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Top 1% Own 39% Of All Global Wealth: Hoarding Soars As We Hurtle Toward Economic Oblivion

Little Boy - Poverty In Africa - Photo by Herman PietersAccording to a study that was just released by Boston Consulting Group, the wealthiest one percent now own 39 percent of all the wealth in the world.  Meanwhile, the bottom 50 percent only own 1 percent of all the wealth in the world combined.  The global financial system has been designed to funnel wealth to the very top, and the gap between the wealthy and the poor continues to expand at a frightening pace.  The global elite continue to hoard wealth and heap together enormous mountains of treasure in these troubled days even though the economic suffering around the planet continues to grow.  So exactly how have the global elite accumulated so much wealth?  Well, one of the primary ways is through the use of debt.  As I have written about previously, there is about 190 trillion dollars of debt in the world but global GDP is only about 70 trillion dollars.  Our debt-based global financial system systematically transfers wealth from us and our governments into the hands of the global elite.  And of course the gigantic banks and corporations that the elite control are constantly gobbling up everything of value that they can find: natural resources, profitable small businesses, real estate, politicians, etc.  Money, power, ownership and control are becoming very, very tightly concentrated at the top of the food chain, and that is a very dangerous thing for humanity.  When too much money and power gets into too few hands, it almost always results in tyranny.

What will eventually happen when the global elite have ALL the wealth?

Will the rest of us work as serfs in a system that they have iron-fisted control over?

And what if they decide that they don't really need billions of people working for them?  Will they decide to implement population control measures in order to reduce the number of "useless eaters"?  It is already happening in China and other highly centralized societies.

When all of the economic rewards of a society go to a very small handful of people, it tends to be very destabilizing.  We have seen this again and again throughout history.

When people have everything taken away from them and they have nothing left to lose, they tend to become very desperate.  And right now we are rapidly hurtling toward a time of great global instability.  Anger and frustration are growing all over the globe, and the rate at which the gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening seems to be accelerating.  Just check out these numbers...

-The wealthiest 1 percent of the global population now owns 39 percent of all the wealth on the planet.

-According to a report that was released last summer, the global elite have up to 32 TRILLION dollars stashed in offshore banks around the planet.

-According to a study conducted by Credit Suisse, the bottom two-thirds of the global population owns just 3.3% of all the wealth.

-A study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research discovered that the bottom half of the world population owns approximately 1 percent of all global wealth.

-It is estimated that the entire continent of Africa only owns approximately 1 percent of the total wealth of the world.

-Approximately 1 billion people throughout the world go to bed hungry each night.

-If you can believe it, more than 3 billion people currently live on less than 2 dollar a day.

In the world that we live in, money equals power.  And the more money that the top one percent accumulate, the more power they will accumulate as well.

So exactly who are the top one percent?  I discussed this at length in my previous article entitled "Who Runs The World? Solid Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings".  The global elite are absolutely obsessed with power and control and they have been working to implement their agenda for a very long time.  In the end, they hope to unite the entire planet under a monolithic global system that they control.  They are actually quite open about this - it is just that most people do not want to believe it.

The gap between the wealthy and the poor is rapidly growing in the United States as well.  Sadly, this means that the middle class is steadily disappearing as the ranks of those that are living in poverty continues to increase.

But of course not everyone is doing badly in the U.S. right now.  In fact, those that own stocks have had lots of reasons to celebrate in recent months.

So who owns stocks?

Well, the wealthy do of course.  In fact, approximately 60 percent of all individually held stocks are owned by the top 5 percent of all Americans.

During the last recession, Americans lost 16 trillion dollars of wealth.  Since then, about 45 percent of that wealth has been "recovered", but the vast majority of that "recovery" has been due to rising stock prices.  The following comes from a recent Washington Post article...

From the peak of the boom to the bottom of the bust, households watched a total of $16 trillion in wealth disappear amid sinking stock prices and the rubble of the real estate market. Since then, Americans have only been able to recapture 45 percent of that amount on average, after adjusting for inflation and population growth, according to the report from the St. Louis Fed released Thursday.

In addition, the report showed most of the improvement was due to gains in the stock market, which primarily benefit wealthy families. That means the recovery for other households has been even weaker.

“A conclusion that the financial damage of the crisis and recession largely has been repaired is not justified,” the report stated.

Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most thriving middle class in the history of the world.  That was a great thing.  But now the middle class is being destroyed and government dependence has surged to an all-time high.

The following are some of the incredible statistics that show how wide the gap between the wealthy and the poor in America is becoming...

-The wealthiest 1 percent of all Americans now own more than a third of all the wealth in the United States.

-In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.

-According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.

-The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have as much wealth as the bottom one-third of all Americans combined.

-On average, households in the top 7 percent have 24 times as much wealth as households in the bottom 93 percent.

-Between 2009 and 2011, the wealth of the bottom 93 percent of all Americans declined by 4 percent, while the wealth of the top 7 percent of all Americans increased by 28 percent.

-The poorest 50 percent of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

-The top 0.01% of all Americans make an average of $27,342,212.  The bottom 90% make an average of $31,244.

For much more on how poverty is rising and the middle class is being destroyed, please see my recent article entitled "22 Facts That Prove That The Bottom 90 Percent Of America Is Systematically Getting Poorer".

Obviously we have a huge problem here.

With each passing day, poverty is rising and more people are becoming dependent on the government.

So what is the solution to this mess?

Please feel free to voice your opinion by posting a comment below...

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  • Pavan

    Cut the size of government at all levels by 50%. Allow people to be entrepreneurs without stifling taxes and regulation. With Big Government out of the way, we would soon have a booming economy and near full employment.

    • jaded

      Too bad the government wants to control everything.

      • markthetruth

        Too Bad We Let Them !

        the end…

      • Ralfine

        The state is the instrument by which the ruling class controls the rest.

        When was the last time you didn’t vote for a millionaire to represent your interests?

    • Nexusfast123

      Seeing that government is controlled by the people that are concentrating wealth you have little chance. The government does the bidding of these people – reducing their taxes for instance.

      • FreeThinker

        Many wealthy are exempt from the very laws they write and impose on everyone else. The game is rigged and always has been.

    • Adrian

      We’re already on our way to that, it’s called sequestration, and it’s pulling the economy down with it. Mission accomplished.

      • jaxon64

        you sir, should actually try some independent thinking and not parrot the media BS you’ve heard (you actually believe the answer is allowing the govt to spend even higher amounts?..sheesh)…I believe Stalin called people like you the UI’s

        • Adrian

          1) I no longer consume the media’s tripe, I read multiple things. 2) Would you care to elaborate about what you disagree with me about, or is this all you can say? 3) You’re right: Stalin would not have liked me a bit, and this I consider something to be proud of.

          • FreeThinker

            Stalin’s own daughter couldn’t live under Stalin. She did move to the US, afterall.

          • Adrian

            What does Stalin have to do with the argument above?

          • FreeThinker

            Since Stalin was mentioned, I just thought it was worth noting the fact about his daughter.

            Stalin supposedly took from the rich and gave to the poor. Again, just worth noting.

    • jaxon64

      you nailed it…and also end the Fed. start printing our own money out of thin air instead of paying interst in the hundreds of billions to allow someone else to print money out of thin air..

    • FreeThinker

      The bad thing is, businesses and the people that run them are too often dishonest. Did you just hear about the restaurant filling and selling rubbing alcohol in place of top shelf scotch? That is WITH huge government, laws, and regulations (what would they be like with nobody to answer to). If only people did the right thing, think of how free we could all be.

      • GSOB

        For an evil heart to make its own self
        good is impossible for all men. Darkness never did beget light.

        Charles Spurgeon said that once.

    • Sonic Groundhog

      Government workers are fighting for jobs for life. Feminists are fighting for jobs. Female teacher peddophiles are fighting for their jobs.

      The taxpayers’ monies are used in the wrong purpose!

    • ResilientNews

      you obviously don’t realize we are past the tipping point, this would have been a great suggestion 10 years ago.

    • Blue Otis

      Are you serious? You don’t see the corporate world as the problem? I smell a rat.

  • GSOB

    I don’t have a problem with the wealthy.
    It’s the stealing that goes on in so many wonderful yet devious ways.

    When wealth is obtained – the envious ensue, but wealth ought not be discouraged if obtained lawfully.

    If you remove the morality compass from prescribing what becomes lawful, you have corruption. Corruption is a pursuit of wealth unlawfully.

    What we could use in this country is a reformation of the tax laws.

    • squashpants

      I am happy with my pittance of a retirement income, and because I am prepping I will in a year or two be completely self-reliant, off the grid, etc. especially if the SHTF. I don’t need a lot of money to be happy. I don’t want power, I don’t want wealth. I want to live out this incarnation and get back to where I came from. A much better place than this ball at this point in time.

    • Ralfine

      As a first step it would help to report to the stock exchange the same profit as to the IRS.

      How come that companies can boast of huge profits in the stock market, but tell the IRS that they have huge losses and deserve a tax refund?

      THAT needs to be changed.

      • FreeThinker

        How come some are exempt from Insider Trading laws?

    • Adrian

      Yeah, we already got that 12 years ago, and what we saw was wealth transfer from the middle class and working poor to the super rich. It didn’t take a doctorate in economics to see the folly in that, and the war on the middle class continues unabated, by both parties.

    • FreeThinker

      Few obtain wealth without lying, stealing, or cheating. Just because some cover their lies better doesn’t mean they earned it honestly.

      If wealth was earned honestly, the manual laborers would be the wealthiest among us.

  • Tatiana Covington

    There is no solution other than to realize that people are innately not equal in any respect.

    A huge accumulation at the top is **natural**.

    Face reality. Read up on the Gaussian normal distribution.

    • Gay Veteran

      “A huge accumulation at the top is **natural**.”

      well, if by “natural” you mean they buy the government, then yeah

      • FreeThinker

        The way they got rid of hemp in the US was they made laws against the hemp. When you read history, who’s business was suffering from hemp and who had a friend/family member in the government to make laws against hemp, and how one business fed the other business (paper companies bought chemicals to process the paper), it all comes together. Americans have forgotten history.

      • GSOB

        Yes, she’s right.

    • Adrian

      Ah, the old Social Darwinian model rears its ugly head once again…

      • Tatiana Covington

        No. Not social Darwinism. Demonstrable fact. Have you ever heard of the Gaussian Normal Distribution? You should read up on that. Egalitarians are up against mathematics. Guess who wins.

    • seth datta

      Are you trolling here? Being sarcastic?

  • markthetruth

    WELCOME BACK ” S L A V E R Y ”

    the end…

    • Sonic Groundhog

      A college student doing free internships or volunteering in a skilled job…But a woman studies or feminist organization is hiring employees and paying them top dollar. How ironic this economy has turned?
      They devalued the skills of the skilled workforce and reward the politicians and liberal mouthpieces.

      For example:
      Because I am a Girl in a 3rd world country, men oppress me, but in fact , the IMF and the World Bank imposed budget cuts on the countries, thus, nearly everyone in that 3rd world country is poor.

      Because I am a girl in a 3rd world country, I can increase the country’s GDP by 30% if I am studying liberal degrees and taking away men’s jobs and destroying marriages via feminism.

      • GSOB

        Who would want a girl when you can have a woman?

      • Ralfine

        Budget cuts are aimed at the state, not private companies. Private companies are still free to produce and provide services and employ people.

        So, why don’t they do it? Isn’t it the private companies that always cry for less state?

        • markthetruth

          Try in a Union State Like New York the Electrical Union is so Strong, If Someone (Vendor or Private Person) In a Union Building Touch anything, I Mean Anything Dealing with the Electric and they Find out they will Be Dragged Out By Their Feet and Mark My Words ! never return.

          the end…

          • Ralfine

            And the Union is part of the government?

          • Utahlady

            It is with some administrations,and certainly is with this one.

          • Ralfine

            Sorry lady, this administration is on the other side, the side of the employer, not the side of the employee.

          • Utahlady

            You obviously do not own a small business.

          • Ralfine

            No I don’t, but then, in capitalism/imperialism you need to grow your business or you get squashed.

            What? You were born too late? Blame your grandparents and parents for not starting earlier.

            Ever hears of pyramid systems?

          • Utahlady

            It is a family business and we do fine. Not fortune 500 but fine. It may be time consuming and expensive(passed on to consumers) but the daily,never ending regulations are exhausting ,expensive and frustrating.
            Young people will indeed have a tougher time than we did.
            We should learn from the past and those who have done it wrong, but many of you do not get that because you never ran a business or studied the history of those that did.
            Some one just taught you to curse capitalism ,hard work and success and you bought into it. It will indeed cost many of you more than it will us . The poor will get poorer,the rich richer and the working middleclass will be gone. That is where the small businesses start and thrive.

          • Ralfine

            So, if you thrive, what are you complaining about?

            The government seems to be good for you.

            BTW, it’s not the owner that’s hardworking.

            Nurses are hard working, miners, mechanics, welders, steel cookers, construction workers, manual laborers, and what does hard work get them?

          • Utahlady

            I am done, you do not want to learn ,I am not even sure you comprehend.You just want to hate. The cost will be to you!

          • Ralfine

            Look to make my point even clearer.

            If you just work yourself without any employees, you are a small business owner, selling your lifetime to someone who will pay for it, only exploiting yourself.

            No difference to any worker selling his lifetime to a corporation.

            If you employ people, you have to exploit them. You have to pay them less than the value they add to the value of your goods or services. And you pocket the difference.

            And then, there is (technically) no difference between you and Bill Gates or Donald Trump.

            The difference is just in the scale.

            Every state works for those who rule the place. The state is not the same as the government, and is not the same as the country. You change the government every 4 years, but you don’t change the state. The Russians changed their state in 1917, but they stayed in their country.

            There might be some competition, even cut throat competition between the likes of you and the likes of Donald Trump, but in general, the American state is put there to protect the interests of those who live by exploiting OTHER people.

  • Rodster

    Quote: “And what if they decide that they don’t really need billions of people
    working for them? Will they decide to implement population control
    measures in order to reduce the number of “useless eaters”? It is
    already happening in China and other highly centralized societies.”

    - Agenda 21

    • FreeThinker

      Imagine the wealthy trying to do their own work.

      • jaxon64

        500 million worker drones should be enough for them to live quite comfortably I believe…

        • ACA14

          watch the Hunger Games…

    • ACA14

      Actually, the ACA [Obamacare] is an act of genocide. I have to give credit to these self-serving elite bastards. They are as clever as a fox…..

  • 2Gary2

    Walmart wages are so low that many of its workers rely on food stamps
    and other government aid programs to fulfill their basic needs, a
    reality that could cost taxpayers as much as $900,000 at just one
    Walmart Supercenter in Wisconsin, according to a study released by Congressional Democrats on Thursday.

    Well then let the family cough up the money…they have more than anyone
    else…so just put a tax on them or the communities they affect then
    tax them to death to pay for this…I mean half the WM stores do not
    even pay local taxes…that goes to pay for their stores that the town
    build for them…F Wal-Mart and anything to do with them…

    • Sonic Groundhog

      Taxing the rich wouldn’t do anything because the rich can lower their profits or hide their money and evade taxes Mister Gary!

      • 2Gary2

        not if it is done correctly

  • 2Gary2

    WALMART IS NOT EXCEPTl0NAL

    “Behind every great fortune LlES a great CRlME!”

    – Honore de Balzac – French novelist

    • FreeThinker

      Great quote. Thanks for sharing it.

  • http://karmaeconomics.blogspot.com/ lavista4u

    I’m from a third world country and pretty much living on 10 dollars a day not 2, as I’m considered middle class here.

    I’m quite happy. I don’t own a TV, credit card, mortgage, insurance. I’m single. I know marriage is a scam, I cannot possibly imagine bringing a kid into this world to be a slave for the elite.

    I have Internet, work online. I don’t do drugs nor addicted to pharma drugs. I do go out and drink sometimes. I eat only one time, sometimes two, its a great programming by the collective society created by the elite that we need to eat three times a day to be healthy. I eat vegetarian but go non-vegetarian sometimes.

    Simply put, i reject everything that the society tells me is the best for my life.

    Its not a perfect life as I do get depressed sometimes, when the elites up their game, however, its only temporary as through knowledge I get over anything the elites throws at me.

    I have realized only weapon we have against the elite is Knowledge. Knowledge is the greatest weapon that would destroy anything to ashes.

    The greatest trick we have for ourselves is to NOT BUY INTO THE WORDS that elite throw at us like Credit Card, Insurance, Mortgage, wedding, love, family, kids, government, religion, church, terrorist, drugs etc..

    Just reject the WORDS. Don’t give your power away to the WORDS. You are a great being on yourself. You don’t need anything additional in your life.

    Contrary to what many think. People in first world countries are suffering more, Its more violent, sudden and unpredictable in the western world. Western world is an experiment which the rest of the world copies.

    Just don’t give into the words, don’t give your power away. You will be fine. Truth be told you don’t need anyone. You are already a great powerful being on yourself.

    • GSOB

      Acts 16

      ….what must I do to be saved?

      31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house. 32 And they spake the word of the Lord unto him, with all that were in his house.
      33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately.
      34 And he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in God.

      • Boo-urns

        And this has what to do with anything?

        The most delusional among us are the ones who believe in ancient mythology written by primitive man.

        • GSOB

          Ultimately everything.

          Jesus Christ is God incarnated to die for the elect of God, so that God would be all and in all.

          Other than myself and very few others out the many people I personally know, the vast majority are not born again, not yet.

          You can not see the kingdom of God unless you are born of water and of the Spirit.

          In short,
          I’m just prepping.

    • FreeThinker

      The “Elite” have made sure knowledge/college is too expensive for most people. I think it is better to “Learn by doing” -Frank Llyod Wright.

      • Hammerstrike

        Knowledge? Hahahaha!

        • FreeThinker

          I do think there are better ways to get knowledge than college. For example, “Learn by doing.” -Frank Lloyd Wright

          • GSOB

            You can’t apply ‘learn buy doing’ to history, so that means politically correct and open minded idiots are doomed to repeat what’s occurred.

            We are heading for a fall as evidenced by the kakistocracy in our government, as well as in our homes.

          • Hammerstrike

            I would state that the “elite” made sure that the quality of knowledge/college is too low for most people.

            It doesn´t harm them if they are included in that category, what Bush got from Yale or Obama from Harvvard was above all the right contacts.

    • Ralfine

      I already need to pay $5 per day for rent, and that’s the cheapest home I could find around here. Plus $0.50/day for water. Utilities around $5/day. If you buy monthly bus tickets it’s $2/day, single daysavers are $4/day, single tickets $2.50/trip. I usually walk. It only takes 30 minutes one way to downtown.

      For food and groceries we try to live on $10/day and person.

      • markthetruth

        $5 dollars a day Where do you Live.

        North jersey, US it’s $50 a day

        the end…

        • Ralfine

          Sorry, typo, should be $20. I live in a poor neighbourhood in a deindustrialized city in UK.

        • seth datta

          You guys in the US have a hard life. Sometimes us folk in other countries look at the wealth on TV and so forget to appreciate that healthcare and other good stuff is not free.

    • Sonic Groundhog

      I’ve heard that most women in 3rd world countries are humble, but the MSM is creeping into the TV sets.

      Marriage is a fraud for men in 1st world countries. Feminism is supported because feminism itself is a population control agenda. Take heed- women’s rights and feminism are two different with the latter being an extremist form of female douchebaggery.

      Feminism brings out the idea that men are oppressors and that women should be given jobs regardless if the women is not qualified for the job. The feminists caused affirmative action policies which caused many qualified candidates being rejected from the job because they were not a “visible minority (white women are also visible minorities).

      So we have a bunch of unemployed men because of affirmative action.

      The corporations love feminism because women spend lots of money on themselves under the feminist lifestyle. Feminists don’t give a squat about family and children. Corporations and the elite love the feminists for being obedient to the New World Order.

    • Adrian

      This sounds like true freedom to me. Cheers to you, and good luck!

  • K

    If life is a game of cards, the run of the mill people, are playing against a stacked deck. The so called elite play by the rules, most of the time. Sure they do, after all they wrote the rules.They have access to info, you do not know. They have connections, you will never have. All of the rich I have known, also were morally bankrupt. I would not trade places, with a single one of them. You see, I know how the story ends for most of them. And it is not pretty.

    • FreeThinker

      “….It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” -Matthew 19:24

      The game is rigged. That is why hard working people can’t find jobs, but social butterflies rise to the top ranks.

      • markthetruth

        TOO Bad the Government and Banks and Corps. are Organizations and not a Human.
        They will Always Exit.

        the end…

      • RealityBetraysUs

        Keep in mind that the “eye of the needle ” was a small passage way into the city where a camel owner had to get the animal on its knees and push him through an opening just barely big enough for the animal and owner to fit through, with a lot of work and effort on it’s knees. Such is the picture of how difficult it will be for the “rich ” to enter the kingdom or God; difficult but not impossible. The problem with the rich is the power of money pulls them in the opposite direction that the kingdom of God would pull them, the real issue is what purpose do the rich see for their money is it to glorify their own ego or to glorify God and bring his kingdom into being….You canNOT take it with you when you die but you can send it ahead by using to glorify God while still on this earth!

  • cateye

    The solution is pitchforks and torches, with updated implements for the times.

    • Sonic Groundhog

      No no..the gov’t will send 1,000s of military force and bring in martial law on the citizens. Remember what they did at Occupy Wall Street in 2011?

  • Bruce

    Sadly there is NO solution to this mess. We can’t get off the train and we have to ride it all the way to the bottom. Once at the bottom I personally feel that the people will finally unite. We will take OUR country back!

    • Hammerstrike

      Yes there is a solution, support the 2nd amendement.

      • Adrian

        I do, but let’s be realistic: even with shotguns and a rifle or two, you’re simply no match for the government. Look at how they shut down an entire city (Boston) looking for 2 people, and look at the amount of resources and firepower they used against those guys. At the back of everyone’s mind, if that did not frighten everyone, then you’re already dead. The message: cross us, and we will kill you. There’s no escape.

        • Hammerstrike

          A shotgun and a rifle is just to begin with.

          Just look at Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or even Palestine.
          One side have a tremendous advantage in firepower and training over the other, yet the fighting drags on for years and years.

          If the 2 had been veterans of Iraqi or Afghan (I don´t mean US army veterans), there would have been 1 or 2 teams blown upp when storming an appartements, another team gone when their vehicule passes over an Iraqi Road Surprise.

          Remember, several hundreds of guys with body armor, fully automatic machine-guns, sniper rifles, grenades and armored vehicules feeling hardcore over facing just 2 opponements.

          The true US debt is over 211 trillions dollars, the system have an enormous cost not just on US taxpayers who are rapidly getting poorer but on the world economy itself.
          Chairman Bernanke´s massive printing of dollars is economic warfare, just like the US oil blockade against Japan in 1941, against the entire world economy.

          So the revolutionnaries doesn´t need to hold territories, they just need to raise the costs of the other side holding an entire continent.
          They need no beheading the monster, just a 1000 razor cuts.

          • Adrian

            A lot of what you say makes sense. Hammerstrike, are you a vet, or in the armed forces? What you say about the tons of guys in Kevlar and feeling gung ho about going after 2 people is true, but it also is how our country does things on a global scale. We don’t mess with states who can hold their own (Russia, N Korea, China), but instead go up against states where the fight is always no contest: Iraq (destroyed after GW I), Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Panama, Grenada…I mean, come on! I think eventually the powers military on the people, but that only a small fraction of the military will fight the people. The rest, comprised of numerous poor and ethnic minorities, will turn their weapons on their commanders and then go after the rich. At that point, the game will be over for those who hold us in chains.

  • HS

    It’s getting pretty clear that 7B equates to Peak People. I imagine the elite acting are preparing to hunker down and let the herd cull itself.

  • FreeThinker

    What is so disgusting is that those without the wealth are the people that are actually doing the work. At one time in America, a hard worker could become a millionaire. Now, the less a person works, the more money they make (the CEOs that play golf all day but demand higher production from employees comes to mind). The harder a person works, the less money they make.

    The t.v. show “Undercover Boss” is so enlightening. Have you seen what happens when they leave their plush offices and go to where the work is actually done.

    • Ralfine

      What’s equally disgusting is the fervour the common poor are jumping to the defence of the filthy rich when some one says: tax the rich.

      • Adrian

        Yes, we have a propaganda system that Goebbels would envy and that Orwell could never even imagine. Once you can convince someone to consistently vote against their own economic interest, the battle for the human mind is over.

        • Boo-urns

          The American sheeple are duped on a daily basis, no matter who is in power.

          • Adrian

            That’s for sure, and that’s the tragedy of it. Case in point: Obama “liberals” justify the same policies that they bitched about whenever that fascist Bush was doing the same thing. Repubs applaud policies their team carries out they once opposed when Democrats did them. Politics has just boiled down to teams and it has plenty of blind ideologues on both sides. Nobody can think for themselves anymore, or stand behind principles independent of what their party does.

          • FreeThinker

            Yes, they accomplished what they wanted with teaching people not to think for themselves (this came from Prussia and is our school system in the US today). While people are caught up arguing about Republican or Democrat, look at what those in power have gotten away with. Keep people so busy with other stuff that they don’t have time to notice that you have enslaved them and robbed them.

        • FreeThinker

          Orwell is probably where the got the idea.

        • seth datta

          true. The British people are having their free healthcare taken away and the following few days it was all forgotten as the Newspapers reported some other cr@p that made people forget this fact.

    • Adrian

      Much of this is true, but also don’t forget the power of connections. I have seen the dumbest people on earth in charge of things simply because they knew the right person. I myself have been far more qualified than others, and have been passed over for jobs because they have been given to their friends who had half my IQ and abilities and work ethic. Our meritocracy has been replaced by the good ol boy network, but our country is in decline and this is a long process. We see signs of it every day, from school and office shootings to collapsing infrastructure (literally) to a middle class on its back, thanks to a decimated labor force that has had its bargaining power eviscerated by neoliberal models that work only for the super rich, who have the government working for them. In our country, we have socialism for the rich, capitalism for everybody else.

      • FreeThinker

        In paragraph 3, I noted “or just because they know the right person.” I too have seen people that seemed lucky to get themselves dressed every morning running things.

        Socialism does not create equality either. If it did, why would there be prostitutes and hungry/homeless in socialist countries too? When Socialism finally hands something to someone, it is scraps and garbage. Those at the top in a socialist society are no different, nor less greedy than those that are not Socialist. If Socialism created equality, every person would make the same pay regardless of profession.

        I don’t want anyone deciding what I can and can’t do, or if I am “contributing to society enough.” Just because I am not a specific profession (one more desired by society) does not mean I am not contributing. I don’t want anyone else deciding if I am smart enough to go to college. I do not want to be condemned to a life of cleaning toilets because other people said so. At one time in America, people could try anything they wanted to. When they found something they loved, they stuck with it. The “experts” are not always right….they put the child genius with an IQ higher than Einstein in Special Ed.

        There are hundreds of things I want to try, yet the demand of degrees means I can never try any of them. For example, if someone wanted to try working in a zoo, they wouldn’t be allowed without a degree in biology or similar. Seth Godin wrote a book titled “Stop stealing dreams.” By requiring degrees for everything short of cleaning toilets, they are stealing dreams; and missing out on people that are great workers and people that just might be the best at what they do if they were allowed to do it to begin with.

        I too have been passed over for raises and promotions simply because I didn’t kiss the right rear end. So, you are preaching to the choir.

        • Adrian

          I disagree because at least with socialism, the people get more. Look at Sweden, France, and Germany: higher standards of living, less stress, good quality of life. Is it perfect? Nothing human ever is. Is it better than cutthroat capitalism? You bet. When unions were strong in this country, the middle class had high standards of living, which were improving every year. When unions began to be destroyed, this SOL declined, women had to enter the workforce to supplement stagnating family incomes, and people began to lose ground. All the while, wealth was transferred from the middle class and working poor to the already-rich. Things are even worse today, and if you ever read any of the stories from this blog (which undoubtedly you do), things are growing worse all the time. Also, a lot of what you point to about a system requiring a degree to perform work, that is simply a way to control who gets to do the job, and place limitations on certain jobs. Is it unjust? Yes. However, some jobs require extensive training and education to do. You have to walk a fine line.

          • FreeThinker

            I have seen the tiny apartments that people in France and Germany live in. So, I disagree that their living standards are better. Those countries also find water and deodorant to be luxury items used by “wasteful Americans;” I don’t think showering once per week is better living standards.

            However, I do give credit where credit is due. So, I do agree that some countries work less, have more vacation (30 days + with pay in some countries), and have better work/life balance than the US does. Some countries even train people without emptying their bank accounts and futures to receive the training.

          • Adrian

            Yeah, keep this in mind: Germany is half the size of Texas and has 80 million people, thus they are very overcrowded (hence the apartments). European countries are quite small and don’t have the vast amounts f land that we do.

          • FreeThinker

            True. Yet, there is the showering weekly instead of daily. There is having a key and lock for the telephone in Germany to prevent charges if the phone is merely knocked off the hook (at least this was true about 10 years ago). Gasoline prices are outrageous, but at least there is a public transit choice there. I think saying their standard of living is better is a matter of opinion. Some things are better (like public transit) while some things are worse (like fees for phones, water, gas, blue jeans, etc.). Also, I am glad I don’t have to annually put my furniture on the curb to avoid paying taxes on it. Also, the overall tax rate leaves some Germans living very frugal.

            There are wealthy and poor in Socialist countries too (ask the average German if they are living equal to Merkel). Unfortunately, no system created by humans solves all problems (like greed or poverty), nor do the human systems offer true equality. There is nowhere in the world where people are truly free or equal. There are people at the top of the pyramid that ensure it stays that way.

          • Ralfine

            I believe in Germany you also have a water meter in every home so you pay for every cubic meter water you use. And they pay double – for the tap water and for the sewage.

            And they have to pay for the garbage.

            The telephone with the lock and key was probably in the 50s. I have never seen anything like that.

            “to annually put my furniture on the curb to avoid paying taxes on it”

            Is that so in America? LOL

            BTW, socialism is over in Europe since the wall came down in 1989, and shortly after the Soviet union collapsed.

          • FreeThinker

            Putting furniture on the curb or paying taxes on it happened in Germany in the 1990s. Also, the key and lock on the phone was in Germany in the 1990s. I can not speak for today since I have not been there recently.

            Do a search of socialist countries. Sweden is listed as a top 10 socialist country on the references I find online.

          • Adrian

            Sweden has one of the highest standards of living on earth. You can talk about homeless in Europe, but it doesn’t approach anywhere near the U.S. I watched a good documentary called Escape Fire on the US healthcare industry. Part of it was absolutely 3rd world: in poor states (I think it was W Virginia), traveling doctors went around to the poor areas to provide free health and dental care to the locals (probably mostly Republican supporters), and they were packed into a rodeo stadium waiting to receive health care they hadn’t received in years. If anyone wants to have such a horrible thing happening in their country, that’s on them. I think it’s an abomination.

          • Ralfine

            “Those countries”? Just have a look at all the homeless in America. Americans don’t even shower once a year!

            Nice to have stereotypes?

          • FreeThinker

            It isn’t stereotype when many people in certain countries tell others that showering weekly is standard there. If it is straight from many people that the “norm” is to shower weekly in their country, how is that stereotype? When an American is in the other country and people accuse the American of being wasteful because the American asks to shower every day, how is that stereotyping?

            It is standard practice in the US by a large majority of the population to shower daily (because our water does not cost what it costs in Europe and the UK). So, our homeless population would not be considered the majority of the population or “the norm” as the homeless are in an extreme circumstance.

          • Ralfine

            It is not the water costs. It is the heating costs and efforts.

            In the past (when I was a kid) you had to heat the bath water in a coal oven. In Winter, the bath was freezing in the morning, as it was only heated from the bath oven. In socialism water was free.

            People doing manual labour took a shower at their workplace after work before leaving for home. You went with your civilian clothing to work, got changed there, then changed back after shower. That’s how my parents did it. That’s how I did it. It wasn’t welfare. Just common sense. Employers spent some effort to train their employees and they didn’t want to lose that money to some disease.

            In some places people shower in the morning (in order to smell nice), while in other places people shower in the evening (in order to keep their bed clean). That’s probably the divide between office workers and manual labour.

            Other people spend hours under the shower doing who knows what. Singing? To cover what noise? LOL

          • FreeThinker

            Who started those wars? Did the US spend money to rebuild those cities?

            Where do you think Americans get their information? It is from friends and family in the UK, Germany, and other European countries and people. It is also from living in places other than America. Like I said, if something has changed since the 1990s, I can not speak to that.

            “Americans live like they are in heaven.” This from someone that accused me of stereotyping. Perhaps you are stereotyping? Have you ever lived in an American home with Americans? There are a lot of people that keep their homes in the 80s in the desert to conserve electric. Some people live in the swamps in the Southeast and do not have air conditioning. Also, many Americans turn their tap off when brushing their teeth to save water. Some Americans don’t flush after urinating to save water. Quite a few homes use solar heat for water and electric. There are also very poor Americans, and a shrinking middle class, so many Americans can not afford to waste.

          • Ralfine

            Starting with Finland: same as everywhere else: get a job.

            Sweden is as socialist as the pope is buddhist.

            I don’t know what the immigrants are rioting about. First they flee from their home because their life is in danger. Now that they are safe, they complain that Sweden doesn’t provide for their food and accommodation and luxuries.

            I was just mirroring your stereotyping.

            Germany started WWII and the KuK Monarchy started WWI.

            Who actually started the Cold War?

            Probably Germany again. Adenauer: “I’d rather have half Germany just for myself, than to share whole Germany with somebody else.”

          • Shmeggle Marxist

            i knew it, you are a socialist piece of garbage

          • Adrian

            Well, what’s that say about your ideology, which I demolish with my facts and arguments? It’s pathetic you can’t sustain an argument on its own merits, but rather just regurgitate propaganda from Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, then resort to ad hominem attacks when you’re schooled repeatedly by the big boys. You don’t even know what a socialist is, kid.

          • GSOB

            Adrian,

            You sound like you are in your twenties,…

            anyways – for the record,

            would you define for us what is capitalism?

            And then, would you be so generous in continuing to show your kindness in defining what socialism is too?

            A little refresher?

  • Ralfine

    Just imagine what you could do if you took just 50% or those 38% and give it to the lower 50% and raise their wealth 15-fold.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    What’s the solution? More tax cuts for the rich of course. They need incentives to produce more. Thankfully Paris Hilton does her share, doing bikini photo shoots in Hawaii.

    • FreeThinker

      She wouldn’t do it if society did not want it and beg for it.

  • Not paying taxes

    You get what you deserve. The sheeple in the US and Europe don’t revolt, but on the contrary beg their psychopath and criminal government to help them.
    After Cyprus you’d expect all Europeans to take their cash out of the banks… What happened? Saving accounts in e.g. belgium have now an all-time high amount of money deposited…
    In the mean time, they are mainly worried about who will win American Idol and the Eurosong Contest.

    So what do you expect….

    • FreeThinker

      What? Weren’t people rioting in the streets in Greece and Spain?

      • quesin

        Turkey, too. No one is reporting on it.

        • seth datta

          Germany as well. ECB banking riots.

        • Shmeggle Marxist

          true, relatively minor coverage

  • Mike Molyneaux

    This is how it has been for thousands of years – what’s new under the sun. There are only two sources of power and control over men and women – God and money – so take your pick.

  • JailBanksters

    Once the 1% reach the 50% mark, to get to 99% won’t take long all. Dominoes. Once you have 99% you litterally can decide who lives and who dies,you control all governments, banks and of course the money.

    • seth datta

      They got bored with their pile of cash, looked over at ours; then decided to make it theirs too.

  • seth datta

    Freedom of speech is rapidly leaving UK shores.

    If you are against the current administration, then by their reckoning, you are a criminal.

    The corporations own the food supply, give kickbacks to the policing and military industrial complex industry and rewrite the rules in their favour.

    As such, it ends up being the case that they own the people; and yet, most folk seem content to watch the daily prole-feed of sports and celebrity gossip. We live in a Bernankified, zombiefied Western world. The dulled intellect of the vast majority of this species (including its leaders) are why we are going to end up at a catclysm of events in the coming days.

    • FreeThinker

      The distracting people with sports and using sports to cause people to compete with one another, instead of help one another, is an old trick of The Roman Empire.

      “…..there is no new thing under the sun.” -Ecclesiastes 1:9

      • Adrian

        Yep, bread and circuses.

  • Buddy199

    There would have been a chance had Romney been elected. With, Obama no chance whatsoever. Hey, but at least female Georgetown Law students will be able to get free birth control, poor dears.

    • Adrian

      Really? Obama has been about as pro-business as you can get. Just look at his Goldman Sachs cabinet! Look at how his health care reform was written by the insurance companies, mandating that all people buy private health insurance, which is enforced by big brother. Romney did the same thing. That is about as pro corporate as one can get, and is also a radical detachment from 200 years of history in our country. Bush, another “businessman”, oversaw the dismantling of our economy as well, but then again, Bush never reigned over a business he didn’t run into the ground. In fact, the last time we saw sustained economic growth, not to mention a brief surplus, was under the Democrat Clinton. Care to back up your statement with some facts, or is it just going to be more Fox News platitudes?

      • Shmeggle Marxist

        I just love that trillion dollar year of year deficit under obama. you are clearly an obama testicle licker.

        • Adrian

          You’re saying this in response to my comment above just shows what a total moron you really are.

          • Shmeggle Marxist

            you lick the obama testicle daily, you have been banned from humanity, lololol, libs are a disgusting joke. you have a fembot name, bwahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      • Shmeggle Marxist

        adrian is a girls name, bwahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • Boo-urns

      Bull. Romney would have been just as bad. Face it, NEITHER major party is the solution. The Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats; the specifics might be different but the results are the same.

      • FreeThinker

        How do I vote this up another 20 times?

      • Shmeggle Marxist

        How do I vote this down another 20 times?

    • Sonic Groundhog

      Haha a feminist student from Georgetown University was caught throwing away university applications which had the profile of white males and Arab males. Boycott Georgetown University!

  • Gay Veteran

    “Will they decide to implement population control measures in order to reduce the number of “useless eaters”? It is already happening in China and other highly centralized societies.”

    What China does is brutal. what alternative do you suggest in order to prevent overpopulation?

    • FreeThinker

      Overpopulation is a myth. “When you own the information, you can bend it all you want.” -Waiting on the world to change song

      I have met so many people that do not have children because they can not afford to. In other societies, children are starving to death.
      I just listened to an interview with someone that lives in the Northwest US. He noted that after the volcano, the earth was scorched. Now, today, those same areas are wooded wilderness complete with deer and other animals. Just as a wound on a human heals, so does the earth. Just as humans systems have learned to accept new challenges, so does the earth.

      • Gay Veteran

        countries do not have unlimited resources, and the world’s current population is due to fertilizers made from petroleum which will not last forever

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    We turned our back on growth when we reelected the incumbent. We have fully embraced Socialism. At some point, Atlas Shrugs and we have collapse. Maybe something can come out of the ashes at that point. Maybe.

    • FreeThinker

      You know, I recently had experience with “Atlas Shrugs.” Frankly, it seems like this story is supporting Elites. The “best, brightest, and wealthiest” disappearing from among those that are less. When the trains collide it is all because everyone is incompetant, except for the company owner of course.

      Yet, have you watched reality….”Undercover Boss.” Have you seen how well these bosses are able to work when they are removed from their plush offices? Have you seen how much they REALLY know about the company and the real work?

      Also, I find it amusing that some people profess to be Christians but point me to the book, even though Atlas would be considered pagan.

      What confuses me is that Americans are quick to take advice from Russia (Ayn Rand) and from Germany (our entire education system, including degrees). Why aren’t we quoting and pointing to Americans; like the ones that did everything they could to distance themselves from the old countries?

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        An excellent point. We have returned to the Old World. People want to be taken care of. Freedom is very scary to most.

        • FreeThinker

          Yes, soon Americans will be eating with our left hands again and all of our “I”s in language will be changed back to “Y”s. Our founding fathers changed even the hand we ate with to distance us from the old countries.

        • GSOB

          People are living longer than they have planned to live.

  • Adrian

    This is why the people need government. I find it amusing that so many people have been so brainwashed and post comments on this blog about rugged individualism, helping oneself, and shunning government help when corporations spend hundreds of millions buying the government and putting it to work for them. The message is clear: corporate socialism makes good business sense, but socialism for the benefit of the people – bad! Forgive me for not being too stupid or brainwashed to buy into that garbage.

    • Shmeggle Marxist

      corporate socialism? please explain

      • Adrian

        Really? Well, let’s start with the $ 12.8 Trillion dollar bailout the government initiated to the failing speculation banks that ruined our economy. The government is supposed to stay out of economic matters in capitalist systems, incidentally. Look at how corporate lobbyists buy elected officials to receive beneficial legislation in terms of weaker labor laws, tariffs on imported goods when domestic industry (e.g. remember steel under Bush?) can’t compete with foreign goods. When Airbus was outcompeting our own aircraft industry, they ran to Washington and screamed for help, and they got it. How about the auto industry? The list goes on and on. What rock do you live under?

    • GSOB

      There are three sources of government that God has established for our good. A reality which won’t budge.

      Family

      Church and

      State.

      Human government at the local, state, national and international levels should be considered as a necessary evil because of evil. God uses this to administer restraint on evil by authorizing the use of capital punishment. Christians are are to recognize such people in civil government and pray for their leaders.

      The church has been given the keys to the kingdom of God, that is to say – the authority and power of the gospel. All born again believers in Christ and lovers of God constitute the organic church.

      The authority prescribed to the family
      is also regulated by God’s law word.
      The family is the building block of the other two.

      Do away with God’s law, society suffers
      and people trust more in humanism to their own demise.

      The gospel of Matthew, the one with the kingdom perspective, in Chapter 7 and verse 23, Jesus says,

      And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!

  • Rancher

    Hey… my current debt free worth is several million dollars. Does this mean I need to feed all the poor and go broke then join them a bit later as hunger always follows a big meal?

    Some how I have my doubts I would do that so as the Bible say the poor will always be with us. I should know as I was a dirt broke hitch hiker for a couple years.

    One day I decided to change that and I did…. no one helped me. I did not apply for govt handouts and pulled myself up by my own boot straps. I lead by example and in doing so simply expect others to follow. No reason I have ever found why a self respect healthy person could not do what i did…Other than the lack of self drive and will power. To them I say… You are your own worst enemy and I will not reward bad behavior…ever.

    • FreeThinker

      How did you pull out of it without any help? Everyone is different, so not everyone is able to what you did (go from being homeless to a millionaire). Please share how you did it.

      Yes, the Bible says the poor will always be with us. The Bible also says the righteous have and show mercy to the poor.

      • GSOB

        Yes, the righteous do show mercy to the poor….but by doing so does not ‘make’ one righteous.

        We are unrighteous and remain so unless the heart has been orientated to loving God.

        Only God can do that. The Bible was written by men who were moved, inspired by God.

  • zippy

    Nuke the whales.

  • Shmeggle Marxist

    time to eat the rich! LOLOLOLOLOL I heard they taste like chicken!

  • Paul

    In the end there is either revolution, or live with the current scenario. Personally, I don’t see much changing in the near future and globalization will be the way, like it or not.

  • Washington76

    “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” Emiliano Zapata

  • revelrevel

    It’s Revolution Time…

  • Patriot Alice

    Revolution against whom? The elite are hiding, and your neighbors are in the your same boat ..

    • Hammerstrike

      Hidding? So did the Czar.

  • Sonic Groundhog

    Uh huh…and the peasants horded their gold and silver while some unknown force drove down the gold and silver paper market.
    Why is gold struggling to reach $1,450 an ounce and silver is struggling to surpass $25 an ounce? The demand for these metals are so high the bullion dealers are either out of stock or long waiting periods.

  • Barn Cat

    The problem isn’t that the global 1% own so much. The problem is that the middle class is dying here and in Europe.

  • cleo

    A flat or fair tax would cure a lot of our ills, but it won’t ever happen, not with Crime, Inc. in charge

  • jakartaman

    The rich are not the problem – The stupid poor and big socialist government is the problem. We as society have been living way way over our heads on credit.(personal and government) It getting very close to meeting the piper. It’s the rich that give the government most of its money – Its the rich that create jobs – I have never gotten a paycheck for a poor guy.
    The fact is that there is too many people – how this is corrected – I am not that smart – In the past wars and disease did a fairly good job.

    • ian

      said every spiritual and wise religious teacher………never.

  • Richard

    “If you can believe it, more than 3 billion people currently live on less than 2 dollar a day.”
    And if I can’t believe it??

  • Alex303

    Um, this is exactly what the Occupy movement is about. Keep calm, and Occupy on people! We have the numbers!

    • Shmeggle Marxist

      except they didn’t keep calm, they vandalized, raped and caused mayhem. All documented, go find links yourself. Occupy is a tool of the left

      • ian

        and the tea party brought hostility, guns and ignorance. The tea party is a tool of the right.

        • Shmeggle Marxist

          LMAO, thanks for a good laugh

  • cannuck21

    So very true….

    Some folks are born made to wave the flag,
    Ooh, they’re red, white and blue.
    And when the band plays “Hail to the chief”,
    Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord,

    It ain’t me, it ain’t me,
    I ain’t no senator’s son, son.
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me;
    I ain’t no fortunate one, no,
    Yeah!
    Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
    Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh.
    But when the taxman comes to the door,
    Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,

    It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no.
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me;
    I ain’t no fortunate one, no.

    Some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
    Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord,
    And when you ask them, “How much should we give?”
    Ooh, they only answer More! more! more! yoh,

    It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no military son, son.
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me;
    I ain’t no fortunate one, one.

    It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, no no no,
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me,
    I ain’t no fortunate son, no no no,

    • Orange Jean

      If you’re going to quote something… at least note who you’re quoting from.
      Credence Clearwater, circa 1970??

      • cannick21

        Yep, you are absolutely correct. My mistake. Apologies.

    • GSOB

      oops, dropped my sticks

  • jokyjo

    Desperate people do desperate things. It will be interesting to watch the top 1% try and reign in the starving masses. Should be a good show.

    • JulietteofOhio

      The problem with this scenario is that the “starving masses” tend to be very weak and very tired. That’s what starvation does to your body. This isn’t any romance novel where the hero is a muscle-bound,strong and energetic man, handsome and brilliant, but a thin, discouraged guy with bad teeth, intestinal parasites and no stamina. That’s the way the elite like it.

  • gthog61

    Oh, but I am sure Ivy League liberals working in government can fix everything by dictating what is “fair”.

  • K

    Yes I know what outcome based medicine is. Thankfully, I have not seen a Dr. in a decade. I hope it will be at least another decade, before I have to see one.

  • Shmeggle Marxist

    LMAO. did you get your info from the Huffington Post? No one said the middle class has completely disappeared, you are clearly describing the rich anyway, maybe you are a govt employee earning 250k
    p.s. Detroit sure is beautiful this time of year……………….

    • ian

      i make and survive on less than 25 thousand a year. Thank you.

  • Faux Fake

    Where? Upscale Beverly Hills? Take a look at Detroit, Harlem, South Carolina and those places pal. Just because 3 million people are rich does not label the remaining 310 million Americans as rich.

  • FreeThinker

    It was a personal property tax. How many German people do you know? Please ask them about it.

    • Ralfine

      There is only one kind of property tax – if you own real estate. Maybe you were talking to squatters who occupied something illegally and had to pretend that they don’t live at that place.

      Sort of like if you don’t live more than a certain time in a country, then you don’t need to pay income tax there. 3 months in China, 6 months in Hong Kong, Germany most likely something strange, like 135.7 days for historical reasons.
      I don’t know how many Germans I know. Most of them don’t live in Germany anyway. And most Germans I know in China come from East Germany and left Germany after the cold war ended, so have very little experience with West Germany.

  • Albion

    Why can’t we simply kick these self-appointed elite in the balls, stomp on their faces, p*ss on them, and then throw them in prison?

    My math says that 99% of the world would be fine with that.

  • Lennie Pike

    It is very important to always keep in mind which religion the elite of the elite practice, especially if you are one of their pawns or lieutenants. That religion is satanism and there is much evidence to support that fact.

    “What good is it to gain the entire world but lose your soul?”

  • Ralfine

    Would you think Hong Kong is socialist?

    I stayed in public hospitals and private hospitals in Hong Kong.

    The ambulance only delivers to the public hospital. The room in the observation ward had 6 beds. And all rooms on that ward had 6 beds. No door, just an opening in the wall, and two huge windows on each side of that opening. All rooms arranged around the central nurse station.

    In the private hospital you can choose between single-bed, twin bed and 4 bed room. And all rooms have doors.

    In a single room you can get pretty lonely.

    But then, the public hospital is paid for from tax money, the private company is paid by the patients, and just staying there is more expensive than a 5-star hotel. Not including yet the food, or treatment. So better have a good health insurance.

    Here a trick question: are insurance companies socialist?

  • Blue Otis

    The merchant class (nowadays represented by corporations and their stakeholders and banks) emerged out of the system of Feudalism, and not much has changed. It has replaced the church as the primary magical thinking ruling class, along with the government. While the government is supposed to support the people, in reality, they generally oppress the people in favour of protecting the merchant class. Not even democracy seems to be able to resist the power of wealth as lobbyists write the law and squeeze the citizens of everything they’ve got. The system is unsustainable, of course, because as people have less and less, they have less to lose, and become more desperate and willing to rise up and against. This hoarding mentality of these elites, which has existed as long as civilization has, will end, one way or another.

  • Washington76

    The Wealth from Economic “Recovery” has gone to the Richest Americans By Nick Barrickman, June 03, 2013

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/wealth-from-economic-recovery-has-gone-to-the-richest-americans-b/5337355

  • Satya Pal Bindra

    Please stop exposing dooms day scenario only. There is silver lining by can do scenario. Open the doors for Americans to work together with rest of the world as one family members. Helping others with American skills & technology will not only help the rest of the world but it will help America more.

  • fedupMan

    Dooms day is all that is left. Don’t take this wrong but if you think this will be fixed you need a new brain. The lure of FREE govt STUFF is unstoppable. Almost 1/2 the population pays NO taxes. They just want MORE free stuff that comes their way at someone else’s expense. OZero played the CLASS envy card and FREE STUFF at every opportunity. Elections will never be the same again.

  • BedfordGuy2

    Why not restrict wealth in America by rule??? Let’s make a million dollars a year and two million in assets the max. Have more? Give it away, pay it to your employees, spend it in ways that do not leave you with assets. That way, the “best and brightest” of us would value what we do for a living over what we make for a living. This would also cut the government out of the redistribution process financially!!! Taxing the wealthy just means giving the government more money to redistribute to its favorites.

  • DissidentRage

    Do a 99% tax on the top 0.01%. They’ll still be millionaires.

  • Kazz

    Get rid of the IMF and their political puppet representatives, as well as their media propaganda machine, and don’t forget their military industrial control complex. We need to reroute the collective energy of humanity into serving the greater good of humanity instead of the well being of the elite phsychopathic few. The elite are conducting the collective energy of humanity as negatively as possible, because this causes great disharmony, and disharmony gives them power. The elite would have no power at all if everyone was well fed, and if they had clean drinking water and a safe, comfortable place to sleep. The elite have created a parasitic system that forces humanity to compete with each other for the few crumbs thrown at them. This parasitic system provides them with willing minions who are willing to sell out humanity for their 30 pieces of silver. The elite are holding back the evolutionary journey of mankind to retain power at the cost of the very eco system they depend upon. The elite are crazy! It is up to humanity to ignore these maniacs and do what we know is inherently right. The elite cannot be expected to behave themselves because they are mentally unstable. Humanity needs to recognize this and treat the elite like any other mentally challenged individual: with compassion, love, and understanding, but also with a firm hand. You cannot let mentally unstable people free to cause havoc on others. You incarcerate them and treat them, not to punish them, but to protect their innocent victims, which in the case of the elite are billions of people, currently, and swiftly moving towards all of humanity. AGENDA 21 is the depopulation plan of the global elite to kill off humanity, theymust be stopped for everyone’s wellbeing, theirs included!

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