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#42 - I'd vote for you  [+] (1 reply) 09/26/2016 on Bernie on South American... +1
#43 - ricks (09/26/2016) [-]
thumbed up for your name and profile pic,
#38 - If parents of an individual are wealthy and/or well connected …  [+] (23 replies) 09/26/2016 on Bernie on South American... +4
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#74 - vigilum (18 hours ago) [-]
Not in the US. Some of the worst social mobility numbers in the west, last I checked
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#40 - leftypol (09/26/2016) [-]
100% heritage tax, close private schools, use new taxes to improve public schooling. Create and equal standard across the nation when it comes to education. Redesign the entire education system and make sure everybody can go to university, and make sure universities are around the same when it comes to diploma worth.

It will never happen in america but its possible besides the heritage tax all of those are already realised where I live.
#66 - cockineveryorifice (20 hours ago) [-]
100% heritage tax is just about the most evil thing one can do.
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#68 - leftypol (20 hours ago) [-]
That really depends on your values and the situation. If you are someone whose entire life goal it is to earn as much money to help your childeren in their life than it might seem ridicioulus. But let's imagine that this system somehow works and is in place, than you don't have to worry about your childs future, as long as he does his best in school and works hard he should be fine.
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#56 - durkadurka (21 hours ago) [-]
Then we've effectively punished people for wanting to save money to spend on their children's futures. A perverse incentive is created for one to live a lavish lifestyle in which nothing is saved and passed on.

This would be an example of the cure being worse than the ailment.

As for schools being equal, it will never happen. It's already largely a function of the surrounding community. A school in your typical suburb does better than its urban counterpart with relatively equal funding. The surrounding culture and parental engagement are not something you can throw money at to fix.

There are a few other things I could nitpick, but these are the big ones.
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#58 - leftypol (21 hours ago) [-]
Yeah, I am from a country that does not have countryside, so that is something I did not think about. Where I live all schools are equal, because all universities are within 200 km of each other. As for the lavish lifestyle, well yes, this is a quick response to someone asking for a system where everybody starts out with equal chance, regardless of their parents wealth. I typed it while sitting on the toilet in 2 minutes, it's not a workable system just one that fits the requirments of his question.
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#53 - daentraya (22 hours ago) [-]
my dad died, but at least i have the heritage to help pull my ass out of debt for now because my mom cant really work
heritage tax comes from people dying, and there will be people left behind. and if a dad works hard all his life for the wellbeing of his family, and dies leaving behind a huge heritage, in denmark at least, i'd say the money is well earned and should go where the dad wanted them to go
just make it like top-taxes, a larger scalar on larger amounts
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#59 - leftypol (21 hours ago) [-]
Sorry to hear that, I hope that things work out for you. As for the system, I can't imagine that in a country where this system would be implemented there wouldn't be some sort of social security to make up for that loss, and I am guessing part of that debt is due to schooling which wouldn't exist either.

I made this up in a few minutes, so it's not like I personally want it implemented, it's just an idea on how to give everybody the same chances in life, regardless of your social background. If that doesn't feel fair to you from a personal perspective that is fine, it was a question about how to give every child equal footing at the start of their live. Not one about the moral questions regarding heritage or supporting your childeren after death.
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#65 - daentraya (20 hours ago) [-]
well, denmark mostly handles the social equality through education and all the support you can get to pull your ass through education regardless of whatever problems you may have at home. and then theres topskat, top taxes, and daily wages, and handicap supplements and special schooling and whatever. the system will get you an education, or cover your butt if you manage to fail. school related debts like SU-loan (student support money loans) are still easy to rack up. we're poor by design. but it all still works and we have super social mobility, so hey

so yeah, education to get rid of inequality works, its proven. generally high taxes spend the right places is lovely but the public transport wont be on time, anyway , but dont touch dead peoples money. should we call that a conclusion for now?
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#92 - leftypol (11 hours ago) [-]
I'm totally fine with that, that is why I live in the Netherlands and not America, like I said I am not a proponent of 100% heritage tax, that is just the solution to the question I answered. I am not standing on a soapbox trying to convince everybody of my ways, I am just answering some dudes question and people take it as if I am trying to convince them of something. Might have to do something with my name though.
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#49 - ciacheczko (23 hours ago) [-]
100% heritage tax - because fuck having a reason to work for something in your life, the government will take it away the moment you die. How FAIR. Especially if parents die prematurely: Hello orphaned children, enjoy your FUCKING NOTHING.

close private schools, use new taxes to improve public schooling - because fuck private businesses, right? Limit the market and make government manage everything. Not like it spells "communism", right? That can't go wrong.

Redesign the entire education system - oh yeah, you do that. Sounds easy enough. Tell me when you're done.

make sure everybody can go to university - not everybody even wants to go to the university. Are you saying universities must invest into students that might not even attend? You do realise running an university is not free?

make sure universities are around the same when it comes to diploma worth - how? There will always be the ones with better staff, and better staff means higher upkeep. Because no one will work their entire life to be an amazing expert on something, and accept earning the same amount someone who's far worse does. Higher upkeep means some universities will require more money to function and automatically will rise to a more presitigious status.

And no, you can't make every university have staff with the same level of expertise. There's physically not enough experts for it - most of them don't even want to teach people, but would rather work in their fields in another way. And those experts are people who may or may not want to better themselves in the future - you can't force them to go either way for the sake of your idea of equality.

This is all incredibly naive, and backed with a crippled, ignorant type of logic. It's like you'd say "Well if I was president I'd just make the world peace happen, because hell yeah realistic goals".

And the dumbest of it all is that moronic 100% heritage tax - yay for robbing people of everything they've worked for. Justice!
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#57 - leftypol (21 hours ago) [-]
First of all, I simply responded to the question of a system in which everbody gets an equal chance, not a workable one nor a system that necessarily feels fair to you.
As for your concerns:

"Especially if parents die prematurely: Hello orphaned children, enjoy your FUCKING NOTHING"

You think that in a state where there is 100% heritage tax there wouldn't be some sort of social security? A lot of orphans already grow up with fucking nothing and have caretakers until they are adults and actually get their heritage. Not a lot would change, but rather than getting money from their parents it'd most likely be some sort of welfare/allowance.

"close private schools, use new taxes to improve public schooling - because fuck private businesses, right? Limit the market and make government manage everything. Not like it spells "communism", right? That can't go wrong. "

Most public schools where I live are actually privately owned, just like the universities. The difference being that you don't pay 1000's of euro's for specialized education. They are attendable for everyone.

Redesign the entire education system - oh yeah, you do that. Sounds easy enough. Tell me when you're done.


You can make fun of it, but most people in education are actually in favour of this.

make sure everybody can go to university - not everybody even wants to go to the university. Are you saying universities must invest into students that might not even attend? You do realise running an university is not free?

Ofcourse not, I am saying make it afforable for everyone and not 15000 a year, you know like most western countries. But this goes for all education, not just university also college and lower forms of post highschool education.


make sure universities are around the same when it comes to diploma worth - how? There will always be the ones with better staff, and better staff means higher upkeep. Because no one will work their entire life to be an amazing expert on something, and accept earning the same amount someone who's far worse does. Higher upkeep means some universities will require more money to function and automatically will rise to a more presitigious status.

And no, you can't make every university have staff with the same level of expertise. There's physically not enough experts for it - most of them don't even want to teach people, but would rather work in their fields in another way. And those experts are people who may or may not want to better themselves in the future - you can't force them to go either way for the sake of your idea of equality.



I honestly don't know enough about this subject, all I know is that all the universities in the Netherlands have about the same level, and you won't get refused by one only to be accepted by the other. Nor will one diploma be worth more than the others. I am not sure how America got in that situation.

I understand that 100% heritage tax might not feel like justice to you, but the commenter asked for a system in which everybody had an equal chance, this system gives everybody an equal chance, regardless of how fair it feels to you.
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#60 - ciacheczko (20 hours ago) [-]
First of all - if social security relies entirely upon government, people end up getting shit. I don't know about your preferences, but what you propose is forcing everyone to start on equally shitty conditions. If bringing down everything that goes above the average is supposed to be your equality, I'll pass. Again, stinks afwully like Marxism to me.

I never said redesigning education is a bad idea. I mocked you because it's a lot harder to actually do, than wisecracking on FJ that it should be done. Of course it should. Tell me something I don't know.

The thing is that when people say they want equal chance, it's an implied obviousness that they want a fair chance for everyone. You really, really think that people asking for equal opportunities actually mean "bring down the entire society so that no one feels privileged"?

"Equal chance" doesn't mean "ruining people's lives of hard work, so others could feel more comfortable doing nothing and still being able to achieve as much". No. That's the thing about the potential world of equal opportunity - You can achieve a lot IF you work as hard as it takes to do that. And after you do, it's yours, because you've earned it.

What is the key to achieving that is removing shit like favoritism and bribes from the system - yes I know, fool's errand, but that's a theory. Because equal opporunity means that if someone has had a shitty start, and someone else has had a great start, the one who in the end turns out better will achieve more, not the one who has had more backing in his life. That the most qualified man will get the job, not the one whose uncle is friends with the head manager of the office.

And that doesn't, and absolutely shouldn't mean, that the a person has no right to have rich and comfortable life if his parents worked to assure that. Damn right he has, someone has actually made effort to make it happen. But he also has the right to fuck it up if he turns out to be a lazy, worthless person who won't do shit for himself. Like everyone. That's equal opportunity. Where everyone is as free to fail as to succeed.

I've grown in a pretty poor enighbourhood, and haven't had much riches in my life. But I've met plenty of different people, with different talents - enough of them to learn that, in the end, if you are a good-for-nothing lazyass who refuses to work, no easy start is good enough to push you through life. What can do it is hard work and ambition, no matter the gutter you've started at.

I've seen people with rich, comfortable lives, being pushed to colleges they've wanted, literally having answers to graduation tests given to them the day before. All the unfairness in the world - they still haven't achieved shit in their lives. Because despite their start, they are good for nothing and will be worth exactly that. Nothing.

The truth is, most of people I see who advocate for your misunderstood concept of "equality" are people who never had to work really hard on anything in their lives, and it seems to me that this perspective is so scary for them, they'd rather see other, successful people brought down, than actually try to match them with their own means. They are the ones who want the easy start. The easy way out, the naive "government will ensure my success and comfortable life".

You don't really describe equal chances. You describe equal comforts, not matter the circumstances. And nothing is more unequal than that.
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#69 - leftypol (20 hours ago) [-]
Also just an FYI, being rewarded for your work or merit is what makes a meritocracy. And equal schooling and starts is actually the basis for a meritocracy, read up on it. Pretty neat idea's that will probably never see the light of day.
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#64 - leftypol (20 hours ago) [-]
What you describe about income being based on merit rather than socialism is exactly the point of my shitty system. Everybody get's equal schooling and therefore equal prospects. People who study or work hard get paid for said work, people who don't or drop-out don't have shit. Where you end up is entirely based on your own dedication so how is that different from what you want?

You act as if that is already the case in our current society, but you can't convince me that somebody who grows up in the hood without parents to support them can get into oxford without an insane amount of luck, sure hard work brings you somewhere, but unless you have some connections you won't make it to the top. While somebody else can just buy himself in.

I don't see by the way, how starting on equal footing has to be in shitty conditions, like I said that is already the case where I live, everbody get's the same education over here Netherlands , how much you take however is up to you. And our schools are no worse than those in America.
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#75 - thegamepixel (18 hours ago) [-]
"Here is my system. What? You wanted a working system? I was just making one with similar social standing" - you
Why the fuck didn't you just say "communism," then.

Besides the many, many problems with your system, it doesn't even solve the problem at hand. If a child's parents are smart, they can self-teach their children, giving them a better chance. You'd have to actually take children away at birth to prevent this. Different regions have different opportunities. If a child grows up in a more densely populated area, there will be more successful people to learn from and more business opportunities. So even if your system worked, it doesn't even solve the problem.
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#76 - leftypol (18 hours ago) [-]
Well if you want total equality childeren would indeed have to be taken at birth and raised in some sort of boarding school, but I am pretty sure people would oppose to that.
But the self-teaching and region based advantages, those are minor compared to the advantages people have now. As a university student coming from two parents who stopped studying after high-school I can tell you that is easily do-able.

Also like I said in my other post, I proposed this to someone asking for a more equal oppertunity system while I was taking a shit. I am not promoting this as some well-thought out alternative, otherwise I wouldn't be posting on an meme image site and I'd be writing a book about it.

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#79 - thegamepixel (17 hours ago) [-]
If you're worried about what people oppose, you couldn't do any of this. Countless studies have shown that parents have a huge impact of childhood development, possibly even the most important. Homeschooling does statistically way better than public schooling.

Again, what's the point of a system that doesn't work and why not simplify to just communism?
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#91 - leftypol (11 hours ago) [-]
All of these points are actually part of the idea of the meritocratic system. Which is vastly different from communism.

As for people opposing to this system in general look at the Dutch education system:

- All school diploma's are equal across the board, there is no university that doesn't accept a student based on the school they come from.
- All universities and colleges are more or less equal, there is slight differences but not big enough to be noticable.
- Everybody can go the university regardless of their parents income.

So besides the heritage tax everything is already in place. And that part is not even really necessary.
#51 - noutvissers (23 hours ago) [-]
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#48 - levvy (23 hours ago) [-]
The East is where this will be achieved.

Nationalism will always lead to feudalism and starvation - Modern day Ukraine is proof of that.

More than 2 million of them came to Russia to escape the Economic Nationalist policies the Ukrainian government has imposed. My city alone has about 2000 Ukrainian refugees.
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#42 - cantexplain (09/26/2016) [-]
I'd vote for you
#43 - ricks (09/26/2016) [-]
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#8 - captainprincess (09/21/2016) [-]
No see, he wants to die, not suffer.
And batman doesn't kill.