social welfare

Humans are a communal species that have banded together and cared for their sick, disabled, and elderly since before we were ever modern man. Resources were shared even as skills specialized. 

Capitalism isn’t natural. A community should not have members dying of starvation or exposure while there is an abundance of resources. That isn’t how it works. That isn’t how it’s supposed to work.

Libertarians
  • What he says: Liberals love socialism and oppose capitalism. The welfare state and regulations stand in complete contrast to true capitalism.
  • What he means: I have no idea how political ideologies work and what their material functions are. I've absorbed a rigorously propagandized image of anti-capitalist politics that was fed to me by the very institution I claim to oppose. I fail to understand that welfare and regulations were instituted primarily to keep capitalism running more smoothly -- mainly so that consumers can afford to buy the products capitalists sell (and workers make) and so that economic crisis isn't constant. I act like I'm an edgelord in opposition to the status quo, when really almost everything I say and advocate falls neatly into the dominant ideology of liberal capitalist democracy. That which doesn't fall neatly into the current dominant ideology tends to be either crypto-fascist in origin or the dominant market ideology spelled out in such naked terminology that it becomes an embarrassment to the ruling class.
  • me: money isn't real and scarcity is almost always fabricated. we literally throw away necessities. we produce to excess and a majority of our labor could be automated.
  • them: okay but sweaty who's going to pay for that?
  • me: no one. money isn't real. scarcity is fabricated. we produce and throw away excess necessities.
  • them: but we can't afford to just give away necessities life doesn't work that way.
  • me: the goods literally already exist. you literally just put them in the hands of people who need them instead of the fucking dumpster.
  • them: but what about the money?
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Cheered at 4:58, also respect to that lady presiding officer for intervening and making those jeering fuckers shut up and take the bollocking they deserve. It cannot be said enough, Mhairi Black is awesome. Principled and of action and not just words. 

Four successful Republican scams that have changed American politics in the last 40 years:

1. That income tax cuts are good for poor, working and middle class people. (Compared to property tax and sales tax cuts, income tax cuts affect poor, working and middle class very little.)

2. That “they” – racial and ethnic minorities – benefit from social programs like welfare, housing subsidies, public transportation, and higher education, but “we” – white people – don’t. (Since there are LOTS more white people in America, even now, than “not white” people, simple math suggests most beneficiaries of social programs are white. And they are.)

3. That the “free market” can lead to the least expensive, highest quality solution to social and political problems. (Many social and political problems, after all, involve situations where no one has any money, so the “free market” has no reason to touch them.)

4. That the “free market” means that government must not intervene in the market, and must allow whatever the market determines to actually take place.(The “free market” requires government to pass laws, create courts, and run a stable banking system to make the market work smoothly.)

These four ideas have convinced millions of Americans to smile and wave as rich people rob them blind.

maybe politicians and the super rich are so worried about poor people cheating the system to survive because they think we’re like them and want more money than we could possibly spend … at the tax payers expense, which is exactly what they do for themselves. They’re worried we cheat the system for money to live on because they cheat the system for billions to sit on.

Liberalism is the dominant ideology of the capitalist mode of production, and here are the four ways in which it is most often expressed. Notice that all of these “opposing” expressions support capitalism and private property rights (the top-down ownership of collectively-used utilities and resources by capitalists, landlords, and rentiers). What do George Bush, Ron Paul, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders all have in common? They’re all liberals – they all champion an ideology that supports the status quo relations of society, with slight variations to give the illusion of diametric opposition. When push comes to shove, they support capitalist interests first and foremost.

The difference between laissez-faire capitalism and state-interventionist capitalism is, to quote Eugene Debs, merely a disagreement over the spoils and not over the fundamental ideological principles – ultimately the capitalist class is still in charge and society is still structured with their interests and goals in mind. (And it’s worth mentioning that all of these forms of liberalism are state-interventionist to the extent that capitalist class interests need to be protected – imperialist foreign policy and tax breaks and bailouts for the rich are enacted by all variations of liberalism because these policies aid capital accumulation, the engine that keeps the system going.) Liberalism is irrevocably tied to capitalism, ideologically and materially.

Mercury and the 3rd house or ruler of the 3rd indicates an area of life we are interested, engaged, learn with ease, and enjoy teaching.

Mercury in Aries enjoys discussing ideas, themselves, and their plans for the future. They may enjoy teaching people about sports, politics, cars, social movements, and anything that is fresh in their minds.

Mercury in Taurus enjoys discussing their relationships, children, their work, engaging in the life of their friends, the TV shows they have been watching, and their hopes and dreams. They may enjoy teaching budgeting, horticulture, cooking, make up and personal style, and social issues

Mercury in Gemini enjoys discussing whatever is on the mind - this is commonly recently learned information. News and current affairs, school, gossip, as well as more deeper and meaningful subjects can be on the radar. Geminis don’t do - they teach, so Mercury in Gemini people can be found teaching just about anything

Mercury in Cancer enjoys discussing their memories, their family, relationships, and children, especially memories of ancestors, their dreams, their fears and worries, they are highly engaged in the lives of their friends so they become a great point of concerned discussion. Mercury in Cancer people may enjoy teaching business, spiritual matters, childcare, cooking, and photography

Mercury in Leo people enjoy discussing anything they find fascinating - this is mostly themselves and their lover. They may enjoy teaching young people, also anything in the arts, personal style, management, psychology, and politics 

Mercury in Virgo enjoys discussing their work, the concerns they have for other people, their pets, the worries they have that nobody realises, and how they think they can make things better. They may enjoy teaching technology, health, manual skills, gaming, self care, because Mercury is the ruler of Virgo they make natural teachers 

Mercury in Libra enjoys discussing their relationships, the concerns they have for other people, their hopes and dreams, often themselves to gain a foundation and self awareness, crime, their frustrations at injustices They may enjoy teaching law, design, psychology, mediation, family law, and human resources 

Mercury in Scorpio only enjoys stimulating, provoking conversations. They will rarely discuss themselves, but they will verbally evoke demons and truth out of you. They may enjoy teaching psychology, law, science, esoteric studies, politics, and conspiracies 

Mercury in Sagittarius enjoy discussing just about anything, they are seeking a worldly experience through the intellect, so they love talking travel, memories, hopes and dreams, cultural differences and similarities, and philosophies. They may enjoy teaching religion, medicine, spiritual laws, global issues, sports, and theories 

Mercury in Capricorn enjoys discussing their work, current affairs, powerful issues, social concerns, their family, and what they would like to achieve. Mercury in Capricorns make natural teachers because they are invested in the next generation. Whatever they teach, they will aim to convey with expertise 

Mercury in Aquarius enjoys discussing anything wild, out of this world, conspiracies, politics, ideas, spirituality, oppression, social justice, visions, and utopia. They may enjoy teaching technology, social welfare, environmental issues, sociology, and sciences 

Mercury in Pisces enjoys discussing the ethereal and the mysterious, spiritual and religious matters, their concerns and the concerns they have for other people, and how they would like to see a better world. They may enjoy teaching child and health care, esoteric studies, anything in the arts, psychology, and healing 

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The position of mercury or the 3rd house ruler indicates the learning style and topics of interest. 

Aries mercury/Aries 3rd house/mercury in the 1st: Energetic mind enthusiastic to learn. Does well in a classroom when they have motivation, physical activity and the freedom to immediately express thoughts/opinions at will. Could focus on topics that concern themselves, competitive sports, future goals, independence and social activism.

Taurus mercury/Taurus 3rd house/mercury in the 2nd: Values and finds beauty in education. Does well through hands-on experience and in serene, comfortable environments. Heavily relies on the physical senses to learn. Could indulge in learning and find pleasure in it, concerning themselves with topics like music, art, fashion, food and cooking, finance, cosmetology, security and moral codes.

Gemini mercury/Gemini 3rd house/mercury in the 3rd (☿): Extremely adaptable to most learning styles, preferably active and communicative learning activities as well as visuals that stimulate the mind. How well they perform in the classroom depends on their attention span. The eternal student and natural teacher. Interested in a variety of things, such as technology, journaling, media, science, gossip, sociology and communications. 

Cancer mercury/Cancer 3rd house/mercury in the 4th: Learns well with one-on-one interactions, such as private tutoring. How well they pay attention and their performance in the classroom depends on their mood and comfort. Good memory, especially if the lesson appealed to the emotions. Could be interested in topics about motherly principles, children, women psychology, social welfare, cooking, the home and spirituality.

Leo mercury/Leo 3rd house/mercury in the 5th: Takes pride in their intelligence and does well in settings that encourage and praise their efforts. Any insults to the mind directly injure the ego. Wants learning to be fun, playful, expressive. Passionate learner interested in studies concerning the development of ego and identity (psychology), self-expression, creative writing, the arts, romance, childcare and youth.

Virgo mercury/Virgo 3rd house/mercury in the 6th (☿): Extremely adaptable to most learning styles, preferably logical and precise lectures as well as systematic methods that structure the mind. Natural educators. How well they perform in the classroom depends on the state of their nerves. Topics of interest may include journaling, science, mathematics, mental and physical health, self-care and healing, technology, social service and work ethics. 

Libra mercury/Libra 3rd house/mercury in the 7th: Does well in settings where the environments are calm, civil and equalized. Interested in esthetic matters, the arts, social debates, equity concern, mediation, social justice, law, and relationships. Benefits from participating in projects where they can exercise the mind and work with others. 

Scorpio mercury/Scorpio 3rd house/mercury in the 8th: Learns well in settings that challenge the mind, where they can critically question concepts and ideas. Wants learning to empower them and strengthen their perceptions, can become fixated on topics that catch their interest such as science, esoteric research, politics, social injustices, death, criminology, conspiracy theories and law. 

Sagittarius mercury/Sagittarius 3rd house/mercury in the 9th: Adaptable to most learning methods preferably ones where the individual is able to learn from experience such as through traveling or ‘outside classes.’ Interested in religious, spiritual, theoretical, political, cultural, ethical and existential topics which have no limits and could be further expanded on. A constant search for “god,” in other words, a sense of fulfillment through learning.

Capricorn mercury/Capricorn 3rd house/mercury in the 10th: The mind is focused best in environments that provide structure and order, with methodical designs and encouraging figures. The individual is concentrated on topics having to do with morals, law, family principles, public and political issues, power and future ambitions. The mind most inclined to be groomed as a natural mentor to others.

Aquarius mercury/Aquarius 3rd house/mercury in the 11th: The learning style is best cultivated through unordinary methods and only does well when the nerves are stimulated, otherwise boredom causes static and unfocused restlessness. Engages in topics that are bizarre, concerned with society, social wellness and justice, Utopian ideas, politics, technology and spirituality.

Pisces mercury/Pisces 3rd house/mercury in the 12th: An extremely adaptable and impressionable mind with a visual learning preference and a liking to environments where they are able to work and study alone. Could devote themselves to topics involving mysticism, religion, healing, the arts, mental illness, psychology and social welfare. 

Douchebag gets it....

So this happened quite a few years ago, and the stage will take some setting. It might be more of a Karma than a Revenge story, but you guys seem to appreciate it when a Douchebag takes it up the ass, so here’s a fine tale…

I was working as a dishwasher in a new Fine Dining restaurant in the downtown of a largish city. Chef Paul came from a rich family with a lot of connections, but he made his own way through culinary school and was both talented and dedicated to his art. His family ponied up the cash for a location right downtown in Office Tower Land, but Chef Paul made the place the “hotspot” for the movers and shakers of the town. Our clientele was the Rolex set, people with a string of initials on their business cards and high-powered job titles.

Chef Paul was the nicest guy you could imagine away from the restaurant, but when he was on the cookline, he was an aggressive and abrupt bully of the old school. It was an open kitchen, meaning you could see it from the dining room, so he never raised his voice, but he could chew you out in a low-volume whisper, all the time with a poker smile frozen on his face. This was his show, his restaurant, his baby, and woe be it to the person who fucked up while Chef Paul had his game face on.

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