dante repeating over and over how strong (emotionally, physically, mentally) and amazing kat is like hun you’re too obvious
sometimes i think “wow wouldn’t it be great if the government provided this basic human necessity” then the other half of my brain goes communism. the thing you are thinking of is communism. and it was so fucking drilled into my head in school that communism is a big, giant horrible BAD THING that will destroy everything but like it actually makes a lot of fuckin’ sense
Would it make you feel better if I told you that it is not communism?
The majority of Americans have been taught that socialism and communism are essentially the same thing and that any time the government provides basic human necessity, it’s communism.
And, of course, communism is evil.
First of all, Medicaid, Medicare, welfare, food stamps, etc, are socialist. In fact, the United States is a mixed economy - it has capitalist and socialist elements.
It’s western socialism, which says “Prove you need it and you can have it.” Other western countries have socialized medicine, which means everyone pays in and everyone gets out (It’s NOT free healthcare, that’s a misunderstanding. In the UK, for example, it is called “National Insurance” - you pay contributions, just the same as to social security).
Communism is different.
Marx stated “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This evolved, or devolved, into the idea that everyone gets what they need equally regardless of their job…you do the job you’re suited for, but a general and a janitor should not get different paychecks.
Needless to say, this doesn’t work except for small voluntary communities (A form of communism has been practiced by monastic communities in the east and the west for centuries).
The reason Communism is wrong is not so much because it is evil as because it goes against human nature and human needs and doesn’t work. Because it doesn’t work, you start having to “Build a wall to keep your people in” - to apply force to the situation.
And because people have a desire to earn more than their next person, communist systems on any large scale rapidly become corrupt.
Socialism, on the other hand, says “Give everyone their basic needs, let them earn the rest.” To be socialist, there has to be a central plan as to what those basic needs are - which results in massive infrastructure that decides who needs what, system fraud, and people not getting things they actually need.
The other alternative, the government simply handing people enough money to cover basic needs is called Guaranteed Income or Basic Income and has been toyed with and experimented with, and is under serious discussion in Switzerland. This is not true socialism, because you aren’t planning people’s lives. If you give somebody, say, $1000 a month, it’s their fault if they spend it on booze then don’t make the rent, so there’s still freedom and personal responsibility…and I could go into that all day (needless to say, I’m a proponent of Guaranteed Income as a solution moving into a society in which the amount of necessary labor keeps dropping).
THANK YOU SO MUCH
YOU JUST TAUGHT ME MORE THAN ANY GOVERNMENT CLASS EVER
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Raleigh looking at Mako
#to fight monsters we created soulmates
#sometimes i think about mako’s reaction this this whole situation (the bilingual stubbly supportive golden retriever situation) and i laugh and laugh and laugh #because if anyone has mused on the many consequences on drift partnership it’s mako mori #being as it pretty much informs her ENTIRE LIFE #even if she didn’t want to be a pilot ‘more than anything’ it’s still the underlying relationship of every important person in her life#the good (tams and stacks) the bad (hansens v1.0) and the ugly (hansens v2.0) #all her friends are either part of a drift pairing or study drift pairing or work to facilitate drift pairings’ #safe to say she’s read up on the subject #and she KNOWS to pilot Danger she has to pair up #and she KNOWS if this unseen becket person is being brought in that he’s going to be her drift partner #and just considering all the possibile styles of human that she’s prepared to accept in order to pilot #and this guy turns up? #it’s like the universe said ok mako we know we’ve given you a bad deal: the world kind of ended before you really got a chance to enjoy it #and then we took your parents #and then we gave your new dad a terminal illness #so yeah fair enough you’re heavy in the minus column #but here #WE GOT YOU A PRESENT #HE’S BRAVE AND TRUE AND LOVES YOU LIKE THE SUN MOON AND STARS TOGETHER #AND HE’S TALL AND WELL-SHAPED #AND HE’S A LITTLE BIT BROKEN BUT STILL GOOD #YEAH #STILL GOOD (harrietvane)
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Video games are so weird. Hey you just killed a giant goat man, have a pair of shoes you’re not intelligent enough to wear.
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for those fucking assholes defending the term shota and dont know how fucking awful it is
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what’s cooler than cool????
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cosmo tip #889
he still likes homestuck? jesus christ. jesus fucking christ. its 2014. not even expertcosmotips is funny anymore. all we have is a fucking elf from runescape with a halo sound clip and screenshots of ctrl+alt+del
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The very moment my ship set sail for Dante and Kat XD
Stupid Vergil and your stupid ‘you’d risk the future of mankind for a girl’ line. I was willing to think of them as only friends but now for that-*ships*
- officiant: do you take this person to be your lawfully wedded wife
- me: i scooby dooby do
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i like the term ‘gender alignments’ because it presents new identities such as: lawful gender, gender evil, and the ever mysterious gender gender.
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hotels can’t be boring to me
they’re just fun
even if i’m sitting in the room watching tv or riding the elevator or sleeping it’s just fun for some reason like they’re average every day things but in a hotel everything is way more amusing and interesting and just simply being in a hotel is fun to me and i don’t understand
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