Saturday, 26 August 2017

Capitalism Isn't Working Proven Wrong

I sat and watched this video last night.  It's originally from 2012....May Day, and in New York apparently.

The young guy was hyped up on the statement that capitalism wasn't working, and we naturally needed to move onto socialism.

I stopped the video a couple of times....mostly to sit and observe upon the guy....his attire....and the landscape.  I admit....I am a bit drawn to NY City, and Union Square always interests me.

So you start to notice off the guy....his attire.  The hat?  Typically, this is made in some place like Mexico or China....in NY City, it'll sell for $25 (but it'll be manufactured for less than $3 in material and maybe $6 in labor-time, with $2 in shipping and distribution). Capitalism worked fine in this case.

Then you notice the designer-glasses.  Stylish type.  Upscale. You had to go and get an exam for $75.  The glasses and the prescription....probably run near $250.  Figure $325 total.  Twenty-five years ago, it would have been near $400 for the same deal.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

Then you notice the backpack....upscale type.  Probably Patagonia type. With tax, they run near $90 for the low-end type....maybe up to $140 for the nicer ones (to include taxation). Capitalism worked fine in this case.

Then you notice the camera.  Figure $650 minimum.  Add on taxes.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

The shirt and pants?  Figure maybe toward $120 total.  Add on taxes.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

The watch?  Looks like fairly nice one.....figure at least $350.  Add on taxes.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

His haircut? It's not the $9.99 type.  He probably spend $22 at some local barber.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

There early on in the video....did you notice the pink-hair gal?  The hair deal?  She might have done it at home but I'll bet she paid at least $80 at some beauty shop for the pink-color.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

The tattoos that the pink-hair lady has?  You have to stop the video at the :06 point and note that she has a minimum of two (one big one on the back).  She might have two or three others but in discreet areas which we really don't need to see.  Value?  The one on the back probably ran $400.  Capitalism worked fine in this case.

The education for intellectual-Joe and pink-hair 'Mandy'?  I would take a bold guess and say that between the two of them....roughly $240,000 was spent on their college era situation.  Where did the money come from? Either loans or dad.  In effect....capitalism worked fine.

The Starbucks coffee shop across the street?  Eventually....one might suspect that intellectual-Joe and pink-hair 'Mandy' will make their way across the street....spending near $16 (NY taxes are hefty) on two grande cups of coffee.  They might even be hungry and spend $12 on a cupcake each.  Capitalism worked fine.

How did they get to Union Station?  Well....typically, you'd run the subway.  Capitalism worked fine in getting them there.

It's a 59-second video that you might run three or four times.  In the end.....the guy proves himself to be incredibly naive.  Everything around him.....the whole city of New York....the clothing....the education....all brought by capitalism.

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