Dead End Amerika

PA Farruggio

Documentary film maker Marc Levin has a ‘must see ‘ film entitled Class Divide about the gentrification of the West Chelsea area of Manhattan (23rd street around 9th and 10th Avenues). HIs former documentary, Hard Times: Lost on Long Island (2012) followed four individuals who lost their financial sector white collar jobs after the 2008 Wall Street housing bubble burst.

Viewing the film was disheartening, as we watch how devastated people who still believed in the false narrative of The American Dream can become. In Class Divide we learn that the western part of Chelsea, NYC is the fastest growing real estate sector in the entire city of New York. What was once mostly a low income working stiff neighborhood now hosts high rises and townhouses that cater to the super rich… not even just the 1%, rather the 1/4 of the 1%!

Imagine a townhouse across from a Chelsea public housing project that sells for $ 10 million. For real! The sad irony to all this is that in 1937 director William Wyler made a film called Dead End, based on Sidney Kingsley’s play of the same name. In the story a high rise apartment building catering to the 1/4 of the 1% of that day was built at the dead end of a really poor neighborhood in Manhattan ( perhaps even the same Chelsea area). And they wonder where anger and rage against the super rich can come from.

In Levin’s Class Divide there is a private school called Avenues : The World School right in the heart of West Chelsea, a few steps from where very poor people live. The tuition is around $ 40,000 a year… more than three or four times what those in the housing project earn… if they even have a job. In other apartment buildings on that street, the ones that the poor and low income have been living in for generations, landlords are making concerted efforts to get those folks out . There is gold in them there hills! In the spirit of Noblesse Oblige, the school does offer free tuition for low income kids.

Let’s see, from a student enrollment of 1,200 they allowed 40 such kids in for free…which is around 4%. The rest of the neighborhood kids go to the usually underfunded and underequipped public school nearby. Levin interviewed some of the rich kids who attend the Avenues school, and one can see how naive they really are concerning income polarization in Amerika. Nice kids who obviously never had to deal with what the poor kids must deal with every day in their apartments. Shades of Wyler’s Dead End.

The real sad reality of both of these films is the lack of understanding of how things should be. A nice couple in Dead End , he an unemployed architect and she a factory worker on strike, assumed that one has to accept the fact that there must be super rich people. Ditto for many of the poor residents of West Chelsea and the rich kids attending the Avenues school ( none of their parents were interviewed by Levin… one wonders why).

Everyone just sends out the vibes that ‘These are the cards we are dealt, and we can only play the hand the best we can.’

There are many steps that we working stiffs and unemployed working stiffs must take in order to really ‘take back’ our country from the 1/4 of 1%. The primary step is perhaps to come to the realization that NO ONE should be earning mega millions of dollars each year while the rest of us are one or two or maybe, if lucky, four or five paychecks away from being forced out on the street. We who ‘know better’ should teach our young that Socialism is not totalitarianism, or fascism. Rather, it can be a solution to this terrible and deadly income polarization our nation has been operating under.

Philip A Farruggio is a son and grandson of Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. He has been a free lance columnist since 2001, with over 400 of his works posted on sites like Global Research, Greanville Post, OffGuardian, Consortium News, Information Clearing House, Nation of Change, World News Trust, Op Ed News, Dissident Voice, Activist Post, Sleuth Journal, Truthout and many others. His blog can be read in full on World News Trust., whereupon he writes a great deal on the need to cut military spending drastically and send the savings back to save our cities. Philip has an internet interview show, ‘It’s the Empire… Stupid’ with producer Chuck Gregory, and can be reached at paf1222@bellsouth.net

Philip A Farruggio is a son and grandson of Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. He has been a free lance columnist since 2001, with over 400 of his works posted on sites like Global Research, Greanville Post, OffGuardian, Consortium News, Information Clearing House, Nation of Change, World News Trust, Op Ed News, Dissident Voice, , Activist Post, Sleuth Journal, Truthout and many others. His blog can be read in full on World News Trust, whereupon he writes a great deal on the need to cut military spending drastically and send the savings back to save our cities. Philip has an internet interview show, 'It's the Empire... Stupid' with producer Chuck Gregory.

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Philip A Farruggio is a son and grandson of Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. He has been a free lance columnist since 2001, with over 400 of his works posted on sites like Global Research, Greanville Post, OffGuardian, Consortium News, Information Clearing House, Nation of Change, World News Trust, Op Ed News, Dissident Voice, , Activist Post, Sleuth Journal, Truthout and many others. His blog can be read in full on World News Trust, whereupon he writes a great deal on the need to cut military spending drastically and send the savings back to save our cities. Philip has an internet interview show, 'It's the Empire... Stupid' with producer Chuck Gregory.

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vexarb
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How to get ahead in Dead End U$A. From the Thylacine BTL SyrPer: “The ignominy of the life of a low bastard like John McCain is illustrative of the hideous corruption of .. Washington’s craven politics. Read the litany of crime in Li Mae Min’s piece at https://www.facebook.com/eric.c.anderson.dc/posts/10156743081884430?tn=K-R [Excerpt: In two-track Dead End U$A, unless you come from a wealthy “background” like McCain’s you will not get ahead like he did] A “war hero” doesn’t finish 894th out of 899 and still get stationed at a Navy Officers champagne unit and promoted ahead of all but two of his 898… Read more »

vexarb
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Son-of-Cain’s fast-track “background” in Dead End U$A:

https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/john-mccains-family-ties-jewish-organized-crime-syndicates-arizona/ri24574

Fast track to the top of the regime for wired-in dunderheads; like the upper class twits in 20th century Briain. No wonder Dead End U$A is heading to hit its buffers.

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Nice one , Vexarb 😉 Might I add >> One thing that a K.A.Z.A.M. ** styled, typical American plastic pseudo-‘War Hero’ does do consistently, is always Vote for .. APARTHEID & WAR ! itsa’ Fact & a matter of public record, that John McCain Voted 6 (Six) times against sanctioning South Africa for their divisive politic of Apartheid … ! ! ! Actions speak far louder than words: & John McCain was clearly a ‘Great Sick in the Head Racist’ & a supporter of Apartheid and should be remembered as such >> Simply said, an arrogant self-opinionated & ignorant dumb… Read more »

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Here is a great link for all those ‘Yanks’ that despise the word ‘socialism’ , which discusses & exposes just how many are on ‘welfare’, as well as the timely demise of John McCain and even the Pope and the Vatican Bank, without ever losing focus on his most poignant point :- Our Kids .. https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2018/08/bathwater/ Classy bit of journalism / blogging that ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ which moved Balky , and fits perfectly with something Balky had already done >> Balkydj sent his first ever tweet, yesterday >> (had the account for years but was hugely sceptical, lol: however, finally after celebrating… Read more »

vexarb
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A much welcomed Dead End for U$ Foreign Affairs Comittee chairman John “ISIS” McCane. (His acronym,k
gained for distinguished military service in Vietnam: I’ll Sing! I’ll Sing!).
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McCane’s ISIS friend on the Left is the Cannibal Liver-eater of U$ Social Media fame.

vexarb
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From SyrianPerspectiv:

“Gooner

John McCain made the world a better place…When he died.

That cancer should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

+23 “

wardropper
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Perhaps the answer might be a new word for “Socialism”… It’s still not so long ago that in the US one frequently heard things like, “You mean you’re a SOCIALIST?!!!”, or, “Doesn’t that mean he’s a COMMUNIST?!!!” The propaganda machine has been so successful for many decades that these things are exclaimed in utter horror. So, why not begin to contemplate alternatives? Since nothing springs to mind on the spur of the moment, I’ll just facetiously suggest “Decent Humanism”, or even “Generosityism” for now, but I’m certain that imaginative people can do better than that, yet still manage to stick… Read more »

vexarb
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@wardropper. It’s called Cultural Genocide. Through decades of systematic imprisonment, expulsion and denigration Communists have been Culturally Genocided in the U$A.

King Kong
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King Kong

As long as the American society abhor the notion of socialist, it will not change. I a single Swede upper middle class (maybe) on a upper median income of $ 7100 a month, live in a 1 million dollar 3 bedroom house in Malmoe, drive a Mercedes Benz, and my 2 kids attend University for free, and I have at least $ 5000 in cash on my savings account, which I can use at will, my house is 2 thirds paid, which does not matter as the prices rise at 10 % a year solidly. I am a teacher at… Read more »

mark
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mark

I wish you well. But Sweden as you describe it no longer exists. It is the rape capital of the world, where police no longer even investigate violent rapes of very young children. Just a third wold s***hole, like Cairo without the sunshine. The wonders of cultural enrichment.

John G
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John G

Good lord. Id this parody? Or do you actually believe that nonsense?

TheSociologicalMail
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This looks very interesting!

vexarb
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Escape from Dead End U$A. BTL the Saker: “Tony_0pmoc on August 22, 2018 · at 7:54 pm EST/EDT They are victims too. They have been brainwashed, dumbed down, impoverished, and have had most of their moral values, energy, spirit, determination, and basic education, totally corrupted. It’s not their fault. I thought the Americans I worked with in the 1970’s and 80’s were brilliant. Now, I feel sorry for them. It’s as if they are having a national nervous breakdown. I hope they get better. Some of my family, who had moved to America, and have American born children, have returned… Read more »

JudyJ
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JudyJ

I agree with the overall sentiments expressed in the comments cited here but I am doubtful that the UK and Germany provide a preferable alternative these days, and the situation only seems to be deterioriating.

balkydj
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Dear Judy, Rest assured that neither the UK nor Germany are an erudite alternative & I do speak from the experience of having worked in both pseudo-democratic sovereign nations: although in fairness to the German Embassy in Sofia, they were prepared to still offer me a passport & asylum from the U$uk Looney bin Laden Enterprise & GCHQ .. but, once Obama accessed Angela’s phone, I kinda’ gave up on that ridiculously naive option, because internet wise, the Germans always were a bit slow on the uptake and ‘Schliesslich’, just another sock puppet of the USA.. (which conveniently managed to… Read more »

vexarb
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While in Live Line Syria; again courtesy of SyrianPerspective.com:

“Daniel Rich

All Class: Syrian First Lady, while fighting her own cancer, Visits Children’s Cancer Hospital – Link to Fort Russ

Excerpt: “She’s in the trenches, not in an ivory tower. She’s with the poor and the sick, not the neoliberal, neo-capitalist muckety-mucks. She’s in Syria, with Syria, for Syria, of Syria and by Syria. Not the West. Not the Gulf. She’s a revolutionary, not a princess.”
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mark
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mark

When the aggression and western orchestrated terrorist invasion of Syria began 7 years ago, media organs in the UK were smearing Asma Assad as some sort of shopaholic bimbo who had fled Syria, a sign that the country was on the verge of collapse.

They were lying then, like they’re lying now about Skripal, the White Helmets, and everything else. Like they lied about Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Russiagate and everything else. They lie every time they open their fat ugly lying mouths. Lying scum, one and all. Low life, lying, scumbag fake news filth.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Mark, I agree on all counts. The media has no shame about twisting their stories to suit their fake news agenda. With regard to Asma Assad, she was the subject of baseless accusations, when she started her cancer treatment, that she never mixed with ‘ordinary’ people (‘only’ families of Syrian or Russian soldiers killed in the conflict, as if they were not deserving of sympathy) yet when she was photographed a day or two ago in a cancer ward for children she came in for criticism for exploiting the children for self-promotion purposes. The media make up whatever lies they… Read more »

vexarb
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And in the dark alleys of Dead End U$A, where people are mugged by their own police; courtesy of SyrPer: “PacificNorthWest It bears remembering, today, what David Steele said 3 years ago. David Steele, a 20-year Marine Corps intelligence officer, and the second-highest-ranking civilian in the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. He is a former CIA clandestine services case officer, and this is what he had to say: “Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been… Read more »

mark
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mark

It’s not a simple problem of free market capitalism because that just doesn’t exist in Britain or probably anywhere else. What we actually have is crony capitalism, parasitic finance capitalism, a looting kleptocracy. Call it what you like. Call it corporate welfare, fascism, call it fried chicken if you want. But it’s nothing remotely resembling free market capitalism. In the 1970s, Finance made up 2% of the US economy. That’s when they actually made things. Now it’s 40%. Another 17% is “healthcare”, ie price gouging by the drugs and insurance monopolies. This is 3 times what Britain spends on healthcare.… Read more »

John G
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John G

Of course it’s capitalism. Late stage capitalism. The notion of ‘the free market’ is just a slogan to hoodwink the gullible.

Norman Pilon
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“free market capitalism” is akin to equating ‘capitalism’ with democracy, exactly as it is expressed in the more rarefied oxymoronic expression, “liberal democracy,” a notion which fuses two contradictory aspirations into a purportedly single democratic aspiration: ‘economic liberalism,’ on the one hand, which is nothing but the right to private ownership in the means of production and which excludes and necessarily propertyless wage earners; and on the other hand, ‘political democracy,’ the purported expression of the people’s collective will in the regulation of social life. But if money is the substance of rule and political influence, and so it must… Read more »

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BigB
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BigB

It’s a philosophical, as much as an information, war. So we get the truth out and the quarter of the one percent lose their power base. Over 400 years of capitalism, we may then find to our cost that we have internalised the imperialisms and psychology of what has become a seductive and ubiquitous power. Cartesian materialism is a weapon of mass destruction: the Enlightenment Project is an absolutist disembodied classism, racism, and sexism waiting to act out its sectarianism through us (if we let it). It is an alienating way of objectified being …the subjectified antimony of PoMo was… Read more »

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

“…the Real?”

Only while you;re peering, poking and prodding at it,

vexarb
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@BigB. I never bought Descartes, but then I am no mathematician. Newton said, ‘Descartes is a taller man than I am but I stand on his shoulders’. Lying on his back staring at a white ceiling he invented Plot Y vs X — one of those sensuously simple concepts that take hum’nity a thousand years or more to discover.. But once Descartes discovers Y vs X, off goes Newton like a rocket. The part of Descartes which I could not accept was his belief that dogs and cats h’ve no soul. I thought it showed the limitation of building one’s… Read more »

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Robbobbobin

“Newton said, ‘Descartes is a taller man than I am but I stand on his shoulders’. Lying on his back staring at a white ceiling he invented Plot Y vs X — one of those sensuously simple concepts that take hum’nity a thousand years or more to discover.. But once Descartes discovers Y vs X, off goes Newton like a rocket. The part of Descartes which I could not accept was his belief that dogs and cats h’ve no soul. I thought it showed the limitation of building one’s philosophy by staring at a white ceiling.” So where does that… Read more »

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

Abolish limiited joint stock companies/corporations, rewrite all legislation identifying them wholly or partly as legally equivalent to natural persons.and return all forms of money creation to the joint society.

Don’t like thinking or acting out of the box? No probbies, just stay in your current box along with all your children while the times tosses it onto the pyre.

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

Forgot to make explicit: no more absentee landlords, either, in real estate as in any other enterprise.

rilme
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rilme

Kevin Zeese has a tax plan. It used to be on the internet. Now I can’t find it. Except: What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction? “The most urgent problem facing our nation is ending corporate control of government, as that is at the root cause of the war in Iraq, the lack of health care for all, the rich-poor divide and stagnant wages for most families. My tax plan makes the first $100,000 federal income tax-free, a 22 percent raise. I want to restore civil liberties and prevent terrorism with sensible foreign policy. I… Read more »

rilme
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rilme

Warren Buffet. Very rich man. He gets the idea:

George
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George

The central issue is that capitalism is assumed to be totally natural – the very air we breathe. This inevitably leads to pure fatalism. Many think there is no alternative. Indeed – they may not even think about it at all. Capitalism is simply presupposed.

Maggie
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Maggie

@ George, What alternative is there but to accept our fate? I have been researching and posting information since 9/11 (my lightbulb moment) – about the ‘US and British Oil Imperialism’. Manufactured Wars, Economic Hitmen, and the evils of Capitalism. But people are slow to wake from their slumber, and actually choose NOT to think about it…. because what exactly can they do about it? The present voting system doesn’t work, because all politicians are corrupt to the core. All we can do is continue spreading the virus, and fervently hope that the generations following us have the information embedded… Read more »

Betrayed planet
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Betrayed planet

Problem is that we don’t have time to change this horrifying Capitalist nightmare. Global warming will get us before there is the possibility of any form of real advancement of our dysfunctional species. We have ignored the warning signs for the past 40yrs, we have now crossed the rubicon and it is only a question of time now. I live in Wales, a more democratic country than the England, money isn’t quite god here however everywhere I look there is so little real realisation of our true dire predicament and the focus on endless growth is still boundless as we… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

@ Betrayed Planet. Temperature Changes have always existed… because this planet has been in a constant state of flux since year dot. Several Ice-ages have been recorded on every continent. The Thames used to freeze solid less than 2 or three hundred years ago. Yet from the Romans to the nineteenth century English wine mattered. Indeed, we are told that the Romans brought the vine with them when they conquered Britain: or was it perhaps already there? Roman legislation from the end of the first century A.D. limits British, French and Spanish vineyards to defend the Italian market. And these… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Such omnicidal stupidity is truly nauseating.

Betrayed planet
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Betrayed planet

Maggie, what was once the thickest ice is now breaking up. This in the last few weeks, ice is now less than 1metre thick. It is only a question of a few yrs before we have a blue ocean event. To say global warming is a construct is madness, unless 97% of all Scientists are wrong and you know better which is rather arrogant to say the least. I have been studying the climate since years and follow only the most ethical and reliable sources available. Have you ever heard of global dimming, another feedback loop as a direct result… Read more »

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Betrayed planet, I agree with what you say but I also empathise with Maggie’s perspective. Most, if not all, of the ’causes’ of ‘global warming’ (whether or not it does indeed exist as a phenomenon) are man made. In my opinion, and ironically, it is the whole debate about whether global warming does or doesn’t exist which gives those causing undeniable catastrophic damage to the planet an excuse to carry on regardless, on the basis that global warming hasn’t been proven. Scientific evidence, personal observations and experiences and a large dose of common sense should dictate that the emphasis should… Read more »

Admin
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Your representation of the AGW debate owes more to the misrepresentation of that debate in popular media than to the actual scientific discussion (which the media all but ignores). There is no real debate about whether the planet has warmed, because it has. The debate is about the extent to which this may be due to CO2. The same faux left ‘liberal’ media selling us identity politics and antifa also sells the faux progressive idea that science is settled. It’s not. In reality the real science is complex and little understood and the best scientists are open-minded agnostics currently. One… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

There is NO ‘scientific debate’ as to whether CO2 and other greenhouse gases have caused the recent, hideously rapid, destabilisation of the planet’s climate. One that will shortly end human civilization. To say that there is is either intractable stupidity and ignorance, or something far fouler. To make Offguardian the site for genocidial idiocy more suited to the Murdoch cancer or Donald Trump’s ilk is nauseating.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Admin I hear what you say and I am aware of the reams of debates on this issue; far be it from me to suggest that there isn’t irrefutable evidence of global warming out there. Where I say “on the basis that global warming hasn’t been proven” I am not personally saying that it hasn’t been proven, I am saying that that is the excuse given by others to ignore the negative impact of mankind on the environment. I personally haven’t looked in detail at the scientific arguments for or against the existence of global warming so I tend not… Read more »

Admin
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Our belief is that however suppression or censorship is packaged the result is the same: reduction of freedom and suppression of opinion. This is never good. The truth doesn’t need to be protected by censorship, but lies do.

And I think only a minority of those who question the man made climate change claim are opposed to rational attempts to protect the environment. Again, this is largely an invention of the neolib media. Carbon taxes, however, don’t save the planet any more than a sugar tax stops obesity. They’re both rich man scams being sold as something else

vexarb
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Maggie, you may be right and youmay be wrong, because “it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future” but the weight of evidence is now much more likely that you are wrong. I used to ignore the warnings of scientists but now I believe they have built up a solid case. Humankind is going to suffer primaeval levels of catastrophe, within a century or two, unless we reduce our present burning of carbon and consumption of meat.

Kaya3
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Kaya3

A sniff of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists right there.

Harry Stotle
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Harry Stotle

The trailer to ‘Class Divide’ suggests economic apartheid is just one more obstacle to overcome before you can live ‘the American dream’.

This type of phenomena was documented musically by Eminem – today, ‘Eight Mile’ exists as a physical dividing line, as well as a de-facto psychological and cultural boundary. Serving as the northern border to the City of Detroit, it separates the city’s predominately African American urban core from the more white, upper-class suburbs to the north.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRhEcKHU5LY

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Right on, Phillip. Socialism in the US is a dirty word for way too many of the 99%. The US is a cruel jungle and why it resists any serious attempt to declaw its ample supply of predators is beyond me. It has become a predator nation, primarily concerned with having a good supply of prey.

Maggie
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Maggie

That is because Socialism cuts the claws of the stinking Capitalist Bankers, and they are frothing at the mouth at the prospect.
What other reason is they try and destroy Jeremy Corbyn with their lies and propaganda, before he even gets into Number 10?

Starac
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Starac

Capitalism is predatory system. And it worked well in the land of plenty. “Growth” can’t last on finite land. Time for a change is close.