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Universal Basic Income

The Cost Of Living 

To be alive.

Recently, I did some research into historic product costs and while doing so came across some pretty sad and desperate thoughts by people suffering under our current financial and social system. Here’s a few things I found.

Between 1974 and 1977 minimum wage was roughly $2.50 per hour. Back then a loaf of bread cost 0.29, green pepper 0.08, onion 0.03, chicken 0.29lb, bulb garlic 0.10, milk 0.99 gal, ice cream 1/2 gal 0.79.

Today those very same items would cost roughly $20.00.

In 1974 rent for a 2bd flat, heat included, was $125.00 a month, today that same flat rents for $1350.00 plus heat.

In 1974 30% of your income went towards shelter. Today it is 40 to 45%.

That 15% difference should be savings.

Anyone making $20 per hour today is actually making less than minimum wage in 1977. Minimum wage, based on the price of inflation – THINGS WE NEED TO LIVE – should be roughly $23.00 per hour just to break even.

If you are making $7.50 or even $10.00 per hour you are living in perpetual debt and financially a sub-standard lifestyle.

The Sad Reality

Dungeons and dragons.

Currently, most working people are living on what I call The New Reservation: After the US Army rounded up the Native Peoples, put them on what became known as The Reservation. Those who were “lucky” enough to work off The Reservation received a substandard wage for their labor. The only place to purchase any goods or foods in those areas was a place called The General Store (this model was also used in smaller towns known as The Company Store). Prices at these stores were so inflated the people living there were forced to run up credit in order to survive leaving them forever in debt and stuck on The Reservation.

The majority of us are all living on The New Reservation now, and many are also stuck on The New Plantation.

The New Plantation is the prison system, most of the people in prison are in for non-violent offenses, but rather than have them make fair restitution, apologize, perhaps even seek the help or skills they need to live they are put into the private prison system where it just so happens that their warm-behind-bars-bodies pays well on the floor of the stock market – between $25K to $60K a year, actual human upkeep on that scale, $10k. Further, regardless of the offence in the private system be assured these people serve every single day of their sentence, there is little to no room for good behavior. Those in prison who work; assembling furniture or sitting in a call-center earn 0.79 an hour for their labor.  Again, this segment of society is faced with inflated prices for the purchase of the simple pleasures within the prison system they need or want such as a call home, a pack of cigarettes or a candy bar.

Out here in the real world chances are you have no medical insurance. Even under ObamaRomneyCare, face it, with a $6k deductible, you have no health care. If you are low income you are paying $200 a month for nothing. Let’s follow the money, see where it goes Connecticut.

However, if you are low income and can swallow your pride, you might qualify for Food Stamps, or in the new Orwellian-Speak ‘Food Share.’ Still, you are eating highly processed packaged food because you either lack the education on how to eat right or too depressed to even care.

You also have no savings, maxed out any credit card you may have had at some outrageously high interest rate, perhaps you are even in student loan debt or stuck in some payday loan scam.

You are most likely living in low income housing or rent a run down apartment in an unsafe area wondering how much worse it can possibly get.

Chances are your job, if you have one, is unfulfilling, has no benefits, pension or real future.

You wonder how you even get up in the morning.

Your only source of entertainment and diversion is the internet, if you are savvy enough to operate and own a computer, or you’re bombarded by endless commercials on TV telling you all the things you need that you can’t afford and are subjugated to watching the lifestyles of people, the elite class, your betters, the lucky ones, you’ll never know or be like.

Your life expectancy in the US has now dropped by 10 to 15 years.

At this point you’re too proud to make any new friends because you’re always broke, down and out. You’re too embarrassed to talk to or bother your family, who is also struggling with finances and waking up in the morning to their unfulfilling dead end jobs. In your eyes the word failure is written and everyone can see it, so you keep your head down, get through the day and escape home hoping you don’t get mugged or sick.

Your mind wanders more often to the topic of a quick and painless end, because none of this really matters, and that mindset is reinforced daily by businesses and colleagues who remind you that you’re easily replaced and no one needs your business. This is what’s call the free market, the modern capitalism of unpersonhood. Darwin in action.

You’re living a few steps and a paycheck away from homelessness.

By this time many fall into drugs and too often people feel that coming back from an overdose is worse than dying.

THIS is NOT Western Civilization, this is borderline Communism, Corporatism,  Plutocracy, Slavery call it what you will, but it not the struggle for a better or balanced life.

America Is Spiraling

Prison is the New Plantation, Debt is the New Reservation, War is a Culture of Death.

Basic Income changes all that.

All of it!

Basic Income is really just compensation for the last 45 years of deflated wages and massive unfair debt and yes, usury.

If you are counting on your good graces, charming disposition, laurels or luck to get you through life, think again. Those who have lost those 10 to 15 years of life expectancy are dying in massive debt, on average $63k worth of debt on their death bed and that debt is left to you, your children, your grandchildren and their grandchildren. Complete economic and educational control is now in the hands of the few.

The black hole of debt is growing and the bigger it gets the faster is sucks in everything in its path, and it is making its way up the income ladder. You are on that list.

If we don’t start lifting people up their sorrow and misery will collapse the whole damn thing and much sooner than we all think. What we have now will be utterly wiped out, and your quality of life will be armed with a 24/7 watch.

That said, I have a few words for those who say and feel that basic income is a hand-out for lazy people who just don’t want to work, you are wrong, dead wrong, ask a retired veteran, many who volunteer their time in schools, helping the sick, elderly, their brothers in need and for all who were lucky, had the strength to stick it through now live, through our good graces, on a basic income military pension.

If you lean towards the higher moral ground of ‘an honest dollar for an honest day’s work’ those old days you long for do not exists. Let me fill you in on our massive and miserable failure when is came to locking up the crooked bankers, the ending of corporate subsidies, all that massive crazy foreign aid, unaccountable military debt for endless wars that have absolutely nothing to do with ‘these here United States.’

How can anyone justify all the larceny and theft over an American Citizens basic survival?

There are market solutions beside a basic income: shore-up the 1974 income gap inflation as demonstrated above, cut profits and CEO salaries to level those earnings off and out, but also forbid the creation of robots, because now they are cheaper to run and more reliable than you are. However, to implement these solutions would require massive unrest, a civil war, our politician are owned by the very people these solutions would effect and you can’t stop the progress of technology.

The rhetoric our politicians, corporate CEOs and those who keep looking the other way still longing to hold out for that REAL Capitalism and that REAL Free Market which will fix everything, all that talk has proven to the majority is you are no longer trustworthy, and without trust you got zot!

Trust Is Everything

Everything.

Universal Basic Income is our last best hope to restore some of that trust, it is the injection, the cure, for a peaceful solution in a free society.

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Why they want you dead
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#GYMAC

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Rethinking the Future

IMG_4581“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” -R Buckminster Fuller

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“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.

It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.

The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living.

We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist.

So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors.

The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” -R Buckminster Fuller

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unfamiliar with Malthus – nice short summary regarding his theory on population.
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All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. –Sun Tzu
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World Game “Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” – R Buckminster Fuller
dymaxion-map

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“Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit …”Marcus Tullius Cicero

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‘Capitalism is a religion – it has its books, rituals, ministers, institutions. If you are a heretic you will be shamed and condemned. If you go against its rules or systems you will be imprisoned or damned. If you becomes an expert in it you will be regarded as a high priest and richly rewarded. In the religion of Capitalism everything necessary to life on earth is regarded as a monetized resource controlled by a hierarchy, and through this hierarchy it will be decided how long you live or when you die. Capitalism creates inequality. One of its most regarded idols/deities worshiped in Capitalism is money.’ atrib. Russell Brand

In 2015 more than 90% of the world practice some form of Capitalism.

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just do it

“I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I  am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all means possible… except by getting off his back.”Leo Tolstoy

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.”Che Guevara

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“A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.” – Carlos Castaneda
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“The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.” ― George Bernard Shaw
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“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” – Emma Goldman

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“Presidents are selected, not elected.”Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“If Americans simply choose to vote for the person who has a D or an R by their name, we will get what we deserve, which is what we have now.”Dr. Ben Carson

“In times of war laws are silent.” -Cicero

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“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize”

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“The rhetoric of penalties is the pretext for war – the real enemy of the American Government; or any Corporate Owned Government, is its People.” – atsame

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“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”
“Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” “Workers of all lands unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains” Karl Marx

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What is commodity fetishism – it is the perception of the social relationships involved in production, not as relationships among people, but as economic relationships among the money and commodities exchanged in market trade. As such, commodity fetishism transforms the subjective, abstract aspects of economic value into objective, real things that people believe have intrinsic value. — Basically, when your STUFF is more important than people.

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In the economy ocean money is like a shark, if it doesn’t keep moving it dies.

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“Freedom is participation in power.”Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Zionism is a Racist Ideology a Culture of Death Driven by Saligia

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“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” -MLK

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“The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.” Hunter S Thompson 09/12/01

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“If any State in the Union will declare that it prefers separation with the first alternative, to a continuance in union without it, I have no hesitation in saying, ‘let us separate’. I would rather the States should withdraw, which are for unlimited commerce and war, and confederate with those alone which are for peace and agriculture.” -Thomas Jefferson

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“The Colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament, which has caused in the Colonies hatred of England and the Revolutionary War.” -Benjamin Franklin

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“The American People could have anything they want, trouble is they don’t want much of anything.E V Debs

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“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”H.L. Mencken

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“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” Upton Sinclair

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“The day I lost all faith in humanity was also the day I was no longer afraid to die.” -anon

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“That which is falling should also be pushed” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
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to find the time

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Anarchism

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What Is Freedom?

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High Popalorum vs Low Popahirum

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share the wealth

Huey Long – “Share Our Wealth Plan”  a program designed to provide a decent standard of living to all Americans by spreading the nation’s wealth among the people.

-Cap personal fortunes at $50 million each — equivalent to about $600 million today (later reduced to $5 – $8 million, or $60 – $96 million today)
-Limit annual income to one million dollars each (about $12 million today)
-Limit inheritances to five million dollars each (about $60 million today)
-Guarantee every family an annual income of $2,000 (or one-third the national average – $21k today)
-Free college education and vocational training
-Old-age pensions for all persons over 60
-Veterans benefits and healthcare
-A 30 hour work week
-A four week vacation for every worker
-Greater regulation of commodity production to stabilize prices

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FDR

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The Seven Basic Human Needs and Rights For Any Civilized Society
Clean and Safe Shelter
Clean Food and Water
A Balanced Ethical Education
Health and Physical Care
Productive Purposeful Work
Free and Open Communication
and like all of Nature and Heaven’s Creations Rest
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“Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.” – Henry Ford

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all creative work is derivative – all creative work builds on what came before
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Friendly Fascism; The New Face of Power in America, by Bertram Gross

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all you need is love and an empty cup

 

“I want to go far far away out into the country, smell the fresh earth under the morning dew, hear the birds chirp and coo, dig into the dirt, grow fresh food and come brillig watch the flowers bloom.” -ish
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liberté, égalité, fraternité
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if money wasn’t the driving force in America, what would it be then?” -ish

“hope is a poor man’s deprivation” – ish

“You are on a big rock hurling through space with no particular place to go” -ish

“The universe is indifferent to your needs – stop worshiping a book – get along, at least don’t go out of your way to hurt others, build a fence if you must.” – ish

“public schools today are meant to:
warehouse children while parents slave at unimportant jobs filled with drudgery.
to instruct them on the rules, guidelines and policies of the larger institutions they will become reliant upon throughout their lives.
to deny them the ability of critical thinking by diverting them away from the skills of reason and logic.
to withhold the power of thinking freely.
to squash creativity.
to maintain the status quo.” -ish

 


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 “prison is the new plantation, debt is the new reservation, war is a culture of death” -ish

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“knowledge is power, but  it means nothing without the will to act” -ish

 

“An Observation:
Group A: individualist, doesn’t like collectivism until lead.
Group B: collectivist, relies on community until told what to do” -ish

 

“if you can’t take joy in hard work then it’s not good work” -ish

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