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Why Occupy Wall Street?

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The top 1% hold 42% of America’s financial wealth.  Over the last 30 years, average CEO salary has increased from 50x that of workers to over 300x (http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html).

Job growth is actually the worst in this last decade with a 35% top marginal tax rate compared to other decades with 50%, 75%, and even 90% (http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/06/marginal_tax_employment_charticle.html).

The Glass-Steagall Act, a bank regulatory law enacted in response to the first Great Depression that separated retail (your savings) and investment banking, was repealed in 1999.

Citizens United v. FEC (2010) grants corporations the right to spend unlimited sums of money on politics on the grounds that they have “personhood” and so have free speech rights.

Income inequality has been increasing since the 1970s: The “top 1%” are getting wealthier while the poor stagnate and the middle class shrinks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_inequality_in_the_United_States).

The solution:  Campaign finance reform.  Get corporate money out of politics.

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October 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

comedy central is no joke

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The Daily Show, with John Stewart, featuring recent guests like Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, and King Abdullah II (of Jordan)–discussing extremism, distortion in American media, and the middle east peace talks.

I watched the Daily Show today and caught Mr. Stewart’s interview with King Abdullah II. I was extremely impressed. Television is bullshit. History Channel, Discovery Channel, Scifi, CNN, FOX–it’s all bullshit. Then, there’s Comedy Central… oh my there is Comedy Central. Comedy Central is a troll in the idiocratic sea of cable television. With the premise of providing shits and giggles, Comedy Central engages viewers who laugh, at first, but think… and think critically, at last. It’s subtle. It’s smart…

Jimmy Carter: “I’ve heard about a rally. So you’re getting involved in politics?”

John Stewart: “No, but it’s going to be pretty funny.”

…It’s the seed of exactly what America needs.

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September 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm

feminism and masculinism

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While women still deal with injustice in our current society, men are also in need of advocacy (especially in certain areas, like family court, which is very important given how commonplace divorce has become)…

“I give my ex and her new husband (they had an affair when both were married, he’s on his third marriage now) $2100/month. My two kids are with me around 60% of the time (overnights in 2009). In actual hours, they are with me 4x as much as they are with her. The combined household income at her place has exceeded what I earn. They have new cars and a lakehouse–one that my kids have been to twice in 1.5 years. I live check to check, with little savings.” -GunFingers (reddit.com)

Another big issue that men face is domestic violence, which accounts for 40% of all domestic violence cases. In this area, battered women have many resources and a great deal of societal support to help them leave or improve their situation. Not so for men. In fact, men face the additional barriers of shame and masculinity that further inhibit them.

We need to move beyond feminism and masculinism (not that the latter exists). Feminism and conceptual masculinism both ignore the issues faced by the other genders (pl to include the non-normatives in the LGBT community). Masculinism would probably also be mistaken for misogyny.

Feminists, would-be masculinists, and all interested others unite! Become a gender equalist today!

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March 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

Funny Thing Is…

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I came across a good comment today on reddit.  Amidst all the controversy over the Supreme Court’s ruling that corporations are people and money is speech, a point was made that none of this “injustice” to the will of the American people is new.  From Virginia plantation owners to railway barons to modern day corporations…  American “democracy” has always been under corrupt influence.  The ideals this country was founded on were sound:  Checks and balances, an informed public; by the people for the people.  However, the actual course of history–every step of the way–has been far from ideal.  For sure, things could be much worse.  For sure, many things have gone right.  However, there is still a fundamental problem with American government (any government) that no nation builder can ever guard against.

Service as a state or national representative was meant to be an honor–a privilege.  However, with that privilege are certain perks–and most perceive no dishonor in accepting.  When it comes down to it, the problem is neither the system nor the ruling elite.  When it comes down to it, the problem is one that lies within us all.

We all would like to believe that if we had the power to enact change, we would use it only for what is right and that we would never use it for selfish purposes (however large or small).  We expect this of our political leaders.  However, our expectations are irrational.

If you had the power to make deals and change lives, no doubt you would aspire to use it for good.  However, if you could also improve your own situation, perhaps at only a small expense to others, wouldn’t you?

I have lied.  I have cheated on tests.  I have shoplifted.  I have gotten away with these.  What have you gotten away with?  What do you think your governors, legislators and presidents can get away with?

The argument for any government is that people can do evil.  However, who can constitute the government but people?

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January 23, 2010 at 12:35 am