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Jul. 21st, 2001 | 11:48 pm
mood: Puzzled

I went to the wedding of one of my cousins and ended up spending time with my mother.

At some point in the conversation I mentioned the evils of cars. It's surprising to me how many suggestions people came up with on how I could continue to be a car owner. But I finally responded with "Why should I support an economic and cultural system I don't like?"

My mother responded, "You're sounding like a communist", the disapproval woven through each syllable.

"No," I replied, "I'm more like a socialist."

"I don't like them either", she retorted.

I'm better paid than she, I have fewer expenses, I should be debt free by the end of the year. In pretty much every way I am being better rewarded by the capitalist system than she.

And yet, she is still thinks capitalism is a good thing, while I've steeped myself in critiques of the status quo, and am trying to implement alternatives.
It seems like the people have become willing participants in their enslavement.

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Monument

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from: marnanel
date: Jul. 22nd, 2001 11:41 am (UTC)
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Did she give any reason for "not liking" socialists and communists, or was it just blind prejudice? (It must be a bad sign if someone says they don't like ___ists, rather rather than ___ism.)

It must be tough hearing that from your own mother. :(

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jul. 22nd, 2001 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Nope, no reason given, though I didn't really ask her why. I kind of want to though.

As for being tough, I expect it these divirgant opinions, at this point, in views of religion, politics, economics, and life style choices, we're pretty close to diametrically opposed. I only recently figured out that about the only thing we've still got in common is liking food. Even there, I'm vegitarian to her omnivore.

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from: fromthemorning
date: Jul. 23rd, 2001 10:26 am (UTC)
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I feel ya with the cars thing. I probably get that just as much as you do. I am always bothered about getting my license and driving a car for my own sake... like if I want to start my own business doing landscaping... I might need a license or a car. But I wouldn't even want a job that requires riding around in a truck and riding on diesel machines in the first place! I don't want anything to do with any fume-spewing internal combustion engine monster! I'm a damn hippie anarchist with chunky hair. Leave me alone.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jul. 24th, 2001 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Yea! The world needs more hippy anarchists.

As for the landscaping... One of my friends works for the California Air Quality Board in the testing departments. According to her gasoline powered lawnmowers are pretty bad, not only are they lacking any polution controls, gas also evaporates out of the tank...

I wonder how close in ease of use a really good & well maintained push lawnmower is to a gas mower. The push one is lighter than the gas one, but you need to push more energy into the cutting of the grass. I wonder if it comes close to ballencing out.

Though the manual one has a huge benifit in that it's virtually silent.

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