Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%

With respect to the future state of economic inequality in the USA being caused by the Singularity, if you can relate to any of these synonyms for the word OUTRAGE , either as a noun or as a verb, then you are in the correct forum:

Indignation, Fury, Anger, Rage, Disapproval, Wrath, Resentment, Scandal, Offense, Insult, Injustice, Disgrace, Atrocity, Crime, Wrong, Barbarism, Enrage, Infuriate, Incense, Anger, Scandalize, Offend, Affront, Shock, Horrify, Disgust, Appall, Evil, Violation, and the list goes on...

Posted on: » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:59 am #21

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The Creation Of New Laws Developed From And In Response To The Coming Singularity Will Favor The Rich. This Will Create A New Class Of Inequality And Precipitate Increased Human Rights Abuse Disproportionately Upon The Poor. The Initial Hig...

Re: Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%

Post by MaureenCarter » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:59 am

Stephen Hawking was worried the wealthy elite would monopolize genetic engineering and Artificial Intelligence to the detriment of the remaining population. The recent Brett Kavinaugh confirmation to the Robert's Supreme Court that passed Citizens United where corporations are considered as people cements this stranglehold upon the rest of us. The politics of the day will make certain the un-enhanced portion of the population will not fare well. Any doubts in our minds about this happening needs to be extinguished now.

Stephen Hawking feared race of 'superhumans' able to manipulate their own DNA
By Isaac Stanley-Becker / The Washington Post Oct 15, 2018
https://www.fredericksburg.com/news/tre ... 42855.html
Before he died in March, the Cambridge University professor predicted that people this century would gain the capacity to edit human traits such as intelligence and aggression. And he worried that the capacity for genetic engineering would be concentrated in the hands of the wealthy.
There would be an attempt to pass laws restricting the genetic engineering of human traits, he anticipated. "But some people won't be able to resist the temptation to improve human characteristics, such as size of memory, resistance to disease and length of life," he anticipated.

"Once such superhumans appear, there are going to be significant political problems with the unimproved humans, who won't be able to compete," Hawking reasoned. "Presumably, they will die out, or become unimportant."

Ultimately, he envisioned a "race of self-designing beings who are improving themselves at an ever-increasing rate. If the human race manages to redesign itself, it will probably spread out and colonise other planets and stars."
Hawking was also wary about artificial intelligence,
He was particularly worried that the promise of artificial intelligence - the possibility of the eradication of disease and poverty - would blind its developers to long-term costs, namely that humans could lose control over its growth.

"One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders and potentially subduing us with weapons we cannot even understand," he wrote. "Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all."
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Posted on: » Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:50 pm #22

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Re: Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%

Post by Sterling Volunteer » Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:50 pm

Regulatory capture, money in politics, and a subcategory of legalized bribery, are just some of the mechanisms whereby the wealthy maintain laws favorable to themselves. The political process is ineffective in stopping the wealthy from continually coming back into power. This is why the Economic Inequality Rating App is so important. It circumvents the elite's wealth and political clout to change the laws creating high economic inequality.

Answer this rhetorical question for yourself, if you were a politician and two lobbyists were sitting in your waiting room, one with ten thousand dollars and the other with one million dollars, who would you want to speak to first?

Jessica just wrote an interesting post, (#13 under FirstRateCrowd's EIRA), that is relevant as to how the financial power of the wealthy can change the laws to suppress the will of the people and continue to reemerge at the top of the financial pyramid. (see her post to learn more about these mechanisms)
Political policy undergoes continuous erosion when it comes to correcting economic inequality. Money in politics and regulatory capture (including corporate capture) ensures the wealthy will always comeback into power. The Economic Inequality Rating App is a means to stop this insane never ending process.

Like Sisyphus of Greek mythology who was forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll down when it nears the top, repeating this action for eternity, it is the same with our political battle against the wealthy. For those of us who have lived many decades and have experienced this process first hand, we know the political process is a frustrating and demoralizing cyclic endeavor to control the power of the rich. It is said colloquially that power begets power, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the rich get richer. So it has been forever.

There are levers of power that sustain this ongoing insane process. Here are just two such levers:
Money in Politics and Regulatory capture (and corporate capture)
Another lever of power to benefit the wealthy in creating laws favorable to themselves is a subcategory of money in politics; it is legalized bribery.

I was a lobbyist for more than 6 years. I quit. My conscience couldn’t take it anymore.
“The hypocrisy from both sides is staggering.”
By Jimmy Williams Updated Jan 5, 2018
https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/6 ... y-politics
Today, most lobbyists are engaged in a system of bribery but it’s the legal kind, the kind that runs rampant in the corridors of Washington. It’s a system of sycophantic elected leaders expecting a campaign cash flow, and in return, industry, interest groups, and big labor are rewarded with what they want: legislation and rules that favor their constituencies.
Everyone in this country, from the left to the right, deserves a voice, and they should be heard loud and clear. If that means hiring a lobbyist to represent your point of view before Congress, awesomesauce. If that means you take to the streets, demand meetings and town halls with cowardly members of the House and Senate, or, better yet, run against them, I’m your biggest advocate.

But what I don’t support are Supreme Court rulings that have repeatedly told us money is an absolutely protected form of speech. A string of cases like Citizens United and others has opened the barn door to unlimited “dark money” campaign spending. Cases like Citizens gross me and most everyone else out because the result is the money in your politics becomes the voice in your politics. Americans’ right “to redress” comes at a cost, and if you don’t have the cash, chances are you’ll be ignored.

Bottom line: Those with the most money have the largest voices. Those with the least are rarely part of the process. That makes the legality of the practice of lobbying less relevant because it’s an uneven playing field.
The following videos help to clarify this concept.

Video: When Does Lobbying Become Bribery?

Video: Ryan Bribe, Income Inequality, Restaurant CEO, and Minimum Wage
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