And yet, traps are still gay.
And Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympics - just like in Akira
I don’t think inequality is the problem. I think too many people think they’re entitled to get what other people have without working for it.
@I Are Lebo, Dude, Big Brother isn't here, you don't have to lie
@I Are Lebo, That itself is an entitled view as it discounts the very real poverty that impacts millions of people in the US. It’s not entitlement, it’s wage stagnation, price inflation, unemployment, and mismanagement. There are scientific measures of inequality, ie the Gini coefficient, and America has one of the lowest ratings of any developed country.
@Dex the Lumberjack, I was actually waiting for someone to bring this up, because you make some very valid points. The problem that I refer to as entitlement is caused by a faulty perception. The quality of life of people living in abject poverty in the United States of America is still exceptionally better than the average standard of living in many other countries around the planet. A homeless man in Los Angeles has far more access to food and clean drinking water than the average family in Venezuela or the Congo.
A lot of Americans are obsessed with how bad they have things when their lives are actually pretty damn good when looked at with the context of history and geography.
This mentality is why there’s a resurgence of socialism and communism, especially among academics.
It is a natural outcome that most production is produced by a small minority and it is a natural outcome that most resources will be held by a small group. The natural result of a meritocratic system is that
some will succeed and others will not. Those who try will get farther than those who don’t, and innovation breeds success.
The only alternative to this system is one where everyone is treated the same and receives the same reward regardless of the amount of effort they give, and so give none. Such a society will stagnate and rot because it doesn’t incentivize success.
Wage stagnation, price inflation, unemployment, and mismanagement are things that effect everybody. If we, both as a society and as cultures within society, encourage and incentivize successful ways of behaving and thinking, we will be successful. But if your measurement of success involves everyone getting the same rewards, what is called equity, you’re not being realistic.
Tl;dr: disparity doesn’t equal discrimination.
@SimonPetrikov, can you explain what you meant by that?
@I Are Lebo, No.
@SimonPetrikov, fair enough
@I Are Lebo, I get what you're saying here and more or less agree, but I struggle to come to terms with the notion the people living in abject poverty in the US, homeless or not, barely getting one meal a day, should be ignored as being a problem because "other countries are worse off so stop being so picky." Poverty sucks anywhere. Not everyone can be a wealthy Richie rich, sure, but that doesn't mean people need to suffer regardless of relativity to other demographics. Not saying there aren't a variety of factors at play here, just saying that discounting someone's need for help because there are others more in need of help seems a bit narrow sighted. forgive me if I misunderstood your message. I really appreciate all the critical thinking I'm seeing here.
@Shmay Fish, for me it comes down to what kind of person I would like to be: either "I've got mine, so screw you But best of luck" or "I've got mine, so let me share some if you need it."
@I Are Lebo, a better distribution of wealth could greatly increase the quality of life for everybody. There's absolutely no reason we can't house and feed every homeless person and fund other such social programs far far better than we are. My family is in the top 2% of the USA when it comes to wealth. We have way more than enough to make sure every member of our family has a very nice house, brand new car, access to education ect with an insane amount left over for luxuries and none of this would have the slightest impact on the family businesses finances. The crazy thing? Compared to the hyper rich we're dirt poor.
The point I'm making is that the resources are there to make the world a better place for everyone. And if some people leech off the system so f ing what? I'm not going to let that stop me from trying to improve the lives of those who need the extra bit of help. Sure people who work harder deserve a LITTLE more than those who don't. But not much more.
@Shmay Fish, you are indeed misunderstanding me. I’m not saying that poor people in first world countries should be ignored. What I’m saying is that people who sit at home and do nothing will never live the same lifestyle as those who go out and earn a living.
I’m one of them. I live off of government support and I live off of ~$1,000 a month. If everyone lived the way I do, society would collapse.
It’s entitled thinking to think that just for being alive you deserve a comfortable existence.
@I Are Lebo, ah I see - thank you for clarifying. On this we definitely agree.
@Jessie02, it’s easy to solve the world’s problems when you propose spending other people’s money. What do you think happens when you redistribute the wealth? The ultra wealthy, the business moguls and corporate fat cats leave the country and take their resources with them.
The reason why we can’t feed and house every homeless person in the USA is because paying for it would necessitate theft.
The redistribution of wealth IS theft. Plain and simple. Whether or not you disagree with the methods the uber rich used to accumulate their ‘horde’, it is not your resources to determine what to do with. When you disincentivize success by overly taxing the rich, people stop trying for success. The same is true when the minimum effort results in a comfortable existence. If people who work hard only benefit slightly more than those who do nothing, almost nobody will work, and society collapses. That’s what’s happening right now in Venezuela.
When you disincentivize hard work, people starve.
@Dex the Lumberjack, The problem is how do you even control that without taking away freedom, if you simply look at the averages of wages and differences between socioeconomic levels then yeah sure there is a large inequality. But when you look at the quality of life and rate of increased pay, both those in extreme poverty and extreme wealth have been having increases in pay and quality of life at the same high rates, the only difference is that the rate may mean 100 dollars for the poor person and 10000 dollars for the rich person, and again the only way to control that would be to become fascists. But you can't deny that simply the US has the best quality of life bar none for every social class, in all of the world you have to work the least amount of hours to receive the same product, whether it be groceries a car or a house, you have to work the least here in the US to get it.
@Dex the Lumberjack, Yes our healthcare system needs a lot of work and the dems are still keeping poor neighborhoods poor by making them welfare states and breaking up families, but you simply can't deny that the US allows more economic freedom than any other sovereign country in the world.
@Jessie02, because when countries do that, they become stagnant as success means nothing cause the government will just steal your earnings from you for being a harder worker. Instead of saying how you want to give away daddy's money why don't you make you own and then say you want to give it away.
Even then it's thanks to your parents that this country runs smoothly, considering how the top 2% pay over 60% of all the taxes.
@I Are Lebo, Dex the Lumberjack, I think both of you are correct to some extent. My main complaint with the country is healthcare. Almost every other developed country on earth cares for its peoples health in some regard.
I'm not asking for universal free health care, just stop hospitals from overcharging several hundred times what it actually costs for everything.
@ Seductive Cheeto, yes, exactly. I brought up the quality of life issue because even the poorest in America today are living better, more comfortable lives than the middle class did two hundred years ago. The fact that there is a wide gap between the poorest and the richest is entirely irrelevant. It’s a natural consequence of a meritocracy. The bigger concern is whether quality of life on the bottom rungs is stagnant or dropping, and it’s not. It’s improving steadily.
These people who would bring socialism to America don’t understand that the system they’re dreaming about kills innovation. You don’t have smartphones or Tesla’s with socialism. Nothing gets better when there’s no reward for back backing work.
The idea that you can lump everyone in the country together into one class and have them all be the same is delusion based in no way in reality.
@The Omega Username, I live in Canada. I agree with you. Government paid healthcare is worth paying extra taxes for. But there’s a limit. Medicaid is bankrupting the USA. Millennials paying into their retirements are going to get fücked over. People are starting work at 20, retiring at 60, and living to be over 100. They’re taking out so much more than they’re putting in, and the system’s collapse is inevitable.
@I Are Lebo, big business IS theft. The guys at the top aren't working harder than the guys at the bottom. Sure there are lazy assholes that don't deserve squat but in my working life I've found the vast majority of my co-workers show up with the intention of getting the job done. I've been around the little guys and I've been around the big guys. The big guys are not working harder than the little guys. They're ALL working hard but some people are simply not being compensated fairly.
But what you say is right. If we redistribute wealth then the big rich thieves leave the country and that can't happen. This is why I hate capitalism. The incentive under capitalism is to make the most money while delivering the lowest quality product. We need a new incentive.
@Jessie02, big business is not theft. It is voluntary to work for a store, it is voluntary to shop at a store, and all wages are agreed upon by both parties.
Hard work is not the only criteria. The reason why the big CEOs make so much money is because the hard work of starting a company and managing it to become a corporate giant has already been done.
Your thinking is entitlement personified. While I do agree that the exploitation of society and its natural resources is the biggest threat that we face as a society, and that threat is coming from corporate giants, it isn’t the same thing as theft, and the two shouldn’t be conflated.
I think the Koch brothers may just be the most evil people alive right now, but the proper response isn’t to try to steal from them, it’s to separate the state and the corporations. It needs to be illegal for government employees to receive funding from big pharma, or from the ATF industries, etc.
Capitalism is an imperfect system, but until we reach a
post scarcity society, it’s the best we’ve come up with. The only alternatives are a fascist totalitarian regime where we’re too concerned with maintaining the party line to worry about ‘trivialities’ like free market association, or we live in a socialist state like Venezuela and eat our pets to avoid starvation.
@I Are Lebo, beyter management of the taxes we have now would help. Also, military budget in America is stupid big. Using that money on education and healthcare would be mighty beneficial. Maybe some higher taxes for the rich. They get sooo many tax cuts, according to my limited knowledge.
@afro samurai2012, the problem is that there’s a lot of loopholes written into tax law specifically for the uber rich to dodge paying their fair share. While I agree that the USA overspends on military, I’ve seem some reports that say the military spending is dwarfed by the cost of Medicaid and Medicare. Pension support is bankrupting the nation.
But yeah, it’s not so much about how much money is used in taxes but how it’s used that matters most.
Speaking of Cyberpunk, I’ve got my fingers crossed for Cyberpunk 2077 showing up at E3 this year!
@Exotic Butters, I want that even more than I want ES6
@Doctor Krieger, you don’t know? It’s a massive human rights issue that homeless people in the USA aren’t just given the wages of a working man.
Don't forget the over
-reliance on technology as a communication platform
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