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Forum Post: America's Class War Explained in 1 Chart

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 17, 2015, 11:31 a.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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http://www.alternet.org/economy/americas-class-war-explained-1-chart

America's Class War Explained in 1 Chart

The system has been effectively restructured to serve the needs of the ruling elites.

By Mike Whitney / The Smirking Chimp January 15, 2015

http://www.alternet.org/economy/americas-class-war-explained-1-chart

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[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

“Productivity in the economy grew by 80.4 percent between 1973 and 2011 but the growth of real hourly compensation of the median worker grew by far less, just 10.7 percent"

Pathetic. It's time for change, structural economic change, and possibly an entirely new economic system that puts people first. People over profits!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33167) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

The people profiting is profits??? uummmmm profitable???

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

Sharing actually feels good. The 1% should try it sometime.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33167) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

There is absolutely NO reason in today's world of advanced technology and - so - capabilities - why anyone should be living in abject poverty.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

The fact that we even have to say it is just so ridiculous.

"More Than Half Of American Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/16/southern-education-foundation-children-poverty_n_6489970.html

Blind nationalism will get us nowhere, because that is one statistic no one should tolerate.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33167) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Mark those who speak out against free education - those are the enemies of humanity/society.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

Taylor Swift is one of them today. An actual young 1%er speaking out against young people having free education. Unfingbelievable.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33167) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I believe that SMC would have it right in saying = another sold-out celebrity.

Samuel L Jackson - wants to know - whats in your wallet?

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

Right. StillMod is definitely right about all of that. Because in the end, greed takes over the soul and no amount of money is ever enough.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33167) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Greed "is" the #1 cause of Disease Death And Destruction in the World.

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

all those things happen with out greed

violence is a choice

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

an entirely new economic system that puts people first. People over profits!

almost EXACTLY the answer... except... to be accurate ... we do need both ....

  • an economic system based on the "well being of the people" .... (the "Social Wealth" of the economy)....

  • as well as .... an economic system based on the "monetary well being of the economy" ....(the "Monetary Wealth" of the economy)...

and both can be successfully run as free-enterprise systems ... provided we hold both in equal importance ...

the biggest problem in policy & politics ... is the "either / or" mentality ...

  • just because some believe in "helping the people" ... that does not mean that we can't also allow a strong monetary world to exist also....

  • as does... believing in strong "monetary competition" ... does not mean that we can't also allow for a strong "well being" world to exist too....

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

Money, shmoney. No, I disagree. The economic system absolutely must have, as it's primary goal, the interests of HUMANITY. IF it is determined that monetary "wealth" helps humans, great, then it will be put into play.

But, in the end, it is only human beings that live and love and breathe and think and feel, and it is only human beings, and all 100% of them, for that matter, that an economic system should benefit.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

Hi BW ...

well... as much as I would like to see a world where "money" does not play a role ....

I find hard to imagine that even if we got 100% of the country to agree to stop using currency, gold, jewels, collectibles,,, anything of value as a means of exchange ...

that there still will not be people using them....

Honestly ... the fact that money exists ...is not the problem....

The problem is that under current Capitalism ... and any Ism for that matter... money amasses to itself... It's true under any system... socialism, communism, etc...

there will always be some who desire more materialism than others...

now... If we can insure that "everyone" has enough to live an enjoyable, and well-being life ... then who cares that some feel they need more than others ?

an additional economic system based on the "well being of the people" .... (the "Social Wealth" of the economy).... is truly all we need ....

a means for everyone to be able to prosper regardless of monetary standing...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

Then I basically agree with you. :) Everyone just needs to have enough to live decently, and, perhaps, even comfortably, dare I say it. There is enough for that.

[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

:) .... and the real beautiful thing about a "Social Wealth" based system... is that;

  • it is already gaining ground in economic think tanks ....( we don't have to invent any monumental thing )... and ....

  • it can work ... and is acceptable under any existing government ...

we simply need to show how supporting "Social Wealth" development ... by providing a source of funds (just as the monetary based Federal Reserve funds are allocated) ... can solve many (if not all) of the economic problems ....

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

"The Revolution is Love" is Charles Eisenstein on a sharing economy or what he calls "sacred economics."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRtc-k6dhgs

I still like this video. It still speaks to the heart and soul of Occupy despite all that has happened, or not happened, since September 17, 2011.

We can still do this as human beings. The power is within us.

[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

I like it... I wish I could twinkle this... but my point thingys been frozen ,,, ;)

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

Seriously? The bannings, closed Sign Up, and frozen points nonsense should end. I'm really sick of it. No matter who is running this thing, this is Occupy Wall Street's most official website, and this forum was the one place where anyone could post. The Occupy twitter feeds are not comparable, they are not open to the public. The forum should be re-opened to the public.

And, great video isn't it? Speaks to what we were talking about. Be well.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

well .... BW ... I do luv this site... however ...if it ever shuts down ... or does not open up again to new members... I have OccupyFAQs.com, ThePeoplesVeto.com & SmashBull.com coming as fast as I can get them done.... soon I hope... before it kills me :)

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22772) 2 years ago

Okay, thanks. I just made note of your sites, cool. I love this site too. I wish those running it would be responsible to the 99%.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33167) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I thought that you froze it. Can't you unfreeze and then refreeze it?

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

naw... I didn't freeze it... I said that to terrorize trashy !! hehehe ....someone? froze it yrs ago.... right after I criticized the negative point function ...

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 2 years ago

Good Post