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Wot’s It All About, B, H, & D? (1)

May 8, 2016

It’s about class struggle (which is ridiculous, of course, because in America we don’t do class, we’re better than that).

It’s about ownership, by an addicted few, of the means of reproduction and production (plus gambling and lying), with resulting concentration of wealth and control of lives.

It’s about many millions of persons who are mightily hurting because our economy has been rigged against them for 40 years, vs. a relatively few millions who have benefited from that rigging (let’s say, the upper 10-15%), led (and controlled) by a handful of persons (the top fraction of a %) who do the rigging and benefit mightily.

It’s about persons who are not happy with the status quo, and in fact live in serious, even desperate, need of change, vs. persons who are satisfied (or elated) with the status quo.

It’s stupid, the economy.

I.  As Bernie recently put it in small town WV, “people on the edge, every single day” (listen for instance to Sabrina Schroeder, Tonya Spinella, and Sam Pensock):

In the United States today, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, 47 million Americans are living in poverty.

Almost 22 percent of American children are poor and we have the highest child poverty rate of almost any major country on earth.

Let’s be clear. Living in poverty doesn’t just mean you don’t have enough money to buy a big screen TV, a fancy laptop, or the latest iPhone. It goes much deeper than that.

Living in poverty means you are less likely to have a good grocery store in your community selling healthy food. . . .you don’t know where your next meal is going to come from. . . .you are less likely to have access to a doctor, dentist or mental health care provider. . . .you have less access to public transportation, which makes it harder to find a job. . . .you are less likely to have access to child care.

In the United States of America, poverty is often a death sentence.

The New Deal slogan of “a chicken is every pot” was concrete and urgent to the victims of rigging and gambling in the ‘20s. Your food cooking on your stove. Food on everybody’s table.

Bernie is a “reactionary revolutionary,” in that he proposes major changes that are designed to slash the rigging and return us to the New Deal, and indeed fulfill the potential of the FDR’s 1944 “economic bill of rights” to food, clothing, and leisure time; employment and a fair income; housing; medical care; secure retirement; and education—plus freedom from unfair competition and monopolies.

Bernie is a “revolutionary revolutionary,” in that he proposes major changes that will take wealth and power from the top fraction and redistribute ownership of our lives.

(And then, as if economic wellbeing were not urgent enough, wildfires are burning towns, and oceans are swamping islands and cities. Climate change is the other of Bernie’s major issues. Ho hum, never mind.)

The criticisms, that I’ve seen so far, of Bernie’s proposals for good governance seem to me to be evasions of the issues, urgency, and solutions that he has clarified.

Q: Is the status quo a sustainable environment?

[2 b continued: Hillary, Drumpf, complicating factors, and a retrun to first things.]

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