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“Scholars, who pride themselves on speaking their minds, often engage in a form of self-censorship which is called “realism.” To be “realistic” in dealing with a problem is to work only among the alternatives which the most powerful in society put forth. It is as if we are all confined to a, b, c,…


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No. Health care and dental care are not ‘human’ rights. You exist. That is it. You don’t get some special treatment because you exist. You work to be able to have that privilege to be healthy and get proper medical care. I will never be okay with paying for medical care for you. Ever. If you get fucked over in this world, no matter how hard you try, that is life. Sorry to say, but that’s what it is. I so strongly believe that if you TRULY want something so badly, you WILL get it. But only through hard work and determination, and to me that includes medical care, education and all the other government programs out there that provide something that isn’t the military.

That is what religion is supposed to be a bout [sic]. If you have a shitty life here, it’s not as big of a deal because what happens on this earth is temporary. We are not supposed to live for ourselves in a selfish manner. Even in pain. The afterlife is supposed to be granted by how we act here in this temporary place, and that any pain we may feel is nothing compared to our reward for doing the right thing later on.

Granted, I am not at all a religious person. I barely believe in the afterlife myself. But even without it, I don’t believe in paying for someone elses [sic] health care, living expenses or anything else using my tax dollars. It’s not supposed to be that way.

*drumroll* And the heartless comment of the week award goes to…

burnthestatic for this comment above on a link I posted, “Man Dies From Toothache, Couldn’t Afford Meds”

Last week’s award was on the same story. This comment is especially terrible though.

So health care isn’t a human right? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, would beg to differ. Article 25 of the declaration states:

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

I would like to point out that the author of this comment is 17. So I’m sure she’s paid quite a bit in taxes, no? Whatever she’s paid, she wants them back.

As for me, I would love for my tax dollars to pay for those who can’t afford health care or dental care. I prefer that versus paying for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan and Iraq. I would love to pay for higher education for my fellow citizens in this country instead of paying for further weapons development and deployment by private contractors. 

You point to the military as a specific example as a government program that’s somehow A-ok. Did you know that your tax dollars completely subsidize the medical and dental care of military members, their families and veterans? The best access to medical care I have ever had was when I was in the military.

Being healthy is a privilege? Well, here’s where you’re getting closer to correct, though not for the reasons you think. There’s many, many people who work hard, yet can’t afford treatment of any kind because they don’t make enough money. There’s a direct correlation between health, quality of live, and income level. The more cash money you have, the more likely you are to be healthy and able to have access to medical and dental care. So only the privileged are assured of being healthy. 

Thomas Jefferson compared individual heath to a society’s liberty, writing, “Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.” Thomas Jefferson would be disappointed in you, I imagine.

However, Karl Marx would not be shocked by your callousness. Marx wrote, “Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society.” It’s probably folks with similar beliefs to yours that inspired Marx.

You’re only 17. You have time to for your bubble to burst. And it’s fairly likely it will.

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To any moron (especially the vegan / straight edge morons - I’ll leave names out unless you decide to respond directly instead of pretending like you didn’t see it like some soft-serve half-stepping punk) who continues to buy / fetishize Nike despite being aware of the glaring breaches in fair trade standards:

Stop buying Nike products. Oh my fucking shit. Human rights matter just as much as animal rights and that piece of shit company has consistently treated their workers like dirt for decades. I guess the whole “support” issue of veganism didn’t translate over to human rights for some of you, but when you buy Dunks, you are directly supporting industrial and capitalistic slavery. Fucking stop it. Stop.

And for anyone fucking spineless and insidious enough to try to weasel your way out of your ethical responsibility by saying astoundingly inane bullshit such as, “[If I boycotted Nike, I’d be a hypocrite because I support Vans (which, by the way, is fully compliant with fair trade law in their factories) and other companies that exploit their workers,” please, from the bottom of my little heart, use your supposedly clear head. Just because you can’t escape every evil that existing in a capitalist society entails does not mean that it negates direct and unapologetic support of a company infamous for its refusal to treat its workers humanely for a product that is 100% unnecessary in the first fucking place. Not only is your decorative footwear unnecessary, but obtaining equally sufficiently flashy and obnoxious shoes from companies that don’t shit on their workers for a buck is almost effortless.

Stop being shitty on purpose. Stop supporting human slavery as you wax sympathetic to animal rights issues. Stop putting fashion over people because it’s just as bad as, if not worse than, putting your taste buds over animals. Either stop that or stop pretending that you give a shit because refusing the former is a sure sign that you don’t.

This includes boycotting Converse. Just so you know.

I generally don’t support large companies like this, for this exact reason.  Things like this disgust me.  I’m straight-edge, and I’m not a moron who supports this sort of thing.

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