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Why I joined the Democratic Socialists of America
Jun 24, 2019 - 6:24 AM - by chunksmediocrites
Why I joined the Democratic Socialists of America

Capitalism and consumer culture are antithetical to ecological survival, and incapable of responding to the climate crisis we are in, that impacts everyone and hundreds of thousands of species of life that we depend on to survive. Ask any scientist that studies this about how the future’s looking and the price of inaction: it is beyond dire.

We live as wage slaves on the precipice of war and disaster, in the most powerful country in the world, where we are expected to hand over to our children- and future generations- lives that will be harder, with a shorter life expectancy, on a planet being ravaged by climate extinction events.

Billionaires and multinational businesses live on the labor they steal from the working class. Neoliberal globalization schemes- inside the US and all over the world- guarantee the freedom of capital of the wealthy, and the enslavement and exploitation of the working and poor through austerity programs, and the transfer of wealth from the workers and communities to the richest 1%.

We’re right on another capitalism-as-usual economic bubble now, where every major economic indicator and reporting suggests 18-24 months until an economic collapse or depression: complex financial instruments, consumer debt, T-bill inversion, quantitative easing having nowhere to go- where the elite and powerful will immediately call for austerity- cutting access to health care services, food aid programs; cutting Social Security and Medicare. They will demonize basic human rights and needs and suggest people are unrealistic, unpatriotic, and greedy for wanting health care, or a secure retirement, or clean water and air, or an education.

Meanwhile banks and megacorporations will receive billions in government subsidies, and we’ll approve another record military budget larger than the next seven nations’ largest military budgets combined, and the media will not say much... [Read More]
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Do you take your shoes off at home?
Jun 12, 2019 - 7:00 AM - by erimir
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And mahalo for removing your shoes.
I find this subject a little confusing because I feel like most people in the US take off their shoes at home but I also hear it said that Americans don't do this. But I don't trust my own intuitions on this because my mom is from Sweden, where taking off your shoes at home is basically universal and guests doing it is expected. It's not quite as serious as in Japan where you generally do it before even entering the house (whereas in Sweden you take them off just inside) and you might even do it at a restaurant, but it is enough that the difference between Swedes and Americans is remarked on.

But it seems to me that most Americans do take them off at home, even if it's clearly not universal. Apparently there's a bit of variation, with a small majority of Americans always or usually taking off their shoes, but at the same time most Americans do not ask guests to take their shoes off.

In our household growing up we would ask guests to take their shoes off, but maybe not for a cocktail party (but always for me or my siblings' friends).

So, anyway, poll.
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