corruption

Ukraine crisis for Russia – there is a opportunity / possibility for positive development in every crisis

and don’t mean this in the way a finance speculator would gamble on rising oil and food prices (hope they fail).

It is understandable that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a catastrophe to those that had state guaranteed jobs and income there and lost them overnight.

A lot of people could not adapt to the new capitalistic system, where you had to organize almost EVERYTHING yourself and “everything” is suddenly “a product” with a price set by supply and demand  (previously the state had organized EVERYTHING and the price for rent was set by the state very low, $75 per month kind of low).

Capitalism has started as a good idea then perverted over time.

(not the first time that happened look up the keywords Greece Democracy Oligarchy)

Communism/Socialism started as a good idea, but it was perverted.

Vladimir Putin + his military advisors clearly have underestimated the will power of the Ukrainian people to resist a Russia, that just as the Soviet Union under Stalin wants to rule, not by the promise of a better future, but simply by violence and fear.

The “Blitzkrieg” has failed, with hefty losses also for the Russians of at least 10,000 soldiers, and many more will die on both sides, needlessly, senselessly, if Putin does not end this. But ending it he must. Ending it he can.

"An error doesnt become a mistake until you refuse to correct it" John F. Kennedy OC
“An error doesnt become a mistake until you refuse to correct it” John F. Kennedy OC

Putin himself has children.

Who wants such a “fate” or such a world for one’s children?

Nobody.

Let’s assume Putin wants to be the Zar of Russia, just as Trump wants to be King of America and Boris Johnson Queen of UK.

History did not go well for the Zar family in Russia.

The Zars actually planned to step down from power and create a republic after British example, where the King and Queen gave up most of it’s political power to an elected parliament, but kept some of their privileges (any oil found around New Zealand, belongs to the British Crown).

The Queen lived well with that model and is even deeply respected by most Britons.

if he is serious about it, the Kazakhstan president is going in exactly that direction: “proposes reforms to limit his powers”

But the Bolshevik revolution was faster with their reforms and killed the Zar family.

So if Putin does not want to end like this, he should stop the war in Ukraine immediately and start reforming Russia into a social democracy IMMEDIATELY.

(there is corruption now in Russia as there will be in democracy, so no difference there)

Social democracy being the best of both worlds, the government that needs to take cares about it’s people, and has gov owned banks and companies and the market mechanisms that create efficiency and innovation.

Sounds good to me. (the Wiki article on “social democracy” is over complicated, it is rather simple: a state, that does not give citizens to a brutally free market for exploitation, but a state that plays by the rules of a free market, while making rules and regulations that the free privately owned companies may not overstep without a fine, protecting and caring about it’s citizens and nature, because that is the DUTY of EVERY state).

PS: I know that Putin considers Gorbachev to be weak.

But do not mistake kindness with weakness.

Correct me if wrong, but the reason the Soviet Union collapsed, was not because it did not drop enough bombs on other countries, but because it’s economic system was dysfunctional/highly inefficient/wasteful, because nobody cared if it was productive or not.

Because nobody owned anything and thus did not care if it breaks, did not care to repair and maintain it.

May there be peace soon, as this world does not need more hatred.

if you need to conquer something, conquer the stars.

what does this chart tell you?

GDP simply means: “money changed hands” (for whatever reason (“fake” GDP activity would be bank/companyA selling houseX to bank/companyB selling houseX to bank/companyA and so on))

world wide income (in)equality Gini Index Coefficient in the year 2020

Gini Index Coefficient: from world war 2 to the year 2000

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient#/media/File:Gini_since_WWII.svg

 

while this book says, only “catastrophe” can reset inequality in society…

… peaceful ways are also possible.

there is hope… because: peaceful leveling is POSSIBLE!

Dr Roberto Iacono (Associate Professor in Economics and Social Policy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU))

“inequality decreased significantly in Finland mainly due to inclusive growth from 1850 to 1900 in the absence of both disasters and wars”

source: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2018/02/23/book-review-the-great-leveler-violence-and-the-history-of-inequality-from-the-stone-age-to-the-twenty-first-century-by-walter-scheidel/

(review article as pdf)

get the book in the US

get the book in the EU

democracy vs money?

and this Chase Bank advertisement surely shows what the problems are (the almost complete LOSS of CONTROL of the DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED POLITICIANS over the (largely mafia fraudulent) FINANCE and TAX AVOIDANCE sector aka the finance sector aka THE BANKS (including the reckless cash money printing central banks then effectively blackmailing the gov whenever this goes wrong (2008 subprime-(bank)-financial crisis)).

while those memes are funny…

Putin Macron Bernie Sanders MEMEit is important to listen to both sides, because one sided views WILL be bad informed (here the general media do a very very poor job).

same author:

Scheidel: “how to fix democracy”

  • nationalism will make things worse
    • Hitler did some “good” at the beginning (creating jobs with government money (building highways) and making farmers get better fair pay, before going “full mad man believing to be god” killing millions, destroying jobs & wealth & genocide
  • of course: the rich are very afraid of reforms (tax and gov taking away banks, companies and real estate for compensation) & revolutions (taking away of banks, companies and real estate without compensation , which can be very turbulent violent (French revolution)).
  • “fun” fact: the Russian Zar (ex King of Russia) actually wanted to reform Russia like UK, but the revolution was “faster” and reforms could not be implemented fast enough (Zar basically like the Queen of UK down from power but keeping some privileges)

THE RICH SHOULD ALSO BE AFRAID AND AVOID WAR AT ALL COSTS BECAUSE WHAT COMES AFTER WILL GREATLY reduce their wealth!

2020 How to Fix Democracy Season 2 Walter Scheidel
https://ytpak.net/watch?v=UnHNiOnYLhg
https://ytpak.net/watch?v=UnHNiOnYLhg

there is also his pretty depressing power point presenting the book…

Walter Scheidel - The Great Leveler Youtube
https://ytpak.net/watch?v=AFwCrDb8taE