August 9th, 2015

moonphase anger

This modern world SUCKS

My friend [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith posted a rant about economics and millennials in response to an incredibly stupid link. I responded with my own rant:

Amen, awomen, achildren! Public school has become a maximum security prison where nobody learns anything because nobody fucking teaches anything anymore. Kids, teens, and older people are burning themselves out constantly, breaking down from stress, and attempting suicide or self-harming, all before they're even out of public school! The health care system is a bunch of scam artists charging 1000% markup on everything so nobody but the wealthiest of the wealthy can afford anything without insurance (they honestly expect us to believe it costs $300 for a friggin ambulence? I could call the ritziest damn cab available and it would still be cheaper), and most of those with insurance still go into medical-expenses debt.

College is a farce, another scam that doesn't teach shit, doesn't guarantee anything but debt, and has a 2000% markup on everything. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience, and internships are like precious gems. (Also, internships are just a way for corporations to get free labor, basically the capitalist's wet dream.) Minimum wage hasn't gone up in like, over 30 years, while inflation just keeps climbing. It takes - as you said - 2 or 4 jobs just to stay afloat. The rules for getting a job arbitrarily change from place to place but all amount to an obstacle course where you can't even figure out if you're making any progress until you get it, and then it's even worse just to keep your job(s). Most people need food stamps and/or other welfare even with those 2 to 4 jobs just to feed themselves and have shelter, let alone any kids. And then the anti-discrimination laws are a joke, employers break those laws constantly without a fucking care in the world because nobody has the money, the time, or the spoons to make an issue of it, and even if that wasn't true, the laws are missing a bunch of important points. Like it's legal in most states to be denied a job or even fired for being trans or gay, and you can be denied a job for having Asperger's and there's no way to prove it because most employers doing that don't even know why they don't like you, just that something is off about you. And even having an employer who seems understanding after being told can and will still fire you down the road anyway for being an Aspie and there isn't shit you can do about it.

And then the Republican dipshits are trying to take away the very safety nets keeping most people alive because it would actually help them if most of the poor people either died off, thus diminishing the competition for scarce jobs, or turning to crime so they can legally enslave people for profit in corporate-owned prisons.

Then there's war constantly; there are people in college today who've never known a single month of their lives when there wasn't a war going on. Those in the US live in a country that pretends to be democracy but is really a very subtle fascism, the government and Media both owned and operated by the wealthiest 1%, and the only reason they don't already control the Internet is that it would take them coming out into the open and being honest about their regime to clamp down on that last false semblance of freedom.

Then racism is once more dividing our nation, with an active genocide against black people going on, and the majority of white people pretending it's not happening or is some mountain being made out of a molehill. Not only are they fighting for their lives, but now they're fighting - again - for their right to vote.

Women are fighting the stripping of their rights, especially reproductive rights, and SCOTUS can say whatever it wants but nobody in power is listening to them because they don't care; the SCOTUS has no power over them.

And I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of important points, but it's late and I have a headache.

In the end, both Orwell and Huxley were right, and both of them were OPTIMISTS.

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