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A "Davos" World In Which The 85 Richest People Have The Same Wealth As Half The World's Population

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There is something morbidly gruesome and ironic in having the world's wealthiest people, among them the presidents and central bank heads of the world's most "advanced" nations, as well as the CEOs of the biggest corporations, sitting down in Davos - a place where the press passes alone cost thousands of dollars - and discussing global inequality: the same inequality that their policies and principles are responsible for. It is even more morbid when one considers that according to a recent Oxfam report, one that will be used in Davos itself, the disparity in wealth between the haves and the have nots has reached absolutely record proportions, surpassing any previous inequality gaps seen before and during the Great Depression.

Which brings us to the topic of wealth.

By now everyone is familiar with the popular wealth pyramid, which shows that "29 million, or 0.6% of those with any actual assets under their name, own $87.4 trillion, or 39.3% of all global assets."

One can extend that rule of thumb to say that almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population, and seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years.

However, for the best visual of the disparity between the haves and the have nots we go to Oxfam once more, which just penned the soundbite of the day, and possibly, of the week for suddenly very bleeding-heart Davos:

That's right: "the 85 richest people own the same wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people" ... aka half the world's population.

Naturally this should come as no surprise: after all the past 5 years of this website have been, more than anything, a testament to the systematic theft, plunder and pillage of the global middle class by a small cabal of global financial oligarchs - those who have implicit control of the printing presses, who have the legal and legislative support of a few, actually make that all, corrupt and purchased politicians, who have merely made this wealth transfer from the poor, not so poor and modestly wealthy to the wealthiest, possible.

And not only possible, but the most rapid it has ever been in history.

The chart below from OxFam summarizes the unprecedented speed of wealth transfer going to the richest 1% courtesy of Bernanke et al's theft-enabling, and Congress-approved policies.

Some of the findings by Oxfam:

Given the scale of rising wealth concentrations, opportunity capture and unequal political representation are a serious and worrying trend. For instance:

  • The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.
  • Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population.
  • The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.
  • Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years.
  • The richest one percent increased their share of income in 24 out of 26 countries for which we have data between 1980 and 2012.
  • In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.

Oxfam's conclusions should be perfectly known in advance by anyone who has been following said systematic wealth plunder over the years:

Some economic inequality is essential to drive growth and progress, rewarding those with talent, hard earned skills, and the ambition to innovate and take entrepreneurial risks. However, the extreme levels of wealth concentration occurring today threaten to exclude hundreds of millions of people from realizing the benefits of their talents and hard work.


Extreme economic inequality is damaging and worrying for many reasons: it is morally questionable; it can have negative impacts on economic growth and poverty reduction; and it can multiply social problems. It compounds other inequalities, such as those between women and men. In many countries, extreme economic inequality is worrying because of the pernicious impact that wealth concentrations can have on equal political representation. When wealth captures government policymaking, the rules bend to favor the rich, often to the detriment of everyone else. The consequences include the erosion of democratic governance, the pulling apart of social cohesion, and the vanishing of equal opportunities for all. Unless bold political solutions are instituted to curb the influence of wealth on politics, governments will work for the interests of the rich, while economic and political inequalities continue to rise. As US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said, ‘We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we cannot have both.’


Oxfam is concerned that, left unchecked, the effects are potentially immutable, and will lead to ‘opportunity capture’ – in which the lowest tax rates, the best education, and the best healthcare are claimed by the children of the rich. This creates dynamic and mutually reinforcing cycles of advantage that are transmitted across generations.

It is this threat of a global revolution that suddenly has the panties of all the Davos participants in a bunch: because regardless of the amounts of cholesterol consumed over the past 5 years of epic wealth transfer, we are confident all of these individuals recall well what happened in France in 1789.

This also means that these unbelievably wealthy men and women will suddenly sit down and fight to undo all the legalized theft they have engaged in since the Lehman collapse, and instead fight for the common man.... The same common man, who would be shot on sight if seen walking through one of Davos' marble halls without credentials, by the specially trained army of guards protecting the world's if not best, then certainly wealthiest.

And just who are these kind-hearted Robin Hoods, who will gladly take from themselves and give to the poor? Here, courtesy of RanSquawk, is a very partial list of the people the world's poor should pray to tonight (and every other night):

President and Prime Ministers from the G20 countries who will address the Meeting include:

  • Tony Abbot, PM of Australia and 2014 Chair of the G20
  • Shinzo Abe, PM of Japan
  • David Cameron, PM of the UK
  • Enrico Letta, PM of Italy

Some of the leading public figures who will be participating in the 2014 Annual Meeting are:

  • Mark J. Carney, Governor of the Bank of England
  • Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank
  • Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan
  • Thomas J.  Jordan, Swiss National Bank
  • Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Jim Yong Kim, President, The World Bank, Washington DC
  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York
  • Jacob J. Lew, US Secretary of the Treasury
  • Olli Rehn, Vice-President, Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission
  • Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Shimon Peres, President of Israel

Some of the leading business figures who will be participating in the 2014 Annual Meeting are:

  • Lloyd Blankfein  - Goldman Sachs
  • Douglas Flint – HSBC Holdings
  • Antony Jenkins – Barclays
  • Laurence Fink – BlackRock
  • Christophe de Margerie – Total
  • Bob Dudley – BP
  • Klaus Kleinfeld – Alcoa
  • Doug McMillon – Wal - Mart
  • Marissa Mayer - Yahoo
  • Joe Kaeser - Siemens
  • Lakshmi Mittal – ArcelorMittal
  • Sir Martin Sorrel – WPP
  • Paul Bulxke - Nestle

Our advice to the disenfranchised and the poor around the globe hoping that any of the people listed above will do much if anything to help their plight: it will get worse... before it gets much worse.


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Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:17 | 4349115 Bangin7GramRocks
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Ayn Rand's bony corpse is fingering herself. The cream surely has risen to the top!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:30 | 4349151 Herd Redirectio...
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There's 85 people out there thinking:  "Yes, we can still double our wealth by stealing from the poor bastards in the 3rd world!  Low hanging fruit, FTW!"

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:32 | 4349159 Divided States ...
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Yeah and God says everyone was made equal....

maybe he meant equally poor and irrelevant...unless you belong to the tribe.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:35 | 4349171 outamyeffinway
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Mankind, putting words in the mouth of god for Aeons now....

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:43 | 4349208 Chuck Norris
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There's 85 people out there thinking "I'm on a boat Mother F##KER!"

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:52 | 4349232 Pladizow
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And where may I ask are the Rothscilds and Rockerfellas?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:06 | 4349293 superflex
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They, along with the Morgans, Lehmans, Lazirs, etc avoid the list for obvious reasons.

On a bright note, look at the lineup for the powwow.  Anybody have a spare SS-20 layin around?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:27 | 4349394 NoDebt
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Why's everyone griping about this?  They're working as fast as they can to gt the number down to 40 people having the same wealth as half the world's poulation.  And then 30, then 20 and finally, like in 'Highlander', "there can be only one" at which point the winner will be announced.

Jeez, guys, have some patience, would ya?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:49 | 4349465 Son of Loki
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Do the wealthy Chinese know something we don't?

A new report shows that 64 percent of Chinese millionaires have either emigrated or plan to emigrate—taking their spending and fortunes with them. The United States is their favorite destination.

The report from Hurun, a wealth research firm that focuses on China, said that one-third of China's super rich—or those worth $16 million or more—have already emigrated.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 03:38 | 4350836 AldousHuxley
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The wealthy have always been global and mobile.


change residency to low tax municipalities, bank account in multiple countries to diversify against political powers, homes in multiple exotic locations to spend their time depending on mood or need....



Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:51 | 4349473 James_Cole
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Too few opportune times to use this...

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:25 | 4349608 Anusocracy
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Dumb asses want government which, from its very beginning, has operated to enslave the masses.

Then the dumb asses complain because it happens.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 00:54 | 4350625 boogerbently
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.....names and information.

If THEY knew, WE knew........

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 03:40 | 4350842 AldousHuxley
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government is just a socially acceptable means of exercising power by proxy lawyers which we call politicians.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 01:45 | 4350703 suckerfishzilla
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something is wrong with the voating softwear.  An error occurs when I hit the voat up icon.  Real stuff man

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:32 | 4349300 negative rates
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The same occurance happened right at the dawn of the Emancipation Proclamation, had the slaves not gotten freedom, they would have revolted in a big way.

Now that the young have lost the war on financial emancipation, don't ask why things happen, just know that they do.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:04 | 4349286 Ignatius
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"the 85 richest people own the same wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people"

Sounds fair.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:30 | 4349409 Pure Evil
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Actually, the rich people own all the wealth, they just let the serfs think they hold some of it, but as we all know its really debt instruments called an FRNs.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 07:05 | 4351015 Cheduba
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This gave me chills with the truth of the extent of our slavery.  That is pure evil!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:47 | 4349215 Fortunate Fool
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Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few and yet Tyler Durden (whoever is behind that name) has no words strong enough to condemn the french "socialist" (oh the insult...) president for wanting to tax more heavily the wealthiest... Cognitive dissonance much?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:09 | 4349309 shepherd
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That's why mostly losers read this site. They don't even get the most glaring contradictions in their own world view. They are just sheep like people everywhere.

They believe Ayn Rand is white picket fence capitalism.

Idiots. The lot of them.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:16 | 4349343 James_Cole
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Talking about taxing the rich is a game the masters like to play for the peons, keeps the charade going. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:08 | 4349539 Herd Redirectio...
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Most people don't know the difference between income and wealth, so its a difficult discussion to have.

The WEALTHY have a lot of WEALTH, no one said they have lots of income.  You can tax income to prevent more (poor) people becoming wealthy, though.  A barrier to entry, if you will. 

I want the SUPER wealthy to be 'taxed', but I don't want that money going to the gov't.  Rather it should go to those it was stolen from.  That is justice.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:30 | 4349611 LetThemEatRand
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There it is in a nutshell.  Why this concept eludes most is beyond comprehension.  The wealth was stolen, most of it generations ago by sociopaths who wore crowns and/or sociopaths who consorted with them.  The spoils have been handed down for generations in a legal form of money laundering.     It was once called the right of Kings.  Now it is called inheritance.  The free market view espoused by most ZH readers will never work unless and until the wealth of Kings is taken back.  Then and only then could we have a level playing field in which merit could stand a chance on a society-wide basis.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:09 | 4349750 Oldwood
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How much did Blankfein and Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffet and all the rest of these guys inherit? I call bullshit. Just because you aren't inheriting anything you don't think anyone else should either. Do you ever get tired of living with envy? Government should have absolutely nothing to do with any kind of wealth or income tax, period. The concept always sounds good but it is the doing of it where the smell of shit becomes obvious. If taxation was such a good means of your beloved "equality of outcome" how come its worse now than before we had all these taxes? Just not enough, right? just a little more here and a lot more there, until we get it just right, right? Any rule of law which allows the discriminate theft of a persons property is fatally flawed and will take us to...well, here and now. Taxation and economic justice, another tool of corruption.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:15 | 4349778 udaman
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fuck you, dumbass!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:17 | 4349784 Oldwood
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You're welcome.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:11 | 4349761 Anusocracy
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What amazes me is all of the people who think that kings obtained ill-gotten wealth but that the modern day kings and their backers don't.

Theft is theft and that is the basis of government. You can call it something else, but it won't change what it is.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 23:11 | 4350390 Muppetrage
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Actually it's just everyone for themselves. The more ruthless you are the farther up you will go privately and politically. It's the chicken and the egg.
Believe whatever ism you want, in the end it's just people doing whatever is best for themselves.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 23:51 | 4350521 Anusocracy
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A very large percentage of the population is wired to be obedient to authority.

Those who are unscrupulous gravitate to government and use that obedience for their advantage - and the others' disadvantage. That's okay for the animal world but not in the so-called human world.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 00:51 | 4350617 Muppetrage
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I'.m not buying that. It's the same in business.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:15 | 4349774 Kirk2NCC1701
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Hence the saying from a French philosopher who said that the earth shall have no peace until the last monarch is hung by the entrails of the last priest.

The secular rulers and religious rulers have always been in cahoots. Dumb fucking sheep.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:47 | 4349894 Herd Redirectio...
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Indeed, and nowadays instead of a priest, they call you a "New York Times best-seller", economist, PhD, etc.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 23:04 | 4350362 Drifter
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Founders inferred we need a revolution every 20 yrs.  We haven't had one in 150 yrs.  That's the problem.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:32 | 4349628 Oldwood
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How about we make rules that prevent theft and punish those that do? Instead we would rather lump everyone who succeeds into the same basket. What we have is corruption that benefits those at the top the most but also bleeds down to the lower tiers, the ones who make and enforce the rules. Sometimes too many here sound more like sore losers than actually wanting to solve the problem and the problem isn't wealth, it is theft. And lets just look at where most of that theft occurs...the financial industries. That's right, the very commerce that so many here are into up to their necks, enabling these corrupt fucks to rob the rest of us blind. But NO, we would never think about reining in the blatant casino that has overtaken our economy. Hell, that's where the money is right? Easy money if you are a little smarter or quicker than the big boys. Its just a game until someone gets hurt, right? Our government is responsible for this corruption and they are profiting from our collapse. Just look at the growth in government. Who else has that kind of growth now? And for every fucking corrupt player that gets "caught" (fails to play along), they don't get jail time, they get fined, the cash going directly into the government coffers, not to the actual injured parties. Meanwhile they are agitating idiots out there with the blatant corruption and wealth and then presenting you with choices like, raising taxes on the rich, or wealth taxes on the rich or regulations on the rich industries, with ultimately all those costs coming back onto the consumers of the products and services we must buy. Warren Buffet could care less what they raise taxes to. Like with Obamacare, those on the short list of waivers and variances, are untouchable and will remain so. Its about corruption. Its about accountability and its not about giving government anymore power to tax anyone, because you know who will pay for it. We are playing at a crooked table and no amount of card shuffling or declarations will change it. The government IS the problem and until they are defanged, there is nothing else policy-wise we can do.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:41 | 4349634 LetThemEatRand
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So get rid of the elected government and let the descendants of Kings and their money changers keep their 1/2 of the world's wealth?  Yeah, that will end well.   Certainly the guys holding vast wealth will not use the power vacuum to raise massive private armies and rule over us and make the rules directly instead of by proxy.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:16 | 4349779 Oldwood
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Why do you want to ignore how they accumulated this vast wealth? If they stole it, punish them for it. If it is through corruption, do the same. But do not tax them, not for their crime but of their result, and expect anything but more of the same. After all, who do you think benefits from these increased taxes? You? Me? or is it just one of your "justice" things? How are all those fines (taxes) that Goldman and JPM paid playing out? They really looked like they have changed their ways and are suffering terribly for their misdeeds.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:15 | 4349959 LetThemEatRand
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How do you punish someone who inherited his wealth?   Punish the great great grandson for a crime he did not commit?  That is not a workable solution.  The only workable solution is to take back the wealth and call it the money laundering it is.  The money was taken by force by Kings and then handed down (legally) to descendants.    Your ideology prevents you from seeing the elephant in the room which is systemic wealth inequality that no free market could fix.  And the same goes for the Jamie Dimon's of the world.  They wrote the rules and paid politicians to pass them into law.  Under the law they wrote, what they did (much of the time) is legal, like the bank bailouts.  You can't prosecute a crime when the people who control the system classify it as legal.   Why do you think it's okay for these guys to redistribute wealth to themselves by force, but that it is somehow an affront to all that is good in the world to preach that we should take it back?  

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:17 | 4349785 Kirk2NCC1701
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The Golden Rule is that the guys with the gold and guns make the rules.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:19 | 4349795 Oldwood
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I have guns but no gold and my wife makes the rules.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:03 | 4349517 MieleBauknecht
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if you keep contradicting yourself, you are always right, one way or the other. ZH is a left brain/right brain thing,

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:05 | 4350155 GernB
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You seem to be assuming the current wealth inequality is a result of capitalism. That's a difficult argument to make when the US is so far from being capitalistic. Is the Fed buying trillions in US debt capitalism? That's a lot of money going to prop up a stock market that disproportionatly rewards those 85 richest people.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:49 | 4349223 Harbanger
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"Yeah and God says everyone was made equal...."

o no he ditten, what you heard was some progressive thinking he was God.  What he said was, you has to pay the piper.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:54 | 4349483 Watauga
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Jefferson, Lincoln, Supreme Courts, and many others have written or stated that men were "created equal," which was, depending on the writer or speaker, either a sincere intimation of their belief that God created all men equal "in spirit" or a deceitful and evil tool they used to enslave men.  I leave it to you to determine which ones used the concept for either purpose.

But here is the thing--Don't blame God for what men have done, even with the idea of God.  God did not give those 85 their wealth.  They took it.  Maybe some built it.  But in the end, they have it through their actions or the actions of their ancestors.  What God did was give those 85, and the 3.5B, and everyone in between, life.  And with life, He gave each of the billions who have ever lived the opportunity to know eternal life by accepting Him as their Lord, Creator, and Savior. Insofar as each and every man and woman has or has had the chance to accept God in their souls, then it is true that He created everyone equal.  Each of us has an equal chance of salvation by accepting God as our Savior.

The mistake, it seems to me, is that we are placing all value on the trillions of dollars in question.  This fleeting existence passes in the blink of an eye in eternity--not even a blink--in an instant within a blink.  Concern yourselves not with the money of the 85.  Concern yourselves with accepting Christ as your Savior and you shall know eternal life.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:09 | 4349523 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Is it possible for the comments on this site to go one day without mentioning god, just once, just fucking once.

You nuts have god on the brain. You Mericans have been well and truly indoctrinated, they got to you young didn't they and I don't mean got to you in a catholic priest type of way, I mean they got into your head.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:35 | 4349636 Oldwood
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We are kind of stuck between those who believe in a God and those who believe they are God. It is after all, all about "me".

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:47 | 4349885 Watauga
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Open your mind. Open your heart.  Open your soul.  You will receive His Grace if you do.  

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:53 | 4349913 Oldwood
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People don't want grace. They want money and for others to stop telling them they are doing it all wrong. You are just going to have to let God sort them out.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:14 | 4350193 chindit13
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Ten years ago about 300,000 people along the Indian Ocean coast opened their doors and found His Grace in the form of a tsunami.

When's the next election for His position?  That Master Plan is no better than QE.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 03:32 | 4350831 BringOnTheAsteroid
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You little devil, that's a piss take isn't it just to make me mad.

By the way, so god is a he, well fuck me. Who'd a thunk that the creator of the universe has a dick. I wonder what he looks like, would Christians be pissed off if he was black and had an Afro. Now that would be epic.

Parroting words and sentences like every good automaton before you. How do you open your soul for fucks sake. Does one have conscious control of their soul and if so isn't the soul really then the mind. Talking to 'the sun feels like a hug from Jesus' Christian is enough to do anyone's head in.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:40 | 4349181 Millivanilli
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Global wealth inequality is encouraged in no small part to trade pacts that allow multinationals to exploit an unlimited labor pool.   Now, how in the world can people vie for higher wages when there is ALWAYS someone who can do it for less?  Meanwhile, the psycopaths that drive these policies get exhorbinant compensation.   


On a seperate note, are we to believe that this inordinante wealth has no impact on representative democracies ?COUGH.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:42 | 4349203 Mr Pink
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What would these numbers look like if they included the Royal families and the Rothschilds?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:43 | 4349202 Scarlett
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Ayn Rand was against printing money

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:22 | 4349377 disabledvet
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well that's just it isn't it. "fraudulent conveyance." the whole thing is based upon debt...and these folks know "they're only as rich as entire municipalities and even States go bankrupt and Governments do nothing about it." Davos is an appropriate setting because Europe had no intention of helping anyone over there. Japan at least tried back in the 80's. Nothing amazes me more than that the policy makers in the USA actually did panic in my view that was the right thing to do. But don't kid yourself "this recovery has been brought to you by the Federal Government of the United States"...the Treasury Department in particular. These folks celebrating "snatching defeat from the Jaws of victory" strike me as being on the wrong side of History.

This was the last time real money ever existed in the USA: 5% interest on bonds backed by physical gold in the bank. These clowns are celebrating "1% interest rates" and "prattling on" about "wow! that was close!"

How easily people deceive to proclaim "times have changed."

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:22 | 4349378 WillyGroper
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She also cheated on her husband & was on the dole for her medical.

And that was before the parasites made it into an industrial complex.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:59 | 4349649 Oldwood
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So if Bernanke never cheats on his wife and is so rich that he never has to accept support from the government, does that make his theology superior? Rand was admittedly into for herself, sex and free money too. What's Bernanke's game and is it better? Devaluing the currency of savers and enriching his banker friends. Who exactly did Rand fuck over? You?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:22 | 4349803 Kirk2NCC1701
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A randy Rand? Cool.
If she was into wine, goys and song.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:40 | 4350056 WillyGroper
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Did I comment on Bernanke? No.

Did Rand's acolyte Greenspam print? Yes. 

Are we all affected by ctl P, yes.

Why Rand is made out to be some hero here is beyond me. Given her childhood, it's not hard to identify with many points made in her books. 

My point was she's a hypocrit.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 09:52 | 4351300 TheReplacement
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Read the book douchebag.  Capitalism does not work that way.  What you see isn't capitalism.  What you see is the top down system you and all the other douchebags want.  Well, this is it.  Stop your bitching you asshole.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:19 | 4349119 Dr. Engali
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What gets me is their ability to maintain this madness. How in the fuck can so few control so many?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:22 | 4349125 GVB
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Because so many (people) are so dumb. I agree, it also blows my mind..

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:28 | 4349142 kliguy38
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They are NOT the top of the pyramid........that's the secret......the very few at the very top maintain a command and control with compartmentalization and relative anonymity..........the simple statement of "who would eva believe you" helps play a role...........hehehehehhe........centuries of implementation also helps

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:53 | 4349234 Chupacabra-322
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It just goes to show you that in America an organized crime cabal is put in charge. They are a self serving total economic waste. Somebody has overthrown certain aspects of your government and they are flaunting their power over people of the world. America has grown very soft against the criminal elite, helping them to traffic weapons to known terrorists. It looks like the White House has lost all moral discretion and merely goes along with the criminal terrorizing of other soverign nations.

It is like they are being black-mailed by the banker cabal. They will take your freedoms and impose a communist Chinese like model to allow control freaks to lord-it-over you. But with these corrupt evil globalist power structures what can you do. Big government want to go around the world murdering people — that is how the sickos get off. They think they are god with their power to murder people. A world of freedom and harmony scares the war-demons and psychopaths.

They are supporting causes they are supposed to defend against. The Empire becomes a Zombie Monster, following a negative agenda against man on Earth. The government is out of control, if it even exists. America is being divided and conquered from within, by the global demons.

They merely represent a power structure of a Step Pyamid Model of Aurthority / Monarch Reign Pyamid Model of Authority which ultimately benefits the NWO Globalite who own the Economic, Educational, Religious and Political Systems which Enslave man.

Their system is one of Debt Bondage and Enslavement. The highly educated intelligent & wealthy owners of the world banking, media, military & major corporations are in control of the world political & economic policies, so morally it doesn't really matter. They deceive, wage wars, killing and impoverish millions of the other 99% human populations, for the New World Order to satisfy their greed & arrogance, all in the name of democracy, freedom & war on terrorism. Does it sound delusional? Not if you are the so called? "God" chosen white western elephants.

There can be no secular solution to a criminal Government, until after there is a moral solution to an immoral society. "And yet the people keep looking to the criminal government and the endless revolving door of egoistic candidates as if it is they who are going to bring about a moral solution. And if, I, for example, dare to intimate that maybe, just maybe, it's up to us, as individuals and a people, to bring about a moral solution, I am tagged by some as blaming the people, not the evil overloads. And thus, we sow and we reap.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:47 | 4349674 TeamDepends
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The top cop is probably never seen.

-Philip K. Dick

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:58 | 4349252 Chupacabra-322
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@ GVB,

Perhaps not dumb, well, some yes. Conned is more like it.

We are "Governed" into a Political, Educational, Religious & Economic UNITED STATES, CORP based on contract law which is based on Criminal Fraud, deceit & illusion.

The Private Corp UNITED STATES, CORP uses the cover of being a functional Government when in reality they are not. Much like the Criminal Federal Reserve uses The "Federal" in their name & use it as cover to give the illusion that they are a branch of the US Government when they are not.

Through bankruptcies, Criminal Contract Fraud & deceit the Charlatans have incrementally incorporated the US as well as your souls (birth cert) which are securitized via the Criminal Federal Reserve through to the IMF.

They're functioning off corporate version of the THE CONSTITUTION. It's the reason why The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate continues to lie, cheat, deceit, rape & pillage with impunity.

The only power the have over you is with CONSENT (Black Law's Dictionary). Pay no Taxes. Peaceful Non-Participation, Non-Compliance & being an accessory into their Criminal system/s based on Criminal Fraud, Debt Bondage & Enslavement.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:25 | 4349129 john39
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demons will do a lot for you, so long as you do their bidding.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:27 | 4349141 Herd Redirectio...
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I feel you are hitting very close to the mark here.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:43 | 4349206 max2205
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Long armored cars and planes and boats and hot tubs

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:09 | 4349307 superflex
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:48 | 4349221 john39
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>>close to mark

not sarcasm on my part.  they don't hide it really.  the signs are everywhere if you simply pay attention.   Of course, these people don't openly call their occult practices demon worship, that might actually wake up the sheeple.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:51 | 4349229 Skateboarder
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Choice cut for you fine folks.

Iron Cross - Demons

"Demons in my sleep, stealing all my dreams.
Vultures circle 'round me, waiting for their feast.
My life is a nightmare, life on earth is hell.
I die each alone, I pray, break this evil spell!"

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:25 | 4349135 i_call_you_my_base
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Deflection. Make people think the problem is your neighbor.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:27 | 4349140 Herd Redirectio...
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Experience, IMO.  All the different parts working together.  Divide and conquer.  The use of limited hangouts and controlled opposition (in use since Roman times).  They haved divvied up the secular power (politics and finance), spiritual power (media, religion, entertainment industry in general) and military power.

They know how to provide the appearance of choice, the appearance of international debate.  Control both (or all) sides.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:27 | 4349143 alangreedspank
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Mostly because the remaining 99% are oh so very statist one way or the other, which amounts to screwing themselves a handle in the back and securing those screws daily.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:28 | 4349145 Tao 4 the Show
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"...their ability to maintain this madness."

Large-scale organization requires hierarchy. Hierarchy requires control mechanisms. Anyone who figures out how to diddle the dials of the control mechanisms is able to "maintain this madness".

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:28 | 4349146 fonzannoon
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What gets me is they still have the confidence to get together in the same place every year without being concerned that the masses will swarm them zombie apocalypse style. I mean they are all there. All of them. But other than CNBC reporters hanging off their shlongs there is nothing to disturb them. 

Idiocracy. They won.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:31 | 4349154 alangreedspank
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Swarming or that new "Ow my balls!" episode... It's a real tough choice you know.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:35 | 4349169 Dr. Engali
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I was thinking the same thing. One well placed tactical nuke and a big portion of the planet's problems are solved.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:38 | 4349184 fonzannoon
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I'd settle for a naked streaker tripping and falling into Jamie Dimon's table and spilling hot tea on his nuts. Anything to see these fkers slightly uncomfortable. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:54 | 4349242 Dr. Engali
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I think it's funny to see what gets junked. On a long enough timeline everybody's sense of humor goes to zero.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:01 | 4349251 fonzannoon
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Yeah...tough crowd.

fuck it, I junked myself. Naked streaker is a bit repetitive. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:05 | 4349521 waterhorse
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I'd settle for some mad cow prions in every single serving of those bitches' filet mignons.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 05:32 | 4350923 Bearwagon
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We should not be stingy with a little money. Let's pass a hat, and everone throws in a few hundreds or thousands - for a nice Polonium-buffet! That would suit those goddamned assholes well! Be our guests!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:28 | 4349615 OC Sure
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It is the money printing system that needs to be defeated not those who are privy to it.

The money printing is the surreptitious means to their thievery.

Stop that and you shoot an arrow through the Kraken's mouth and into its brain. Everything else is just wrestling the tenacles.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:36 | 4349175 SDShack
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See the definition of a sociopath. Welcome to the New Feudal World Order.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:39 | 4349189 Confundido
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Because so many don't know a thing about money. Personally, I was 22 when I was shown on a blackboard that banks have a fractional reserve. I was a student of Economics back then and I didn't understand more than that. I graduated with honours. It was only as recently as 2011, when I first began to flirt with the notion that fractional reserve was fraud. By 2012, I had made up my mind. If this is my personal experience, I can't even begin to imagine how most people can understand what's going on.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:10 | 4349318 negative rates
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You should see the skeletons in the insurance closet.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:57 | 4350117 Vendetta
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I took economics as well however it struck me as mostly arbitrary and, in a word, whimsical.   Changed majors to engineering then got honors.  Big mistake was thinking that hard work, persistence, quality of work and ethics would get me somewhere meaningful.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:09 | 4349313 negative rates
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You are just simply out gunned, that's how.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:55 | 4349493 Occams_Chainsaw
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"Cuz they havn't got shit all over them....".

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:12 | 4349549 css1971
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Learned helplessness.

Which is funnily enough where I think the current trends in drones and AI biometric recognition will ironically be highly democratising.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:45 | 4349667 Oldwood
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Corruption from the highest levels to the basement. No one, not even the the unemployed wants the corruption ended as it might cut their 99 weeks short. We are all dependent on this charade as everyone with a job could potentially lose everything now if this thing tanks, and it would tank if the corruption ended. Bet your ass on that. It should have happened twenty years ago...farther back than that, and things would have been bad but survivable, but not so now. We are in the stage of desperation now, where we dare not proclaim the emperors nakedness, at least not publicly. Only under the cloak of anonymous blog banter.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:24 | 4349813 Kirk2NCC1701
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Doc, per Spock, "the logical answer is that they have no natural predators".

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:39 | 4349867 DFCtomm
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You could probably take care of them with a radiation cannon!!


Radiation cannon Bitchz!!!



Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:07 | 4349954 Xanadu_doo
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bread and circuses.

and unicorns and hopium.

and duck dynasty and amerikan idiot.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:46 | 4350303 U4 eee aaa
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Because they have a management structure. Managers are paid just enough that they crack the whip for fear of losing the premium they get to keep everyone else in line

That is what it is like a most businesses. The boss calls the shots but if things get unruly, the 'barrier' rolls out (in the form of management control) and breaks down the spot fires one by one. The only danger they face is if everyone rises up at the same time and they refuse to back down when ordered. Because so many people are in hock and dependent on their jobs, no one wants to rock the boat.

There is a reason they try to get us all in hock. It serves as a sword over our heads. That is why the first thing I counsel people to do is get out of debt. If they buckle at the thought of that, I know that they are not serious about 'taking it to the man'

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 09:57 | 4351321 TheReplacement
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I tell my wife stuff like this and she looks at me with that loving, "Are you done yet?" look.  I think part of it is that the numbers are so big people just can't comprehend them.  They also don't see a direct cause and effect.  We still go to work.  We still pay taxes.  Prices go up or quantity goes down.  Same as it ever was.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:23 | 4349124 Stuck on Zero
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Only the 1% are invited?


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:59 | 4350127 Vendetta
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some of their court jesters are invited

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:22 | 4349126 kaiserhoff
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If I had the money to keep the fuel tanks filled on that yacht,

I would sit on my ass, and never even pretend to work, ever again.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:50 | 4349228 fijisailor
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If you had the money to fill the tanks you'd be the captain and you'd be paid about $200k per yr to drive that thing around to different ports all over the world so the owner can fly in and spend a few days of hard to get freedom.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:24 | 4349128 order66
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Long Bilderberg


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:46 | 4349212 Ratscam
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Bilderberg St. Moritz meeting was in 2011, one valley apart from davos and except the 300 protesters nobody seemed to care, obviously not the press.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:57 | 4349923 bilejones
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The Grauniad has started to cover Bildergerg.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:01 | 4350133 Vendetta
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there is a press somewhere?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 05:37 | 4350924 Bearwagon
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Yes! It is a printing press!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:25 | 4349132 Magnix
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Well, the poor people will be better off living outdoor than the rich when the world economy collapes.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:55 | 4350336 bilejones
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I've got the land and the guns.

The poor will starve before the can walk here................

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:27 | 4349139 shepherd
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So, now we have to hate capitalism again?


Can you guys for once figure out, what you want?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:37 | 4349177 FuzzyDunlop21
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But how many of these people actually acquired their wealth through hard work, innovation, and developing well-needed and desired products? Even those that did have a good idea (like the Walton's idea of having people buy in bulk for cheaper) receive massive amounts of support (in this case, through most of their customers using EBT cards). So again, its just wealth redistribution. We dont need to harass all these 85 people. They are just taking advantage of a system that was designed to be taken advantage of. But lets not pretend they are all great champions of capitalism, because they aren't.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:47 | 4349218 shepherd
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The free market does not care how you aquire wealth. Do you guys not care about your inherent contradictions?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:14 | 4349455 Dr. Engali
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You are right. The market doesn't give a shit about how wealth is acquired. The market is is ruthless. There are winners and there are losers, but there is no better system to lift all boats than real capitalism.

Edit... By the way, do you believe that there is any system that gives a shit about you? I can tell you that they don't.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:21 | 4349709 Oldwood
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If that were true we wouldn't be where we are at now. The market is not just ruthless, it is greedy and will acquire its wealth from corruption just as fast, if not faster than it does from commerce. The vast majority of those who hold these huge stores of wealth are in the same business, financials. Even manufacturers and service companies are making their money from financial manipulations more than actual product or service. They have built a world wide casino and everyone who is anyone is in it and generally running it. Productive behaviors or leached onto for the purpose of creating financial instruments, mattering not what they are or even if they are viable. And none of it would be possible without the little people. The investors, seeking safety for their savings or a fast buck from a lucrative transaction. Those looking for an easy dollar by buying low and selling high to some fool, or is it muppet out there unwittingly trying to accomplish the same thing. No, they get to the top only with our help. Ignore the fraud and theft in the hopes that maybe, just some of it will rub off.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:56 | 4349881 DFCtomm
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So what system is free from the tyranny of greed? This is why the left always ends up being led by a snake oil salesman sitting on a pile of corpses. They believe they can do something about greed. They are as naive as children.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:04 | 4349941 Oldwood
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The only thing you can do is eliminate the fertile ground that centralized power provides. We can hope for clear and concise laws that everyone can understand without a NY lawyer and transparency and accountability. But large centralized powers conceal corruption and prevent transparency. When I think about the common thread to all government employees, be they trash collectors or the president, the one thing I see is the avoidance of any accountability. Layers upon layers of bureaucracy blurring the lines of responsibility and the risk of ever having to take the blame for anything. Anyone who has ever tried to run a business understands the key to success is people doing their job and taking responsibility for the results. Concentrated power builds walls of defense and uses corruption to buy the loyalty of those willing to do their bidding. It is ultimately doomed because corruption is a cancer and even though it can have some amazing growth rates, it almost always kills it host.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 23:47 | 4350505 RebelDevil
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One that is without money - because money is the incentive for economic greed.
Does anyone see how much work needs to be done in coming up with new economic systems?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:05 | 4349524 Raging Debate
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OK Shepherd, Ill bite. So suppose I say no, it shouldnt matter where wealth comes from. Does that grant me permission to show up at your house and rob you?

We all know wealth concentrates with capitalism. When it fails if the failures are bailed out by robbing the people that becomes fascism. Do you have a counter argument?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:37 | 4349179 Cannon Fodder
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Capitalism (in my view, seeking an honest profit from an honest product) is not the same as criminal greed....

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:58 | 4349209 shepherd
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You guys have no idea what capitlism is. Your idea of capitalism is people with wealth of up to 500k. Let me tell you real capitalism just starts there. And this is the result.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:03 | 4349267 Dr. Engali
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This has to qualify as one of the more ridiculous comments that I have read. Who are you to say what another person's understanding of capitalism is, let alone a group of people? For your information real capitalism can destroy wealth as quickly as it can form it. Cronyism protects wealth regardless of the circumstance.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:04 | 4349277 shepherd
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So wealth inequality does not exist in capitalism?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:13 | 4349319 Dr. Engali
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Wealth inequality exists in all forms of "isms". That's life, and it will never change. Having said that if we had a capitalist system almost every institution would have been torn down in 2008. If we had a capitalists system the federal reserve would not issuing authority over our currency, and control over our economy. By having power over our currency they get to decide who thrives and who dies instead of the market.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:00 | 4349696 Acet
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I'm sorry but your argument is following the same logic as the "if people weren't as they are it would work" argument about Communism.

In Capitalism, those with the most capital soon find out that buying the political and legal systems is the best way to increase their capital accumulation rate, so they do so. Not only that, but in any system were greed is celebrated, those who have the political and legal power are far more willing to be bought. The more the capital concentrates, the more and more easilly it buys the arbitrers of the system, concentrating capital even faster, in a vicious cycle. The result is that pure Capitalism naturally decays to Corporatism/Fascism.

Just like Communism doesn't work because people are selfish, so Capitalism doesn't work because the arbitrers of the system (the holders of political and legal power) are selfish and hence corruptible.


What we have now is either Capitalism in its later stages or is the state a Capitalist system naturally decays to.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:29 | 4349834 Oldwood
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Buying government favor would not be nearly as easy if it were not for the fact that government has crawled up business's asses so far that they are indistinguishable from one another. If Government was hands off of business the "associations" between business and government would be much harder to conceal. We have a "Citizens United" decision largely because our government taxes these businesses as an entity and finds difficulty in deny them the rights of a tax paying entity. Taxation without representation. Government should farther from business than it is from church.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:16 | 4349341 nmewn
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The term "wealth inequality" assumes everyone can (or should) have the same amount of wealth, so its a bullshit socialist turn of phrase to begin with.

Doc is talking about using the state (cronysim) to gain ones wealth, add to it or protect it after in essence, stealing it through the act of cronyism, not earning ones wealth via the risk of capitalism.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:14 | 4349466 falak pema
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the premise that wealth can exist  without legal power; aka state; is absurd in history. 

You are the state de facto when you have the most wealth and can keep it without being challenged.

Crony capitalism is the signature song of all people who understand that keeping wealth is more difficult than winning it. Thats how nations were built based on "crony" rules of "I scratch your back if you anoint me divine king", foundation of feudalism now re-appearing again in Davos. 

Possession is/was nine tenths of the law; the other tenth was provided by Pope/shaman/legislator/Chief Judge.

No such thing as free capitalism outside state boundaries in a nation state construct.

How that wealth is shared is a question of legislative rules and balance of power between the Nation; represented by its elected, and the individual entrepreneur.

The latter's cause is never superior to that of the nation in the face of law. 

The pioneer age is over, if it ever existed, other than in tinsel town. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:39 | 4349865 Oldwood
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I'm not convinced the pioneer age isn't coming back. I'm not hoping for it but if this shit unwinds, pioneer life could be the "good old days". It will closer to Zombie Land. What will we do when all the Ding Dongs are gone?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:58 | 4349926 DFCtomm
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Actually a real pioneer age would solve a lot of our problems. We need to colonize Mars.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:35 | 4349851 DFCtomm
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When did greed become a crime?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:05 | 4350157 Vendetta
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After it kills the innocent to feed itself

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 09:27 | 4351183 DFCtomm
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This is the kind of feel good garbage that is destroying us. Greed doesn't kill anybody. People kill people and you shouldn't let them off the hook because you want to blame some nebelous evil called greed. It makes the perfect scapegoat.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:38 | 4349185 Dr. Engali
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Capitalism doesn't have a damn thing to do with this, cronyism does. Learn the difference.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:39 | 4349191 shepherd
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Biggest bullshit ever.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:02 | 4349271 shepherd
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Is Carlos Slim not the result of capitalism? Of course he is.

Is Bill Gates not the result of capitalism ? Of course he is.

Is Li Ka-shing not the result of capitalism? Of course he is.

You guys are so full of shit, it's astonishing.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:29 | 4349407 fonzannoon
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Here ya go Shepherd.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:40 | 4349435 teolawki
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By your logic: All crows are birds, therefore all birds are crows.

Your logic is fundamentally flawed and your premise is patently false. You sir are the one full of shit.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:33 | 4349846 Oldwood
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So everyone who has money has it as a result of capitalism. Theft, fraud, decite, manipulation, corruption, violence, talent, skill, hard work, diligence, are all equal and of the same "ism" for you.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:31 | 4349627 OC Sure
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Capitalism has not yet been established.

Please take this tour if you would like to know what it is:

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:32 | 4349156 fijisailor
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Simple.  Money doesn't buy happiness.  How much does a person really need?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:32 | 4349162 fonzannoon
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Give me 5 mil and I will never ask for another thing.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:35 | 4349168 fijisailor
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So then you will be happier than today?  I'll bet you're happier after getting laid.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:36 | 4349176 fonzannoon
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would i get laid more or less if I had 5 mil?

Is this a real offer? We can talk offline.....

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:39 | 4349186 fijisailor
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Depends on if you think you can get laid virtually or not.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:40 | 4349196 fonzannoon
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If I could I would have already.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:42 | 4349204 DaveA
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Five million bucks pays for a lot of lays.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:47 | 4349217 shutdown
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About a half million of 'em in the growing list of ghettoed-up US cities. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:06 | 4349236 fijisailor
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Quality, not quantity.  Quantity leads to parasitic infections.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:53 | 4349909 SilverRhino
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IF you want that kind of quantity with a bit of quality .... say hello to East Asia.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:51 | 4349230 RafterManFMJ
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Give me a few years Fonz and I might be able to give you a few 100 Trillion Dollar Bills.

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