To End Wage Slavery

Something not everybody yet understands is that we need to work on our perception and mentality in order to solve our zoo of severe societal problems, such as our bad economy, our corrupt politics, denied healthcare, rampant debt and bankruptcy, the lack of good jobs with benefits, the lack of personal liberty, a world of repeatedly crushed dreams — a plethora of troubles that reflect a transition from a cooperative, neighborly, compassionate human culture to a wolf-eat-dog society.

Since we are so caught up in our current superficial fights over an economic band-aid here or a party-political tactic there, we are often too distracted to look at the underlying causes or even be aware of them. One way to bring them back to the surface is to briefly glance at our preceding generations in which our world changed to the messed-up world we live in today.

Glance #1: Most of our ancestral generations lived as hunters and gatherers, having no bosses to answer to and no money to worry about. Their work was authentic and genuine: hunt and gather food, make your own clothing, housing, and tools, and share with your tribe members as needed (both giving and receiving, thus everybody benefiting from strength in numbers).   Continue reading “To End Wage Slavery”

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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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 12-23-2017 (7 Videos)

A variety of topics covered this weekend by outstanding interviews and speeches:

  1. the Media War
  2. our Rigged Elections
  3. What is Socialism?
  4. the UBI
  5. Clintonites & 2020

 

I. Featured: Jesse Ventura & Jimmy Dore on the Media War

For-profit news are not reliable and facts don’t have two sides. Jesse Ventura meets Jimmy Dore. Oh, that’s good (published on Dec 15):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “WATJ 15: FCC, Death of Real News & Jimmy Dore”)

Comment: The Internet is really a utility. Ending Net Neutrality is like allowing giant corporations to sell you poisoned Flint Michigan water instead of safe water if you can’t afford a luxurious protection racket water bill or that corporations doesn’t like your political views.

 

II. Our Rigged Elections

Voter fraud is a fake claim used to justify voter suppression:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Voter Fraud Isn’t a Problem. Voter Suppression Is. “)

 

III. What is Socialism?

Have you ever heard people say “socialism has never worked?” Turns out it isn’t true. Here is a rich review of a number of meanings and flavors of traditional socialism, just to clear the air a little with a bit of realism:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debunked: “Socialism Has Never Worked””)

Note: Not much mentioned are modern versions of socially responsible economics (which is what the word socialism is really meant to stand for) like worker co-ops and a shared assets economy. But then this is mostly a historic review. Very useful, though, in enriching our political debate and debunking a slew of dalse notions about “socialism,” whatever a particular person may mean when using the word.

 

IV. More on the UBI:

Good take on the UBI by a left-winger. Yanis Varoufakis is a smart one when it comes to questions of economy or democracy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Varoufakis – Why the Universal Basic Income is a Necessity – by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute”)

The discussion about ubi seems to be progressing well across the big pond:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why we should pay everyone a basic income | FT Comment”)

 

V. Clintonites are on the wrong side of the American People:

Thinking ahead to the 2020 election… Hillbots use false math:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Depth of Hillary Clinton’s Failure in 2016 – Let’s Dispel Any Notion of 2020”)

Note: one important fact not to overlook is that Hillary’s alleged win of the popular vote matches the same pattern of her election fraud in the “Democratic” primaries where Bernie would lead all election night, then suddenly boxes of alleged absentee votes would be carried in, and all of a sudden the results would flip.

Clintonites are NOT the adults in the room:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton’s Already Abysmal Approval Rating Plummet Even Further “)

Happy Holidays, everyone! 🙂

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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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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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