03.24.2020 02:52 PM

To the barricades, Comrade Spears!

We have nothing to lose but our, um, knee socks!

Britney Spears seemingly called for the redistribution of wealth and a general strike on Monday, “regramming” a post written by Instagram user Mimi Zhu. “During this time of isolation, we need connection now more than ever,” the text shared by Spears said, going on to describe how “we will learn to kiss and hold each other through the waves of the web. We will feed each other, redistribute wealth, strike. We will understand our own importance from the places we must stay.”

The “Work B—h” singer captioned the post by quoting the text’s penultimate line — “communion [moves] beyond walls” — and adding three emoji roses, a symbol commonly used by the Democratic Socialists of America.

“Queen of [the] proletariat,” cheered on one fan in the comments. Jeva Lange

Forward, to the victory of Communism! Go, Team!

9 Comments

  1. Ronald O'Dowd says:

    Warren,

    As a Conservative, I’m absolutely in favour of wealth redistribution– just not the massive wealth distribution deliberately sanctioned by Trump and his pitiful Republican lackeys. You know, the kind that either engenders a massive recession, or if they’re really lucky, a depression, to transfer everyone else’s wealth to the 1%. Did it with relish under Bush in 2008 and doing it now under TheStableGeniusTM.

    • Miles Lunn says:

      Letting people keep what they earn I don’t consider massive wealth redistribution. Now yes, I do support progressive taxation and in case of US with their $ 1 trillion deficit before this, taxes for the rich probably should go up, either that or cut military spending, but I think the idea of letting people keep what they earn is sound as an ideal, but realistically you need some taxes, just a question of how much. I do however, think no one should have a top marginal rate exceeding 50% except in extreme circumstances and today now 8 of 10 provinces have top federal + provincial combined rates over 50% whereas a decade ago none did. I am fine with top rates in the 40s, heck even high 40s while not ideal, I can live with, but over 50% should be saved for extreme circumstances and only be temporary, not the norm.

      • Ronald O'Dowd says:

        Miles,

        Unlike a lot of people, I don’t just favour rugged individualism. (That’s why so many people work two-three jobs.) But there’s an essential role for government: not in the form of handouts, but of a hand-up.

        This government has lifted one million people out of poverty and every Canadian should support that kind of wealth redistribution.

  2. Dave says:

    Will she lead by example.

    • Steve Teller says:

      Precisely my question. Most young folks don’t appreciate what true socialism or communism means. It means you don’t own anything. The government is everyone’s “employer”, and you have little or no say in your own success or happiness. You live at the pleasure of the ruling party, and all that is yours, is theirs.

      • Derek Pearce says:

        You describe communism accurately but NOT democratic socialism. I think people who don’t drink Fox Koolaid know that the latter perfectly well allows private property and private enterprise.

        • Miles Lunn says:

          Even Democratic socialism while not as bad as communism doesn’t really work. Nordic Countries today are capitalist ones with large welfare states. Democratic socialism would more be a description of UK in 70s or France in 80s and neither turned out very well economically. Nordic Countries were like this but after crisis in 90s moved away from it. In Nordic countries there is very little state ownership and while taxes are higher overall, they are less progressive than in Canada. Corporate tax rates in Nordic Countries are actually lower than Canada while for income taxes, middle class pays a lot more, but wealthy have about the same top marginal rate and effective only higher as top rate kicks in at much lower level than it does in Canada. Instead they have a 25% VAT to fund their extensive welfare program. And even with strong social welfare system, it is in some ways more market oriented than ours is. Sweden has vouchers for schools, all of them allow a parallel private system in health care which we try to ban, and 4 of the 5 have user fees for doctor visits.

          Platform Jeremy Corbyn ran on this past December is best example of democratic socialism and most Brits rightly punted his party. I presume Americans would do the same, but I sadly have less faith in Canadians.

        • Fred from BC says:

          ” I think people who don’t drink Fox Koolaid ”

          I think people who begin a sentence with a lame insult like that are trolls.

          “know that the latter perfectly well allows private property and private enterprise.”

          Yes, but then it’s not *true* socialism, is it? That is what Steve was talking about, and is exactly what he specified above: “true socialism”. Why are you trying to move the goalposts here?

          If you’re going to argue, argue honestly.

          • Fred,

            Bailing out the banks and big business is also socialism. True capitalists are only in favour of the Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers model. No getting around that one either.

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