Michael Texeira (el 04/11/14 a las 12:22 am)
It's amazing how many people commenting here clearly know absolutely
nothing about modern economics, nor the state of the current wealth
distribution. Anyone who thinks that people who produce nothing of value
for humanity (people who make money off of speculation [essentially by
driving up prices...actually hurting the majority], people who make money
off of usury, people who retain money by avoiding paying their share of the
taxes that pay for the roads and services that they benefit from) deserve
extreme wealth more than people who provide vital services for humanity
(teachers, farmers, sewage workers, water treatment personnel, etc.) has a
serious mental problem. Stop drinking the Fox News Kool-Aid.
Theft is, at its roots, the taking of something which doesn't belong to
you. McDonalds makes huge profits partially by paying their employees so
little that full-time employees qualify for benefits. They essentially
have shifted the burden of paying their work force partially onto the tax
payer. Monsanto makes its money partially by suing farmers whose fields
have, through no fault of their own, become contaminated with Monsanto's
patented seeds. In a sane society, these actions would not be allowed.
McDonalds, relying on its labor force for its business would pay them
enough that their employees could rely on their employers for meeting their
basic needs. Even slave owners supplied their work force with places to
live and food to eat. McDonalds gives less to its employees than slave
owners gave to their slaves.
Here's some interesting facts. When a loan is issued, the bank essentially
creates that money from nothing. The money comes into existence at the
point the loan is issued. This means that the money doesn't really exist.
Money is supposed to be a stand in for actual valuable resources. So,
when a bank loans you money, they are really giving you access to real
resources that the bank itself possesses. In this case, the bank doesn't
possess any resources except that of the public perception of the bank's
stability...its image. It costs the bank nothing to issue you a loan. It
merely appears on a balance sheet. No actual work is done to produce this
money. If, however, you cannot pay this loan back, they will take the
objects that you have spent actual labor in acquiring, such as a house.
They give you imaginary money and take real assets back. The bank always
There is a common conception that the poor have just as much opportunity to
be rich as the rich do. Every study done on the matter, however, shows
that it is much more difficult to rise out of poverty than this conception
would imply. The jobs available in low-income areas often have little
opportunity for advancement. They are dead-end jobs. Also, because
competition for limited work is often quite fierce in low-income areas,
employers can often get away with paying less money than a living wage
(which in a compassionate world would be unthinkable), forcing people to
take on multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. This, of course,
increases the competition for jobs. In the end, the more motivated and
intelligent people in low-income areas may often have more than one job
while many people can't find a single job. This lack of gainful employment
creates the need for alternate economies, and so gangs and drug dealers,
pimps and prostitutes find a niche there.
Most importantly, the stress of being poor increases ones susceptibility to
illness, psychological disorders, substance abuse, and a host of other
ills. A sane species would realize that poverty hurts everyone and
wouldn't think twice about taking money away from those who have more than
they can ever spend to remove a social problem which causes crime and other
symptoms which spill over into everyone's lives. We, however, are not a
sane species. We are a species of people who are adept at ignoring facts
and believing what is repeated rather than what the evidence supports. We
are amazing at rationalizing our beliefs in order to avoid cognitive
dissonance, and exceptionally good at shutting down empathy so that we can
use our iPhones and drink our lattes in peace while the mentally disabled
stumble around us, homeless and hopeless. In these last bits, I'm as
guilty as anyone, because the actual depth of daily human suffering on this
planet is so astounding in its intensity that it almost paralyzes me. So,
I shut down and distract myself with the internet, or video games, or some
other activity designed to numb me to the pain and sorrow of billions of
people trapped in war zones, kept in abusive relationships, incarcerated
for victimless crimes, forced to work for almost nothing in companies they
hate, being evicted from property that will end up sitting vacant simply
because they don't have little slips of paper, watching their communities
be torn down in order to build another place for people to buy things that
they don't need, watching their children die of malnutrition or disease,
getting forced into militias in war-torn nations, and worse.
So, if you think that the 99% is mad because they desperately want to live
opulently while others starve, all that means is that you're so
disconnected from basic mammalian empathy that you can't even imagine what
it might look like in others. Congratulations, you're a sociopath.
Vedavyas Munugoor (el 03/02/15 a las 3:39 am)
I am a fairly political person but... expressing your political beliefs on
a comedy video is like reading a quantum physics textbook to a group of
Stefan Travis (el 08/12/14 a las 5:51 pm)
Youtube Rule #1: The smarter the video, the dumber the comments.
EpicNEd (el 23/08/14 a las 11:33 am)
The 99% is only mad at the 1% because they aren't rich too.
Martynas Ch (el 10/12/14 a las 9:18 pm)
My father worked for 20 years and now after saving money he using all of
his money to quickly build a house worth 1 mil. He worked hard for it...
Grammar Nazi Party (el 25/05/14 a las 11:09 pm)
wtf YouTube added a weird sound when you like comments...
Immersible (el 10/12/14 a las 10:44 pm)
This is my comment, there are many like it, but this one is mine.
My comment is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must
master my life.
My comment, without me, is useless. Without my comment, I am useless.
I must type my comment true. I must type better than my enemy, who is
trying to out-type me.
I must type faster before he finish his comment. I will...
My comment and myself know that what counts in this thread is not for the
words we type, the likes received, nor the hate we receive.
We know that it is the commenting that counts. We will comment.
My comment is human, even as I am human, because it is my life. Thus, I
will learn it as a brother.
I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, and its ideas.
I will keep my comment clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We
will become part of each other.
Before you I swear this creed. My comment and I are the defenders of my
pride. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until the other person stops commenting and there is no enemy.
~Now then, am I just like you "serious" commenting people yet? ;o
tacocookie1015 (el 31/05/14 a las 7:32 pm)
Millionaires deserve their money. They worked hard for it.
DDD (el 28/11/14 a las 10:50 pm)
Personally, I don't think their should be billionaires, if you're income is
$1,000,000,000 after taxes, then they need to tax at least $1 more so
they're simply hundred-millionaires.
Mr Mojo Risin' (el 28/11/14 a las 9:57 pm)
People who think poor people are poor because they're stupid/lazy have got
to be the most sheltered people alive.