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.
auto translated from: https://www.finanzen.net/nachricht/aktien/pessimistischer-ausblick-ex-ifo-leiter-hans-werner-sinn-prognostiziert-34-laengere-periode-34-wirtschaftlicher-unsicherheit-ezb-in-der-kritik-11282820
… 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)
Is a simple one, it can be put in one sentence, but to enact it, will require massive reforms:
Let’s compare two examples:
Which of the two cases add more value to society?
money wise case b) can create much more profit, but does it add value to society?
Given the fact, that a lot of houses are purposely left empty (not for rent), just to speculate on rising house prices? (a good example of the perversion that capitalism has become, if unchecked, by a smart, fast moving gov)
In this case, case a) does not only add more value to society, it also does not purposefully harm society as case b) does, by denying access to resources, people need to survive.
So pay those well, that ACTUALLY add value to society, and tax those high, that are malicious to society, and you have a nation that automatically creates value – in the true meaning of the word
all those well-known tax heavens, need serious threats of boycott, if they don’t start changing their business model (Cuba style of trade embargoes).
Failing to do so, will seriously damage the trust of the people in democracy.
ok some philantrophy is better than no philantropy… but … look at this case:
Harvard’s (https://alumni.harvard.edu/community/stories/adding-value) example “story” of, how to add value to society:
“I think it’s important to remember where you came from.”
“Giving back is part of my core philosophy,” says Kim Wagner PhD ’94, who has given consistently to the Graduate School Fund for twenty years.”
“She came to the Graduate of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) for a doctorate in pharmacology, intending to go into academia.”
“Instead, she was inspired to take on the world of biopharmaceutical consulting.”
“I felt like an industry position was the best place for me to add value to society,” says Wagner, who spent the next twenty-five years at the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company.”
let me translate that:
Dear reader, if you are reading this blog post, and dedicated time and brain-resources (energy) thinking about the value of it’s content – if it makes sense or not – how to improve it – what is missing – you just contributed positively to society as well!
What would contribute even more positively: the information from which, action can be derived from.