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Tue Jan 22, 2019, 11:28 PM

"it's almost disappointing how incredibly popular AOC is ...

Because everything she's saying is what all of us should already be saying"



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ProfessorPlum Jan 2019 OP
KY_EnviroGuy Jan 2019 #1
C Moon Jan 2019 #2

Response to ProfessorPlum (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 02:05 AM

1. She's spot on - Economic inequality is killing us.

Here's a good long-read article that relates to this crucial issue:

The new elite’s phoney crusade to save the world – without changing anything
Photograph: DPA/Alamy

Today’s titans of tech and finance want to solve the world’s problems, as long as the solutions never, ever threaten their own wealth and power.
By Anand Giridharadas

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/22/the-new-elites-phoney-crusade-to-save-the-world-without-changing-anything

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When the fruits of change have fallen on the US in recent decades, the very fortunate have basketed almost all of them. For instance, the average pretax income of the top 10th of Americans has doubled since 1980, that of the top 1% has more than tripled, and that of the top 0.001% has risen more than sevenfold – even as the average pretax income of the bottom half of Americans has stayed almost precisely the same. These familiar figures amount to three-and-a-half decades’ worth of wondrous, head-spinning change with zero impact on the average pay of 117 million Americans. Globally, over the same period, according to the World Inequality Report, the top 1% captured 27% of new income, while the bottom half of humanity – presently, more than 3 billion people – saw 12% of it.

That vast numbers of Americans and others in the west have scarcely benefited from the age is not because of a lack of innovation, but because of social arrangements that fail to turn new stuff into better lives.

We simply cannot go on like this forever.......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 02:27 AM

2. The billionaires want to take society back to the industrial age

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