Economics: Shorter Work Hours vs UBI

Richard Wolff gives lots of awesome speeches and explanations, but sometimes he also skips over vital points like probably all of us. Here is one such case:

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Comment: Richard Wolff is probably right that reduced full-time workweek hours could be used less well by sociopathic demagogues than a UBI to divide people because the current weird ideology of our right to live deriving exclusively from us working paid jobs would continue as before. No shaking of the boat. There would be less risk of misleading people into thinking that they work shabby jobs and pay painful taxes only to keep lazy other people from having to work (while always overlooking that this is exactly what we are doing in the current system, although not really for under-supplied poor people who get very little help, but rather for all those super-rich people who own most of what can be owned and swim in a huge stream of money flow they do NOT earn by work).  Continue reading “Economics: Shorter Work Hours vs UBI”

Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-09-14 (18 videos)

News, deep insights, and some humor as well. Outstanding videos from this week, some of which you may have missed.

Issues: isms, equality of life, UBI, drone wars, billionaire badness, globalist corporatism, Assange, revolution vs reform, lawlessness, refugees, education, Bernie, and more…

Stars & Channels: Cowboy Economist, John Spritzler, Redacted Tonight, Brave New Films, Jesse Ventura, The Michael Brooks Show, The Humanist Report, Jimmy Dore, Thought Slime, The Real News Network, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, Chris Hedges (On Contact), Democracy At Work, Newsbroke, TED

Topics:

  1. Thoughts: Capital-/Social-/Marx-/Cummun-ism with a Satirical Bent
  2. Faux Progressives: Their “Equal Opportunity” Trap
  3. Insights: Rational UBI & Google Censorship
  4. Connection: Student Debt, Drone Wars & Terrorism
  5. News: Predatory Corporations and Globalist Fascism
  6. Thoughts: Going Far Enough
  7. Candidates: Fighting Elitist Politics
  8. Candidates: Conversation with Bernie’s Press Secretary
  9. Media War: Hounding a Political Prisoner
  10. Change: Revolution or Reform & Nice or Edgy
  11. Police: Police Protected from the Law
  12. Refugees: Mass Murder by the Supreme Court
  13. Education: Schools Sort People as Commodities
  14. Empire: The Enemy from Within
  15. Poverty: Housing Gouging (and More)
  16. Billionaires: The Oh So Good Ones Are NOT Good
  17. Christian Fascists: Religious Liberty Warped to Crush Liberty
  18. Strategy: Lighting the Path to a Better World

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A More Relaxed Economy

In this video,

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in which the American Johnson, who feels guilty about his conduct as a business owner in his younger years, says he would have been happier as part of a worker co-op, something important comes up and is only half-discussed, namely the different kind of working life when we can all participate in the business decisions of our workplace.

What gets discussed is the benefit from it, namely you are not being ruled from a top with no means of knowing that the management may be planning your lay-off or firing, and your expertise may actually make it into the decision making that may otherwise be flawed because of ignorance at the managerial (and salesmanship) level, and misunderstandings can be better avoided, and holding our cards close becomes less necessary, and those in key positions will no longer have to bear too much painful responsibility, and so on…

And I basically agree, often arguing for the same, but it also occurred to me – thinking back to when I was working in a similar small family-like company – and that company came down on its luck because of badly timed growth investment and crushing blows from mega corporations invading its market, that we (the people in that company) would also have had to endure a lot of suffering discussing how to survive the financial disaster, who could survive how much pay cut for how long, or who would have to be let go. (The company got so crushed by the mega corporations at the point that its ability to borrow money was gone that it was forced by its bank to slash its workforce by half within a month. That’s how dire the situation was. That’s why even democratic decision making would surely have had to deal with lay-offs.)

This consideration drives me into the thought realm of the universal basic income (a UBI, better thought of as a citizens dividend when financed not by taxing middle income workers but only the rich as a method of reshaping our wealth and power pyramid into an egalitarian broad building with No Rich and No Poor). Because, if every earned dollar has at least another dollar going to the ultra rich at the top, as things are right now, many of us are struggling to make ends meet. But if that dollar was not robbed but stayed with each of us (by cap-taxing the wealthy and shaping the revenue into a UBI), we could all be way more relaxed in our working lives and business management. We could shape our workplaces as worker co-ops in a far more relaxed economy where no worker or worker’s relative would have to worry about sinking into poverty because all the money we earn from labor would only be extra money, not our full livelihood. Business downturns could be handled much more easily.

It’s something to think about for those who worry that a UBI could only be a hand-out to placate the poor, or those who regard it as too much state power becoming too much burden on the private sector. I really think that a correctly done UBI (a citizens dividend) would lead to a far more relaxed economy that would benefit all the unemployed, all employees, and even business managers and owners; in other words: everybody.

It is our current stressful economies that lead to brutal lay-offs, slashing of salaries and benefits, warlike struggles between companies, manipulating and cheating of customers, ruthless destruction of the environment (even our planet’s human-life-supporting climate!). It leads to offshoring jobs, illegal employment of undocumented migrants, worker-income-depriving automation (rather than reduced working hours at unreduced income), and to bloated pharmaceutical prices, because profits become the dominating decision making factor, and people all over the economy are desperate. Desperate people will do desperate things that often are catastrophic.

A relaxed economy would be far better, and it relies on a principle of there never being poverty for anyone. Additionally, to make it happen, there also must be no ridiculous richness for anyone turning that person into a modern day god-king ruling over thousands or millions of fellow people whom he or she rarely perceives as fellow people but as commodities.

Let’s aim for a relaxed economy, shall we?

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European Thoughts Fitting our Fourth of July

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Independence Day is a special holiday held high and celebrated in different corners of society. For some it is just a brief relief from a never-ending money-earning drudgery. For others it is the holiday of their nationalist notions easily linked to fascist white supremacist ideas stuck into their heads from the top by the rich ruling class and their demagogic minions in politics and the mass media to divert (with xenophobia and hate speeches) their justified anger away from the true culprits and causes of their mutilated lives, thus turning them into a duped army of violent right-wingers and idiot voters. For others, like myself, it is an annual reminder of the great ideals of some of our heroic founding fathers whose liberating ideas spread around the world causing awe and love and hope, and even change — change from monarchies and dictatorships to democracies or even attempts at socialist economies (a natural consequence of the life, liberty, and happiness for all concept).   Continue reading “European Thoughts Fitting our Fourth of July”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 05-12-2019 (18 videos)

A great discussion on UBI, great political satire, class warfare and the dying middle class and poor, healthcare racketeering, political awakening, media corruption by the rule of money, a people’s revolution, the real (capitalist!) entitlement in our market society… 22 cool videos. Stars: Nick Brana, Chris Hedges, Kim Iversen, Richard Wolff, Tulsi Gabbard, Ralph Nader, Jimmy Dore, and more.

Topics:

  1. Nick Brana & Scott Santens Discussing UBI
  2. Satire: Neoliberal Slavery
  3. Class Warfare: OMG, Reality is Real! Who Knew?
  4. Middle Class Struggling — But still Half Asleep?
  5. Market Society: Infinite Greed, Inequality, Non-Living Wages, Life Depression, The Poor…
  6. Awakening of a Hillerite
  7. Media: The Dying Free Press & Anger Sales
  8. Candidates: Debate-Qualified Ones & Tulsi Interview
  9. A Political People’s Revolution
  10. World: Venezuela Analysis & How Castro Became an Empire Asset
  11. Humor: Hillary’s 2020 Advice & Joe the Sniffer
  12. Capitalist Entitlement

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 04-28-2019 (22 videos)

Another compilation of informative recent videos on many topics, with an emphasis on the growing oppression from the Internet and AI, the control of our minds by the media & social media and twin-party tyranny, details of the UBI, 5 presidential candidates incl. a deep dig into Andrew Yang, the truth behind the Russiagate BS, and our War Culture.

Top stars: Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Jimmy Dore, Tulsi Gabbard, AOC…

Topics:

  1. Internet (Chomsky): The Terminator is Coming
  2. Jesse Ventura: Oppression via IT
  3. Chomsky: The R&D Oligarchy (and the “Dem’s” Gift for Trump)
  4. Chomsky: Democracy
  5. Economy: Good Question & AI
  6. UBI: Digging Deeper into it & Andrew Yang
  7. Chris Hedges & Aaron Mate on Russiaaahhhgate
  8. Russiaaahhh: Who Cast it as the Bogeyman
  9. Tulsi: on the Russiagate BS & our War Culture
  10. Candidates: Jerk Biden, Mike Gravel, Marianne Williamson
  11. Media War: Another Trick How They Deny us the Truth
  12. World & Media: Consistent Underreporting of the Yellow Vests
  13. World: Landslide Vote in the Ukraine
  14. War: U.S. = #1 in Murdering Civilians

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 04-07-2019 (20 videos) — Biggest Topic: UBI

This weekend’s video collection of political, economic, and societal issues – both problems and their solutions – is mixed with significantly more written commentary than usual, basically merged with an article. The writing is added to tie the clips together and also enhance the understanding they bring. This particular compilation is also dominated by a heavy focus on one big major theme that is growing in popularity and public discourse: the concept of a Universal Basic Income. Here are many of the pros and cons and how a UBI fits into the big picture. Other topics: an ethical society, news on the corporate media, healthcare, Tulsi Gabbard, liberty, whistleblowers (Manning & Assange), top-run dividedness of the people, Venezuela’s economic reality, and a political comedy session.

Topics:

  1. UBI: Introduction
  2. UBI: Active & Passive Incomes, Taxed or Not
  3. UBI: Just Printing Money for a UBI is not the Correct Way
  4. UBI: Social Context and Effects of a UBI
  5. UBI: A panel discussion with further insights
  6. UBI: Here is another pretty good discussion
  7. UBI: The UBI-Scam-Worry on the Left
  8. UBI: Well Made Point Concerning the Ethics in Our Society
  9. Lee Camp Exposes Our Ayn-Rand-Style Corporate Media
  10. Healthcare: An American Tourist’s Healthcare Experience in Europe
  11. Tulsi Opposes Torture and Regime Change Wars
  12. Where is our Freedom Party?
  13. Talk: Chelsea Manning, Grand Juries, College, Mega Corporate Non-Free Market
  14. Our History: The Divided Poor Utilized by the Rich
  15. World, Corrupticians, & Media: Backstabbing Assange
  16. World: Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Explained
  17. Comedy: Jimmy, Graham, Ron, Stef…

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 03-30-2019 (12 videos)

Once more an enlightening video compilation so we can spend time on our weekend to educate ourselves for desirable change rather than letting ourselves be dumbed down by the corporate media. Enjoy!

Topics:

  1. Society: The Crippling Corporate Culture
  2. Isms: Socialism vs Fascism
  3. Corruption: Law Run by the Thieves – The ‘Big Four’
  4. Revolutionary History: What to learn from the Bolsheviks
  5. Unions: Top Middle-Class Unionizing Against its Decline
  6. News: U.S. Election Rigging, Venezuela, Yellow Vests, Social Media Censorship
  7. Media: ‘The Cleaners’ Who Scrub Social Media
  8. World: U.S. Sabotage of Venezuelan Power Plant?
  9. Capitalism: Greed Ends the Age of Antibiotics
  10. Change: Government is a Tool
  11. Democracy: Our Fraudulent Elections
  12. A Good Life for All: The Citizen Dividend (a.k.a. UBI)

 

I. Society: The Crippling Corporate Culture

Here is an old, yet outstanding, speech by Chris Hedges. It’s from April 3, 2013. If you are certain to have heard most of this before and are short on time, you may fast forward to 1:05:32 where his wrap-up starts and hits hard: https://youtu.be/KJ9nvAX-S1g?t=3932 Otherwise, here the clip starts from the beginning:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges – America from the Outside – How the World sees US – 2013”)

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The Smooth Way Out of Capitalism

When the rules of a game are bad, the obvious thing to do is to change the rules. Many people today realize that capitalism is working against them but aren’t sure what to do about it while others are still wavering in doubt. Let’s take a closer look then and discover a simple solution that would leave the markets intact but remove their oligarchs and our systemic corruption, harm, and suffering; healing our economy, democracy, and lives.   Continue reading “The Smooth Way Out of Capitalism”

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”