Jack Saturday

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Where To Go

24 sec

Goddamn Welfare Bums!

Abbie Martin, 3 min 52 sec

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

He Wrote "Revolution For The Hell Of It"

Abbie Hoffman, 1 minute, 2 seconds

No Matter How Beautiful It Is

Gary Zukov, 35 seconds

Monday, February 24, 2014

Socioeconomic Medicine

Gabor Mate, 2 minutes 43 seconds

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1106-1108

last August, the finance chief at Zurich Insurance Group AG committed suicide and left a note blaming the company’s chairman for creating an unbearable work environment.

In August, a 21-year-old Bank of America intern died after reportedly working consecutive all-nighters at the bank’s London office.

37-year-old JP Morgan executive may be the latest in a series of bizarre deaths in the financial world in less than a month.
National Post Wire Services | February 14, 2014
Financial Post
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A widening probe of the foreign-exchange market is roiling an industry already under pressure to reduce costs as computer platforms displace human traders.

Electronic dealing, which accounted for 66 percent of all currency transactions in 2013 and 20 percent in 2001, will increase to 76 percent within five years, according to Aite Group LLC, a Boston-based consulting firm that reviewed Bank for International Settlements data. About 81 percent of spot trading -- the buying and selling of currency for immediate delivery -- will be electronic by 2018, Aite said.

“Foreign-exchange traders are much like stock floor traders: a rapidly dying breed,” said Charles Geisst, author of “Wall Street: A History” and a finance professor at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. “Once the banks realize they are costing them money, the positions will dwindle quickly.”
FX Traders Facing Extinction as Computers Replace Humans
By Ambereen Choudhury and Julia Verlaine
Bloomberg Personal Finance

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The digitization of our economy will bring with it a new generation of radical economic ideologies, of which Bitcoin is arguably the first.  For those with assets, technological savvy, and a sense of adventure, the state is the enemy and a cryptographic currency is the solution.  But for those more focused on the decline of the middle classes, the collapse of the entry-level jobs market, and the rise of free culture, the state is an ally, and the solution might look something like an unconditional basic income.
by Lui in Blog
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

You're The Boss

Jesse Ventura, 13 seconds

Thursday, February 20, 2014

PTSD, Urban Youth

Javon Johnson & Terisa Siagatonu - "PTSD"

Monday, February 17, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1103-1105

[E]xplain the whole mess to an 8-year-old, and you might hear a solution that will sound laughably obvious: Why not just give everyone some money? That way, even poor people could afford to feed their families and pay rent.

If that feels naive in its simplicity, prepare to be surprised.
The notion of a government paying its people just for being alive has a name—“guaranteed basic income”—and has recently been making headway as a legitimate policy proposal in countries all over the world.

Activists in Europe, most notably in Switzerland, have succeeded at injecting the idea into mainstream political debate. A recent poll showed that it has the support of nearly half of Canadians. The president of Cyprus says he’ll launch a limited version of the scheme this summer. Brazil has been giving direct cash transfers to poor families ever since passing a basic income law in 2004; pilot programs have in recent years been carried out in India and Namibia.
“You usually don’t have people from different ends of the political spectrum getting on board with the same sort of program,” said Brian Steensland, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University and the author of the book “The Failed Welfare Revolution,” about how basic income went from being a marginal academic idea to a congressional bill and back again. “There’s just something in there that’s really appealing for people from a whole range of intellectual, philosophical, and economic perspectives.”
“At some point, we are going to be spending such a ridiculous amount of money on [the welfare state] that it will become ridiculous to everyone,” Murray said. “Right now it’s already ridiculous to people on the right. How can we have ‘X’ trillions of dollars in transfer payments and still have 15 percent of the population below the poverty line? It’s idiotic. Well, at some point it will also become idiotic to people on the left, and so, that’s what I see as the opportunity, ultimately, for a grand compromise.”

That grand compromise, he explained, will involve the libertarian right saying, “we’ll give you on the left big government in terms of the amount of money we spend on people, if you will give us small government in terms of the ability of the government to screw around with people’s lives.”
Should the government pay you to be alive?
By Leon Neyfakh
The Boston Globe
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“If some people, for a period, want to make their own life easier by avoiding the double shift and getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning, why shouldn’t it be welcomed? Does it not make for a more flourishing life?”

A recent report on Obamacare by the CBO found that the law will nudge workers to work less. Why? Because if you don’t have to take a full-time job just to get coverage, then maybe you won’t. Conservatives are interpreting the report to mean that Obamacare is a “job killer.” But they’re deliberately missing the fact that the work reduction in this case is voluntary.

 “The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply,” says the report.

Assuming the CBO is correct about this voluntary reduction, what’s so bad about it? Why would anyone be up in arms about the idea of a person choosing, of her own free will, to work less?

If you’re a 60-year-old retail worker with diabetes, you’ve had to work a full-time job in order to get health insurance coverage. Under Obamacare, your pre-existing condition won’t prevent you from getting insured, so you may choose to cut back your hours or retire early. Facing job insecurity and layoffs, older workers have often been forced to taking McJobs just to be able to go to the doctor, when they could be doing much more interesting and productive things with their time, like teaching their grandchildren to read or engaging in civic activities.
Maybe the real question is, why don’t we have more choices about how and when we work, and what kind of system would provide them?
Many economists believe our obsession with endless work is not helping the bottom line. Study after study shows that overworking hurts productivity. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found that the Greeks, who face a very bad economy, work more hours than any other Europeans. Germans, however, rank second to last in number of hours worked, and their country is considered an economic triumph.
America Has Forgotten That We Don't Have Freedom If We Don't Have Free Time
Lynn Stuart Parramore 

Just think of all the work that would be better not done: all of the prison guards that would be better unemployed, the people who made the over 70 billion dollars worth of weapons that we sold to Saudi Arabia within the last few years, the people who make the billions of dollars worth of weapons we give to Israel every year. Then consider the other resources that are consumed to do these things, the oil, the coal, the scarce metals. The lives of these people are being wasted as are the resources they consume doing their jobs.

Yet they are supposed to dread the thought of losing their jobs, of not having their lives wasted. -- profoundly perverse! Why can't they be trained to do the work that actually needs to be done so we can all work less?
America Has Forgotten That We Don't Have Freedom If We Don't Have Free Time
Lynn Stuart Parramore 

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1100-1102": 

Anonymous said...

Jack, get a job or at least have the balls to use your real name and publish the precise reasons why you're on welfare. I assume it is mental illness disability welfare.

You have brainwashed yourself over many years with socialist propaganda to tell yourself its ok to live off the hard work of others.

You are an immoral man.

You should get a job and some dignity and stop being a charity case. There is nothing wrong with you.

You can work, you choose to be a parasite.

From Jack:

Hey Anonymous: 

I like your attack!  Actually, very good common questions that should be answered.

1. I enjoy a laugh when a person calling themselves "Anonymous" tells me to have the balls to use my real name.

"Mental illness"? I have sad news for you, from Crumb and Rumi, two utterly crazy fools:

"Everyone who is calm and sensible is insane."  -Rumi

2. Welfare is a legitimate entitlement everyone should claim. I have published the precise reasons everyone on earth should be on welfare. It is in a 6-hour audio documentary called "The World Owes You A Living."

3. "The hard work of others." Another good laugh.  Whenever I talk to a hardnosed Capitalist, they tell me that "self-interest" is the right way to go, and the basis of all good market capitalism. The world-famous Harvard (not socialist) economist Robert. L. Heilbroner described the Market as "naked self-interest." Some say "let the market decide." OK! Let naked self interest decide! I'm with you.

Now, the word "socialism" apparently describes societies based on more even distribution of wealth, and the attempt to use the combined power of millions (synergy) to improve the lot of all.  But the Capitalists and their supporters argue for the "self-interest" and claim that their wealth was their own doing, they were bootstrappers. Me! Me! Is their slogan. The only concern they have for the "hard work" of their neighbors, is to try to turn it to maximum profit for themselves, no matter how much it destroys the planet's life-support, or indeed, the lives and families of the workers.

Now when I say "Righto, OK, Me Me, self-interest and market values," "free-market capitalists" suddenly turn all socialist on me, and are now concerned about "others" and their hard work. It puzzles me why good American capitalists and their happy servants don't celebrate a guy practicing self-interest in his own way (sic), especially since his play isn't quite “naked,”—he’s not taking a gun and robbing your grandmother, which your “Darwinism” should fully support. Hey, man, survival of the fittest, and the losers (most people) are to blame for their pitiful condition - ain't that the Capitalist creed?

Friend, if you're a capitalist, you plow forward and the devil take the hindmost, and maximize your profit to over $20 billion not by lifting a finger but relying on the "hard work of others." In the case of the Waltons, a million others, whose labor power, one of the greatest powers we have, is used up in making profits for Sam's family, while never themselves making ends meet. Let's see, billionaires without lifting a finger suck the wealth created by a million others. Some might consider it legitimate to ask "who is the parasite?" But even leeches stop when their bellies are full.

4. "There is nothing wrong with you." 

Hey, great, you changed your mind.  You're right.

5. "You can work, you choose to be a parasite." 

Not only can I work, I do work! It's fun!

Here's an essay you won't read, but it is offered to more open minds to consider:


Gk; Parasitos, "one who eats at another's table." Para- beside, sitos- grain, food.

Then if I must estimate the just penalty
according to my desserts, this is my estimate:
free board in the town hall.
(asked to recommend his own punishment)

All around me men are working;
but I am stubborn, and take no part.
The difference is this:
I prize the breasts of the Mother.
Lao Tzu,
Tao Te Ching

Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of my enemies
...my cup overflows.
23rd Psalm

Heaven is spread upon the earth
But men do not see it.
Jesus, Thomas Gospel

Socrates was one of many who considered the role of parasite to be desirable. In fact, Plato, Aristotle, and all of Greek aristocracy, indeed every aristocracy, felt the same. Same with shareholders and management of profitable corporations. Isn't the whole point of capitalist success to live off the labor of others? Robin Hood seemed to think that many of the rich were parasites, and may not have considered retrieving some wealth a crime or sin.

Mother Earth's a round table out here on top, heaped with good stuff, set by the mothers, but when I got up from the generous hosting of my own mother, and did some investigating, I observed that the tables were turned. She (my mother) was one golden character thread in the great Aurea Catena (golden chain), that immense web of mothering, from implantation to the death of offspring in many cases. Let me acknowledge with inestimable gratitude the mothers, including those who mothered the inventors-- sure it was also Necessity who mothered invention-- mothers know a lot about Necessity: necessity for leisure-- for mothers and for all of us. Time for the soul. Time for the world. Necessity for some return on all the investments/inventments.)

Wikipedia is always helpful:

"Parasitism is an interaction between two organisms, in which one organism (the parasite) attains all the benefits of the close relationship.

Parasites that live inside the body of the host are called endoparasites (e.g., hookworms that live in the host gut) and those that live on the outside are called ectoparasites (e.g., mosquitoes). A parasite that kills its host is called a parasitoid. Some parasites are social parasites, taking advantage of interactions between members of a social host species such as ants or termites to their detriment. Kleptoparasitism involves the parasite stealing food that the host has caught or otherwise prepared."

Take the welfare recipient: if "society" is the host, is the welfare recipient "inside" the host? But then, by definition, parasites are not part of the host but separate organisms, therefore we have to define her as not part of the host. But then, who is "we"? If we decide that she is indeed part of that organism called "society," then the term "parasite" loses its metaphorical potency: biologists don't define inner organs as parasites, do they?

The organism of the healthy human body supplies its inner organs, and the function of some of those organs is to produce surplus, stipend to the soil, carbon monoxide for the flora, semen/eggs for new folks, milk for the little parasites-- (or organs of the extended body).

Symbiosis: the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from the other [syn: mutualism]


"The various forms of symbiosis include parasitism, in which the association is disadvantageous or destructive to one of the organisms, mutualism, in which the association is advantageous, or often necessary to one or both and not harmful to either, and commensalism, in which one member of the association benefits while the other is not affected."

At what crossing does symbiosis become parasitism? Parasitism become symbiosis? Is this a distinction for the beholder to ascribe?

When the cherry tree platts the sunlight and extracts from the soil: is that parasitism? The sun does not seem to "benefit," but it keeps on smiling anyway. And later on the tree replenishes the soil. When the wasp gorges on the ripe cherry, how about that?

Predation: the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey

When the lion feasts on the wildebeest at the great round table, depleting the host herd-- is that parasitism? What might some of the differences be between parasitism and predation? When the small thing feeds on the large thing, is that parasitism? When the large thing eats the small thing, is that predation?


Parasitism can be considered a special case of predation since their effects on the host are similarly, though not equivalently, detrimental.

Is the mother depleted after breast-feeding? The milk supply is, temporarily. How does one measure "depletion of the host," taking into account the psychology of the exchange? Better ask the mother for her measure. There is little doubt that she is tired. But we might look closer to see what tires her.

And listen: how might we extend the definition of "host" to include the past, the cumulative cultural heritage of humanity? How can we measure the fullness of that host, in order to decide if we are depleting it? Furthermore, the "cumulative memetic cultural heritage of humanity" is amorphous, vast, immeasurable, and itself feeds, excretes, produces. What host may be supporting that entity?

And hey! Check this:


In a truly parasitic relationship, the parasite and host live side by side with little or no damage to the host organism while the parasite takes enough nutrients to live on and reproduce without draining the host's reserves.

So the definitions clash. Take your pick!

Take General Motors as an entity: it eats raw materials and money and excretes SUVs. Host or parasite? Well, you may say, "it is not alive."

The chorus sings: "it is legally a person!"

Order based on order - Living matter evades the decay to equilibrium - It feeds on `negative entropy' ... Organization maintained by extracting `order' from the environment.

What is the characteristic feature of life? When is a piece of matter said to be alive? When it goes on `doing something', moving, exchanging material with its environment, and so forth ...(Schrödinger)

So then who is indisputably alive? the CEOs of GM have that reputation, and so do the line-workers. Might either of them fit the mould of "parasite?"

And more fully to the point:

How can one parasite on an abundance?

Note: the abundance available from Mother Earth and Father Industrial Technology in loving co-operation is contingent. It needs maintenance along the time axis. We can quite easily deplete a tremendous supply (ie buffalo) by neglecting this maintenance. Any gardener will tell you that plants take an awful lot before they start "giving." To sustain an abundance, or perhaps we should say "enoughness," to supply all our needs, someone has to keep the wheel rolling. Mother Earth herself, and Jolly old Worker Sun is pretty good at keeping things rolling, and father Industrial Technology directs them to do it for our production needs. The meme is at the core of this. We graduate from Mom to meme.

Free Lunch Time!

When I came of age of honoring my mother and all mothers, who gave me the breakfast of uterine room and board, babyhood, and childhood for free, it was lunch time.

We all took for granted that breakfast was free. Patriarchal authority said "there is no free lunch" but there were those, like Jesus, who strongly disagreed.

I chose to sit for my free lunch at the long, long time-table of distinguished providers, up to their labs and workshops from the generous table of their mothers. To call it "another's" table, though, strikes me as inaccurate. The table itself extends beyond the horizon of the land of Nod, where many of us have sweated since Eden. It extends into the Avalon of Nod. Pictures of the Periodic Table of the Elements would make good placemats.

I sit at the table of the Biro brothers, who labored frustratedly for ten years to create the ballpoint pen. Many summers outdoors catching thoughts out of the air I took out my little hardcover lined notebook and feasted on thoughts with the single chopstick of the Biro boys. How can I pay them for it?

In the evening I sit at the table of Thomas A. Edison, a school dropout whose idea lit the world and gave us an eternal cartoon of "getting an idea." 15,000 wrong choices for an element before he found tungsten. How can I pay him for it?

I sit at the table of the Greek statesmen who adopted the 24-letter alphabet enabling Greek philosopher-scientists to record and transmit their ideas. Ergo sic.

I sit at the table of Archimedes, who worked out the law of displacement of floating bodies in 220 BC. Then go for a hot tub. Pay him!

I sit at the round table of the planet earth, conceived as spherical by the Pythagorean Philolaus (410 BC), and by Heraclitus, and Aristarchus (200BC) who conceived of the sun as the centre of planetary revolutions and calculated the earth's circumference, and Crates (150 BC) who made a globe-- until religious and political powers drew the curtains on macrocosmic science for 1700 years. Those Greeks disdained manual labor and gain for gain's sake. Pay them!

I sit at the table of the copiers of the Alexandrian library, that carried 700,000 volumes in 47 BC, who copied manuscripts and distributed them around the "civilized world," before 40,000 were burned in a war. Count up their hours when you read a book you bought at a yard sale for a dime.

I sit at the table of Arabic numerals and algebra, introduced to Spain by a Moorish invasion in 700 AD.

I sit at the table of the makers of the first windmill in Europe in 1100. Then tilt at an idea out of Japan: Giant solar panels over the Sahara desert bringing outrageously bounteous power to the world.

I sit at the table of Roger Bacon and his compound lenses. The better to read between the lines, my dear.

I sit at the table of the unrecorded inventors of the smelting of metals, the blast furnace, the canal lock.

I sit as an honored guest of Leonardo Da Vinci and his centrifugal pump, antifriction roller bearings, conical screw, rope and belt drive, lathe, helicopter, parachute, etc.

I sit at the table of Pare and his surgical instruments (1545). Galileo and his pendulum. Pascal and his calculating machine. The discoverers of cobalt and platinum, zinc, bismuth, nickel, tungsten. The periodic table. The spinning jenny, the steam engine, the power loom.

Gutenberg and his successors, bringing much enlightenment to the lower classes. Read today's paper, then go pay Gutenberg for his decades of labor.

Faraday and electromagnetism. Ohm's law. The inventors and builders of the railroad refrigerator car in 1868, obviating the prognostications of Malthus.

I sit at the table of the inventors and developers of the air-brake, the typewriter, telephone (Fuller says the telephone invented the skyscraper), acetylene, silicon carbide, wireless, induction furnace.

I sit with Orville and Wilbur, who went away from the mockery and denial to try out their union of gas engine, bicycle, and box kite, none of which they invented.

Each inventor, of course, accepted the development of technology up until their time as "given" without earning it themselves.

The integrated, cumulative capabilities of all of history's intellects. Know-how. Synergy. Ephemeralization (more with less); re-use, recycling.

Good ideas from the ancestors, storable, retrievable and re-mixable, for us to consider and apply.

I sit at the table of 20th century science which is more than twenty centuries of science gathered together and its principles free as manna from the ancestors, and its unit costs reduced toward amortization by mass production, also set up by ancestors.

I am here, out behind this text somewhere, you might say, because of them. When I ride in a car I ride with all of them, right back to the guy in the BC cartoon who chiseled the first wobbly wheel out of stone.

And I sit at the table laden with an immeasurable wealth of culture technology has allowed through. This is what makes it not just a free lunch, but an incalculable feast. I can read the very words of Socrates set down by Plato; or the words of Jesus, or the poems of the Persians, or translations of the Russian; or hear the world's great music; or see the paintings of inspired masters of many ages. Think of the labor: calculate it in workfare increment, minimum wage or maximum corporate executive remuneration.

What has your 25 cents got to do with the Biros? How have you "earned" their decade of commitment, frustration, labor, or that of the Bic corporation? Or your $1.49 with Edison and his 15,000 failures? Or for that matter what does your $40 or $50 K have to do with the history of science and invention and immeasurable labor and inspiration accumulated in your shiny new Jeep Cherokee? Here's the word from the land of the dead, where all those inventors and laborers went: Amortized!

Gerard Piel, publisher of Scientific American, told the world in 1955 that it was technologically easy now to provide a high standard of living for everyone on earth, and increasingly higher standards for growing populations. In 1955! And design science is on an accelerating-acceleration curve! What happened? What can this mean?

Why is it that what 120 years ago was considered a failure (as a person and as a citizen)-- to go to work for others and surrender control of one's working life, is now called "success"? Why are parents in Canada with babies as young as 4 months forced to take bad jobs?

Why are there 11 million child slaves in Pakistan? More than 30 million hungry in the US? Why are 1 in 5 kids in Canada not getting enough food? Old women begging in front of the Moscow McDonalds? Why are insects one of the major food groups in Mexico? What parasite (or predator) is sucking the life from so many?

Is the technological cornucopia really a myth? Did all those inventions not happen? Did somebody unplug them-- are we now "unplugged?" Does the sweat of our brow birth the industrial heritage of humanity magically out of each head, brand new, and "earned" by each of us? Gerard Piel's announcement of abundance-- was it meaningless?

On the round table of the planet earth sits a cornucopia. The "mythical" horn of plenty. Mind, physical principles, storable and retrievable information created it. But it isn't mythical, it's the opposite of myth-- it's "externalized rationale" and externalized labor power at large; and new generations, more powerful and efficient, are on the way.

How are you going to "pay for" civilization after civilization and the preservers who carried the light through dark ages? How are you going to pay for what you "own" or use? What debt, if any, to the inventors, the laborers, and their mothers?

The flower may be thankful that someone prepared the ground in a garden. But it does not seek out the gardener and offer money or services. It "unfolds beautifully in the air" as Jung said when he analyzed the psychology of the flower. Is this not reward for the gardener? Your contribution to the millennia of labor and invention, to the great cultural heritage and to the mothers, is to unfold yourself beautifully in the air. It is the self that we contribute, us flowers, swallows, cherry trees. Some unfold into inventors, some into gardeners, some into lovers. Some who do this, that, and the other. We don't have to decide in our youth "what we're going to be." We need nourishment, free time, encouragement. Then, as Jung wrote, we "become what we are." It is the self that is stolen, depleting the host of the body politic to serve this enormous destructive depletive parasite called "the economy." Reverse the yoke!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1100-1102

Extreme inequality means that people without homes are  freezing to death in America. On a winter day in 2012  over 633,000 people were homeless in the United States. Based on an annual single room occupancy  (SRO) cost of $558 per month, a little over $4 billion would provide shelter for every homeless person for the entire year.

The stock market grew by  $4.7 trillion in 2013. A wealth tax of just a one-tenth of 1 percent (one dollar out of every thousand) would have provided the $4 billion needed to shelter every homeless American for 365 days.
4 Shocking Examples of American Inequality
By Paul Buchheit
[emphasis JS]

The US  lost 2,600 newsroom jobs in 2012. Just to throw their hat in the ring for the dwindling jobs, novice journalists might find themselves working two, sometimes three unpaid internships in a row. 
By Amien Essif
The Guardian
via AlterNet

For years, Utah has addressed its homeless problem by simply offering apartments to those who lack a home, worrying about the details of the exchange later. The plan, called Housing First, was launched by then Governor Jon Huntsman and started providing apartments to the homeless in 2005. The hope was that by having a home and a caseworker to assist them, the chronically homeless would be able to regain their footing, allowing them to find it more easy to find jobs, access healthcare and other issues that are impossible without a stable address. Even if they fail to turn around their lives, however, they can still keep their new home.
What about all of those people who would say there is no such thing as a free home? Well, the cost to taxpayers, according to Utah, is far less than the costs of hospitalization or prison, actually saving the state on a per person basis. According to the state, a social worker and an apartment comes to a rough savings of $5000 per participant.
Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:50
By Robin Marty
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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Competition Fail

Margaret Heffernan
2 min 29 sec

Alan Watts, Basic Income

Alan Watts

Friday, February 07, 2014

Without Breaking A Sweat

Vinay Gupta, 22 seconds

Retirement Gift

Norm MacDonald and Super Dave, 12 sec

Monday, February 03, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1097-1099 +

Oxfam released a report showing that the richest 85 people in the world own as much wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion combined.

Could a billion or two people march on Davos?-Some Guy

We are all on the game; some of us are just smarter at concealing it. I have a book on my shelf by the Americans Mark Zepezauer and Arthur Naiman called Take the Rich Off Welfare. It glares down at me whenever I think of writing about poverty. It shows how well-heeled Americans, starting in the Reagan years, cornered the lion's share of public spending. They had capital depreciations, fiscal reliefs, muni bonds, fuel subsidies, bailouts, price supports, cultivated waste and tax frauds. It was called "wealthfare".

This was no leftwing tract. It merely pointed out that "wealthfare costs the American taxpayer some three and a half times the cost of welfare for the poor". The relentlessness of the rich lobbying Congress for tax breaks and subsidies meant "the US government today functions mostly as a huge Robin Hood in reverse".
The truth is we are all living on Benefits Street
Simon Jenkins
The Guardian, Tuesday 21 January 2014
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I tremble with pleasure when I think that on the very day of my leaving prison both the laburnum and the lilac will be blooming in the gardens, and that I shall see the wind stir into restless beauty the swaying gold of the one, and make the other toss the pale purple of its plumes, so that all the air shall be Arabia for me.
Oscar Wilde
De Profundis

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Progress Traps

From the film Surving Progress
1 minute 16 seconds