A More Relaxed Economy

In this video,

A conversation with my former employee – Dirty Capitalist Confession Session
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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?

A soon to come continuation on thoughts about this video: The Left-Right Division when we Fundamentally Agree

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Woke Video Weekend 2019-07-21 (20 videos)

A sublime collection of great recent videos you will be amazed by and learn a lot from or simply rave, growl, sniff, enjoy, and cheer… or even stand up against the corrupt seats of power. 😉

The first 9 videos seemed a great enough package to start out the weekend with, but more super videos kept popping up over the weekend. So here are 20(!) this Sunday. Don’t miss them. Take a look. Great stuff like this takes a long time to find. Amazing revelations on immigration, war for profit, our slave state, rigged elections, an alternative economy of liberty & justice for all, religious (counter-)ethics, ideology, fight from the bottom, media manipulation, and more… And important comments worth reading!

Stars: Mike Gravel, Bernie Sanders, AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, John Spritzler, Richard Wolff, Jimmy Dore, Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader, and more… Channels: Democracy Now!, MCSC Network, Redacted Tonight, The Real News Network, Secular Talk, The Rational National, David Pakman, The Humanist Report, and more…

Topics:

  1. United States of Police Brutality
  2. The Real Border Crisis
  3. U.S. Military Terror Laid Bare – Short, Succinct, & Wow! ***
  4. Weekly News
  5. Mike Gravel Revealing Painful Truth
  6. A Cooperative Economy Alternative
  7. Psychological Chains: Treating People Like Dirt
  8. “Left” – “Right” = 0
  9. Party Corruption & We Cannot Compromise on Life & Death
  10. U.S. Election Integrity: Rigging with Impunity ***
  11. Police Narrative & Henchmen
  12. Lawbreaking Asylum Ban
  13. How to Handle the Bully in Politics
  14. Atheists WAY More Christ-Like Than RW-Evangelists
  15. Bernie on Ideology
  16. Building Empathy & Bridges
  17. Corporate Silencing of the People
  18. Satire: Right-Winger Cash

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 2019-06-23 (20 videos)

Main themes of this week’s video compilation: systemic corruption, inequality, and abuse of the people, and the fight for true democracy in our lives. Stars: Bernie, Jon Stewart, Richard Wolff, Denise Hearn, Ralph Nader, The Ring of Fire, Glenn Greenwald, Thought Slime, The Humanist Report, Jimmy Dore, and many, many more.

Topics:

  1. Modern Working Lives Not Worth Living
  2. The Flaws of our Corporatist Capitalism System
  3. Corruption: Sometimes the Closed Doors are a Crack Open
  4. Inequality by Design vs Full Democracy
  5. System Corruption and a Celebrity Fighting for a Piece of Justice
  6. Healthcare: The Need to Protect Medicare from Inflated Drug Prices
  7. Healthcare: Drug Price Gouging and Life Expectancy
  8. Insider Notes on False Christianity
  9. Power of the People & Chaining It
  10. Remember our Dubious Supreme Court? Learn from Brazil!
  11. The Media vs Reality (incl. ref. to Bernie)
  12. The Fake Freedom Map
  13. Taxing Wall Street – Not Only Bernie Talking Interestingly
  14. Useful Idiot Voters
  15. Prevention of Poverty is better than the Cure
  16. Consumerism
  17. Warmongering by CBS & Other MSM
  18. MSM Fertilizing the Right Wing Trap
  19. Intelligent Conversation: Mike Gravel & Jimmy Dore
  20. Jesse Ventura: Iran, Hong Kong, Egypt, Monopolies and the Death of Competition

 

I. Modern Working Lives Not Worth Living

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thought Slime and the title: “My First Job: The Lazybones Manifesto”)

Note: I grew up during the tail end of the ‘golden age’ expecting a just and fair life. All I have had is a shitty life. Similarly to this man, I have wished all the time I had never been born. That’s why on my way out of it, I fight for better conditions for those coming after me.   Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 2019-06-23 (20 videos)”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 12-23-2018 (17 videos)

Another great video weekend for those who can find time in this busy holiday season. More great facts and insight on the Yellow West Movement, public mind manipulation, the core nature and effects of capitalism, and so on.

Topics:

  1. Yellow Vests News
  2. War, Morals, & Veterans for Peace
  3. Hypernormalization
  4. Election Meddling
  5. Refugees: Fleeing U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America
  6. Filling the Swamp (Mnuchin)
  7. Cool Conversation (Paul Jay, RoseAnn De Moro, John Cusack, and Bob Pollin)
  8. The Young Climate Activists
  9. Ancient Capitalism & Debt Forgiveness
  10. Economic Update (American Worker Co-Op etc.)
  11. Real vs False Socialism
  12. A Rare Celebrity
  13. The Russiagate Hype
  14. Popularity of the Green New Deal
  15. Why We Work so Hard Under Capitalism
  16. Capitalism, the Scam

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Our Abusive Co-Dependent Economy and its Hegelian Alternative (audio)

An interesting speech by Richard Wolff approaching the solution to our miserable economy from a philosophical angle:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Master-Slave Dialectic in Capitalism and What to Do About It”)

 

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The current federal budget decimates Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid by $1.8 trillion (kicking millions of seniors, children, and disabled people off their health care), cuts $215 billion from food stamps, $203 billion from college students, and $1.5 trillion from schools, highways, medical research, and environmental protection — all that to make the super-rich richer through special tax cuts and such for them. Here you can sign a petition against this theft from the top.

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Workplace Democracy (Jimmy Dore & Richard Wolff)

A co-op economy is a great alternative to our American one-share-one-vote anti-democracy.

Jimmy Dore held a delightful interview with Richard Wolff, nicely describing the core-problem of our economy and a bloodless, peaceful way out of it and towards democracy, first in the workplace and then in the public sphere (once the plutocratic oligarchs – our money aristocracy – have had the rug pulled out from under them).

Our current corporate economy gives 1% of people nearly all the wealth (including three quarters of all company shares) and along with it all the decision-making power not only in the business sector but the public sector as well. In contrast, when workers own their companies, when they can democratically make all the important decisions (whether or not to move their jobs to China, for example), when they can hire and fire the managers who work for them rather than the other way round, then we not only walk into our places of work with our heads held high (being co-owners), but our daily work lives are democratic in nature with important decisions reflecting our needs and wishes, and so can be the country when it is resting on a truly democratic base rather than the rotten plutocratic base we currently have.

And the best news is that the conversion from the plutocratic economy to a democratic worker co-op economy has already begun. Here is the sweet interview:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Solution For Capitalism’s Brutalities Easier Than You Think w/Prof. Richard Wolff”)

Note: Support at the national level, such as offered by Jeremy Corbyn in he UK, would of course accelerate and strengthen the economic conversion, as would putting a stop to corporate welfare and exclusive tax gifts to the rich. Hence worker co-op friendly policies should be on the People’s Platform.

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