The True Reason Behind The 40-Hour Work Week

By EV, AnonHQ Economic slavery, or wage slavery, refers to one’s total and immediate dependence on wages to survive. Although people throughout history have had to work to get by, we now live in a culture where we are led to believe we have economic freedom, when unbeknownst to most citizens, we are in fact bound in servitude. We automatically accept a 40-hour workweek with meager hourly pay as normal, even though many work overtime and still struggle to survive. There are also those who make enough to live comfortably but are unable to request less hours—you either work 40 hours a week, or you don’t get to work at all. We submit when told what to wear, when we have to arrive and depart, when we’re allowed to eat, and even when we’re allowed to use the restroom. How is it we have come to allow this? The […] Read More

Where Does Wealth Really Come From?

The Keys to Abundance: Trust, Law, and Fellowship By Justin Deschamps Rumors and claims regarding NESARA, GESARA, and various other “prosperity programs” have been circulating the internet for decades. After research, there appears to be some truth to NESARA, which is the notion that a set of hidden accounts are being held in trust for some future age of economic prosperity, originally incorporated by the infamous Saint Germain. According to the story, when NESARA goes live, disbursements from these trust accounts will take place. However, what the idea or belief in NESARA also tends to do is stymy efforts by awakening populations to restore social trust in the human family, which if done, would see an incredible rise of prosperity and abundance before NESARA disbursements. In short, we don’t need to wait for NESARA to begin creating the metaphysical structures that empower us to be abundant and restore the […] Read More

Debtors’ Prison Even for Kids: Did You Know Poor Children Are Incarcerated When Families Can’t Pay Juvenile Court Fees?

Many states are incarcerating poor children whose families can’t afford to pay juvenile court fees and fines, a report published Wednesday finds, which amounts to punishing children for their families’ poverty—and that may be unconstitutional. Although the growing practice of incarcerating adults who are unable to pay municipal and court fees and fines has been documented for several years, as Common Dreams has noted, the latest report from the Juvenile Law Center is the first in-depth examination of the practice within the juvenile justice system. The report, “Debtor’s Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System” (pdf), documents the results of a survey of 183 people involved in the juvenile justice system—including lawyers, family members, and adults who had been incarcerated as children in the juvenile justice system—in 41 states. The report authors discovered that in most states there is a pile-up of […] Read More

The Government Wants to Microchip All Kids ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’

The U.S. government intends to further their control over the lives of Americans by introducing microchipping for children in the near future. by Brianna Acuesta As time goes by, the government seems to want to regulate the lives of Americans more and more. Sometimes these decisions for further regulation actually help the American people, which is always up for debate and depends on who you are, and sometimes the reasons behind these decisions are dubious and must be called into question. The latter scenario has been occurring recently as news of the future of tracking people has been spread around. The concept is simple but the implications behind it are serious: the U.S. government intends to introduce microchipping for children in the near future in an effort to better keep track of them. Though it’s easy to say that this technology would simply protect children from being kidnapped or […] Read More

23 Percent Of Americans In Their Prime Working Years Are Unemployed

Did you know that when you take the number of working age Americans that are officially unemployed (8.2 million) and add that number to the number of working age Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force” (94.3 million), that gives us a grand total of 102.5 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now?  I have written about this before, but today I want to focus just on Americans that are in their prime working years.  When you look at only Americans that are from age 25 to age 54, 23.2 percent of them are unemployed right now.  The following analysis and chart come from the Weekly Standard… Here’s a chart showing those in that age group currently employed (95.6 million) and those who aren’t (28.9 million): “There are 124.5 million Americans in their prime working years (ages 25–54). Nearly one-quarter of […] Read More

We’ve been measuring inequality wrong – here’s the real story

(The Conversation) Despite appearances to the contrary, this year’s presidential follies have managed to feature at least a few policy discussions amid all the name-calling. Income inequality in particular has animated voters on both sides of the partisan divide, but the solutions advocated by candidates from each party are markedly different. Democrats claim higher taxes on the rich and more benefits for the poor are the best ways to reduce inequality. Republicans argue what we really need is more growth, accomplished by lowering taxes to spur work and investment with, it seems, benefit cuts to make up lost revenue. Remarkably, this debate has taken place based on partial and inappropriate indicators of U.S. inequality. Each party is dead certain about how to address inequality, yet neither knows what it is. Neither has a comprehensive and conceptually correct measure of inequality. The right measure is not how much wealth or […] Read More

Homeless Man Owes Government Over $110,000 In Fines For Being Homeless

The recent case of a homeless man racking up massive fines has exposed the widespread police practice of fining homeless people for being homeless. Émilie Guimond-Bélanger, a social worker at the Droits Devant legal clinic in Montreal spoke to the media about a case that she worked on where a homeless man racked up over $110,000 in tickets. “It was shocking. We’ve never seen someone with so many tickets,” Émilie told CBC. The man had over 500 tickets, which amounted to over $110,000 in fines. The fines were mostly for things that homeless people can’t control, such as sleeping in the subway or asking people for money. “He had received around 500 of them [tickets]. I could see that most of the time he would receive many in the same week, sometimes by the same officers as well,” she said. “It’s very common, to a point where I would […] Read More

What Middle Class? Most Americans Make Less Than 30K A Year: “So Many People Barely Scraping By”

This article was written by Michael Snyder and originally published at his End of the American Dream blog. Editor’s Comment: The Middle Class is mostly now a memory. Statistically, the majority of all American workers make a sum that puts them only modestly above the poverty line. While there are many bright, intelligent and skilled people in the United States, there are relatively few opportunities. Far too many overqualified people for the good jobs that are available. Many learn to lower their expectations and do with less, while far too many learn the bitter rewards of dependence, living off of government benefits for “free.” Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year by Michael Snyder We just got more evidence that the middle class in America is dying.  According to brand new numbers that were just released by the Social Security […] Read More

The Number of Americans Living on Less Than $2 a Day Is Skyrocketing

Research shows 1.5 million households and 3 million children are living in desperate economic conditions. The World Bank and other global institutions use a very specific measure to record global poverty rates. They gather data designed to record the number of people in a country who live on less than $2 a day, and then use the information to make a “poverty headcount ratio”— the percentage of people in a country who live under this standard. In most recent data, Sierra Leone, for example, had a staggering 82.5% of its citizens living in poverty by this count. What is less known is that millions of Americans are living in situations of similar poverty. A new book, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, explores the status of Americans who face this extreme level of poverty “Most of us would say we would have trouble understanding how families in a […] Read More

Number Of “Ultrapoor” Americans Has Doubled Since 1996

If you’ve been paying attention to the economy for the past seven years or so, you’ve probably been wondering when the whole charade is going to come crashing down. When will all of those inflated markets and debts reach their apex, and start crumbling under the weight of economic reality, and leave us all destitute? There have been plenty of predictions, but none have truly come to fruition. Well the truth of the matter is that there may not be a single day when everything grinds to a halt, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that our standard of living is crumbling in slow motion. For many Americans the end has already arrived, and their ranks are growing a little more every day. In fact, the number of Americans that are earning what amounts to a third world wage, has doubled over the past 20 years. The number […] Read More

What Will You Do When The Government Checks Stop?

Submitted by Tom Chatham via Project Chesapeake, Preppers talk about the day when paper currency becomes worthless and how they plan to barter when things fall apart. But, what will most people do when the government check they depend on stops forever more. Over 50% of the people in America now get some kind of government check every month. That is a question that I think many people have not come to grips with yet. At some point, the checks will stop. Social security and Medicare are running dry fast and it is only a matter of time before they stop paying out in whole or in part. If someone relies on these payments then they likely do not have sufficient money stored away to survive on in the event payments stop. Not only that, the many other entitlement payments sent out monthly that are keeping the population clothed, […] Read More

For Every One, A Basic Income? Yes! Radical Ideas About Fixing Inequality

Tony Atkinson’s new book points the way forward. British economist Tony Atkinson has been studying inequality — the gap in income and wealth between the top and the bottom — for nearly half a century. Now that the dogma of trickle-down has been exposed as myth, he sees economists, policy-makers and the public finally waking up to the seriousness of the problem. But how to fix it? In his new book, Inequality: What Can Be Done? Atkinson focuses on ambitious proposals that could shift the distribution of income in developed countries. This post was originally published on the blog of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Lynn Parramore: When did you become interested in the topic of economic inequality? What sparked your work? Tony Atkinson: My interest in the topic actually led me to become an economics student. There was a famous book in England called The Poor and the Poorest, […] Read More

1 in 5 US children live below poverty line, more than during Great Recession

Around 22 percent of American children lived below the federal poverty line in 2013, up from 18 percent in 2008, according to a new report. Black, Hispanic, and American Indian children were twice as likely to live in poverty as whites. The 2015 Kids Count Data Book ‒ released Tuesday by the non-profit group Annie E. Casey Foundation ‒ was compiled using federal government data collected from 2008 to 2013 to determine state-based trends pertaining to 16 factors related to quality of life for young children. Those factors include health, family life, community, and education. The 16.1 million children living in poverty in 2013 counts for nearly 3 million more than those living in poverty in 2008, the beginning of the Great Recession. More than two million more children live in areas of concentrated poverty compared to 2006 to 2010, the report found. The federal poverty line in 2013 […] Read More