Universal Basic Income For Everyone,
Universal USDA SNAP For Everyone,
Universal Medicaid For Everyone,
Free University Education For Everyone,
End The Police State,
 
End Rent-Seeking, 
End Bull Jobs,
Build Worker Cooperatives
by Tom Minogue Hastings  ©  2018



Universal Basic Income For Everyone

British Economist Dr. Guy Standing says
Universal Basic Income, welfare given without Needs Tests or Asset Limits, ends poverty, builds community and increases economic growth. 

Just as USDA SNAP is essential revenue to supermarkets and farmers, Universal Basic Income is essential to your local economy.

Dr. Guy Standing asks us to stop making folks "sweat" for their welfare:     Get rid of long lines and long applications and case workers harassing applicants:    Just give everyone enough to survive.     
In America, this means handing every adult US$1,000 per month without Means Tests or Asset Limits.     
Universal Basic Income is expensive, but pays for itself by stimulating the economy:   

UBI can be funded by 
reforming federal and state agencies, 
increasing strong progressive tax, and ending tax shelters:    Rich folks
 hide over $20 trillion in overseas tax shelters.    

Federal and state agencies waste hundreds of billions of your tax dollars:    
The Pentagon now steals over $600 BILLION of our $1 trillion Federal Discretionary Budget every year with zero accountability.  

Nobel Economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman say giving folks UBI stimulates the economy, encourages education that ensures future growth, and increases retail revenue by turning broke folk into customers:

Nobel Economist Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, "Austerity Has Strangled Britain,"  
THE GUARDIAN 6/7/2017
An economy is different from a family:     In an economy, when the government spends more and invests in the economy, money circulates and recirculates again and again.    So not only does it create jobs, the investment creates jobs multiple times.... 
Tax revenues go up as a result of growth....   
Austerity has the opposite impact:     When you have young people not learning, in jobs inappropriate to their skills, they’re not increasing human capital....      Even if you have to borrow, if the value of your investments in people, technology, infrastructure, increases, then the economy is in a stronger position....    There’s a long list of investments governments should be making... infrastructure... transport... communications... education... families.

Nobel Economist Dr. Paul Krugman,   
“The story of our time,” 
 
NEW YORK TIMES 4/29/2013 
The economy is not like an individual family....     
My spending is your income, and your spending is my income.    If both of us slash spending at the same time, both of our incomes will fall too….     T
hat’s what happened after the financial crisis of 2008.    Many people cut spending....    The result was a plunge in incomes that caused a plunge in employment, creating the depression that persists to this day…. 
Government spending doesn’t divert resources away from private uses; it puts unemployed resources to work.   
Government borrowing doesn’t crowd out private investment; it mobilizes funds that would otherwise go unused….     
This is no time for austerity….    
Austerity has lost its intellectual fig leaf, and now stands exposed as the expression of prejudice, opportunism and class interest that it always was.

Federal and state welfare and healthcare programs currently waste hundreds of billions on an ocean of bureaucrats, clerks and case workers whose absurd job is to bully, harass and audit welfare, USDA SNAP and Medicaid recipients in this failed "means-tested" system that forbids recipients from working, earning money, or owning over $2,000 in assets.    

Welfare rules still forbid husbands and fathers from living with their families, as their income and savings would push their family above their $2,000 Asset Limit.    

Even in 2018 many African American men are still not allowed to raise their own kids, a bizarre legacy of Plantation Slavery.    

Nobel Economist Dr. Paul Krugman, 
"Dollars, Cents and Republican Sadism," 
NEW YORK TIMES 1/11/18
Democrats want to strengthen the social safety net; Republicans want to weaken it.    But why?    GOP opposition to programs helping the less fortunate, from food stamps to Medicaid, is framed in monetary terms....  But is it really about money?    No, it’s about cruelty....     Inflicting pain is the point....    Yet 18 states, Republican legislatures, governors or both, haven’t expanded Medicaid.    Why?  Some states are petitioning to force Medicaid recipients to take jobs....    A majority of Medicaid recipients are in families where one adult is working....    It isn’t about saving money, it’s about stigmatizing those who receive government aid, forcing them to jump through hoops....     Republican foot-dragging on CHIP and Medicaid expansion, and the demand for work requirements, isn’t about money, it’s about cruelty.    

Stop bullying welfare recipients:  Stop making recipients "sweat" for their welfare. 

Increase Strong Progressive Tax:   Top Tax Rate should be 60%.    End Tax Shelters that hide $20 TRILLION in unearned wealth.


Gut the Pentagon that steals $600 BILLION of our $1 trillion Federal Discretionary Budget each year for wars that can never be won.  

Gut Police and Prisons that waste hundreds of billions each year to stop and frisk, bully and harass, arrest and jail and ruin lives of millions of young Precariat rendered forever unemployable by their arrest record. 

End Privatization:    Return Essential Services to Our Public Commons.    

Direct Deposit $1,000 per month Universal Basic Income to every adult citizen.    

Some warn Universal Basic Income will cause inflation as Landlord Parasites will simply double rent to steal our UBI.    

To exterminate parasites, replace landlords with Nonprofit Housing Cooperatives:

Offer FREE UBI, FREE housing, FREE Medicaid, FREE USDA SNAP, FREE education, FREE trains, FREE daycare.   
   

Offer this Keynesian New Deal to turn broke folk into consumers and graduates, co-op workers and self-employed owners.

Dr. Guy Standing insists the same amount of monthly Universal Basic Income must be given to everyone rich and poor to eliminate Welfare Cheats:      

If you impose Means Tests or Asset Limits, then you perpetuate the bureaucracy and bullying UBI is intended to end.    

Unconditional UBI will eliminate Welfare Cheats and the underground job market, as you get the same amount no matter how much money you make or save:     Husbands and fathers will finally get to live with their kids without worrying about Asset Limits.

US$1,000 per month is below poverty-level so encourages you to work to earn more cash, but you won't be forced to work slave jobs.    You can be self-employed as your own boss or join a Worker Cooperative. 

Legal Guest Worker Visa Migrants will still do day labor as farm workers, janitors and health aides.     We must develop stronger, more generous, more beneficial Guest Worker Visas for foreign migrant farm workers, janitors and health aides.

Greek Minister Economist Dr. Yanis Varoufakis calls Universal Basic Income "not a Safety Net but a Foundation Floor."    

A Safety Net implies a fix for victims.    But UBI is a Foundation Floor given to everyone to get a fair start in this Game of Life.

If you are lazy and dull, you can live on this UBI Foundation Floor in Spartan Poverty forever, as no workplace would want you anyway.    But n
o healthy human would waste a lifetime lying on a dreary basement floor doing bong hits watching daytime TV.  

Recent UBI Pilot Studies around the world confirm UBI recipients did not grow lazy, but used their UBI to improve their competitive advantage to work or start a business.
 
If you have ambition, you use this UBI Floor as a stepping stone to improve university education, skills, careers and wealth.   

Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:      We all want a meaningful life, career, wealth and accomplishments:      It is normal and healthy to have ambition, to aspire to goals to earn respect of peers, to accomplish as much as you can while you live.

Dr. Guy Standing, Universal Basic Income Now
Guy Standing, Rentier Parasites Win as You Lose

Elon Musk on Need for Universal Basic Income
Dr. Robert Reich on Universal Basic Income

Greek Minister Economist Yanis Varoufakis:

REPLACE CAPITALISM WITH BASIC INCOME


Economist Dr. David Harvey,  GENTRIFICATION
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JQPnbN6ALo
Economist Dr. David Harvey,  
END WAGE LABOR 
Economist Dr. David Harvey,  END OF CAPITALISM

Economist Dr. Michael Hudson, 
INVESTOR LANDLORD RENTIER PARASITES
Dr. Michael Hudson y Chris Hedges, PARASITES

Dr. Paul Mason, RENT-SEEKING DOOMED
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaUs-zssPE4

Dr. David Graeber, REPLACE BULL JOBS WITH UBI
Dr. David Graeber, END POINTLESS BULL JOBS
Dr. David Graeber, QUIT BULL JOBS

Economist Dr. Richard D. Wolff:

REPLACE CAPITALISM WITH WORKER CO-OPS

Dr. Richard Wolff y Chris Hedges, 
GLOBAL CAPITALISM CRISIS 


Naomi Klein, OVERTHROW SHOCK CAPITALISM

Noam Chomsky, CORPORATE STATE TYRANNY

Dr. Michael Parenti, CAPITALIST MYTHS

Chris Hedges y Linh Dinh, AMERICAN PRECARIAT 

Richard Wilkinson QUALITY OF LIFE INEQUALITY

Dr. Thomas Frank, WHAT'S THE MATTER USA?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ4AlwewH8Y


TINA!

Margaret Thatcher said "There Is No Alternative" to Neoliberal Austerity.    But the dear old Iron Lady got slightly confused.   Bless her heart.    What she meant:    

There Is No Alternative to Universal Basic Income For Everyone.

No point trying to bully the Precariat to accept jobs that do not exist:  
  
If you outsource all tolerable jobs, then we must have Universal Basic Income.   
There Is No Alternative!

Neoliberal Austerity is an obsolete relic of the Industrial Revolution, when capitalists required an army of Desperate Precariat begging for assembly line jobs.    

Victorian Lords shouted that we must be tough on the poor, keep them starving, deny them welfare, to force them to accept slave jobs to enrich capitalists.    

Recently a Texas Republican sounded like a Victorian Lord when asked his position on welfare and food stamps:   "As our Bible says, he who will not work shall not eat!"   

When I heard this Texas Republican, I thought of Landlords and Investors who do no work but get rich from Tenant Rent and Passive Income:    
I say we enforce Texas Tough Love:     Lock up Landlords and Investors who do no work and starve them.

Globalization and automation outsourced our manufacturing and service jobs:    
A computer clerk in Bangalore India can answer call center phones and do your local office work today.     Even clinic doctor visits are being automated by virtual video feeds.   

Supermarket cashiers are replaced by self-serve scanners.    
Your garbage cans are now picked up by robot arms.     
Your internet is managed by invisible techies a thousand miles away.   Your local AM radio news, sports, weather and traffic is read by hosts a thousand miles away.

On NPR and Pacifica Radio stations, from KQED to KPFA, I hear tech executives daily, many giving their own TED talks:     

Elon Musk and other techies warn we aint seen nothing yet:     A
ny job that can be outsourced and automated shall be, and that means all jobs.      

When a worried NPR host asked how workers will cope, one executive laughed: "Americans will have to disappear from the labor market over the next few decades, as there's nothing we can do to prevent automation:    There Is No Alternative!"  

Elon Musk on 
Universal Basic Income

I love supermarket self-serve scanners.     Love fast wireless.    Love watching Curiosity on Mars.   Love watching a robot arm pick up garbage cans.     
Love watching a Caterpillar hydraulic shovel build a stone wall:    One driver with a joystick gingerly lays two-ton boulders in a perfect row, doing the job of a dozen construction workers with amazing dexterity, efficiency, grace and beauty.   

There Is No Alternative to Technology and Progress:    Robots not only replace jobs, but do the jobs better, with awesome efficiency, grace and beauty.    So the arrogant software executive is right:    Our jobs are gone.

Do you want to stand at a cash register all day scanning items of rude ugly customers, wearing gloves, bagging heavy gallons, begging for your bathroom break, just to hand your paycheck to your landlord?    

Do you want to sit in a call center trying to not lose your temper, listening to shouting enraged customers all day, just to hand your paycheck to your landlord?    

We work awful jobs we hate just to hand our paycheck to our landlord:     All these Service Jobs are intolerably tedious.    

When Bill Moyers asked Joseph Campbell why he preached "Follow Your Bliss," Campbell reminded us of BABBITT by Sinclair Lewis, the conformist who grows old then admits on the last page:    "I've never done a thing I wanted to do in all my life!"   

Community Colleges now crank out armies of Medical Assistants and Auto Mechanics, but we sure don't need 300 million Medical Assistants and Auto Mechanics.   

What will the Precariat 99% do for a living?     

Technological innovation always outpaces regulations.     Technology disrupts existing structure, driving obsolete workers to bankruptcy, even suicide.     

Recall the legend of John Henry, who tried to hammer railroad tracks faster than a steam engine, until his heart burst!   

When British Victorians built railways across India, they disrupted local markets, as distant producers could suddenly rail cheaper goods and crops to local towns, undercutting locals, driving some to suicide.    

India's infamous farmer suicides got their start in the Victorian Era, caused by railroads.      Yet these same railroads modernized India:   There Is No Alternative.    

But what is the point of automation?   Why automate Public Service Announcements with incoherent voicebots that put accents on wrong syllables?    Why not use recordings of cute girls?    Every voicebot you hear kills the job of an adorable girl with a cute voice!   

Automation of Our Service Sector:     Robert Duvall talks to Jesus chatbot in THX1138 by George Lucas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly_djozCksg

 
End Rent-Seeking

Economist Dr. Paul Mason says Corporate Rent-Seeking, Copyright Law and Patent Law are doomed:     Our Tech Revolution is making rent-seeking impossible, as all our  intellectual property is now easy to steal and share, regardless of copyrights and patents.    

Nothing a Global Corporation can sell that cannot instantly be copied and sold by outlaw pirates across the planet:    USA copyright lawyers have no jurisdiction in Turdistan.    

The biggest retail market is now China, and them Chinese sure don't respect copyrights or patents.    For years I taught in China where you can buy any Hollywood movie on any pirate DVD from any illegal street vendor for pocket change.    

Disney products are made by Chinese slaves who buy all their Disney films from illegal street vendors on pirate DVD's that cost a tenth of Disney prices.   All software, hardware, clothing, everything in China is pirated and counterfeit.   

Dr. Paul Mason agrees with Greek Minister Economist Dr. Yanis Varoufakis:     Our future is the Star Trek Model, a Nonprofit Paradise where money is obsolete and citizens live on Universal Basic Income.     

Paul Mason says our Tech Revolution will force this Nonprofit Star Trek future, as there are no jobs, no income, no profit in this New Global Economy, as there is no effective way to enforce global copyrights or patents.

One day soon when we decide adverts are worthless, Google and most other websites must become nonprofit cooperatives:    Their obsolete business model depends wholly on advertisers paying to embed annoying pop-up ads to interrupt what is essentially our Nonprofit Public Commons.

Google, Youtube, Wikipedia, social media, blogs, forums, all sites are inherently nonprofit, as Intrinsic Value comes mostly from a billion unpaid volunteers who upload and share valuable content just for fun:  Remove ads and you remove the only way to make money online.    

Dr. Paul Mason warns that as info, news and entertainment flood the web, the value of such info is driven toward zero:     If a billion volunteers upload content, news and entertainment for free, then online content is worth no money at all.   

Believe me, I learned this the hard way, as I started as a paid journalist, then struggling blogger, until I realized I would never earn a penny from anything I publish online.   

Now all my work is free, as it is a Fool's Game to expect to get paid for something that is inherently nonprofit. 

Dr. Paul Mason, RENT-SEEKING DOOMED
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaUs-zssPE4


End Bull Jobs 

Dr. David Graeber says most jobs today are "bull jobs" of no use to anyone, pointless busy-work to perpetuate the status quo of Failed Capitalism:

Dr. David Graeber, "Bull Jobs," Aug 2013
It's as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working....    Hell is a collection of individuals who spend their time working on a task they don't like and are not especially good at....    Give them a few drinks, and they will launch into tirades about how pointless and stupid their job really is....    Nurses, garbage collectors, mechanics, it's obvious were they to vanish, results would be catastrophic....     A world without teachers or dock-workers would soon be in trouble....      It's not clear how humanity would suffer were all private equity CEOs, lobbyists, PR researchers, actuaries, telemarketers, bailiffs or legal consultants to similarly vanish....    Real productive workers are squeezed and exploited.     The remainder are unemployed and a larger stratum paid to do nothing.
   
Dr. David Graeber condemns Middle Class Executive Bull Jobs that pay enough to own a mortgage and raise a family.    

I assumed "Bull Jobs" were about Minimum Wage Retail Precariat Jobs we do just to hand our paycheck to our landlord, slave jobs Dr. Barbara Ehrenreich worked in her 2001 masterpiece NICKEL AND DIMED.    

In America today it seems both Precariat Retail Clerks and Overpaid Executives are now unrewarding tedious Bull Jobs.

Bull Jobs suffer massive worker turnover, layoffs, countless folks who hate their jobs, hate their careers, hate themselves.    As Babbitt says, "I never did a thing I wanted to do in all my life!"    

My only Self-Actualization Accomplishments have been enjoyed when I was off the clock, wholly unemployed.     Now that sure as hell is profound MARKET FAILURE.     

Half of Silicon Valley Tech Startups are now Worker Cooperatives.     And that makes sense, as these young grad students, tech engineers and software writers are peers of equal education and skills.

None of these kids would dare claim to be the big boss man of all the other young engineers merely because he has access to capital.  
Regardless of venture capital, no engineer is wiser or more skilled than his peers.   

Worker Cooperative Tech Startups depend on maximum initiative, creativity and skill from every engineer, so are Flat Hierarchies where decisions are made by democratic vote.    

Worker Cooperatives are 
Flat Hierarchies full of dogs and Nerf balls and skateboards, with no cubicles, no punch clock, no supervisors, no boss man, no bull
.

Dr. David Graeber, REPLACE BULL JOBS WITH UBI
Dr. David Graeber, END POINTLESS BULL JOBS
Dr. David Graeber, QUIT BULL JOBS


Economist Dr. Richard D. Wolff, 
BUILD WORKER COOPERATIVES
 
A corporation has a tiny minority of people at the top, executives and the board of directors, who make all the decisions.    Workers are forced to live with their decisions, yet have no voice in such decisions.    I say it is time to bring democracy to the workplace.      

Workers must control the workplace:    If workers made the decisions, do you really think they would vote to outsource their own jobs to China?    Of course not.     Would workers vote to pollute their own air and water and poison their own kids just to make an extra nickel in profit?    Of course not.
 
The wealth gap between rich and poor is the result of a board of directors dividing up the profits and keeping the lion’s share....    

If you don’t want inequality, don’t unequally redistribute it in the first place:     Workers must equitably distribute all profit to all workers.     Profit is merely surplus value of labor, and that belongs to all workers.   

Now, do you think workers would vote to unequally redistribute profits?    Of course not. They would vote for equitable distribution. 
 
So to change inequality in our nation, change the organization of the workplace.    Until you do that, you’re not serious.     

You won’t solve problems by redistributing:  Even if you have progressive income tax, the rich always figure out a way to hide fortunes in overseas tax shelters.    The solution is to equitably distribute profits in the first place.

When workers make decisions, you stop outsourcing jobs, you stop the wealth gap, you stop inequality.     

Workers must form worker-run cooperatives.   Then we can buy goods and services only from worker-run cooperatives, and that would end global sweatshop slavery….

College students are not happy with answers from professors.    Students are challenging them.      A tension is growing.     Students are chained to student debt they cannot possibly pay back….     This system no longer works for them, and they know it.  

Economist Dr. Richard D. Wolff:

REPLACE CAPITALISM WITH WORKER CO-OPS

Dr. Richard Wolff y Chris Hedges, 
GLOBAL CAPITALISM CRISIS 

Turn Broke Folk Into Customers


Universal Basic Income, USDA SNAP, FREE Medicaid share one goal:   To turn Broke Folk into Customers 
who generate billions in revenue and Gross Domestic Product
.   

Precisely for that reason, Chicago School of Economics Neoliberal Milton Friedman and other Neoliberals advocate Universal Basic Income, to turn Broke Folk into Customers.

Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford insisted his line workers get a generous 100% raise in 1914 to $5 per 8-hour day, not to be a nice guy, but to create consumers for his cars:  Ford's plan worked brilliantly, as Ford Motor workers generated millions in revenue by buying the same cars they made.   

Even Rightwing Nutters know our economy depends on the public being able to buy stuff:  If you render workers broke, you cause deflation and destroy your economy.  

Economist Dr. Michael Hudson, 
INVESTOR LANDLORD PARASITES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXF7xJP6hW8
Dr. Michael Hudson y Chris Hedges, 



Universal USDA SNAP For Everyone

Universal USDA SNAP for Everyone ensures revenue to supermarkets and farmers:    
Over 50 million Americans, over 15% of the population, now rely on SNAP and would be driven to shoplifting without SNAP.   

USDA SNAP must be given to everyone without time limits, $200 per month, with COLA increases tied to inflation.     

Get rid of ABAWD limits:    If you are labeled Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents, ages 18-49, you can be denied.       Now that our jobs are outsourced, half our population is unemployable.    So now we need SNAP without time limits or restrictions. 

Never confuse SNAP with food banks:      Food banks suffer year-old cans of Spam, pigs feet, stale bread, stale bagels, stale donuts.     Produce is rotten, yellow, inedible, as food banks only get fruit and vegetables rejected by supermarkets.

USDA SNAP gives you freedom to walk into any supermarket to buy any food, fresh fruit, fresh bread and cheese, fresh milk and orange juice.     No one should go hungry in the richest nation.

Get your USDA SNAP 


Universal Medicaid For Everyone

Universal Medicaid must be free and given to everyone of all ages, funded by payroll tax.   Replace for-profit insurance with Medicaid.     All other advanced nations offer free healthcare and medicine funded by tax.       
All other advanced nations enjoy Single Payer Universal National Health Service.   America must catch up with the world.

Universal Medicaid improves our health and ensures revenue to hospitals and clinics that now depend on Medicaid.     

Single Payer National Health Services of Britain, Canada, Australia and Scandi Nations are so essential and popular, it is political suicide for candidates to even mention cutbacks.     

Republicans proved unable to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act Obamacare that funds Medicaid Expansion:    Medicaid simply saves too many voter lives to ever be killed.   

Republican calls for "Tough Love" Neoliberal Austerity are absurdly inappropriate for medical care:     
When states deny Medicaid Expansion and Preventative Care, states are forced to pay billions more to reimburse hospitals for unpaid ER bills.

American Broke Folk already use a Nuclear Option known as the Emergency Room:   

President Ronald Reagan signed the Emergency Medical Treatment Act of 1986 that forces all hospital ER's to provide medical treatment to all folks even if they are broke, unemployed, homeless or illegal.   

Reagan's Law forced many hospital ER's to close bankrupt, as it never mandated funding: States have been begging for federal matching funds to help pay all these unpaid ER bills of Broke Folk. 

Since 1986, the fed and states reimbursed hospitals billions in unpaid medical bills of Broke Folk who get all their medical care in Emergency Rooms, by far the most expensive form of medical care.   

If republicans had any brains, they would happily advocate Medicaid Expansion and Preventative Care to save a fortune in reimbursing hospitals for unpaid ER bills.   

Universal Medicaid must be free and given to everyone of all ages, funded by payroll tax.   Replace for-profit insurance with Medicaid.     All other advanced nations offer free healthcare and medicine funded by tax.       
All other advanced nations enjoy Single Payer Universal National Health Service.   America must catch up with the world.

Dr. Thomas Frank, WHAT'S THE MATTER USA?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ4AlwewH8Y

University of Utah Salt Lake City
 
University of Arizona Tucson

University of Washington Seattle

Free University Education for Everyone

University Education must be free and funded by tax:     No student should pay back any student loan.     Public universities must be funded solely by tax so that research and resources are devoted to our Public Interest and Common Good. 

American university education failed:     Tuition skyrocketed above inflation.     The Pell Grant is not enough.     Students can only hope for a ruinous loan they cannot pay back, slave chains of life-long debt.

Many Americans stumble into a Community College Vocational Certificate or two-year Associates Degree that costs only a few thousand dollars.    Yet many cannot find Iraq on a map or name the Vice President.    Many never master critical thinking, and remain ignorant of history and science.   

Knowledge is power:    If you have no university education, if you are illiterate and get all your news from pop media, your ignorance will always keep you powerless.

As Locals are denied Higher Education, America is denied Critical Thinkers and the Next Wave of Tech Innovation.     Asian and Indian grads will return to their nations to ride this Next Wave.      And this same wave will drown Americans who stand around awaiting orders from their Foreign Boss.    

As America stagnates, universities in other nations are developing essential medicine, pandemic vaccines, green energy, solar panels, building our bright future.    

America must catch up with the world.




End The Police State

American Universal Basic Income and Universal Medicaid and Free University Education require Opportunity Cost: We can fund Military Spending, or fund Human Services, but not both. 

The Nordic Model is funded by a Permanent Peace Dividend, and cannot be funded if a nation wastes half its revenue on a bloated military:      
Nordic Model nations spend relatively nothing on their military, and since World War II, never go to war.      

Nordic nations are strong advocates of the United Nations, playing active roles as UN Peacekeepers.      It is time to expand and support UN Peacekeepers.  

The Pentagon now steals 60%, over $600 billion from America's $1 trillion Discretionary Budget:      America wastes billions more on war than the next dozen nations combined.    America keeps 700 bases in 120 nations.    America maintains 6,000 Nuclear Weapons.     
Defund the Pentagon.    
Dismantle Nuclear Weapons.   
  Shut overseas bases.    
 Shut the School of the Americas.    Shut Guantanamo.  Ban military contracts.    
Ban weapons sales.



We can fund bloated police departments and prisons, or fund Free University Education for Everyone, but not both:    

Gut Police and Prisons that waste hundreds of billions each year to stop and frisk, bully and harass, arrest and jail and ruin lives of millions of young Precariat rendered forever unemployable by their arrest record. 

The cause of an exploding prison population is the building of prisons:     To eliminate the Crap Class, stop creating the Crap Class:   

Give everyone Free University Education and ambition to be a senator, then no one will want to play the role of parolee.

Weaponized Cops are a menace to society:     Confiscate cop guns.   Weaponized Cops in black flak jackets harass pedestrians on every sidewalk.     Obese Securitas goons bully students on every campus.      Illiterate mall cops bully shoppers in every mall.      

Ban "Stop and Frisk" and other cop patrols:     Cops must stay in stations to respond to phone calls as needed, just like firefighters.   

Have you ever seen a firefighter blocking a sidewalk asking pedestrians if they've seen any fires?     Absurd.    Why tolerate cops blocking sidewalks bullying pedestrians at intersections, on campus, in malls?      

Gut bloated Police Departments:    Fire cops.  Fire guards.    
Shut for-profit prisons.    
Gut NSA, TSA and Homeland Security.      

Gut this bloated despicable Police State so we can fund Universal Basic Income, Universal Medicaid and Free University Education for Everyone. 

Dr. Alex Vitale y Chris Hedges, 
Police Are Unjust Fascist Slavecatchers y Terrorists 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYwdv7ITtZ8
https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=273009
Dr. Alex Vitale, 
Broken Windows Stop n Frisk Police Terrorism


Economist Dr. David Harvey,   
THE END OF CAPITALISM
 
Margaret Thatcher said "TINA," There Is No Alternative to capitalism.      After what we’ve been through since 2008, the idea that there is no alternative should be thrown aside.     But there seems to be a bankruptcy of ideas….   This austerity mantra is all over the world now, but it doesn’t work….  

When Bill Clinton was elected President, he burst out at his advisers saying, “Do you mean to tell me that all my policies have to be geared to the ideas of a bunch of fucking bond traders?”    Yes!    

Look what Clinton did:    He promised Universal Healthcare, but gave us WTO, NAFTA, ended welfare.    That was the moment when political power was no longer able to dominate financial power.    So the austerity thing is a political decision being driven by Class Power:     This is what Occupy Wall Street kids are saying…. 
 
Look, 100 students at CUNY got 300 riot cops on them, pushing them around.     This is serious.    A major threat to Class Power, just to talk about Class Inequality.     

Wall Street owns both parties and dominates everything, so we live in a Class Dominated society in which the only thing you are not allowed to talk about is Class Domination....
 
And we might move into a completely fictitious world in which we have Virtual Capital, where maybe 50 families accumulate 80% of global wealth and power, which is not impossible, given current dynamics:    

A few years ago India had 25 billionaires, now it has 69.     The amount of billionaires in China is catching up….     So we’re looking at a polarized society in which the rich will live in their ghettos while everyone else must scramble for their scraps....   

Class Inequality and Ecological Degradation must be stopped, and the way to do it is to end capitalism.


American Wealth Inequality Perception v Reality