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A Liberal, Inverted

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notkatniss:

Why are some women like “I’m not a feminist I believe men and women should be equal” like ???????? YOU LITERALLY JUST DEFINED FEMINISM???¿?¿?

Defined feminism, but not defined feminists. I’m really not surprised that people don’t want to be associated with modern feminism.

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antigovernmentextremist:

flemingway:

unapologeticlibertarian:

Minimum wage laws suppress competition and transfer monopoly and monopsony power to large corporations. These laws subsidize large corporations by insulating them from competition from smaller competitors and start-ups that are less able bear the increased costs of labor. If we want to increase the poor’s standard of living we must start fighting for free markets and deregulation instead of unemployment and corporate welfare.

Or we could take a practical approach to the situation at hand and realize that we’ve trapped an entire generation of workers into occupations that can’t even sustain basic living standards and fix that problem, instead of worrying about some joe-schmo start-up.

I agree. The problem is there is nothing practical about the minimum wage. If anything it just further compounds the problem that you are addressing. Minimum wage laws drive up the cost of labor and cause employers to offset the cost elsewhere. They either use less labor (unemployment) or raise costs on the final product. Therein lies the problem. Bill Gates and Donald Trump are not effected by minimum wage hikes to the extent that the average middle-lower class family is. The people that need those jobs are priced out of the labor market while the goods they are trying to buy are getting more expensive.
Minimum wage jobs are entry level positions to the labor market. They are for jobs that require easily replaceable skills like burger flipping or shelf stocking. They aren’t meant to support families or make housing payments. The fact that many people are forced into these jobs as a product of their lack of choice is indicative of a larger economic problem that can’t be fixed by legislating higher wages. It’s putting a bandaid on a broken arm.
The fact of the matter is when you make something more expensive, businesses use less of it. That includes labor. A comprehensive study on minimum wage laws around the country found that minimum wage laws destroy jobs, which makes sense from an economic perspective. Price floors lead to surpluses. Price ceilings lead to shortages.
Look at what’s happening to Seattle in the wake of their $15 minimum wage hike. People are losing their jobs, “living wage surcharges” are being added to bills, benefits like healthcare and paid lunches are disappearing. The truth is you can’t get something for nothing and the minimum wage is just another example of that. Labor isn’t excluded from fundamental economic concepts like supply and demand. To pretend that it is leads to awful unintended consequences often worse than the original perceived societal injustice.
Also I would add that characterizing small businesses as “joe schmoe startups” is indicative of general ignorance of the economy. Small businesses and self-employment are a major component of the economy in the U.S. A majority of workers in the country are employed by businesses that employ less than 500 employees.
Related:
The job killing impacts of the minimum wage
Does minimum wage hurt workers?
Edgar the Exploiter
Should we care about the minimum wage?
Steve Horwitz: What’s wrong with the minimum wage


Automatically Link the minimum wage to inflation. Problem permanently solved

antigovernmentextremist:

flemingway:

unapologeticlibertarian:

Minimum wage laws suppress competition and transfer monopoly and monopsony power to large corporations. These laws subsidize large corporations by insulating them from competition from smaller competitors and start-ups that are less able bear the increased costs of labor. If we want to increase the poor’s standard of living we must start fighting for free markets and deregulation instead of unemployment and corporate welfare.

Or we could take a practical approach to the situation at hand and realize that we’ve trapped an entire generation of workers into occupations that can’t even sustain basic living standards and fix that problem, instead of worrying about some joe-schmo start-up.

I agree. The problem is there is nothing practical about the minimum wage. If anything it just further compounds the problem that you are addressing. Minimum wage laws drive up the cost of labor and cause employers to offset the cost elsewhere. They either use less labor (unemployment) or raise costs on the final product. Therein lies the problem. Bill Gates and Donald Trump are not effected by minimum wage hikes to the extent that the average middle-lower class family is. The people that need those jobs are priced out of the labor market while the goods they are trying to buy are getting more expensive.

Minimum wage jobs are entry level positions to the labor market. They are for jobs that require easily replaceable skills like burger flipping or shelf stocking. They aren’t meant to support families or make housing payments. The fact that many people are forced into these jobs as a product of their lack of choice is indicative of a larger economic problem that can’t be fixed by legislating higher wages. It’s putting a bandaid on a broken arm.

The fact of the matter is when you make something more expensive, businesses use less of it. That includes labor. A comprehensive study on minimum wage laws around the country found that minimum wage laws destroy jobs, which makes sense from an economic perspective. Price floors lead to surpluses. Price ceilings lead to shortages.

Look at what’s happening to Seattle in the wake of their $15 minimum wage hike. People are losing their jobs, “living wage surcharges” are being added to bills, benefits like healthcare and paid lunches are disappearing. The truth is you can’t get something for nothing and the minimum wage is just another example of that. Labor isn’t excluded from fundamental economic concepts like supply and demand. To pretend that it is leads to awful unintended consequences often worse than the original perceived societal injustice.

Also I would add that characterizing small businesses as “joe schmoe startups” is indicative of general ignorance of the economy. Small businesses and self-employment are a major component of the economy in the U.S. A majority of workers in the country are employed by businesses that employ less than 500 employees.

Related:

Automatically Link the minimum wage to inflation. Problem permanently solved

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logicadinfinitum:

edea-florence:

friendly reminder that giving smokers shit is the same as fat shaming (◡‿◡✿)

friendly reminder that second-hand smoking damages the people around you by making them inhale carbon monoxide and carcinogenic chemical compounds linked to diseases such as lung cancer and childhood leukaemia and can cause pregnant women to lose their baby whereas second-hand eating isn’t even a thing (◡‿◡✿)

So we should smoker shame at every opportunity then?

(Source: edeavarete, via kenpo-and-babel-fish)

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good-reids:

This is real shit right here
Dove has always been good at promoting body-image positivity, but they’ve got a new ad. Every time I go to the cinema I get to watch this magnificence in the pre-movie trailers and every time the entire audience gasps. Just watch it ok?

"Dove has always been good at promoting positive body image."

Why must you turn this website into a palace of lies

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When European socialists think the economy crashed because of capitalism

bluetrafficlight:

stay-in-reality-liberals:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The 2008 crash

Yeah the one caused by unregulated mortages and loans

pffft yeah
the one exassverated by austerity policies, the one that was even worse because of rampant privitisation in the 80s giving governments little maneuvering room 

yeah 

TOTLLY not captalism

Correct and I’m not going to taunt you all day for being wrong good job blue

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bel-ennui:

I HAVE FOUND MY NEW FAVOURITE THING: MAJOR ANTHROPOLOGY FOX

i think you may have to look up what “biological” means, because there are distinct geographical genetic clusters. Sure “black” isn’t a valid race, but there are important genetic distinctions.

(Source: anthropologizing.com, via anthrocentric)

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bluetrafficlight:

the-vegan-viking:

So now that an actual MRA has committed an act of terror in the name of their ideals can we all agree they are a hate group and need to be wiped out or

Psst feminism has done this twice

feminism has also done worse 

psst Ellior Rogers wasnt even an MRA

"because these unrelated people did a bad this this bad thing from the philosophy which is subscribe to is not as bad"

you’re wrong and dumb as usual

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We have allowed ourselves to believe, for a long time, that the misogynist subcultures flourishing on- and offline in the past half-decade, the vengeful sexism seeding in resentment in a time of rage and austerity, is best ignored. We have allowed ourselves to believe that those fetid currents aren’t really real, that they don’t matter, that they have no relation to “real-world” violence. But if the Isla Vista massacre is the first confirmed incident of an incident of gross and bloody violence directly linked to the culture of ‘Men’s Rights’ activism and Pickup Artist (PUA) ideology, an ideology that preys on lost, angry men, then it cannot be ignored or dismissed any more.

We like to think that violent misogyny - not sexism, but misogyny, woman-hatred as ideology and practice, weaponised contempt for one half of the human race - isn’t something that really happens in the so-called West. No matter how many wives and girlfriends are murdered by their husbands, no matter how many rapists are let off because of their “promising careers”, violence against women is something that happens elsewhere, somewhere foreign, or historical, or both. So anxious are we to retain this convenient delusion that any person, particularly any female person, who attempts to raise a counter argument can expect to be harassed and shouted down.

Laurie Penny on why it’s time to call the Isla Vista killings what they were: misogynist extremism. (via newstatesman)

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bluetrafficlight:

the-left-is-killing-itself:

bluetrafficlight:

luckydreaming:

To the people trying to classify Men’s Rights Activists as terrorist.  How are you any better than islamaphobes? 

Now whilst I agree with you labelling the MRM as terrorists is wrong 

but wihth the islamaphobe thing; when it comes to violent activity per population size Islam we’re talking a few individuals in billions
but we’re talking a few individiduals out of thousands for the MRM
so both claims are incorrect but the Islamaphobe is even more wrong

the men’s rights movement is small enough and homogeneous enough that the actions of this one man should call into question the sociological and ideological basis of the MRM.

The only jump further that this young man was that women deserve death. which is never true.

Really now you think the MRM is homogeonous? HAHAHAHAH

you clearly fucking know nothing, there are so many different types or MRA it’s ridiculous. 

Furthermore why should the actions of someone who WASNT AN MRA condemn the MRM?

Also do I need to remind you of the issues within early feminism? (heck never mind within modern feminism where mass support has gone to erasing victims) 

I was in the MRM for a while. In my experience, the same exact things get parroted. 

He posted on the MRA reddit, you may claim he wasn’t an MRA, but he would’ve called himself one.

And you don’t need to remind me of the issues with feminism. Because just because some other movement is bad, doesn’t mean that the countermovement is inherently good. Somehow, the MRA movement took the worst bits from feminism and added rabid misogyny.