The Capitalist Pig-Dog Blog: Expenditure: Debt

Nick Thomas Apologies It’s been a bit quiet recently because I’ve been collecting receipts all month. Once I’ve got a month’s worth, I can write a scintillating article about shopping expenditure; until then, I’ll just have to content myself with a short piece on debt expenditure. Time travel I’ve got quite a few debts; modern capitalist economies really are predicated on the notion that debt is good. Although this raises a lot of hackles, but it doesn’t bother me too much.

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The Capitalist Pig-Dog Blog: Income

Payday! I get paid at the end of each month, from my job at Bytemark. This is a typical employment contract, nothing special, but it bears thinking about anyway. Bytemark’s a pretty standard for-profit company; people hand over cash for hosting, some of that cash is handed over to me in exchange for labour. I never see some of the cash nominally handed over to me, because of taxes, which go to various things - some of which I like, some of which I don’t.

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The Capitalist Pig-Dog Blog: Starting Points

Beliefs and values My last post talked a bit about beliefs and sticking to them, but it shied away from discussing them in any detail. Words like “leftwing”, and the Political Compass graph, might have given a few hints away. If I’m going to be analysing and changing my behaviour according to these things, it’s important to get a decent grasp on what they are. Firstly, I don’t consider myself to be an ideologue.

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The Capitalist Pig-Dog Blog

Wat? I’m a sucker for catchy names (do say it out loud, at least once), but the premise might need some explanation for people who aren’t me. It’s worth noting at the outset that I’m primarily writing this for, and to, myself; but there’s no point in being unreasonably obtuse about it. “Capitalist pig-dog” is a wonderful insult I’ve heard in the past, usually issued by comical Communist caricatures at heroic Capitalist caricatures in pursuit of a cheap laugh or two.

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