3 years ago: I think maybe part of the reason you’re so angry is you keep demanding that you get screwed and then, not surprisingly, you keep getting screwed

From this blog, Jan. 24, 2010: I think maybe part of the reason you’re so angry is you keep demanding that you get screwed and then, not surprisingly, you keep getting screwed

Hey you. You there in the Glenn Beck T-shirt headed off to the Tea Party Patriot rally.

Stop shouting for a moment, please, I want to explain to you why you’re so very angry.

You should be angry. You’re getting screwed.

I think you know that. But you don’t seem to know that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can stop it. You can stop it easily because the system that’s screwing you over can only keep screwing you over if you keep demanding that it do so.

So stop demanding that. Stop helping the system screw you over.

  • Vermic

    One of the rare instances of Fred deploying the F-bomb, and all the more impactful for that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ann-Unemori/100001112760232 Ann Unemori

    I still need a few minutes to get the title straight.

  • EllieMurasaki

    They are demanding to be screwed. They are consequently being screwed. They are unhappy about being screwed. Fred thinks this is why they are angry. So he is trying to get them to realize that the first sentence is, one, true, and two, something they need to stop doing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ann-Unemori/100001112760232 Ann Unemori

    It’s just the way the sentence was constructed that I was puzzling out. I do get it now.

  • Carstonio

     That took me by surprise the first time, because I had thought that truly devout Christians not only refused to become violent but also refused to become angry. For a long time, anger has seemed to me to be an inevitable precursor to physical violence. But from a quick Google search, apparently experts see the precursor as not anger but disgust.

  • Pat

    At first sounds like hyperbole, but it isn’t.  The news clip that launched the Tea Party, the Rick Santelli rant at the Chicago Exchange, actually had him call the people who would form the Tea Party “losers” while the bankers jeered in the background.

    Is it wrong for me to be mad at Obama and the Democrats for allowing themselves to lose in the 2010 midterms to the followers of gibbering morons like Palin and Glenn Beck running on the message of “You must give up your home and healthcare because white colar criminals want to spend the taxpayer bailout on hookers, blow, and bribes?”

  • Lori

     

    Is it wrong for me to be mad at Obama and the Democrats for allowing
    themselves to lose in the 2010 midterms to the followers of gibbering
    morons like Palin and Glenn Beck running on the message of “You must
    give up your home and healthcare because white colar criminals want to
    spend the taxpayer bailout on hookers, blow, and bribes?”   

    No.

  • AnonymousSam

    And now we have healthcare reform. Too bad quite a few employers say “Jeez, look at what I have to pay now. I guess none of my employees are getting a raise this year. Or the next. In fact, I think I have to lower their pay. Hello, Congressman? Repeal minimum wage, lolz.”

  • smrnda

     Even when companies are extremely profitable, their owners will try to squeeze every last drop out of the workers. It’s also amazing to see the different info communicated to shareholders as opposed to workers.

    (to the workers) “We are just going to have to scale back wages and benefits to stay competitive.”

    (to shareholders) “Another year of record-breaking profit!”

    The problem is too few people see the connection between the latter and the former.

  • AnonymousSam

    *Nods* Same goes for gouging consumers. I nearly dropped my jaw when even Fox News had to remark on the absurdity that oil prices were falling and gas prices were continuing to rise anyway, back a couple years ago when gas prices spiked to over four dollars a gallon in Michigan.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Bob Altemeyer has observed about authoritarians that their minds are heavily compartmentalized.  They are told ideas by authorities they trust, with the message “Believe this.”  However, they do not attempt to make these ideas fit together into a unified mental model, they just slot them into different mental compartments where they never have to interact.  

    They are told Obama did bad things and they should be mad at him.  Any contrary information gets filtered and put in a different slot in their minds.  They will continue to be mad, no matter what other information they get. 

    The mental matter and the mental anti-matter are kept firmly separate lest their collision destroy the mind holding them.  

    Thus, they cannot see the connection between demanding to be screwed over and getting screwed over.  They are told things will be better if they demand to be screwed over.  They are told being screwed over is someone else’s fault.  They accept what they are told, their authorities are trusted to figure these things out.  And that self-righteousness and ethnocentrism just feels so damn good, they like having something to rage over.  

  • http://twitter.com/mcclure111 mcc

    Unfortunately, all that is required for *me* to get screwed is for the person in the Glenn Beck t-shirt to demand I be screwed.

    STUPID OVERTON WINDOW

  • SisterCoyote

    I remember reading that line, and screeching to a full stop. That’s the thing about precision-strike-cursing. When someone who never swears crosses the line, you know they’re Really, Really Pissed.

    (It’s also really weird to remember that so vividly. Have I really been reading this blog for three years now?)

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Hey, this is the post that first brought Slacktivist to my attention. 3 years, huh?

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    That took me by surprise the first time, because I had thought that truly devout Christians not only refused to become violent but also refused to become angry.

    That rules out Jesus.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Gas prices have been annoyingly steady here.

    At the same time, Alberta is now looking at a huge hole in the provincial budget because their royalty projections assumed $100 a barrel when apparently the price is now $50 a barrel. (EDIT: Apparently this is the wellhead price in Alberta proper, not the world market price.)

    That, by the way, suggests the price of gasoline should be about half of what it is right now. (>_<)

  • P J Evans

     Not all companies do it that way. When employees can buy stock through payroll deductions (see also 401(k) plans), it’s better if they don’t try to lie about it.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Not necessarily. Taxes, payroll for gas station employees…but yeah, it should be a lot lower than it is. I suppose at least we can be assured that the companies making bank on not lowering gas prices aren’t the oil companies?

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

     As someone who is 85% worker and 15% capitalist, I can almost tell when a company is REALLY screwing over its workers when I get spammed with hot stock tips promising record-breaking dividends and return on investment.

    Something is wrong there.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X