Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/10/03/rich-rich-rich
Excellent article and it refreshing to see that at least some people get what the “Declaration of Independence” and those “Founding fathers” really were all about.
They wanted to steal more lands from the First Nations peoples. They wanted to keep their slaves. They wanted to ensure the Crown could never take away the stuff that they stole from others. That is it.
The Austrian school of Economics which the Chicago School of Economics closely follows has its roots in that John Locke nonsense that “Liberty and Freedom” is derived from Private Property. This translates to “The more property you have the more Liberty and freedom you shall get”. It has led to lifetimes of peoples where the only goal is getting more STUFF. The consequences are all around us.
An evaluation of the votes and laws passed by Congress over 20 years backs up the claims of a govt owned by the Rich. ~https://www.upworthy.com/20-years-of-data-reveals-that-congress-doesnt-care-what-you-think
An evaluation of the trust busting era regulations and FDR’s New Deal era regulations and programs that were dismantled since 1978 is more evidence of a gubmit owned by the rich.
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is the only force that seriously challenged this legacy and trends, that is why Obama’s Justice Department wasted no time making everything OWS illegal.
Maybe this article can make interesting reading of the Constitution
Part One - What Happened
And an alternative to the 18thC document
Part Two: What Could Happen
They are (both US parties) a cult of efficiency that worships money, so its perfectly fine to break any contract or promise if its more profitable to do so, that is unless its embedded ideology in a treaty…
Excellent links. Quite frankly I am surprised that so many citizens in the USA are not aware of the real history of their “founding fathers”. Even the poor and destitute will travel to the shrines built to honor those thieves so as to pray at their feet.
I appreciate your generous words.
Sometimes it takes someone on the outside, looking in, to see the significance of events.
Perhaps this on America’s Manifest Destiny and how it became an empire might also be of interest
Or the story of the great US slave rebellion when tens of thousands of slaves escaped to the British lines
Whatley’s irreverence is refreshing, but the US Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, got quite a few things right.
- Federation and tiers are essential for government over larger areas and populations
- Some structural balance of power is essential; part of our difficulty now is that opaque alphabet agencies and dark money associates violate this drastically. Eisenhauer, Kennedy, and Truman all warned about this; Kennedy’s engagement arrived late, but the Constitutional principle was correct here, and just needed an honest update
- We need back the Bill of Rights protections for individuals
However, the confusion between liberty and property along with the failure to guarantee property has undercut the experiment. You cannot have great disparities of wealth without corresponding disparities in access to power; the overlap in these approaches 100%.
In no place or country have the poor been equal before the law, nor at any time. It is true that decisions must be made about larger and smaller flows of production and distribution, but that does not mean that the management of economy may be opaque to its dependents, still less that the energies should flow largely through a managerial class rather than equitably.
To be less abstract about it, these things have to be owned or otherwiise managed cooperatively.
Sailing into Financial Storms:
"The emphasis now cannot be on growth and expansion and profiting off of this. It must be on stability and security.
The world is no longer a frontier where you can move to fresh pastures once you have depleted the land you are on now. There are still resources in the world, yes, but they will be harder to find, and there will be more competition for them.
People are trying to have unearned wealth, the few people who have this opportunity. But it is further destabilizing the human family. And now you are facing a financial contraction and corrections of a very severe magnitude.
There are more financial storms to come. But there are more financial storms to come as humanity faces the reality of diminishing resources…"
"The Coming Financial Storms" by Summers
You have to remember the cultural influences of the time being a transition from feudalism and Monarchy. With the renaissance and the first introduction of capitalism, having stuff, private property was a new concept and culture. Making rules about it was progressive at time and considered enlightened compared to Medieval times.
I can’t help notice that you seem fixated on this daily.
Rich white Bankers created the system.
Google … “Colonial Script”
That is simple. In the Colonies, we issue our own paper money. It is called ‘Colonial Scrip.’ We issue it in proper proportion to make the goods and pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power and we have no interest to pay to no one.”* – Benjamin Franklin
Soon afterward, the English bankers demanded that the King and Parliament pass a law that prohibited the colonies from using their scrip money. Only gold and silver could be used which would be provided by the English bankers. This began the plague of debt based money in the colonies that had cursed the English working class.
The first law was passed in 1751, and then a harsher law was passed in 1763. Franklin claimed that within one year, the colonies were filled with unemployment and beggars, just like in England, because there was not enough money to pay for the goods and work. The money supply had been cut in half.
Franklin, who was one of the chief architects of the American independence, wrote:
“The Colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament, which has caused in the Colonies hatred of England and the Revolutionary War.” – Benjamin Franklin
This opinion was confirmed by great statesmen of his era:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson
History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance. – James Madison
*“Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever
“It was the monetary system under which America’s Colonies flourished to such an extent that Edmund Burke was able to write about them: ‘Nothing in the history of the world resembles their progress. It was a sound and beneficial system, and its effects led to the happiness of the people.
In a bad hour, the British Parliament took away from America its representative money, forbade any further issue of bills of credit, these bills ceasing to be legal tender, and ordered that all taxes should be paid in coins. Consider now the consequences: this restriction of the medium of exchange paralyzed all the industrial energies of the people. Ruin took place in these once flourishing Colonies; most rigorous distress visited every family and every business, discontent became desperation, and reached a point, to use the words of Dr. Johnson, when human nature rises up and assets its rights.”
Peter Cooper, industrialist and statesman wrote:
“After Franklin gave explanations on the true cause of the prosperity of the Colonies, the Parliament exacted laws forbidding the use of this money in the payment of taxes. This decision brought so many drawbacks and so much poverty to the people that it was the main cause of the Revolution. The suppression of the Colonial money was a much more important reason for the general uprising than the Tea and Stamp Act.”
Our Founding Fathers knew that without financial independence and sovereignty there could be no other lasting freedoms. Our freedoms and national sovereignty are being lost because most people do not understand our money system.
All the perplexities confusion and distress in America arise not from defects of the Constitution, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. -John Adams
There are primary sources from Columbus’s voyage which anybody can read that tell the story in a much more immediate way.
Now existing trade agreements like GATS and proposed plurilateral new ones like TISA, (ironic how they both are the literal opposite of he new Deal and make all of it FTA-illegal)
…are making all those same mistakes again, behind the planet’s back. Its shaping up to be a real war by the global autocracy, led by the US and UK and a few other nations, on representative government and they will never give up as long as its conveniently kept hidden by the media.
If anybody wants to get free of this system, the number of places that is possible is shrinking. Soon there will be nowhere to go. They want to get rid of cash, and privatize literally everything, so the banks can exert total control over the planet.
They would have control over all the essentials of life, work, physical survival, and travel.
Getting rid of cash is a good thing if every single monetary transaction is open to public scrutiny.
“Nothing changes inappropriate behaviour faster than the light of public scrutiny “.
People hide things they are ashamed of.
Time for some truth and transparency in our economic system. Visibility is another word for truth, a wise enlightened master communicator told us a few thousand years ago that “ the truth would set us free.”
As usual with humans we are slow to learn the basics for an evolved society to function for the highest good of all. We are an All ,all for One and One for all …
Lack of transparency is the entire reason for existence of a large number of countries. “Secrecy jurisdictions”
Read the book “Treasure Islands” - its a good read.
There is a sample chapter online, it’s worth looking for.
Its about the growing amount of transactions that are hidden from the public in tax havens.
I am very much against cashless. I think somebody would have to either be very very laive about where the governments of the world - or evil, to want it.
Think of it this way, within a few years the global economy will be so integrated that the more expensive countries wont have a lot of work because the labor supplying countries will do it. That means people in countries will either live off their investments or have to move somewhere else. Or stay at home (assuming they havent been evicted) because having privatized everything even roads will cost small amounts of money to use. Your cell phone will liklely be the means by which they bill you. Also every transation’s location will be recorded. Your location at all times will be recorded and used to figure out all sorts of things, from your health insurance rates to your “social credit” rating (based on who you associate with as much as your activities)
Yes, everything you do will be recorded down to the smallest detail. That means if youre poor you wont be able to survive. Since almost nobody will be working, you’ll be dependent on corporations that serve the poorest, perhaps buying food in bulk that close to its expiration date or perhaps even putting you in suspended animation when you dont have enough money to live until you do. Everything, including water and possibly even air, if they can pollute it enough to force people to buy clean. You certainly wont get space to occupy for free.
“Liberty is but a joke for [2.2 million] Americans incarcerated in the world’s largest prison system. Many of these prisoners are serving time for nonviolent crimes as the richest are free to amass huge fortunes and pay nothing in the way of taxes to support the people who made them rich.”
Two suggestions for correction:
- When you count parole and probation (i.e. all in restricted freedom), the number is 3 times more, at least 7 million.
- They are not just ‘serving time’ - they are working for almost free for the large corporations and are producing large profits for other corporations that run their incarceration. Big difference with ‘serving time’.
I’ve always concluded that “class warfare” is the main cause of societal injustice, ie, the filthy rich exploit and discard the working class who must fend for themselves. However, the technological era of today does not compare well to colonial agrarian and small scale craftsman eras of human history.
Heavily polluting industry and pretentious technology of today presents a more threatening issue to address than class warfare. In this time of existential environmental crisis, the ruling class continue to derive wealth through an economic system whereby all classes of people pollute air and water for motorized recreation, automobile dependency and a global system of manufacturing and distribution of goods wrapped in plastic that worsens pollution of the environment.
During April & May, the world witnessed urban air quality improvement as traffic decreased. The ruling class wish for a speedy return to business as usual to restore their source of wealth and control over the rest of us whom they consider little more than consumers, wage-slaves and cannon fodder.
Thats the future of work. As jobs get scarcer, wages fall. When people cant survive, espcially sick people who have some health issue they need medical care for, they will commit some small crime to be put in jail, just so they can survive. This is happening in lots of countries. This is what our neoliberal empire is doing. That why they have made public healthcare increasingly difficult for countries that already had it, and nearly impossible for countries to add, unless they want the US to stop trading with them. They did this with the WTO in 1995.
People here are living in a dream world thats almost completely fake. Nothing is as it seems. You’ll see.
It hard not to be fixated on it when the consequences of it are destroying the world around us. I guess some just want to pretend it not happening.