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As Inequality Soars, the Nervous Super Rich Are Already Planning Their Escapes

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 How the Wall Street weasels won: Elizabeth Warren, Paul Krugman and the 1 percent’s desperate battle to save themselves

Growing Up on Easy Street Has Its Own Dangers

How the Wall Street weasels won:  and the 1 percent’s desperate battle to save themselves - Elizabeth Warren, Paul Krugman – by Barry Eichengreen, Salon.com, Jan 4, 2015

Chomsky: Elites Have Forced America into a National Psychosis to Keep Us Embroiled in Imperial Wars By Noam Chomsky, AlterNet, December 2, 2014

America’s Obscenely Rich Know Full Well That They Are Destroying America By Jim Sleeper, AlterNet, December 9, 2014 

In the U.S., Downward Mobility and Vulnerability Is a Widely Shared Experience By Joseph Stiglitz, The Huffington Post, October 14, 2014 

Life Among the Plutocrats — What Unimaginable Wealth Does to a Person By Crawford Kilian, Alternet (http://www.alternet.org)  January 4, 2013  Reviewed:Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, by Chrystia Freeland (Doubleday, Canada 2012)

 ‘Born on Third Base’: How the Wealthy Inherit the Earth by Common Dreams staff, Common Dreams, September 19, 2012  

Justice and Prosperity, Editorial, New York Times, January 22, 2013 [President] Obama and [Chief Justice] Roberts visions of Amer­ica are very dif­fer­ent. No dis­agree­ment is more fun­da­men­tal than that about the con­nec­tion between jus­tice and prosperity. To Mr. Obama, pros­per­ity enables jus­tice and vice versa…Roberts… has reg­u­larly ruled as if jus­tice and pros­per­ity are unre­lated or even anti­thet­i­cal…The con­nec­tion between jus­tice and pros­per­ity is clear and strong….jus­tice of all kinds, espe­cially social jus­tice, is an essen­tial means of achiev­ing prosperity…

How American Society Unravelled After Greedy Elites Robbed the Country Blind by George Packer, The Guardian, posted on Alternet.org, June 20, 2013  – In or around 1978, America’s character changed…the institutions of American democracy, stronger than the excesses of individuals, were usually able to contain and channel them to more useful ends… In Washington, corporations organised themselves into a powerful lobby that spent millions of dollars to defeat the kind of labour and consumer bills they had once accepted as part of the social contract. .…Once the social contract is shredded, once the deal is off, only suckers still play by the rules.

…It’s not the powerless who corrupt democracies… it’s the powerful who corrupt democracies. And money is the source of that power…America’s fiscal problems are a direct result of the Billionaire Class working behind the scenes of our democracy and syphoning off massive amounts of wealth for themselves while paying lower taxes than they’ve paid in a half-century… How the Billionaires Class Is Destroying Democracy By Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks,

Class Warfare is Naked Aggression, not Misguided Policy, ruggedegalitarianism, June 17, 2014

CEO Pay Increases a Whopping 937% Over the Last 40 Years by Rika Christensen, AATP. June 12, 2014

From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World by Sonali Kolhatkar, TruthDig.com May 29, 2014

The Head of the IMF Says Inequality Threatens Democracy. Here Are 7 Charts Proving She’s Right. by Erika Eichelberger, Mother Jones, May 30, 2014

Secretive Bilderberg group holds annual conference for global elite by Renee Lewis, america.aljazeera.com, May 29, 2014  http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/29/bilderberg-conferencesecret.html

The Economic Elite Have Engineered an Extraordinary Coup, Threatening the Very Existence of the Middle Class By David DeGraw, Amped Status, posted on Alternet.org, February 14, 2010  The economic elite have robbed us all. The amount of suffering in the United States of America is literally a crime against humanity… “The American oligarchy spares no pains in promoting the belief that it does not exist, but the success of its disappearing act depends on equally strenuous efforts on the part of an American public anxious to believe in egalitarian fictions and unwilling to see what is hidden in plain sight.” — Michael Lind, To Have and to Have Not

The GOP Is in Total Denial About America’s Soaring Poverty Problems By Michelle Goldberg, The Nation, posted on Alternet.org, December 16, 2013

Engineered Inequality — Jacob Hacker & Paul Pier­son on Engi­neered Inequal­ity, Moy­ers & Com­pany,  March 1, 2012…Instead of shared pros­per­ity our polit­i­cal sys­tem has now pro­duced a winner-take-all economy…This gross inequal­ity didn’t just hap­pen. It was made to hap­pen. It was polit­i­cally engi­neered by pow­er­ful play­ers in Wash­ing­ton and on Wall Street…. the opti­mistic mes­sage is that pol­i­tics got us into this mess and there­fore poten­tially pol­i­tics can get us out of it. ..:

The People Who Break the Rules Have Raked in Huge Profits and Wealth and It’s Sickening Our Politics by Joseph Stiglitz,  September 11, 2013  

CEO-To-Worker Pay Ratio Ballooned 1,000 Percent Since 1950, Report from Huffington Post, 04/30/2013

Murder, Suicide and Financial Ruin: How the Class War Is Destroying Americans’ Lives By Mark Ames, Consortium News, April 17, 2012

How the Billionaires Class Is Destroying Democracy By Thom Hart­mann and Sam Sacks, 19 Jan­u­ary 2013  Op-Ed, Truth-out.org…It’s not the pow­er­less who cor­rupt democ­ra­cies… it’s the pow­er­ful who cor­rupt democ­ra­cies. And money is the source of that power…America’s fis­cal prob­lems are a direct result of the Bil­lion­aire Class work­ing behind the scenes of our democ­racy and syphon­ing off mas­sive amounts of wealth for them­selves while pay­ing lower taxes than they’ve paid in a half-century…

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