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  •  It's amazing that following (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    the worst recession in the postwar era (i.e. in the lifetimes of the vast majority) which has directly negatively affected the finances of most Americans, so many are still unwilling to acknowledge the dominant role of luck in their own lives and hence in those of others.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:22:55 PM PDT

    •  Because it isn't luck (2+ / 0-)
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      The probability ratio is too far skewed for luck to be so random as to be unattainable. This is a concerted effort by the 1% to box us into debt slavery. Anyone that has graduated with student loans is already there.

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      by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:31:17 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, I agree the game is rigged (2+ / 0-)
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        Horace Boothroyd III, Aunt Pat

        I'm saying the losers (all of the 99%) who haven't been hurt too badly yet (the majority who stayed employed, kept their house, etc) see their relative success (which they may not have realized is subpar for most of the postwar era) as evincing their personal prowess rather than luck running uphill on a tilted field.

        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

        by benamery21 on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 04:56:38 PM PDT

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    •  I compare it to this: (0+ / 0-)

      Facebook bought a company for $19 billion, and we're supposed to marvel their hard work and ingenuity.

      But there's 1000 other companies that do the exact same thing, some of them better. One will sell for $2 billion, one for $100 million, one for $50 million, one for $5 million, one hundred others will break even, and the rest will lose money.

      We're supposed to eliminate any fall back option for those entrepreneurs in order to "inspire" them. That's a brutal system.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 08:22:13 AM PDT

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