Monday, April 04, 2016
The Greedy One Percent and the Moral Message of Bernie Sanders
I remember seeing a lot of signs like those during the heady days of the Occupy movement.
Back in the days when everything seemed possible, and it looked like the beginning of a revolution.
But of course it didn't happen, the movement was brutally put down, and seemed to fade away. Even as the rich grew richer, and the poor grew poorer.
But you can't kill an idea or a movement whose time has come.
And the Occupy dreamers were right, capitalism doesn't work.
It's too corrupt, and the one percent are too greedy.
The financial secrets of heads of state, athletes, billionaires and drug lords have been exposed in the latest — and biggest ever — leak of records from an offshore tax haven.
The records, dating as far back as 1977, come from a little-known but highly influential Panama-based law firm called Mossack Fonseca, which has 500 staff working in 40-plus countries. The firm is one of the world's top creators of shell companies — corporate structures that can be used to hide ownership of assets.
And too shameless...
But while the corporate media is making Vladimir Putin and his friends the big story.
By showing how they were able to hide a billion dollars...
I'm more interested in these high-income earners.
Among the leaked records is info on the offshore assets of several hundred Canadians, including lawyers, mining and oil executives, business people and even known fraudsters.
As well as all those other wealthy Canadians who are allowed to stash away their billions in offshore tax havens, aided and abetted by our big banks.
And by governments like Stephen Harper's corrupt hog regime...
That reduced the number of tax inspectors at Revenue Canada, to make it easier for the rich to shelter or hide their money.
Because that's a large part of the reason why there is never enough money to fix our crumbling cities. Never enough money to properly care for the old and the sick.
Never enough money to fight poverty and hunger...
And the worse thing is that although tens of thousands of Canadians are going to bed hungry.
You can't keep those hogs out of the trough...
They just can't help themselves, greed is their god. They haven't a trace of morality, or an ounce of human decency.
Which is why I give thanks for Bernie Sander's moral message...
For Sanders is right, we need a peaceful democratic revolution, to save ourselves and the planet from total destruction.
And this sad young woman at the Toronto Occupy camp, on the day it was demolished, was also right...
If we want a kinder, gentler world we will have to fight for it.
The greedy rich are out of control.
And change is coming...
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