the thing is though i dont think i’ve ever met a single dude who genuinely made an effort not to be misogynistic but still actually takes offense when a woman says “urg, men”
and pretty much every white person who is able to recognise and unpack their privilege gets what i mean when i say “urg, white people”
and straight people who are legit supporters do not get huffy when i say “urg, straight people”
and like im cis, but when trans people say “urg, cis people” im not horribly wounded
because when you’re aware of the system you also understand that it’s not about you
and i understand that nobody hates me for being cis, they hate the power that i have over them because im cis (or light-skinned, or able-bodied, etc)
like remember that quote that was like “no, i didn’t say all white people, but since that’s what you took away from it, yes, all white people”? pretty much, the more angry and confrontational you are about blanket comments, the more those comments are directed at you
which makes them a really convenient and effective thing
Free markets always have a tendency towards monopoly, and so in the long term, markets will always tend towards increasing the concentration of wealth rather than decreasing it. There are a lot of reasons for this but in essence it boils down to the fact that under free competition, once someone gets far enough ahead, it becomes increasingly difficult to close the gap. Just to use retail as an example, when Wal Mart moves into a new market, it’s very difficult for small competitors to survive. Because of its already massive share of the market, Wal Mart can demand a much better price from its suppliers than mom ‘n’ pop can (when the largest retailer in the country gives a manufacturer the choice of “accept our low price, or lose out on our business”, there’s only one real option — small distributers just don’t have this kind of bargaining power). So, smaller competitors go out of business, and the larger ones eat up their former customers and employees (and proletarianization occurs as the former business owners are forced to turn to wage labour themselves). Gaining a larger share of the labour market, companies like Wal Mart can then force their workers to accept lower wages, being essentially the only game in town (this is distressingly obvious in smaller towns like mine) - the lower wages increase profit margins even more, and the company becomes still more dominant.
Because of their massive reserves of capital, these larger players can afford to sell their goods at a loss for much longer than smaller competitors and still survive in the long term. They can afford to cut their prices and sell their goods at a loss, drawing customers away from their competitors until those competitors go out of business — raising prices again once the competition has perished. This is a very protracted process, but it is a consistent one, and it’s why the same few chains perpetuate across an entire country — even the entire planet, while independent enterprises flash in and out existence in an instant.
The economic crises inherent to capitalism magnify this effect. During the storms recession or depression, the smaller ships founder while the larger ones stay afloat. The larger companies that have the capital reserves to survive tough economic times inherit the market shares of the enterprises that fail — as well as buying up their properties at cut-rate prices. When markets recover, the big players come out more dominant than ever. The cycle perpetuates, and each new generation of small enterprises that arises to try and rest control away from the monopolists faces a steeper and steeper hill to climb. Of course newcomers can succeed by discovering and exploiting new markets and technologies that have yet to be seized by others, but this does not result in any major decentralization of wealth — either these new players are purchased by the monopolists or become monopolists themselves. How many “separate” brands that we see every day are owned by General Electric, or General Motors, or Coca-Cola? How many ostensibly different companies ultimately funnel their wealth back into the same few hands?
Contrary to the claims of libertarian idealists, none of these processes need state intervention in order to occur, and in fact the failure of supposedly “anti-trust” laws to derail these tendencies speak to the inability of states to simply legislate away the realities of capitalist economics.
This year BESTie is nominated for the Rookie of the Year award and the Popularity award.
However, you can only vote through the official app which is only available on android phones.
AVIATEB1A4 has put together a tutorial on how to vote which you can find here! The Rookie of the Year Award and the Popularity Award are the last two tabs on the voting (기브콘 Chart) page.
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