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The biggest trick The Capitalist pulled was to convince people that their life revolves around their job. amirite?

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We talk about concepts like money and salary, but in fact, those are the things that allow us to tap into basic survival needs like food, clothing, and shelter.

Depending on where you live, your job is tied directly into your ability to survive.

Do we actually work more than in countries with other kinds of economic systems?

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No, in a captialist economic system in a free country, you are free to put a ton of effort into your job to acquire wealth, or you're free to get a job that makes zero demands on your free time because you value that more.

And by the way, the biggest trick that Capitalism pulled was lifting hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty in this century alone.

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@No, in a captialist economic system in a free country, you are free to put a ton of effort into your job to acquire...

lifting hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty

By replacing them with other hundreds of millions of poor.

It's a ponzi scheme.

We live in a democratic republic, but we certainly don't spend most of our time in one.

No, the greatest trick the capitalists ever pulled was to force people's lives to revolve around their job.

@JayTheDay No, the greatest trick the capitalists ever pulled was to force people's lives to revolve around their job.

But there are a lot of lazy people who haven't been 'forced' to even work - they rely on government to give them everything. And, no I am not talking about the disabled and can't work.

Pretty sure that's been true since the hunter-gatherer days

@dankXD Pretty sure that's been true since the hunter-gatherer days

Life means more than hunting and gathering. Yeah, they are essential and critical, but then so is taking a dump.

They force themselves into your lives to the extent they "own" you and make work your whole life. Tell you where you have to be, when you can have a day off, when you have to leave the house, when you are allowed to go home, who you have to spend your days with and who you can't.

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Nurse schedules (some anyway) kinda kick ass for this reason. I bang out my work week in 3 days and get 4 days off every week.

I saw Revolver and Usual Suspects too.

That's not really a capitalist centric idea (jobs exist in mixed market, socialist, and communist countries). But sure, continue to try to tie everything to your political agenda.

This is true. I have heard from people from other countries that find it strange that one of the first questions/statements Americans make are what we do for a living.

@lakerz690 This is true. I have heard from people from other countries that find it strange that one of the first...

"Jobs" were only invented during the industrial age, which ended in 2000ish.

We are now in the industrial age hangover, where we still have "jobs", but also gigs, remote working, self-employment for professionals, etc.

In the information age, we should be unchained from a corp location/desk. Information can travel faster than humans anyway.

Yeah let's try communism!

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how enjoyable is living on the street? any other system other then capitalism drives people to live on the street

Your bills do

nothing in life is free, energy costs calories, walking costs calories, weather its money or just breathing their is cost involved, communism kills

Not sure where the trick is, either you'll work to pay bills and afford a life, or be a bum.
Unless you chose to live off the grid and I don't mean, slapping a cardboard box on the sidewalk.

Bums probably outnumber off gridders 8 to 2.

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