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2022-05-27 7:19:29 AM  
Obviously
 
2022-05-27 7:23:05 AM  
This sounds vaguely familiar

Maybe we'll prosecute them this time
 
2022-05-27 7:25:52 AM  
They wouldn't billionaires if they allowed the poors too much freedom.
 
2022-05-27 7:26:15 AM  
Time for a large dose of Ivermectin.
 
2022-05-27 7:28:09 AM  
Without us, they are nothing.
 
2022-05-27 7:28:29 AM  
So pitchforks it is.
 
2022-05-27 7:29:38 AM  

kmgenesis23: So pitchforks it is.


Don't forget the torches.
 
2022-05-27 7:30:58 AM  
We could just eat them.  The younger ones are probably pretty tasty, with some light marbling.

The older ones we'll probably have to do on a spit roast and save the drippings.
 
JJR
2022-05-27 7:32:41 AM  
why doesn't the midget ever talk about this guy?
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2022-05-27 7:34:09 AM  

kmgenesis23: So pitchforks it is.


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2022-05-27 7:34:18 AM  
Thiel was referring to tyranny of the majority, which is a recognized phenomenon.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyranny_of_the_majority


Press reporting misleading news (propaganda) and constant demonization of political opponents are certainly tenets of fascism.

(And it isn't republicans you see doing it)
 
2022-05-27 7:34:55 AM  
The final phase of capitalism is slavery for the populace. Democracy is the enemy of capitalism because that would mean labor has rights.
 
2022-05-27 7:36:20 AM  

JJR: why doesn't the midget ever talk about this guy?
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No kidding.  Last election cycle, Dems spent about 9 billion compared to republicans 5 billion.

I remember when they used to think all that corporate money was evil
 
2022-05-27 7:37:19 AM  

JJR: why doesn't the midget ever talk about this guy?
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Hmm, a random image macro without any link to the actual story.

Wonder why that is....hmmm.
 
2022-05-27 7:40:58 AM  

JJR: why doesn't the midget ever talk about this guy?
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( ( ( S O R O S ) ) )
 
2022-05-27 7:41:35 AM  
"Decades ago, America's monied interests bankrolled a Republican establishment that believed in fiscal conservatism, anti-communism and constitutional democracy."

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2022-05-27 7:42:10 AM  

sinner4ever: The final phase of capitalism is slavery for the populace. Democracy is the enemy of capitalism because that would mean labor has rights.


You're referring to state capitalism, where the state controls all aspects of the economy

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_capitalism

The only place anything like that has ever existed though is communist dictatorships like China and the Soviet Union
 
2022-05-27 7:42:24 AM  
Oligarchs gonna oligarch.
 
2022-05-27 7:44:46 AM  
I just don't get it. If I were that rich I would do nothing but lounge around on my yacht with tons of booze, expensive cheeses, and a bunch of bikini-clad ladies who are 20 years younger than me.

Why fark with democracy ?
 
2022-05-27 7:49:32 AM  

Shaggy_C: I just don't get it. If I were that rich I would do nothing but lounge around on my yacht with tons of booze, expensive cheeses, and a bunch of bikini-clad ladies who are 20 years younger than me.

Why fark with democracy ?


Because you're gonna want a mega yacht to put your yacht in when you're not yachting. And you can't extract the wealth to do that democratically, yo.
 
2022-05-27 7:50:49 AM  

AurizenDarkstar: JJR: why doesn't the midget ever talk about this guy?
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Hmm, a random image macro without any link to the actual story.

Wonder why that is....hmmm.


And further, 'Have benefited Democratic causes' is intentionally vague framing, likely intended to paint outright charitable donation to genuine causes that republicans just happen to hate (because republicans are evil) as political donations.
 
2022-05-27 7:51:16 AM  

Shaggy_C: I just don't get it. If I were that rich I would do nothing but lounge around on my yacht with tons of booze, expensive cheeses, and a bunch of bikini-clad ladies who are 20 years younger than me.

Why fark with democracy ?


I really think this clip from Chinatown explains the mindset of billionaires like Thiel or Koch or the Mercers perfectly:

How much are you worth? (Chinatown 1974)
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At this point, they have more money than they can ever use, or that a dozen generations after them could ever use.  They can have anything they want.  But because we live in a rotten society that values wealth above all, they come to believe they are super beings that can shape the future.  They don't want to just spend their money.  They want to shape the future for the rest of us.
 
2022-05-27 7:51:18 AM  

JJR: why doesn't the midget ever talk about this guy?
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Because what's good for the goose is good for the gander. You people made this possible, moron.
 
2022-05-27 7:51:24 AM  

Shaggy_C: I just don't get it. If I were that rich I would do nothing but lounge around on my yacht with tons of booze, expensive cheeses, and a bunch of bikini-clad ladies who are 20 years younger than me.

Why fark with democracy ?


My take: they are the world's most high-functioning hoarders. It's a metal illness.
 
2022-05-27 7:52:36 AM  
Billionaires control the mass media. The internet threatened to upend that order but social media algorithms are tailored specifically to retarget inchoate anger away from the rentier class.

Billionaires and their lickspittles have arrogated all the power to themselves through legal means. The only way to undo that is employing extralegal means. But as long as the masses have enough bread to enjoy during their circuses the masters have no fear of a mass uprising.
 
2022-05-27 7:52:53 AM  

Shaggy_C: I just don't get it. If I were that rich I would do nothing but lounge around on my yacht with tons of booze, expensive cheeses, and a bunch of bikini-clad ladies who are 20 years younger than me.

Why fark with democracy ?


If you are American ,you would know.
It is always about who you can look down on. The Food Workers Union in Nevada worked against Medicare for All because they bargained for a Health plan that was better than what other poor people get instead of everyone (including its members) getting real health care. They get to say "I am better because I don't have to die as easily as they do".
Imagine being in the top 10 people of the world and having Nancy Pelosi or Mitch McConnell running whenever you summon them.
 
2022-05-27 7:55:45 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Billionaires control the mass media. The internet threatened to upend that order but social media algorithms are tailored specifically to retarget inchoate anger away from the rentier class.

Billionaires and their lickspittles have arrogated all the power to themselves through legal means. The only way to undo that is employing extralegal means. But as long as the masses have enough bread to enjoy during their circuses the masters have no fear of a mass uprising.


I seriously doubt most billionaires actually got that much money through strictly legal means. We just don't enforce laws in this country if a rich person is the one who committed the crime. At worst they'll get a fine that amounts to one or two percent of the profits.

The only thing they actually get in trouble for is typically stealing from other, wealthier people.
 
2022-05-27 7:55:56 AM  

Shaggy_C: I just don't get it. If I were that rich I would do nothing but lounge around on my yacht with tons of booze, expensive cheeses, and a bunch of bikini-clad ladies who are 20 years younger than me.

Why fark with democracy ?


Because you don't get that rich without ruining a lot of lives.  In a pure democracy, those people eventually want fair value for their labor
 
2022-05-27 7:56:59 AM  
Capitalism is table stakes poker.
Once someone wins a few hands, they start buying the pot and no one else ever wins again.

Shaggy_C: I just don't get it. If I were that rich I would do nothing but lounge around on my yacht ...


Start reading about yachts.
The French Revolution will make a lot more sense.
Someone can spend hundreds of millions on a boat that costs millions a year to maintain, and not live aboard.
Yeah.  There is a problem here.
 
2022-05-27 7:57:50 AM  
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2022-05-27 7:58:48 AM  
The thing I don't understand is that they support a political party that on one side wants to take away freedoms and eliminate the middle class, yet that same party wants everyone armed to the teeth, ostensibly to fight 'tyranny".   Don't the realize that no matter how much FUD they create about immigrants, minorities, or "woke" activists, the day will come when people figure out who all those weapons should really be used against?
 
2022-05-27 7:59:32 AM  
They learned the lessons of FDR, and then the Civil Rights movement  -- too much voting winds up with progress that they don't care for.
 
2022-05-27 7:59:48 AM  
Dictatorial_Flair:

The only thing they actually get in trouble for is typically stealing from other, wealthier people.

For more information, please google Maddoff, Bernie.
 
2022-05-27 7:59:48 AM  
They have been for ages. I just wonder if they've started to notice the crazy theocrats trying to boss them around.
 
2022-05-27 8:02:29 AM  

Aar1012: This sounds vaguely familiar

Maybe we'll prosecute them this time


Haha!
No.
 
2022-05-27 8:03:59 AM  

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Cue pedantic sea lion lecturing us about how the "Dark Ages" really weren't and ackshually.
 
2022-05-27 8:04:51 AM  

Great_Milenko: The thing I don't understand is that they support a political party that on one side wants to take away freedoms and eliminate the middle class, yet that same party wants everyone armed to the teeth, ostensibly to fight 'tyranny".   Don't the realize that no matter how much FUD they create about immigrants, minorities, or "woke" activists, the day will come when people figure out who all those weapons should really be used against?


People buy into a lot of social darwinism that rich people pitch our way. "Oh he must be rich because he's super smart!!" And not because they exploit workers and were born rich. They will find out eventually. They aren't smart.
 
2022-05-27 8:05:57 AM  

leeksfromchichis: kmgenesis23: So pitchforks it is.

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2022-05-27 8:08:22 AM  
If Democracy is incompatible with Freedom, than what will set you Free?
Work shall set you Free!
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2022-05-27 8:08:23 AM  

twistedsteel5252: They have been for ages. I just wonder if they've started to notice the crazy theocrats trying to boss them around.


The crazy theocrats aren't trying to boss them around.  They know better than to tangle with the ultra wealthy.  The entire point of (Thiel, Koch, DeVos)'s ethos is to be so rich that they're above the law
 
2022-05-27 8:09:47 AM  
Same as it always was... they just have a LOT more money since St. Ronaldus Maximus began the 40 year journey of giving America's Treasury to rich people.

They are using OUR money to fund our own enslavement.
 
2022-05-27 8:10:34 AM  

kmgenesis23: Shaggy_C: I just don't get it. If I were that rich I would do nothing but lounge around on my yacht with tons of booze, expensive cheeses, and a bunch of bikini-clad ladies who are 20 years younger than me.

Why fark with democracy ?

Because you're gonna want a mega yacht to put your yacht in when you're not yachting. And you can't extract the wealth to do that democratically, yo.


Imma moran (Local 6 7/8) and even I know mega yachts are a cash drain.  I could easily billionaire on a millionaire budget.  Same thing for private jets and bikini chicks.  As some great Farker put it:  If it float, flies or f****, rent it.
 
2022-05-27 8:14:09 AM  

Aar1012: This sounds vaguely familiar

Maybe we'll prosecute them this time


Give it 30 years and we'll elect Peter Thiel's failson to the presidency and demand that we recognize their deep and abiding patriotism after terrorists find him asleep at the switch.
 
2022-05-27 8:15:26 AM  

JJR: why doesn't the midget ever talk about this guy?
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2022-05-27 8:22:03 AM  

jake_lex: Shaggy_C: I just don't get it. If I were that rich I would do nothing but lounge around on my yacht with tons of booze, expensive cheeses, and a bunch of bikini-clad ladies who are 20 years younger than me.

Why fark with democracy ?

I really think this clip from Chinatown explains the mindset of billionaires like Thiel or Koch or the Mercers perfectly:

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At this point, they have more money than they can ever use, or that a dozen generations after them could ever use.  They can have anything they want.  But because we live in a rotten society that values wealth above all, they come to believe they are super beings that can shape the future.  They don't want to just spend their money.  They want to shape the future for the rest of us.


The aristocracy has always resorted to undermining the system if it would cut into their ability to maintain multi-generational power.

Feudalism emerged in the late Western Roman empire because the landowners would rather spend their money on their own personal land and security than contribute to the public good.

The French Revolution started because the nobles wanted more control over the king's finances.  It wasn't until 3 years after initially calling the Estates General that the sans culottes began driving the course of the Jacobin Club.

The southern American planter aristocracy started an insurrection that killed over 700,000 people in an attempt to preserve their economic engine that wasn't viable without the blood and sinew of black slaves.

American libertarianism is horrifically disconnected from reality because after World War II, a number of multi-millionaires wanted to unravel the New Deal.  And it's tainted right-wing politics ever since.
 
2022-05-27 8:28:50 AM  
Billionaires begin to believe that they are Superman, able to rise high above the plebian masses by sheer force of will.

They forget that it takes a hundred strong people with their feet planted firmly on the ground to support one man with his head in the clouds.
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2022-05-27 8:30:20 AM  
But...but...but...

GEORGE SOROS!
 
2022-05-27 8:30:26 AM  
Thank you, Captain Obvious.
 
2022-05-27 8:31:08 AM  

sinner4ever: The final phase of capitalism is slavery for the populace. Democracy is the enemy of capitalism because that would mean labor has rights.


But what about us office drones. We're not really allowed to unionize and while the money looks good it's in exchange for your nights and weekend.

I had a terrible meeting with my last Sr. Director because she was not impressed when I calculated my pay per hour. She was so upset it ruined her early weekend at her lake house.
 
2022-05-27 8:31:18 AM  
If you insist on bringing back slavery...

1. Make it only for white people this time...fair's fair
2. Bring back the Founders' attitude towards corporations

Oh, you don't like that, you say? Originalism, indeed.
 
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