Learn About Capitalism With Super Mario Bros. 2

I've not come across a finer means of illustrating the origins of our Western work ethic than this video featuring a recycled Japanese game. Why did't we have 8-Bit Philosophy back when I was in college?

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In a way it's ironic. Here I am watching a video about how Calvinism and Capitalism came together to inform the American workforce, instilling the need to work hard for personal reward and spiritual salvation—for free over the internet. No doubt the folks at Wisecrack put a lot of work and research into the video, but in order to receive its message all I had to do was press a button.

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"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."

Keep yanking on them bootstraps and voting against your own interests America. You just keep telling yourself that you're just one more 12 hour weekend shift at your second job from becoming a millionaire.

On topic Bonus Edit: How's that Games industry working out for all your Devs without unions? Pretty sweet 18 hour days for three months of non-compensated crunch time, huh? You're not exploited at all, Senpai just hasn't noticed your hard work yet!