Yeah sorry no, not going to shame people who are trying to get things on the one day it would be possible for them to do so. I get that this is probably trying to be a critique of capitalism, but blaming people for this rather than the institutions that make it necessary for Black Friday to exist (like systems of poverty), doesn’t address the real problems, and just scapegoats those without the necessary means that makes boycotting an option. Especially this close to the holidays. Nah not about this.
Many of the people waiting in those lines are only able to afford those types of things (including toys, appliances, tools, technology) at those prices (some of them necessary — especially tools and appliances; tech’s getting pretty necessary nowadays, too). It’s the only way they can afford that new microwave or buy a toy for each of their children. I won’t shame people for being poor.
(Thanksgiving is a surprisingly expensive holiday, too. Why not spend the money they’d normally use on a turkey and all the fixings on things that will be used year-round? Why not be thankful year round?)
Yeah, im not gonna shame poor people who cant afford clothes and such except on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
But if we stopped blaming and shaming people then we’d have to acknowledge how it’s impossible to acquire basic necessities like food, housing and clothing without being complicit in violence against marginalized people in the United States…
Oh, you poor ignorant people. I may lose followers for the following comments, but I’d rather speak truth.
This isn’t about shaming poor people, nor is it a comment on capitalism as a whole. This is about corporations feeding off of a grossly out of control consumerist paradigm in our society.
The idea that throwing out the tradition of bringing together family to share in a meal on Thanksgiving in order to spend that money on some sale item, that is more than likely not needed, is the most shameful thing I’ve read in a long time.
Consumerism is a component of capitalism and a social and economic school of thought that promotes the spending of money on more and more things, with the goal of using all available income towards acquiring as many possessions as possible.
This aspect of our economy has led to corporations engineering their products not to last, thereby ensuring increased future sales sooner than in the past. There’s a reason your grandma still has the same stove, microwave or refrigerator. Before consumerism mutated into its present form, there was an honest effort towards designing products to last.
If you think stores put up Christmas decorations before Halloween because people want to actually decorate for Christmas in October, you unfortunately don’t understand. Christmas is associated with buying presents for others, but at its most basic psychological level, it simply encourages you to buy things… period.
The simple truth is that the poorer people in our country are less educated, that’s just a fact. As such, they fall prey to advertising and consumerism most and are willing to use credit cards and the little money they do have to buy the new gaming system or TV or whatever else they don’t truly need.
But that mentality isn’t just on black Friday, it’s ingrained in the thought process and is persistent year round. If we, as a society, were able to fight the urge to spend our money on shit we don’t truly need, we’d be able to save money for the things we do need. It worked this way for generations, just ask your grandparents.
There are so many things wrong with stores opening on Thanksgiving evening to start the black Friday sales, it’s absolutely deplorable. The goods those stores are selling are not necessities for most, and even if they are, there are alternatives available at cheaper prices year round.
Don’t contribute to the consumerist paradigm. Stay home with family and friends on Thanksgiving.
So, today is “Black Friday,” a day when many corporations, mostly on the retail side of the consumerist driven economy, hope to make enough revenue to become profitable for the fiscal year.
Due to the grossly top-heavy wealth gap in the U.S., the reality of this day is that the majority of the population gets up super early, waits in lines and fights over the limited super discounted items, using money they don’t have (credit cards etc.) on things they don’t need.
All to make the rich grow richer while the majority of people become more and more enslaved by debt.
The Hunger Games movies may seem like Hollywood sci-fi, but we are not fucking far from that shit!
WAKE UP! We’re a bunch of hyenas fighting over the scraps!
House passes Republican health bill with 39 Democratic votes
There are 3 BIG PROBLEMS with this story, one pertaining to Yahoo! and the other two to our bullshit legislative branch.
1) Yahoo! posted this story earlier today. When I first read it, there was a specific paragraph about how the 39 Democrats that voted for the Republican backed bill are all worried about the potential negative impact that the problems with the Affordable Care Act will have on their re-election prospects. Now, I’m paraphrasing, but I challenge anyone to click on the link to this story and find verbiage even remotely close to this. The only mention of Democrats and re-election is this,
“Twenty-nine of the 39 Democrats who voted for the Republican bill are running for re-election in competitive races, according to rankings by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.”
Is this journalism? They aren’t appending an existing story, they are literally changing it and the original version has vanished. Way to cover your ass, Yahoo!
2) With respect to our idiotic legislative branch. In reference to the specific line in the original Yahoo! story, if the reason 29 Democratic Representatives voted for this bill is SOLELY because they want to ensure re-election, this system of government is officially broken. Fuck those people. You don’t represent us, you are representing yourselves, you selfish assholes!
3) If Obama is just going to veto the bill, THEN WHAT THE HELL IS THE POINT!!! The legislative branch is wasting valuable time that could be used to better 1000 different aspects of our country. They’re wasting tax-payer dollars and the main stream media can’t get enough of it! FUCK THIS SYSTEM, what a crock of shit. This country needs a serious reboot, fire them ALL!!!
So, this organization, CREDO Action, that I’ve been supportive of because they claim to be against big corporations and corruption, just emailed me with an offer to sign up for a credit card… THEIR credit card.
If you go to their main page, the current 4th post has this pic
accompanying a post entitled “
I’m appalled by this. Debt is a disease in our society. Financial irresponsibility isn’t limited to the big banks that gamble with our money, it also includes those of us that choose to use debt as a form of payment.
Credit cards promote a consumerist ideology where people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have. It leads to debt slavery and plays right into the hands of the same big banks that CREDO claims to be opposed to!
There is so much wrong with this, I’m officially boycotting, unsubscribing and unfollowing all CREDO associated sites.
THIS IS IMPORTANT! Don’t tax the credit unions!!!
1st - If you don’t already use a credit union instead of a bank, move your money now.
2nd - Whether you do already use a credit union or not, please go to www.donttaxmycreditunion.org and take a stand to prevent the greedy big banks from pushing their ridiculous agenda using their puppets in congress.
The power belongs to the people, not the few, the wealthy and definitely not the greedy. Influence in government should be determined by consensus among the masses, not dictated by the monetary stranglehold of the corporate elite.
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