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Forum Post: Capitalism is housing 1800 kids from 1 Florida county in cars

Posted 11 years ago on July 30, 2012, 11:14 p.m. EST by DemandTheGoodLifeDotCom (3360) from New York, NY
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The failures of capitalism are astounding.

Yesterday, 60 minutes ran a story about homelessness which you can view here.

They point out that 1800 kids, from just 1 Florida county alone, are living in cars. Yes, in cars!! Incredibly, 1.6 million kids in this country are homeless!

Did we run out homes? Did we run out of construction workers? Or lumber? Or sheetrock? Or land?

Of course not. They are living in cars because we use the most moronic economic system ever devised: capitalism.

Some guy from Medieval times said I got a good idea on how to run the world. Let's make everyone fend for themselves and see what happens.

That's what capitalism is. It is a dumb idea.

It is an economic system so incredibly inept that it can't even do the most basic economic task of putting everyone who wants to work in any of the nearly infinite jobs currently available that need to get done or do the simple task of housing everyone who wants a home.

Capitalism hasn't ever successfully managed any economy at any point throughout any part of its several century run. Every capitalist economy has always had significant poverty, financial struggle, unemployment, homelessness and misery.

But capitalism isn't just incompetent. It is also corrupt. The entire system of capitalism is based on theft, exploitation and welfare for the lucky.

What the world needs is a system that works and is fair. Not only can we easily employ everyone in fulfilling and meaningful jobs and house everyone in beautiful homes, we can do far, far, far more.

The world needs a democratic economic system.

The planet and its rich resources rightfully belong to everyone which gives everyone a natural right to a job and a fair income. And the only fair way to allocate income is based on how hard you work which you do by limiting differences in income to only what is necessary to get people to do undesirable jobs and give their maximum performance in performance based jobs.

If we allocated income in that way, everyone would be wealthy, the minimum wage would be $115,000 per year for working just 20 hours. And when you make everyone wealthy, you would eliminate nearly every problem in society as explained fully in this post.

It is time to fire capitalism which we can easily do by following this simple plan.



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[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 11 years ago

Meanwhile before we adopt the shortened work week, (which we were supposed to get with all the advances in technology, before we were displaced by it and becamie mere feudal serfs, Have a Public works program to build portablecabins with running water for agricultural workers and for willing homeless, who want to work, in national parks, planting trees, maintaining trails, or agricultural pursuits. Others could work on projects to build new schools, health clinics. These could be located outside major cities.

115,000 sounds good to go. Nice to revisit the American dream.

For those who say this is not the American way, why not We the people, in order form a perfectly healthy union, where all are given opportunities of a full life liberty and the pursuit of happiness and propery 2.0, hold these truths to be self evident, that all shall have fair access toa dignified and purpose filled life with a right to work, and seek economic security, fairness, and justice for all.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

There are all of those FEMA trailers that were used for housing of the Katrina Victims - Why in Hell they can't be used to help the Homeless I do not know. But I don't think that they are being used and they are portable.

Send an open letter to government with an outline of your idea and post it here also then it can be shared out on social media from here for the general public to read and consider.

If the government can not get these projects going on their own then we the people need to inspire them to get their asses in gear.

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 11 years ago

You sure like writing lots of letters. I admire that. the problem is we're a nation of non readers, and non dreamers.

They are free not copyrighted, ideas. I'm not the first to think of them.

They sound like civil rights. Some homeless should sue the government for constructional rights, then they would be publicized.

If they are found not grounded in the constitution, there's always the amendment route.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

These things ( issues ) will have to be pushed by the public. Petitions and protests and above all communications to educate the public as to what is going on and as to what needs to be done. The government is not doing anything and they need to be pushed by the public to get their asses in gear and start getting to work and in that they also need direction from the public as they are making very poor choices right now. I will tweet this post and I would ask every one to do the same. People on the internet are readers - more so then most other people - as you are here and reading this now. As most of the main stream media is not covering the news - we need to do what we can to spread the word. For non readers this post has a good video - even better - that video was done by 60 minutes - they are known.

So - tweeted this post - and I may write another letter on this issue as well.

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 11 years ago

Mainstream likes exciting celebrity stories. Not multifaceted issues with difficiencies in basic system, unles they can point fingers and scapegoat.

Probably at minimum letter to local newspapers, and to tv local news, if they can put a human face on it-homeless grandmothers, or families. Maybe if local occupy groups build cabins for homeless or start a foundation work with habitat for humanity. Or adopts a state park that is closed due to lack of local tax base.

Someone should get Michael Moore and Matt Damon do another human service movie project,

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 11 years ago

Good luck with that.

Citizens united means that the rich own your congress and president.

The poor have no voice any more.

[-] 1 points by DemandTheGoodLifeDotCom (3360) from New York, NY 11 years ago

Citizens united means people are free to make movies with a political message.

Unless you ban all media that talks about politics, the rich will always own the government. They don't need to donate directly to a political campaign in order to use their money to affect public opinion.

The rich own all the tv stations, magazines, newspapers, etc. And if they don't own a media outlet and want to use their money to influence a political race, they will just launch their own media company.

The only fair solution is to put an end to the income inequality. Everyone will then be on an equal footing.

[-] -2 points by Porkie (-255) 11 years ago