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I don't know where else to put this.

Bill O'Reilly on Twitter: "Bernie wants a "political revolution" because capitalism is destroying the world."

Is he being ironic? Saying this is a bad thing? What?

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One thing I've observed over the years is that a huge percentage of American citizens are absolutely convinced -- with a fervor and a lack of examination that can only be described as akin to religious fundamentalism -- that capitalism is unquestionable. To a huge number of Americans, suggesting that capitalism has any downsides will absolutely get you branded a "heretic."

I distinctly remember that when I was in elementary school, my teachers preached that "lesson" with every bit as much fervor as my Sunday School teachers preached that the Gospel is absolutely true and should never be questioned. Heck, our "civics" lessons were pretty much all about how to be a "good capitalist," as I recall. (I.e. "Don't question the system.")

Ironically, it seems to me, many of the people who are most adamant that capitalism is infallible are those who have been thoroughly victimized by the system.
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Indeed, it’s fascinating running into the same exact logic and arguments I’ve heard defending christianity, only now defending capitalism. The one thing that remains constant is the authoritarianism. The concept that we can all be ranked on some sort of totem poll.

Combine with ‘the secret’ or the ‘law of attractions’ bullshit that is behind a lot of these prosperity ministries, and we’ve ended up with some weird secular-religious caste system where being rich means being given gifts when seen to be good by God or The Universe, and not being rich a sign you aren’t right in the eyes of God, pray and if God loves you, you will know it by getting money. In the past God cured diseases or spoke through burning bushes, now he only speaks through monetary gain and market capital increases.

Of course there’s no authority without an other to fight against, and socialism might as well be the devil.
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The concept that we can all be ranked on some sort of totem poll.
Raunchy pun aside, DING DING DING. Contrast to the idea of one person, one vote, and wider, actually giving a shit about other people.
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