Liberation From Fear in The Age of Trump 1: Poverty and Economic Oppression

  1. Poverty and Economic Oppression in The Age of Trump-POTUS

emember The Age of Aquarius? Now imagine its evil twin. 8 November 2016 was the dawning of The Age of Trump-POTUS.

According to the US Census Bureau Report on Income and Poverty in the USA for 2015, in 2015, the median household income in the USA was $56,516 USD.

This means that 50% of all households had an income below $56,516 USD.

In 2015, the official poverty rate in was 13.5 percent, and there were 43.1 million people in poverty.

Now President-Elect Trump, who received 46.3% of the popular vote, is a billionaire — a greedy, ruthless billionaire.

So for most people, the act of supporting Trump, and voting for Trump, was what is called internalizing your oppressor: kissing the foot of the person who is stepping on your head.

Do you really think that, over the next 4 or 8 years, he and all the other rich people in the Trump governing elite are going to make economic life better for you, for those people with household incomes under $56,000, and for the 43 million people living in poverty?

Hell no. Of course not.

It’s not going to get significantly better and will probably get significantly worse, especially if you are black, Hispanic, a single mother of any race, or a white person who lives in a non-urban area.

Now let’s call all those people with household incomes under $56,000 USD or living in poverty, economically oppressed people.

How would you like to be an economically oppressed person?

Or perhaps you already are one. How does it feel?

Like a sickness-unto-death, right?

2. Universal Basic Income

According to The Wake The Fuck Up! Party , aka The WTFU Party, and its Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposal:

· Anyone 21 years of age or over who is living permanently in the USA, who has a personal yearly income of $50,000.00 USD or less, and who is capable of requesting their UBI, would receive $25,000.00 USD per year, with no strings attached.

In order to receive your UBI, you would have to request it.

No one would receive a UBI who hadn’t requested it.

Anyone could voluntarily forego their UBI for any given year, just by not requesting it.

Individuals whose personal income is $50,000.00 USD or less, but whose personal worth is far in excess of that, would be officially asked to donate their UBI to the collective good.

If desired, one could also have his/her name publicly listed as a conscientious UBI-donor.

Every year, there would be a single-day national holiday devoted to UBI celebrations, and especially to thanking conscientious UBI-donors.

We could call it UBI-Day.

The UBI would be indexed to the cost of living (COL), so that if the COL went up, then every UBI recipient would also receive a yearly Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in addition to their basic UBI.

Various experimental versions of the UBI proposal have been tried in the past, with significant benefits for all concerned, and currently, several different experimental versions of UBI are being tried in Europe.

3. An Obvious Objection to UBI Easily Refuted

An obvious objection to UBI is that it would be too expensive, hence couldn’t be afforded by the USA.

That’s clearly not only false, but also serious bullshit.

According to The WTFU Party’s UBI proposal, we set the UBI at $25,000.00 USD per year.

In 2016, there are 226 million eligible voters in the USA; and since 2012, 16 million people have reached the age of 18.

Let’s conservatively estimate, then, that roughly 10 million of those are between 18 and 20.

So there are roughly 216 million possible UBI recipients in the USA right now.

Of those roughly 216 million people, 111.5 million have yearly personal incomes of $50.000.00 USD or less.

Therefore the total cost of UBI for the USA right now, if everyone who is 21 years or older, who has a personal income of $50,000.00 USD or less, and who is capable of requesting a UBI, actually did request-and-receive their UBI, would be at most 2.8 trillion USD per year.

To put that in perspective, the 2015 US military defense budget alone was 585 billion USD, i.e., more than half a trillion.

Since UBI would replace social security and many other basic assistance programs, all the money currently raised in social security taxes or spent on other basic assistance programs per year could be used for UBI, in addition to progressive taxes on capital accumulation, high incomes, money transfer, and money management, and also sharp reductions in military spending reduction.

Hence UBI would be easily affordable, and those who claim it isn’t, are trying to sell you down the river.

4. Three Decisive Reasons for Adopting and Implementing The WTFU Party’s UBI Proposal

First, if The WTFU Party’s UBI proposal were adopted and implemented, then it would end poverty in the USA, forever.

Second, if The WTFU Party’s UBI proposal were adopted and implemented, then it would end economic oppression in the USA, forever.

Third, if The WTFU Party’s UBI proposal were adopted and implemented then everyone living permanently in the USA would be liberated from the fear of poverty and economic oppression, forever.

In other words, no one living permanently in the USA would have to feel that their life is like a sickness-unto-death for those reasons, ever again.

5. Two Things You Can Do Right Now

In order to make UBI a reality, you can do these two things right now:

· Publicly demand The WTFU Party’s version of UBI

· Elect a President and Congress in 2020 who support The WTFU Party’s version of UBI

That’s only four years away.

Only four years away from no more fear of poverty or economic oppression, forever.

Mr Nemo, Nowhere, NA, 6 December 2016

The WTFU Party is a sub-project of the online mega-project Philosophy Without Borders, which is home-based on Patreon here.

Formerly Captain Nemo. A not-so-very-angry, but still unemployed, full-time philosopher-nobody.

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