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Forum Post: Assumptions, If there is a common Vision for OWS, What are the Assumptions?

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 13, 2012, 3 p.m. EST by Middleaged (5140)
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There is a Range of human Behavior, Motivations, and Emotions.

So rather than answer your question, let me present a few other questions. Normally I try to stay away from fights anyway.

1) Do we need to bring the Trolls along with us to the end goal or end state that we feel is our Vision?
2) Is there a large enough culture of the Possible in the USA ...Is there enough energy in belief in things we can't see today ...To reach the Vision?
3) The motives behind Bullies, Trolls, and human competition seem like Barriers, ...But are they actually the strongest Energy that can create the changes in culture to reach the new Vision?
4) How can we leverage the huge blunders of the US Corporate- Financial- Government...To make them more Visible and a Clearer Part of the new Vision?

Assumptions:

1) Given that in the US we don't have a clear Vision in the Media of the US Corporate- Financial- Government ...
2) Given that Public Opinion is controlled by public relations activities .... 3) Given that there is either a Profit or Control motivation behind the US Corporate- Financial- Government...
4) Given that there has always been Classism in the last 2000 years and will always be this kind of competition ...
5) Given that those with lots of money seem to be able to take more of it from the rest of us...
6) Given that there is very little Free Land available to help strengthen a Middle Class ...
7) Given that Credit and Home Equity Loans stimulate the Economy, But have hurt the Poor and Middle Class ...
8) Given that Financial Bubbles are created by humans to "Make a Market", are in fact Financial Schemes, But hurt consumers in the Middle Class ...
9) Assume Economic Activity is the critical factor in Countries success and Existence ...
10) Assume that Economic Rent Seeking defined as financial middlemen who add no product or value to the Economy could actually be decreased or eliminated without damage to the country ...
11) Assume that Inflation of House Prices could be discouraged without damage to the country ...
12) Assume if Financial Schemes from Wall Street became unpopular, and US Financial Investments through Pension & Retirement Funds dropped off or concentrated in Simple Instruments like Bonds ...That US Economic Activity would continue to be Healthy ...
13) Assume that Bankers and Businessmen would never go away and are valuable and Essential to all Economies ...
14) Assume that real products and services are the core of Economic Activity, that scaling up into factories or service institutions provides lower overall costs, allows training, allows apprenticeship, and promotes fulfilling careers for younger workers ...
15) Assume that US Education is too expensive and doesn't meet stated Goals ...
16) Assume that US Health Care is far too expensive for the Poor and Middle Class ...
17) Assume that the Loss of Agriculture and Manufacturing Jobs in the US will never come back without total economic collapse ...and we are now automating many more technical and service Jobs throughout the US Economy ...like bank tellers, cashiers, warehouse workers, distribution facilities, auto workers, factory workers ...
18) Technology like the Computer can spin off many different economic Products and Businesses like Automation & Robotics ... Assume that there will be a class of people left behind by technology ...perhaps people trained and educated in Technology will feel they are exceptional ...Assume that US government funding of technology & science projects can Energize Economic Activity & Create Jobs ...
19) Assume approximately 50% of US Citizens don't work and that there will never be enough Jobs for everyone even if they wanted to earn money and were able... Elderly, handicapped, those that are too sick, kids still in school, stay at home parents, all depend on someone else or depend on government program or live off savings...
20) Assume that Cutting Back Defense and War Spending Can funnel money toward National Investment Projects, Technology Projects, and Science Research Projects ....But that these Cutbacks would not harm the Economy other than the Defense Sector.
21) Assume there are Powerful Lobbies that Prevent Substantial Changes to the US Federal Budget like any cuts to Defense Spending.
22) Assume that there are Economists which will speakout against cuts to the US Defense Budget... Assume that Economists are as Corrupted by the US Financial System as anyone else.

Obviously I have just sat here trying to Brainstorm Let me know if you have other assumptions to add by comment below.

To me the Assumptions help to break down what the Solutions will Look like. The Financial People in the US like the Boom & Bust, Bubble Cycle. But does that make sense for the Poor & Middle Class??

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[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

Shale Oil discovered in the US at 20 Billion barrels AND the US Natural Gas Production may change the US Economy as stated by at least one financial analyst. I'm not sure. Gas prices are high today, but why??? Demand for Gas is down. International Demand for refined gas is down. We have fleets of Oil and Gas tanker Ships, Super Tankers, that are idle. We have lots of gas in storage tanks waiting for US Demand and the US Economy to get started up again. Natural Gas prices are way down, but the US is positioning to Export Natural Gas.

You tell me. Is Shale Oil AND Natural Gas in the US Going to Restart the US Economy??

Seems to tie in with what I was saying at the Top.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

Howard Zinn talks about Human Motivation and Competition in his book on this link on page 17: http://www.lifeaftercapitalism.info/downloads/read/History/Howard-Zinn/Howard_Zinn-A%20Peoples-History-Of-The-United%20States.pdf

Seems to tie in with what I was saying at the Top.