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As COVID-19 begin to mount, American workers are deciding to fight back.

Jeff Bezos, who is worth $100 billion dollars, has capitalized on the unfair advantage his company has now that many states have forced non-essential brick and mortar shops to close down.

Amazon has been on a massive hiring spree, packing thousands of new workers into its unsanitary and cramped warehouses. The drastic increase in demand and desire for pandemic profiteering has led to employees even in warehouses with confirmed COVID-19 cases to push through physically taxing, poorly compensated, longer than usual shifts. Individual workers must touch countless packages every day, while not being granted sufficient gear and precautionary measures that could slow efficiency. Health insurance or the hazard pay they deserve is off the table. This is not only dangerous for the workers, but it could spread the virus to customers across our nation as well.

A number of factors have given American workers the confidence to stand up for themselves. It is not easy right now for Amazon to bus in replacements, either temp workers or immigrants. The federal government’s new stimulus bill, while highly flawed and fall of corporate welfare, does provide a decent safety net to those who get laid off. The current freeze on globalism has significantly weakened the power of capital and made it vulnerable to labor resistance.

Amazon began as an online book dealer that later morphed into a multi-national monopoly with 800,000 employees. Amazon is able to retain its power by buying out competitors, subjecting workers to third world conditions and few-to-no benefits, and utilizes a number of loopholes to pay 1.2% of its $14 billion in income on federal taxes, despite the massive public infrastructure burden Amazon’s business model causes.

Whatever you think you’re saving when you shop at Amazon you end up paying for in income taxes to subsidize Jeff Bezos’ work force and infrastructure problems. Amazon workers are disproportionately more likely to need food stamps, welfare, medicaid and other social services. In Seattle, Amazon’s presence has caused massive problems with traffic and the cost of housing to double in six years, In Virginia, the opening of Amazon’s headquarters required massive projects to upgrade roads to accommodate a rush of new people.

Bezos does not do anything of social value with the personal wealth and power he has accumulated. The unlimited selection of books that put Amazon on the map is now, after crushing competitors, being drastically limited to censor political and historic books Jewish organizations and Bezos do not want the public to be able to read. Amazon’s Smiles program is managed by anti-white and anti-working class extremists at the Southern Poverty Law Center. A new series produced by his company, “Hunters,” is pro-“antifa,” anti-white snuff porn that celebrates the grotesque and sadistic murder of German “Nazis” explicitly understood to be placeholders for ordinary white people. The Washington Post, a once authoritative newspaper, has been transformed into a print version of the Huffington Post under his command.

Bezos funds open borders programs and $10 billion dollars in grants to push green austerity. This may shield him from full-throated opposition from the liberal-left, but why doesn’t he just pay his taxes and provide his workers with health care, basic labor rights, and a living wage instead?

Instead, Amazon leads the corporate world in ruthless exploitation. Jessica Bruder’s book, Nomadland, notes that Amazon encourages the practice of “Workamping” – poor and often older white people who are forced to move into mobile homes or to live in their car and travel across the country looking for temporary jobs just to survive. One in four people in this tragic subculture work for Amazon, which also receives a corporate tax-subsidy for employing them due to their age. The physical and repetitive nature of the high pace work takes a toll on these workers, and the book describes how Amazon has painkiller dispensaries on walls at the job site for the precariously employed laborers to use.

Now is the time for Bezos to pay. The demands put forward by the striking workers: double hazard pay, paid sick leave, and more breaks, are common sense. Consumers, frightened by the prospect of the pandemic spreading, are already pressuring their government to shut down warehouses that have had infectious outbreaks but Amazon demanded stay open.

It is in times of crisis that we appreciate the true value of work. It’s time to compensate it, whether it’s “contractors” in the gig economy or a slave for. It is worms like Jeff Bezos whose multi-national presence and international supply chains have enabled the spread of the globalist virus and caused chronic shortages through deindustrialization. It’s time for neo-liberal plutocrats be forced to pay for the mess and misery they have caused.

(Republished from National Justice by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. I was calling for that bald-headed bozo’s head elsewhere on this rag, and damned if some abject fools didn’t go around defending him. Because, you know, the rich are just like us, only with money.

    I say, no they’re not. They are evil monsters with horns and blood-dripping fangs. Who of course have our best interests in mind.

  2. Swaggy says:

    Americans have “patriotism “ to fall back on, but what that means is defined in Tel Aviv.

  3. Agree with everything in the article but would add: Amazon is the Standard Oil of the 21 C. Its a near monopoly & it must be broken up.

  4. anarchyst says:

    “Vulture capitalism” can be defined as the owners of businesses and industries that collude with each other, also in collusion with the “money types” (banksters) depressing wages solely to increase their stockholder “profits” at the top while impoverishing those who actually WORK, producing their products.

    Wall street sees “labor” as being a necessary evil, nothing more, its true value to be minimized at all cost while valuing the CEOs and “stockholders” above and beyond their true worth.

    This even applies to CEOs, that run their corporations into the ground while still receiving massive “rewards” for their “expertise”.

    Let’s not forget the corporate vultures (a la Mitt Romney) that specialize in parting out viable businesses in order to maximize their “profits”
    Henry Ford “got it right” when he CREATED a market for his cars by making them inexpensive while paying his workforce a decent wage. He realized that a well-paid workforce would be able to buy his products, among other things. It could be safely argued that Ford, CREATED the middle class.

    Automobiles, once “playthings for the rich” were made affordable for the “ordinary common man”.

    Henry Ford KNEW who the banksters and vulture capitalists were and made no bones about calling them out and naming them, Father Charles Coughlin did the same thing and was ostracized by the Catholic Church for pointing out the TRUTH about our vulture capitalist society.

    All one has to do is look at today’s CEOs, even in failing companies, being paid exorbitant salaries, along with stock options and other “perks” while pleading poverty, pushing down wages for their employees.

    Today’s capitalist “mantra” is that labor costs must be as cheap as possible while the “value” (profit) to the stockholder must be as great as possible. Sacrificing labor on the altar of “maximum profits” NEVER works in the long term.

    Of course, in the short term, with cheap Chinese goods flooding the market, the economy looks, good, but without CONSUMERS who hold jobs that pay reasonably well, all bets are off. There needs to be a balance between profits and labor.

    Presently, labor is looked upon as a “necessary evil” to be minimized at all costs. The problem arises-without labor there are no consumers. As I previously stated, a “balance” must be maintained. Labor is not evil, but a necessary component of capitalism.

    Pre-WW2 Germany’s economic successes and the rapid rise of the German economy was predicated on labor being assigned “value”and monetized-something that is (and has been) missing in capitalist societies today. This was a major reason for WW2, as German-style monetization of labor needed to be curtailed by the greedy capitalists in order to preserve the present system.

    If labor costs need to be trimmed to assure “profit” at the top, something is seriously wrong. In fact, in the well-paid American automobile industry, labor costs account only for approximately 10% of total costs.

    Offshoring production results in consumers (customers) being “lost”.

    As to “tariffs”, the American country ran on tariffs from its inception until 1913, when the “income tax” and “federal reserve” was established.

    The American economy is being propped up by the “social safety net” which obscures the TRUE economic situation in the U S .

  5. The thing is, twenty years ago or so, liberals decried the evil of Walmart–and I agreed with them completely. But where do they stand on the even bigger, greedier monopoly that is Amazon? Avoiding Walmart is doable. But these days, how do you avoid Amazon? They completely dominate whole categories of products on the web now. Even wildcatters are often forced to sell through Amazon’s ‘market’, where Bezos takes a cut of each transaction, while mining their sales data (and our purchase data) for free. It’s a total racket!

    Oh–and to top it all off, that cunt Bezos is in bed with the CIA. Frightening …

  6. How about we also eliminate that a__hole’s USPS discount and tax breaks!

  7. why doesn’t he just pay his taxes and provide his workers with health care, basic labor rights, and a living wage instead?

    Because Jeff Bezos is a psychopath.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @Patricus
  8. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Instead, Amazon leads the corporate world in ruthless exploitation. Jessica Bruder’s book, Nomadland, notes that Amazon encourages the practice of “Workamping”

    That harkens back to the Great Depression, when millions of Americans lost their jobs, homes and farms and some headed to California, and were called various names, like Sooners. A economic maelstrom deliberately brought on by the FED. There used to a Youtube vid of confirmed psychopath Ben ‘Shalom’ Bernanke–Shalom is his real middle name–talking about how the FED engineered that catastrophe with Ben laughing about that misery. I know its hard to believe, but that video is no longer on Youtube, in their ever increasing vigilance to remove hate from their site.

    Americans are the most heavily armed people on the planet. It’s time to put those weapons to good use instead of using them to shoot beer cans.

    We either do a repeat of 1776 or forever consign ourselves, our children and grandkids to a life of poverty, misery, slavery and slow deaths. If you think it’s bad now–and it is–in another 10 years, we’ll be looking back at these times as the Good ‘ol Days.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  9. Well, he improved the living standard of Mrs. Bezos, so, even if he cheated on her, he can’t be all bad.

    Do American workers have any sense of solidarity left in them?

  10. Hibernian says:
    @Greg Bacon

    “…and were called various names, like Sooners.”

    Okies if they came from Oklahoma, Arkies if they came from Arkansas. Sooners were people who participated in the land rush of the 1880s when Indian Territory became Oklahoma territory and white settlers were admitted.

  11. @Adam Smith

    Because Jeff Bezos is a psychopath.

    That may be. However he is the poster boy for “capitalist free enterprise”.
    What does that tell you?

  12. @anarchyst

    The American economy is being propped up by the “social safety net” which obscures the TRUE economic situation in the U S .

    It’s not a social safety net, it is a safety net for a commune. If anything, it is socialized debt for private profit – just a different commune than the USSR had.

  13. And it’s not just “many states” — it’s many countries too.

    Germany is fully shut down – and Amazon is the most commonly used online shop there. Most of the rest of Europe is similar, but as far as I know Germany is the only country in which Amazon managed to totally destroy all alternatives.

    Bezos needs to pay in more countries than one.
    And people need to stop buying from Amazon. There *are* still alternatives, even if they’re hidden by the media.
    Even in a lockdown, buying something online does NOT necessarily mean buying from Bezos.

  14. I do not do any business with Amazon, and will not. I found Mr. Bezos to be a creepy psycho many years ago, when Amazon was selling books. Bezos told us what he had in mind (“I want it ALLLL.. HA HA.”) back then, and you know what? The customers were OK with it. Bezos knew that as long as he could grow the gross, and be damned to the net, the time would come when he (if he was good enough) would be in the catbird seat. Exactly where he is right now.

    Customers love Amazon. Nobody forces anyone to the site. Bezos manages to hire enough people and pay them enough to get the packages out the door. They do not quit, so they must be content. The USPS voluntarily agrees to shipping contracts that, while unprofitable, stave off the collapse of the USPS for a little while. With Bezos rapidly developing his own logistics/global delivery (which will get a lot easier with all the planes and trucks soon the be available), there is no stopping him except people just not shopping with his business.

    As long as people think they are getting whatever they get from Amazon at a cheap price, Bezos can do anything (up to and including ritual cannibalism) and no one will care. They want it cheap more than they want anything else in the whole, wide world. Sad, but true.

    • Replies: @A. Non Y Mous
  15. Patricus says:
    @Adam Smith

    Bezos plows most income back into the expanding company. That’s why the tax rate is seemingly low. I dislike Amazon because they censor books. It is irrational to hate the company because they continuously invest in their future.

  16. @Curmudgeon

    That the “capitalist free enterprise” system is run by psychopaths and rewards psychopathy.

    • Agree: Curmudgeon
    • Replies: @76239
  17. Here is one thing that is almost impossible to make any sense out of: the sweet divorce deal he got from Mrs. Bezos. It seems hard to make sense out of except in the admittedly far-fetched scenario that Jeff the Wall-eyed is actually a cloak for a deep state entity that Mrs. Bezos dare not cross at the pain of being disappeared.

    How many middled-age women have you ever heard of that did not take such a man to the cleaners? I have never once heard or seen or read it.

  18. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    That true humanitarian, Jeff Bozos, is selling common pasta on Amazon for $8 a pop for a pack of 16 oz Barilla Fettuccine?

    Which usually goes for around a $1.49 at the store.

    Surely Jeffie isn’t taking advantage of the COVID hysteria? Maybe he needs another $400 million yacht?

    Wonder if Amazon sells Guillotine kits?

  19. Sean says:

    Whatever you think you’re saving when you shop at Amazon you end up paying for in income taxes to subsidize Jeff Bezos’ work force and infrastructure problems. Amazon workers are disproportionately more likely to need food stamps, welfare, medicaid and other social services. In Seattle, Amazon’s presence has caused massive problems with traffic and the cost of housing to double in six years,

    Yes he must be MADE to pay. And all the other businesses large and small that are happy to take private profit and pay no tax on their employees (often pretended ‘self-employed’ who are cheap foreign labour especially in construction, swarming into cities spreading infection on public transport) , but demand public subsidy in the current situation when taxpayers must foot the bill, are another set of folk that accounts most certainly will be settled with when this is over.

  20. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    People like Bezos and Gates get rich in some particular industry and then become egotistical, imagining that they know everything and are infallible. They stick their nose into politics and become busybodies, using their money to influence things. They get involved in areas that they have no real insight into but their hubris prevents them from realizing this. In the beginning they pioneer some industry and do some good. Later they turn into the opposite and become a source of harm to society. Their self-regard outraces reality as no one can tell a billionaire ‘no’. A reality check needs to come from somewhere.

  21. @Brian Reilly

    “Customers love Amazon. Nobody forces anyone to the site (etc)”

    Actually, when robber barons buy up all the competition and put everyone out of business, you are rather forced there. I don’t like them any more than you. Amazon gets all the sweetheart deals you mention and then some. They’re not a “normal” business by any stretch of the imagination.

    What you say sounds a little like the invisible hand of the free market is the way to fight the giant squid, which has never been the case. The libertarian ideal of “I’ll take my business elsewhere” is fine for a farmers market, but pretty useless for stopping profiteering bastards running a railroad (100 years ago) or Amazon today. Look how much time the super rich spend trying to legally avoid paying any taxes.

    No, the only way to make those oligarch bastards pay is the way Mr. Putin is doing in Russia as we speak. You tax the living sh(te out of them and make them pay, now. You know, a cost of doing business.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  22. I argue with a friend on the Bezos issue.
    It’s odd really because we agree about just about everything.
    He insists on a Guillotine and just refuses or cannot see the obvious need to modernize to a woodchipper.

    • Replies: @haha
  23. @Adam Smith

    HA! See there? That proves it.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
  24. The unlimited selection of books that put Amazon on the map is now, after crushing competitors, being drastically limited to censor political and historic books Jewish organizations and Bezos do not want the public to be able to read. Amazon’s Smiles program is managed by anti-white and anti-working class extremists at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    Ahh, there it is. The money shot. I was waiting for the hit of blatant, crass anti-jewish editorializing. I read the article just to get another hit. I can’t help myself.

    And neither can he, that is, from squeezing in some good old-fashioned jew-hate into an article about *checks url* Jeff Bezos, a undisputedly white guy. I wonder if unz.com only allows Joseph Jordan (i.e. Eric) to post just to sully the reputations of anyone who questions Jewish power.

    For he is remarkably bad at it. The Nazi-themed “political and historical books” being censored? Cheap memoirs like “My Awakening: A Path to Racial Understanding” and literary fiction titles like “Conspiracy of the Six-Pointed Star”. Are they found on other online retails at reasonable prices? Of course (so much for Amazon “crushing competitors”), but don’t tell that to Joseph, because it would upset him greatly to know that Nazis are not being persecuted somewhere by the omnipotent and omnipresent “Jews”.

    Jewish organizations

    Ah yes, the ephemeral “jewish” organizations, at once everywhere and nowhere. They are apparently responsible for twisting the arm of an American corporate behemoth. Of course, that is the world Eric desperately wants to create in your mind, as if Amazon, their diverse leadership, and their internal Seattle culture weren’t already predisposed to “cancelling” Nazi-themed books from their platform already.

    No, it’s clearly only “Jewish organizations” and a lone evil capitalist who are forcing Amazon the company to remove Nazis from its shelves.

    What a laughable scenario to anyone with an ounce of perspective.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  25. Aquinas says:

    I love Amazon. Amazon has been a national treasure during this pandemic. Even though they quickly shut down Amazon Fresh, you can still buy dried food, medicine, and damn near everything else you can think of that isn’t perishable from them; and it’ll be delivered safely and reliably to your door. No signing, no meeting people, no getting infected.

    People who hate Amazon for banning a few books because it violated their terms of service, really need to get a life, or at least some perspective.

    That being said, I am in favor of a strike and wish the warehouse workers well. I’ll add their striking efforts to my intentions during prayer.

    • Replies: @BuelahMan
  26. cortesar says:

    Jeff Bezos, who is worth $100 billion dollars, has capitalized on the unfair advantage his company has now that many states have forced non-essential brick and mortar shops to close dow
    ————————————————————————————————————–
    Lol another one from the stryker commie
    So what should have done in this particular case?
    Not hire people?
    Imbecile,the reason why this is happening is because lefty lunatics like yourself have forced the world to stop.
    The reason why small retail businesses are being wiped out is your lunatic ilk
    Undoubtedly Amazon was the first blow but the mortal one came from the hysteric effeminate mob of your kind

    • Replies: @NPleeze
  27. @Patricus

    Amazon didn’t have income other than from shareholders for most of its existence. It ran at a loss for nearly 2 decades while it continually bought out competitors. This means it’s simply a classic monopoly that was outlawed by Teddy Roosevelt. It exists because it’s had the support of some very deep pockets and legal/political cover, not business acumen.

    • Replies: @Aquinas
  28. NPleeze says:
    @cortesar

    Imbecile,the reason why this is happening is because lefty lunatics like yourself have forced the world to stop.

    Unfortunately they haven’t.

    Mr. Bozos is still able to ship the virus house to house using his delivery services – if he can just keep the manufactured crisis going a few months longer, all his competitors will be forever wiped out! Let’s play Monopoly!

    https://news.yahoo.com/amazon-warehouse-workers-walked-over-162950565.html
    https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-faces-unprecedented-challenges-dozens-warehouses-grapple-covid-19-outbreaks/
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/employees-at-6-amazon-facilities-in-southern-california-have-tested-positive-for-coronavirus/ar-BB126aLm
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/amazon-fires-warehouse-worker-who-organized-staten-island-protest/ar-BB11VXwR

    lefty lunatics like yourself have forced the world to stop.

    I was just in locked-down Wyoming. Is that run by leftists too? Just askin’.

    the hysteric effeminate mob of your kind

    I frequent a lot of “right”/”conservative” websites and the vast majority are boot-licking like no lefty ever could. Time to get a reality check.

  29. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jew Respecter I Respect Jews

    Jews have no power. Zilch. Nada. Bupkiss.

    That’s why no one has ever heard of Kushner, ADL, ACLU, IMF, Fed, YouTube, Facebook, Google, Hollywood, NYT, WaPo, Zucker, Wojcicki, Spielberg, AIPAC, Soros, SPLC, Snopes, Adelman, Dershowitz, Kagan, Ginzburg, Zuckerman, Saban, Rothschild, etc. etc. etc.

  30. anon[357] • Disclaimer says:

    True story:

    Last week my children asked me how Jeff Bezos is helping people suffering through this WuFlu crisis.

    Then we all laughed.

  31. @anarchyst

    Pre-WW2 Germany’s economic successes and the rapid rise of the German economy was predicated on labor being assigned “value”and monetized-something that is (and has been) missing in capitalist societies today. This was a major reason for WW2, as German-style monetization of labor needed to be curtailed by the greedy capitalists in order to preserve the present system.

    The past is prologue.

    Schocken Department Stores (Kaufhaus Schocken) was a chain of department stores in Germany . . . founded by Simon Schocken (1874–1929) and Salman Schocken (1877–1959). After Simon had married into the owner family of Warenhaus Ury Gebrüder in Leipzig, the two brothers enlarged the business to a chain by establishing a second department store in Zwickau. In 1930, the company (named I. Schocken Sons since 1907) had become the fourth largest department store company in Germany with 20 stores.
    . . .
    The most famous stores are the ones in Nuremberg (Aufseßplatz) (built 1925/26, demolished), Stuttgart (→ Schocken Stuttgart, 1926–28, demolished 1960) and Chemnitz (1927–30) designed by architect **Erich Mendelsohn.** All three can be seen as milestones in modern architecture.

    After the rise of Nazism, Salman Schocken was politically forced to sell his department stores to the Merkur AG (so-called “Aryanisation”). After the war, Schocken sold his regained share of the company (51%) to Helmut Horten GmbH, which later became part of Kaufhof and is currently owned by Metro.

    Salman Schocken founded his own publishing house (later Schocken Books) in 1931, which later moved to Palestine and the United States. The Schocken family lives in Israel and the United States. Schocken Books is now affiliated with Random House Publishing. The family still owns 60% of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz owned by Salman Schocken.

  32. A much better alternative to Amazon, if you’re looking for books, is Alibris

    https://www.alibris.com/

    Unlike Amazon you can buy almost anything there, including lots of banned and censored books.

    • Thanks: AnonStarter
    • Replies: @Milesglorious
  33. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @A. Non Y Mous

    Or enforce the antitrust laws?

    Something to consider before rationalizing support for the re-election of President Trump, hope for Attorney General Barr, and other puppet show Team Red fantasies. Same goes for Team Blue, whose Beltway politicians are about the monopolization/financialization of the economy here in Exceptionalia.

    Vote, sheep, vote!

    • Replies: @anonymous
  34. Interestingly, Founder Samuel Adams once proposed a cap on individual wealth. In a 1743 newspaper article he wrote, “As Liberty can never subsist without Equality, nor Equality be long preserved without an Agrarian law, or something like it [limiting the amount of property an individual can own], so when Men’s Riches are become immeasurably and surprisingly great, a People who regard their own Security ought to make strict Enquiry how they came by them, and oblige them to take down their own Size, for fear of TERRIFYING THE COMMUNITY, OR MASTERING IT.” (emphasis in the original)

    Needless to say, this kind of thinking didn’t fly at the Constitutional Convention with America’s new aristocracy, who had made their fortunes in the slave trade and selling land taken from the Indians.

    But when he was Massachusetts governor 51 years later, Adams supported the armed federal suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, just as he had opposed Daniel Shays’ populist rebellion eight years earlier. The lure of power has not much changed in two centuries.

  35. haha says:
    @Bill Jones

    Hilarious! May your arguments multiply to include other choices as well. How about immersion in a vat of hot oil?

  36. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    .. whose Beltway politicians are crickets about the ..

    (Take care with the carets.)

  37. BuelahMan says:
    @Aquinas

    When did Holocaust revisionism start violating Amazon’s Terms of service? Why did it take decades for them to realize the white nationalists were taking over the platform?

    Was it before or after they made so much money and the political corrected jew feed made them?

  38. Aquinas says:

    the political corrected jew feed

    Lmfao what does this even mean? Do wignats just start vomiting up words whenever they are caught in an indefensible position?

    From the NYT article:

    Nazi-themed items regularly crop up on Amazon, where they are removed under its policy on “offensive and controversial materials.” Those rules pointedly do not apply to books. Amazon merely says that books for sale on its site “should provide a positive customer experience.”

    This is more due to the widespread shock of the 2016 election and the direction of our degenerate and Godless Western culture (which values niceness over truth) than any forcible imposition from any single Jew, or even group of Jews. Pressure groups like the SPLC are hardly ever even majority Jewish.

    You may say that they are controlled by Jews, but then you’re relying on the secrecy of backdoor deals to maintain an unfalsifiable position.

    You may then say that even though they are not ethnically or religiously Jewish, they are “spiritually Jewish,” as I so often ironically hear atheists say, but then you aren’t really saying anything at all, are you?

    • Replies: @NPleeze
  39. Fox says:
    @Patricus

    I wonder why the notion of a Monopoly was ever considered in law. If Amazon, and Youtube are not to be considered under the idea of a Monoply, then what entity ever would? They abuse the enormous power they have amassed by eliminating their competition, even if by legal means. But legal doesn’t mean legitimate, and certainly not right. Hence, if a small bakery may be driven into bankruptcy for refusing to bake a “wedding Cake” for homosexuals, even if against the bakers’ religious or otherwise believes, why can’t Youtube and Amazon (or others) be forces to not censor literature or ideas? These companies are wielding power without accountability.

    • Replies: @Aquinas
  40. Aquinas says:
    @Fox

    They abuse the enormous power they have amassed by eliminating their competition, even if by legal means.

    This is ridiculous.

    The online retail sector is flooded with alternatives to Amazon. The big competitors are Walmart, Alibaba, and eBay.

    Not many people know that Amazon also provides cloud services to businesses. That sector is also flooded. The big competitors are Google and Microsoft.

    In what world is Amazon a monopoly?

    • Replies: @Fox
  41. Aquinas says:
    @NobodyKnowsImaDog

    Hilarious! That video cited a ton of sources, but it’s only relevant claim, that Amazon is a monopoly in the online retailer space, is only supported by one of them:

    https://marketingland.com/amazon-owns-more-than-90-market-share-across-5-different-product-categories-report-241135

    Can you guess the 5 product categories they supposedly hold a monopoly over? (Hint: none of them are related to books!)

    The company owned more than a 90 percent market share for online purchases in home improvement tools, skin care, batteries, golf and kitchen and dining accessories in Q1 2018.

    So in a vain attempt to make us feel sorry for heterodox authors, Eric to uses the fact that Amazon holds a monopoly in *squint* batteries to claim that Amazon is unfairly censoring freeze peach!

    How absurd! Other commentators make the obvious point: there are plenty of other marketplaces online that sell books. Hell, if the book is good enough, you can probably buy it directly from the publisher’s website!

    Why not try to attack the actual policy of Amazon instead of falsely accusing them of censorship? Because then they would actually have to argue for the value of the books being censored!

    To think that books are being censored because Amazon and other major companies want to clean their hands of them is ridiculous.

  42. Fox says:
    @Aquinas

    I have met people like you in the flesh, seeing nothing wrong with people who have fantastic incomes or with companies producing stellar profits paying low taxes, because it is apparently wrong to ask a billionaire or a business t0 pay 30 % income tax on a billion amounting to 300 millions, while a warehouse worker making 50000 a year pays also 30 %, which amounts to only 15000 (e.g., dollars, euros). Imagine this injustice. 300 million vs 15000, the poor billionaire, will he be even be able to pay his rent?
    If Amazon can muscle out its competitors simply by being able to afford it financially and thereby gaining a monopoly position, is that reasonable?
    And even if there are competitors now, the process of concentration of corporate power continues. How will it be ten years from now? At the end there is logically no competitor but a monopolistic entity which can set any price, supply, scarcity or abundance, and you will be forced to make the statement you don’t want to make now.
    By the way, I avoid Amazon, alibaba is more for larger quantities of goods as far as I know, Walmart is not on my list and I use ebay only for select goods I can’t obtain anywhere else, otherwise, I use small retailers on-line or if possible, local stores. I don’t pay the cheapest prices that way, but it’s worth for me.

  43. @Curmudgeon

    It me that enterprise in this country isn’t free. Not even close.

  44. Is it just me or is there something disturbing about those eyes and perpetual goofy grin?

  45. NPleeze says:
    @Aquinas

    Pressure groups like the SPLC are hardly ever even majority Jewish.

    Is that so? The President from 2003 to 2019 was … Richard Cohen (guess what tribe he belongs to). https://www.splcenter.org/about/staff/richard-cohen It was founded in 1971 by Morris Dees (the colored they needed to pretend to be a “civil rights group” for BLACKS, as opposed to a front for JEWS) and Joseph J. Levin Jr. (guess what tribe he belongs to).

  46. NYC Girl says:

    In sharing this link, I urge all who read the stories contained therein and find them worthwhile to pass this URL on to as many friends and family as possible: https://sites.google.com/site/thefaceofamazon/home/full-list#section2

    As a 15+ year veteran of the tech industry (software engineer) I can attest that the negative “publicity” heaped on Bezos thanks to his treatment of hardworking employees is unfortunately both true and deserved.

    Worse, the “Amazon Way” is spreading and infecting thousands upon thousands of other companies, both in the U.S. and abroad. This is a disaster. The “Amazon way,” more accurately deemed the “Bezos way” makes a mockery of every workplace it infects, stripping employees of basic rights and the means of earning a living.

    It can still be stopped—IF people join together to get the word out and say NO to the “Bezos way.”

  47. 76239 says:
    @Adam Smith

    “That the “capitalist free enterprise” system is run by psychopaths and rewards psychopathy.”

    And the government is not run by psychopaths?

    200 million people died in the 20th century that did not have to die because of government action. But our most pressing problem in the 21st century is too much freedom? So we need more government in our lives? This is what humanity needs?

    Go live in a prison. There is no freedom, so therefore there must be no problems. All are equal except the guards and the warden of course.

    Oh wait, there are still stores opened within the prison cells! You can buy anything you want as long as you have enough money. Can’t get away from capitalism. Entrepreneurs are like rats. You could not get rid of them if you tried.

  48. @Morton's toes

    That is why tinfoil hats were invented: to ridicule very plausible explanations such as this one.

  49. NPleeze says:
    @Morton's toes

    Sweet divorce deal? She got $38 billion.

    I suppose it’s a small payout for having to fuck such an evil, filthy, revolting creep for 25 years. That’s only $1.5 billion per year, and assuming they screwed twice a week, only $63 million per lay.

    I mean, gee, she really got screwed!

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  50. @NPleeze

    Well I am not a divorce lawyer and I do not have the papers handy.

    1. I recall he was worth 180 billion and she was legally entitled to 90.
    2. Not one single person posted a sentence contrary to my claim.
    3. If you want to get technical, Jeff the Wall-eyed got the singularly greatest divorce deal of the century. Lucky guy.

  51. NPleeze says:

    1. I recall he was worth 180 billion and she was legally entitled to 90.

    Well you are wrong. While Washington is a community property state, the asset allocation at divorce is not to be equal, but equitable, per RCW 26.09.080:

    In a proceeding for dissolution of the marriage or domestic partnership…, the court shall, without regard to misconduct, make such disposition of the property and the liabilities of the parties, either community or separate, as shall appear just and equitable after considering all relevant factors including, but not limited to:
    (1) The nature and extent of the community property;
    (2) The nature and extent of the separate property;
    (3) The duration of the marriage or domestic partnership; and
    (4) The economic circumstances of each spouse or domestic partner at the time the division of property is to become effective, including the desirability of awarding the family home or the right to live therein for reasonable periods to a spouse or domestic partner with whom the children reside the majority of the time.

    So, what she was “entitled” to for having sex with the beast for 25 years is anyone’s guess, but it could have easily been less than $38 billion. Indeed, any judge might think that, say, $100 million is more than enough to keep someone comfortable for life and beyond (and the children, well, they were his too, no doubt he’ll find something for them when he descends to hell).

  52. Sulu says:

    You don’t make 100 billion dollars by treating employees right. The inside of an Amazon warehouse is about 85% minority. Mostly Africans right off the boat and Cubans. The rest are White. Bezos pays his people the absolute least he thinks he can get away with. About 2 years ago he was paying people $11 an hour but he gave two shares of stock if you could stick it out for two years. He only upped his wage to $15 an hour after President Trump call him out on it. What the news failed to tell everyone is the fact that he no longer gave out stock in an obvious effort to make up for the wage increase.

    The work environment is toxic and they insist on an insanely hight rate. Not just high but stupid high. And it goes up all the time. Most new people can’t make rate but they don’t care. The turnover is high and they keep the 20% or so of people that manage to make rate. The rest get booted out on their arse.

    Bezos is a real piece of shit and he looks like a bloody Bond villain. I hope he stubs his toe. Sooner rather than later.

    Sulu

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