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Forum Post: The Personal and The Political: A brief Manifesto for a Beautiful World, through a Revolution of Everyday Living for USA's 99%..

Posted 2 months ago on Feb. 11, 2018, 1:34 a.m. EST by ImNotMe (1488)
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It is the very ethos of American society that has to change. I agree with you. It is a very tall order and sometimes, I think, not very possible. But if we really think it is not possible - we wouldn't be here talking about it, right?

A long program of Neoliberalism, Capitalism, Consumerism, Advertising, brain washing, etc., has got us to this place. Love of stuff. Love of winning, as you say. And all so that the rich can get richer while the wannabe masses drool in admiration. It's just sickening.

I watched the Olympics last night, you know the bit when the teams march into the stadium and honestly, I felt embarrassed for how arrogant the Americans seemed. No humility.

We have to teach manners, humility, morals, tolerance, generosity, philosophy, poetry even and from an early age, so that people learn that life is not just about how much stuff you can acquire, it is about something much deeper.

We can actually create a society where people care about one another rather than constantly competing with one another. This is NOT the goal of the Oligarchy however, and yes .. at the moment they seem to be winning. "Seem to" being the critical words because ... is it actually sustainable? Life expectancy in USA is falling & suicides and drug use are up. Why? Because the psychological poison that the masses have been fed, is finally starting to kill them!

I have to believe in better and that the revolution is around the corner....

From a reply comment by bw to elf here: http://occupywallst.org/forum/for-those-of-the-99-truly-serious-about-non-violen/#comment-1075033 .... where the replies had reached the 15 comment limit of the mini-thread. Re.''Neoliberalism'' - please consider the following links:

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[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2053) from Fredericksburg, TX 2 months ago

"... the extensiveness of privatisation and, even more, the recourse to outsourcing, makes these twin manifestations even much more difficult to evaluate. This is the reason why the near-uncritical acceptance of the “private=good/public=bad” consensus has held sway for so long and is only now being questioned ...

"... At the recent Davos conference, it was reported that there was a general feeling among corporate participants that ethical behaviour needed much improvement; though don’t bet on anything happening very quickly. Another, slightly more tangible cause for a measure of optimism is that a handful of large enterprises are beginning to announce measures aimed at improving their behaviour. We can but hope but time is not on anyone’s side and by default Karl Marx may be allowed to have the last word."


[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

''The world-wide 2008 financial crisis specifically engulfed the banks and the financial sector more generally. For the most part, governments bailed them out with vows of “never again”. Numerous enquiries followed proposals for reform implemented to a greater or lesser extent aimed at securing this desired outcome. While many have questioned their practical efficacy, the problems shifted but did not go away. This is because they are clearly systemic and call for much wider and more far-reaching approaches.

''Despite some increase in shareholder activity since 2008, particularly over the remuneration packages senior corporation executives award themselves, these are now showing evidence of diminishing. The position of shareholders has also been further weakened by the recourse to Electronically Traded Funds (ETFs) whereby large tranches of shares are traded in nanoseconds having been triggered algorithmically. ETF shareholders can have no role to play in corporate governance. This new situation has not been adequately addressed by any of the numerous corporate reviews of the past two decades.''

From your long but interesting link above.Thanx. Yves Smith's blog https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/ is very insightful which is of course why not many in US/UK have heard of it - as ANY critiques of The Late Stage Crapitalism that is Neoliberalism - is verboten by the MSM. We struggle on, knowing that a mass intellectual insurrection is needed IF Outright Fascism is to be avoided! Finally, fyi ...

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 2 points by gsw (3141) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 2 months ago
[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22858) 2 months ago

40 year long GOP con of the American people, the tactic of two Santa Clauses laid it out in simple summary:

"First, when Republicans control the federal government, and particularly the White House, spend money like a drunken sailor and run up the US debt as far and as fast as possible. This produces three results – it stimulates the economy thus making people think that the GOP can produce a good economy, it raises the debt dramatically, and it makes people think that Republicans are the “tax-cut Santa Claus.”

Second, when a Democrat is in the White House, scream about the national debt as loudly and frantically as possible, freaking out about how “our children will have to pay for it!” and “we have to cut spending to solve the crisis!” This will force the Democrats in power to cut their own social safety net programs, thus shooting their welfare-of-the-American-people Santa Claus."

From: https://www.salon.com/2018/02/12/thom-hartmann-how-the-gop-used-a-two-santa-clauses-tactic-to-con-america-for-nearly-40-years_partner/

[-] 1 points by grapes (5128) 2 months ago

The American people do have a knack for confusing concurrency for causality.

The Orangutan is NOT responsible for the economic recovery -- Obama's economic policy was, eight years in the making, much slower than usual because of the Stehlenist Retards who recently sang the Keynesian paean when they wanted to cut taxes for the rich folks who had donated to the Retards' political campaigns.

On the other hand, the Orangutan is NOT responsible for the crux of the whitehead pimple eruption problem. It has been brewing for decades with no one in authority having the gumption to take out the garbage. Appeasement was simply easier to live with. The time to minimize the carnage will run out in a matter of months. Monkeying around even with showy orange fanfares will likely not deflect from the bloody rendézvous with Destiny.

There are two parts of any potential threat to consider: the means and the intent. Only when both are apparent and definite should one take drastic actions to create one's desired future, hopefully not this one though. Prepare for the worst @31:38. Hope for the best -- when sandwiching Poker FACE.. Every Good Bitch Does Fine. A young child said, "I am going to eat you up!" There's stated intent but there's not much means for committing cannibalism so hahaha! A security guard walks by with a lethal weapon on his belt. There's the means but there's most likely no intent if the security guard is working for you. However, if that person with the weapon is not your security guard and says, "I am going to eat you up!" it's definitely time to consider taking drastic actions.

Well, on Valentine's Day, Grace applies because "All women in Russia are beautiful!" They absolutely "sing" beautifully on social media! Now Pootin demands YouTube and Instagram to squelch Navalny's pointer video and the "song" within three days. The Orangutan is also singing, "The World is closing in. Did you ever think that we could be so close like brothers?"

Yeah, Pootin and Orangutan should "testify" together as brothers so that we can all watch. "Make America Zilth Again." - MAZA Nostra.

"A squirrel scented with manafort can lure a pussy up this tree."

Like China, Russia needs to build its own Great Firewall of Russia and watch it incessantly. I frankly think that our infrastructure plan needs to have provisions for "a video camera lurking in every toilet bowl," just like "a cannibus plant in every pot" espoused in some states already, or like China's initiative for "a chicken in every pot" ( I frankly got sick of more than enough chicken at every meal already but fortunately, I still have my free choice, unlike the food stamps recipients who may well lose that soon to the overbearing, swaggering, knuckle-dragging, and green-mouthing Orangutan; our Retards used to complain incessantly about the government overreaching and being far too overbearing but now I only hear crickets from the Retards. ) I recommend Russia's consulting with our NSA for pornographic guidance from an experienced hand. Everybody craves the big 'O'.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5128) 2 months ago

Hmm, how did Russia know more than two weeks ago to warn its citizens against U.S. 'hunt' [perhaps for meddling in 2016 U.S. Presidential Election]?

Did we have collusion from the U.S.A. to tip off Russia before the U.S. Department of Justice's indictment of the Russian nationals has become public? Who's the mole [in the U.S.]?

If it was a "continued hunt," why did Russia issue the travel warning? What's special at that time?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

''We Live in a Country That Has a Totally Corrupted Political System'' by Thom Hartmann:

I really like Thom Hartmann. I really do & we follow each other on Twitter but even as he writes excellent & insightful pieces like your link & the link above ... his attachment to the Democratic Party is what stops him going from well meaning progressive to an actual radical. Radical & Revolutionaries need to lead us into the Promised Land of All That We Can Be - individually & societally if our myriad problems are to be solved. That requires a rejection of a 'Duopoly = Democracy Delusion', that too many people suffer from.

Private Bankers corrupt & control both sides and then occupy & own a demoCRAZY deMOCKERYcy! It doesn't have to be like this. True Democracy & PUBLICLY OWNED BANKS can liberate us all from The Tyranny of Double Entry Bookkeeping & Compound Interest! We can engineer & create, better systems.

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

[-] 1 points by grapes (5128) 2 months ago
  1. The Demonkrapts don't really understand the economy. If they do, they would have made so much money already that they would have become the Retard-I-Can'ts who subscribe to Stehlenist policies. Most Demonkrapts who got rich joined the Retards. Just look at the Raygun and the Orangutan.

  2. Reagan was so much off of the mental deep end ( he probably had Alzheimer's disease already while in office ) that he had actually convinced the Soviet Union that the U.S. would make all of the Soviet nuclear missiles "impotent and obsolete." The Soviet Union had no choice but to double-down, triple-down, etc. to maintain its military supremacy. That eventually led to the demise of the Soviet Union. The CIA was telling Reagan very scary stories about the Soviet military strength but Reagan instinctively believed in the greatness of the American Economy, overruled the CIA's assessment, and just went for broke, going head-to-head against the "Evil Empire" worldwide ( 600-ship Navy, Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles for the mujahideen to shoot down Soviet helicopters in Afghanistan, short-range nuclear-tipped Pershing II missiles in West Germany, Strategic Defense Initiative, etc.) He was correct and it did take the True believer ( "Trust your feelings." "The Force will Always be with you." ) to convince others of a questionable proposition that many thousands of hypersonic nuclear missiles can be detected and shot down in minutes worldwide. I'm not saying that it cannot be done ( since it was being tried by the "The impossible takes a little while longer" Americans ) but we have better usage for the resources required if we just mothball nuclear arms, don't we? Reagan and Gorbachev saw the light together in Reykjavik, Iceland. The resulting peace due to ending the Soviet phase of the Cold War spawned the internet by demilitarizing the ARPAnet (which dated back decades to the 1960s as a defense, industry, and academia research and collaboration network developed in response to the extremely near but missed global nuclear catastrophe of the Cuban Missile Crisis { which we'll relive or likelier die with Korean substituting for Cuban in a few months } ). "In 1983, the GPS ceased being solely a military system and was made available for public use. President Ronald Reagan declassified the GPS system in response to a tragedy involving a civilian airplane. Korean Airline flight 007 got lost over Soviet territory and was shot down by Soviet fighters." Korean Air Lines flight 007's pilots' navigational error triggered the process through the former lifeguard Reagan's grief over the lost lives ( Cold War tensions and uncertainties had probably caused the Soviets to kill regardless of whether it was a civilian airplane or not ) that eventually led to the end of the Soviet phase of the Cold War via the hitherto unnamed and schizophrenic Strategic "Peace" Initiative winding through Reykjavik, Iceland. We can all see that the peace dividend resulting in the internet has been all important to the most significant four new U.S. companies of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google. The U.S. winning the Soviet phase of the Cold War improved many lives worldwide through the internet and GPS so it was worthwhile despite its huge price tag. The Soviet system should be commended for having produced such a great reform-minded ruler as Mikhail Gorbachev without whom the demilitarization would have been impossible. I think that the U.S. had messed up integrating the former Soviet Union with the West. However, I very much doubt that a benevolent military dictatorship by the U.S. would have been palatable ( the U.S. did charge huge numbers of troops into both Japan and Germany after the war. Yes, the troops at that time were indeed issued condoms as confirmed by my Dad who was present there in Greater Yokohama/Kamakura, Japan. Men dominate societies because they can trust each other for coöperation -- they can grab each other's EXTERNAL testicles and 'testify'! It's been suggested that the Japanese people gained body heights postwar because the Japanese women had received inseminations of tallness-related genes from the American G.I.s of Occupation Force { viz., the conquering-hero sandwiches, "Trust your feelings." "May the Force be with you." Advocating for the future taller stature of the Yamato race, Yoda implored the Yamato women, "Do. Or do not. There's no try." After more than six centuries of samurai-enforced Shogunate military dictatorships, the Yamato race understands well ( "the American Caesar" was just the latest yet another Shogun so few adjustments were needed ) that the warrior code says: To the Hero goes the Beauty. Maybe not quite a "battle-hardened[-by-a-golf-club]" Tiger Woods can result from that but a forked-hero sandwich has Double the efficiency of a "strait"-one in golfing which is the kingty sport the powerful Orangutan ( who mandates precoital HIV tests for his trivial pursuits - absolutely a germophobe and believer in preventive healthcare for himself only but not others because he had his mind's "eyes torn out" -- he'll become the "blind man looking for a shadow of doubt," the "rich man sleeping on a golden bed," and a "skeleton choking on a crust of bread" ) enthusiastically promotes and supports, yeah, such as the Brownx links ( what was there before? a hazardous waste dump, burial plots, a forgotten royalty burial site converted to a parking lot, or a landfill? ) next to a cemetery for efficiency; "we dig diverse Hoes!" } ) Imagine how life would be with NO internet and NO GPS, no Facebook, little Amazon, zombie Apple, and minuscule Google. NO Big Data. Little long-distance anything.

  3. There IS a limit on how high the U.S. debt can go. It's ill-defined but it must be there. The U.S. is extremely special but it still cannot defy universal gravitation. All we can say for sure is that there are countries which got into terrible economic distress after their national-debt-to-GDP ratio had exceeded 100%. The U.S. has already gone past that threshold. It's one reason that I was opposed to adding trillions of dollars worth of new debt onto the existing debt. There's such a thing as "upsetting the apple cart" in Economics. Recent volatilities in the financial markets indicate that the cart is rather wobbly. The Orangutan probably went for the wrong fruit. He should have grabbed the one from South Carolina, juicier anyway.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22858) 2 months ago

Monbiot describes Neoliberalism:

"Attempts to limit competition are treated as inimical to liberty. Tax and regulation should be minimised, public services should be privatised. The organisation of labour and collective bargaining by trade unions are portrayed as market distortions that impede the formation of a natural hierarchy of winners and losers. Inequality is recast as virtuous: a reward for utility and a generator of wealth, which trickles down to enrich everyone. Efforts to create a more equal society are both counterproductive and morally corrosive. The market ensures that everyone gets what they deserve.

We internalise and reproduce its creeds. The rich persuade themselves that they acquired their wealth through merit, ignoring the advantages -- such as education, inheritance and class -- that may have helped to secure it. The poor begin to blame themselves for their failures, even when they can do little to change their circumstances.

Never mind structural unemployment: if you don't have a job it's because you are unenterprising. Never mind the impossible costs of housing: if your credit card is maxed out, you're feckless and improvident. Never mind that your children no longer have a school playing field: if they get fat, it's your fault. In a world governed by competition, those who fall behind become defined and self-defined as losers."

The key there, for me, is "the poor begin to blame themselves...." The shaming of the masses, ahhh, such a success for the oligarchs. Get the little people to blame themselves for their lowly economic position and their shame will cause them not to ask for a bloody thing. Too embarrassing for them, since, of course, it's all their fault for not being hard-working, entrepreneurial, and as Monbiot says, "feckless and improvident," ultimately, those lazy sons of bitches!

This is the primary job of the activist right now. To convince the masses that a. there is a problem, b. it is not their fault at all, and, c. they can do something about it.

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

''Neoliberalism: The Idea That Swallowed The World'', by Stephen Metcalf:

Thanx for your excerpt from Monbiot. Your point about 'Poor Shaming' is fundamental & that is part of the process that leads to the Stockholm Syndrome necessary to keep The 99% complicit in their own servitude!

''This is the primary job of the activist right now. To convince the masses that a. there is a problem, b. it is not their fault at all, and, c. they can do something about it.'' Or otherwise..

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22858) 1 month ago

How the Fed will Trigger the Next Crash by Stephanie Pomboy. A killer article. A must read.

We have a Fed and a government that clearly doesn't give a sh-t about the American people. Beware.


She says: "The problem is that nobody is looking at: A) what’s driving that consumer spending, and B) how consumers are funding it. When you go through that kind of detail, you discover that they are buying more because they have to. They are spending more on food, energy, health care, housing, all the nondiscretionary stuff, and relying on credit and dis-saving [to pay for it]. Total retail numbers have done nothing but go down. We’ve seen the biggest increase in food and energy outlays since 2011, accounting for 30% of the increase in consumer spending in the past six months, up from 11% in the two years prior. Consumers have had to draw down whatever savings they amassed after the crisis and run up credit-card debt to keep up with the basic necessities of life."

We all feel that right? If you live in the Northeast you can hardly afford to pay your home heating bills, right? Food prices up, right? Car insurance up, right? Rents and homeowner taxes and insurance all up, right? College tuition up, right? Healthcare costs up, right?

How long does this government think the American people can sustain this, even in debt?

[-] 1 points by elf3 (3858) 1 month ago

Agreed it is Stockholm Syndrome with an abusive husband. This economy is abusive....And the name of the game is to convince people they are crazy for feeling it is like this (Gaslighting). "It is you who has the problem...if you aren't doin well it is your own problem so suck it up whiners we provide you with everything you need so if you fail to take the brass ring the fault lays with you snowflake". The work environment reiterates this theme...status quo more work and micromanaging longer hours no raises even as the company profits and ceo pay skyrockets on our labor and support and productivity. We are supposed to forget about the last meltdown and hits and abuses like robo signing...inaccurate forclosures...excessive bank fees, school closures, cutting of college aid and sky high loan rates, outsourcing, insourcing, job loss while prices still soared and rents didn't budge, stresses and inadequate or no healthcare, 30 job interviews and hundreds of resumes (call backs and actual group tryouts and interviews (to cashier petfoood) yes that actually happened, massive oil spills and polluted drinking water. It all did happen, we are not crazy and life isn't fun anymore...the struggles aren't being caused by our own failures and stupidity. They constructed a lack of upward mobility to keep us frozen in place in our station of serving wallstreet, building their wealth while they build massive extreme mansions in New Zealand and buy flashy toys and golden wall outlets and hideous architectural add ons ( like plane wings hauled by helicopter to remote locations to make a patio) just sick obsessing to extremely sick degree on things that don't matter and can't take with you while children around the world go hungry and BLIND from malnourishment. Planning all the while to bail in next time stealing our bank accounts outright then abandoning us to ...destitution (and probably takeover by another country). When we let narcissists run our country...we get narc abuse. Pretty simple. The people ( mostly men) running our country and jobs are mentally ill. The only life purpose they have is to subserviate all others and flaunt that in our faces. A steak dinner in front of a starving man...and that gives them a sick little thrill. Trump, Putin, the majority of Congressmen. Wallstreet and most every CEO.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

Chris Hedges & Prof. R. D. Wolff ...

Thanx for your strong and heartfelt reply. Try to link up with locals who are organized.

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 1 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 1 month ago


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

Thanx & long time no see. Come visit occasionally & help to contribute to the spread of news, views & info for The 99%, US & Global. Please consider the video in reply to elf above + FYI: