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12 minutes ago, Nebraska said:

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now that's what i call "moving on up"

the price tag itself is misleading given typical property values in the region, it would be equivalent to a much cheaper house elsewhere.  it's also racist to complain about her moving to a mostly-white region and of course financial scruples of self proclaimed marxists are critiqued far more than those of any other ideology despite socialism having nothing to do with asceticism. that said, it looks bad.

let's critique bill gates. when capitalists have big houses its shown on TV as some extravagent great thing. when a marxist does, a slightly above average house is taken as a proof of their hypocrisy

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This speaks more to nonexistence of affordable housing in the U.S. imho

A libertarian-leaning friend of mine used to love shitting on Bernie because "oh he just bought a half-million dollar house in VT" or something like that at the time.  How much do you think a fucking half-decent house costs?

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18 minutes ago, chenGOD said:

Nice house. Price seems reasonable given the location.

for that price in topanga canyon that''s a serious steal, but the property taxes will be a different story

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4 hours ago, BobDobalina said:

This speaks more to nonexistence of affordable housing in the U.S. imho

Definitely certain desirable areas and some non-desirable areas are completely fucked. Canada is the same. Weak regulations and lack of enforcement of those weak regulations, combined with greed, have contributed a lot to these conditions. This is one area where there should be no wiggle room. Housing should be an inalienable right. 

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12 minutes ago, ignatius said:

why?

because the nature of capitalism is that of competition between organizations, favoring, due to economies of scale, the larger organizations.  this results in a centralization of wealth.  this centralization of wealth creates perverse incentives whereby the private owners of these centralized and immense capitals hold leverage over the very regulatory bodies they are supposed to be regulating.  this, combined with the fact that this private ownership of these capitals, i.e. the means of production, gives those who works upon the means of production limited means of living a life outside the wage labor system for the vast majority of people, a limited capacity to exert political influences upon the organs of the state.  this limited capacity is further paired with limited class consciousness due to indoctrination within the educational system itself with the individualist ideology of capitalism, limiting not just the capability to use political action to represent their class, but also limiting the knowledge that this is even an option, and creating division within their class, which lies in stark contrast to the deep class consciousness of the bourgeoisie who have generations of social structures and cultural institutions to draw upon in conspiring how to maintain power for their class, and indeed they succeed given that this class of the bourgeois reproduces itself.  why is it that the people themselves have not built into the means of production a way to make sure it is workable by themselves without the need for private owners of it, ending this feedback loop of capital exerting control over humanity? because they have not achieved socialism yet.  so that is the task we find ourselves within and the one over which so many people have pondered what is to be done.  With a but of observation, one can't help but observe the limited number of paths that exist and which have historical precedent of working, namely Marxism-Leninism

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oh man

so much ideology here.

don't forget that we are just animals aware of our imminent demise, we are subject to stupid things like greed and malice.

honestly, what is most harmful, especially in the USA  is that we have abstracted everything beyond comprehension.

the system of capitalism requires exploitation at the bottom layer, much like serfdom, and slave driven economies--

we've just off-shored our slavery, you know? all for this ridiculous consumer culture.

soon enough we will see real corporate dystopian slavery when amazon.com owns everything

try to remember that some part of the computer you are typing on has a good chance of being put together by a raped minority in an east asian country. the british exported their model to the whole fucking world, and the US was their superstar that broke away.

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so far, all systems have hierarchies or move towards them. 

are we a collective? are we individuals? does it even matter? should i read up on theory of the leisure class? or just get on board w/the idea that it's a brutal model for the "lower classes" to try to emulate?

what good will any of it do.

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13 minutes ago, ignatius said:

so far, all systems have hierarchies or move towards them. 

are we a collective? are we individuals? does it even matter? should i read up on theory of the leisure class? or just get on board w/the idea that it's a brutal model for the "lower classes" to try to emulate?

what good will any of it do.

 

this is bourgeois propaganda, it's entirely possible to create systems which are stably decentralized it just takes work.  convenient that those at the top say "there must always be someone at the top, just live your life and let it be us".  they are at the top because of class conflict they inflict upon us preventing us from preventing them from exploiting us.

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20 minutes ago, cyanobacteria said:

this is bourgeois propaganda, it's entirely possible to create systems which are stably decentralized it just takes work.  convenient that those at the top say "there must always be someone at the top, just live your life and let it be us".  they are at the top because of class conflict they inflict upon us preventing us from preventing them from exploiting us.

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8 minutes ago, Rubin Farr said:

And the award for the tiniest soup bowl we found on a dining room table goes to...

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/rick-scott-trump-tiny-bowl-020159290.html

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rick scott is a huge piece of shit. if you do a bit of googling about the healthcare company he ran and medicare fraud you'll find during his tenure as CEO he made it policy to overbill medicare at every level.. big big dollars of fraud. 

soon after he became governor of florida where he bragged about making it so difficult for people to get unemployment that he lowered the number of people getting the benefit to 69,000 for the entire state. not by creating jobs.. just making it really difficult to apply for benefits.  he's a giant succubus. the list of dirty deals and regulatory fuckery is long. 

 

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6 hours ago, Rubin Farr said:

Mike Lindell is now selling children’s’ books, along with crap like “Freedom Coffee”

https://www.mypillow.com/mystore#

 

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looks like 'donald the caveman' is a trilogy of classic children's stories- thought curiously, only two out the three are "based on a true story"

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3 hours ago, Satans Little Helper said:

Capitalism....take note of the rant in the first minute

 

 

nice... yeah the 'can't recognize the legitimacy of others' narratives + so can't have a productive conversation' is very key to interacting with some people on this forum. :whistling:

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