Re: Let us know what you think about Wilkinson's video?

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:05 am, #5
by Sterling Volunteer
REFERENCING: alxsd, Post #4, Posted Apr 7, 2017
Very interesting conference with convincing data, although that would have been nice to see the same correlations over time.
Was America doing better in term of violence, infant mortality, etc... when the inequality was not as bad as today ? (like in the 70s).
I am playing the devil's advocate here, but as a scientist, I would l....
Re: Let us know what you think about Wilkinson's video?
There can be no denying Robert Reich's esteem on the stage as a great thinker when it comes to economic inequality. Here is a listing of the solutions he offers to shrink economic inequality from the Nation in 2014: ... nequality/

A listing of the article's essential components needed to bring about the shrinkage of economic inequality is as follows:

1) Make work pay.
2) Unionize low-wage workers.
3) Invest in education.
4) Invest in infrastructure.
5) Pay for these investments with higher taxes on the wealthy.
6) Make the payroll tax progressive.
7) Raise the estate tax and eliminate the “stepped-up basis” for determining capital gains at death.
8) Constrain Wall Street.
9) Give all Americans a share in future economic gains.
10) Get big money out of politics.

Still, I think the most important thing Dr. Reich states for us to do is to build a new progressive movement. Without this his suggestions for shrinking economic inequality will be marginalized.
Building a Movement

It’s doubtful that these and other measures designed to reverse widening inequality will be enacted anytime soon. Having served in Washington, I know how difficult it is to get anything done unless the broad public understands what’s at stake and actively pushes for reform.

That’s why we need a movement for shared prosperity—a movement on a scale similar to the Progressive movement at the turn of the last century, which fueled the first progressive income tax and antitrust laws; the suffrage movement, which won women the vote; the labor movement, which helped animate the New Deal and fueled the great prosperity of the first three decades after World War II; the civil rights movement, which achieved the landmark Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts; and the environmental movement, which spawned the National Environmental Policy Act and other critical legislation.
So how will this progressive movement come about? A troubling aspect for me is the article's lack of understanding about the time frames needed to bring the movement forward. There seems to be little comprehension we are crossing into the realm of the technological singularity where the time frames of the past are no longer applicable to even the near future. Relatively speaking, what originally took thousands of generations for humanity to accomplish will be exceeded exponentially in a heartbeat. The near term is important for us to control because the dawning singularity needs to be steered out of the hands of the wealthy elite at it's inception. In other words, the mechanisms Dr. Reich refers to needed to bring about a reduction of economic inequality are outdated and insufficient to accomplish the stated tasks. Here are some of the reasons I believe we need a new progressive mechanism to match the new age we are entering:

From post #6 posted on May 11th 2017 by Doctor A. under the topic, Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%.
Unfortunately, because the creation of new laws is mostly based upon past actions, it almost always lags behind technological developments. As we draw closer to the Singularity, this time differential between past actions and the creation of new laws may very well decrease due to new technology in the legal arena itself. But overall, in absolute terms, it will take more time to develop these laws. This is because the new laws will need to be developed in some ratio to the exponentially accelerating new technology being developed. One can envision a legal system not capable of keeping up with the dizzying array of new social implications needing regulation and control. Of course there will be technological developments in the legal arena itself to aid in the processing of this technological onslaught. But one can see a scenario where even the new legal technology will be overwhelmed at some point. With an absolute increase in time needed to process the new technology, forms of human rights abuse will multiply against those individuals least capable of defending themselves.
I am of the same opinion as Doctor A's time assessment when I posted under the same topic with post #7 on May 16th, 2017:
Taken all together, the conservatives who are currently in power will have the opportunity to abuse the legal system in their favor now and even more so in the future. With shortened time frames between technological events, and with massive quantities of events, by the time we as an underclass figure out what is going on with individual and corporate actions, we will be severely injured by the elite. In the blink of an eye, and without technology capable of keeping up in the law profession relative to other arenas, a significant amount of damage can be done. When seen through Mr. Chomsky's view that the Republican Party is the most dangerous organization in human history, and combined with their staunch allies like those corporations creating their own regulations through a process of, “regulation capture,” there is little wonder as to why we need to be fearful and take action now, not later.
The FRC website makes clear that time is of the essence when it asks, "Why Is The Community Business Venture So Important?," and then goes on to explain,
A Trump presidency now tips the scale in the direction of a conservative ideological domination with the wealthy elites determined at all costs to control the technological Singularity. This is why your ideas and solutions are so important now, not later. In Singularity time, later is always too late. It is a now-or-never moment with the outcome of humanity hanging in the balance. Clearly, the FirstRateCrowd community business venture gives us a means to tip the scale back in our direction.

The website continues to address this question of timeliness when it presents,
Peter Diamandis—founder and chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation as well as cofounder and executive chairman of Singularity University—is well situated to understand this new, accelerated standard for thinking. In his December 2016 video titled "Imagining the Future: The Transformation of Humanity" he bemoans his conversations with undisclosed Silicon Valley friends, technologists, and colleagues: "People have no idea how fast things are moving....” In an evolutionary or Darwinian sense, not knowing how fast something is moving can lead to the rapid extinction of a species. Perhaps Herbert Spencer's expression "survival of the fittest" is as timely now as it was over a century ago.

Where I think Dr. Reich's article really excels is when he argues,
We have no choice. But we must organize and mobilize in order that it be done.
However this mobilization to counter those wealthy individuals who wish to actually do us harm needs to be a different paradigm moving forward. One cannot fight a war with the last war's technology and strategies. It is especially true regarding the timeliness of the mobilization because political solutions from days gone by will also no longer be adequate. This is today's reality as we move towards an ever accelerating technological singularity.

This brings me to the central point as to why the Community Business Venture is so important. It allows us to organize with new ideas, technology and innovations as a means to mobilize. These ideas will need to come from the collaborative efforts of our member's collective psyche. It is the only way we can win. A good example of these new ideas is the Economic Inequality Rating App (EIRA) (found on the home page). Once developed, and with a sufficient amount of the population using it, it is a guaranteed way to stop economic inequality. Whereas Wilkinson's video points out the corrosive effects of economic inequality upon our society, FRC gives us the tools to fight back. Wilkinson presents the problems, FRC offers the solutions.