Apr 30, 2016

Upright UK judges admirably refuse to let the ministers run amok with the laws

Part I: Upright judges refuse to let the ministers run amok with the laws

Summary
The UK set up a law to force benefits receivers to work for free.
One of the "enforced slaves" sued the government.
The UK government has lost all the way to the Court of Appeal.
Lord Justice Underhill, announcing that the decision of the high court had been upheld, said that in the cases of those claimants who had already appealed against their sanctions, the act was incompatible with their rights under the European convention on human rights. (The Guardian, 29 April 2016)
The UK judges have once again refused to let their ministers run amok with their laws.

Good upright judges form an essential component of a good democratic country. 

Saintly Election Promise

"If there is a situation where Bukit Batok residents' needs would compete with my own, I would always put Bukit Batok residents' needs above mine." (Murali Pillai, 28 Apr 2016, during a by-election in Singapore)
I hope voters keep this promise safely and cash it in when their needs arise.

Although it is great to have ultra altruistic and totally selfless politicians, it will be quite sufficient for politicians to return our confiscated citizen dividend.

Apr 29, 2016

International Workers' Day: Get rid of the proletarians

Karl Marx got it wrong.
He wanted to get rid of the capitalists.
We should be getting rid of the proletarians.

Huh? What? How?


Apr 28, 2016

The truth about the Singapore reseve

This video is made by the Singapore government, and is also available here.

For those very curious about the Singapore reserve, you won't be satisfied with this video. This is not a court of law where a witness must tell the truth, the complete truth and nothing but the truth. For example, after watching this video, you still won't know how much is in the reserve. Is it $1 trillion, $10 trillion, or $100 trillion?



Apr 23, 2016

Imagine a baby paying tax? Is this acceptable?

A lump sum tax on every living human being, where everybody has to pay the same amount. This is not a tax on income earners. It is on everyone.

A baby pays US$3,000.
A pensioner pays US$3,000.
A poor man pays US$3,000.
A rich multi-billionaire pays US$3,000.

This type of tax is too ridiculous, right?
Many apparently sane politicians in Alaska are proposing this type of tax. A few saner politicians counter-propose a smaller lump sum tax of $2,000. It could be a comedy, but it is real.

Raiding the Alaska Permanent Fund and its dividend is in effect a lump sum tax on every living Alaskan. The amount is about US$3,000 each for the first year. Who knows what the amount will be in the following years.

The politicians are talking about taking out a few billion dollars. That will be about US$3,000 per person, or even much more.

The day Alaska's fat cats started spending, they painted a target on the Permanent Fund. Clem Tillion
April 16, 2016:
"The fat cats with their greedy eyes look at that small 25 percent of the bonus and royalty revenue that has been well-managed and invested as if God gave them the right to plunder that, too."
Has François Hollande triggered a citizen dividend for France? The highest court in France declared that any tax above 66% is illegal and confiscatory. Raiding the Alaska Permanent Fund and Dividend is definitely way above 66% for many Alaskans. Imagine a baby paying tax? They should take their politicians to court.



A universal dividend is the fundamental distribution system for socialism

This is a very brief translation of selected parts of this post in Chinese: 吕超:“均股分红”是社会主义的本质分配制度, which was published in April 2016 in China.

The ideas are very similar to that of a citizen ownership democracy. The writer calls it social capitalism.
"The capital is controlled by the people, with 1 share for every citizen. The citizens get their equal share of the profits through the universal dividend. The people will transform from the proletariat (propertyless group) under private capitalism and state capitalism into capital owners under social capitalism."

Translation

Title

A universal dividend is the fundamental distribution system for socialism, by Lv Chao. 4 Apr 2016.

Prologue

A universal dividend (citizen dividend) will unify the social interests of the community. It will enhance national unification, ethnic unity and social stability.

A universal dividend will establish a solid relationship between production and consumption. It is the most fundamental and most effective measure to address the cyclical economic crisis.

Three main distribution system of socialism

1. Distribution according to needs.

2. Equal and universal distribution.
This refers to the security of basic living conditions. Money is from the collective ownership of state-owned capital. This reflects the citizen right to the natural resources, and other accumulated resources of the country. This reflects the equal social status of citizens. This reflects the fundamental rights of citizens within the state.

3. Distribution according to effort / labour.

Three forms of capitalism

1. Private capitalism.

2. State capitalism.

The state has the unquestioned authority to distribute (as it likes).

3. Social capitalism

The capital is controlled by the people, with 1 share for every citizen. The citizens get their equal share of the profits through the universal dividend. The people will transform from the proletariat (propertyless group) under private capitalism and state capitalism into capital owners under social capitalism.

Reasons for a universal dividend

A universal dividend will solve the problem of unfair distribution.

Conclusion

A universal dividend is a revolutionary breakthrough in the theory of distribution systems. It will be embraced by the general public; it is bound to benefit the general public. After the implementation of universal dividend and a distribution system according to work, the socialist road will become better and better.


Apr 15, 2016

Alaskans, don't let lawmakers write us out of the Permanent Fund

Alaskans, don't let lawmakers write us out of the Permanent Fund by Alexander Hoke
April 14, 2016
"Alaska citizens are about to be written out as owners of the Alaska Permanent Fund.
The Permanent Fund dividend currently defines you as a shareholder in this massive investment fund. In fact, many of us have been shareholders for 34 years now.
What about the Permanent Fund’s future? Considering only inflation-proofing the Permanent Fund at 4 percent per year over the next 100 years, our $50 billion Permanent Fund would grow to $2.5 trillion. Don’t believe me? Do the math!"
The Alaska Permanent Fund with its Dividend to every Alaskan is a very very precious creation for every Alaskan.

Keep it going forever. Every year, each Alaska gets ever bigger and bigger dividends. The future Alaskan children and grandchildren will be thankful for this.

Why let the short-sighted politicians destroy this? Why let these rogue politicians destroy the super goose that is laying ever more and more golden eggs?

Apr 14, 2016

The Governor who stole dividends from babies and little kids

Jay Hammond, as the Governor of Alaska in the early 80's, was known as the Governor who paid dividends. He set up the Alaska Permanent Fund, which continues to pay a good annual dividend to every Alaskan, including new born babies.

Jay Hammond's great legacy is under threat.

Who will be known as the Governor who stole dividends? The Governor who stole dividends from babies and little kids?

Apr 13, 2016

Dividend is the strongest protection for the Alaska Permanent Fund. No. It's the people.

Dividend is the strongest protection for the Alaska Permanent Fund

The post lists many ways that politicians can lay their hands on the Alaska Dividend Fund. The author claims that the dividend is the strongest protection for the Fund.
"The dividend, as Gov. Jay Hammond intended, has been the Permanent Fund’s first line of defense for the last 35 years. It has created a constituency making it political suicide to go after its billions."
No. No. No.
Dividend cannot protect the fund.
It is the people who can protect the fund.
Alaskans --- what do you say? Do you still want to own your country? Or do you let politicians own your country?

A citizen dividend needs protectors like this:

Gausnell Ken

Anyone of them that vote for this we need to vote them out of office.

and this:
CL Harris


I am voting against my senator and rep I don’t care if its bag of leaves running against them. Its time to clean house and senate regardless of party.

Alaska: The first citizen ownership democracy may soon disappear.

Senate unveils rewrite of Walker's Permanent Fund legislation

The first big citizen ownership democracy is Alaska. A few very good men, including Jay Hammond, started the citizen dividend fund in the late 70s and early 80s, distributing dividends to every Alaskan, every year for over 30 years.

The Alaska Dividend is held in high esteem, as a model for other countries to follow, as the path for civilization to progress.

However.

This citizen ownership democracy may soon disappear. The politicians are planning to raid the fund.

Instead of taxing the rich, including the rich politicians themselves, the politicians have chosen to raid the fund that is equally enjoyed by the poor, the middle income and the rich.

It is much easier to raid the poor's dividend than to tax the rich. It is much less painful for the politicians.

Will this be the end?

Will there be a final struggle?

Will there be a resurrection?