Why You Should Be A Socialist In 2023



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Happy New Year! You've probably heard a lot of talk about socialism becoming more popular over the past few years. There's a reason for that! The capitalist system has shown itself to be incapable of solving the problems it creates, and more and more people are living a worse life than their parents or grandparents. What's going on here, and is socialism the way forward?

Why You Should Be A Socialist In 2023 – Second Thought
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Citations and Further Reading:

Ten richest double their wealth while bottom 99% of humanity’s fall/would still be richer than 99% of the world after 99.99% loss
https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/ten-richest-men-double-their-fortunes-pandemic-while-incomes-99-percent-humanity

Nearly 100 million fall under $1.90/day during COVID
https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/covid-19-leaves-legacy-rising-poverty-and-widening-inequality#:~:text=About%2097%20million%20more%20people,less%20than%20%245.50%20a%20day

Bosses bet on workers getting COVID
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55009228

Layoffs during COVID
​​https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/temporary-layoffs-remain-high-following-unprecedented-surge-in-early-2020.htm#:~:text=Hover%20over%20chart%20to%20view,End%20of%20interactive%20chart.&text=In%20April%202020%2C%20the%20number,and%20efforts%20to%20contain%20it

Why Socialism? - Albert Einstein
https://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism/

45% of new created wealth goes to top 1%/CEOs make 350x what their workers do/Wages are lower than 50 years ago/half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck/$50T transfer of wealth from bottom 90% to top 1% since 1975
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/02/the-us-has-a-ruling-class-and-americans-must-stand-up-to-it

Vacation days & paid time off
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/05/heres-how-many-paid-vacation-days-the-typical-american-worker-gets-.html

Maternity leave
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/27/maternity-leave-us-policy-worst-worlds-richest-countries

Gender pay gap
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/25/gender-pay-gap-facts/

Legal & societal changes growing the gap between productivity and wages
https://www.epi.org/productivity-pay-gap/

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