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Old 08-19-2018, 10:02 PM
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The world has a problem ... with billionaires.

I was reading this fascinating article about Chinese art thefts, which makes some mention of how Chinese billionaires with Chinese government connections are woven into the complex story. And this got me thinking..., wondering about the role of billionaires in Chinese government and politics. So I googled the relevant terms and, sure enough, there are plenty of signs that China has a billionaire problem.

Of course, the USA, where I live, also has a billionaire problem. And whenever we have a look at any place with billionaires it looks like they all -- and the whole world -- has a billionaire problem. The problem, of course, is that power translates into money, which in turn, translates into power. Or it happens the other way around. It hardly matters how the money-power (or power-money) originated, but the result is that we've got a special class of people who, as individuals, have way, way too much of this thing (powermoney, moneypower). It's not just that they are stinking rich. Oh no! It's that they seem to own and run our world.

I mean, c'mon! China hasn't been anything close to communist! Right? And yet their so-called Communist government has billionaires like cheap apartments have cockroaches. They have politically illegitimate power... which translates into happy billionaires.

And here in the States we have the Koch Brothers and their ilk, who are only just barely behind the scenes in controlling large swaths of our political process. And we don't even pretend to be communist! LOL.

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The presence of rich businessmen in parliament and its advisory panel is a calculated move by the ruling Communist Party, said Rory Truex, an assistant professor at Princeton.

“By giving the extremely wealthy a position in parliament that kind of helps ensure their loyalty and it gives them a vested interest in the success of the party,” he said.

http://fortune.com/2017/03/02/china-...iament-wealth/
Success of the Party?!

It was this Party, which in the name of communism, used military might and violence against its own people, whom this Party called "counter-revolutionaries".

This was, of course, never a truly communist country. Nor was the USSR. Communism, like democracy, has never really been tried on any scale. Just ask Uncle Noam.

What Uncle Noam says here about the USSR can be roughly equated to what happened to "Communism" in China, as well. This all rarely gets talked about in the USA, for example, because to talk about it openly would be to shed light on how the USA has a problem with billionaires. And these billionaires basically covertly run the USA, so that'd be a problem at the get go. It would also begin to shed light on what socialism and communism really are -- which has little or nothing to do with governments in China or the former Soviet Union. The USA, mainly during the so-called Cold War, had a massive propaganda campaign against communism and socialism which was entirely based on outright lies about what communism and socialism ARE. Almost no one in the USA knows a thing about socialism or communism -- because we've been the product of a massive internal brainwashing campaign. The campaign resulted in our being afraid to even so much as mention having the slightest interest in what actual communism or socialism might be. These words are simply regarded as pointing at some kind of brutal totalitarianism. End of story. No more questioned need be asked.
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Rich people buy governments.
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:56 PM
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Rich people buy governments.
Yes, they do. And not just governments, but also "reality". Which we enclose in scare quotes here because "reality" is largely created through means of sophisticated, and often expensive, methods.

E.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnrBQEAM3rE

and ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y888wVY5hzw
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:26 PM
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How do billionaires get and/or stay so rich?


To Force Billionaires Off Welfare, Sanders Tax Would Make Corporations Fund 100% of Public Assistance Their Low-Paid Workers Receive

"I don't believe that ordinary Americans should be subsidizing the wealthiest person in the world because you pay your employees inadequate wages."

by Jake Johnson, staff writer
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/20...und-100-public
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Yes, they do. And not just governments, but also "reality". Which we enclose in scare quotes here because "reality" is largely created through means of sophisticated, and often expensive, methods.

E.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnrBQEAM3rE

and ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y888wVY5hzw
Exactly.
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