Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security

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  1. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, 12 months ago

    I guess I’d like to know what you think capitalism should be replaced with? I experienced Soviet-style communism first hand. It was not pretty.

  2. A Common 'tater

    A Common 'tater said, 12 months ago

    @wcorvi

    Communism has been working successfully for over 100 years. What do you think kibbutzim are?
    Soviet style communism is just an excuse for the powerful to subjugate and steal from the oppressed. As Stephanie is trying to portray.

  3. rick scott

    rick scott GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    Workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your brains. THAT didn’t even last a hundred years, did it? People cede individual rights to some form of governance in order to secure stability and order. Problem is, any government can begin, at some point , to impose it’s will on the populace by strength of arms. Given the track record of ALL communist countries, you can’t equate their outcomes with a capitalist republic. Socialist systems work for a while until enough people figure out how to game the system. Or, like France, Greece and other Euro-socialists, who begin running out of other people’s money. If the US of A is so bad, why are people from all other countries desperate to get in? The sad fact is that someone on welfare in the US has a better quality of life than half the world’s population. The problem is that our government can’t continue with the free stuff it already doles out, much less deliver more.

  4. Erik Johnson

    Erik Johnson GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    It’s worse than you think, Stephanie. Workers are also competing with machines – even if the workers strike and win higher wages, that will just cause some entrepreneur to invent a machine that can do the job for less. Manual labor will always be in surplus. If you want them to have a better life, tell them to have fewer kids and makes them stay in school and learn a marketable skill. Unskilled labor will always pay too little, even under communism!

  5. Olongapojoe

    Olongapojoe GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @ Erik Johnson, dude you just wasting you time. Stephanie lives in Never Never land, not reality.

  6. Marc

    Marc said, 12 months ago

    @A Common 'tater

    Yet, if you look at the kibbutz movement today, most of them have incorporated capitalist principles to become a hybrid of collectivism and capitalism.

  7. Redkaycei Repoc

    Redkaycei Repoc said, 12 months ago

    @rick scott

    “The problem is that our government can’t continue with the free stuff it already doles out, much less deliver more.”

    Didn’t you first make this comment about 100 years ago?
    I recall reading about the conservatives early in the last century claiming the progressives with their ideas about paving roads over the whole country would bankrupt everyone in the USA within a few years. Conservatives are so terrified of the future that they try to make everyone live in the past. A past that never was as good as they seem to remember.

  8. timrinaldo

    timrinaldo said, 12 months ago

    sigh – capitalism has increased the health, well being, living standard, and overall happiness for literally billions of people across the world. no other economic or political system can remotely approach it. It’s not perfect, but Steffie-style socialism would be and has been a disaster for the poor slobs that would be or have been inflicted with it. We used to romanitcize “the workers” back in the 60s in college. Turned out to be naive bullshit.

  9. Erik Johnson

    Erik Johnson GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @Redkaycei – Actually, I find it is liberals/progressives that are afraid of the future. Between climate scare tactics and overpopulation/running out of food or water, there’s always some emergency that only the wise government can save us from. What BS. Free Enterprise practiced by free people will innovate out of any so-called crisis. Case in point – I have a copy of a full page ad taken out by an environmental group warning that we are running out of energy and destroying the planet by going after ever-harder to get resources. What were they talking about? WOOD! We were burning up the western US forests to power steam locomotives. But, when that got too expensive, we found this amazing stuff called coal. The ad was from a paper in the 1870’s. Now of course, we switched to diesel because it was more efficient than coal. Soon the railroads will switch again to natural gas – prototype locomotives are already running for BNSF and Union Pacific. Capitalism is the most efficient allocator of scarce resources – and almost everything is scare by definition (if it has a price, that price is what rations it. Air has no price (so far), so it is not scarce). Stephanie’s problem is that unskilled labor is plentiful, therefore low price.

  10. rick scott

    rick scott GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @banjoaah

    Since I’m feeling quite magnanimous tonight, I will not be my usual truculent self. Civility should always be rewarded. I differ with you on one point- Euro-socialism is an accepted word which describes countries like France. The reason that this form of socialism works is because nations which have homogeneous populations Tend to fare better than ones with balkanized enclaves of people who do not desire to integrate into the dominant culture. When 30% of the populace goes on the dole and settles for what Big Gov will give them, you are approaching a tipping point. When they have austerity forced on them, you get riots, ala Greece.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @wcorvi

    Socialism alone is terrible.
    Capitalism alone is a different kind of terrible.
    Capitalism and Socialism melded works very well together. As if has in the USA and many other countries even now.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @rick scott

    If the Unions had united globally it could have ended the global Depression much earlier and may have forestalled the rise of Nazism in Germany.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @Erik Johnson

    Either we limit automation or we will all have to pay people a wage just so our economies can exist. If not the machines buy nothing and the economies will collapse.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @timrinaldo

    Controlled Capitalism has. Capitalism unbound as the Libertarians and Republicans want would leave a few very rich at the top and a huge amount of the rest living hand-to-mouth.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @Erik Johnson

    Climate change is a real danger just ask the CIA and Pentagon. Ignoring them is a double idiocy.
    -
    Change away from fossil fuels are generally for Liberals and Progressives who see reasons for it. It is the Regressives who fight tooth-and-nail against it. Wasn’t one of your intellectuals, Wm. F. Buckley Jr. who said that kind of thinking with the one word “Stop!” not Progressives?

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