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Aaron Bastani 29 Dec 18
US home ownership at 1968 levels, UK home ownership at 1983 levels. Number of Americans using food stamps remains around 40 million. Living standards falling for a decade while CO2 rises pose existential threat. This is success?
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Noah Smith 🐇 29 Dec 18
Replying to @AaronBastani
That seems pretty white-people-centric...
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Aaron Bastani 29 Dec 18
Replying to @Noahpinion
African Americans are statistically more likely to be on food stamps and not own a home in the US, no? Those bearing the brunt of climate chaos first will be those in the Global South. So I would have to politely disagree.
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Noah Smith 🐇 29 Dec 18
Replying to @AaronBastani
True! But I don't think these really invalidate the original point...
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Aaron Bastani
I’m a big fan of capitalism from 1800-1980. It’s just now that record is facing serious, sustained, and arguably secular challenges.
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Professor of Bad Tweet Theory 29 Dec 18
I, too, love child labour and slavery
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Aaron Bastani 29 Dec 18
Read some Marx “It (capitalism) has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts, and Gothic cathedrals; it has conducted expeditions that put in the shade all former Exoduses of nations and crusades.” Good luck.
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worm 29 Dec 18
is this sincere or satirical?
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Aaron Bastani 29 Dec 18
Replying to @Noahpinion
It’s Karl Marx.
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Jonty Leibowitz 29 Dec 18
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Aaron Bastani 29 Dec 18
Nope, just very vanilla Marx. See Kliman, David Harvey, Gorz ... or just the communist manifesto “It has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts, and Gothic cathedrals; it has conducted expeditions that put in the shade all former Exoduses” >
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Marlon Ettinger 29 Dec 18
are you doing a paul mason impression here
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Aaron Bastani 29 Dec 18
Not yet
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Subir Sinha 30 Dec 18
That was among the most genocidal phases of capitalism, with not even the fig leaf of democracy and human rights to curb its outrageous excesses.
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Aaron Bastani 30 Dec 18
Replying to @PoMoGandhi @Noahpinion
Really? How come Marx claims the French Revolution is a bourgeois revolution then? Liberty, equality, fraternity as political analogue to the emergence of a market-based society?
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