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    Occupy Wall Street?

    The last issue of Montclarion, a student newspaper at Montclair State University, published an article of Grover Furr, about the Occupy Wall Street movement:

    http://www.themontclarion.org/archives/3740261

    Yes, rich people always want to be richer and richer. This is unfortunate; no one knows how to stop this, without taking away constructive motivation. What fraction of Bill Gates' fortune is consumed and what fraction is productively invested? My guess is that the first fraction is much less than 10%, and that he is not a rare exception.

    What does Professor Furr have to offer us? Consider a complex machine which works but not perfectly. Anyone can destroy it; no advanced knowledge is usually needed to accomplish this. But one has to be highly knowledgeable in order to repair it, or to design a better replacement. I am thinking about sophisticated engines, airplanes, TV sets, X ray scanners, computers, airconditioners, oil refineries, etc.

    The same is true for an economic system. No system is perfect; but some are more efficient than others. Trying to destroy US capitalism  without offering something better is likely to create a lot of misery. I am thinking about what Lenin and Stalin did, as decribed in my two short books. These books are now freely available online; the links are at:

    http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/links.html

    Note that even now, one hundred years after the Soviet revolution, standards of living in Russia are much lower than in the US, and in other western countries.

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    The rich will get richer. The poor will get poorer. This is a fact of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkeej View Post
    The rich will get richer. The poor will get poorer. This is a fact of life.
    NO, it's wrong. It's all about
    Freedom to choose, power to act, but you have to live with the consequences. This is a fact of life. If you live responsibly, live below your means, you will get richer. If you live irresponsibly and live beyond your means you will get poorer. It's as simple as that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkeej View Post
    The rich will get richer. The poor will get poorer. This is a fact of life.
    Once in a while, though, it gets so extreme that it *must* explode. This is what almost every political revolution has been about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kowalskil View Post
    Note that even now, one hundred years after the Soviet revolution, standards of living in Russia are much lower than in the US, and in other western countries.
    Do you mean the Russian Revolution? The end of the Soviet Union was not quite so early.
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    Can anyone summarize to me what this movement is about?
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    It's more like they fell for something rather than they stand for something.

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