Except for the massive tax incentives and good press this will give him.
And then he'll get an $8 tax cut for it. So he's really only paying $8 himself.
Yeah most people who make 50k aren't sure if they can cover an emergency and still have to think carefully about how they spend their money. Food, utilities/rent, gas, phone/ISP bill, all of these take up a higher percentage of your disposable income when you earn 50k a year than when you're literally the richest person in history. Bezos could give out 99% of his wealth and he'd still never have to worry about money for the rest of his life, and the lives of his children, and his children's children
Do you know how Amazon treats its workers? The point of the post is that this donation isn’t that much for him and the broader point is that the “Gospel of Wealth” in no way redeems capitalism.
I’m not going to focus on your title like everyone else seems to and actually agree with the post. While I try to not over consume, recycle and not be wasteful unless these large corporations do anything nothing individuals do will matter that greatly. It’s hard to keep going when it feels useless.
What is interesting is that climate change is basically a giant critique of capitalism that liberals don't realize if you think about it. Infinite growth is flawed and unless you redistribute the ill gotten gains and create a new society that works within the natural world, you're basically looking at the destruction of all life.
Also, US military is the largest polluter in the world. Destroy the US Empire you can combat climate change.
I agree as well, except for places in the US that are arid or semi-arid. I grew up in LA. Lawns are huge wastes of water nor does anyone need to use water to clean their driveway every weekend. And car washes? Recycling water there has been extremely effective.
But these are systemic and cultural changes, like getting rid of plastic bags and promoting reusable bags. They only will work on a large scale with widespread cultural support. Me, personally reducing my water consumption isn’t going to do shit. We need to change how corporations and big ag operate in order to make any differences.
Wait I'm confused youre poor but can only afford TO drink bottled water? Like you actually spend money on bottled water...because you're poor?
Update from Gainesville: Victory for anti-fascism
Today in Gainesville Florida we outnumbered the fascist at least 100 to 1. Many of our comrades were able to get inside the venue where Richard Spencer was speaking, and shouted him down through the duration of his speech.
A fascist was punched, but otherwise it was peaceful.
This is an alt account, and I'll be retiring it now.
It does, but it's self-defence. Fascists are spreading an ideology that will lead to our deaths, so, we are able to defend ourselves against such a goal.
A fascist was punched, but otherwise it was peaceful.
That doesn't really count as violence does it?
My alma mater and former ACR comrades doing me proud!
Spencer claimed to be a "dissident intellectual" when he pulled this shit.
Nobody ever died under capitalism. That's why unemployment is so high, because nobody has died.
Cory Bernadi is a fucking wanker. He usually harasses schoolchildren and poverty stricken migrants, so people dead for several decades are just about defenseless enough for him to vent his ire towards
Clearly it makes sense to attribute all the deaths from the Civil War the Bolsheviks didn't start, the foreign invasion the Bolsheviks were subjected to, and the collapsing semi-feudal economy they inherited, to the Bolsheviks.
Cory Bernadi is a racist dinosaur whose entire political mission is to seek attention by doing shit like this.
install a rollercoaster and yogurt machine
What. The actual. Fuck.
Does this morally decrepit manchild actually think that people demanding better working conditions mean they want a rollercoaster in their workplace?
Nonsense, our good lord Elon can do no wrong. /s
To me it just sounds more like that corporate trend of making pleasurable working places so you can then make people working long hours more palatable. Hip software companies love creating work environments with pool tables, free soda and comfortable sofas while subjecting their workforce to 14-16h workdays.
I mean, roller coasters and yogurt machines would be cool too, but that's besides the point.
"When I complained about blood-sucking capitalists I meant it literally."
Paying blood for knowledge? Paying life points for card draw? Capitalism literally black magic?
man, what the fuck, you can get paid for this? here I am, donating blood for the good of humanity like a fucking chump
Wait a minute now, I have it under good authority that it's the communists that are coming to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids...
Wants to keep modern day slavery.
Business is good when you don't have to treat employees as human.
I love how he calls them (you know, people) "ones". It's easier to enslave people once you've dehumanized them. What a piece of shit.
What in the actual fuck.
Sometimes hyperbole in post titles undercuts the video. I was really hoping that was the case here.
But nope, he just said on record he wants to keep prisoners who would otherwise be released in prison to pick up trash and do other terrible jobs.
This dovetails nicely with Louisiana's nightmare public defender crisis. Their courts are so backed up that some people are being detained for over a year before even meeting with their attorney for an arraignment.
That means people are spending a year in a state facility before even being convicted. And if you can't afford bail, they can just hold you indefinitely. For charges that wouldn't even merit a year's sentence upon conviction.
The southern states in the USA are such a drag. But Louisiana is a special brand of awful even in the midst of places like Alabama and Mississippi.
They also roleplay as being Muslim on twitter
Conservative ideology is so threatened that they need straw men (created by professional shitposters in a right-leaning quasi-dictatorship) to justify their beliefs
This doesn't even make sense as a fake point of criticism. Are people supposed to be mad that women enjoy football?
The strategy is to use as many triggering buzzwords as possible to piss off the other side, breed discord in the society and thus weaken the country. It is written down pretty clearly in the book "Foundations of Geopolitics" by russian ultra-nationalist Aleksandr Dugin. It seems to work frightfully well.
Example, taken from the wikipedia article:
Russia should use its special services within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism, for instance, provoke "Afro-American racists". Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics."
I believe it's Space Communism. The writers couldn't figure out what they wanted to do so sometimes they use money and sometimes they don't. It's most confusing on DS9 where it's never explained how Starfleet officers get their hands on latinum so they can gamble or buy things.
If you want to see a good DS9 episode about poverty there's a two parter called "Past Tense". Sisko and friends are sent back in time, he and Dr. Bashir end up in a Sanctuary District in San Francisco where the homeless and unemployed are forced to live. They just happen to arrive a few days before the Bell Riots, the most violent civil disturbance in US history which results in thousands of deaths after the national guard busts in to end the riot.
Avery Brooks (he played Sisko) said the best episode is "Far Beyond The Stars". Sisko has a vision that he's Benny Russel, a magazine science fiction writer in the 50's. He writes a story about a space station with a black captain, but it's rejected because it's not believable a black man could be a space station captain.
Am trekkie, am commie. Trek is 100% FALGSC.
They only (mostly?) use money when it's with another culture. They do often talk about rations though. Transporter rations, holodeck reservations, replicator rations. They seem to have an energy budget, at least while the ship is under way.
Shhhh.... don't scare the Trekkers away!
This is really good, has a lot of points we should take to heart.
I don't always agree with Contra but goddamn their videos are great.
Edit: Fuck yeah, "social justice, drugs, and rock n' roll" is my kinda shit.
Troll account. I can smell it a mile away.
Becoming cooler than cool sounds nice, but the left has been the movement of angry hotheads for as long as the political left-right divide exists and I don't think that's going to change any time soon. Come to think of it, in the past that was part of the appeal, the anger against the established system, and the populist right is even nowadays using that tactic to their advantage.
What I would like to touch upon is the suggestion, that we should drop the hammer and sickle, denounce the past socialist regimes and that will help us to gain popularity. I would be more than happy to do that, if that meant massive increase in support for socialist ideas among the general population, because in the end transformation of society is what matters, not if we're gonna build monuments to historical figures along the way. But I am skeptical that it would help. You could get away with it if you discuss for example just environmental or gender issues, but as soon as you touch upon economical changes, the red alarm sounds in the heads of your audience and you are met with the question we are all too familiar with. "But isn't that socialism and didn't that fail everywhere it has been tried?" Our opponents on the opposite end of the political spectrum don't carry that burden, because fascist economic ideas are capitalist ideas and those aren't taboo in our society.
So how do you respond? In my opinion, saying that real socialism hasn't been tried anywhere or that it worked but only in a very localized place for a very short period of time, isn't doing you any favors. In my mind that immensely discredits your argument, because in the end what ever you are going to be proposing as an alternative to the current system is going to more resemble the socialist experiments of the past more than anything we have today, so you have to be prepared to address those issues, saying "I had nothing to do with that" isn't going to work.