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Personally I find it morally obscene that so few people can amass so much wealth, generally on the back of others endeavours or have some sort of inherited privileged birth right. I hear about 'trickle down economics', it doesn't work, never has done.
But I guess many will just think that I'm some sort of damn, pinko commie British bastard who wants everything handing on a plate.
I hear about 'trickle down economics', it doesn't work, never has done.
originally posted by: toysforadults
a reply to: Freeborn
My favorite thing is watching the right wingers attack progressives while actively defending our current progressive economic government system as a free market capitalist system
They dont even know what they are doing
originally posted by: ColeYounger
a reply to: strongfp
The US is a nation that is controlled by corporations and mega companys pretty much.
Big corporations control the world, not just the U.S.
As for the OP, I think the author makes a few valid points, but then devolves the article into a "life isn't fair" story.
He downplays hard work and emphasizes luck too much. Sure there are people who get more breaks than me. There are also more talented people and smarter people. But if I want to play guitar like Hendrix, I've got to put in the time and practice. Thousands of hours, practicing while my friends are out partying. I can't buy a guitar, practice for a year, and then say "Life isn't fair" because I'm not a virtuoso. Yet more and more, that's precisely the attitude people seem to have. As Ringo said: "It don't come easy."
In a healthy society, wealth is admired. In a sick society, wealth is despised.
I shoulda learned to play the guitar, I shoulda learned to play them drums. ... No that aint working, that's the way you do it. You play the guitar on MTV
originally posted by: Edumakated
a reply to: dfnj2015
A billionaire's income has nothing to do with your healthcare. You could tax the 1% 100% in the US and it still wouldn't be enough.
When was the last time a broke person gave you a job?
Bill Gates has employed hundreds of thousands of people. He has made tens of thousands of his employees millionaires. The ancillary business that also create jobs and wealth from doing business with Microsoft is beyond calculation.
We haven't even gotten into all the charitable giving not just from him, but others he has made wealthy....
originally posted by: toysforadults
Its only a matter of time.before you can get the right wingers having to repeat the same tired crap over and over and over hypocritically having to defend corporate welfare or starve kids to death because their parents are losers
Hilarious watching the nutjobs have to take these positions
originally posted by: AScrubWhoDied
Lets just go ahead and pretend the extremely rich doesn't lobby to have legislation passed (or lack thereof) thats in the interest of remaining extremely rich and not for the American people.
Lets go ahead and pretend that monopolies and collusion between coporate entities don't exist -
Lets all go ahead and pretend we love "capitalism" so much that we don't even practice it.
originally posted by: strongfp
Throughout following this thread was thinking to myself, has wealth changed its meaning since capitalism was first sort of seeded in the 1500s?
There seems to be a trend with wealthy people and poor people in a society, it always seems to end up in some sort of backlash or revolution, we've seen this many, many times throughout history. Has the concept of money run out of I guess best way I cam put is 'capitalism juice', the driving force behind the economic concept is managing fiat currency, which then builds wealth, whether it's net worth, or actual money 'worth'.
I feel like it's almost outgrown itself to the point where money doesn't mean much anymore, and therefore we are just back to almost square one, wealth means power, and lots of it.
My question is, are we on the brink of another revolution against the wealthy? Or are we on the road to 'perfect capitalism'?
Which raises another question, will a form of neo - communism come into play again?
I was thinking to much at work about this...
Those who lobby this leviathan are not the problem. Lobbying and petitioning the government is a democratic right, and sometimes the only means to have our concerns heard. (Lobbying helped abolish segregation, for example). The problem is those who would trade freedom and democracy for a little safety.