The idea that we are entering an era of techno-feudalism that will be worse than capitalism is chilling and controversial. We asked former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis to elucidate this idea, explain how we got here, and map out some alternatives.

  • @Eldritch
    link
    English
    113 months ago

    I am not opposed to wealthy people or billionaires or whatever. What I am against is the companies running the show and having undue influence over the government. People like Zuckerberg have way to much power over the government and that isn’t good.

    It’s the same picture.

    If you’re against people like Zuckerberg. You’re against billionaires etc. If you’re not against billionaires you’re not against people like Zuckerberg. You just want one you agree with. Musk maybe?

    I used to be against heavy regulations but we have gone to the other extreme of too little regulations.

    If only we knew who pushed for, and funded this. I mean it absolutely was not the wealthy or chad billionaires. They’re just good honest bros. They wouldn’t use that vast wealth to manipulate and lie to us.

    I am tired of my insurance being tied to my employer. I am tired of forced arbitration agreements

    Guess who. Guess who. Those things are in the vested interest of the wealthy and especially billionaires. Though they would never leave themselves subject to them.

    The problem isn’t capitalism but human nature.

    Oof, cognitive dissonance wins again. Capitalism that isn’t so tightly regulated that it struggles to exist. Only reinforces and encourages the worst of human behavior. They’re both a problem. Together they’re a perfect storm. Literally every one of your complaints can be directly attributed to your voting habits. (If you are truly Republican) You’ve enabled it all. (So have Democrats to a much lesser extent) And still stick with identifying as the problem. Note, I’m not saying Democrats are the solution. Slightly better problem perhaps. But certainly not a solution as they currently exist. But friend, you really need to work through the cognitive dissonance and indoctrination issues. In the end you will thank yourself if you do. And that’s what matters right?

    • Neuromancer
      link
      fedilink
      -133 months ago

      Not at all. Have you ever been to a communist country? You see the same thing but on a worse scale. Lots of poverty and the small wealthy group. Capitalism isn’t the issue. Had you left your moms basement you’d know that.

      • @Eldritch
        link
        English
        123 months ago

        No. Communist countries don’t exist. There are ML countries. And yes, they’re as problematic as the unregulated capitalism countries.

        Capitalism is an issue. Has been for over 100 years. As has Lenin’s malformed ideologies for almost the last 100.

        You should stop digging for antiques in your mom’s basement. Before projecting on to others.

        I was sincere in advising you to address your cognitive dissonance.

        • Neuromancer
          link
          fedilink
          -113 months ago

          I bet you say all this unironically in your head while wearing a Che shirt.

          I don’t have any cognitive dissonance. Thank you very much.

          Lenin, look how great that turned out.

          • @Eldritch
            link
            English
            113 months ago

            I bet you say all this unironically in your head while wearing a Che shirt.

            Careful, that’s another antique. And no. I don’t wear my politics in any way. And would definitely not wear anything with Guevara as I have rather strong ideological differences with him.

            I don’t have any cognitive dissonance. Thank you very much.

            At this point I’m inclined to agree. You seem insincere and more concerned with poor attempts at unsuccessful trolling.

            Lenin, look how great that turned out.

            I agree. You can even check my post history as I’ve effectively said the exact same thing elsewhere. Today even. I just have actually valid, non hypothetical criticism to offer regarding it.

          • @[email protected]
            link
            fedilink
            53 months ago

            Ever heard of libertarian socialism? It’s the OG kind of libertarianism and is great for those who aren’t all that into cognitive dissonance.