This is a presentation Oscar Mayer heir Chuck Collins, author of Born on Third Base, gave on November 9th. At age 26, Collins made the brave decision to give his fortune away. He currently works as a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. In his leisure time, he works to educate 1%ers about inequality and their ethical obligations to society. He has campaigned heavily with Bill Gates senior and other billionaires to retain the estate tax and to oppose tax cuts for the wealthy.
Most of the presentation concerns his efforts to challenge the views of other 1%ers on privilege and the grave threat inequality poses to American democracy and the planet.
The Q&As, in which he talks about Donald Trump’s election upset are the best part of the talk. Collins credits Trump’s victory to the dismissive way Democrats view and talk about the working class (ie “the deplorables”). He highly praises the late Joe Bageant’s Deer Hunting with Jesus for its exploration of this issue.
The best question is when an audience member asks if true equality is possible under capitalism.
Q&A’s start at 41:00
Chuck Collins delivers one of the best talks about wealth inequality in recent memory. Worthy of 1 million views, or more…
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Reblogged this on AuntyUta and commented:
Chuck Collins is a great example what actually is doable!
Great conversation about inequality. I particularly like that his talk had a global aspect to it. When I look at Africa, which is probably the richest continent, I’m bothered by the inequality that is still being vested on that continent by the descendants of former colonizers.
Excellent point, oldandblessed, the ruthless way Africa and Africans have been exploited has to be the ugliest aspect of European history.