Occupy the 1%!

  15. Prevent the 1% spending their ill-made money

-- March 31 2012 --

Prevent the 1% spending their ill-made money 

When the 1% cannot spend their ill-gotten money the motivation to be greedy, corrupt or criminal disappears. The reason for all decisions must not be to fill the own pocket but the idea that all people have the same status.
Which goods and services the 99% never can buy, in which places the 99% are not allowed to enter? That are goods, services and places for people who can spend more than 200.000 euro in one year. Spending 200.000 euro in one year should be the limit!
200.000 euro is an arbitrary amount of money but you have to start somewhere. The English ex-prime minister Blair does not have to be paid anymore 250.000 euro for a short speech and the nearly ten million kids who die each year before they are five years old get a chance to live.  

Exclusive clubs, expensive sex clubs, special sports, holiday places, schools.
Exclusive conference places, expensive hotels and restaurants, free journeys, mostly paid for by corporations.

The art world.

The luxury world with watches of a million dollar, fashion, jewellery, furs.
Houses (the size as well as the number of houses).
Cars, boats, private planes or extravagant plane tickets.
Security and service personnel.
Electronic communication networks or special magazines.

In all these categories the 1% distinguish themselves from the 99%. Everything has to be exclusive and expensive so that the 99% are excluded from participating. The 1% live in a privileged world where the inferior 99% may not come. Everything turns around money.
Actions connected with these categories put pressure on the 1% but hardly influence the life of the 99%. That complies with the action rule that damage to the 99% must be minimised and pressure on the 1% maximised.   

By preventing that the 1% buy and use extravagant goods and services or enter special places we disturb their cosy, privileged and exclusive living situation so they must descend to the world of the 99%. Then we can enter a New Humane World where all people have the same status.  

Joost van Steenis (downwithelite@gmail.com)

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