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The Class War's Front Line Should be Eliminating Billionaires From the Planet

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The brutal class war shows up every day in our headlines. So does climate change. What do they have in common? Billionaires-- people who should not be allowed to exist. It is far too dangerous to allow any one person to have the power that billionaires wield. 

Today the top headlines focus on 
1- how unaffordable rental housing has become. Housing Secretary: "the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known"

2-How government programs made it profitable for banks and hedge funds to invest hundreds of billions in creating a rental single home industry that could overtake private ownership: Main Street Meets Their Wall Street Landlords

and 
3- How heartless cities are brutalizing the homeless. Fort Lauderdale may now lead the Country In Heartlessness Towards The Homeless


War has been declared against you. Back in 2004 Bill Moyers told an audience in Washington DC, that "there's a class war, they started it and we're losing."
The thing about very big operations, like billionaires, is the make great targets and are not nimble. That's why Russia and the US lost in Afghanistan. We can beat billionaires. But we have to get  together to do it. 

Believe me, billionaires are even worse than you think they are worse than the Koch brothers. For example, there's Richard Mellon Scaife, an heir of the Mellon bank family. He funds the most obscene projects, like Marc Morano' s climate change denying Climate Depot, and many of the right wing's biggest think tanks. 

Scaife has been a general in the class war for decades, probably funding dozens of right wing operations to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Dynasty money-- massive, billion dollar inheritances-- should be the most vulnerable flank that the ninetynine percent attack in the class war, a war that must aim to end the existence of billionaires. When I say end the existence of billionaires, I am talking about a conversion process-- converting billionaires to millionaires. 

The best way to get a start on converting billionaires to millionaires and erasing them from the planet is to fight hard for a "dynasty tax" that takes the billions from billionaires when they die and that does not allow the money to be passed on to their heirs. Mellon Scaife is an heir. If there was a dynasty tax in place, he would not have had the resources to fund the toxic projects he's funded. There are hundreds, maybe even over 1000 people like him in the US. I'm not calling for taking away all the money from wealthy families. But put a limit on it-- say $20 million. That's enough to live a comfortable life on. What kinds of libertarian fools would argue that there should be no limits on how much can be left to elite, privileged children who did not earn the money?

It is time that we raise these issues with every elected official. Make it a litmus test. Like the wandering slaves from Egypt who had to go through two generations in the desert, put an expiration date on the money and power of billionaires. That's a first step. We also need to make it illegal to become a billionaire-- and it can be done. 

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Bravo, Ron, for taking on the issue.  It sho... by Gary Corseri on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:39:52 AM
Sorry.  I meant "Rob," not "Ron."  (I wa... by Gary Corseri on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:42:22 AM
Everyone makes mistakes on Rob's name. In my respo... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 4:09:23 AM
Billionaires come into existence by short-changing... by Jerry Wesner on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:58:39 AM
don't forget the commons-- the environment in part... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:59:48 PM
You got it, Jerry.  More like cheating all f... by Derryl Hermanutz on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 2:13:19 PM
Excellent comment, great ideas, many of which I h... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:27:44 PM
Brother you got that right. I am sick and tired of... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 4:06:00 AM
You lay bare the obvious, that I had not thought ... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:32:17 PM
We have a minimum "wage" - there should also be a... by Rusudana Jason on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 2:05:15 PM
What can anyone realistically do with $25 million ... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:23:45 PM
Just read your title and it said it all for me.&nb... by Suzana Megles on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:41:56 PM
There is smart phone app to identify products to a... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:15:47 PM
Not good enough.  I would list the products t... by Suzana Megles on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 6:16:45 PM
So I am for normally distributed wealth, and I am ... by Mark Whittington on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:25:49 AM
Well, Bob, don't you know there are many armed mil... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 4:03:52 AM
My apologies Rob for taking you to task for not in... by Suzana Megles on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 6:21:39 AM
One hundred years late is not too late for the sec... by syed mahdi on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:46:13 PM
Sorry; But, this idea is a dud! If there was ever... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 11:57:01 PM
If they leave the US and the US prevents them from... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 8:40:55 AM
I know a way to take their money away, slowly but ... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:02:30 AM
Thank you Rob, for promoting the issues in this ar... by Brian Lynch on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 8:00:08 AM
Yes it seems that inherited wealth has the potenti... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 8:45:52 AM
Seems like any effort by gov to disengage the weal... by Pal Palsimon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:51:21 PM
I wonder about appeals to the wealthy to volunteer... by Pal Palsimon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:56:27 PM
Think of the advantages to the legacies of those w... by Pal Palsimon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 3:06:35 PM
How We Can Fight Back Against the Supreme Court&nb... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 6:25:51 AM
By: Caleb Jacobo Theme of article:  justi... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 2:04:45 PM
Here's a working link to that article: click hereT... by Caleb Jacobo on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 4:14:11 AM