occupy wall street

The person at the store with food stamps isn’t the problem. A corrupt tax code that allowed 8 dudes to accumulate as much wealth as 4 billion people is the problem.

Dates To Remember

January 12th, 2010 - Earthquake in Haiti

May 16, 2010 - Aiyana Stanley-Jones

September 17, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street

February 26, 2012 - Trayvon Martin

April 14, 2014 - Nigerian school girls go missing

July 17, 2014 - Eric Garner

August 5th, 2014 - John Crawford III

August 9, 2014 - Mike Brown

August 9, 2014 (Still happening) - Ferguson Protests

January 3, 2015 - Nigeria Massacre

If I’ve forgotten anything, and I’m sure I have, please add on.

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Good News: Kansas Tax Cut Experiment Comes To An End As Lawmakers Vote To Raise Taxes

The failure of the trickle down economics is finally over which means:

The 👏 Koch 👏 brothers 👏 will 👏 now 👏 be 👏 paying 👏 their 👏 fair 👏 share 👏

Kansas lawmakers have voted to roll back a series of major tax cuts that became an example for conservative lawmakers around the country but didn’t deliver the growth and prosperity promised by Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican.

A coalition of conservative Republicans, some of whom voted for sweeping tax cuts in 2012 or defended them in the years since, sided with moderates and Democrats to override Brownback’s veto of a $1.2 billion tax increase.

The law to increase taxes over the next two years comes as legislators seek to close a projected $900 million budget gap for that same period and bolster funding for K-12 schools under a Kansas Supreme Court order.

“It’s a huge vote,” said state Rep. Steven Johnson, a Republican and chairman of the House tax panel, adding that legislative leadership had explored many routes to find a tax solution that would gain sufficient support in both chambers. “It’s a huge vote for looking for an option for Kansas among limited options.”

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Those on the left represent a threat to capitalist hegemony, whereas those on the right do not – in the above picture and on the political spectrum. You see the same disparity regarding the number of (and responses from) cops between the Occupy movement/Black Lives Matter and the Tea Party bullshit; one set of movements is challenging a dominant paradigm that the system is built around (white supremacist capitalism), while the other is pushing for further entrenchment into said paradigm. The Tea Party challenges nothing (“don’t tread on [the capitalist bosses]”); Occupy and BLM hint at a resurgence of leftist movements, and the establishment (yes, the capitalists and the state) doesn’t like that.

If #Trump is impeached and sent to prison then it might be a good time to take over Trump’s properties to help the homeless and low income families by giving them a roof over their heads. Let’s turn something negative into something positive that benefits everyone else at Trump’s expense.

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Ted Turner asks Carl Sagan if he is a socialist.

Still relevant today in time when our tax dollars should be used to fix our broken society. Instead, our tax dollars is used to subsidizing the rich, big oil, supporting Israel, and paying for reckless wars.

In the 1980s and 90s, mainstream lefty parties around the world rebranded. Clinton in the US, Blair in the UK and Keating in Oz all stayed left-wing on social issues (eg. gay rights! racism! abortion!) but shifted right-wing on economic issues (eg. free trade! cut corporate taxes! cut welfare!). This was a pragmatic move to keep up with huge changes in the world economy (“if you don’t embrace Reagan/Thatcher neoliberalism, you’ll be left behind”) and to steal back right-shifting voters.

But in the 2010s, a lot has changed. Sanders in the US, Corbyn in the UK and The Greens in Oz demonstrate the resurgence of left-wing economics. Why? Because 30 years later it has been made clear that right-wing economics are a disaster. They lead to mass inequality between rich and poor, destruction of the middle-class, no welfare safety nets for the growing number of poor, sweatshops exploiting the poor, rich people and their corporations gaining more power to wound both democracy and the planet, and the explosion of uni/home/personal debt.

In Australia, we now have mainstream respected economists and journalists - Ross Gittens, Lenore Taylor, George Megalogenis - seriously challenging right-wing economic orthodoxy, adding fresh mainstream widespread legitimacy to those on the fringes (Occupy, alter-globalisation movement etc) who have been saying this for a while.

In the world of corrupt politics as usual: Lobbyists write the laws that benefits corporate America with corrupt politicians and the president are only in office as a rubber stamp approval to help pass these laws. But we won’t hear any of it since corporations also the major tv networks.