Proper Tax vs. Iɯdɹodǝɹ ┴ɐx

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As the Tax Day is about to hit us over the head or under the belt line again, it makes sense to give a thought or two about how proper or improper our tax system is.

Clearly, lots of people across the political spectrum hate taxes, or at least their own taxes, or would like others to be taxed more, or – in some cases – gladly pay their taxes as a contribution to the society that grants them a civilized life. (I once belonged to the latter group.)

But how many of us have actually thought this through? What our taxes are for and what they could be used for instead?

Since many of us are busy meeting the deadline, I want to keep this article as short as possible, only throwing out a funny historic remembrance and some food-for-thought seeds for our future.   Continue reading “Proper Tax vs. Iɯdɹodǝɹ ┴ɐx”

Financial Security for All via a UBI – Not to be Seen in Isolation

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Financial security for us “common” people is an extremely important topic. The video shared below touches upon several highlights of this subject, such as the question of affordability and the worrisome band-aid-possibility of a “universal basic income” (short “UBI”, but better called something else like a citizen dividend in order to frame it properly within the big picture). The video explores these points too superficially, though. Therefore I recommend to first listen to the video conversation and then read my comments below (to which you are welcome to respond and add):   Continue reading “Financial Security for All via a UBI – Not to be Seen in Isolation”

Disconnected America – A Mentally Unhealthy Place

Americans, today, live in a money-obsessed, profit-driven society which distorts and stifles our shared humanity, resulting in despair, rage, and loneliness that generate, among other things, mass shootings.

The article I wish to point you at contains something to mull over: Capitalism Breeds the Lonely, Alienated Men Who Become Mass Killers?

In short, the article proposes that mental health can be likened to four pillars: (1) an intimate relationship, (2) a circle of friends or family, (3) shared activity groups (like workplace, clubs, political organization, sports teams, and such), (4) connection to one’s nation and the world through political, economic, or similar participation. When people’s lives lack these pillars, they become mentally unstable.   Continue reading “Disconnected America – A Mentally Unhealthy Place”

Our Morally Upside Down Country: Jailing a Man For Trying to Save His Family (JD)

Blithe, privileged judges like this one are the creeps who should be jailed instead of poor people who are simply trying to hold on to life for themselves or their spouse and children:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Being Poor Is Still A Crime In America”)

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The Competition Curse

Our society = a pyramid scheme!

Quote: “Our competition and internal strife weaken us and prevent us from facing the universe’s tough challenges like disease; the ravages of aging and a short life-span; as well as natural disasters like earthquakes; tsunamis; pandemics; global climate change, with its ever increasing hurricanes; and giant meteorite impacts, such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs…”

Read the full article…

 

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Looking at Society from the Bottom Up (PS)

Little of the cruelty, injustice, and nefarious intent is hidden at the bottom:

»Ninety-four percent of the people in our prison system never had a trial. In fact, the students I teach who have the longest sentences, went to trial, and they were punished for it. Because they stack charges against you, and then they barter, like a poker game. But if you go to court, all of those charges are arrayed against you. And they have to give you a longer sentence because they use you as an example. They say, “Look he went to trial, or she went to trial, and that’s the sentence they got, so you better take the sentence we’re offering.” You can understand the awful dynamics of the corporate state by looking at what it does to the most vulnerable among us, and the best place to do that is in a prison where corporations have reached their deadly tentacles down to every facet of prison life.«

The above is a quote from a speech given by Chris Hedges, the former New York Times war correspondent who has seen a lot of evil in the world and recognizes a lot of it here back at home. It’s titled “Chris Hedges: Prison System Slave Labor”:

It is hard not to learn from what Mr. Hedges has to tell. Continue reading