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Forum Post: For Mr. 1% aka "The Tenth Man"...

Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 12, 2011, 7:46 p.m. EST by KerryRawe (47)
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I happened upon a rather deceptively clever story, a post about The Tenth Man. The 1pth Man was the supposed "Great guy" for paying a large portion of the bill. Feel free to find and read this story. I would like to remind that poster of the parts of the story he left out, fair is fair after all...

You forgot that the first man was a farmer who had to subdivide his property to the 10th man because he could not work his land due to the pollution the 10th mans' factory rained down on him.

You forgot to mention that the second and third men were construction workers, who built houses on the farmer's former land, and were laid of when the 10th man found unlicensed workers with no formal training, who were willing to work for slave wages.

You forgot to mention that the fourth and fifth men worked for the 10th man in his factory, until the 10th man moved the plant to the other side of the world, to pay slave wages and deny his workers any benefits.

You forgot to mention that the sixth man was a local mortgage broker, who saw his bank bought out by the 10th man's bank, and was laid off beforehand to "shore up losses" and "improve profitability".

You forgot to mention that the seventh man was a business man, who after 50 years of serving his community, saw his department store close when the retail giant the 10th man sold his products to moved into town and competed with the 10th man's products, once sold by him, now sold by the retail giant who retained more profit due to it's low wages and the slave labor that made the 10th man's products cheaper.

You forgot that the 8th man was a Congressman, who pushed for legislation that allowed the 10th man to import his goods from that far-away factory without taxing them.

You forgot that the 9th man was the 10th man's CFO.

A banquet none the less... and as the men ate, they all had different thoughts on where their next meal would come from.

Moral of the story? The 10th man wasn't as chivalrous as he thought...

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[-] 1 points by MuadDib (154) 2 years ago

Nice post. I read that story and tried to think of a nice succinct counter story. This is better than I could have done. Cheers

[-] 1 points by KerryRawe (47) 2 years ago

Thanks! I'll be in NYC soon... going there to be a part of this amazing moment in history... it feels good to be excited about "power to the people" in the 21st century.

[-] 1 points by Mariannka (63) 2 years ago

I am amased at how Occupy works. Would like to have your input on the movement to understaqnd it better. I am asking you to answer 10 questions and I am happy to share results if you are interested. Please, take some time for it: Thank you! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q3NF7QB

[-] 1 points by unfleecedbysheep (153) 2 years ago

We are here and now. I don't think everyone wants to be rich. People want to exist comfortably enough to be equals in freedom and enjoyment of life to everyone else, regardless of income or status labels.

[-] 0 points by JohnnySuburban (88) 2 years ago

Why do you continue to buy the 10th Man's products in our free-market Capitalist Society then?

You enable him...

Why must Govt reign him in....can't the People do that by simply boycotting his business?

[-] 1 points by OWSNewPartyTakeNY2012 (195) 2 years ago

the people are supposed to be the government in a Representative Democracy. with the power of the legislator you wouldn't have to go through the complicated mess of organizing a boycott and dealing with the backlash from the company.

[-] 1 points by KerryRawe (47) 2 years ago

Not when he's the only game in town...

[-] 0 points by Lefty (16) 2 years ago

They could all have made the choices the tenth man made and been a fat cat too. You are just more of the same old wealth envy crowd.

[-] 2 points by myne (23) from Fitzroy, VIC 2 years ago

Oh bullshit.

Luck plays a huge role in life. It's not the level playing field some people like to imagine.

Some are born smart. Was this their choice? Some are born attractive. Did they do this? Some were born in great place, with great support. Did they design this? Some were born with great genes. Was this their skill?

No. If you were born in Somalia, to a rape victim with HIV, you're going to find it incredibly difficult to SURVIVE let alone "make the same choices the tenth man made"

If you think the USA is a level playing field, you're sadly mistaken.

[-] -1 points by Lefty (16) 2 years ago

More BS. Nobody is talking about a Somalian. We are discussing the people above. Quit making excuses for laziness.

[-] 1 points by KerryRawe (47) 2 years ago

What your missing is... no one asked to be rich. But they were all either oppressed, bought off, or unfairly squeezed out of the market because of the 10th man. Go back to school, then you get to run your Dad's hotel chain, Billy Madison. FAIL.

[-] 1 points by Lefty (16) 2 years ago

More whining. The farmer had opportunity to be the tenth man. He failed. Not the tenth mans fault, so don't attack him. How un-American.

The point is that OP can find a way to blame everything on the tenth man, but does it really happen? Look at what he typed about the farmer. A bunch of hooey.

[-] 1 points by myne (23) from Fitzroy, VIC 2 years ago

Without farmers, everyone starves.

Without bankers, no one starves.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm who's the more worthwhile person?

[-] 1 points by KerryRawe (47) 2 years ago

Really? You must not know many farmers. I do. They're in my family. Maybe you should think before you speak.

[-] 1 points by Lefty (16) 2 years ago

My dad farmed. So I am intimately aware of farmers and everything that goes with it. In addition, most of the people we know are farmers. The OP farmer scenario is bullshit.

[-] 1 points by KerryRawe (47) 2 years ago

Look, you may know farming where you are, but if the farmer wasn't under attack in many places, Farm Aid wouldn't exist. Do not put on blinders. The world is more complicated than what exists in your own backyard. That's why people debate and compromise. Don't be afraid of healthy discussion and a different viewpoint. Deal?

[-] 1 points by Lefty (16) 2 years ago

Sure!

[-] 1 points by KerryRawe (47) 2 years ago

Cool :) Now we're getting somewhere.

[-] 1 points by OWSNewPartyTakeNY2012 (195) 2 years ago

all people are different, evolutions way of giving us all something to be good at. Doesn't mean others should be condemned because we weren't the best bean counters.what about all the starving artists and musicians, what about people who excel in human empathy rather then greed. Financial success is not a catch all measure of virtue.

[-] 1 points by KerryRawe (47) 2 years ago

Every bean deserves light to grow. The Oaks ignore their pleas too...

[-] 1 points by Lefty (16) 2 years ago

True, but we also shouldn't condemn those that WERE good at bean counting, either, whether they became good through their own efforts or were born into it. I see a lot of people condemning good bean counters on this board.

[-] 1 points by OWSNewPartyTakeNY2012 (195) 2 years ago

its not their bean counting skill which has earned them our contempt. Its their greed, hypocrisy and disregard for human dignity across the board.