LateStageCapitalism

Huh...

Huh...

Similarly, it's bizarre that, despite the economy being progressively automated and digitalised, people are having to work longer and retire later. These are the results of having a whole social structure centred around accumulating wealth for the owners of capital rather than improving standards of living.

Taking all the jobs makes it sound like a bad thing

Let's say it like it is: eliminating labor. A world where people don't have to work is bad.

The productivity gains of the last century have been pocketed by investors, while wages for workers have remained constant.

We can look forward to a future where one man directs an entire automated workforce and nobody else has any money to buy goods or services.

Alternatively, "If you teach a robot to fish, do we all eat or do we all starve"?

Exactly, the problem isn't robots working for us, the problem is where the profit of that work will end, and in a capitalist world, it will end in the same hands as always.

How else will you transition into adulthood?!

How else will you transition into adulthood?!

USA: Also we are fighting a war for corporate interests. Go and die for it like a true patriot. But you're still definitely too young to buy alcohol or make other decisions regarding yourself.

17 year-old: "Can I buy Call Of Duty for Xbox please?"

UK: "No, that's illegal and wrong!"

17-year old: "OK, can I join the army and go kill people and die in Afghanistan for real?"

UK: "Sure!"

17-year old: "How about I watch Shades Of Grey in the movie theater?"

UK: "Illegal and wrong. Also, that movie sucks."

17-year old: "Well, can I just go out and have sex with people then?"

UK: "A-OK!"

17: raises hand to ask permission to go to the bathroom

18: well you better have this whole adult life stuff figured out.

inb4 some solider saying they can drink alcohol while deployed, like it makes it any better

That is the demand

That is the demand

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world." - Eugene V. Debs

That's weird, it seems to be missing the part about the government taking your toothbrushes

If you ever make your way across this country on Interstate 70 and pass through my town, Terre Haute, Indiana. Make a stop and visit the Eugene V. Debs House on the Indiana State University campus. It is the house Debs lived in most of his life, filled with a lot of memorabilia of his life- photos of protest marches, letters from notables, etc. along with some gorgeous early 20th century furniture and a free library of socialist literature. It is open Tuesday-Saturday and I can't recommend it enough. 

http://debsfoundation.org/index.php/landing/visit-the-museum/museum-hours/

ETA: And of course there's a gift shop. Got myself one of these.

If you ever make your way across this country on Interstate 70 and pass through my town, Terre Haute, Indiana. Make a stop and visit the Eugene V. Debs House on the Indiana State University campus. It is the house Debs lived in most of his life, filled with a lot of memorabilia of his life- photos of protest marches, letters from notables, etc. along with some gorgeous early 20th century furniture and a free library of socialist literature. It is open Tuesday-Saturday and I can't recommend it enough.

http://debsfoundation.org/index.php/landing/visit-the-museum/museum-hours/

ETA: And of course there's a gift shop.

"Sorry, we just don't have enough supply to meet these demands" - A capitalist, probably.

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Piece of shit. Upvote this so when people search for piece of shit they find Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC.

Piece of shit. Upvote this so when people search for piece of shit they find Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC.

fuk this guy

A true traitor to the American Citizen and Consumer. Fucking ISPs are trying to destroy the FCC with this piece of shit animal. We still need the FCC!!! We don't need corporate shills!!!

Nationalize the grids!!!!!!!!!

While I share the general sentiment, I might point out that although a piece of shit is unpleasant, it can, at times, be useful as in fertilizer. Pai on the other hand is guilty of far worse than a piece of shit, he is that evil known as 'a corporate shill'.

Just started seeing notices from Comcast about going over my monthly data cap. All thanks to this fucker.

Internet is a utility. When society deregulates and privatizes utilities, the poor are the first to suffer.

A few months ago, I had to move away from a low paying, entry level job in my field because I couldn't afford the power bills in a one-bedroom apartment. Same power company also wastes probably around hundreds of thousands on advertising how eco-friendly they are and all their bullshit "tips" on lowering energy bills (by BUYING more energy efficient appliances, like anyone can afford to purchase anything new these days).

Meanwhile, both Comcast and the aforementioned power company rake in millions in profits and pays out even more millions in dividends, while my personal life goals and dreams get fucked by their greed.

The efficiency of agencies under capitalism is astounding

The efficiency of agencies under capitalism is astounding

I can't remember where I read it, but it was about the reasons people run from the police. Essentially a lot of people who get nabbed and face fines, jail, etc are very poor (imagine that).

The police represent more than just a temporary annoyance, they can basically ruin a persons life over trivial BS. Get a $110 fine, can't pay rent. Can't pay rent, get kicked out. Get kicked out, live in your car. Can't pay for the car, can't get a job. Can't get a job, end up on the streets.

Over $110. So when people say "why did they run?", just think about that. Just a couple bucks away from teetering over the edge, and the cops are gonna be the catalyst.

this is exactly what was found in DOJ's ferguson report. the city was literally using the municipal court system as an atm machine to fund its pet projects. it resulted in ruining the lives of many of its citizens, and 3/4s of the population with arrest warrants.

and the country thought the uprising was over michael brown.

My friend's house was being broken into a while back. He called 911 and told them the person was still in his house. The person on the phone tells him they won't be able to get there in time because they're on patrol in his area... You're on patrol IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENS, NO!?

The best is when the police get all angry at not being wanted in pride parades and such. Like yes we don't want people who are arresting non passing trans people because they are sex workers among other problems with the police.

Edit: clarifying the police are arresting trans women for being sex workers simply because they are trans.

McCain is a bastard

McCain is a bastard

But I thought he was an honorable, resistance maverick!

I really wish liberals would quit their delusions that McCain is secretly a closet moderate - it's something that is evidently false from literally any of his votes or actions of the past two decades, and it's something that never existed and Jon Stewart just desperately tried to wish into existence upon the world and it never worked.

That is almost nothing compared to how many deaths, pain, misery and suffering McCain has caused all round the world by starting wars for US military industrial complex.

but he was captured in vietnam! and then came back and "served his country" by taking six figure paychecks, free healthcare and untold amounts of corporate donations!

Thank you, Juggalocialism.

Thank you, Juggalocialism.

Republicans sometimes struggle between their desire to see the poor die, and seeing the poor suffer. As long as their sponsors make their profits the bribes will keep coming.

What the hell is the deal with Paul Ryan? Democrats hate him, Trumplicans hate him, who the hell is he suppose to be representing up there in Washington?

The sweet spot.

There's some point at which it is more profitable to watch people die than suffer. They are trying to find that point in the healthcare bill.

Even without including federal prisons, the 50 states are collectively spending 48 billion a year on prisons and lining pockets

Even without including federal prisons, the 50 states are collectively spending 48 billion a year on prisons and lining pockets
Even without including federal prisons, the 50 states are collectively spending 48 billion a year...

All so we can have constitutional slave labor.

Corporations are specifically designed and intended to be as unaccountable to the People as possible. They're as antidemocracy as you can get before becoming an Erdogan, Putin, Pinochet, or Hitler.

I can't quite articulate why, but I feel like it's worse to be enslaved to a private corporation rather than the government.

The contrast between the idealistic American values as presented by US propaganda and the dystopian reality of the US prison industrial complex would be hilarious if it wasn't so horrific

Senator Elizabeth Warren accused JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon of engaging in illegal activities. His response ? He leaned back, slowly smiled, and then replied “So hit me with a fine. We can afford it"

Senator Elizabeth Warren accused JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon of engaging in illegal activities. His response ? He leaned back, slowly smiled, and then replied “So hit me with a fine. We can afford it"
Senator Elizabeth Warren accused JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon of engaging in illegal activities. His...

If capitalism were truly regulated properly, fines would be a percentage of some metric or other. Something like % of companies' net income, or persons net income, or the fine being the profit made from some illegal act. The fact that fines are set at monetary values either shows true deviousness by lobbyists or total lack of foresight by lawmakers. Either I could easily believe.

Honestly, If you told me I could rob you for a dollar and my punishment was to pay a dime in fines, you've incentivized me to keep on robbing!

There is no way to regulate capitalism.

Capital is power, and capitalists, by definition, hold a lot of power. These people will, of course, wield this power to shape the system in such a way that this power is preserved and maintained.

A 'well regulated' capitalism would rely on either capitalists deciding, for some reason, to not use their power, OR on the state being more powerful than capital. As the state needs capital to remain a state, and the state is born out of capital, not the other way around, and as capital, by the very structure of capitalism, accumulates more capital as time goes on, this later possibility is unlikely.

State power and capital are, then, in a simbiotic relationship, each feeding on the other for power and protection, and both parasiting on the working class. The working class, therefore, cannot rely on the institution that relies on capital for it's power to regulate capital to the power where the power of capital is gone. It is impossible. If a politician, or group of politicians, ever threaten capital, even in the slightest, they will be removed, replaced, squashed. Propaganda, propaganda, propaganda.

The only times when capitalism was weak was where there was an external threat. A big, bad USSR, and big bad communist parties, threatning wealth and power. We had the New Deal, Social democracies in Europe and the Nordic countries, etc. The State and Capital are not at odds with each other.

“Crowned heads, wealth and privilege may well tremble should ever again the Black and Red unite!"

In Ancient Rome, a once acceptable penalty for physical assault was a fine, paid as compensation to the victim.

The result? Cases of rich assholes punching random plebs before casually tossing coins at them and walking away.

Americans think they live in a democracy. But their workplaces are small tyrannies

Americans think they live in a democracy. But their workplaces are small tyrannies

One way to do this would be to strengthen the rights of labor unions to organize. Labor unions are a vital tool for abusive and exploitative employers. However, due to lax enforcement of laws protecting the right to organize and discuss workplace complaints, many workers are fired for these activities. And many workers shy away from unionization, because they prefer a collaborative to an adversarial relationship to their employer.

Herein lies the problem. The capitalists are no longer afraid of their workers.

Correct! Bingo! Unions were crushed, and workers' rights organisations like "Fight for $15" are only just starting up. It'll be a while before we can put the fear of god back into the elites. But we can't give up. It happened before, it can happen again.

Workers of the World, unite!

I despise the current state of affairs because it has reduced the citizenry at large to supplicants who compete against each other with the singular idea that material wealth is the greatest achievement and all other concerns are secondary.

A house divided cannot stand and a nation composed of piranha is soon devoured.

Capitalism has never, in the history of the world, functioned without slavery. However, humans have evolved, and along with that evolution thoughts about empathy and morals have evolved. Linguistic science has evolved along with our thought processes so that now we have better, safer, more politically correct terms for slavery. We no longer have slavery in our own backyards, instead we have outsourcing, compensation plans, and termination clauses.

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