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Comment Given that Venezuela's economy is tanking (Score 2) 47

because of a temporary drop in oil prices (we're a long way off from oil becoming worthless) why the heck are they doing so bad? I'm not gonna chuck if up to gov't corruption because _everywhere_ has that. Usually the rest of the world will send some aid to a country floundering like this. Heck even Greece got some. Did they piss everybody off somehow?

Comment Adam Smith noticed everything your talking about (Score 1) 465

and declared it pretty much inevitable. Hell, by today's standard's he'd be a bomb-throwing leftist.

You're living in a dream world if you think you'll ever see the world of small communities you're talking about. You can't have it because the ruling class doesn't want it. You have to bend or break the ruling class to your whim with the shear weight of numbers that is the working class. That's what the laws, regulation and wealth redistribution of socialism does. You have to be equally careful that the powerful apperatus you built to do that doesn't get turned against you.

Government is a tool. A powerful, and dangerous tool. Like fire, guns, electricity or any of our other major discoveries you don't just give up on it because it's dangerous. You can't. If you leave a tool like that lying around unattended somebody else is gonna pick you up and brain ya with it.

Comment I know guys that prefer Uber (Score 1) 465

because the really, really, really hate being told what to do by a boss. The one I know lives in a dilapidated trailer without a roof (seriously, he couldn't afford to fix it so he put a tarp over it) in the middle of nowhere. Their hatred of bosses borders on mental illness and they trade just about everything else in life to avoid it. Most of them had/have failed businesses. There's enough of them you can make good money taking advantage of them. Sorta like how we've got all those scams targeting old people with failing mental facilities. For a brief period of time after 1940 society was actively trying to protect folks like that. Didn't take much to get us to turn on them...

Comment Fivver isn't advertising to their workers (Score 1) 465

it's doing it to the folks who want to hire their workers for peanuts. From what I can tell it's a platform to connect people to Uber cheap (pun intended) labor overseas. It's actually terrifying. One of the few good sources of jobs left in America is small businesses too tiny to outsource. Fivver might kill those too. If you're a consultant and you're reading this you should be sweating bullets right about now.

Comment You're oversimplifying a complex issue (Score 1) 65

to blame the working class. Americans shop on price because we're desperately trying to maintain our standard of living in the face of declining wages. Those wages are declining because of globalization and automation. Both of those started in the 60s after communism was neutralized as a threat (real communism, not the phone crap Mao & Stalin pushed).

Walmart's slogan nails it: You're not destroying Unions and plunging the country into the worst income inequality since WWI; you're saving money, living better.

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