Scrof,

That’s typical communist competitor purges, it has nothing to o with redistribution of wealth.

Tyfud,

This is the correct answer. It’s not the kind of revolution people are thinking, like with France.

This is more like Stalin level shit to send a message.

Arcturus,
alsaaas,
@alsaaas@lemmy.dbzer0.com avatar

that’s a weird way to spell “enabling them in the first place” 🤔

Buddahriffic,

Criticising other countries for enabling billionaires is something I think only like Cuba can do.

Kusimulkku,

Not a fan of the death penalty

Arcturus,

Me neither, but killing some of the capitalist class has always been part of leftist revolutions so I can let this one slide.

Kusimulkku,

I don’t think the state having the power to round people up and kill them, even if I don’t like the people it is being done to. It seems really dangerous.

capital,

Me neither. Except in cases where I support it.

TokenBoomer,

Seems like a waste of energy and labor. Put that capitalist pig to work in the community. I read somewhere that the death penalty is just a scare tactic to get her to give up some cash she’s got hidden.

morphballganon,

Let’s see:

  • non-male
  • non-white

Uh huh.

We’ve got a ways to go yet.

force,

i mean it’s vietnam, i would expect non-white

phoenixz,

Yay for diversity?

neocamel,

She stole 12.5 billion dollars?!

Jesus Christ. How much is enough?

dumbass,
@dumbass@leminal.space avatar

$∞

kaffiene,

I don’t think we should have billionaires but celebrating state sponsored murder is fucking gross

OsrsNeedsF2P,

Lol too bad. Eat the rich

Drewelite,

/s ?

RagingRobot,

But that’s the only murder that’s socially acceptable!

Arelin,

I wish it were…

Normalize killing billionaires! (for legal reasons this is a joke)

snugglesthefalse,

You forgot war

feedum_sneedson,

She’s had so much plastic surgery it looks like she’s got Bell’s palsy.

llama,
@llama@midwest.social avatar

Also how does it get to 12.5 billion before people do something? Had they intervened with something less severe at 1 billion then there would still be 11.5 billion and a life not lost.

John_McMurray,

This is a communist country and a show trial for someone fell out of favor, not am actual fraud case

Adalast,

I have neither the emotional nor mental bandwidth to read up on this, too stressed being poor. Does anything say what is happening to the money?

melpomenesclevage,

it doesn’t have the money anymore, and that’s why its being given justice.

thank you Vietnam, score one for the tankies. I mean, it took a while, and they still have billionaires, but its not nothing, so good on em if they follow through.

asteriskeverything,

Since when is it leftist to support the death penalty, let alone take glee in it. This is like the boomer FB shit

mojo_raisin,

The term “leftist” is too broad and “death penalty” too loosely defined.

Auth-leftists definitely support the death penalty, as in a powerful state should have authority to kill.

Anarchists don’t think there should be a state therefore there is no body authorized to kill. If someone must die, it would be at the hands of an individual or an ad-hoc grouping and be called “self-defense”.

Thinking things can change without the 0.1% being killed at all is a liberal idea.

JokeDeity,

You can put me in whatever category you like. I still want to see the 1% hang.

linuxdweeb,

This is like the boomer FB shit

Welcome to Lemmy!

emergencyfood,

1789

It is perfectly reasonable to oppose the death penalty, but the foundational event of the modern left movement was people chopping off a king’s head.

Cochise,

Since you can’t make a revolution with white gloves.

Wogi,

I’m against the death penalty on the grounds that I don’t want the government to have the authority to kill because they keep fucking it up. Either they get the wrong person or botch the execution.

There’s no question that a person is a billionaire.

melpomenesclevage,

billionaires aren’t people. their existence requires a river of blood, and they all deserve death, regardless of the states opinion.

I think its good to remind them they can be killed. I think they forget.

absentbird,

Is someone with $900 million a person without a river of blood to their name?

whoisearth,
@whoisearth@lemmy.ca avatar

Up to $999,999,999.99 you’re in the clear!

Drewelite,

Got a penny in my left hand and a knife in my right.

melpomenesclevage,

probably not. but let’s try to be real careful about killing innocent people here

BallsandBayonets,

The idea (or my opinion at least) is we start at the top, working our way down the high score list. After the first few, hopefully the rest come to their senses and voluntarily stop being scum.

Drewelite, (edited )

People are always looking up, so they think about themselves as the little guy. Meanwhile people with smart phones and designer clothes are wading through a river of blood themselves, but they don’t look down, so they don’t see it. Reality is, if you live in America or Europe there’s a good chance you’re in the top 10% of global wealth. So when I hear this sentiment that we should start chopping from the top, I always notice how they think the chopping should stop right before it gets to their neck. Oh and look who that would leave on top… Interesting.

BallsandBayonets,

Fun sentiment but there’s no way to exist without participating in capitalism. My smart phone may be made with slave labor but it’s not like there are alternatives. Even if there were they’d be unaffordable.

If you can’t see the massive difference between a handful of billionaires causing the suffering in the world to become richer, and the hundreds of millions of people who are just participating in capitalism because there’s no other choice, then there’s no point in talking to you.

Drewelite,

I can absolutely see the difference, just like the Vietnamese factory workers can see the difference between them and you claiming you have to buy an iPhone. In a billionaire’s world, what they’re doing is the norm. Do I think they have a responsibility to wake up and smell their bullshit? Absolutely.Their actions hurt many people and it’s inexcusable. But doesn’t that ring a little hollow if I’m not willing to do the same?

daltotron,

People are extremely bitter that rich people exist, and openly would call for their deaths, regardless of however much their lives would actually improve, were they to die, or however much their oppression might continue under a more conventional arrangement, or a less, sort of, offensive level of wealth inequality. People do find it offensive, basically, they find it ostentatious, and what’s more commonly called for, to be put to death, than ostentatiousness? Than the offense of sensibilities?

I dunno. You get a lot of hard talk from supposed leftists who understand nothing of the kind of core principles at play, but none of them will realistically do anything, they’re just floating by and passively regurgitating whatever they consume in the spectacle. They lack the empathy to commit real violence or change, I think.

sibannac,

It always stops at the death of the rich. The money they have doesn’t magically go into the public coffers to be distributed for the benefit of those who need it. It’s all just grievance and schadenfreude rather than a way to change up the structure of power.

half_built_pyramids,

They lack the empathy to commit real violence

The poor aren’t strong enough to kill. That’s why I have to. New Batman villain was just created.

daltotron,

I think that’s just bane

half_built_pyramids,

bane and league of shadows in the movie are more return to monkey than this new villain.

This new villain just wants to kill rich people, and Bruce happens to fall into the crossfire.

I assume comic book bane just loves green steroids or something.

AllonzeeLV, (edited )

I’m against the death penalty in general, but I also acknowledge that in terms of tangible damage to humanity, any billionaire walking the Earth makes any serial killer who has ever walked the Earth seem positively quaint by scale.

I also recognize that we are living under class occupation. The owner class handily won the class war by convincing most of the developed world not to fight it half a century ago.

The peasants don’t have the luxury of taking prisoners. We are the losers of a war, in spite of the fact that many have come to worship their occupying oppressors.

Keeping the most destructive humans locked away and well fed until they die of natural causes is a peacetime luxury for those in charge, and unless you’re holding a reprehensible amount of capital, that isn’t us. You might believe we are in peacetime, but if we refuse to stop them, and it looks that way, they will force our shared, communal habitat to stop us all through their insatiable, sociopathic avarice.

We love to think we’re not, but we’re still subjects wholly dependant on this world, even the owners activily attacking us and it simultaneously.

melpomenesclevage,

well fucking said.

daltotron,

The peasants don’t have the luxury of taking prisoners.

I mean, why not? POWs have their own self-evident advantages, as we’ve seen taking place in palestine right now. Hostages are a pretty good thing to have if you want to create a long term negotiating strategy with other people.

But also, if you get rid of the billioinaire’s billions, then you get rid of the billionaire. Now you just have a 'naire. Maybe a thousandaire, or something. Like, all the rich people that fled from cuba to florida didn’t really end up doing a whole lot with their lives except being mad and super bitter about the fact that they weren’t able to keep participating in a fascist government that oppressed the people. Most of them were petite bourgeois anyways. It’s the ones that refused to leave that you end up murdering by way of this being the only thing that can force them to leave.

None of that is really similar to this situation at all, even, this is just an independent government killing someone that realistically could have no recourse if they were just completely stripped of their money and sent off to go fuck around in some other country. It’s also, to me, kind of an illustration of the divide that you conceive of prison as a “way to keep the most destructive humans locked away and well fed until they die of natural causes”. There’s, ideally, a greater purpose to prison beyond that. You’re justifying this by conceiving of this as like, a “war”, an extreme war, a life or death war, oooh it’s a war, wartime wartime wartime, but then, the police do the same thing when they justify shooting some guy on the street.

I dunno, this strikes me as a lot of nice sounding guilt-assuaging talk, as good rhetoric, but you haven’t really given me any logical argumentation to chew on here, as to why this would be good or why this had to be done, really.

AllonzeeLV,

I mean, why not?

Because with the apparent exception of Vietnam, billionaires run the show in the society they live in. They use their capital, which is just an expression of power, to change laws, buy courts, shift responsibility to their corporate entities that receive a cute lil meaningless fine that costs less than the profit of the crime instead of prison time, and here in the US they even literally OWN and PROFIT off many of our prisons. That’s the primary reason billionaires shouldn’t exist, because it’s close to impossible to put a check on such insane levels of power, which again, at those quantities, is what capital becomes, raw power. You can’t have a functioning representative democracy where people can grow so wealthy that their power over society extends beyond their single vote.

Most of the peasants in the world are subject to their respective judicial systems and prison systems largely configured to protect PROPERTY rights over human rights by design of those they work for, and guess who that is?

There are beautiful exceptions, the Nordic nations come to mind, but sadly my country, the US, has been spreading its greed disease for decades. We toppled south American rigimes daring to make something better to keep their markets open for our capitalists to rape using our military industrial complex, and we’ve been converting Europe with our greed disease a little at a time(YOU can live larger than you’ve ever dreamed, foreign legislator, just betray your countrymen for our profit!), the UK has fallen to it, the French are fighting it but losing, etc.

kaffiene,

The French revolution shows that the guilotines don’t necessarily stop when the aristocrats are all dead. I’m not enthusiastic about mob justice

Drewelite,

Yeah, I know a lot of Republicans that claim the left is only on their “high horse” when it suits them. I still don’t believe that, but this thread really helps me understand where they got this notion of duplicity. Not a good look. SMH

kaffiene,

I 100 % oppose the existence of Billionaires but not murdering people for being rich. History is littered with the monstrous actions of mobs thinking they were slaying a beast. We should always be wary of simplistic, violent final solutions

hOrni,

What will the method of execution be? A guillotine seems fitting.

mihor,
@mihor@lemmy.ml avatar

Anything that works, really.

melpomenesclevage,

trip to a coal mine would also be classic.

CliveRosfield,

“We” isn’t this the case of other billionaires getting mad at one billionaire?

DragonTypeWyvern,

Maybe we can trigger a feeding frenzy…

Semjaza, (edited )

Interesting if you read about it, while many were found guilty I think only a woman is being sentences to death while many men are just getting a decade in prison for their involvement in it.

If she was the ringleader, sure… I guess (not that it makes the state’s murdering of folks alright). But odd that she gets death while all the men don’t even get 20 in jail.

melpomenesclevage,

look, could it be better? yes. is it nothing? no.

Semjaza,

Or is it the state just protecting and strengthening itself while using language to pretend it is on the side of the people?

The state will never execute, or legislate, our way to a better society.

melpomenesclevage,

youre not wrong, but sometimes they kill a billionaire to look good, and that doesn’t take us to a worse society.

like how the USSR drastically raised standards of living for the working class in the american empire just by existing. they didn’t mean to. they didn’t care. it was just a side effect of their dick waving.

Semjaza,

Only the heartland.

And indirectly.

Much as it also lowered the standard of living across much of Africa and Central Asia due to the proxy wars and coups.

Plus normalising executions does make the world worse.

melpomenesclevage,

I’m not saying its generally good. I’m saying the bad guys are killing each other, hooray!

I’d much rather it happened to it without warning, just an RPG to its helicopter or some hero with a knife out of an alley, I feel like the effect of that would be better, but this isn’t a bad thing.

Semjaza,

Edit: I’m being harsh, you’re just having fun. Internet misses tone of voice, so it’s easy to be at off wires, I’m being too nitpick and I’d probably agree if we spoke face to face. Sorry for being an online argumentative berk. Enjoy your day.

Original: Bad guys? 🤨
Even Thatcher and Reagan had families.

Always remember: the means are the ends.

melpomenesclevage,

in my experience, monsters having families should not be a point of sympathy.

they dont tend to treat us well. we’re usually better off without.

TropicalDingdong,
DigitalTraveler42,

Wake me up when Trump sees even just a shred of accountability, or Musk, or Bezos, or …

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