we are trying to survive
in an self-destructive system
(that is sick of cancer of corruption)
sounds highly unsustainable to me
but as some very studied person said
even an absurd system can exist – for a pretty long time
It doesn’t happen often, but this time have to give cudos to “a classic” (very conservative, not very revolutionary thinking) economist Hans Werner von Sinn:
…. but not to endanger the 0% financed real estate bubble, where banks sell thousands of vacant buildings in Munich in a circle, IMF-ECB-La Guarde (“The Guardian” (of the banks)) does – nothing.
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… unfortunately, nature decided, out of biodiversity reasons (make every individual an individual = very different from his brothers & sisters, in order to ensure that “at least one” will survive, fast changing circumstances (economic crisis, war, famine, climate change, meteoroids… u name it)
So sisters and brothers are by the design of nature – very different – thus having (sometimes) hard times – understanding each other – getting along with each other.
But IF they manage to accept each other – (and if it’s only by living next door, but never speaking to each other X-D) – things might work out.
Capitalism actually increased that acceptance problem, with some 1 to 10% doing very well (often) at the expense of the 90% (who pay their taxes) – WHILE looking down on the 90% as “bummers”.
or in other worlds: who want’s to put kid’s in a fu**ed up (non sustainable = it is going to end) world? (nobody)
Question: Is it any wonder – that in a system – that was not built for man, but for money “around money”, man will soon no longer appear?
I am not surprised (unfortunately).
So when “the system” – betrayed the middle class – because of lobbyism by the money of the top 10% (that sometimes “think” they are the “middle class”) – it “programmed” society – for the downfall of the middle-class (who to steal from? nothing to steal from the poor?) and the downfall of families.
It’s as simple as that.
And turning back the time – won’t help.
It won’t help driving old gas guzzling cars that need a portion of lead in the gasoline to actually function correctly.
There is only one way: forward. Into a sustainable economy that serves all. The sooner the super-rich realize this – the better. (but they will want to preserve the status quo until the very end (death)… so it’s a uphill battle for everyone else)
When wars were far away…
When marlboro man could ride smoking through TV and cinema landscapes (a Cinema was a place where people came together to PAY for a movie and watch it together with others. Corona killed ’em)… sure… “glorious” days.
Behind this “world view” MIGHT be a very important feature of the nature of the human brain itself: to forget, what is bad, to cherish what was good.
If it would be the other way around… everyone would die of depression within months.
To forget all the bad that happened (e.g. Vietnam war happened in the “good old” days of the 1960s with “good old” (massively corrupt) US presidents as Kennedy (1961, killed, because not corrupt enough), Johnson (1963), Nixon (1969), Reagan (1981), Bush Senior (1989)…
“When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion had been greater in the past.”
ok take this with a pinch of salt… because it was financed by UK-US tobacco industry aka “Luky Strike” (British American Tobacco (BAT))… how reliable is that info eh? X-D
“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different, because in dire situations, without working together, nobody would have survived in the past.
Going back to the stone age: When someone was expelled from the group… it meant (almost) sure death.
Now is a different story, with laws by democracies ensure capitalism maximum freedoms (in principal good but often recklessly abused for profit as in the case of Amazon paying ZERO taxes), but at the same time, the system “forgets” about fostering solidarity, that this does not happen by itself, allowing and even rewarding individuals to be maximal egoistic (bad) and thus resulting in whole nations living maximal alone.
The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay higher taxes than Jeff Bezos… as simple as that…
#wtf, no translation of this book yet?
This is not just massively unfair towards ANYONE paying taxes in Europe (self employed are asked to pay 40% taxes on income, employed income tax depends on “tax class”), it is also damaging democracy, because it shows how injustice happens in front of EVERYONE’s eyes and democracies are UNABLE to do anything about it? (I look at you Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland).
“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different… “When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion(group solidarity) had been greater in the past.” Yes, because you can’t survive in a crisis/hardship without cohesion. The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay high taxes Amazon does not pay taxes…
Also, the current system is not made for people, but by money (the top 1%) for money (the top 1%)
otherwise we would now have the 1 day week, if you do not believe me, check out Prof Dr Christian Kreiß
Note of the warning: yes, Prof Dr Kreiß has already spoken at some dubious Corona events (probably out of panic that the economy is collapsing completely due to lockdown… Corona was actually more devastating for economic growth (!) than the 2008 financial (banking lending too much housing bubble speculation) crisis) he has to be careful, otherwise he discredits himself. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Krei%C3%9F
By the way, also a very interesting observation in the East/GDR: due to the reunification, the Ossis have become more unequal (some now drive fat BMWs instead of Trabbi and others just drive…. nothing…) CURIOUSLY, this now ensures that former neighbors who got along well back then… now don’t talk a word to each other… Also bad for the better off BMW driver, who is very sad about this fact.
Trump & Putin, both try to dial back time to the glorious 1960s.
Where black people were not allowed to rent buildings and the Soviet Union could enslave large parts of Europe.
One of THE BIGGEST responsibilities of the older generations (those born before 2000) is, to ensure, that all young people born after 2000