you sure do have a pretty nuanced definition of "hard work" if "poo that privileged people go to college to avoid entirely" doesn't factor in at all
whoa wait a minute i thought the secret to being employmed or just not being poor was "being smart" and "working hard". is it:
is it important to be smart and work hard, or is it important to fill a particular niche? or is it important blow your way to the top, as hinted by tensor?
I hate that this needs to be preferenced, but hard and/or smart work are always going to be better options than your assertion that our entire economic and political system(s) needs to be blown-up because hundreds of years ago people were slaves. Granted I don't aspire to to be as dramatic as you, but that seems slightly unnecessary considering we have still people coming to this country today who with (gasp!) hard work and an emphasis on education that are improving their lot in life in one generation.
you're right, it's not the fault of the parasitic elites; it's our flawed economic system that allows one person to manage capital and "earn" hundreds of times more than the median income for work that is certainly not hundreds of times more difficult, while the true producers of our society endure wage slavery. if any one group of people is to blame, it's the middle and upper-middle classes who perpetuate this broken system because they've bought into this "just be smart and work hard and one day you'll be super rich" bullshit
I'll thank you to reference my previous post about not giving a poo about your pipe/wet dreams of a socialist society. I already went through this exercise when I got my liberal arts degree from a state univerisity.
btw the people i referred to worked for an organization that helped people recently released from prison to reintegrate. among other things, they helped to build their resumes, taught them how to conduct themselves in an interview, and provided temporary rooms, contingent upon their continuous search for a job (while also providing in-house work opportunities like landscaping). it's tough to argue that their work "isn't valuable" (unless you don't understand things like recidivism rates); it's just not valuable to the people who control the majority of the wealth in america. it's silly to think that value is accurately represented by profitability, as that line of thought ignores social costs and benefits.
That's great. I think that's a commendable service those people are providing, and I think it's commendable that those former inmates see the value of actually being members of a society where they earn what they have, not just hoping that the government hands them money siphoned off of the rich. Because if that's what you're hoping for, what's the point of trying to rehabilitate these people at all?
as wealth inequality increases, what other option is there?*
*note: libertarian fan-fic isn't an option
I'm not entirely against the idea that the wealth gap is widening too far for our own good in this country. I am, however, against the idea that it's so wide and unattainable that the only way it can be fxed is with government intervention. I also wildly reject the idea that we just had more revenue to give to the government to fund these programs that everything would be ok.