Occupy SMA

Occupy SMA


Meeting and Film
Occupy SMA presents
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade
of Changing the World
Mon, Mar 2, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Calle Loreto 15, Centro

By Jim Carey

Monday, Occupy looks at the one percent. You will get a look at a video of the US’ Economic Pie and as rich as you think you are, you may be surprised to see what your share of the pie is. We know that the one percents’ share of the world’s wealth increases every year. Their share of the nation’s income has doubled since the middle of the 20th century, while the bottom half of the country has not seen a pay raise since 1979. “We have had a tremendous age of innovation that has failed to translate into progress if progress means most people’s lives getting better,” says Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. He says: “It is hard to walk down the street these days without running into a billionaire saying they’re changing the world. Right? Mark Zuckerberg is changing the world. Jeff Bezos is transforming people through charity. He recently announced 10 billion dollars to fight climate change while his company pays 1.2 percent in taxes while the average US citizen pays 14 percent.] Google is organizing all the world’s information, and Elon Musk is going to space.” Now we have a multi-billionaire spending close to a half a billion dollars to win the Democratic primary. In 2004 he supported Bush; opposed financial regulations; opposed increasing the federal minimum wage of US$7.25 and other labor reforms for the worker; supported stop and frisk which affected almost 5 million young people of color and the widespread unconstitutional surveillance of Muslims by local law enforcement during his time as mayor of New York. He also advocated for changes in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Do we really want or need another billionaire? According to New York Magazine’s “The Cut,” “Bloomberg’s eponymous business information company has reportedly been hit with nearly 40 discrimination and harassment lawsuits from 64 employees, many of whom contend that he cultivated a boys’ club.”

The one percent and their foundations take on the“leadership of change” while blocking change they don’t like. One example Giridharadas cites is “the empowerment of women. You know what they don’t like? Maternity leave. You know why? Because it’s expensive. Costs money. If you look at the education issue, when the rich and powerful get involved in that issue, they love charter schools…whereas if you really want to make progress on that issue, you’d have to end the manifest cruelty in this country of funding public schools according to ZIP code.”

In the film the late comedian George Carlin says: “It’s a Big Club and you ain’t in it.” The videos is under 55 minutes and leaves plenty of time for discussion. Seating is limited in the TV room. Our events are free and open to all.