Tax Day 2021

Andy's Podcaster Podcasting Podcast #32

Episode #32

Intro Music

ANDY

It’s Andy’s Podcaster Podcasting Podcast - EPISODE 32

SIRI

8PM

SFX - Cuckoo Clocks

JEN

Darling…

ANDY

Yes… my sweet?

JEN

I think it’s almost the 15th

ANDY

Hmmm. I think you are right. Times Arrow is a tenacious hunter.

JEN

It never misses its mark.

ANDY

We are worried like dogs.

JEN

It is our duty.

ANDY

Yes. As good citizens of these United States.

JEN

We must pay our taxes.

ANDY

Yes. It is our duty. We must pay our taxes.

JEN

It is our duty, as good citizens of these United States.

ANDY

We are not rich.

JEN

We are not a corporation.

ANDY

But we are people. And as good citizens of these United States. We must pay our taxes.

JEN

We are not rich.

ANDY

We can not hide our money behind more money.

JEN

And as good citizens of these United States. We must pay our taxes!

ANDY

Iran will not bomb itself.

JEN

No, Iran will not bomb itself.

ANDY

So it is our duty as good citizens of these United States.

JEN & AnDY

We really must pay our taxes!

JEN

Someone has pay for the Trump Presidential Library…

ANDY

Yes someone must pay for the Trump Presidential Library.

JEN

And I’m damn sure he won’t do it….

ANDY

Yes, and as good citizens of these United States

JEN

We really must pay our taxes…

ANDY

Someone has to bankroll Elon Musk so he can continue his Tony Stark cosplay thing… 

JEN

And the rich won’t do it.

ANDY

How can they when they don’t pay their taxes

JEN

Yes, and there are small police forces in little towns all across America who are in need of more tanks and tear gas.

ANDY

We really must pay our taxes. How else will the Pentagon be able to waste trillions on the useless F-35 Stealth Fighter! 

JEN

How else can we pay for the forever war?

ANDY

We simply must pay our taxes!

JEN

We really must pay our Taxes! The kids at the border won’t build their own cages!

ANDY

Yes… The kids will not build their own cages.

JEN

and as good citizens of these United States…

ANDY

The rich won’t dirty their off -shore accountants with such things! 

ANDY & JEN

We really really must pay our taxes.

ANDY

We must help Walmart and Amazon boost their profits by subsidizing their ridiculously low wages.

JEN

It is our duty. As good citizens of these United States.

ANDY

And the farmers must be subsidized so they are able to vote Republican with clear consciences, without acknowledging they exist on corrupt bribes worse than the socialism they are taught to hate.  

JEN

Andy! We are not rich. The IRS targets the poor. We must pay our taxes.

ANDY

Iran will not bomb itself!

JEN

UM - so what’s the deal with Iran again?

ANDY

Oh, in the 50’s the CIA overthrew their democratically elected government and installed the Shah - an American puppet - who signed over half of the Iranian oil fields to U.S. Companies. Then in 1979 the Iranian people had -the absolute- audacity to overthrow the Shah - this U.S. Puppet dictator and reclaim the resources of their country for themselves - as opposed to enriching Yale graduate crime syndicates like the Bush family and associates.

JEN

But - what have they done to us?

ANDY

Us, the good citizens of these United States? oh nothing, it’s kind of scandalous - our military keeps attacking them over and over in a hideous bullying forever war — sometimes using proxies like Saddam Hussein in the 80’s - or Israel. And we keep bombing them and killing their people with sanctions until they lash out - and we can say - SEE - they are the dangerous violent ones! But you know what… We really must pay our taxes… 

JEN

But we do have good schools, roads and libraries around here. 

ANDY

Yeah, that’s just our Maryland State taxes though. We are in a sort of really lucky little bubble in that respect.

Music - Rise of the Black Centipede - Mario Rom’s Interzone

ANDY

TAX TIME - today I’m reviewing two podcasts giving us the scoop the Tax situation in America. First up is Planet Money - you’ve probably heard of this show, its from a group of economic journalists operating under the NPR umbrella - and they produce semi- deep dive financial news in digestible bitesized chunks that get run as part of regular National Public Radio programming across the country in all it’s funky patchwork of combinations. And - unsurprisingly - all their output - going on well over 1000 episodes now - is available as podcasts. AND what a great resource and archive it is -  All Hail Planet Money! - it comes out twice a week, and if you don't know - its sweet little 20 ish minutes episodes covering everything in current events and bringing in the right guests blend of economic specialists and personal testimonies to explain and understand any issue. - From speculative Bubbles based on Magic the Gathering cards, to how Reagan broke the Unions - to sociological breakdowns of big economic theories as they relate to every aspect of modern life - AND I MEAN EVERY ASPECT,  and so of course they have many episodes about Taxation. Like the episode called Trumps Tiny Taxes, detailing in a calm detached way that should make your blood boil -  how he and the super rich USE immoral and criminally evil loop holes they’ve bribed congressmen and senators to insert in the laws of our nation to bend the monetary system to their evil money hoarding will… But the one Tax Episode I’d like to bring to your attention in particular is called Tax Hero from 2017. This story is about Joseph Bankman - a Stanford Law Professor who has been trying since 2005 to make our personal Tax preparation and payments SIMPLE and EASY - which it could really be - because the GOVT knows exactly how much money 99% of us earn, and could, if they wanted just send us the information they have and have us check that it’s correct, then we could just tick a box and have done with it. And this is not a radical and unusual way of doing things. Most countries in the world do it this way. And before I became a citizen I didn’t understand the bizarre charade and carnival of April the 15th - Tax Day in America. I was living in California when Joseph Bankman was trying to pass Ready Return in Sacramento, I remember thinking it was an obvious, common sense move that would make life easier for everyone. I didn’t reckon on a relatively new company called Turbo Tax bribing California House representatives to vote the measure down and insert themselves effectively as a gatekeeper between Americans and their government for billions of dollars of fees and subscriptions. Because -  The Devil Hides in the details and like our Health Insurance industry THERE is an entire and unnecessary TAX preparation industry that has bought Senators and Congressmen to be able to sit between us and our government and act as an unnecessary TOLL - like a bunch of fucking bandits - lying in wait for us between the IRS and our employers. Same as the Health System - Blood Money from the Insurance and Pharmaceutical Lobbies mean we have to pay the bandits on the road before we can see our doctors or get healthcare. It’s Nuts. We shouldn’t put up with it. And if you listen to Planet Money from NPR you will get the economic educational foundation to see the nasty little Gremlins behind the curtain of our financial system and be able to understand that many of the ideas we are impregnated with as Americans are self destructive bullshit and corporate propaganda. Like that There is no such thing as FREE TRADE. Like that, actually America already is a Socialist Country with many socialist ideas underpinning all the things we hold dear and take for granted. I do love this show. It’s always interesting. Always spins me off on other research. I sometimes listen regularly but then drop out for a bit and then do great binge listens cherry picking stuff that I’ve missed and it’s great that way -  I did it recently with the GAMEStop Robinhood story about the amateur traders bringing down the Wall Street Hedge Fund. And with a few finger clicks it was filling up my brain in the time it took me to fold the laundry. It’s solid, old school respectable, researched and sourced journalism. I do have issues with a lot of NPR product, because it is in many ways the babbling Mouthpiece of Neoliberal propaganda, one of the key components manufacturing consent for our Capitalist Extremism that is wrecking the earth as a sustainable home for our children. But this show goes deep enough to present enough facts as punch through the bullshit. Because, facts and reality has a leftwing bias. SO - Planet Money has many hosts who come and go, it’s a really team effort - with a lot of real good top draw journalism here. Mary Childs. Stacey Vanek Smith. Sarah Gonzalez and Jacob Goldstein to name but a few of the accomplished minds and voices behind this show. Jacob Goldstein is a particular favorite of mine at the moment since I’ve just finished reading his book - ‘MONEY - The True Story of a Made Up Thing’. A great and entertaining read. So there are links to my 5 fav episodes in the Transcript… (Tax Hero - How Jacob Loud’s Land Was Lost - Socialism 101 - Modern Monetary Theory - The complicated History of Free Trade) Modern Monetary Theory that attempts to show how we think about our taxes and the deficit and inflation are but illusions cast at us in the class war we are all fighting, even though they have convinced you we are not…  It gets - 5 stars - two thumbs up… a Welfare Cadillac and… ALL THE MARBLES…

SFX - Welfare Cadillac by Guy Drake (1970) & all the marbles

ANDY

Next up is Reply All - now this show is basically what would happen if This American Life and Wired Magazine had a baby. Think classic This American Life - you know what they do - superb story mining - you know they - basically amalgamate and cherry pick great stories from various talents in varied fields and other story media and repackage them into sweet little audio baguettes. So -  I guess Serial is the the long form version not so much sandwich making but taking the time and effort to set up a bakery to bake its own goddamn baguettes from flour it has grown, gathered and ground itself. Well, to stretch this idiotic metaphor to breaking - then Reply All is not so much audio Baguettes but gourmet brioche bun Sliders handed to you by a robot. Yeah. Ok Not sure these sandwich metaphors are exactly helpful, but it’s best I can do at the moment…   So with REPLY ALL - you get stories about forty year old Guatemalan Woman bringing down corrupt government officials with unexpectedly successful FACEBOOK political meet up events that snowball out of control. You get episodes on Jack Maple the mythic detective of NYPD who created COMSTAT with the best of intentions and initial success until the City is taken over by Ruddy Gulliani who uses it to justify racist police practices targeting poor minority communities. If you think The Life is great and want more of the same - then you should probably hit up this show’s archives. So It’s a Gimlet Media product for Spotify so the production values are top quality across the board. And there is a link between this show - and Planet Money - since one of the original producers of Planet Money - Alex Goldberg - is the guy who created Gimlet media - jumping from NPR to do his Podcast Start up with perfect Timing to strike it rich. I’m sure he sends Ira Glass, Sarah Koenig and all those NPR radio podcast pioneers excellent birthday gifts… Anyway this show Reply ALL is currently presented by Alex Goldman and is actually just taking a self imposed naughty room time out - following the recent departure of long time host PJ Voight and a senior editor. So these two left the company, it’s kind of funny, because they were in the midst of putting out this damning expose of Conde Nast’s - Bon Appetite Magazine - in a gripping four part take down of the racist and exploitative culture at the publication. But mid-release of the episodes - after two of the shows - former Gimlet employees took to twitter to point out that every point of criticism leveled at Bon Appetite magazine - essentially unmasking it as a example of a  cornerstone of all the systematic race and wealth inequality in society is pretty much exactly what many former employees have experienced at gimlet media - this company that leveraged the Podcast Boom and NPR talent to be purchased by Spotify for over 200 Million Dollars. SO - there’s some great articles on what has happened with the show, and I’ll link to them in the transcript (here and here), which you can find on the website but the major fault line is a Unionization effort and the senior managements typical maneuvers  to quash it while also pretending - be ‘The Good Guys’, shitting all over Bon Appetite magazine while doing exactly the same shit themselves - with a in-house culture that protects the Status Quo that they as a successful media company in the US are intrinsically part of.  Which kind echoes what I have been trying to say is my problem with most NPR shows, they are part of a Neoliberal system that purports to be anti-racist - anti-classist but they are also a key product of managing and maintaining the narratives that maintain the corrupt status quo rather than bringing it down and changing the world for the better. But that all said, like Planet Money - the informational content and entertainment value of this show are absolutely top notch and well worth your time. So I chose to talk about the show in this episode on Tax Day to highlight one particularly good episode form their archive called DARK PATTERN - link in the show notes and transcript -which has a very timely explanation of what a DARK PATTRN is - basically a way that websites are designed to trick and manipulate you into paying more money and giving away as much profitable information - than you would otherwise want to or as with Turbo Tax be legally required to do so. And the explanation is extra timely because of the Trump Foundation was just caught running a Dark Pattern attack against it’s own idiotic supporters - tricking them into millions and millions of dollars of extra payments in a scam that should, if we lived in a society that prosecuted rich and poor people equally - land a lot more fucking Trump people in jail. At this point they could build a prison for everyone involved in Trump world. Or maybe just convert Mar-a-Largo into a prison. Which is actually pretty much what they do for white collar criminals anyway, even when they do ‘serve time’, in inverted commas, at Prison Campuses like Fort Dix in New Jersey which is more like fucking health spa with optional ankle bracelets and bocce courts. So since Reply All is a This American Life - story amalgamator show - this great episode -  DARK PATTERN, is based on the great work of the journalists at PRO-PUBLICA, The great Independent non-profit newsroom, and they explain how TURBO TAX have managed to become this big gatekeeper company between the American People and the American Government - and how they trick us to pay more than we should to go through them. Buying a fake manufactured customer service that they shouldn’t ever have been allowed to create in the first place. Good episode to check out, SO - REPLY ALL - from Gimlet media - clearly some issues - BUT good work in the can you shouldn’t overlook. Sounds like they are trying to work out their anti-union tendencies, maybe, they’ll be back with a clean conscience as an actual ally to the Justice Movement rather than a two faced agent of the status quo… but on the published work in and of itself it’s got to get four stars from me, two thumbs up, and a… delicious dish… And also some advice from Sam Jackson for the Gimlet employee Union negotiators that are entering - what is it,  the second or third year of talks with the man…

SFX - Bon Appétit! & Samuel l jackson as Stephen from ‘Django unchained’ - “them motherfuckers aren’t here to buy no mandingos.”1

Music - Rise of the Black Centipede - Mario Rom’s Interzone 

SFX - SKYPE CALL

ANDY

Just going to call my buddy Hedge now. Err. He really got me last week. It turns out the whole Flanuary thing was a total fabrication… massive prank… He works for the Shoe council. A footwear based Thinktank down in DC. Bit of lobbying. Various other Think Tank stuff. It’s a bit nebulous to be honest - like a lot of stuff in the city. Anyway, he got annoyed with me last year when we discovered his super fancy tattoo of the Deathstar was actually made out of lots of little black penises. It’s actually a beautiful work of art really. Just unexpected. Fucking funny. Anyway, I thought we were over it. He sort of ghosted me for a few months - I apologized a hundred times for - I don’t know - for like laughing at his Deathstar cock tattoo - and then it just became one of those things not to be mentioned. Though we were fine. But it turns out he’s still been harboring some kind of resentment that resulted in him somehow taking over the bit of Internet surrounding my Podcast social media interactions to the point of me thinking a load of the show’s listeners were taking part in FLANUARY. Baking flans, posting pictures of them and donating to this animal charity. I know, it sounds weird now but last week it seemed no different from all the bread baking people have been doing under Covid lockdown. So. Yeah. Fair play. He got me…

HEDGE

Andy!

ANDY

Hey How’s it going?

HEDGE

Good. I’m still waiting for it though…

ANDY

For what?

HEDGE

Your donation to SWID

ANDY

RIGHT. HA. Good one. You did it, you really got me.

HEDGE

Skinless Weasels. What a total SWID you are.

ANDY

What’s SWID again?

HEDGE

You are. You are a Swid.

ANDY

What’s it stand for?

HEDGE

Skinless Weasels Internment Defense! Seriously. I was sure that would be the thing that gave it away. Skinless Weasels. I mean come on, a kind of Cat! That they milk! fucking brilliant.

ANDY

Yeah, you really got me. The websites looked really legit. You know - On my phone. As I was scrolling past them for a couple of seconds…

HEDGE

-Yeah yeah yeah - you got done. Big time. What were you thinking?

ANDY

Honestly, it just all seemed very convincing…

HEDGE

FLANUARY!

ANDY

In my defense - People have been baking a lot during covid. There was an actual shortage of baking flour at one point… After the toilet rolls… and people are always doing horrible things to animals.

HEDGE

Like milking Skinless Weasels for their CREAM!

ANDY

Hey - you drink - that cat shit coffee…

HEDGE

It’s not cat shit coffee, it’s KOPI LUWAK - powerful coffee beans - that the Civet’s stomach acids magically take the edge off. Anyway what do you know - you British Tea drinking wanker - you haven’t even tried it.

ANDY

No I haven’t tried it. If I want to drink coffee that tastes like cat shit I’ll go to Starbucks like everybody else. And you know what, - thanks to Hipster Gourmands like you - the stuff is so prized now that they are locking Civets in cages and force feeding them the coffee beans to cater to the increased demand… 

HEDGE

You are such a fucking downer, you know that. Every little enjoyment in life you feel like you have to crush like some twisted little black hole of self righteous spite… Well I’m not going to let you. Not today. Not this time… You total SWID.

ANDY

Look. I am seriously in awe of the prank. It was brilliant. You got me. Totally fucking next level. I don’t know how you did it but I was really convinced everyone was doing FLANUARY. I even tried to make a flan. And I hate band wagons but I tried to climb on it. But the wagon wasn’t even there. Wasn’t even a wagon. And not only that but it really stung - to discover - that all the new people liking and following the podcast on social media were just fucking ghosts conjured by you to make me look like an idiot. SO BRAVO. You win. For all time. 

HEDGE

Thank-you.

ANDY

No, thank you, it was epic. It must have been a lot of work…

HEDGE

Not really…

ANDY

Come on,

HEDGE

It was pretty easy actually. I went to a scrum session out in Crystal City with the Facebook government guys and they led a bunch of us through some of their  newest marketing tools. Citizen Programing, flash mob opinion generation…

ANDY

Shit…

HEDGE

Yeah. Your head would have exploded. And rightly too because I’m sat there and it hits me that yes, in one sense, it was a fully revealed 1984 type dystopian nightmare. But then in another way, it was also pretty mundane -like any type of ad campaign from the last sixty years because - for all the slippery emotional manipulation, they are not actually installing the screens in our retinas, Big Brother is actually still an opt- in -system. No-ones actually making you stare at your phone for five hours a day, you can Turn off, tune in and drop out at any time… although they are getting really good at installing FOMO in the organic brainwave…

ANDY

FOMO?

HEDGE

Fear of missing out… you know like how how you felt you were missing out on FLANUARY.

ANDY

Right. Well. Still, it all seems very time consuming.

HEDGE

Ah, Somewhat. The spoof accounts themselves were easy. Used a troll farm in Macedonia. Very cheap. Surprisingly good service interface… But what took the most time was the flans… they were the real deal.

ANDY

No way! All of them?

HEDGE

Yeah, I really got into it. I mean I -really - got into it. With all the staging with the photography and presentation. They made you hungry right?

ANDY

Oh, man. I wanted a Flan so bad. Great photos. You could be professional. You should send them to food magazines.

HEDGE

Yeah. I might just do that. The only down side to it all, is that I think I’ve put on about 40lbs.

ANDY

Admirable. You sacrificed your body for your art.

HEDGE

Yeah, and making you look stupid was just the cherry on top!

ANDY

I aim to please.

HEDGE

I had to get you back for the all the tattoo shit.

ANDY

How is that in any way comparable? You did that to yourself - whereas I actually told people there was a cat called the Skinless Weasel…

HEDGE

And you almost burnt your house down…

ANDY

OK that’s an exaggeration - there was a bit of smoke. I like basically ruined a pan…

HEDGE

Taste the Karma…

ANDY

How is you tricking me into thinking there was a FLANUARY Karmic retribution for you getting yourself a DEATHSTAR Tattoo made of cocks?

HEDGE

You’re not serious? Come on Dude, you even had the Tattoo guy on your show! And I know its only a matter of time before send him around my house…

ANDY

Honestly that has never crossed my mind.

HEDGE

Sure it didn’t.

ANDY

Anyway, it’s not going to happen, didn’t you see what happened to him?

HEDGE

No.

ANDY

Oh… wait, I thought I texted you about it. Didn’t we text about a month ago…

HEDGE

No. I’ve just been making FLANS. Then making hundreds of bots. And surrounding you with the flans. Setting up SWID.

ANDY

Well… anyway he had another big boost in popularity on the back of that second season Madalorian…

Hedge

Great show.

ANDY

Meh.

HEDGE

What do you mean MEH…? fuck you, I honest don’t know why I talk to you - you contrarian fuck? How is it meh?

ANDY

It’s just OK.

HEDGE

Let me guess, you’re too old and cool now for Star Wars?

Andy

What, me, to cool for a kids film and toy franchise from the 80’s, no…

HEDGE

What a fucking misery - let me guess, you’re using your fucking half a college credit in marxism to deconstruct Skywalker as a fucking a-priori example of White Savior Colonialism that upholds the racist corporate hegemony…

ANDY

No, I really hadn’t thought about it like that actually, but now you mention it…

HEDGE

Fuck off. What is it then? Please do tell, you poisonous font of fucking wisdom.

ANDY

I’d rather not say now… since you’re all worked up about it.

HEDGE

TELL ME… You FUCK.

ANDY

Well, the Beskar Steel plot line in the Madalorian reveals the very fundamental flaw in the Star Wars universe - chiefly that you must suspend disbelief that the Empire is so technologically superior that they can build a Death Star to literally zap whole planets out of existence… but as the Holy Armor of the Mandalore reveals - it’s then just utterly weird and unbelievable the same almighty Galactic Empire would have billion strong armies of Storm Troopers running around in body armor that is the strength and quality of take away food containers…

HEDGE

You absolute fucker…

ANDY

They wouldn’t need a Death Star in the first place - if you gave the troops a little better blaster protection? 

HEDGE

Is nothing sacred to you? So, let me get this straight… not only do I have a tattoo composed of cocks, but the actual coolness of it - the Death Star… is actually the nonsense thread that unravels the whole Star Wars universe… Damn… YOU ABSOLUTE ASSHOLE.

ANDY

Sorry. BUT anyway - what I was saying - your Tattoo guy - Davide Tattooine is in prison.

HEDGE

Good. Well that’s something I guess. That was hurtful man, what was that shit he said - that he thought I was a rat faced Eminem… and you laughed about it - and fucking broadcast it on your show.

ANDY

Crap. Sorry, I didn’t think it was that bad and I didn’t think you’d hear it.

HEDGE

I sponsor your fucking show. How could I not hear it?

ANDY

Sorry. I guess I didn’t think it through.

HEDGE

No shit. So what happened. Why is he in jail?

ANDY

He tattooed a kid.

HEDGE

Let me guess. Lightsabre cocks?

ANDY

Worse.

HEdGE

Worse how?

ANDY

Sixteen year old dutch Kid, tattooed, full back - the SARLAC Pit - mouth hole - is the kids anus - 

HEDGE

-UGH

ANDY

With penis tentacles sprawling out of his ass -  up his back - dragging down famous women from history with like… well… you know that Japanese Tentacle erotica fetish.

HEDGE

Yeah.

ANDY

Well, lets say - with like more than a nod - towards the Japanese Tentacle erotica fetish.

HEDGE

Damn.

ANDY

I think you got off really lucky.

HEDGE

And he’s in jail?

ANDY

He was. For a time. I think he posted bail. There was a whole FREE TATTOOINE movement. With a GOFUNDME for his defense fund, that was doing really well. Gina Carano even tweeted in support of him. The kid’s parents say it wasn’t consensual but it seems like a hard sell when the kid himself was going on his own to get it done in 5 hour sessions for months.

HEDGE

That’s fucking mad.

ANDY

Hey, look, it’s been great catching up - but I got to go make dinner. But - you said you got the plans for the Trump Presidential Library?

HEDGE

Oh Dude - you will not believe this shit. It’s amazing.

ANDY

How’d you get them?

HEDGE

They’re doing the rounds.

ANDY

OK. Please. Please. Send them.

HEDGE

Done.

ANDY

Thanks.

HEDGE

OK SWID man. Stay greasy.

sfx - skype hang up

ANDY

Seriously, fucking SWID? - that shit is not going to stick.

SFX - TRUMPMANDIOUS King of Graft - border wall soundscape featuring James brown - it’s a man’s man’s man’s world. news clips of border wall scam - NBC, BBC, CNN. Steve Bannon’s arrest. trump foundation theft from donors.

TRUMP

We’re going to build a wall - And Mexico will pay for it…

SFX - Wind in the desert

BYSSHE

I met an Ice Agent from a border land, 

Who said - “two pointless disconnected half miles of wall

Stand in the desert… Near them, on the sand, 

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose jowls, 

And wrinkled lip, and tantrum sneer of cold demand, 

of seedy passions and callous disdain of honest toil 

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read, 

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, 

the smallest hands, mocked, and a heart of pitiless void; 

And on the pedestal, these words appear: 

My name is TRUMPMANDIOUS, King of Graft; 

Look on my Works, ye taxpayers, and despair! 

Nothing beside remains, Round the decay, 

Of that colossal error, boundless and bare, 

The lone and level sands stretch far away…”

ANDY 

That’s a wrap!

Music - Everything is Permitted - Mario Rom’s Interzone

Andy

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Equality will only be reached through leveraging collective will into power with one of the proven most effective ways being union organizing, hence the behavior of capitalists (people who do not have to work and can instead leverage their capitol into earning more money - probably not you, you may be a wage slave in various forms of debt with strange and grandiose ideas about being a ‘capitalist’) and their professional managerial class lap dogs who will do anything rather than acknowledge or give workers fair renumeration through collective union organizing. Or as Stephen puts it in Django Unchained: “them motherfuckers aren’t here to buy no mandingos.”