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Astral Codex Ten • 6744 implied HN points • 11 Jan 24
  1. Some comments argue for reiterating the importance of a specific context when considering spending money for charity or capitalism.
  2. There are discussions on the effectiveness of investing in companies with social missions, such as providing microfinance or supporting profitable charitable ventures.
  3. Consideration is given to the balance between supporting capitalism and charitable causes in the context of economic impact and sustainability.
New Means • 2771 implied HN points • 17 Jan 24
  1. Child labor violations have increased by 50% in 2023, resulting in tragic accidents and deaths of young workers.
  2. Multiple state legislatures are working to weaken child labor laws, allowing kids to work longer hours in dangerous jobs.
  3. The push for child labor is tied to capitalist interests seeking to further exploit and profit off of vulnerable populations, including children.
Slow Boring • 7095 implied HN points • 25 Oct 23
  1. Slaveowners among America's founding fathers knew slavery was bad, but still profited from it.
  2. In the early 19th century, the South shifted to viewing slavery as a 'positive good,' leading to political divides and eventually the Civil War.
  3. A new paper by economic historians argues that the costs of slavery far outweighed the benefits, likening enslavement to theft.
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Singal-Minded • 972 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. An elementary school in Hayward, CA spent $250,000 on Woke Kindergarten, a for-profit company, to address student achievement issues.
  2. Despite the investment, student achievement at Glassbrook Elementary has fallen, highlighting the vulnerability of the students and the urgency of quality education.
  3. The situation underscores the capitalistic nature of the educational system, even when initiatives claim to be against capitalism.
Wood From Eden • 960 implied HN points • 11 Dec 23
  1. Capitalism led to the decline of systematic warfare as the main way for producers to compete.
  2. Human evolution has been a struggle between individual and group selection, where societies with best productivity survived wars.
  3. The shift to the market economy allowed producers to compete directly, promoting productivity without the need for destructive warfare.
antoniomelonio • 93 implied HN points • 05 Mar 24
  1. Cottagecore trend romanticizes rural life as an escape from modernity and capitalist pressures.
  2. Capitalism commodifies yearning for simplicity, selling manufactured illusions as an escape from the system.
  3. Cottagecore highlights the longing for simple living and connection to nature, though it's distorted by capitalism and patriarchal norms.
The Green Fix • 196 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Media should connect climate news to different sectors like business and politics
  2. Capitalism plays a big role in the climate crisis and needs more media attention
  3. Media should spotlight the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on the Global South and follow the money behind climate decisions
antoniomelonio • 73 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. The concept of 'boring dystopia' highlights the mundane and monotonous nature of societal collapse, contrasting it with the dramatic portrayals in movies and media.
  2. Boring dystopia is viewed as a consequence of modern capitalism, leading to disillusionment, alienation, and a sense of numbness among individuals.
  3. Globalization has resulted in a homogenization of cities and experiences, creating a world where unique cultural vibrancy is replaced by a dull, standardized environment.
antoniomelonio • 86 implied HN points • 13 Feb 24
  1. Life involves a cycle of working to survive - from following specific rules in society to earning a living through predetermined means.
  2. Many find dissatisfaction in modern work due to its lack of purpose, fake elements, and inequality. Imagining a fulfilling work experience that is meaningful and valued.
  3. Existence is tied to being productive in a system driven by abstract concepts of growth, leading to disillusionment and a call for individual struggle for freedom and authentic living.
antoniomelonio • 46 implied HN points • 28 Feb 24
  1. Capitalism's impact on technological advancements may turn them into nightmare fuel, including artificial intelligence.
  2. AI holds potential for a post-scarcity future, optimizing tasks and potentially enabling Universal Basic Income, but under capitalism, this positive transformation faces challenges.
  3. The interactions between AI, capitalism, and society's collapse present a complex gamble for humanity's future, where AI could be both a solution and a threat, depending on how it's leveraged.
The Column • 1081 implied HN points • 25 May 23
  1. America's moral framework divides poor into 'deserved' and 'undeserved,' hindering solutions like giving homes to the homeless.
  2. Means-testing and moral judgments in welfare create unnecessary bureaucracy and obstacles for those in need.
  3. The concept of 'deserved vs. undeserved' poor is rooted in history, aimed at keeping wages low and maintaining a population in poverty.
Geopolitical Economy Report • 518 implied HN points • 09 Sep 23
  1. Imperialism is a product of the struggle between classes and nations, impacting our world.
  2. Geopolitical economy helps in understanding international relations within the capitalist world system.
  3. The BRICS summit signifies an alternative economic vision based on cooperation and development, challenging traditional Western imperialism.
Alex's Personal Blog • 131 implied HN points • 04 Jan 24
  1. OpenAI is incorporating internet content, including from the New York Times, into its AI models
  2. OpenAI is making deals with publishers to mitigate legal risks and continue using content
  3. The New York Times initiated a lawsuit against OpenAI for using its material without compensation, highlighting the importance of fair compensation in technology innovation
Global Inequality and More 3.0 • 885 implied HN points • 02 Jun 23
  1. The idea that capitalism can be successful and ethical is shattered by the portrayal in the TV series 'Succession.'
  2. The distinction between a society following legal rules versus one that is truly ethical is highlighted, emphasizing the need to minimize the use of power in both markets and within companies.
  3. The blurring of moral lines between personal and professional spheres in 'Succession' serves as a stark reminder of the pervasive influence of commercialization and amoral behavior in our society.
Banana Peel Pirouette • 118 implied HN points • 01 Jan 24
  1. Vaporwave and mallsoft genres often reflect nostalgia for the past and critique the impact of digital culture on societal norms.
  2. The evolution of internet culture from anonymity to personal branding shifted social dynamics and expectations.
  3. The decline of physical malls symbolizes the shift towards online shopping and the changing nature of consumer experiences.
Technology, Environment, and Art • 39 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. The global capitalistic-consumerist system is fundamentally destructive and promotes unsustainable practices, causing cognitive dissonance in individuals.
  2. Efforts to address environmental issues are often evaluated based on their ability to further global consumerism rather than their actual impact.
  3. To truly make a difference, we need to challenge the current industrial and capitalistic systems, reassess our reliance on technology, and make significant lifestyle changes to prioritize sustainability over convenience.
JoeWrote • 30 implied HN points • 27 Feb 24
  1. Geopolitical conflicts, like the Russia-Ukraine War, are often oversimplified as 'Good Guys vs. Bad Guys,' but understanding the complexities behind these conflicts is crucial to preventing future tragedies.
  2. The implementation of Shock Capitalism in Russia post-Soviet Union led to a catastrophic economic collapse, increased income inequality, and the rise of an oligarchy, setting the stage for social unrest and Putin's consolidation of power.
  3. Nationalism, particularly in Russia, has been used by leaders like Putin to distract from domestic issues, justify military action, and boost popularity, highlighting the dangerous impact of nationalism when fueled by political agendas.
Global Inequality and More 3.0 • 825 implied HN points • 04 May 23
  1. Democracy does not necessarily come with capitalism and may even be destroyed by it.
  2. Unbridled capitalism leads to social instability empowering right-wing parties.
  3. Success of Western capitalism in mid-20th century was influenced by pressure from Soviet Union and left-wing parties, which led to a period against normal capitalist tendencies.
The Novelleist • 684 implied HN points • 05 Jun 23
  1. Industrialization led to the growth of big corporations, creating inequality which sparked movements for socialism and communism.
  2. Workers' rights improved through regulations in capitalist countries after World War II, leading to economic prosperity.
  3. Capitalism emerged as the most successful economic model globally, but there are ongoing challenges like wealth inequality and environmental impact that need to be addressed.
Changing The Channel • 757 implied HN points • 28 Feb 23
  1. American capitalism today is criticized by Bernie Sanders as 'uber capitalism' for its lack of decency and morality.
  2. Sanders emphasizes the necessity of economic security for true freedom, highlighting the importance of social safety nets.
  3. Sanders draws inspiration from FDR and sees Scandinavia as a model for the kind of economic system he supports.
Adapt : Survive : Prevail • 275 implied HN points • 09 Jul 23
  1. Capitalist growth prioritizes profit over human needs, leading to suffering and environmental degradation.
  2. Degrowth eco-socialism advocates for reducing overall economic activity to align with human needs and sustainability.
  3. Creating an egalitarian society through wealth redistribution and instituting socialism is crucial for a sustainable future.
72 Degrees North • 39 implied HN points • 14 Jan 24
  1. Life can sometimes present unwinnable situations where moving on is the best option.
  2. People may engage in unwinnable games like pursuing unattainable goals in relationships or falling into abusive patterns.
  3. Corporate work under capitalism shares similarities with abusive relationships, using small rewards and big punishments to keep workers captive.
Banana Peel Pirouette • 158 implied HN points • 29 Aug 23
  1. The GOP platform shows a contradiction between social conservatism and economic conservatism.
  2. Under a capitalist system, traditional values are challenged by the free market's constant evolution.
  3. The emergence of new social dynamics, such as the decline in church attendance and changing family structures, can be attributed to the effects of capitalism.