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i'd like your comments on my post above. although i know you are trying to show that we are seeing signs of a fascist state, i just want you to understand the underlying implications of any resulting revolution. you may think it is to stop fascism, but ultimately, the race riots that follow such things don't end very well for the vast majority of the poor and middle class. in effect, we're being played like living chess pieces.
Originally posted by soficrow
Re: Class. You are right - the middle class is the machinery that fueled the system, and historically, they take the heat. You may find some solace in the fact that the middle class is now all but obliterated; most have joined the ranks of the 'poor' and likely won't be targeted despite their role in establishing this new regime.
However, millionaires are the 'new middle class'. And as we're seeing on this thread - most people don't get the difference between garden variety millionaire-billionaires and the uber-wealthy anonymous governing class.
Certainly there is an endless amount of corruption and greed among the rich but their are also many self made people who achieved what they have. I would suggest if people are feeling so controlled that they join the wealthy and become one themselves.
It's not hard and if you are not rich or not in the process of becoming wealthy you lack one of three things:
The hard work
People need to ask themselves which of those areas they are failing in and address that instead of shifting blame to those that have already made it.
John Munsell & A Trip To The Woodshed With The USDA
One day, a long, long time ago, Big John noticed something amiss. Contaminated meat was coming in the back door of his very small plant. “That’s not right,” he thought and called the authorities.
They arrived ready to right a wrong; after all, that was what they are paid to do, an earnest and dedicated group of men and women charged with safeguarding much of America’s food supply.
An inspector, armed with many official looking pieces of paper, looked Big John in the eye and said, “Assume the position!”
John was frisked. The authorities stopped just short of a full body cavity search. It was a very thorough exam.
“Wait,” protested Big John. “The meat came in with bad stuff already on it. I didn’t put it there. Go after the people who sent it to me!”
“Obviously you don’t understand the way we do things around here,” chuckled the inspector who was amused by Big John’s apparent naivety. “We found the bad stuff in your possession; therefore you have to be the bad guy.”
John was frisked again. This time, the authorities included a full body cavity search. It was VERY thorough exam...... SOURCE
Analysis of Financial Terrorism in America: Over 1 Million Deaths Annually, 62 Million People With Zero Net Worth, As the Economic Elite Make Off With $46 Trillion
…Despite increasing personal financial hardship, most Americans remain unaware of the economic world war currently unfolding. An all-pervasive corporate and government propaganda campaign has effectively obscured this blatant reality. After extensive analysis, it is evident that World War III is a war between the richest one-tenth of one percent of the global population and 99.9 percent of humanity. Or, as I have called it, The Economic Elite Vs. The People. This war has been a one-sided attack thus far. However, as we have seen throughout the world in recent months, the people are beginning to fight back. …
Within the United States, the technocratic suppression of the population has been extensive. Increasingly severe economic and governmental policies have systematically eroded civilian wealth, power and rights. Intensive propaganda has effectively distracted, confused, isolated, marginalized and divided the US population. Despite the success of these efforts thus far, given the severe, prolonged, unsustainable and escalating level of economic suffering, outbreaks of civil unrest are inevitable. The US population, if a critical mass is reached, represents the greatest threat to the Economic Elite. In this regard, the American people are their primary adversary.
Originally posted by soficrow
The estimated population of the United States is 311,106,549
so each citizen's share of this debt is $46,893.43.
Originally posted by soficrow
On a lighter note...
Ever wonder how wealthy people live? …Reality TV aside, we don't really know much. It's a different planet. But here are a few quick peeks.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Stupid
- Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst - the inspiration for Citizen Kane - built an enormous castle in California. The estate features 56 bedrooms, 41 fireplaces, 61 bathrooms, and 19 sitting rooms. The buildings total more than 90,000 square feet. [Take the online tour!]
- Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco, received widespread attention for his decadent lifestyle, which he funded in part from the coffers of the company he ran. For his wife’s 40th birthday, Kozlowski staged an extravagant $2 million party on the Italian island of Sardinia. The party featured a ice-sculpture of the Statue of David that pissed vodka. He charged the company half the bill for this orgy.
I would have pissed in the vodka statue if I was one of the help. HEHEHE!
If we took all of the money from the top tenth of one percent of the US population we could: 45,900,000,000,000 Pay off the entire US national debt. (14,600,000,000,000) Pay off ever single mortgage in the US. (10,000,000,000,000) Pay off all personal debt including Credit Cards (3,200,000,000,000) ====================== 18,100,000,000,000 Now... DEBT FREE every man, woman, and child would have: 18100000000000 / 311,106,549 ===================== $58,176
Originally posted by Partygirl
Is there anyone on ATS who falls in this category? There are likely to be a handful of wealthy posters here, statistically speaking, right? Maybe not billionaires but I'm sure there are a few millionaires.
I'd like to hear the opinions of ATS "elites" if they exist...which I think they do...if we can cut through the inevitable trolling that would be interesting to hear about.