13th October 2011

“British taxpayers will wince at the thought that a king of England once paid 100,000 gold coins for the 'real' crown of thorns from the New Testament.”

Kevin Connolly

6 Responses to “13th October 2011”

  1. R J Says:

    “there’s a sucker born every minute.”
    ……………………………………………. p t barnum

    “never give a sucker an even break.”
    ……………………………………………. w c fields

  2. captainzero Says:

    Nice, RJ. The relic trade isn’t what it once was. DAMN you, scientific method!

  3. archaeopteryx Says:

    I think the next in line for the British throne is the type to fall for a scam like that.

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Teddy Roosevelt created the estate tax to curtail the accumulation of wealth in families being passed on from generation to generation.

    The wealthly families plotted and changed the status of corporations in the US to allow them to retain their wealth in response to Roosevelt’s actions.

    Essentially the British Crown is one of the most egregious accumulations of wealth in human history.

    That awful gawdy marriage was packaged up and sold to the public to no doubt thunderous laughter among the royal family.

    I was in Lake Placid over the weekend and was able to observe the “camps” of the richest 1%. Ultraluxurious multimillion dollar “camps”, that make my average American home look like a shanty, used only for 2 weeks a year.

    Most of the families that own these homes have several to many of these homes set up in all the globes must luxurious places.

    Capitalism has been vanquished! This is not America! A free market requires “many buyers” and “many sellers”. The number of “sellers” continues to decline as large mega-corps buy up every piece of every market.

    The 99% of everybody has become the serf/peasant equivalent in an American kingdom of nobility where nearly all of the 1% ultra-rich have inherited their socioeconomic status.

    So much for the rags to riches stories. You can’t make it in America anymore.

  5. CaptainZero Says:

    Capitalism works but only so long as the playing field is level. Clearly it is not. Rules have become heads the rich win and tails everyone else loses and will only get worse since the obscene Citizen’s United decision. Occupy!

  6. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Cap’n you know I’m on your side but I think we gain more for getting at the root of what is fueling both the Tea Party and the Occupy people.

    Maybe the political sides of the aisle of each movement is different but the stark frustration that is driving both groups I think comes from the same space.

    Maybe as an atheist Republican I’m inclined to give each devil his due but looking for the merits, particularly of your opposition, is key to understanding and advancing.

    Capitalism works only when there are “many buyers” and “many sellers” or a “free market”. That is at the essence of the “free market”.

    When freedom leaves the marketplace, (restricted markets) as it has in so many markets across America, we no longer have Capitalism.

    I think what you are referring to as an uneven playing field is the imbalance between buyers and sellers, the lack of freedom in markets.

    It isn’t so much that “Capitalism works but only …” but that we either have Captialism or we don’t.

    Oligopoly, Duopoly, Monopoly are moves away from “free market” Capitalism.

    *Capitalism works! It means you get your fair share.

    *Oligopoly, Duopoly, Monopoly deprive ordinary people of the value of their labor.

    I hate to hear people blame Capitalism because the opposite of Capitalism is exactly what is oppressing the great masses of people.

    The ultra-rich 1% love to hear you bash Capitalism. Nothing makes the ultra-rich happier than to hear ordinary citizens blame Capitalism.

    In retaking our country from the ultra-rich 1% we need to demand Capitalism. We need to demand local stores and businesses, small businesses, we need the flexible, adaptive small business and lots of them.

    We need to cast off the Wal-Marts, we need to walk away from the price fixing, we need to foster-choices in our communities.

    In my town we have had two major supermarket chains request the permits necessary to open new stores in our communities. A percentage of towns people, the same people that complain about the high prices at the existing two spermarket chains, have been asking “Why do we need 4 supermarkets?” WOW! That is NUTS!

    4 supermarkets mean more competition, more supply, price pressure to lower costs to consumers. Our community will benefit from lower grocery prices.

    But somehow people don’t get it. More competitiion is better. Capitalism is better.