Posted 4 years ago on Oct. 12, 2011, 3:06 a.m. EST by DemandTheGoodLifeDotCom
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Is this is a rebel movement or a revolutionary movement? Rebels oppose the existing order. Revolutionaries propose a new one.
The tea party has a simple demand: Get government out of the economy so we can have pure capitalism.
It would be truly revolutionary if OWS had a similarly simple but opposite demand: Get capitalism out of the economy so we can have pure democracy.
If we replaced capitalism with democracy:
- Everyone in society would be wealthy as a birth right
- You would get paid an income of at least $115,000 per year
- The work week could be cut in half
- People would no longer have to do menial work
- There would be no difference between work and play
- Interest would be eliminated which would cut your mortgage in half
- Crime would be virtually non-existent
- We could fast-track the transition to a green, renewable economy
- You would get paid to go to school, not the other way around
- There would be no such thing as recessions or unemployment
- And nearly every social problem we have would be gone
CAPITALISM IS A SYSTEM OF INEQUALITY
Let's be clear. Capitalism is a system of concentrating power. The goal is to maximize your individual wealth. And the more income you have, the easier it is to generate more income. And with that income comes the power to control everything.
It is a system designed to produce unequal and bad outcomes.
That inequality has left 46 million in poverty, 16% underemployed, 1 in every 5 kids in poverty, 25% of all blacks in poverty, 97% of all workers earning a below average income, 52 million without health insurance, and 55% of all workers doing pointless jobs that can be automated with existing technology.
Just in case you missed that, 97% OF ALL WORKERS MAKE A BELOW AVERAGE INCOME.
Most of those people are responsible, competent, hard-working people. They are just victims of an unfair economic system.
The system simply does not work. So we should do what has been proposed for the past 250+ years by some of the most brilliant, well-respected thinkers to walk this planet like Thomas Paine, John Stuart Mill, George Orwell, Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein and current Senator Bernie Sanders. We should replace capitalism with democracy.
DEMOCRACY IS A SYSTEM OF EQUALITY
Democracy is a Greek word that means people power. It is a system where power rests with everyone equally. It is the exact opposite of capitalism.
A democratic economic system simply means we have equal economic power. Incomes - your source of economic power - are equal.
Just like you get equal votes in a democratic government, you get equal dollar votes in a democratic economy. However, since income is a way to compensate work, equal income means you get equal pay for equal work.
If income was allocated democratically, and people were no longer treated like heads of cattle where your entire standard of living and quality life is dictated by your ability to sell yourself in a market you have very little power over, everyone would be wealthy. There would be no poverty or middle class or homeless or uneducated. And there would be little crime.
Our income is allocated so unequally that if we just allocated total income equally to every worker, regardless of what job they did, EVERYONE WOULD GET PAID $127,000 PER YEAR. That is more than what 97% of all workers currently make.
But the only fair, democratic way to allocate income is to pay an equal income for equal effort. Income should not be based on privilege, who you know, what family you were born into or how lucky you are in the market.
Effort is just a function of the amount of time you work and whether the job you do is mentally or physically difficult. People who work twice the hours should obviously get paid twice the income. And people who work the difficult jobs, the jobs in science, computers, engineering, medicine, construction, mining, or farming, should get paid more than the people who work jobs that are not difficult.
The final compensation plan would be directly voted on by the population, but if you paid difficult jobs twice the amount as jobs that are not difficult, since that is likely enough of an incentive to get people to do more difficult work, based on the American economy in 2010, that system would pay an income of $230,000 PER YEAR FOR THE DIFFICULT JOBS and $115,000 PER YEAR FOR THE REST OF THE JOBS.
Allocating incomes equally based on effort is the only fair way to compensate people. If two workers are successfully completing the job they were hired to do, they are both working the same hours and they are both working jobs of similar difficulty, they both deserve the same pay.
If you do not do the job you were hired to perform because of incompetency or laziness, you should be fired.
If people do not buy the good or service you are working on, it should stop being produced and you should stop being paid. You should then be forced to find a new job working on something people are buying.
How 2 cut the work week in half: