Surviving Capitalist Depression

Cliffy
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While intentionally amusing, these "symptoms" are also (unfortunately) completely accurate.
By Michael Emero / filmsforaction.org / Feb 18, 2017 We live in a toxic society filled with toxic people. Even the ones with the best hearts- including ourselves- have been raised in ignorance, with disinformation. Our examples of happiness are fake, sponsored, and used to sell products. Typical relationship standards normalize selfishness, control, and manipulation. It is no longer possible for most to survive without selling themselves, often in degrading or soul-crushing ways. Those who suffer from depression or mental illness usually aren't in fact abnormal; they are those who remain painfully aware of reality, unable or unwilling to hide from it through consumerism or drugs.
Today's "heroes" are manufactured, phony, and are just successful brands used to promote other brands. The examples we're encouraged to idolize are all wealthy individuals famous for superficial trend reasons, not for any inherent genuine value of character or contribution to the world. Our egos are cultivated, yet compassion is increasingly discouraged- sometimes even outlawed. The 'haves' only retain higher status and power by making sure they use every means at their disposal to limit and control the 'have nots'. For those who don't believe that; I'm very sorry, but continual, adamant denial of truth doesn't negate reality.
So in the end, it's about recognition and acceptance. We're just slaves with modern conveniences. Anyone who claims otherwise is ignoring the fact we cannot opt out unless accepting our imprisonment or death. Nowadays confidence and perceived strength are oft attained through killing all empathy, intelligence, or awareness. Those who resist surrendering their ethics- though it is the hardest thing in the world to do- are ironically viewed as "weak". Those refusing to surrender factual reason based on empirical evidence, science and justice are labeled the troublemakers, as enemies of supposed "progress" and "greatness".
That's life. You can focus on puppies and rainbows, but it's still a psychologically abusive ****ed up mess. You can suspend reality and buy into religious brainwashing to convince yourself of a greater purpose, if that's your thing- or perhaps you were subjected to the abuse of childhood indoctrination, until incapable of critical thinking. On television, in politics, or through mythological books and beliefs, all the "answers" being offered are man-made contrived agendas being perpetrated to suit someone else's benefit. That is the real truth. Either you are a con artist, or the one being conned; happy psychopathy or sane suffering.


Surviving Capitalist Depression
 
petros
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Are you not happy with your raise?
 
Cliffy
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pgs
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Yes it's much easier living of the public *** isn't it Cliff .
 
Angstrom
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We can all chose to go live like animals Cliffy. That most don't proves that our lives are still better then the ones our ancestry enjoyed.
 
lone wolf
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Life's always better when you can trust your neighbours, the police, government
 
Angstrom
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Life's always better when you can trust your neighbours, the police, government

But the question remains. If you have eliminated all chances of you dieing, are you truly alive?

I think people are more depressed at how boring their lives have become due to capitalism whitch has improved their lives so much nothing ever difficult or exiting is happening.
 
Danbones
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try life under communism then
 
Angstrom
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

try life under communism then

It wouldn't change the way he feels because he miss diagnosed the true reason for his depression.

Capitalism and socialism both trade excitement, danger, difficulty, for a long safe & boring life.

And so cliffy searches to find meaning, In his long boring meaningless life.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Angstrom View Post


Capitalism and socialism both trade excitement, danger, difficulty, for a long safe & boring life.

I wonder why we evolved these systems. Anarchy and the everpresent danger of sudden death is so much better, after all.
 
Angstrom
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

I wonder why we evolved these systems. Anarchy and the everpresent danger of sudden death is so much better, after all.

Like everything. A healthy balance is needed.

I think what cliffy is really saying is it has gone to far in one direction.

I agree with him.

Im here for a good time. Not a long "meaningless" time
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Angstrom View Post

Like everything. A healthy balance is needed.

I think what cliffy is really saying is it has gone to far in one direction.

I agree with him.

Im here for a good time. Not a long "meaningless" time

Bungee jumping was made for you ... all of the thrill of suicide with none of the committment.
 
Angstrom
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Bungee jumping was made for you ... all of the thrill of suicide with none of the committment.

Its no wonder so many thrills like these are very successful businesses. Something has to fill the empty hole where meaninfull would normally fill.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

try life under communism then


Under capitalism man screws man. Under communism, it is the exact opposite.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

try life under communism then

For all intents and purposes cliffy does. The government(us taxpayers) cater to his every want while he contributes zero.And of course he exhibits the classic freeloader loathing towards the hand that feeds him.
 
Angstrom
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

Under capitalism man screws man. Under communism, it is the exact opposite.

I would say, that under capitalism the rich screw the poor. And that under communism the poor screw the rich. The goal in my mind is to properly create a cycle where everyone equally screws everyone.

So a mix of both at the same time is ideal.
 
tay
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Can't afford basic dental care?

Does looking lower class make people disrespect you?

Capitalism has a solution for you!!!


Perfect Smile Veneers™ | Perfect smile: removable veneer for the look of perfect teeth
 
tay
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Samuel Talavera Jr. did everything his bosses asked.

Most days, the trucker would drive more than 16 hours straight hauling LG dishwashers and Kumho tires to warehouses around Los Angeles, on their way to retail stores nationwide.

He rarely went home to his family. At night, he crawled into the back of his cab and slept in the company parking lot.

For all of that, he took home as little as 67 cents a week.

Then, in October 2013, the truck he leased from his employer, QTS, broke down.

When Talavera could not afford repairs, the company fired him and seized the truck -- along with $78,000 he had paid towards owning it.

Talavera was a modern-day indentured servant. And there are hundreds, likely thousands more, still on the road, hauling containers for trucking companies that move goods for America’s most beloved retailers, from Costco to Target to Home Depot.

These port truckers -- many of them poor immigrants who speak little English -- are responsible for moving almost half of the nation’s container imports out of Los Angeles’ ports. They don't deliver goods to stores. Instead they drive them short distances to warehouses and rail yards, one small step on their journey to a store near you.

A yearlong investigation by the USA TODAY Network found that port trucking companies in southern California have spent the past decade forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt they could not afford. Companies then used that debt as leverage to extract forced labor and trap drivers in jobs that left them destitute.

If a driver quit, the company seized his truck and kept everything he had paid towards owning it.

If drivers missed payments, or if they got sick or became too exhausted to go on, their companies fired them and kept everything. Then they turned around and leased the trucks to someone else.

Drivers who manage to hang on to their jobs sometimes end up owing money to their employers – essentially working for free. Reporters identified seven different companies that have told their employees they owe money at week’s end.

The USA TODAY Network pieced together accounts from more than 300 drivers, listened to hundreds of hours of sworn labor dispute testimony and reviewed contracts that have never been seen by the public.

Using the contracts, submitted as evidence in labor complaints, and shipping manifests, reporters matched the trucking companies with the most labor violations to dozens of retail brands, including Target, Hewlett-Packard, Home Depot, Hasbro, J.Crew, UPS, Goodyear, Costco, Ralph Lauren and more.

Among the findings:

Employers charge not just for truck leases but for a host of other expenses, including hundreds of dollars a month for insurance and diesel fuel. Some charge truckers a parking fee to use the company lot. One company, Fargo Trucking, charged $2 per week for the office toilet paper and other supplies.

more

https://www.usatoday.com/pages/inter...-with-nothing/
 
Curious Cdn
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Simple solution ... give all of your money and possessions away and be sullied not with filthy lucre.
 

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