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In the United States of America, when the People forget They are the government those with aspirations to power and control rule all those who will not or choose not. As it was stated by Mr A.Lincoln, a government of the People, by the People, for the People. When that is forgotten, the People become the slaves of the whims of government.

In Socialism, it is conformity to the social norms as imposed by the masses or majority rule. It is a form of democracy in that majority rules until docility occurs. Docility occurs when the social norm becomes ‘let others do for me, I am only concerned with me.’ When the majority sides in docile form, the minorities vie for power and control. Out of the morass comes the victor of dictatorship, a tyrant is born. The titling of the tyrant does not matter. The form remains the same. The results of tyranny remain the same. Those outside the voice of the tyrant become the ‘abnormal’ and not ‘representative’ of the masses.
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Since the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania in the 1800s and the easy conversion of oil crude to a usable product, there has been concern over who will own the market share of production and refinement. With the advent of industrialization and the greater need for a fuel source more plenteous than whale-fat kerosene, oil crude sources have become increasingly important. The great powers of Europe in the 1800s all sought their sources and fought each other for additional markets for their industrial concerns as well as fuel sources and additional raw or rare materials. The post-WWI powers found themselves stretched and unable to manage their acquired empires and hegemonies. These imbalances in markets shared, stretched military and commercial resources, and the greed of certain suppliers and underwriters led to eventual conflicts again setting up the dominos for WWII. Japan attacked US military capabilities in Hawaii as a precursor to further inroads into China and southeast Asia to get at oil fields and other raw goods that the US embargos denied Japan.

A united Germany opened an eastern front, breaking treaty agreements with the USSR. Germany found the industrial and military might of the UK Empire more taxing on German industry than they first thought possible. Germany went after the oil fields in southern USSR, Iraq, and Iran. Germany failed in its attempt. Although winning the conflict, USSR failed due to manpower and industrial losses. The war raged on, manpower, raw and rare resources deplete, Europe eventually came to an end to war. Maps are redrawn by the victors and the victors cannot cover their gains.

Europe and Asia are greatly ruined by war. Only the US stood out as an industrial nation that could still produce due to relative limited impact to its infrastructure by WWII. While oil and resources are plenteous in the US, other economies must be propped up. Raw, rare, and oil crude resources are exploited by US businesses. The US found itself the sole major power in the global economy. The natural arrogance of a post-war victor was translated into business as returning soldiers become executives.

The post-war soldiers of the USSR returned to their empire to find themselves able to still use those ’emergency powers’ to control a population trained in serfdom and atrocities of under-supplied war efforts. These Soviet leaders created a slave state under the guise of ‘communism’ and rebuilt Mother Russia into the Great Soviet Bear. Soon there are two great competitors for the idealogical marketshare and the actual marketshare: USA vs USSR. The reach of communism was rapid and effective for toppling weak governments. The tools developed under war with the Axis powers and centuries of intrigue with European aristocracy lent themselves to application in creating new, subordinate soviet states. The rest of war-weary Europe saw the rapid growth of soviet communism as the threat it was but could only mount a token argument against it. The US was pulled into the cold-war against communism as a ‘threat to the US way of life’ and as a threat to market share. Wherever the soviet reach went, the market closed to the US goods and services. Now, the USSR began its reach into the oil reach regions of southwest Asia and north Africa. The US and allies had to act and ‘protect’ those ‘sovereign’ nations from further soviet encroachment.

Those foreign oil markets were being protected to retain US commercial and parasitic interests in those markets. If the US bought and protected their oil the US could sell US goods into those markets and exploit monopoly styled market share.

With the effectiveness of the Marshall Plan and the US economic mistake of forgiving lendlease, those effected most dramatically by WWII and post-war regional conflicts have become market competitors to the US economy. The problem in that foreign competition is C-level managers of US businesses continued to operate as if they still retained 75% of the world’s market share. When in reality US businesses only had 30-40% of the world’s consumer economy. Parasitically, the US had been its #1 consumer customer. Then as market share began to erode as post-war recovery kicked into high gear, global dynamics in economy were not closely scrutinized for longevity results.

Lessons were not learned by US industrial giants as Japan’s dramatic turn and foresight in industry occurred through the 1960s and 1970s. Europe remained divided and was a prime market for US goods until the fall of the Soviet Block. Now the US C-level managers and national government leaders had yet to recognize the declining market share of US goods with the increase in product quality from its former dependent nations.

It is anticipated that when China turns the corner in its government shift from totalitarian oligarchy to a free-market oligarchy controlled government, the US will have a greater competitor than Japan and western Europe ever were.

Prediction if current course is continued:
The US will implode from greed and mismanagement and lack of foresight by C-level managers and government leadership to become a 3rd tier nation; and China, India, Japan, and the Koreas will take the lead economically. Europe will not be a contender in the mix due to inner squabbles, mismanagement, greed, lack of unity, and the same C-level shortsightedness afflicting the US. South America and Australia as yet are under populated and under industrialized. They will have neglible impact. Africa, sadly, still has too much disunity and hatred for its own people to become unified and turn a corner.

The post-WWII Marshall Plan and supporting efforts have dramatically worked. Nations that were pushed back into pre-industrialization due to war have become industrial giants and vibrant economies. There are many hands in the pie that is the global market for goods, services, raws, rares, and energy resources. Success in the 21st century will go to the nation or nations that are able to recognize their position within the global market and strategically work a plan to position themselves as leaders with many dependents. It is no longer a game of ‘margins’ and double digit growths for stock valuation projections. It is a game of market capture through innovation, strategy, effective tactics, and social acceptance [in that local market].

Failure means absorption or desolation. Success is planetary dominance. Yes, my friend, we have come to that stage in Earth history where it is possible in the next few decades to be a ‘Terran’ presence rather than individual sovereign states.

How do we choose to be that then?
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See also: http://exm.nr/fSEuji

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It has been a known statistic in the United States that the top 5% of income producers, the wealthiest people in America, own or control 95% of the wealth of the United States. Now there is a report via BBC News that the top 2% of the richest on planet Earth, the wealthiest people in the world, own or control more than half of the planet’s wealth.  The source for this shocking statistic comes from a study conducted by the United Nations’ World Institute for Development Economics Research. Another shocking statistic is the poorest 50% does not own 1% of the planet’s wealth.

Now before everyone gets all bolshevik or révolutionaire and wealth redistribution balances the planet’s wealth, we should find out how it was that the top 2% came to control so much wealth. Is there a duplicatable secret to wealth accumulation that can perhaps be taught? The cited report notes that 90% of the planet’s wealth is located in industrial or post-industrial nations of Europe, North America, Australia, and the Pacific Rim nations like Japan, South Korea, and the Chinas.

Europe, North America, Australia, and the Pacific Rim power trio are the nation’s that developed industrial technologies or duplicated industrial technologies and marketed them as necessary conveniences to a global market. The goods and services were bartered for material wealth, mineral wealth, real wealth, and currency exchanges. The upper echelons of currency and material wealth have directed the flow of goods and services toward their holdings. The limited population of wealth controllers have directed the flow of goods and services into new markets or pulled natural resources out of developing nations.

In the United States it has become argumentative to increase the tax or to decrease the tax on the wealthiest businesses or individuals. Again, I will say we should find out how they came to amass such fortunes before it is decided to take all of their wealth and redistribute it to the ‘masses.’ Why? Because the mindset that pulled all of that wealth together in the first place will find a way to pull all of that wealth back together again. Another negative from history is there have been people groups that had radical wealth exchanges back to the ‘masses’ – unfortunately for the masses, they remained serfs and peasants while a new ruling elite became the wealth managers.

Before wealth redistribution becomes ‘chic’ or trendy, it behooves us as intelligent humans to find out how the rich got rich, got richer, and stay rich. Wealth in the hands of the money management ignorant does not stay with them for very long. It is known that most lottery winners do not have their money 5 to 10 years after they win the lottery. Why is that? Education and attitude. Most of Earth’s established wealthy have educated themselves in how to attain and retain income beyond expenses. Most of Earth’s established wealthy are personally driven to compete and succeed with intensity in their niche. Most of the lottery winners are educated in paycheck-to-paycheck subsistence to a company and spending what they have on what they want. That kind of spending is why the United States created the Social Security Act, because too many were not creating any kind of income stream or savings for their senior, non-productive years.

There is another factor that comes into play. Personality. It is not everyone’s personality to be some completely obsessed and ruthless to achieve absolute success at such an extremely high level as to be a top 1% contributor – a hyper, type A personality.

We, the people of Earth, need these hyper type-A driven personalities to build revenue streams, production, and new technologies or industries. Amazon, Facebook, and Google are good examples of driving an idea until fruitful. There are other industries as well. Those who create and drive these industries should be rewarded, but not at the expense of the persons creating the products of those industries or the persons buying those products.

Disrespect for humanity has led to unionization of companies where the leadership barely has any voice in the control of the company and that disrespect for humanity has also led to the nationalization of those companies. Neither scenario is good for Humanity or the drivers of the original ideas.

A fair and even taxation of all citizens is preferable to a sliding scale of caveats and special considerations. Let the wealthy have their wealth. It motivates some to find that new thing that will create a new industry or revitalize an older one in a new and interesting way. It also puts capital in the hands of innovators who find and fund new and interesting ways of generating more capital. But, compensate fairly and appropriately those that produce the goods and services, and even allow for achievers to share in the accumulation of wealth.

Now I do not condone bread and circuses. The Judeo-Christian Bible says if you do not work – add value, produce a good or service, generate a revenue stream – you do not eat. There is no free lunch, no government cheese or largesse. If you can work or produce you should work or produce. If you do not because you cannot, those who have should help through non-profit and faith-based initiatives – not a government hand-out. If you do not because you choose not to work or produce then you should reap every benefit your productivity affords you … basically, nothing.

My own research into the top income and revenue producers has shown that it is the combination of education, attitude, individual effort, and hyper-tenacity that produces results in the top 1% of whatever endeavor it is that the hyper-type-A personality chooses to do.

Just do it.

link: UN University WIDE

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