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The economists said wealth inequality had become “extreme” in Russia and the US. The US’s richest 1% accounted for 39% of the nation’s wealth in 2014 [the latest year available], up from 22% in 1980. The researchers noted that “most of that increase in inequality was due to the rise of the top 0.1% wealth owners”.
originally posted by: jacobe001
originally posted by: surfer_soul
a reply to: carewemust
How about nobody pays taxes then? Get rid of government altogether, why not?
I’m gearing up for civil war myself, Rich vs poor bring it on bastards.
If nobody paid taxes, it would not be the ones at the bottom of the totem pole that would suffer. Think of all crony contracts, pork barrel spending, military, medicare and so on that would suffer.
Why are we still spending so much with Republicans in power?
Because their cronies would have to take a hit.
In governance, sortition (also known as selection by lot, allotment, or demarchy) is the selection of political officials as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates, a system intended to ensure that all competent and interested parties have an equal chance of holding public office. It also minimizes factionalism, since there would be no point making promises to win over key constituencies if one was to be chosen by lot, while elections, by contrast, foster it  In ancient Athenian democracy, sortition was the traditional and primary method for appointing political officials, and its use was regarded as a principal characteristic of democracy. Today, sortition is commonly used to select prospective jurors in common law-based legal systems and is sometimes used in forming citizen groups with political advisory power (citizens' juries or citizens' assemblies).