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In this 21st century have the privileged got too greedy?


If as humans all we need is food&water, shelter, love, work and belief shouldn't we be cutting down on our material luxuries? Is corporate greed to blame for the current recession and financial anxiety? Are tax havens for the rich immoral?

 

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Yes, OK, greed seems to outbox responsibility every time. The capitialist ethos has run amok. Tax havens legally set up where trillions of dollars lay gathering interest! Whilst children die of sickness an starvation? New Global Vision please.....


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    Diane Lockridge 4 years ago

    AGREED!


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Yes, I see. Choice is important but who decides how many choices we have? Is that through customer demand or business principles of expansion at all costs. So you have 5 choices of deodorant for example, why not 15? From seven different companies.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Religious element? Interesting. If we worship the dollar -and we do - we should democratically make it work for everyone as much as possible for the good. That should mean banning tax havens/loopholes and distribution to dying children. Why not?


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    American Romance 4 years ago

    Greed? The words ambition, success, work ethic, thinkers, etc. were the words used to describe what liberals today call greed. Ever got a job from a poor person? Stop listening to Obama


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    That's a powerful image( man eating to explosion point), one Monty Python used in a movie of theirs (Meaning of Life?). The crux seems to be whether accumulation of wealth - tax havens etc- remains amoral...children starve..make another documentary?


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    You're right. With corruption rife in the banking system we need a thorough overhaul. But who can do this? Judges can jail fraudsters but the buck stops with politicians. Democracy wherefore art thou?


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    You make this sound like the weather! We need a new vision for the banking system and the free market regulated in certain areas. Accumulation of wealth in tax havens is immoral but made legal by people in power and propaganda.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Thanks, ok, perhaps if I say- trillions of corporate dollars are locked away in tax haven accounts gathering interest whilst children are starving.......is that too narrow and simple?


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Agreed, we're in the lap of luxury. I just wonder about the boundaries sometimes, knowing when to stop? The fat cats are taking too much double cream and leaving us with empty smashed bottles. Pick up the pieces. Far far too easy for them to exploit.


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    Mitch Alan 4 years ago

    What "Robber Barons" are you referring to specifically? What do you see as the "inpunity" that is practiced...and be specific.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    It would be great if we could stop the world, let everyone see the trillions of dollars hidden away doing nothing but gain interest, overhaul the banking system, stick inspectors on Wall ST, and aim to stop child starvation by 2020. A dream?


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    The banking system is corrupt, rates are being manipulated and tax havens exist, storing trillions of dollars- that's a start. This isn't about envy, it's about trickery,legal skulduggery and Swiss Banks and Islands= greed. Politicians lack will.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    What will our future message be? We created so much we lost ourselves.... or we found ourselves? Or the question doesn't exist? Pile up trillions of dollars, send them off to a Swiss Bank. Surely some sort of regulation needs to be introduced?


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    Elderyoungman 4 years ago

    Ding. There it is, very neatly wrapped up with a pretty little bow.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Yes, hard work should be rewarded on a fair and sustainable basis. Money earned should be put in to ethical banking systems that use cash generated to benefit those needing immediate help,like starving children anywhere in the world.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Greed plus corruption - we've always had corruption but moral climates can change jut like the weather. Wouldn't it be fair to take some of the safe trillions of dollars greedily stashed away to distribute to starving/sick children?


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    You may be right. Creeping greed steals up 'like the proverbial thief'. But the banking system needs overhauling, a moral factor should be brought in. Personal wealth is fine but tax havens/dodges should be totally illegal!! Buying privilege? No.


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    Eve Mitchell 4 years ago

    Domestic programs like Meidcaid and food stamps aren't the cause of our massive deficit. Take a look at our military spending, and how much that has increased. Furthermore, deficit spending isn't responsible for this recession. Personal greed is.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    It's high time the banking system was taken apart, and tax havens/dodges stopped. There are trillions of dollars greedily kept out of circulation. Why? Democracy has allowed it. How? Is this a form of stealing?


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    True, profit margin is king,even to the detriment of US workers. Capitalism at its best, or worst! Tax havens are the creation of pure Greed, capital G. It needn't be this way. Balance has to be restored, not through socialism but by morality.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Darwin, great addition. I think if we can however leave him, religion, cycles, history to one side and concentrate on a conscious decision to ban tax havens simply because legal advisors paid tonnes can easily set them up that would be a sane start.


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