Inequality In America: The Richest 20 Own More Wealth Than Half The Population

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By Eric Zuesse, author of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  Christ's Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity.

Inequality in America, the Fish that Rots from the Head

Inequality of wealth is inequality of power. A study just released finds that "America’s 20 wealthiest people — a group that could fit comfortably in one single Gulfstream G650 luxury jet — now own more wealth than the bottom half of the American population combined, a total of 152 million people in 57 million households.” How much political power do the people who would be inside that jet — and their friends — actually have?

The first-ever thorough scientific and academic study of whether the U.S. is a democracy was published in 2014, and it finds, as an overwhelming statistically established fact now, that the U.S. definitely is not a democracy. This landmark study, by Gilens and Page, finds that, "When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

Conservatives tried to deny the very meaning of this study by saying such things as that “America is a republic, not a democracy,” but they were just trying to distract from the findings, which are: the U.S. is a dictatorship, not  a democracy. A republic is simply another word for a “democracy.” Every democratic nation functions by means of elected representatives. So what? The “republic” matter is raised only to distract away from the reality, not in order to understand  the reality.

No matter how much the conservatives try to cheat or lie their way out of the reality, America is a dictatorship. There is simply no getting around the fact: America is a dictatorship, by and for the richest. The landmark Gilens-and-Page study found the elected representatives in America don’t actually represent the public nearly so much as they represent the people who finance the political campaigns that sucker the voters to vote for the aristocracy’s preferred candidates. America’s reality is rule by the richest, rule by the people who finance those TV commercials and political operatives who make a political winner a political winner in this republic of the richest, this government of the people, by the super-rich, for the super-rich, who make the actual decisions about which candidates will have a chance to win, and which won’t.

Just the way that the Grand Ayatollah in Iran chooses which candidates there will have a chance to win the Presidency, etc., America’s few super-rich here choose which candidates will have a chance to win the Presidency etc., and which won’t. In Iran, the Grand Ayatollah is chosen by, and serves, the mullahs; and, in America, the Party chiefs etc., are chosen by, and serve, the super-rich.

In America, the aristocracy wanted Saddam Hussein removed and replaced in Iraq, “regime change in Iraq”; so, it was done — the public were suckered into supporting an invasion (and then into re-‘electing’ the man who did it).

There is no accountability for the aristocracy’s agents (such as President Bush, or President Obama). None were prosecuted for the tortures and murders and destruction that were done to Iraq, and for the trillions of U.S. taxpayer dollars that were spent by us to perpetrate that destruction of Iraq.

America’s aristocrats and their agents call America ‘the opportunity society.’ (Read all about it there, from Obama, and also from self-acknowledged  Republicans. But, of course, Obama is playing the ‘good cop,’ to their “bad.” The man who was Obama’s chief economist, Larry Summers, does the same. Their propaganda-line sounds as if it comes from central headquarters.) As if equality of opportunity can actually rise while inequality of wealth is rising. It can’t really happen. The PR line is only for fools. The aristocracy enjoys playing the public for suckers. How else could the aristocracy continue to exploit the public? How much longer can  it continue?

Ron Fournier headlined in National Journal  on Thursday December 2nd, "The Fish Rots From the Head in Chicago,” and he opened:

Pres­id­ent Obama needs to mail Rahm Emanuel a dead fish in a box. Hil­lary Clin­ton should de­liv­er it. For the in­teg­rity of the party that rep­res­ents a vast ma­jor­ity of black voters, Demo­crat­ic lead­ers every­where need to send the Chica­go may­or a mes­sage: You’re dead to us.

 

A long­time lieu­ten­ant for the Clin­ton fam­ily and former chief of staff in the Obama White House, Emanuel nev­er hes­it­ated to muscle weak or dis­loy­al Demo­crats out of power. It’s time to flip the script on the en­for­cer nick­named “Rahmbo.”

 

Emanuel once sent a poll­ster who was late de­liv­er­ing a sur­vey res­ult a dead fish in a box. The night Bill Clin­ton won the 1992 pres­id­en­tial elec­tion, his aides were cel­eb­rat­ing around a pic­nic table when Emanuel picked up a knife and shouted the names of politi­cians who had “f****ed us.” After each name, Emanuel de­clared, “Dead man!”

 

I’ve got noth­ing against Emanuel. I’ve known him since 1992 and be­nefited from his stra­tegic leaks in the Clin­ton White House. And I know this: Emanuel epi­tom­izes a brand of polit­ics that puts loy­alty and elect­or­al suc­cess above all else. He was edu­cated in the school of Clin­ton, where the ends jus­ti­fy the means, and ruled the Obama White House when it ca­pit­u­lated to the cul­ture of Wash­ing­ton that his boss had vowed to fight.

Then, Fournier summarized the lengths that the Emanuel Administration went to cover up their murder of this Black — for which cover-up they charged Chicago’s taxpayers $5 million.

Obama himself has been the biggest cover-upper of American corruption. He refused to prosecute Bush, Cheney, the banksters, the torturers, etc. He lied by saying “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” and the U.N. called him on it. (Aristocrats don’t mind that; the U.N. has no teeth; and aristocrats own the ‘news’ media, so America’s public won’t know anyway.) This is how the aristocracy works. It is non-partisan. Most aristocrats are right-wing, but some are left-wing; and, yet, when it’s the aristocracy versus the public, the aristocracy are united — and the public get conned worse than ever. For example, the U.S. aristocracy were united not only on seizing Ukraine, but in slaughtering Ukrainians who rejected the seizure. America’s elite Brookings Institution even urged the U.S. government to step up the slaughter. The U.S. line was that the victims there were simply ‘terrorists,’ or ‘pro-Russians.’ They were actually the residents of the areas that had voted overwhelmingly for the democratically elected Ukrainian President whom the U.S. aristocracy overthrew. The American aristocracy said he was “corrupt.” So were all other recent Ukrainian Presidents — but the U.S. ‘news’ media politely avoided mentioning that fact. And Ukraine now is more corrupt than ever — and a lot more in debt: bankrupt.

When the American government is prosecuting a blue-collar crook, it doesn’t “look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” but, when prosecuting a white-collar crook, especially if that’s an aristocrat, then, for some mysterious reason, it does. “Looking backward” is only for blue-collar crimes — the type of crimes that the aristocracy want to be prosecuted, because that type isn’t the aristocracy’s specialty (which is generally fraud). What ‘justice’ is this? It’s ‘justice’ to fool suckers.

The fish rots from the head, in Washington.

No matter, Republican or Democrat, the American public’s Commander-in-Chief is the American aristocracy's Commander-in-Cheat. He or she is the head, in Washington, and it smells much the same, either way: like rotten fish.

Said one American Judge, in issuing his verdict:

Today’s reality is that the voices of “we the people” are too often drowned out by the few who have great resources. And when the fundraising cycle slows (it never stops), lobbyists take over in a continuing attempt to gain influence over and access to elected officials.

 

This is not a left or right, liberal or conservative analysis, but all the points on the political spectrum are increasingly involved in shaping this country’s political agenda. In today’s neverending cycle of campaigning and lobbying; lobbying and campaigning, elected officials know where their money is coming from and that it must keep coming if they are to stay in office. Ordinary citizens recognize this; they know what is going on; they know they are not being included. …

 

The Court is bound, however, to follow the Supreme Court and Second Circuit's clear guidance. Accordingly, the Court holds that the limitations contained in New York Election Laws §§ 14-114(8) and 14-126, as applied to independent expenditure-only organizations, cannot prevent quid pro quo corruption.

Of course, those higher-court ‘Justices’ had themselves been appointed by corrupt federal officials, including U.S. Presidents. The U.S. aristocracy holds iron control.

And, so, the fish keeps stinking, and the aristocracy keep lying and pretending that America is a ‘democracy.’ And the public are told that the only problem is inequality of opportunity, not inequality of wealth — no matter how enormous that inequality of wealth is. After all, there’s a self-sustaining aspect to any aristocracy. Their children even get “legacy admissions” into the elite’s colleges. So: the more extreme the wealth-concentration is, the more-extreme it will be in the future. But, no matter: “America is the land of the self-made man.”

And the suckers keep on believing it. People just get accustomed to the smell. The preachers tell them that it’s somehow ‘the will of God,’ and so must be ultimately good. The preachers and teachers know where their money is coming from, too. And, if it’s not coming from the right people, there won’t be much of that sweet smell to cover over the fish-stench. So: worshipping The Almighty is taught — even though it actually means ‘Might makes right’ (which everyone knows to be wrong).

So: everybody does what he must do to “go along to get along” — with “the right people,” of course.

And this is called ‘the free market,’ and ‘democracy,’ though it’s neither. It is, instead, as bad as it smells, even if its direct victims, such as Iraq and Ukraine (just to mention two nations that America’s aristocracy destroyed), smell even worse.

If you want to know how bad and how scary it really is, see the documentary on the Edward Snowden case, Citizen 4;  but, even that documentary pulled its punch by limiting to only a single enigmatic sentence its bare reference to the international aristocracy behind it all, whose agents are stealing the public’s freedoms, in order to expand those aristocrats’ now-unprecendentedly sophisticated network of control over the publics throughout the world. It’s no longer just government, and the press, and the ‘intelligence’ agencies, and the military and the police. This is no longer science fiction — it is control over the mass-public, the termination of democracy, in all but name. It is already, and frighteningly, science-fact. This is why the last American President before our new system started to become instituted, Jimmy Carter, recently despaired in public, that America has become a dictatorship. And this is an increasingly global dictatorship. It’s where the global fish-head stinks the worst.

Not to expose it is to hide it — to become part of what promotes the stench, not part of what would reverse the rot that causes it.

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Looney's picture

Free Warren Buffett!!!  ;-)

Looney

drendebe10's picture

All enabled by the corrupt illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker & the equally corrupt elected career political turds.  Off with all of their heads.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

How much political power do the people who would be inside that jet — and their friends — actually have?

All of it.

"I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating."

 

                                            - Boss Tweed

two hoots's picture

Limit wealth to $10M, anything over goes, NOT to the government, must stay in country.....more to follow.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

I dislike your solution, as socialism always leads to starvation.

Consider the simple solution of sortition.

One year term limits, and make bribery of a politician punishable by public hanging, for both parties, the following Saturday.

-.-'s picture

The statistical mathematics involved with forecasting the future gains of the top twenty wealthiest Americans, merely based upon their principal wealth (total asset value) and the available options to politcally allocate those funds, is what truly concerns me.

 

That is to say, I watch with love and concern as the 'creation' of fututre funds, so to speak, will have better odds of having been captured, invested, and reinvested by the wealthiest twenty (or ten, or thirty, or what have you) vis-á-vis the new base population participants (the new kids on the block). However, it is only fair to say that this outcome is greatly dependent on the notion that, ceteris perebis, We do nothing.

 

Manthong's picture

I would be for huge progressive taxes on income and wealth over a couple $10 million or so but I don’t trust the people who collect the money any more than I trust the less than one percent who are stealing the money.

Stuck on Zero's picture

If Americans wanted to they could eliminate the power of the Gang of 20 in a day without bloodshed. Simply empty their bank accounts and buy PMs. Fiat currency is the source of power of this group.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  I think you will find mpst of them would have a hard time coming up with more than a few mil (if that much) in fiat paper. Their wealth is on computers as 1s and 0s.

The Pope's picture

So I suppose Zuckerberg is on that TOP 20 list & what was it again that he was up to last week? No agenda here, NONE WHATSOEVER. I now return you to your regularly scheduled media programming.

-.-'s picture

If Americans wanted to...

A memoir of What Is

By: -.-

 

Thank you, Stuck on Zero, for providing me the title of the book that I will not write discussing to readers how suggestions, albeit as positive and intelligent as they may be, such as, "...eliminate the power of the Gang of 20 in a day without bloodshed..." requires a system of communication that is transparent and transmissable as well as an established sense of individual accountability.

Unfortunatley, the relationship between technology and human communication has only been successful on the surface, the 1's & 0's and physical infrastructure; which is to say, the appearance of the Internet and photocopied versions of professed Religions. Whereas religous texts and dogmas acted as one form of ancient, societal communication, today we have the 'internet' as our inverted version of communication---the twenty-first century's appearance of effective change in the world's ability to speak and be heard!

RAT005's picture

Taxing wealth is much closer to the problem than the solution. Not trusting the tax collectors is definitely part of th problem. 

HungryPorkChop's picture

Gerald Celent pointed this out years ago.  When the middle class was growing in the 50's, 60's and 70's tax rates on what we would consider the rich were very high ranging from 50% to upwards of 90%. 

Now that this same group of rich people pay 10% and 15% tax rates with unlimited tax loopholes its obvious they are not willing to reinvest in new plants, employees, raises, etc.  

Remember when Pres. Bush promised if the rich got lower tax rates they would hire more people and invest in the U.S.  What a crock!  Instead they bought their 7th mansion in the Alps.

 

 

ZD1's picture

 

 

So it's still Bush's fault after almost 8 years of Obama?

What a tax rate is and what is actually paid are two very different things.

In the 50's, 60's and 70's tax rates when the tax rate were upwards of 90%, very few of the rich actually paid those rates because of all the tax shelters, credits, and loopholes that were available to them.

Back in the 1950s, the government wasn’t actually collecting any more in tax revenue as a percentage of GDP. Tax receipts from personal income taxes have consistently been between 7 and 9 percent.

However, the percentage of taxes paid by the highest quintile of income earners has steadily gone UP since 1980.

In 1980, the top 20 percent paid about 55 percent of all income taxes. Today, it’s just shy of 70 percent. The same goes for the top 1 percent, which went from about 15 percent in 1980 to just shy of 30 percent today.

 

 

https://mises.org/library/good-ol-days-when-tax-rates-were-90-percent

HungryPorkChop's picture

@ZD1 : Choose your Republicrat or Demopublican carefully.  I always laugh becaue both of these parties agree on moar' war, bailing out the rich, moar' debt, moar' pork, bigger govt, moar' lobbyists and moar' campaign contribution $$$$.  Everything else they tend to fight about..

I just stated the above fact about Bush because it was a horrible joke played on the middle class but agree he was probably better than current administration.  Which isnt' much of a statement.   If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.  That was one of the biggest lies pushed by Obama.  See I play fair..  Happy now?

Proofreder's picture

Obummer is simply a continuation

of the Bushit regime - 15 years and counting.

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

Article: The Richest 20 Own More Wealth Than Half The Population

 

Article, 5 years from now: The Richest 20 Own More Wealth Than 4/5 of The Population 

 

Article, 10 years from now: The Richest 20 Own More Wealth Than the Entire World 

 

Not possible?

 

Did you check Mark Zuckerberg wealth lately by sharing pictures on the internet?

 

 

l8apex's picture

I wonder what the downvotes are for.  Do people think this trend won't continue on the current trajectory?  As long as the general poplulation isn't saving and can't earn interest on what's saved, the gap between those with passive income and those without will only grow wider.  

 

2% of nothing is nothing.  2% of 1 million is...  I don't know, math is hard.  

Arnold's picture

...... it all boils down to three letters EMP.

 

--Uncle Joe

two hoots's picture

 

more to follow:  forbidden to give any excess to socialist….more to follow…..

 

Pickleton's picture

We could always just forbid people and corporations (because the vast majority of this corruption is from corporate entities) from giving money to a politician they dont posess the right to vote for.

 

AKA, corporations cannot vote for anybody so....

Welfare Tycoon's picture

Seriously, how many fucking times does it take to repeat- SOCIALISM DOES NOT WORK. 

This ideology and the people that support it always drive me up the godamn wall. All you have to do to figure out that this line of thinking does not work is READ A FUCKING HISTORY BOOK. Or even better, LOOK AT VENEZUELA!

But noooooo noooooooo, this time it is going to be different. This time, we are going to make it work! They just did it wrong when they tried last time. We have the right way to make it happen now. 

The very fact that a great percentage of people still believe in socialism is insanity. I have no hope left for this place by this point. 

Socialism: The idealogy of fast-lane career politicians and the fucking greedy dipshits who support them.  

 

Radical Marijuana's picture

How many times do people have to repeat the same stupid misuse of that label "socialism" ??? The social facts and the dictionary definition of "socialism" have almost nothing in common! But nevertheless, it is routine for various mainstream morons and reactionary revolutionaries to blame "socialism," or whatever other silly, stupid, superficial labels and terms they like.

ALL of the relatively popular "isms" are BULLSHIT!

The more that more people believe in that kind of BULLSHIT, the more politically impossible it becomes to deal with what actually exists, which is that civilization is necessarily controlled by applications of the principles and methods of organized crime. Political processes are the development of the dynamic equilibria between different systems of more or less organized lies operating robberies. The currently established systems have become so extremely UNBALANCED because the vast majority of people have been conditioned to not want to understand that.

The fake "democracy" is supported by a fake "education" and biased "information," so that enough of the masses of muppets will vote for the political puppets which are the best available professional hypocrites. Pretty well all of the publicly significant "opposition" is controlled, especially because they continue to think using BULLSHIT LABELS & TERMS. By and large, the social facts have NO good labels or terms, because of the intense paradoxes that governments are necessarily the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals. & I REPEAT, THAT IS NECESSARILY SO!

The main point that Welfare Tycoon made that I tend to agree with is that: "I have no hope left for this place by this point." There is no reasonable hope for the foreseeable, finite future of systems of organized lies operating robberies which become so detached from relatively objective realities that they are controlled by increasingly psychotic psychopaths. But nevertheless, there is always transcendental hope, as well as irrational hopes. After all, human beings and civilizations continue to operate as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows, and that does NOT stop merely because the combined money/murder systems become based upon such excessively successful organized crime that the degree of IMBALANCE in those established systems becomes criminal insanities.

There are NO good labels or political terms to describe the actually existing social facts, because people want to think in using the dualities of false fundamental dichotomies, and related impossible ideals, which those BULLSHIT LABELS & TERMS are designed to conceal, in order to enable professional hypocrites to dominate the public "debates." Meanwhile, the closest to reality English language phrase that I use to describe the existing social facts is that there is a RUNAWAY FASCIST PLUTOCRACY JUGGERNAUT. However, that phrase too is misleading, because the main source of the "wealth" of the plutocrats is ability to make the public "money" supply out of nothing as debts. Generally speaking, there are NO good words to use available in the English language, due to the degree that English developed as the biggest bullies' language par excellence.

For several decades, I have been practicing the development of my use of the English language to use through a genuinely better political science, which endeavours to make political science become more consistent with advances in physical and biological science. The history of the progress in physical science has been the history of profound paradigm shifts. It would also be required, IF political science was going to advance, for that to go through series of profound paradigm shifts that integrated and surpassed those paradigm shifts already achieved in physical science. Meanwhile, all of the old-fashioned BULLSHIT "ISMS," found in every previously existing, dominate religions or ideologies, are mostly obstacles in way of accomplishing that!

The article above was superficially correct in identifying the problems due to the vicious spirals of POLITICAL FUNDING ENFORCING FRAUDS. However, as long as most people continue to think using BULLSHIT "ISMS" based upon false fundamental dichotomies, then they will continue to misunderstand the real mechanisms in absurdly backward ways, and therefore, their spurious "solutions" will continue to backfire badly. The social situation in the USA has NEVER be anything remotely close to "socialism." Various incompetent political idiots on Zero Hedge commonly continue to parrot that increasing "socialism" is the problem to lay the blame upon. Indeed, that is one of the contributing factors regarding WHY "I have no hope left for this place by this point." Of course, that dismal prognosis is yet again reinforced by the degree to which people who like to blame superficial labels, like "socialism," tend to NEVER actually look at the dictionary definition of that term, and then compare that to the actual social facts. If they did, then they would see that America manifests fake "socialism," the same as it operates fake "democracy."

There is one scientific reality and that is how human beings and civilization operate as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows. When one examines the concepts of general energy systems, and applies those to the human energy systems, one can then theoretically understand what corresponds to the empirically observed social facts, namely, that civilization is controlled by the methods of organized crime, and that must necessarily be the case, because the death control systems are the central core to everything else, and have always been, and will always be ...

However, the social successfulness from doing that depends upon the ruling classes brainwashing those they rule over to believe in BULLSHIT ISMS, so that they can be lied to more effectively. That level of BULLSHIT was built into the dominate natural languages and philosophy of science, for such prolonged periods of time, that almost everyone automatically takes those various BULLSHIT ISMS for granted. Indeed, there is almost nothing which is publicly significant but the BULLSHIT OF THE BIGGEST BULLIES. At the present time, there is almost nothing but the central core of triumphant organized crime (which is primarily bankster controlled governments), surrounded by layers of controlled opposition (which includes those who stupidly blame "socialism.")

Citizens are actually members of an organized crime gang, called their country. The degree to which they do not understand that, because they do not want to understand that, is also the degree to which they act like incompetent political idiots. That is manifested in many different ways, through many different religions and ideologies. One of the typically, standard stupidities, which are often repeated on Zero Hedge, is to blame "socialism," parroted like the proverbial Pavlovian dogs salivating. 

As far as I know, the dictionary definition of "socialism" has NEVER actually existed in ways which were consistent with the social facts of any society, anywhere, at any time. The deeper reasons for that are that human beings and civilization NECESSARILY operate as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows, which NECESSARILY correspond to the principles and methods of organized crime. Any impossible ideals, promoted through any possible "isms," that contradict the ways that human beings and civilization necessarily operate as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows ACTUALLY CAUSE THE OPPOSITE TO HAPPEN IN THE REAL WORLD, BECAUSE THEY ARE BASED UPON MISUNDERSTANDING THE REAL MECHANISMS IN ABSURDLY BACKWARD WAYS.

The almost total triumph of various BULLSHIT ISMS dominating all public political debates is why we are living more and more inside of Wonderland Matrix Bizarro Worlds, where everything is manifesting more and more blatant anomalies, appearing as increasingly absurd and backward situations ... To realistically resolve the real problems would take enough people understanding that enough. However, that is politically impossible within the established systems whereby POLITICAL FUNDING ENFORCING FRAUDS have become runaway vicious spirals. Enough people would have to suffer through enough cognitive dissonance to be able to comprehend how and why governments are NECESSARILY the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals, in order to make it perhaps possible for some better democratic republic operating through the rule of law to actually exist and survive.

Basically, what actually happens is that all private property is based on backing up claims with coercions, where the most abstract form of that becomes money is measurement backed by murder. What has happened is that the vicious spirals of POLITICAL FUNDING ENFORCING FRAUDS have resulted in the public powers of governments becoming effectively privatized. The powers of governments to tax, and to enforce that taxation, have become the basis of the ruling classes being able to systematically defraud everyone, while transferring the apparent "ownership" to the ruling classes.

The most wealthy own so much because the entire system is NECESSARILY based upon more or less organized lies operating robberies, while the most wealthy have effectively captured control over governments to ENFORCE FRAUDS. The primary ways that works are through the governments enforcing frauds, by privately controlled banks, and the corporations that grew up around those banks issuing the public "money" supplies as debts. Those enforced frauds are symbolic robberies. There is no private property outside of some systems of public violence. The government was the primary source of the public violence that backed up the ownership.

I am NOT thereby asserting any impossible ideals that there should not be any violence, backing up any lies. Positing politics without violence is like promoting physics without force. Such impossible ideals NECESSARILY cause the opposite to happen in the real world. Indeed, the impossible ideals manifested in so-called "socialism" would continue to backfire badly. However, most of the people who somewhat superficially see that tend to never go any deeper into how and why what exists necessarily amounts to organized crime, whereby the debt controls are backed by the death controls.

THE ESSENTIAL POLITICAL PROBLEMS ARE HOW TO OPERATE THE HUMAN DEATH CONTROL SYSTEMS, WITH THE HUMAN MURDER SYSTEMS AS THE MOST EXTREME FORM OF THOSE. Historically, that has ended up being most successfully done through the maximum possible deceits and treacheries, which then became the basis for financial success based upon ENFORCING FRAUDS. Great wealth is necessarily based upon great crimes. As soon as we perceive and define human beings as separate from the environment and each other, then human beings necessarily live as gangs of robbers. America became the greatest yet flourishing of Neolithic Civilization, which was always based upon systems of lies backed by violence, that became more sophisticated systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence. Those systems were how and why it was possible to end up with social facts that 20 Americans could own more than half of the rest of Americans.

The only things which actually exist are the dynamic equilibria between different systems of organized lies operating robberies. Therefore, the only genuine solutions to political problems must be changes in those dynamic equilibria and/or those systems of organized lies operating robberies. As long as the vast majority of so-called "citizens" do not understand that, because they have been conditioned to feel like they do not want to understand that, then the existing systems will continue to automatically become more UNBALANCED!

At the present time, the established and entrenched systems are all operated by the best available professional hypocrites, who continue to promote BULLSHIT ISMS based upon the dualities of false fundamental dichotomies, and the related impossible ideals. While "socialism" was one of the manifestations of impossible ideals, every other "ism" was too! More of us should start using unitary mechanisms, to better understand human beings and civilization as general energy systems. However, doing so would require series of intellectual scientific revolutions, and series of profound paradigm shifts in the ways that we perceive politics.

Welfare Tycoon's picture

Sure, I do agree with your viewpoint on current day -isms. But my main issue was that Socialism itself (as most interpret it) is one of the most easily defeatible and backwards ideaologies there is. It is such an obviously flawed structure that it is appalling to see people still touting as a legitimate way to solve our issues. 

I have written about this in regards to Liberal vs. Republican parties as well in a previous comment. While both sides and their representatives are nothing more than bought out oligarch whores, it is still puzzling nonetheless to see a great amount of people who believe in Liberal/Progressive idealogies. I say this because it only takes a small amount of critical thinking ability to expose its idealogies as false. At least I can give Republicans some slack, because alot of the harmful idealogies they do tout actually take a degree of investigation and more focused critical thinking approach to uncover as wrong. 

And while most -isms and labels are meant to turn us against eachother nowadays, you have to come to the fact that they will always exist, no matter how good or bad the idealogies they are attached to are. The reason for this is that human beings have to compartmentalize things in our minds to not save just time, but also protect ourselves. -isms and -ans are way to do this on a political/idealogical level. If you did not have discriminating mechanisms (such as -isms and -ans) in place , you would die an early death. An example would be if you walked into Compton shaking the hand of every tatted-up guy that loiters on the side of the street thinking "he is just a black guy with a bunch of tats" rather than compartmentalizing/desciminating and thinking "he looks like a thug- I should probably stay away". 

So yes, I do agree with you in the sense that most -isms and how they are used today are bad, but I disagree with you on how they should not exist in general. You would essentially have to defy biology to not to apply labels or -isms, so it is not reasonable demand such a thing. 

Regardless, I do appreciate the argument.  

Radical Marijuana's picture

I agreed

with this:

But my main issue was that Socialism itself (as most interpret it) is one of the most easily defeatable and backwards ideologies there is.

I also agree that:

... while most -isms and labels are meant to turn us against each other nowadays, you have to come to the fact that they will always exist, no matter how good or bad the ideologies they are attached to are. The reason for this is that human beings have to compartmentalize things in our minds to not save just time, but also protect ourselves. -isms and -ans are way to do this on a political/ideological level. If you did not have discriminating mechanisms (such as -isms and -ans) in place , you would die an early death.

Human beings live by telling stories to themselves and each other. We build mental models of our world, with mental models of ourselves within those mental models of our world. We then somewhat base our behavior upon those mental models. THE ISSUES SHOULD BE HOW GOOD OUR MENTAL MODELS ARE, AND TO BUILD BETTER MENTAL MODELS. However, the history of civilization operating through social pyramid systems whereby relatively small ruling classes controlled much larger groups, through backing up lies with violence, and thereby keeping the people ruled over afraid and ignorant, has resulted in the DELIBERATE creation of BULLSHIT ISMS by the ruling classes in order to control others.

The history of civilization based upon successful warfare, then successful finance, through systems that backed up deceits with destruction, and then enforced frauds, are publicly presented in absurdly backward ways by those who benefit from those systems of organized lies operating robberies. The maximum leverage exists through the POLITICAL FUNDING ENFORCING FRAUDS, whose social successfulness has resulted in the international banksters recapturing control over the American monetary systems, and then amplifying that to capture more and more control over everything else, such as the schools and mass media. Therefore, the vast majority of Americans have become the victims of the most scientific brainwashing that money could buy, for generation after generation.

The banksters' song and dance about how the political economy works is BULLSHIT, however, the ways that social successfulness flowed from being able to ENFORCE FRAUDS have resulted in the manners that people think about and communicate regarding the problems with respect to the political economy being almost totally dominated by BULLSHIT social stories, which were DELIBERATELY made and maintained to be bad models of the world, in that they are deliberately as NOT CORRECT as they can possibly be. But nevertheless, that kind of BULLSHIT works to make the ruling classes become more and more wealthy and politically powerful, so that the vast majority of successful politicians become their political puppets, who are voted for by enough of the masses of muppets, that the schools and mass media have misled and misinformed during their entire life, and indeed, for generation after generation!

Within that overall context, of the war on consciousness that the ruling classes have waged against those they ruled over, "Socialism (as most interpret it)" is DOUBLE BULLSHIT, since the way that most people interpret what "socialism" means has become such that that interpretation does NOT care that the social facts do NOT match the dictionary definitions ... To point that out was why I posted my reply to your comment. To be frank, I am surprised that you responded in a rational way, with valid points ...

I did NOT mean my reply to imply that systems of understanding "should not exist in general." I agree that "you would essentially have to defy biology to not to apply labels or -isms, so it is not reasonable demand such a thing."

What I recommend is building better mental models. However, overall I think that appears to be doomed to failure, since, at the present time, the most socially successful people tend to be the best available professional hypocrites. The social successfulness of controlling civilization through applications of the methods of organized crime has become intensely paradoxical, and full of sets of consistent contradictions, due to the best organized crime hiding what it is really doing under the maximum possible BULLSHIT, while that kind of social successfulness then feeds the vicious spirals of POLITICAL FUNDING ENFORCING FRAUDS to continue to automatically get worse, faster ...

Ideally, more people should understand better how the world really works. However, the ruling classes have a vested interest in making sure that the vast majority of people do not do that, but rather, that the majority of people continue to not only believe, but also, feel that they want to continue to believe, in the biggest bullies' bullshit social stories, which have primarily become the banksters' bullshit about how the political economy is supposed to work. Therefore, I repeat my basic view, that I agreed with your opinion, as expressed in your first comment, that there is no reasonable hope for the foreseeable future in North America, due to the degree that the excessively successfulness of controlling Americans through applications of the principles and methods of organized crime have resulted in American society becoming too criminally insane to recover from the degree to which there are now runaway vicious spirals of POLITICAL FUNDING ENFORCING FRAUDS.

My current conclusions are that the only consistent features that follow from learning more about how the world works, and thereby building better mental models of that world, are that THE MORE ONE LEARNS, THE WORSE IT GETS.  Therefore, I totally agreed with the conclusion stated in the articles above:

This is no longer science fiction — it is control over the mass-public, the termination of democracy, in all but name. It is already, and frighteningly, science-fact.

North American society has become terminally sick and insane. The monetary system has become like a totally metastasized cancer, for which there are no treatments but some palliative care, because any effective treatments would kill the system, while that system continues to kill itself anyway, like parasites that are killing their host. That primarily works through the vicious spirals of POLITICAL FUNDING ENFORCING FRAUDS. After one learns enough about that, the most realistic conclusion is the one I already have indicated, that the excessive successfulness of controlling civilization through applying the methods of organized crime, (through those vicious spirals of POLITICAL FUNDING ENFORCING FRAUDS feedback loops) has resulted in that civilization becoming runaway criminal insanities.

The established debt slavery systems have driven the development of numbers which have become debt insanities. Since the debt controls were always backed by the death controls, debt insanities are going to provoke death insanities. The American government is now almost totally controlled by a Deep State Shadow Government, that is engaged in more and more genocidal wars, while it prepares to impose democidal martial law. The established and entrenched systems are dominated by increasingly psychotic psychopaths. At the same time, it is politically impossible to operate any better debt controls, backed by better death controls, due to the degree to which the vast majority of people do not understand that, and feel like they do not want to understand that.

Since I am Canadian, for a few decades I have focused my efforts upon the issues regarding POLITICAL FUNDING, which included two long court cases against the government of Canada regarding the laws that control the funding of registered political parties, and I continue to "work" on that through Canadian Electoral District Associations.

The only thing that I have thereby done is PROVE how bad things are, and continue to PROVE that those are actually getting worse, for all the reasons that the article above regarding the SOCIAL FACTS:

The landmark Gilens-and-Page study found the elected representatives in America don’t actually represent the public nearly so much as they represent the people who finance the political campaigns that sucker the voters to vote for the aristocracy’s preferred candidates. 

The same sets of social facts work in Canada, although those are way, way worse in America than in Canada. Indeed, all NATO countries follow the same patterns, of almost totally bankster controlled political puppets, as the best available professional hypocrites, whose job is to successfully "sucker the voters." Collectively, the international banksters, and their buddies in the big corporations that grew up around those bankers issuing the public money supplies, as FRAUDS ENFORCED by governments, are a group of TRILLIONAIRE MASS MURDERERS! Given their relative advantages, it continues to be way too easy for their political puppets to continue to fool enough of the muppets, enough of the time.

There IS an oxymoronic scientific dictatorship, based on the ruling classes using science and technology to control those they rule over through becoming better and better at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence. Overall, those systems have become globalized electronic frauds, backed by the threat of force from atomic bombs. Civilization has therefore become trillions of times more criminally insane than it ever was before in human history. The first generation that grew up with those systems of globalized electronic frauds, backed by atomic bombs, is still alive today. However, those MAD Money As Debt, backed by MAD Mutual Assured Destruction, are automatically getting MADDER and MADDER!  That is especially the case because, beyond the social polarization driven by governments ENFORCING FRAUDS by privately controlled banks, what will be even more important in the longer term was that "money" made out of nothing was "paying" to strip-mine the planet's natural resources. Therefore, by the time that the MADNESS gets bad enough for the social polarization to become too extreme to contain without the ruling classes attempting to impose democidal martial law, along with starting more, much worse, genocidal wars, the on-going basic destruction of real wealth will have also become OVERWHELMING!

The already established debt slavery systems automatically drive greater and greater levels of debt insanities. Hence, that entire system is headed towards series of psychotic breakdowns, and crazy collapses into chaos, since the pressures keep on building and building, while the ruling classes have responded more and more by welding shut the safety values on those social pressure cookers. (E.g., look at what really happens to whistle-blowers, or whomever else significantly challenges the oxymoronic scientific dictatorship's ability to tell bigger lies, and back those up with more violence.)

THE ARTICLE ABOVE WAS CERTAINLY CORRECT. Therefore, for all the reasons outlined in the article above, as well as in my replies, I continue to have to most agree with your comment, Welfare Tycoon, that "I have no hope left for this place by this point."

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Bud: How much is enough, Gordon?

Gekko: The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons – and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It’s bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now, you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you, buddy? It’s the free market. And you’re a part of it.

vollderlerby's picture

Don't forget, the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.  

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

There’s no money. It is all debt.

 

Second, you don’t’ understand the essence of ism.

State Socialism is capitalism for the public.

State Capitalism is socialism for the rich.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT4VXF1XJYk

 

 

 

nmewn's picture

So what exactly does that make Dilma Rouseff? ;-)

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

Primarily State Capitalism. Just look at all the corruption that it generates.

 

Unix's picture

So, please tell us Escrava, what is your solution then? This is a serious question, I am not taking the piss out of you, truly.

Crickets, as I thought, see all of these bobble heads have nothing but down arrows for anyone with a differing point of view, they post inane links to kooky sites and cite that as proof positive...how about using your brain for a change!

nmewn's picture

lol...Dilma is "primarily" a fucking socialist Escrava, a damned Marxist. Graft, greed & corruption does not reside within neat little ideological lines called capitalism or socialism, so it does you (or anyone) any good to attack ism's as a way to deflect attention away from your (or anyones) chosen ideology.

It's a neat little trick when you can but it's always transitory ;-)

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Unix (not verified) nmewn Dec 6, 2015 12:53 PM

nmewn, dammit, YOU get it sir. I like critical thinkers, it's the bobble heads like escrava that get to me. Always after me lucky charms.

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

nmewn,

You and your isms. Will you ever learn to focus on the issues?

 

Let me give you an example of State Socialism vis-à-vis State Capitalism.

Let’s use the US. Easier for most to grasp it. Let’s use the 3 US counties that get the largest US subsidies.

 

Brevard County Florida, the home of the Kennedy Space Center. (State Socialism)

Arlington Virginia, effectively part of the Federal Government. (State Socialism)

Cobb County, Newt Gingrich’s conservative constituents in their wealthy Atlanta suburb. (State Capitalism)

 

Cobb County receives more federal subsidies than any suburban county in the country, with two exceptions: Arlington Virginia, effectively part of the Federal Government, and Brevard County Florida, the home of the Kennedy Space Center. When we move out of the state system itself, Cobb County is the leading beneficiary of the “nanny state.” Its largest employer is Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, which is designing the F-22 advanced tactical fighter and other military aircraft. 72% of the workforce are in white-collar jobs “in expanding areas of the economy like insurance, electronics and computers, and trade” — all carefully tended by “the nanny state.” It’s remarkably easy for conservative entrepreneurial values to flourish while one is feeding happily at the public trough. Meanwhile praises to market miracles reach the heavens, notably where “conservatism is flowering among the malls.”

 

 http://chomsky.info/199505__/

 

 

 

nmewn's picture

lol...Cobb county!? Where do you think the well paid & pensioned employees of the state of Georgia live, in downtown Atlanta and they are conservative?...lmao!

fedupwhiteguy's picture

The F22 line was shut down a few years ago. Old news. And freaking Chomsky, Chris Hedges and the like want to take my money and give it to those, for a myriad of reasons, that won't get off the couch and earn a living.

no thanks, shim.... I'll keep mine for mine

Unix's picture

Escrava, say what now...

Without capitalsim, socialism cannot manifest itself. and visa versa. Let me ask you this:

If it were not for free markets (which have been dead for quite some time), how did America become the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known.

There is no perfect 'ism'...NONE! But Free Market Captialism, true free markets are the cleanest dirty shirt in the laundry/

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

Unix,

how did America become the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known.

what is your solution then

 

Oversimplified. By the way, these are not my opinions but, US history:

US became the most powerful nation by killing the indigenous population. Stealing California, Arizona, New Mexico and about half of Texas from Mexico. America did not conquer Canada and Cuba as colonies, because of the British army and navy. Also, the founding fathers were very imperialists. Learned from the British.

 

America's exorbitant privilege (Charles de Gaulle) became the richest nation after WW-2.

Bretton Woods: Dollar as World’s Reserve Currency. It means: United States would use the convertible financial system to trade at a tremendous profit with developing nations, expanding its industry and acquiring raw materials. It would use this surplus to send dollars to Europe, which would then be used to rebuild their economies, and make the United States the market for their products. This would allow the other industrialized nations to purchase products from the Third World, which reinforced the American role as the guarantor of stability.

A trade surplus made it easier to keep US armies abroad and to invest outside the U.S., and because other nations could not sustain foreign deployments, the U.S. had the power to decide why, when and how to intervene in global crises. The dollar continued to function as a compass to guide the health of the world economy, and exporting to the U.S. became the primary economic goal of developing or redeveloping economies. This arrangement came to be referred to as the Pax Americana, in analogy to the Pax Britannica of the late 19th century and the Pax Romana of the first.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bretton_Woods_system#Dollar_shortages_and_the_Marshall_Plan

 

However, America exorbitant privilege started to decline in 1949, when China left the system. Followed by other Asia nations late 50’s and 60’s.

 

Another way to learn more about how US became the richest nation is to look at dollar carry trade. Where you borrow cheap dollars and take it abroad. The locals, say in Brazil, can not compete because their interest rates are way over US rates. Also, when US financial system crashes their currencies, that might start happening by raising interest rates in the US, if their currencies crashes by 50%, now they would have to produce a lot more to make up the difference.    

 

Solution: To learn about these issues. Understand how money gets to be. Then, change it. However, if/when there is a change, America will be the biggest loser, because America(ns) gains the most of the current global system.

 

Sorry that I have made this post longer that I wish.

 

 

Unix's picture

There are some valid points in there, I will admit that. But tell me something, give me one country that has not gone to war to gain, or paid off to influence, or have had imperialistic tendencies? What country or ism, is not corrupt? There are none. The problem is people, who cannot get along, and those that try to control.

My question still stands, what is your solution to this mess? Change how? To what?

chirp chirp chirp...crickets as usual.

GeezerGeek's picture

I never heard of Andorra having imperialistic tendencies. Ditto Iceland, at least since the end of the Viking era.

There are always exceptions, but your point is well made regardless.

PhilofOz's picture

None at all to anything like the extent of the USA over the last 60 or 70 years, with a distant second the British Empire in it's heyday. Americans were lucky in that time as they were thrown more scraps from the table of their elite from their theft of resources and human labour from developing countries than similar peasants in any other western country. That's all coming to an end right now!

Pickleton's picture

Of course, nobody measures America's wealth by her land mass.  And back in reality, America is very much larger than those states and the notion that America stole those states is just so much leftist anti-American blather. Oh and if America stole those States, then Mexicans stole the land in the first place and it didn't belong to them by your own definition.  And neither does the rest of Mexico or Brazil or any of the other Latin American countries with substantial populations that aren't Indians.  And since the entire planet is nothing but a mishmash of conquest changing lines we call countries, then how did every other country throughout history become so much poorer because of their conquest?  See, leftist anti-American blather.

Oh and America was already the wealthiest country on the planet before Bretton Woods.  Bretton woods is a bubble that's coing to cost this country dearly.

 

Nice try with your anti-Americanism tho.

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Unix (not verified) Pickleton Dec 6, 2015 2:42 PM

Nice reply Pickleton. Also, he leaves out the fact, most of the indians here were killed by the Spanish, British and French Colonialism...which our Founding Fathers broke away from, doesnt fit the narrative does it.

As to the Bretton Woods and modern power and corruption, he does have a valid point to a degree, but yet leaves out all the other countries doing the same thing!

U4 eee aaa's picture

You could rebate it to anyone filing a tax return. This would make more people file even if they had nothing to pay. You could call it the prosperity dividend check

Pseudonymous's picture

 

 

 

How much political power do the people who would be inside that jet — and their friends — actually have?

Only as much as the rest of the people give them.

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GhostOfDiogenes (not verified) drendebe10 Dec 6, 2015 10:44 AM

Boom.

Succient. Lack of bloviating and wordsmithing.

Straight to the point.

Clearly the only solution to this mess.

LetThemEatRand's picture

What these 20 know best is divide and conquer.  Even people who recognize what is going on by and large will continue voting, because some "new" guy says what they want to hear on war, guns, abortion, taxes, trade, etc.  The wedge issues keep people voting for the selected candidates even when they know the candidates are bought and paid for.  

Think about Trump.  The guy inherited the current equivalent of around $1B, yet he goes on Alex Jones and the first words out of Jones' mouth are "you're a self-made man."  He talks about more spying and more military, but even many here see him as some kind of savior.  He is a wealthy elite whose main talking point is that wealthy elites have corrupted the politicians.

The bottom line is we're screwed.  The wealth divide is fully institutionalized into every aspect of the political system and nothing is going to change it, except for the worse.