asset-based income, a system where we all become asset holders and will no longer be ordered around by a few ownership lords who condemn us to live out our lives as their oppressed serfs and puppets.  Continue reading

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Video Weekend 11-18-2017 (9 Videos)

This political video weekend edition covers four subjects: Political Corruption, Economy, Media, and Fresh Thinking

 

I. Political Party Corruption

Can this be real? 5 minutes into this video, reality turns inside out:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Donna Brazile Accidentally Reveals More Than Just DNC Corruption”)

Corruption Anyone? Did you think Donna Brazile was the real deal? Want to really know about corruption in our Twin-Party Tyranny? What if we follow Brazile’s money? Well there you go! Didn’t I tell you she was just another corrupt player?

 

In case you somehow missed the Donna Brazile revelations, here is a good review:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nick Brana Comments on Brazile DNC Fraud Admission-Audio”)

 

II. Economy

Consumerism is part of the yoke we live under:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[86] Activist Beaten, Arrested For Singing At Big Bank “)

 

Good interview with David Graeber from 2012 (a good follow-up if you heard his “DEBT: The First 5,000 Years” Google Talk or read my commentary on Wednesday:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debt: The First 5000 Years – Extended Interview”)

Interesting thought: “Anarchy is democracy without a government.”

 

An Older (February) but Good Show on Immigrant Rights, Tim Black, Trump, and Basic Income (at 22:29 minutes). Especially the latter (at 22:29 minutes) is worth hearing as on of the best talking takes on UBI this year:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[46] Tim Black, Lawyers Defending Immigrants, Basic Income & More”)

One point I’d like to add: a basic income is essentially a citizen dividend on our mutually owned country, as opposed to all dividends currently only going to the rich and well-to-do.

 

III. Media

Enlightening interview (media not beholden to our corporations and deep state are where we can get unfiltered U.S. news from; that includes defamed FOREIGN media):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Abby Martin Exposes Untold History of U.S. Empire “)

 

Another alternative to censored corporate MSM and social media: Desperate exploited workers hide calls for help in their products:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Sweatshop Workers Sabotage Clothing”)

Despair, the grand old mother of invention…

 

IV. Rethinking our World

Thinking outside the box is necessary for any successful revolution. There can be no real change unless we change our thinking. According to thise speaker, 95% of the time people run on autopilot (essentially not thinking at all). When they do think, they usually think inside the box, typically a very small box. So, just as this gentleman suggests to business people, in politics, if we want real change for our country, we must likewise begin to think outside the box (a new party, a cross-party people’s coalition bringing in many third parties, not just voting but fixing our bad and rigged electoral system to have integrity and full representation through things like public campaign financing, publicly and oppositional counting of paper ballots, ranked choice or scored voting, a universal basic income combined with a federal job guarantee plus equitably shared national assets and a maximum income instead of merely raising the minimum wage…):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why the majority is always wrong | Paul Rulkens | TEDxMaastricht “)

 

A People’s Candidate Reveals the Boon of Public Campaign Financing (13:52 – 15:45):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “This 2018 Progressive Candidate Has Her Pro-Wall Street Opponent SHOOK”)

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Why we Don’t Have the Promised Utopia Today

Out of a rather winding and over-philosophizing public talk, I have extracted an answer of why we don’t already have that wonderful world of prosperity and leisure for everyone promised to us a generation or two ago and made possible by our technology. (By over-philosophizing I mean that David Graeber looses track of who the decision-makers are, which is as bad as not following the money.)

It is clear that we could build this great society right now and could have been well underway 40 to50 years ago. I grew up at a time when everybody I knew believed that we were on the verge of it, but it didn’t happen. The world has actually gone in the opposite direction, gone down the drain, gone to the dogs, slid towards a precipice throughout my entire adult life. What a horror this has been to watch!

Furthermore, I did realize years ago that the ancient Greeks could have created the modern industrial age some two millennia before our time (they were experimenting with steam engines and robots back then). They didn’t because the decision-makers had slaves. So what would they have needed robots for, other than mere toys? Their robots and steam engines therefore were just toys, not labor-saving machines; and so it never became a serious development. So, had it not been for ancient slavery, the industrial revolution could have happened 2000 years ago. It’s stunning to try to imagine where we would be by today.

In his winding talk, David Graeber eventually gets around to state that the same thing happened back in the sixties and seventies when we seemed on the verge of creating Paradise on Earth.   Continue reading

Video Weekend 11-11-2017 (7 Videos)

This weekend’s mix of enlightening videos serves up short but powerful reports about the squeezing of our financially most unlucky fellow citizens and the neoliberal repeal of welfare. It also touches upon the prospects of a universal basic income (only a partial measure to turn things around, but at least a good start worth considering), social media censorship, and the rigging of the 2016 primaries. The latter, by now, has been partially admitted by DNC lawyers in court and a former DNC Chair but is still being played down and denied by our corporate media. Oh, how trustworthy they are.

 

I. Mike Figueredo does a beautiful job debunking the “Democratic” establishment’s lame denials of their election rigging:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Tom Perez Using EXACT Same Talking Points as Clinton’s Team to Discredit Brazile”)

If you need to refresh on the rigging of the 2016 “Democratic” Primaries, click here.

 

II. Social Media Censorship (to make sure you can’t tell your friends the truth the establishment wants nobody to know)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What You Aren’t Being Told About T w i t t e r Admitting Censorship!”)

 

III. If you are young, you better wake up to this reality and start fighting for a just society now while you still can:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Old and Poor: America’s Forgotten (Full Version)”)

 

IV. The loss of purpose in life when we are treated as trash, with great MLK quotes:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Inequality In Memphis: The Working Poor”)

 

V. Nice times in Jeb Bush’s state:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars”)

 

VI. The reality of welfare. While the entitlement of the rich is bigger than ever, the “entitlement” (the right to get help) for the poor is long gone:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Welfare’s Stigma in White Working-Class America (1/2)”)

Comment (you can add your own comments below): The stigma and failures of welfare are a big reason why we should move to a national citizen’s dividend a.k.a. universal basic income instead. The rich didn’t want to pay anything (or refrain from grabbing more) in order to help their fellow humans in desperate need. So they corrupted our politicians, parties, and thereby the government to cut, restrict, and – for many people in need – outright eliminate welfare; even though the rich never stopped being rich when they were being forced to pay higher taxes. Why? Because they hold most of the titles of possession for the pieces that make up our country. Therefore nearly all the dividends of our national economy flow exclusively to them before they get taxed. And after they leverage their wealth to avoid taxation, it stays with them barring the rest of us from our share. What did people who kick their struggling fellow citizens to the curb do to deserve owning our country? Why don’t we all get to own our country?

Yes, other measures must be taken, as well. By itself, a universal basic income is like placing a Band-Aid on a man getting mauled by pit bulls. As I will try to discuss in the future, it can help some of us a great deal when done right and also usher in a change in our public mentality which, so far, is way too accepting of our system of pure exploitation and total inequity.

Therefore, I repeat this video which I yesterday gave its own post, so as to be less likely to be missed. It fits very well into the present chain of videos. Basically, Canada is running a UBI pilot well worth keeping an eye on, I think, to observe the outcomes of this experiment:

 

VII. Ontario’s Bipartisan Basic Income Pilot

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot”)

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Why Are We Wasting our Lives in a Flood of Bullshit Jobs?

David Graeber exploded on the scene of investigating our rigged society by sharing his recurrent experience he had with people whose paycheck-earning jobs contribute nothing of value to human society. An amazing realization in a capitalist world, where we would think efficiency and the creation of wealth were the top goals:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “5 Types of Bullsh*t Jobs with David Graeber”)

So, if so much valuable work has been taken over by machines, and so many jobs are nothing more than make-work, why are we still desperately hunting for jobs that often aren’t there? Why are we drowing in work and poverty at the same time? We should be swimming in prosperity and reducing our weekly work hours as machines are rapidly replacing us in the labor market and so much “work” being done is quite unnecessary. Why aren’t we? Why these bullshit jobs instead?  Continue reading

Just Another Manic Monday

Welcome to another week of serfdom. Here is a little video to help you get over day #1:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “‘Bullsh*t jobs’ posters on the Tube”)

The light at the end of the tunnel: once we realize, as a society, that our current economic system is bullsh*t, we’ll be a lot more ready to replace it with something better.

Have a nice Monday. 😉

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Video Weekend 10-28-2017 (7 Videos)

This weekend’s video collection deals with a broad mix of issues illustrating a need for a systemic overhaul:

  1. No More Middle Class or Rule of Law
  2. Instead: Neoslavery, State Oppression, and MSM BS
  3. The Pathology of the Rich
  4. Capitalism vs Democracy… and a new Vision

 

I am amazed by this guy’s patience and tolerance, and yet I agree with his final critique: too many of us are indeed accomplices of our sickeningly inhumane society:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “From Middle Class to No Class in America Documentary”)

 

Get more familiar with our new slave plantations (Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “LA Sheriff Wants “Good Ones” For Prison Labor”)

 

Destroy the World by money-making. Save it by changing your priorities (Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Stunning Photos Of Ocean Pollution & New Cleanup Solution”)

 

We really need more anti-establishment media (Lee Camp shining a light on NPR):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What You Aren’t Being Told About NPR”)

 

Ancient Greece invented state democracy. Hear a modern Greek explain democracy’s (and our economy’s) decline. He also proposes a fair economic system (which won’t devour democracy):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Capitalism will eat democracy – unless we speak up | Yanis Varoufakis”)

 

The culture of our lords:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Pathology of the Rich – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)”)

And please abandon the neoliberal myth that if you study and work hard enough you will be well off in life and – by implication – those who are not well off didn’t study and work hard enough. This argument totally ignores that our economy is structured like a pyramid scheme with wealth at the top, poverty at the bottom, a range in between, and wealth being extracted upward. In such a society, your financial state depends on where you are placed in the pyramid, and if you manage to climb up, you hold someone else down. Only by restructuring our society towards prosperity for all can we really nip the anguish from poverty and artificial scarcity in the butt. You can listen to the rest of the interview here.

 

Bipartisan consensus for lawlessness and “law” wielded as a weapon by the power elite:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful: Noam Chomsky & Glenn Greenwald”)

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The Moneycrats’ Myth of Self-Reliance

Our lords have spread among us a myth of self-reliance. Americans are supposed to be self-reliant as part of their culture. So self-reliant they never ask for help. So self-reliant we never denounce grand theft by the 1%. When we have been mugged, we are supposed to stand up on our broken legs, dust ourselves off, and say: “It’s all right. I am self-reliant. I need nothing from anybody, not even my own things back that were just stolen from me (like one’s home, one’s job, one’s career opportunity, one’s pension funds, one’s health insurance, one’s social security…). This creed, promulgated by the 1%, is – of course – easily believed by the 1% themselves. It’s much more agreeable to see oneself as a strong, self-reliant success than a thug.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 10-21-2017 – Part B: The Root of the Problem

We all know that our economy is a mess and that the money-royalty, whom I like to call our robber billionaires, has bought our politicians and thereby our government which therefore colludes with them to squeeze the rest of us further and further out of a livable life so the rich can become richer and richer at the expense of us becoming poorer and poorer.

It’s nothing new. If it was new to you, watching and reading this week’s series on this topic should have brought you up to speed. I recommend you share the posts from the week that is now ending with everybody you know who is still unclear.

But what good is all that muck-raking unless we dig down to the root of the problem? Well, you may be surprised. After a week of sharing the work of more or less well-known personalities with you, today – in order to take you to the root of the problem – I will share with you an article and video from someone much less known, plus another video which might seem to come out of left field because it isn’t about humans but nevertheless shows us a way out of our man-made set of problems.

I hope you’re exited, because this is gonna be good.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 10-21-2017 (6 Videos)

This week’s series about our economic rigging and its collusion with politics comes to an end in the first segment of today’s Part A of this Video Weekend. The second segment has some mixed videos on recent events, and the third segment ends with a special rant and interview. Tomorrow, in Part B as a proper response to so much wrong and misery presented all week, I plan to share an analysis of the deepest roots of our trouble and a light at the end of the tunnel, a glimpse at a chance for our nation and humanity to crawl out of its trap, oddly enough spearheaded by human cousins. Well, let’s get started:

 

Segment 1: The Finale of the Rigged-Economy-Week

 

I. The Face of our Engineered Poverty: The End of the Rope

I have quite a bit in common with… Without further ado:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Line: Poverty in America – Officially Licensed Version”)

Have you shed any tears watching? I hope you have. It’s proof of your humanity — and/or indication that you have experienced some of this yourself and are therefore recruitable for change.

 

II. The Invisible Victims

One way our rigged system has survived and done so well is by our habit of turning a blind eye to those who suffer the most. The ill fate of the poor is mostly known only to them. Few documentaries exist, and filling the gap in everybody else’s knowledge won’t happen in a single day. Still, for a start, here is a second telling documentary.

One aspect of poverty is not being able to afford proper housing, and – as usual – we not only have a situation of an entire section of the public being of low means (and being blamed for it on top of that), but of being not helped, only allegedly helped, discriminated against, price-gouged, cheated, and held in poverty and obscurity, with the rest of us lookin elsewhere. What a surprise we have coming when we find ourselves pushed out of the shrinking middle class and suddenly find ourselves in this dark underworld we never bothered to acknowledge or take a look at because looking below us might make us feel guilty and scared.

ZIP Code is Destiny – Housing is disappearing for Americans:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The American dream is turned into poverty. Documentary 2017”)

 

III. Gods or Demons?

To top it off and complete the picture, an inside view of the 1% (not so much of their dark deeds which have already been exposed, but their lives and attitudes):

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

I wonder if a rare rich boy like this will ever move past making an Emmy-nominated confession and actually do something about the evil doings of his inherited business empire, or – better yet – not only do that but also work on changing the hellish course of our world? As it happens, Johnson & Johnson is still listed among the corporations that employ prison labor! Prison labor is a modern day form of slavery in the United States (and elsewhere, especially Asia). Inmates, often imprisoned without trial and on drummed-up or rather meaningless charges, work for $1.15 or less for a full day of work! This is not only an inhuman practice in itself but also takes away properly paid job opportunities from the labor makrket outside these slave-prisons.

 

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Segment 2: The Political Establishment & State Machinery Continue their Evil Romp Unabated

So as not to fall completely behind on current events, here are some recent current event videos not to be missed:

 

IV. Meet our upside-down justice system:

Remember our Monday video telling of how the state machinery of pre-Nazi Germany helped bring the Nazis to power by actively opposing the working people’s unions, parties, and activists while at the same time promoting and shielding from prosecution and punishment many murderous fascists? We just had an eerily similar case in the U.S. — an outrageous, sad, and horrible mockery of justice and the law by none other than a judge and our police:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “VICTIM Of Beating In Charlottesville Charged With Assault”)

 

V. The “Democratic” Party Unvervingly Committed to Evil Corporatism

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Corporate Democrats Purge Bernie Backers From DNC”)

 

Segment 3: Patriotism, Nationalis, War Machine, and POTUS

VI. To finish, a bit of fun with Jesse Ventura:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “WATJ 5: Paid Patriotism, the NFL & Dennis Kucinich”)

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