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6 Mar
That there even is a debate over raising the minimum wage tells you all you need to know about owners, shareholders, and capitalism itself.

⛓️ Workers used to be property
⚙️Taylorisation turned them into tools
🤖Automation turned them into a nuisance
🏛️Antiquity &🏰Medieval times

The production relies on indentured servitude. Workers are property ⛓️.

Lords own their serfs (property rights): they protect them (self-insurance) in exchange for their labour.

Masters have apprentices: they train them in exchange for free labour
In a workers-are-property system, compensation is not part of the equation.

The lord/guild masters benefit from free labour. In exchange, they make sure their workers stay alive and able-bodied.

In such a system, the productive force of the system is a subjugated body.
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14 Jan
The GOP Is Taking the US Down an Unspeakable Path

If the #ImpeachmentDay debates didn’t scare you, you haven’t been paying attention.
The Nazis conflated the communists and the jews leading to the shoah.

Hitler said that "the Jews were the archetypal enemies of the German Volk, and no Communism or Bolshevism existed outside Jewry."
McCarthy and Cohn conflated the communists and the gays, leading to the Lavender Scare.

Over 5,000 people were fired. We cannot count how many people’s lives were destroyed by exposing their homosexuality in a society of generalised bigotry.
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13 Jan
January 6, 2021, was an attempted coup on American soil. It wasn't the first one, though.

A coup was attempted in 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina. It actually succeeded.

Here's a short story of the events, and an overview of its consequences.
At the end of the XIXth century, Wilmington was the largest, most populous city in North Carolina.

25,000 people lived there. 55% of the population was black, most of them freedmen and women.
During Reconstruction, a black middle class had emerged in Wilmington. Owning shops, most of the restaurants, and many businesses the town over, the black community was thriving.

Black people held elected offices in the city. For example, three of the city's aldermen were black.
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20 Nov 20
Donald Trump is a dangerous cult leader.

According to experts and psychologists, there are 50 traits that can help identify such a leader. Let's see if @realDonaldTrump fits the bill.

Ready for a long thread?
Let's go.

1/50 He has a grandiose idea of who he is and what he can achieve.
2/50 Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, or brilliance.
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