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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    This is capitalism, we'll offer equal opportunity to fight to the death for prosperity.
    Capitalism requires capital. A free market economy is something different and the two terms should not be conflated. I'm definitely for the latter, wheaes the former mostly favors who already has capital. There's nothing wrong with it, but I don't have capital and my lifetime is not infinite, so there's hardly a reason for me (or indeed for most people) to support "capitalism" per se.
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    I just have to say I just now noticed Edgar's avatar is Baelish, to which I say: of course it is. You would. Everything the guy says is straight out of Nietzsche.
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    oh btw guys I am the "inveterate leftist" OP refers to, lol
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    does that blow your minds???
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    You're too jaded on our system man.
    Anyone who knows me can attest that I have participated in the system long enough to become jaded.

    The system, as it stands now, isn't my friend. But I cannot speak for you, of course.
    Listen to me, baby, you got to understand, you're old enough to learn the makings of a man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    A post informing us as to just what a perfect little slice of heaven Australia is from you?!?!?!

    I'm shocked. Just shocked I say.
    I know it must come as a surprise to you, as we are even a little surprised ourselves, but ever since we decided to follow Adam Smith's 1776 book, The Wealth of Nations, we abolished tariffs, opened ourselves to international capitalism, and under prudent fiscal regulation, we have increased our wealth year by year, and we expect this to continue into the indefinite future.

    During this time the world has gone through not one but three major recessions, while we sailed on through, increasing our wealth year by year.

    And just yesterday we signed a free trade agreement not only with Japan but also with South Korea. And as I write our Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott, is in China negotiating another free trade agreement with China. And the signs look good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simulatedworld
    oh btw guys I am the "inveterate leftist" OP refers to, lol
    Welcome to the thread. Is this an awkward moment for you?

    does that blow your minds???
    That depends. Were you aware that the OP is a member of this forum beforehand?
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    The Middle Class is created by literacy.

    The Working Class knew this, and as they aspired to join the Middle Class they formed the WEA (the Workers' Educational Association) that helped raise manual workers into clerical workers.

    Today of course the underclass does not aspire to literacy because they can enjoy the telephone, the television and the computer without spending twelve years in school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Not fascists, just academics. Not quite as dumb, but frequently just as useless.
    Academics provide intellectual/philosophical "air cover" for fascists until the fascists gain sufficient power.
    Then the fascists purge (literal destruction of people's livelihoods, or death) their one-time, erstwhile allies.
    And then the academics have the nerve to look surprised that the fascists' new-found power has corrupted them
    compared to the pure, wholesome "intentions" the academics had had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
    That depends. Were you aware that the OP is a member of this forum beforehand?
    Yes, I met him here years ago.
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