William Jennings Bryan, Principal Speech Against Unconditional Repeal (16 August 1893).
Next older person to complain about millennials has to pay off a random 20-something’s student loans
Next millennial to complain about an older person has to pay off my student loans.
Intergenerational warfare is something rich people are deliberately provoking to distract us from their theft. They want indebted and un/underemployed young people to blame their situation on their parents. They want economically stressed people to blame their elderly relatives for enjoying pensions and Social Security and Medicare. They want older people to sneer at young people for being entitled and shiftless. They want us to forget that we are fighting over the scraps of the 1%.
Think about that next time you see someone blaming “Boomers” or “millennials" for economic inequality, lack of opportunity, etc. It’s not all Boomers, not all millennials…just the rich ones.
This post about libraries reminded me of this story about how Netflix is ending Saturday shipments.
Kevin Drum predicts,
And so it begins. A few years from now, I assume Netflix will be out of the physical disc business entirely, which means it will be impossible to watch anything more than a few years old.
Well no, not as long as public libraries are still around. Though big business interests are doing their best to keep urging tax cuts that end up closing libraries.
So here we are. Netflix has helped drive video rental places like Blockbuster out of business. Then Netflix begins to phase out DVD delivery to focus on their streaming business. Yet there’s strong evidence that internet providers like Verizon are deliberately throttling Netflix streams. And they’re also shifting customers to plans that resemble the ones for our mobile phones, with built-in caps and all kinds of extra fees and penalties for going over your allotted amount. Meanwhile, the U.S. has some of the worst internet service in the world.
Yeah, the unrestrained “free market” has done a wonderful job of providing us with all the books and movies we need in the most efficient manner.
Nestlé backed up that statement with this ruthless move at the World Water Forum.
Across the globe, Nestlé is pushing to privatize and control public water resources.
Nestlé’s Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, has explained his philosophy with “The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.”
Since that quote has gotten widespread attention, Brabeck has backtracked, but his company has not. Around the world, Nestlé is bullying communities into giving up control of their water. It’s time we took a stand for public water sources.
Tell Nestlé that we have a right to water. Stop locking up our resources!
At the World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé successfully lobbied to stop water from being declared a universal right — declaring open hunting season on our local water resources by the multinational corporations looking to control them. For Nestlé, this means billions of dollars in profits. For us, it means paying up to 2,000 percent more for drinking water because it comes from a plastic bottle.
Now, in countries around the world, Nestlé is promoting bottled water as a status symbol. As it pumps out fresh water at high volume, water tables lower and local wells become degraded. Safe water becomes a privilege only affordable for the wealthy.
In our story, clean water is a resource that should be available to all. It should be something we look after for the public good, to keep safe for generations, not something we pump out by billions of gallons to fuel short-term private profits. Nestlé thinks our opinion is “extreme”, but we have to make a stand for public resources. Please join us today in telling Nestlé that it’s not “extreme” to treat water like a public right.
Tell Nestlé to start treating water like a public right, not a source for private profits!
Sources and further reading:
Nestlé: The Global Search for Liquid Gold, Urban Times, June 11th, 2013
Bottled Water Costs 2000 Times As Much As Tap Water, Business Insider, July 12th, 2013
Peter Brabeck discussion his philosophy about water rights
this is a huge deal in latin america especially and i need some more people to be aware of this and care
Mr. Burns was supposed to be a joke, not inspiration!
Prison to Table: The Other Side of the Whole Foods Experience | Dissent Magazine
I haven’t shopped at Whole Foods for 11 years based on other issues I feel are scamming people who try to purchase from well-meaning companies. That and their stuff is overpriced for what it is. (via faboomama)
I agree with him, but there’s a good reason why police departments in the U.S. are becoming increasingly militarized. And no, it’s not to stop “the terrorists”, not really.
Wall Street drinks champagne while gazing down at Occupy Wall Street protestors.
Class warfare in one image: