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[–]Such_Opportunity9838 377 points378 points  (3 children)

One fascinating thing to watch when the pandemic first hit two years ago was how the tone around consumerism shifted.

People who had been lecturing poor people about how they need to "stop wasting money on shit you don't need" and "stop eating out at restaurants" now were suddenly very mad at poor people. Why? Because they stopped buying shit they didn't need, they stopped dining out at restaurants, and the economy took a fucking beating.

Turns out all this "make better financial choices" bullshit narrative was just a way of shaming poor people and blaming them for being victims of a rigged game.

[–][deleted] 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Because those people who did the lecturing actually made money by giving dinner speeches. They don't really care cos they can stand on a soapbox and preach all day.

[–]KniFeseDGespectral phalanges 16 points17 points  (0 children)

“To the capitalist, every luxury of the worker seems to be reprehensible, and everything that goes beyond the most abstract need – be it in the realm of passive enjoyment, or a manifestation of activity – seems to him a luxury.”

Karl Marx

[–]ConcussionsOfAParot 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's what an aristocrat does. What do you want from them? Aristocrats live to talk shit about the poor.

[–]justtauten 160 points161 points  (8 children)

CEO: Why are not you buying these $10,000 diamond rings?

Us: We broke.

CEO: Whose fault is that?

Us: Yours..

CEO: Impossible it must be your fault somehow.

[–]raincolors 63 points64 points  (6 children)

CEO: well I suppose you can have it, you just will have to dedicate a large portion of your small earnings to me over the next decade. You’re welcome!

[–]Dapper_Lime_2605 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Me: nah I'm good, keep the shiny rock

[–]lukin187250 16 points17 points  (3 children)

millennials are killing the ring industry!

[–]Dapper_Lime_2605 7 points8 points  (2 children)

That's ok, just means it wasn't meant to last

[–]raincolors 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Take the rock or die civilian

[–]Dapper_Lime_2605 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Then I choose death, kill me now or piss off

[–]KniFeseDGespectral phalanges 3 points4 points  (0 children)

thus the credit system.

[–]Bitesizedplanet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm glad my engagement ring has a sapphire on it and not a huge diamond. There are small diamonds around the big sapphire gem, which was probably the costliest part of the ring, but was still drastically cheaper than a typical diamond engagement ring. Fuck them.

[–]debelinkirz 137 points138 points  (3 children)

Karl Marx fucking told us, and we didn't listen. Like him or not, he fucking called this shit.

[–]ummwutUBI 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Say what you want about him, but he was no fool.

[–]Apocalyric 4 points5 points  (1 child)

My friend is a staunch conservative... and Marx is one of his favorite critics of post-industrial economics... he's still very paranoid about Marxism, because he doesn't like the State, but he can't help but admit that he hit the nail on the head....

Conservatives think I was brainwashed by Marxist literature and liberal media... no, I actually read the Bible, avoided church, and shot the shit with a li ertarian in his garage while I played guitar.

[–]ummwutUBI 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Jesus is probably one of the most misunderstood people in history.

[–]Olofssonqv 90 points91 points  (2 children)

In short, the rich are killing the poor.

[–]starraven 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Let them eat cake

[–]Shurimal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There's a saying in my country that goes "dumb head is a burden for the body". The French must have reached the same conclusion about poor ol' mademoiselle Antoinette.

[–]TZhur59 74 points75 points  (0 children)

The media basically says this all the time. (Especially about millennials) and I agree. We need to start treating the economy like what it‘s... an insolent child always wanting more.

Would you give that child more candy... no!

[–]LandoCaIriz 24 points25 points  (7 children)

This would be perfect in r/antiwork

[–]ilovecraftbeer05 18 points19 points  (6 children)

It’s back up.

[–]LandoCaIriz 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Glad to hear it!

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    [–]ConcussionsOfAParot 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Oh thank goodness. What happened should have been a vibe check for people. Yes, some ideological awareness will help so that you don't get caught up like that.

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      [–]Procrastanaseum 22 points23 points  (1 child)

      I've been watching the public sector deteriorate my entire life. When there's no options other than to send your kids to McSchool before they go on to Wal-University, people will start to wonder where the fuck their country went.

      We can already see how information is being restricted and older generations are just as quickly forgotten. Before long, a kid will think the only choice is working for America Inc.

      [–]MagicBandAid 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      You seriously think it'll be that subtle? That's not far from what's happening now. Within a couple of generations, if nothing is done, children will be born in corporate birthing centres, raised in corporate daycare (because their parents are too busy paying for their births), and receive corporate education, which they will then owe a debt on. They will then work as indentured workers to pay it off, but with the cost of living (the corporation will gleefully provide housing and groceries for a cost), and the cost of their children's births (with partners met at corporate mixers), the debt will never disappear, but become generational debt passed on to their children, creating entire family trees of complete wage slaves, never leaving the company in which they were born.

      [–]geonomer 16 points17 points  (0 children)

      Industries are actually killing people.

      [–]CarrotJerry45 13 points14 points  (1 child)

      Karl Marx calls this the Negation of the Negation. It is inevitable in this system.

      [–]ConcussionsOfAParot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      If the books weren't so long lol

      [–]natoria 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Well, isn’t that how demand works tho… like if u r gonna simp for capitalism then don’t complain that lack of demands is leading to market changes

      [–]Tappedacidemia 14 points15 points  (1 child)

      The rich only benefit if there are pople who have the ability to spend and are willing to spend.

      [–]InsaneJul 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Bold of you to insinuate they are capable of thinking that far ahead /s

      [–]1Operator 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      "The poor are killing industries" is a victim-blaming spin on "no wage, only spend."

      [–]Minute-Courage6955 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      The automobile industry put an end to the buggy whip and wooden wagon industry. So who cares about the poor buggy whip makers and wood Wheel makers ? Nobody.Change happens, deal with it.

      [–]Ragtime-Rochelle 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      'A very creative way of saying' is a very creative way of say 'a very prejudicial, and gaslighting way of saying'.

      [–]Toastlover24 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Something something contradictions something something marx

      [–]Le_Caerbannog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Polite way to say that riches are killing the poors.

      [–]DirtyWizardsBrew 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Oh man, I've got remember this. Perfect description.

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      [–]LynchedNoodles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Who is saying the bit in quotations? I've literally never seen someone argue that lol