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Originally posted by thehoneycomb
reply to post by Sci-Fi_entist
I am failing to see where any of the greedy capitalists have broken any laws and who exactly and what crimes did they commit.
Madoff pleaded guilty to charges including fraud, perjury and money-laundering.
One-time hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam may get the longest prison sentence to date for insider trading, sending a harsh warning to anyone else who considers becoming a master of trading on confidential information.
A former investment manager known as Wall Street's "bad boy" was convicted Tuesday of defrauding U.S. and European investors of $140 million, promising them rich returns while blowing their money on a lifestyle that included private jets, home renovations, prostitutes, strippers and classy London hotels.
Zvi Goffer. A stock trader dubbed the Octopussy because he reached for so much inside information was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison by a judge who said a harsh punishment was necessary because insider trading is so difficult to detect.
The 34-year-old Mr. Goffer told the judge in a pre-sentencing letter that he now realizes he had warped perceptions of “survival of the fittest.” He said “everyone is doing it” is not a good excuse for doing wrong. Mr. Goffer was among more than two dozen people convicted in what prosecutors called the biggest hedge fund insider trading case in history.
lobbyists often sway legislative decisions away from what benefits the average citizen, to what benefits the large corporations for whom they are lobbying.
Madoff was a prominent philanthropist, who served on boards of nonprofit institutions—many of which entrusted his firm with their endowments. The collapse and freeze of his personal assets and those of his firm affected businesses, charities, and foundations around the world, including the Chais Family Foundation, the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, the Picower Foundation, and the JEHT Foundation which were forced to close. Madoff donated approximately $6 million to lymphoma research after his son Andrew was diagnosed with the disease. He and his wife gave over $230,000 to political causes since 1991, with the bulk going to the Democratic Party.
According to the Federal Election Commission, Rajaratnam has made over $118,000 in political contributions in the past five years. He has also contributed to the Democratic National Committee and various campaigns on behalf of Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Charles Schumer, and Robert Menendez.
Originally posted by thehoneycomb
reply to post by newcovenant
So are you implying that the 1% that you are fighting against are the uber wealthy that use their money to influence the rest of the world like the Rockefellers and Rothschilds for instance?
Originally posted by cry93
I am the 1% because of my spirit.
Originally posted by thehoneycomb
reply to post by MentalGiant
Actually you are missing the point completely.
The only 1% that are raping the poor in the country is the radical left and the labor unions.
Guess what, I can't find work because I am not a member of a labor union, but I refuse to stoop to that level.
A single-party state, one-party system or single-party system is a type of party system government in which a single political party forms the government and no other parties are permitted to run candidates for election. Sometimes the term de facto single-party state is used to describe a dominant-party system where laws or practices prevent the opposition from legally getting power.
Some single party states only outlaw opposition parties, while allowing subordinate allied parties to exist as part of a permanent coalition such as a popular front. Within their own countries, dominant parties ruling over single-party states are often referred to simply as the Party. For example, in reference to the Soviet Union, the Party meant the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; in reference to the former People's Republic of Poland it referred to the Polish United Workers' Party.
Some one-party states may allow non-party members to run for legislative seats, as was the case with Taiwan's Tangwai movement in the 1970s and 1980s. Other single-party states may allow limited participation by approved minor parties, such as the People's Republic of China under the United Front, or the National Front in former East Germany.
Most single-party states have been ruled either by parties following Leninism, or by parties following some type of nationalist or fascist ideology, or parties that came to power in the wake of independence from colonial rule. One-party systems often arise from decolonization because one party has had an overwhelmingly dominant role in liberation or in independence struggles. Not all authoritarian states and dictatorships operate based on single-party rule. Some, especially absolute monarchies and certain military dictatorships, have made all political parties illegal.
Where the ruling party subscribes to a form of Marxism-Leninism, the one-party state system is usually called a communist state, though such states do not use that term to describe themselves, adopting instead the title of people's republic, socialist republic or democratic republic. One peculiar example is Cuba, where the role of the Communist Party is enshrined in the constitution, and no party is permitted to campaign or run candidates for election, including the Communist party. Candidates are elected on an individual referendum basis without formal party involvement, though elected assemblies predominantly consist of members of the dominant party alongside non-affiliated candidates.
Free and Fair Elections
The Socialist Party stands for political activity independent of the two major corporate parties. We view electoral activity as an important component of the struggle for fundamental social change. Participation as socialists in local, state, and national elections is a valuable way to clarify our position on a wide range of issues, of broadly disseminating our principles and programs, and of asserting and reaffirming our commitment to the democratic process. We believe that capitalism is fundamentally incompatible with democracy and that true democracy can only be achieved with society’s transformation to socialism.
We support the public financing of candidates for public office as long as this funding extends to the candidates of alternative political parties.
We call for strict limits on the use of personal funds in elections, either for one's own campaign or for that of another candidate.
We oppose representation based on anything other than population.
We support the introduction of proportional representation at every level of government.
We call for uniform ballot access laws for all states that give all political parties a chance to have their candidates on the ballot.
We call for the closing of the loophole sanctioned by the Supreme Court which allows candidates to spend an unlimited sum of their personal wealth on their own campaigns.
We call for the elimination of the Electoral College and support instant run-off voting of all elected officials.
We stand opposed to the disenfranchising of any U.S. citizen by the federal, state, or local government.
We demand greater access to media for all political parties and free, equal access to all forms of mass media for all candidates
We call for full representation for the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, all Native American reservations, and the District of Columbia.
We call for the restoration of the right to vote for all citizens incarcerated in jails and prisons
We call for a mandatory paper trail of all votes to allow for recounts and verification.
The Socialist Party recognizes the right of all people to equal treatment under the law, and to a humane criminal sanction system based on prevention, mediation, restitution, and rehabilitation rather than on vengeance, forced labor, and profits for the prison-industrial complex.
We call for free, quality, legal and court services with skilled and experienced attorneys of choice for all.
We call for prosecution of the criminal activities of politicians, corporate managers, and other privileged individuals, rather than the over-emphasis on minor infractions by working class people and for a sliding scale of fines based on income
We call for the expansion of community release programs and other alternatives to prisons, and for a moratorium on new prison construction.
We call for support services for prisoners and prisoners' families to reduce ostracism, maintain family ties, and provide for non-degrading visitation policies.
We call for the immediate closure of all “Supermax” prisons and abolition of “prisons for profit”.
We call for the abolition of prison labor for profit, forced labor (“chain gangs”) and the use of prison labor to perform state services.
We call for the right of prisoners to organize unions and cooperative groups to negotiate for better living conditions
[h1]We call for the immediate establishment of completely independent and democratically elected police control and oversight councils, with full power to fire police and to arrest, detain, and indict police officers who brutalize or abuse people or who commit any violation of laws or civil rights and liberties.[/h1]
We call for the ultimate replacement of the police with community residents trained in conflict resolution who live in and serve the community under community control.
We call for community response services for crime victims, including the establishment of crisis centers and shelters for victims of domestic violence, spousal and child abuse, and rape and incest.
We support federal buyout programs for arms, federal safety standards and licensing for arms, and community-based public training for gun owners.
We call for the decriminalization of drug use and the regulation of narcotics by doctors through the use of prescriptions rather than by the criminal justice system.
We call for the redirection of funds spent on the "war on drugs" to comprehensive community-based, client-controlled rehabilitation programs.
We call for the abolition of the death penalty.
I think what I am fighting for is liberty from a 2 party system where in there is only the illusion of democracy. Our constitution makes it very clear the people may dissolve any system that does not favor them and honor their wishes EXCLUSIVE to any other agenda be that of the wealthy, the lobbyists, politicians judges or corporations. An individual American has as much right as any one or group of them and people are fighting to retain at least those privileges amongst all those other competing groups.