So, let me re-phrase:
Government-run study, involving shortening the work week for government employees proves that productivity can be *gained* by shortening the work week.
Does business jump on that insight and clear opportunity to gain productivity *for free*, thus edging a competitive advantage on the market?
No. This happens only after unions get involved.
"Capitalism efficiently allocates resources" my arse.
From there, the issues then go unresolved, left to simmer and ready to flare back up again at a moment's notice, the only difference being the potential for it to be even worse than last time. In this way, the over-system called capitalism can't help itself but turn absolutely anything and everything under it into a negative feedback loop, like a wildfire exacerbating a drought.
Unfortunately, whether or not it's actually justified, the retaliation to the intial trauma inevitably sparks it's own reaction, and the cycle festers and spirals until any kind of reconciliation is borderline impossible.
I dunno how to explain to people that it isn't rational to expect perfectly reasonable and collected reactions from someone having a breakdown, a totally reasonable human reaction to trauma. And when someone has been hurt, they are naturally going to want to express their ire towards whoever or whatever hurt them. That doesn't necessarily make it okay, but I would think it should be quite understandable at the very least.
Everything today, from modern geopolitics, to the place I work, to grind culture, to addressing climate change, to NFT bullshit, to social media cyberbullying, is just hammering home how the capitalist system by it's very nature taints and warps everything it touches into a cycle of attrition and trauma that turns us all into crabs in a giant hell bucket that pushes everyone to the breaking point and then blames them for lashing out.
It may be the most American 4th of July of my life.
Paints a very bleak image of the immediate future, that's for sure.
This episode is gonna sit with me for a while.
There's a ton of mass destruction in Gundam, but this shot in particular really screams despair under a looming, apocalyptic, but still entirely artificial threat, especially with the context of the Federation not even bothering to try and evacuate its own civilians, leaving them in the dark and unwarned despite advanced knowledge. Actively stymying the "terrorists" trying to ferry as many refugees to safety as possible.
The Earth Federation's "response" to Haman's colony drop on Dublin in ZZ is unsettlingly reminiscent of the US's "reaction" to climate change (and COVID, and infrastructure decay, etc). Those supposedly in charge and in a position of responsibility casually culling entire populations by just... leaving them to their wretched fates in the face of imminent, preventable disaster.
Godsdamn, fuck these rancid vibes that keep making all my favourite posters on my favourite subjects want to quit.
This story — towns decimated and no plan for recovery as people live in ruins they can’t afford to leave — will be your city. The asymmetrical collapse of the fragile infrastructure of American empire will advance everywhere within your lifetime
"Judge says sweeping L.A. criminal justice reform measure is unconstitutional"
This is what happens if you vote. Even overwhelmingly. It will be stopped. You will have expended all your effort filling out forms for jack fucking shit.
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