Re: you are a 1st world problem
>>People don't need protecting
>Yes they do. From products that will harm their health.
Fuck right off. I'll smoke if I want to, drink if I want to and stay up late eating fucking crisps if I want to.
>>children should be taught how to think, not what to think
>Impossible under capitalism
Last time I checked, parents were still parents no matter what system they live under. It's their job to teach the children.
>>Go out and do something, be the best you can
>The proletariat don't have the luxury of choice.
Yes. Yes we do. No-one is forcing us to make shitty decisions, we do that all on our own and often refuse to learn from the mistakes. That's our failure. Every person who ever worked their way up from nothing to have a decent life is proof that the choice is there.
>>ignore them and got on with our lives
>Our lives as consumers right?
I almost agree with you there... But I dare you to live without consuming anything for a week. Being alive means consumption, no way around it. If you'd said hyper-consumers then I would have been on side.
So what is your solution to these ills if I may be so bold as to inquire?
If you suggest socialism I'll point out that Venezuelan real-estate is really cheap right now. Go buy yourself some and live in your utopia. Personally I'll pass.