Thursday, March 29, 2018

Don't Defend Amazon

[TRIGGER WARNING: DEATH, SUICIDE MENTION]

The neo-liberals are at it again.

Look, I know it's confusing that Donald Trump is going after Amazon for not paying any taxes while Jeff Bezos rakes in billions. I know it's hard to agree with him on anything. If it makes you feel better, he's probably just doing it because he's jealous of how much more money Bezos has than him and/or generally threatened by his power. And/or hates him for publicly tweeting about wanting to send Trump into space. Take your pick.

But it is absolutely true that Amazon paid nothing in taxes last year and it is absolutely true that the massive corporation should be taxed out the wazoo. If Bezos himself were taxed at 90%, he'd still have over $12 billion. And it's absolutely true that Amazon is becoming a monopoly, if it's not already.

And it's absolutely annoying to see liberals jump to the defense of Amazon, the corporation which is gearing up to enslave us all.

Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon’s sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers

Amazon warehouse life ‘revealed with timed toilet breaks and workers sleeping on their feet’

Amazon warehouse jobs push workers to physical limit

Amazon faces fines following the death of a second warehouse worker in as many months

Amazon Employee Attempts Suicide After Sending Email to Colleagues

Amazon is pretty much the devil, folks.

I'm not saying I would expect Trump to actually be able to effectively tax Amazon or similar corporations. I'm sure if any of his companies could reach anything close to the success of Amazon, he wouldn't want them to be taxed. And I wouldn't want Donald Trump to have anything to do with the funds that would be gained from taxing Amazon. He'd probably send it all to the military or find a way to give it to himself and/or his buddies.

But Amazon is seriously horrible. If your first instinct is to defend Amazon just because Trump attacked it, you might need to take a deep breath and consider why you're such a reactionary.

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