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If you REALLY wanted to change the world for the better - what would YOU do?


The following are a few of my thoughts.
What would YOU do to really change the world for the better?

Military spending

The United States would spend about $800bn less per year on the military.
(It would still be spending about 5 times more than China.)
It would have lower taxes for most people (start by cutting taxes for those at the bottom - e.g. raise tax thresh holds).
Consumers would consume more - they would have more money to spend on consumer goods.
There would be more jobs in the US.
There would be less unemployment in the US.
There would be less spending on welfare.
There would be more jobs in the rest of the world.
Everybody would enjoy a higher standard of living.

US military spending - $1,219bn in 2012.
Global military spending
Military spending in general and it's detrimental effects on people's standard of living.

The UK would spend about $50bn less per year on the military.
EVERYBODY would be better off - see above.

France would spend about $50bn less per year on the military.
EVERYBODY would be better off - see above.

Saudi Arabia would spend about $35bn less per year on the military.
They could put that money to work to grow their domestic economy.
There would be more jobs in Saudi Arabia.
There would be fewer unemployed or poverty stricken young males to turn into religious extremists.
EVERYBODY would be better of.

etc. etc. etc.

How to start fixing America's economy and create jobs and prosperity.

A similar thing needs to be carried out in all other Western countries.

Here is how to fix Greece

And here is how to fix the UK

You would reduce the food tariffs currently applied to exports from Africa to the US and Europe.
You would reduce these down to zero in a few years.
Currently it is uneconomic in the vast majority of cases to grow food in Africa for consumption in the US and Europe because of trade tariffs and taxpayer subsidies given to US and European farmers.
Large parts of Africa could make a living exporting food to the West.
At the moment, it is often the case that they don't even grow enough food to feed themselves.
There would be less malnutrition and people starving in Africa.
There would be fewer humanitarian crises.
The price of food generally would go DOWN.
There would be fewer conflicts in Africa - people who have the basic necessities of life and are economically stable have less propensity to join up for wars.
There would start to be better governance in Africa.
EVERYBODY would be much better off.
(You would also reduce the taxpayer subsidies currently given to American and European farmers.)

Philanthropy in Africa would be used for useful things, like paying for education and clean water supplies.
Not as a means of controlling Africa's population and making them dependent on the West - like the Bill Gates Foundation currently mostly does.

Internet markets in Africa would be greatly expanded so that African producers could get the best prices for their goods - across the entire globe.
In the few areas in Africa where this has been tried so far, an economic boom has transpired.

China is building a massive factory complex in Ethiopia, which will eventually employ 10,000 people and export $4bn worth of cheap shoes a year.
A load more factories like that making a variety of cheap goods and pretty soon the Ethiopians could afford to buy shoes for themselves.
That's how you make a DIFFERENCE. Not with charity, but via productive investments that improve living standards for almost everyone.
How many factories would a trillion dollars a year build (the savings from arms spending - re-directed)?

There would be NO government controlled schools anywhere in the world.
(Starting with the West.)
95% plus of people would have a far higher standard of education.
Education would also become slightly cheaper.
A better educated population is the most important thing a country can do to improve the living standards of it's people. (After the basic economic needs of food, warmth, clothes and shelter to sustain life are met.)
EVERYBODY would be much better off.
How to do this.

The Western focus on college education for subjects that don't need them, would cease.
College education is required for the sciences, engineering and doctors.
It is NOT needed for the vast majority of other jobs / careers.
It would be much better to go back to on the job training and work experience for all these other jobs.
Young people would cease to start out in life weighed down by $10,000's of debts.
There would be less demand for colleges and college education in general would become cheaper for those that did want it / benefit from it.
Prices ALWAYS fall, when there is a reduction in demand. It is a basic market principle.

Western support for Israel would cease.
Israel has a population of less than 8 million people, but it's capacity to stir up global conflict, wars, terrorism, arms spending, hatred and bigotry is hugely disproportionate to it's tiny population.
Israel operates much like Apartheid South Africa with it's treatment of the Palestinians.
Social pressure should be brought to bear on Israel to encourage better treatment of the Palestinians and eventually a peaceful solution.
E.G. by the exclusion of Israel from all social events - like the Eurovision song contest, the Olympics, the World Cup (soccer). Very similar to that which was done to marginalise South Africa's Apartheid regime.

I am against trade sanctions as a means of persuasion because it only affects the poor - who die and suffer because of disease, lack of medical supplies, inflation etc.
The rich who control the regimes upon which sanctions are applied do not suffer.

(Israeli athletes would not be too badly discriminated against - they would apply for dual citizenship in another country - much like South African cricketers moved to England during Apartheid.)
Western foreign "aid" to Israel would entirely cease. This is mostly used by Israel to buy Western arms to terrorize the Palestinians.

There would be far less conflict generally in the Middle East and there would be far fewer Islamic Extremists in the world, if the West got tough on Israel and held them accountable for their appalling behavior.

Other countries would spend less on arms.
EVERYBODY would be better off - including the vast majority of Israeli's.

N.B. there are large numbers of Jews that do not support zionism and there are many more christian zionists than there are jewish ones.

For hundreds of years the Muslims and the Jews got along / muddled through in the Middle East.
The Arabs treated the Jews much better than the christians did in the Middle Ages (and up until Western attitudes towards the Jews started changing for the better in the 1800's).

Apply the Rule of Law in the West
The Rule of Law no longer applies to large corporations.
They have enough money to bribe politicians and judges to get away with most things.
Occasionally a government will give a large corporation a slap on the wrist as a PR exercise to persuade the people that the government is working for them and not the large corporations.
Prosecute the large corporations with the full rigor of the Law and apply deterrent penalties to stop bad behavior.
Jailing the CEO's of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs for 20+ years hard labor would do wonders to clean up Wall Street and the Financial industry.
(After a fair trial for their white collar crimes of fraud etc. that they have committed - there is plenty of evidence to charge them with multiple crimes.)

Even in the very rare cases that the rich are prosecuted they only get a slap on the wrist.
Conrad Black got sentenced to 4 years in a white collar jail, but he is out after a year. Conrad Black does not think that this is any deterrence from his recent comments.
Give the rich hard labor in blue collar jails and give them meaningful sentences like 20 years actually spent in jail.

Reinstate ACCOUNTABILITY in the West.
The abuses of power are legion in the West and there are widespread abuses of power and corruption.
From GW Bush's lies to sell the invasion of Iraq, Barack Obama's hundreds of Executive Orders to increase the power of the Presidency, politicians selling their souls to corporate interests on Capitol Hill, Westminster, Paris and Rome.
To TSA abuses, routine cops on the streets abusing their power and all levels in between none go punished to deter the abuses.
Make the people who are supposed to serve the people ACCOUNTABLE for their actions.
Boot the corrupt politicians out of office don't vote them back in.
95%+ of politicians on Capitol Hill are deeply corrupt - quite a lot of it to raise the money to get re-elected and keep their personal gravy train rolling.
Things are not much better in London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Brussels or Tokyo.
Jail public servants who abuse their powers - at the moment it is likely to be the victim that goes to jail or suffers some form of penalty - not the perpetrator.

Stop the abuses of interest rate and money supply manipulation.
There was a widespread outcry over the recent LIBOR interest rate fixing.
But this is what the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and the ECB do every day.
Reinstate market interest rates so that better decisions are made for investment in the future, instead of the current preponderance of short term speculation.

Stop the massive increases in the money supply that causes inflation.
It looks like the Federal Reserve is still trying to inflate but has been pushing on a string since 2008.

Stop the system that allows the National Debt to massively increase.
It is now at $16.2tn and rising rapidly.
Neither the GOP or Barack Obama have any plans to address it - both plan to run well over $1tn deficits ad infinitum.
There is always a price to pay for increasing the National Debt too much.
Either the country defaults on it's debts or it has to pay them off eventually.

US National Debt

The ECB is still trying to inflate the money supply.
It is doomed to failure - the eurozone's problems are not just due to a shortage of money - the far bigger problem is a structural one of the relative competive difference between Germany and most of the rest of the Eurozone.

Prices ALWAYS go up when there is more money to buy limited resources and resources are ALWAYS limited in some form or another.

Stop the system that allows governments to massively borrow to pay for wasteful things like war, or government corruption, or corporate welfare to special interests that donate to the politicians, or inflated public servant wages or benefits (like pensions).
There is no such thing as an economic free lunch, there is always a price to pay eventually - look at what has happened to Greece.

Stop the system that creates financial crises that are FAR LARGER in magnitude and occur FAR
MORE frequent than they used to be prior to 1913.
Get the politicians and the bankers to read a book and learn from it.
This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart & Kenneth S. Rogoff.

Stop the system whereby the taxpayers pay a private company to print money and for that private company to charge interest on the money they create out of thin air.
Stop the system where a private company can just lose $9tn of taxpayer money (as they admitted on a fairly recent questioning session).

It is time that the world was not held to ransom by private bankers.
It is time to end the Federal Reserve system which controls and manipulates the money supply and interest rates throughout the globe.

Stop the so called "War on Terror"

Since GW Bush initiated his so called "war on terror" in 2001 there are many more Islamic Extremists in many more countries and more countries have governments that are controlled or are heavily influenced by Islamic Extremists,

Obama's drone warfare and double tap drone strikes in Pakistan and cluster bombing and drone strikes in Yemen are counter productive due to the very large number of innocent civilians that are killed.
It only serves to radicalize the local (and Middle Eastern) populations and recruit more Jihadists.
Ageing Islamic Extremist leaders are killed off; only to be replaced with younger, more energetic, more vengeful, more hateful and more extreme leaders.

How to end the "Age of Terror"

Drones in general

GW Bush, the neocon agenda and his disastrous legacy for America

Stop the so called "War on Drugs"

Prohibition did not work in the US for alcohol in the 1920's and it patently does not work for drugs prohibition now.
The so called war on drugs merely achieves the following main things :-
It costs US taxpayers $200bn per year.
It MASSIVELY increases corruption and criminality (like alcohol prohibition did in the 1920's) and destabilises large areas of the world.

A detailed analysis of the effects of the war on drugs can be found here.

Stop the myth that there is a global energy shortage.
This myth is propagated by oil companies to raise the oil price and by arms companies and governments to increase military and arms spending and to persuade public opinion that intervention in oil producing areas is necessary.

The US became nett energy neutral in 2011.
It will have a surplus of energy as things like the North Dakota shale gas fields are developed.
There are many trillions of dollars available from fracking in the US and Europe just from the very small amount of exploration that has been done so far.
(N.B. any damage to the environment from things like fracking should be paid for by the energy companies that cause it. Bad behavior should be punished, with penalties that deter - not slap on the wrist penalties like BP got from Alaskan pollution or Deepwater Horizon.)

Encourage more research into potential alternative energy sources like cold fusion.
The oil companies, arms companies and governments do not like research into these fields - see above.

N.B. If the world was really serious about renewable energy, it would build 100 sq mile solar farms in the middle of the Sahara desert, Central Spain and Southern California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona etc.
But Western governments play with the green lobby and raise energy costs for everybody by subsidizing small renewable energy schemes that are uneconomic.

There isn't a shortage of energy in the world.

There is a deliberately controlled shortage of investment to keep energy prices high.
E.g. in lack of infrastructure for refineries or pipelines or new developments.
The aim of current policy, is to NOT deliver the available energy cheaply to the consumer and businesses.

Western governments are entirely complicit in this, with a raft of government regulations to keep energy prices high or subsidies for uneconomic energy supplies or restrictions on energy businesses to prevent them from delivering more energy more cheaply.

The Peak Oil Theory myth

Climate Change
Stop the anthropogenic climate change myth.
The Earth has been warming up and cooling down for hundreds of thousands of years, the evidence is all in the ice cores.
The Earth was much warmer in the Middle Ages than it is now.
It would seem the most likely explanation for climate change are natural variations in the strength and polarity of the Sun's magnetic field. This causes variations in the amount of cloud cover and hence variations in the amount of the Sun's energy that is reflected back into space before reaching Earth.
The Earth too has a natural variation of it's magnetic field. It's polarity switches suddenly every 10,000 years or so - North becomes South and vice versa.

N.B. pollution is a bad thing and the appropriate measures should be taken to stop it.
Nobody wants to go back to the London smogs or acid rain in Europe.

The anthropogenic climate change myth

Media Propaganda
The media is almost entirely owned by 6 large corporations in the US.
It is the messages that these corporations want to put out and the message of their large corporate advertisers that are broadcast to millions of Americans every day.
Anything that threatens the power of the corporations is suppresed.

It is a similar story in Europe, Canada and Australia - but there it is a mixture of government and corporate controlled TV channels and corporate owned papers.
But since the politicians have been bought by large corporations, it makes little difference whether a TV channel is government or corporate run.
Anyone who thinks the BBC for example is an independent news source and not controled by corporate interests should look again.

The only way to diminish this media propaganda and almost total control is to stop buying the products of the large news organizations and the products of their large corporate advertisers and to go and get your news from truly independent media - the internet.

How Western consumers became willing victims of Corporate Greed.

The Middle East and the Islamic world

The overwhelming majority of Muslims are decent, law abiding and moderate people.
Their main wish (like Westerners) is for a better life for themselves and their children.

However (just as in the West) the general population is manipulated by leaders who are in power or who seek power or wish to pursue a radical political agenda, to gradually radicalize the population to recruit more Islamic Extremists or Jihadists.

In this the Islamic Extremists are greatly assisted by current Western government policy and the current support for Israel's abuse of the Palestinians.

If left to their own devices support for Islamic Extremism and the Islamic regimes would wither and die (just like it almost died with the defeat of the Islamic radicals in the Algerian civil war of 1995).

A Global Caliphate or Islamic Extremist model is a far inferior economic model to that of the West (or China) and would die a natural death, just as the USSR's, so called communist, system was an inferior economic model to that of the West.
The USSR was not defeated by invasions or by dropping bombs or firing bullets - it was defeated ECONOMICALLY.

The US and the West should stop interfering in the Middle East.
It is counter productive.

The list of US accomplishments since 1992
Current US and Western policy should be turned around 180 degrees in order to improve the living standards of their populations.

Just a few of my thoughts of what should be done if you really wanted to change the world for the better.
I might have some more later.
What are YOUR suggestions?

Hopefully you can start to see just how badly the world is currently being run.
And how relatively easy it would be to start making it radically better.

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If I were the Duke of

If I were the Duke of Edinburgh, I'd die and come back as a virus and wipe out half of the world's population.

Seriously though, you cannot 'eradicate' poverty. That is a myth.

Southern Agrarian

I would call Christian Radio Talk Shows...

...gently warn them that they're subtly being deceived in a Matthew 24:24 way, serving the money to FUND their operation(rather than the God of the Bible who wills JUSTICE always); by planting the SEED that professing Christians who continue to swallow the Mooslim-boogeyman lies will be overtaken, and economically-enslaved, by those who profess to believe what they believe(K-street, pro-Federal Reserve, zionist-Hamiltonian-neo-con Republicans in a fascist state!)

Like I did here...


...false preachers ensnared them, lulled them to sleep; refused to foster critical-thinking in parallel fashion to the public screwal system....and now...only those with ears to hear will survive the hell on Earth to come...

Not one mention of le Guillotin -- JUSTICE!

Not one mention of le Guillotin -- JUSTICE! There can be NO improvements in society until the truly wicked and guilty are faced with the fury of the wronged.

1794 was the most glorious year of the French Revolution. The guilty of 1789 paid for their sins and the sins of their fathers, and soon after, the arbiters themselves, drunk on absolute power, paid for their excesses.

What followed was a sobriety of both the power-brokers and the mobs, with all energies turned toward industry and progress.

The same must happen here. "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!" must echo throughout the land, and the filthy plundocrats must be tried and executed for the crime of corrupting our children, stealing from the unborn, and genocide against the human spirit.

Only after the filth of Main street is washed into the gutters by a torrent of guilty blood, will our (new) leaders be shaken to the core with righteous fear, and swear to uphold our laws with the truth and honesty and dignity expected and required of them.

Only a gripping fear of justice can straighen the bent course our leaders and, now, every man and woman and child, have been led onto.

"How're ya fixed for blades, mac?" a wiseguy bunny once asked.


There's your answer, bunny wabbit!

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

The answer to your long post is simple.....

"Give me control of a nations money supply, and I care not who makes it’s laws" - Mayor Amschel Rothchilds


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

1st = Stop

Stop the Debt-Clock. Then, the rest of the problems become Very easy, to resolve.
e.g. write-off, reliefs, discounts, jubilee, etc.
Stop U$ury, its cruel blood-sucking, unjust, & a $in.

So basically what you're saying is, "End The Fed!"

I agree wholeheartedly.


But in a way that unaware people may start to understand why, the Fed should be ended.

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

Enlightened Disengagement

Plant a seed.


Change yourselves

and the WORLD will follow.

I used to want to change the world, but now I'm focusing on the smaller things. Here's a piece of mine :)

I Wanted to Change the World

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

The policies of the US government are directed at encouraging

more wars and conflicts in order to encourage higher levels of arms spending, to increase the profits of arms companies and banksters.

If the policies of the US government were directed at encouraging less arms spending, everybody would be much better off - except for the people who own the arms companies and the banks.

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

Have everyone take psychedelics,

connect to our higher Self, find that we are all connected through an infinite energy/spirit of Love and thrust the entire globe into a consciousness evolution whereby all the ills of this world could be remedied by our collective awareness that we are all in this together and we all just want happiness.

And bring cookies for everyone.

All kidding aside, I strongly believe that we must all start the change with ourselves. If we are awake to the ills of this world and we understand methods used on us to induce fear, anxiety, anger, depression, etc., we need to take time to reverse the perpetuated momentum of those emotions. I would recommend any type of meditation that feels good to you. Don't be timid to explore many methods to have a variety of options depending on your mood. You can even mix it up to form your own ideal meditation practice. It's all about your subjective experience anyway.

By meditating you set yourself in an emotional "neutral" position stopping the perpetuation of the negative emotional momentum. Over time the momentum slows until it stops and begins to move in the opposite—positive—direction. It takes some time because you want it to be smooth. Like a train going one way but wanting it to go the other. It can't just suddenly move in the opposite direction. It needs to slow down until it stops and then it can slowly pick up steam.

Just try it for one month. You will definitely feel a change take place and be inspired to act on making a bigger positive change too.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


I don't want to change the world, I just want to be left alone.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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Start at the TOP

Shut down the Federal Reserve.

Bring all our soldiers home.

Shut down the Department of Education.

Reverse Row v. Wade.

Deep six Hollywood's propaganda movies.

For starters...

Arrest the senators and congressmen who voted for the wars, Who voted for the Banking Bailout and the Stimulus Bill against the will of the people and who voted for the Patriot Bill. After finding whoever guilty, they would be given their sentences.

This $135 Billion dollar handout

will eradicate poverty for how long? One day? Two weeks? For ever? This claim was certainly not vetted by an economist before it was so boldly stated.

I am not advocating any handouts

I am advocating the redirection of wasteful spending into productive investments to create long term jobs and to improve the poor's standard of living.

Things like the building of the Chinese factory in Ethiopia, which is creating 10,000 jobs.

The Chinese are also including some sort of infrastructure building in their natural resource deals in Africa to sweeten the deals.
Roads / rail / communications.
After all they have to shift the stuff they are mining out of the country.

Then there are things like better access to water supplies to grow more crops.
Gaddafi built huge tunnels to transport water from the huge aquifer in the south of Libya to the populated coastal regions. I think they are only near finished and not yet operational.

Better access to clean drinking water. A lot of the disease in Africa & elsewhere is down to contaminated water.

India and Pakistan are spending huge amounts on arms.
Why aren't they spending more money on better education for the poorest instead?
There is less money to be made by crooks in education spending than there is on arms sales.
More arms sales are encouraged by the American (and other) governments.

Loads of other things could be done by spending money more wisely.
You have to try and avoid the waste caused by Central Planning and corrupt kleptocratic governments though.
And the wasteful spending of "do-gooders" who don't take economic realities into account.

But almost anything would be better if $1tn a year of money currently spent on arms/war was used on other things instead.

I don't believe the $135bn number - but it's a good headline.
But it wouldn't take very long to make a huge dent in the levels of poverty and malnutrition by diverting $1tn a year currently spent on arms into productive investments.
And by changing the policies that are currently deliberately designed to keep poor people poor.

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

So why should any govenrment be allowed to make investments

A governemnt that only has wealth from theft you advocate should steal then invest. Wow cant think of a worse thing.

A gambling adict with unlimited theft ability. A gov that invests then can rig the investment. So like that situation a govement investing in markets then using its power of law creation to stack the market and make profits.

No sir. Keep those goverments that invest. The smaller the gov the better. No gov the best.


Why are you assuming I am advocating government investments?

Why am I not advocating putting dollars back into the free market economy by drastically reducing taxes (as per my article - how to fix America)?

Putting more money back into the free market economy will allow more money to be spent on productive investments.

I have deliberately not highlighted my advocacy either way, as a means of getting more people interested in the subject in the first place.

If you read my links - it is quite clear where my advocacy lies.
But not spelling it out - might get unaware people to start thinking a bit.

If you read some of my other blogposts.
It becomes even clearer where my advocacies lie.

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

Because of your first line quote.

"I am advocating the redirection of wasteful spending into productive investments to create long term jobs and to improve the poor's standard of living."

REDIRECTION OF WASTEFULL SPENDING INTO INVESTMENT by whome, by the govenrment. So take out the REDIRECTION OF WASTFULL SPENDING and just read your own words.

GOVERNEMN INVESTMENT. why wast my time you cant read your own words. But oh its easier to preach to others than to actually read your own words. Im sure your gona now tell me what those words meant.

You spend 3 paragraphs preaching to me about what I should do bah read your own words and leave me alone.

Unaware people bah insulting pup.

I would never read your other posts in fact ill just block your ignorance.


Have it your way

How many new people have you persuaded to be more supportive of Ron Paul's policies?

My latest efforts today

Basic strategy

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

I would

Create the Constitution.

Oh wait...

Create mass media to have the means to spread truth and accountability.

Oh wait...

Have free elections for the people to have a voice...

Oh wait...

Fine, revolution it is.

Liberty: Too big to fail

Kick out all the scum in Washington.

Make adherance and compliance to the Constitution manditory with all government and judicial actions.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

Change the world for the better?

I would bring back steam locomotives.

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More than changing the world, I would love to see it allowed to

More than changing the world, I would love to see it allowed to change, to begin with.

Thus far, unless I missed something, all I can see is always more of the same that the world has already experienced and suffered for thousands years, even ever since the first republics:

confusion, demagoguery, deception, legal plunder, tyranny, enslavement.

Only the fanciest nouns to denote them have changed, with fashions.

The scopes and scales, too.

I don't believe in any greater master plan. I can't think of any other than to continue believe in and value our individuality and freedoms, like this country's founding fathers did.

For, as I see it, they pledged to CONTINUE IT, precisely.

So, all I can hope for is about the peoples' self-empowerment, thanks to memory, knowledge, science, and first and foremost, much less neglect of the importance of language.

That's the foundations of humanity I'd like to see peoples be much more aware of and concerned about.

I deeply mean it.


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

135 billion into what?

Factories and capital equipment? That still wouldn't eradicate poverty. You couldn't eradicate poverty unless created so much actual wealth that the poverty line was so low no one could conceivably live under it. And remember, poverty is relative. The USA completely abolished poverty already if you look at the living standards a few centuries ago. The poorest people in our country right now live like better than royalty from a few 100 years ago, even with all the BS going on.

No train to Stockholm.

Comparison of priorities

On the surface it makes a comparison of priorities and I agree, something is wrong when there is greater motivation to generate conflict in order to sell hardware.

Poverty is solved at the personal level. Microlending / microcredit has made a positive impact as an example: http://www.kiva.org/start

Long subject... has to be won one person, one community at a time in the face of strong opposition to decentralizing innovation and markets.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

makes no sense at all what

makes no sense at all what you say about poverty. by what means? dropping food? WHAT A JOKE. you have to make everyone food independent and they way to do that is to promote freedom ie NO PROPERTY TAX and self sufficiency ie GET OUT OV EVERYONE's WAY

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Declare myself World Libtator, Judge, and Law Maker,

and the first law would be that every day be declared a National Holiday.

This would take care of all governments and banks permanently without further legislation, because in confusion, they would all have to close for the Holiday.

Then the final law would be don't call me on Holidays.

Poverty will never be eradicated by throwing money

at the problem...no matter how much money.

Our family's journey from the Rocket City to the Redoubt: www.suburbiatosimplicity.com

It will only be eradicated through productive investments

Give a man a fish and he will still starve tomorrow.

Give a man a fishing rod and he will eat well for the rest of his life.

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

You can reduce poverty to the

You can reduce poverty to the minimum, and doing so will not cost any money. It will create wealth.

Perhaps if you could give a man a fishing rod you might help him. But there are only so many you can give. Beyond that you must give away something you first stole.

The person on the receiving end is incentivised to be immoral, after all his bounty came from theft.

The person from whom you stole is incentivized to resent the recipient, at best or at worst to participate in the theft themselves.

The worst is what always happens. Stealing from the rich justifies their theft from the poor, and you the government, as the agent and facilitator of the theft will always serve your highest paying customer.

This is the world we live in. This is the result of the 'noble' motive of giving away the fruit of someone else's labor.

That said I'm all about ending wars, the capacity for the government to dole out privilege to capital, tariffs, or any other freeing of the market.

But even there.. don't reduce the tariffs to zero for a short time. End them, but do so over a few years so firms can adapt.

Poverty cannot be eliminated entirely, but it can be reduced to the lowest level possible given capital stocks in a society.

To do so, do nothing collectively. And most importantly do nothing collectively to help their corporate predators.

In short, end fascism. Then poverty will be no more than a rare reminder that fate can be occasionally cruel, as opposed to the deliberate system we have today.

The rich steal from the poor.
The poor demand resources.
The rich say, well the government just needs some more power to provide them, by stealing from us.
The poor vote.
And the cycle repeats, forever.

Power is corruption.