Pluto was the Roman god of the underworld, the counterpart of the Greek Hades.
The widely accepted myth about Hades and Persephone was also told of Pluto and Proserpina in Roman myth. Pluto and Proserpina are almost exact replicas of their Greek equivalents, as the Romans' ideas about the spirits of the underworld were very vague before adopting Greek mythology. Venus, in order to bring love to Pluto, sent her son Amor, also known as Cupid, to hit Pluto with one of his arrows. Proserpina was in Sicily, at the fountain of Arethusa near Enna, where she was playing with some nymphs and collecting flowers, when Pluto came out from the volcano Etna with four black horses. He abducted her in order to marry her and live with her in Hades, the Greco-Roman Underworld. She is therefore Queen of the Underworld. Notably, Pluto was also her uncle, being the brother of her parents, Jupiter and Ceres.
In Greek mythology, Plouto or Pluto was a nymph.
Plutocracy is rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth. In a plutocracy, the degree of economic inequality is high while the level of social mobility is low. This can apply to a multitude of government systems, as the key elements of plutocracy transcend and often occur concurrently with the features of those systems. The word plutocracy (Modern Greek: - ploutokratia) is derived from the ancient Greek root ploutos, meaning wealth and kratein, meaning to rule or to govern.
Wage slavery is a term first coined by the Lowell Mill Girls in 1836, though articulated as a concept at least as early as Cicero and elaborated by subsequent thinkers, particularly with the advent of the industrial revolution. It refers to the similarities between buying and renting a person, and denotes a hierarchical social condition in which a person chooses a job only within a coerced set of choices (primarily working for a boss under threat of starvation, poverty or status diminution), which make that "person dependent on wages or a salary for a livelihood," "esp[ecially] with total and immediate dependency on the income derived from...[wage] labor". Wage slavery, in the libertarian socialist and anarchist usage of the term, is often understood as the absence of:
- A democratic or anti-authoritarian society, especially with nonhierarchical worker's control of the workplace and the economy as a whole,
- Unconditional access to non-exploitative property and a fair share of the basic necessities of life, and
- The ability of persons to have say over economic decisions in proportion to the degree they are affected by those decisions.
In terminology used by some critics of capitalism, statism and various authoritarian systems, wage slavery is the condition under which a person must sell his or her labor power, submitting to the authority of an employer in order to prosper or merely to subsist.
Living wage is a term used to describe the minimum hourly wage necessary for a person to achieve some specific standard of living. In the context of developed countries such as the United Kingdom or Switzerland, this standard generally means that a person working forty hours a week, with no additional income, should be able to afford a specified quality or quantity of housing, food, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation.
This concept differs from the minimum wage in that the latter is set by law and may fail to meet the requirements of a living wage. It differs somewhat from basic needs in that the basic needs model usually measures a minimum level of consumption, without regard for the source of the income.
Fascism is a term used to describe authoritarian nationalist political ideologies or mass movements that are concerned with notions of cultural decline or decadence and seek to achieve a millenarian national rebirth by exalting the nation or race, and promoting cults of unity, strength and purity.
Fascists promote a type of national unity that is usually based on (but not limited to) ethnic, cultural, national, racial, and/or religious attributes. Various scholars attribute different characteristics to fascism, but the following elements are usually seen as among its integral parts: nationalism, militarism, anti-communism, totalitarianism, statism, dictatorship, economic planning (including corporatism and autarky), populism, collectivism, autocracy and opposition to classic political and economic liberalism.
Godwin's Law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies) is an adage formulated by Mike Godwin in 1990. The law states:
"As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."
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I, for one, do NOT welcome my plutocratic overlords, who certainly create hades for their wage slaves. Their heaven on earth depends on my hellish life's wage slavery to create the wealth they control.
Contrary to popular opinion, one does not become wealthy through intelligence, hard work, perseverance, or creativity. Although in many cases these attributes (and more) are necessary, especially for someone not lucky enough to be born into wealth, none of them nor evem all of them are gurantors of wealth.
The one necessary ingredient to obtaining wealth is dumb luck.
It has been noted that there is a correlation between intelligence and wealth, but when you consider that some of the results of wealth's lack, such as poor nutrition, disease, living in a dangerous environment, etc can cause or contribute to brain damage, is it any wonder that poor people are often lacking in brain power? Rich kids don't eat lead paint or live by the interstate highway.
And rich kids' parents can afford decent education, unlike the children of wage slaves who are educated by the government-run schools.
"There but for the Grace..."