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    1. I've been feeling kinda sad lately, I finished up school and have a great job but ultimately feel kinda like I have no purpose in life. I went to a concert where I listened to a bunch of fantastic...

      I've been feeling kinda sad lately, I finished up school and have a great job but ultimately feel kinda like I have no purpose in life. I went to a concert where I listened to a bunch of fantastic goth bands discussing resistance, and nonconformity, and I feel like as a white, straight, male, social democrat I don't really do anything to change better the world like they do, other than occasionally donating to charity. I still can't bring myself to think that revolution is the answer (as many of my friends do), so how do fellow capitalists make themselves feel like they're working for the good of all people? Is what I'm feeling just modern day despondency?

      13 votes
    2. I've had this notion for a while, and I'd like to see what other folks around here think about this. So, for quite a long time, I've always heard the phrase "vote with your wallet" when it comes...

      I've had this notion for a while, and I'd like to see what other folks around here think about this.

      So, for quite a long time, I've always heard the phrase "vote with your wallet" when it comes to showing capitalist business that you don't like their business practices. Well, during my life, it seems like all those companies everybody hates (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Walmart, Amazon) for their general anti-consumer practices and low wages seem to just grow larger and more powerful every year anyway.

      I genuinely think part of the problem is that far too many people are willing to vote with their wallet but not their paycheck. We won't give a company money to profit from, but we will happily give them our labor, which nets them more of a profit than just a paltry single sale. Because they are paying us less than our labor is really worth, they are effectively stealing our labor from us to create excess profit in their corporation.

      So why are people more interested in voting with their wallet than voting with their paycheck? Why will the same person who has problems will all kinds of corporate policies give up and work for a corporation they hate anyway? I want to assume most people just need work and need to sustain themselves, but at what cost, socially, when we have private corporations that have more money than our own government, and they swindle that money away into tax havens.

      Shouldn't we, en masse, be saying "No!" and choosing not to work for companies we have ethical/moral issues with? Shouldn't that be just as important (if not more so) as voting with your wallet?

      When you vote with your wallet, you deprive them of sales, but when you vote with your paycheck, you deprive them of the ability to run their business by removing their ability to hire workers. Currently businesses know that they still have a line of people waiting outside the door to replace you, but what if people started saying "fuck that" and just stopped working for these kind of companies? Wouldn't that do much more to tell them they needed to change their ways than just deciding to shop somewhere else.

      Once again, this is just my opinion, but when I consider how you can combat the power and money these corporations have, literally the only solution seems to be depriving them of a workforce to make their business function. Obviously this would require huge amounts of social organizing, but I think it would be far more effective than simply not buying things from certain companies. Because I've seen plenty of people choose to not shop certain places my entire life, and all those businesses continued to succeed, despite that.

      10 votes
    3. link to the source Tweet Things that happen in Silicon Valley and also the Soviet Union: waiting years to receive a car you ordered, to find that it's of poor workmanship and quality promises of...

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      Things that happen in Silicon Valley and also the Soviet Union:

      • waiting years to receive a car you ordered, to find that it's of poor workmanship and quality
      • promises of colonizing the solar system while you toil in drudgery day in, day out
      • living five adults to a two room apartment - being told you are constructing utopia while the system crumbles around you
      • 'totally not illegal taxi' taxis by private citizens moonlighting to make ends meet - everything slaved to the needs of the military-industrial complex
      • mandatory workplace political education - productivity largely falsified to satisfy appearance of sponsoring elites
      • deviation from mainstream narrative carries heavy social and political consequences - networked computers exist but they're really bad
      • Henry Kissinger visits sometimes for some reason
      • elite power struggles result in massive collateral damage, sometimes purges - failures are bizarrely upheld as triumphs
      • otherwise extremely intelligent people just turning the crank because it's the only way to get ahead
      • the plight of the working class is discussed mainly by people who do no work
      • the United States as a whole is depicted as evil by default
      • the currency most people are talking about is fake and worthless
      • the economy is centrally planned, using opaque algorithms not fully understood by their users
      18 votes
    4. With the incredible pace of automation and AI taking place across all sectors of our Global Economy, countries/governments/citizens need to start seriously thinking about how we can continue to...

      With the incredible pace of automation and AI taking place across all sectors of our Global Economy, countries/governments/citizens need to start seriously thinking about how we can continue to survive when there are simply not enough jobs to be had. UBI is one option that countries have attempted to "beta test" with varying results. What is ~'s[sic] opinion on UBI and automation and AI "taking our jerbs"?

      42 votes