This gross, despicable inequality is the problem, worldwide. No number of pink cap protests, valid as they may be, will alone address or relieve this horror. Protests must be universal, must include and welcome – urge - ALL the 99 percent to join in active, boisterous dissent. Protestors should demand, as starters, a vigorous wealth tax and a near 100 percent inheritance tax. Anything less is whistling in the wind. Where the hell are the leaders?

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/1/22/headlines

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Oxfam: 82% of Wealth Created in 2017 Went to Richest 1%

JAN 22, 2018

A new report by Oxfam says global economic inequality widened last year, with 82 percent of all wealth created going to the richest 1 percent. In contrast, the poorer half of the entire world’s population received none of the new wealth at all. The report also says 2017 saw the biggest increase in billionaires in history. Ninety percent of all billionaires are men.

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Richard Gravrok 2 years 5 days ago
#2

Yes, to “urge - ALL the 99 percent to join in active, boisterous dissent” let’s use the NAG Strategy:

Unite Americans by focusing on one National American Goal (NAG) at a time, relentlessly, day-after-day, week-after-week, to get the attention of our brothers and sisters across the country - including the media and our elected officials - nagging our politicians enough to force them to make the critical legislative changes that America requires.

When I talked with Professor Paul Goren, chair of University of Minnesota Poli-Sci Dept., he said Goal #1 should be: Get Big Money Out of Politics.

After we succeed, We-the-People shall celebrate, then move on to the next NAG, which could be: Infra-structure Jobs; Single-Payer/Medicare For All; Voting Rights; or whatever is the smartest Goal #2.

Imagine the power of America focusing on one goal at a time, steadily repairing our republic, so we can then address the biggest challenge humanity has faced: Climate Disruption.

Alberto Ceras 2's picture
Alberto Ceras 2 2 years 5 days ago
#3

Thanks for the comment, Richard. Here's one way that all concerned people can show publicly just where they stand. I'm sure that there are those who can't spare the cash but for those who can:

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If you just can't spare the cash, think about making your own weather proof sign with this one as pattern. Another idea that I suggested some time ago: place an upside down u.S. flag in your window. Better yet do both, the sign and the flag.

These individual acts could ignite a spark, signal a beginning, a display of solidarity that might lead to meetings, to demonstratons, to demands and then to concerted and effective action. Yes, ACTION. Without action, without pressure from the people, nothing's going to change for the better.

NO MORE BILLIONAIRES.

a vigorous wealth tax and a near 100 percent inheritance (and gift) tax

You might find something congenial here. But ACT:

https://www.libertytreefoundation.org/?link_id=39&can_id=6aaf90792f8be59...

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antiGOP 2 years 5 days ago
#4

Gettin out voters to OVERwhelm the corrupt voting machines , gerrymandering and voter supression ...all this in that entirity needs to be done ... more PROUNION people would also help with the wealth spread ..... so join a union , create a union if need be and then GET PEOPLE to the polls ..all this for the good of this country . As some call it make it your REVENGE VOTE !

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Alberto Ceras 2 2 years 5 days ago
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Quote antiGOP:

Gettin out voters to OVERwhelm the corrupt voting machines , gerrymandering and voter supression ...all this in that entirity needs to be done ... more PROUNION people would also help with the wealth spread ..... so join a union , create a union if need be and then GET PEOPLE to the polls ..all this for the good of this country . As some call it make it your REVENGE VOTE !

Yes, antiGOP, provided the unions aren't also corrupted.

Going to the polls sounds fine but if both major parties are equally corrupt? bought?

A revolutiion? A multimillions peoples' march? Maybe. The stale, corrupt institutions won't do.

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Steven PBarrett 2 years 4 days ago
#6

After all the addresses, suggestions, and observations listed above, let's not forget something pretty simple yet too impossible to ignore. If the money is amassed legally, and I'm not saying it is or isn't. That's another fish to fry. But what are you going to do if the wealth that's mentioned has been gained by lawful means, and one of them is purely by compounded interest. Just one example that's legal and benefits anybody. You can't just confiscate the money unless you're willing to return to the forcible means used by the Bolsheviks, Castroites, Sandinistas and the Nazis through their wholesale robbery of art owned by Jews. One outrage doesn't justify the use of another. Or have some of you settled for the ends justifying the means style of "governance"? What if part of that wealth was yours and you earned it by investing a lot of your sweat, time, and money into developing a new medicine that could reduce the instances of strokes and heart attacks by half and you also arranged to make sure it'd never fall into the hands of shrewd stock manipulators who'd render it out of reach of most people. Let's say that after all you put into developing this medicine and the company to keep producing it at affordable prices, you still made lots of money. How would you feel if some pols passed laws that arbitrarily took away half of your wealth just because they felt dictated by their ideological principles to confiscate that amount? You'd feel you were robbed and if you didn't, try explaining that to your investors, and your family and yes, yourself every morning when you got up. If you can still justify the ideologically motivated grab of your money that you had after paying your employees, federal and state taxes, operating costs, etc. then you don't belong in business. You belong in a nut hut. As Maggie Thatcher pointed out, "It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake." So is stealing honestly-earned money by legal measures because as history should've taught us by now, just because it's legal, it doesn't necessarily follow that any laws passed "on behalf of sociey, or the poor," are any more morally valid. If what I'm saying still doesn't register, a reading of Germany's Nuremberg Party Rally Laws directed at the Jews in 1934 should help.

rs allen 2 years 4 days ago
#7

Let's talk about that legal or illegal amassed wealth, as neither one seems to matter to you Steven as long as it's amassed by (not ever) the singular brain that figured out the how to. We can use your medicine man if you like.

Meanwhile we should worry about a shithole country:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/dont-need-telescope-find-shithole-coun...

I'm sure plenty of investors legally made lots of money from that little interprise...............money that's likely still stashed legally off shore someplace or another as the shithole country circles the drain towards the cesspool of history.

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Alberto Ceras 2 2 years 4 days ago
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Quote Steven PBarrett:

If the money is amassed legally, and I'm not saying it is or isn't.

And who determines what is legal and what isn't? And, if legal, is it, ipso facto, just? Law tells us what is or isn't legal. Thank god all laws are (and have always been) just. Not.

“We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers.” - MLK

What, then, should be society's goal? Legality or justice? Would, in a perfect world, the two be synonymous?

Well, there's also this. But we don't do the bible anymore, do we?

"I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God....” from Matthew 19:23-26

rs allen 2 years 1 day ago
#9

Sunday morning, guess it's time to go to church:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycuw9Cvh6W4

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Alberto Ceras 2 2 years 57 min ago
#10
Quote rs allen:

Sunday morning, guess it's time to go to church:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycuw9Cvh6W4

...

Thank you, rs allen. What a magnificent Chris Hedges speech. Yes, "...we must show up." Yes, "...we must by taking the streets."

But, sadly, we won't.

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