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Monday, December 05, 2016

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1543-1545

Over 3 million Canadians live in poverty.
Salvation Army, Dec. 2016

 ...if last year’s numbers hold, more than 500 of the city’s homeless will still be outdoors this winter.
Metro Vancouver looks for answers as homeless tent cities grow

Vancouver Sun

When unconditional basic-income schemes were proposed decades ago, they inevitably met outraged reactions from employers’ associations, trade unions, economists, and politicians. Recently, however, the idea has resurfaced, gathering impressive support from the radical left, the Green movement, and even from the libertarian right. The cause is the rise of machines that, for the first time since the start of industrialization, threaten to destroy more jobs than technological innovation creates – and to pull the rug out from under the feet of white-collar professionals.
A common myth, promoted by the rich, is that wealth is produced individually before it is collectivized by the state, through taxation. In fact, wealth was always produced collectively and privatized by those with the power to do it: the propertied class. Farmland and seeds, pre-modern forms of capital, were collectively developed through generations of peasant endeavor that landlords appropriated by stealth. Today, every smartphone comprises components developed by some government grant, or through the commons of pooled ideas, for which no dividends have ever been paid to society.
A 'simple policy' to make a universal basic income a reality

Yanis Varoufakis
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