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August 8, 2010

The American Dream for its Whopping Majority. CHARITY from Billionaires!

By Jay Janson

Some US billionaires have pledged to give at least half their fortunes to charity. What a nice way to balance out The American Dream for the millions whose wage labor created wealth for a few hundred billionaires. Charity! Billionaires block the US from providing its citizens with the Human Rights that are provided elsewhere in accord with the UN Declaration of Human Rights signed by all, but replaced with charity here.

U.S. Billionaires Pledge Fortunes to Charity by Michelle Nichols, Reuters, 8/4/10, NEW YORK, "Dozens of U.S. billionaires pledged on Wednesday to give at least half their fortunes to charity as part of a philanthropic campaign by two of the world's richest men -- Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. ..."

What a wonderful way to balance out The American Dream for the millions whose wage labor created the wealth of these few hundred billionaires. Charity!

The massive Majority at the bottom sharing in The American Dream by receiving CHARITY from the Billionaires at the top.

"The campaign asks U.S. billionaires to give away at least half their wealth during their lifetime or after their death, and to publicly state their intention with a letter explaining their decision... asks billionaires to make a moral commitment to give their fortunes to charity."

What an Intelligent way for the billionaires to help the people they have used. Seem almost biblical. The clever shall help the less clever.

The cleverness of billionaires is by and large beyond the comprehension of the less clever. Over a year ago headlines reported that Warren Buffett had signed over 99% of his wealth to the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation. But Buffett continues to be listed as the second most wealthiest man in the world, even though we ordinary minds might not understand how he could have given 99% away and remain just as wealthy as before.

The clever gang of Americans, who, from the beginning, have been co-opting land and natural resources through tricky legislation, thieving banks and the use of police and national guard against unions and war protesters, have always had a few among them capable of seeking redemption for a bad conscience.

Andrew Carnegie, having made his mega fortune by taking advantage of our ignorance, built libraries that we might learn to protect ourselves from others like him (to little avail, for the clever stay one step ahead of us less clever).

Buffett said none of the members of The Giving Pledge were driven by tax breaks. ... "Anybody who is entitled to take a tax deduction takes it but I think the motivation goes far, far beyond taxes.""

Sure! Wouldn't want to give anyone the idea (or us the awareness) that the "giving' (back) was in these billionaires own self-interest - that would spoil the impression of purity meant to be made on us. But earlier in the article one such motivation was pointed out:

"Bloomberg, who is worth $18 billion, told reporters. "Your kids get more benefit out of your philanthropy than your will.""

Shrewd thinking. The billionaire's kids will rise in importance over the rest of us, be considered worthy of great trust and prestige. "More benefit," to be sure, for their future activities in accumulating capital than having all the money itself. Good for the kids' self-esteem and conscience, as well as public image. (Might even lead to the presidency of the nation that daddy seems to have missed out on so far.)

We, the less clever, might have said that we wanted our kids to love people and therefore care for the poor, the destitute, the hungry, and the sick, as natural, and not for any personal "benefit."

"The pair [Buffett and Gates] also are due to meet with some of the wealthiest people in China in September and India in March."

Perhaps fertile ground for recruiting billionaires to share their loot in these two nations of gigantic populations. China is increasingly having wage laborer unrest with some homicidal violence. One third of the starving on the planet live in India, where two million children under the age of five die annually of starvation and malnutrition annually.

Now make no mistake (if we might borrow an emphatic phrase often invoked by the Harvard graduate who is currently the top representative and defender of the what he calls the "capitalism system") this idea of the equitable fairness of charity as a social net is dominant wherever wild American style private-investment-banking is in full control of a political economy.

The unnatural, enormous amount of charity needed just to keep Majority Humanity alive is the result of the primacy of investment bankers led by those of the U.S.

(Equally unnatural is the investment of the bankers in an inexpressible almost cosmic amount of life-on-earth threatening nuclear and non-nuclear weapons of mass destruction - some constantly in use.)

Since the United States financial empire still maintains world hegemony (its military muscle frequently brought to bear), it can vigorously enforce this international regimen of billionaires and charity along with trillions of bombs.

There are, from time to time exceptions - nations escaping U.S. pressure:

Germany and Cuba have universal right to free education right up through Ph.D. And so did Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein. Not as charity, but as a right. Just pass the exams.

Cuba has free health care that can even include heart transplant and sex change. (Cubans enjoy the highest longevity and the lowest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere.) Germany has the world's oldest universal health care system.

China did have free health care during the Cultural Revolution. (Some scholars attribute the spectacular growth that continues in China today, under joint venture capitalism, to the Cultural Revolution having built a foundation in health, science, technology, free education and thousands of schools in the countryside.

The Soviet Union under Stalin had free health care and education (during which Life expectancy increased by more than twenty years).

And many many nations sustain varying degrees of conformance to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights of which all the UN member nations are signatories.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, 12/10/48

Article 25: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."

U.S. billionaires in 'pledging' to charity, make it appear they are humanely making up for the Human Rights that have been stolen from us. The U.S. government was devious in signing on to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the power elite having no intention at all to work toward compliance. America is run by the rich, who, when they feel forced to, here and there, pass laws passed to provide some selective citizen assistance. But basically, the Human Rights detailed in the United Nations Universal Declaration signed on continue to be ignored, substituted for with one tiny 'right,' that does not even include the Right to Live. 'America the brave' offers its own citizens only the 'right' to apply for charity

And this is the one 'right' the U.S. offers to the whole corporate "investmentized' globe, along with the more highly profiled American dream and 'right' to be clever and attempt to become a billionaire. A billionaire, who bases his right to be a billionaire on the depravation of the Human Rights of all of us. This allows the billionaires and millionaires as a group to use their cleverness to hire us, commodify us, commercialize us, conscript us and imprison us during their mad materialist insanity.

The Giving Pledge campaign among billionaires is the direct opposite of pledging to support this nation providing its citizens with the Human Rights it became legally bound to provide in signing the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The billionaire club's Giving Pledge campaign touted in conglomerate owned and monopolized U.S. media as something so marvelous and kind, is actually billionaires shoring up their business and laughing charmingly at the UN Declaration of Human Rights - and us.

In most places, the billionaire dream is still being sold to fool enough of the people enough of the time. The clever still ride herd over us, challenged successfully only by a small minority of Mankind struggling to overcome desperate and brutal opposition from the billionaires' New World Order (somewhat more dangerous than the old world order that did not have America as the dictating single superpower).

This minority is strong and healthy and happier for being supremely aware that the cleverness that dooms children all over the face of the Earth is a form of insanity. Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King Jr. were not clever, not mentally unbalanced in egotism and fear of society. Their hearts, where their wisdom lay, were not disconnected from their brains.


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Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India, in Germany & Sweden Einartysken,and in the US by Dissident Voice; Global Research; Information Clearing House; Counter Currents; Minority Perspective, UK,and others; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles on deadly cultural pollution endangering seven areas of life emanating from Western corporate owned commercial media published in Hong Kong's Window Magazine 1993; Howard Zinn lent his name to various projects of his; Weekly column, South China Morning Post, 1986-87; reviews for Ta Kung Bao; article China Daily, 1989. Is coordinator of the Howard Zinn co-founded King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign, and website historian of the Ramsey Clark co-founded Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign, which contains a history of US crimes in 19 nations. Dissident Voice supports this website with link at the end of each issue of its newsletter.