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Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« on: November 27, 2018, 04:02:33 PM »
Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?

Humans are the most altruistic and good of all the animal species, yet at present, our rich and powerful allow the poorest of us to starve to death by hoarding their wealth. This is unheard of in the animal world.

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Generally speaking, in ancient days the rich and powerful insured that the poor were taken care of to the best of their ability.  In the past, the rank and file demanded that the rich and powerful live up to that good altruistic trait by revolting against them. The French Revolution is a good example of this. Have the rank and file lost their altruistic and good characters by allowing the rich and powerful to let people starve to death while doing nothing?

Are the notions of liberty, equality, and fraternity dead in the world?

Is mankind at the point of losing the altruistic instincts that has made us the greatest animal that the world has ever produced?

Regards
DL

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Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2018, 05:30:58 PM »
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In the past, the rank and file demanded that the rich and powerful live up to that good altruistic trait by revolting against them.
Hence, our problem today. If more people voted there wouldn't be so much wealth hoarding by the 1 percent, hence why voter suppression is such a big thing for the Republicans.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2018, 06:18:13 PM »
The voters, suppressed or not, are idiots.  That is why revolutionary cadres leading the way to socialist utopia, are necessary.

The rich and powerful have never been altruistic.  They virtue signal, at pennies on the dollar.  Poor people do the same, just with less money.
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Offline trdsf

Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2018, 12:53:47 AM »
I think two minutes looking at the world around us provides a resounding 'yes', certainly for the most part.  There are individual exceptions, of course.
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Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2018, 05:10:39 AM »
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Generally speaking, in ancient days the rich and powerful insured that the poor were taken care of to the best of their ability.

Uhhh... sure...
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Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2018, 01:15:52 PM »
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Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?

Humans are the most altruistic and good of all the animal species, yet at present, our rich and powerful allow the poorest of us to starve to death by hoarding their wealth. This is unheard of in the animal world.

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Generally speaking, in ancient days the rich and powerful insured that the poor were taken care of to the best of their ability.  In the past, the rank and file demanded that the rich and powerful live up to that good altruistic trait by revolting against them. The French Revolution is a good example of this. Have the rank and file lost their altruistic and good characters by allowing the rich and powerful to let people starve to death while doing nothing?

Are the notions of liberty, equality, and fraternity dead in the world?

Is mankind at the point of losing the altruistic instincts that has made us the greatest animal that the world has ever produced?

Regards
DL

It was always this way, and it was worse in the past, when we didn't have the power to vote people out of office. In America, it took the rise of unions to force businesses into changing the horrible working conditions that were common at the time. Low pay, child labor, ridiculously long hours, unsafe equipment and machinery, all of that was common place until workers had enough and banded together to demand they be treated like human beings. To this day, big businesses are still struggling against unions. Despite owing this great debt to unions, Republicans still paint them as the bad guys, destroying businesses and trying to turn America into a socialist nation.

We also have Roosevelt to thank for creating the middle class. Unfortunately, the middle class has been steadily shrinking as Republican policies allow businesses to continue ballooning up, delaying the increase of the minimum wage indefinitely, allowing the rich plenty of loopholes to avoid paying taxes (but it's totally those illegal immigrants you should be looking out for).

The thing is, people by nature are selfish. It doesn't matter if you're rich or not, although the rich tend to be particularly greedy. Almost everybody looks out for number one first. Sometimes they extend similar concerns for family and close friends. Total strangers, though? Just look at how people drive, or how they behave on the internet, and you'll get an idea of what the true nature of humanity is. People are assholes when they think they can get away with it.
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Vainly begot, and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound."
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Offline Baruch

Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2018, 01:18:08 PM »
Without being on the winning side in WW II, and farther away from Berlin than London, or farther away from Tokyo than Shanghai ... there would be no middle class.  History makes winners and losers.  And the winners think it is because of their virtues, and the losers think it is because of their vices.  Neither are correct.  The meat grinder of time cares not for such trivialities.
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Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2018, 10:00:56 AM »
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Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?

Humans are the most altruistic and good of all the animal species, yet at present, our rich and powerful allow the poorest of us to starve to death by hoarding their wealth. This is unheard of in the animal world.

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Generally speaking, in ancient days the rich and powerful insured that the poor were taken care of to the best of their ability.  In the past, the rank and file demanded that the rich and powerful live up to that good altruistic trait by revolting against them. The French Revolution is a good example of this. Have the rank and file lost their altruistic and good characters by allowing the rich and powerful to let people starve to death while doing nothing?

Are the notions of liberty, equality, and fraternity dead in the world?

Is mankind at the point of losing the altruistic instincts that has made us the greatest animal that the world has ever produced?

Regards
DL

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Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2018, 09:54:54 PM »
They never had any.
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Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2018, 12:22:48 AM »
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The French Revolution is a good example of this.

I imagine it would be a good thing to drag a few Wall Street scumbags out to Central Park and chop their heads off.  You'd only have to do a few and the rest would fall into line.  They are only brave when they can threaten to sue!
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Re: Have the rich and powerful lost their altruistic instincts?
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2018, 12:53:10 AM »
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I imagine it would be a good thing to drag a few Wall Street scumbags out to Central Park and chop their heads off.  You'd only have to do a few and the rest would fall into line.  They are only brave when they can threaten to sue!

Bankers have always served higher powers that remain in the shadows.
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