Joe Fletcher

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

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Hello I am a full time student majoring in anthropology.

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I am passionate about, evolutionary theory, global development, and any other topic that provides me with a new playground of ideas.

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Joe Fletcher
Posted 7 months ago
Chrystia Freeland: The rise of the new global super-rich
Okay so another convoluted TED Talk on Income Inequality from a Plan B capitalist. Got it. Doesn't mention a solution other than a vague reference to a "new new deal" Here is the Green Party policy agenda to resolve theses issues. "The Green New Deal" http://www.jillstein.org/summary_green_new_deal Yeah c'mon TED how about you throw someone on the stage that isn't either a coward to talk about possible solutions instead of reiterating a symptom of capitalism. Also there is no "Crony Capitalism" this is exactly how it was designed “Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For one very rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many. The affluence of the rich excites the indignation of the poor, who are often both driven by want, and prompted by envy, to invade his possessions.” ― Adam Smith
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Joe Fletcher
Posted 9 months ago
Paul Kemp-Robertson: Bitcoin. Sweat. Tide. Meet the future of branded currency.
Okay there are some odd points in this talk that I don't really understand. The first being with equating trust in governments with trust in currency. The United States dollar is a private Federal Reserve note, not a public currency. Bitcoin while it is de-centralized would not in any way be considered a private currency. I do not really think this talk is TED worthy it seems more appropriate for an advertising conference than a pseudo educational platform.
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Joe Fletcher
Posted 10 months ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
WOW. I got to say it is pretty remarkable how this talk is both equally fascinating and horrible. The U.S.A has a one party system. I mean at this point calling the U.S.A a democracy is about as ludicrous as calling China communist. The Chinese model of fascism doesn't seem that different than the U.S.A's, their just going about it the old fashioned way. By the time they get around to having their reformist revolution, the west will already have ousted the Corporate Party of the transnational finance class. I am willing to gamble. It's cool by then maybe the government will let you surf the net and you can get a heads up on our sweet worker's syndicate.
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Joe Fletcher
Posted about 1 year ago
Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground
Well yeah but I think I was going for a little deeper than that. I mean if we are going to start reaching across the aisle I think the conversation should begin with much more fundamental questions and criticisms of the government and society at large. Neither party is functioning. We are not allowed to have "third parties." Jill Stein who ran as the Green Party was arrested for trying to enter the presidential debates last election cycle. Neither side seems to do anything whether we agree with their policies or not. The ENTIRE political spectrum representing over 350 million citizens in United States has been boiled down to four or five issues, where only an Extremely narrow perspectives are even artificially represented. I think one of the fundamental assertions that Mr. Haidt is false. The assertion that only extremes of these two sides of these few issues we are allowed to have a conversation in the political context are playing out. This is false. While there does seem to be extremism, most of the policies that come down are right of right center, within a western neo liberalist capitalist framework. Obama is a left of center conservative. Bush was a less left of center conservative. Clinton was a right of center liberal first term, then left of center conservative second term. The diatribes of both sides have just become this painful endless cycle of scapegoating, misinformation, and political pissing contests. Not to mention our inability to adapt our government at all. We do not have proportional representation because of a building size. What if the number of people in congress went up? ALL of our institutions are crumbling and we need to start working together to build better ones NOT trying to hold the roof up while it falls on our heads. At the very least can we agree that maybe it might be good to try and experiment. To find alternatives. When did we all get so scared to try something new...
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Joe Fletcher
Posted about 1 year ago
Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground
There is a major problem with this talk. The fact is neither side really seems to be doing more than the absolute minimum of what they or their party preaches, whether you agree with the rhetoric or not. 1. What is the political establishment of the left doing to help stem climate change? Watch the presidential "debates" its as if the two heads are trying to up one another on who is going to pillage more of the Earth better. Obama has all but signed off on the XL Keystone pipeline. As Jim Hanson claims it is "the fuse to light the climate bomb." 2. What is the right really trying to do reduce our deficit? The Republican party has become the "never raise taxes ever for any reason even if it makes complete and utter sense to do so" The only acceptable solution to anything is to privatize, privatize, privatize. 3. The religious right seems to be mostly concerned with keeping people of the same sex from marrying. Oh and making abortion illegal again for some reason. Plus a bunch of other weird things. Like creationism. I don't really know where they are going with any of this. 4. The left on economic issues of income inequality? How about a minimum wage increase? Nope. More access to healthcare? Sure, oh wait just kidding. Investmens in young people, through education, community development etc? Meh.