Smash And Grab
The mega rich got that way by taking other peoples money. They didn’t earn it through hard work
Bill Gates didn’t get to be that rich by working really hard at a job. He got that rich by taking some of his workers money, or some of your money, or some of the kids in china stamping out computer chips all day for pennies money. He took it from the environment by having e-waste dumped in China rather than paying for it here. An environmental commons that we all pay for, but he abused for free.
At every stage of the process he took some of the money that someone else should have earned, either by moving the job to a place with no labor or environmental laws, or by using his already vast wealth to pressure people into giving him discounts, either on products or taxes. Or by simply hiding them overseas so that he gets all the benefits of the system we have set up here (strong rule of law, good educated workers, good infrastructure, etc), without actually paying for any of it.
No one “earns” 100 billion dollars. If a fair wage is say $25 an hour for labor try to work out how many hours bill gates would have to work to get 100 billion. (ps. Thats 4 billion hours, or just over 456,621 years, roughly 2.5 times the age of the entire human species)
The government could just break up Apple or Microsoft, or Amazon tomorrow, call them a monopoly, call them illegal tax dodgers, the government is not helpless against these companies.
We are not helpless before the oligarchs, but they would sure like us to believe that we are.
Go read a book about FDR, or see how some other countries manage their economies. There have been and continue to be better versions of things than what we have here. We don’t even have to think up new systems, only copy others that work better than ours. Or hell even go back to the way things used to be here.
I am pretty distressed by how many weak willed, give up before they try, people there are in this world.
Don’t bow down to our oligarchs, even the benevolent ones are putting us in chains through their existence.
TAX THE RICH! Build a society that works for everyone, not just the 1%.
Big business, not taxpayers, should pay to clean up plastic waste – Plastic is destroying our oceans, yet big corporations are still being given money to produce cheap plastic. It’s time for polluters to pay for the damage they cause
We need to legalize, not criminalize cannabis. It's time for us to radically reform our justice system so that it works for the rest of us. pic.twitter.com/99b7UO1pUC
— Daniel Biss (@danielbiss) February 4, 2018
An Actual Nazi Is About To Get The Republican Nomination For A Congressional Seat (note the guy above is not this guy)
Tools of change:
Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit? Want to do something about it?
Calling your government representative:
You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.
Tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump. You can also call other states congress people and threaten to donate to their opponent if they don’t do what you want.
Phone Bank for Progressive Candidates:
Call the White House:
Call the “White House”:
Use this website to call one of Trump’s many properties he has not put into a blind trust yet, and let them know how you feel (be polite, they are workers just like us, but be firm).
Do a little Slacktivism:
Go to a town hall and talk to your congress person in person:
Monitor your congressperson:
Keep track of how your senator is voting on cabinet picks here, so you can call them up and give them hell if they vote for any of these worthless fuckers.
Also be sure to keep track if you live in a district with an upcoming flip-able seat (flip to the left that is)
Is your mayor up for election? Find out, get involved!
Upcoming house votes:
Upcoming senate bills:
Monitor Trumps Conflict of Interests:
Guidelines by former Congress staffers on how to get Congress to listen. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/
Run For Office!:
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Join the fight to clean out the democratic party: Justice Democrats!
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