Tag: social security

INFLATION = PRICE GOUGING

The worry of inflation would feel more easily handled if it was addressed as price gouging or monopoly, for which laws are in place.  When it is labeled as inflation, the predatory behavior can be hidden behind the curtain of the wizard.  This is one reason one is charmed by the adorable presumption as discussed on C-Span this week, that ubiquitous monitoring of the US public for anxiety should become commonplace.  A better policy would be for competent governance that doesn’t undermine Americans and contribute to anxiety. read more

PEOPLE FLEEING CAPITALISM

C-Span hosted a discussion about immigrants at the Southern Border, and within these discussions one will hear the phrase “people fleeing communism”.   As one who recognizes communism and capitalism to be opposite sides of the coin of hierarchical privilege, we could look at both sides of this topic.  Otherwise indoctrination seems to be the point.

https://popularresistance.org/decolonizing-the-mind/       –Yet anyone who questions the monarchy’s role as part of the western axis of domination is rarely given access to media, making it difficult to be free of propaganda that is used to elicit fealty to monarchs, presidents and the people and institutions who empower them. From childhood we are taught that invaders of other nations, enslavers, and colonizers are worthy of respect and admiration. Centuries of criminality are passed off as benign and we are admonished to remember that the criminals in question were “products of their time” and are to be thought of with fond reverence.

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From popularreistance  —  https://popularresistance.org/sanctions-wont-stop-latin-american-leaders-from-dialoguing-with-us-workers/   —

Participants in the activity include movement leaders from labor and tenant unions, progressive and religious organizations, intellectuals, and native New Yorkers who are looking to learn from leaders in socialist nations. 

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From popularresistance info–https://popularresistance.org/a-socialist-take-on-the-womens-march-convention/   —  The form of “intersectionality” promoted by non-profits conveniently forgets that we live in a capitalist system that profits from all forms of oppression. While rhetorically they claim to unite our struggles, in reality they’ve kept these struggles separate in the streets; the unity of our struggles is manifested for them at the polls and in the Democratic Party.

A feminism that wants to grasp our problems at the root should understand that all systems of oppression are currently inscribed within capitalism — and capitalism is a system that profits from all of our oppression. It’s a system that can only run due to the exploitation of workers — with the most exploited sectors being workers who are Black, Brown, and from the global South — for the profit of the very few.

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From popularesistance  —  https://popularresistance.org/mining-mafias-ruin-livelihoods-of-farmers-and-pastorals-spread-terror/   –Hence as much of the mining involves illegality, criminals and gangsters have come to the fore, earning millions in a short time and securing the collusion of politicians and police as well. –end of popularresistance info–

From earthjustice  —  https://earthjustice.org/features/nepa?utm_source=crm&utm_medium=email&utm_term=newsletter&utm_campaign=220918_ForTheRecord_September2022&utm_content=ReadMore&curation=newsletter&emci=4848454d-b633-ed11-ae83-281878b83d8a&emdi=14c3d1e8-5937-ed11-ae83-281878b83d8a&ceid=1816532  –But backroom negotiations involving Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia could gut NEPA on behalf of oil and gas companies that find community voice inconvenient. The “dirty permitting side-deal” would allow industry to fast-track fossil fuel projects while sidelining communities, producing more pollution, and ignoring the reality of the climate crisis.

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A railroad strike would promote an immediate spike in inflation.  Here’s a thought…..reports recently suggest the social security COLA won’t be as respectable as was once assumed because “inflation is moderating”.  One has always been a bit ambivalent about unions because they seem to be another set-up for just another hierarchical cronyism.  If we really supported a free market, unions would be irrelevant.  All of these details aren’t lost on politicians, industry and union leaders.  A cynical person might believe the darling railroad-strike aversion put into place in the last hours, was kicking the can down the road long enough to sneak through a lower COLA for social security for elder Americans.

https://mronline.org/2022/09/17/while-rail-unions-meet-with-biden-to-avert-strike-500-railroaders-attend-meeting-to-organize-rank-and-file-opposition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=while-rail-unions-meet-with-biden-to-avert-strike-500-railroaders-attend-meeting-to-organize-rank-and-file-opposition&mc_cid=e724f61cb4&mc_eid=2833cdb99b    —The White House was determined to reach a deal before the deadline to spare congressional Democrats the optics of passing legislation to try to crush a strike only weeks before critical midterm elections.

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Indoctrination begins very early in life.

From Ralph Nader—https://mailchi.mp/nader/liberating-tweens-from-corporate-tentacles-5o9o9d3keo?e=cfd1bea9b5  —

In recent decades, the open floodgates of direct marketing of anything and everything to kids has become a half-trillion-dollar annual business. Every mode of seduction, manufactured peer group pressure and minute psychological profiling is delivered by highly-paid promoters, packagers and influencers.

Claire has long believed that if you have low expectations for Tweens, they will oblige you, but if you have high expectations, they will surprise you. Her book offers suggestions that encourage communing with nature, enrich family discussions, appreciate the wisdom of the ancients, and to use proverbs to extend the ability of children to concentrate.

To obtain You Are Your Own Best Teacher! go to inspiringtweens.com. It makes an important gift, for Tweens, parents and local libraries

.–end of ralphnader info–CLAIRE NADER is a political scientist and author recognized for her work on the impact of science on society.

PETITION to sign if you wish   —    https://civicshout.com/p/overturn-citizens-united-and-pass-the-disclose-act?link_id=2&can_id=193d62b237484a25dee2367907a4dd04&source=email-petition-overturn-citizens-united-7&email_referrer=email_1667285&email_subject=petition-overturn-citizens-united                       —NO ONE should have an outsized say in our democracy due to the size of their wallet – and political spending should be transparent.

  That is why I'm calling on Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act -- and also to overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision – to fight back against this country's Big Money problem. read more