Socialisme, (& kapitalisme, ) welvaart

Socialisme verdeelt welvaart, capitalisme vermenigvuldigt het.

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Automation and piracy

Remember how, back in the bad old days, musicians were dependent on a talent scout to discover them, often when playing in some grimy bar, doing the so-called paying their dues. Then they could get into an expensive record studio, to have an expensive engineer record their music on expensive equipment. There’s not really a need for that anymore, these days
Nowadays, thanks to MP3 (I personally prefer Ogg Vorbis due to higher quality, smaller files, and openness), and the internet, any garage rocker can break break out into the open. True, it still requires a bit of luck (and some marketing skills and PR…), but sufficient-quality recording equipment is cheap enough to give everyone a chance.
Automation has helped people operate lifts for decades, without the help of a lift boy. It is a pity that such summer jobs are no longer available but they added very little value anyway (given by how low they were paid), so that’s hardly any loss.

Some recording engineers did play a vital role in some artists’ career, like Eddie Kramer did in Jimi Hendrix’s case.
It is sad for such opportunities to be lost forever, but at least, instead of Electric Ladyland https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/132-5408110-6498525?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=electric+ladyland we now have plenty of the likes of Lady Gaga
Musical instruments are now available much more widely. There was even a time when professional bass players, who were with the union, were equipped with keys to turn on already present Ampeg bass amps (saving them the trouble of having to lug their own amp around the city from venue to venue)
Nowadays, you don’t even have to learn to play a musical instrument to publish succesful albums, and go on tour promoting them.
MP3s have caused some pain for artists, which is suculent, but they have been a boon for music fans everywhere, giving them unprecedented access to good music.

Frustraties

Zonert deze brief gestuurd naar cie.biza@tweedekamer.nl:

Ik vraag me echt af, hoe lang het nog goed blijft gaan in Nederland. De frustraties om de roverheid stapelen zich steeds hoger op. Rijden mensen te snel binnen de bebouwde kom? Frustraties om een halve eeuw lang gecultiveerde files (nee; 52 jaar, dus RUIM een halve eeuw) en hautaine belediging door de Haagse junta, die opzettelijk heeft geweigerd de files op te lossen, om haar zin door te drijven en de burger in het ontoereikende OV te drammen.
De staatsoplossing: dmv drempels nog meer frustraties opwekken.

Wordt er ambulancepersoneel bedreigd? Oplossing: hoppa, gewoon flink de beuk erin met maatschappelijke dienstplicht, dat zal die rotburger leren.

Stemt de burger uit onvrede op een protestpartij? Dan wordt die geweerd bij de coalitie-onderhandelingen. Mijn hemel, Mussert1 was nog democratischer. Het huidige staatshoofd heeft nog minder fatsoen dan Hitler, want die had tenminste niet eerst gedaan alsof het volk inspraak had, door eerst schertsverkiezingen te houden.

Dus houdt op met die smoesjes dat de koning nodig is, om het volk bij elkaar te houden; WA is met Rutte3, met vlag en wimpel afgestudeerd op de universiteit van onkunde met het specialisme “ongeschiktheid”. Een staatshoofd dat de junta zo haar gang laat gaan, is incompetent en heeft geen benul van wat er speelt onder het volk (diens bestaansrecht).

Ik hoop dat de bom snel barst: dit kan zo niet langer.

Seizing the means of automation

I though that Facebook was on its way out, but communists are typically slow to catch on, so keep on yapping about the same nonsense time and again. Inspiring me to write this response in a certain thread:

Seize the means of automation, do not create them, just steal them. Socialism is a parasitical, political ideology, not an economic one; unlike capitalism which (created automayion and: ) touches on both production and consumption and therefore IS actually an economic ideology. It’s not for nothing that capitalism has dragged mankind out of mud huts and that socialism pushes people back into them.

Applying Schumpeter

Joseph Schumpeter introduced the concept of creative destruction. Whereas he intended it for technological advances (the internal combustion engine replaced the horse-drawn carriage for transportation purposes, destroying the jobs of many farriers).
Politics, the evil institution, has also had a civilising influence on people (apart from the obvious dehumanizing on), but it has gone too far: repetitions of 1929’s great crash (as well as the one from 2008) can only be avoided in one way. By thanking politics for that little bit of positive influence it has exerted, goodbye and good riddance.