Discussion in 'The Pavilion' started by Bluto, Jun 21, 2017.
It's an Amazon world after all-
Immortan Jeff will sell ya all yer wants and needs
"This contemporary process of becoming an oligarch through the destruction of civilization always seems to culminate in the same delusional fantasy."
How to avoid Amazon... Well, let's consider the alternatives (at least from my neck of the woods and beyond):
There's eBay. But they are also a degenerate corporation, ran by shitlibs, and basically totalitarian. My original account was banned from eBay for "copyright infringement" since I was selling gold in an online game. The "copyright infringement" aspect, at least at the time, and the ownership issue, was debatable. Typically this controversy was resolved by game developers who prohibited the selling of anything for real-life money, so doing so would theoretically create a breach of contract claim, not a copyright violation. But in this case, the game's EULA was silent. I was, in fact, reported by Chink competitors who couldn't beat my prices. Go figure.
Nixing eBay, there are the Used and New small bookstores around town. But even in these cases, most of these are boutique shops run by shitlibs. I'll never forget how one time in the used bookstore in town I was asked to leave for talking to a friend about the Jewish question. Their selection sucks anyway.
So that leaves... Barnes & Noble? They're okay. I used to always visit because I found it enjoyable, always buying some overpriced book that I really didn't need.
I guess that leaves flea markets.
All aboard the free market! It rulz.
As long as Amazon continues to sell all of the intellectually verboten sorts of books that I consume, they will continue to get my business.
Honestly, what's the alternative? It's not that I don't patronize the local mom and pop sort of shops around me that sell SWPL-necessities like expensive sandwiches and other non-Amazon Locker friendly items (coffee is another big one for me) but I'm not crying a whole lot for the "death of retail" or shopping malls. I haven't stepped in a shopping mall but maybe a half dozen times in the last ten years or so and most of the items available on Amazon have long since been monopolized by the likes of Walgreen's and other big drug/grocery type stores. Considering that a trip to the drug store usually involves at least one unpleasant experience (having to step over some junkie who has nodded off on the sidewalk, "yo mang I need some help mang you got a dolla mang", etc etc) it's pretty much Amazon for me.
All that being said: the social implications of what is currently going on are of course absolutely horrific and dystopian. But, I don't see things changing any time soon. I can get the latest obscure Arktos and Counter-Currents books from Amazon, the obscure musique concrete sort of vinyl represses that I didn't know would have existed outside the internet, etc etc. just so much easier online. And yeah, there's that whole diversity thing. Our local "upscale shopping mall" is pretty much overrun with muds of all different varieties shopping at the likes of Prada and Christian Dior. A couple of years ago, some guy got his finger torn off by an urban y00f en route to a Great Books reading after being shorn of his latest Apple storepurchase. Again, not missing a whole lot there.
And the beginning of America's Holodomor will be when the Safeway* trucks stop rolling. Picture hundreds of thousands of stinky carcasses on their couches with empty Pringle cans in their hands, and computers whose hard drives' last act was to back their browsers' online orders.
(* - For our out-of-country readers, "Safeway" is a grocery chain in the US that will deliver to your home.)
Yes, the real problems with Amazon will arise when they start using their book sales monopoly to effectively censor the verboten.
They're not going to be able to stop the Internet. Even if everything got censored today, I think just the electronic dissemination of the likes of MacDonald's works has already seeded the ground for some fairly epic happenings a decade or so hence.
Yes, there is a lot to be dispirited about, but from the vantage point of this (now aging) Gen-Xer things are coming together in a way that was unimaginable to me even a decade ago. Amazon is good for a lot of things... but not being able to sell books there is hardly tantamount to a death sentence.
But....b-but.....democracy dies in darkness!
Walmart will also start doing home deliveries soon, it's like they want to make us never leave the home or something!
Remember the scene from The Matrix, when Neo comes to full consciousness? That's what they're aiming for.
I don't mind the idea of Amazon, but it needs to get some real competition hello Alibaba or JD? Ebay is more niche online shopping these days and isn't actually trying to compete with Amazon unfortunately. I really hope Trump makes right and goes after Bezos, Bezos at the current rate will by far the richest person in the world in less than 2 years. Bezos has gotten so lazy he has to ask twitter for ideas on how to show his human side - https://twitter.com/JeffBezos/status/875418348598603776
Bezos sounds similar to the Russian for "demons" -- there is also a Dostoevsky's novel by that name.