The amount of posts that I see that confuse capitalism with corporatism or consumerism, while not surprising, is disheartening.
Does anyone else have a really hard time believing anyone who expresses unconditional love towards you?
It’s probably just that I had a fucked up childhood and that I can’t shake the notion that accomplishments = my worth.
But why would anyone love anyone else unconditionally? We change as people every day. And what if I start murdering people…? :)
Billionaires are only made via the exploitation of others.
Me: * absently voices my hatred of modern capitalism as a system*
Friend: but communism doesn’t work either
Me: ?? So what those our only options carry on with one corrupt system that doesn’t work because another system also doesn’t work? Why can’t we fix the current system? Why can you not see a third option? Why does it have to always be an all or nothing situation? Monopoly or communism?
Capitalism is canceled. We are a hunter gatherer society again. Choose your path.
“‘We live in a contradiction,” Badiou has observed: “a brutal state of affairs, profoundly inegalitarian – where all existence is evaluated in terms of money alone – is presented to us as ideal. To justify their conservatism, the partisans of the established order cannot really call it ideal or wonderful. So instead, they have decided to say that all the rest is horrible. Sure, they say, we may not live in a condition of perfect Goodness. But we’re lucky that we don’t live in a condition of Evil. Our democracy is not perfect. But it’s better than the bloody dictatorships. Capitalism is unjust. But it’s not criminal like Stalinism. We let millions of Africans die of AIDS, but we don’t make racist nationalist declarations like Milosevic. We kill Iraqis with our airplanes, but we don’t cut their throats with machetes like they do in Rwanda, etc.”
— Excerpt From Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative? by Mark Fisher
Peter Hallward, Communism Of The Intellect Communism Of The Will (2010)
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Graduate schools make hella money off of applicants; this is why they get mad when poor students ask for fee waivers. Ironically, these students are the diversity they desire in their program lol. It’s ridiculous and I’ve seen so many poor students scrap up money only to be rejected.
If you blame your hardship on “duh evul Captialism” just know that I’m laughing at you. Openly. I’m not taking anything you say seriously after that point.
Because, no, it’s not capitalism that’s the problem. It’s the government. Which for some reason YOU WANT MORE OF INSTEAD OF LESS.
I think we may be on the cusp of an era of national economic prosperity.
The 1920s roared, the 40s and 50s boomed, the 80s and 90s saw America win the Cold War, so if the cycle continues then the 2020s and 2030s should turn things around for us. Baby Boomers and Gen X got everything they needed, Millennials have gone wanting, Gen Z is learning to live without, so Gen Alpha or whatever it’s called will probably be rejuvenated. Prices fluctuate over time; they can’t go up forever, they will eventually drop and people will be able to buy cars and homes and afford to raise families again.
We’ve lived through two “once-in-a-century” economic collapses in the last 12 years, so I’m hoping we’ve met our quota and can finally move forward. The capitalist pyramid schemes that let three corporate conglomerate monopolies rule the world will collapse under its own weight in my lifetime, I’m sure of it. Nothing lasts forever, something’s gotta give, what comes up must come down.