Posted 8 years ago on Oct. 11, 2012, 6:40 p.m. EST by DemandTheGoodLifeDotCom
from New York, NY
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Democracy does not work merely by voting. It only works when you vote in your best interest.
The 99% must vote in their best interest.
The problem is that the 1% own all the media and all the politicians and they only promote policies that favor the 1%. So they have convinced the 99% to vote in the best interests of the 1%.
To combat this, the 99% need to be educated on a few important economic facts they will never get from the 1% owned media:
- The planet and its rich resources rightfully belong to everyone equally.
- This gives everyone a natural right to be able to participate in converting their planet's resources into useful goods and services.
- And they have a natural right to get paid fully for that work, without being exploited by the 1%.
- Our current system exploits the 99% by paying them a tiny fraction of what they produce.
- They must vote for candidates that make their exploitation illegal.
- The 99% would all get paid over $100k for working 20 hours per week if they weren't exploited.
- Making every worker wealthy, by eliminating their exploitation, would fix nearly every problem in society.
THE MOST IMPORTANT SOCIAL ISSUE IN THE WORLD IS THE FACT THAT THE 99% ARE EXPLOITED
The 99% need to understand that our economic system is a system designed by the 1% to benefit the 1%. Its purpose is to exploit workers by paying them a tiny fraction of what they produce, so the 1% can pocket the difference.
Even though worker productivity is $65 per hour, as shown here, which is enough to make every worker wealthy, most workers are broke because they only get paid a tiny fraction of the $65 per hour they produce. Most of that $65 unfairly gets paid to the 1%.
Half of all the income that workers produce gets paid to a small handful of gamblers who got lucky investing in the market like bankers and entrepreneurs, as shown here, and most of what remains gets paid to a small handful of people who have bargaining power merely because they are unique like athletes and celebrities.
The 1% takes the vast majority of the income the workers produce merely because they are lucky or unique.
The 99% of workers who produce everything - the engineers, doctors, construction workers, factory workers, miners, farmers, teachers - have to fight over the little income that remains.
Because of this exploitation, 50% of Americans are living in or near poverty, according to the latest census. This lack of income is the root cause of nearly every problem in the world.
THE 99% MUST VOTE TO END THEIR EXPLOITATION
Exploitation of the 99% will only end when the 99% vote for an economic system that makes their exploitation illegal.
To do that, the 99% must vote for candidates that will implement a system which pays workers 100% of the income, since they do 100% of the work, which pays no income to investors since they do no work, and which pays you based on how hard you work, not based on how lucky or unique you are, which is explained more fully here.
If we allocated income this way, if we paid workers in full, without exploitation:
- it would raise the minimum wage to over $100,000 per year, as explained here
- for working just 20 hours per week, as explained here.
THE 1% WILL SAY EXPLOITATION IS NECESSARY
But keep in mind that the 1% will do everything in their power to convince the 99% that they need to be exploited in order for the economy to work. They will say an economy that pays workers 100% of the income and pays them based on how hard they work is not possible.
They will make all sorts of absurd claims like it will lead to tyranny or corruption or oppression. They will say workers will lose the incentive to work. They will say it will turn America into a Stalin dictatorship.
So the 99% must stand vigilant in their right to full pay and recognize that paying workers fairly has nothing to do with any of that. It will only significantly improve society.
Paying workers fairly won't eliminate democracy or transparency or accountability or worker incentive or our justice system or human rights!
The 1% will say and do whatever it takes to continue to profit from the exploitation of the 99%. And they will unfortunately recruit a lot of gullible members of the 99% to their cause.
The best defense against this is facts.
The 99% must be educated on how much money they are losing to exploitation and on how much more income they would get paid in a system that does not exploit them so that they vote for candidates that will make their exploitation illegal.