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jtem replied to your post: I really wish people would distinguish between the…I wish people would get a clue and understand there is no difference, as far as exploitation by the 1% goes…
A woman who cleans toilets for a living and a tenured professor aren’t ‘just as exploited’.
On average, the full professor in the U.S. is outside “Middle Class,” earning more than $110,000 a year as of 2011. As of 2010, less than 12% of HOUSEHOLDS earned more than $100,000 each year, and “Household” income would include all working members of the household. Which means, in quite a few of those households (most of them?) nobody would be earning anything approaching that amount.
So while they wouldn’t be considered “Middle Class” by anyone besides Obama & Mitt Romney (both had $100K AND HIGHER included in their “Middle Class Tax Cut”), they are also victims of the 1%. They’re outside the top 90(plus) percent and so have actually LOST economic ground to the top 1% in recent years.
Put another way: They would be natural allies in the fight against income disparity, yet you insanely set them against your goals.
Dumb. Really, really dumb…
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“ECONOMISM The reduction of social and political goals to their economic dimension, characteristic of Western ideologies. Economism is an offshoot of the
This is senseless. It’s not even an argument, it’s a naked (not to mention unsubstantiated) claim. There is not so much as an attempt to support a word of it…
Economics is a fact of life. Period. You can’t have civilization without it. Period. Ancient Egypt, for example, didn’t even have money per se — coins — until the Great Pyramid of Giza was already 2,000 years old or so, but they still had an economy, they still relied on economics and there was still asuch a thing as economic disparity.
Economics are a bit like the Atlantic ocean, Elm trees or gay people in that they exists whether you “agree” with them or not. Economic forces are at play whether you think they should be or not, and they shape a society whether you accept this fact or invest every last ounce of mental power into denying the bleeding obvious.
Now, that said you’re not entirely wrong, only mostly wrong. We have lost our focus in this nation, we have lost our “economic” senses in the sense that everyone & everything is geared NOT to the lives of people but to some big, nameless, faceless “Economy.”
Put another way: The focus is 100% on “economic indicators” — statistics — and not people.
They tell us that the economy is great, that we’re out of a recession even when tens of million are unemployed and tens of millions more or earning LESS. And that’s because “The Economy” grew, even if fewer & fewer people are sharing in any of that growth. It’s the corporatist mentality, the “Bucket” problem.
Corporate America will give execs a “Bucket” to hit, a goal — a number they have to reach. Often this is a stock price. Most execs will move hell or high water to hit their “Bucket” — reach their goal — and rake in a hefty bonus. To do this they’ll lay waste to employees, customers, other departments within the company and ultimately the future well being of the company itself. But they’ll have long since cashed their check so what do they care? And if there’s something wrong with what they’re doing then it’s their bosses fault (or the board) for not clarifying…
The corporatists who run our government think “Economic growth is good” and so the economy grows and then they pat each other on the backs for a job well done… ignoring the fact that 90% of the nation just lost ground…
Fact is that our economy could easily shrink — recede — some 20% or more and we might still be a lot better off… if, say, they richest 1% lost most of their money (about 40% of the economy) and half of that went to “The Bottom” 90% of Americans.
So in this sense you might be right in that “Economics” have taken on a life of their own — and have supplanted living — but you’re totally wrong if you think the problem isn’t an economic one, or that the solution doesn’t center on economics.
Again, economics exists. Period. Economics are important. Period. Economics is power, it’s political stability and it strength. Period. This has been true in all of human history, going back BEFORE money was invented, and it will remain true no matter what. Period.
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The left is freaking out that I think being born out of wedlock is an economic problem for children.
Economics be damned! We have a different narrative to push!
I don’t care if there are hundreds of thousands of pages of studies and guides explaining that my socio-economic view is wrong.
I’m a Tumblr leftist, and I’m here to save the oppressed!
Children being born to single mothers is an economic problem because capitalism is a problem, dipshit.
“Capitalism” is inescapable.
You’ve got more wheat than you know what to do with? You might trade a ton of it for a new jacket. But if you’ve got barely enough to feed yourself chances are you wouldn’t let a handful go in exchange for a small pile of gold…
The problem with capitalism is that it’s vulnerable in its natural state. You can think of it like a farmer’s field: Let to nature it’ll be consumed by vermin and overgrown with weeds, trees and everything else. It needs to be tended… REGULATED.
That’s the problem with capitalism.
The problem with two-bit revolutionaries is that they mistakenly believe the forces of capitalism and it’s problems go away because they say they don’t “Believe in it.”
It doesn’t work that way.
China, Cuba or the old Soviet Union had winners & losers, rich & poor and people trading commodities, influence, positions… ANYTHING. If people want it, if people are willing to give up something for it, you have the forces of capitalism at work. Which means, yes, you ALWAYS have the forces of capitalism at work. Always. Everywhere. Under every last system ever devised by man.
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