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That’s a strong headline. And it’s not our words. We wouldn’t speak that way at Copiosis.

But we don’t blame anyone using that phrase. After all, once anyone understands –really understands – dynamics at play in the system we live in today, they’d probably use the same, or similar words.

It’s no wonder more people figured out how much they dislike living in our current system. By “system” we don’t just mean capitalism, although that model dominates our world today.

By system, we’re referring to economies depending on two-way-transaction-supporting, debt-based currency dependent systems. Systems in which, governments and markets that put profits over people, create outcomes arguably harming us more than benefitting us.

Of course, this includes socialist and communist economies, as well as economies run by monarchists and dictators. It also includes corporate “systems” such as Facebook and YouTube, Koch Industries and others, which, as systems themselves dominate our social, private and public lives.

None of these systems are inherently evil or bad. We needed all of them. But we can do better now, and we will, once more people tell their bosses to eat their asses.

Some think people running these systems are bad or evil. We know people running these systems, or even those running very large companies which make these systems possible, are just as victimized as that person at the lowest rung of the global collection of systems.

No one lives free of the system’s effects. So everyone is a victim. Yes, billionaires too. Their prison may be posh. That doesn’t make it not a prison though.

Which brings us back to…

Eat. My. Ass.

We wrote before about people discovering new freedoms in the post-pandemic world. Thanks to government programs that sent checks to massive unemployed populations, those very same people are refusing to return to workplaces.

The result? A new pandemic: this time it’s a worker shortage.

That shortage flipped dynamics between employees and their bosses. Never before have we seen so many people empowered to tell their bosses to stick their jobs where the sun doesn’t shine. Boss’ attitudes have…not changed much. Even while employers face an employer base unwilling to work their crappy jobs, employers still think it’s business as usual.

No wonder they’re reacting the way they are. Instead of seeing how crappy many of the jobs they offer are, or how poor they pay, employers are doubling down on their standard, knee-jerk practice of blaming employees for their attitudes and being lazy, rather than point the finger where it really belongs: at the system itself.

Take, for example, a recent exchange, published on Reddit between a bartender and his boss. In the exchange, the boss made quite an unreasonable request, which the bartender refused. The ensuing conversation – over text message – is as insightful as it is hilarious.

Check it out:

It’s the systemic end

A lot of people out there think the system is still fine and working great. But some see the writing on the wall. Perhaps it started with climate change. That’s a whole other story that’s becoming more and more dire.

But no matter where it started, it’s continuing with increasing worker enlightenment born of a global pandemic. Turns out enjoying a few months getting more income than you’d otherwise get working is a great thing. So much so, it’s opened eyes and hearts and heads.

For many post-COVID-19 people, going back to the old ways makes so little sense, those people are willing to tell bosses they once perhaps feared – in fear of losing their jobs – that those jobs aren’t worth killing themselves over.

For us, that’s a fantastic outcome. The system is over. It’s time for a better one. We know which one we prefer.

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