Talk to your kids about capitalism, before someone else does

Signs that your teen might be involved with capitalism:
- Wears suits and/or khakis
- Blames poor people for being poor
- Pays their employees less than they are worth
- Receives bonuses after laying off workers
- Says that charity is the solution to income inequality

A couple people got mad at this lol I’m not even being inflammatory people this is literally how it works

I don’t really care if you think capitalism is great or not. But at least know how it works

You’ve got a couple options when it comes to turning a profit:
- Underpay workers
- Overvalue the product
- Both

Modern capitalism does both (alongside a subset of the middle class that gets dramatically overpaid, such as programmers, and gratuitous expenditures such as salary bonuses). Whichever way you slice it, though, you get inflation and increasing inequality.

If you consider yourself a capitalist, but think rising inequality is a bug rather than a feature, you don’t actually understand capitalism (or are pretending not to, for PR).

Yep! Once “everyone can code,” owners can finally do what they’ve always wanted to do: underpay programmers. switter.at/web/statuses/101868

In my view, a healthy economy should look more like ecology: a complex, circular web of mutually-beneficial relationships and transferral of resources. Rather than the pyramid of exploitation we have now.

Capitalism, by the numbers, creates an economy of parasites. (Sorry Ayn Rand, you got it backwards, as usual.) There’s a reason you don’t see (literal, actual) ecosystems that are 99% parasites: they aren’t sustainable.

My preference for an, uh, ecosystemic economy is also why I don’t consider myself a socialist. Like I’ve said before, I think “the answer” is something we haven’t yet seen.

@amydentata i don't know why not. for socialism to function, there have to be sustainable, self-reinforcing ways of living.

@lyliawisteria I mean, that new thing we haven’t seen yet could potentially be socialism, but done in a way not possible before at scale

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@amydentata it has always been possible. socialism does exist, just not in the nation states that explicitly call themselves socialist. or any nation state.

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