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Thoughts, dudes?
« on: June 30, 2014, 09:46:09 PM »
Where's the fuckin' money, Lebowski?

Internet billionaire Nick Hanauer warns of coming revolution

Nick Hanauer, internet entrepreneur, has a message for his fellow "zillionaires": the revolution is coming.

Mr Hanauer, an early investor in internet retail giant Amazon, says like many of his fellow one-percenters, he owns his own yacht, multiple homes and private jet. He says he acquired all his wealth by seeing the potential of the internet and acting on it.

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Re: Thoughts, dudes?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2014, 09:57:10 PM »
I worked for 43 years just to set aside just enough so I  could retire and live the life of the Dude.
I have always been lazy and "getting rich" always looked to  exhausting to me.
Just wanted a nice quiet mellow life with as little drama as possible. I wanted to live the life of the dude. Anything more just seem like a waste of...well....everything.
Remember....the more you have ( wealth and or power) the more everyone else wants to take it from you.
I'm living on Social Security and a small pension, and I do mean a small pension. It's not much....but It Is Enough.
That is all I ever wanted.
I worked till I was 62, but now I am living the life of the dude and would not go back and change a thing. 8)
« Last Edit: June 30, 2014, 10:07:54 PM by cckeiser »
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Re: Thoughts, dudes?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2014, 10:11:38 PM »
If the rich who run the whole place really anted to placate the 99% of us all they really have to do is make marijuana legal everywhere for all as a recreational drug that we can grow our own.
All this built up tension and resentment would just go up in smoke! 8)

I know it would work for me!
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Re: Thoughts, dudes?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2014, 10:26:32 PM »
The only "revolution" we're likely to see is an illusionary one wherein nominal tax rates for the rich increase but are more than offset by other means (e.g., tax loopholes, crony-capitalism, flat out kickbacks, bullshit patents for existing drugs/products, corporate welfare/bailouts, regulations for the benefit of existing markets which raise the entry costs for competitive businesses, etc). This, of course, will have the effect of raising the standard of living for the "poor" and lowering it for the working and middle class; because, well, they're going to be asked to pay their "fair share", too, but won't have sufficient capital and/or opportunity to take advantage of the offset mechanisms.

That's the thing about where we are today - the rich and powerful rule by touting their beneficence and goodwill, all while solidifying their positions, preventing others from moving up, and making true revolution all the more impractical. Blame political parties. That's the root cause.


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Re: Thoughts, dudes?
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2014, 07:43:32 AM »
If we have a revolution it will be one that benefits the ultra wealthy.
People will be given an appropriate scapegoat and in an act of final perverse irony they will throw away their own freedoms willingly.

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