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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Fake University Squander

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 29. 1 Reply

AOC excoriates Congress for enabling ICE's morally bankrupt University of Farmington sting.... Ocasio-Cortez suggested that lawmakers should accept some of the blame for funnelling funding into the agency with little oversight."Earlier this year,…Continue

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#Quora: Nate White Hilariously Answers the Query –”Why Do British People NOT Like Trump?”

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 7. 3 Replies

Nate White, a witty writer from England wrote the perfect response. A few things spring to mind… Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no…Continue

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Dan Rather and Sam Donaldson on Trump

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 24. 1 Reply

I just saw this on CNN and thought it was worthy of being posted here.  You have two doyen newsmen who know their stuff, opining on the aberration in the White House for two minutes and change.  Just wish it were longer. Unfortunately, I can't get…Continue

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Democratic National Committee Recognizes Value of "Religiously Unaffiliated Demographic"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 4. 2 Replies

It started back in 2009, when Barack Obama made open mention of non-believers in his first inaugural address.  It got better with the establishment of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.  And now, the Democratic National Committee has issued a…Continue

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Comment by Cane Kostovski on July 13, 2019 at 6:34pm

Joan, you're thinking about RBE incorrectly. There will NOT be any payment, any charge, any commerce. Just AIs directing supply to where the demand is. Most cities will have skyscrapers utilized as hydroponic farms, so most of the food will be grown locally. If you want a banana, you just go to the distribution station and get as many as you want. The banana grower did it as a volunteer and if he needs ANYTHING, he goes to his distribution station and takes what he needs. EVERYONE will get what they need and some if not all of what they want.

Communists still used capitalism in the form of money. RBE does away with money, so the idea of theft is mute under RBE. RBE is a form of socialism but that is its power to overcome capitalism and ALL of capitalism's shortcomings. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2019 at 11:37pm

Cane, I think you understand the benefits of RBE even as you may not be aware of the risks in the failures of the system. Even in RBE, exploiters and manipulators can torpedo the intent of the idea. There are several outstanding examples of successful  RBEs, but it requires that the members pay attention to the management. Members can't sit back and let others take charge. 

To end poverty, hunger, debt, and human suffering requires a free-flow of accurate information, and members paying attention to the management. Prevention of theft is only one of the problems.  

The system is the same as "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs," a slogan popularised by Karl Marx in 1875. The principle refers to free access to and distribution of goods, capital, and services.

What if I want to eat bananas? Who pays for the shipping? Does a shipper expect to recover the costs of transport and how will that transaction take place? 

RBE offers a naive way of perceiving commerce. 

Indeed, the Communists did not find a way to make it work, and they created a vast inequality in the trying. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2019 at 11:00pm

The U.S. continues to suffer from rising income inequality and chronically slow growth in the living standards of low- and moderate-income citizens. The bitter living-standards stagnation, caused by rising income inequality, does not change during Trump's administration. 

Javier Zarracina/Vox

Comment by Cane Kostovski on July 9, 2019 at 6:31pm

Thanks for the quick education. I wish I understood RBE as well as you understand Dutch Disease. RBE is THE ultimate cooperation economy. People would volunteer to continue working at the job of their choosing (even if it means a change of job) for free for far fewer hours than in the equivalent capitalistic job today. All people would volunteer their skill and time for the greater good of the world because RBE has to be a global thing to work properly. Of course there are the ones who can't work, or will not work no matter the urgency, but they are far fewer than what would put a strain on the rest. Most (if not all) will be in a job that they enjoy. The jobs NOBODY would enjoy would be done by robots. Technology will advance with the health and happiness of the people in a sustainable way as the driving force. It is as close to utopia as humanity can viably get.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2019 at 3:29pm

Cane, my sense of RBE is a reliance on cooperation, not competition, the exact opposite of corporations. In

the study of social societies, those families, businesses, and nations who foster cooperation have a higher standard of living than those who foster competition. Less money, energy, time, and lives become squandered in a competition if the members have skills in communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.  

"The European Union is founded on the indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity; it is based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law. It places the individual at the heart of its activities, by establishing the citizenship of the Union and by creating an area of freedom, security and justice."

CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION 

Sadly, the Union has its flaws, and the USA doesn’t have a trade agreement with the EU. One of the many reasons for the EU is to provide processes to resolve conflicts. "Might makes right," was the claim of our ancestors. 

My grandfather left Belgium in the early 1900s because the young men were fodder for wars to protect wealth. Lives, used as fodder for victory, lie buried across the Eurasian continent. 

European Union Purpose

In another study of social groups, to thrive in the 21st century, students must be adept at collaboration, communication and problem-solving, These skills can be learned through social and emotional learning (SEL).

New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning t...

In a competitive society, a win/lose society, wealth tends to gravitate to those who do not know and understand cooperation skills and they tend to master competitive ones. 

Dutch disease exhibits the following two chief economic effects:

1. It decreases the price competitiveness of exports of the affected country's manufactured goods, 
2. It increases imports.

A successful RBE depends on the leadership style of the group.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on July 9, 2019 at 6:46am

Joan, I never heard of Dutch Disease. I assume it is a capitalistic problem. The RBE would eliminate all problems caused by capitalism. In RBE, a thing called free trade would exist. In free trade, the person giving cannot ask for, or expect, anything in return and the person receiving would not give, or expect, anything as payment.

You need food, you go to the food distribution center and load up your cart and walk out. You need to charge your electric car, just plug it in without any kind of payment.

Everything would be free. All of the resources on Earth would be declared to be humanity's common heritage. Nobody would own anything.

Need to cut down a tree (Maybe three times in your life), you go to the tool library and check out a chain saw when you need it.

I am over simplifying it, but you get the gist.

We would rely on AI to drive the economy in such a way as to decide which products go where.

Again, I never heard of Dutch Disease. I will look it up later today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2019 at 11:01pm

Cane, I like the idea of a Global Resource Based Economy; "it uses the intelligent and humane application of science and technology to provide abundance for all people." There is no reason individuals and nations starve! 

Resource Based Economies tend to suffer from an economic hardship called ‘Dutch disease’ i.e., resource wealth somehow distorts their politics in such a way as to produce institutional and policy failures. If consistent policy failure and If poor governance lies at the root of this resource curse, why are resource-based economies more likely than others to suffer from it?

Political pathologies associated with resource-based economies, such as pervasive rent-seeking and corruption, might exist and cause links between economic structure and politics.

Much of the resource curse literature focuses on minerals (mainly hydrocarbons and metals). Such sectors are likely to be characterized by higher levels of state or private) ownership.

Capitalism focuses on the creation of wealth and ownership of capital and factors of production. 
A free market system focuses on the exchange of wealth, or goods and services.
In both cases, capitalism and a free market system tend to be vulnerable to the ”Dutch Disease.”

There is an important aspect of GRB that we need to know; even GRB has a tendency to create a class system, as does capitalism. Those who have financial resources tend to buy out smaller competitors, in any field and turn them into monopolies. 

10 Companies You Probably Never Realized Had Monopolies
Luxottica. the biggest manufacturer of glasses in the world,
Netflix,. 
Unilever, everyday consumer goods, 
YKK, zippers, 
Monsanto,
Google, 
Simmons Pet Food, 
Facebook.

AB InBev, produce and distribute over 200 types of beer around the world, 

References: 

10 Companies You Didn’t Know Had Near-Monopolies.

https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/10-companies-you-didnt-know...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2019 at 4:41pm

Point #4 I didn't know. That raising the minimum wage actually creates more jobs. Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2019 at 1:59pm

Attitudes, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions, and Values, ABCTV, maintain and perpetuate poverty. Lies, told by people who pretend they know the facts fail to check the data. The truth comes from facts, not lies. 

Comment by Cane Kostovski on July 4, 2019 at 6:37pm

In a video interview in the Joe Rogan Experience where Tulsi Gabbard was the subject, Tulsi spoke about President Eisenhower's last speech AKA Farewell Speech which the text can be found here: Eisenhower's Farewell Speech

In it, he mentions the Congressional Military Industrial Complex and warns it is dangerous. He knew then what we would have to do to fight in today's political arena.

This Independence Day I look toward a day when the elite no longer rule. I offer RBE as a viable and hopefully peaceful solution.

 
 
 

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