I’ve been busy writing over at my facebook page, The Chris Herbert Show, where I post multiple times per day. Obviously it takes up most of my time and energy, which is why Beezernotes has been so neglected for such a long time.
So to catch up here’s some of my recent posts on facebook, which is named after a community television show I produce, on channel 23 in Manchester, NH.
“These days if you suggest that great companies should serve several constituencies (customers, employees, shareholders) and that American companies should share more of their wealth with those who generate it (employees) you get called a ‘socialist.’ You get called a ‘liberal.’ You get told that you ‘don’t understand economics.’ You get accused of promoting ‘wealth confiscation.’ You get told that, in America, people get paid what they deserve to be paid: Anyone who wants more money should go out and ‘start their own company,’ or ‘demand a raise,’ or ‘get a better job.’ In other words you get told that anyone who suggests that great companies should share the value they create with all three constituencies instead of just lining the pockets of shareholders is an idiot.” Business Insider link.
“We’re all getting rolled but we don’t know history so we don’t know we’re getting rolled. Same thing happened in the Depression, even with Dems and FDR in charge. FDR helped reduce the damage, but there was still a lot of ‘bacon saving’ of the wealthy back then too. The wealthy always have ‘first call’ on assets during recession or depressions, in fact it’s a nice fire sale for the wealthiest ones. But the average Joe doesn’t count in the slightest, unless the average Joe is organized. We’re not organized. Too distant in time from the generation that knew better and protected itself. Our grandfathers and great grandfathers. They got rolled and they learned. Today we apparently need to learn it all over again. Too bad this stuff isn’t an instinct, like birds flying south for the winter. So raise the minimum wage, re-unionize, make all income subject to the same tax rates, and hire millions of American rebuilding the country’s infrastructure. And don’t vote for anyone who doesn’t explicitly agree to those economic actions. Stop getting rolled. This is not complicated.”
Well at least Victor got a job.
Michael James: Did you find a job?
Victor Skakapopulis: Yeah, I got something at the striptease. I help the girls dress and undress.
Michael James: Nice job.
Victor Skakapopulis: Twenty francs a week.
Michael James: Not very much.
Victor Skakapopulis: It’s all I can afford.
“The primary motivation behind both Democracy and Capitalism is that more people participate. The more people who participate, the more ideas, the more innovation, the more pretty much everything positive. In a way it’s a numbers game. Of all the developed countries the United States is the one with the least potential for upward mobility. It is the most unequal in terms of income distribution. It is the most stratified and least mobile between generations: Children of the wealthy become the next generation’s wealthy too, and so on. In brief, our Democracy and our Capitalism aren’t producing what they are supposed to produce. Why are the wealthy pulling up the ladder behind them in the United States?” FT Link.
“In the same (MSNBC) show last night Maddow highlighted another college town in western NC where they closed two of three voting
locations. The third was the most distant from town and the college, has 35 parking spaces, and has to handle 9,300 votes. The maximum recommended voting totals per voting location in NC is 1,500. You cannot make this stuff up. This is in your face anti-democracy in action. This ugly side of human nature is never far from the surface. To assume that somehow in a Democracy such beliefs have been vanquished is naive. Democracy is a recent phenomenon and it overturned some ancient regimes in coming to the fore. Those ancient belief systems of race and tribe, class, of patriarchal hegemony, can and will upend Democracy in a moment without constant vigilance. Now is a time of great danger, in my opinion. The Supreme Court and the Tea Party have both combined to suddenly vault property ownership above all other rights, including the right to vote which, in a properly running Democracy, is the premier right. That order is being challenged, from top to bottom, right now. Whether we move forward and strengthen our Democracy and our economic systems, or slide backwards toward a class and race oriented society, is an open question right now. We’ve lost our way, for the moment.”