Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy’s Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before “abolishing” it, freeing individuals from their bills.
By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000.
"Our purpose in doing this, aside from helping some people along the way – there’s certainly many, many people who are very thankful that their debts are abolished – our primary purpose was to spread information about the workings of this secondary debt market."
The group has focussed on buying medical debt, and has acquired the $14.7m in three separate purchases, most recently spending $13.5m on medical debt owed by 2,693 people across 45 states and Puerto Rico, Rolling Jubilee said in a press release.
“No one should have to go into debt or bankruptcy because they get sick,” said Laura Hanna, an organiser with the group. Hanna said 62% of all personal bankruptcies have medical debt as a contributing factor.
Due to the nature of the debt market, the group is unable to specify whose debt it purchases, taking on the amounts before it discovers individuals’ identities. When Rolling Jubilee has bought the debt they send notes to their debtors “telling them they’re off the hook”, Ross said.
I don’t know how Judge Napolitano keeps his job on Fox, but I’m sure happy there’s someone who’s not completely full of shit there. You don’t see anything like this on TV, period (ie. the truth). Whether you think the Greens or Ron Paul is the answer (personally I’d take either over what we have), he’s right about everything else.
Judge Napolitano How to get fired from Fox Business in under 5 mins YouTube (by VeritasView)
Sure, I’d vote for a Whig before I’d vote for a Republican or Democrat.
PHILADELPHIA — Voters in Philadelphia have elected a Whig to public office for what the victor believes may be the first time in nearly 160 years.
Robert “Heshy” Bucholz, a member of the Modern Whig party, campaigned door-to-door and won 36 votes to his Democratic opponent’s 24 on Tuesday to become an election judge in the city’s Rhawnhurst section.
Now a heavily Democratic city, Philadelphia’s last Whig mayor was elected in 1854. It’s hard to verify whether Whigs won any lower offices after that, said Stephanie Singer, one of three commissioners overseeing local elections.
Previously an independent, Bucholz said he joined the Whigs three years ago because of their fiscally conservative but socially liberal views. They represent a sensible “middle path” between Democrats and Republicans, especially in light of the recent government shutdown, he said.
"That pretty much told us we can’t trust either party and the system is broken," Bucholz said Thursday.
This is my favorite post of all time. Once you see this there’s no going back. Our government isn’t a government. Its a corporation. Our congressmen aren’t elected officials they are CEOs who buy their way into office.
Also a hell of a lot more efficient than employing thousands of people in government bureaucracies and aid agencies to spend most of it before it gets to the people who need it. It’s a pity people have such an emotional reaction to this because it would save us all money and do a much better job of fixing the problem. But people like to look down on the poor as subhuman and think that they are capable of managing other peoples’ lives better than they are.
A new study by economists at Harvard and from MIT suggests that the best way to fight global poverty (PDF) is simply to give people cash and let them spend it however they want. The study was conducted with Innovations for Poverty Action, with funding from the National Institutes of Health Common Fund.
The research focused on households in rural western Kenya, where nearly two-thirds of people report not having enough food in their house for the next day. An average equivalent of $720 was given randomly to recipients through the mobile banking service M-Pesa.
Food consumption increased 20 percent, with a 42 percent reduction in the number of days children go without food. Recipients were also able to increase their ability to earn income. Revenue from raising livestock rose by 48 percent; total revenue from self-employment rose by 38 percent.
In some cases, the researchers gave money directly to women, and noticed lower levels of spousal abuse, as well as lower levels of stress especially when transfers were sent to women rather than men, according to Johannes Haushofer, the study’s co-author and an economist at MIT.
Of course, this isn’t how most aid is delivered now. The majority of global assistance to the severely poor is given through some sort of “in-kind” transfer of food or livestock or medical care. Though unconditional cash transfer programs are gaining attention and now reach 1 billion people, according to the study.
Instant runoff voting is a ranked choice voting system that upholds the goal of majority rule in a single election
IRV uses ranked ballots to simulate a series of traditional runoffs in which the last-place candidate is eliminated before every new round of counting. Voters rank candidates in order of preference. They may rank as many or as few candidates as they wish, with lower rankings never counting against higher rankings.
First choice rankings are tabulated.
If more than two candidates receive votes, the candidate receiving the fewest first choices is eliminated.
Ballots cast for the eliminated candidate are now added to the totals of those voters’ second choices.
The count continues until two candidates remain. The candidate with the majority of votes in the final round is the winner.
Well here’s a little rabble rousing from someone schooled with the 1% to start your morning with.
“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” - Warren Buffett
The public face of the oligarchic class bears little resemblance to the private face. I, like Fitzgerald, was thrown into the embrace of the upper crust when young. I was shipped off as a scholarship student at the age of 10 to an exclusive New England boarding school. I had classmates whose fathers—fathers they rarely saw—arrived at the school in their limousines accompanied by personal photographers (and at times their mistresses), so the press could be fed images of rich and famous men playing the role of good fathers. I spent time in the homes of the ultra-rich and powerful, watching my classmates, who were children, callously order around men and women who worked as their chauffeurs, cooks, nannies and servants. When the sons and daughters of the rich get into serious trouble there are always lawyers, publicists and political personages to protect them—George W. Bush’s life is a case study in the insidious affirmative action for the rich. The rich have a snobbish disdain for the poor—despite well-publicized acts of philanthropy—and the middle class. These lower classes are viewed as uncouth parasites, annoyances that have to be endured, at times placated and always controlled in the quest to amass more power and money. My hatred of authority, along with my loathing for the pretensions, heartlessness and sense of entitlement of the rich, comes from living among the privileged. It was a deeply unpleasant experience. But it exposed me to their insatiable selfishness and hedonism. I learned, as a boy, who were my enemies.
The inability to grasp the pathology of our oligarchic rulers is one of our gravest faults. We have been blinded to the depravity of our ruling elite by the relentless propaganda of public relations firms that work on behalf of corporations and the rich. Compliant politicians, clueless entertainers and our vapid, corporate-funded popular culture, which holds up the rich as leaders to emulate and assures us that through diligence and hard work we can join them, keep us from seeing the truth.
The Meaning of Anarchism: The word anarchism has tremendous implications. It means that the people are so inwardly disciplined that they don’t need any government. They are so deeply in order within themselves that no order outside is needed.
Anarchism is basically the transformation of the individual in such a way that the government becomes superfluous. He lives in the light of his consciousness, fully aware of what he is doing, fully aware of its consequences, aware that it is not his right to interfere with any individual’s life, or to trespass – even in very subtle matters like conversion. Making an effort to convert somebody to your ideology is a trespass of that individual’s consciousness. Unless he invites you, it is aggression.
So individuals have to be so conscious that no aggressive activity on any level – bodily, mental, emotional – is possible for them. Then the government is absolutely useless, a burden. And certainly the idea is that, if people can live without a government, then only are they people. If they need a government that means they are still coming out of animality. They have not yet become human. They need masters, governors, they are not capable of being on their own. They are basically asking to be slaves.
The existence of a government of any kind means that the people are asking for slavery; and to ask for slavery and then to ask for democracy, freedom, freedom of expression, and individuality, becomes contradictory.
So the governments go on promising all these things but in the very existence of the government they are denied. Hence all governments are frauds. They can only promise but they cannot perform. It is existentially impossible. If they can perform then they are not needed. If they cannot perform that is why they are needed. So every government is more or less symbolic of the fact that human beings have not grown up to their full height, to their full potential.
“Gnosticism–The Root of Religious Rebellion,” from Rebellion, Revolution & Religiousness, by OSHO