Warren: Progress, Survival of the Republic. Biden: More Plutocratization, Death.

Biden and other “democrats” in the 1980s voted Reagan’s anti-democratic laws (called by some the “New Jim Crow“). Then, in 1990s, those “Neoliberal” [1] democrats went further than even Reagan did, but in the same spirit, putting millions in jail, and then daring to unravel the banking reform of 1933 (passed by the Democrats of 1933, headed by FDR: the “New Deal“). Much of this extravagant return to the roaring twenties needs to be reverted.

One can’t have democracy and plutocracy at the same time. That’s why the Roman Republic put a cap on wealth: above some high level, Roman millionaires were taxed 100%. Yes, a margin tax rate of 100% (similar rates existed in the 1950s, when clean economic expansion was at its maximum: not a coincidence).

Also the Roman Republic taxed ostentatious wealth (“sumptuary” laws; an equivalent today would be to tax private jets; instead private jets are subsidized, while they contribute 1% of US CO2 emissions!).

More than 130,000 families have wealth above 50 million US$. Those should be taxed into extinction, Roman Republic manner. It is a question of survival of life as we know it on this planet. Why? Those 130,000 families worth more than $50 million, own roughly ALL WORLD MEDIA, which control cognition, hearts and minds. And they control the fossil-fuel-financial plutocracy system, which controls the world economy and the political class (truly their obsequious servants).

All this taxation of hyper wealth enabled the Roman Republic to last 5 centuries. However, because of the globalization the Roman empire brought, those anti-extreme-wealth laws became inapplicable, and the Roman rich became so wealthy, they could buy all politicians.,, and laws, or prevent the application of existing laws. When plutocracy took over Rome, the Republic collapsed.

Warren’s suggested heavy taxation of extreme wealth follows logic and history: otherwise the republic will die. So Warren’s candidacy is not just a matter of getting an experienced woman in power, it’s a matter of survival.

It is a woman with full power, queen Bathilde of the Frankish empire, an ex-slave, who, in 655 CE, outlawed slavery in Europe.  We need more of the feminine approach. Vote Warren, forget about the eternal return of the same, with Biden.

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The preceding was a published comment to the New York Times. Then surfaced a history challenged Californian:

Cold Eye, from Kenwood CA, However, slavery in Europe was prevalent through the 19th Century.”

What is happening to the schools? The New York Times was kind enough to allow me to post the following answer:

@Cold Eye

You mean this figuratively in Western Europe. Russia was a different case, where serfs were often little better than slaves. It is true that, during the first century of industrial age , workers were treated very badly.

However, none of this is true slavery. In true slavery, people are bought and sold, as they were things. Those “things” performed like robots, enabling the colonization of the “New” World. For example, tobacco cultivation became very profitable in the English colony of North America, thanks to the massive utilization of slaves.

The colonies were far removed from Europe, and European law enforcement had proven illusory during the Spanish Conquista (in spite of determined efforts). The French colony of Canada imposed French law pretty well, it didn’t allow slavery, but the price paid was that the anything-goes English colony won the war, and ultimately conquered French Canada.

So I repeat my statement: queen Bathilde of the Imperium Francorum, ex-slave from Kent (England) outlawed slavery in 1066 CE. When the Franks conquered England in 1066 CE, they immediately freed all the slaves (explaining William’s popularity). Slaves coming from the Americas or Africa were immediately freed upon setting foot in Europe, for ever after (except in places under Muslim jurisdiction).

By the way, there is still slavery in some African countries. In the Kaye region of Mali, individuals who disagree too much with local slavery get killed. In Mauritania, there is at least half a million slaves. These two countries are next to each other. In Nigeria, Muslim Fundamentalists practice mass slavery, and so on. The reason is that the Qur’an takes slavery for granted:”those that your right hand posses” being the euphemism therein…

Who said progress doesn’t exist?

Outlawing slavery on most of the planet and formally at the United Nations was great progress, an extension of Saint Bathilde’s work (the foremost saint I recognize, if not the only one…). But all will come to nought, if plutocracy is able to progress and corrupt cognition, hearts and minds ever more. As I pointed out, we could start losing the oxygen making mechanism soon… And that comes from the fact a very small elite has perverted the planet mental system, by owning much of what matters.

Time to revert it.

Vote Warren.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: And for new European Commission head? A woman, once again!

Margrethe Vestager, the powerful EC competition commissioner ticks many of the boxes needed for a righteous candidate: she can get things done, she is acceptable to the centre-right EPP and the S&D. She is championed by the Liberals and now more powerful Greens, whose votes will be needed to make a majority.

Ms Vestager has served as education, interior and economy minister of Denmark. As a EC commissioner since 2014 she has applied both a liberal sense of consumer rights and an interventionist commitment to regulating technology giant monopolies. She has taken on tax dodgers, infringers of personal privacy and market distorters. Thrusting macho hare brained bullies from Silicon Valley have turned up in her office berating her and come off the worse… So she can operate with the French who have long wanted to tax those financial and tech bullies whose main business model is monopolization and tax evasion. 

The EU in 2019 faces an array of security and economic threats. It needs a powerful, efficient, undaunted leader with experience of the European Commission and a sense of how the world is changing (for the worse). Europe needs a leader who can stand up for Europe and suggest legislation defending its citizens. It needs someone acceptable to left and right, north and south. Europe has to chose Ms Vestager.

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[1]: “Neoliberal” often seems little more than “neofascist”….

 

 

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17 Responses to “Warren: Progress, Survival of the Republic. Biden: More Plutocratization, Death.”

  1. brodix Says:

    Patrice,

    Enlightenment is about ideas, more than the people espousing them. The simple, basic point we need to publicize is that money is ultimately a social contract, with one side and asset and the other a debt, that as an accounting device, essentially a voucher system, is what enables mass societies to function. Yet we treat it as a commodity to mine from society.
    As a publicly backed contract, it functions as a public utility, but as a commodity, we treat it as private property, to save and store.
    Its functionality is in its fungibility, so we own it like we own the section of road we are using. Or even the water we drink and urinate out. It is a medium, not a store. In the body, blood is the medium and fat is the store. Would doctors confuse the two, like economists do with money?
    The is the point on which this issue turns.

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    • brodix Says:

      The rich are simply an unpleasant side effect and focusing on them is counterproductive, as it only makes them defensive and dangerous.

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      • Gmax Says:

        You’re kidding,right?

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      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        That’s true with any vicious animals and pathogens. That was actually the argument of the Nazis about World War Two: by launching the world war, the French made us defensive and dangerous…

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        • brodix Says:

          You need a cycle to have extremes. Obsessing over the extremes, while being clueless about the causes is counterproductive.
          Yes, the wealthy are the modern form of power, but wealth and power go in cycles. Like the rest of reality, it rises and falls. The fact that we are schooled to money being a commodity, to save and store, does go a long way to explain many of the particularities of this culture.
          If you can’t see it, than I guess I’m wasting my time.
          If you did follow my argument and have a point of disagreement, it would be interesting to hear.

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          • Patrice Ayme Says:

            I am a bit confused here. I thought I agreed with most of what you said. Extremes are teachers.

            As far as money being saved and stored too much… The Fed is more obsessed by the velocity of money than the ECB, which, under half senile German pressure, has provided less euros to Europe than needed, IMHO… What did I miss?

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        • brodix Says:

          Here is an essay I put up on medium a bit ago;
          View at Medium.com

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      I agree with what you say.
      However, money also translates into power onto people. I go there, get a better seat on the plane, and a better meal. I go the mountains, and i am allowed to sleep where few others can, and i am extended some service carried over the ranges by mule trains. For that matter, I am even allowed to be in the National Park, because I bought a permit.

      Murdoch, he bought media, all over the world, and they think pretty much as he wishes them to (I used to be infuriated by it, during the iraq War). THAT should be unlawful: it’s too much power. The absolute wealth limit idea is an absolute power limit idea.

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      • brodix Says:

        Extremes are teachers, but what is the lesson? If our focus is on either rejecting them, or exceeding them, we lose sight of the processes creating them. We can reject the wealthy, but that doesn’t ask what are the dynamics creating them. Cause, rather than effect.

        Yes, the Fed does understand it is a medium, like blood, water, roads, etc, but they are still a tool to those using this dynamic to build up the energy that system is supposed to circulate, not store.
        Yes, power can be stored, but simply doing it for its own sake, without a larger focus or goal likely means you will be one of those hurt when it does come unraveled.

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        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          I do not reject the “wealthy”… why would I reject myself? I am just saying that there should be an absolute limit to wealth, as there should be an absolute limit to power. The latter implying the former. Extravagant wealth corrupts extravagantly. The Roman Republic had strenuous limits on wealth… and power

          Republican Roman Consuls had power really for just one month, alternating, during a year; they couldn’t be re-elected, in normal times, for ten years; they didn’t originate laws: tribunes did.

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          • brodix Says:

            And I’m just saying that if the culture was based on the circularity of nature, than on ideals and the presumption of some more perfect state, currently translated as humongous wealth, then these “extremes” would be as naturally self regulating as the cresting of a wave. Which they invariably still do, but only after enormous resources have been expended, to build them into tsunamis.

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          • Patrice Ayme Says:

            Nothing a few tsunamis can’t fix… I am in direct war with Pluto plotters right now… They found a trick to kill (mass murder) children, to make tres beaucoup bucks, claiming they didn’t foresee any problems, it was all “ecofriendly” (but I and my lawyers foresaw, and warned them in extensive writing)… Great fun in a way… But why I wrote less in May, and it made me sick (or was that pneumonia/heart a coincidence?) Seriously. I saw evil close and personal. And delightful methods usually associated to real Nazis…
            Can’t say more, the lawyers would excoriate me…

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          • brodix Says:

            While the details might not be too clear, it’s evident from any passing following of the news that vast crimes are being committed and it will make anyone, with any sort of soul, sick to the heart, but that’s why I think a bit of distance from the mess can be edifying, as to the processes going on.
            These people’s goal marker/focus/finish line/god is the bottom line. How much money they can wave around. Everything else is moot and fodder to that all consuming goal.
            Think how all consuming monarchy and the Catholic church were, 5 hundred years ago. Now it’s just some old pedophiles and the Queen.
            If the notion of money as a social contract, the circulation mechanism and public utility, could overcome the notion of it as a commodity to mine from society, it would start to pull foundation stones away from that belief system, to which we all must subscribe, in order to be part of society.
            Even gold and bit coin are commodities, not contracts. A gold backed currency is a contract, valued in gold as commodity. While bitcoin is a collective belief in technology, producing the commodity of a quantity of value, not actually backed by an obligation of any sort, just the knowledge that others value it, like tulip bulbs.

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  2. Gmax Says:

    This Cold Eye guy is typical of the crass ignorant class. After hearing all their lives Lincoln stopped slavery and Europeans were at fault they believe there was slavery in Europe and Lincoln stopped it, helped by MLK, or some shit like that. Welcome to the internet

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  3. SDM Says:

    Warren has some good ideas but her willingness to fight for results remains to be seen. She talks a good game – she rails at bankers then does nothing towards prosecution. Also, not clear whether she can take on Drumpf at his no holds barred game.
    Biden is all in with corporate plutocracy and corporate media is pumping him up. Let us hope he implodes as he has done in the past.
    If Sanders would make Warren’s wealth tax a part of his platform it would help get more word out in the media. He has polled better with fox viewers than with msnbc viewers.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      I agree with your analysis in all ways. I used to look at Pocahontas (warning: Trump semantics) dubiously, for the reason you say: she talked a good game… then did nothing. I had gone through that with Barry, so… She also irritated me with her tall blonde-I-am-an-Indian way of getting jobs… HOWEVER, turns out she really has some Cherokee ancestry (OK, some), and, more IMPORTANTLY, she has changed the nature of the debate, and the mindset with the WEALTH TAX.

      I would wish indeed that Sanders would follow, instead of hitting at Charter Schools. Charter Schools can be very good in California for languages. If anything, not enough of them. (I don’t personally benefit from any… but I see the good they do by fostering varied cultures.)

      Another thing. Inasmuch as it would camp me into an ageist and sexist, Sanders looks older than the dinosaurs, and is not a lady (I campaign for Hillary as Sec of State to barry, but then against her as she revealed to be Biden-like… or worse!)

      We will see what the debates bring. I do not hate Sanders because he went on FOX (also that’s owned by my old frenemies the Murderochs…). I don’t watch FOX these days, and I didn’t watch him… But even the jerks on FOX have the courage to make good points sometimes… What I dislike the most is those who make points only according to what they are supposed to say (Rachel M whatever her name being notorious that way…

      Also Drumpf… an itinerant lawyer, Hanns Drumpf, who settled in Kallstadt in 1608 and whose descendants changed their name from Drumpf to Trump during the Thirty Years’ War of the 1600s… Yes, OK, but Trump is arguably a better choice than Biden, as my next essay will show implicitly: what’s more important is to reverse plutocratization through globalization. My comment on that was approved by the NYT in less than ten seconds today, I was astounded. It’s coming as an essay…

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