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Forum Post: The Rich: A Parasitic Disease

Posted 6 months ago on May 11, 2017, 1:14 p.m. EST by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX
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"It's only human nature to compete and try to get ahead of your neighbor."

The belief that fundamental human nature is self interest and not social instinct to preserve community well being is the reason you and your children will be perpetual slaves serving our rich masters. And yes, it is possible to rise up and become a rich master yourself. You need only be psychopath or sociopath enough to willfully parasitize and threaten the human race's existence in order to satisfy your individual desires. But what are the odds?

I'll try to answer that rhetorical question with a sufficiently simplified analogy that will make possible comprehension by one so immature and challenged by privilege as a billionaire brat like Trump. If a closed community of 100 people have 100 apples that are all the wealth of the community and one person owns 90 of them, then 10/99 apples are all that it's possible for everyone else to have - no matter how it's distributed among us. That's 10.1% of one apple each, on average, for 99 out of one hundred people. There! I've done the math for you.

The exception to the limitation on wealth is, of course, to borrow from the privileged one and pay interest and be in debt bondage to it. Ultimately that debt kite must fall. Our culture and economy are a dead end. Our masters are more self destructive than any of us but too puerile and spoiled to understand it. They are parasites that threaten the survival of the human race: the host they parasitize. If you want to be one of them, I must ask: When will you grow up?

The ownership of more property than an economic unit of equals needs for its life and livelihood is a symptom of the parasitic disease that afflicts our economy and culture. The rich are a threat to the survival of the human race. They are a disease that we must cure, if we are to survive. They're more dangerous than all the tyrants and terrorists since the beginning of civilization.

I'll vote for anyone who promises to tax the rich until the disease is cured. Even if they fall short of the mark, any move in that direction is better than what the politicians we have today are doing. Part of the ultimate prognosis for a permanent cure will be, of course, to communitize the FIRE sector and do whatever else we need in common of, by and for the people on a non-profit basis.

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33204) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

The Rich: A Parasitic Disease

Are tapeworms sucking the life out of a body really considered a disease?

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX 6 months ago

I'm not at ease with the rich, regardless of metaphor.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33204) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

I'm not at ease with the rich

Neither were the founding fathers - they were well aware of the flaws of man and wealth and power - they were honest enough to see how they themselves could be corrupted - and so tried to put checks and balances into place.

Since the founding of the USA it has been under constant attack by the wealthy to remove public protections - and despite a couple of set backs = workers rights, civil rights to name a couple of long term ongoing fights - the wealthy have made progress in getting around the law and in changing the law in their favor - we are living in a time where the government is almost totally corrupted by wealth.

And now because the public has been so disaffected by government corruption - enough people have turned away in despair - that an insane few were able to elect the Manbaby Drumpf.

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX 6 months ago

there are two kinds of conservatives: liars and the fools who believe them. most, like fearless leader, are both.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33204) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

I think you may have missed a 3rd type = understandable

The 3rd type is a real conservative that has nothing to do with any political party - but - is actually concerned about conserving our environment to be healthy for all = humans and all other forms of life. This type of thinking is not ended with the prior example - but continues on to wanting to conserve/protect health in all things (in my opinion of what a proper conservative should be).

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX 6 months ago

If the status quo conservatives desired to be immutable was a sustainable, ecologically sound economy like hunting and gathering, I'd be a conservative. Sadly, it's about ten thousand years and seven billion people too late for that kind of morally legitimate conservatism.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5016) 6 months ago

If our scientists and engineers solve the problems of a manned roundtrip to Mars, their solutions will go a very long way towards sustainability. As I recall, the greatest benefits of Man visiting the Moon were a new perspective on Earth(Apollo 8 Earthrise) and the technological spinoffs that we use everyday such as Mylar for keeping potato chips fresh and crunchy or helium birthday balloons last for weeks and smoke detectors(the space exploration industry jumpstarted the microelectronics industry that produced transistorized devices such as calculators, microprocessors/microcomputers, handheld mobile phones, etc.). The images from lunar orbits probably helped Nixon, a Conservative, decide to form the Environmental Protection Agency that our foolhardy Wilhelm VI of Orange seems intent to gut. Some have Consciousness to transcend. Others(inbreeders of minds mostly, I think) grind on in Big Circles to revisit 'Love Canal'(definitely needs an X rating to bar it) and 'Silent Spring.' Children ask, "Are we there(at the End of the World) yet, Dad?" It's a silly question if you really think about it because the answer must always be, "No!" If the answer were, "Yes!" they wouldn't have asked. Why?

The search for sustainability is a bit like a blinded search for Pokémons(oh yes, that was how the midnight encounter with a deadly poisonous snake from a crematory-ash urn had come about). "Research is what we Are doing when we don't know what we're doing!" In a postgraduate-level research seminar, everyone Is equal(ly Ignorant). Exxon-Mobile is doing "research" into biofuels. (In the early 1980's, Exxon had been doing research in solar photovoltaic cells. It took China, woken up by the U.S. in 2009 Climate Summit in Copenhagen, to get them into large-scale production cheaply.) Solving the sustainability problem for real is never too late, even for the Big-O(Not Big Ownership!) from Earth. God truly works in mysterious ways! 'Iao Needle' was a visionary signpost. Hey, flip, this mushroom seems primed for an orgasmic rise to ameliorate inequality in the bedrooms. Don't complain that I didn't give you a hint(this is a chance to help men because we men stand accused of being "impotent and obsolete" already so make the mushroom available for good money as an assistant). Even as you say that I might have been "dropped on my head," money is Still money. If someone had realized that Amazon going against Walmart (by providing nearly full-spectrum merchandise delivery to homes) was Not that jungle-swamp river in South America and acted, they should be very happy financially now.

The Brits were singing@2:07 of trying to make a start "if you wanted the Moon" but we, the "bastard" Americans of the "breakaway colonies," were already making an End of the Beginning within about two years to retrieve Moon rocks. Limey buddies, No need to Try, it'd soon be Done! I said that before to my "surrogate Dad."

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33204) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

From my understanding of conservatism = conserving:

The only thing conservatives (so called) in office are interested in conserving - is - their power over women and 90% of the general population along with anything that will put more money into their own pockets and to hell with everyone else and to hell with conserving a healthy environment if it gets in the way of their making 1 single dollar - regardless of whether or not there are clean non-destructive alternatives to be implemented that would totally make destructive and polluting practices entirely unnecessary and even prohibitively expensive (just to mine or otherwise extract - prohibitively expensive as in damage to the environment is not and has never been a consideration of theirs) to continue doing.

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (1883) from Fredericksburg, TX 6 months ago

FIRE, Health Care, Energy, Communications, Mass Transportation are the "natural monopolies" that are too important and vulnerable to corruption to be entrusted to private ownership.

Niether do I like the private ownership of sports teams, unless the players and coaches are equal and only owners. Exception: a government entity may subsidize players and coaches for a minimal profit share to pay back public investment and in lieu of taxes.