in what way did i demonstrate a lack of understanding? by disagreeing? by loving freedom? by feeling no pity for the indignantly uneducated?
@ulicain“The house cost $400K because that’s what the market had marked things up to and lenders pulled out their smoke machines and mirrors and convinced the public the American Dream was still alive.”
what smoke machines and mirrors? all i heard about through the first half of the previous decade was the inflated housing market and the inevitable burst of the bubble. a fucking decently-worded google search could have prevented these people from making the idiotic decisions they made
“What should people do, rent all their life?”
if the only options are to rent all one’s life or to spend $400k on something worth $175k and therefore cripple oneself financially FOREVER, then, yeah, maybe renting all their life would’ve been a better route…
thankfully, though, there were other options, such as renting until property prices better reflected the inherent values of the assets which many people did do, and who are no doubt proud of their prudence and of the superior lifestyle they deservedly lead as a result of it
“Curtis, hate socialism all you like, but you’re wrong. We must work together to ensure a stronger future for all.”
in no rational person’s mind does the government robbing people under the threat of imprisonment constitute “working together”
in regards to your asinine comment above, as well as:
“I am most impressed with Curtis Francis’ complete lack humanity.”
oh, PUH-LEASE. because socialism is the only route to a strong future, right? you have such a shitty view i can’t even begin to decide where to attack it. i’ll just throw out random points and assume that my faithful readers will fill in the articulation
are socialists the only people who improve the state of the world? yeah, it’s not like america (not exactly a bastion of socialist thought) produced basically EVERY IMPORTANT THING EVER, from the ability to harness electricity, to airplanes, to computers, to the internet, and so on. wow, it’s almost as if living in a country with a merit-based wealth distribution system produces innovation, which in turn helps everyone in future generations. wow, who could’ve imagined that humans adapt and respond accordingly to their environments, just like every fucking animal ever?!
second, what humanity or lack thereof could you possibly glean from participation in this thread? i mean, yeah, fuck how i behave, all that really matters with regards to my humanity is the degree to which i think the economy should be regulated. really, son, talk is cheap. i suppose in your eyes the guy who tweets about the evils of capitalism from his iphone is part of the solution, right?
most importantly, i can’t even imagine what sort of ass-backwards face you have up your ass if you’re response to a dislike of socialism is “you’re wrong.” such uncompromising devotion to your belief system, when your end goal is apparently something as vague as “a stronger future,” is childlike at best
“by loving freedom?”
Freedom isn’t free. Pay your taxes.
I am a conservative, but I cannot say I am a republican, because I do not believe in democracy.
Your use of the word “socialist” is a good starting point in addressing part of the problem in whatever it is you think you’re saying.
I don’t begrudge someone who doesn’t know empathy.
But I do begrudge someone who doesn’t know the value of empathy.
By having no apparent comprehension of why subprime mortgages were actually a problem for people other than just those who bought and sold them, for one thing, Curtis.
But Pulp Fiction IS a republican film if thhere ever was one!
Odi, you’re getting as bad as Ben with the pictures!
So, Sol Niger, what’s your ideal form of government?
I can’t help it, Volupte. Some things are just too ridiculous to comment on verbally.
A charging and dangerous elephant seems right just about now.
To be fair, the benevolent monarchy that is the United Arab Emirates works very well for the Emiratis.
Anyway, it’s neat that Ignatius J. Reilly has a Mubi account.
I agree. This country needs more princesses.
^ HA HA HA
“This country needs more princesses.”
Yep, Lindsay Lohan and Snooki are just not enough.
“A charging and dangerous elephant seems right just about now.”
Newt Gingrich for King!
^ HA HA HA — Oh maannnnn….. :D
You forgot about The Kardashians, Volupte.
Trusting the ignorant masses to elect their representatives is a silly concept.
I’ll never stop posting pictures. NEVER.
Statistically speaking, the ignorant masses are not the ones that vote.
….. Ready for this?
The real burning question around here that’s on everybody’s minds is whether Quentin Tarantino is a democrat or a republican (it’s like the IMDB around here now). The answer everyone has been waiting for:
JH: How would you describe your politics, Quentin?
QT: [Silence] I guess I’m a liberal. Definitely not conservative. I’m definitely not a Republican. Most people, when they’re on one side or the other, don’t paint with a small brush they paint with a f—-in’ roller and wipe everybody into pansy liberals or fascist dictators.
Yes, now we can contemplate QT’s deep-seated and clearly thought out political philosophy.
Being literate does not make one less ignorant. In fact, it tends to make one more ignorant if one does not know how to discern information.
Think he actually votes, though?
I would sincerely doubt it. Unless Lawrence Bender tells him to.
For instance, the masses seem to like Pulp Fiction and many would indeed consider it the greatest film ever made, while a small elite group of cinephiles (with discerning tastes) know this is not the case. Who would one want to judge which is the greatest film ever made – the small elite or the ignorant masses?
But—playing devil’s advocate here, Sol—isn’t there a significant difference between weighing in on an aesthetic judgment (that means little in the scope of a citizen’s life) and a political decision (that will influence the manner and means by which that citizen survives)?
There is no difference between art and politics. Politics is the art of action.
Literacy and critical thinking are linked, and the higher up the spectrum of literacy the higher the education, ethical values, and social awareness of the thinker. Higher educated, more socially aware people are linked to higher rates of voting, political involvement, and even community service. This is all the things the literacy study finds, if you care to…