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Forum Post: Stealing Commons

Posted 1 month ago on Aug. 10, 2020, 9:32 a.m. EST by agkaiser (2460) from Fredericksburg, TX
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The Trump administration continues the privatization frenzy started during Milton Friedman's sojourn with Nixon and put on steroids by Reagan. The Republican pre-election strategy is to further weaken the post office, which was strong until "The United States Postal Service and Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act" of 2006. That was during the reign of George II. Today they're making more costly demands of postal services, while denying the funds to support them. This is also a point of penetration of voter suppression. The cons know if voter turnout is high, they will lose. They can't depend on an electoral college inversion again. They must suppress the vote, inspire more corruption like the hacking of Ohio voting machines or hanging chads in Florida or they will lose. Republicans can't win a fair fight. And of course, while discouragement of mail in votes, which might encourage intelligent voters by offering some protection from the virus, is their immediate objective. privatization resulting in increased investor profits, at our expense, is always the final goal.

The loss of our common heritage to private individuals, cliques, classes and corporations has been going on for a long time now. Hear Ye this 17th century English folk poem:

The Goose and the Common Authors unknown

The law locks up the man or woman Who steals the goose from off the common But leaves the greater villain loose Who steals the common from off the goose

The law demands that we atone When we take things we do not own But leaves the lords and ladies fine Who take things that are yours and mine

The poor and wretched don't escape If they conspire the law to break This must be so but they endure Those who conspire to make the law

The law locks up the man or woman Who steals the goose from off the common And geese will still a common lack Till they go and steal it back [Seventeenth century protest against English enclosures] https://unionsong.com/u765.html

I would change the final line: "Till we go and steal it back!"

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[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8258) from Phoenix, AZ 1 month ago

The "hanging chads" were no doubt a problem, but we must not forget that 100,000 voted for Ralph Nader in Florida, far more than the "hanging chads" it shouldn't have been that close, elections matter, voting matters...2000 was by far the most important election of my lifetime, we could have had a real chance to do something about climate change, now we just danced on the Titanic.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

"1 in 3 college students faces food insecurity"! by James Burch:

"A surprising number of young Americans are suffering serious health consequences because they don’t have the money to eat properly." Maybe this stealing of youth and young people's future, is actually the ultimate Commons being Stolen?

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 1 month ago

While I was in college, I worked multiple jobs, on and off campus. My way of coping with late-night food insecurity was to mooch off of my parents ( yeah, it's a kind of frequent "visit" to keep in touch ! There's no place quite like home ) and carry back to campus fried foods which tended to spoil slower than the other foods during the week.

I used "Soviet-era under-the-window" Berliningrad cold storage for keeping the foods relatively unspoiled for a few days ( in those days, the colder seasons were fairly consistently cold--I worked during the hot summers and studied during the colder seasons; I modulated the consumption of the perishable foods by knowing about the activation energy needed for spoiling and its dependency on ambient temperatures--every 10C/18°F roughly doubles the reaction rate of the spoiling process; the essence of successful policy for longer-term food storage by avoiding the wet dilute-electrolyte bodily temperature zone { recall "Life is electric fire burning slowly in water" } is to "keep dry foods dry, salty foods salty, hot foods hot, and cold foods cold," in line with the Bible's "each unto its kind" principle observed by God during Genesis.) I was glad that I had previously made the decision to hang around somewhat close to home ( like the International Space Station being located somewhat close to Earth before a human expeditionary voyage to Mars ) for college studies before embarking on a distant voyage.

Being largely illiterate ( Mom's being so was due to the patriarchal societal culture and the large sibling cohort, which together waste potential human talent--as half of the people were destined to become "breeders" for "other families' males"; Dad's being so was due to his own childish choice influenced by his fear of his school's barbaric bodily punishment of inflicting pain upon his classmate's palm with a heavy stick for the pupil's inability to recite-from-memory, and his lenient "let it be" very wealthy mother who [ erroneously ! { Dad was sent away with "advantages" from a war zone but no matter where he had escaped to, war chased him down; wealth really didn't matter--life mattered } ] believed that his inheritance would take care of him and his descendants for generations upon generations,) my parents couldn't and wouldn't help out with my over-their-heads college education ( I jettisoned their { almost exclusively Mom's } academic help in early grade school; I knew that furthering my education would require independence from my parents' help because Dad assumed that I had become literate in English after I had learnt all of English's 26 Roman alphabets; he even told me that Mathematics was just the ten decimal digits and the four operations: plus, minus, multiply, and divide--it did inflate my benighted sense of accomplishment and pride until the next school grade { with fractions having crept onto my celadon plate; glazes' cations' ionic radii affect colors approximately as Rydberg's Forumla "In the Beginning, God signed His Name "Alpha" to the Rydberg constant of this formula" and Planck-Einstein relation; scientists who contemplated light made epoch-making discoveries } and it p o p p e d like a balloon ) but they { mostly Mom } cooked and I could use a boost.

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[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Backlash Over Postal Service Sabotage:

Because The USPS is about The Commons!

U grapes however .. are mostly - All About U!

temet nosce!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23319) 1 month ago

DeJoy must go.

From truthout: "But Trump has taken USPS sabotage to new heights, including by appointing businessman Louis DeJoy as postmaster general of the USPS. DeJoy is a major Trump donor, giving nearly $450 million dollars to Trump’s inauguration, Victory Fund, and the Republican National Committee (RNC). He’s also in frequent contact with top Republican Party officials and met with Trump the first week of August prior to his meeting with Democratic leadership.

DeJoy has enacted and overseen multiple policies that will put both the viability of the Post Office and the integrity of the November election at risk. On August 7, DeJoy displaced two top executives at the USPS and reassigned 23 others, in a move critics called a “Friday night massacre” that centralizes power around DeJoy. He has also attempted to increase the rates states pay to send mail-in ballots. And most recently, during his tenure, the USPS removed post office boxes in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and across the state of Montana, prompting Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) to demand answers from DeJoy. The USPS is still unable to confirm to CNN if the removal of mailboxes will stop."

When these RWNJ governments go too far, it backfires on them. While the people can be pretty stupid, they're not THAT stupid.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

"But Trump has taken USPS sabotage to new heights, including by appointing businessman Louis DeJoy as postmaster general of the USPS. DeJoy is a major Trump donor, giving nearly $450 million dollars to Trump’s inauguration, Victory Fund, and the Republican National Committee (RNC). He’s also in frequent contact with top Republican Party officials and met with Trump the first week of August prior to his meeting with Democratic leadership.

"DeJoy has enacted and overseen multiple policies that will put both the viability of the Post Office and the integrity of the November election at risk. On August 7, DeJoy displaced two top executives at the USPS and reassigned 23 others, in a move critics called a “Friday night massacre” that centralizes power around DeJoy."

Repeating your excerpt from:

fiat lux et fiat justitia ...