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05 June 2015 @ 01:19 pm
Tumblr's Anticapitalist Set Are So Stultifyingly Disingenuous  
Like: These fuckers know that capital rents/yields accumulate faster than economic growth (or they should), they know that classism is a spectrum, and that there is an absolute minimum that people need to live on...

And yet they will continually go out of their way to justify their own middle-class lifestyles, when they could be living at the poverty line and saving the remainder for purposes of actually building some non-oppressive spaces and investment.

I guess worker ownership of the means of production is fine so long as everyone else pays for it, or if it's saved for a nebulous, utopian, 'after-the-revolution.' Attempting anything that would put someone eventually in the neighbourhood of working 12-hour graves at a convenience store that you own that pays all the workers a living wage, and tries to divest to all of them is a little too worker-owned for them.
 
 
 
alicia_selene on June 6th, 2015 01:22 am (UTC)
Mind, I'm not outright anti-capitalist, although mainly I think it's impossible to abolish capitalism, just like I think it's likely impossible to abolish Bitcoin. But I think Bitcoin is a rather bullshit idea even though I use it -- I think demurrage currencies might be a better idea -- and I think accelerationism might help along rapid social change as people realize how economically illiterate they've been.

Edited at 2015-06-06 01:22 am (UTC)
Marja Erwinmarjaerwin on June 6th, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
I think worker-ownership is a good thing. But I don't know if that's always the best strategy. I worry that without other strategies, it could just bid up the prices.
valeriekeefevaleriekeefe on June 6th, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
Well... *Typically* They Also Hate Statist Regulation...
Minimum Wage increases will create windfall profits and lower the price of capital, so will progressive taxation... but still, developing a strike fund, putting capital into the hands of workers, sometimes you are going to have to overpay for an asset.

You're right that it's not the only strategy, but it's certainly one that moves economic power where it needs to be.