Study Confirms Our Wealth-Controlled Politics

Distribution of Wealth in America

Distribution of Wealth Globally

Chinese charater for wealth

"There is no wealth but life."

John Ruskin

Jeds shack

Come and listen to my story about a man named Jed

A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,

And then one day he was shootin at some food,

And up through the ground come a bubblin crude.

Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

Well the first thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire,

The kinfolk said "Jed move away from there"

Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"

So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly

Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

Old Jed bought a mansion, lordy it was swank

Next door neighbor's the president of the bank.

Lotta folks complaining but the banker found no fault

'Cause all Jed's millions, was a-sitting in the vault!

Redemption funds. Stocks and bonds.

Well now it's time to say good bye to Jed and all his kin.

And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.

You're all invited back next week to this locality

To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality

Hillbilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.

Y'all come back now, y'hear?

beverly hillbillies mansion


Illustration on The Actual Distribution of Wealth in America

Wealth is defined as:


ownership of property that has economic utility

goods and resources having value in terms of exchange or use

Systems of Wealth Hoarding Hide in Your Mind

correlates of happiness

"When wealth is separate from accumulation but refers to a richness of relationships, each person's wealth makes everyone wealthier."
Charles Eisenstein

correlates of happiness

Wealth is a poor predictor of happiness.

Once basic needs are met, there is not much 'marginal utility' to increased wealth.


Money makes a big difference to people who have none.

The truth is social relationships predict happiness much more than money.

Happy people have extensive social networks and good relationships.

Individuals and societies do not have the same fundamental needs.

Individuals want to be happy and MICE culture requires consumption.

Americans ARE personally responsible for stoking America's economic engine.

Americans ARE personally responsible for increasing their own well-being.

MICE culture con-vinces Americans that what is good for the economy is good for us individually.

"This message is delivered to Americans by every magazine, television, newspaper, and billboard, at every bus stop, grocery store, and airport. This message finds us in our cars, it's made its way onto our clothing. Happiness, Americans learn, is just around the corner and it requires that we consume just one more thing. And then just one thing more after that.

So Americans do.

And then we find out that the happiness of consumption is thin and fleeting, and rather than thinking to ourselves, "Gosh, that promise of happiness by consumption was a lie," Americans instead think, "Gosh, I must not have consumed enough and I probably need just one small upgrade to my stereo, car, wardrobe, or wife - then I will be happy."

Americans live in the shadow of a great lie, and by the time we figure out that it is a lie we are closing in on death and have become irrelevant consumers, and a new generation of young and relevant consumers takes our place in the great chain of shopping." - Daniel Gilbert

free range humans

"I know of no country in which there is so little independence
of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America."
Alexis de Tocqueville

indentured servitude

The Global Architecture of Wealth Extraction

Inside the Secretive World of Tax-Avoidance Experts

"To a very great extent human history has been the story of the unequal accumulation of harvested wealth, shifting from one center of power to another, while always expanding the four great inequalities.

The first farmers in fertile regions taught themselves farming and storage methods that forged harvests beyond the needs of the day.

Very quickly warriors supported by religious authority took power gathering these new abundant harvests largely into their own hands, by means of taxes and direct seizures.

With this division of labor the subjugation of farmers by warriors and priests was institutionalized, a subjugation that has never ended.

This was the first inequality.

Men established a general domination over women and their heirs. These are the second and third inequalities, of men over women and men over children.

Added to the subjugation of farmers, women, and the family, was a forth inequality, of race or group, leading to the subjugation of the most powerless peoples to slavery.

This is history.

Nowhere in history has there ever been a great civilization were the wealth of the harvests forged by all has been equitably distributed.

Power has been exerted wherever it can be, and each successful coercion has done its part to add to the general inequality, which has risen in direct proportion to the wealth gathered; for wealth and power are much the same. The possessors of the wealth in effect buy the armed power they need to enforce the growing inequality. And so the cycle continues.

The result has been that while a small percentage of human beings have lived in a wealth of food, material comfort, and learning, those not so lucky have been the functional equivalent of domestic beasts, in harness to the powerful and well-off, creating their wealth for them but not benefitting from it themselves.

If you happen to be a young black farm girl what can you say to the world, or the world to you? You exist under all four of the great inequalities, and will live a shortened life of ignorance, hunger, and fear. Indeed it only takes one of the great inequalities to create such conditions." - adapted from Kim Stanley Robinson

class warfare

It’s the Inequality, Stupid

The Rich Live Longer Everywhere
For the Poor, Geography Matters

Extremism and Politics of Distraction

Extreme Inequality Creates Extremist Violence

Convincing the Young to Blame the Old, Not the Rich

It Is Expensive to Be Poor

Why Poor People Stay Poor

"The only parental habit that has a significant effect on the income of offspring is keeping a clean house.

Household cleanliness reflects an overall ability and desire to maintain a sense of order in a wide range of life activities.

This trait is shared to an extent by the children of good housekeepers, allowing them to have higher incomes as adults." - Tom Hertz

conversion into worthless paper

"Money changes people's motivations. They are less focused on other people.
In this sense, money can be a barrier to social intimacy." - Nicole Mead

distribution of wealth

The worship of Mammon requires the profit driven behavior of corporatism.

This disease started when the British Crown granted exclusive rights of trade with India to the British East India Company, a joint stock incorporation.

British East India Company raped India stealing Indian wealth and impoverishing the Indian people forcing them from their ancestral village homes to work plantations carved out of jungle.

Later came Standard Oil, which controlled 70% of the world market in oil by 1890.

The same Standard Oil (Exxon, then ExxonMobil) that later provided the Germans with the ability to synthesize oil from coal and the formula for tetraethyl lead for aviation fuel.

Germany could not have fought the World War II without these gifts from Standard Oil.

A corporation can be socially responsible but only if that social responsibility is written into the corporate charter.

The people of Earth and the Earth itself are being consumed by a concept in the form of a legal construct - the corporation.

The people of Earth must throw off the shackles of ingrained conditioned parochial thinking and come up with socially responsible ways of sustenance that does not rely on the psychopathological methods of externalization of costs employed by the corporatists.

Everything in the world is being converted into money.

The conversion of all forms of wealth - social, cultural, spiritual and natural - into money violates our sense of beauty, rightness, and purpose.

The Wetiko revolution reduced reality to object.

The resulting separation from nature allowed the land to be seen as an object to be manipulated.

Over time human beings also became objects to be manipulated.

"Leibnitz' merciless phrase, "Time is money," encapsulates a profound reduction of everything into money - totally enslaving the human spirit.

We have even sold off authentic human relationships.

The more common wealth we convert to money the more of our lives falls into the dichotomous realm of mine or yours and the less common ground there is to share life and develop unguarded relationships.

The conversion of life to money reduces everything to an economic transaction, leaving us the loneliest people ever to inhabit the earth.

The conversion of everything into money is unsustainable." - Charles Eisenstein

"Ultimately there is only one question left to ask:

How will resources be distributed?

What if we look at the resource question from its global perspective, and we try to solve the whole economic problem in order to solve, once and for all, the problem of access to resources?

Suppose we subordinate moral and individual problems to the collective problem, to the total economic system.

If a man is a thief, it is not his fault; his economic conditions were such that he could be nothing else.

If we accept this excuse on behalf of a poor person, we must accept it for everyone.

Both the investment banker who exploits workers and the smuggler who plays the black market are also involved in impersonal economic conditions which leave them no other options.

As soon as we accept the supremacy of global concerns and of the system, as soon as we agree that material conditions remove our freedom to choose, we absolve all individuals of all responsibility for their use of resources.

Seen in this light, how can capitalism be more valid than communism, or communism than capitalism?

The same error lies at the heart of both: the flight from responsibility and the pursuit of an alibi.

When I want to talk about money, everyone hands me his system.

"If there is a resource problem, it is because the economic system is unsound."

All we need to do to solve the resource problem is to change the economic system.

This amounts to predicting that man will become just and good, that he will know exactly what to do with his resouces, that he will no longer covet his neighbor's possessions, that he will no longer steal, that he will give up bribing women and public officials, that he will not be corrupted by his own material good fortune, that he will sympathize with the needy, that he will neither hoard his resources nor waste them, that he will no longer dream of "upward mobility," that he will not use his accumulated wealth to gain power in society, that he will not use his resources to humiliate others.

Trying to solve the problem of resource distribution through the total economic system is both an error and an act of cowardice.

It is an error precisely because it refuses to consider the human element in the problem.

It is posited on the strict neutrality of human nature, as if human passion and evil were not factors in the problem of resource distribution and would not always exist - as if capitalism or communism could be built in the abstract without taking human nature into account.


As theory, Adam Smith's idea of the harmony between private and public interests is perfectly valid.

It requires us, however, to consider human nature in the abstract.

If human nature is neutral (no need to require it to be good), then private and public interests agree.

I accept that. But human nature is not neutral.

As people lust after money, capitalism is turning into a machine for oppressing, enslaving and hardening individuals.

There is no theoretical reason for capitalism not to produce an excellent structure.

(Capitalism's goals, as spelled out theoretically, are admirable.)

The problem is that, to the extent that human nature cannot be changed, this admirable structure will come to a miserable end because individuals will use it, not in high-minded scientific objectivity, but in a passionate pursuit of power.

Capitialism becomes corporitism which must therefore enslave people, bind them with all possible political and psychological constraints - through police work, propaganda, fear - to prevent them from giving free rein to their wicked lust for money.

In the end, it might be possible for a dictatorship - one that lasted for a very long time - to crush the human spirit completely.

It is not unthinkable that after three, four, ten generations of totalitarianism, individuals may indeed be so crushed that they will have no more interest in money, no more passion of any sort; they will simply conform to the model set for them.

If the problem of resource distribution is eventually solved, it will have nothing to do with the excellence of the new economic regime; it will instead be a result of a dictatorship which finally breaks the human spirit." - Jacques Ellul 1984

Jesus is with the 99% !

personal wealth through theft

"He who has a purse full of gold has a place in the light of men's eyes.
As the goldsmith's son put it: 'The noble is the man who has gold nobles.'"
Saadi of Shiraz

Neil Kadisha was listed on the Forbes 400 list in 2001.

Over an eight year span Neil Kadisha raided the trust funds of Dafna Uzyel, a widowed 'family friend'.

Luckily for Neil Kadisha he was able to transform a $6.2 million trust fund into over $900 million as a director of Qualcomm Inc.

Neil Kadisha was ordered to pay Dafna Uzyel $100 million in a civil trial that ended after 4 years in January 2007.

"Kadisha was no more than a common thief in his monumental takings of money for his use and benefit." - presiding Superior Court judge Henry W. Shatford

Henry W. Shatford found that Neil Kadisha had looted the trust funds covering his tracks with backdated records, fraudulent accounting and phony transactions.

The $300,000 'borrowed' from Dafna Uzyel that Neil Kadisha loaned Qualcomm Inc. in 1988 allowed Qualcomm Inc. to make Neil Kadisha a wealthy man before the inappropriately labeled dot-com crash of 2000.

Nearly all the individuals that are extremely wealthy started out with investable capital.

Sometimes it was not their own as in the case of Neil Kadisha.

It takes money to make money.

And then there was Bernie Madoff.

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