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U.S. billionaires profit from 10 months of pandemic

  1. Ken Zimmerman
    April 11, 2021 at 1:19 am

    What more proof is needed that USA economic arrangements are corrupt, dysfunctional, and rigged? The American people have figured this out and they are angry about it. The real question before us is how much longer will Republicans and their ‘associates’ (Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, evangelical rights, etc.) be able to keep the citizenry under control enough to stop them from cutting throats, figuratively but also literally.

    • Ken Zimmerman
      April 11, 2021 at 11:43 pm

      Do not have a definitive or compete answer. But here are some fragments. The Koch Industries PAC contributed a total of $1,519,500 in the 2019-2020 election cycle. About 99% to Republicans. In addition personal donations from the Kochs totaled about $2,000,000 to Republican and a few Democratic politicians no longer in office. I can find no similar data for other top contributors. We can only guess from their public statements what they want in return for the money.

      • Jen Lockett
        April 17, 2021 at 12:09 am

        It’s not just corporate policy of the USA, it’s global wealth which is driving and has driven the most heinous policies or lack thereof. Just look at Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who was guilty of human rights abuses during his reign at Nestle and actually lobbied the UN to reclassify water as a human right. There are many Eurocentric and Asian countries who act as bad as USA companies. One of the most corrupt people I’ve recently read about hails from New Zealand. Digoel Agri Group, funded by Kiwi Property Investor Neville Christopher Mahon illegally took Papuan Indigenous land. Now he has approval to destroy 280,000 ha of Papua New Guinea forest for palm oil killing a number of species and indigenous people for snacks. I’m guessing palm oil is in European snacks too.

      • Ken Zimmerman
        April 17, 2021 at 11:47 am

        Thanks, Jen. Accumulative cultures cannot be reconciled with the welfare of the world from which they accumulate. Such cultures put everything in the world at risk. Humans create ways of life that in the end must destroy themselves and everything they know and depend on. One of the basic ironies of human life. But humans have also shown themselves capable of creating non-accumulative cultures. And making those cultures flourish. Another basic irony of human life.

  2. Patrick Newman
    April 11, 2021 at 9:09 am

    What would be interesting to know is how much of this fabulous wealth is allocated to maintaining the political and social status quo and to what extent can a progressive government manage to modulate or outlaw support of organisations whose aim is to combat/control democratic decision-making. We are talking sums here that rival medium-sized states!

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