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Revolution = Non-Participation
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Revolution = Non-Participation,
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7/9/2014 | 4:05:35 PM
Revolution = Non-Participation
"Americans are too lazy for revolution"

Wrong!

They need our online input to survive.

Non-participation doesn't require physical effort, just a little organization.    
blasphemy
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blasphemy,
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7/9/2014 | 3:51:57 PM
Non-Participation = No Profits
Revolution does not require action, it requires inaction.  They need our digital input and participation to survive.

Our lazy society is definately capable of non-participation.  The people have the power to do nothing.

Non-Participation = No Profits!

 

 
CraigC950
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CraigC950,
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7/9/2014 | 3:32:09 PM
Re: Yeah Sue...
The whole thing about companies need to pay these unconscionable rates to their execs is a fraud, perpetrated by the CEOs and high executives who sit on each others boards of directors, and religiously vote in the pay "requisite" to retain their "highly skilled" managers.  In fact, they are simply lucky people, who had connections, and who vote for each others' pay hikes, effectively screwing their shareholders as well as their employees in a demonstration of demented greed. 

 
oligarch
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oligarch,
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7/9/2014 | 3:25:10 PM
Reality Check!
You want to lower the Non-Livable wage even more?  People can't even afford their own residence as it stands now.

America = Powerless People with Zero Independence

This economic system is a long-term joke.  So are the economists that support it.

Let this priviledged oligarch cherish their partnership with the federal government.  

Hope for non-participation and social unrest.
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7/9/2014 | 2:59:19 PM
With progressive taxation
those working half time won't be so badly dinged. Combine it with some (not all) of the collaborative consumption ideas, such as carsharing services and less expensive travel, and you've got a pretty decent lifestyle, though it may be more difficult to save.

That's the red herring in all this, part of the goal should be more public participation with some of that freed up time, but we seem instead to be heading to a plutocratic world. 
cafzali
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cafzali,
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7/9/2014 | 2:55:31 PM
Re: College Grads--Zero future
@Bowl2300 In theory, you're right in that the current system does make conditions that are ripe for a "revolution" of sorts. But, quite honestly, people today are too lazy to start a revolution. They want to do it Tea Party style, which is complain about how bad you've got it, blame it on someone else and not really solve anything. 

We are where we are for a lot of reasons, including the fact that a lot of wealth building models just don't work anymore. But a key reason is the fact that a lot of people failed to keep their skills current, ran out of opportunities and are now angry about it. Add to that, a lot of people who did play by the rules, got a college degree and tried to better themselves, are finding themselve subject to immense wage pressure that makes it hard for them to keep pace with cost of living rises. 

For better or worse, one of the few things that we can control that will help get control of this issue is reducing the growth of certain costs, including health care and taxes. But we've got to do it in a thoughtful way that's about more than just screaming about what someone else has. Perhaps it's penalizing people for leading unhealthy lifestyles, dramatically retooling the cost structure of our education systems, etc. Really, this is our only option at the moment because while economic growth has certainly improved, it's not keeping pace at the rate we need to remove the slack in the labor market.
cafzali
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cafzali,
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7/9/2014 | 2:49:31 PM
Re: Disconnected...
@Jason The issue that people often overlook with entrepreneurship is, while it's easy to start your own business, replacing the income that you had at your full-time job including benefits, with the income from your own enterprise is extremely difficult. 

Small businesses are hamstrung by a lot of factors, including pricing pressure, higher costs, and on and on. While you certainly do get some benefits from running your own business, a suggestion that entrepreneurship is an answer to our economy's ills is short-sighted. Yes, it's a great thing, but starting a business for the sake of it solves nothing until it's successful and is responsible for innovation. Since two thirds don't make it past five years, it's easy to see there's not the success and innovation coming out of small businesses en masse that some would have you believe.
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7/9/2014 | 2:43:14 PM
Job Sharing already tested - didn't work
France tested that in 2000: lowered the working week from 39 to 35 hours. It didn't add more jobs, and the unemployment stayed at the same level.

What's interesting about this experiment is that France's economic growth didn't slow down, on the contrary...
Paul987
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7/9/2014 | 2:21:15 PM
Re: Disconnected...
"Some will get a job, but many will freelance and start their own business, so the effect is much greater than you illustrate. "

The idea that a significant number of the population can or will start their own businesses is as naive as Mr. Pages comments.  We used to live much closer to that ideal... until the rise of enormous corporations.  The likes of Walmart, Target, ShopRite, Stop & Shop and others put countless small stores out of business.  Newspapers and the media industry as a whole has been consumed by 2 to 3 vast conglomerates.  

For any of these things to actually come to fruition would almost necessitate the dismantling of the very structure which has allowed people like Mr. Page to accumulate such wealth and power - our ultra-capitolistic economic system.  And since the very people who the current system benefits almost exclusively, hold almost exclusive controll over every aspect of our government, that is unlikely to happen.  

 
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7/9/2014 | 2:05:47 PM
Typical out of touch corporate exec
Dear Mr. Page,

Let me put this in a vernacular that you may better understand. While you have reached the Self-actualization level on Maslow's hierarchy of needs, most of your employees barely make it into the Love/Belonging level. It is not your fault, it merely is what it is when it comes to corporate employment.

Only an uber rich corporate executive would make a statement like you have. All of YOU people have nothing in common with the rest of us little guys. YOUR dorm days of trying to make $5-10 last a whole week ended a LONG time ago and YOU simply do not remember that experience.

Don't take this the wrong way, you run a great corporation well, please continue to do so. But please do not tell us how you would cure all the social ills you simply have no concept of any longer.
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