• @LEDZeppelin
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    14510 months ago

    Because “Fuck you, got mine”

  • Pons_Aelius
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    Wealth makes people more likely to be conservative, as does age.

    The poor young man who recorded Fuck tha Police is a very different person to the multi-millionaire media star being interviewed on Fox.

    • blargerer
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      Early trends for Millenials and young Gen X has them not getting more conservative as they are aging, or at least substantially less so than older generations.

      • @AProfessional
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        6610 months ago

        Because they don’t have the same generational wealth.

        • @[email protected]
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          Before the rents increased too much, I lucked into an old 1930’s era house in a rural town 1 hour away from work with all these lovely features:

          • Rotting fiberglass insulation
          • ungrounded outlets
          • no dishwasher
          • a clothesline instead of a dryer
          • non-catastrophic plumbing issues
          • unfinished drywall on the second floor
          • windows with busted opening mechanisms
          • gutters with holes rusted through them
          • a shitty-ass furnace that cost me $600/mo to heat my house to 60F last year

          All for the low-low price of “i can just barely afford the monthly mortgage payment”

          But now that I’m a homeowner, I’m considered wealthy these days. Yeah, don’t see myself swinging R anytime soon.

          • Ser Salty
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            210 months ago

            I know this might not be relevant, but American obsession with dryers seems so weird to me lmao. I live in Germany and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a dryer, even at my rich friends parents house, and them mafakers had a sauna in the basement. Just kinda interesting how they are completely culturally irrelevant in one country, and considered almost a basic necessity in another.

            • @[email protected]
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              In my part of Canada without a dryer you’d have damp, moldy clothes 9 months a year. I could hang them up inside to dry but I’d be running a dehumidifier beside them. We lived without a dryer for several years but it made laundry an extra pain in the ass and drying was always the bottleneck. No problem in the summer months with the clothesline.

              • Ser Salty
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                310 months ago

                Yeah, I kinda suspected they were very useful/necessary in some parts and just spread to the rest because people move around a lot

                • @AProfessional
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                  410 months ago

                  They are also, in the scheme of things, a very cheap and easy to install appliance (typically directly next to or on top the washer).

        • @hglman
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          110 months ago

          So then wealth, not age, makes you conservative.

      • @AstridWipenaugh
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        I believe it’s because there’s no reasonable conservative option. There’s nobody even pitching “fiscal responsibility” or “small government” anymore. You’ve gotta drink the Kool aid and support The Donald or you’re a liberal cuck. There’s no room for being just right-leaning; you’ve gotta go all in.

        • @[email protected]
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          Gen Xer here, I’ve never seen a republican led federal government that ever actually acted fiscally conservative. Being fiscally conservative and small government has always meant cut social programs and cut taxes but never cut spending to one of the biggest cost centers in the government, the military. There’s nothing fiscally conservative about cutting taxes and ballooning the deficit. There’s nothing fiscally conservative about starting two wars and essentially putting them on credit cards. The American people only put up with them for so long because the only ones who had to sacrifice for them were those that died or came back maimed. If we had to pay for them with higher taxes instead of passing the bill to the next few generations, those wars would never have even happened.

        • @Mirshe
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          That’s a good theory, as a lot of the people we see joining up for the right are usually either doing it out of spite/ironically (and eventually having the “be careful what you pretend to be” moment where it stops being ironic) or they’ve been grown and raised around these worldviews.

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      Wealth yes, but the age thing might be a myth. It turns out that people solidify their political leanings during major movements. The older generation just happen to be affected by Reaganism and Nixons southern strategy.

      The most conservative leaning generation are not boomers or silver generation, but apparently Gen X.

      Edit: I posted some sources in replies below.

      • @[email protected]
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        There also seems to be a bit of weirdness even surrounding what “conservative” means. It used to mean an intent toward preservation of certain existing institutions/trends and preexisting stability, with a distrust for new institutions that may upset existing social calm. Which often is at odds with beneficial change but isn’t inherently against it, favoring instead that it be slow and precise. When I think of myself as conservative that’s the concept I have.

        The problem is that “conservative” now can also include a group of people for which preserving an existing state (as in condition/mode of being ) is no longer acceptable, the demand either a reverse or entirely new directions.

        As an example that’s a little less hot button - vouchers for private schools. That’s an active novelty and a change from an existing institution, rife with potential long-term impacts on both culture and stability that could be negative, and yet some positions push for it (often without addressing those problems). That’s not a conservative position. That’s a progressive one (maybe not in the direction someone on the left would want obviously).

        Conservative got irrevocably linked with Right due to some preexisting social constructs and the urge to preserve them, but realistically it should hold just as well that a conservative would seek to preserve left-wing establishments as much as right-wing ones, or at least advise any changes to them be slow and incremental to avoid pop-up problems. Admittedly things like technology complicate that due to the speed with which it changes and demands response.

        • @MotoAsh
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          If you cannot understand how conservatism would LOVE to conserve the racism and rapant capitalism of the US… You might not actually understand what “conservatives” actually want to conserve…

          It’s the social order of things where they’re on top. They’ve literally always been supremacists. Just not necessarily openly bigoted ones.

        • @[email protected]
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          While I bet there’s exceptions what has been the general trend for conservative is that they are pleased with the status quo. They are on top and therefore don’t want things to change. When you’re not satisfied you tend to not be as patient. It also help to lack empathy for people not as lucky. Considering that you, commendably, can see the need for change you obviously belong to a different group.

          What is new is that the once who call themselves conservative now instead strive to change things due to a lack of control. They want to go back to the point where they feel they had control, power, and privilege over others.

          And when a group of people who lacks empathy want to take back power it can get dangerous very fast. Suck as January 6:th…

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            That polling you linked to looks pretty convincing actually. I might have to change my mind.

            I’ve seen the claim said a few times, here is the nytimes and there are many other sources discussing it (e.g. this Slate article and this Politico article, etc.). It also makes sense to me: Look at the January 6th insurrectionists. They aren’t young, but they aren’t boomers either. It was dominated by Gen X. Gen X got all the benefits of a social safety net, like cheap university, they got in on affordable housing, but also grew up at a time when even the “left” was represented by hyper capitalist Clinton. They didn’t have a Civil Rights movement, or Bernie Sanders movement.

            So I’m willing to change my mind, but I also find it plausible.

            • @kescusay
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              I think it’s important to remember that the January 6th insurrection wasn’t representative across any demographics except extremely conservative Republicans and conspiracy theorists. Since generational analysis is already inherently problematic and inexact, I’d hesitate to make blanket statements about the entire age group based on a sample like that.

              It may be reasonable to say that in general, people in the age groups often lumped together in “Gen X” are statistically more likely to be conservative than younger people, but that’s about as far as I’d be willing to go.

              And the relatively low numbers of boomers at the insurrection may be explained more by their age than anything else. The absolute youngest boomers are turning 60 in the next year. The oldest are almost 80. Going and beating up Capitol police, scaling fences, and breaking into Congress may just be physically too demanding for most of them.

    • @[email protected]
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      That was my first though.

      breaking news: impossibly wealthy people vote for tax cuts and reduction in social services

  • style99
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    Dude. Ice Cube has always been “fuck you got mine.” People are only just now noticing?

    • FuglyDuck
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      this. coming into money doesn’t change who you are. It magnifies who you’ve always been. Sure, people can change, but it isn’t the money doing it.

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        While I bet that it goes faster if you already lacked empathy there is research that indicate that coming into money makes you less empathetic.

        And then of course there’s also the exceptions, like Keanu Reeves and Brendan Fraser (from what I’ve heard at least).

        • FuglyDuck
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          110 months ago

          the change in empathy has more to do with the change in social circumstances than it does a change in personality. This is part of what I mean by it magnifies who you really are. You see, when you’re poor you need the help of others- be it welfare, or more social assistance (parents watching kids, etc) you need that help.
          So, you tend to give assistance with the expectation of social reciprocity.

          It’s social reciprocity at play here… when you become rich, you don’t need to rely on it, so you don’t. Epitomy of “Got mine, fuck you”

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    A German Black rapper (Sam Deluxe) once said: “as a black person you can’t really choose your political opinion freely, because one side only wants you out of the country.” Many join the left because it means protection.

    I think parts of hiphop culture fits quite well to a conservative worldview when it comes to money, masculinity and the role of women.

  • @S_204
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    Ice cube is an anti Semitic piece of shit. Of course he siding with the Right, they’re anti Semites too.

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  • @Chickenstalker
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    3010 months ago

    There is no Left vs Right or Black vs White. Only corporations vs the poor. The sooner you Yanks realise this, the better

    • @captainlezbian
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      What do you think left vs right means? Its about money

    • @Fluffy_Ruffs
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      410 months ago

      What’s the saying, “They’ve got you fighting a race/culture war to distract from the class war.” or something to that effect.

    • @TokenBoomer
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      The imperial core is…different. When you work in the castle and not in the fields, it’s difficult to see reality for what it is. It’s happening, but slower than the periphery. We are also heavily propagandized.

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Scrolling through Twitter a couple of weeks ago, I came across a clip of rightwing commentator Tucker Carlson interviewing a face I never thought I’d see on his platform: Ice Cube.

    He’s joining a long list of rappers – Kanye West, Da Baby, Kodak Black, Lil Pump – who have all put themselves in dangerous proximity to conservative politicians even as rightwing populism threatens to destroy their communities.

    Still, hip-hop legends like Jay-Z continue to peddle this demented lie because that is the very function of capitalism: keep the poorest in society busy providing cheap labor while they chase an impossible dream.

    Say what you want about Democrats and what they have or haven’t done for Black people in America, but Kanye West campaigning for Trump wasn’t some stroke of genius – it was one of the most self-hating and objectively stupid moves that a person in his position could have made back in 2016.

    I don’t blame Black people – burned by decades of generational disenfranchisement and then walloped over the head with the illusion of meritocracy – for trying to keep their place at the top no matter who they have to play nice with.

    But romancing fearmongering xenophobes isn’t keeping us at the top, it’s digging a pitiful hole to the bottom, a new low from which Black people as a community will not recover if we don’t put a stop to it now.


    I’m a bot and I’m open source!

  • @[email protected]
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    Rich people and temporarily embarrassed millionaires and all that. Perfect victims for the right wing propaganda machine.

  • @xenomor
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    So, was Ice Cube always a poser or is it a role he’s evolved into through age and luxury? Such a disappointment. Either way, fuck that asshole.

    • @TokenBoomer
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      It can happen to any of us. When you’ve made it. You can’t relate to where you’ve come from. You lose touch with what got you there. And anyone who wants to take that away is a threat.

    • @aesthelete
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      Everyone’s talking about his “fuck da police” transition to now, but IMO a more relevant one is “arrest the president” to having meetings with Trump.

      He tried to profit off of being anti-Trump, it didn’t work to his liking and so he went in the other direction. Grifters gotta grift I guess. 🤷

  • @AnyProgressIsGood
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    I mean… Well I’ll start with I have a bit of a conspiracy theory

    So old white men ran the record industry when rap got hot. Clear channel and the top record companies can make anyone a star. Notice the over arching ideals and values they prop up

    Much like the CIA released crack on minorities. Record companies released drugs addiction, gang banging, spending frivolously via glamorization On minorities

    Always felt like minorities were being fed values that lead to failure. This is a continuation.

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      Or because many of these rappers came from poor and violent areas, where drug addiction, gang banging, and frivolous spending was what they knew

      • @[email protected]
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        Except that a lot of early and grass-roots rap railed against those things, but that wasn’t what got large scale commercial backing in the long run

        • @[email protected]
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          610 months ago

          Can you suggest me songs from the early days that does this? I’ve always hated how much rap songs glorify those things.

          • Víctor Arias
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            De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Digable Planets, The Pharcyde, Digital Underground, Souls of Mischief, Del the Funky Homosapien, Freestyle Fellowship, Arrested Development, Goodie Mob, Outkast, Fugees…

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            Grandmaster Flash, De La Soul, and Public Enemy would be good examples of rap that was politically and socially progressive, I’m sure a bit of digging would give a long list

          • @crypticthree
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            Basically all of Public Enemy’s career

      • @AnyProgressIsGood
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        But why continue to sell destructive concepts to their people once they make it. But yeah it’s a conspiracy level thought.

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          Because that’s what got them there? I don’t think Tech Nine switching to positivity rap would go so well.

  • @[email protected]
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    “Why have rappers who have always been edgey and anti-establishment supporting an edgey political party that (pretends to be) anti-establishment?”

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    Because black people have varied political opinions, the notion of a single “black politics” is kind of racist. The income distribution between working class and top 10 percent of black people is very close to the income distribution between the same white classes.