Suggestions To Keep From Further Pissing Off the World

Quit making war and invading small countries.

The entire history of the US has been one of creating war, invading small countries, and meddling where we have no business, often with much loss of life. It started with Thomas Jefferson, whose policies ruined Haiti for a century and a half. We continue today. Obama more-or-less ended both of the trillion-dollar wars George Bush launched so heedlessly, but nonetheless, he is waging a not-so-secret war that has killed an unknown number of innocents, bombed from somewhere in the US as if they were figures in computer games.

I propose that a member of Congress be required to be continually present for the duration of hostilities in every place we are killing people, and to report to the American people every month on the numbers and details of deaths we cause.

Even after closing a number of military bases, we still have far too many, to say nothing of a military budget that is multiples of the next biggest for no particular reason. The Pentagon and the crony corporations that get rich from it are justly famous for bloated budgets that make multi-millionaires out of rather ordinary corporate bosses, yet fail to either keep us out of war or promote peace or welfare in any form.

When the Cold War came to an end, the Pentagon and corporate clients immediately fell to the task of inventing new ways to prolong the feast, a project that never even slowed. The ensuing wasted trillions come from the pockets of the people, you and me. We remain badly served because of it, and the poor find it impossible to climb out of poverty.

Quit allowing corporations to rape other countries—and our own.

 American corporate giants have during our entire history made it their business to steal from small countries rich in natural resources. In every case, their goal is to remove these resources for the enrichment of corporate executives and shareholders. Providing goods for customers is secondary, and there is never any intention to generate wealth for the people from whose lands these riches are stolen. The predictable outcome of this rapine is violent destruction of these lands, expulsion of the people who live there, and hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes for illegitimate politicians. It’s not much different inside the US.

Corporations also spend large sums of money on advertising to show how benevolent they are, which is always a blatant lie.

The US government’s endlessly corrupt corporate favoritism has never stopped, even during times of war. To end the hatred this graft and plundering generates, the US must completely reverse its policies and practices, insisting on real benefits for all the people, and making corporations fully accountable in every respect.

Start living within the planet’s means.

It is no longer possible to pretend we can go on like this forever. We have a global population of 7.2 billion people, which will rise to 10 billion within forty years. Global climate change with guaranteed calamitous outcome is already well underway.

The planet can sustain about 1.5 billion people for the long term, a population we have already exceeded by nearly five times. A Sixth Extinction of species is in progress because of our population and disastrous environmental policies. It is happening so quickly that we are unable to keep track of the number of species that become extinct. There is more than a slight chance that humans will also be extinct within a few centuries.

Few of us appreciate our absolute interdependence on other species. The more common attitude is that the loss of a few small species will make no difference. But the fact is, the loss of a small sea creature we never heard of can extinguish a major human food source that survives on it. 

The ocean will be some ten feet deeper within the century, drowning huge parts of the most habitable land. The temperature will be several degrees hotter, making enormous swaths of arable land useless, and other land uninhabitable.

We cannot stop any of this, neither overpopulation nor climate change. We can only quit making it worse by adopting sane policies based on our survival, rather than corporate profit, and try to adapt.

Revoke NAFTA and begin treating the people we have impoverished like real humans.

Try to make it possible for the millions of Mexicans, Haitians, and others ruined by NAFTA to make a living, so they can stay at home where they prefer to be. Begin by trashing NAFTA. Any trade agreement that throws millions of people into deep poverty can hardly be called an improvement. How this was accomplished was to make poor Mexicans farming with hand tools compete with corporate giants that are supported by US government subsidies.

There is no such thing as “free trade” or a free trade agreement, because trade arrangements are negotiated entirely for the benefit of corporate interests that are always unequal.

Reject from the outset the “free trade” agreement now being negotiated in secret, hidden from the very people it will affect the most. The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP) will be completed, then presented for fast track approval without debate. Secret agreements that are presented as fait accompli are anti-democratic in the extreme.

Many people trying to immigrate to the US, particularly from our south, do so because we have made it nearly impossible for them to survive at home, by flooding their markets with government-subsidized products that make corporate executives richer and impoverish all others. If we were to instead enact policies that genuinely help them economically, they would have less need to immigrate.

Adopt a new policy of “government of the people, by the people, for the people”.

Lincoln’s noble words cannot disguise the fact that the US from the beginning has failed to come even close to its promise. We instead have always had government of the people by the rich for themselves. We have the same level of inequality now as the Gilded Age, and almost no workable plans for achieving a more equitable distribution of wealth. 

Wealth is finite. We suffer not because billionaires don’t have enough money in amoral hedge funds, but because the poor can’t pay for food, housing, and medical care. Yet we failed to learn the lesson: vast wealth and great inequality can only end in disaster.

Great inequality can only be tempered by new laws that prevent excessive accumulation of wealth. Such laws are just laws because hoarding wealth greater than a certain amount is no different from hoarding toilet paper. How much toilet paper can you use? What can you do with all your stashed gold, the additional ten million dollars in the Camans? This hoarded wealth—whether it be toilet paper or gold—is useless to its owners. But hoarding gold is not benign because a huge stash of money for people who have no need of it impoverishes the rest of us. It cannot be spent by those who need it most.

This year the planet’s richest 1% will hold the same wealth as the remaining 99% of us, which came about because the very rich spend huge sums to control government for their own benefit. One way or another, this injustice will end badly if it is not soon overcome by more benevolent means.

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  1. Reblogged this on LordBeariOfBow and commented:
    I think John says it all! Trouble is nobodyin a position to do anything ever listens to reason

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  2. Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs.

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