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explainguncontrolandsafespaces  asked:

You are anti capitalist. The other end is communism. Is that what you support? If a person chooses not to work in your ideal economy what happens to them?

I feel like the reason you’re asking this is because you’re assuming that communism would entail “the collective” forcing a person to perform labor and then extracting their labor product when finished, yes? As if to imply that starvation in a capitalist economy is significantly better? Nah, we don’t want some collective committee forcing an individual to perform labor – and if you think that’s what the anti-capitalist critique boils down to, you’re denying yourself a layered understanding of capitalism itself, as well.

Are you under some sort of impression that workers get to control the full product of their labor under capitalism? That the critique of capitalism is merely “do basically everything the same as capitalism except have a significant place for the state sector and regulation”? Or, like, “the state does everything”?

C'mon mate, read a bit on historical materialism – the social structure of society is overwhelmingly dependent on technology, the material conditions, and our relationships to the means of production. For instance, we had feudalism when there was the windmill, we developed capitalism as the steam engine and the commercial factory took off, and now we’re fast approaching a scenario where extensive automation could free millions upon millions of people from even needing to work a job beyond couple-hour shifts, if that. The changing technology will necessitate a change in social structure, as history has shown, or we’ll continue to slip further into obfuscating barbarism managed by a ruling class of capitalists and state bureaucrats. Rather than continue to compel people to work 8+ hour shifts, starve, or have their jobs lost to machines, machines ought to replace every job they feasibly could; at that point, society should democratically control the abundance-producing machines. Figure out what jobs need to be done to satisfy needs, cut out the many jobs that literally aren’t needed to sustain society (and are just there to help with profit extraction and bureaucracy), automate wherever possible, divvy up the work that can’t be automated, and then people get to pursue whatever they want once those economic faculties are covered. In the end, people have bountiful leisure time, thus expanding their freedom (ya know, the fetishized but actually-neglected concept of capitalism). I’m simplifying the process a bit, but that’s the general trajectory that ought to be embraced.

The capitalist system has many innate tensions within it, but that automation conundrum is HUGE – capitalists want the most profit possible, and soon they will automate away jobs as wages start to increase again. This is why liberals miss the point in the grand scheme of things – yes, increased minimum wages CAN lead to job loss, and automation WILL consume jobs left and right in the coming decades. But that’s not due to the “greedy workers wanting more” or whatever bullshit right-wingers argue – it’s because the system is not structurally designed to meet everyone’s needs. It’s not about freedom or individualism or serving human need; it’s about profit extraction for a small caste of elites.

Zoom out and consider where humanity has gone and will continue to go as time moves forward. You’re sitting in an idealistic fantasyland if you think capitalism can maintain itself forever as the modes of production change and as we slip further into environmental collapse. I implore you to dig past surface ideology you’ve been fed since childhood and locate the true source of tyranny and widespread human suffering.

“Hello I just wanted to make sure that you’ve seen this beautiful picture of my husband Nicky,” Alex says to the fourth person at Whole Foods he has never met before.


The Death of Odoacer and the Rise of Theodoric the Great

In a previous post  I wrote about how in 476 AD the German warlord Odoacer had overthrown the last Western Roman Emperor, Romulus Augustus. After the overthrow of Romulus Augustus, the Eastern Roman Emperor Zeno wanted Odoacer to recognize a new Western Roman Emperor, in particular one hand picked by Zeno himself. However Odoacer refused, dispensing with the old Imperial system and declaring himself King of Italy. Zeno was greatly angered by this, but with internal revolts and rampaging Goths tearing apart his empire, there wasn’t anything he could do about it.  Ten years later, the Goths were still rampaging through the Eastern Roman Empire, in fact they had laid siege to Constantinople itself.  Things were going badly for Zeno, while the Byzantines were well defended behind the walls of Constantinople and generous supplies were being shipped into the city, it was only a matter of time before rebellions broke out somewhere in the empire, or foreign powers such as the Huns or the Sassanid Persians took advantage of the situation. For the sake of his empire, he had to do something to get those dang Goths off his back. Likewise for the Ostrogothic King Theodoric, besieging Constantinople was no picnic either. Constantinople was perhaps the mostly heavily fortified city in Europe, and many attempts to sack the city would fail miserably.  Thus, Emperor Zeno approached King Theodoric with an offer, one that would kill two birds with one stone.  Odoacer was still on Zeno’s shit list, thus he told Theodoric, “You know, Italy is ripe for the taking and Italian cities are not nearly as well defended as Constantinople.  Why not go to Italy and become their problem?”  Theodoric was like, “OK, that’s sounds cool bye now :) “

In 488 AD Theodoric and the Ostrogoths crossed the Alps and invaded Italy.  Theodoric won victory after victory against Odoacer. By 491 Theodoric had won control of almost all of Italy, with the exception of the old Imperial capital of Ravenna.  Ravenna had been made capital of the Western Roman Empire in 402 because the city was surrounded by swamps, with only a few available approaches to the city.  Thus the city was easy to defend.  Theodoric found that laying siege to Ravenna was no better than laying siege to Constantinople.  Despite Odoacer being backed into a corner with few loyal troops left, the war dragged on.  On February 25th, 493 the Bishop of Ravenna finally brokered a peace deal between the two kings in which the two rulers would share power. To celebrate the new peace deal, Theodoric invited Odoacer to a grand banquet.  Those who are avid viewers of the show Game of Thrones can probably predict what happened next.

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In the midst of the banquet, Theodoric unexpectedly drew his sword and struck Odoacer right through the collar bone.  Odoacer’s entourage were also grabbed and their throats were cut, while his wife was taken away and stoned to death.  As Odoacer was dying he cried out, “Where is God!?” Theodoric, standing over his body responded, “This is what you did to my friends”. When Odoacer was dead Theodoric remarked, “ There certainly wasn’t a bone in this wretched fellow.”

The Emperor Zeno would give Theodoric the title of Viceroy of Italy.  Thus Theodoric was a subject of Zeno and Italy was officially a part of the Roman Empire once again… but not really.  In reality Theodoric was now King of Italy, and his rule would bring a short lived measure of peace and prosperity the likes of which hadn’t been seen for over a century.  Under Theodoric, Italy would undergo a renaissance, with a revival of trade, commerce, and culture.  Today, Theodoric is known posthumously as “Theodoric the Great”.

izuku…. burnsides???

Except as personified capital, the capitalist has no historical value,..  But, so far as he is personified capital, it is not values in use and the enjoyment of them, but exchange-value and its augmentation, that spur him into action. Fanatically bent on making value expand itself, he ruthlessly forces the human race to produce for production’s sake; he thus forces the development of the productive powers of society, and creates those material conditions, which alone can form the real basis of a higher form of society, a society in which the full and free development of every individual forms the ruling principle.
—  Marx - Capital Vol 1 Ch.24 1867
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The Caps are trolling me by not including Ovi in this video but OH MY GOD, THESE LOVABLE DORKS.

Willy’s grin! Lats pointing! Chimmer is too cool for it, and of course, Braden Holtby with the Beauty Queen On Speed Wave. I love it.

Fight- Andre Burakovsky imagine

               It wasn’t often during the season that Andre and you were able to go on dates that were longer than a few hours or even occurring at night. Luckily tonight was an exception.  The Washington Capitals had a game tomorrow night so today the team was free after practice. You had been waiting for Andre to return to the apartment where he gave you the good news that you guys could spend a night out together.

               So that’s where you found yourself now, sitting across from Andre at a table at a restaurant located at the Georgetown Waterfront. The weather had been perfect all day and the two of you wanted to spend as much time as you could outside so while you the two of you were walking along the waterfront you decided to stop at one of the outdoor restaurants.

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The really interesting thing about making a text post on this site is that the formatting of the post is really the most critical thing about it. You could be telling the funniest story in the world but if it’s presented in this hugeass block paragraph, it’s not going to get a single note. And format also lends to the delivery of the post’s message or joke, depending.


  • A post typed like this is usually informative. Typically not the kind of shit you want to go with if you’re telling a joke, because it sounds formal and stiff. Why do we need all of these periods? Who knows. Useful for getting attention for more serious issues, though, considering formatting like this is so rare on here.
  • But, you can tell a joke in this format if you add in a few run-on sentences, skimp on a bit of grammar, and throw in some colloquial language tho, since that way you’re maintaining an informal voice. Good for telling long jokes. 
  • a post like this is ~*casual*~ and fun lmao. good for short jokes. lack of capitalization can start grating on the nerves for long ones. 
  • posts that escalate usually tell an absurd story that the poster stILL CAN’T BELIEVE HAPPENED. typically start with no capitalization because the capitalization will come later, just you wait
  • posts w lots of word shortenings nd purposeful spelling mistaeks r typically employed 2 a) make a callback to Dark Days where we all used this diction unironically or b) make shitposts. see @thebootydiaries 4 exampels
  • posts with a lot of question marks are just?????? funny????????? I dunno, I don’t make the rules

I mean, again, most of these formatting rules are used to aid in the making of dumb jokes, but it’s super interesting how we kinda take this all into account automatically, since we built these syntax rules ourselves. And even more interesting is that we know immediately when someone doesn’t know these rules, which is why companies (except Denny’s which has capitalized on weird, surrealist shitposting) typically fail at connecting to the Youths™. Because we literally speak a different language.

anonymous asked:

It's been a long time since we've seen it. Everything is fine?

wait…by ‘it’ you mean me? lol if so, yep! all’s good in the hood :) (and if by 'it’ you mean something else then I’m lost)

the labor theory of value (cost of production) tells us nothing about the end price of a good, or its exchange-value, because cost of production varies with quantity of a good produced. Like, yes, price = marginal cost of production, but you can’t determine either without knowing quantity. The question of what quantity will be produced is simply one that the labor theory of value can’t answer except with the shallow “capitalism seeks to increase production”

but this ignores the realities of monopoly, duopoly, and oligopoly markets - they do not seek to increase production indefinitely; in fact, the problem with these markets is one of underproduction. so cost of production alone does not tell us quantity, and without quantity, we can’t determine cost of production. 

Basically Marshall’s contribution to economics was that we need to know both cost of production and the utility generated by consumption in order to determine exchange value, because exchange necessarily happens between two parties and must take both of their interests into account