Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Occupy Wall street needs a global action.

This movement originated out of the pain and discomforts associated with the consequences of the 2008 recession that continue today and may likely worsen.
This movement is not yet really global in nature. It has been inspired by but not yet related to the Arab Spring.
It’s primary message appears to be ‘human needs’ not ‘corporate profit’ as well as ‘justice and democracy’ but the global concern is an afterthought.
OWS far smaller in numbers than the tea Party movement, but supported by far more Americans than the Tea Party is.

Unfortunately, the Occupy Wallstreet Movement will accomplish nothing because the source of the crisis is a global economic condition influenced by
a) global lawlessness of corporations and financial institutions.
b) corruption of politicians by corporate/financial institutional donations.
c) personal unpatriotic greed.
d) unfair competition between nations
e) the free movement of capital and the limited movement of people across national borders
f) a powerless UN incapable of addressing any serious global threat (pandemics, terrorism...)
g) a dysfunctional US government with science and reasoning taking a back seat to the influence of money and religion.
h) burdensome sovereign debt by industrialized nations.
i) Selfish values based on consumption patterns.
j) Flawed economic system of unregulated capitalism.
k) Overemphasis on military power as the primary means of achieving security.
l) Beliefs and institutionalized governments based on the concept that each of independence in an irreversibly interdependent world.
Protesting against national governments won’t change much unless these governments cooperate to change the global economic system.
Focusing the movement on creation of a global Financial Transaction Tax that could yield approximately $200 billion for a global Marshall plan to eliminate the worst aspects of global poverty could;
a) Address some of the global problems that have an impact on us we locally (unemployment, infectious diseases, military spending, terrorism, environmental degradation, international crimes...
b) Create a new global institution that could demonstrate the need and effectiveness of global governance structure to address some of the global factors now influencing our quality of life.
c) Create the foundation for a truly peaceful and sustainable world.


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