Sunday, October 12, 2014

Throw Open the Borders

It is useless to try to hold back the tide of weary, desperate people seeking a better life. Let's get real: no one is going to stop a hungry child from jumping on the top of a train and looking for higher ground. Why not just let them in? All of them ? Yes, all of them.


A Problem Correctly Defined is Half Solved


We don't have an immigration problem, we have a poverty problem. And the problem is not that we as a country don't have enough money to solve poverty. It's that we put our money into the wrong pockets Allowing anyone who wants to enter the country to enter is feasible if it is one several radical changes to how the government regulates economic fundamentals: labor, property and taxes.


Replace the all entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) and health care.

Shred Title 26: A New Tax Code for a New Economy. *

Triple Decker Housing Trust Fund

Throw Open the Borders.


You're Going to GIVE Immigrants Money?


After paying taxes for 7 years, everyone residing in the US should be eligible for a BIG of $21,000/year. For most "Born Heres" that means starting with an after-school job while in high school. On the other hand, if you started living off your trust fund at 16, you might never qualify.  Poor baby.


How will you pay for that?


Replacing all entitlements with a basic income guarantee doesn't just mean eliminating programs like unemployment insurance, food stamps, fuel assistance, and Section 8, it means eliminating the bureaucracy that administers those programs. If no one has to apply for "social security"—because you already receive it (after paying taxes for 7 years)—checking eligibility is a piece of cake.  Ditto for hundreds of other government programs that now soak up millions of dollars in administrative expenses. If on top of it you radically streamline Title 26, suddenly the money appears.


Current Immigration Policy


Besides militarizing the entire southern half of the country, protecting our border also prevents employers from hiring the best person for the job and within a capitalist system the best person for the job is the person that will work for the lowest wage. The economy and employers are better off paying Manuel Labor, father of ten who has three other jobs, than they are employing someone who thinks s/he is too good to wash dishes.


The Slacker Problem


The "immigration problem" highlights something that no one, liberal or conservative has adequately addressed: some people won't work.  Ask conservatives about the shortage of "Born Here" dishwashers and they'll start babbling about whatever it is they babble about. Ask liberals about unionized deadwood and they'll claim it's not a problem.  But it is and there is no better description of it than this classic New Yorker article about teachers being paid not to teach:


Liberals don't want to talk about this or the other ways that entitlements make it more sensible to game the system than to look for work. This is because at the heart of liberalism is a kind of paternalism that assumes that poor people don't know how to run their own lives.  A better conclusion is that the government doesn't know how to run peoples lives.


(For the record, this editorialist doesn't believe in laziness. People who don't want to work usually have a good reason for not working, one that no one else can really understand or change.)


 Mom and Pop


Gov: "You spent all your allowance?  Too bad, you'll do better next week."

Gov: "What, spent it again? Talk to your mother."


Replacing all entitlements with a BIG doesn't mean the end of charity, it means cutting out the middleman. No matter what "The Dad" government does or does not do, there will always be people with large soft hearts who will give anyone another chance. G-d bless them.  Everyone needs and deserves a mother.


Increasing the tax break for private charitable donations; eliminating the need for charities to apply for government contracts and having all donations go directly to the charity chosen by the donor will make private charitable organizations more effective.  Let's retire the Nanny state and let Mom do her job.


It's the Economy Stupid


Putting enough money to live on, albeit not well, into the hands of people who then are free to make economic choices is a better way to help people and a better way run an economy than putting it into the pockets of government employees. Since there are no strings or income limitations on the BIG, people can slack when they can't work and make as much money as is humanly possible when they can (corporations are not people and thus not eligible for the BIG). Whether those people are Born Here or Born Somewhere Else is irrelevant to the economy and should be to everyone else.


Throw open the borders. In the age of globalization we are all citizens of the world. It's time to start acting like it.


For the Earth,


Aria Littlhous


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Monday, September 1, 2014

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Occupy Update--MMM--Tomorrow--Electoral Occupy?

Aug. 31, Million Mask Flyer Handout, Boston Common, 1:00pm
This even is a lead up to the Million Mask March in NYC, 11/5

Sept. 9, MA Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, see editorial below.

Sept. 17, OWS Anniversary

Sept. 21, Climate March, NYC:

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after Sept. 1.

Electoral Occupy?

More than most mass movements Occupy was and is riven by the question of whether to participate in electoral politics.  Some of the opponents of voting offer arguments that seem to say that voting is a kind of contagion, as if questions of strategy come down to what makes you feel or not feel dirty. Sounds silly, unless you believe in the Gaia principle, but sticking with standard political reasoning for a minute:

Questions of electoral political strategy are less acute here in Massachusetts, the belly of the health insurance beast (Sorry, Connecticut) where a solid Democratic base makes the specter of spoiler candidates less scary.  This is probably why the Green Party has had some success.  Here are their candidates:

Green party candidates….

Nonetheless, what voting does do is take the attention away from the real problem, which is, as usual, the system itself. It is not voting per se that is the problem rather it is the winner take all electoral system which like for profit healthcare doesn’t belong in a civilized world. We should follow older wiser Europe and institute proportional representation, instant runoff voting and nationalize the health insurance industry.

Short of succeeding from the union and creating bioregion states this is not a problem that can be solved by DIY, disintermediation, or goat farms.  So if you want to change the system volunteer with these folks:

But Who Should I Vote For?

In this the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary season, the get out the vote calls have begun. The state employee labor unions are shilling for the candidate they assume will be their new boss. They get out the vote, he or she guarantees their contracts, the health insurance companies are assured of fat & excellent union health insurance fees. The other candidate has made a simple declaration in favor of single payer healthcare.

Don Berwick: It is time to find a way to get to yes on a single payer system in Massachusetts. 

 The other two are offer:

Martha Coakly: Continue to bring down the cost of healthcare and energy.

Steve Grossman: “If earned sick time is not law by 2015, it will be the first bill I file as governor.

Like the financial sector and the cheat on your taxes industry, the health care industry plays a key role in keeping the 1% in power.  The fact that does so by sucking the life blood out of those it purports to help while making a mockery of Christ the Healer, well, such is life in America.


We could all follow Walter White’s example and when the health insurance companies have us in their death grip, go over to the dark side, create more death, more sickness. But we have pharmaceutical companies for that---wouldn’t it make more sense to nationalize the drug trade and use the profits to fund a healthcare system? If drugs, like cannabis, really are only being used for medicinal purposes (LMAO), don’t they belong under the purview of a nationalized healthcare system? Wouldn’t we all feel a little safer if some entity under at least nominal democratic control were in charge of the drugs, as opposed to Gus, Walt, Mike and Jesse? Or we could just wait until countries like Uruguay have us by our drug addict short hairs.

But I digress. The moment has come.  This editorialist is with brother Malcolm, “By any means necessary.”


The struggle for universal healthcare coverage has been waged incrementally and electorally. Generations of liberals have slowly increased the health insurance companies’ market share by creating a system of fee-based rationing the complexity of which is rivaled only by Title 26, the 17 volume federal tax code. Nobody understands either one and yet participation in both is mandatory.

Stop the Bleeding.

If Don Berwick even hints that he can stop funding the health insurance companies he deserves a chance.

Vote for Don Berwick and the Green party candidates. If you feel kind of sick afterwards, wash your hands. It’s the right thing to do.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Roped Off in Ferguson

The question is not whether the mayhem in Ferguson is being caused by a "small" group of discontents, or whether the other protestors are sincere in their wish for a peaceful solution. The question is why such discontent is no longer staying within the usual boundaries of home, bottle, and pipe. Why are the most desperate among us taking every opportunity to voice their discontent as often and as violently as possible? 


The party is over. The well fed minority that have put this country into the hopper must back away from the trough. Address poverty and racism or bear the consequences; the violence that is endemic among the dispossessed survivors of eat-your-own capitalism will be in all our streets, all our homes, all our neighborhoods. 


The time for halfway solutions is past. To break the cycle of drop out-to-gang-to-convict-to-criminal:


Extend Public Education Through College

End the Reign of the Golden School

Free All Prisoners Convicted of Victimless Crimes.

Nationalize the Healthcare Industry.


And to pay for it? Well, in the past the privileges of the minority came from the sale of human beings (now it comes from privatized prisons, the Judge is extra).


There is a better way:


Replace All Entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee and Healthcare.


And who is Occupy or anyone to be making that kind of "demand."  To which this editorialist says "There is no power like stating the truth: it's time to share the wealth."


Replace All Entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee and Healthcare


was one of the 10 Objectives offered by the InterOccupy Strategy Group.


And, for the record the demands of the Black Panthers are below and here:


Michael Brown is dead.  Stopping more such murders means trying a little harder than replacing a police chief. 

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Funding Local Start Ups w/Money for Eyes

Imagine going into your local gym, hair salon, bar and the television is turned to a program on the Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN). The ads on the television program are for local businesses. Those businesses are paying for the ad and also agree to air BNN for a set number of hours a day. The sales person who sells the ad, as usual, gets a percentage of the price of the ad, the remainder goes to Social Scene,, etc. This scheme brings funding into local communities by utilizing an underutilized resource, that is BNN and acts in the interests of the smaller communities w/in the Boston metropolitan area. The "eyes" and the good are all local.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Summer Opportunity developing Open Source Hardware

Greg will be spending his Summer at Open Source Ecology working on their Global Village Construction Set - you may have heard me talking about them at some length at some point these past few years. I think they are very cool, and I'm excited for the Summer.

They are still looking for some folks for the Summer (or a portion of it), and I thought this would be right in line with the BCN/co-op ethos. Open source hardware for sustainable development. Please check it out, and forward to anyone who might be interested.

There's a flyer here that has some info (that you can even print and post around your neighborhood if you're feeling ambitious)

And there's more about the summer plans here:

If anyone winds up applying/coming out for the Summer, please let me know/have them be in touch! It would be great to make that connection. I'll be there June 6-20 and July 20-Aug 31st.

Yours in cooperation,

Greg Buckland

Greg Buckland

199 South St, Apt 5
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3926

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Fwd: [Healthjustice-Announcements] Fwd: 5/22: Invitation to Single-Payer Birddogging Training

I'm writing to invite you to join us as we embark on making single-payer one of the top issues of the current Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign season!

"How?" you might ask -- We plan to attend campaign events between now and the primary election in September and the general election in November to ask each candidate - Republican and Democrats - to commit to implementing a single payer system in Massachusetts if they are elected. We call this birddogging. Several candidates already support single-payer

Why this strategy? Showing up at these events lets the candidates know that people in MA support single-payer. Plus, while they are seeking votes and trying to get elected, they are more likely to make policy commitments than when they are comfortably settled into their State House office. Students used this strategy during the 2008 presidential campaign to secure $50 billion in federal funding for global health and AIDS funding. It's as simple as showing up, asking your question, and taking a picture with the candidate-- as long as we repeat until our goal is reached! 

Is there more to it? There is a little more to it -- so we are inviting you to get trained and to meet other students and single-payer advocates on Thursday, May 22nd, at Harvard Medical School. We will also provide an introduction to what a single-payer system could do for MA, as well as background on the gubernatorial candidates. If you cannot attend the training, but are interested in future birddogging opportunities, please fill out the form below and we will keep you updated about the campaign. 

What: Birddogging training and more on single-payer and the current candidates for Governor

Where: Harvard Medical School, TMEC 109, 260 Longwood Ave

When: 6:30pm on Thursday, May 22nd

RSVP: Use the form below please!

Questions? Email Katrina ( or Danielle (

Hope to see you there! 

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BUSM Physicians for a National Health Program 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Occupy Update: Taxes, Prisoners, Liberals and Leftists



There are two important rally's coming up, please attend them. Details below.


3. We Pay Our Taxes, Are We Getting What We Need?


Saturday, April 12, 12:30 pm: Rally to Protest Corporate Tax Cheats

Bank of America,  440 Boylston St.  at Berkeley St.,  Boston MA


2:00 pm Tax Day Forum

Emmanuel Church  15 Newbury St.   Boston (Arlington T-stop<>wheelchair accessible)


2. Jobs Not Jails Rally, April 26, 1:00 pm, Boston Common.


1. Commentary & Editorial Note


Forward wildly!




1. Prisoner, Taxes, Liberals and Leftists


It's hard to argue with liberals. Not only do they stand for good things, but if you say the things that I'm about to say, you get accused of bad things.  Go to the rallies.  Power concedes nothing without a demand. But what if all the very good demands demanded by the very good liberals organizing the rallies were conceded, wouldn't we all still feel a bit stiffed?




The litany of wants put out by Budget For All conflates the income and expense side of the equation because the income side—that is Title 26, the Federal Tax Code—is so monstrously large and criminally obsolete that it is impossible to talk about with normal warm blood people. How much better to talk about the cuddly fuzzy end of what money could buy were there but enough of it in the coffers? More importantly, if one were to confine the debate to the tax code itself it would open a thousand different arguments about each of the thousands of clauses and qualifiers in the 17 volume maze that sucks in whatever it can get by the tax attorneys. (It exists in fact to feed tax attorneys and CPA's.)




And each of those clauses and qualifiers has a constituency that will fight tooth and nail to keep its little bit of pork in the tax code. There are thousands of them protecting every possible selfish-antiquated-hog-farm-rifle-factory-just-for-my-state-just-for-now-just-a-little-bit-back-slapping-opportunistic kind of credit or tax imaginable. If a carbon tax were passed it would disappear in the muck. In fact, the most common kinds of legislation passed by the Congress are changes to the tax code. They change it so often, daily at some points, that it is impossible to know exactly what is and what is not being taxed at any one moment. 


The US Federal Tax Payer Advocate, our voice at the IRS, Nina E. Olson, has put forth a plan that involves examining each clause of the code to see if it is worth the money it takes to implement. This plan has been ignored because it means demanding that the code be re-written from scratch, so that instead of a chicken wire and duct tape pastiche of the kick back du jour, it would instead comprise a system of carrots and sticks that could in turn guide a sustainable and just economy. That's what's called vision and that's what the liberals haven't got.


Got to the rally, but if you want radical change, bet on the Heartbleed Bug.




Jobs Not Jails priority is not demanding this, that is freedom for a group of people disproportionately comprised of the descendents of slaves. Their flyers says nothing about not about how the manufacture and up-keep of human cages has been privatized, in the same way that the slave industry that once caged many prisoner forbearers was a private, commercial endeavor. What are the liberals demanding? That the money be redirected away from jobs guarding prisoners to other programs, other kinds of jobs. That is, that caging people be less expensive. Well, why not just cut to the chance and let all those people out of jail?


Another World Is Possible,


Aria Littlhous


PS: If you want radical change, check out the 100 Great Political Objectives on the Occupy Boston Wiki and the Occupy Strategy Group Strategic Objectives:


and see below.


Editorial Note


These are my opinions. If you want to argue with me you can post to my blog or, with any luck, to the Occupy Boston website. I am going there now. Please join me. All are welcome.







We pay our taxes.

Are we getting what we need?


Tax Day 2014 offers our diverse groups the opportunity to come together as one and bring the needs of our communities and families into the public discussion.


What kind of society do we want? Do we want war and jails and a polluted planet to be our legacy to our children? Or do we want good jobs, fairness, a healthy planet, a decent home, quality public education, affordable health care, nutritious food, financial security during old age, and a government that belongs to all of us? All of our work on these critical issues is impacted by budget and tax policies coming from Washington. So let's come together for a tax day mobilization.


Saturday, April 12  Rally and Forum with:


Mel King <> Congresswoman Katherine Clark <> Congressman Jim McGovern <> Harris Gruman SEIU <> Carolyn Federoff AFGE Local 3258 <> Lew Finfer Raise Up Mass.<> Rep. Jay Livingstone <> Grace Ross <> Tilly Teixera MA Senior Action <> Joe Kebartas Vets/Peace <> Joann Thomas & Alan Booth MAHT <> Amy TigheEnvironmental Tax Reform <> Andrew Fish Mass PIRG <> Nathan Proctor Mass Fair Share <> Ed Woll Jr. MA Sierra Club <> M.K. Merelice Green Rainbow <> Dr. Richard Fine Medical Researcher <> Robert Folan-Johnson ACT UP <> Phyllis Evans NEU4J <> Phyllis Evans 25% Coalition <> mark.pothier@globe.comMike Prokosch, Dorchester People for Peace <> Don Berwick <> Michael Kane Nat'l Alliance of HUD Tenants and other community leaders, all of whom will join people directly impacted by budget decisions -- AND YOU!


…….Plus special video greeting Senator Elizabeth Warren and from Barney Frank


12:30 Rally to Protest Corporate Tax Cheats

Bank of America  440 Boylston St.  at Berkeley St.   Boston


2:00 pm Tax Day Forum

Emmanuel Church  15 Newbury St.   Boston (Arlington T-stop<>wheelchair accessible)


Our speakers join our neighbors impacted by destructive budget priorities to inform us about what we need to know and what we need to do.


Join us on April 12 to send a message to Washington about fair taxes and a budget that works for all of us:


·       A budget that protects vital programs like social security, food stamps, veterans benefits and unemployment help

·       A budget that creates a massive jobs program instead of a mass incarceration program

·       A budget that provides revenues by ending offshore corporate tax havens, by instituting a carbon tax and by making those with the highest incomes have to pay the same effective tax rates as the rest of us.

·       A budget that redirects Pentagon spending to public education, the rapid development of renewable energy technologies, green jobs, and to other domestic programs that bring us real security.


Budget for All!  617-354-2169




From Katrina and the Occupy Boston Health Justice listserv:


I want to spread the word about the JOBS NOT JAILS march on April 26th at 1pm on the Boston Common. The MA JOBS NOT JAILS organizers are hoping to have 10,000 people from all over MA fill the Boston Common. It would be great to have some allied health professionals attend so that we can acknowledge the consequences of mass incarceration on individual and public health. The organizers are also hoping to gather 50,000 signatures for their petition. Sign it now and forward to your friends, family, and colleagues. The march organizers are calling for people to pledge to attend the march and for organizations to endorse the march -- see the links below. 


There's also more info on the Facebook event page. You can also reach EPOCA at the phone number listed below if you have questions.


All the best,



p.s. If you want to learn more about the national movement to end mass incarceration here's a link to a great 1-hour long teach-in about the movement to end mass incarceration by Michelle Alexander on the Bill Moyers show. Here's a shorter Ted Talk by Michelle Alexander. 




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