Philanthropy perpetuates all the problems with society. Charity is a band-aid, not a solution.
In the 21st century we should live in a society that has no need for charity. That should be the goal.
We shouldn't all be at the mercy of the benevolence of rich people. Rich people should not be deciding what our kids learn in school, what medical treatments are available to us, or if money should be spent on joyrides to space rather than feeding and housing our children.
The people, the masses of people, should be in charge of their own society. This can only happen when the people are in charge of all of the money that runs society.
The U.S. used to have a tax rate of 90% on extreme wealth as a way to redistribute wealth. If we don't go back to something like that soon, we are going to be fully controlled by these sicko rich people.
"This is where our missing hospitals are," Susana Ruiz, the tax policy lead at Oxfam International, said in a statement. "This is where the pay-packets sit of all the extra teachers and firefighters and public servants we need. Whenever a politician or business leader claims there is 'no money' to pay for climate damage and innovation, for more and better jobs, for a fair post-Covid recovery, for more overseas aid, they know where to look."
TAX THE RICH!
In Detroit, the U.S. said of the same thing: the Americans will still have the factories and infrastructure, "when customers don't buy Detroit-made American cars." Where did Detroit end up going ?
It's not just the capitalist morons who haven't figured out that currency isn't wealth, neither is being rich the same as being wealthy. There are still many who cast an envious eye upon the inequality of the riches of the flamboyant rich folk subpoenaed to testify under oath before U.S. Congress or a court of justice.
The U.S. suffers from an overabundance of overly well-paid specialists and the so-called experts who prescribed "take two aspirins and visit me two months later [if I haven't retired to the Cayman Islands' tax haven yet]." By and large, more and more regulations are churned out by these so-called experts. Of course, they know the arcane regulations best. Do you still recall "don't wear masks to prevent getting COVID because it spreads through surface contact, not through airborne droplets" ? I still have a whole gallon of unused bleach left over to disinfect surfaces ! It's more efficacious to be a "Rode Scholar" and neither inhale weed in England nor have sex with that woman of the X-U State In America - Jew Jerk Group ( it IS higher quantum physics to ponder and caress the smooth sensuous curvature of that twice differentiable, continuous, and contiuous-first-derivative, wavefunction which is still virginal and hasn't experienced the collapse of the Carlsberg-beer-induced Copenhagen Interpretation.)
Now we are getting from the experts: if you don't wear masks, you can't come in; if you haven't been vaccinated, you can't work ( i.e. you are fired ! ) The problem wasn't the title of "expert." The problem was the title of "expert" being crowned upon someone who could be so very wrong by willingly becoming the complicit Führer bison carrying between its horns Redfuckgina's oozing hemorrhoidal discharge to lead the herd in a stampede off of the buffalo-kill cliff to the ravine below.
There was a saying about the farter in an elevator who loudly swore at the releaser of the extremely stinky fart while staring in turns at each of the unfortunate passengers in the same elevator: "the farter who tried to dispel suspicions the earliest and hardest was the actual farter." Guess who was doing "the political manipulation" about COVID in Q1 2020, stymied investigation for over a year, and retaliated in trade against Australia which was calling for an independent investigation.
As far as backstabbing is concerned, the U.S. has a system in place but with different people in charge at different times, things can indeed change abruptly with a new administration or a new political appointee. Of course, with competition being a permanent fixture of life in Capitalism, backstabbing is often a well-honed skill for nearly all of the survivors. Cooperation as needed again can usually be reestablished by "paying up." Do first to hog the share ownership and pay up later any court awards, if any, to the plaintives. Pay enough ( mighty $, isn't it what Capitalism is all about ? ) to the ones who can legally collect as blessed by the F.B.I. ( which had blessed suspected seedy Russian money going towards Trump Taj Mahal, long before Trump got into politics; the Saudis and Russians helped get Trump start up in his real estate business; it's why Israel-Arab-Palestinian peace might have got a chance with Jared Kushner and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has much oil money at his disposal and is "under the gun" to move Saudi Arabia's economy at least partially away from the oil business because oil ISN'T a renewable resource and anthropogenic climate chaos is already manifest so much of the reserves of oil, gas, and the especially egregious coal must remain underground or it will be much much hotter on some days; Saudi Arabia may take advantage of the vast desert temperature difference between daytime and nighttime to make water from nearby sea's moisture for the extremely water-efficient agriculture 2.0; groundwater in the desert is unsustainable at the high rate that it's being used in agriculture 1.0's spraying it into the desert air to irrigate crops due to the very high water-evaporation rate in the dry desert air; restricting somewhat the crop irrigation to the periods when relative humidity is high, usually around 4 a.m. UTC daily, can reduce water evaporation; good measurement of how much water the crops need is important, too, before upgrading to customized drip/fertilize irrigation; the very high resource usage efficiency achieved by the technological upgrades put in before the pandemic hit has allowed some businesses to survive the pandemic's severe blows), apologize ( as the Big Enchiladas such as the young turk the-first-rule-is-to-break-all-rules captains of industry e.g. Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, neolibertarian venture capitalists e.g. Peter Thiel, or Israel, the staunchest ally of the U.S. which attacked U.S.S. Liberty to sink it, did ), and new cooperation can start as things rise up from the dead as surely as the Messiah did. Liquor stores and abortion clinics provide essential services in the pandemic, as did the gunshops. The Taliban can learn a thing or two from these regarding the proper societal role of the He-males: shoot guns, drink the holy blood of the One who had risen from the dead, and fuck off: babies away. Terrorists should avoid Texass which has the new anti-abortion law so the Taliban baby initiators' receptacles looking for a quick solution may be sued by Texass citizens in court. I was once asked how big Texass was. The proper answer should have been: a behind humongous enough to cast a Moon-sized shadow over the entire U.S.A. It's the humongous A.S.S. ( amerikanische Staatssicherheit ) pretending to be the sissy baby-loving freedumb-erozone Tex, with not just monkey wrenches but also monkeys to throw them.
Until the newcomers must be stabbed in their backs for one's own competitive advantages, Americans are friendly to them ( who represent new possibilities for gains: market is the number-one item for Capitalism's insatiable expansion needed to assuage the high compound interest rates of real [i.e. inflation-adjusted] capital; most countries owe mountains of debts so rebalancing must eventually come via the massive destruction of debts; Redfuckgina has already shot through the traditional Chinese but-captive-to-the-state-due-to-CAPITAL-FLOW-CONTROL thrift capital accumulated by the parents and grandparents; once Hitler had taken power, Nazi Germany also had quite an economic boom period funded via massive spending and borrowing to rearm itself until the incurred debts needed to be discharged by the most terrible war.)
Don't end up being left behind in the places where the political control has worsened for the U.S. and allies ( such as in the new earthly paradise of Afghanistan.) Taiwanese investors in Red China regretted having invested there. They made renminbi alright but they couldn't get their investment back out due to capital flow control so yeah, just go to live in Red China to enjoy the great renminbi living there. Bernie MadeOff gave his investors great profits on paper and they eventually became just paper profits, non-convertible forever investments.
On February 11th, 2020 since catching some airborne germ on the 8th and having a cough and sore throat on the 10th, I experienced nausea and nearly vomited. I drank the leftover overnight tea ( mildly antiseptic poison due to tannic acid having formed from the oxidation of the tea's tannin ) with orange rind in it to soothe my sore throat and ate an entire orange including rind ( citric acid of the flesh of the orange blocks blood from clotting and might have caused gastric bleeding leading to a near shock but SARS-CoViD-2 wreaks havoc with its blood clotting ability leading to various symptoms ) to relieve my breathing difficulty. Amid the intense abdominal pain, I drank three cups of water to "flush it all out" and lay down to increase my blood pressure so I wouldn't faint. I had to go to discharge the subsequent diarrhea but it worked well -- all sickness symptoms except for the lingering coughs and shortness of breath on exertion disappeared. Months afterwards, even these lingering symptoms were gone.
Nausea is a presenting symptom of SARS-CoV-2 attacking gastrointestinal tract's epithelial tissue. I suspected that I got CoViD-19.
Red China's medical community did alert the U.S. regarding CoViD-19 but its leadership decided to unleash it as a [de facto] bioweapon on the world after having considered Red China's preparedness to deal with it by having near-monopoly hold on PPEs which export was banned, its early lead in testing, and its authoritarian population control ( welding door shut to social-isolate people and using physical force to restrain & move people to test them ) via facial recognition, identity & social credit tracking, AI emotions-monitoring system already in place ( to precog via deep learning, Xinjiang terrorists.) Chinese New Year holidays dispersed CoViD-19 to the world via non-halted international flights despite halting all domestic flights. Northern Italy got it early from their design-brandname-items-buying Red Chinese [customers] escaping from the impending lockdown of Wuhan because of easy border entry into Italy for Red Chinese [customers]. CoViD-19 Marco Polo.
"From Burnout to Breakthroughs, Weary Organizers Can Come Back Stronger"! w/K.Hayes:
Note: “In the coming years, we are going to have to practice our skills and our politics in ways that we probably can’t fully imagine right now, because we live in unprecedented times,” says Kelly Hayes. In this episode of “Movement Memos,” Kelly and organizer Carlos Saavedra talk about burnout, building power & how our pandemic exhaustion could give way to an era of breakthroughs." - Luckily for us all, Bernie doesn't to seem to do "Burnout"!
et dum spiro, spero ...
yes I supported and posted my support for Bernie as well and to your credit, unlike in 2016, at least this time I saw you in fact posted your support for Bernie, if you were a bit late to the effort, but in the end you had to rely on Trump just as you did in 2016 but this time he failed you...
yeah you and Q creating the world with your words rather than trying to understand what is and pushing it in a better direction, well good luck with that...
you are trapped in th last century shadz get over yourself! Say something useful for a change and stop kissing Trump's ass and electing Republicans!
you are so stuck in the last century we need to get shit done NOW and we do that through the primaries like I've been telling you for a decade
but being a Repubilcan IS a an indicator, and your point just makes the primaries all the more important all up and down the ticket, that's why Katie Homes is important in AZ, but you are too busy reading and writing about England to see how we can change things here if we pay attention!
can you fucking read?
Knowing how widespread "tragedy of the commons" is, I hold that private property has been a reasonably good way to avoid the environmental degradation of the public domain. There are limits to private property rights for sure, in order to serve the common good.
It takes some historical experience for a people to know when to give up some private property rights for the likes of sewerage easement or pedestrian footpath crossing on private property. Communism fails right from its first principle of abolishing private property. All of the self-styled so-called Communists hoarded their private properties. All attempts to realize Communism have already failed in the Dismal Swamp of Socialism with Fascist characteristics. Of course, in Mao's twisted mind, "Socialism with Fascist characteristics" wasn't the "Revisionism" of Khrushchev much despised by Mao himself.
People generally have better impression of owners-occupied properties than absentee owners'. Many corporations have absentee owners of their properties. The boards of directors were often very incestuous in their financial dealings because the members were often personal friends of the CEOs and they set the compensation packages for the executives. It's no wonder that corporate executive compensations have gone up so quickly. Friends in the boards' compensation committees voted to pay corporate executive friends well who pay them well from the corporations by originally putting them on the election slates for the boards of directors -- I call that "incestuous behavior" of cronyism.
Differentiate between property I live and work on and absentee landlords' or corporations' property. The former is fundamental and natural "territorial imperative." The latter is the violation of the liberty of all to satisfy the greed and tyranny by and for the few ... It is tantamount to the "freedom to enslave:" an oxymoron.
"Democratise Central Banks"! by Grace Blakeley:
MULTUM in parvo!
"Occupy, in my mind, changed the conversation to such an extent that every American today knows that the rich are exploiting them. Now, maybe they don't all think that is a bad thing but what Occupy did was shine a light on the exploitation that is inherent in a capitalist economy and for that I will always consider Occupy to be an amazing success." Yes, MFATIC Ditto as it totally bears repeating & also fyi, consider...
e tenebris, lux?
Consider that "property acquisition violates the liberty of others" especially when that "property", IS "others" - and then please take your time in digesting this particularly relevant "Long Read" link below ...
Note: "The creation of the modern, interconnected world is generally credited to European pioneers. But Africa was the wellspring for almost everything they achieved ... and African lives were the terrible cost"!
Btw, what's the RW Libertarian take on Property Rights & Slavery? Or "Wage Slavery" / Chattel Labour? Further note that the very word "Libertarian" - was a European LW Anarchist term .. that was specifically selected & hijacked by Murray Rothbard to appeal to The US 99% & con/co-opt them for the Ruling 1%!
respice; adspice; prospice ...
It seems they like the NAZIs are too stupid to like democracy, they sell soul, and the rest of us to the supreme leader. https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/11/politics/democracy-in-trouble-what-matters/
Americans' Covid bills are set to rise.
"Research shows that the average COVID-19 hospitalization costs about $40,000, while a longer stay that includes time in the intensive care unit or air ambulance transfer can cost many times more."
Meanwhile, people need to earn $33/hour to pay a market rent in the state of Massachusetts! With minimum wage at $13.50/hour! People are really suffering across this country with housing costs way out of line with wages.
All while these rich creeps avoid taxes. Really infuriating.
In the same way that "libertarians" should never hold political office (they hate government, right?), it is the same thing that libertarians should never hold private property (though they love private property.) This is because private property basically violates the liberties of others.
"...the basic issue that property acquisition violates the liberty of others."
As soon as you declare (so when the first person owning a piece of property declares it as his/hers) a piece of property as owned by you, you have removed the rights of others. This is really very anti-libertarian.
Just goes to show you how screwed up libertarian thought really is.
Consider how "Philanthropy Is a Scam"! ... by Julieta Caldas:
https://tribunemag.co.uk/2021/10/philanthropy-is-a-scam & btw by Jared A. Brock, also NB:
Also see - "Pandora Papers: The Trillion Dollar Offshore Shadow Economy Exposed": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7pi2NETkHE . . . by the ICIJ's Irish Lead Fergus Shiel
multum in parvo ...
"How Did Private Property Start?" by Matt Bruening:
Note: "Libertarians tend to get flummoxed when confronted with this simple question"!
So, "Nine months after his January 6 coup attempt, former president Donald Trump, flanked by leading Republican Party officials, delivered a nearly two-hour fascist rant at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Saturday before a crowd of several thousand far-right supporters.
"Trump’s speech served as the unofficial kick-off for his 2024 presidential campaign. Prior to and during the speech, Trump was embraced by leading members of the GOP establishment .. confirming that the right-wing party is continuing its transformation into a fascistic party under the personalist leadership of Trump, with paramilitary militias such as the Proud Boys & Oath Keepers serving as armed auxiliaries." from . . .
Coup of fuckers continues https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mehdi-hasan-2024-warning_n_6163b105e4b0196444263c4f 'Mark My Words': MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan Reveals GOP's 'Chilling' Plot For 2024
“We are in the midst of a rolling coup,” he warned before explaining the GOP's end game to subvert the 2024 election.
No "subway walls and tenement halls" for the words of the prophets: see BradBellflower@apartmentscom or Pharma and other commercials about the future of home ownership/tenant peonage and debt slavery.
"The Wealthiest 1% of Americans . . . dodge $163 billion in taxes every year - Treasury says"!
"More Than Half of US’s 100 Richest People Dodge Estate Taxes Via Special Trusts"! . . . by Jeff Ernsthausen, James Bandler, Justin Elliott and Patricia Callahan:
"Global Financial Empire 1" . . . by Professor Michael Hudson:
radix omnium malorum est cupiditas!