I am an atheist.
That means that I do not have religious faith.
That does not mean that I need you to force me to go to church.
And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.
Being a scapegoat in a dysfunctional anything is basically being always torn between wanting a peaceful soul and needing a bigger shield
Life is too short to spend it at war with yourself.
What do you have to say to people who believe that capitalism is raising poor people out of poverty?
Well probably something along the lines of pointing out the fact that capitalism is the reason poverty exists, and that the vast majority of people who “escape” poverty under capitalism ‘escape’ into a lifetime of soul destroying, alienated labour which debilitates them physically and mentally. The tiny number of people who go from poverty to riches are an irrelevant anomaly when compared to the great mass of subjugated humanity who will never have the opportunity to experience the same luck.
I think behind these arguments is usually the presupposition that merely not living in poverty should be enough for working class people - that the bare minimum needed for us to reproduce our labour power fresh for exploitation on a daily basis should be the limit of our aspirations… and even more laughably, that we should actually thank them for it.
Capitalism raises people out of poverty so that they can squeeze more value out of their labour, and for no other reason. the farmer also provides his livestock with grass, food and shelter..