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This great video from YouTube user politizane has been making the rounds for a couple of weeks. I'm sure you've seen it, as it has appeared a couple of times on Daily Kos and doubtless in your Facebook or Twitter feed as well.

I've been waiting for a Tube user to take the pleasant and even-toned recitation of facts and statistics in the original Wealth Inequality in America video and translate it into a righteous rant that gives our current problems the full force it deserves.

Ladies and Gentlemen, TheAmazingAtheist speaks:

TheAmazingAtheist's diagnosis is right, but I'm afraid that his remedy is a bit naive.

We don't just have a class of psychotically greedy and sociopathic economic elites, predatory and parasitic, sucking the country dry.

We also have a broken political system that is keeping regular folks from using government to restore the balance we so sorely need.

We're in trouble, folks.

But recognizing the problem is the first step in winding our way to setting things right again.

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  •  Our economic system is inherently (9+ / 0-)

    selfish.

    The American Dream?

    Get as rich as you possibly can.

    Of course our Christian heritage balances that all out.  I mean, that's why we have no poor here, right?


    "Just because you win the fight, don't mean you're right," - Funkadelic

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:14:14 PM PST

    •  Not Sure (13+ / 0-)

      I seem to remember the American Dream of my childhood being a modest one.

      You wanted the house with a white picket fence, not a palatial estate you fill with serfs that you work until they die in the fields.

      In terms of our aspirations -- at least those that reach me through the media filter -- we've really changed since my day.

      We didn't have advertisements, for example, suggesting that you buy your husband or wife a $50,000 Lexus for Christmas.

      This leads me to believe that the American Dream is dynamic and can be reshaped and restored as time passes.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:18:53 PM PST

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      •  That Was a Different Country With a Very Different (2+ / 0-)
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        government which kept the rich from acquiring most of the wealth. The 50% marginal tax rate kicked in at around 300k in today's dollars. So it was discouraging to compensation from there up to the 90% top rate that kicked in around 3 million of today's dollars. This kept extreme compensation from being offered, which discouraged hyper profitability, which meant more generosity to suppliers and employees, and put a bit over half as I recall of the nation's wealth into the hands of the bottom 80%.

        That American Dream was created through a legislative program that's fully in the history books, and it was taken away by a legislative program that's fully in the history books up to this moment where it's in today's news.

        Just wind it backward to around 1970, that would be a spectacular good start.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 03:51:20 PM PST

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  •  I was raised to be as succesful as I could ... (11+ / 0-)

    but not to do it by defrauding and cheating your neighbors. That is the distinction I think ...

    A mind like a book, has to be open to function properly.

    by falconer520 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:23:47 PM PST

  •  I was raised middle class (10+ / 0-)

    You can do anything you want (within your talents, of course) but you can be happy with just a middle class income.

    There is no longer a middle class income.  Not for me, and not for many, many of my generation.

    First they took away the defined pension program that my parents relied on in retirement...now they are taking away the Social Security we have paid for over the past thirty years.

    And single-payer health care is as far away as it ever was.

    May I move to Canada now?

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:35:17 PM PST

    •  The Middle Class Lifestyle Has Gone Back to Its (0+ / 0-)

      home in the professional classes. That's actually the original meaning of the term, people in the "middle" not between top and bottom but between the rich and the working classes.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 03:53:26 PM PST

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  •  Wish I had your optimism (7+ / 0-)
    But recognizing the problem is the first step in winding our way to setting things right again
    I'm starting to feel like I have too much tread off of the tires to see the day when things are set right again.  It would be great to see that happen in a short time horizon, but I fear that getting there is going to be a much longer slog.

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:38:27 PM PST

  •  I First Heard About (4+ / 0-)
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    I first heard about the inequality video on youtube – that's linked at the top of this diary – a couple days ago. There were about 800,000 plays.

    Checked it just now and the count is up to 3,111,000. Impressive. Does that qualify for "viral"?

    When it tops Gangnam Style we'll be in business. Spread the link.

    The Amazing Atheist has a lot going for him, beginning with the fact that he's an atheist. He's also articulate, intelligent and he's DOING SOMETHING.

    A little weak on the marketing  side (shirt, swearing, delivery), but on the money as far as mental acuity. I'm going to check out more of what he's done.

    Thanks for introducing him.

    A Southerner in Yankeeland

  •  Rachel maddow had a version (0+ / 0-)

    of the first set of charts in that youtube clip on her show last evening. It blew my tiny mind then, but this - and particularly the second way of illustrating it ... I feel that oh too familiar sense of  - " fuck ! How do we do anything about this ???? "

     On the youtube, there was link to a segment of Sam Seders talking about the media blackout of this topic altogether. In particular, a TED Talk by a billionaire discussing this and getting banned. Sam is so upset that it's pretty hard to watch him groping for words to express.. !! He can hardly get it out. Maybe he was just trying real hard NOT to swear.

    “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who agitate!” Julian Bond

    by Dvalkure on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 03:59:03 PM PST

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