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  •  History has shown us over and over (2+ / 0-)
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    that the vast majority of  oligarchs of society past and present, from kings to robber barons to slave owners, cannot be trusted to be even remotely fair or honest.

    What the heck is wrong with people?  Are they that devoid of history that they actually believe they can trust their bosses to be fair?    

    I have to say I remain in total and utter shock at how naive the vast amount of Americans are.   One would think that the period of the "company store",  child labor, and the unsafe conditions of the work place happened so long ago, it was irrelevant.  Yet the reality is that there are still elderly people alive who remember that time.   Not many of course but a few.  My mother would be 97 if she were alive and she began working in a textile factory as a child.     That is not that far back in history.

    If that is not enough, there are countries around the world, where workers have no laws to protect them and we KNOW that children are working there, workers die in unsafe conditions, and all the workers are barely paid enough to stave off starvation.

    What the h*ll will it take for American workers to wake up and start another "union" movement? Instead of trashing the people in public unions who have hung on to the right to unionize, perhaps other workers need to support the existing unions and in turn, with their help, begin the process of unseating the anti union a**holes elected by the ignorant and get private unions back to the strength they once had.

    “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

    by Jjc2006 on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 05:23:15 AM PDT

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      I think part of the problem is propaganda and the other part is the long, steady march towards the ultimate goal of plutocracy.  Just as a frog will sit in a pot slowly brought to a boil, workers just keep on keeping on.  The belts keep getting tightened, fear gets inserted with steady losses of jobs and the horror stories they hear, so they keep their heads down hoping and praying they'll keep their job with stagnant or lowering wages so they can keep their families with a roof over their head and food on the table.

      The 1% play long ball.  This has been going on for decades and people have just kept "adjusting" to the idea that they're lucky if they have a job, lucky if they can pay their bills, lucky if they stay healthy and don't need to spend funds on doctors or hospitals.

      As history tells us, it takes something happening - and it doesn't have to be a big something - for people to reach the breaking point.  And that, I fear, is what it will take.

      Nobody is listening, the 1% keep on taking, and we'll reach a point where people won't take it anymore.  And that will be bad for everyone.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 01:21:36 PM PDT

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    •  walker. class system. naivete. (0+ / 0-)

      This comment expresses perfectly my feelings. Why do we have one iota of trust in the current system and its masters?


      by joedennis on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 09:16:01 AM PDT

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