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Post #: 456
Financial industry professional Sonya Sandage has provided the following infographic and argument detailing how Corporate Welfare is Almost Double Social Welfare.

Meanwhile Jon Stewart put it this succinctly in March 13, 2014 episode of the Daily Show.
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Post #: 457
Existential Comics dotcom has the following strip 19: The Germans Play Monopoly
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Post #: 458
Interesting history behind the game Monopoly, originally it was called The Landlord's Game, and a number of interesting people were around and playing the already well developed game before it was appropriated, patented and sold to Parker Bros. See BoingBoing's mini review of the original design by Lizzie Magie in Cory Doctorow's article review titled Monopoly was stolen from socialist land-reformers and perverted or read the full Harpers article by Christopher Ketcham Monopoly Is Theft

Excerpt:
    The game’s true origins, however, go unmentioned in the official literature. Three decades before Darrow’s patent, in 1903, a Maryland actress named Lizzie Magie created a proto-Monopoly as a tool for teaching the philosophy of Henry George, a nineteenth-century writer who had popularized the notion that no single person could claim to “own” land. In his book Progress and Poverty (1879), George called private land ownership an “erroneous and destructive principle” and argued that land should be held in common, with members of society acting collectively as “the general landlord.”

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Post #: 459


From imdb:
    The modern day Four Horsemen continue to ride roughshod over the people who can least afford it. Crises are converging when governments, religion and mainstream economists have stalled. 23 international thinkers come together and break their silence about how the world really works and why there is still hope in re-establishing a moral and just society. Four Horsemen is free from mainstream media propaganda, doesn't bash bankers, criticize politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. The film ignites the debate about how we usher a new economic paradigm into the world which, globally, would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.

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Four Horsemen - Q&A
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Post #: 461
Studying economics is like studying all the positives and negatives of life. The Four Horsemen Q&A was a positive. Tom McKay's PolicyMic article "NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It's Not Looking Good for Us" practically institutes a long term call to sustained action. The question now: What is the proper action?
Katlaya
Katlaya
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 9
I do believe that what is happenening here is a corporate control of our economy as well as us, a type of fascism. I saw, back in the 80's, the dumbing down of schools. It's been proven time and time again that people will do whatever as long as they're not hungry. Hence the food stamp program. They won't like it, but they will work 3 jobs to make a living without benefits. Even the ones that get "so called" benefits get relieved of half their meager wages if they are wanting them for a family instead of singly. Soooo....this will continue, the ruination of our country by greedy corporations, who are also on a grand scale of "government dole" in dollar amounts the the poor can't even concieve of and are now considered "people", btw, by our illustrious Supreme Court, until people can no longer make it with one foot on a banana peel and actually begin to go hungry. Through history, this was the final straw. This is when people begin to stop being slaves and revolt. Both political parties work for big money, but Obama may indeed be crazy like a fox. Love the pun there, but I digress. It's very strange, to me anyway, that he would sign a bill enacting the lessening of food stamps over the next 10 yrs. Did he really play into the hands of the extreme right or did he plan their demise? Remember, hungry people rise up. People can see what's going on, but they look at each other and say, " What can "I" do? Both parties are corrupt. A third party will not win an election. A vast famine in this country will suddenly get everyone to thinking how to get the government back. Let history be your guide. Do not get me wrong, that's definitely not what I want, but that is pretty much what it will take. People are still fixated that the "American Dream" is still possible and it will take something drastic to shake that bygone belief propaganda.
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Post #: 462
Strong words Katlaya! And you bring some very good observations and analysis. Who is willing to work for a just peace in this world?
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Post #: 463
"On Solid Ground" is an award winning documentary providing a path for returned sustainable economic truth where the followers of the model come out in an equitable just peace and prosperity.

On Solid Ground from Robert Schalkenbach Foundation on Vimeo.
As members of this philosophy meetup group each of you with specific life experiences, what do you think of this homegrown and already proven economic model for funding our communities, societies, states, and nation?
Katlaya
Katlaya
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 10
Great film! I guess our country is just being run by the greedy taking it out on the needy. Is there still a middle class at all? It's like everyone is for a money grab. I don't buy "trinkets" for my home. My car is paid for, it's a 2002 and I will drive it until the wheels fall off. I grow my own tomatoes (and I live in a condo), I eat organic and try to get this from local farmers. I don't eat the crap from the middle of the store isle that passes as food with all of it's chemicals and high fructose corn syrup. I avoid vegetable oils like the plague because they are the plague. I stick to coconut and sesame oil along with cold pressed peanut oil without chemicals. I buy my clothes at the Salvation Army on Wed. when they are half priced because I believe in recycle and repurpose. I avoid Walmart like the plague and the amount of times I eat at a fast food restaurant a month, one could count on their one hand. If everyone would just attempt to get away from the spend, spend, have the latest, spend again philosophy, we might have a chance. We are not going to change this country by voting in the right person because we are not given a choice of the right person anymore. Anyone running is backed by a large corporation with only their interests and the wealthy at heart, it has nothing to do with the voice of the "people". That died years ago. If we are going to take this country back, then we are going to have to stop buying what they are selling, begin to take our own food back, and begin to utilize our own neighborhoods better. This will take time, but it can be done. The barbarians defeated the huge Roman Empire, not by confronting their enemy head on, but by constantly hitting them over and over again in small skirmishes that kept bleeding the Romans dry over and over. Finally, it was just too costly to continue to fight them. We need to all take a lesson from history, those that have learned about it.
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