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Socialism for the Rich

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posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 12:56 PM
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a reply to: PublicOpinion

How about big pharma paying billy tauzin millions for pushing through legislation that precludes the us federal system from negotiating drug prices? Or the private prison companies lobbying against mj legalization? Or the telecoms giants lobbying against emc groups from providing high speed internet for rural locales? Or the mic groups lobbying for wars for profit? Or the massive lobbying by Monsanto and other groups to force their products into foreign markets through trade treaties? Corporate wealth pushing legislation for their benefit that is detrimental to the rest of us permeates congress and policy from the top to the bottom. Anytime there’s a question between corporate profit vs the benefit of the masses, corporate profits win almost every single time.




posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 01:03 PM
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One primary problem with massive accumulation of wealth in a few hands is that it completely destabilizes democracy, as noted above. Another problem is that it is a limited sum game. And the vast majority of those making these profits are extractive. Bankers, financiers, rentiers make massive money. They’re one of the few current growth sectors and are where current gdp growth largely originated. Except they don’t add to gdp.... they subtract from it. When your bank charges you higher interest rates, penalties, and service fees those actually reduce the amount that you have to contribute to your economy..... and they do it on a massive scale. In calculating gdp, monies created from unearned income, ie parasites taking the income from others through increased rents, user fees, interest, should be subtracted from gdp. Groups who take money without earning it through producing a product that actually requires no labor and time are a drain on the economy. And when those groups lobby Washington to have their products required or forced upon the American people, ala car or health insurance, etc, this is exploitation.
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posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 02:24 PM
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I’d also like to add an observation. It’s interesting to me that when the govt is taxing folk, taking money the govt doesn’t work for, ideally to be spent on things that benefit society and the public, conservatives are quick to yell about “theft!!”

And yet when businesses and corporations do that, through interest rate hikes, increases in rents, bank service fees, arbitrary cost increases and price fixing, all for their own personal profit, they just call that good business.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 04:06 PM
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originally posted by: PublicOpinion
a reply to: TheSteppenwolf




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.


Like what... Nestle lobbying to privatize water supplies?
Show me one post where you lambast the War on Terror for the same reason. Just one.

Going back to the OP, I see people lobbying for more democracy and against the financial safety of the prevailing TINA mindset. I think you might have lost it.


Like the NAACP lobbying the government to end segregation. Lobbying is a fundamental part of participatory democracy, and one of the means with which private citizens can petition their government. And you'd see us denied that right.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 05:22 PM
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Well, that depends on how you define “lobbying” doesn’t it? If by lobbying you mean people organizing and meeting with representatives in order to persuade them of a specific need or cause, then yes. However if your definition of lobbying includes putting millions into the campaign contributions, or guaranteeing lucrative multimillion dollar careers after their term ends, well that I think falls more into the realm of corruption and treason. Lots of terms have been coopted nowadays. Invasion and bombing has become “spreading democracy”. Starving a population of food, money and medicine has become “strong negotiation “, and bribery, corruption and graft has become “lobbying”. Seriously, the term “free market” was originally a socialist term referring to a market free from interest/usury, monopolies, price fixing, and economic rent. Now it means a market free from regulation where all those things are given free, unbridled reign.



posted on Jun, 18 2019 @ 07:57 PM
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originally posted by: pexx421
Well, that depends on how you define “lobbying” doesn’t it? If by lobbying you mean people organizing and meeting with representatives in order to persuade them of a specific need or cause, then yes. However if your definition of lobbying includes putting millions into the campaign contributions, or guaranteeing lucrative multimillion dollar careers after their term ends, well that I think falls more into the realm of corruption and treason. Lots of terms have been coopted nowadays. Invasion and bombing has become “spreading democracy”. Starving a population of food, money and medicine has become “strong negotiation “, and bribery, corruption and graft has become “lobbying”. Seriously, the term “free market” was originally a socialist term referring to a market free from interest/usury, monopolies, price fixing, and economic rent. Now it means a market free from regulation where all those things are given free, unbridled reign.


Socialists want to give more power to those who take bribes, and who pull the levers of power. If they did not have that sort of power no one would be trying to influence them with money and lucrative deals.



posted on Jun, 19 2019 @ 08:19 AM
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Socialists want to give more power to those who take bribes


Where did you get that from? And how is a critical analysis of the policy decisions, which resulted in this mess of privatizations, not throwing a wrench into this money lubricated mechanism of corruption?
And nope. You bringing up segregation is nothing but a good example of how far you'd have to travel back in time in order to find any positive effects of lobbying. Well. Congrats, I guess?



Lobbying is a fundamental part of participatory democracy, and one of the means with which private citizens can petition their government. And you'd see us denied that right.


There is no right that would be denied with ending socialism for the rich. It's a privilege, handed out while holding high hopes of increased efficiency via trickle down effects. And then it failed to deliver.
Sure. From the oppressors standpoint equality might look like oppression, and I guess the oh-so-nobles felt the same as their usual fun with "primae noctis" had been taken from them, but I really couldn't care less about your crocodile tears for special treatment. Nice try though.



posted on Jun, 19 2019 @ 09:48 AM
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Where did you get that from? And how is a critical analysis of the policy decisions, which resulted in this mess of privatizations, not throwing a wrench into this money lubricated mechanism of corruption? And nope. You bringing up segregation is nothing but a good example of how far you'd have to travel back in time in order to find any positive effects of lobbying. Well. Congrats, I guess?


You for instance, someone who defends socialism, is lamenting lobbying, one of the only means a private citizen or group can influence the government. You are lamenting the power of private citizens, the “mechanism”, while reserving zero ire for the ones who accept bribes and draw up policy, the government.



There is no right that would be denied with ending socialism for the rich. It's a privilege, handed out while holding high hopes of increased efficiency via trickle down effects. And then it failed to deliver. Sure. From the oppressors standpoint equality might look like oppression, and I guess the oh-so-nobles felt the same as their usual fun with "primae noctis" had been taken from them, but I really couldn't care less about your crocodile tears for special treatment. Nice try though.


Primae noctis? Now we’re really travelling far back in time.

Sorry, but people are more wealthier, healthier, and happier than ever. It makes your insipid search for a socialist bogeyman all the more embarrassing.



posted on Jun, 19 2019 @ 10:25 AM
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Isn't giving military veterans cheques or deposits, able or other wise a form of socialism?

I mean they hardly worked...long enough for it to secure a pension if they become disabled or traumitzed from live action and to not land a job since most places don't hire killers or weapons, due to being over qualified or cheaper hiring someone else?

Idk, why can't they get normal job like normal people, where they should been dentists instead of chasing tv an it programming, an expect free things at the end?
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posted on Jun, 19 2019 @ 06:10 PM
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originally posted by: Specimen
Isn't giving military veterans cheques or deposits, able or other wise a form of socialism?

I mean they hardly worked...long enough for it to secure a pension if they become disabled or traumitzed from live action and to not land a job since most places don't hire killers or weapons, due to being over qualified or cheaper hiring someone else?

Idk, why can't they get normal job like normal people, where they should been dentists instead of chasing tv an it programming, an expect free things at the end?


Not at all. Those guys are getting a return for their blood sweat and tears. Some gave a little and some gave all. It is like when I work a job x amount of years and qualify for retirement benefits. I do not draw any money and am a Veteran. It is those who made it thru a War who really deserve our never ending love. Certainly, literally risking deadt elevates them to earlier retirement and their blood sacrifices as their part of this. Paid in full I say with tears in my own eyes as it hurts my heart the people are so hollow to not see the sacrifices made so we can all speak freely.

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posted on Jun, 19 2019 @ 06:59 PM
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You are lamenting the power of private citizens, the “mechanism”, while reserving zero ire for the ones who accept bribes and draw up policy, the government.


Impressive bogeyman right there, feel better now? So you simply glossed over big parts of the conversation in this thread? Great job, Steppen-Odysseus! Your hands are bound, I know.



Sorry, but people are more wealthier, healthier, and happier than ever. It makes your insipid search for a socialist bogeyman all the more embarrassing.


Everything is OK!



Thanks for the giggles, I guess?



posted on Jun, 19 2019 @ 08:21 PM
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Couldn't agree More.....
The Western World is heading back to 17th century.



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