Porn

Michael Strong on Facebook: ............. while the figures are "stunning," the article as a whole is completely unhelpful and even counterproductive for not focusing our attention on any kind of real change that matters.  I regard these kinds of statistics as a sort of "redistribution porn" where, just as with real porn, one's eyes are caught by the flash and the glare, but ultimately it is most likely to be a distraction from the task of creating a better world for all.  People pass this stuff around and get all excited and worked up, but on average the lives of poor Americans are not improved.   Worse yet, by activating some of our most primitive impulses around greed vs. generosity, along with the propensity to see the partisan "other" as evil, such "redistribution porn" prevents intelligent, civilized, productive discussion from taking place.
... like the coin. As with a lot on the Internet, Facebook, Twitter & here, we now have "gun violence porn", "immigration porn", "government spending porn" with M$M giving us the ultimate prompt!

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  2. redistribution porn

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Seth says
M 2013-04-16 07:49:34 16484
seth 2013-04-16 06:47:12 16484
and here for the record ... for a larger perspective ... here is an example of "redistribution porn"



ACTUALLY, this is the smaller
perspective of ragging against rich people.  Note those in government are being protected & yet he (OBAMA)surrounds himself with millionaires to pay for his campaigns, parties & propaganda & then isolates them from the ability to "follow the money"
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well, BIG anything tends to become institutionally corrupted.  big business, big government, big gangs .... all the same corruption from my point of view ... it all works against my particular life.  And when one big colludes with another big it becomes even worse.  If Alice Martin actually did pay her workers more, then, from my perspective, that would be a good thing.  That really is my salient point.  What is your's?

Mark de LA says
WHEN? Will the greedy fucking government learn that it is they who are taking all the money out of the economy & spending it on shit like 80 million people on food stamps & parties for Obama in the White house instead of getting the hell out of the way of the economy so people don't have to use food stamps - even if they are a government boondoggle to keep people dependent upon them. 
Yep, it government porn which keeps people dependent!


Mark de LA says
BTW, here is another thingy that libs will NEVER understand: It is not private enterprise's job to create jobs for people.  Jobs are the result of government getting out of the way. THe reason they are not here now is government in the way & high taxation & government spending so much that that money is no longer available for investment anywhere else!  Wait until China whose economy is lagging recently -hence the gold fall - doesn't buy our debt any longer & see how much of those cute little plastic toys you are able to find & sell.


Mark de LA says
It is NOT your job to tell her how much to pay her employees!  It is not Obama's job either except there are minimum wage laws. It is the market place without the governments' thumbs on the scales. I'll bet quite a few are glad they have jobs in Obama's economy. Import a few more illegal aliens & see if increased competition for low wage jobs gets any rougher.


Seth says
i am expressing my honest opinion of what Alice should do.  That is all ... nothing more ... nothing less.  The last time i looked at this kind of thing, anybody can express their opinions without it having the power to "tell them what to do".  

Mark de LA says
seth 2013-04-16 10:37:47 16484
M 2013-04-16 10:03:34 16484
seth 2013-04-16 09:41:24 16484
M 2013-04-16 09:19:20 16484
seth 2013-04-16 09:10:28 16484
M 2013-04-16 08:39:55 16484
It is NOT your job to tell her how much to pay her employees!  It is not Obama's job either except there are minimum wage laws. It is the market place without the governments' thumbs on the scales. I'll bet quite a few are glad they have jobs in Obama's economy. Import a few more illegal aliens & see if increased competition for low wage jobs gets any rougher.


i don't remember telling her what to do at all.
Your context did, dude!

nope, that was your own interpretation.  sometimes, i find it actually interesting to be aware of where my interpretation beings and the otherwise meaningless marks in the sand of events leaves off. 
What was you message except a rag against a rich family who founded Walmart? f

Alice should pay her employees a decent compensation for their time.  People who work for Walmart should be able to support their families without food stamps from the government.  If they cannot, then something is totally out of balance.  That is the story the picture tells ... almost literally.  
So in fact YOU are telling us what Alice should do with her money & her business.  Nobody is forcing the people there to work there often above minimum wage. If they want the government to do that they should move to China where what you do & what you get for it is government regulated.  We are still free a little while longer to make our own choices here in the USA!