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  1. Leo's straw man arguments against JBP
    Leo's straw man arguments against JBP
    JP does this all the time when it comes to political activism on college campuses. Like when students protest about LGBTQ rights or racism, he will say something like, "You guys are being foolish. Go clean your rooms first."
    But the biggest problem is how JP ignores many collective issues entirely. Like for example, climate change. I have not heard him talk seriously ever about taking massive collective responsibility for climate change. And we could find dozens more examples like this. When has he ever talked about taking collective responsibility for corporate corruption and lobbying or the excesses of capitalism? Never.
    The whole point is that our society and globe has serious problems because people are not looking at problems collectively. And stuff like heavy metal toxicity is directly one such problem. JP spends all this time whining about college feminists, meanwhile our entire population is being poisoned with heavy metals which can only be fixed with strict regulations at the Federal level which no conservative would ever vote for. So my example holds. It is not conservatives like JP who will clean up the water supply, it will be the Cultural Marxists / Socialists who he rails against.
    Here are collective issues which are not seriously addressed by JP or any conservative:
    Health care and Big Pharma Income inequality Pollution Climate change Corporate corruption & lobbying Regulation of Big Tech monopolies Excesses of capitalism Poverty, welfare systems Racism & sexism Reparations for slavery Access to broadband internet in rural areas Regulation of housing market Regulation of Wall Street Equalizing the education system so it's not based on real estate taxes Taxation of gross wealth Curbing excessive military spending Gun control to reduce mass shootings Shoring up voting rights Federal jobs programs Infrastructure Animal extinction, over-fishing, factory farming, coral reefs dying BPA and plastics in food And more
    Responsibility for all the above is shirked and offloaded onto the individual or perhaps the local city/state level.

  2. Do you have to Be a Psychopath To Become a Billionaire?
    Do you have to Be a Psychopath To Become a Billionaire?
    I believe psychopathy is on a range and not something binary. Some people have more of it. But when it comes to acquiring billions and billions of dollars, do you have to be a psychopath in order to make it to the top?
    I am not talking about millions of dollars. I am pretty sure you can become a millionaire without being a psychopath but when it comes to billions of dollars, i believe only the most cruel, cold and vicious people make it up there.
    You have to stomp on a lot of bodies and not really care too much about all of the bottom of the pyramid. It's like you have to be extremely vicious to be a warlord at the time of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great. Both of these were ruthless mass murderers. You couldn't become Genghis Khan by being someone like Jesus or the Buddha. If the current billionaires were more loving and caring then i guess the current situation in this planet would be a lot better for all of us.
    Any thoughts?

  3. Pertinent Question on taxation on billionares.
    Pertinent Question on taxation on billionares.
    They don't have to be criminals to justify a 100% tax.
    There is no reason whatsoever that society should allow billionaires to exist. There is no right to be a billionaire.
    A conscious society would recognize that any individual holding over a billion dollars is harmful to the society as a whole, simply in principle. In the same way individuals holding nuclear weapons is harmful to society as a whole and it is thus not allowed.
    What you have yet to realize is that just the very fact of holding a billion dollars harms the billionaire, his family, his friends, his colleagues, and society at large. It is like being morbidly obese. It is not good for you and it is a poor allocation of social resources.
    See, if you had a billion dollars and you mother was dying of cancer due to inability to pay for her doctor, but you desired to hoard your billions, we would call that a sick situation.
    Well, that's what's happening in society at large today. And you are justifying it as normal and even as a right of yours.

  4. Pertinent Question on taxation on billionares.
    Pertinent Question on taxation on billionares.
    I don't care what the numbers are. The numbers are mostly arbitrary.
    I would be happy with 5% to start.
    The money wasted by billionaires would stimulate the economy far more if it was put in the hands of ordinary consumers.
    What you say is the opposite of true. Economic stimulus comes from pushing money down the hierarchy. Taxation does exactly that.
    The money Jeff Bezos wasted on his yacht could have gone to his employees to educate their children. The yacht has zero value to society. The education of 1000 children directly adds value to society in a massive way.
    It makes a huge difference how the money is distributed, or rather, who it is leeched from.
    It is not his money to begin with.
    There you go again. Like a broken record.
    What you call "self-made" is a lie.
    That's like citing to me a report that says that wealth of 18th century Southern plantation owners was self-made. Yeah, through owning slaves!
    Your definition of "self-made" is a socially constructed silliness.
    Imagine I enslave your children and make them edit my videos for free for a lifetime. Then on my grave I will write: "Here lies Leo. Self-made success story."
    We will reform the system by changing it so that billionaires are taxed out of existence.
    But they won't die. The people will still remain and still do all the same work they did before.
    It's not Jeff Bezo's existence that I want to end, but rather his ability to leech wealth from workers.
    I got nothing against Bezos personally. After we take away his ability to leech money from workers, he will still be exactly the same as he is.
    You are acting as through I am talking about killing all entrepreneurs. No! We just take away their ability to hoard money.

  5. Pertinent Question on taxation on billionares.
    Pertinent Question on taxation on billionares.
    Actually it's a terrible question because we already tax real estate and vehicles in this way.
    If you buy a $10 million house or a $300k sports car, you owe taxes on its assessed value every year. If you can't afford the annual tax on your $10 mil house, gov don't give a fuck, they will repo your house.
    Billionaires will have to sell off a tiny portion of their stock to pay wealth tax. How shocking!
    Why do homeowners have to pay 2% annual tax but stock owners zero? What sense does this make?

  6. Spiral Dynamics Stage Green Examples Mega-Thread
    Spiral Dynamics Stage Green Examples Mega-Thread