Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 893-895
You know my old saying, "Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors."
And what hurts is the steadily diminishing humanity of those fighting to hold jobs they don't want but fear the alternative worse. People simply empty out. They are bodies with fearful and obedient minds. The color leaves the eye. The voice becomes ugly. And the body. The hair. The fingernails. The shoes. Everything does.
As a young man I could not believe that people could give their lives over to those conditions. As an old man, I still can't believe it. What do they do it for? Sex? TV? An automobile on monthly payments? Or children? Children who are just going to do the same things that they did?
Now in industry, there are vast layoffs (steel mills dead, technical changes in other factors of the work place). They are layed off by the hundreds of thousands and their faces are stunned:
"I put in 35 years..."
"It ain't right..."
"I don't know what to do..."
They never pay the slaves enough so they can get free, just enough so they can stay alive and come back to work. I could see all this. Why couldn't they? I figured the park bench was just as good or being a barfly was just as good. Why not get there first before they put me there? Why wait?
Why the Protestant Work Ethic Is a Menace to Society
By Robert S. Becker
The American manufacturing sector produces much more than it did in 1979, despite employing almost 40 percent fewer workers.
Standard of Living Is in the Shadows as Election Issue
By DAVID LEONHARDT
New York Times
Published: October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Anti Wage- Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 890-892
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Basic Income Europe
Thanks to C. L'Hirondelle of Livable4All
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Anti Wage-slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 887-889
It was not a mother who invented a 9 to 5 workday and a 9 to 3:30 school day, but of course mothers take the rap for the resulting “latch-key child.” No woman devised the economic structure that rewards leveraged buy-out jackals with mountains of gold, while condemning the most essential people in the country — child-minders — to lives of grinding poverty.
The quarrel is not between mothers who work for pay and mothers who don’t. The quarrel is between those who care about children’s future, and the (mostly) men in government who just don’t get it.
“The workaholic operates on the fight-or-flight response, which leads to a drench of cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. It can lead to heart disease and heart attacks, diabetes, compromised immune systems, and gastro-intestinal problems. We know this, the studies are pouring out.”
The Truth About Workaholics
Each year, American taxpayers spend nearly $1 trillion trying to help the poor, according to a recent study by the Cato Institute. It’s easy to miss that headline number, though, because the money flows into and out of scores of federal, state and local government programs.
Consider a thought experiment: Divide $1 trillion by 46 million and you get around $21,700 for each American in poverty, or nearly $87,000 for a family of four. That’s almost four times the $23,050 per year federal poverty line for that family. It’s intriguing to think about converting all of this to a cash payment that would instantly lift everyone in poverty up to the middle class.
The Wrong Way to Help the Poor
By GARY E. MacDOUGAL
New York Times
Published: October 10, 2012
[He goes on to say " For a variety of reasons, of course, that’s not possible…" But doesn't give the reasons. Later in the article, he writes, "another factor is the natural reluctance of advocates, Congressional staffers, think tanks and providers of services for the poor to see their favorite programs cut or consolidated. Few are willing to give up authority over their piece of the program pie." -JS]
Monday, October 08, 2012
Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 883-886
Why We Must Stop Fetishizing Economic Growth
By Robert A. Johnson
September 25, 2012
In the 1960s, when New York was the world’s busiest port, there were more than 35,000 longshoremen on the city’s docks. Today, there are 3,500.
On the Waterfront, Rise of the Machines
By ALAN FEUER
New York Times
Published: September 28, 2012
If the concept of the Unconditional Basic Income encourages laziness, why would any right minded parent pass on an inheritance to their children?
The Unconditional Basic Income. All Your Questions Answered In 800 Words
September 26, 2012 by bstard4bristolmayor
[Adam] Smith saw that over time wealth would follow the release of constraints on human inventiveness and imagination. The larger the group invited to play, the more spectacular the results. For all the ignorance and untrustworthiness in the world, he correctly perceived that the overwhelming majority of human beings could indeed be trusted to act in a way that over time is good for all.
John Taylor Gatto,
The Underground History Of American Education
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Friday, October 05, 2012
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 880-882
Such survival tactics are becoming increasingly commonplace here, with an unemployment rate over 50 percent among young people and more and more households having adults without jobs. So pervasive is the problem of scavenging that one Spanish city has resorted to installing locks on supermarket trash bins as a public health precaution.
For a growing number, the food in garbage bins helps make ends meet.
Spain Recoils as Its Hungry Forage Trash Bins for a Next Meal
By SUZANNE DALEY
New York Times
Published: September 24, 201
A basic income guarantee – a dream or a future reality?
1000 petals by axinia blog
“The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That’s why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.” This may sound like the pronouncement of some bong-smoking anarchist, but it was actually Arthur C. Clarke, who found time between scuba diving and pinball games to write “Childhood’s End” and think up communications satellites.
The ‘Busy’ Trap
By TIM KREIDER
New York Times
June 30, 2012