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This is a standard rebuttal of any criticism of our capitalist plutocratic system as Russel Brand is finding out in the UK. It is no good goes the argument just pointing out the defects to be valid you must have the solution.

There are simple solutions but heaven forbid they are tried again even though the worked before since they threaten the very foundations upon which the elite have returned to being a highly protected species. In fact so protected by the system they have become they are now the aggressors in moving us ever deeper into their neo-feudalist dystopia.

Neo feudalism

The phenomenon of corporations taking control of cultures and indiviuals through money, policies, practices, and gatekeeping in general to the point that they control many aspects of everyday private life.

We have all seen the fusion of the right and left sides of the aisle to such an extent that it matters little who really is speaking but matters a great deal who is footing the bill. Democracy has almost become a joke where the only access to power is via the monetary approval of those who pay the most, small donators can be safely ignored.

One of the few major power bases outside of the business elite were the trade unions, now a mere penumbra of their former selves, bashed into near obsolescence by continual and unremitting propaganda.

Individual democracies became hollow shells as corporations became truly global powers; having to offer monetary incentives to even have a chance of pleasing them enough for them to remain in the country that provided for their success. Cheap labor was treated as an economic positive rather than as economic imperialism. If  our own people need more we will find those that have nothing and make their lives better so the argument goes; since our people have become lazy takers. The proposition that there are jobs that any of us would not do is fallacious it's just that undocumented disenfranchised workers are cheaper still. Just another lie to feed the ravening beast.

The economy is global, we must compete goes the meme, only because we made it so the reply. The rules were made up under the misleading headline of "free trade" which totally ignored the economic variances in the countries concerned by these business pacts. The only motivator for these pacts was profit and has absolutely nothing to do with making lives better, as soon as one set of workers becomes too expensive to tolerate they move on and roost in cheaper climes.

When the whole system became unstable due the excesses of the borrow to buy society came to an unsteady head those that paid for it were the least able to do so, cuts in the social safety net were fair game and Austerity the new nirvana. One can see little austerity affecting the elite. The banks were bailed out and have expanded by 30% since the crash, well at least we now know who was stimulated and who profited. Tax avoidance by corporations and individuals able to afford to do so has become a revered pastime,  the lower the tax paid the better the player.

Our highest court has done everything in its power to accelerate this concentration of power it the fewest hands, constitution be damned, it's a buyers market.

The greatest challenge we all face is climate change but how often do we hear we must first save the economy before we can do anything. The promise of jobs as a result of this refusal to act is the carrot, how hollow is that promise. Build the pipeline is the cry, yet the true cost of the use of such vile and polluting primary energy ignored.

My objection to the Affordable Care Act [and yes, it is one of the only pieces of legislation that actually helps] is that it is a two edged sword. It's a capitalist for profit solution to a social need locking in a permanent customer base. I can however see social security going the same way, releasing vast amounts of money to further concentrate the wealth.

We have redistributed the wealth before to pay for economic collapse and wars in the past, now those solutions are not only sneered at but engender some sort of panic among the people that would not be affected in the first place. That has been some wonderful marketing by the elite and their mouthpieces. the privately own media organs. The fact that they own the political system goes without saying.

The Estate tax became the death tax and it hardly was a burden to even those tiny few that had to pay.

Unearned income has become some form of investing in the fabric of our nation rather than just being a lazy way to accumulate wealth, and to keep that wealth where it belongs. Taxing it at 50% is heresy so I am lead to believe. Investing in the market is more playing the market and even the hint of a tiny tiny tax on trades is the word of the devil.

The tax code has become a joke, if you pay it you are one of the poor folks. Talking progressive taxation is heathen commie talk. Hence we pay it and the extraordinarily wealthy laugh at us, and then turn around and try to buy yet more influence.

It times of crisis past we knew what had to be done, tax, invest in infrastructure and devise real systems to protect the weakest.

The solution we are told now is to disinvest in the people, find the cheapest labor to produce our goods and hand it to the rich who will provide for our well being. Trickle down bullshit in short.

The complaint is not that there are no solutions, it is that those solutions have been so successfully perjured as to be the very cause of our problems today and must be further eroded still.

You must be bored of me but now, so I'll stop for the time being.

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  •  Every word you wrote is true. (8+ / 0-)

    TandR.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 01:01:37 AM PDT

  •  When an argument is dismissed out of hand, (13+ / 0-)

    it's a sign that it is cogent and has hit its mark.
    Thinking humans know when predators have been pointed out. Some, like the fellow down the street who keeps dogs that bite, like to keep predators as pets.

    Our various non-governmental corporations have been turned into predators by the people who make (authorize) them, legislative bodies of various kinds and sizes, for their own purposes. The main purpose for the creation of predaotry organizations, IMHO, is to compensate for the reality that governmental corporations, unlike solitary dictators or tyrants, are severely constrained. This constraint comes as a nasty surprise to public officials who envision themselves as having been elevated to a power point and then discover they're supposed to be public servants, at the beck and call of every bloke that can vote. So, they hire them some minions, hunting dogs, just like the Mafia, to engender fear in their enemy, the public.

    The antagonism displayed by the likes of Paul Ryan and Lindsey Graham and John McCain is not entirely irrational or without cause. The public is enemy number one because it can turn them out of office if not kept in line. The threats have a purpose. If people didn't have the power, there'd be no need to intimidate them.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 01:19:18 AM PDT

  •  We are at a pivotal point in our history (12+ / 0-)

    Unless we change we are doomed.  The political system has become a money addict.  And money is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands.

    We need structural change.  This change will not come from within the political parties.  Change (it was someone's slogan as I remember) will come from a new movement that will take over through one of the parties but it will be a grassroots movement stated by people (like us?) who understand that there is a better way.  The movement had a prelude called Occupy Wall Street.  It was NOT a waste of time.  It was a beginning.  

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 03:00:58 AM PDT

    •  It's the judiciary stupid. And the money. (2+ / 0-)
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      This aspect of OWS did not get the traction of the 99% vs. 1%, but the ideological take over of the judiciary is what allowed the system to be gamed.

      Right-wing ideologues on the bench openly assert intentions of the framers that never, even remotely, existed in order to pave the way for the political implementation of their ideology. The same right-wing ideologues then also pretend that which are obvious, such as voter suppression efforts and money corrupting politics, do not exist or matter.

      The corrosive influence of money in judicial campaigns and political campaigns has created a self sustaining, perpetual motion cycle of decay in our judicial system that permits the wholesale destruction of our system of government as we knew it. The right-wing has won. Obama's judicial appointments and nominees have overwhelmingly been corporate attorneys and virtually every lower court has been stocked with right-wing, corporate supporting judges. There is no longer any judicial check on the operations and regulatory actions of the government to reign in corporate dominance of our society.

      As for solutions, Democratic candidates, if they exist, need to dispense with any pretense of deference to the High Court. The need to openly campaign on the blatant activism of the judiciary to transform this country into a neo-feudal, plutocratic nation.

    •  And yet we are, as the opposition correctly (4+ / 0-)
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      notes, appeasers. They know because they are running right over us.

      While we dither diligently with corrupt, gerrymandered, suppressed elections, they are now calling for deus ex machine, assassination and coups.

      We had a moment for the Gandhi approach but let it pass in favor of a few more turns at a rigged, loser's game of chess.

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

      by Words In Action on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 07:01:17 AM PDT

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  •  “Trickle-down” or “Vacuum-up” economics? (7+ / 0-)

    n/t

  •  "If you don't have a solution ... (4+ / 0-)
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    (and one that can be articulated in a maximum of three EZ soundbytes)  ...then don't comment at all" is a very fast growing meme especially across the internet. Very much a part of this bullshit Randian Superman moment in history. Makers/takers,winnahs, paternalistic solutionism,whiners,poutrage shaming...

    So many ways to quiet dissent.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 04:52:59 AM PDT

  •  We'll be lucky to get Neo Feudalism. (9+ / 0-)

    I'm afraid we're looking at Neo Colonialism, Corporate Colonialism, or Internal or Domestic Colonialism.

    In Feudalism, the health a wellbeing of the Lord is tied to his or her vassals and their health and wellbeing. If everyone is stupid and starving, you're not going to be a popular or powerful Lord. It could be covered in a common colloquialism,"You don't shit where you eat."

    But in corporate colonialism, they don't care. There are no ties to the people or land save the profits. Stupid and starving can mean more profit, which means more power. You extract the resources, screw the people and leave the spent, shriveled husk for the next robber baron.

    Great piece chica.

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 05:01:25 AM PDT

    •  That's assuming things remain (3+ / 0-)
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      civilized in the face of climate change.

      A pretty big assumption, seeing as the Pentagon is preparing for endless war and an incredibly unstable world.

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

      by Words In Action on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 07:03:19 AM PDT

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  •  The UK Would Not Be the Country to Understand (3+ / 0-)

    this, but when our founders identified colonialism as the problem, they didn't have a good solution for nearly 15 more years, well after they'd won independence.

    Seems to me they faced the same problem later in W. Asia.

    There are times when it gets more important to remove an irritant than to wait for a healing plan.

    History shows people have repeatedly made that choice, so when complaints are rising, leadership would be wise not to take great comfort in a shortage of obvious solutions.

    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 Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 05:11:10 AM PDT

  •  There are solutions... (5+ / 0-)

    but first you have to revolutionize your thinking. the concept of direct democracy and more local control, with the overlying concept that no one has the right to do damage to the earth or harm other human beings, could straighten out our priorities. It would revolutionize our system. The bloated Pentagon budget...has to go. The wars overseas have to end. Redirecting funds to environmental and human concerns must become the priority. Heck, we need to envision a recreation of a monetary system that is not based on debt. Start a discussion group. That might be first step to freeing up the minds of people and freeing up their imagination. First we need to imagine a different world, then practice making it a reality.

  •  YIPPEE!!! The key to immortality. (3+ / 0-)

    People are not immortal.  We will all die.  I have no solution.

    Your argument is invalid since you propose no solution
    .
  •  "Russell Brand". Not to be confused with... (2+ / 0-)
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    Willy Brandt.

    "Woe unto ye beetles of South America." -- Charles Darwin, about to sail on The Beagle, 1831

    by Katakana on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 05:36:16 AM PDT

  •  The rightful standard of credibility: (1+ / 0-)
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    rock crusher burn

    Heh

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 06:16:25 AM PDT

    •  It sure (0+ / 0-)

      Simplifies things. ;^)

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

      by Words In Action on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 07:06:34 AM PDT

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  •  and here I thought this was going to be (1+ / 0-)
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    an engineering diary, or at least, a chemistry one.

    and a slight edit

    Your argument is invalid since you propose no solution.*
    *That makes me money.
  •  Didn't you use this same argument to me? (0+ / 0-)
    I don't have a plan by Sparhawk, Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:57:30 AM EDT (4+ / 0-)

     Good glad to hear it because non of the (2+ / 0-)
    people who talk about population control seem to be able to give one.
    And that annoys the crap out of me because its an argument that leads nowhere
    To be decided
    by LaFeminista on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:07:25 AM EDT
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    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 07:28:26 AM PDT

    •  You started off with a proposed solution to (1+ / 0-)
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      global warming after completely poo-pooing the diary, [its a pretty good way of getting a diarist annoyed]. The only way in your book was:

      Until population growth is stopped or (preferably) reversed there will be constant looming disaster, green tech or no green tech.
      I was interested in how your solution to the problem would be enacted since I regarded this as a pretty bold statement. So I pushed.

      If you had started of with a the proposition that the problem lies in that there may be too many people demanding more and more resources then that would open the discussion, however that was not your view. You already had the only solution to your way of thinking.

      Often population control is still founded on the principle others should die off for whoever is proposing the control.

      I could say that I agree with you on population control by saying mass sterilization is a sensible way forward. Or perhaps euthanasia is a more acceptable process if everyone has the same sell by date. Some people say if we make people happy enough they will automatically stop breeding, some prefer education. Some believe we will fuck up[ on a global scale and poof problem solved.

      What I was trying to do was find out your preferred methodology.

       In the diary above I propose some methods that have been used before and also state:

      There are simple solutions but heaven forbid they are tried again even though the worked before since they threaten the very foundations upon which the elite have returned to being a highly protected species. In fact so protected by the system they have become they are now the aggressors in moving us ever deeper into their neo-feudalist dystopia.
      and
      The complaint is not that there are no solutions, it is that those solutions have been so successfully perjured as to be the very cause of our problems today and must be further eroded still.
      Now if you propose solutions [as in my diary] because in fact I found the piece by Brand a little on the whiny side, then that opens up the discussion as to how.
  •  The Problem: Corporate Hegemony. (2+ / 0-)
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    Democracy is proving to be impotent in pushing back against the forces of corporate hegemony. When individuals and corporations are able to use their considerable financial advantage to dictate the principals of governance, democracy itself becomes nothing more than a hope chest that contains the wishes and dreams of the citizenry. There is no marriage, there is no honeymoon, there is no happy ever after.

    The Solution:


    Try explaining to your pet slug that you just had escargot for dinner.

    by glb3 on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 08:40:08 AM PDT

    •  Unfettered Free Market Capitalism ... (1+ / 0-)
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      will lead to Corporate Hegemony every time. It is then, that the societies that have naively, or willingly, unleashed this 'monster' will begin to rot from the neck down.

      Ooooh that smell
      Can't you smell that smell
      Ooooh that smell
      The smell of death surrounds you


      Try explaining to your pet slug that you just had escargot for dinner.

      by glb3 on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 08:54:05 AM PDT

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