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    Today, 10:47 PM
    how do you define coercion or aggression? If a person must eat to survive or must have blankets to avoid freezing to death, is that force? If a person has no means of eating or sleeping under a roof but to sell his labor, is that voluntary?
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    Today, 10:45 PM
    They are not the same thing. Capitalism means private ownership of means of production. How regulated trade and ownership is doesn't change the fact that it's still private. Furthermore, free enterprise is no guarantee of either competition or consumer protection, so, free enterprise is just code word for unregulated business practices. Uhhhh. no. hoarded capital doesn't make consumers well off. the only thing that makes consumers better off is having purchasing power and/or having standard of living met. everything else is unequally favorable to those with capital.
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    Today, 10:42 PM
    I'm aware that being an entrepreneur isn't for everybody, and that's the problem. Having your own unique qualities isn't the same as having the ability to feed yourself. A person who is deaf, dumb or blind has a million qualities, but with a disability, he/she will be hindered from doing a lot of basic things, being able to overcome obstacles doesn't mean obstacles don't exist or shouldn't be eliminated if possible.
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    Today, 06:20 PM
    Yes, I get that. And that's not your fault. this is probably true for places in the country where Walmart is the only place that has what they need within 100 miles That's understandable. If you live in areas so remote, having things delivered is both cheaper and better for everybody, both most people in the country do not live 20+ miles from a store (not an every day store, at least) In this light, is 1 day prime shipping available in your area?
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    Today, 06:16 PM
    and that's the problem, 90% are automatically faulted for making bad decisions, people born with wealth can f--- up many times over, that's the difference. investing in silver is a bad decision? "Every single person can become financially independent. " No, not if you're disabled, mentally ill, have specific addictions, are born with long term illnesses. If those were factors for you, you have dramatically lower chances of becoming finanicially independent, much less wealthy. Just because some people can overcome obstacles, doesn't mean there are no obstacles.
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    Today, 01:39 PM
    PRB replied to a thread Christmas Gift Ideas in Open Discussion
    mine are way cuter than that. I'll send you pics when I get home.
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    Today, 01:38 PM
    So you just admitted "not everybody can be an entreprenuer" and I assume you're totally OK with that? Do you understand the implications here? It means that either some people are born without the genetic ability to be businesspeople, or, society does not allow every person to be independent. Either you believe that's an unchangeable fact to accept, or you accept that as a problem and seek to reduce inequalities from there. (I am of the latter, i understand that life has lots of unequal opportunities, and I think some are easier to equalize than others without stealing from people's livelihoods) The biggest predictor of making money is having money, no amount of hard work ever beats that.
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    Today, 01:27 PM
    not quite. Amazon has succeeded and will never go out of business, they have a long way to go before they even come close to threat of being unprofitable
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    Today, 01:26 PM
    because the alternatives either don't exist or are not as cheaply available.
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    Today, 01:25 PM
    he is officially a fascist for calling Jews a race, for silencing criticism of Israel. So much for free speech, where will Milo troll next?
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    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    PRB replied to a thread Christmas Gift Ideas in Open Discussion
    Yeah, I told my siblings to have kids closer together, they didn't listen, so here we are today. Poor me :P thanks for all your ideas. I'll definitely consider these, even if not all for this year.
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    Yesterday, 12:31 PM
    oh, you're not referring to "those kids" of communes. Most people are forced into roommating, does that count? Also, sharing bills doesn't change the fact there are bills, the biggest one being to landlords. what?
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    Yesterday, 12:25 PM
    Yes, and Amazon is more than a frontrunner in using robots. If they replaced most or all workers with robots, injury will be zero, and so will many employment opportunities. That is "worse" for the workers there today, but also worse for every worker and consumer overall. The fact it can be worse later doesn't mean we need to perpetuate or disregard the current conditions. It's not that AMazon wants to injure or overwork their workers, it's that they don't care enough to avoid it at all costs, they currently will get away with it as much as they're legally allowed to. Frankly, Amazon is but the logical conclusion of capitalism.
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    12-10-2019, 06:16 PM
    Access to electricity, communications and many other modern luxuries. the same things people aren't willing to leave the country for even if they hate paying taxes. "others may model it" assumes that the people who want it have the power to do so. "others may model" a no tax society "others may model" a society where rape is legal But are those who want it the ones who can?
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    12-10-2019, 06:14 PM
    so you're happy with everything you pay? cool.
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    12-10-2019, 03:28 PM
    Greed is defined as wanting more than survival. Try again. "Created and earned" doesn't mean anything unless it was done morally and legally. I don't care how much sacrifice you made to capture a slave, buy a slave, or rob a bank. (in your case, I bet you don't care how hard an IRS agent works to collect your taxes)
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    12-10-2019, 03:27 PM
    how to get where? also, the fact I can thrive in today's world doesn't mean I have to be happy with the rest of it. you can work hard and earn a living while protesting taxation and wanting to make laws more just for your purpose.
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    12-10-2019, 03:26 PM
    1. private ownership of means of production (production meaning profit, commercial activity) 2. the system where a person with capital profits at a faster pace than a person with only labor 3. the system where "investment" is possible, a person can remotely provide cash in exchange for profits while workers sell their labor under the threat of survival 4. a system where nobody has any rights, or the few they do have comes after the rights to own property 5. a system that allows "private" property, property that is owned for purposes of profit which one person cannot reasonably or humanly make personal (or profitable) use of
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    12-10-2019, 03:22 PM
    hardly. you're the kind of person that thinks taking another penny from you is equal to slavery, so there's plenty of middle ground between you extreme greed and equal dirt. the obvious examples are -1 man 1 vote -equal opportunity laws a few extra steps could be -equalizing access to resources
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    12-10-2019, 03:16 PM
    Chinese factory model isn't exactly union it's about as capitalist as our system, the microlevel management habits doesn't undo the systematic inequality of power in capitalism. So yes, I am still for unions, workers owning means of production, and workers deciding their use of time, rather than being dictated by their employer under the threat of being homeless or starving.
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    12-10-2019, 03:14 PM
    just like people who don't like paying taxes can move.
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    12-10-2019, 03:14 PM
    Not quite. A worker who is paid for hourly time cannot easily adjust his costs, clearance his extra time, or surge charge his overtime, or even surge charge when packing higher priced goods. A worker cannot change his terms on the fly in ways that businesses could. A worker's goal is to maximize earnings withing the narrow framework of selling more time or less time or selling each hour more or less. A business's goal is to maximize earnings by any method possible, cutting costs, increasing sales, hiring more, hiring less...etc. A business's method of making money can easily conflict with a worker, this is especially true if the worker is not an owner of the business's profits. "Both entities want to maximize the return on their investments to the fullest."
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    12-09-2019, 01:25 PM
    This assumes the opportunity is waiting for them, but by definition, there will always be more bottom workers than managers, more workers than bosses, so some are smart enough to realize it can't be everybody and logically it won't be them. In the case of warehouses, there's usually 1 manager for at least 20 if not 50 people. There's no way every person can become a manager and they'll each have another 20 under them, that's insane MLM talk. Yes, and that's where you and I fundamentally differ. You seem to imply that lacking the ability to make an employer richer, a person has no right to live. If you're low skill, or can't be profitable, you get to starve or beg for charity. and you should be grateful you're given an opportunity to make any money at all. there's a few problems with your analogy
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    12-09-2019, 01:12 PM
    because the benefits of efficiency do not translate to the worker. A worker is paid for his/her hourly time, so he has no incentive, unless you specifically threaten him, to pack more than he wants to. this is why the company sets a minimum quota, otherwise workers are free to slack off and not care about packages and customers. if a worker packs more, the customer is happy and the company makes more money, the worker is rarely if ever rewarded. the company's interest is to make more money with lower cost, the worker's interest is to make more money with less energy and time spent. so maybe the better way to word it is, the worker's idea of "efficiency" is not the same as the company's idea.
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    12-09-2019, 12:51 PM
    PRB replied to a thread Christmas Gift Ideas in Open Discussion
    these are good, get them while young. Thanks bro.
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    12-09-2019, 12:50 PM
    why should he read laws that he knows won't apply to him because bootlickers will always deny everything?
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    12-09-2019, 12:50 PM
    no disagreement, efficiency is just what the company cares about, the opposite of a worker's interest they may not sell as much as today, but they'll still sell way more than any other competitor, because they've all but killed most of the rest by now.
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    12-09-2019, 12:48 PM
    I adopt the ideology of anarchism because it's the one that recognizes the rights of every human being, it puts lives above property. it recognizes the difference between personal and private property, it recognizes equality as the primary goal (rather than "prosperity")
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    12-09-2019, 02:32 AM
    https://youtu.be/dce_A23-Hf8
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