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  •  one important thing is the way that the (4+ / 0-)
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    poor are being treated, they concentrate on treating the poor as though they are in need of charity; benefits arising from the failures of the system to enable full employment and to provide income to stimulate demand for the goods and services of the private sector (and hence benefit the private sector) are treated as charity. As charity it becomes the donations of others as a gift or due to guilt; as a right to eat, keep a roof over your head, etc, that is solidarity and it is deserved. I do not know if I am making this clear ...  the difference between talking about the rights of the poor and unemployed and their being given charity out of the goodness of the hearts of those that give to charity is miles apart.

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:26:50 PM PST

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    •  I understand, and I agree completely. (6+ / 0-)

      Here in Texas, they are treated with contempt. They barely have the right to walk down the street or sit in the park. It's hard to describe. And there are far fewer public spaces in TX compared with MN. People act like they own the sidewalk in front of their homes.

      Being poor is like a crime here, and yet, so many people are poor, possibly 40%, not sure. I've seen houses with open sewers, holes in the floor where rats can (and do) come in at night. And older children and young adults with teeth missing or rotting.

      This is Texas! One of our great right-to-work states.

      Michiganders should come and visit, we'll head down further into South Texas so they can see what lies in store for them.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Jan: USW Local Mourns Fallen Brother

      by JayRaye on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:41:40 PM PST

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