Do you make $40,000 a year? Do you feel like you work pretty hard to make what you do? Well the average CEO of a top-ranked company makes your yearly income in less than a single day. If a CEO decides to take a day to do nothing but jerk off and binge watch Fox News, they will earn the equivalent of an entire year of your hard work.

And you know what’s even sadder than that? If you’re making $40,000 a year, then you’re making almost FOUR TIMES what it takes to be considered above the poverty line in the United States. If a CEO is having a particularly diarrhea-rific afternoon, he can make that amount while taking his daily shits. Throughout the day, in the time it takes for one (average!) CEO to unzip his $1,000 business pants, sit on his ivory toilet seat, take a diamond-encrusted crap, and wipe his ass with Louis Vuitton toilet paper, he’ll have earned an entire year’s salary for someone at the poverty line.

Add to that the fact that if you’re at the poverty line in the United States, you’re still richer than almost 85% of the rest of the world. Your income is more than 8 times the global average. Roughly 2.5 billion people in the world survive off less than $2 per day. These 2.5 billion people, one third of the world’s population, earn $730 per year, tops. The average CEO will earn that every 5 minutes.

The state of income inequality in the world is fundamentally immoral and absurd.

income inequality is cool and all to talk about but uh the wealthiest people in the world don’t even fucking have incomes like most people, they have wealth that generates more wealth. they make millions just because they’re rich, quite literally. their money is grounds for them to have more money lmao. 

and these are the people who like when 8 of them get together have more wealth than 4 billion people. no one and i mean no one works harder than 4 billion people combined, thats fuck absurd if you believe that lmao.

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NDP Leadership candidates comment on the fact that Sears managers will be receiving millions of dollars in Bonuses as 2900 front line workers are being laid off without severance pay.

Not a peep from Justin Trudeau or the Liberal Party. Nothing from Andrew Scheer or the Conservative Party of Canada.

Only one political party is fighting for worker’s rights.

The truth abt Donald Trump and every other rich person who wants to stop any and every attempt at environmental conservation is that they truly don’t believe they, themselves, will ever be affected by it. They literally believe that their riches and money are the things that will protect them against climate change. They really believe that they are above any havoc that they might be causing to the planet because they have billions of dollars in their bank accounts and it’s seen them through escaping responsibility for every other disaster. The way rich people think about and perceive their money/wealth is not just deeply disturbing, but fucking destructive to everyone else who wants a shot at the planet actually being livable in the next 200 years.

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Dude people who say fast food work is easy or that everyone can do it therefore low pay is acceptable have LITERALLY NEVER worked at fast food. One of my professors (as in he's had a phD for like 30+ years) told us "the most difficult job in your life is always going to be the one where they pay you the least" and my entire class was shocked. He says his days sitting in a cool office and lecturing for a few hours a day don't compare in the slightest to his days working in restaurants and bodegas

It’s funny how, “The most difficult job in your life is always going to be the one where they pay you the least.” almost always goes hand in hand with professions that are the most demanding in terms of work too. It’s almost like there are people out there who don’t want to do things for themselves, but don’t want to compensate people for doing the things they don’t want to do for themselves. 

- Mod A

If you would go out of your way to argue how easy it is for capital to automate away jobs when labor costs become too high, then you should probably know that you’re giving all kinds of credibility to those of us who advocate fully-automated luxury communism. I mean, think about it: you’re arguing that so much of human labor ISN’T NECESSARY because said jobs can be done by machines, and yet you STILL want the bulk of humanity to pointlessly scrape by laboring for the capitalist class, receiving meager wages to buy the shit they helped generate in the first place. The above billboard is a THREAT. Let’s not mince words – that billboard is bourgeois propaganda designed to turn the working class against each other and against the broader goals of resource democratization. “If you fight for a basic livable wage, just know that you’re easily replaceable, peon!”

This is what leftists mean when they say that capitalism is an economic system filled to the brim with tensions and contradictions; it’s also what they mean when they say that capitalism inevitably produces its own gravediggers. Automation is one of those gravediggers, and it’s a major one at that. As more and more jobs become automated in the coming decades, the working class will face widespread dispossession, ramping up revolutionary class consciousness in the process. At that point, capitalism will either focus on generating more superfluous jobs for people to work or set about instituting a universal basic income – regardless, the point is to keep enough scraps flowing downward so that people don’t call for a broader system change. In this way, capitalism’s ruling class can maintain control over the wealth-producing means of production and imperialist capital accumulation can continue unrestrained.

For these reasons, “more jobs” and universal basic incomes are not enough. We need to democratize the broader social infrastructure and eliminate the profit system. If you recognize how possible it is to automate away human labor, then you should defenestrate yourself out of the Overton Window and use some political imagination – cut out the unnecessary jobs, automate all the labor you can, produce for human need rather than elite profit, and you end up with drastically reduced working hours and bountiful leisure time. This is the essence of fully-automated luxury communism – the natural conclusion of the conditions that capitalism set in motion.

Be wary of automation in the present climate, but always trace it back to the class struggle. Robots taking our jobs SHOULD be cause for celebration; why should we treat these potential liberators as harbingers of dispossession? Technological advancements are pushing us exponentially towards a de facto post-scarcity world, where everyone’s needs can be comfortably met alongside their desires for community and leisure and entertainment, and yet we’re held back by Empire’s insistence on keeping the means of production hoarded under the command of a superfluous ruling class. As long as we are divided into capitalists and workers, humanity will never know full liberation.

  • British taxation on America without sufficient representation: *results in Boston Tea Party, revolution, etc.*
  • White reactionary: These acts of property damage and militant resistance are justified and good =) because Britain was clearly tyrannical =) liberty needs to be fought for sweaty =)
  • Eight people control more wealth than half the world's people, climate change threatens to bring catastrophic damage to the planet, and a proto-fascist sexual predator was just made most powerful man in the world: *results in some shattered windows and limo bonfires, calls for revolution, etc.*
  • White reactionary: Um =\ violence is never the answer =/ protest is good and all =\ but this is taking it too far =/ can't you see you're just hurting any credibility you had =\ protests shouldn't interrupt my day =(
  • some dumbass: it's only fair to let people die if they can't afford health care, even if that death is preventable!!! that doesn't make me a bad person to say that!!!! it doesn't make me a bad person to willfully choose not to have compassion for others!!!!!!! sucks for you that you can't afford to live haha!!!!!!! i'm not a bad person for letting people die and looking the other way even when i can do something!!!!! it's only FAIR.