- We live in a world threatened by mass extinctions. Carbon emissions and other pollution have heated the planet almost past the point of no return.
- We live in a world at war. Corporations and banks rake in huge profits, while tens of thousands are killed, injured, and millions made homeless and turned into refugees.
- Factories and offices stand empty, while people need goods and services. Millions of people who are willing and able to work can’t find jobs. Many of those who have jobs are working long hours and do not earn enough to have a stable place to live and feed their families.
- People around the world face poverty, homelessness, hunger, and disease. Many people live in areas without clean air or clean drinking water. Everywhere we turn the corporations, with the help of the banks and the politicians, are privatizing and profiting from society’s basic resources like water, education and transportation.
- What future exists for younger generations? The price of education keeps increasing while the number of opportunities keeps decreasing, which freezes out future generations from having even a high school diploma, let alone a college education. Meanwhile the U.S. has the largest prison population per capita in the world.
Rule of the Less Than One Percent or of the Majority?
- War, poverty, and pollution, this is what it means to live in a world dominated by a system guided by one goal – production for profit. The less than one percent who own the large banks and the corporations control the wealth and resources of society. Success is measured by profits – not the well being of the majority of the people or the health of the planet. In the pursuit of profit they are willing to sacrifice the lives of future generations and the very existence of life as we know it.
- It is way past the time to get rid of this parasitic capitalist system that benefits a tiny handful of people at the expense of everyone else. How to do that can seem impossible, but in fact – our future depends on it.
- These problems can seem overwhelming. But when people put their minds to it, enormous changes can result.
- Today there are over seven billion people in this world. The overwhelming majority are workers and poor people. Why shouldn’t the world be run by the majority in their own interests?
Socialism: A Society Based on Human Need – Not on Exploitation
If the majority decides how to run the planet, we could create a different world: A world that meets the needs of all the people, where everyone has the chance to be a creative and contributing member of society.
Their Economy and Ours
The year 2014 had the highest level of inequality in the U.S. ever recorded. Poverty has nearly doubled since 2000. But this isn’t the story for a minority of people in America – the wealthy elite and the corporations are doing just fine. Their economy is booming while the rest of us suffer.
The Rich Get Richer
- The richest one percent of the population owns 48 percent of all the wealth in the U.S.
- In the U.S., from 2009 to 2012, the richest 1% took 95% of the growth after the 2008 economic crisis.
- S. banks made a total profit of $40.2 billion in the second quarter of 2014 – the second highest profit total in 23 years.
- The top 0.1 percent in the U.S, combined makes more than one trillion dollars income annually.
- Between 2006-2014, bank profits doubled, with U.S. banks registering profits of over $40 billion per quarter in 2014.
- The top five percent of income earners account for about one-third of spending in the U.S.
- Home prices in San Francisco have increased 47% from 2012 to 2014. This year, the median cost of a home in San Francisco is $972,800.
The Rest of us Suffer
- About 10.3 million in the U.S. were officially unemployed this year.
- One third of the people in the U.S. live below the poverty line on less than $11,000 per year.
- The amount of work each worker does in the average workday has increased by 18 percent since 2008, the highest increase since 1947. Meanwhile workers get paid only seven percent more in income.
- As of 2014, forty-one million people were without health insurance.
- There were almost 4 million home foreclosures since 2008.
- The average minimum wage earner in California would have to work 130 hours a week in order to afford a 2-bedroom home in the state.
- There is an average of six vacant units for every homeless person in the U.S.