#eat the rich
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While much of the mainstream media offers little sympathy for the insecurities and aspirations of younger Britons, the internet has offered a political education. The journalist Chanté Joseph is 25, placing her in the borderlands between millennial and zoomer. “[The microblogging site] Tumblr radicalised me,” she says. “Reading about race, identity and class made me think: ‘This is all crazy,’ and opened my eyes.”
We've reached the point where tumblr requires an explanation. Possibly poor for its longevity, but good for its health.
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Adrien is rich but sometimes we forget that and so do his friends
Alya, Nino, and Marinette are talking in the courtyard before class starts. They gleefully debate their positions, laughing at people’s reasoning while also making acute observations about the modern socio-economic landscape with ease. Adrien walks up to them, excited to hear what his friends are so joyfully discussing. This is what he walks in on:
ALYA: All I’m saying is that she looks out for the little guy.
NINO: I agree, she’s probably not poor-poor, but she’s not rich either.
ADRIEN: What? Who?
ALYA: We’re talking about class we think Ladybug and Chat Noir are in.
NINO: Yeah, dude, Marinette said she thinks that Ladybug is, like, upper-middle class-
MARI: Comfortable, but not wealthy.
ALYA: But I think she’s not even that wealthy,
ADRIEN: (trying to laugh along without really understanding the basis of the conversation) How can you tell?
ALYA: Well, she’s always looking out for the little guy. Plus, she’s super resourceful--she can turn anything into something, ya know? Reminds me of my mom.
ADRIEN: (starting to get it) Oh, I understand. What about Chat Noir?
(all three simultaneously)
ALYA: Definitely rich. No doubt about it.
NINO: So rich, dude. No question.
MARI: Very wealthy. Spoiled, really.
(ADRIEN shifts nervously)
ADRIEN: Why do you think that?
MARI: (too caught up in the joke to realize who she’s talking to) Oh he fits the type perfectly. The arrogance, the narcissism. He’s has to be wealthy.
ADRIEN: (self consciously) There’s...there’s a type? Is...is that what you guys think of me?
(all three remember that ADRIEN lives in a fucking mansion)
MARI: OH MY GOSH NO! YOU’RE THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE! You’re such the opposite of that that sometimes I forget that you’re--well--you, which I obviously just did because I would not have said that to you if I had remembered I’m so sorry.
ADRIEN: (a smile of relief) It’s fine, Marinette. I get it.
NINO: Yeah, dude you’re a chill rich guy--unlike Chat Noir. That’s a not chill rich guy.
ADRIEN: I think you’d be surprised by Chat Noir. (off their look) Come on guys, I think out of the four of us, I’m the best judge of who’s wealthy and who’s not.
(the group of friends laugh with each other. There is play banter and the unreasonable defending of arguments starts once again)
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People who make 45k a year all by themselves are really fucking saying “if you can’t afford surprise emergency vet bills of over 2K dollars, you shouldn’t own a cat or a dog in the first place”
like okay just say you hate poor people lol.
Like bitch do you think if I needed emergency surgery I’d be able to afford it???? are you gonna tell me to just stop living????
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The enclosure of the commons for the rich goes on...
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what makes me really mad abt capitalism is that historically civilizations start to see a real boom in arts and culture once basic needs are provided for. there are still class hierarchies, and wealth disparities, and most of the time a minority elite ruling class/family, but the access to artistic expression is not a privilege. it’s part of daily life. in late stage capitalism you get shit like, say, musical education and access to art supplies being a luxury for public schools, are frivolous things that only get money if other areas are prioritized first, and they are the first to be cut when a budget tightens. everyday items aren’t made to be beautiful AND durable, not without a significant price tag that makes them elite luxuries. the whole joke of ‘i would dress so well if i had money’. art and beauty arent everything, but they aren’t nothing either, otherwise we wouldn’t keep creating and chasing them as a species. am i making sense
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How do you watch the richest man on Earth go to space for 10 minutes of his own amusement while using more CO2 than a billion people in a year instead of idk helping fight climate change or poverty and not immediately radicalize yourself
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"Business owners around the country are offering up a lament: 'no one wants to work.' A McDonalds franchise said they had to close because no one wants to work; North Carolina congressman David Rouzer claimed that a too-generous welfare state has turned us all lazy as he circulated photos of a shuttered fast-food restaurant supposedly closed 'due to NO STAFF.'
Most of these complaints seem to be coming from franchised restaurants. Why? Well, it’s not complicated. Service workers didn’t decide one day to stop working — rather huge numbers of them cannot work anymore. Because they’ve died of coronavirus.
A recent study from the University of California–San Francisco looks at increased morbidity rates due to COVID, stratified by profession, from the height of the pandemic last year. They find that food and agricultural workers morbidity rates increased by the widest margins by far, much more so than medical professionals or other occupations generally considered to be on the 'front lines' of the pandemic. Within the food industry, the morbidity rates of line cooks increased by 60 percent, making it the deadliest profession in America under coronavirus pandemic.
Line cooks are especially at risk because of notoriously bad ventilation systems in restaurant kitchens and preparation areas. Anyone who has ever worked a back-of-the-house job knows that it’s hot, smelly, and crowded back there, all of which indicate poor indoor air quality. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency recommended increasing indoor ventilation to fight the virus, but such upgrades are costly and time consuming. There is no data available on how many restaurants chose not to upgrade their ventilation systems, but given how miserly franchise owners are with everything else, one could guess that many, if not most, made no upgrades at all.
Ventilation issues are deadliest for line cooks and other back-of-house jobs, but there are other reasons why food workers’ morbidity rates shot up. Food workers are much more likely to be poor and/or a racial or national minority, and poor people and black and Latino workers are much more likely to die of complications from the coronavirus.
Restaurants are often intentionally short staffed, making it difficult to take time off, so sick workers likely still came to work (and infected others in the process). Bars and restaurants are COVID-19 hotspots, and service workers and customers alike get sick after prolonged restaurant exposure. The difference is that many of those customers have health insurance and other safeguards to prevent them from dying of the illness; 69 percent of restaurants, on the other hand, offer their employees no health benefits at all.
When coronavirus is spread at restaurants, and restaurant workers make little money and rarely earn health benefits, it’s no wonder morbidity rates are so much higher for food service workers. But rather than collectively grieve the deaths of tens of thousands of the people who serve us and keep us fed, and keep such tragedies in mind when considering the state of the food-service industry labor market today, business owners and their political lackeys call these workers 'lazy.'
There are, of course, also living, breathing people who have decided they do not want to risk their lives for $7.25 per hour and no health benefits. That is a perfectly rational decision for the homo economicus to make. Given how dangerous restaurant work is during a viral pandemic, if restaurant owners really wanted more workers, they would offer living wages, health benefits, and adequate personal protective equipment. But all the wage increases in the world won’t bring back the dead.
There aren’t enough people working in the service industry, and service bosses have somehow turned that into our problem, into something we ought to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t fall for it. Profits accumulate because of labor — without workers to exploit, the owning class can’t get richer. Capitalists cannot exploit the labor of the dead, so when large swathes of the working class die, they turn their ire on the living.
This is a barbaric response to mass tragedy. Workers across the country and the globe are dead or grieving. We shouldn’t risk further tragedies for a paltry minimum wage."
- Sandy Barnard, "Service Workers Aren’t Lazy — They Just Don’t Want to Risk Dying for Minimum Wage." Jacobin, 5 May 2021.
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can u please stop dunking on elon, he's autistic. that's the reason he acts "weird". you are bullying an autistic person.
is his special interest underpaying his employees lmao
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Merry Christmas y'all
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Boss made a dollar
I made a dime,
That was a poem
From a simpler time.
Now boss makes a thousand
And gives us a cent
While he’s got employees
Who can’t pay the rent.
So when boss makes a million
And the workers make jack
Then that’s when we riot
And take our lives back.
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love 2 learn new things
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