Member of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote these beautiful words today: “I do not believe in late-stage capitalism or that prioritizing the extreme pursuit of profit at any and all human/environmental costs will save us. I believe in cooperative economics and cooperative democracy, aka democratic socialism.”
I totally agree with you. I watched your film Where Do We Invade Next and saw what other countries do for health care, education, incarceration, workers rights and so many other things and I wondered what have we done to our country that we cannot have those same things. In my opinion it is all about greed and power. We seem to have lost our way and our concern for each other. Why do we have so many homeless, so many children living in poverty with not enough to eat. It literally breaks my heart. I am old and feel powerless. I can make phone calls and write letters but it seems as if no one on the other end is listening. Anyway thank you Michael for all you do to keep us hopeful but also realistic.
I believe that Allen Ginsberg said: A society that make eating a privilege and not a right, has no right to exist. Yep in the 70's We're still there. No child can learn when they are hungry, maybe starving.
We gotta share that pie with everybody! :)
Absolutely agree......and I keep hearing that the majority is with us, so we and they had all better support great candidates like AOC and VOTE! We need to move off the edge of destruction.
This is pitch perfect, Michael. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for president!
I totally agree with everything you're written here except the bit about the pie. Really, I'm trying to lose weight because god knows I can't depend on health care in this country. (Thanks for continuing to remind us of the vision, of the prize. We can forget it sometimes in the muckety-muck of essential-but-local-short-term struggles.)
American democracy has been in a free fall for 50 years. Both you and AOC speak the truth but I am not hearing any outrage from my fellow “social democrats” to the point of fighting for these rights in any effective way. We are outraged by the obvious hatred of women, LGBT, blacks, Latinos, immigrants … and on and on…(and let’s not forget to hate the impoverished and the homeless)in this country yet we then turn on CNN to listen to more lies from the Ex and have interviewers throw soft balls as questions. We never take a stand. We know Corporate America will never take a stand. I know as a Nurse Practitioner that the Healthcare system in America is too beholden to Wall Street,
Insurance Companies and Pharmaceutical Corporations to ever stand up for the average “Joe” in its care. Around and around we go, spinning more lies that we are the “greatest” country in the world when we are really a disgrace.
These are beautiful thoughts, Michael. It is Utopia. But, it won't work. I have often said our worst sin is GREED, and I believe it. But it has always been with us and always will be. Not all Homo sapiens are greedy, but too many are. We need to control and regulate that greed to give a fair opportunity to all. As for capitalism vs a sharing economy; wishful thinking. A well enforced, regulated, capitalism does work so long as we, the people are vigilant. That is what FDR gave us. What happened was after World War 2, we, the American people, were so caught up in our prosperity we ignored what was going on in our own back yard. We ignored the plight of our fellow human beings, we ignored the ignoramuses amongst us who blamed anyone who wasn't white, Anglo-Saxon, religious for any and all woes. We ignored the military industrial complex who had all these new toys to play with and needed a new sandbox to try them out. We ignored the creeping de-regulation and accumulation of wealth until we are suffocating under it. As Ben Franklin reportedly said, "a republic, if you can keep it." He knew it took vigilance and constancy to keep it. It would be nice if all of us would work together, share, appreciate the differences. But I'm 90 and I haven't seen even an attempt to reclaim that world since 1973. I sure hope you youngsters can bring it back.
All wealth is social wealth. Until our economic, political and social relations are grounded in that principle which corresponds to reality—everything we eat, wear, live in or move through space in, is produced by or made possible by, social labor of one kind or another— there can't be a healthy, functioning society which embraces all the producers and contributors to human abundance.
"R-E-S-P-E-C-T, just a little bit..."
Once again, you are the voice of reason, sanity, and compassion. What you described sounds like heaven on earth to me. What keeps occurring to me is that we have no unifying force- nothing to inspire us all to work together to build a better world. People seem to all be going in different directions. What I have come to deeply believe is that we haven’t evolved enough to create the kind of world you describe and the world I believe in. I hope and pray that somehow we can avoid nuclear destruction and climate catastrophe and I hope this earth can stay intact long enough to support the human species, as hopefully we continue to evolve and learn from our mistakes and realize going in different directions is alienating us from each other. We need to pull together and recognize that we are not so different from each other and if we could give voice to our hopes and dreams, we would see how alike we are. There is so much hope and fear related to artificial intelligence, but maybe it will take this to help us move ahead, if it doesn’t wind up destroying us. It is just possible that, as AI develops, it won’t put up with our shenanigans and will view us as a sorry lot, and take control. We had better get our act together, because I don’t think the angels are coming to save us from ourselves or they would have come long ago. I may sound very discouraged and negative but I am not. I have great hope.I believe in us!
YES. Brilliant, as always, Michael, and succinct. It's all right here. I'm an AOC fan, too, and only wish to see you both out front all the time.
As always, both you and AOC are spot on and speaking truth to power. But, again as always, let us remember this “republic” was NOT designed to be a democracy, in which the person with the most votes wins. Period. Stop. It was designed for sexist, misogynist, white, male enslavers. Regrettably, we are still in that primitive stage. And, as much as I love and admire Leonard Cohen, he’s wrong about this one: Democracy is NOT coming to the USA, unless we the people bring it with us.
Really? Economic Democracy? Don’t we have enough to worry about considering that the MSM once again is forgetting the lessons from 2015-16? We had a madman occupy the airwaves last night for 80 minutes to get what? Ratings?
We need to stick to the only thing that matters. Trump gets back in...
Here is $140 Trillion for US - <http://uswealthclock.com> US Wealth Clock - We are *not* in Debt!
I've sent this to you before, Michael, here it is again. No extra charge. Sources cited on the one page web site above. Is there a taboo? I didn't get the memo, but it sure seems like it.
Renters pay wealth tax. Renters pay *all* of the property tax of their landlords -- but they do not get the deduction. They should. Retroactively. Homeowners pay wealth tax, in our case mostly on the bank's wealth. We get the deduction, our tax is not over the limit the Rs corruptly imposed.
The wealthiest people do not pay wealth tax, in any sane comparison!
The top 10% hold about $90 Trillion, net. Net. We pay 1.3% 1.3% on $90 Trillion would be well over $1 Trillion to the Treasury. Per year.
That would come from pure parity, equality and equity. Change nothing -- just demand fairness --change everything. That said, the tax should probably be measurably progressive.
There is more. Thanks for all you do, and have done, and how -- b.rad
ps I have sent dozens, maybe more than 100 letters and post cards. I have talked one on one with the excellent Senators Merkley and Wyden, and Professor Reich. Nada. Apoplectic. Quietly.
Thank you so much, Michael, for your moving and humane posts! This is one of my favorites.
I completely agree. In my opinion the first step in the right direction is to remove money as an incentive to run for office. Candidates by law must use only public money to run for office. Each candidate should be given the same amount of money. The fec should collect receipts from each candidate as they spend the money allotted to them. When it’s gone, there’s no more.
Campaign donations are bribes...period. Since the Citizens United decision our government has steadily become more corrupt. The Republican Party
is thoroughly corrupt, the Supreme Court is corrupt
and 50% of the fec (the Repub.members) have turned a blind eye to foreign money donations from Russia, so they are also corrupt. Our healthcare system and pharmaceutical industry are also corrupt. The oil and gas industry has long been corrupt. Republicans are now working to destroy our public school system as well. The way I see it is, we are on the brink of losing what’s left of our democracy.
I have no idea why honest, middle class people vote
for republicans unless they are racists, criminals or mentally impaired. The gop goal is as plain as it can be.Their intent is to destroy our government and permanently rig it in favor of the wealthy and corporations. But that can’t be done until they usher in a fascist regime that will systematically rob every American and deplete our Treasury for their own personal gain. The current crop of House republicans are so dumb they have no idea they will be fleeced along with everyone else. If you’ve seen the movie “Idiocracy,” you know what I’m talking
In summary: We need legislation ready to go should
enough people come to their senses and give Dems a majority in both the House & Senate. The legislation would make campaign contributions a felony. Next, if Biden is still president it’s imperative to add 4 more justices to the Supreme Court asap.
Former Harvard Law professor Emeritus Lawrence Tribe, former retired U.S. District judge Gertner and Univ. of Pennsylvania Law professor Kermit Roosevelt III all served on the Biden Commission to study the Supreme Court. Gertner & Tribe wrote after the commission issued its report and disbanded, “We are on a one-way trip from a slightly defective …democracy toward a system in which the few corruptly govern the many.” And, “The most important issue is the legitimacy of what our nation is becoming. *Expanding the Court to combat it is a risk worth taking.” Prof. Kermit Roosevelt wrote,
“I Spent 7 Months Studying Supreme Court Reform. We Need to Pack the Court Now.”
In case you aren’t convinced about adding 4 justices
to the Supreme Court, the current corrupt,
conservative majority have already seriously undermined the Separation of Church and State in decisions re two different cases. For anyone who hasn’t realized it, or just not thought about it for awhile, religion is a dandy tool to use for the purpose of oppressing a population.