Whenever I say affluent people are propagating violence for not distributing their wealth I get questions like “so is Rihanna trash??? Is Beyoncé garbage too???” And I KNOW these people are just plain out racist because like…Rihanna literally uses her wealth in a way that benefits other people and Beyoncé literally uses her wealth in a way that benefits other people. please shut the fuck up and reflect on why these names are popping into your head immediately when you read such a text post and not the names of historically rich, privileged families and monarchies who’ve held onto wealth that they have not earned and is not theirs to begin with.
aquarians like to test the limits of reality. they want to see how provocative and unsettling they can make their message so it generates attention and provokes the required response. aquarians can draw awareness to important social and humanitarian issues, and they are not afraid to shock or upset people so the truth is revealed. the condition of the world and its citizens where aquarius lives is significantly important. while everybody tries to block out their ears and cover their eyes, aquarians retell the stories of refugees, explain the unequal and deadly distribution of wealth, and remind people that children are involved in their political arguments. aquarians feel that it’s your right to know what’s going on in your world, and that you need to help them change it
You don’t have to read “why sweatshops are good” articles and analysis because it only reaches the same point: “well it’s better than starving” (ignoring deaths in the workplace and people still starving anyway).
It’s interesting how much analyzing people do to defend sweatshops rather than say “hey, maybe ‘work or starve’ is a bit terrible and none of this suffering is necessary”.
Arguments for capitalism rely on an incorrect perception of the 21st century altogether. So, looking at the 21st century: Resources are abundant, wealth is abundant, and technology is advanced.
What does capitalism do about those facts?
1) Relies on artificial scarcity to function.
2) Fails to distribute that wealth accordingly (it’s completely just that 8 people have more wealth than 3.6 billion people…right?)
3) Tells us to fear automation because there is no other option besides 'work or starve’.
That is primitive logic. Capitalism treats society as if we’re still cavemen struggling to survive in a dangerous world, because otherwise it wouldn’t function. So, instead of fearing what the future has to offer, ask yourself why you’re afraid in the first place.
Watching rich hollywood people try to b cool and relatable is the cringiest thing…. like be quiet u fucking millionare if it werent for the laws of this land I would have sniped you and feasted of your remains while evenly distributing your wealth
medieval warrior ladybug and thief chat noir?? ladybug could have a jeanne d’arc kind of reputation, but is actually just the baker’s daughter that just recently became one of the royal seamstresses. and chat noir is like a robin hood-like thief, but he’s actually crown prince that wants his kingdom to flourish so he acts like he steals his own wealth and distributes it??
The Black Plague solved an overpopulation problem in 14th century Europe. In the aftermath, wages increased, rent decreased, wealth was more evenly distributed, diet improved, and life expectancy increased.
“ In the United States today we have the most unequal wealth and income distribution of any major country on earth – worse than at any time since the 1920s. This is an economy that must be changed in fundamental ways. “ .. (quote Senator Bernie Sanders) .. (art David Horsey)
What she means:
Ao3's most read fic has 844,743 hits. Any book with those readership numbers would end up in all the top most read lists in the world. If we put our money where our mouth is and consumed queer literature by queer writers not only it would become normal to see queer representation in libraries, but we would also distribute wealth to queer writers. Instead we continue consuming the same old media by the same old white cishet male creators and providing it with free advertisement with our fanfiction and I don't get why you all are okay with this!!!
Above all, we must remember the black worker was the ultimate exploited; that he formed that mass of labor which had neither wish nor power to escape from the labor status, in order to directly exploit other laborers, or indirectly, by alliance with capital, to share in their exploitation. To be sure, the black mass, developed again and again, here and there, capitalistic groups in New Orleans, in Charleston and in Philadelphia; groups willing to join white capital in exploiting labor; but they were driven back into the mass by racial prejudice before they had reached a permanent foothold; and thus became all the more bitter against all organization which by means of race prejudice, or the monopoly of wealth, sought to exclude men from making a living.
It was thus the black worker, as founding stone of a new economic system in the nineteenth century and for the modern world, who brought civil war in America. He was its underlying cause, in spite of every effort to base the strife upon union and national power.
That dark and vast sea of human labor in China and India, the South Seas and all Africa; in the West Indies and Central America and in the United States — that great majority of mankind, on whose bent and broken backs rest today the founding stones of modern industry — shares a common destiny; it is despised and rejected by race and color; paid a wage below the level of decent living; driven, beaten, prisoned and enslaved in all but name; spawning the world’s raw material and luxury — cotton, wool, coffee, tea, cocoa, palm oil, fibers, spices, rubber, silks, lumber, copper, gold, diamonds, leather — how shall we end the list and where? All these are gathered up at prices lowest of the low, manufactured, transformed and transported at fabulous gain; and the resultant wealth is distributed and displayed and made the basis of world power and universal dominion and armed arrogance in London and Paris, Berlin and Rome, New York and Rio de Janeiro.
Here is the real modern labor problem. Here is the kernel of the problem of Religion and Democracy, of Humanity. Words and futile gestures avail nothing. Out of the exploitation of the dark proletariat comes the Surplus Value filched from human beasts which, in cultured lands, the Machine and harnessed Power veil and conceal. The emancipation of man is the emancipation of labor and the emancipation of labor is the freeing of that basic majority of workers who are yellow, brown and black.
W. E. Burghardt Du Bois, Black Reconstruction in America, 1935, p.15-16
My first time participating in blackout day. Growing up mixed was always strange for me when I was younger. I didn’t know how to identify. My mom is Portuguese, Italian, and Irish and my dad is Hawaiian and African American but culturally more Hawaiian. My dad lives in Hawaii so I was mostly raised by my white mother’s side of the family in a wealthy white community. The majority of everyone around me was white. I grew up thinking it was strange I looked so unique compared to everyone in my family. My mom exposed me to as much of the missing piece of my identity as she could and I’m grateful for that.
98% of my friends growing up were Caucasian. My friends in high school always used to say, “Gianna. You’re not even black.” Because I didn’t fit into their stereotype of how someone “black” should act. I didn’t blame them for making those ignorant remarks because we all grew up in a significantly wealthy place called Alameda, CA next to Oakland, CA, where it’s hard not to notice the racial and wealth inequality between people of minorities and people of white privilege. Oakland is in a state of crisis. All they knew about black culture was from music, the media and driving from some of our 900,000+ dollar homes in alameda, locking their doors through the hood in Oakland (and seeing all the social/racial inequality, and wealth division) to go up into the Berkeley hills to our friends million dollar houses.
It took me a long time to make the effort to try and learn about the one piece of my identity that has always felt to be missing. And I’m still on that journey.